March 4, 2019
Members Connect at All-Set Business After Hours

Lucy Scott, LDG, (second from right) with Chamber Board members (left to right) Avi Halpert, United Therapeutics; Bruce Lee, LDG; and Stephanie Steele, Live Nation.

(Left to right) Mussie Betre, Bankers Business Management, Inc.; Devona Jefferson, Devona Jefferson Photography; and GSSCC Chair Robert Scott, HiTouch Business Services.

Savita Hemnani, United Bank, (center) with two potential member guests.

GSSCC Board member Adam S. Lowe, Adam Lowe Creative, with All-Set Owner and Managing Partner Jen Meltzer.

GSSCC Board member Susan Reutershan, Lerch, Early & Brewer (left), with Mary Ellen Flynn, Andalman & Flynn.

Donald Jacubec, SECU (left), with GSSCC Board member Brad Stewart, Montgomery College.

7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.
This Wednesday, March 6

8070 Georgia Avenue

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noon to 1:30 p.m.
Next Thursday, March 14

8630 Fenton Street

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Fillmore Silver Spring

Local Business Expo and Networking Extravaganza

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From the Halls of the General Assembly. . .

SB280/HB166 - Minimum Wage and Enforcement (Fight for Fifteen)  - On Friday, the House voted out a state minimum wage bill that is dramatically different from the original proposal. The amended bill slows the ramp up to $15 per hour, keeping the state wage well below the Montgomery County law until it hits $15 per hour in 2025, when our wage will have already been subject to two CPI increases.

The amended bill leaves in place current law regarding how tipped wages are treated. It also keeps current law (mirrored in Montgomery County) regarding enforcement and remedy provisions. The original bill had taken away all employer protections.   

HB1040 - Exemptions from Overtime Pay - GSSCC will weigh in this week in opposition to legislation that would make employees making $900 per  week or less eligible for overtime pay.  The current threshold is $455 per week.

Your Chamber in Action in Montgomery County

Parking Rates in Silver Spring - In response to concerns expressed about the Montgomery County Department of Transportation's proposal to dramatically increase parking rates in County garages and on-street (as much as 225%) in Silver Spring, the Chamber has written to urge County officials to:
  • Delay any fee increases until learning how much revenue will be generated from the policy decision to leave the gates down 24/7.
  • Assure that any increase in rates is used to support extending garage security into the nighttime hours.
  • Support Silver Spring's nighttime economy, and bringing more dollars into the County's income stream, by allocating additional DOT funds to support our security needs.
Assuring a "Clean & Safe" Silver Spring - County Executive Marc Elrich will send his proposed budget to the County Council in mid-March.  We have been told that dollars will be tight this year.  Still, GSSCC is concerned about making sure lawmaker don't forget Silver Spring.  We will be advocating for sufficient funds to help Silver Spring's Urban District crew to keep up with the additional maintenance and upkeep needed to support a 23% increase in population (The Silver Spring Urban District budget has been flat for the past several years.) and to be on duty and available later into the evening to support our growing night time economy.  In addition, we are asking the the County address some of the challenges created by the increased number of homeless that have come to our community as a result of the closure of facilities in the District of Columbia. This includes additional security for Progress Place. We will also be seeking funding for additional police in both the Silver Spring Urban District and "greater" Silver Spring along the Rt. 29 Corridor.

For more details on either of these efforts, contact Jane Redicker.

Upcoming Committee/Group Meetings

* Young Professionals Network - 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 7

*Non-Profit Team - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12

* Economic Development Committee - Rescheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 21. Montgomery County Planning Department's research team will present its latest report: County Trends - A Look at People, Housing, Jobs since 1990

About GSSCC Committee/Team Meetings:  All GSSCC members are welcome to participate in Chamber committees. Members are welcome to attend committee meetings to assess interest in joining a committee. Meetings are typically held in the GSSCC Conference Room. Advance RSVP is required and priority will be given to existing committee members when speakers are scheduled.
* Improbable Comedy presents "Stand Up Silver Spring: Comedy at Post 41."   Shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. this Saturday, March 9, at  American Legion Post 41. Click here for details.

* Congratulations to All Set Restaurant & Bar, celebrating its 4th Anniversary this year.  Watch this space for details on the celebration.

See your company's news here! Send us you press releases, news items by noon on Friday.
Thank you to our 2018-2019 GSSCC Partners
Corporate Partners - Downtown Silver Spring; Lee Development Group; Montgomery College; Statland & Katz/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; 
My Office Products; Signs By Tomorrow.
To reach the Chamber staff, call 301-565-3777.
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