Havre de Grace

Office of Economic Development

Upcoming Events

Monday, March 4

            The International Council of Shopping Centers, ICSC, will hold the Annual Mid-Atlantic Deal Makers Conference at the Gaylord National Conference Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD, from Sunday, March 3 through Tues., March 5. The conference will feature numerous presentations and special training opportunities, as well as a retailers and dealmakers mall for franchises and other retail and restaurant businesses seeking to expand into the Mid-Atlantic market.

         The Mayor and Council of Havre de Grace will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, March 4, at Havre de Grace City Hall, 711 Pennington Ave., Havre de Grace.

            The exhibit Votes for Women: Taking Our Place in Politics, continues in March at Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Rd., Bel Air, in the Hays-Heighe House during regular college hours.

Tuesday, March 5

            The International Council of Shopping Centers, ICSC, will hold the Annual Mid-Atlantic Deal Makers Conference at the Gaylord National Conference Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD, from Sunday, March 3 through Tues., March 5. The conference will feature numerous presentations and special training opportunities, as well as a retailers and dealmakers mall for franchises and other retail and restaurant businesses seeking to expand into the Mid-Atlantic market.

            The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory will host the inaugural National Health Symposium March 5 to 6, 2019 at the Kossiakoff Center in Laurel, MD. The symposium will focus on the translation of advances in research and development to the delivery of care in all settings. Bringing together leaders in research and operations this program will explore the latest breakthroughs and identify practical approaches to overcoming barriers to engineer an envisioned future for health. The inaugural symposium will feature several distinguished speakers including Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono, Director of the Defense Health Agency. To register, learn more or with questions visit www.ndia.org.

            Performer Kate Campbell Stevenson brings to live early women’s rights activists Abigail Adams, Rose Crabtree, Alice Paul and Eleanor Roosevelt in Amending America: How Women Won the Vote, Tues., March 5, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The living history presentation will give a better understanding of women’s history and their struggles that empowers us all for the future. There is no admission fee for this program at the Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Rd., Bel Air, Student Center, Room 243, but reservations are recommended. Make reservations by calling 443-412-2539 or email the college at haysheighe@harford.edu

            While you are in Havre de Grace for the Mardi Gras Parade down Bourbon Street and onto Washington Street, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, don’t miss the chance to enjoy dinner or cocktails at our downtown restaurants or in-store specials offered by our numerous merchants.

Wednesday, March 6

            The Harford Leadership Academy, HLA, Class of 2019, will hold their Ethical Leadership session from 9 a.m. to noon at Harford Community College, in Edgewood Hall, Room 132. This session will be facilitated by Erika Quesenbery Sturgill, Director of Economic Development for the City of Havre de Grace and a graduate of HLA Class of 2018.

            Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Rd., Bel Air, will host STEM Advising Night, Wednesday, March 6, from 6-8 p.m., in Darlington Hall, Room 202. Students interested in science, technology, engineering and/or math careers will have the opportunity to speak with faculty, staff and other students from STEM majors at Harford. Students and parents will learn about majors, related careers, scholarship opportunities and how classes will transfer to other colleges and universities in addition to planning for classes needed to complete their majors. To register email stem@harford.edu.

Thursday, March 7

The Regional Manufacturing Institute, RMI, CEO Corporate Challenge Bot Fighting March Madness with Ray Lewis will be held at Star Academy, 2032 Greenspring Dr., Timonium. Power52, Star academy and Offit Kurman have joined together to invite CEOs and business owners to fight robots at this CEO Corporate Challenge Thursday, March 7. Presidents, CEOs and business owners will compete against one another for company bragging rights and social media stardom in the March Madness-style competition with all proceeds from the event going to the Power52 Foundation and Baltimore Robotics Center to fund solar and STEM education programs in Baltimore. Cost for the event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. is $52 with registration available at www.offitkurman.com or by contacting Bryan Lawson 301-575-0397 or blawson@offitkurman.com

                The Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership, MEP, Assessing Impacts of Growth on Your Business program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, March 7, at MD MEP, 8894 Stanford Blvd., Suite 304, Columbia, MD. The program will highlight areas that require special consideration in a growth environment, understanding and predicting impact of growth, straightforward strategies to maintain business alignment with your growth plan, and review of real-world case studies and examples. Cost of the full day program is $200 and reservations can be made at www.mdmep.org.

                The International Economic Development Council, IEDC, will present a free virtual learning opportunity with Promote Your Community Like a Startup, Thursday, March 7 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. With a limited budget, organizations have to be creative to find ways to promote their services, products and thought leadership. Municipalities and EDOs are no exception. Thankfully technology has made it extremely affordable or even at no cost to get the word out to the public at large. For those in the tech sector using software is as familiar as speaking a native language, but from talking to hundreds of economic developers, Townfolio realized that there are budgetary pain points and unavailable technical skills that need to be overcome to market organizations efforts effectively. Join IEDC and Townfolio for this webinar to learn about no and low-cost tools available for communities of all sizes. Visit www.iedconline.org to register of for more information.

