DoubleTree to Host GSSCC Networking Breakfast 

Register today to join GSSCC for the September Business Networking Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. this Wednesday, September 14, at the 
DoubleTree Hotel  (8727 Colesville Road).   Register now!
Congratulations to The Original Velatis! Celebrating 150 Years!

GSSCC is pleased to congratulate Amy Servais, owner and operator, and her team at The Original Velatis in Silver Spring on 150 years in business in the Washington, D.C. area. In honor of the anniversary, Velaits has created a special 150th Anniversary newsletter that highlights the company's history. Here's a link.
GSSCC President Jane Redicker presents owner Amy Servais with a congratulatory plaque.
Owner Amy Servais with team members Sean Dudley, Linda Hall, Regina Clansky.
Some Street Parking to be Limited this Friday for PARK(ing) Day
Some metered parking spaces along Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive will be unavailable between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. this Friday, September 16, as the Montgomery County Department of Transportation is hosts International PARK(ing) Day in Silver Spring. On Fenton Street between Wayne Avenue and Ellsworth Drive, six (6) of the 20 spaces will be "reimagined" into "parklike spots." On Ellsworth Drive between Fenton Street and the entrance to the County garage, two (2) of the eight spaces will be converted into an "office." For more information, contact Esther Bowering at 240-777-7155 or the Montgomery County Department of Transportation here.
Join GSSCC for Business After Hours

. . .scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, hosted by The Summit Group in its offices at 11961 Tech Road. Click here to register today.
REGISTER NOW - Regional Young Professionals Football Happy Hour

Young professionals from the Greater Silver Spring Chamber, The Greater Bethesda Chamber, the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber, and the Rockville Chamber will join for a Regional Young Professionals Group Football Happy Hour  from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  on Thursday, September 29, at Miller's Ale House (1471 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD  20852). For more information, or to register,  click here .
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Montgomery County Business Development Corporation  Names President and CEO

The Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) has selected David Petr as the first president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the new public/private venture. Petr joins MCEDC from the Central Florida Development Council, Inc., where he was the president and CEO. He began his tenure with MCEDC this past Tuesday. As the former president and CEO of the Central Florida Development Council, Petr successfully transitioned the organization from a public/private partnership to a private organization, while achieving record-setting job creation and capital investment results during his tenure. The MCEDC Board believes his unique talents in organizational transformation and team building while running a high-performing economic development program will align well to the immediate and long-term needs of MCEDC. To learn more, click  here.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - Your Chamber Working for Your Business

New Montgomery County Sick & Safe Leave Law Takes Effect on October 1
Effective on October 1, all employers in Montgomery County must provide earned sick and safe leave to employees working more than eight (8) hours a week. After numerous inquiries over the past year from GSSCC and other chamber and business associations, the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights (OHR) finally issued information a poster and fact sheet on this new law, which was passed more than a year ago. There are still many questions about the details of implementation that the OHR has yet to answer. Here is a link to the poster that all employers must post. (Note, the poster must be resized in order to fit on a standard letter-sized sheet of paper. Here is a link to a Fact Sheet about the new law. Members who have questions should contact James Stowe at 240-777-8490 or 

Privatization of the Department of Liquor Control - This Thursday, GSSCC and  fellow Chamber colleagues will participate in the final meeting of the County Executive's Task Force to evaluate alternatives to a County controlled sale and distribution of alcohol. The proposal submitted by the chambers which advocates for full privatization of the Department of Liquor Control (DLC) in which the County retains responsibility for the licensure, regulations and education aspects of liquor control in the County, will be among those being evaluated by an outside consultant.

GSSCC to Support Maintaining Former Enterprise Zone Impact Deduction - In support of continued economic development in Silver Spring, GSSCC will submit testimony to oppose efforts to eliminate the impact tax exemption for development in former enterprise zones. The elimination of this benefit would apply only to Silver Spring and increase the cost of further revitalization here.

The Fillmore Silver Spring will host a benefit concert at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, for the families impacted by the Flower Branch Apartments Fire. A portion of proceeds will go to the Montgomery Housing Partnership Community Fund to assist residents through this trauma. Click here for more information and tickets.

Gandhi Brigade Youth Media is offering free classes at the Silver Spring and White Oak libraries for teenagers interested in learning media production and graphic design. Classes start at 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 19. For more information about the programs click here.

Kangen Water will demonstrate the health benefits of newly introduced water technology at All Set Restaurant and Bar at 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, September 21. Demonstration, networking and dinner.  For more information, contact Nurse Gina at 301-908-5108.

* Creative Colony will present a free workshop on "How to Write a Short Book" to help "Book More Clients," from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, September 28, at its offices. Register here.
* ArtStream, Inc., an organization that uses the arts to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will host its sixth annual gala, "Setting the Stage for Change," from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, September 30, at the Silver Spring Civic Building. The evening includes dinner, entertainment, prizes, and dancing. Click here for more information.

* Artivate formerly Class Acts Arts, will hold its annual gala celebration from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, at the Silver Spring Civic Building. The newly branded arts education outreach organization also has a new logo  Click here to see the new logo and link to information about the gala.

  *   Prescott Washington , a financial services firm serving small and medium sized organizations throughout the Washington, D.C. area, has a  new website. Click  here  to learn more.

See your company's news here! GSSCC would be pleased to highlight news from our member companies in this section of the weekly e-news. Simply send us your information before close of business each Friday.     
Upcoming GSSCC Meetings

* Non-Profit  Team Meeting -   9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13

Economic  Committee Meeting -   9 a.m. on Thursday, September 15 - Presentations on two pending development projects in Silver Spring

Membership Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27

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.
Montgomery County to Hold Free Procurement Forum

The Montgomery County Department of Procurement will hold a free procurement forum from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, at the Silver Spring Civic Building. Click here for details and to register.  
  Thank you to our 2016-2017 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, Inc.; Digital Industry; Discovery Communications; EagleBank; 
The Fillmore Silver Spring; Holy Cross Hospital; Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.; Linowes & Blocher LLP; M&T Bank; The Tower Companies (The Blairs); United Therapeutics Corp.; Washington Property Company.

Partners - Adam S. Lowe Photography; Atlantech Online; EBA Ernest Bland Associates; Elite Personnel; 
My Office Products; Signs By Tomorrow;
Social & Scientific Systems.

 Friends- Harvey Maisel/Maisel Hollins Development