GSSCC Cuts the Ribbon to Open Hen Quarter
GSSCC President Jane Redicker, joined by County Executive Ike Leggett, helps Hen Quarter's Willy Wilson and Warren Thompson open the new restaurant.
GSSCC welcomes Hen Quarter to Downtown Silver Spring. Pictured are Redicker, operations director Willy Wilson, County Exec Ike Leggett, company owner Warren Thompson, and master chef Fred Raynaud.
GSSCC101 Helps Members Make the Most of Membership
Michele Hallman, Taxology, and Amanda Kegu, Round House Theater in a networking exercise.
New members and company reps learn how to make the most of membership.
 Members Connect at Business Insights Breakfast
Taylor Thomas, Comcast, and Moses Wright,
Block Advisors
Members and guests hear how  JK Moving  grew and expanded its business.
Steven Drake, 
Steven Drake Assoc.
, and Charles Atwell, IBI, enjoy The Sheraton's breakfast spread.
Laura Lopez, RCN, Chad Mangum, Bell Flowers, and Pam Feinstein, 
A Wider Circle 


GENERAL ASSEMBLY NEWS

One Sick Leave Bill Passes House; Other Clears Senate Finance with Amendments 
The House of Delegates on Friday passed mandatory sick leave on Friday without a provision that would preempt the existing Montgomery County law. Despite being urged by GSSCC and other state-wide business groups, Montgomery County delegates neglected to attempt amending the bill to assure that only one sick leave law applies to County businesses. The House version of the bill now goes to the Senate.

As the House was considering its bill, the Senate Finance Committee held a work session to consider amendments offered to its bill SB230.  Among amendments offered were: reducing the annual accrued hours from 56 to 40; exempting temporary and home health agencies; accommodations for shift swapping that is common in restaurants; and a change that would have, in essence, exempted seasonal employees who work 120 days or less. All were defeated along party lines, with the only Montgomery County member of the committee opposing these changes that would have made the bill more business-friendly. Senator Brian Feldman, from Montgomery County District 15, offered two amendments that were successful. One reduced the number of hours accrued from 56 to 48 per year. But that change won't likely benefit any Montgomery County employers because his other amendment, which assures that Montgomery County can make changes to its law in the future, fell short of mandating that any changes to Montgomery County's law would have to conform to state law. 

As of Friday, the bill count was 2,815. Click here for a summary of relevant legislation. 
TRANSPORTATION/TRAFFIC NEWS

First US29 BRT Open House is This Week at the Silver Spring Civic Building
The Montgomery County DOT is holding three public Open Houses to talk about the planning and implementation of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on US29/Colesville Road. Members who commute along this route or those who have employees or customers who need to travel or park along this route from Burtonsville to downtown Silver Spring should consider attending. The first is on Tuesday, March 7, at the Silver Spring Civic Building; the second is on Monday, March 13, at Blair High School; the third is on Wednesday, March 15, at the White Oak Community Center. All are in the evening. For details click  here.
Connect@Lunch at Cubano's on March 22

Connect@Lunch with GSSCC members from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, at  Cubano's  (1201 Fidler Lane).  This members-only networking lunch includes an appetizer and choice of entree.  Register here .
Welcome New and Returning GSSCC Members

Mario Brossard
Silver Spring, MD 20910
 
Moses Wright
Wheaton, MD 20902

Jeff Meer
Silver Spring, MD 2010
 
Shahid Channa
Silver Spring, MD 20906
 
Miti Figueredo
Riverdale, MD 20737
Julie Thompson
Rockville, MD 20852
 
Kathy Tyler
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Michele Hallman
Silver Spring, MD 20901
 
RE-JOINED
 
Tony Eastridge
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Thanks to GSSCC Members Renewing in February

Acumedicine Health

Andy Alderdice, W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors, a Long & Foster Company

Apartment and Office Building Association

Costco - Wheaton

Criminal Justice Policy Foundation

Darcars Automotive Group

EagleBank
Fire Station 1 Restaurant

Little Acorn Pharmacy

Minimally Invasive Vascular Centers

RCN

Regal Paint Center of Silver Spring

Shawn D. Bartley & Associates, LLC 

Summit Group
Mrs. K's Tollhouse is offering a "date night special" every Thursday night in March.  For details and to see the menu, click  here.

* The Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College is offering discounts on its upcoming performance of Cinderella with the code Culture Spot when purchasing online. Click  here to see the schedule and buy tickets for the March 18 and March 19 shows.

* ArtStream has been selected as the beneficiary for this year's annual Hexagon political musical satire, "Let Freedom Zing!" The benefit dinner-and-show is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. ArtStream is offering GSSCC members a discount on tickets to the event. Click here and use the discount code GSSCC.
See your company's news here! GSSCC is pleased to highlight news from our member companies in this section of the weekly e-news. Please submit items via email to info@gsscc.org before close of business each Friday. Include a pdf of news releases or other flyers.
GSSCC Committee Meetings in March

* Non-Profit Team Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14

* Economic Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 16 - Update on Elizabeth Square Development and Down-County Aquatic Center

* Membership Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 28

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; 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; 
My Office Products; Signs By Tomorrow.


 Friends- Harvey Maisel/Maisel Hollins Development