December 17, 2018
ED Committee to Get Discovery Building Update

A team from Foulger Pratt, new owner of the Discovery building, will brief the Chamber's Economic Development Committee on plans for the future of this important centerpiece of downtown Silver Spring at the committee's regular meeting, set for  this Thursday morning, December 20. A limited number of spaces are available for Chamber members not on the committee to attend the briefing. Advance registration is required and attendance is first come, first served. Email to inquire about being placed on the list.
GSSCC Members Donate $1,020 to Community Bridges

Members and guests at GSSCC's "Jingle & Mingle" holiday networking event last week made contributions ranging from $10 to $100 to support one randomly drawn non-profit member in attendance.  Community Bridges was the lucky non-profit member chosen to receive the giant check, provided courtesy of Sign*A*Rama Silver Spring. (A real check in the amount of $1,020, was sent later.) Sign*A*Rama owner Stacey Brown was the lucky winner of a case of wine, provided by Lee Development Group, as a raffle prize for which contributing members were eligible to win.

GSSCC President Jane Redicker; Sign*A*Rama Silver Spring's Stacey Brown; Kathariya Chanthaboun,Community Bridges; Bruce Lee, Lee Development Group; Sarah Bluestein, Community Bridges; and GSSCC Chair Robert Scott, My Office Products.
Blake Talbot, We're Having a Party, with Jessica Wilson and Jose Diaz, both from CCI Health & Wellness Services.
Matt Harowick, Chris Hsiung, and Natasha Virjee, all from Resinnova Laboratories.
Bill Kominers and GSSCC Board member Susan Reutershan, Lerch Early & Brewer, with Nancy Lohr, Lee Development Group.
GSSCC Board member Debbie Keller, Revere Bank; Diana Brown, DB Event Services; and Rebecca Silvestre, Legal Shield.
Staff from Panagora enjoy one of the games provided by We're Having a Party!

Thank you to DoubleTree by Hilton for hosting the event and providing a door prize. Thanks to We're Having a Party for bringing table games. Thanks also to other door
prize donors including Bell Flowers; Bud Miller Associates, Inc.; Nothing Bundt Cakes; and Summit Group
GSSCC Advocacy Working for You, Providing Resources for Business

As the new year begins, GSSCC will continue to monitor legislation at both the County ad State levels, keep members informed of relevant matters that affect business, and work to advocate for a strong economy that helps both businesses and the community to grow.  The most recent election brought many changes to the County, including a new County Executive and four new Councilmembers.  Our district representatives for greater Silver Spring remain the same, but there are some new faces among our At-Large representatives.  GSSCC's Government Affairs and Economic Development Committees are working on an initiative to educate these new representatives on the challenges we face in Silver Spring.  As we work toward achieving our vision of a prosperous business community that contributes to a vibrant greater Silver Spring, it will be important to have business voices at the table.  GSSCC encourages members to contact County Council representatives. Let them know about your business, your concerns, and how important your success is to our County.  To help you do that, here's a link to contact information for all the members of the Council.  For more information about the role of the Council, click here
Connect with Fellow GSSCC Members. . .

. . .from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, at Copper Canyon Grill (928 Ellsworth). Each member will have three minutes to present his or her business to the group.  Cost is just $25 per person. Participation is limited to 24 GSSCC members. Log in and register here.
How to Get the Most from Your Membership

New Chamber members and new representatives of current members can learn how to maximize their company's investment by attending the next GSSCC101, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16, at Eggspectation  (923 Ellsworth Drive).  Advance registration is required for this free breakfast. Participation is limited to two employees per member organization.  Log in and register  here .
Interested in Sponsoring a Chamber Networking Event. . .

Opportunities available in 2019.  Call the 301-565-3777 for details.

Upcoming Committee/Group Meetings

* Economic Development Committee - 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 20. Foulger-Pratt will discuss plans for the Discovery Building. Pepco will provide an update on its projects on Fenton Street and Georgia Avenue.  Note earlier start time to accommodate both presentations.

The Chamber office will be closed from December 24, 2018 through January 1, 2019.
Staff will be checking email daily and will respond as soon as possible.
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 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; 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; 
My Office Products; Signs By Tomorrow.
To reach the Chamber staff, call 301-565-3777.
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