HCEDA Seeks Companies for the 27th Annual Howard County Business Appreciation Week; County Executive Announces Business Roundtable

Friday, March 23, 2018

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) has opened registration for its 27th Annual Business Appreciation Week, held from Monday, April 23, to Friday, April 27 to celebrate businesses in the County and solicit feedback regarding the operation of business here.

Each year teams of ambassadors led by HCEDA staff members head into the community to meet with business leaders throughout the County and across industry sectors. Businesses of all sizes are invited to participate in the hour-long meetings to showcase their services and products and provide feedback about doing business in the County.

“Our businesses keep Howard County strong and help make it a top place to live in the country,” said Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman. “The feedback provided through this event is important to the County because it helps guide future policy decisions impacting the business community. We become aware of issues or challenges that businesses face and have the opportunity to help them resolve any problems.”

In addition to HCEDA staff, ambassador teams are made up of the heads of different county and state departments, as well as local partner organizations. Teams typically include two to four members and represent diverse backgrounds and expertise.

“The ability to host leaders of different departments and organizations in your place of business provides the owner a unique opportunity to showcase their goods or service in person,” said Lawrence Twele, CEO of the HCEDA. “Additionally, there are many challenges that business owners face that can only be explained in person, and this event provides them with the opportunity to do that.”

Wrapping up the week of one-on-one business visits, Kittleman will host a Business Roundtable on Friday, April 27 from noon to 1:30 pm. The event, which is open to CEOs and business owners, will bring business owners and leaders together for a collaborative conversation about business topics in the county. Space is limited and registration required for participants.

“This roundtable will give me an opportunity to meet people from many types of businesses who can share their experiences, ideas and concerns. The conversation helps inform future decisions and polices and the connections made are invaluable,” said Kittleman.

Businesses can register for in-person Business Appreciation Week appointments through the following link: baw2018.eventbrite.com.

Business owners and CEOs can apply to be a part of the County Executive’s Business Roundtable through the following link bawroundtable2018.eventbrite.com

Questions regarding the roundtable or business visits can be directed to HCEDA’s Director of Marketing and Communications Brian Sheavly at bsheavly@hceda.org.

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