April 1, 2019
Welcome PJ's Coffee of New Orleans

Join GSSCC as we cut the ribbon to celebrate the recent opening of PJ's Coffee of New Orleans (8621 Georgia Ave.), at 11:30 a.m. this Friday, April 5. Enjoy a complimentary 12 oz. hot coffee or PJ's Original Cold Brew Iced Coffee, food samples, music, prizes, and a raffle to win free coffee for a month. Click here for more details.
GSSCC Announces: New Small Business Peer Network

GSSCC is excited to announce a new resource for small businesses: Small Business Peer Network.
 
The Small Business Peer Network is designed to provide small business owners with an opportunity to connect and learn from each other. We aim to create an environment where business owners ask questions and share best practices on issues they are struggling with.
 
Peer network members will meet monthly for discussions in the Chamber offices. While education will be a strong component of this group, speakers, and presentations will be limited in order to focus on discussion around individual business challenges. This is not intended to be a sales environment, so team leaders will facilitate the discussions to ensure a balanced and respectful conversation.
 
Interested in joining this new peer group?  Because this network is designed specifically for small business owners, we are asking interested members to fill out this short application . Our Small Business Peer Network steering committee will review all applications. Once approved, applicants will be given a link to register for monthly meetings.

Social Media: Facebook and beyond

GSSCC's Non-Profit Team invites members to a workshop on Tuesday morning, April 9, at CREATE Arts Center (915 Silver Spring Ave). 

Digital gurus from Humanity & Inclusion and Social Light will take a deep dive into the latest trends in social media and how to best capture target audiences with the proper messaging, timing, and strategy.  Panelists will discuss social advertising,the best options for spending time and money, and how to maintain a presence across accounts with limited content and resources. The morning begins at 8:30 a.m. with complimentary breakfast noshes and coffee. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Click here to register for this members-only event.
Networking Events Coming in April



Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 11

8113 Georgia Ave.

Members only | Limited to 25

Click here to register



5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 23
949 Bonifant Street

Co-Sponsored by
 
Free for Members | Click here to register
Welcome New GSSCC Members
Please join us in welcoming these new members who joined the Chamber in February and March. Take a moment to learn about what they do and the products and services they offer!

Anne Arundel Dermatology
Alyssa Thomas
3925 Ferrara Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20906
Dermatologist

Goosehead Insurance
Jennifer Lindsay
7200 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
202-558-0888
Insurance

KID Museum
Cara Lesser
6400 Democracy Blvd.
Bethesda, MD 22204
301-897-5437
Education

Maryland Global Training Center
Abenzer Endale
8651 Fenton St.
Silver Spring MD 20910
844-235-0220
Business Development/Prof. Services
PJ's Coffee of New Orleans
Sunil Shrestha
8621 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
240-863-3810
Coffee Bar/Café
 
Solaire 8250
Melissa Barnwell
8250 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(202) 868-7682
Apartments
 
Transworld Business Advisors of DC Metro
Melissa Patel
8607 Cedar Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910
202-800-4060
Business Development/Prof. Services
 



Thanks for Renewing. . .
GSSCC thanks these members for renewing their investment during February and March.

FOUNDING MEMBERS
Bell Flowers, Inc.
Grady Management, Inc.
Joseph Godbout CPA
Lee Development Group
Montgomery 1936 Land Company, LLC
Plaza Artist Materials of Maryland, Inc.
Robert Philipson & Company

MEMBERS 20+ YEARS
Brookfield Properties, Inc.
Linowes and Blocher LLP
United Therapeutics Corp.

MEMBERS 15+ YEARS
Montgomery Housing Partnership
Mrs. K's Restaurant
Silver Spring Towers Apartments
USA Halal Chamber of Commerce Inc.

MEMBERS 10+ YEARS
M&T Bank


MEMBERS 5+ YEARS
Conceptual Geniuses
ConTemporaries, Inc.
Creative Colony
Erie Insurance
Fire Station 1 Restaurant
Maryland Chiropractic
Nob Hill
Print 1
Silver Spring Library
The Urban Winery

NEWER MEMBERS
Amore Trade, LLC
Apex Companies, LLC
Atlantic Realty Companies, Inc.
Family Pet Veterinary Practice
Humanity & Inclusion
Improbable Comedy
Joseph W. McCartin Insurance
Mont. Co. Economic Development Corporation
Regal Paint Center of Silver Spring
Seabury at Springvale Terrace
Starr Capital, LLC
Tommy Douglas Conference Center
TW Perry

* Transworld Business Advisors of DC Metro will host an open house in its offices at  8607 Cedar Street from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Friday, April 5.  Click here for details and to RSVP.

* Congratulations All Set Restaurant & Bar! All-Set Restaurant & Bar (8630 Fenton St.) is celebrating its 4th Anniversary with a party from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. The family-friendly celebration will feature a petting zoo, face-painting, door prizes, and more. See the team and the flyer here.
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Transportation News
Purple Line Provides Update to County Council

Purple Line Transit Partners CEO Fred Craig and Charles Latucca, Executive Director, Transit Development and Delivery at MDOT MTA (Purple Line Project), recently briefed members of the Montgomery County Council's Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment Committee on the status of construction activity.  

Among the highlights:  Passenger service is still targeted to begin in late 2022. Project design is about 85% complete; construction is 10% complete. Work around the Silver Spring Transit Center is scheduled to begin soon. Despite what has been reported in the news, construction crews are doing their best to stay on schedule, accelerating construction where safely possible, and working on various sections simultaneously instead of sequentially. 

Here's a link  to the full committee presentation and discussion.

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WSSC Water Main Project Coming Back to Colesville/Georgia

WSSC crews expect to begin "test pitting" this week to locate all utilities under Colesville Road between Georgia Avenue and Fenton Street. Work to complete the water main replacement in this section is expected to begin later this month.  

Readers will recall that WSSC has been working on this project from Spring Street north to the Beltway.  Crews originally planned to begin at Georgia Avenue and work their way north, but decided to move the starting point to Spring Street when Pepco crews were still working in that area of Colesville.

GSSCC will keep members informed as more details are available.
Upcoming Committee/Group Meetings

* Young Professionals Network - 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 - Planning meeting for future events

* Non-Profit Team Workshop- 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8

* Economic Development Committee - 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 18
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 2018-2019 GSSCC Partners
 
Corporate Partners - Downtown Silver Spring; Lee Development Group; Montgomery College; Joseph W. McCartin Insurance; Washington Adventist Hospital

 
Business Partners - Andalman & Flynn, AFI Silver Theatre; Apex Home Loans; Atlantech Online; Bud Miller Associates, Inc.; Digital Industry; EagleBank; Eggspectation; 
The Fillmore Silver Spring; Lerch, Early & Brewer Chtd.; Linowes and Blocher, LLP; Revere Bank; The Tower Companies (The Blairs); United Therapeutics Corporation; Washington Property Company.

 
Partners - Adam Lowe Creative; Bell Flowers; EBA Ernest Bland Associates; HiTouch Business Systems
Signs By Tomorrow.
 
To reach the Chamber staff, call 301-565-3777.
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