Warm Welcome to Hen Quarter 

Join GSSCC as we cut the ribbon for the grand opening of Hen Quarter (919 Ellsworth Drive) at 5:30 p.m. this Wednesday, March 1.   Attendees can enjoy southern food, bourbon, and music by Marcus Johnson. Please call the office to confirm you attendance.
GSSCC Energy Co-Op - Last Chance to Save with Spring Campaign

Utility rates are going up and GSSCC members have one more chance to sign on for the Spring campaign and join Maryland companies saving money on their electric and natural gas bills. This is a free benefit for Chamber members. To get your company on board saving money, click here, or call the office.
Get the Most from your GSSCC Membership

Learn more about how GSSCC works to promote and advocate on behalf of member businesses at the Chamber's free Member Orientation Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. this Wednesday, March 1, at Eggspectation  (923 Ellsworth Drive). Register here.
TRANSPORTATION/TRAFFIC NEWS

County Schedules US 29 BRT Open Houses
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.

Lane Closures on Second Avenue Continues This Satruday
Southbound vehicle and pedestrian traffic on Second Avenue between Cameron Street and Colesville Road will be diverted between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, to facilitate the construction of crane operations for 8401 and 8403 Colesville Road. Questions should be directed to Dave Devang at 240-777-2187.
Connect @ Lunch at Cubano's on March 22

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

Statewide Sick Leave Bill Moves to Full House
The House of Delegates Economic Matters Committee gave a favorable recommendation to HB1, that would require all employers in the state to provide paid sick leave. Unfortunately, this bill does not include language that preempts Montgomery County from having a law different from the rest of the state. Concerned about our members that have operations in multiple jurisdictions and would need to comply with multiple laws, GSSCC has urged that the bill be amended to assure that there is only one sick leave law in Maryland. The bill is likely to move through the House as is unless legislators can be persuaded to amend it. GSSCC will also be working to have amendments made to the companion bill in the Senate.

GSSCC Tracking Legislation of Significance to Business
Almost 3,000 pieces of legislation have been introduced in the General Assembly, including new legislation mandating a $15 minimum wage for the state. GSSCC has reviewed these bills and is tracking those that affect business and Silver Spring. Click here for a summary of relevant legislation. 
* Montgomery College has selected Atlantech Online for its digital transformation to a modern "connected campus" environment. Read more here.

*Congratulations to Fred Billig on being promoted to head all commercial banking for Sandy Spring Bank. Click  here  to read a  recent interview with Billig in The  Daily Record.
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 February

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

YPN Committee Meeting - 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1

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

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