March 9, 2020
GSSCC Members Report Business-as-Usual, But Urge Common-Sense Practices to Keep Employees Healthy

With reports of COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County, the novel coronavirus is on everyone's mind. GSSCC has been following the reports and guidance of State and County government officials. County health officials have said that the risk to the general public is very low but do advise common sense practices that prevent the spread of any illness.

Chamber members with whom GSSCC has spoken say they are doing business as usual, but reminding employees of these practices to maintain a safe workplace and protect the health of their employees, including:
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately put the tissue in the trash.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
Some members also said that they are encouraging employees not to shake hands with business contacts. Knowing that for many of us, shaking hands is part of business-as-usual, GSSCC reached out to look for alternative ways of greeting our colleagues. Here's a video demonstration of five of those alternatives.


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Secrets of Successful Montgomery County Businesswomen

In cooperation with Montgomery County Business Connect, GSSCC will present a series of  workshops and panel discussions focusing on major topics to help Montgomery County's small businesses thrive and grow to the next level.

In honor of International Women's Day in March, the first workshop, scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, in the GSSCC Conference Room, focuses on "Secrets of Successful Montgomery County Businesswomen," and will feature a panel discussion with three GSSCC member businesswomen: Elise Ambrose, Elite Personnel; Stacey Brown, Signarama; and Julie Statland, Joseph W. McCartin Insurance/Statlane & Katz. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the panelists and sponsors.

Click here for more details and to register.
GSSCC Launches New Morning Networking Series


Beginning in April, GSSCC's every-other-month morning networking events will move to various office buildings around greater Silver Spring.  Hosted by a Chamber member tenant or owner of the building, these events are designed to connect GSSCC members with businesses inside these office buildings.

Mark your calendar for our first "Building by Building" event, set for Wednesday, April 1, in the Lee Building.
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MCEDC Head Ben Wu Meets Economic Development Committee

MCEDC President Ben Wu talked with the Chamber's Economic Development Committee about County priorities.  The Comm-ittee briefed Wu on some of Silver Spring's unique challenges and urged an effort to bring new employers here. 

The Strosniders Hardware's Silver Spring store, located at 815 Wayne Avenue, has been sold to A Few Cool Hardware Stores and will operate as Silver Spring Ace Hardware. Read the Source of Silver Spring article for more here.
 
* Congratulations to Perfect Office Solutions for being recognized in Inc.'s 5000 Series: D.C. Metro's Top Companies, an inaugural ranking of the most successful companies in the Washington Metropolitan region. Read here for more. 
 
* Congratulations to  PLNT Burger on Seth Goldman, Honest Tea founder, and Margarita Herdocia, entrepreneur and activist, joining the team and on the announcement of four new locations planned to open in the region this year! Read more here.
 
* Denizens Brewing is the March Beer of the Month at Fenwick Beer and Wine. Enjoy a 6 pack for $9.99. See more here

* Join Montgomery Community Media (MCM) for its March Small Business Network featuring a panel of business leaders discussing how to market to corporate clients on Tuesday, March 17, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at MCM's studio in Rockville. Read here for tickets and more information.
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Mark Your Mark with the Membership Development Committee
Looking for a great opportunity to  grow your network , strengthen your connections with fellow  business leaders , and be recognized for  your vital role  within the Chamber?

The Membership Development Committee is seeking for engaging, enthusiastic volunteers to help us build the Chamber and add value in member retention and recruitment. 


Meetings are held once a month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the GSSCC Conference Room

Interested individuals should be members in good standing who have been with the Chamber for at least one year. Email Courtney at cjenkins@gsscc.org for more information.
Upcoming Committee/Network Meetings

* Non-Profit Team - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10. (Register here.)

* Member Development Meeting - 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18.

* Economic Development Meeting - 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25.  Discussion with Montgomery County Planning Board staff on update of the Silver Spring Master Plan.
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
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To reach the Chamber staff, call 301-565-3777.
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