July 22, 2019
NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES IN JULY
Are you a small business owner trying to understand the legal ramifications of running a business in Maryland?  Here's your chance to ask all your thorny business questions.

Business Attorney David Kay, Lerch, Early & Brewer, will join the Small Business Peer Network on July 25 to discuss legal issues small business owners are facing. Apply here to join the group.
Join GSSCC for a unique Coffee & Cards to get a behind- the-scenes look at this iconic Silver Spring performance venue. Continental breakfast and networking, too. Register here.

7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31

        
LATEST NEWS
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," which 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.

Construction, Lane Closures on Colesville Road

Driving on Colesville Road between Georgia Avenue and St. Andrews Way, just north of Spring Street, is going to be more complicated in the coming months because of two major infrastructure construction projects.

WSSCC began work last week to complete its water main replacement project from Georgia Avenue to the Beltway.  Crews will be on Colesville Road between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. 

Maryland State Highway Administration crews started this week at Spring Street doing work to install bus pads and make improvements needed for the bus rapid transit system that is coming to Colesville Road.  Expect possible lane closures weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and overnight, Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Project Engineer Kidist Woldegiorgis can be reached at 410-279-7534 or  KWoldegiorgis@mdot.maryland.gov.

ACAO Fletcher Seeks Input on Small Biz Development Strategic Plan

GSSCC's Economic Development Committee met with Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Jerome Fletcher last week. Fletcher outlined the County's direction on improving the economy and discussed a draft Strategic Plan for Small Business Development, linked here .  The County is seeking input on the plan. Members who have comments should email them to GSSCC President Jane Redicker by close of business on Monday, July 29.

GSSCC Members Connect at The Greene Turtle Burtonsville





Special thanks to Chad Mangum, Bell Flowers, Carmen and Joe Camacho, Bud Miller Associates, Inc., and Jedd and Kyle Narsavage, GreenSweep LLC, for hosting the event and offering lots of amazing door prizes. Visit their websites, linked above.

* Three cheers for Humanity & Inclusion for its participation in the recent "Disability Pride Parade" in New York City. Click here to see details and learn more about the organization and its mission." 

* Minimally Invasive Vascular Center will host its first "Health Fair & Talent Competition" from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. at 9201 Cherry Ln., Laurel, MD.  The day will include free food, music, karaoke, health screenings, and a dance competition Click here for more details.
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SAVE THE DATE!

Join Young Professional groups from the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber, the Rockville Chamber, the Greater Bethesda Chamber, and the Greater Silver Spring Chamber, along with Leadership Montgomery's Emerging Leaders, to meet, mingle, and enjoy appetizers and drinks.

Wednesday, September 4
Lucky Strike (7101 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda)

Advance Registration required here by August 28.
Committee and Group Meetings

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

*Membership Development Committee - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, August 20  (TENTATIVE)

Other Chamber Committees do not meet during the month of August.

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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