January 8, 2018
2018 MD General Assembly Session Opens This Week
The Maryland General Assembly will convene at noon this Wednesday with 70 bills already introduced in the House and 114 in the Senate. First on the agenda will be a fight over Governor Larry Hogan's veto of the statewide sick-leave legislation passed last year. The Governor has introduced an alternative version of a sick-leave and is asking lawmakers to consider that instead of overriding his veto of the previous bill. 

The vetoed bill requires businesses with at least 15 workers to offer five paid sick days a year. Hogan's alternative proposal applies to businesses with at least 25 workers and ¬≠phases in the mandate over three years, depending on the size of the company. It would exempt businesses that can prove a significant financial hardship. However, as written, neither piece of legislation would apply in Montgomery County, which already has a sick-leave law that is somewhat more onerous than anything proposed at the state level. 

Observers expect additional workplace legislation to be introduced - a state minimum wage bill that included tipped workers, legislation that dictates "predictive scheduling" for workers, and family leave proposals, among others - but none expect these to get traction in an election year.  GSSCC will be following these issues and report here and in individual email updates.
"Link-In" with GSSCC in 2018

Check out GSSCC's new LinkedIn page here! Thanks to Brian Loebig, Loebig Ink, LLC, for helping us to set up the page. Watch for GSCC news and information there and on our other social media pages.
YPN Beach Anniversary After-Hours on January 25

The Young Professional's Network will celebrate its third anniversary with a beach party themed after-hours event from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 25, at Eggspectation (923 Ellsworth Drive).  This event is free for members and first time attendees.  Click here to log in and register.
Start Your Morning Building your Business Network

Join GSSCC for coffee and continental breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on 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.
     Seen at the GSSCC101 Orientation Breakfast at Eggspectation
Joe Tabeling, CQI Associates, LLC, talks with Katherine Green, Futures At Work.
Adam Lowe, Adam Lowe Creative, talks with Ralph Sonenshine, Victory Karate.
Marcy Silbert, J. Hilburn, talks with Peter Casciano, Andalman & Flynn.
Marker 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.
* Levine Music will host An Annual Adult Winter Choral Concert from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, January 12, on the 2nd floor of the Silver Spring Library.  Admission is free with RSVP, and includes a reception following the concert.  Email gsewell@levinemusic.org to reserve your seat.

* Silver Spring Town Center will host a presentation on "How Should We Respond to the Crisis of Addiction & Overdose?" by Eric Sterling of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, in the Silver Spring Civic Building (1 Veteran's Plaza).  RSVP to lisa@silverspringtowncenter.com.

* Grace Studios, LLC is offering discounts on membership and class packs from now through January 15. New annual members save  50% off the first month; 10- or 20-class packs are discounted 20%. Register on its website using the promocode NEWYEAR20.
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

* Young Professional's Network Committee Meeting - 4 p.m., Thursday, January 11** Rescheduled from last week

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

* Economic Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m., Thursday, January 18

* Membership Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. Tuesday, January 23
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; Bud Miller Associates, Inc., Digital Industry; Discovery Communications; EagleBank;  
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; Atlantech Online; EBA Ernest Bland Associates; Eggspectation; IBI - Innovative Business Interiors; 
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