Welcome 2017! It's Going to Be a Great Year with Excellent Events and Fantastic Networking. 


Tuesday, January 10
8:00-9:00 am
Coffee & Conversation with the GGCC
 GGCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership; NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: Corner Bakery Cafe, One Grand Corner Avenue, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, January 11
12:00-1:00 pm
Events Committee Meeting
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, January 18
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Topic: Economic Development in the State of Maryland. Come and learn more about the State's strategy for attracting jobs to Maryland. 
Speaker: Kavita Verma, Director of Recruitment and Location Services, State of Maryland
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Where:  Montgomery College Germantown Campus Paul Peck Building (Goldenrod Bldg), 20271 Goldenrod Lane Room 105, Germantown

Thursday, January 19 - SIGNATURE EVENT! 
5:30-7:30 pm
Business Networking After Five
 GGCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership; NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: Asbury Methodist Village, 409 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg

Thursday, January 19
8:00-9:00 am
Membership Committee Meeting
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, February 8 - SIGNATURE EVENT! 
5:30-7:30 pm
Business Networking After Five
 GGCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership; NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: Therrien Waddell, 100 Lakeforest Boulevard, Suite 600, Gaithersburg

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 

  • Congratulations to City of Gaithersburg Councilmember Neil Harris, who was elected by his colleagues to serve as Vice President of the City Council for a one year term. The Vice President acts as President of the Council in the absence of the Mayor. 
  • Congratulations and welcome to John Caron, who has been named Associated Dean of the John Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Advanced Academic Programs, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Read more
  • Join GGCC Members Jeff Miller, President and CEO of Jeff Miller Consulting Alliance at Launch Workplaces for a free workshop on goal setting for your small business. Learn how winners play the game and how they inner speak. See how goals can get transferred into an actual plan with steps, accountability and timelines. You’ll walk away with a plan you can implement for the first 90 days of 2017. The workshop will be held on January 12 at 8:30. To register, click here.
  • Metropolitan Ballet Theatre & Academy Ensemble presents Shel We Dance, a new short-length ballet based on the poetry of Shel Silverstein, at 2:00 pm on January 22, followed by fun activities for our young Shel Silverstein fans. Your children will delight in seeing the poetry of Shel Silverstein come alive in this new short-length, original contemporary ballet, and they get to meet the performers.Tickets are $15 per person, every attendee needs a ticket. This performance is age-appropriate for children of all ages. To purchase tickets, click here.
  • The City of Gaithersburg is joining with Seneca Creek Community Church and Montgomery County Government to host a morning of service projects that will benefit the most vulnerable in our community on MLK Day of Service. More than a dozen projects suitable for a variety of ages and skill levels will be conducted at the church, located at 13 Firstfield Road in Gaithersburg, from 9-11:00 am on Monday, January 16. There are three additional satellite sites with a variety of volunteer opportunities. For more information and to register for all volunteer projects visit the Montgomery County Volunteer Center at
  • Are you an author, poet, publisher, non-profit or business relating to the book industry looking to expand your marketing efforts? If so, consider exhibiting at the 2017 Gaithersburg Book Festival. The 2017 exhibiting author and literary vendor applications will be available on the GBF website the first week of January. All applications must be submitted no later than March 20, 2017.
  • Comptroller Peter Franchot has announced he's accepting nominations for a new award paying tribute to business and nonprofit leaders and organizations that foster innovation in their fields.The "Bright Lights Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship” will recognize and celebrate innovation in the private and nonprofit sectors that strengthen Maryland’s economy, generate jobs and tax revenue and develop new ideas that more effectively deliver services and products within the marketplace.Nominations will be accepted through January 31. One winner will be selected from each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Businesses or nonprofits of any size are eligible for the award. The nomination form, which can be found here, should detail how the candidate is transforming their industry through innovation and what future opportunities may exist to expand its application.
  • Thomas Wilbur, Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences l Class of 2015, was recently awarded the Eagle Scout honor from the Boy Scouts of America for his greenhouse planting stations. Thomas started scouting as a first grader at The Barnesville School. Now a sophomore in the Global Ecology Magnet Program at Poolesville High School, he received the Eagle Scout honor in December as part of Poolesville Scout Troop. For his Eagle Scout Project, Thomas conceived, designed, built, and installed planting stations for Barnesville's Middle School greenhouse. Great job! 

Chamber Snow Policy 

The GGCC follows the same policy as the Montgomery County Public Schools.

The policy is as follow:
  • When the County Schools are closed or there is a two-hour delay, all GGCC morning events and committee meetings are cancelled.
  • Any afternoon events or committee meetings will be decided upon by 8:00 am.
  • All evening events or committee meetings, will be decided upon by Noon.
Please note there are times that an event may be held or cancelled due to the sponsoring company’s policies and/or the discretion of the GGCC.

We will keep everyone apprised via our website and social media outlets if possible and as soon as we can. Thank you. 

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:
Bretton Woods Recreation Center: 10%
Browning Construction Co., Inc.: 10%
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream: 10%

View all the discounts at:

Take a Trip to Italy: Departing October 23

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce invites members of the chamber and the community to experience the true Italy Culture October 23, 2017.

The GGCC will be offering a fully escorted tour of “Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast”. The Amalfi coast is a captivating combination of great beauty and griping drama: mountains dotted with picturesque towns and lush forests plunge into the sea. Mountains erupt from the waters of the Mediterranean and pastel-painted buildings cascade down cliffs.

Visit  Maioriare, Herculaancum, Pompeii, Paestum & Rome. Nine day, eight night excursion. $3,099 per person / $2,999 if deposited by January 31, 2017 (airfare, hotels and most meals included).
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