About GovConnects

The Howard County Chamber’s Business-to-Government Initiative

GovConnects is a specialized program launched by the Howard County Chamber of Commerce focused on the Federal Government Contracting Industry. GovConnects works to educate and connect local industry participants with opportunities and represent their interests in the wider community to positively impact the region's economic future.

The Chamber created GovConnects to enable Chamber members to benefit from the significant growth of the cybersecurity industry and other federal contracting activity in Maryland. Business opportunities have been generated by the physical presence of U.S. Cyber Command, NSA, and defense contractors in and around Howard County. GovConnects serves a resource for area businesses, providing educational opportunities, a forum for networking focused specifically on this niche market, targeted events and current information guided by experienced contracting participants.

Thursday, September 10 - Cyber 6.0 Conference: "Migration to the Cloud" - Challenges and Vulnerabilities/Opportunities and Solutions

On September 10 at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s (APL) Kossiakoff Center, in Laurel, we will have two Keynote speakers.

William Arbaugh, CTO and President of Five Directions, will discuss current cloud technology strengths and weaknesses and what the future of cloud use in the foreseeable future.

LTG(R) Rhett Hernandez, first commander of U.S. Army CyberCommand, will address the needs and activities from the military angle.

Back by popular demand, Mentoring in a Minute (15-minute sessions) and Tech Talks — where small businesses can pitch their products and services to large primes and potential joint venture partners — will be part of the larger conference agenda.  More details are available at www.govconnectscyber.com.

2015 Spring Government Contracting Academy

GovConnects offered a four part Spring Education Series of two-hour workshops to provide valuable, practical information in an interactive class environment. This series of continuing education on current topics directly relating to government contracting will be scheduled for Fall 2015. Watch for details. CPE Credit can be earned from participation.

2015 Women in Government Contracting Forum

Women in Government Contracting Leadership Forum was the focal point for interaction and discussion among government and industry leaders looking to share their knowledge and learn from others during a special day with Claire Shipman, co-author of Womenomics and The Confidence Code.  Claire explained how research shows that men come by their confidence “honestly,” while many women need to be prodded in order to gain the confidence they need to succeed. Shipman, the keynote speaker at the GovConnects organized event on March 20, was just the first of many speakers and panelists from the government and industry to share their experiences and insights with more than 100 women (and men) on their different approaches to success within the contracting community.