Join us Wednesday for Networking-After-Hours

. . . from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Wednesday, October 18, at The Greene Turtle 
(15660 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD  20866), sponsored by Bell Flowers and Bud Miller Associates, Inc.  Mingle and connect with business owners and colleagues in the "East County/Upper 29 Corridor." Free for members and first time attendees. Click here to login and register. 
Join GSSCC as We Cut The Ribbon

. . .for the Grand Re-Opening of Behavioral & Educational Solutions, P.C. at 4 p.m. this Friday, October 20, at 8609 2nd Avenue, Suite 506-B.  Check out the new and improved space, meet the team of clinicians, and learn about the wide range of culturally responsive services.
Get the Most from Your Chamber Membership

Learn more about how GSSCC works to promote and advocate on behalf of member businesses at the Chamber's free Member Orientation Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 1, at  Eggspectation  (923 Ellsworth Drive). Click  here  to log in and register.
YPN Hosts "Crash Course in Social Media"

GSSCC's Young Professionals Network has planned a free workshop entitled "Crash Course in Social Media and Business Development" from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 9, at Montgomery College (7600 Takoma Avenue, Lecture Hall CM211). Panelists include:  Peter Tan of Silver Spring Inc. , Brian Loebig of Loegbig Ink LLC , and Chris Daley of Digital2Grow .  Participation is open to all members. Click here to login and register.
You Can "Be the Manager Other Managers Envy" 

Would you like to " Be the Manager Other Managers Envy and Bosses Can't Wait to Reward"?   Join GSSCC as we partner with fellow chambers in Montgomery County to host this workshop, scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, November 14, at VisArts Center (155 Gibbs Street, Rockville).  This interactive seminar, being led by Glenn Shepard, a nationally-recognized management expert, sought-after speaker, and best selling author of six books, including How to Manage Problem Employees, will help managers learn to turn every employee into an asset and build an enthusiastic and committed team. Shepard is working with the chambers to offer this half-day seminar at a deeply discounted rate.  Click here to learn more. Click  here to login and register.
Don't miss your opportunity to sample "tastes" from more than 20 restaurants and caterers serving greater Silver Spring! Admission includes unlimited "tastes." Click here to log in and register TODAY.
     Seen at the Connect@Lunch at 8407 Kitchen Bar
( L to R) Sandra Guerrero, BB&T Bank, Andrea Passafiume, Docs In Progress, and Meera Raja, 
Interfaith Works Empowerment Center

John Straub, Align LLC, GSSCC Board member Shanton Kittler, Eagle Bank, and Gabrielle Moskey,  Bob Sood M.C. Comedy Lounge
Mike Larson, Spectrum Printing & Graphics, GSSCC Board member Debbie Keller, Revere Bank, and Alma Washington, Oxford House.
Public Hearing This Week on WSSC Rate Structure Proposals

In the name of promoting conservation, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) hopes to adopt a new rate structure that will make water charges even higher for high-volume users. Using less water is not an option for some businesses because water is key to their operations. High-volume users like hospitals, bio-pharmaceutical companies, hotels, ans others, already pay a higher rate per gallon for all the water they use, and this proposal would further increase those costs. The Commission has five options for its new rate structure. One, seemingly the most fair, would simply set the same rate per gallon for all customers, but it is not likely to be adopted. The other five would continue, but worsen the current structure, which increases the rate per gallon on all water used, as the total volume goes up. A public hearing is scheduled for this Wednesday. C ontact Jane Redicker at GSSCC for more information.
* Grace Studios, LLC is offering a free community yoga class at the Silver Spring Library (3rd floor, 900 Wayne Avenue) every Tuesday at noon. The class is appropriate for participants at all levels, who bring a yoga mat and water bottle.

*Kudos to Montgomery College on opening "The Mobile Market" to provide its students fresh fresh fruits, vegetables, and other foods at no cost. Part of the college's "Fuel for Success: Nourishing the Mind, Body and Spirit" initiative the program aims to help students who are having difficulty accessing food and/or lack a safe and stable place to live. 

Creative Colonies offers a free workshop:  Anticipate Your Needs: Year-End Tax Strategies for Small Businesses at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 25, at its offices (8121 Georgia Avenue, Suite 600). For more information and to register, click here.

*A reception to celebrate Handicap International's 35th anniversary is set from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1, at the Embassy Row Hotel (2015 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036. Click here for more information and to register.

* Kindall Evolve presents:  EvolveU Leadership Bootcamp, a four-week series focused on developing skills in communication, emotional intelligence, delegation, team building and more, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on November 1, 8, 15, and 29, at the Silver Spring Civic Building (1 Veterans Place). Click here for more information and to register.

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Upcoming GSSCC Committee/Group Meetings

* Economic Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Thursday, October 19 - Two New Transportation Options - Dockless Bike Share and Autonomous Vehicles Coming Soon

* Membership Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 24

* Young Professionals Network Committee Meeting - 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 2
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; 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 - Bud MillerAssociates, Inc., and Harvey Maisel/Maisel Hollins Development