January 28, 2019
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Join GSSCC's Young Professionals Network for a YPN 101 Orientation & Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, at the Chamber office.  Learn about the group's mission, activities, and how you can be involved in shaping the future of this growing GSSCC network. Happy hour with complimentary beverages and snacks to follow. Register here.
SSIC Powered by Launch to Host

Join Chamber members and guests for a from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, February 20, at SSIC Powered by Launch (8070 Georgia Avenue). Free for members. Continental breakfast served.  Attendees could win complimentary use of SSIC's conference room or an Amazon Echo Dot.  Click here to register. Need log in information, call the Chamber office.
From the Halls of Annapolis. . .

State Minimum Wage Bill Introduced
Delegates and Senators from Montgomery joined legislators from across Maryland to introduce House and Senate bills (HB166 /SB280) that would raise the minimum wage in Maryland to $15 per hour by July 2023.  Montgomery County's minimum wage is already on track to be at $15 per hour for large businesses by July 2022 and medium-sized businesses by July 2023. However, small businesses, those having ten or fewer employees, are not scheduled to hit the $15 mark until July 2024.  At this time, it is unclear how passage of the State bill will impact this schedule.  

The State bill would, by July 2027, phase out the current tip credit for employers of tipped employees. It would also provide exemptions for employees of various types of businesses including organized camps, drive-in theaters, agricultural endeavors, and others.  

More Relevant Business Legislation
Click here to see a list of other business-related legislation GSSCC is tracking this session.
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.
Members in Pictures this Past Week. . .

Congratulations to Nothing Bundt Cakes on its ribbon cutting and grand opening at 9462 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.

GSSCC's Young Professionals' Network celebrates its 4th anniversary with a beach-themed business-after-hours at Dave and Buster's.
YPN Steering Committee members Matt Holden, IBI Innovative Business Interiors; Jessica Wilson, CCI Health & Wellness Services; Juanita Stewart, Downtown Silver Spring; and Peter Casciano, Andalman & Flynn.

Lee Alali, CCI Health & Wellness Services; Sarah Bluestein, Community Bridges; Raquel Martinez, CCI Health & Wellness Services; and 

GSSCC Chair Robert Scott, My Office Products; James Modrick, Artivate; Jessica  Wilson, CCI Health & Wellness Services; and Sidney Tan, Cornerstone Montgomery.

Professionals of all ages network over drinks and dinner at Dave & Buster's

Stacey Brown, Sign*A*Rama Silver Spring, and GSSCC Board member Debbie Keller, Revere Bank.

Linowes and Blocher is proud to announce that Scott A. Killian has been elevated to Partner. Killian is a member of the firm's real estate transactions practice group and his experience is in the areas of sophisticated transactions and complex legal disputes. Read more here.

* Ruth's Chris Steak House (7315 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda) invites GSSCC members to a complimentary cocktail reception from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p .m. on Wednesday, February 6. Reservations are required at salesbethesda@ruthschris.com or (301) 652-7877.

* Improbably Comedy announces its "Sweet & Sour Valentine's Day Comedy Show" at 9:45 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, at Busboys and Poets.  Click here for more information. Chamber members get 20% off tickets when they use the promo code: Chamber.
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 Committee/Group Meetings

* Joint Government Affairs and Economic Development Committee meeting with Councilmember even Glass - February 1. Limited space, preference given to committee members. Call the office for details.

* Non-Profit Team - Tuesday, February 12

* Economic Development Committee - Thursday, February 21

* Membership Development Committee - Tuesday, February 26
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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