February 25, 2019

7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Wednesday, March 6

8070 Georgia Avenue

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5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
This Thursday, February 28

8630 Fenton Street

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Fillmore Silver Spring

Local Business Expo and Networking Extravaganza

Prepaid Admission required by March 15

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From the Halls of the General Assembly. . .

We just passed the halfway point for this years session. Most legislation that has a chance to go through has already been introduced.  Now is the time to expect an intense push to get priority bills to the finish line. Here's an update on a few of the bills GSSCC is following.

SB280/HB166 - Minimum Wage and Enforcement (Fight for Fifteen) - Like the earlier hearing in the House, last week's Senate hearing lasted well into the evening. Some 40 businesses from across the state were on hand to testify, some staying more than eight hours to testify in the last panel which ended after 9 p.m. GSSCC submitted testimony for the record urging lawmakers to make sure whatever legislation is finally voted is not more onerous than the law that already exists in Montgomery County. In its current form, the State bill would apply the minimum wage to tipped employees and includes substantial reporting and penalty requirements against employers, even those who make an honest mistake.

HB341 - Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program, championed by  Montgomery County Delegate Arianna Kelly, received what has been described as a "frosty" reception during as recent hearing. Delegates pushed back on the cost of the program, not just to employers, but to the state.  Proponents had testified that start-up costs to the state would be about $15 million, but the fiscal note prepared by the General Assembly's Department of Legislative Services estimate start-up costs between $21 million and $23 million. When asked, the proponent's experts could not explain how they benchmarked potential costs. 

HB150/SB174 - More Opportunities for Marylanders Act of 2019 - GSSCC will join other business groups around the state in support of this bill, requested by Governor Hogan, that would extend various state programs that provide tax credits and other benefits for employers creating jobs in Maryland. Here's a link to the bill.
GSSCC Membership Takes the Cake!

. . .and now, for the next year, Nothing Bundt Cakes
 will deliver a cake to all new Chamber members AND existing members who renew by their anniversary dates.  GSSCC sincerely thanks Nothing Bundt Cakes for helping us say THANK YOU! to our new and existing members.
Join the Community of GSSCC Energy Savers
Our Energy Purchasing Cooperative = Savings for Your Business, Your Employees

Does your company pay its energy costs directly to a supplier (i.e. Pepco or Washington Gas)?   If so, GSSCC's Commercial Energy Purchasing Cooperative - free for members - can save you money and stabilize your energy costs. GSSCC has partnered with energy experts CQI Associates to bring this money-saving program to you.  And, it can provide a  free benefit you can offer your employees who live in Maryland. Want to learn more?   Take advantage of this free webinar offered by CQI.

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Upcoming Committee/Group Meetings

*   Membership Development Committee  - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 26

* Young Professionals Network - 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 7

*Non-Profit Team - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12

* Economic Development Committee - Rescheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 21. Montgomery County Planning Department's research team will present its latest report: County Trends - A Look at People, Housing, Jobs since 1990

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; Statland & Katz/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; 
My Office Products; Signs By Tomorrow.
To reach the Chamber staff, call 301-565-3777.
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