YOU could be the lucky winner, but you have to ACT NOW! As of Friday, the odds were one in 30 to win.  GSSCC thanks to Early-Bird Sponsor,  Apex Home Loans, Inc
Make Business Connections After Hours at ElGolfo

Register today for GSSCC's Business-After-Hours, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Wednesday, February 8, sponsored by Team Network at ElGolfo (8739 Flower Avenue). Click here to register by close of business today.
JK Moving to Kick-off New "Insights Breakfast"

Ever wonder just how the outgoing President moves out and the income President moves into the White House 
. . . in just about 5 hours during the official Inauguration ceremonies?  GSSCC member JK Moving knows. And, the company has agreed to share stories of some of these historic moves, plus insights on how this local business has grown to be the third largest moving company in North America.

Join GSSCC from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, February 22, at The Sheraton Silver Spring, as our regular Business Networking Breakfast becomes the Business Insights Breakfast, featuring business and community leaders sharing stories of the secrets of their success. Networking begins at 7:30 and the program begins promptly at 8:15. Click   here for more information and to register.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY NEWS

GSSCC to Seek Statewide Standard for Mandatory Paid Leave
GSSCC will be in Annapolis this week to testify in support of creating a statewide standard for mandatory paid leave and other employment regulations.  Committees in the House of Delegates and the Senate will hear testimony on two mandatory leave bills, including one introduced by Governor Larry Hogan. It is not likely that Hogan's bill, which is much more employer-friendly, will move. However, business groups will be seeking amendments to the other bills based on the measures suggested by the Governor.  General Assembly leaders have said that some kind of paid leave will pass this year. GSSCC is concerned that the significant differences between proposed state legislation and current Montgomery County bill will be confusing to employers, especially those who have employees working in multiple jurisdictions. The enforcement and penalty provisions in legislation proposed at the state level are much more onerous than current Montgomery County law, and honest mistakes in record-keeping could put employers in jeopardy. 

GSSCC Tracking Legislation of Significance to Business
To date, more than 1,500 pieces of legislation have been introduced in the General Assembly. GSSCC has reviewed these bills and is tracking those that affect business and Silver Spring. Click here for a summary of relevant legislation. This list will be updated as new bills are introduced through the session.
TRANSPORTATION/TRAFFIC NEWS

Lane Closures on Colesville Road Next Weekend
From midnight on Saturday, February 11, all southbound and one northbound lane of Colesville Road between Spring Street and Fenton Street will be closed for a crane operation. Weather and progress permitting, all traffic lanes should reopen no later than midnight on Sunday, February 12. The sidewalk on the southbound side will also be closed. A flagging operation and signage will direct motorists and pedestrians through the work zone.  In the case of inclement weather, the work will be moved to February 18 during the same hours. Questions may be directed to Sean Richardson at 240-682-4034 or slrichardson@laneconstruct.com.

GSSCC Urges WMATA to Maintain Current Service Levels
GSSCC last week send a message to WMATA Board Chair Jack Evans and General Manager Paul Wiedefeld, urging that current levels of service for Silver Spring be maintained in the proposed FY18 budget. Specifically, GSSCC asked WMATA not to take the following proposed actions: extend weekday headways on the Red Line between Silver Spring and Grosvenor on weekdays from every 3 minutes to every 4 minutes and between Shady Grove and Glenmont from every 6 minutes to every 8 minutes; reduce weekend service from every 12 minutes to every 15 minutes; end every other Shady Grove bound train at Grosvenor; and eliminate bus service on the J1 (Bethesda-Silver Spring) and J5 (Twinbrook-Silver Spring) lines.

GSSCC Works with DOT, DPS to Alleviate Delivery, Other Woes during Construction
GSSCC has been working with County Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Permitting Services staff in an effort to help members and other businesses on Georgia Avenue facilitate deliveries and trash pick-up during the construction of Studio Plaza. Because Mayor's Lane has not always been accessible, trash trucks and delivery vehicles have have difficulties in getting through. In the coming weeks, DOT will create a delivery zone between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. weekdays on Georgia Avenue between Silver Spring Avenue and Thayer Avenue. On each side of the Mayor's Lane pedestrian access, two parking spaces along Georgia Avenue will be designated "No Parking" during these times, so as to accommodate delivery vehicles. 
* Happy Birthday BiBim! The restaurant is celebrating its first year anniversary at 923 Sligo Avenue with a Korean buffet and karaoke party from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, February 11. Click here for details and reservations.

* Tower Companies  will host a public dedication of its new temporary park, Sonny's Green, followed by a future-resident open house at The Pearl , its new addition to The Blairs apartment community. The event, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. next Saturday, February 11, at 180 High Park Lane, features the unveiling of a new art installation, a 45 foot meditation maze bringing new light to Silver Spring. Click here for more information about the event. 

* Congratulations to Busy Graham of Artivate Inc. on receiving the 2017 "Sue Hess Maryland Arts Advocate of the Year" award.  To read more, click here.   

* EagleBank has appointed Leslie Ludwig to its Board of Directors. Read more here.
GSSCC Members Offer Valentine Specials

* The Original Velatis - GSSCC members get 10% off. Click here for the website, or stop by the store at 8408 Georgia Avenue.
* ZIVAARA - GSSCC members get 10% off. Click here and use the code ZivaaraGSSCC at check out.
* Mrs. K's Restaurant - Click here for the special Valentine's Day menu.
* The Daily DishSpecial Valentine's Day Prix Fixe dinner, three courses for $50. Click here for reservations. Or check out the "Anti-Valentine's Day" menu, served at the bar.
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.
Welcome New and Returning GSSCC Members

Juedienne(Juju) Gordon
Washington, DC 20002

Andrea Dunathan
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Eugene Monroe
Chicago, IL 60654

Paul Thompson
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Bethlhem Adane
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Danielle Russin
Bethesda, MD 20817
 
Gregory Daniel
Silver Spring, MD 20907
 
Todd Williams
Silver Spring, MD 20904

 

Leslie Traub
Silver Spring, MD 20910
 
Welcome GSSCC Members Renewing In January

Ameriprise Financial
Blair Mill, LLC
ColeSpring Plaza
Cornerstone Montgomery, Inc.
Easter Seals Serving DC|MD|VA
Fairland Animal Hospital
Full Gamut Professional Services, LLC
Global Communities
Gusto Farm to Street
Hanagan's Auto Body
Kelly Services
Metro 710 Apartment Homes
Plaza Artist Materials of Maryland, Inc.
Sandy Spring Bank
Self Storage Plus
 
SERVPRO of Chevy Chase & Silver Spring
Shepherd's Table, Inc.
Silver Spring Regional Services Center
Word Wizards, Inc.
 
GSSCC Committee Meetings in February

Major Events Committee - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7

Non-Profit Team  - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 14 

* Economic Development Committee - 9 a.m. on Thursday, February 16 (Tentative)

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