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MDCC Federal Initiatives on Behalf of our Membership
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce has drafted and sent multiple communications in support of our advocacy efforts for the benefit of our members and businesses in the state of Maryland. For copies of those letters to use as reference or samples in your own outreach see below:
Leadership Maryland obtained its 50(c)3 designation
Provided professional development courses via Walt Disney
The first African-American chair was named
The first female chair was named
November 1, 1968
The Maryland Chamber was formed in 1968 to better serve the needs of a growing statewide constituency and to provide a single advocate’s voice for business throughout the state. Headquartered in Baltimore, the Maryland Chamber shared administrative resources with the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Baltimore, later known as the Greater Baltimore Committee.
February 25, 1971
The first formal meeting of the Board of Directors was held on February 25, 1971 in Annapolis. The initial group was made up of 102 businesses predominately in the Baltimore metropolitan area.
In 1975, Maryland Chamber of Commerce moved headquarters from Baltimore to Annapolis to have a greater presence in the state’s capital.
In August 1985, the Manufacturers Association (MMA), a state trade group representing approximately 90 manufacturers statewide, merged into the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. Today, the MMA is a separate council within the Chamber with its own executive committee, chairmen and over 300 members.
Published the Maryland Chamber’s first annual Issues Briefing Book to inform legislators about important business concerns. The Maryland Chamber Foundation is formed to strengthen business involvement with education.
The Health Care Reform Act of 1993 included long-standing Maryland Chamber proposals for small group market reform and creation of data review commission.
Leadership Maryland obtained its 50(c)3 designation in February 1993. At the time, the organization was an affiliate of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.
The Maryland Chamber and the Carroll County Chamber’s Board of Directors brought the Disney Institute’s The Keys to Excellence professional development courses to Maryland in May 2004. The program included four 90-minute presentations that explored business practices used at the Walt Disney World Resort.
In 2006, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce named Bill Roberts, former president of Verizon, as its first African-American chair.
In 2007, the Maryland Chamber named Betty Buck, president of Buck Distributing Company, as its first female chair.