Mission: The Howard County Business Advisory Council serves as a sounding board for the GBC in Howard County. It engages local business involvement and resources in a regionally focused approach toward business climate issues. It also monitors changes in legislation that affect their jurisdiction and develops policy statements for the GBC to use to advocate on behalf of the business community to local and state legislators. The council also promotes economic development opportunities and quality of life in the county.
Chair: Currently, GBC President and CEO Donald C. Fry serves as the head of the Howard County Business Advisory Council. The GBC will select a member company as the new committee chair.
Membership: The Howard County Business Advisory Council includes the following member companies: Alliance Engineering, Boomershine Consulting Group, ezStorage Corporation, Howard Bank, Jones Lang LaSalle, MedStar Health, Susquehanna Bank, The J.K. Meek Group at Graystone Consulting, The Maryland Hospital Association and W.R. Grace & Co.
What does the committee do? The council provided the GBC with regional input, including research, data and testimony for the GBC’s Chesapeake Conference of CEOs. The conference is a facilitated, day-long series of workshops that focuses on issues related to strengthening Maryland’s business climate.
In addition, the council often invites speakers to meetings to keep members informed about developments in key areas, such as monitoring the status of downtown Columbia revitalization, researching and exploring the regulatory process in Maryland, including how business can work collaboratively with government to develop regulations, Howard County’s annual budget, including reviewing the various revenue sources and how each dollar is spent in the county and on transportation.
Staff: Sophia Silbergeld, 410-727-2820