March is Women's History Month and today is International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.

GSSCC recognizes the invaluable contributions businesswomen provide to the greater Silver Spring business community with Secrets of Successful Montgomery County Businesswomen tomorrow, Tuesday, March 9, at 11 a.m. See the event below for more details and registration information.
March Events
Did you know the US has 12.3 million women-owned businesses and that these businesses generate $1.8 trillion a year?
Women in business are a driving force in the nation’s economy and this Women’s History Month, GSSCC is celebrating with Secrets of Successful Montgomery County Businesswomen.

  • Elise Ambrose, Elite Personnel
  • Stacey Brown, Signarama Silver Spring
  • Katheryn Hoerster, Nothing Bundt Cakes

Join the Chamber on tomorrow, Tuesday, March 9, at 11 a.m. to be inspired and gain insight on how these women built their businesses, on the challenges they face, the struggles they overcame, and their secrets for finding success. 
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Don’t worry, there will be better jokes than this at GSSCC’s Virtual After Hours with Improbable Comedy sponsored by Print Exhibit PARTNERS

Join your fellow members for a virtual evening of comedy and connecting where Improbable Comedy comedians will perform in between breakout room networking. 

Don't miss the opportunity to laugh, make new contacts, and grow you network!

Wednesday, March 17
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
COVID-19 Business News
Councilmember Asks Executive for Clear Re-Opening Metrics

Councilmember Andrew Friedson (District 1) sent a memo last week urging County Executive Marc Elrich to provide “clear, transparent metrics that will be used specifically as the basis for reopening decisions” as the County continues to see a decline in COVID cases and positive tests.

“Better communication with specific reopening metrics will build goodwill and is likely to yield greater compliance with public health measures. When everyone knows and understands the rules and why they are needed, they will be increasingly likely to follow them.” 

“This is especially true for. . .local business owners desperately trying to keep their lights on, and county workers eagerly awaiting a return to their jobs and livelihoods.”

Read the full letter here.
Successful Business Pivot Stories Wanted
The Chamber is celebrating any member business that successfully pivoted to navigate changes brought on by the pandemic. Share your story with the Chamber by emailing Jane Redicker here.
Latest News
Purple Line Update: Eligible Construction Firms Named

Purple Line Transit Partners, the consortium still responsible for the project, along with the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Maryland Transit Administration, last week announced the three finalist teams that are eligible to bid on the contract to finish line. They are:

  • Halmar International - a large infrastructure firm based in New York, that has been involved in the design, construction, financing, operation, and “technological innovation” for public-private transportation projects throughout North America. Halmar was part of the Accelerate MarylandExpress Partners consortium that made an unsuccessful bid for the I-495/I-270 project.

  • Maryland Transit Solutions - a partnership between Dragados USA and OHL USA. Both are New York-based firms. Dragados is a road and bridge construction firm that was part of the Potomac Mobility Group, a consortium that expressed initial interest in the I-495/I-270 project but later declined to submit a bid. OHL’s global headquarters are in Madrid.

  • Tutor-Perini/Lunda - Tutor-Perini, based near Los Angeles, has done many massive highway, aviation, stadium, roads, bridges, and transit projects. Lunda Construction Co. is a Wisconsin based firm company that specializes in bridge, railroad, and industrial construction in the Midwest.

In the next few weeks, Purple Line Transit Partners will solicit formal proposals from the three. The consortium will make its selection in June, with the hope of issuing a contract in September.
* Montgomery Housing Partnership has announced that The Bonifant at Silver Spring has been recognized among the Elite 1% properties in the nation with the best online reputation for 2020 by J Turner Research, a leading market research firm exclusively serving the multifamily industry. Just 1,303 properties have earned this distinction. Read more here.

* Congratulations to Brian Loebig of LoeBig Ink, LLC on winning the Alignable’s 2021 Local Business Person of the Year for Silver Spring. The contest invited over six million Alignable members to vote for their fellow local business owners in their cities who have gone above and beyond and those who are notable for stepping up to be helpful to peers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the news release here.

* Money Muscle has a March Madness promotion which will run during the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament and will be available for pick-up and served hot at All Set Restaurant & Bar. All items may be pre-ordered here. All Set also has special menus available for limited in-store dining; check the website and social for the most up-to-date information.

* Docs In Progress gives a special shout-out to fellow Chamber member Spice Street for the restaurant's support of the February Dinner & Docs program, a screening of "Finding Fellowship" by Jason Green. Visit here for more information on current and future events.

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Upcoming Committee/Network Meetings

* Non-Profit Team Virtual Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 9.

* Membership Development Committee Virtual Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 23.

* Economic Development Committee Virtual Meeting - 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 24.

* Small Business Owners Network Virtual Meeting - 12 noon on Thursday, April 1. Topic: When and How to Explore New Markets. (Advance registration required here.)
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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; Holy Cross Hospital; The Fillmore Silver Spring; Lerch, Early & Brewer Chtd.; United Therapeutics Corporation; Washington Property Company.

 Partners - Peak Performance Digital; Bell Flowers; EBA Ernest Bland Associates; Image360.
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