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 Bull and Oyster Roast in November far exceeded expectations of many attendees. From the engaging retro gaming theme, phenomenal decorations and friendly volunteer staff, the annual event came together with seamless integration. Attendees enjoyed mingling with fellow colleagues, while trying their luck at the new arcades station and legacy game wheels, all in the spirit of raising funds for STEM. At the end of the evening, the top scorers of the arcade station games were awarded the arcades as prizes, which confirmed this new gaming area will be a popular addition and solidifies a new fundraiser revenue stream. The carefully curated silent auction items, donated by local industry companies and commercial entities alike, were integral to raising funds for yearly STEM scholarships. This event was acknowledged as a success, and the overwhelming support of our event station sponsors, general event sponsors, and event/silent auction donors, resulted in the chapter exceeding anticipated fundraising goals. The Young AFCEANs' core event team is busy planning delightful surprises for next year's event. We would be remiss not to mention the hard work and dedication of the event committee, mentors, and volunteers that coordinated all aspects of the event. Due to their commitment over the past several years, the annual roast has experienced a significant attendance increase of over a hundred plus additional guests. The new ideas and ways to engage with the greater AFCEA Central Maryland community have reinvigorated the Annual Bull and Oyster Roast and resulted in achieving the goal of hosting a fun and engaging casual networking event to raise significant funds in support of STEM education and scholarships. The core team looks forward to making this legacy event a continued crowd-pleaser. Mark your calendars for the 2020 AFCEA CMD Bull and Oyster Roast!
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.
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Upcoming Events

04/02/2020AFCEA CMD Monthly Luncheon - April - POSTPONED
The Hall at Live! Casino and Hotel, Hanover, MD
04/08/2020YAC Social - CANCELLED
Mutiny Pirate Bar & Island Grille, Elkridge, MD
04/14/2020Technology Over Bagels - CANCELLED
Praxis Engineering, Annapolis Junction, MD
04/23/2020AFCEA CMD Partner Luncheon - POSTPONED
The Hotel at Maryland Live!, Hanover, MD
05/07/2020Awards Night - CANCELLED
Turf Valley Country Club, 2700 Turf Valley Road, Ellicott City, MD
05/12/2020Technology Over Bagels
Praxis Engineering, Annapolis Junction, MD
05/13/202020th Year YAC Reunion Party!
Nottingham's, Columbia, MD
05/20/2020FMA / AFCEA YAC Joint Social
TBD, TBD, MD
06/05/2020AFCEA CMD Spring Golf Outing
Montgomery Country Club, Laytonsville, MD

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