March 19, 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton to Host on April 4

GSSCC's next Business-Networking Breakfast is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, at DoubleTree by Hilton (8727 Colesville Road).  Informal networking begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by round table networking until 9:15 a.m.  $20 for members and first time attendees includes full buffet breakfast.  Click here to login and register.
Denizens to host "Behind the Brewing Process"

Join GSSCC's Young Professional's Network for this workshop and happy hour from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 5.  Denizens Brewing Company (1115 East West Highway) will give a tour of the brewery to explain the brewing process.   Cost is $15.00 for members and $20 for non-members.  Click here to register for this event.

Today is "Crossover Day" in the Maryland General Assembly.  Today, each Chamber (House and Senate) must send to other Chamber those bills it intends to pass favorably. Opposite Chamber bills received after today are subject to referral to the respective Rules  Committees. By the end of the day, we should have a good idea of what legislation will move forward during this session.   In anticipation of today, legislators moved a number of bills last week and over the weekend. Here are some highlights.

* An amended version of Governor Larry Hogan's Small Business Relief Tax Credit bill passed second reading in the Senate. Amendments changed the bill's definition of small business from 50 employees to 25 and changed the definition of a "qualified employee." 

* An amended version of legislation that prohibits employers from inquiring about a candidate's salary history passed second reading in the House. The amended bill would prohibit employers from ever asking or seeking information about a candidate's past earnings. If this bill moves, it will create a problem for Montgomery County employers because it differs from the existing County law.

* Legislation that would have changed the threshold for employees who qualify for overtime pay (to mirror what was proposed at the Federal level by the Obama Administration) died in the Economic Matters Committee by a 18-4 vote. Montgomery County Delegates Charles Barclay and Jeff Waldstriecher were among the four who supported moving the bill forward.

* Legislation that prohibits employers from seeking contract waivers from employees filing sexual harassment complaints passed the House and was sent over the the Senate.

* A bill that would have required employers who provide employee parking to make cash payments to those who do not need parking died in committee.

* Legislation that will provide dedicated Metro funding and place certain requirements on the Metro Board is moving through both Chambers.

Members interested in seeing a copy of these bills or would like more information should contact Jane Redicker.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR - GSSCC County Executive Candidate Forum

The upcoming mid-term election will be a critical one and provides a unique opportunity for voters in Montgomery County. Because a term-limits law was approved in the last election, voters will elect a new County Executive and have the opportunity to elect four brand new At-Large County Council candidates. (Only one incumbent is eligible to run for this office.) Local government matters to business. As Norman Augustine, formerly of Lockheed-Martin, who led a state panel to identify ways to improve Maryland's business climate, said, "You can be for jobs and against employers." GSSCC plans to provide members several opportunities to assess candidates' views on business in the upcoming election. One of these opportunities will be a members-only County Executive Candidates Forum, scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, at Montgomery College. The forum will feature those candidates whose races are contested in the June 26 primary. Mark your calendar and click here for more information or to register. 
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
* GSSCC Congratulates IBI Innovative Business Interiors on its celebration of 28 years of helping businesses, education, healthcare, and government organizations throughout the Mid-Atlantic region create better work spaces. IBI is an independent dealer in office furniture.

* Congratulations to Creative Colony on its four-year anniversary.  Click here to learn more about the co-working space in Silver Spring.

* The YMCA Silver Spring is waiving its enrollment fee through March 31.  Click here for more information.

* Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union  invites GSSCC members to its upcoming Home Day on Friday, March 30, at the new Silver Spring Branch (8380 Colesville Road, Suite 200).  This event brings commitment-free access to the credit union's in-house discounted realtors, home loan professionals, and expert staff to answer questions and explain the home-buying or refinancing process. Click  here  to RSVP.

EagleBank announces a five-year sponsorship of Major League Soccer club D.C. United and its stadium.  As part of the arrangement, EagleBank will be the official bank of D.C. United, providing a series of banking and financial services. The partnership will also include the creation of the "EagleBank Club," at Audi Field.  Click here to read the press release.   

SEEC will host Cruisin' with SEEC, Creating a Sea of Change Gala from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, at The Fillmore Silver Spring.  For more information, click here.

* Silver Spring Inc. is seeking speakers for its PechaKucha Vol. 12 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 27.  The topic is "Space." The eight to ten individuals selected will be expected to prepare 20 twenty-second slides on the topic. For more information email .
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 before close of business each Friday. Include a pdf of news releases or other flyers.
Upcoming GSSCC Committee/Group Meetings

* Non-Profit Team Committee - 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 20 **Postponed by one week

* Membership Development Committee Meeting 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27

* Economic Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. Thursday, March 29 (RESCHEDULED) - Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation President David Petr will provide an overview of how his team works to recruit new employers to our region.
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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