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Gaithersburg City Meet the Candidates Over Coffee Thursday!

.GGCC Members are invited to join us on Thursday, October 22 at Corner Bakery and Meet the Candidates n light of the upcoming Gaithersburg City Election on  Tuesday, November 3. This is a great opportunity for our members and local businesses to talk with the candidates about their concerns. The format will be opening remarks from candidates and then an opportunity to mix and mingle with them over a cup-o-joe.
     

Tuesday, October 20
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS ONLY
TopicMilestone Business Park: VIBRANT 24/7 MIXED-USE TOWN CENTER DEVELOPMENT

Where:  Montgomery College Germantown Campus Paul Peck Building (Goldenrod Bldg), 20271 Goldenrod Lane Room 105, Germantown

Thursday, October 22
8:00-9:30 am
Gaithersburg City Meet the Candidates Over Coffee
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS ONLY
Where:  Corner Bakery Cafe, One Grand Corner Avenue, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, October 28
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Business Card Exchange Lunch
Cost: $20 for GGCC Members & First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40
Where:  Carrabba's Italian Grill, 19935 Century Boulevard, Germantown
 
Where:  Executive Office Building Auditorium, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville
 
Thursday, November 5
8:00-9:00 am
Come & Discover Emerald Island: Best of Ireland Info Session
Cost: Free for All
Where:  Homewood Suites, 805 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg
 
Tuesday, November 10
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 $45.
Where: Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville
 
Thursday, November 19
5:30-7:30 pm
Business Networking After Five / Fall Cocktail Reception
Cost: Free for all WITH A DONATION OF "NEW / UNWRAPPED" TOY for Toys for Tots
Where: Pinky and Pepe's Grape Escape, 223 Kentlands Blvd., Gaithersburg

Thursday, December 3
Join us at our biggest bash of the year - "Celebrating 66 Years!"
6:00-10:00 pm
Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony
Cost: GGCC Member / Spouse / Guest Ticket Per Person: $100 (Early Bird until 11/2)
GGCC Member / Spouse / Guest Ticket Per Person: $125
SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE AT www,ggchamber.org
Where: Holiday Inn Gaithersburg, 2 Montgomery Village Avenue, Gaithersburg
See all the upcoming events at: www.ggchamber.org/events
  

GGCC Membership Drive 2015: Together We Are Stronger

The GGCC will be holding a Membership Campaign October 1 through November 20, 2015. We encourage YOU to bring in AS MANY NEW MEMBERS AS YOU WANT! Together we are stronger! 

SPONSOR a NEW MEMBER to JOIN between October 1—November 20 and YOU will receive $50 CASH. YEP, $50! 

And the new member will receive a one-time $50 discount on their MEMBERSHIP dues when they JOIN the GGCC during the campaign. 
 
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! 

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!

2016 Corporate & Event Sponsorship Opportunities
Support the GGCC & increase visibility for your organization. There are a variety of sponsorship's available to our members.

2016 Opportunities Include:
Corporate Sponsor Program Exclusive package— $4,000
Special Event Sponsor Package—$1,000
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 Professionals Group Lunch & Learn- $200

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

Maximize Your Chamber Membership: Get Involved 

We invite you GET INVOLVED and Maximize Your Chamber Membership. One of the ways you can serve and connect is by serving on a committee. The chamber has several committees both regular and ones for special events.

Current chamber committees include the following
Regular: Membership, Events, Economic Development and Legislative.
Special: Golf, Celebration Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony, and Grow Your Business Seminar & Expo.
Women’s Group: This Member’s Group holds a monthly conversation and connection event. Each month they pick a different topic for discussion. They also hold quarterly luncheons open to members and guests.
Young Professionals: The young professional's is our newest specialty group. The group is designed for the 35 and under professional.  They hold a variety of events including Happy Hours. 
Direct Connects: Our direct connect groups are smaller networking groups. They are organized by industry type, business focus or location. Each group decides on its meeting schedule, format and topics. If we don’t have a group for you, maybe you can start one.

