Final Call for Nominations, Early-bird Tickets on Sale Now
Nominations Close This Week
Deadline to submit nominations for GSSCC's 2017 Shining Stars of Silver Spring is tomorrow, Wednesday, May 31. GSSCC members selected to receive a Corporate Community Service Award will be recognized at the Chamber's  2017 Awards & Installation Dinner, scheduled for June 22 . To access the nomination form, click  here

Early-bird Ticket Pricing Available until June 9
Individual ticket purchase for the dinner is now open. Click here to take advantage of early-bird pricing available through Friday, June 9. Call the office for sponsorship information.
Members Connect@Lunch at Lincoln's Bar-B-Que
Ellen Kandell,  Alternative Resolutions, LLC , and Joe Tabeling, CQI Associates, LLC.
(L to R) Matthew Castillo and Kelsey Velazquez,   Summit Hills Apartments, and Joseph Quill,  JK Moving Services.
Gregory Daniel, REDAN, LLC, and Ashley Kipps, Arthur Murray Dance Studio.
Andrea Dunathan, Dunathan Consulting, LLC, and Rand Price,  Security Industry Association.
Governor Vetoes Statewide Paid Leave Bill

Governor Larry Hogan last Thursday vetoed a bill (HB1) passed by the General Assembly that would have required Maryland businesses with more than 15 employees to provide five days of paid sick leave per year. Governor Hogan called the bill "simply bad policy" and said it would kill small business in the state. GSSCC had worked with other business groups throughout the 2017 legislative session to have language inserted into the bill that would assure a statewide standard and preempt Montgomery County's existing law. The expectation was that any bill passed by the General Assembly would be less onerous on business than Montgomery County's recently enacted law. That proved to be the case. However, state delegates and senators from Montgomery County refused to support a statewide standard and voted for HB1 as drafted. General Assembly leaders have said that a veto override will be a priority next year. Time will tell whether they are successful, and if not, whether a new bill would include preemption of local laws.
WSSC to Replace Water Mains on Colesville Beginning in August

Beginning in August, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) will begin a two-year project to replace water mains under Colesville Road from the Beltway south to Georgia Avenue. The project will be completed in  two phases, with the first beginning at Georgia Avenue and moving north to Sligo Creek Parkway. Work on this phase needs to be finished by June of 2018, when Maryland State Highway will begin milling and resurfacing this section of Georgia. SHA's work will likely last to the end of 2018. Phase two of WSSC's project will proceed from Sligo Creek Parkway to The Beltway and likely run through Spring of 2019.  WSSC's work will involve dual lane closures (that may switch from northbound to southbound and back because of where they will need to work underground), as well as planned temporary water shut-offs (no more than 8-hour periods) to connect the new main at certain junctions. While this work will clearly be a painful inconvenience (to put it mildly), it has to be done. The alternative of allowing the aging infrastructure to break on its own could be even worse. The promising news is that WSSC staff who met with the Chamber's Economic Development Committee last week want to work with GSSCC and the community to alleviate as much as the pain as possible through proper planning and communication. Click here to see the presentation to the GSSCC Committee.  Watch this space for information about a meeting where businesses can learn more.

* Docs in Progress  (801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100)  is accepting applications for its workshop on documentary-style video production for non-profit organizations.  Click   here   to find out more.  The deadline to apply is June 19.
* Silver Spring (along with Rockville and Frederick) made the Forbes list of the "Best Cities for Young Professionals in 2017," ranking number 13 our of 25. Click here to see the full list.
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 before close of business each Friday. Include a pdf of news releases or other flyers.
Upcoming GSSCC Committee/Group Meetings

* Young Professional's Network Committee Meeting - 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7

* Non-Profit Team Committee Meeting 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 13

* Economic Development Committee Meeting 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 15
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; Eggspectation; 
The Fillmore Silver Spring; Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.; 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; IBI - Innovative Business Interiors; 
My Office Products; Signs By Tomorrow.

 Friends- Harvey Maisel/Maisel Hollins Development