GSSCC Opposes Proposal to Extend Paid Parking Hours in Silver Spring

In budget hearings last week, GSSCC testified in opposition to the County Executive's proposal to extend to 10 p.m. paid parking hours in Silver Spring  garages and lots, and on the street . Currently parking in Silver Spring is free after 7 p.m. Click here to read testimony presented by GSSCC President Jane Redicker. The Council's Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment (T&E) Committee has scheduled a work session on the bill for 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 27. Members interested in commenting on this proposal should email Councilmember Nancy Floreen, Committee chair, prior to the work session. Members with questions may contact Redicker at 301-565-3777.
FROM THE HALLS OF ANNAPOLIS - 2017 Session Ends Tonight

Midnight tonight marks the official end of the 2017 General Assembly. Any legislation that has not passed both houses will not move to the Governor's desk this year. Among measures that are not likely to move this year are: 

* Montgomery County Senator Susan Lee's bill that would have required employers to publish salaries with all job announcements and would have prohibited employers from obtaining candidates' salary histories;
* Montgomery County Delegate Al Carr's bill that would have limited employers' ability to enforce non-compete and conflict of interest clauses in employee agreements;
* Legislation that would have expanded overtime eligibility (identical to the proposed Federal regulation that was stayed by a judge);
* a bill that would have dictated the kind of information employers must provide to employees within 30 days of hire (Despite urging from business it.);
* Montgomery County Delegate Marice Morales two bills that would have, among other things, required employers to provide employees' schedules at least 21 days before the first work day on the schedule and require employees to compensate employees for any schedule changes; 
* Montgomery County Senator Roger Manno's legislation that would have required employers to treat most independent contractors (including photographers, graphic designers, off-duty police officers serving as security guards, and much more) as employees with regard to unemployment insurance;
* Legislation that would have drastically increased personal property tax filing fees for most businesses.

Mandatory Paid Leave Bill Headed for Veto
The General Assembly last week approved the Senate's version of the mandatory paid leave bill and sent it to Governor Larry Hogan's desk. Hogan has indicated that he will veto the bill, but the General Assembly expects to override that veto when it returns next January. The bill, which does not apply to Montgomery County businesses, will require  employers with 15 or more employees to provide up to five days mandatory paid leave to employees 18 and older who work at least 12 hours a week. Legislators refused to pass legislation that would require Montgomery County to conform to state law.
Network and Get a Professional Head Shot

GSSCC's Young Professional's Network will host a "Professional Head Shots Workshop" presented by Adam Lowe of Adam Lowe Creative  from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.  on Friday, April 21, at Not Your Average Joe's (8661 Colesville Road). The workshop includes a free sitting and digital image; prints and other upgrades will be available for a fee. Registration fee is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Click here  to sign up
YPN Serves the Community

Taylor Thomas, Comcast; Nichole Bain, Downtown Silver Spring ; Peter Casciano, Andalman & Flynn; and Juanita Stewart, Downtown Silver Spring ; spent the afternoon of March 27 helping  A Wider Circle's Sean Skelly (far left) and Kaitlynn O'Leary (far right)  sort professional clothing for clients headed out on future job interviews.
Eggspectation to Host April Breakfast

GSSCC's next Business Networking Breakfast is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26, at  Eggspectation (923 Ellsworth Drive)  Register here.  
Shining Stars of Silver Spring - CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

GSSCC will honor the Shining Stars of Silver Spring at its 2017 Awards & Installation Dinner. GSSCC member companies will be recognized for demonstrating excellence in corporate social responsibility, specifically service to the community during the past year in support of non-profit/community organizations or causes. To access the nomination form, click here
Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, May 31
Wecome New GSSCC Members

GSSCC welcomes these organizations that became Chamber members during March.

Jon Fortuna
Silver Spring, MD 20910
John Grimes
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Dan Hisey
Rockville, MD
Linda Theiss
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Keith Koerper
Solomons, MD 20688
 Foresight Insurance LLC
Michael Cruz
Rockville, MD 20852

Cory Dunn
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Lisa LaCourse
Washington, DC 20016
David Petr
Rockville, MD 20852
Chrysis Peters
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Joe Shaffner
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Jennilyn McEnroe
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Thanks for Renewing!