Tuesday, March 12

                The Chesapeake Professional Women’s Network, CPWN, will hold their March Networking Lunch Tuesday, March 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 510 Johnny’s, 510 Marketplace Dr., Bel Air. The topic will be Workplace Safety with Sheriff Jeff Gahler, sponsored by Michele Alessi of Jeffrey Horowitz Plastic Surgery. Cost is $25 for members, $35 for guests, and a fee of $10 for walk-ins subject to availability. Visit www.cpwnet.org to register.

            The Regional Manufacturing Institute, RMI, Member Networking Event at The Still Timonium, 2323 York Rd., Lutherville-Timonium, will be Thursday, March 12, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. To register email Peter Gourlay, Vice President, RMI, at peter.gourlay@rmiofmaryland.com or call 443-275-2489.

                The Baltimore Business Journal will hold the Towson Biz Mix at Circle East, 1 E. Joppa Rd., Towson, Tuesday, March 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of networking with generation admission $25 per person by visiting www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/event

Wednesday, March 13

        The Army Alliance Annual Luncheon, advocating for the Aberdeen Proving Ground Mission at the Federal and State level, will feature Col. Robert L. Livingston and Bryson Popham, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, at The Bayou, 927 Pulaski Hwy., Havre de Grace. Please register in advance by March 5, 2019  by calling 410-838-2769 or apgarmyalliance.gmail.com.

            The Route 40 Business Association March Luncheon will be held at Wetlands Golf Club, 740 Gilbert Rd., Aberdeen, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, sponsored by Boyle Buick GMC Truck. The speaker schedule dis Len Parrish, Director of Community and Economic Development for Harford County. The luncheon is $25 for members and $30 for non-members and registration is required at www.route40business.com

Thursday, March 14

        The Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce March Luncheon will be held at the Bayou Restaurant from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at $20 per person. Harford County Council President Patrick Vincenti will be the guest speaker at the luncheon sponsored by Landmark Science and Engineering.

Harford Leadership Academy Alumni Association, HLAAA, will hold Harford Has It Talent and Mix and Mingle Show from 5 to 8 p.m. at Harford Community College, 501 Thomas Run Rd., Bel Air.

Historic preservationist and community planner Kacy Rohn researches suffrage activities in Maryland with the support of the Maryland Historic Trust created a Story Map of important people, places and events, which she will share during her lecture Thursday, March 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The lecture Maryland Women’s Suffrage Movement will be held at the Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Rd., Bel Air, at the Hays-Heighe House. There is now admission fee but reservations are strongly recommended by calling 443-412-2539 or email haysheighe@harford.edu

Saturday, March 16

        Harford Community College is celebrating Harford’s farms and foods with a Gathering at the Community Table called Food, Farmers and Community: Opening the Dialogue, Saturday, March 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will be held at Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Rd., Bel Air, in Edgewood Hall’s Room 132. Learn from guest speakers about a variety of topics and discuss issues facing food producers and consumers in Harford County; the current state of Harford’s agriculture and food system; and the advantages of buying local. Registration is $10 and includes a breakfast and lunch buffet with locally-sourced foods. For information contact Sharon Stowers at sstowers@harford.edu or 443-412-2059 or register for tickets at www.harford.edu

            The Havre de Grace Joseph L. Davis American Legion Post #47 will hold a Centennial Birthday Party Sat., March 16 from 5 to 8 pm. Years of service pins will be awarded for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60 years of service to the American Legion. All American Legion family members are invited to join in for surprise food and games.

Tuesday, March 19

        Join Baltimore Business Journal Publisher Rhonda Pringle and BBJ staff to learn the ins and outs of the BBJ’s Insider’s membership club Tuesday, March 19, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The event, at $25 per person, will be held at the Baltimore Business Journal Office, 36 S. Charles St., 2nd Floor, Conference Center, Baltimore. Register by visiting www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/event

Wednesday, March 20

            Kickstart your Business Growth at The GroundFloor, 2021-D Pulaski Hwy., Havre de Grace, Wed., March 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. Learn from an industry professional the nine principles that address strategic planning for long-term sustainability; getting and keeping control of your time, team and budget; and maintaining your momentum. Reserve our spot for this free event by emailing lmkrysiak@harfordcountymd.gov