To learn about the committees, click here. To discover when they meet visit the events calendar on the chamber website. You can always feel free to visit one or all of the committees and see which is one is the best for you. 
  • Families from all over the area are invited to share traditional autumn activities and enjoy a country outing at Butler's Orchard's 35th Annual Pumpkin Festival. 2015 dates: Weekends in October, plus Columbus Day, October 12. For further details, click here
  • CONGRATS to Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. The J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Pharmacy StudySM recently ranked Wegmans the "Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Supermarket Pharmacies". Wegmans received the highest numerical score among supermarket pharmacies in the proprietary J.D. Power 2015 US. Pharmacy Study(SM). Study based on 14,914 total responses, and measures 11 supermarket pharmacies. Read more, click here.
  • CONGRATULATIONS to Leah Morabito who was recently named Partner at Gimmel, Weiman, Ersek, Blomberg & Lewis, P.A. Leah has demonstrated tremendous levels of client service, teamwork and commitment to her clients. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the Bar Association of Montgomery County, the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland and Montgomery County, and the Academy of Special Needs Planners.
  • It is time to roll up your sleeves for Montgomery County’s Community Service Week, scheduled for Oct. 16 – 22.  Sign up to volunteer at the Montgomery County Volunteer Center website or call 240.777.2608.
  • Join Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar on Saturday, Oct. 31  at their Halloween Bash and Costume Party. They’ll kick things off during happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Sip on $5 Mojitos, Margaritas and Sangria, or enjoy $2 off our signature cocktails, beer and wine. A DJ spinning the best music and Halloween tunes will keep the party going from 5-9 p.m. Take full advantage of the night by wearing your best and greatest getup because they’re hosting a costume contest and the first place winner will get a voucher for dinner and a rum tasting for four. Reservations can be made online or by calling us at (301) 330-4400.
  • Spend the holidays relaxing with friends and family, not checking the kitchen timer. Book your private dining or catered event at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse by 11/1/15 and receive a $50 bonus card for every $500 you spend. For further details contact Susan Pendy at 301-990-1926. 
  • Tickets to Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy's 27th annual production of The Nutcracker are now available. Tickets start at $19. For further details and/or to purchase, visit: www.mbtdance.org. 
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill is the perfect choice for festive holiday gatherings whether dining in or custom catering delivered right to your door. Place your catered holiday delivery order by December 1st  2015 to receive a 10% discount. Book your dine in holiday event today and for every $250 spent, receive $50 in dining credit on a future visit. For further information, contact Beth Sell, Catering Manager at 240-285-4572 or spinbeth@yahoo.com.
  • Honor and remember those who have touched our lives when you join Hospice Caring on Saturday, December 5 at the Hospice Caring Cottage for their Traditional Lighting of the Tree, Instrumental Music, Responsive Readings, and Reading of the Names. Hospice's Tree of Love - for a donation of $35 per name or three names for $100, your loved ones' names will be read aloud at the ceremony and an acknowledgement letter will be sent to a person of your choice.  Names received by Wednesday, November 25 will be included in the printed program.  Click here to donate. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Penny Gladhill at 301-990-8904 or pennyg@hospicecaring.org.
  • Silver Spoon Kabobs is currently showcasing art work created by local artists. They let the artists price the art & frame the pieces as well. Silver Spoon trains their servers to tell customers about the artists and the art work; as well as post the pieces on their Facebook page. 100% of the profits are returned to the artists. Silver Spoon would like to get more locals involved and spread their talents! So if you know of any artists looking to showcase their work, contact Aysha at 301-990-6868. And if you are interested in purchasing a new piece for your office or home, stop by and see them and grab something to eat at 18530 Woodfield Road in Gaithersburg.  
  • The annual Barnesville Basement will be held on October 24 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm and October 25 from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm at Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences. Barnesville School families and friends donate an entire gymnasium full of nearly new and gently used items including adult and children's clothing, gardening tools, furniture, books, toys, sports equipment, pet supplies, housewares and more. The Barnesville Basement sale takes place at The Barnesville School,21830 Peach Tree Road, Barnesville.
  • Are you looking for educated, dependable, and skilled entry-level employees? The Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County, Kaplan University, and Cornerstone Montgomery are a hosting a free job fair on Thursday, November 12th where you will find your next all-star employees. Please share this with your HR department or contact Sarah Burnett at the Corporate Volunteer Council at 240.292.9282 or sburnett@cvc-mc.org before October 23rd to learn more and secure your spot for this event.
  • Montgomery County Councilmember's Craig Rice and Sidney Katz will host a Town Hall Meeting for the community on Wednesday, October 21 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Quince Orchard High School, 15800 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg. Come and discuss what’s important to you and the community. Questions? Call 240-777-7955 / 240-777-7906 or email: councilmember.rice@montgomerycountymd.gov and councilmember.katz@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Gaithersburg City Meet the Candidates Over Coffee 

 The Gaithersburg-Germantown will host a "Meet the Candidates" Coffee &  Conversations in light of the upcoming Gaithersburg City Election on  Tuesday, November 3, 2015.
 
