May 18, 2021

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Leadership Luncheon - Today!
Join us today, May 18, via Zoom as we hear from Ben Edson, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of VariQ. Attendees will have the chance to ask Ben questions and learn more about his journey to success. 

Ben Edson is the Founder and CEO of VariQ, a company with 200+ employees which has evolved from a single-employee start-up into a mid-tier government services provider. As an industry innovator and results-driven entrepreneur, Ben has built an award-winning business that engineers and delivers complex, problem solving solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, software development and cloud services, while fostering lasting partnerships with industry leaders.

Thank you to our Leadership Luncheon Series Sponsor, M&T Bank.
Upcoming Virtual Programs
What does it take to sell? Next Wednesday, Advantage Industries will break down sales strategies that will help your company be more successful. These techniques work if you are a business owner trying to sell to new clients or you are a seasoned sales professional trying to improve your skills. 
Two great organizations = one great networking event!
Please join us on Tuesday, May 25, at 8:30 am 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: VP Membership, Brendan McKay (McKay Mortgage)
Thank you to Sandy Spring Bank for sponsoring this event!
Join us on June 15 for a Picnic and Ballgame with Bethesda Big Train
Bethesda Big Train baseball at Shirley Povich Field has been providing small town charm and big league talent at affordable prices right near home since 1999. After these last fourteen challenging months, a picnic and a ballgame on a warm summer night would be a perfect get together for your company’s employees, suppliers and customers.

We partnering with Bethesda Big Train on Tuesday, June 15, to host a picnic and ballgame in honor of former Chair of the Board and community leader, Randy Schools. 

  • 6 p.m. dinner provided by Gregorio’s Trattoria and Catalyst Hot Dogs in the Davis Family Picnic Pavilion.
  • 7 p.m. first pitch of a Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League game featuring the Bethesda Big Train.

For just $20 per person, everyone gets a game ticket and a pre-game meal and a drink! You can find more information here.
Update Your Headshot
Update your image with a new outdoor professional photo by Hilary Schwab Photography!

Headshot Lounge
  • May 20, 10-2pm, Veterans Park, Bethesda
  • June 4, 10-2pm, Downtown Crown, Gaithersburg

Only $89 with a make-up touch up from Karen K. Members of Bethesda, Gaithersburg or Poolesville Chambers only pay $75 with a chamber member discount.

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 – Electric Advisors
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 - Nothing Bundt Cakes Bethesda - 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