July 1, 2019
Congratulations GSSCC 2019 Award Winners!

At the 2019 Awards & Installation Dinner last week, GSSCC inducted three member companies - The Tower Companies, United Therapeutics Corporation, and ResInnova Laboratories - into its inaugural Circle of Stars, a select group of member companies that personify excellence in corporate social responsibility. These members are doing well by doing good, be it through service to the community, stewardship of local and global resources, and or their dedicated support of non-profit and community organizations or causes during the past year. Read here the descriptions of these companies efforts as described at the dinner.

GSSCC's Trail Blazer award, recognizing an emerging influential (Young Professional) for exceptional leadership and outstanding contribution to the chamber during the past year, went to Peter Casciano, Andalman & Flynn. Read here about Peter's accomplishments, as described at the dinner.

The Chamber also created and announced a very special award in the memory of the son of GSSCC founder and Board member Bruce Lee: the  Andrew Lee Service Beyond Self award. Read more  here

Outgoing Chair Robert Scott recognized GSSCC's official photographer Adam Lowe, Adam Lowe Creative and Peak Performance Digital, with the 2019 Chair's Award.

Tower Companies Sustainability Manager Jonathan Bauer acknowledges Circle of Stars recognition. Outgoing GSSCC Chair Robert Scott, Garvin Robertson , Blairs resident and Tower employee for some 40 years, Tower Manager Lauren Fishbein, and GSSCC President Jane Redicker look on.

United Therapeutics Corporation Vice President, Corporate Real Estate, (center) with GSSCC outgoing Chair Robert Scott and GSSCC President Jane Redicker, accepted the Circle of Stars award on behalf of his company.

ResInnova Laboratories founder and owner Matt Hardwick accepts induction into the Circle of Stars. 

Peter Casciano, Andalman & Flynn, acknowledges GSSCC for being named 2019 Trail Blazer.

Bruce Lee accepts the Andrew Lee Service Beyond Self Award on behalf his son, joined by (left to right) Haley Kellogg, Sarah Lee, and Redicker.

Redicker makes a failed attempt to take a selfie of Chair's Award recipient Adam Lowe (left) and Robert Scott (right). Photo courtesy of I.J. Hudson.

Special thanks to Adam Lowe, Adam Lowe Creative, for these photos.  See more on the Chamber's Facebook page.

Incoming GSSCC Chair Installs FY20 Board Members

Stewart Zemil, Apex Home Loans, newly elected GSSCC Chair of the Board, installed these members of the FY20 Board at the 2019 Awards & Installation Dinner last Thursday evening: 

Executive Committee Members
Ray Barry, AFI Silver Theatre & Cultural Center, Government Affairs Committee Co-Chair;  Phillip Hummel, Linowes and Blocher LLP, Economic Development Committee Chair; Debbie Keller, Revere Bank, Membership Development Committee Chair;   Mike McCartin, Joseph W. McCartin Insurance, Government Affairs Committee Co-Chair;  Scott Reading, EagleBank, Treasurer;  Susan Reutershan, Lerch Early & Brewer, Chair-elect for FY21; and Robert Scott, Hi Touch Business Services, Immediate Past Chair.  

Ernest Bland, EBA Ernest Bland Associates; Avi Halpert, United Therapeutics Corporation; Lauren Hild, Holy Cross Hospital; Bruce Lee, Lee Development Group; Adam Lowe, Adam S. Lowe Creative and Peak Performance Digital; Richard Lucas, Washington Adventist Hospital; Chad Mangum, Bell Flowers; Tom McNally, Tower Companies; Paul Nazelrod, Washington Property Company; Jane Redicker, GSSCC President & CEO; Stephanie Steele, The Fillmore Silver Spring; Brad Stewart, Montgomery College; and Juanita Stewart, Downtown Silver Spring.

Sip 'n Collage with GSSCC YPNs

GSSCC's Young Professionals Network presents a collage workshop, including summer sips and snacks, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 11 at  CREATE Arts Center (914 Silver Spring Avenue). Cost is $15 per person. Space is limited.  Register  here.
Join Us in Burtonsville July 16

Eat, drink, mix, and mingle with members and potential members from the Burtonsville area on Tuesday, July 16, at The Greene Turtle in Burtonsville, co-hosted by Bell Flowers, Bud Miller Associates, and Greensweep LLC. Register here.

New to the Chamber?

Join us for a free breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 11, where new Chamber members and new representatives of current members can learn how to maximize their company's investment. Participation limited to two employees per member organization. Register  here
Reminder - County Minimum Wage Increases Today

The minimum wage in Montgomery County is set to increase again on July 1. The new wage level is based on the number of employees at each business, as follows: 10 or fewer employees - $12.50 per hour; 11 to 50 employees - $12.50 per hour; more than 50 employees - $13.00 per hour.    More information about the County's minimum wage increase is available here

Avoid Potential 15% Energy Cost Hike, Here's How

The recently passed Clean Energy Jobs - Renewable Portfolio Standard Bill could bring utility rate increases between 14% and 18% as of October 1, 2019. However, the new legislation provided an enrollment grace period or "grandfather clause," that allows customers who negotiate energy use contracts prior to this date to be exempt from potential rate increases through the end date of the new contract.  
To help members avoid these potential increases, GSSCC and CQI, our energy co-op partner, are opening registrations now.  For more details, click here.

Purple Line Construction Updates

Silver Spring Area - Throughout July, crews continue surveying, tree clearing, and working to relocate utilities along Wayne Avenue from Fenton Street to Flower Avenue, and along Bonifant Street between the Silver Spring Transit Center and Fenton Street Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and weekends. Temporary lane and sidewalk closures will occur. Also during July, temporary lane closures will occur along Wayne Avenue between Dale Drive and Sligo Creek Parkway for truck deliveries to Silver Spring International Middle School between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.

Lyttonsville/Brookville Road Area   - Throughout July, crews will be  relocating utilities along Stewart Avenue between Brookville Road and Kansas Avenue. Parking along Stewart Avenue will be limited.  Crews will also be clearing trees along the railroad tracks between Stewart Avenue and 16th Street. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and weekends. Temporary lane and sidewalk closures will occur. Work will also continue on the Lyttonsville Place Bridge.
For information on construction activities, schedules, and more, click here.   For immediate construction concerns, please email  outreach@pltcllc.com  or call the construction hotline at 240-424-5325.
Committee and Group Meetings

* Non-Profit Team - 9 am. on Tuesday, July 9

*Economic Development Committee - 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 18 - Jerome Fletcher, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for Economic and Workforce Development

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


The GSSCC Office will be closed July 4 and July 5 for the Independence Day holiday. Staff will be checking email periodically on July 5 and will respond as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, July 8.

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
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To reach the Chamber staff, call 301-565-3777.
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