WSSC and PEPCO Both on Colesville Road Starting Today 

GSSCC received notice last week that  Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) crews will begin excavating today on Colesville Road near the intersection of Georgia Avenue, WSSC's water main replacement projec that will extend north to the Beltway.  At the same time, PEPCO continues its work in the southbound lanes of Colesville Road at Spring Street to upgrade underground electricity transmission lines through Silver Spring. Note: crews at this location are not involved in the construction of United Therapeutics' new net-zero building at that corner. WSSC crews will work weekdays between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Some weekend and night work may also be necessary. PEPCO crews work hours are between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays. Contact for concerns about WSSC work: Brandon Stewart, 301-642-1712, Contact for concerns about PEPCO work: Tami Watkins, 202-872-3590,
    GSSCC's 2017 Business Golf Classic is SOLD OUT 
Courtyard by Marriott DTSS to Host 

GSSCC's next Business Networking Breakfast is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27, at  Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Silver Spring (8506 Fenton Street). Join members to honor the M ontgomery County Police 3rd District Officer of the Quarter at this event. Informal networking begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by the introduction of our Police Officer honoree, then round table networking until 9:15 a.m . Click   here  to log in and register.
County Executive Weighs in to Ease Burden of Minimum Wage Bill

Last week, County Executive Ike Leggett sent a letter to Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner arguing that the latest legislative proposal to increase the County minimum wage to $15 per hour is still "too much too fast" for businesses. Leggett's proposal would stretch out the implementation of the $15 per hour wage to July 1, 2022 (from 2020) for large employers and to July 1, 2024 (from 2022) for small employers and non-profits. He would expand the definition of a "small" business from 25 employees or fewer to 50 employees or fewer. His proposal also establishes a 90-day probation period during which an employer could pay an employee 85% of the minimum wage and would tie the "opportunity wage" for youth workers to the County wage instead of the State wage. 

Proponents of the bill, championed by Councilmembers Marc Elrich, George Leventhal, (who both are running for County Executive),Tom Hucker, Hans Riemer, and Nancy Navarro have assailed the Executive for this "go slow" approach , which addresses some of the concerns raised previously by the business community. Council President Roger Berliner (who is also running for County Executive) opposed the bill last year, but has said that he is interested in "moving to yes" on a bill this year.  

A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, September 26, with a work session to follow on Monday, October 9. GSSCC will continue to work to persuade Councilmembers of the increasing burdens this kind of legislation (along with numerous other requirements enacted in recent years) has on the viability of business and the economy.
Young Professionals Regional Happy Hour

Join Young Professionals from the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce, The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce, Rockville Chamber of Commerce, Gaithersburg/Germantown Chamber of Commerce, and Leadership Montgomery's Emerging Leaders for a Regional Happy Hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, at Lucky Strike Bethesda (7101 Democracy Blvd). Cost is $10, click here to register. 
8407 Kitchen Bar to Host Lunch on October 11

Mark your calendar for this members-only lunch  from noon to 1:30 p.m. on  Wednesday, October 11, at 8407 Kitchen Bar (8407 Ramsey Avenue). Participation is limited to 24 members and each has the opportunity to make a three-minute presentation to the group on his or her business. $25 includes appetizer and entree. Click  here  to log in and register.
* Help the AFI Silver Theater rank in the "10 Best" in USA Today's readers' poll. The AFI Silver has been nominated as one of the "Best  Maryland Attractions." It ranked 9 out of the top 10 on Friday afternoon. An individual can vote once a day through 11:59 a.m. on Tuesday, October 10. Click here to vote for AFI.

Friends of the Library will host its 8th Annual Senior Spelling Bee at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 14, at the Davis Library  ( 6400 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda). The "Bee" is open to adults, age 55 years and over. Pre-registration and a $25 non-refundable competitor fee are required to participate. The event is free and open for the public to watch. Go to to register before Friday, October 6. 

* Montgomery College President DeRionne P. Pollard continues her series of conversations focused on American identity in a dialogue with Trinity Washington University President Patricia A. McGuire at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10, at the College's Takoma Park/Silver Spring Cultural Arts Center (7995 Georgia Ave.) For more information about this and future "conversations," click here.

Interfaith Works Empowerment Center will host its " Make Your Mark Montgomery 5K " on Saturday, October 28, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at 751 Twinbrook Parkway in Rockville.  To register, click here .
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Upcoming GSSCC Committee/Group Meetings

* Membership Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26

* Young Professionals Network Meeting - 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 5
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