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If you have not been to a CHAMBER LUNCH lately, come and see what you have been missing. Good food, great crowds, good times and lots of business getting done! Join us for the LAST LUNCH OF 2016 at Asia Nine, a Thai, sushi and grill restaurant in Downtown Crown this Wednesday. See you there.
 
Wednesday, October 26
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Business Card Exchange Lunch
Cost: $20 for GGCC Members and First-Time Non-Members. $40 Returning Non-Members
Where: Asia Nine , 54 Crown Park Avenue, Gaithersburg
 
Friday, October 28
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Google Local Marketing Power Workshop with GGCC Member Ironistic 
Cost: Free. Limited Space. Advance Registration Required, 
Where: GGCC, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg
 
Tuesday, November 1
4:30-6:00 pm
No Strings Happy Hour at Majestic
About: 
Gather at Majestic for an Impromptu Gathering and celebrate the grand opening of this new community apartment complex with an informal ribbon cutting ceremony. Cocktails and appetizers provided compliments of Barking Mad Café. Take a tour of the Watkins Mill Town Center’s newest apartments.
Cost: Free, advance registration required. 
Where: The Majestic, 116 Paramount Park Drive, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, November 2
9-10:30 am
Corporate Social Responsibility Forum
About: Gain insight to create meaningful partnerships that are "win-win-win," equally benefiting the nonprofit's mission, the business's objectives, and the community at large. Sarah Burnett, Executive Director of Corporate Volunteer Council, will provide a brief keynote and will moderate the panel. Our panelists, owners/leaders of local businesses and nonprofits, will highlight some of their most successful and interesting partnerships, followed by a Q&A session. Panelists will include Rebuilding Together Montgomery County, Operation Second Chance, Fleet Feet Sports Gaithersburg, Pinky & Pepe's Grape Escape and others.
Cost: ALL GGCC & CVC-MC NON-PROFIT PARTNERS & BUSINESS Members are Invited! 
Where: Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy, 220 Perry Parkway, Suite 8, Gaithersburg 

Thursday, November 3 
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting 
Speaker:
David Petr, President and CEO of Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation
Topic: Economic Development Strategy for Montgomery County. This is a great opportunity to meet David and learn more about his plans for growing jobs in the County.
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Where:  Montgomery College Germantown Campus Paul Peck Building (Goldenrod Bldg), 20271 Goldenrod Lane Room 105, Germantown

Friday, November 4

8:00-9:30 am
New Member Orientation - Come Discover the Benefits of Membership!
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS ONLY
Where: Homewood Suites, 805 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, November 9
7:30-9:00 am
Business Networking Before Nine
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership); NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, 9605 Medical Center Drive, Rockville

Wednesday, November 9
12:00-1:00 pm
Events Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS ONLY
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Thursday, November 16
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting 
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Where:  Montgomery College Germantown Campus Paul Peck Building (Goldenrod Bldg), 20271 Goldenrod Lane Room 105, Germantown

Wednesday, November 17
5:30 -7:30 pm
Business Networking After Five / Fall Cocktail Reception
Cost: Free for All with a donation of a "new / unwrapped" toy donation to Toys for Tots!
Where: Pinky and Pepe's Grape Escape, 223 Kentlands Blvd., Gaithersburg

Thursday, November 17
8:00-9:00 am
Membership Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS ONLY
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Friday, November 18
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting: Potomac Care Pharmacy
Cost: Free for All. Advance registration requested.
Where: Potomac Care Pharmacy, 12103 Darnestown Road, North Potomac 
 

Thursday, November 24 - Friday, November 25

All Day! 
GGCC Office Closed 
 
Saturday, November 26
All Day! 
Small Business Saturday! 2016
About: The GGCC is proud to support Small Business Saturday® and encourages you to "shop small, shop local"! 
 
Monday, November 28
5:30-7:30 pm
Business Networking After Five
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership); NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874

Thursday, December 8
6:00-10:00 pm
Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony
Cost: $100 (Early Bird until 11.1.16) / $125 per person / Sponsorship's Varying Levels Available
Where: Holiday Inn Gaithersburg, 2 Montgomery Village Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

See all the upcoming events at: www.ggchamber.org/events


There is Strength in Numbers

The GGCC can advocate and work on their members behalf more effectively with a larger membership base. So Everyone Wins!

We are currently hosting the 2016 Membership Campaign.

