April 16, 2018
Last Chance to Register CE Candidates Forum 

Click  here and  register now to attend GSSCC's  members-only Democrat County Executive Candidates Forum set for this Wednesday morning, April 18, at Montgomery College. All six Democrat candidates vying for this privilege have agreed to participate. (Candidates from other parties have no opposition in the June 26 primary, so their races are uncontested.)  Continental breakfast and informal networking will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m., courtesy of Statland & Katz . The forum will begin promptly at 8 a.m.  
Congratulations and Welcome to MCEFCU

Join GSSCC as we cut the ribbon for the grand opening of Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union's new Silver Spring branch (8380 Colesville Road) at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, April 17.  RSVP here.  
Friends of the Library, MC Bookstore to Host 

Friends of the Library, Montgomery County , welcomes GSSCC members and guests to its Silver Spring bookstore (8901 Colesville Road) for the Chamber's April Business-After-Hours from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. next Wednesday, April 25.  This event is free for members and first time attendees.  Click here  to register.
Learn the Power of "Eye Catching" Design

Does your company's image need a boost?  Do you want to understand more about using graphic design to build your brand? Join Walter Carlton, principal creative of Carlton Creative and designer of GSSCC's 25th Anniversary promotional materials, for " Eye Catching: The Power and Process of Graphic Design," a free, members-only workshop from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, in the GSSCC offices. Click here  to register.  

When the clock struck midnight last Monday night, the Maryland General Assembly wrapped up a session that considered a record-setting 3,127 bills. Here's a look at what happened to a few issues GSSCC was working.

* Veto Over-ride of Paid Leave Bill - The General Assembly voted early in the session to over-ride Governor Hogan's veto of mandatory paid leave legislation passed last year. Several efforts to amend the bill, or to extend implementation time, were defeated. There are several differences between the new State law, which actually became effective on February 1, and Montgomery County's law. GSSCC is working with State and County agencies to create a guide that outlines these differences so that members can comply.

Small Business Tax Credits - Near the end of the session, legislators passed Governor Hogan's bill to provide tax relief for small businesses (having fewer than 15 employees) that provide employees with "sick and safe" leave. The final version of the bill provides $5 million per year in credits.
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace - Legislation that prohibits employers from requiring employees to sign agreements that waive certain rights and remedies in connection with future sexual harassment claims passed both Houses. Numerous and onerous reporting and public disclosure requirements were excluded from the final version. 

Statewide Minimum Wage Legislation - Four different bills were filed to push the minimum wage to $15, but none made it out of committee. GSSCC testified in opposition to one that would have eliminated the tip credit and required employers of tipped employees to pay the full minimum wage, despite tips earned. GSSCC also testified in favor of requiring one wage law throughout the state, making it easier for businesses with employees in multiple jurisdictions to comply. Expect these bills, in some form, to be back next year.

Wage History Inquiries - Legislation that would prohibit employers from inquiring or seeking information about an applicants salary history failed again this year, but is expected back next session. 

* Maryland's Share of Metro Funding - Legislators agreed to legislation that will fulfill Maryland's full commitment of $167 million to support Metro. The measure also requires the grant to increase by 3 percent annually. 

Members interested in more information should contact Jane Redicker .
Debra Levy Eldercare Associates will be part of "Exceptional Living Boot Camp" a free workshop for seniors and their families, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at 8100 Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase. Speakers will address aging life care management, elder law, move management, real estate, and senior living options. RSVP to 301-915-9217. A light buffet dinner will be served.

Shepherd's Table will celebrate its 35-year anniversary at "This is Us: 35 Years," from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at AFI Silver Theatre (8633 Colesville Road). For tickets and sponsorship information, click here.

Easter Seals will host a free "Community Health and Wellness Fair" from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, at its location in Silver Spring (1420 Spring Street).  Click here for more information.

Artivate artists will be part of "Carousel Day" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, at Glen Echo Park.  Click here for details.

* Kudos to  Downtown Silver Spring  and Kefa Cafe on being recognized in an "expedia.com" article that featured Silver Spring among eleven U.S. "cities" that feel like international destinations.  Click here to see the full article. Silver Spring was also featured recently in the online "block party" as one of nine Washington, D.C. suburbs with the best downtowns. The article is here.

* Kindall Evolve will host  its EvolveU Leadership Series from 8:30 a.m. to noon on May 8 and May 16, at The Silver Spring Civic Building (1 Veterans Plaza).  Discounted early bird registration ends today, April 16.  Click here for more information.

See your company's news here! GSSCC is pleased to highlight news from our member companies in this section of the weekly e-news. Please submit items via email to info@gsscc.org before close of business each Friday. Include a pdf of news releases or other flyers.
Upcoming GSSCC Committee/Group Meetings

* Economic Development Committee Meeting - Postponed to 9 a.m. Thursday,  April 26 due to speaker cancellation.

* Membership Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 24

* Young Professional's Network Committee Meeting - 4:00 p.m. Thursday, May 3
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.
  Thank you to our 2017-2018 GSSCC Partners
Corporate Partners - Downtown Silver Spring; Lee Development Group; Montgomery College; Statland & Katz Insurance, Inc.; Washington Adventist Hospital

Business Partners - AFI Silver Theatre; Apex Home Loans; Atlantech Online; Bud Miller Associates, Inc.; Digital Industry; Discovery Communications; EagleBank; Eggspectation; 
The Fillmore Silver Spring; Lerch, Early & Brewer Chtd.; Linowes and Blocher, LLP; M&T Bank; Revere Bank; The Tower Companies (The Blairs); United Therapeutics Corporation; Washington Property Company.

Partners - Adam Lowe Creative; Bell Flowers; Carlton Creative; EBA Ernest Bland Associates; IBI - Innovative Business Interiors; 
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