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COVID-19 Business Assistance
County Disaster Grant Applications Coming "This Week"
During a webinar this weekend, Montgomery County officials said that applications for the $20 million Public Health Emergency Grant Fund (PHEG) will be available sometime "this week." The application must be filled out online and all required information and documentation must be complete before submission. GSSCC has recommended that officials make copies of the application available prior to going live so that business owners have the opportunity to review it and gather the information they need. Full details and instructions can be found on this page , which continues to be updated. Business owners who would like to receive direct notification when the application page is live should send an email to Peter.Fosselman@montgomerycountymd.gov .
April Virtual Events
Don’t hit pause on your networking just because we’re not able to come together in the same place! Resume or re"ZOOM” your business connections with the Chamber’s  Re"ZOOM”ing Business After Hours  on Wednesday, April 15, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
 
Meet fellow members, give updates about your business, share your favorite cocktail or comfort food recipes, and relax at the end of the workday with your Chamber friends.
 
The GSSCC Re"ZOOM”ing Business After Hours will be facilitated via Zoom. Register to receive the login information. Contact the GSSCC staff if you have any questions or concerns regarding using Zoom by emailing Courtney at  cjenkins@gsscc.org .
 
Event attendee contact information will be shared afterwards in lieu of physical business card exchanges. Please alert the Chamber if you would like to opt out of this.
Social Isolation, Stress, and Uncertainty:
Coping Strategies Panel Discussion
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been stressful for many people —it can be difficult to cope with fear and anxiety , changing daily routines, and a general sense of uncertainty . Although people respond to stressful situations in different ways, taking steps to care for yourself and your family can help you manage stress.

Join the Chamber for a panel discussion on Thursday , April 23 , from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. with:

  • Anna Mabel Jones, Resource Coordinator – Oxford House
  • Cari Cho, President & CEO – Cornerstone Montgomery
  • Robin Sparer, Integrated Behavioral Health Director – CCI Health & Wellness Services

This event will be facilitated via Zoom. Register to receive the login information. Contact the GSSCC staff if you have any questions or concerns regarding using Zoom by emailing Courtney at  cjenkins@gsscc.org .
Latest News
Members Open for Business....or Gift Card Purchase
GSSCC has compiled a  list of businesses that are still open for business  - restaurants offering carry-out and delivery services, studios offering online exercise and fitness classes, hotels, retailers, and more. Now, more than ever, they need our support. Take advantage of their offerings, and pick up a gift card or two to share with a friend, or hold for a celebration when we are at the other end of these challenging times.

If your business is open and providing services but isn't on the list, please email Courtney at  cjenkins@gsscc.org  so she can add your information.  

NOTE: This list is being regularly updated. Check back for changes.
* Stratus Wealth Advisors is offering individuals and small businesses in the DC area complimentary consultations t o support the community during the COVID-19 crisis. Read here for more information.

* Carlton Creative is launching Creative Cause, an initiative for organizations who may be looking to develop design ideas for alternatives to live fundraising or have needs for visual communication that would help them perform their mission but are under extreme budget constraints right now. For more information, read here .

* TW Perry will be offering 1 AIA credit every Wednesday. The meetings will be held via Zoom and the first class, How to Choose the Right Large Door, is Wednesday, April 15, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Read here for more information.

* Ad Astra is still providing on-site and virtual language services, in addition to translation services. For more information, read here .

* Panagora Group recently wrote an article in response to an information request from the Professional Services Council trade association featuring its COVID-related work under a USAID contract in the Philippines. Read the article here .

* The Tower Companies and The Blairs District are seeking artists to participate in The Blairs Mural Festival. This is an opportunity for artists to create unique public-facing murals, sculptures and educational exhibitions on 16 sites. There is over $50,000 in funding to support local artists who participate in this project. Read here for more information.

* A Fool for Learning, LLC , which specializes in corporate learning solutions, can now be found on iHeart Radio, in addition to YouTube, Spotify and Podbean. CEO Joseph Barone shares his thoughts on learning, leadership, management and networking. For more information, read here .  

* Plant Fitness offers United We Move free in-home workouts every day at 7 p.m. through Facebook Live. This initiative creates a safe, comfortable, and energetic space for the community to get moving, even at home. For more information, read here .

* PLNT Burger has expanded its delivery range to Southeast DC, congratulations! Watch a video on the origin of PLNT Burger here .

* Enjoy an Easter cardio workout from Akhmedova Ballet Academy here and take a look at a brand new Akhmedova Ballet post, which is a product of the collaborative efforts of the ABA students, here .
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.
Upcoming Committee/Network Meetings

  • GSSCC Non-Profit Team - Virtual Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14

  • Small Business Owners Network – Bi-Weekly Virtual Meeting - 12 noon on Thursday, April 16. Registration is required here.

  • Young Professionals Network Check-In - 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 16

  • Economic Development Committee Virtual Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28.
OUR MISSION:
Working to enhance the economic prosperity of greater Silver Spring through robust promotion of our member businesses and unrelenting advocacy on their behalf.
Thank you to our 2019-2020 GSSCC Partners
 
Corporate Partners  - Downtown Silver Spring; Lee Development Group; Montgomery College; Joseph W. McCartin Insurance;
Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center

  Business Partners  - Andalman & Flynn, AFI Silver Theatre; Apex Home Loans; Atlantech Online; Digital Industry; EagleBank; Eggspectation; Holy Cross Hospital; 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 Services; Image360.  
Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce
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301-565-3777
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