August 23, 2022

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A Note from the President

One year ago today, the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce welcomed Carla Young as its new Director of Membership and Community Engagement. It did not take her long to ease into her new role and her contributions to our organization have been measured in high remarks by our board of directors and you, our members. I am very lucky and fortunate to have her on our staff and am looking forward to watching her continued growth within our Chamber and community. Help me in wishing a Carla a very Happy 1 Year Work Anniversary.  

Weekly Recap

Please join us in welcoming AC Hotel Bethesda Downtown to the neighborhood! Congratulations to the team on opening such a stunning property. We are sure this will become a great staple of Bethesda. GBCC was honored to be a part of the official ribbon cutting ceremony where Chair of our Board, Russell Lacey, expressed his excitement for Marriott’s newest property on behalf of the Chamber.


This month's meeting will be dedicated to filling the GIVEBACK backpacks for MCPS students. We will also finalize the volunteer list to deliver the backpacks in time for the first day of school on August 29th. Instead of a post meeting happy hour, pizza and wings will be provided.

GBCC Boardroom

Tuesday, August 23rd

4:00-6:00 pm


Join us for a joint networking event with the Greater Silver Spring Chamber at the rooftop of the Bethesdan Hotel! 

Thursday, August 25, 2022, 5:30 PM- 7:00 PM

The Bethesdan Hotel

8120 Wisconsin Avenue

Bethesda, MD 20814


Member Minute

This Member Minute highlights Kim Spivack, Manager of Copare Potomac.

Copare is a weight loss and wellness company committed to guiding and educating you throughout your personalized wellness journey.

The GBCC's "Member Minute" is a video series that highlights our Chamber members in under sixty seconds! Videos will cover all industries including hospitality, health, retail, finance and more! Get to know the Greater Bethesda business community better one short video at a time.

Members in the News

AC Hotels by Marriott® Unveils New Hotel in Downtown Bethesda Near the Nation’s Capital

BETHESDA, MD – August 16, 2022 – AC Hotels by Marriott, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, has opened the doors to its newest hotel in the heart of downtown Bethesda, Maryland, bringing the brand’s signature “perfectly precise hotel” experience to a thriving urban center near the nation’s capital. AC Hotel Bethesda Downtown welcomed its first guests on August 16 with a purposeful design that strikes the perfect balance of form and function, featuring curated artwork evoking a true sense of place.

OTO Development, part of The Johnson Group, developed and will manage the new hotel, which is adjacent to and shares amenities with Avocet Tower, a trophy-class office building developed by Stonebridge.

“Like many travelers, we appreciate everything about the AC Hotels by Marriott brand, having opened properties in top destinations,” says David Ward, COO of OTO Development. “It’s a delight to provide the AC signature guest experience imbued with a particular sophistication and practical comforts.”

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Grossberg Company LLP - The Jane Fairweather Team - Maier & Warner PR Marriott International - RBC Wealth Management/Melanie Folstad -Selzer Gurvitch Rabin Wertheimer & Polott, P.C WithumSmith+Brown, PC
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 Bethesda Magazine - Decision Making Research - Hyatt Regency Bethesda - Mon Ami Gabi - Nothing Bundt Cakes Bethesda - North Bethesda Marriott & Conference Center - sasse agency          
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M&T Bank

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McKay Mortgage Company

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