GGCC Members are invited to join us on Thursday, October 22 at Corner Bakery and Meet the Candidates.
 
This is a great opportunity for our members and local businesses to talk with the candidates about their concerns. The format will be opening remarks from candidates and then an opportunity to mix and mingle with them over a cup-o-joe.
 
When: Thursday, October 22, 2015 8:00- 9:30 AM
Where: Corner Bakery Café, One Grand Corner Avenue, Gaithersburg

Invited Candidates Include:
For Mayor:
-Jud Ashman
-Henry Marraffa
-Darlene Bell-Zuccarelli  

For Council:
-Neil Harris
-Laurie Anne-Sayles
-Ryan Spiegel
-Robert Wu

Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Join us at our biggest bash of the year the "Annual Celebration Dinner and Awards Ceremony - Celebrating 66 Years!"

When: Thursday, December 03, 2015 
Time: 6:00-10:00 pm
Where: Holiday Inn Gaithersburg, 2 Montgomery Village Avenue, Gaithersburg (NEW VENUE!)


The evening events include:
  • The installation of the 2016 Board of Directors
  • Silent auction
  • Dinner
  • Music
  • Presentation of the Annual “You Made a Difference Award”
  • Announcement of the “9th Annual Small Business of the Year” award
  • Announcement of the "3rd Annual Young Professional of the Year” award
  • The awarding of the Montgomery College Scholarships funded by GGCC Businesses to Montgomery College students
Sponsor / Register Now, Click HERE

Thank You To Our Sponsors!


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City of Gaithersburg. 

Do You Have A Success Story?

The GGCC is Looking for your Business and GGCC Member Partnership Success Stories!
 
Have you received a contract or business because you are a GGCC Member? Or perhaps a GGCC Member introduced you to someone that led to that "big deal"? Or do just love the GGCC and it has helped you in a different way and you would like to share that with the membership? Send us your success story and we will feature your business on our social media sites or pick your story to be a featured presentation at one of our upcoming events.  Email lrowles@ggchamber.org.

October is Bring a Friend Month at the GGCC

Everything is better when you bring your friends. We encourage you to bring a friend to our networking events in the month of October - October 1 through October 31. The more the merrier!

Visit our events calendar to check out or fantastic October events, click here now to get started.

Advance registration is requested for all GGCC events. Any questions or concerns,, please contact Laura at lrowles@ggchamber.org
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You Could be the GGCC Young Professional of the Year? 

ATTENTION YOUNG PROFESSIONALS: You are cordially invited to submit an application for the GGCC’s 3rd 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, 63, 2015, 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.  

Are You the 2015 Small Business of the Year? 

You are cordially invited to submit an application for the GGCC’s 9th 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 6, 2015, 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. 

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:

Millstone at Kingsview: $250 Security Deposit Waived
Molly Maid of Gaithersburg West: 10%
Montgomery Country Club: 10%

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

Chamber Ireland Trip

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce invites members of the chamber and the community to experience the true Ireland Culture March 15, 2016.

The GGCC will be offering a fully escorted tour of “Emerald Island”. Come and discover the wonder of Ireland. It’s rolling mountains, windswept bogs, plummeting coastline cliffs, thriving rivers, seaweed-strewn fjords and lush valleys contribute to Ireland’s beautiful and dramatic landscape, famous the world over making Ireland a great place to visit.

Ireland has much to offer everyone. From storybook castles to magnificent gardens, wide open spaces to the bustle of international cities, breathtaking natural scenery to man-made megalithic structures, Ireland opens her arms and welcomes you to explore her ancient sites, traverse her green fields and discover her treasures. But the real joy of Ireland lies in the friendliness of the people, the warmth of their welcome, and the ease with which they make you feel at home.

For more information or to register, click here or contact the Chamber at (301) 840-1400.

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Come & Discover Emerald Island: Best of Ireland Info Session
Join us at an information session presented by CI Destinations and learn about the (9) day "Best of Ireland" excursion that include visits to Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Dublin and more! 
When: Thursday, November 05, 2015 
Time: 8:00-09:00 am
Where: Homewood Suites, 805 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg 
Register Now, Click Here
 
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