Business Card Exchange Lunch Wednesday!

Join us for lunch at Carrabba's Italian Grill on Wednesday, October 28, starting at 11:30 am. Carrabba's is known for its wood-burning grill, inspired by the many tasters of Italy. Don’t miss this opportunity to network and expand your business! Come share leads and discuss current trends that will help you succeed and stay on top of your industry. Bring your elevator speech, your business cards, a smile and a desire to make the most out of our time together. Come and enjoy a delicious lunch and get ready to expand your network too! 

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

Monday, November 2
Where:  Executive Office Building Auditorium, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville
Wednesday, November 4
Cost: Free for All
Where: C2 Education, 816 Muddy Branch Road, Gaithersburg

Friday, November 6
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Women Balancing Life & Business Committee
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Topic: Creating Successful Internships: Strategies for Business Owners
Where:  GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg
Monday, November 9
12:00-1:30 pm
GGCC Business Roundtable with Comptroller Peter Franchot
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Where:  GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, 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
Wednesday, November 11
12:00-1:00 pm
Events Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Where:  GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Friday, November 13
10:00-11:00 am
Celebration Dinner Committee Meeting #2
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Where:  GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Tuesday, November 17
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Topic: TBDT
Where:  Montgomery College Germantown Campus Paul Peck Building (Goldenrod Bldg), 20271 Goldenrod Lane Room 105, Germantown

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

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

Saturday, November 28

Small Business Saturday!
Small Business Saturday®: one of the biggest days of the year for your local small businesses! In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help business owners with their most pressing need - getting more customers. Four years later, the day continues to rally shoppers nationwide to support local small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The GGCC is proud to support Small Business Saturday® and encourages you to "shop small, shop local"! 

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
Where: Holiday Inn Gaithersburg, 2 Montgomery Village Avenue, Gaithersburg
See all the upcoming events at:

September New Members 

Please help us welcome our new members who joined during the month of September. 
Digital Office Products
List 4 Less, LLC / VIP Realtor
Miracle-Ear Hearing Aid Center
Navy Federal Credit Union
NIFLO Home Healthcare
RPAI US Management, LLC
Silver Spoon Kabobs Restaurant
Strat Plan Guy

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 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
  • CONGRATULATIONS to Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center who received the 2015 Platinum Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG. This distinction recognizes the hospitals' success caring for heart attack patients. Read more at:
  • CONGRATULATIONS to Vira Safai, Comfort Inn Shady Grove, who was the recipient of Visit Montgomery The William E. Hanna Award. The leadership award recognizes an individual or organization whose innovation, expertise and energy serves as inspiration for others in the tourism industry. Vira  has served the community for the past three decades and has served as a mentor for high school and college students, providing scholarships to pursue higher education
  • 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.
  • Pinky & Pepe's Grape Escape will be hosting a Spire Collection Wine Dinner on Sunday, November, 1 at 2:30 pm at Boulevard Tavern, 311 Kentlands Boulevard in Gaithersburg. The cost is $99/person (tax and gratuity are not included).  For further details and/or to register, call (301) 869-9463. 
  • Wednesday, October 28th at 6:30 pm Fleet Feet Sports of Gaithersburg will be partnering up with Markoff's Haunted Forest and Yelp! for the Halloween Fun Run and Walk. This year's event is entitled-  "Kentlands Horror Story | Freakshow on the Lake" (will be loosely based off of the popular TV show - American Horror Story). Runners and walkers of all ages, experience levels and paces will meet at Fleet Feet Sports and head out on a run/walk through the haunts of the Kentlands area. For more information visit:
  • Halloween-themed flights and cocktails so good it's scary are now available at the Old Town Pour House. It's kind of like trick-or-treating... but ya know, for adults. The Old Town Pour House is located at 212 Ellington Boulevard in Gaithersburg. For more information, click here
  • Apex Home Loans, Inc. will host a Gala Concert featuring the Classic Rock Band Styx on November 10 at the Music Center at Strathmore. The concert benefits the non-profit organization, Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children. For further details and/or to purchase tickets, click here.
  • Just in time for their 50th birthday, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington announces the relaunch of They hope you'll take a few minutes to explore and connect with them. 
  • BlackRock Center for the Arts continues their multi-year commitment to presenting contemporary circus with two performances of A Simple Space, created by Australian acrobatics ensemble Gravity & Other Myths, this November. A Simple Space will be performed on Saturday, November 14 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, November 15 at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $18-$40 and are currently on sale through the BlackRock box office in person, online at, or over the phone by calling 240.912.1058.
  • Have your burger and candy too. When you dine in for lunch on October 31st, you will get a free candy stuffed pint glass with your entree at Dogfish Head Alehouse. They open at 11am and it's while supplies last. Dogfish is located at 800 West Diamond Avenue in Gaithersburg.
  • 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: 
  • Join the Kentlands Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa to help them celebrate their one year anniversary on Thursday, October 29 from 6:00-8:00 pm and help support a great cause: Critters For The Cure - Confronting Cancer. One Woman at a Time. Hand and Stone Massage is located at 217 Kentlands Boulevard in Gaithersburg. 
  • 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
  • LifeWork Strategies presents their October 2015 Webinar - Nutrition for Cancer Prevention on Thursday October 29, from 2:00-3:00 pm. Let’s prevent cancer! Attend this training to learn about cancer statistics and methods of prevention.  You will leave this presentation aware of the benefits of foods with phytonutrients and how to change additional lifestyle habits to improve your health. To register, click here.
  • 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
  • Enroll today at C2 Education and receive a 25% discount on tuition. Includes a free diagnostic assessment. For further details, visit: or call 240-813-9509. 
  • TLC’s (The Treatment & Learning Centers) 5K/1M King of the Road Race will be held on Sunday, November 15th. 5K race/1M Fun Run begins at 9:00 am. Cost: before 10/31 - $40 after 10/31 -$45. Course begins at TLC’s Katherine Thomas School – and runs around Medical Center Campus. For further information, visit: 
  • The Rotary Club of Gaithersburg will celebrate its 49th birthday at 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 5th, at the Courtyard by Marriott in Washingtonian Center. A trio of comedians will will guarantee a joyful evening. For more information, visit: 
  • Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union presents Small Business University with featured presenter Montgomery County Council Member Nancy Navarro on Thursday November 19 from 7:00-8:30 am at Montgomery Community Media, 7548 Standish Place in Rockville. This month's featured topic is Montgomery County's Small Business Assistance Program, Learning how to get the most out of what MoCo has to offer. For further details and/or to register, click here.
  • Save the Date for the Rio's Holiday Tree Lighting on Friday, November 20 from 6-8:00 pm. Join them on the Lakefront Plaza (near Uncle Julio's and Joe's Crab Shack) as they kick-off the holiday season with their annual tree lighting celebration. Family-friendly events and activities including: meet Santa & Mrs. Claus; samples from restaurants and shops; strolling holiday entertainment; horse and carriage rides and giveaways and more. for more information, click here.

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!

City of Gaithersburg. 

Monument Bank

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center

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 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 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 301.840.1400 x14. 

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

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:

Montgomery Village Foundation, Inc.: 10%
Morton’s Towing & Recovery, Inc.: 10%
Moyer & Sons Moving and Storage, Inc.: Call for Details

View all the discounts at:

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
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