Don't Miss This Week's Networking Breakfast

Join GSSCC for our Business Networking Breakfast this Wednesday, November 9,  at  The  Daily Dish  (8301A Grubb Road),  when we honor three Montgomery County Police Officers of the Quarter. Informal networking begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by the introduction of our Police Officer honorees, then round table networking until 9:15 a.m Register here.  
Legislative Update

County Expands Sick and Safe Law to Cover "Parental Purposes" - On November 1, the Montgomery County Council unanimously approved expedited legislation to amend the "Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act" (which took effect on October 1) to allow sick leave to be used for "parental purposes." The amendment took effect immediately and allows eligible employees to use accrued sick and safe leave: (i) for the birth of a child, or for the placement of a child with the employee for adoption or foster care and (ii) to care for a newborn, newly adopted, or newly placed child within one year of birth, adoption or placement. Click here to read the bill. Employers are urged to update their personnel policies immediately to reflect this change.

Restaurants Now Required to Have Food Allergens Training - The County Council passed legislation last week requiring all restaurants and food establishments to have on premises an employee who has completed a food allergen awareness training course and passed a test approved by the County Department of Health and Human Services.
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Ribbon Cutting for CCI Health & Wellness Services

Join GSSCC as we cut the ribbon for the grand opening of   CCI Health & Wellness Services  ( 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 1200) at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29. Tour the new space; enjoy light appetizers and a chance to win raffle prizes. An after party  with an extended happy hour  will follow from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at All Set Bar & Restaurant . Click here  to register by November 15.
Mark Your Calendar for  Business After Hours  

. . .scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, hosted by Not Your Average Joe's (8661 Colesville Road, Suite C-153). Click here to register today.

Emotional Intelligence Workshop & Happy Hour 

GSSCC's  Young Professional's Network  will explore "The Link Between Emotional Intelligence and Stardom" at a workshop, and happy hour from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30, on the rooftop at  Kaldis Social House (918 Silver Spring Ave.)   Complimentary appetizers and a specialty YPN cocktail will be offered; a cash bar will be available.  Click here  to register now.

Pulse Community Care is celebrating Veterans Day by offering free National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) acupuncture for veterans, military personnel, and their families on November 9 and 10. Click here for more information.

Easter Seals Serving DC|MD|VA is working with local Safeway stores to support our nation's veterans this Veterans' Day. From November 4 through November 13, Safeway patrons donate to help by choosing 'yes' on the pinpad at checkout. Donations support Easter Seals programs like the Veteran Staffing Network, finding meaningful employment for veterans, the Little Warriors scholarship fund providing quality early education to children of wounded warriors, the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program, and the Military Family Respite Program.

TW Perry will host a "Contractor College" from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, November 11, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. The program includes hot breakfast and lunch and a full day of educational workshops. Click here  for more details and registration information. 

* Downtown Silver Spring will host its annual "Re-Imagining the Holidays" tree lighting and street party beginning at 6 p.m. next Saturday, November 12, on the Fountain Plaza. This year's celebration will include the lighting of "Positivi-Tree, a 35-foot-tall public art installation of hundreds of illuminated and multi-colored umbrellas. The event is sponsored by DARCARS, and features performances, food, and dancers from Maryland Youth Ballet. Click here for more details.

*  Kudos to  Ghar-E-Kabob for its support of the "Mukti and Revival: Rebuilding Nepal Rock by Rock" charity concert on Friday, November 25, at  The Fillmore Silver Spring. This event is a fundraiser for  earthquake   victims  in Nepal.  For additional information click here or email Lok Tiwari .

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Upcoming GSSCC Committee Meetings

Non-Profit Team Meeting   - 9  a.m. on Tuesday, November 8

Economic Development Committee Meeting  - 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 17

Membership Development Committee Meeting  - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, November 22

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