September 22, 2020

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View our events calendar.
View our COVID-19 resource page.
Annual Flu Shot Clinic with Suburban Hospital
Upcoming Committee Meetings
NextExecs - Sponsored by McKay Mortgage

TEDx Speaker, and Professional Comedian/Entertainer, Rahmein Mostafavi will be joining us! He will show how being able to improvise and think quickly on your feet can help with business, and will provide some entertainment as we transition into our happy hour.

This group is for young professionals in the greater Bethesda community interested in engaging in business networking, professional development, and community service in order to position themselves for optimal career growth. 
Economic Development Committee

Updates on the 2020 Elections and Local Ballot Options
Update by Councilmember Andrew Friedson (District 1 Councilmember) on:
Overview of Charter Amendment Questions A – D:
  1. Property Tax Limit - Limit Tax Rate Increases
  2. Property Tax Limit - Prohibit Override
  3. County Council - Increase to 11 Councilmembers
  4. County Council - Alter Council Composition to 9 Districts

Update by on the 2020 Elections and Ballot in Montgomery County – presented by Gilberto A. Zelaya II, Ph.D., CERA, Community Empowerment/Public Information Officer, Montgomery County Board of Elections
Real Estate Committee

Updates on the Pike District
  • Advancing the Pike District - presented by Walker M. Freer, Transportation Planner Coordinator, Montgomery County Planning Department
  • Update on Pike District Development Projects – presented by Pete Fosselman, Master Plan Ombudsman, Montgomery County Office of the County Executive
  • Update on Marketing and New Programs for the Pike District – presented by Kristine Warner, Managing Partner, Maier & Warner
Upcoming Events & Programs
Virtual Leadership Luncheon Featuring Bruce Lane,
Co-Founder of The Meridian Group

Join us via Zoom as we hear from Bruce Lane, the Executive Vice President, Managing Director, and Co-Founder of The Meridian Group. Attendees will have the chance to ask Bruce questions and learn more about his journey to success. Sponsored by M&T Bank. More Details.
Chamber 101

Please join us for this brief orientation session to learn how to get involved with the Chamber and maximize your membership investment. This is a great event for new members, those considering membership, and those wishing to re-connect. Sponsored by Sandy Spring Bank. More Details.
Virtual Speed Networking

Attendees will be broken up into several "rooms" (just like a table in person). Each room will meet for about 20 minutes and then be switched at random to a different room. More Details.
Just Mask It!
The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce is helping businesses and their patrons stay safe during reopening throughout the Greater Bethesda area. Volunteers will be distributing posters around the Greater Bethesda area reminding everyone to stay safe and wear their masks!
Thank you to our volunteers - Susan from SpeakSkill LLC, Erin from sasse agency, and Dushanti from Sandy Spring Bank!
Members in the News
Annual Corporate Sponsors
Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors 
 Andy Stern's Office Furniture, A Division of Benjamin Office Supply & Services - Atlantech Online - The Bernstein Companies - Capacity Partners - CohnReznick - Dembo Jones - Grossberg Company LLP- Hill Slowinski, Long & Foster | Christie's | Maryland Settlers LLC - Linowes and Blocher LLP TDG/SilverRock - M&T Bank - The Bean Bag Deli & Catering
The Bernstein Companies - 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 
A Wider Circle
NextExec Sponsor 
McKay Mortgage Company