The ACE awards are presented annually to deserving Chamber members in good standing who have developed successful business strategies, served the community and demonstrated a continuing commitment to the Chamber’s overall mission.

Awards for Chamber Excellence


Our 2019 Awards for Chamber Excellence will be handed out at our Signature Event, October 5, 2019. 

Nominate an Outstanding Business or Individual!

2019 Howard County Chamber of Commerce ACE Application

ACE Criteria- 2019

See all of the past ACE winners in the Hall of Fame .

Congratulations to the outstanding volunteers who received Awards for Chamber Excellence at our Annual Meeting, May 16, 2019:

  • Young Professional of the Year: Courtney Banks , Level One Personnel, Inc. 
  • Ambassador of the Year: Flora Betro, Target Marketing
  • GovConnects Advocate of the Year: Dickie George, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Chairman’s Award for Volunteer Services: Tom Burtzlaff, CMIT Solutions of Columbia & Dr. Kate Hetherington, Howard Community College 

The following businesses and people received the 2018 Awards for Chamber Excellence at our 2018 Signature Event.

  • Large Business of the Year: Tower Federal Credit Union
  • Small Business of the Year: Tino’s Italian Bistro
  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Creig Northrop
  • Business Person of the Year: Greg Fitchitt, The Howard Hughes Corporation
  • GovConnects Business of the Year: Sparksoft Corporation
  • Exemplar of the Year: Dick Story
  • Community Impact Award: Pam Long, Pam Long Photography

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