May 29, 2018
    2018 SchmoozaPalooza a Smashing Success
Juanita Stewart, Heather Bretschger, Priscilla Perez and Daniel Figueroa, all of Downtown Silver Spring
Entertainment Sponsor, Wendy Muhammad of Minimally Invasive Vascular Centers and 
Massage Envy , and Aiden Dart, Massage Envy
GSSCC Chair Robert Scott (left), My Office Products, and Chamber Presdient Jane Redicker congratulate Sharon Cichy (center),   SEEC , on winning both the Terrific Ten and the BoGo raffles.
Thanks to ""Welcome Sponsors" Ann McCartin and Ashley Kim, Joseph W. McCartin Insurance, Inc., and (not pictured) Julie Statland, Statland & Katz Insurance
L isa Martin, Silver Spring Town Center , and Diana Brown, DB Event Services
Scott Davison, Shepherd's Table Inc., and Polly Hoxha, Cherry Bekaert LLP
Tevin Johnson, WUSA9, Michael Meszaros, Digital Industry, and Reemberto Rodriguez, Silver Spring Regional Services

See more photos on GSSCC's Facebook page.
Debbie Keller, Revere Bank, and Mussie Betre, Bankers Business Management Services, Inc. 
Make the Most of your Chamber Membership

Are you new to GSSCC?  Do you have a new team member at your organization?  Join us for a free breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wedesday, June 6, at  Eggspectation  (923 Ellsworth Drive).  Learn how GSSCC works to promote and advocate for member businesses.  Click  here  to register.
* Brian Loebig, Loebig Ink, LLC, will host a workshop Personal Branding SEO for Creatives  from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, at 9140 Guilford Road, Columbia 21046.  For more information, click here .

* Community Bridges will host a free performing arts showcase,  Our True Colors,  from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 1, at Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center (7995 Georgia Avenue).  For more information, click here .

* Silver Spring Dream Dinners will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, and a customer appreciation day from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 9.  For more information, click  here .

SpeedPro Imaging -Silver Spring invites members to a celebration of its 5-Year Anniversary from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, in its offices at 2251 Distribution Circle.  There will be demonstrations, drawings, giveaways, and refreshments.  Click here for more information.

Washington Adventist Hospital is supporting an initiative that is raising funds to fight hunger in the community. For more information 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 before close of business each Friday. Include a pdf of news releases or other flyers.
GSSCC Scores $300k for Silver Spring Urban District

The Silver Spring Urban District will have an extra $300,000 in its FY19 budget, thanks to the Chamber's advocacy efforts.  Earlier this year, GSSCC asked the Montgomery County Council to increase the Urban District budget to provide sufficient funds for sidewalk and streetscape repairs, as well as landscaping and tree maintenance that had been neglected as a result of budget cuts over the years. Since FY10, the budget for the Silver Spring Urban District had increased by a mere net 1 percent, with most of the money going to cover the County's collective bargaining agreements. That meant funds for actual work have decreased over the years, resulting in m ore than a few signs of wear. 

GSSCC pointed out that, "Years of being exposed to the elements and lacking regular maintenance, the paint at the base of many of street light poles has eroded away. They need to be sanded, and repainted or replaced. Many of the trash cans throughout the CBD are rusted, battered, and broken, contributing to what some have described as a scuffed and shabby look to the area. They need to be replaced. In addition, many of our sidewalks are in need of repair. These are sidewalks that are the responsibility of the Urban District and not part of a development maintenance agreement. The current budget for trees provides enough money to cut down and remove dead or dying trees, but not enough to replace them. These are cosmetic things, but little things that leave a large impression on someone visiting for the first time, especially someone who would consider bringing his or "her company into one of the largest properties in the community."

Councilmembers listened and allocated a one-time transfer of $300,000 to cover these much needed repairs. 
Missed the Business Candidate Forums?
Candidates Responses are on YouTube

If you missed GSSCC's County Executive Candidate Forum, or the one hosted by the Montgomery County Business Coalition, you can still find out how the candidates responded to business-related questions on a YouTube channel created by the Coalition. Click here to access the channel that includes individual videos of candidate responses to each question. And, don't forget to register and vote in the Primary on June 26. GSSCC provides election and registration information here
Upcoming GSSCC Committee/Group Meetings

* Young Professionals Network Committee Meeting - 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 3
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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