DoubleTree to Host GSSCC Networking Breakfast 

Register today to join GSSCC for the September Business Networking Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at the 
DoubleTree Hotel  (8727 Colesville Road).   Register now!
2016 Chamber Cup Annual Golf Business Classic Rescheduled for September 21

GSSCC staff is reaching out to confirm foursomes, sponsors and volunteers. Hoping for a beautiful day. Members who have registered should contact their golfers to confirm their participation. Call Alison McLaughlin 301-565-3777 with questions.   
REGISTER NOW - Regional Young Professionals Football Happy Hour

Young professionals from the Greater Silver Spring Chamber, The Greater Bethesda Chamber, the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber, and the Rockville Chamber will join for a Regional Young Professionals Group Football Happy Hour  from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  on Thursday, September 29, at Miller's Ale House (1471 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD  20852). For more information, or to register,  click here .
Fox5 Brings Summer ZipTrip Finale to Silver Spring
GSSCC Member Restaurants La Malinche and Urban Butcher set up for Interviews

GSSCC President Jane Redicker &Regional Director Reemberto Rodriguez answer Silver Spring trivia

First responders and Montgomery Housing Partnership recognized as Hometown Heroes

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - Your Chamber Working for Your Business

While many of you have been off on summer vacations, the Chamber has been busy working on a number of issues on your behalf.

Minimum Wage Increase Legislation Throughout the summer, a strong contingent of Chamber leaders met with individual members of the County Council to talk about the impact of a $15 an hour minimum wage. Our group has urged Councilmembers to slow down and make sure that they have all the facts on potential unintended consequences of raising the minimum wage too high, too fast. Specifically, we have urged them to take a close look at the impact that the most recent increase (to $10.50 an hour in July) has had on small businesses and take a serious look at how efforts to raise the wage has impacted jobs and the economy of other jurisdictions. It's worth noting that current law mandates yet another legislated increase (to $11.50 per hour) in 2017. We have raised concerns that the combination of yet another increase, coupled with the new sick leave requirements, changes in Federal overtime regulations, and increasing health insurance costs will be too much for employers to bear. In addition, we have asked that they look at the real impact of future wage increases on the County's own personnel costs. This is especially important in light of this years substantial property tax increase to cover County budget shortfalls.

Privatization of the Department of Liquor Control - GSSCC and our fellow Chamber colleagues have been engaged with the County Executive's Task Force to evaluate alternatives to a County controlled sale and distribution of alcohol. At the behest of many of our members, we have advocated for full privatization of the Department of Liquor Control (DLC) in which the County retains responsibility for the licensure, regulations and education aspects of liquor control in the County. We feel that the wholesale and distribution operations currently run by DLC should be moved to the private sector.  The DLC may opt to maintain retail stores but will be required to compete full and open with other private operations within the County. The Task Force will complete its work this fall and the County Executive will determine whether any changes are warranted.

More than 100 Come to Network at Joint GSSCC/TGBCC Event 

Welcome New Members!

GSSCC welcomes these organizations that became Chamber members in August.

Dr. Kara Goobic
8720 Georgia Ave. Suite 205
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Clark Sharp
912 Thayer Ave. Suite 102
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Patty Mascari
2439 Linden Lane
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Brian Loebig
3820 Woodbridge Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20902

Maryland Small Business Mavens
Tim Brennan
1111 University Blvd W #212
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Jeff Leach
9909 Main Sail Dr.
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Rev. Smith K.O. Vodi
1810 Metzerott Rd. Suite 47
Adelphi, MD 20783

Thanks for Renewing!

GSSCC thanks these organizations that renewed their Chamber membership in August.

Adam Lowe Creative
All Set Restaurant & Bar
AMR Commercial, LLC
Artivate, Inc.
Cahn & Samuels, LLP
Catylator Makerspace
Claridge House Apartments
Community Vision of Interfaith Works
Creative Concrete Corp.
David S. Rose, PhD, LLC
Extra Space Storage

Fenwick Beer & Wine
Hilton Garden Inn-Silver Spring North
MC Dept. of Transportation
Montgomery Community Media
Nando's Peri-Peri
Silver Spring Library
Strosniders Hardware,of Silver Spring
The Urban Winery

* Every Tuesday during the month of September,  Not Your Average Joe's  will donate 15% of patrons' total purchases to  Community Bridges . Present the certificate linked  here  to your server to participate.

Cornerstone Montgomery 's second annual Be Brave 5K Run and Walk through Wheaton Regional Park is scheduled for Saturday, September 10, starting at 8:30 a.m. Click here to register.

Arden Courts  is offering a free dementia caregiving program on "Living with Alzheimer's" on  from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on  Tuesday, September 13, at their 2505 Musgrove Road facility.  To RSVP, call (301)847-3051.

* Sheraton Silver Spring invites  GSSCC members to a "Snowflakes in September" celebration featuring signature menu samples, chilled drinks and spirited fun,  from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  on Thursday, September 14. Admission is free. Click here to register by  September 9.

International Rescue Committee  will host an evening benefit for refugee families  from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.  on Friday, September 16, at the Silver Spring Civic Building.  For more information, click  here .  
Montgomery Community Media (MCM) is looking for an event planner to coordinate a fundraising event in April of 2017.  Deadline to apply is September 16.  Click here to see the RFP.

* On Saturday, September 17, The Fillmore Silver Spring will hold a benefit concert to support Montgomery Housing Partnership's efforts to assist the families affected by the Flower Branch Apartments fire. 

* Shepherd's Table , in partnership with Discovery Communications  and Washington Property Company , cordially invites all members to its "Sky's the Limit:  It's a New Day Campaign"  from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  on Tuesday, September 20, at Bank of America (730 15th Street, NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20005).  Click here for more information.

Join Housing Opportunities Community Partners, Inc. (HOCP) and the Housing  
Opportunities Commission (HOC) for their first ever fundraising gala  from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  on Monday, September 26, at the Silver Spring Civic Center. To view the invitation click  here .

* The  Corporate Volunteer Council  is partnering with the  Universities at Shady Grove  and the  Montgomery County Volunteer Center  on a 2016 Nonprofit Volunteer & Internship Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, September 26 at Universities of Shady Grove (9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD  20850).  Nonprofits wishing to secure a table at the event should click here to complete the form by September 12.
College Park Tennis Club has four Junior Tennis Champion Center alumnae competing in the US Open.  For more information, click here.

See your company's news here! GSSCC would be pleased to highlight news from our member companies in this section of the weekly e-news. Simply send us your information before close of business each Friday.     
Upcoming GSSCC Meetings

Major Events Committee Meeting -  9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6

Young Professionals Network Meeting - 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7

* Non-Profit  Team Meeting -   9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13

Economic  Committee Meeting -   9 a.m. on Thursday, September 15

Membership Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27

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; Bud Miller Associates, Inc.; 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; Elite Personnel; 
My Office Products; Signs By Tomorrow;
Social & Scientific Systems.

 Friends- Harvey Maisel/Maisel Hollins Development