The fourth seminar in the GGCC Entrepreneur Breakfast series – “Evolution is Essential for Entrepreneurs - Are you sure you are heading in the right direction?" will be held on Thursday, October 13 from 7:45-9:30 am at the Montgomery College, BioScience Education Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown. Cost: $20.

The morning will begin with a keynote speaker, followed by a panel discussion of entrepreneurs.

We are searching for a title sponsor? Interested? Let us know at 

For further details and/or to register for this great breakfast visit:

Tuesday, September 20
5:00-6:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting: Pieology Pizzeria
Cost: FREE. Advance Registration Requested.
Where: Pieology Pizzeria, 15780 Shady Grove Road, Gaithersburg 

Wednesday, September 21
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, September 21
5:00-7:00 pm
An Evening of Networking: Joint with the Frederick Chamber
Cost: Free. GGCC & FCC Members Only!
Where: Comus Inn, 23900 Old Hundred Road, Dickerson
Wednesday, September 28
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: Buca di Beppo, 122 Kentlands Boulevard, Gaithersburg

Thursday, September 29
5:30-7:30 pm
Regional Young Professional Group Happy Hour
Cost: Free. Open to Young Professional's Only (21-40). Advance registration is requested. Register at:
Where: Miller's Ale House, 1471 Rockville Pike, Rockville

October TBD
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, October 13
7:45-9:30 am
GGCC Entrepreneur Breakfast Series: Evolution is Essential for Entrepreneurs
Cost: $20
Where: Montgomery College, BioScience Education Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown

Tuesday, October 18
7:30-9:00 am
Business Networking Before Nine
Cost: GCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership); NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy, 220 Perry Parkway, Suite 8, Gaithersburg
Cost: Free with a $10(or more) donation to the Montgomery County Coalition to Homeless
Where: Union Jack's, 9811 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg

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
Cost: GOOGLE is working with business organizations everywhere to help businesses get online because they grow 40% faster than those that aren't. And when businesses grow, everyone wins! Join us for the “Google My Business” presentation, as it is immediately applicable, very productive in terms of rapid response and ease of use. This is something almost most of us are not doing effectively. For more details, see the event description. 
Cost: Free. Limited Space. Advance Registration Required, 
Where: GGCC, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

