December 23, 2019
January 2020 Events
Make the Most of Your Chamber Membership!
GSSCC invites all new members and new representatives of member companies to 
GSSCC 101: Member Orientation Breakfast. Enjoy a free breakfast courtesy of Eggspectation , learn how to make the most of your membership, connect with fellow Chamber members, and meet GSSCC staff, board member, and ambassadors.

Wednesday, January 8, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Eggspectation (923 Ellsworth Drive). 

RSVP required by COB Monday, January 6; participation limited to two individuals per company. 
Register  here  or call 301-565-3777.
Join GSSCC for a Connect@Lunch at Eggspectation
Join us for this members-only networking luncheon, with a smaller, more intimate crowd that allows members the chance to really share and connect about their business needs. Participation is limited to the first 25 members who register.

Thursday, January 9, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at Eggspectation (923 Ellsworth Drive).

Registration is just $25 and includes choice of entree and a soft drink. 

Advanced registration required by COB Tuesday, January 7. Register  here or call 301-565-3777.
Celebrate 10 Years with Fenwick Beer & Wine
Congratulations to Fenwick Beer & Wine on its 10 Year Anniversary! Join the Chamber on Saturday, January 11, for a ribbon cutting celebration at 12 noon at 1327 Fenwick Lane. There will be food, wine tastings, and 20% off everything in-store all day long.  RSVP to by COB Thursday, January 9. 
SchmoozaPalooza 2020

GSSCC's annual SchmoozaPalooza is set for Wednesday, March 11, 2020, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Fillmore Silver Spring.

This member business expo and networking extravaganza is one of the Chamber's signature events, attracting Silver Spring business people, county leaders, and other community members.

Early-bird pricing is now open for exhibitors and sponsors! Tables are limited, so sign in and get yours now!

Click here for Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities!

Latest News
Young Professionals Volunteer at the "North Pole"
Members of the GSSCC Young Professionals Network recently volunteered at A Wider Circle's North Pole workshop by helping families pick out and wrap their gifts. Thank you to the following volunteers: Alyssa Thomas,  Anne Arundel Dermatology; Candace Rampersaud and Juanita Stewart, Downtown Silver Spring; John Smith,  The Mean Green Carpet Clean Company; Corliss Wood,  Clutter Corrections by Corliss; and Janet Cook, You On a Team.

Just three spots left, secure yours today!

Silver Spring Village will be featured on WRC-NBC4 TV (Channel 4) this week. Anchor Leon Harris and his crew from "Harris' Heroes" shot footage and interviewed Village members and volunteers earlier this month for a half-hour holiday special to be shown on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24, at 2:30 p.m. before "The Kelly Clarkson Show" and repeated on Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, at 6:30 p.m. before the "NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt."

Congratulations to SEEC Executive Director Karen Lee for winning the 2019 TASH Conference Marc Gold Award for Employment. TASH, a nonprofit advocate for inclusion and the human rights of people with significant disabilities, recognized Lee as the recipient of the 2019 Marc Gold Award for Employment during this year's TASH Conference in Phoenix, AZ.

* Kudos to Driven to Cure!  Last week, on behalf of the organization, Bruce Lee presented a check in the amount of $102,062.11 to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) for the research of rare kidney cancers like HLRCC at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute. Click here to see a video of the presentation. Next month, Driven to Cure will present a check for $100,000 to support this kind of research at UCLA. To date, Driven To Cure has raised more than $500,000.  

Congratulations to CuriosityStream for now serving more than 10.5 million paying subscribers.


All Set Restaurant and Bar will "Drag In the New Year: Roaring 20s Style" at a New Years Eve Drag Show and Party on Tuesday, December 31, at 10 p.m. Haus of Stone will provide a night of dancing, games, and performances. Read here for ticket details.
Silver Branch Brewing Co. will host a "Silver Spring New Year's Eve Celebration" on Tuesday, December 31, at 8 p.m. There will be an all-star draft list, an open bar, and a champagne toast. Snazzy clothes are encouraged. Read here for ticket details.
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2020 Member-2-Member Discounts

Make saving money a 2020 New Year's goal with GSSCC's Member-2-Member Discounts

Let members know about any discount you offer by adding or updating them on the GSSCC website. And use your Discount Card to take advantage of participating members' discounts. 

Email with any questions.
Silver Spring Transit Center Bus Stops Being Temporarily Relocated Starting January 5  

Beginning on Sunday, January 5, construction of The Purple Line in and around the Silver Spring Transit Center will require temporary Ride On and Metrobus route modifications in downtown Silver Spring. 

Several Ride On bus stops in the transit center will be temporarily relocated to the street to safely accommodate Purple Line work, which is expected to continue in this area through spring. Temporary bus stop locations will be along northbound Colesville Road (between Wayne Avenue and Georgia Avenue), on the second floor of the transit center, and on East-West Highway and Colesville Road. Click here to see a package that details information on which bus routes will be relocated.

During the opening weeks of the temporary bus route modifications, there will be additional personnel stationed around the transit center to help direct Ride On users to and from the bus stops and the transit center. There also will be updated signage and maps placed around the center and available in the TRiPS transit services store on the second level.  Google Map bus stop locations will be updated to reflect the temporary changes.

For information on changes to Metrobus in and around the transit center, go here For more information about planned road closures and general project information for the Purple Line, go to
Upcoming Committee/Network Meetings

Small Business Owners Peer Network - Noon on Thursday, January 2. Topic is  "Managing Cash Flow. " (Advance registration required  here .)

Young Professionals Network - 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 2. 

Non-Profit Team Workshop - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 14. 

Economic Development Committee - 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22. 

* Membership Development Committee - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 28.  

The Chamber office will be closed from December 24, 2019 through January 1, 2020.  Staff will be checking email daily and will respond as soon as possible.
Thank you to our 2019-2020 GSSCC Partners
Corporate Partners - Downtown Silver Spring; Lee Development Group; Montgomery College; Joseph W. McCartin Insurance;
Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center

Business Partners - Andalman & Flynn, AFI Silver Theatre; Apex Home Loans; Atlantech Online; Digital Industry; EagleBank; Eggspectation; Holy Cross Hospital; 
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 Services
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To reach the Chamber staff, call 301-565-3777.
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