February 24, 2020
We're Cutting the Ribbon for The Eleanor!
 
Join the Chamber as we cut the ribbon for The Eleanor (931 Ellsworth Drive) on Monday, February 24, at 3:45 p.m. Enjoy Happy Hour deals from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and check out the new space!

RSVP to jpawlikowski@gsscc.org or call 301-565-3777.
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.
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.
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

Click here to purchase now


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

No Walk-ins | No Payment at the Door | No Refunds
Energy Co-Op Accepting 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 the following Information Webinar: 

For more information, contact Jane Redicker at the Chamber at 301-565-3777.

Register  here
GSSCC Networks with MCCC at After-Hours

Members from the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce and the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce network during February's After-Hours. Thank you to the amazing team at Copper Canyon Grill for delicious food and drinks and thank you to Nothing Bundt Cakes for the wonderful desserts!

Courtney Huber and John Risinger, of CuriosityStream and Ed Fineran of Atlantech Online, Inc.

Stacey Brown, Signarama, Mike Larson, Print Exhibit PARTNERS, and Lewis Buchanan, LewLew, Inc
GSSCC Cuts Ribbon for Ellsworth Place Playground

GSSCC President Jane Redicker presents a plaque celebrating the opening of Ellsworth Place's new playground to Trey Culpepper,  GBT Realty

Jane Redicker of GSSCC, Trey Culpepper and Olivia Dial of GBT Realty, and Reemberto Rodriguez of Silver Spring Regional Services Center cut the ribbon. 

Beyond Definition is looking for a Marketing Coordinator. The ideal candidate is a digital-savvy, creative, and strategic marketer with a knack for copywriting and content development. Read here for more information. 
 
* Manny & Olga's Pizza has launched a new rewards program which includes 25 points for enrolling, one free medium one topping pizza when you hit 100 points, $5 off your birthday order, and double points on select days. For more information, read here.

* Silver Branch Brewing Company is celebrating its 1-year anniversary from Monday, March 2, to Saturday, March 7. There will be discounts, trivia, beer releases and more. Read here for a complete list of events, read

* Joseph Barone,  A Fool For Learning, LLC, has three new podcasts with Bruce Cotting, RLAH Real Estate discussing excellent customer service here, exploring how we learn here, and recommending other podcasts here

Join You on a Team life coach Janet Cook for "The American Dream is Alive and Kicking," a laser-coaching experience especially for immigrants on Friday, February 28, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the GSSCC Conference room (8601 Georgia Avenue, Suite 203). Read here to register and read  here for more information on Life Coach Janet Cook.
 
Join KID Museum as it hosts its first-ever Ethiopia Day on Sunday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can celebrate the culture, crafts, and flavors of Ethiopia with activities for the entire family. General admission costs $12 and KID Museum members are free. Read here for more information.   
 
* AFI Silver Theatre & Cultural Center will host the 14th Capital Irish Film Festival from Thursday, February 27, to Sunday, March 1. This festival celebrates Irish identity, culture, and artistry. Silver Spring Town Center Inc. is a community partner of the Capital Irish Film Festival. Read here for the festival lineup.

* The third annual "Just for the Record -  A Vinyl Day" will be on Saturday, April 18, at the Silver Spring Library. There will be music, demonstrations, workshops, makerspace activities, and more at this free event open to all ages. Partners include Kefa Café and Levine Music. Read Montgomery Community Media's article for more information here.

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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. (Register here.)

* Small Business Owners Peer Network - Noon on Thursday, March 5. Topic: How to  Leverage the Internet for Your Business. (Advance registration required here.)

* Young Professionals Network - 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 5. (Register here.)

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

* Membership Development Committee - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24.
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
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To reach the Chamber staff, call 301-565-3777.
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