September 24, 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.
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 an information webinar for renewal and new cooperative members:  1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25

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. 
PLTP On-Schedule at Lyttonsville Place Bridge 
Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP) announced last week that it has reached the half-way point in its work to replace the Lyttonsville Place Bridge, connecting Grubb Road to Brookville Road, and is on target to open the replacement bridge by mid-December.

This is welcome news to the GSSCC members in the Brookville Road area who have struggled since the bridge was closed in June. GSSCC helped to alleviate the impacts of the closure by working with County and State officials to open Stewart Avenue and create an alternative access point connecting the businesses on Brookville Road with the Lyttonsville neighborhood, where many of their employees and customers live. PLTP will hold an open house on the status of the whole project from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 1 at the Silver Spring Civic Building.
New to the Chamber?

Learn how GSSCC works to promote and advocate for your business. Attend  a free educational breakfast from 8 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.
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 .

Learn the steps to forming a successful partnership and why partnerships are important. The workshop is  from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 9, at Cornerstone Montgomery  ( 2 Taft Court, Suite 200,  Rockville ). Register here.

Total Cost of Proposed Bicycle Master Plan Could Exceed $6.5 Billion

During a work session last week, the County Council's Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment (T&E) Committee raised questions about the scope of the Draft Bicycle Master Plan, proposed by the Montgomery County Planning Board. The 700-page plan details the creation of a 1,100-mile network of bikeways throughout the County. 
The County's Office of Management & Budget estimates the cost of the plan to be about $3.1 billion, noting that budgeting all the near-$70 million for bikeway projects in the plan's "Priority Tier 1" would consume 86% of the County's capital reserves by the end of 2024. Very little fiscal capacity would remain to add new schools, additions and modernizations, roads, transit, police and fire stations, libraries and recreation centers, non-local parks, and other capital projects. However, Council staff points out that the fiscal impact of the plan exceeds this number, because it omits several crucial items like the loss of revenue through tax credits, land acquisition costs, inflation, and more. "So, even with discounting land acquisition and inflation-related costs, the fiscal impact of this plan is about $6.5 billion. To put this figure into context, note that the FY19-24 CIP has budgeted $225 million for pedestrian facilities (sidewalks, mostly) and bikeways." 

To read the full staff report, click here. Council will continue discussions at a work session next month.
There is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch, but. . .

. . .for $25 you can attend a valuable GSSCC members-only networking lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10, at All Set Restaurant & Bar  (8630 Fenton Street.  Each attendee will have three minutes to present his or her business to the group.  Participation is limited to 24 attendees. Claim your spot  here.
Is Your Business Ready for a Cyber Attack?

Don't fret. Attend a FREE workshop led by Mark Meszaros and James Casamento of Digital Industry. You'll learn all about cyber security and discover how to prepare your business for an attack. The workshop is noon to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18th at the Chamber office (8601 Georgia Ave, Suite 203).  Secure your spot here.
* Join  SEEC for an afternoon mingling with SEEC supporters and playing footgolf. Festivities start at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, at Sligo Creek Golf Course (9701 Siglo Creek Parkway). Learn more and buy tickets here.

Denizens Brewing Co. is hosting their 4th annual  Make it Funky Beer Festival.  The festival will showcase  100 unique beers and over 30 breweries/cideries from around the DMV and across the country. It  is from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m on Saturday, September 29th at Denizens Brewing Co. (1115 East West Highway). Learn more and purchase tickets here.

* Lerch, Early & Brewer labor attorney Marc Engel offers some perspective on What Employers Need to Know About Maryland's New 'Disclosing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act of 2018' in a recent article linked here.

Not Your Average Joe's Silver Spring will be featuring Octoberfest-inspired specials thru Sunday, October 7. Check out the menu  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.
Upcoming Chamber Committee/Group Meetings

*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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