April 2, 2018
Early Bird Pricing Extended through Monday

Click   here  to login and register to join us as we: honor the Montgomery County Police 3rd District Officer of the Quarter, bid Cmdr. Marcus Jones a fond farewell as he is promoted to Assistant Chief, and welcome his replacement Cmdr. William Montgomery to Silver Spring. . .all at GSSCC's Business-Networking Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. this Wednesday, April 4, at DoubleTree by Hilton (8727 Colesville Road).  To accommodate those who were out of town last week, early bird pricing ($20) is extended through today.
Go "Behind the Brewing Process" at Denizens

Join GSSCC's Young Professional's Network for this workshop and happy hour from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. next Thursday, April 5.  Denizens Brewing Company (1115 East West Highway) will give a tour of the brewery to explain the brewing process.   Cost is $15.00 for members and $20 for non-members.  Click here to register for this event.
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. on Tuesday, April 17.  RSVP here.  
The Primary Election is where decisions are made in Montgomery County. The results of this year's Primary will have major consequences for all business owners and their employees. During the next few months, GSSCC will offer members several opportunities to learn about the candidates seeking election to Silver Spring area County and State districts. Click below for details on each:
MC Friends of the Library 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 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25.  This event is free for members and first time attendees.  Click here  to register.

Here's an update on some of the bills GSSCC has been watching as the Maryland General Assembly moves toward the end of its session at midnight next Monday.

*  On Friday, the Senate approved a bill that will provide an annual $167 million grant to support Metro. Similar legislation has cleared the House of Delegates. The measure also requires the grant to increase by 3 percent annually. Legislation that dictates Metro Board composition and improves oversight is expected to move this week.

*  A bill that would have required public high schools to make students aware of  employment and skills training opportunities available through apprenticeships and without a four-year college degree failed to get out of committee.

*  Legislation that would have preempted local governments' authority to set up permitting processes for placement of small cell towers and antennas has stalled. A hearing scheduled for the previous week was cancelled and has not been rescheduled.

*  "Net neutrality" legislation passed through committee and is expected to move. The committee vote was along strict party lines, with the exception of a vote in opposition by Delegate Charles Barclay, who is running for Montgomery County Council At-Large. The bill also includes sections that address how Broadband Internet Access Providers handle customers personal information.

*  Legislation that would prohibit employers from inquiring or seeking information about an applicants salary history could still get through the Senate this week. The House already passed legislation.  GSSCC is working with the Maryland Chamber in an effort to keep the bill stalled in the Senate Finance Committee. 

Members interested in more information should contact Jane Redicker .
Market Your Business via Unique GSSCC E-Cast 

Have your email message delivered to the inboxes of more than 1,150 individuals on GSSCC's email list.  Market special promotions, share an upcoming event, drive traffic to your web site, or just let fellow members know about your organization.  GSSCC will send out one e-cast per month in 2018.  The cost is $200.  For more information contact Alison, 301-565-3777 or amclaughlin@gsscc.org.
* Congratulations to Apex Home Loans on being recognized as Corporate Volunteer of the Year at the "Montgomery Serves" awards event hosted by Montgomery County Volunteer Center.  Click here for information.

* Three cheers for Pacci's Neopolitan Pizzeria on being included in the latest  Zagat list of the "Best Pizza in Washington DC."  The listing notes that "this  moderately priced  Silver Spring pizzeria rolls out thin-crusted pies, and f resh ingredients make them even better." Click here to see the listing .

* Maryland Youth Ballet (926 Ellsworth Drive) will host a Contemporary Dance Summer Audition from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 7.  For more information, click here.

* Bump 'n Grind (1200 East West Highway) will bring in Pfunk Furniture's Silver Spring Craft Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on three upcoming Saturdays (April 7, May 5 and June 2).  Click here for more information.

* Impact Silver Spring is planning "Impact Now! 2018 " from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, at the Silver Spring Civic Center (1 Veterans Plaza).  For more information, click here.
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

* Non-Profit Team Meeting  9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10

* Economic Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. Thursday, 
April 19

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