March 9, 2021

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From Where I Sit
A Message From Our Chair, Anna Behnam

During February, I realized that inspiration comes in many forms. On a national level, vaccines are rolling out and slowly but surely, we will all have our turn at the shot. Here at home, the Chamber’s inspiration has come in the form of Allie Williams. As you know, Allie officially started as President and CEO on January 1. In two months, he has increased our membership and is working to make us a bigger and better organization.
President's Report
A Message From Our President & CEO, Allie Williams

One of the most rewarding benefits of my position is getting out and meeting with our community leaders. During this unprecedented year of uncertainty related to the global pandemic, we are all hindered with being able to safely and carefully do so.

In the past few weeks, I have been fortunate to visit a few of our leaders and learn more about the impacts of effective operations. Read more
Save the Date - Annual Golf Classic
Each May, over 100 decision makers and business professionals enjoy a day away from the office by participating in our Annual Golf Classic. This year’s event will be held on Monday, May 3, at Whiskey Creek Golf Club. This day of networking and competitive fun is a much anticipated event each year.

In place of donating part of the proceeds to a non profit this year, the Chamber will be purchasing gifts cards and other items from local businesses to use in our typically donated raffle baskets. We want to do what we can do to support our community as many businesses are still struggling due to the COVID 19 crisis. We will also be taking extra measures to ensure that our attendees remain safe during the tournament.

Please contact Courtney DeLucia at for sponsorship opportunities!
Join Us For These Upcoming Zoom Meetings
Most Overlooked Opportunity for Small Business Owners –The Employee Retention Credit, Presented by Ryan & Wetmore, PC
Wednesday, March 16, 2:00 p.m.

Hidden Gems in the Stimulus package That Could Earn You Back Thousands of Dollars in Tax Credits.

Join us for a special Zoom meeting with Ryan & Wetmore, PC. What is the ERC? Does my company qualify? How much money can I recoup with this credit? While PPP2 has received the most attention in the recently-passed stimulus bill, there are other parts of the package that many businesses have yet to hear about.

Learn about:
  • Lucrative tax credits that your business could be taking advantage of retroactively in 2020 and in 2021.
  • Reimbursements (in the form of tax credits) that are newly available to many businesses.
  • Reimbursements through the expanded Employee Retention Credit (ERC).
Become a More Efficient and Confident Public Speaker in 1 Hour
Wednesday, March 17, 11:30 a.m.

In this month’s education webinar with Advantage Industries, Mike Shelah & Russell Smith will share simple and effective tips to immediately help you feel more confident and effective when you speak in front of an audience, regardless of size.
COVID-19 Briefs by the Health Care & Wellness Committee
In this COVID-19 Brief, Dr. Josh Funk, Founder & CEO of Rehab 2 Perform, discusses modification of your current physical activity routine. Check it out!
Arne M. Sorenson Hospitality Fund
The Arne M. Sorenson Hospitality Fund honors the legacy of the late President and CEO of Marriott International by helping Howard University build the next generation of hospitality industry leaders. The fund, established by Marriott International, will support the programmatic and career development elements of the Marriott-Sorenson Center for Hospitality Leadership, which will be housed within the Howard University School of Business.

The Center is being created by a generous gift from The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation. Marriott has pledged the first donation of one million dollars to the fund and is inviting other companies, organizations and individuals – from all industries – to support this effort. 

You can learn more and donate here
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