The GSSCC Office is closed today as our staff manages the 2017 Business Golf Classic at Argyle Country Club. We will be checking email and voice mail periodically throughout the day and will respond as soon as possible, but no later than tomorrow.
GSSCC Energy Co-op Deadline Fast Approaching 

GSSCC has partnered with CQI Associates to bring members and Energy Co-op Program that provides: increased purchasing power in procuring copetitive electric and natural gas rates; budget stability by providing fixed rate costs; and year-round customer support. The Fall 2017 enrollment campaign is underway and CQI is hosting one more webinar to give members the opportunity to learn more about how the co-op can save businesses money. To participate in this webinar, scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow, September 26, click here, and follow the steps to RSVP. Members who have questions should contact  Joe Tabeling (443-472-3870) or  Greg Pasha (443-745-8487).
Network at the Courtyard by Marriott DTSS 

Join us for GSSCC's next Business Networking Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. this Wednesday, September 27, at  Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Silver Spring (8506 Fenton Street). GSSCC will 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.
Young Professionals Regional Happy Hour

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 will come together for a Regional Happy Hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Thursday, September 28, at Lucky Strike Bethesda (7101 Democracy Blvd). Cost is $10, click here to register. 
WSSC Work on Colesville Delayed to Avoid Conflict with Pepco

GSSCC learned late last week that WSSC's plans to begin saw cutting on Colesville Road at Georgia Avenue has been delayed in order to avoid conflicts with work Pepco is also doing on Colesville. Both had expected to be on Colesville between Fenton and Spring streets at the same time. Pepco's work is moving more slowly than expected because crews are hitting underground rock. WSSC now anticipates starting its work on October 2.   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, or  301-642-1712 . Contact for concerns about PEPCO work:  Tami Watkins,  202-872-3590 or
Hogan Announces I-270/Beltway Expansion Initiative

Last week, Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference to announce a "transformative plan" to address traffic congestion in the Capital Region by increasing capacity on I-270 and the Capital Beltway. The plan is to build four new toll express lanes-two in each direction-extending along I-270 from the Beltway to Frederick. It also calls for adding two new toll lanes in each direction on the Beltway from the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge to the American Legion Memorial Bridge. Read the Governor's statement here.
Expert says Montgomery County is "Over-Retailed"

According to the director of research and analysis for Streetsense, Montgomery County is currently "over-retailed," having a total of 5,615 retail establishments that represent more than 24 sq.ft. of retail per person, more than anywhere else in the United States, and the world. These statistics, and more, were presented last week at a symposium hosted by  Lerch, Early and Brewer , and looking at   how current retail trends will affect future development in the County.  

Among other interesting data: The median household income in Montgomery County is $99,233 with an average annual retail spending per household of $49,584. This is the highest per household retail spending in the metro-DC area. 50% of retail spending goes for goods and services (grocery, pharmacy, etc.); 30% goes for food and beverage; 20% goes for everything else; only 9% goes to e-commerce (eking mostly into the latter category). Last year, for the first time in history, spending at restaurants has exceeded spending in grocery stores. The average household income in Bethesda has risen from $41,352 in 1989 to $210,490 in 2016. The issue is not just too much retail, but retail in the wrong places; future development will need to address this. The development of self-driving vehicles will also inform future retail and community development.
8407 Kitchen Bar to Host October 11 Lunch

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.
Wholefoods Market (833 Wayne Ave.) will celebrate its new look and additional offerings and services with special activities and promotions beginning today, September 26, through October 1. Look for demonstrations and sampling throughout the store, as well as special sales exclusive to the Silver Spring location.

* Artivate Inc. will host a "Rhythm of the Night 80s Dance Party" from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, at The Woman's Club of Bethesda (5500 Sonoma Rd.). Click here to see the flyer.

* Cornerstone Montgomery will host a 2017 "Workforce Champions" celebration from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17. at The Fillmore (8656 Colesville Road).  Click here to see the flyer.
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 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

* Non Profit Team Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 10
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