How the Campaign Works:
  • Campaign Runs Now through November 17, 2016.
  • Members: SPONSOR a NEW MEMBER to JOIN now through November 17 and YOU will receive $50 CASH. YEP, $50! 
  • Non-Members: And your referral RECEIVES a one-time $50 discount on your MEMBERSHIP dues when you JOIN the GGCC now through November 17 (certain restrictions apply). 
Members -  we encourage YOU to bring in AS MANY NEW MEMBERS AS YOU WANT! Together we are stronger! 

The best method of recruitment is still word of mouth, so brag about the chamber and help us grow. Encourage them to make an investment in their business & community!

Need the proper tools to help you? Here is a link to Join Page, Benefits Page and our Membership Application Page 

The Chamber provides numerous services for members, including networking and professional development, an electricity discount program, free and low cost marketing, government affairs programs and advocacy to encourage a positive business climate in the Upcounty.

For additional information, contact Donna Rimple at drimple@ggchamber.org or 301.840.1400 x17. And thank you in advance for your commitment to the GGCC! 

  • Congratulations to Holy Cross Hospital, who has received the American College of Cardiology's Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2016. They are one of only seven hospitals in the state of Maryland and 223 hospitals nationwide to receive this honor. This award reflects the consistent, superior work and dedication of the entire cardiology team. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2ef7rzB
  • Congratulations to the Universities at Shady Grove’s who recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education slated to open in 2019. Read more, click here.
  • CONGRATULATIONS to Montgomery County’s First Lady, Catherine Leggett, who was named “Peacemaker of the Year 2016” by the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County! Read the Montgomery Community Media article, click here
  • The Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences was recently featured on Channel 4 regarding their Barnesville's Buddy Bench concept. Check out the news footage, click here
  • Congratulations to the City of Gaithersburg, who was named one of five finalists in the National Recreation and Park Association Park Champion program. The national Park Champion program is an advocacy initiative to raise awareness for parks and recreation programs by encouraging stakeholders to involve members of congress in local events and activities. For more about the City’s parks and recreation programs visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov.
  • It’s National Pumpkin Day and Lindt Chocolate Shops are celebrating with 50% off LINDOR pumpkin spice and seasonal truffles on October 26 & 27. Plus, enjoy a free sample just for stopping by. Lindt is located at 3 Grand Corner Avenue in Gaithersburg.
  • Life Time Athletic, 10121 Washingtonian Boulevard in Gaithersburg, is now open. This amazing fitness club features a water park and aquatics center w/ indoor and outdoor pools; comprehensive group fitness schedule of 100+ classes weekly; a kids academy with up to 3 hours per day of child care with 80+ classes for kids (karate, gymnastics, cheerleading, arts and crafts etc.); top of the line fitness facility; two full sized courts + league; an executive style locker room- steam rooms, jacuzzi and sauna and more. Did you know that the Life Time Cafe & Spa are open to the public? Learn more about them and membership at: www.lifetimefitness.com. 
  • Eagle Bancorp, Inc. announces its 31st consecutive quarter of record earnings with third quarter 2016 net income up 14% over 2015. For more information visit www.eaglebankcorp.com.  
  • General Election Early Voting Dates: October 27, 2016 - November 3, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm. Voters may go to any early voting site in Montgomery County and cast a ballot. Early voting results are tallied on Election Night, just like votes cast on Election Day. If you vote early, you may not vote by mail or on Election Day. 2016 CLICK HERE for a list of the Early Voting Centers approved by the State Board of Elections New Voting System.
  • The entire community is invited to join the City of Gaithersburg for its annual Veterans Day Observance on Friday, November 11, honoring and recognizing all U.S. military personnel who play an important role in safeguarding our nation and our future. The observance takes place at 11:00 am at the City Hall Concert Pavilion, 31 South Summit Avenue in Gaithersburg.
  • Are you a published author who dreams about joining the impressive list of award-winning and best-selling authors appearing at the Gaithersburg Book Festival each year? Or know of someone who is? If so, now's your chance to be considered for the 2017 festival, which takes place Saturday, May 20. They are now accepting featured author applications for those interested in participating in solo presentations and panel discussions. The deadline to submit is Saturday, December 31, 2016. Download the application from the festival website.
  • Celebrate the Holidays at BlackRock Center for the Arts.Their 30,000+ square foot venue has two spacious theaters, two galleries, a rooftop studio and a stunning lobby with soaring ceilings and beautiful natural light. The spaces is a great place to take in the arts or rent for your holiday party or next event. Request information, click here.  

