CCI Health & Wellness Ribbon Cutting Tomorrow

Join GSSCC as we cut the ribbon for the grand opening of   CCI Health & Wellness Services  ( 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 1200) at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, November 29. Tour the new space; enjoy light appetizers and a chance to win raffle prizes. An after party  with an extended happy hour  will follow from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at All Set Bar & Restaurant . Click here  to register.
GSSCC's YPN Events This Week and Next

GSSCC's  Young Professional's Network  explore "The Link Between Emotional Intelligence and Stardom" at a workshop and happy hour from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday, November 30, on the rooftop at  Kaldis Social House (918 Silver Spring Ave.)    Click here  to register.

The Young Professional's Network will bring holiday cheer to the residents of  Aspenwood Senior Living Community as they meet om their ugly Christmas sweaters for caroling, dinner, and gingerbread house making from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday, December 6 . To register, click here .
Federal Judge Blocks Obama Administration's Overtime Rule

On November 22, a federal judge in Texas granted a preliminary injunction to block implementation of the Obama administration's rule to raise the threshold for mandatory overtime pay nationwide.  The rule, issued by the Labor Department, was to take effect this week on December 1 and would have doubled to $47,500 the maximum salary a worker can earn and still be eligible for mandatory overtime pay.  According to news reports, "U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant, in Sherman, Texas, agreed with a coalition of business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, that the rule is unlawful," and that "federal law governing overtime does not allow the Labor Department to decide which workers are eligible based on salary levels alone."  GSSCC will keep members updated on any further developments in this case.
State Bill Would Increase WSSC Rates for Commercial Customers

Delegates Al Carr and Marc Korman have introduced a bill that would allow the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission to set various "classes" of service so that it can charge businesses in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties higher rates than residential customers. Delegate Carr introduced a similar bill last year that GSSCC and other business groups actively opposed, since it simply gave the utility the power to pass more of its increased costs on to business customers. That bill died in committee, but the concept has been re-introduced in MC/PG 101-17, linked here. Testimony on this bill will be heard at the Montgomery County Delegation's local bill hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7, in the 3rd Floor Hearing Room, Stella Werner Council Office Bldg., 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville.
Bike Path Project on Spring Street Delayed until March 

GSSCC has learned that the planned construction of bike lanes along portions of Spring Street in Silver Spring has been delayed until March of 2017. The delay is due in part to impending winter weather, but it also gives businesses that rely on existing short term parking spaces along Spring Street an opportunity to have their concerns addressed. The County's Bicycle Master Plan would replace numerous valuable parking spaces along Spring Street with bike lanes.
Last 2016 Networking Breakfast is Next Week

Join us for GSSCC's last Business Networking Breakfast of 2016 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. next Wednesday, December 7, at Eggspectation (923 Ellsworth Drive)  Register here.  

Montgomery County Police 3rd District officials have reported 67 thefts from autos in the downtown Silver Spring area since September 2016. The majority of these thefts are from unlocked vehicles. Members, please remember: Lock your cars, and tell your employees and customers to do the same.

YMCA Silver Spring will open its doors to the community from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Wednesday, November 30, for Zumba, Yoga, Piyo, free healthy snacks, and music. For details, click here.

* Montgomery Community Media presents a two-hour seminar to help businesses "Harness the Power of Facebook Live" from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, December 2. Click here for pricing and more details.

* Randy Shannon, President of Web Strategies, will host a free seminar entitled Drive New Business with Social Media - Guide to Successful Social Media Marketing from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 8, in the GSSCC offices (8601 Georgia Avenue, Suite 203).  Click here to register.

* Congratulations to Montgomery College on being awarded a $5.6 million "Promise Grant" from the U.S. Department of Labor to support the college's information technology and cybersecurity workforce efforts. Montgomery College is one of 23 regional workforce partnerships in 28 states to be selected for a grant. Click here to read more.

* Congratulations to Home Instead Senior Care for being named a "Caring Star of 2017" top rating on for its senior care services and customer care. 

* The Urban Winery (949 Bonifant Street) will serve as an official drop location for the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots. Owner Damon Callis is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran. He and his wife Georgia have supported this effort for many years.

* Thanks to Marc Engel , an employment law attorney with Lerch, Early & Brewer , for sharing this New York Times article on entrepreneur ship. It highlights many of the challenges faced when starting a business.

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Upcoming GSSCC Committee Meetings

Event Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, December 6

* Young Professional's Network Meeting - 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 
December 7

* Economic Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Thursday, December 22

About GSSCC Committee/Team Meetings:  All GSSCC members are welcome to participate in Chamber committees. Members are welcome to attend committee meetings to assess interest in joining a committee. Meetings are typically held in the GSSCC Conference Room. Advance RSVP is required and priority will be given to existing committee members when speakers are scheduled.
  Thank you to our 2016-2017 GSSCC Partners
Corporate Partners - Downtown Silver Spring; Lee Development Group; Montgomery College; Statland & Katz Insurance, Inc.; Washington Adventist Hospital

Business Partners - AFI Silver Theatre; Apex Home Loans; Bud Miller Associates, Inc.; Digital Industry; Discovery Communications; EagleBank; 
The Fillmore Silver Spring; Holy Cross Hospital; Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.; Linowes & Blocher LLP; M&T Bank; The Tower Companies (The Blairs); United Therapeutics Corp.; Washington Property Company.

Partners - Adam S. Lowe Photography; Atlantech Online; EBA Ernest Bland Associates; Elite Personnel; 
My Office Products; Signs By Tomorrow;
Social & Scientific Systems.

 Friends- Harvey Maisel/Maisel Hollins Development