January 12, 2021

Sent every week, the ChamberWatch keeps you informed. To learn more about the Chamber, visit our website or email staff@greaterbethesdachamber.org.

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2021 Legislative Committee Kicking off in January 

As the 2021 Session of the Maryland General Assembly is about to kick off next week, it is expected that more than 2500 bills will again be introduced, many of which will affect businesses in Montgomery County and the State of Maryland - both positively and negatively. In order to keep abreast of legislation in Annapolis, The Greater Bethesda Chamber is bringing back their “Legislative Committee.” This group of members who are interested in legislation, politics and making our collective voice be known to legislators in Annapolis, will be meeting via conference call once a week (Wednesday’s at 10:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.) starting Wednesday, January 13 at 10:30 a.m. until late February/early March.  

Members of the Legislative Committee will be asked to provide their input and expertise, as well as help write letters of testimony (on issues with which they are familiar or have an expertise), on occasion call or meet with legislators, and if available, testify on behalf of the Chamber or their business/industry. In advance of the committee conference calls, members will be provided background information on the bills that will be reviewed.  

If you have an interest in participating in the group and want to learn more about the Committee and the policies for this group, please contact Ginanne Italiano, the Chamber’s Legislative Consultant, at ginanne@greaterbethesdachamber.org or 240-508-7233.
Upcoming Webinars & Events
Part 1: Preparing to Sell Your Business - The 5 Biggest Mistakes
Tuesday, January 12, 11:00 a.m.

During this webinar, learn what NOT to do when preparing to sell your business. A panel of professionals from Offit Kurman, MBA Growth Partners, Bridge Performance Coaching and MV Financial will help you avoid critical mistakes in the preparation and execution of selling your business by providing proactive strategies to:

  • Set your goals
  • Develop and retain key talent
  • Create systems and processes
  • Legally protect your business and self
Part 2: Preparing to Sell Your Business - Transition Checklist
Tuesday, January 19, 11:00 a.m.

In the second installment of Preparing to Sell Your Business, learn about the transition checklist involved with selling your business.
Chamber 101
Tuesday, January 26, 8:30 a.m.

Join this brief orientation session to learn how to get involved with the Chamber and maximize your membership investment. Get connected with all the activities, events, and services the Greater Bethesda Chamber offers to our members.

Thank you to Sandy Spring Bank for sponsoring this event.
How to Use LinkedIn for New Business Development
Wednesday, January 27, 12:00 p.m.
In this month's segment of our Technology Series with Advantage Industries, Mike Shelah and Russell Smith will show you the best practices to optimize your personal LinkedIn page for your audience and then how to target and connect with your clients.
Bonus segment: Properly setting up your LinkedIn company page and how to maximize the branding and marketing offered on the free platform. 
SBA and Treasury Announce PPP Re-Opening
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced last week that the Paycheck Protection Program will re-open this week for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. 

This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

Read the full press release.
Member News
COVID-19 Vaccine - National Capital Region Response
Connect Speed Networking Event

Join professionals from several other area chambers and networking organizations on January 14 at 5:00 p.m. for a virtual speed networking event.
Hosted by Connect Speed Networking (formerly Connect MoCo), this event will give you the opportunity to grow your network and make new connections.
Thank You to Our 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