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.

Thank you to Jacqueline Hlavin, Regional Audit Manager at DCAA, who joined us at our first CFO Roundtable discussion in January. If you're interested in lively discussions about working successfully with the federal government, we would love to welcome you. Please contact Maureen Thomas, executive director of GovConnects, about participating at our next event or registering for the annual series.

Just a few moments from a memorable C-Level Dinner in November 2015 at Ramshead Tavern at the HorseShoe Casino:

THANK YOU to all the Cyber 6.0 attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers, and speakers! This was a fantastic event. 

 County Executive Kittleman 
Proclaims 2015 Cyber Day
 The Exhibit hall was a great
place to network, meet up with 
old and new business partners.
 Sarah Helble wins TechTalks
Challenge for her "Sparse 2-D
Authentication" presentation.

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.