Howard County Chamber Frequently Asked Questions

Below, we have provided answers for the most commonly asked questions about the Howard County Chamber of Commerce. Should you have any additional questions about the Chamber or require further assistance, please contact us.

  • What is a chamber of commerce?

    A chamber of commerce is a not-for-profit, membership-based organization, whose main purpose is to improve the business climate within a specific region. The Howard County Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to advance the growth and success of the business community by serving as the voice of business, providing information and resources, and facilitating connections.

  • Is the Chamber part of the Howard County government?

    No, the Howard County Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit, membership-driven organization that is funded entirely by our members and sponsors.

  • How many members does the Howard County Chamber of Commerce have?

    While the actual number of members changes daily, the Chamber currently has more than 700 member businesses. Search the Chamber’s Member Directory.

  • How many directors does the Howard County Chamber of Commerce have on its board?

    The Howard County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has up to 35 members.

  • Are non-members allowed to attend Chamber-sponsored events?

    Yes, however non-members typically pay a higher registration fee to attend. See our complete listing of Chamber events.

  • How much does it cost to join the Howard County Chamber of Commerce?

    Membership dues vary depending on the size of your organization. For more information about your membership level, contact our membership services representative, or call 410-730-4111 ext. 114. You also can fill out our online membership application.

  • Do you hold regular meetings?

    The Howard County Chamber has frequent networking events and programs. You also can become a member of a Chamber committee.

  • How do I join?

    Apply online. If you have further questions, contact our membership services representative or call 410-730-4111 ext. 114.

  • Why should I join?

    Businesses that are Chamber members support the overall Howard County business climate by helping the Chamber speak out as the voice of business on public policy and other issues. The Howard County Chamber offers a wide variety of member benefits, including member rates for events, member-only programs and opportunities to promote your business.

  • Where is the Chamber located?

    The Howard County Chamber of Commerce is located at:

    5560 Sterrett Place, Suite 105
    Columbia, MD 21044
    Ph: 410-730-4111
    Fax: 410-730-4584

  • How can I get in touch with Chamber staff members?

    Visit the Who’s Who section for specific staff member contact information.

  • How can I get a list of Howard County Chamber members?

    Review the Chamber’s online directory to see businesses that are Chamber members. Chamber members who wish to purchase mailing labels or an electronic spreadsheet of members addresses should call 410-730-4111 or email the communications department. Out of respect to our members, we do not share email addresses.

  • I am starting a new business. Can you help me?

    Joining the Chamber is a great way for a new business to make valuable connections that lead to success. To get your business up and running, consider contacting the following member businesses and local resources that can help you:

    • Certified Public Accountants
    • Marketing Firms
    • Lawyers
    • Banks
    • Commercial Real estate

    Helpful information is also available from these community organizations:

  • I would like to make a complaint about a business. Who should I contact?

    Contact The Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland at 410-347-3990 or Howard County Consumer Affairs at 410-313-6420.

  • I have a question about my child’s school. Who should I contact?

    Visit the Howard County Public School System or call 410-313-6600.

  • Where is the best place to live?

    Looking to move to Howard County or relocate within the county? Read more about the area in the Live and Work in Howard County section of this website. You can also Contact a local realtor.

  • How can I get visitor information?

    Learn more about visiting Howard County here on our website, or contact Howard County Tourism. For the County Visitor’s Center, call 410-313-1900.

  • How can I look up my company listing or another company listings?

  • How can I change my company listing on the online directory?

    If your company information has changed, please email info@howardchamber.com with the necessary corrections. You also can change your company information through the Members Only section.

  • Can I use the Chamber logo on my website?

    Members are encouraged to use the “Proud Member of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce” logo on their website. View the logo usage policy and download the logo.

  • Can I use the Chamber's facilities for my meeting?

    The Howard County Chamber of Commerce Conference Room is available for rental to Chamber members for meetings during regular business hours. Use of the room is restricted to business purposes, and it is not available for parties or receptions. Room rental is $75.00 for meetings of four hours or less, or $100.00 for a full day. Reservations can be made by calling 410-730-4111 or emailing info@howardchamber.com.