May 5, 2020

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Giving Tuesday Now

Today is  Giving Tuesday Now, a new global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

Let’s come together to create a wave of generosity, citizen engagement, action from business and philanthropy, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.

Here are some ways to help:
• Support healthcare workers by donating supplies, advocating for them, and staying home.
• Give to the organizations that you love most – no amount is too little and nonprofits need our support.
• Help out small businesses by buying gift cards or writing an online review.
• Combat loneliness by reaching out to a neighbor, relative, seniors or veterans.

Check out some of our non-profit and community organization members and support them today!

New Montgomery County COVID-19 Related Assistance Programs for Businesses
New Telecommuting Grants up to $2500 to be Available for Small Businesses – Application Goes Live Tomorrow, May 6 at 10 am

As part of Montgomery County Government's efforts to help small businesses weather the COVID-19 storm, on April 30 the Montgomery County Council, spearheaded by District 1 Councilmember Andrew Friedson, unanimously approved a Telework Assistance Program fund of $250,000 . G rants up to $2 , 500 will be awarded to businesses and non-profit organizations that incurred (or will be incurring) teleworking costs in order to retain employees and keep operati ng since the beginning of the C OVID -19 public health crisis in March.  

Information about requirements for the grant and how to apply can be found on the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation's fund website.
Assistance for Businesses in Purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Program to Start Week of May 11

As numerous businesses are having difficulty obtaining Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as they prepare to get back to their workplace over the next few months, the Montgomery County Office of Procurement is working to facilitate connections between suppliers and customers to help ensure businesses have access to these supplies at reasonable rates. More information about this opportunity and sources for these supplies will be announced next week.

Senior Market Group Annual Breakfast Featuring Steve Hull, Publisher, Bethesda Magazine
Join us virtually for our Annual Spring Senior Market Group Breakfast featuring Steve Hull, the publisher and founder of Bethesda Magazine , who will be presenting "When the Storm Passes: What Montgomery County Will Be Like When the Coronavirus Pandemic Ends." 

Date : Tuesday, May 12
Time : 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Tickets : $15 for Members, $20 for Guests

Thank you to our sponsors:
Sponsor this event!
Price : $150
Includes : Company name in all pre-event promotion on social media & in our ChamberWatch newsletter, your logo and link to your website on the event page, a shout out during the event, and the list of attendees. 
Upcoming Webinars
Top 5 Tips to Optimize Your Small Business Website for Success
Thursday, May 7 @ 12:00 p.m.

Join us as Sean Makulowich, Founder and CEO of  IdeaFire Consulting,  gives us his TOP 5 Tips to Optimize Your Small Business Website for Success. There will be a short Q&A session following the presentation.
Crucial Strategies For Maintaining Sales Growth In Today's Business Environment
Tuesday, May 19 @ 9:00 a.m.

Join Ken Smith, Managing Director of Sandler Training , to d iscover powerful, new approaches that "fly-in-the-face" of conventional selling wisdom, and learn how you must alter your current sales process for today's rapidly changing marketplace with .
If you are interested in sponsoring one of our upcoming virtual events for just $100, please contact Courtney DeLucia at
Gold Sponsors
  The Chevy Chase Land Company    -   Pepco    

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors  
  Andy Stern's Office Furniture, A Division of Benjamin Office Supply & Services - Atlantech Online - The Bernstein Companies - Capacity Partners - CohnReznick - Dembo Jones - Grossberg Company LLP- Hill Slowinski, Long & Foster | Christie's | Maryland Settlers LLC - Linowes and Blocher LLP TDG/SilverRock - M&T Bank - The Bean Bag Deli & Catering
The Bernstein Companies - WithumSmith+Brown, PC

Partner Sponsors 
  Bethesda Magazine - Hyatt Regency Bethesda - Mon Ami Gabi - North Bethesda Marriott & Conference Center - sasse agency - SpeedPro               
Chamber 101 Sponsor
Sandy Spring Bank
Leadership Luncheon Series Sponsor 
A Wider Circle
NextExec Sponsor 
Mckay Mortgage Company