November 10, 2020

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Reimagining Public Safety Task Force Survey
The County Executives “Reimagining Public Safety Task Force” has released a survey to capture community opinion on how public safety should look in Montgomery County going forward. It is critical that this group receive frank and honest feedback from the various communities, partnerships, and stakeholders whom we work with on a daily basis, in addition to your own communities. A link to the press release containing the survey can be found here:

A lot of the task force’s efforts will be focused on the results of this survey, so this is a critical component of making sure that the entire community has their voices heard.

Thank you and please remain safe and healthy.

~ Chief Marcus Jones
Marcus G. Jones
Chief of Police
Montgomery County Police Department
Mark Your Calendar!
Thursday, November 12

Join us via Zoom for this free event as we honor outstanding members of the greater Bethesda community. Our awardees are being honored for their public service, their work on behalf of the business community, and their exemplary leadership – especially in the COVID-19 era.

We will be honoring the following awardees in these categories:
Business Advocate of the Year - Judy Stephenson, Montgomery County Small Business Navigator

Excellence in Individual Leadership - Anne Derse, Deacon, St. John's Episcopal Church, sponsored by Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Tuesday, November 17
8:30 am

Please join us for this brief orientation session to learn how to get involved with the Chamber and maximize your membership investment. Learn about our current Better Together Membership Campaign and what extra benefits you can gain through the program!

This is a great event for new members, those considering membership, and those wishing to re-connect.

Thank you to Sandy Spring Bank for sponsoring this event!
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 11:30 am

Join us and Advantage Industries for a webinar to help you understand the differences between the many video conference platforms and how to choose the best one for you and your business. This program will discuss, ZOOM, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams and others from a function and security standpoint.
Check Out our Latest Blog Post
Vibrancy in Bethesda
Guest blog by Brandan Stuckey, Bethesda Transportation Solutions

I’m not sure how we entered a space where the same few platitudes are thrown about, seemingly every other sentence. Counting how many times you see words like normalize, robust, engage, or deliverables, used in our corporate lexicon can lead to the most intense interoffice game of bingo this side of Cordell Ave. Words, are powerful. Words have meaning. Words have impact. And there’s nothing more impactful than hearing vibrancy in the context of downtown. Vibrancy is often used when speaking of outdoor spaces. However, its usage must become more than the latest platitude; Vibrancy has to become a call to action. For instance, Bethesda Urban Partnership answered the call to help by creating the Streetery, a broad collaborative effort to sustain businesses during the pandemic. That’s Vibrancy.
Upcoming Events & Programs
Senior Market Group Meeting - Behind the Scenes at Henry's Sweet Retreat

The Senior Marketing Group (SMG) offers programs and information on how to better service and promote to the senior market and their families. The SMG now presents their new "Behind the Scenes" speaker series, looking into the "behind the scenes" of various member industries. 

Health Care and Wellness Group Meeting - Member Presentation: Susan I. Wranik, SpeakSkill

In addition to introductions, each of our Health Care and Wellness Committee meetings feature a 5 minute spotlight from a member. The November meeting will be featuring a presentation from Susan I. Wranik, Founder of SpeakSkill. This meeting is for members of the Chamber in the health and wellness industries. 

Joint Speed Networking with Connect MoCo
Join us and several other area chambers and networking organizations for a joint speed networking event!
Run by Connect MoCo, this event will give you the opportunity to grow your network and make new connections. 

Congratulations to the Hyatt Regency Bethesda!
Congratulations to Hyatt Regency Bethesda for achieving Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STARTM accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, Hyatt Regency Bethesda has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention in its hotel and meeting facilities.

New and Renewing Members
Welcome to our newest members!
Dogtopia of Bethesda
Joe Rouhafzai  
4936 Fairmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

The Lisa Vogel Agency
Gail Boimov
4931 Cordell Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

McPherson Financial Partners, LLC
Gary McPherson II
6701 Democracy Boulevard Democracy One Plaza, Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20817
Meridian Group
Bruce Lane
Three Bethesda Metro Center Suite 1400
Bethesda, MD 20814

Petrelli Previtera, LLC
Susan Wyckoff
5425 Wisconsin Avenue Suite 600
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Thank you to our members who renewed their investment with us!
Orange Taxi
Art Miesemer
12270 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852
30+ Year Member

Advantage Industries, Inc.
Deanna Kouroupis
6325 Woodside Court Suite 200
Columbia, MD 21046
20+ Year Member

Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture
Katey Boerner
7300 MacArthur Boulevard
Glen Echo, MD 20812
15+ Year Member

Washington Workplace
Charles Atwell
2300 South 9th Street Suite 505
Arlington, VA 22204
15+ Year Member

Joseph Gawler's Sons, LLC
Duane Hills
5130 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016
10+ Year Member

Washington Property Company
Daryl South
4719 Hampden Lane #300
Bethesda, MD 20814
5+ Year Member

Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network
Andrea Maddox-Smith
4520 East West Highway Suite 610
Bethesda, MD 20814
5+ Year Member

Duball, LLC
Brian Roach
11710 Plaza Drive Suite 1100
Reston, VA 20190
RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation
Robert Alexander
12270 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852
30+ Year Member

Montgomery County Police-2nd District
Sean Gagen
4823 Rugby Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
15+ Year Member

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
David Child
5701 Marinelli Road
N. Bethesda, MD 20852
15+ Year Member

Lee Development Group
Bruce Lee
8601 Georgia Avenue Suite 200
Silver Spring, MD 20910
10+ Year Member

Congressional Bank
Ross Berman
4801 Montgomery Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
5+ Year Member

Brickside Food & Drink
Andy Seligman
4866 Cordell Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
5+ Year Member

SSGovRelations, LLC
Steven Silverman
3012 Marlow Road
Silver Spring, MD 20904

Nancy Leopold
4827 Rugby Avenue Suite 302
Bethesda, MD 20814
Annual Corporate Sponsors
Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors 
 Andy Stern's Office Furniture, A Division of Benjamin Office Supply & Services - Atlantech Online - Behnam and Associates, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. - The Bernstein Companies - Capacity Partners - Dembo Jones Grossberg Company LLP - The Jane Fairweather Team
WithumSmith+Brown, PC

Partner Sponsors 
 Bethesda Magazine - Hyatt Regency Bethesda - Mon Ami Gabi - North Bethesda Marriott & Conference Center - sasse agency - SpeedPro              
Chamber 101 Sponsor
Sandy Spring Bank
Leadership Luncheon Series Sponsor 
M&T Bank
NextExec Sponsor 
McKay Mortgage Company