COVID-19 Business News
Reopen MoCo Grant Program Launches Wednesday

The Reopen Montgomery Small Business Grant Program goes live at noon this Wednesday, July 29, when applications will be accepted for reimbursement of as much as $5,000 of businesses' and nonprofits' costs to comply with state and county reopening requirements.

Eligibility mirrors the County’s Public Health Emergency Grant program. Grants will be awarded through a rolling lottery for reopening expenses incurred between March 16, 2020 and 30 days after the County’s Phase 3 reopening. Receipts must accompany each application.

Senate’s Phase 4 Stimulus Bill Expected Monday

On a nationwide chamber of commerce conference call Friday afternoon, GSSCC learned that the Senate version of a Phase 4 stimulus bill will likely be introduced today. Internal disagreements between Senate Republicans and the White House have reportedly been worked out. The House already passed its version, the Heroes Act, in May. Negotiations to work out the differences are expected to go on through most of August.

What can businesses expect to see in the Senate version?

Greater liability protections for employers - Details are still unclear, but it is likely that the bill will allow some form of safe harbor for companies that make good-faith efforts to follow public-health guidelines.

PPP 20 - Additional loans targeted to businesses that have had a significant drop in revenue compared to the prior year.

Reformed Unemployment Insurance supplemental – Senate leaders understand that the $600 per week supplemental Federal payment made it difficult for employers to bring workers back. The bill will include provisions that support workers without creating a problem for employers.

State and local government support – for testing and contact tracing

GSSCC will follow the negotiations and provide updates as they occur.
Upcoming Virtual Events
GSSCC’s Virtual Business After Hours is this Wednesday, July 29! The free Happy Hour To Go kits from The Eleanor, compliments of event sponsor NIH Federal Credit Union, have been claimed! 

But registration is still open and you can purchase the kit, featuring delectable hush puppies and a refreshing frozen margarita, to pick up and enjoy at your home or office while you virtually networking with fellow Chamber peers.

THIS WEEK!
Wednesday, July 29
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Although we can't meet in person this year, we will be continuing our annual tradition and holding a virtual Joint Speed Networking Event with The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce. Join us for a chance to network with business professionals and to win some door prizes! Double the chambers, double the connections.

Wednesday, August 19
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Members Supporting Members - Webinar Opportunity

Do you have expertise on a subject that may benefit your fellow members? Webinar sponsorship opportunities are available for member businesses wanting to share their knowledge and experience to support fellow members.

Sponsor a webinar for just $100 and see your company name and logo on all event promotions, including the Chamber website, the GSSCC Weekly Update, and social media. The event page on our website will include a link to your site, and you'll get a list of all webinar attendees after the event. Contact Julie at jpawlikowski@gsscc.org for more information.
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GSSCC COVID CLASSIC

Monday, September 21
Argyle Country Club
* CCI Health & Wellness annual Run Baby Run 5K 2020, which benefits its prenatal program, is quickly approaching. This hybrid event provides a fun and socially distant way to make a difference while moving more with programs running Sunday, August 9 to Saturday, August 15. Participation and donation details can be found here.

* Join CQI Associates on Thursday, July 30, at 10 a.m. for a virtual discussion on Best Practices to Reduce Energy Consumption. Learn the most up-to-date information for help on lowering energy costs while protecting facilities and assets. Register here. Zoom login details will be sent the morning of the event.

See your company's news here! Send us your news releases and news items by noon on Friday for publication in the following Monday's edition. Click here for guidelines on submitting Member News.
Does Your Business Need PPE?

As businesses re-open and employers are tasked with providing PPE for their returning employees, GSSCC has launched a “ Back to Business Products” page on our website for members looking to purchase PPE products, signage, and more. If your business is selling PPEs and you would like to be on this page, please complete this form and send it to Julie at jpawlikowski@gsscc.org.
Upcoming Committee/Network Meetings

  • Membership Development Committee Virtual Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28.

  • Small Business Owners Network - Bi-Weekly Virtual Meeting - 12 noon on Thursday, August 6.
OUR MISSION:
Working to enhance the economic prosperity of greater Silver Spring through robust promotion of
our member businesses and unrelenting advocacy
on their behalf.
Thank you to our 2019-2020 GSSCC Partners

Corporate Partners - Downtown Silver Spring; Lee Development Group; Montgomery College; Joseph W. McCartin Insurance;
Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center

  Business Partners - Andalman & Flynn, AFI Silver Theatre; Apex Home
Loans; Atlantech Online; Digital Industry; EagleBank; Eggspectation; Holy Cross Hospital; The Fillmore Silver Spring; Lerch, Early & Brewer Chtd.; Linowes and Blocher, LLP; Revere Bank; The Tower Companies (The Blairs); United Therapeutics Corporation; Washington Property Company.

  Partners - Adam Lowe Creative; Bell Flowers; EBA Ernest Bland Associates; HiTouch Business Services; Image360.
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