Learn to Build Your Business by Building Community

Join GSSCC's Non-Profit Team for "Beyond Networking: Building Business by Building Community," from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. tomorrow, January 10, at United Therapeutics (1040 Spring Street). Click here to register. 
Maximize Your GSSCC Membership Investment

. . .at the Chamber's free Member Orientation Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. this Wednesday, January 11, at Eggspectation   (923 Ellsworth Drive). To register, click here
Maryland General Assembly Begins 2017 Session This Week

The Maryland General Assembly begins its annual 90-day session at noon this Wednesday. Lawmakers will return to Annapolis facing a projected $544 million budget shortfall that will no doubt spur partisan battles over budget cuts likely to be proposed by Governor Hogan. Despite the fact that lawmakers left Annapolis last year with a modest budget surplus, less-than-anticipated revenues have left the state short just more than $200 million for the current year. 

Among issues that GSSCC will be involved are proposals to require all Maryland companies to provide some form of paid sick leave. Legislation introduced last session that would have required companies with 15 or more employees to offer seven sick days a year died in the Senate, but is likely to be back this year. Governor Hogan has already offered a more modest approach requiring companies having 50 or more workers to provide five days of sick leave and proposing tax credits of up to $20,000 for smaller businesses that give employees paid time off. Given the bi-partisan interest in this matter, it is possible that consensus might be reached and legislation will move this year. Because any legislation that moves at the state level will likely be less onerous than that already in place in Montgomery County, GSSCC will be advocating for the state law to preempt any local law, even one that has already been enacted. Watch this space for business-related matters from Annapolis.
GSSCC's First Networking Event of 2017

Connect@Lunch with GSSCC members from noon to 1:30 p.m. next Wednesday, January 18, at  Ghar-E-Kabab  (944 Wayne Avenue).  This members-only networking luncheon includes an appetizer and choice of entree.   Register here .
Happy Anniversary GSSCC Young Professionals 

Register now to join GSSCC's Young Professionals Network for its annual Anniversary Beach Party After Business 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 and enjoy this free beach-themed 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.   
WMATA Board Approved Late-Night Metro Service Cuts for Two Years

Late last month, the WMATA Board approved cutting late-night operations for Metro for the next two years. Metro will close at 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday evenings. It will close at 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, and at 11 p.m. on Sunday nights. In addition, operations will begin one hour later, at 8 a.m. on weekends. GSSCC had submitted testimony urging Metro to return to its original schedule of late night operations to accommodate our business owners, employees, and residents. This schedule represents a compromise reached after WMATA board members threatened to veto the rail system's original plan to cut hours. Metro will be required to provide a progress report on its preventive maintenance program in May 2018.
* Spark Design is now Carlton Creative. After ten years of success, Spark Design co-owner Walter Carlton has announced the launch of his new firm. Carlton Creative will continue to help clients to deliver their organization's brand and messages with visual clarity and maximum impact, and do so in a timely and cost effective manner. Following a two-month "soft opening" transition (during which Carlton plans an expedition to Asia and Australia), the company will resume full service operations in March.

Shepherd of Zion Ministries International hosts a free "Shepherds Breakfast Table" from 9 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of each month at 201 Woodmoor Drive. For details, call 240-393-9125 or 240-457-1876 or visit  church.shepherdsofzion.org.

Ghandi Brigade Youth Media is offering free graphic design and video production classes for teens  starting January 23  at various locations.   Click here  for the class schedule.

*  Erin Byrne of TechMoxie will offer a free program on "The  The ABCs Of Staying Safe Online And On The Telephone" at 2 p.m. on  Wednesday, January 11, in the Fenton Room of the Silver Spring Civic Building.  RSVP at programs@silverspringvillage.org or call 301-503-7401.

Grace Studios (8455 Colesville Rd.) is offering 50% off one month to anyone who signs up for an annual membership by January 15. Membership includes unlimited classes, discounts on workshops and merchandise, and member workshops and treats. Click here for the promotion. Email info@graceyps.com with questions.

 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

* 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; 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