June 18, 2019

Sent every Tuesday, the ChamberWatch keeps you informed. To learn more about the Chamber, visit our  website  or email  staff@greaterbethesdachamber.org
Annual Real Estate Update This Thursday
Thursday, June 20
7:30-10:00 am
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bethesda

Registration will close Wednesday, June 19, at 12:00 pm.

This year, attendees will hear from a panel of executives, moderated by Christopher Bruch, President & CEO of The Donohoe Companies, about why major hospitality companies have chosen to have their headquarters located here in Downtown Bethesda. Jane Fairweather, The Jane Fairweather Team, will also be giving an update on the residential trends in the area.
Thank you to our sponsors:
Upcoming Events
Annual Real Estate Update
Presented by AMR Commerical , this event offers the opportunity to learn about residential & commercial real estate trends in the area. This year, attendees will be hearing from a panel about why major hospitality companies have chosen to have their headquarters located here in Downtown Bethesda. See more details .
Off the Clock at Tommy Joe's
Enjoy happy hour drinks, complimentary appetizers, & networking at this casual monthly event. FREE for members and first time attendees. See more details.
Chamber 101
Are you looking to learn more about how to get involved with the Chamber and maximize your membership investment? This orientation session is for you! See more details.
Off the Clock at Dessange Paris
Join us for complimentary beer, wine, appetizers, & of course, networking! This event is FREE for members and first time attendees. See more details.
Networking @ Noon at Brickside
Make new business connections, enjoy great food, and have fun growing your business - all on your lunch hour! See more details.
A New Year
The Greater Bethesda Chamber celebrated it's 93rd year last Tuesday at our Annual Installation & Awards Dinner. Our new Chair, Andy Stern (Andy Stern's Office Furniiture, a Divison of Benjamin Office Supply + Services), was installed along with all of the new officers & directors. We thanked the outgoing Board members and celebrated those who have given to our community. 

Please take a moment and read our new Chair's welcoming remarks here .

Congratulations again to our awardees:
  • Andy Shulman (TDG/Silverock), Chair's Award
  • Adam Pagnucco (Bethesda Beat), The Ron Resh Business Advocate of the Year Award
  • Sergeant Brett Trahan (2nd District, Montgomery County Police Department), Police Office of the Year Award
  • Hill Slowinski (Long & Foster | Christie's | Maryland Settlers LLC), Above & Beyond Award 

A BIG thank you to the night's sponsors:

The Bernstein Companies & Boston Properties - Bethesda Urban Partnership - The Hyatt Regency Bethesda - Marriott International - Andy Sterns Office Furniture, a Division of Benjamin Office Supply + Services - Chesapeake Public Strategies - Linowes and Blocher LLP - Revere Bank - Apex Home Loans - M&T Bank
Outgoing Chair, Jane Fairweather (The Jane Fairweather Team), and our newly installed Chair, Andy Stern (Andy Sterns Office Furniture, a Division of Benjamin Office Supply + Services)

Sergeant Brett Trahan (Montgomery County Police Dept.) receiving the Police Officer of the Year Award. He was joined on stage by Marc Elrich, Montgomery County Executive, Russ Hammil, Retired Acting Chief of Montgomery County Police Dept., Jeff Burton (Bethesda Urban Partnership) , and Brian Wynne
Our new Chair, Andy Stern, giving his remarks
Immediate Past Chair, Brian Wynne (WithumSmith+Brown), Board Member Greg Rooney (The Bernstein Compaines) , and winner of our Ron Resh Business Advocate Award, Adam Pagnucco (Bethesda Beat)
The evening's emcee, Wendy Rieger (NBC4 News)

Board members, Dushanti Peiris (Sandy Spring Bank), Ken Regnier (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) , and new Chair-Elect, Anna Behnam (Behnam & Associates)
Membership Renewals
Thank you to those who renewed their membership investment in May! We appreciate you being loyal members of the Chamber.
WithumSmith+Brown, PC
Brian Wynne
4600 East-West Highway Suite 900
Bethesda, MD 20814
35+ Year Member

Buyer's Edge Company, Inc.
Stephen Israel
4849 Rugby Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
25+ Year Member

Creative Parties, Ltd.
Tracy Schwartz
4822 St Elmo Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
25+ Year Member

Lafayette Investments, Inc.
Scott Stroud
7910 Woodmont Avenue Suite 905
Bethesda, MD 20814
10+ Year Member

SpeedPro Imaging
Connie Rhind Robey
2251 Distribution Circle
Silver Spring, MD 20910
5+ Year Member

Landis Architects/Builders
Chris Landis
7059 Blair Road, NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20012
Bethesda Marriott Suites
Marty Roth
6711 Democracy Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20817
30+ Year Member

Washington Design Group
Donna Pennington
3808 Taylor Street
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
25+ Year Member

Security Public Storage
Sarah Ireland
5223 River Road
Bethesda, MD 20816
10+ Year Member

DMB Pictures, LLC
Debbie Brodsky
6705 Tusculum Road
Bethesda, MD 20817
5+ Year Member

Fitness Generation
Ken Yazge
7809 Woodmont Avenue Level C
Bethesda, MD 20814
5+ Year Member

Without Clouds, LLC
Joan Carrese Sineni
10408 Brookmoor Ct
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Members in the News
6/18/19- Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, P.C. (CBM) Named by the Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance as One of the Best CPA Firms for Equity Leadership ( Read more )

6/18/2019- Relax Instead of Rush (Hour) and Yoga With Hyatt Regency Bethesda ( Read more )

6/17/2019- Outdoor Smoking Ban Takes Effect in Montgomery County ( Read more )

6/16/2019- Bethesda Chamber Chair Presses County To Improve Business Climate ( Read more )

6/13/2019- Imagination Stage Presents The Ballad of Mu Lan ( Read more )
Minimum Wage Increase
Montgomery County Minimum Wage Increases on July 1

The minimum wage will rise in Montgomery County on July 1. The number of employees employed by the business will determine the amount of the increase.

The County’s minimum wage will rise to $13 for employers with 51 or more employees and $12.50 for employers with 50 or fewer employees. Employees age 18 and under, who work fewer than 20 hours per week, are exempt from this rate.

Signed into legislation on Nov. 17, 2017, Bill 28-17 raises the minimum wage incrementally, each July 1, until it reaches $15 per hour in 2022.

More information about the County’s minimum wage increase is available at https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/humanrights/ .
Gold Sponsors
  The Chevy Chase Land Company    -   Pepco    

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors  
  Andy Stern's Office Furniture, A Division of Benjamin Office Supply & Services - Atlantech Online - Capacity Partners - CohnReznick - Dembo Jones - Grossberg Company LLP- Hill Slowinski, Long & Foster | Christie's | Maryland Settlers LLC - Linowes and Blocher LLP - Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A. - TDG/SilverRock - The Bean Bag Deli & Catering - The Bernstein Companies - WithumSmith+Brown 
Partner Sponsors 
  Bethesda Magazine - Comcast Spotlight - Hope Connections for Cancer Support -
 Hyatt Regency Bethesda- North Bethesda Marriott & Conference Center - sasse agency -
SpeedPro Imaging                
Chamber 101 Sponsor 
Sandy Spring Bank
Leadership Luncheon Series Sponsor  
A Wider Circle