June 24, 2019
Awards &Installation Dinner -  Limited Seats Available 

 
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

Lyttonsville/Brookville Road Area - Beginning this week, crews will be performing utility work on Stewart Avenue starting at Brookville Road. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays for approximately two weeks. Temporary lane and sidewalk closures will occur and parking on southbound Stewart Avenue will be limited.
 
Silver Spring Area - Beginning this week, crews will be relocating utilities along Wayne Avenue between Fenton Street and Sligo Creek Bridge. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and weekends. Temporary lane closures will occur.
 
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.
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


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.




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
* Congratulations to Patient First on being featured in The Washington Post's "Top Workplaces," based on a survey of employees.  Read more here. United Therapeutics Corporation, Sandy Spring Bank, The Bozzuto Group, and Fitzgerald Financial were also recognized in the survey.

* Social & Scientific Systems was purchased by DLH Holdings,  a leading provider of innovative healthcare services and solutions to federal agencies. SSS will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of DLH Holdings Corp. and will be led by Kevin Beverly, its current President. Read more here.

* Sligo Creek Golf Course is seeking business sponsors for its two family-oriented live music events on the first fareway his summer:  Marcus and Motown on Saturday, July 13, and The Nighthawks on Saturday, September 21. Click here or email Laura Russell for details.

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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.

Committee and Group Meetings

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

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

*Economic Development Committee - 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 18

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

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