Chamber Urges MC Council to Conduct Economic Impact Analysis Before Considering Another Minimum Wage Hike

This morning, the Montgomery County Councilmembers Roger Berliner and Nancy Floreen will recommend that the County pursue an economic impact analysis of the most recent legislation (Bill 12-16) that would raise the County minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. These Councilmembers, along with Councilmembers Sid Katz and Craig Rice, have agreed with GSSCC and other business groups that more information is needed before the Council votes in another wage increase. (See an op-ed from the Bethesda Beat outlining why the chambers support such an analysis). The chambers are concerned about not only the impact of another increase on county businesses, but also about the impact on the County's pay scales that would certainly increase, adding to the tax burden.

Unfortunately, the five proponents of Bill 12-16 (Councilmembers Marc Elrich, George Leventhal, Hans Riemer, Nancy Navarro, and Tom Hucker) seem to be more interested in leading the national "fight for 15" than understanding how the timing of this increase could do more harm than good. The proposal for an economic analysis will likely fail, and the vote to increase the wage, which will follow immediately after, will likely pass 5-4, leaving County Executive Leggett with the decision whether to veto the bill. In meetings with GSSCC and business groups, Leggett has said he favors raising the minimum wage, but needs more information on the impact to determine how much and how soon to move forward with the increase.
Happy Birthday GSSCC Young Professionals

Don't miss GSSCC's Young Professionals Network Anniversary Beach Party-themed celebration from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25, at the
DoubleTree by Hilton (8727 Colesville Road). All Chamber members are welcome to escape the winter cold for this free evening that includes appetizers, giveaways, games, and a cash bar. Click here   to register. 
The Early-Bird gets the CASH!  Register Today

Register today for GSSCC's 2017 SchmoozaPalooza, scheduled for Wednesday, March 15, at
The Fillmore Silver Spring  to attend for the early-bird price of $20 and be entered into a drawing for $250 cash to be awarded at the event. Thanks to Early-Bird Sponsor,  Apex Home Loans, Inc. Register  here before February 10 to qualify. Click  here
 for exhibitor opportunities. 
* Later today, the Silver Spring Library will be the scene of "a host of characters," at MoComCon, the Montgomery County library system's first comic convention. The convention runs from noon to 4 p.m. today. Read more here

Martha Lopez-Elkind of the  Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster Real Estate is offering a free, bilingual,  real estate seminar for f irst-time-home-buyers at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, at Piney Branch Community Center (8700 Piney Branch Road).   Click here  to see the flyer.

* New GSSCC Member   Improbable Comedy  announces its first stand-up comedy show in Silver Spring,  "All for Aleppo, a comedy show series to benefit suffering in Syria" at 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 26, at the Silver Spring Civic Building. Net proceeds from the show go to Handicap International.   Click here  for ticket information.

* The attorneys at DuBoff & Associates, Chartered have published a map showing the most dangerous streets and intersections, based on the occurrences of accidents and injuries, in Montgomery County. Click here to view the map.

* Lerch Early & Brewer, Chtd.  welcomes to its team  Shirley Steinbach , a community associations attorney who represents homeowners, associations, condominiums and co-operatives throughout the Washington, D.C. region. Click here to learn more.

* EagleBank announces its participation in the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission's new "Business Investment and Growth" initiative, aimed at enhancing and economically empowering local business lending. 

 See your company's news here! GSSCC is 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. 
GSSCC Committee Meetings in January

* Economic Development Committee - No other meeting until February

*   Membership Committee - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24

* Young Professional Network Committee - 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1

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