Thursday, March 21

                The International Economic Development Corporation, IEDC, webinar Get in the (Opportunity) Zone will be Thursday, March 21, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The webinar is $95 for IEDC members and $135 for non-members. The Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development will host the webinar at no charge at the GroundFloor, 2021-D Pulaski Hwy., Havre de Grace. One of the most impactful components of the 2017 tax bill was the inclusion of a new program for distressed communities – the Opportunity Zone program. More than a year has passed and the Treasury Department has completed its designations and funds are being set aside to be invested into designated communities. In this 90-minute webinar we’ll discuss current regulations for the zones, funds and best practices for taking advantage of the program, based in part on the successes and failures of past “zone” initiatives. To register for this course online as opposed to participating in the presentation at The GroundFloor visit www.iedconline.org/virtual

Friday, March 22

                Maryland Economic Development Association, MEDA 2019 Primer for Economic Development in Maryland, will be held 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Loyola University of Maryland, Columbia Campus, Program 230, 8890 McGaw Rd., Columbia. Providing an introduction and overview of how Maryland practices economic development, attendees will quickly develop a network of resources and link people and faces, all while building camaraderie among participants to further Maryland’s economic development team. This course is designed for those who are new to economic development in Maryland in addition to strategic partners in collaborative industries. Cost is $75 per person at www.medamd.com

Tuesday, March 26

                The Maryland Defense Supply Chain Connectivity Forum will be Tuesday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Sheraton Baltimore-Washington Airport Hotel, 1100 Old Elkridge Landing Rd., Linthicum. This forum will connect companies, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and agencies looking to network for new opportunities with Maryland businesses. The Maryland Department of Commerce, in partnership with Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership, MD MEP, is excited to present this forum that will provide companies the opportunity to learn OEM supplier needs and what investments and steps will be necessary to enter various commercial markets. The agenda includes general learning as well as opportunities to meet one-on-one with OEMS. Registration is $50 per person by visiting www.mdmep.org

Thursday, March 28

                Social activism around women’s rights is gaining momentum again today and so is support for the ERA. Join us to watch some of the 1970s arguments recreated at Historical Debate Night: The Equal Rights Amendment, and share your own views on the amendment as well. There is no admission fee for this event at Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Rd., Bel Air, at the Hays-Heighe-House, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., but reservations are recommended. Call 443-412-2539 or email haysheighe@harford.edu to register.

                The Baltimore Business Journal Family Owned Business Awards to honor multi-generational family-owned businesses will be Thurs., March 28, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at The Assembly Room, 318-316 Guilford Ave., Baltimore. Tickets are $85 per person. The event celebrates closely held businesses in Baltimore area for overall excellence, innovation, ethics, philanthropy and contribution to the strength of our region. For details or to register visit www.bizjournals.com/baltimore

Friday, March 29

            The Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development will host the Directors of Economic Development for Harford’s three municipalities for an Economic Development Coordination meeting 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 15 N. Main St., Bel Air.

            Maryland Economic Development Association, MEDA, is holding a Highlighting Economic Development and Higher Education in Maryland event, Friday, March 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will be at the University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business Atrium, 11 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. Partnerships between higher education and economic development are key to Maryland’s economy. Join in this fourth in a series of conservations that highlight these unique partnerships. Visit www.medamd.com for details.

Saturday, March 30

            The St. Baldrick’s Havre de Grace Head Shaving Event will be Sat., March 30, from noon to 6 p.m. at Bill Bateman’s Bistro, 2021 Pulaski Hwy., Havre de Grace.

Monday, April 1

            The Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership, MEP, will participate in the Manufacturing & Technology Conference in Pittsburg, PA, Monday, April 1 through Wednesday April 3. The conference, led by Industry Week, attracts manufacturers from all over the United States to learn about topics related to advanced manufacturing, the technology and trends that are influencing the industry and how you can apply these practices in your organization. With educational tracks in the areas of factory automation, talent management, continuous improvement, smart manufacturing and supply chain, there are learning opportunities for individuals in all areas of organization. MD MEP has invited a contingent of Maryland Manufacturing companies to join as guests at the event with a $400 per person discount for guests.

Tuesday, April 2

                In the first decades of the 20th century, dozens of Goucher students and faculty took part in marches, protests, and pickets for women’s suffrage, while the college administration struggled to develop a firm stance on the matter. This lecture by Tina Hirsch Sheller, assistant professor of history and historic preservation at Goucher College, uncovers the story by bringing together Goucher alumnae with the college librarian and the curator for special collections. Together they reclaimed a proud part of Goucher’s history as an outstanding women’s college. There is no admission fee but reservations are strongly recommended for A Nursery for Militant Suffragists: Activism at Goucher College by calling 443-412-2539 or email haysheighe@harford.edu.

