April 8, 2019
Social Media: Facebook and beyond

Join GSSCC's Non-Profit Team for a deep dive into the latest trends in social media at a workshop this Tuesday morning, April 9, at CREATE Arts Center (915 Silver Spring Ave). 

Digital gurus from Humanity & Inclusion and Social Light will discuss how to best capture target audiences with the proper messaging, timing, and strategy; social advertising and 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.
This 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
Not ONE, but TWO Ribbon Cuttings Last Week. . . 
Welcome Sligo Pit BBQ and PJ's Coffee of New Orleans

GSSCC President Jane Redicker, accompanied by Chair Robert Scott (HiTouch Business Services) and Board members Debbie Keller (Revere Bank) and Lauren Hild (Holy Cross Hospital), joined County Executive Marc Elrich to cut the ribbon for the grand opening of Sligo Pit BBQ at the Sligo Creek Golf Course.

PJ's Coffee owners and staff, assisted by property owners from Foulger Pratt, joined GSSCC President Jane Redicker and Board Member Debbie Keller (Revere Bank) to cut the ribbon for the grand opening celebration of PJ's Coffee of New Orleans in Core Downtown Silver Spring at 8621 Georgia Avenue.
April = Ribbon Cuttings!  More this month. . .

April 17
5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

919 Ellsworth Drive

Complimentary pizza station, passed bites, cash bar.  Raffle to win a pizza party for six, free pizza for a month, or brunch for four.

RSVP required to 301-565-3777

April 23
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

8506 Fenton Street

Tour newly renovated meeting spaces, banquet and guest rooms. Enjoy champagne, drinks, and tasty bites from around the world, reflecting Silver Spring's diversity. 
GSSCC Announces: Small Business Peer Network

GSSCC is excited to announce a new resource for small businesses: the Small Business Peer Network.

This new peer network is designed to provide small business owners the opportunity to connect and learn from each other, ask questions, and share best practices.  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.
* During April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, The Tree House Child Advocacy Center will use its Facebook and Instagram feeds to raise awareness of the work it does for sexually abused, physically abused, and neglected children in our county, by sharing daily posts that chronicle the story of "Aaron" as he embarks on a journey toward healing. Learn more about the Center here.

* In honor of Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month and co-owner Kyle Narsavage's mother Paula, GreenSweep will donate one percent of total revenue generated during April to the Parkinson's Foundation and will match up to $2,000 donated by employees, customers, vendors, suppliers, family and friends. Click here to learn more.

* New GSSCC member Maryland Global Training Center is offering members a ten percent discount on any individual course; members that send four employees will receive the fifth registration for free. Learn more about this new member here.
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WANTED: Books, Especially Children's Books

GSSCC's Young Professionals Network is asking all members to support its book drive now through the end of April to benefit CCI Health & Wellness Services.  Reading aloud is one of the most important things parents can do with their children. It helps children develop the early language and literacy skills needed to achieve academic success. Unfortunately, children in low-income, minority families face barriers that limit their access to books and frequency of reading, which delays early childhood literacy development. That's why CCI provides free books for all children to take home, each time they come to see the doctor. Help stock CCI's reading corner with books by collecting new or gently used books at your businesses all month long. Contact Jessica Wilson for more information.
StoryCorps Mobile Tour Coming To Silver Spring

In partnership with WAMU,  StoryCorps, a non-profit organization with the mission to offer people of all backgrounds the opportunity to record, share, and preserve stories about their lives, is bringing its mobile tour  to Silver Spring. Each year, StoryCorps visits cities and towns across the country to record the stories of the people who live there.  StoryCorps invites pairs of individuals - family, co-workers, partners, friends - to come to the mobile recording studio (which will be parked on Veterans Plaza next to the Civic Building from April 23 to May 22), to record a conversation about their stories.  Do you have a story to tell? Learn more here.
Upcoming Committee/Group Meetings

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

* Economic Development Committee - 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 18

* Membership Development Committee - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23
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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