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Letter From President & CEO Leonardo McClarty

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Dear Howard County Chamber
Members and Community Supporters,

It is hard to believe another year has gone by. Time flies when you are having fun! Nearly two years ago, we embarked upon a new strategic plan that focused on four distinct areas: Membership Recruitment & Engagement, Advocacy, Marketing & Communications and Organization Effectiveness. The past 12 months have been full of progress as we strive to fully implement our plan and attain our goal of making this chamber the best in the state.

Some of the past year’s highlights include adding new team members as we brought on Karen O’Connor as our new office administrator and Ronny Nadiv as director of membership. This coincides with moving our office from Sterrett Place to Old Dobbin Lane late last summer, not to mention that we unveiled a new look that visually brings us into a new millennium.

We also continued to serve as the voice of business by testifying orally and in writing on numerous legislative matters in both Annapolis and Ellicott City. Equally important is the fact that we strengthened our board of directors by bringing on men and women that represent the best and brightest this county has to offer.

The year ahead will see us launch a new website that we believe will enable us to more effectively communicate our events and community resources. We also will continue to serve as the Howard County business communities’ most trusted and reliable ally as we advocate for business-friendly policies locally and statewide. In the coming year we will continue to challenge ourselves to raise the bar of excellence.

The Howard County Chamber remains committed to providing relevant and beneficial programming. This means that some of the programs as you know them may change or be enhanced. We are focused on not allowing past successes to lead to complacency. We know that your time and monetary resources are limited, and we are committed to giving you the greatest return on your investment.