April 9, 2018
Register Today for GSSCC's CE Candidate's Forum 

Join GSSCC to learn more about the Democrat candidates seeking to be elected the next County Executive at a members-only Candidate Forum set for Wednesday morning, April 18, at Montgomery College. This year's Primary Election on June 26 is critical to the future of Montgomery County. Voters this year will elect the first new County Executive in 12 years.  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 will be uncontested.) GSSCC's Government Affairs Committee has developed a list of questions that focus on business issues and matters of importance for Silver Spring. 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. Click here to register. 
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 Maryland General Assembly adjourns sine die at midnight tonight. Legislators are back in session beginning at 10 a.m. today to finish work on a number of bills, including some that affect Metro operations and others that impact business. Here's a recap of what happened last week and what we will be watching today:

*  The House and Senate have 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. Two bills that provide better state representation on the Metro Board and enhance oversight functions have cleared both chambers.

* Governor Hogan's bill to provide tax relief for small businesses has passed the Senate and appears to be moving through the House. 

* Two versions of legislation that would prohibit employers from requiring employees to sign agreements that waive certain rights and remedies in connection with sexual harassment claims have been sent to a conference committee of members from both chambers to see whether a compromise can be worked out in the closing hours.

*  Legislation that would prohibit employers from inquiring or seeking information about an  applicants salary history did not move out of Senate Finance Committee last week. It could move today, but business groups are still working to keep it stalled in committee. 

* Legislation that addresses internet privacy issues and "n et neutrality " passed the House (86-46) last Thursday and was waiting to be considered by the Senate Rules Committee. 

Members interested in more information should contact Jane Redicker .
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 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25.  This event is free for members and first time attendees.  Click here  to register.
     Networking and Officer-of-the-Quarter at DoubleTree Breakfast
New 3rd District Cmdr. William Montgomery, Jane Redicker, GSSCC, Officero of the 4th Quarter Carlos Cortes-Vasquez, and new Asst. Chief Marcus Jones.
Fred Carmen, Holy Cross Health, Megan Hill, DoubleTree by Hilton, and Scott Graham, Holy Cross Health.
Lisa Helfert, Lisa Helfert Photography, Kelly Garisto, SECU Credit Union, and Crystal Holguin, DoubleTree by Hilton.
     YPN Connects and Tours Denizens Brewing Company
Stephanie Nale, Denizens Brewing Company, takes the Young Professionals Network "Behind the Brewing Process".
Emily Menase, Suzette Russ, and Melissa Hamilton, all with SEEC, and Matthew Hardwick, ResInnova Laboratories.
Jessica Wilson, CCI Health & Wellness Services, Taylor Spitz and Maryana Tsivka, Corcoran Caterers, Emily Bowers, DoubleTree by Hilton and Liana Kahn,
Cornerstone Montgomery .
* Taylor Gourmet is giving away  two  Washington Nationals  tickets to a home game of the winner's choice and "Hoagies for a Year."  Click here information and to enter. 

* All Set Restaurant & Bar will celebrate its 3rd Anniversary with a "Neighborhood Appreciation Happy Hour" from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.  Click here for details.

Improbable Comedy will host a live stand-up series  Comedy at  Post 41 at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the Cissel Saxon American Legion Post 41 (905 Sligo Ave).  Click herefor information.

One Montgomery Green will host  A Green Business Briefing on Local Green Economy from 6 p.m to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, April 23, at  Silver Spring Civic Center (1 Veterans Plaza).  To register for this free event, click  here.

* Congratulations to SECU on its grand opening in Silver Spring.  Members are invited to celebrate from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, in the new branch at 8737 Colesville Road.  Click here to see the invitation.

* Discovery Communications' annual "Say Yes to the Prom" tour made its final stop in Silver Spring last week. Some 170 high-achieving and economically disadvantaged teens from high schools around the area enjoyed a day of pampering that included a free prom outfit. Read more in Bethesda Magazine's article here.

* Purple Line Transit Partners welcomed Fred Craig as its new CEO. Click here to read the Washington Post article.

* Greensweep is donating 1% of total revenue generated during the month of April to the Parkinson's Foundation in honor of Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month. It will also match up to $1,000 donated by its employees, customers, vendors, family, and friends.  Click here for more information.

GSSCC  President Jane Redicker and other Silver Spring business and community leaders were interviewed for Montgomery Magazine's  cover story "Where to Now? Even without Discovery, the future of Silver Spring is anything but cloudy." Click  here  to read the article. 

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.
  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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