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Tuesday, January 20
2:00-3:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Auxilium Technology
Cost: Free for All 

Where: Auxilium Technology, 9841 Washingtonian Blvd., Suite 200, Gaithersburg 

Wednesday, January 21
8:00-9:00 am
Membership Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC Members Only Please

Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N Gaithersburg

Wednesday, January 28
4:30-6:00 pm
Young Professionals Group Happy Hour
Cost: Free for GGCC Member and First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members Pay $40
Where: Largent's Restaurant & Bar, 654 Center Point Way, Gaithersburg

Tuesday, February 10
7:30-9:00 am
Business Networking Before Nine
Cost: Free for GGCC Member and First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members Pay $40

Where / Sponsored By: Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness,20500 Seneca Meadows Parkway, Germantown

Wednesday, February 18
5:30-7:30 pm
Business Networking After Five
Cost: Free for GGCC Member and First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members Pay $40

Where / Sponsored By: Therrien Waddell, 100 Lakeforest Boulevard, Suite 600, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, February 25
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Business Card Exchange Lunch
Cost: Cost: $20 for GGCC Members and First-Time Non-Members. $40 Returning Non-Members

Where / Sponsored By: Not Your Average Joe's, 245 Kentlands Boulevard, Gaithersburg

Tuesday, March 24
7:30-10:30 am
GROWTH: Brand, Sales & Marketing Seminar 2015
Cost: $45 GGCC Member Early Bird (Ends Feb. 13)
$55 GGCC Member
$60 Non-Member
Sponsorships Available. Contact for more details.

Where: Universities at Shady Grove, 9640 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville

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December 2014 New Members:
ADT Security Services, Inc.
Eiran Hurwitz
2-8 Metropolitan Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Beacon Hill Financial
Christopher Rimorin
9711 Washingtonian Blvd., Suite 550, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
The Fehlig Group
Mary Fehlig
1 Arch Place, Suite 421, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Floor Safety Experts
Scott Rubin 
7905-A Cessna Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Kevco Building Services, Inc.
Kenny Cohn         
7610-T Rickenbacker Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Verizon Business     
Leonard Smith                       
12409 Chasemount Court, Bowie, MD 20720             
  • Soldierfit will host an open house on January 24th and 25th. The weekend will be jammed pack of classes, vendors, demos and seminars, giveaways and raffles, food, drinks and more. Soldierfit is located at 18945 Bonanza Way in Gaithersburg. For more details call them at 301-407-1800. 
  • Post Community Media will be launching a new publication in March 2015. It will be a Lifestyle Magazine called Zag. This stand alone Magazine will publish bi-monthly. It will be distributed through select  Restaurant, Entertainment and Specialty Retailers. Targeting a key demographic of young adults between 25-35. A great way to share your message. Topics will include: Travel, Must Have Products, Pets & more. For more information contact Colette Releford at  301-670-2618 or
  • Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union presents an upcoming Small Business University Seminar with guest speaker, Ken Smith, Founder of PAGI and Principal of Sandler Training, who will discuss the 4 crucial strategies to help boost sales in 2015 on Thursday, January 22nd. For further details and/or to register click here.
  • AstraZeneca announced that MedImmune, its global biologics research and development arm, has entered into a licensing agreement with Omnis Pharmaceuticals (Omnis), a privately-held biotechnology company focused on the development of oncolytic viruses. This agreement will allow MedImmune to combine key agents from its investigational immunotherapy portfolio with Omnis' lead investigational oncolytic virus programme, a genetically engineered strain of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV). The programme is currently being studied in a Phase I clinical trial as a monotherapy for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma and other cancers that have metastasised to the liver. Read more.
  • Qiagen has launched the Next-Gen TB Infection Test. QFT-Plus is the fourth generation of the most accurate test used in the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) infection. It involves Qiagen’s proprietary QuantiFERON technology which can uniquely identify presymptomatic infections that standard diagnostic technologies fail to detect. Read more.
  • Avison Young releases 2015 commercial real estate forecast for Canada, U.S. and U.K. -- Shifting dynamics to test Canada in 2015 while improving economic conditions bode well for U.S. commercial sector. Click here for the full report.
  • Lakeforest Mall is looking for tenants - in particular toy, children's shoes or furniture stores. If you know of anyone interested, please have them contact Jessy Toor  at Lakeforest is located at 701 Russell Avenue in Gaithersburg. For further details visit:
  • The annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, conducted in partnership with the City of Gaithersburg, the Montgomery County Community Action Agency, and Family Services, Inc., will open its doors in Gaithersburg for the 2015 tax season on Monday, January 26.  Appointments are now being accepted.  The VITA program offers free tax preparation assistance to low- and moderate-income individuals who earn less than $53,000 per year. To make an appointment, call 240-777-1123 or visit
  • The American Cancer Society recommends annual mammograms for women starting at age 40. Schedule your mammogram today by calling the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Breast Center at 301-590-8999.
  • If your business serves homeowners, then simply put, you do not want to miss the 2015 Montgomery Village Home Show on March 21 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm at the Lake Marion Community Center, 8821 East Village Avenue in Montgomery Village. If you specialize in home repair, remodeling, improvement, maintenance or design-whether indoors or outdoors-then we want to connect you with Montgomery Village residents. Click here to register for the home show.
  • The Arc of Montgomery County’s of Urban Thrift Store has two job openings available -  Retail Store Manager/Full-Time Position and Sales Associate/Temp/Part-Time/Full-Time Position. For more information on these positions, contact Jhenileen Libongco at 301.984.5777 x1285 or 
  • Manna Food Center will host the first presentation of the Hero Against Hunger Award at their Spring Event on March 12 from 5:30-8:00 pm. Tickets are $50. For additional information contact Katie Sayago at or 240.268.2546.
  • You Shop. Amazon Gives. Through Amazon Smile, Amazon donates .5% of your eligible purchases to the non-profit of your choice. Amazon Smile is the same Amazon you know. It has the same products, same prices and same service. Support Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, MD by going to and look for Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, MD.them.
  • Landmark Conference DIII Swim & Dive Championships are being held at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center on February 13-15. Visit Montgomery is looking for food & beverage sponsors to help support the first time event coming into our area. The event will be broadcast on ESPN3 and is open to public to attend. If you are interested in being a part of this event, contact Shalomi Sanders at

