June 17, 2019
Don't Miss GSSCC's 2019 Awards &Installation Dinner

Business Development is Topic for GSSCC Small Biz Peer Network

Are you a small business owner struggling with business development? Join the Small Business Peer Network this Wednesday, June 19, to learn how other business owners approach networking, sales conversations, and proposals. The Peer Network is designed to provide a collegial environment where small business owners with an opportunity to connect, ask questions, and share best practices.  Interested?   Apply here to join the group.

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.
Mark Your Calendar - July BAH

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.

AFI DOCS Starts This Week - Tickets Still Available

AFI DOCS 2019 kicks off in just two days! GSSCC is, once again, pleased to be a sponsor for this event, described by the Washington Post as "the nation's leading documentary film festival." This year's program, which returns to the AFI Silver Theatre and Washington, DC from June 19 through June 23, includes more than 70 films, as well as insightful panels, presentations and more. To purchase tickets and festival passes, go to here.

Members Connect@Lunch at All Set Restaurant & Bar

These members each had three minutes to describe their businesses to those participating in this members-only event that always sells out.  Thanks to host All Set Restaurant & Bar.

* Congratulations to new GSSCC member Curiosity Stream on being selected as "Emerging Company of the Year" by the Maryland Tech Council at the association's annual awards ceremony last month. Launched in 2015, Curiosity Stream is a video-on-demand service that offers  factual documentary entertainment providing viewers the opportunity to, for example, see "Stephen Hawking's Favorite Places," adventure through "Reef Expeditions," or learn about the "People of Pompeii." 

* Shepherd's Table has selected Manny Hidalgo as its new Executive Director, to replace Jacki Coyle, who is retiring after 15 years of service to the organization.  Read more here.

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Reminder - County Minimum Wage Increases July 1

The minimum wage in Montgomery County is set to increase again on July 1. The new wage level will be based on the number of employees at each business. This increase was put in place by legislation signed into law on November 17, 2017, and calls for the County minimum wage to go up each July 1, until it reaches $15 per hour in 2022 for large employers and incrementally thereafter until all employers pay at least $15 per hour.  They must base increases on the CIP-W (Consumer Price Index for Urban Wge Earners and Clerical Workers.  See the chart below for details through 2022.

Effective Date >50 employees 11 to 50 employees <11 employees
7/1/2019 $13 $12.50 $12.50
7/1/2020 $14 $13.25 $13
7/1/2021 $15 $14 $13.50
7/1/2022 $15+ CPI-W $14.50 $14

Employees age 18 and under, who work fewer than 20 hours per week, are exempt from these rates. 

An employer who provides "home health services" or "home or community-based services" and receives at least 75 percent of gross revenues through state and federal Medicaid programs, may apply to the Office of Human Rights for designation as an eligible services provider subject to an adjusted implementation schedule.

More information about the County's minimum wage increase is available here

Committee and Group Meetings

* Economic Development Committee - 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 20 - Carol Rubin, Montgomery County Planning Department, will discuss the proposed project to add toll lanes to I-270 and I-495.  (Note: If you are not currently a member of this committee, please call the office to inquire about attending.)

* Membership Development Committee - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25

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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