YOU could be the lucky winner, but you have to ACT NOW! As of Friday, the odds were one in 10 to win.  GSSCC thanks to Early-Bird Sponsor,  Apex Home Loans, Inc
GSSCC to Cut the Ribbon for Docs in Progress

Join GSSCC at 5 p.m. tomorrow, January 31, for the official ribbon cutting and grand opening of Docs in Progress 's new home at 801 Wayne Avenue (Suite G-100). Docs in Progress staff, board members, and other community members will be on hand to tour the new office and classroom space for documentary filmmaking programs,and enjoy a wine and cheese reception. RSVP to Erica Ginsberg at erica@docsinprogress.org.  
Congratulations
Sola Salon
GSSCC was pleased to cut the ribbon for the opening of Sola Salon Studios (1133 East West Highway) this past weekend. Visit the website here.
GSSCC YPN - What's in it for you?

Interested in learning more about a group of young professionals who will be our next business and community leaders? Join GSSCC's Young Professionals Network coordinators from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. this Wednesday, February 1, in the Chamber office (8601 Georgia Avenue) and hear about the many  networking, educational, community service, and social opportunities planned for the coming year. Snacks, beer, and wine to be available. Pre-registration required  here  by close of business TODAY, January 30.
Celebrating YPN's Anniversary at The DoubleTree by Hilton
More photos on Facebook.
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.
Make Business Connections After Hours at ElGolfo

Register today for GSSCC's Business-After-Hours, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. next Wednesday, February 8, sponsored by Team Network at ElGolfo (8739 Flower Avenue). Click here to register.
Leggett Vetoes Latest Minimum Wage Increase Bill

County Executive Ike Leggett, last Monday, vetoed the minimum wage bill passed recently by a 5-4 vote of the County Council.  Leggett said he was concerned that the increase "would harm Montgomery's economy and its ability to compete for jobs in the Washington region."  In a letter to the County Council, Leggett said he believes in "an expeditious and timely study of relevant issues on the fiscal and economic impact of an increase in the wage on Montgomery County."  He believes such an analysis "will better inform the Council on the direct and indirect impacts on private employers' bottom line as well as the impact on County government." Click here to see the letter.  The Washington Post, last week, supported Leggett's decision saying, "Montgomery County does not need a $15 minimum wage." See the editorial here.
General Assembly to Consider Statewide Sick Leave Bills

The Maryland General Assembly is likely to act on some kind of statewide sick leave legislation this year, according to House and Senate leadership. GSSCC is working with fellow chambers and business groups urging legislators to assure that any state law preempts Montgomery County's law, arguing that there should be one law in the state. The assumption is that any state legislation will be less onerous than what has been put in place in Montgomery County. Members who are interested in sharing their stories about how Montgomery County's recently enacted law has harmed their operations should contact Jane Redicker.

Watch this space for updates and information on various state legislation that will impact member businesses.
Transportation News - Metro Budget, SS Lane Closures

Metro Seeking Public Comment on Budget Cuts - Will Reduce Red Line Service
WMATA's FY18 budget proposal includes substantial service cuts, on top of those already implemented in the current year following Safe Track. These include extending headways on the Red Line between Silver Spring and Grosvenor weekdays from every 3 minutes to every 4 minutes and from Shady Grove to Glenmont from service every 6 minutes to every 8 minutes. Weekend frequency would be reduced from service every 12 minutes to every 15 minutes, and every other train to Shady Grove would end at Grosvenor. In addition, bus service on the J1 (Bethesda-Silver Spring) and J5 (Twinbrook-Silver Spring) would be eliminated. At the same time, additional fare increases are being considered.  Metro is seeking public comment on its proposals. Take a survey or provide written comments here before 9 a.m. on Monday February 6.

Lane Closures on Georgia Avenue Next Weekend
From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, February 4 and 5, two lanes on north- and south-bound Georgia Avenue will be closed for utility work. Sidewalks will be open on both sides of the street. In the case of inclement weather, the work will be moved to February 11. Questions may be directed to 443-223-0792 or  alex.milwid@tier4md.com.
*   Congratulations to Caitlin Enterprises celebrating 20 years in business this month. Click here to visit the website.  

* On Tuesday, January 31, Not Your Average Joe's (8661 Colesville Road) will donate 15% of patrons' total purchases to A Wider Circle.  Click here for the certificate to participate. 

CQI Associates, the Chamber's Energy Co-op partner, has launched its "Share our Services, Save the Planet" initiative. Chamber members who refer another member company that enrolls in the co-op will have a tree planted in the referring member's name. For more information, call Joe Tabeling at 443-472-38790.

* Congratulations to these GSSCC members listed among the "Most Romantic Restaurants in Silver Spring," based on reviews in Yelp: Olazzo, Mrs. K's, Cubano's, The Classics, Sergio Ristorante, La Malinche, 8407 Kitchen Bar, Copper Canyon Grill , Urban Butcher , and Adega Wine Cellars.

Join Montgomery Housing Partnership (MGP) president Rob Goldman and his team at 12:30 p.m. next Friday, February 10, at Greenwood Terrace Community Center (8502 Greenwood Ave.) to learn about MHP's work in the community through programs that include housing people, empowering families, and strengthening neighborhoods. RSVP for the one-hour program to  jaimee@mhpartners.org  or 301-812-4120. 

* Congratulations to  Family & Nursing Care and  Lee Development Group on being named among the region's top multi-generational, family-owned businesses and being honored with the  Washington Business Journal's 2017 "Family-Owned Business Award." Both companies will be honored at a dinner on February 23. Click  here for more information.
 
* JTCC's "Game On!" initiative, supported by the "GEICO Champions Celebration," provides academic and tennis scholarships for underserved youth. The 2017 celebration will honor two trailblazers: USTA President and CEO Katrina Adams and U.S. Navy veteran and Paralympic Gold Medalist Brad Snyder. It will be held at the Swedish Ambassador's residence on May 18. Click here for details.
 
 See your company's news here! GSSCC is 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. 
GSSCC Committee Meetings in January

* Young Professional Network - 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1

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

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