Corporate Social Responsibility Forum

 ATTENTION ALL BUSINESSES & NON-PROFIT MEMBERS, Join the Chamber's Non-Profit Group for a panel discussion on corporate social responsibility and nonprofit/corporate partnerships.

Gain insight to create meaningful partnerships that are "win-win-win," equally benefiting the nonprofit's mission, the business's objectives, and the community at large. Sarah Burnett, Executive Director of Corporate Volunteer Council, will provide a brief keynote and will moderate the panel.

Our panelists, owners/leaders of local businesses and nonprofits, will highlight some of their most successful and interesting partnerships, followed by a Q&A session. This is open to both businesses and our non-;profit partners

Panelists will include Rebuilding Together Montgomery County, Operation Second Chance, Fleet Feet Sports Gaithersburg, Pinky & Pepe's Grape Escape and others

                    

2017 Corporate & Event Sponsorship Opportunities

Support the GGCC & increase visibility for your organization. There are a variety of sponsorship's available to our members.

2017 Opportunities Include:
  • Corporate Sponsor Program Exclusive package— $4,000
  • Special Event Sponsor Package—$1,000
  • Big Data Seminar Title Sponsor - $1,500
  • Business Networking After Five -$300 (plus cost of food &  drinks)
  • Business Networking Before Nine-$250 (plus cost of food &  drinks)
  • Business Card Exchange Lunch-Call for Details
  • Young Professional Group Title Sponsor -$1000
  • Young Professional Group Happy Hour- $200
  • Young Professional Group Networking Picnic Title Sponsor - $350
  • Young Professionals Group Breakfast / Lunch & Learn- $200
  • Celebration Dinner & Public Safety Sponsorship's Opportunities - Also Available (Please keep in mind when planning your 2017 budgets, I will be happy to send you this information upon request). 

For more information call 301-840-1400 x 14 or lrowles@ggchamber.org. 

Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Join us at our biggest bash of the year the "Annual Celebration Dinner and Awards Ceremony - Celebrating 67 Years!"
 
The evening events include:
  • The installation of the 2017 Board of Directors
  • Silent auction
  • Dinner
  • Music
  • Presentation of the Annual “You Made a Difference Award”
  • Announcement of the “10th Annual Small Business of the Year” award
  • Announcement of the "4th Annual Young Professional of the Year” award
  • The awarding of the Montgomery College Scholarships funded by GGCC Businesses to Montgomery College students
Sponsorship's Available:
  • Title Sponsor: $3,000
  • Gold Sponsor: $2,000
  • Silver Sponsor: $800.00
  • Bronze Sponsor: $300
  • Table Sponsor: $1,200
  • SBY Table: $1,200
  • YPG Table: $1.200
  • Scholarship Table: $1,000
  • GGCC Member / Spouse / Guest Ticket Per Person: $100 (Early Bird Ends 11.1.16)
  • GGCC Member / Spouse / Guest Ticket Per Person: $125
                  

You Could Be the Young Professional of the Year!

You are cordially invited to submit an application for the GGCC’s 4th Annual GGCC Young Professional of the Year Award (YPG).

The chamber’s YPG Award recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of a highly motivated, emerging leader of the Chamber’s Young Professional’s group. Are you the next young professional of the year?
 
The application can downloaded by clicking here now. The deadline for entries is Noon on Friday, November, 4, 2016, either postmarked or emailed to lrowles@ggchamber.org. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 301.840.1400 x14. Good Luck! 
                     

Are You the 2016 Small Business of the Year?

You are cordially invited to submit an application for the GGCC’s 10th Annual GGCC Small Business of the Year Award (SBY).

The chamber’s SBY Award recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of small businesses, which are a vital part of our economy and community. The award is presented to the small business that demonstrates success, community involvement, and excellent customer relations. Are you the next small business of the year?

The application can be downloaded by clicking here now. The deadline for entries is Noon on Friday, November 4, 2016, either postmarked or emailed to lrowles@ggchamber.org. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 301.840.1400 x14. Good Luck! 
                  

Member-to-Member Discounts

Our Member-to-Member Discount Program (M2M) will enhance the value of your membership by giving you the opportunity to buy goods and services from other members at a discount. This is a benefit you can pass along to all of your employees. 

This week's featured companies:

Thrive, Grow, Morph – Keller Williams Realty: Call for Details
Today’s HR: Call for Details
Transition Coaching, LLC: Complimentary Consultation

View all the discounts at: http://www.ggchamber.org/membership/member-to-member-discount/
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