February 18, 2020

Register  here b y 12 noon today, February 18
Don't Miss GSSCC's Biggest Networking Event of the Year

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Fillmore Silver Spring

Prepaid Admission Required by March 6

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 Limited Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities Available. Call 301-565-3777.

No Walk-ins | No Payment at the Door | No Refunds
Join GSSCC for a Discussion with MCEDC Head Ben Wu

Former Deputy Commerce Secretary Ben Wu was recently named the new President and CEO for the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC).   GSSCC is pleased to welcome Wu to discuss his vision for the future of MCEDC and how the organization can help to bring new businesses to greater Silver Spring.

Wu will address the Economic Development Committee at its meeting on Wednesday, February 26, at 9 a.m. in the Chamber office.  All members are welcome to join this meeting.  Click here to register.
Make the Most of Your Chamber Membership!
GSSCC invites all new members and new representatives of member companies to 
GSSCC 101: Member Orientation Breakfast. Enjoy a free breakfast, courtesy of Eggspectation, learn how to make the most of your membership, connect with fellow Chamber members, and meet GSSCC staff, board member, and ambassadors.

Wednesday, March 4, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at  Eggspectation (923 Ellsworth Drive). 
RSVP required by COB Monday, March 2; participation limited to two individuals per company. Register here.

Register  here
Latest News
Non-Profit Workshop Helps Build Better Partnerships

Panelists from left to right: Robert Scott, HiTouch Business Services; Shannon Babe-Thomas, Community Bridges; Jordan Silverman, A Wider Circle; Tony Ruffin,
PEPCO; Jeff Meer, Humanity & Inclusion; and Bruce Cotting, RLAH Real Estate

Audience members learn how to build better business partnerships.

Jordan Smith,  Edward Jones Investments ; Lawrence Kotchek Print 1 ; Shannon Babe-Thomas,  Community Bridges .
SSIC Powered by Launch Celebrates Reopening

GSSCC President Jane Redicker presents the plaque to SSIC Powered by Launch Director of Membership Success, Melissa Gardner.

SSIC Powered by Launch staff members along with Ben Wu, President and CEO, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, cut the ribbon.  

Happy One-Year Anniversary to Groom! Salon Inc.! Join the celebration on Sunday, March 1, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Groom! 8040 Georgia Avenue, Suite 100. Enjoy light refreshments and drinks. Read here for more information. 
* Congratulations to Holy Cross Health President and CEO, Norvell V. Coots, MD, on receiving the "Exceptional Healthcare Executive of the Year" award during the U.S. India SME Council's annual business summit. Read here for more.
* Charles P. Johnson & Associates, Inc. is hiring for a Senior Civil Engineers with land development experience. For more information, read here.
* The T. Howard Foundation is accepting applications for mentors. Mentors provide additional coaching and support to college students accepted to its Internship Program. Read here for more information.
* Join TW Perry for the 2020 Deck & Railing Expo on Tuesday, March 10, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Universities at Shady Grove. Enjoy educational seminars, a product tradeshow, breakfast and lunch, and opportunities to win prizes. For more information, read here
* ResInnova Laboratories President and CEO Matthew Hardwick and his band Monkeyfeather will be performing at Silver Strings Restaurant & Bar on Saturday, February 22, from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Read here for more information.
* Join Loebig Ink, LLC, for #LinkedInLocal MoCo on Wednesday, February 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at SSIC Powered by Launch. Enjoy wine and cheese, networking, and a presentation on "Turning Conversations into Cash," presented by Bianca J. Jackson and Quinn Conyers. 50% of ticket proceeds will be donated to A Wider Circle. For more information, read here.

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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.
Energy Co-Op Acccepting New Applicants

In partnership with energy management experts CQI Associates, GSSCC is pleased to invite members to begin saving money by joining the Chamber Energy Purchasing Cooperative. The increased purchasing power of the Cooperative means members can get lower energy rates than they could typically attain on their own.
On average, since 2004, the Cooperative electricity rates have been lower than both market rates and the weighted annual utility standard offer service rates. Members who signed on last fall saw a combined savings of $889,600. Cooperative natural gas rates were also lower than average market rates and monthly winter peak indexed rates.

The upcoming Presidential election, erratic weather conditions, and global tensions are making the energy market more volatile. GSSCC's Energy Purchasing Cooperative provides members a way to stabilize utility rates and take advantage of competitive supplier pricing. 

The spring campaign is underway for both new participants and renewal members who have contract renewal dates through to December 2020. 

To learn more about the purchasing cooperative, market rate projections, Renewable Portfolio Standards Regulations, and recent changes in law, members can participate in one of the following Information Webinars: 

February 25, 2020 - 1:00 pm

For more information, contact Jane Redicker at the Chamber at 301-565-3777.
Upcoming Committee/Network Meetings

* Membership Development Committee - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 25.

* Economic Development Committee - 9 a.m. on Wednesday, February 26. Guest is Ben Wu, President & CEO, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation.

* Small Business Owners Peer Network - Noon on Thursday, March 5. Topic: How to  Leverage the Internet for Your Business.
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
To reach the Chamber staff, call 301-565-3777.
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