FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 8, 2022 MEDIA CONTACT: Alexis Reed, Director of Marketing and Communications, (240) 403-3529 Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Hosts A Conversation with Senator Cardin ROCKVILLE, MD: On Monday, August 1, 2022, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) Board of Directors hosted a special event: A Conversation with U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin. Senator Cardin answered questions from Montgomery County business leaders and discussed several topics of concern, including inflation and supply chain issues, job retention and attraction, new legislation for small business government contractors, the Inflation Reduction Act, and more. Senator Cardin emphasized the importance of providing greater opportunities for small and minority businesses through accelerator and incubator programs, adding that there are efforts to enhance resources through the Women’s Business Center and other programs. Senator Cardin commended MCCC for their efforts throughout the pandemic, as well as their ongoing dedication to supporting federal government small business contractors – particularly for their work in spearheading the Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018 which continues to support small businesses. As Chair of the U.S. Senate's Committee on Small Businesses & Entrepreneurship, Senator Cardin has routinely sought the opinion of our Chamber - particularly on issues impacting federal government contractors. MCCC Members have testified before this Committee, leading to tangible changes in policy and regulations impacting small business government contractors. "We are so proud of our relationship with Senator Cardin,” said MCCC President & CEO Georgette "Gigi" Godwin. "This relationship enables us to deliver impactful programming such as this to our members. This dynamic relationship has led to real change in federal policy, with MCCC Board Members testifying before the Senate’s Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee on issues impacting small business federal contractors. We look forward to continuing to build on this relationship and appreciate the Senator dedicating his time to truly listen to Metro Maryland business leaders." ### About the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) is a membership organization that accelerates members’ success through effective advocacy, programs, and events. Its membership includes small, medium, and large organizations representing a wide range of industries. For more information, visit www.mcccmd.com.