Networking and More at this Week's Breakfast

Start your Wednesday with a morning of networking, a full breakfast, and insights into how fellow member JK Moving grew to be the third largest moving company in North GSSCC's Business Insights Breakfast from 7
:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. tomorrow, February 22, at The Sheraton Silver Spring. Network from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., then go through the buffet and settle in for the presentation and discussion.  Click    here for more information and to register.
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. on Wednesday, March 1, at Eggspectation  (923 Ellsworth Drive). Register here.

GSSCC Advocates Against Mandate to Publish Salaries
GSSCC was in Annapolis last week Thursday to testify in opposition to HB398/SB404, which would require employers to include the minimum salary for a position in any job opening announcement and would prohibit employers from inquiring about candidates' salary history.  GSSCC joined colleagues from Chambers and business groups across the state to help legislators understand the challenges businesses would face if this bill were enacted, and to question the proponents assertion that it would solve pay disparity issues between men and women, as well as minorities. Click here to read GSSCC's testimony. 

GSSCC Tracking Legislation of Significance to Business
To date, more than 2,500 pieces of legislation have been introduced in the General Assembly, including new legislation mandating a $15 minimum wage for the state. GSSCC has reviewed these bills and is tracking those that affect business and Silver Spring. Click here for a summary of relevant legislation. This list will be updated as new bills are introduced through the session.
Silver Spring Library (900 Wayne Avenue) is hosting a Black History Month author event  from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  on Thursday, February 23. Georgetown University law professor Sheryll Cashin will discuss "Race Not Place."  For more information, click  here .  

* Silver Spring Inc. is hosting a skill development meet-up from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, at I/O Spaces (8120 Fenton Street #204).  Keynote speaker is Brian Loebig of Loebig Ink, LLC.  For more information, click here.

* Montgomery College President Dr. DeRionne Pollard will join Pastors Chris and Dennis Wiley, Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ, for "Civility in Action: Dialogues across Difference," a conversation about reconciliation, civility, and ways to improve communication to enhance understanding. This free event is at 7 p.m. next Tuesday, February 28, at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring  Cultural Arts Center. The Wileys have decades of experience in theology, ministry, and counseling, and have led countless conversations about the intersections of racial difference and reconciliation.
* Gandhi Brigade Youth Media is accepting submissions for the 2017 Montgomery County Youth Media Festival. Winners in each category will be screened at the AFI Silver Theatre on April 29, 2017. Click here for submission details and other information.

* Congratulations to Jennifer Meltzer of All Set Restaurant & Bar on being featured in the career choice column of Woman Around Town. Click here to see the full article.

* Thunderbolts baseball will host its eighth annual "Thunderbolts Fun Day" from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, at Bair Stadium. The event features a free baseball clinic for youth ages 7 to 14, along with special activities and prizes.  Opening day is set for June 9.
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.
GSSCC Committee Meetings in February

* Economic Development Committee - 9 a.m. on Thursday, February 23 - Update on Bus Rapid Transit coming to Colesville Road

* Membership Development Committee - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 28

* Major Event Committee - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 7

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.

Lane Closures on Second Avenue Next Two Satrudays
Southbound vehicle and pedestrian traffic on Second Avenue between Cameron Street and Colesville Road will be diverted between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, and Saturday, March 4, to facilitate the construction of crane operations for 8401 and 8403 Colesville Road. Questions should be directed to Dave Devang at 240-777-2187.
  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; 
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; 
My Office Products; Signs By Tomorrow.

 Friends- Harvey Maisel/Maisel Hollins Development