Connect @ Lunch at Mrs. K's Tollhouse 

Join GSSCC for October's Connect @ Lunch, scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, hosted by  Mrs. K's Tollhouse  (9201 Colesville Road). This members-only networking luncheon is just $25 and includes an appetizer, choice of entree, and a soft drink. Spaces are almost filled, so     register now!
For sponsorship information click   here. 
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - Your Chamber Working for Your Business

Proposal to Increase Sidewalk Snow Clearing Fines for Commercial Property Owners:  Councilmember Hans Riemer is seeking sponsors for a bill that would dramatically increase fines for snow removal violations by commercial property owners. THe bill is based on a bill passed in the District of Columbia. Under current Montgomery County law, violations by all property owners carry the same penalty: a $50 fine for the first offense and a $75 fine for subsequent offenses. This bill would increase the fines for only commercial property owners to $500 for the first offense and $750 for each subsequent offense. See the proposed bill here. GSSCC has a number of issues with this bill that we will forward to Councilmember Hucker. Among our concerns is the very common practice of State and County road crews coming in after private business have cleared their sidewalks and dumping all the snow and ice back onto sidewalks that have already been cleared. Members who have concerns should contact Jane Redicker.
WMATA Seeks Public Input on Plan to Shorten Operation Hours

Since the beginning of Metro's Safe Track program, operational hours have been shortened to provide additional time for maintenance. WMATA has proposed making these cutbacks permanent, but many business owners and riders oppose that move because it takes away an important travel option in the early morning and late evening hours. Metro has proposed four different options that each would allow for additional maintenance hours. Here is a link to more information. A public hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, October 20, at Metro Headquarters, 600 5th St., N.W. in Washington, D.C. Testimony will be heard on a first come, first served basis between 12:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Alternatively written comments may be submitted to writtentestimony@wmata.com. In addition, Metro is conducting an online survey at wmata.com/hours. Members should encourage their patrons and employees who rely on Metro to complete the survey.
WSSC to Replace Colesville Road Water Mains

HEADS UP:  Early next summer, WSSC will begin a two-year project to replace about 2 miles of water mains under Colesville Road.  Click here and watch this space for more details.

*  Montgomery Community Media (MCM) will host Maryland's Deputy Secretary of Commerce Ben Wu to discuss "Steps to Success in Small Business,' including what resources the state offers to help small businesses grow and expand, at a networking event scheduled from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 20, at MCM's Rockville headquarters.  Click  here  to learn more and register. 

Creative Colony is offering a free workshop on "Pitch Power: Nail Your Elevator Speech" to help business owners find their marketing voice. The one-hour seminar is from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 26. Click here to learn more and register. 

During the month of October Hoover-Fisher Florist will donate 15% of each floral bouquet ordered to the charity of your choice. Click here to learn more. 

* Every Tuesday in October, Not Your Average Joe's (8661 Colesville Road) will donate to A Wider Circle 15 percent of the total purchase for patrons presenting this certificate. For more information contact  jenna@awidercircle.org.  

Congratulations to 8407 Kitchen Bar on being named among the top 10 restaurants in Montgomery County by The Culture Trip Maryland. Click here to read the whole story. 

Congratulations to Family & Nursing Care's President Neal Kursban for being featured as a senior care expert on Caring.com. Read the whole story here.

See your company's news here! GSSCC would be pleased to highlight news from our member companies in this section of the weekly e-news. Simply send us your information before close of business each Friday.     

Upcoming GSSCC Committee Meetings

* Non-Profit Team Meeting  -  9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 11

Membership Committee Meeting9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 25

Economic Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Thursday, October 27

About GSSCC Committee/Team Meetings:  All GSSCC members are welcome to participate in Chamber committees. Members are welcome to attend committee meetings to assess interest in joining a committee. Meetings are typically held in the GSSCC Conference Room. Advance RSVP is required and priority will be given to existing committee members when speakers are scheduled.
  Thank you to our 2016-2017 GSSCC Partners
 
Corporate Partners - Downtown Silver Spring; Lee Development Group; Montgomery College; Statland & Katz Insurance, Inc.; Washington Adventist Hospital


 
Business Partners - AFI Silver Theatre; Apex Home Loans; Bud Miller Associates, Inc.; Digital Industry; Discovery Communications; EagleBank; 
The Fillmore Silver Spring; Holy Cross Hospital; Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.; Linowes & Blocher LLP; M&T Bank; The Tower Companies (The Blairs); United Therapeutics Corp.; Washington Property Company.


 
Partners - Adam S. Lowe Photography; Atlantech Online; EBA Ernest Bland Associates; Elite Personnel; 
My Office Products; Signs By Tomorrow;
Social & Scientific Systems.


 Friends- Harvey Maisel/Maisel Hollins Development