April 20, 2021

Sent every week, the ChamberWatch keeps you informed. To learn more about the Chamber, visit our website or email staff@greaterbethesdachamber.org.

View our events calendar.
View our COVID-19 resource page.
Upcoming Virtual Programs
Tap Into the Full Potential of Microsoft Excel
Wednesday, April 21, 11:30 a.m.

In this month's Advantage Industries workshop, Mike Shelah and Russell Smith will show you some of the most powerful (and little used) features of Excel. They will also dispel some of the many myths that surround this powerful application.
Chamber 101
Tuesday, April 26, 8:30 a.m.

Join us for this brief orientation session to learn how to get involved with the Chamber and maximize your membership investment. Get connected with all the activities, events, and services the Greater Bethesda Chamber offers to our members.
This is a great event for new members, those considering membership, and those wishing to re-connect.

Hosted by: Board Member Meagan Sexton (Edward Jones)

Thank you to our sponsor, Sandy Spring Bank
Joint Meeting With Metro Bethesda Rotary Club
Thursday, May 13, 7:30 a.m.

Join us for our Annual Joint Meeting with Metro Bethesda Rotary via Zoom featuring guest speaker, Robin Givhan, a Washington Post senior critic-at-large writing about politics, race and the arts. See more about Robin here.

This meeting is limited to Chamber members only.
Parkinson's Awareness Month
April is Parkinson's Awareness Month. Learn some more from Susan I. Wranik, a speech language pathologist who works with individuals who have Parkinson's Disease.

Thank you to Kim Foley for filming our Health & Wellness Committee Video Briefs.
Restaurant Revitalization Fund
3 Things to Know about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)

1. Get the program details.
Get the program details such as eligibility, funding amount, allowable use of funds and more. If you haven’t already, sign up for RRF email updates.
2. How to prepare.
Currently, SBA is not accepting applications for RRF. However, you can prepare your application by reviewing the sample application, program guide and cross-program eligibility chart on SBA COVID-19 relief options. You will be able to apply through SBA-recognized Point of Sale Restaurant Partners or directly via SBA in a forthcoming online application portal. Registration with SAM.gov is not required. DUNS or CAGE identifiers are also not required.
3. When to apply.
The official application launch date will be announced shortly. Ahead of the application launch and over the next two weeks, the SBA will establish a seven-day pilot period for the RRF application portal and conduct extensive outreach and training on how to apply, application requirements and where to apply. Participants in this pilot will be randomly selected from existing PPP borrowers in priority groups for RRF and will not receive funds until the application portal is open to the public. 

Following the pilot, the application portal will be opened to the public. For the first 21 days that the program is open, the SBA will prioritize reviewing applications from small businesses owned by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Following the 21-day period, all eligible applicants are encouraged to submit applications. 
Book a Big Train Ballgame For Your Company
Please email Bruce Adams at bruce@greaterwash.org if you are interested in signing up for an info session.
Member News
Thank You to Our Annual Corporate Sponsors
Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors 
Atlantech Online – Behnam and Associates, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. - The Bernstein Companies - Capacity Partners
Chesapeake Public Strategies - Dembo Jones – Grossberg Company LLP The Jane Fairweather Team – Maier & Warner PR – Marriott International Selzer Gurvitch Rabin Wertheimer & Polott, P.C - WithumSmith+Brown, PC

Partner Sponsors 
 Bethesda Magazine - Hyatt Regency Bethesda - Mon Ami Gabi - North Bethesda Marriott & Conference Center - sasse agency - SpeedPro              
Chamber 101 Sponsor
Sandy Spring Bank
Leadership Luncheon Series Sponsor 
M&T Bank
NextExec Sponsor 
McKay Mortgage Company