GROWTH: Brand, Sales & Marketing Seminar

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our GROWTH: Brand, Sales & Marketing Seminar on Tuesday, March 24 at the Universities at Shady Grove, 9640 Gudelsky Drive in Rockville.

This year's seminar features: Sonya Burke of Montgomery Community Media who will speak on: “Using the Press to Tell Your Story More Effectively & Attract Your Target Audience" and Chad Prinkey of Neuberger & Company, Inc. who will present: “Your Best Customer is Someone Else’s Prospect….. What are you Doing to Keep Them?"

Join us for an exciting seminar where you will discover how to maintain and increase sales & how to make your business more newsworthy by telling your story to attract your target audience.For further details on the seminar topics, click here now.

Sponsorship: There is no better way for your company to garner easy exposure for your business than through sponsorship. We have three levels for any budget. Please take a moment to review and select the sponsorship package that best fits your business. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sponsorship Levels:
-Gold: $750
-Silver: $500
-Bronze: $250
For further information on sponsorship, contact us at

-$45 GGCC Member Early Bird (Ends Feb. 13) 
-$55 GGCC Member
-$60 Non-Member

Registration: click here now
Sponsor now: Email Laura at to support the GROWTH Seminar

Young Professional of the Month: PJ Horan

The GGCC’s Young Professionals program is a networking group of dedicated young professionals ranging in age from 21-40. The chamber supports the professional development of the next generation of leaders by providing opportunities for skill-building, information sharing, networking and growth of younger professionals in our chamber. It is with great pleasure that we announce our new monthly feature - Young Professional of the Month. Get to know members of the group a little better with our new YPG Insider feature. Enjoy! 

PJ Horan
1. Current Job Title:
 Senior Partner at MassMutual Greater Washington
2. How long have you been with present company? I started right out of college in 2007.
3. How long have you been in your present position? I became a Senior Partner in January of 2014.
4. What is the best thing about your job? I get to help people every day with real financial problems and concerns. 
5. Where are you from? Germantown, MD
6. Where did you attend college? University of Maryland College Park
7. If you could be anyone famous or fictional who would it be? Walt Disney because he built an extremely successful company and an extreme fortune all based on making people happy.
8. Favorite TV show growing up? Not really growing up but West Wing from High School on.  Maybe the Simpsons before that. 
9. All-Time favorite quote? “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”  – Wayne Gretzky

Contact PJ at

(Interested in becoming a Young Professional of the Month? Attend the Young Professional Group Happy Hour and you just may be the lucky winner. YPG of the Month is open to GGCC Members only, Must be present to win)

Regional Young Professional's Group Happy Hour

The Young Professional Groups from the Gaithersburg-Germantown, Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase, and the Greater Silver Spring Chambers of Commerce, along with Leadership Montgomery's Emerging Leaders program, invite you to meet and mingle with other young professionals from Montgomery County and the surrounding areas.

Join us on February 26th from 5:30-7:30 pm for an evening of networking with other like minded business professionals to further your career, strengthen your professional image or just meet fellow young professionals. Complimentary appetizers will be served thanks to TImpano. Cash Bar.

This event is free to attend but advance registration is required. TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE.

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:

Maid Brigade: 10%
The Melting Pot: Call for Details
Merry Maids: 5%

View all the discounts at:

Need to Get Away? Come to Italy With Us!

We  invite members of the chamber and the community to experience true Tuscan Culture departing on October 27, 2015.The GGCC will be offering a fully escorted tour of the region of Tuscany.

Highlights Include: Florence, Pisa & Lucca, Siena, Cinque Terre (optional), San Gimignano, Chianti Region and Montecatini.

Inclusions: Round Trip Airfare, Airline Fuel Surcharges, Taxes and Fees, 7 Nights First Class Hotel, 10 Meals (7B, 3D), Sightseeing Per Itinerary, Admissions Per Itinerary, Professional Tour Manager, Baggage Handling and Hotel Transfers.

Cost per person is $2,899. Pay your deposit by April 1, 2015 and deduct $100 off per person. Space is limited. Sign up early to secure your seat. Makes for the perfect holiday gift. For more information please contact the Chamber at (301)840-1400.   

INFORMATIONAL MEETING: Thursday, March 26th at 5:30 pm at the Hampton Inn & Suites - Washington, DC North 
For further details on this meeting and/or to register, click here
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