January 29, 2018
    Early-Bird Exhibitor Pricing Ends this Friday, February 2
Up-County Networking This Wednesday Morning

Join GSSCC for coffee and continental breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. this Wednesday, January 31, hosted by  Soldierfit (12210 Plum Orchard Drive, Suite 206). Free for members and first time attendees, but pre-registration is required. Click here to log in and register.
    GSSCC Young Professionals Celebrate Anniversary at Eggspectation
Meera Raja, Interfaith Works Empowerment Center, YPN Co-chair Peter Casciano, Law Offices of Andalman & Flynn, Jessica Wilson, CCI Health & Wellness Services
Cody Skinner and Sade Adebayo, both of Cornerstone Montgomery Inc., and Justin Brown, Silver Spring Civic Building
GSSCC Board member Adam Lowe, Adam Lowe Creative , and Olivia Fenton, Scott Team International
Tami McBrayer and Paramesh Simkhada, both of The Tower Companies, and J.R. Smith, B. Edward Smith & Associates
GSSCC Working to Maintain Access for Lyttonsville Bridge Users

Businesses along Brookville Road recently learned that current plans for Purple Line construction through that area call for the complete closure of the Lyttonsville Place Bridge for six months while the new bridge is being built. Businesses and residents had expected that the bridge, which links the "dead-end" Brookville Road to Grubb Road and eventually East West Highway, would be constructed in phases, allowing for at least one lane to be open throughout construction. Businesses and residents believe that the proposed detour, which would take all traffic to 16th Street, Georgia Avenue, and around to East West Highway, is unacceptable in terms of both safety and convenience. GSSCC has reached out to the Maryland Department of Transportation, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, State Senators and Delegates, and Montgomery County Councilmembers to either reconsider plans to phase construction, create access by opening other existing roads, or create a right of way to connect the Brookville Road area with the Rosemary Hills neighborhood. Members with questions about this area should contact Jane Redicker for more information.
East Silver Spring Purple Line Construction Update

Purple Line Transit Partners reports that this week crews will begin erecting and commissioning the tower crane at Manchester Station, near Plymouth Street. Large trailers will be transporting necessary equipment for construction, which will require periodic, short-term closure of one lane on East Wayne Avenue between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Beginning on Friday, through March 2018, crews will be installing the exterior support walls of the Plymouth tunnel work zone. Piles will be drilled into the soil, and steel support will be put in place for excavation. For information on construction activities, schedules and other updates, please visit www.purplelinemd.com/construction. For immediate construction concerns, please email PLTP outreach@pltcllc.com or call the construction hotline at 240-424-5325.
Construction, Traffic Updates Around Thayer Avenue

PEPCO undergrounding of power conduits and vaults will continue at Thayer Avenue between Mayors Lane and Georgia Avenue. Beginning today, and for the rest of the week, crews working near the corner of Thayer Avenue and Fenton Street will require a lane shift for vehicle traffic and a detour for pedestrians during workday hours. Pedestrians will have access to both sides of the street during most of this phase, and the sidewalk will be open normally each night. In addition, the Pepco undergrounding work will begin down Mayors Lane, starting at Thayer. Flaggers will direct traffic and any open excavations will be plated during non-work hours.

A pedestrian walkway is being constructed from the surface parking lot (part of the former Lot 3) to allow easy access to Thayer Avenue near the Grandesign building (912 Thayer). The walkway will be open to the public within the next two weeks.
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.
* Handicap International has a new name, Humanity & Inclusion.  Click here
to see its new website.

* Apex Home Loans has opened a new branch in Frederick, MD (5285 Westview Drive, Suite 225).  Bill Lawson is the Area Sales Manager and Senior Mortgage Banker at the new location.

* Chef Edward Reavis of All Set Restaurant & Bar was featured on ABC7 Good Morning Washington last Thursday to showcase his menu for the RAMW restaurant week.  Click here to see the segment.

* Kefa Cafe is hosting "Coffee with a Cop" from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, at its location in the Silver Spring Library (900 Wayne Avenue).  Click here for more information.

* Denizens Brewing Co. co-owner Julie Verratti authored a recent Washington Business Journal article describing a new initiative being undertaken by the Brewers Association to help consumers recognize independent breweries. Read more here.
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.
Maryland DLLR Modernizes Unemployment Insurance System 

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation's (DLLR) Division of Unemployment Insurance has undertaken a large-scale modernization of the unemployment insurance system. The new system, the Reemployment BEACON, will be implemented in Fall 2018, and is expected to provide better and faster service to customers, at the same time utilizing the most modern data security protocols available. DLLR is updating all parts of the system, including unemployment insurance claims and benefits, tax collections, and claims adjudication and appeals. This will impact how employers interact with the system, including the filing of wage reports. Read more here.
Upcoming GSSCC Committee/Group Meetings

Young Professional's Network Committee 101 Meeting - 4 p.m. Thursday, February 8

* Non-Profit Team Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. Tuesday, February 13

* Economic Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. Thursday, February 15

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