Join GSSCC for Business After Hours

. . .scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, hosted by The Summit Group in its offices at 11961 Tech Road. Click here to register today.
REGISTER NOW - Regional Young Professionals Gather for 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 .
Next WMATA SafeTrack Red Line Surge Coming in October

WMATA has announced its updated schedule for work on the Red Line that will affect riders who use the Silver Spring station. Surge #10 will require a complete shutdown of the Red Line between NoMa and Fort Totten from October 29 to November 22.  Red Line trains will run in two segments: Shady Grove to NoMa every 5 minutes and Glenmont to Fort Totten every 10 minutes. The Brookland-CUA and Rho de Island Avenue stations will be closed.  Shuttle buses will replace trains between NoMa and Fort Totten. Watch this space for more details about alternative travel options and expanded Montgomery County bus service.
ATTENTION EMPLOYERS - Mandatory Sick Leave Begins October 1
Effective on October 1, all employers in Montgomery County must provide earned sick and safe leave to employees working more than eight (8) hours a week. Per the new law, employees must accrue leave at a rate of at least one (1) hour for every 30 hours worked in the County. 

An employer with five or more employees:
* Must provide each employee with paid sick and save leave.
* Must provide up to 56 hours of earned paid sick and safe leave in a calendar year.
* Is not required to allow an employee to use more than 80 hours of earned sick and safe leave in a calendar year.

An employer with fewer than five employees:
* Must provide up to 32 hours of earned paid sick and safe leave and 24 hours of unpaid sick and safe leave in a calendar year.
* Is not required to allow an employee to use more than 80 hours of earned sick and safe leave in a calendar year.

All employers must notify employees of earned and used sick and safe leave either on payroll stubs, or via an electronic system that is accessible to the employees. Employers are also required to post this information in the workplace. Here is a link to the poster provided by the County Department of Human Rights.  (Note, the poster must be resized in order to fit on a standard letter-sized sheet of paper.) More information on the the law, included permitted uses of sick and safe leave can be found at this  link . Members who have questions should contact James Stowe at 240-777-8490.  
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - Your Chamber Working for Your Business

GSSCC Supports Maintaining Former Enterprise Zone Impact Deduction - GSSCC President Jane Redicker testified last week in support of keeping the current impact tax exemption for development in former enterprise zones like Silver Spring. The exemption is critical to the continued growth and affordability of Silver Spring. Click here to read her testimony.

Business Networking Breakfast at DoubleTree by Hilton

  *   A.G. Kitchen  is holding cooking classes for kids. Classes for ages 5 to 7 years start at 11 a.m.; classes for ages 7 to12 years start at 1 p.m. The next class is Saturday, September 24. Click here to reserve.

* Silver Spring Village will hold an off-site SPARKLE event featuring  Professor Mark Leone of the University of Maryland Archaeology Department, who will discuss Frederick Douglass' birthplace and life on the eastern shore of Maryland. The  event will be from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 5.  RSVP here  or call 301-503-7401.

The Fillmore Silver Spring will host a fundraising event for "Driven To Cure" from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 5. Click  here for information and tickets.

Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland is re-launching its popular Pride Build program to raise money needed to rehabilitate a distressed home in Prince George's County, MD for a qualified, low-income family. Pride Build will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. starting October 15 through October 29. Click here for information.

Pepco has received the 2016 Utility of the Year Award and has been hailed as a national model by the Smart Electric Power Alliance for its effort to make it easier, faster, and less expensive for customers to access solar. Here is the press release. 

The Tower Companies celebrated the 5th annual Green Apple Day , an initiative from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, which brings together advocates from around the world to encourage taking action through service projects at local schools. Click here to read the press release.

* Congratulations to  Gusto on winning the tomato sauce contest at  North Bethesda Market 's Tomato Fest. 

* Congratulations to   Go Brent Team  on being recognized  again this year as a top real estate team in the region by Washingtonian. Read more 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.     
Beware: Jury Duty Scam

The Montgomery County Sheriff's office is warning residents of a recurring scam in which callers, claiming to be a "Lt. Frank Rodgers with the sheriff's office," are trying to bilk Montgomery County residents out of money, saying they have missed jury duty, and are the subject of an arrest warrant. The caller leaves a call back number of 240-338-9364 and asks for money to make the warrant go away. The County Sheriff warns residents not to call this number back; this individual is not with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department and law enforcement officers will never ask for money, bank information, or pre-paid cards.
Upcoming GSSCC Committee Meetings

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