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For Marriott International, differences among their suppliers is not just beneficial—it is imperative to their success. For well over 25 years, diversity and inclusion has been part of Marriott’s business model. Today, the company partners with over 4,000 diverse-owned businesses across the globe. 

In Maryland’s largest and most minority-populated city, conversations about race run neighborhood-by-neighborhood. The geography determines whether they’re typical or taboo. But in a time of cultural questioning, more and more businesses are starting and supporting the kind of dialogue that makes a difference.

Stephen J. Woerner, P.E., Secretary/Treasurer of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, will be honored as the Eagle Scout Executive of the Year by the Baltimore Area Council of Boy Scouts of America at the 2015 Gathering of Eagles event to be held at Martin’s West on Thursday, October 29th.

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce went before the Maryland Economic Development and Business Competitiveness (Augustine) Commission on September 9 and presented a set of recommendations, developed by the Chamber’s Tax Policy Committee, aimed at improving the business climate in the State.

The Regulatory Reform Commission is conducting a comprehensive review of Maryland’s regulatory climate in an effort to identify problems that could potentially impact Maryland businesses.

Maryland Chamber of Commerce member companies contribute millions of dollars and tens of thousands of man-hours to charitable organizations in Maryland each year.  The Maryland Chamber and the Baltimore Business Journal present the Maryland Business Philanthropy Awards each year to recognize the business community’s philanthropic efforts.

On Monday, July 6th, 2015, the Department of Labor released a proposed rule to update the regulations defining and delimiting the exemptions for “white collar” employees. These regulations are a result of President Obama’s 2014 Presidential Memorandum to update and modernize the overtime regulations.

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce Business Policy Conference is making a return for 2015. The Conference will be held October 13-14 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina in Cambridge, MD and we are pleased to announce AT&T as our Presenting Sponsor.

With an understanding there is still much to be done, the Maryland Competitiveness Coalition held its latest meeting and strategic planning session at Turf Valley in Ellicott City on July 29.

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce hosted an executive roundtable discussion with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot on Tuesday, July 28 at the Chamber headquarters in Annapolis.

The U.S. Senate, in a rare Sunday session, voted to advance legislation that would revive the federal Export-Import Bank.

On Saturday, July 25, Governor Larry Hogan was named chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) Economic Development and Commerce Committee.