September 15, 2020

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Goodwill Dinner 2020 - The Evolution!
For 32 years the Bethesda community, led by Hyatt Regency Bethesda and the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce along with the BCC Rescue Squad, have made a tradition out of celebrating the holidays with those in our community who need a little extra. Unfortunately, the onset of COVID-19 has made that need greater, more urgent than in years past, and more different than ever.

The Solution!
A few weeks ago, St. John’s Norwood Episcopal Church reached out with a way for us to serve those we serve every December as well as more of those who find themselves food insecure, possibly for the first time because of COVID-19. In partnership with St. John’s, the BCC Rescue Squad and Nourish Now, we will be working to get food in the hands of those who need it on a weekly basis. Now, instead of a one-time celebration, we have the wonderful opportunity to feed our community every single week. This new endeavor is called Nourishing Bethesda…and the GBCC involvement in the endeavor is called the Goodwill Dinner Coalition.

Your Inclusion!
How can you help? And we NEED you!
There are three major ways we need the Bethesda community to continue supporting the Goodwill Dinner Coalition.

1.     Financial Support – The dollars the Coalition raises are given to the restaurants who prepare the food either at or below cost and then get them to us for distribution. So far, Nourish Now and St. John’s Norwood along with a few donors have been covering this cost. If you can donate, please make a 501©3 donation at the link here (choose ‘Help the Helpers’ in the drop down box and indicate ‘Nourishing Bethesda’ in the comment box). Also, SHARE this with your networks. If you or your business can’t give at this time, maybe someone in your network can!

2.     Volunteer Support – We are planning to continue the above efforts until at least February. Sign ups are open now and volunteers can sign up now for any week in the upcoming months.. Please go here and sign up now to serve alongside us soon!

3.     December – while we acknowledge the need to shift and evolve in light of the crisis, we don’t want to completely lose tradition. The Goodwill Dinner Coalition is working hard to determine how we can still make our mark on the guests during the month of December. 

THANK YOU in advance for supporting and coming alongside those in the community who need us. Consider it a Christmas in August through February – with so many opportunities to impact the lives around us.

- The Goodwill Dinner Coalition
Goodwill Dinner 2018
Goodwill Coalition Efforts 2020
Procurement Reverse Trade Show
The Montgomery County Office of Procurement is planning to host a virtual reverse trade show for businesses to engage with county government purchasing departments. They would like the business community's input on how to provide the maximum value at this event.

Please respond to the following survey by Monday, September 21, 2020.
Upcoming Events & Programs
Virtual Leadership Luncheon Featuring Bruce Lane,
Co-Founder of The Meridian Group

Join us via Zoom as we hear from Bruce Lane, the Executive Vice President, Managing Director, and Co-Founder of The Meridian Group. Attendees will have the chance to ask Bruce questions and learn more about his journey to success. Sponsored by M&T Bank. More Details.
Chamber 101

Please join us for this brief orientation session to learn how to get involved with the Chamber and maximize your membership investment. This is a great event for new members, those considering membership, and those wishing to re-connect. Sponsored by Sandy Spring Bank. More Details.
Virtual Speed Networking

Attendees will be broken up into several "rooms" (just like a table in person). Each room will meet for about 20 minutes and then be switched at random to a different room. More Details.
Annual Corporate Sponsors
Gold Sponsors

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