Chamber Update: May 8, 2023

May 8, 2023 

Commentary | Unlocking Maryland’s Economic Potential

The Baltimore Sun recently published an Op-Ed from President & CEO Mary D. Kane sharing information from our recently published 2023 Competitiveness Redbook for Maryland.

The data we’ve uncovered shows that, while there are areas of strength, Maryland and its businesses are grappling with high costs of living and high business costs, high taxation rates, a challenging business environment, and restrictive economic, fiscal and regulatory policies. These factors make it challenging to attract and retain businesses, support growth and provide Marylanders with ample job opportunities.

Take a look at the data uncovered in the Redbook and what it means for Maryland in the full op-ed in The Baltimore Sun.


Spotlights | Where Maryland Ranks

As we’ve reviewed the data from the 2023 Competitiveness Redbook, we’ve been sharing highlights detailing where Maryland ranks in terms of key economic indicators and what that means for Maryland’s economy, business community and policymakers. Take a look at our recent spotlights, and keep an eye on your inbox for future snapshots showing where Maryland ranks for minimum wage, housing appreciation, educational attainment and spending and more.

See where Maryland’s business climate ranks

Explore what population and workforce data in Maryland tells us

Take a look at where Maryland’s tax rates rank

Explore all of the ranking data for Maryland in the 2023 Competitiveness Redbook for Maryland, and get a helpful understanding of the realities facing Maryland’s business community and economy.


Webinar Recording | Looking back at the 2023 Legislative Session

Watch our informative webinar recapping the 2023 Legislative Session, where our expert Government Affairs team provides their insights and analysis of the session and the legislation you need to be aware of.





Member Spotlight | Cheaper Than a Geek

Cheaper Than a Geek is a Maryland-based IT support company founded 23 years ago after founder and Chief Nerd Chris Barber experienced and witnessed firsthand that people and businesses were finding it difficult to secure quality, top-notch IT support that prioritized customer service above all else. We sat down with Chris Barber, Chief Nerd at Cheaper Than a Geek, to get his insights on entrepreneurship, what inspired him to start his company, the challenges he’s faced and more. Learn more about Chris and the important work he’s doing at Cheaper Than a Geek and in the Maryland business community.


Exclusive Event | Inspire MD 2023 – This Week!

Do you have your tickets for Inspire MD yet? If not, be sure to purchase them today so you don’t miss out on this fun, inspiring event! Plus, help us honor the significant contributions of several top businesspeople, public servants and future leaders, including our 2023 award winners:

Maryland Business Hall of Fame Inductees: Sheela Murthy, Founder & President, Murthy Law Firm and Mike Rosenbaum, Founder of Catalyte and Arena Analytics.

Public Service Award Winner: Senator Delores Goodwin Kelley

Rising Star Award Winners: RJ Batts, Inventor & CEO, Picklehead LLC, Courtney Delatorre, Analyst – Defense Affairs, Emergent BioSolutions, Ali von Paris, CEO & Founder, Route One Apparel, and David White, Tomorrow’s Bio Today.


Helpful Resources for Businesses 

Webinar: Complying with Maryland’s New Employment Laws – 2023: Watch this informative webinar from the experts at Shawe Rosenthal LLP and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Andrew Griffin, explaining the obligations of and providing guidance on compliance with Maryland’s new employment laws. Watch the webinar recording.

Sign the Prompt Pay Pledge: Join a coalition of businesses committed to helping small suppliers find economic success. Sign the pledge to help small businesses manage their capital and improve cash flow. Learn more.

Grant opportunities for businesses to install EV charging stations: The Maryland Clean Energy Center has partnered with numerous counties and private entities to submit an application for the Federal Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program. The deadline for submission is May 29, 2023. Learn more here.

Regional Broadband Conference: The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Office of Statewide Broadband is hosting an upcoming regional conference to learn more about broadband and digital equity funding and provide input into the state’s plans for infrastructure deployment and digital equity support. The next session of the conference will be held at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne on May 24, 2023. Learn more and register.

The 15th edition of the Maryland Human Resources Manual is now available! Written in plain English by top employment lawyers and Maryland Chamber members Shawe Rosenthal LLP, the HR Library helps employers navigate the pitfalls and traps in the employment law jungle. Learn more and access this resource today.

Future Work Trends Small Businesses Need to Know: The world of work is changing, and small businesses need to be looking ahead at future trends to stay competitive and retain talent. Learn more in this helpful article from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Meet the Chamber | Theresa Montano, Director of Member Engagement

Theresa Montano joined us recently as the Director of Member Engagement.


An accomplished sales and chamber professional, Theresa is excited to get to work supporting members and the Maryland business community.


Learn more about Theresa, including what plans to focus on in her new role and some fun facts you’ll want to know!


Questions? Contact us at or (410) 269-0642.





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Mary D. Kane: Unlocking Maryland’s economic potential | Commentary in The Baltimore Sun