GSSCC Thanks the Generous Sponsors for the 2017 Discover the Taste of Silver Spring® 

GSSCC thanks these sponsors of the 2017 Discover the Taste of Silver Spring® set this week at The Fillmore: Gold Sponsors: Downtown Silver Spring;  Lee Development Group;  Montgomery College;  Statland & Katz, Ltd.; and Washington Adventist Hospital. Silver SponsorsApex Home Loans; Discovery Communications, Inc.; EagleBank; The Fillmore Silver Spring; Lerch, Early & Brewer Chtd.; M&T Bank; Revere Bank; Tower Companies; United Therapeutics, Inc.; and Washington Property Company. Sponsors: Banker Business Management Services, Inc. and Behavioral & Educational Solutions, P.C. Music Sponsor: Advance Business Systems.
Last Chance to Register. . . 

. . .for GSSCC's management seminar. Learn the simple but powerful strategies you need to energize your staff and improve your management skills  when you attend this half-day seminar by Glenn Shepard, n ationally-recognized management expert.  Scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon tomorrow, Tuesday, November 14, at VisArts Center (155 Gibbs Street, Rockville), this interactive seminar is based on years of research found in Shepard's best-selling books.  Click here to log in and register by 3 p.m. today.
Join GSSCC as We Cut The Ribbon

. . .for the Grand Opening of Pollo Campero of Silver Spring from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 16, at 8662 Colesville Road.  Menu samples will be served.  RSVP required, click here to attend.
Council Passes $15 Minimum Wage Bill; Increases Begin FY18

This week, the Montgomery County Council voted unanimously to raise the County's minimum wage from $11.50 per hour to $15 per hour, beginning on July 1, 2018. The amended bill creates different phase-in schedules for various sized employers. Large employers (those with more than 50 employees) pay $15 per hour by July 1, 2021; medium-sized employers (those having between 11 and 50 employees) and some 501(c)3 non-profit organizations (those having more than ten employees) must reach $15 per hour by July 1, 2023; small employers and non-profits (those having ten or fewer employees) must reach the $15 per hour threshold by July 1, 2024. Increases after 2024 will be tied to the annual CPI-W. See this chart for more details.
WSSC Begins Weekend Work on Colesville Road

As a part of its Colesville Road Transmission Water Main Replacement project, WSSC  began adding Saturdays to its core working hours. Motorists should expect single- and double-lane closures between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Woodside Parkway to Sligo Creek Parkway. Crews will not be working on November 18 and November 25 to accommodate Thanksgiving holiday activities.  Contact Arun Patel, 240-508-3374 or Curtis Pinder, 301-206-7339 with questions. In the event of a water or sewer emergency, call 301-206-4002.
All Set to Host November Networking Breakfast 

GSSCC's next Business Networking Breakfast is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, November 29, at All Set Restaurant & Bar (8630 Fenton Street). Join members to honor the M ontgomery County Police 3rd District Officers of the Quarter at this event. Informal networking begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by the introduction of our Police Officer honorees, then round table networking until 9:15 a.m . Sponsored by Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union.  Click  
here  to log in and register.
Get Ready for Metro Shutdown in Late November, Early December

Service on Metro's Red Line will be disrupted later this month through early December as crews work to rebuild an interlocking system on the tracks between the Silver Spring  and Fort Totten stations. From November 25 through December 10, trains will not operate between Silver Spring and Fort Totten, and the Takoma station will be shut down. Free shuttle buses will be provided between the two stations. On the weekend of December 2 and December 3, the Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton, and Glenmont stations will be closed while crews install radio communications cables. Read more here.
MCDOT Schedules Open Houses on BRT

Montgomery County Department of Transportation has scheduled a series of open houses over the next two weeks to provide details to the public on the Bus Rapid Transit system planned for Route 29/Colesville Road between Silver Spring and Burtonsville. The evening sessions are planned at the Silver Spring Civic Building (November 20), Montgomery Blair High School (November 16), and the East County Regional Services Center (November 15).
Click here for details about each meeting.
* Congratulations to Pepco on being named "Corporation of the Year" by the Capital Region Minority Supplier Diversity Council, in recognition of the company's support of diverse certified suppliers. Read more here.

* Berlin Ramos & Company has merged with Cherry Baekaert LLP, a top 25 accounting firm. Berlin brings six partners and more than 40 professionals to expand Cherry Bekaert's  practice to more than 150 staff, including 19 partners. Read more here.

* Congratulations to The 4 Corners Pub on its 50th Anniversary, to be celebrated at a "Parking Lot Party" from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 19. Enjoy live music, a pig roast, raffle prizes, and more. Click here to see the event on Facebook. 

Whole Foods Market is offering complimentary valet parking from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Saturday, November 18, to Wednesday, November 22. In addition, "A Taste of Whole Foods" will be offered from noon to 4 p.m. on December 2, 3, 9 , and 10. Sample party favorites and new flavors for holiday entertaining.  

Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union, in cooperation with Member Wealth Management, recently launched a new financial advisory service for credit union members. The new service provides members professional, experienced, financial advisory services that can be used for retirement and income strategies, investment analysis and portfolio allocation, and wealth transfer and estate planning. Read more here.

Silver Spring Dream Dinners is hosting a "Black Friday" event at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, November 24.  Register to make three meals for $34.95.  GSSCC members can get a free side dish by mentioning the M2M discount that day. Click here to register and use the password: "TASTE."

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

* Economic Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 16. Rob Chappell, Project Manager and CEO of Purple Line Transit Partners, will provide an update on the Purple Line construction in greater Silver Spring.

Non-Profit Team Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, November 21 (NOTE - new date, postponed by one week)

* Membership Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, November 28
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; Bud Miller Associates, Incl, Digital Industry; Discovery Communications; EagleBank; Eggspectation; 
The Fillmore Silver Spring; Lerch Early Brewer; M&T Bank; Revere Bank; The Tower Companies (The Blairs); United Therapeutics Corporation; Washington Property Company.

Partners - Adam S. Lowe Photography; Atlantech Online; EBA Ernest Bland Associates; IBI - Innovative Business Interiors; 
My Office Products; 
Signs By Tomorrow.

 Friends - Harvey Maisel/Maisel Hollins Development