September 17, 2018
Join Chamber Leaders as We Cut the Ribbon. . . 

. . . for the grand opening of Big Escape Rooms (8505 Fenton Street, Suite 210) at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26. Big Escape Rooms offers an immersive, creative escape room experience for a night out or corporate team building. Tour the new facility, meet the team, and enjoy refreshments and coupons.  The first ten attendees to sign up will receive a FREE game experience.  RSVP to or 301-565-3777.
New to the Chamber?

Learn how GSSCC works to promote and advocate for your business. Attend  a free educational breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 3, at  Eggspectation  (923 Ellsworth Drive). N ew members of your organization are encouraged to attend.  Click here to register.
Save Money and Fix Your Electricity and Natural Gas Rates
Learn how the Chamber's energy co-operative, managed by CQI Associates, can help you save serious money on your electric or gas bills. CQI Associates will host two information webinars for renewal and new cooperative members: 

Discover more about the co-operative  here Or, if you're ready to save money on your energy bills, apply here to be part of the program. 
* Congratulations to Mussie Betre, Bankers Business Management Services, Inc. on being named among the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council's "Top 100 Minority Business Enterprises" for the fourth time. Betre will be recognized at the organization's "Leaders & Legends" awards ceremony next Tuesday evening.

* Easterseals DC MD VA  has been selected as a Head Start grantee for Maryland's Prince George's County. Easterseals  received a grant of $18.6 million over 5 years plus $3.3 million for a program to serve 218 children annually. Read the article  here .

The Growth Coach Capital Beltway  is hosting a free  Business Growth Retreat from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19, at the Chamber's office  (8601 Georgia Avenue, Suite 203). Lunch provided. Discover more and register here.

Social Light is hosting Alexa! Optimize My Website!a free talk and breakfast about how the future of voice search may affect your business. The talk is from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 20, at Silver Spring Innovation Center, 8070 Georgia Ave. Learn more here.

* Come to Plaza Artist Materials and make your own free Jackson Pollock - style painting with abstract acrylic. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 22 at Plaza Artist Materials, 8209 Georgia Ave. Explore more here.

* Purple Line Transit Partners and the Maryland Transit Administration has scheduled a series of open house meetings to provide a progress report on Purple Line construction. The first meeting is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 1, in the Silver Spring Transit Center. Questions should be directed to or 443-451-3706.

* MCG's Northwest Golf Course will host a "Beer & Brat 5K Charity Run" from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 6.  Learn more 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.
Interested in Procurement Opportunities in MoCo?

Learn from procurement experts in the public and private sector at the third annual Procurement Forum, sponsored by the Montgomery County Department of Procurement from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, October 5, at the Silver Spring Civic Building.  
The free forum will feature breakout sessions on a variety of topics, including writing effective proposals, nonprofit opportunities, an overview about business certificates, marketing, social media and new initiatives. In addition, participants can meet and network with representatives from more than one dozen agencies and organizations at the Exhibitor Showcase.  Find details and registration information  here .
Upcoming Chamber Committee/Group Meetings

* Economic Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 20 - Presentation on Silver Spring "Opportunity Zone" eligible for Federal Community/Economic Development Tax Incentives

*Membership Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 25

Young Professional's Network Committee Meeting - 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 4
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 2018-2019 GSSCC Partners
Corporate Partners - Downtown Silver Spring; Lee Development Group; Montgomery College; Statland & Katz/Joseph W. McCartin Insurance; Washington Adventist Hospital

Business Partners - Andalman & Flynn, AFI Silver Theatre; Apex Home Loans; Atlantech Online; Bud Miller Associates, Inc.; Digital Industry; 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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