COVID-19 Business News
Revised Executive Order Limits Indoor Capacity to 25%,
Gatherings to 25, Opens Escape Rooms

The Montgomery County Council at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow will hear and likely approve a revised Executive Order that will reduce capacity for most indoor venues and gatherings and require restaurants to collect patron data for contract tracing. The new order includes clarifications of the order proposed by the County Executive last week. Below are details:

Capacity to businesses, organizations, establishments, and facilities that may be open is limited to one patron per 200 sq. ft. of indoor space or 25% occupancy, whichever number is lower. This includes:
  • Fitness centers 
  • Indoor food service establishments
  • Museums and art galleries 
  • Personal services 
  • Retail establishments 
  • Religious facilities

Food service establishments:
  • shall suspend the sale or provision of alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption after 10 p.m.; 
  • may, to the extent permitted by law, continue to sell food and beverages that are promptly taken from the premises, i.e., on a carry-out, drive-through, or delivery basis;
  • must maintain a daily record of the following information for at least 30 days, to assist with contact tracing: date, time, and name and contact information for at least one person of each dine-in party.

Escape rooms may open for private games of a maximum of 6 people and follow other guidance for staggering appointments and cleaning facilities, as specified in the order.

Gatherings of more than 25 people shall be prohibited at all locations and venues.

Here’s a link to the Council package that includes the Executive Order (beginning on page 9).

State and County Financial Assistance - Apply NOW

ReOpen Montgomery Grants Still Available - APPLY HERE
Montgomery County is still accepting applications for grants of up to $5,000 to reimburse businesses for items purchased to comply with State and County reopening requirements to protect public health. A business does not have to have been closed to be eligible for a grant. Find details and the application here. Members with questions can contact jredicker@gsscc.org.

State Layoff Aversion Fund Accepting Applications - APPLY HERE
Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Department of Labor have increased funding and opened applications for the COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund, which is designed to support small businesses undergoing economic stresses due to the pandemic by preventing or minimizing the duration of unemployment resulting from layoffs. The award (up to $50,000 per applicant), will be a quick deployable benefit and customizable to the specific needs of your business to minimize the need for layoffs. The program will remain open through 30 days after the State of Emergency ends or until funding has been fully exhausted. Learn more here.

November Events
Connect MoCo Speed Networking

Join GSSCC and several other area chambers and networking organizations for a virtual joint speed networking event run by Connect MoCo. This is a great opportunity to grow your network and make new connections.

Thursday, November 12
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Are you missing Happy Hour with your coworkers? Then gather the office together for a tasty new virtual networking opportunity with the Chamber!

GSSCC is joining with Denizens Brewing Co. for a Fall Beer Tasting Virtual After Hours on Thursday, November 19.

Denizens co-founder and beer expert, Julie Verratti, will virtually walk attendees through three delicious beers: Born Bohemian Pilsner, Lowest Lord ESB, and Animal Hazy IPA. Attendees can visit Denizens' website to order and purchase the selected beer prior to the event.

Participants can order a 6-pack of each beer online whether they are planning to pickup or get it delivered. Delivery is available if located within the delivery boundary for "The Denizens Beermobile." Note: a $5 delivery fee applies and there is a $30 minimum for delivery.

Don't miss this opportunity to make new contacts, connect with fellow members, and enjoy delicious Denizens beer!

Thursday, November 19
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Did you know that Montgomery County's "Data Montgomery" website has information that can help you grow your business. We're not just talking about opportunities to do business with the County. We're talking about information that can help you find business opportunities in the private sector.

Join us as Judy Stephenson, MoCo’s Small Business Navigator, leads a virtual walk through of Data Montgomery, and more, and unlocks the wealth of information that is yours for the taking. The last 30 minutes will be set aside to virtual networking in breakout rooms for those interested. The Greater Bethesda Chamber, the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber, and the Rockville Chamber are joining GSSCC in hosting this event.

Friday, November 20
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Latest News
* Seven of Lerch, Early & Brewer’s practice were ranked nationally in the latest U.S. News & World Report “Best Law Firm” rankings, and 13 were named to the top tier in the Washington, DC area. Congratulations! Read more here.

* Congratulations to Hampton Inn Silver Spring Washington DC and Homewood Suites Silver Spring Washington DC on the completed renovations. Updates include meeting spaces, fitness facilities, and dining area. For more information, read here.

* Beyond Definition’s Merry Mail Social 2020 is virtual this year. Card-crafting kits can be mailed or downloaded to print at home and then mailed to the desired organization. Share your creations online for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card. Read here for more information. 

* Ellsworth Place has kicked off its Acts of Kindness Challenge. To enter, post a photo or video of your act of kindness on social media and tag Ellsworth Place. The winner will receive a Thanksgiving dinner for four provided by Whole Foods and a $500 donation made to the food bank outreach ministry of Clifton Park Baptist Church in the winner's name. For more information, read here

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Does Your Business Need PPE?

As businesses re-open and employers are tasked with providing PPE for their returning employees, GSSCC launched a “Back to Business Products” page on our website for members looking to purchase PPE products, signage, and more. If your business is selling PPEs and you would like to be on this page, please complete this form and send it to Julie at jpawlikowski@gsscc.org.
Upcoming Committee/Network Meetings

* Non-Profit Team Virtual Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, November 10.

* Economic Development Committee Virtual Meeting - 9 a.m. on Wednesday, November 18.

* Membership Development Committee Virtual Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, November 24.
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Working to enhance the economic prosperity of greater Silver Spring through robust promotion of 
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.; 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; Image360.
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