GSSCC thanks these organizations that renewed their Chamber members during March.

Amore Trade, LLC
Bell Flowers, Inc.
Branches Realty
Brand Calling
Brookfield Properties, Inc.
Capitol Securities Management, Inc.
Carlton Creative
Citron Apartments
Creative Colony
Cuba De Ayer
Family & Nursing Care, Inc.
Family Pet Veterinary Practice
Four Corners Animal Hospital
Grady Management, Inc.
Health & Lifestyle Solutions
Holy Cross Hospital
MC Housing Opportunities Commission
JBI Services
Joseph Godbout, CPA
Kaldi's Social House
Kangen Water by Enagic
Lee Development Group
Linowes and Blocher LLP
Montgomery 1936 Land Company, LLC
OLAZZO Restaurant
Robert Philipson & Company
Roy Rogers Restaurants
Starr Capital, LLC
Statland & Katz, Limited
Sweet Frog White Oak
Tastee Diner, Inc.
The Bennington Silver Spring
The Original Velatis, Inc
TW Perry
Urban Butcher
USA Halal Chamber of Commerce Inc.
Washington Adventist Hospital
YMCA Youth & Family Services

Congratulations to Sunshine Smiles Dental Care on its grand opening.   GSSCC members are invited to join the celebration on    from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on  Friday, April 14, in the offices located at 923 Bonifant Street. 

* Three cheers to Fenwick Beer and Wine on being selected by the readers of Washington City Paper as the Best Place to Buy Beer for five years in a row. Click here to read the listing.

* Congratulations to The Daily Dish on being nominated for a RAMMY in the "Casual Restaurant of the Year" category! Winners of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington awards will be announced at a ceremony scheduled for July 30.

* Congratulations to Zenful Bites on its 5-Year Anniversary! GSSCC members are invited to join the celebration and sample noshes and libations from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, at Impact Hub DC (419 7th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.) Click here to learn more and to register.

* Congratulations to A Wider Circle on being recognized as an  Innovative Community Partner of the Year by  Leadership Greater Washington. Congratulations to Founder and Executive Director Mark Bergel on receiving the  2017  Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Award .     

* CyberRX will hold an American Small Business Cyber Security Exchange Conference  from 8:30 a.m. to noon  on Wednesday, April 19, at 3000 K Street, NW, Washington, DC  20007. Click  here for more information and to register.

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation will host its 3rd annual GreenFest  from 11 a.m. to  4:00 p.m. o n Saturday, May 7,  at the Bohrer Park and Activity Center (512 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg). Exhibit opportunities are available for for-profit and nonprofit organizations that focus on the environment. To apply, click  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.
Silver Spring Street Closings - Mid-April

The right-hand parking lane and the sidewalk along north-bound Georgia Avenue will be closed between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. April 18 to April 20, to accommodate work at 8429 Georgia Avenue.  Questions or concerns may be directed to Stephanie Kehoe at 240-446-6775. 
Businesses invited to "Coffee with a Cop"

The Montgomery County Police 3rd District invites business owners and employers to meet officers who serve Silver Spring at an a informal gathering to discuss community concerns, or just chat, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, April 21, at McDonald's (8407 Colesville Road). 
Upcoming GSSCC Committee/Group Meetings

* Non-Profit Team Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18 (New Date)

* Economic Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Thursday,      April 20 - Update on redevelopment of former Walter Reed Army  Hospital property. 

* Membership Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25
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 2016-2017 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; 
The Fillmore Silver Spring; Holy Cross Hospital; Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.; Linowes & Blocher LLP; M&T Bank; The Tower Companies (The Blairs); United Therapeutics Corp.; Washington Property Company.

Partners - Adam S. Lowe Photography; Atlantech Online; EBA Ernest Bland Associates; 
My Office Products; Signs By Tomorrow.

 Friends- Harvey Maisel/Maisel Hollins Development