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  • Vira Safai, managing partner of the Comfort Inn Gaithersburg, has volunteered to help the University of Maryland Eastern Shore modernize its lodging options. Safai will transfer to UMES roughly enough hotel furnishings for 100 rooms this fall. UMES officials have big plans for the gift worth an estimated $200,000.The donation includes lamps, art work and furniture known as case goods – dressers, tables and desks – as well as some mattresses, upholstered seating and chairs.Great job Comfort Inn!! 
  • Congratulations to Gaithersburg City Council Vice President Mike Sesma, Council Member Ryan Spiegel and Director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture Michele Potter, who have each been elected to a one year term on the 31-member Board of Directors of the Maryland Municipal League (MML). For more information on the MML visit
  • CONGRATS to Gaithersburg City Council Member Ryan Spiegel was recently named to represent Gaithersburg on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG or COG) Board of Directors. Council Member Spiegel has served on MWCOG’s Climate, Energy & Environment Policy Committee since 2010 and on the Metropolitan Development Policy Committee since 2008. Great job Ryan! 
  • Pinky & Pepe's Grape Escape will host a "12 Wines 12 Dishes" Dinner on Sunday, October 16 at 2:00 pm at Il Porto Restaurant. Dinner items include: stuffed mushrooms with crab meat, gratinated mussels, lobster ravioli, gnocchi pesto and more. Wines include: Siema Prosecco, Isola Bianca, Tati Rose, Evolucio Furmint, Campo Buri, Azul Reserve, Pico Gonzaga and more.Tickets are $55/person (plus tax and gratuity). For further details and/or to reserve your spot, contact Pinky at: 301-869-WINE (9463). 
  • Join Waredaca Brewing Company for a Pop Up at the Takoma Park Farmers market on Sunday, September 25 between 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.! Bring your growlers to fill. The farmers market is located at Laurel and Carroll Avenues in Takoma Park. \
  • Councilmember Craig Rice is hosting a county wide Agricultural Reserve meeting on October 10 at 6:30 pm at The Universities of Shady Grove (9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville) Building II: Bethesda/Gaithersburg Meeting Room. Come find out more about the Agricultural Reserve – a unique treasure in Montgomery County bringing local food production from our farms directly to your table. Questions, call 240-777-7955.
  • In an effort to ensure the community is safe in the event of an emergency, the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus and other local and federal agencies are working together to bring the second annual Emergency Preparedness Fair to the Rockville campus. The Emergency Preparedness Fair is scheduled for 11:00 am - 2:00 pm on  Wednesday, September 21. For more information, click here
  • Life Time Athletic is hosting a big event at the preview center on Saturday, September 24. It will be catered by Wegmans and they will have tentative group fitness and kids academy schedules. Come and meet some of the department heads and the folks who run the club. You don’t have to be a member to come by, but you would need to RSVP with Ivan Souvorov at 240.780.2773. 
  • Beginning October 1, 2016, Righttime Medical Care Centers will have new hours, from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, 365 days a year. To learn more about Righttime visit:
  • Join Blue Mash Golf Course for a free outing seminar on Wednesday, October 5th, with Golf Tournament Association of America President Phil Immordino. Any and all past, present, or future golf outing coordinators are invited to attend. Start the day with continental breakfast, followed by the seminar, then lunch and networking. Next, you’re invited to tee it up for 9 or 18 holes on our Arthur Hills-designed course. Or, if you’re not a golfer, you’re welcomed to take a cart and tour the course. Click here for details and RSVP information.
  • The Montgomery Village Foundation Great Pumpkin Race - a unique side-by-side, single elimination race featuring handcrafted, decorated pumpkin race cars - will be held on Saturday, October 15 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the North Creek Community Center, 20125 Arrowhead Road in Montgomery Village. The Pumpkin Race caps off the fall festival events, including live music, great food, and plenty of children's activities during this family centered day. If you are interested in participating as a vendor at this event, contact Humberto Benitez at 240-243-2359.
  • Visit your local Lindt Chocolate Shop, 3 Grand Corner Avenue in Gaithersburg, and enter their "Spice Up Your Fall" sweepstakes for a chance to win one of 14 prizes. Each winner will receive a fall assortment of Lindt Chocolate valued at $200. Contest runs 9/15/16 – 10/10/16. Entries sent through or via email are not valid. 
  • Oktoberfest is right around the corner and Old Town Pour House is celebrating by serving up some delicious German inspired dishes, and tapping some of their favorite Oktoberfest brews. Celebrate Oktoberfest at 212 Ellington Boulevard in Gaithersburg September 17-October 3. To view the specials, click here
  • BlackRock Center for the Arts entertainment all starts in September. Classes start September 13 & shows, September 23. For more information on what's happening on stage, in the classroom or in the gallery, check out their fall ENews letter, click here
  • Nominations for the Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County's Community Service Awards are being accepted until September 23. Awards are open to businesses of all sizes and recognize employee volunteer and community involvement programs at various stages of their evolution. For more information, click here.
  • The Treatment and Learning Centers’ Annual Fall Luncheon will be held on Thursday,October 13 from 12-1:30 pm at the Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, 9751 Washingtonian Boulevard, Gaithersburg. $85 per person. This event is a great way to learn more about TLC and to help support our mission to improve lives and expand possibilities for individuals with special needs. For more info. / tickets, click here
  • Join Hospice Caring, Inc. on Tuesday, September 20 from 7-9:30 pm at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, for a free screening and discussion of the PBS FRONTLINE film Being Mortal. Based on the best-selling book by Atul Gawande, MD, this documentary explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the physicians who treat them. To register, click here.
  • Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland (HFHMM) will launch its Pride Build 2016,  a specialty build in which HFHMM celebrates Montgomery & Prince George's County diversity by bringing together the LGBTQA community and friends to rehabilitate a distressed home in Prince George's County. You can them for Pride Build 2016, which spans over the course of two weeks from 10/15/2016 - 10/29/2016. For further details, click here.

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 until 10/28)
  • GGCC Member / Spouse / Guest Ticket Per Person: $125

Mandatory Sick Leave Begins October 1


An employee must accrue paid leave before accruing unpaid leave in a calendar year. Earned paid sick and safe leave must accrue at a rate of at least 1 hour for every 30 hours an employee works in the County.

Employers are also required to post this information in your workplace. For the poster, click here.

Additional information can be found, click here.

Fall Energy Co-Op Campaign

As part of an ongoing effort to provide value to our members, the Chamber has partnered with energy experts CQI Associates to offer you the services of the Commercial Energy Co-op. We are happy to announce the Fall 2016 enrollment campaign is underway. 

Joining the Chamber's Energy Co-op Program provides: 
  • Increased Purchasing Power in procuring competitive electric and natural gas rates.
  • Eliminates the need to ‘go through it alone’.
  • Budget Stability by offering Fixed Rate energy supply costs.
  • Year round Customer Support through energy experts CQI Associates.  

To the GGCC Members currently in the Commercial Energy Cooperative Program 2016 Spring Campaign with contracts ending September 2017, we would like to thank you for your continued support of the program. The strategic partnership between the Chamber and CQI Associates has resulted in providing members lower energy cost and long term budget stability since the program inception in 2004. This is your reminder to renew your current contract.

To familiarize everyone with the program, CQI Associates will be hosting webinars on the following days:
  • September 20, 2016 - 11:00 am
  • September 28, 2016 - 1:00 pm
To participate in the webinar register in-advance at and click on the date that you want to participate and follow the steps to RSVP.

FYI: There is NO FEE to join the Co-op and one application covers ALL of your electricity and natural gas accounts for ALL locations.

If you have any questions contact Joe Tabeling with CQI Associates at or call 443-472-3870.

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:

Residence Inn Gaithersburg: 10%
Rio Sport & Health Club: Call for Details
Roper & Roper, CPAs: 10%

View all the discounts at:
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