February 20, 2018
. . .at Ghar-E-Kabab Tomorrow, February 21

GSSCC will host a members-only networking lunch from noon to 1:30 tomorrow, Wednesday, February 21, at Ghar-E-Kabab (944 Wayne Avenue).  Participation is limited to 24 attendees, who each have the opportunity to speak for three minutes about his or her business. $25 includes appetizer and entree.  Click here to register.
Dave & Buster's to Host on February 28

GSSCC members and guests will meet at Dave & Buster's  
(8661 Colesville Road, 5th level) for the Chamber's February Business-After-Hours from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28 .  This event is free for members and first time attendees.  Click here to register.

Here's a recap of GSSCC advocacy in Annapolis last week and a preview of activity this week:

SB277/HB372 - Maryland Metro Funding Act  - GSSCC appeared before the House Appropriations Committee last week and delivered written testimony to the Senate Budget and Tax Committee seeking long-term dedicated funding for METRO, a key transportation link for Silver Spring and Montgomery County

SB377/HB512 - Labor and Employment - Pay Scales and Wage History Information - GSSCC appeared before the House Economic Matters Committee last week to  oppose a bill that would prohibit an employer to seek information about an applicant's salary history. GSSCC will testify before the Senate Finance Committee this week Tuesday.

H541 - Labor and Employment (Ban the Box) - GSSCC submitted written testimony last week opposing a statewide bill that would prohibit employers from seeking information about a candidate's criminal history until a conditional offer of employment has been made.  During the hearing, Delegate Ben Kramer quoted GSSCC testimony and asked his colleagues whether they would consider moving the point of inquiry to the conclusion of the initial interview, per current Montgomery County law.

HB540 - Labor an Employment - Pre-Tax Transportation Benefit - Requirement - GSSCC submitted written testimony opposing legislation that would have required employers to establish, at their expense, to set up pre-tax transportation benefit accounts for their employees. The bill was defeated in committee.

This week, GSSCC will also testify in support of legislation to provide income and property tax exemptions to businesses adversely impacted during Purple Line construction.  For a list of legislation GSSCC is following, click here.
GSSCC Asks County Executive to Fund Silver Spring Urban District

GSSCC President Jane Redicker appeared at a recent County Executive Budget Forum to urge County Executive Isiah Leggett to fully fund the Silver Spring Urban District budget to assure sufficient "clean and safe" services that will keep the community looking its best as the search for the next business anchor gets underway.  See the clip here.
Webinar Alert - Learn How GSSCCC's Energy Co-Op Saves You $$

Does your company pay its energy costs directly to a supplier like PEPCO or Washington Gas? Do you have a contract for energy services, but wonder whether you are getting the best deal?  If so, you should know about a GSSCC member benefit that will save you money and stabilize your energy costs. You've probably been bombarded with emails, snail mail, phone calls, maybe even door knocks from companies seeking to switch you to another energy supplier.  Confused?  Don't know where to turn? 

Join GSSCC for one of a series of webinars and learn about: regulations and consumer protection laws; the difference between the Chamber's purchasing co-op and other options; rates and contract terms; how to avoid scams; how to read your bill; and much more. These no-obligation webinars are scheduled as follows: 11 a.m. this Tuesday, February 20; and 1 p.m. next Tuesday, February 27. The webinars are free, but advance registration is required. Simply go to the CQI Associates home page at www.cqiassociates.com, click on the date that you want to participate, and follow the steps to RSVP.
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.
* The  Apartment and Office Building Association's  educational foundation is accepting applications for its commercial building engineer internship program.  Applications are due on or before March 31.  Click here to learn more about the program. 

* Kefa Cafe hosts Space 710, a community art space, in its 936 Bonifant Street location.  Whimsy Mosaics are on display now until February 28.  The next exhibit will run from March 2 to April 30, and will feature the artistic debut of Silver Spring resident Jim Klumpner.

* Montgomery College's "Defining America: Dialogues across Difference" series will feature Robert Green, Director, Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation discussing incarceration, sentencing, and racial bias, from his perspective on correctional management and the implementation of special program that serve incarcerated and returning citizens at 7 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, February 20, at the college's Rockville campus, 51 Mannakee Street. Click here for directions.

* Block Advisors will host "Tea and Taxes" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 22, at its offices (11002 Viers Mill Road, Suite 604).  Bring your tax questions and learn about key changes to the tax law.  Tea and light snacks will be served, 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

* Membership Development Committee - 9 a.m. Tuesday, February 27

* Young Professional's Network Committee - 4 p.m. Thursday, March 1

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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