Thursday, April 4

          The Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development will host a Free Franchise Resource Seminar, Thursday, April 4, from 8 to 10 a.m.   The resource day will feature a panel of experienced local franchise owners, representatives from local and state business resources, a presentation from an industry expert on starting and maintaining a franchise. The event will be held at The GroundFloor, 2021 Pulaski Hwy., Suite D, Havre de Grace and light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Lisa Krysiak at lmkrysiak@harfordcountymd.gov or 410-638-3059.

            The Harford County Chamber of Commerce Educational Seminar Series continues with Jonita Shoaff facilitating the session on Effective Presentations and Communications, Thurs., April 4, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The session will be held at Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Rd., Bel Air. To register or for details visit www.harfordchambermd.com for this series sponsored by Harford Community College and the Harford County Public Library.

        The Harford Leadership Alumni Association will host a Networking Social for the Harford Leadership Academy Class of 2019 at Bata Club Water’s Edge from 5 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 11

                Maryland Cyber Day is Thursday, April 11, at the Maryland Live Hotel in Hanover. From 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. there will be a Marketplace featuring an innovation showcase, cybersecurity product and service company expo, ask an expert information stations, live cyber trivia, a fireside chat with industry experts and network. The Marketplace is a “one stop shop” for business, government agencies and non-profit organizations of every size in every industry to get local helpful guidance and answers, identify solutions to meet needs ,and connect with 100+ Maryland providers of cybersecurity information, technologies and services. From 5 to 9 p.m. the Maryland Cybersecurity Awards will cap the day with Defender of the Year, Innovator of the Year, Cybersecurity Champion, Industry Resource, Diversity Trailblazer, Cyber Warrior Woman of the Year and Company to Watch. To register visit www.mycyber.com or if you have questions contact Sam Conklin at Sam@mdcyber.com or 443-376-8667.

Saturday, April 13

            The Havre de Grace Lockhouse, 817 Conesteo Street, Havre de Grace hosts the 2019 Lock House Craft Beer & Wine Festival, from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 13. Tickets are $35 each for general admission and free for designated drivers. This festival, which kicked off last year to sell-out crowds, brings together some of the best Maryland breweries, wineries and distilleries in one amazing event. There will be live music, artisans, and food celebrating all things Maryland. Admission includes a souvenir tasting cup, unlimited samples from breweries, wineries and distilleries from around Maryland including RavenBeer, Whistle Stop Winery, Dove Valley Vineyard, II Dolce Winery, BlueDyer Distilling Company, Lyon Distilling Company, Twin Valley Distillers, and Gray Wolf Craft Distilling. Wine and cocktails will also be available for purchase as well as bottles to take home. The festival benefits the Lock  house Museum. For tickets to this 21+ event visit Eventbrite or email lockhousemuseum@gmail.com while vendors can inquire at info@clusterandvine.com

                The Second Biennial Harford County Youth & Family Resource Festival will be Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Harford Community College’s APG Federal Credit Union Arena. Connect your product or service with hundreds of families at this exciting resource fair for children, youth and families. Sponsors and vendors are sought who have services for children of all abilities such as summer camps, tutoring, behavioral health, summer employment, college application support, fingerprinting, ID services, and more. Contact scbowker@harfordcountymd.gov to learn more.

                The Baltimore Business Journal Best in Real Estate Awards is Thursday, April 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., location TBD. Join the BBJ and top players in the Baltimore region’s real estate industry as we honor the biggest deals and top projects. Tickets are $125 per person or $4,500 for a corporate table package. Visit www.bizjournals.com/baltimore to register or learn more.

Thursday, April 18

            The Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, EAGB, will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, April 18, at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St., Baltimore.

Sunday, April 28

            The 2019 Maryland Economic Development, MEDA Annual Conference, will be held April 28 through April 30, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, 100 Heron Blvd., Cambridge. The theme this year is Transforming Lives through Inclusive Economic Development discoursing how a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion in economic development enriches communities.  To register or learn more visit www.medamd.com.

Monday, April 29

            The 2019 Maryland Economic Development, MEDA Annual Conference, will be held today through April 30, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, 100 Heron Blvd., Cambridge. The theme this year is Transforming Lives through Inclusive Economic Development discoursing how a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion in economic development enriches communities.  To register or learn more visit www.medamd.com.

Tuesday, April 30

            The 2019 Maryland Economic Development, MEDA Annual Conference, will wrap up today, April 30, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, 100 Heron Blvd., Cambridge. The theme this year is Transforming Lives through Inclusive Economic Development discoursing how a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion in economic development enriches communities.  To register or learn more visit www.medamd.com.

Thursday, June 6

        The graduation ceremonies for the Harford Leadership Academy Class of 2019 will be held Thursday, June 6, at the Chesapeake Center Dining Room at Harford Community College in Bel Air.