December 22, 2020

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Kick Off 2021 With Speed Networking
Joint Speed Networking Event with The Rockville Chamber of Commerce
Friday, January 8, 11:30 a.m.

We can't meet in person this year, but that won't stop us from having our Annual Joint Networking Event with The Rockville Chamber of Commerce. 
Join us via Zoom for some speed networking. Attendees will be broken up into several rooms, just like tables in person. Each room will meet for about 20 minutes and then be switched at random to a different room. 
Celebrating Ginanne Italiano's 20 Years at the Chamber
Although we unfortunately couldn't say goodbye in person, we were able to hold a Zoom retirement celebration last Friday for our outgoing President & CEO, Ginanne Italiano.

Over the past 20 years, Italiano worked with Chamber leadership, members and staff to support initiatives throughout The Greater Bethesda area and Montgomery County. She partnered with community leaders to support and strengthen the business community. During her tenure, Bethesda experienced extraordinary growth including: the much-anticipated Purple Line, the transformation of Woodmont Triangle, downtown construction of Marriott’s headquarters, revitalization of the Pike District, transformation surrounding NIH/Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and funding for transportation upgrades.

Italiano has received numerous awards including being inducted into the Montgomery County Business Hall of Fame in 2016. Other awards include MACCE Chamber Executive of the Year, 2011; Woman of Achievement Award, Montgomery County Business and Professional Women, 2006; and Chamber of the Year, Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives 2006.

Ginanne will be greatly missed and we are wishing her all the best!
Member News
COVID-19 Briefs from the Health Care & Wellness Committee
The Winter season this year may be particularly hard for many people due to the pandemic. In this COVID-19 Brief, Dr. Phyllis Burson, Better Wellness Now, discusses coping skills you can utilize to take care of your mental health during this difficult time.

Our COVID-19 Briefs video series was created by the Health Care & Wellness Committee to help our members and the community take care of themselves, their families, their customers/clients, their staff, and their business during the next few months with the expected surge in COVID-19 cases.

Thank you to Kim Foley for filming our COVID-19 Briefs.
Annual Corporate Sponsors
Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors 
Atlantech Online – Behnam and Associates, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. - The Bernstein Companies - Capacity Partners – Dembo Jones – Grossberg Company LLP – The Jane Fairweather Team –
Maier Warner PR – Marriott International - Selzer Gurvitch Rabin Wertheimer & Polott, P.C - WithumSmith+Brown, PC

Partner Sponsors 
 Bethesda Magazine - Chesapeake Public Strategies - 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