Welcome, Cornerstone Defense

The Central Maryland Chamber (CMC) helped Cornerstone Defense celebrate the opening of its new Maryland headquarters with a ribbon cutting on Jan. 31.

Located at 1743 Dorsey Road, Suite 106, Hanover, Cornerstone Defense is a small business servicing the intelligence, defense and space communities of the U.S. government. Cornerstone specializes in cloud architecture, systems and network engineering, systems and network security and application development. The company assists the government and integrator community by delivering cutting-edge capabilities that support mission-critical objectives.

Saving on Energy Costs

CMC, in partnership with CQI Associates, is helping businesses save money on energy costs. The Chamber Energy Purchasing Cooperative Program is a free benefit for CMC members. Average savings for restaurants is $3,000 a year; one nonprofit recently learned that the program will save it $11,000 a year. Benefits include the following.
• Increased purchasing power in procuring competitive electric and natural gas rates.

• Budget stability by offering fixed-rate energy supply costs.
• Year-round customer support.
• Free for CMC members to join the co-op; one application covers all electricity and natural gas accounts for all company locations.
For a free evaluation, contact Nancy LaJoice at 410-672-3422. Spring enrollment ends soon.

Recruit-A-Friend Program

It now pays to tell your friends, clients and vendors to join the CMC. The new recruiting program offers a $25 gift card to anyone who recruits a new member. The person who makes the successful referral can choose a gift card from Bagels ’n Grinds, Grotto Pizza, Newk’s Eatery or Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar. Contact the CMC for program details.

Upcoming Events

• March 13
Networking Mixer at Two Rivers; 5–7 p.m.; 1425 Two Rivers Boulevard, Odenton
Free for members
• March 15
Membership 101; 9–10:30 a.m.
312 Marshall Ave, 1st Floor Conference Room, Laurel
Free for all to attend
• March 19
Spirit of Community Awards Dinner; 6–9 p.m.; The Hotel at Arundel Preserve
7795 Arundel Mills Boulevard, Hanover
Cost: $65
• March 21
Seminar: “Capitalizing Your Business”; 9–10 a.m.; Central Maryland Chamber Conference Room, 8379 Piney Orchard Parkway, Odenton
Free for members
• April 12
Joint Networking Breakfast; 7:30–9:30 a.m.; Location to be announced
• April 19
Membership 101; 9–10:30 a.m.
312 Marshall Ave, 1st Floor Conference Room, Laurel
Free for all to attend
• April 25
Women Mean Business Luncheon; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; CMC Conference Room, 8379 Piney Orchard Parkway, Odenton


Save the Date

The CMC Annual Meeting is set for May 1, at Center Stage at Live! Casino & Hotel, at Arundel Mills. The keynote speaker will be Freeman Hrabowski, president of UMBC. The Hall of Fame Business Awards also will be presented. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Special Invitation

If you are not a CMC member and would like to learn more about the benefits of joining, contact Membership Director Nancy LaJoice to receive a free benefits guide. For more information, call 410-672-3422, ext. 4, or visit www.centralmarylandchamber.org.