January 14, 2019
Make the Most of Your Membership in 2019

New Chamber members and new representatives of current members can learn how to maximize their company's investment by attending the next GSSCC101, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. this Wednesday, January 16, at Eggspectation  (923 Ellsworth Drive).  Advance registration required for this free breakfast. Participation is limited to two employees per member organization.  Log in and register  here .
Nothing Bundt Cakes Opening this Month

Join GSSCC as we cut the ribbon for the grand opening of Nothing Bundt Cakes at 9462 Georgia Avenue at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23.  Watch your email for more details!
Lyttonsville Place Bridge Opens

Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP) opened the new Lyttonsville Place Bridge last week, to the joy and relief of many GSSCC members.  For now, the new bridge can accommodate one lane of vehicle traffic in each direction and provides an area for pedestrian crossing. In the coming months, crews will work to complete the remainder bridge, including sidewalks, drop-off lanes, and access to the future Lyttonsville Station and Capital Crescent Trail.

Drivers should expect temporary lane closures  between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  over the next two weeks as crews mark pavement on Brookville Road near the bridge.

As a result of efforts by the Chamber, former County Executive Ike Leggett directed the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) to open connection at Stewart Avenue to accommodate traffic while the Lyttonsville Place Bridge was closed. That connection has now been closed. 

WAYNE AVENUE ALERT - PLTP has announced that temporary lane closures will occur over the next two weeks on an as needed basis on Wayne Avenue, between Dale Drive and Sligo Creek Parkway for truck deliveries to Silver Spring International Middle School between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. 
Everyone is Invited! Young and Young-at-Heart.
Don't Miss This One!
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Maryland General Assembly Now in Session

State Senators and Delegates gathered last Wednesday to kick off this year's 90-day session of the Maryland General Assembly. Montgomery County has the largest delegation in the State with eight districts (24 Delegates and 8 Senators). Of the 24 Delegates from Montgomery County, ten are new. 

In anticipation of the session, GSSCC President Jane Redicker, along with representatives of other chambers in Montgomery County, met with State Delegate Marc Korman, chair of the Montgomery County delegation, to get an idea of the issues that might be addressed this session. Among those we will be following are:  increasing the state minimum wage to $15 per hour (compatibility with Montgomery County's wage will be a priority for GSSCC); expanding the state sick and safe leave law (proposals thus far would make it more like the one we have in Montgomery County); discussions on legalizing recreational marijuana use and sports betting (both in an effort to raise revenues); education funding, particularly expanding Pre-K (a promise made by many legislators during their campaigns.

GSSCC will be following these issues and more and advocating on behalf of business interests. Click here to see a list of state priorities we will be sharing with legislators.
GSSCC Members Connect@Lunch at Copper Canyon Grill

Walter Carlton, Carlton Creative, with Maria Jimenez, SECU, (foreground) and Matt Sines, Fitzgerald Financial, with Donald Jacubec,
M&T Bank (background).

Debbie Keller, Revere Bank, with Katheryn Hoerster, Nothing Bundt Cakes, who provided "bundtlets" for each attendee.

Eleanor Colon, Northrop Realty, a Long & Foster Company, with Andrea Dunathan, Dunathan Consulting, LLC.

Chiquita Sorrels, Caitlin Enterprises, with Megan Hill, DoubleTree by Hilton, and Kim Lavone, Improbable Comedy.
* Ruth's Chris Steak House (7315 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda) is participating in Bethesda Restaurant Week through January 20.  Click here to see the menu .

* Congratulations and Three Cheer! to Fenwick Beer & Wine (1227 Fenwick Lane) on celebrating its Ninth Anniversary! 

Lerch, Early & Brewer has named white-collar attorney Stuart Berman and litigator Caitlin Grant as principals in the firm, and hired elder law attorney Jenica Cassidy and family law attorney Liz Estephan. Find more firm news here.

* The DoubleTree by Hilton (8727 Colesville Road) will host a bridal expo from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 20. For more information click here.  Admission is free for those who register here in advance.
Wanted:  Social Media Wizard with Expertise Beyond Facebook
Does your organization have a social media wizard?  Someone who would be willing share his or her expertise with members of GSSCC's nonprofit team? The group is  seeking a presenter or presenters for a panel at its April 9 program (9 a.m. to 10 a.m., in the Chamber office) entitled, "Social Media: Beyond Facebook. . . ." Contact Taylor Hawkins if you can help.
Upcoming Committee/Group Meetings

* Membership Development Committee - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22
*Joint Government Affairs and Economic Development Committee meetings with new Councilmembers - January 25 and February 1. Limited space, preference given to committee members. Call the office for details.
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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