AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter (AFCEA-CMD) is a non-profit membership association dedicated to providing an ethical, interactive forum for sharing knowledge and building relationships across government, military, industry and academia.

Our Chapter focuses primarily on enabling the intelligence missions of today and tomorrow through education and investment in talented people.  We accomplish our goal by promoting the continuing education of current IT professionals, and supporting the education of future leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  Each year, proceeds from our corporate sponsors and Chapter events enable us to award over $200,000 to qualified students and teachers through scholarships, endowments, and grants.

Chapter News

The chapter's Small Business Committee led by VP of Small Business, Angie Lienert, vice president of small business and president and CEO of Intelligenesis, arranged an event hosted at the DreamPort in Columbia, Maryland, where members of the Maryland Department of Commerce and Military spoke about various benefits and programs available to Small Businesses working with U.S. Department of Defense installations and agencies. With over 40 people in attendance, Lisa Swoboda from the Office of Military and Federal Affairs (OMFA), noted that the total military impact to the state is valued at $57.5 billion and that Maryland ranks in the top five states for defense spending. More importantly for this audience, Swoboda highlighted that Maryland is ranked second for Army small business spending. Further, she discussed several financial tools available to many small businesses working with Defense Department installations and agencies. These tools include loans, tax credits, as well as other support programs designed to provide small businesses with the necessary resources to do business effectively. She and her team from Commerce discussed many interesting and promising programs and networks available to small businesses. A full list of speakers and links to the items they discussed are included below. Following the speakers from the Commerce Department, Denise Bordeaux of Military Career Connect (C3) discussed how small businesses could benefit from working with C3. As she spoke with those in attendance, she shared that C3 is Maryland-wide and initiative focused on building career success for transitioning active-duty service members, active-duty spouses, and recently separated veterans. They offer many tools aimed at connecting businesses with talented and eager veterans looking to enter the workforce following their separation from service. Through their efforts, C3 helps develop and connect candidates with employers and helps both sides navigate and access incentive programs available to ease the transition. C3 is funded by a $4.2 million National Dislocated Workers Grant from U.S. Department of Labor. A big AFCEA Central Maryland thank you goes out to all speakers and the event host DreamPort. The speakers included: Lisa Swoboda, senior director, OMFA; Jennifer White, grant program manager, OMFA; Mike Kelleher, executive director, Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Defense Cybersecurity Assistance Program; Griffin St. Louis, Maryland DefTech Center; Ken McCreedy, director of cyber development, Maryland Commerce; and Denise Bordeaux, C3.
The 12th Annual AFCEA Central Maryland Race for Excellence 5K & Family Fun Run/Walk was held in April. This is one of the chapter's largest fundraisers designed to be an uplifting, family-oriented, community event benefiting the chapter's STEM Scholarship Fund. More than 1,000 participants gathered at the Leidos building in Columbia, Maryland, to embark on the 3.1-mile certified course and 1-mile family-friendly course. Led by Bob Mullen, the race committee organized an outstanding event and raised $100,000 for STEM Scholarships. A check was presented to Martin Barrett, immediate past chapter president. Despite a little wind, it was a great day for the event. Over 80 volunteers supported the run to provide an outstanding venue and safe course. More than 50 teams gathered on the grounds, with Leidos having the largest team and Omnyon winning the fastest team category-a repeat from 2018. The 1st place overall male winner of the 5K was Adam Lazrus, who finished with a time of 18:16. The first place overall female finisher was Kathryn Houser, who clocked a time of 21:25 and was a repeat winner from the 2018 race. Following the race, participants headed to a fantastic and fun after-party at Nottingham's Tavern for drinks, food, music and kids' festivities. The race organizers and chapter members would like to thank everyone who participated, provided sponsorships and contributed to making this event a success.
The 2020 event takes place on 25 April. Come out and join the fun.
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Upcoming Events

12/18/2019Women In Intelligence Group (WIIG) Social
BAE Systems (306 Sentinel), Annapolis Junction, MD
12/18/2019Science Fair: Chesapeake High School
Chesapeake High School, Pasadena, MD
01/08/2020YAC Social at Mutiny (New Location)!
Mutiny Pirate Bar & Island Grille, Elkridge, MD
01/09/2020AFCEA CMD Monthly Luncheon - January
Live! Hotel at Arundel Mills, Hanover, MD
01/14/2020Technology Over Bagels with Kong
Praxis Engineering, Annapolis Junction, MD
02/06/2020AFCEA CMD Monthly Luncheon - February
Live! Hotel at Arundel Mills, Hanover, MD
02/08/2020Valentine Gala
Turf Valley Resort, 2700 Turf Valley Road, Ellicott City, MD
02/11/2020Technology Over Bagels
Praxis Engineering, Annapolis Junction, MD
02/12/2020YAC Social
Mutiny Pirate Bar & Island Grille, Elkridge, MD

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