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. Nominate a fellow member, or nominate your company by using the form  here Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, May 31
T&E Committee Rejects Extending Paid Parking to 10 PM

Last week, the Montgomery County  Council's Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment (T&E) Committee voted unanimously to reject the County Executive's proposal to extend  paid parking hours in Silver Spring to 10 p.m. weekdays. GSSCC staff had worked hard to persuade Councilmembers that free evening parking is critical to the continued growth and success of downtown Silver Spring businesses. GSSCC also persuaded the Committee to reject a recommendation by Council staff to make changes in the tax structure in order to shift money to other programs in the county, which could have put the Silver Spring Urban District into financial decline. While this is a victory, both measures must still be approved by full Council.  Members who  want to express their support for maintaining free evening parking should email Council President Roger Berliner.
GSSCC cuts the ribbon for the Grand Opening of Guitar Center
Sean Holmes, District Manager, and Cory Dunn, Store Manager, cut the ribon for the grand opening of Guitar Center
Guitar Center opened at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 27, at 8661 Colesville Road (Ellsworth Place on the fourth floor)
GSSCC Chair Stephanie Steele, Market General Manager, The Fillmore, presents a certificate to Rick Wallace, VP, Guitar Center
Get the Most from Your GSSCC Membership

Learn more about how GSSCC works to promote and advocate on behalf of member businesses at the Chamber's free Member Orientation Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. this Wednesday, May 3, at  Eggspectation (923 Ellsworth Drive). Register  here.
GSSCC Members Network at Eggspectation Breakfast
Cmdr Marcus Jones presents Officer Patrick Kepp with the Officer of the Quarter Award for the 4th quarter 2016   
Stacey Brown, Sign*A*Rama Silver Spring, wins a door prize donated by Alyscia Charlery, Uprising Builders
Cheryl Spell, Sandy Spring Bank, and Scott Egloff, Sport Chevrolet & Honda
Franklin Alvarado and Jason Carcamo, Foresight Insurance
Debbie Yedlin, Summit Group, and Matt Canga, Maryland Athletic House
Michael Cruz, Foresight Insurance, and Norman Scherer, Scherer Financial Advisors
Mark Your Calendar for Business After Hours

. . .from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. next Wednesday, May 10, at Sport Chevrolet & Honda (3271 Automobile Blvd.). GSSCC members attend for free. Click here to register today.
Welcome New and Returning GSSCC Members

Join GSSCC in welcoming these organizations that became Chamber members during April.

Mike Phennicie
BWI Airport, MD 21240
Chop Chop Movers LLC
Sean McNeil
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Miche Jean
Rockville, MD 20850
Justin Ford
Rockville, MD 20850
Welcome Back:
Julie Verratti
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Thanks for Renewing!

GSSCC thanks these organizations for renewing their membership during April.

AFI Silver Theatre & Cultural Center
AIIM International
Courtyard by Marriott - SS Downtown
D&R International
DB Event Services
Docs in Progress
Emerald Door Spa
The Fillmore Silver Spring
Kay Management Co., Inc
Kefa Café
M&T Bank
My Office Products
Promark Real Estate Services
Randolph Village
Revere Bank
Rosensteel Hall Rental & Catering, Inc.
Scherer Financial Advisors
Senior Helpers of Silver Spring
Sheraton Silver Spring
Sign*A*Rama Silver Spring
SS Ice Skating at Veterans Plaza
Silver Spring Library
Technology Service Corp.
Westland Printers, RR Donnelley

* Compliments to Zivaara, Denizens Brewing Company, and Urban Winery on being featured in Bethesda Magazine's  "Made In MoCo"  May/June 2017 issue.

* Congratulations to Business Bankers Management on its 35th anniversary and recent Secretary's Citation award from the Maryland Department of Commerce. 

* The Greene Turtle Burtonsville (15660 Old Columbia Pike) is celebrating its patio opening on Saturday, May 6. with "bring your dog to happy hour" and on-site dog adoptions from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy drink and food specials all day and live music after 9 p.m.  Click  here to see the flyer.

* A Wider Circle  is organizing "The Night of a Thousand Dinner Parties" on June 10.  This is a "have-anywhere" event where hosts organize their own parties and invite guests to donate.  Click here for more information or email to sign up.

* UP Yoga Studio & Wellness Center is partnering with Emerald Door to offer special discounts to clients.  Click here to learn more.

The Interfaith Works Empowerment Center will celebrate the opening of its newly renovated clothing center at 751 Twinbrook Pkwy., in  Rockville, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 8.  Click here to RSVP.

* The Fillmore Silver Spring will host "Heroes Benefit," the second annual Montgomery County Public Safety MAYDAY event at 5:30 p.m. next Monday, May 8. The event benefits Heroes Inc.

* United Therapeutics is partnering with a 3-D bioprinting company to make human organs. Read more in The Washington Business Journal 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.
Upcoming GSSCC Committee/Group Meetings

* Major Events Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 2

* Young Professionals Network Meeting - 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3

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

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; Eggspectation; 
The Fillmore Silver Spring; Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.; 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; IBI - Innovative Business Interiors; 
My Office Products; Signs By Tomorrow.

 Friends- Harvey Maisel/Maisel Hollins Development