July 2, 2018
REMINDER - County Minimum Wage to Increase This Week

Per Montgomery County law, signed on November 17, 2017, the minimum wage increased on July 1.  The size of the increase is determined by the number of workers a business employs. The new law states that County businesses with 51 or more employees must pay workers $12.50 per hour. Employers with 50 or fewer workers will be required to pay employees $12 hourly. The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, responsible for enforcing the law, finally issued a news release on this last week. 

There are a few exceptions in the law. An employer that provides "home health services" or "home or community-based services" and receives at least 75 percent of gross revenues through state and federal Medicaid programs, may apply to the Office of Human Rights for designation as an eligible services provider subject to an adjusted implementation schedule. Further, t he minimum wage does not apply to employees younger than the age of 19, who work fewer than 20 hours per week. However, an employer may pay a wage equal to 85 percent to employees under the age of 20 years for the first six months that the employee is employed.

More information about Bill 28-17 and its amendments can be found at here More information on the incremental increase  here.
Tax Cuts/Jobs Act Means Changes for Non-Profits

Join GSSCC's Non-Profit Team  from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10, at  SEEC  (8905 Fairview Road) and  learn how the new "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" will bring changes for exempt organizations.  Anne Schrantz and Glenn Shelton of CohnReznick will lead the presentation.  This workshop is free for GSSCC members.  Click here  to login and register.
YPN Presents "Leading Through Conflict"

Join the Young Professional's Network for a workshop and happy hour from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, at Not Your Average Joe's (8661 Colesville Road).  Joe Shaffner, North Rock Leadership, will present "Leading Through Conflict".  Price is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.  Click here to login and register.
. . .at Mi Rancho on Wednesday, July 18

GSSCC will host a members-only networking lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, at Mi Rancho (8701 Ramsey Avenue).  Participation is limited to 24 attendees, who each have the opportunity to speak for three minutes about his or her business.  $25 includes appetizer and entree.  Click here to register.
     Networking Over Breakfast at Argyle Country Club
Sieglinde Peterson, 
DEBRA LEVY Eldercare Associates 
and Julie Fader, Universities at Shady Grove
Abraham Afenifuja, VIP Business & Executive Coaching and Patrick Gannon, Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union.
Sara Richeson, Forever Fit Physical Therapy & Wellness   and Megan McKee, Signal Financial Federal Credit Union.
Welcome New GSSCC Members

Join GSSCC in welcoming these organizations that recently became Chamber Members:

Big Escape Rooms
Sharath Mekala
8505 Fenton St. Suite 210
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 800-0295

Planned Companies
Dante Nania
6301 Little River Tpk. Suite 310
Alexandria, VA 22312
(703) 940-3153
Property Managers

Three Seas, Inc
Lee Konen
8403 Colesville Rd. Suite 250
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 495-9000
Marketing/Communications Boutique

Thanks for Renewing Your GSSCC Membership

Thanks to these organizations that renewed their Chamber Membership in June:

Members 15+ Years
Peet's Coffee & Tea
Revere Bank
Washington Property Company
Steven Drake Associates, LLC
Members 10+ Years
Metro 710 Apartment Homes
Colesville Towers
ColeSpring Plaza
Members 5+ Years
Silver Spring Ice Skating at Veterans Plaza
Security Industry Association
One Montgomery Green
Horizon Actuarial Services, LLC
Newer Members
Women Builders Group, LLC
Cleverdog - Day Care and Boarding for Dogs
Uprising Builders
GreenSweep LLC
Cycles of Silver Spring
Improbable Comedy
LewLew, Inc.

* Adam Lowe Creative is extending in-studio headshot session hours beginning July 1.  The studio will open until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.  During the months of July and August, the second image is free.  Click here to go to the website.  

* SEEC will host Party with a Purpose: MOCO Chef Throwdown from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, at 11160 Viers Mill Road, Wheaton 20902.  Click here for more information.

* Creative Colony (8121 Georgia Ave, Suite 600) will host a free workshop The Secrets to Digital Marketing at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, July 18.  For more information, click here.

* Kudos to Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd. on having three attorneys included in Bethesda Magazine's "Top Estate Lawyers" list.  Click here for more information.

* Congratulations to Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union for earning the Juntos Avanzamos designation from the National Federation of Community Development for Credit Unions, in recognition of serving Hispanic and immigrant consumers.  To read the full press release, click 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.
Upcoming GSSCC Committee/Group Meetings

* Non-Profit Team Workshop - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act -  9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10 at SEEC (8905 Fairview Road).

* Young Professional's Network Committee Meeting - 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 12

* Economic Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 19
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; 
My Office Products; Signs By Tomorrow.
To reach the Chamber staff, call 301-565-3777.
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