November 24, 2020

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

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View our COVID-19 resource page.

We hope all of our members have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Please note that the Chamber staff will be out of the office on Thursday and Friday this week.
Proofread Your Directory Listing
To all members: Our 2021 Directory is soon going to print, so make sure your information is correct and proofread your listing by November 26. You should have received an email last week with a link to submit changes- if you are missing that email or have any questions, please contact Monica ( 
Upcoming Virtual Events
Leadership Luncheon Featuring Dr. Natwar Gandhi, Former CFO of the Washington, D.C. Government
Thursday, December 3, at 12:00 p.m.

Attendees will have the chance to ask Dr. Gandhi questions and learn more about his journey from growing up in dire poverty in India to playing a key role in transforming the nation's capital from a near-bankrupt municipality into a financially healthy major American city.

Thank you to our Leadership Luncheon Series sponsor, M&T Bank.
Virtual Speed Networking Happy Hour: Ugly Holiday Sweater Edition
Tuesday, December 8, 4:00 p.m.

Join us for our last speed networking event of 2020 and celebrate the Holidays! Show off your favorite ugly or festive Holiday sweater (not required) for a chance to win a door prize. Attendees will be broken up into several "rooms", just like a table in person. Each room will meet for about 20 minutes and then be switched at random to a different room.
Crucial Strategies For Boosting Sales In Today's Business Environment
Thursday, December 17, 8:30 a.m.
Almost every business owner and veteran selling professional will agree that in the current business climate, winning new business and engaging new clients is more challenging than ever. Join us for this live webinar with Ken Smith, the Managing Director for Sandler Training in the D.C. region, to discover how you must upgrade your current sales process for today's marketplace. 
New Montgomery County Restaurant Relief Grant
The restaurant industry has been severely impacted by the pandemic, losing revenue and customers due to public health related concerns, closures and restrictions.

On November 17, the Montgomery County Council authorized Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) to administer and award grants of up to $10,000 to eligible County restaurants and other entities like food trucks, caterers, and wineries and breweries that directly provide food service. Applications will be accepted from November 20 through December 4, 2020.
Montgomery County Virtual Procurement Fair
The Montgomery County Office of Procurement will be holding a Virtual Procurement Fair on December 9, 2020, from 9:30am – 3:00pm 

As part of the continued economic recovery in Montgomery County, this virtual event will provide local businesses with relevant, timely opportunities. The Office of Procurement and more than 10 county departments will discuss projected solicitations and interact with the vendor community. 

What to expect: 
The sessions are industry-focused by topic: 
  • IT Commodities and Services 
  • Construction and Facility Maintenance Services 
  • Equipment/Supplies 
  • Administrative/Professional Services 
After the department presentations, there will be a Q&A session with the vendors. 
Did You Know? A Message From the Health Care & Wellness Committee
Did you know that making art improves your physical and mental well-being? Research from 1994, provided by Dr. Gene Cohen, a medical doctor who held a Ph.D. in gerontology, established that a daily dose of creativity helps combat fatigue, high blood pressure and feelings of isolation and improves your general health!

In 2007 Dr. Cohen created Making Memories Together, an old-fashioned board game to improve the mood, level of engagement and ability to share stories for all. Although originally designed as a research project for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease, Making Memories Together is a great game to play with loved ones, whether or not they are experiencing cognitive changes. Dr. Cohen passed away in 2009, and his family selected Assisting Hands to preserve and share part of his extensive scientific legacy by giving away these fun and healthful games for FREE!!! Please contact me to get your game.
A message from Patricia Dubroof, Director of Community Relations for Assisting Hands Home Care, and a member of the Health Care and Wellness Committee of the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Patricia at
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