July 29, 2019
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. this Wednesday, July 31

Members interested in volunteer opportunities, should call the Chamber office.

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.

A New Member  Benefit: GSSCC's Community Calendar

Is your organization planning a celebration or community event?  GSSCC now provides a new way to promote your event to Chamber members and visitors to our website.  Announcing the launch of GSSCC's Community Events Calendar!   Located as an option under the Events tab on each page of the GSSCC site, the calendar will list member events that are open to the community.  

To submit your event, just log in to your member portal, select the "Submit an Event" tab from the list on the left, and fill out the form.  You can even link to a web page or flyer that has details about your event.  Questions?  Call Courtney Jenkins in the GSSCC office.

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.

* Congratulations to Speedpro Imaging on being recognized in an industry blog for a wall mural the company created in  Kensington. See a photo and read more here.

* Roscoe Moore, DVM, PhD, DSc, PH RockWood Corporation, is seeking marketing and graphic design interns for a new venture dedicated to shaping the future of pet wellness through authenticated HEMP-derived cannabidoil.  Read more here

Cornerstone Montgomery's Champions and Legacies Celebration Breakfast, set for October 10, will recognize 2019 Legacy Honoree Douglas M. Duncan, president and CEO of Leadership Greater Washington, and other honorees. Proceeds support Cornerstone Montgomery's vocational program, helping more than 600 adults and transition-aged youth who are recovering from mental health disorders choose, find, and keep employment. Click here for sponsorship and ticket information.

See your company's news here! Send us your press releases and news items by noon on Friday for publication in the following Monday's edition. Click here for guidelines on submitting Member News.

Procurement Opportunities for Small Businesses

Learn About Potential Maryland DOT Opportunities - The Maryland Department of Transportation will host a workshop  this Thursday, August 1, at the University of Maryland t o help Maryland businesses prepare for upcoming opportunities related to the I-495 & I-270 Public-Private Partnership (P3) Program in the event a build alternative is selected as part of the I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study.  The effort is part of "Opportunity MDOT," an initiative designed to maximize community engagement and economic empowerment through workforce development, business support services, compliance monitoring, training, advisory services, and developmental opportunities for local companies. Click here for details.

Meet Federal Agency Contract Managers The SBIR Road Tour, a national outreach effort connecting entrepreneurs working on advanced technologies to the country's largest source of early stage funding - the SBIR/STTR programs, is coming to the University of Maryland campus on Friday, September 20. Also known as America's Seed Fund, the SBIR/STTR programs provide over $3 billion in funding to small businesses each year in a wide variety of technology areas. The Maryland stop will provide 300 attendees an opportunity to hear directly from the participating federal agency program managers that administer over 5,000 new awards annually. The U.S. Air Force, Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, various Defense Department agencies, NASA, and more will be among the agencies represented. To learn more about the event, click here .

Business Input Sought Through Survey

As the next step in gathering information to evaluate Montgomery County's business climate, County Executive Marc Elrich is seeking input via an online survey.  The 55-question survey includes questions to assess  general background about businesses; feedback on the business environment in the County; experience with the County procurement requirements; and ease of access to government. Click here to open the survey.

Construction Updates for Silver Spring

Silver Spring Area - The right-hand southbound lane of Colesville Road between 2nd Avenue and East-West Highway will remain closed for long-term work between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. daily.

During August, crews will be surveying, clearing trees, and relocating utilities along Bonifant Street between the Silver Spring Transit Center and Fenton Street and along Wayne Avenue between Fenton Street and Flower Avenue. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and weekends. Temporary lane closures will occur.

Expect temporary lane closures on 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 AreaDuring August, crews will be relocating utilities along Stewart Avenue between Brookville Road and Kansas Avenue. Temporary lane and sidewalk closures with flagging operations will occur. Parking on southbound Stewart Avenue will be limited. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.
Crews will continue work in the Lyttonsville Place Bridge area between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays and weekends.

For immediate construction concerns, send an email to outreach@pltcllc.com or call the construction hotline at 240-424-5325.

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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