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Happy Valentine's Day from All of us at the GGCC! Surprise your loved one with dinner and drinks at their favorite GGCC restaurant,a gorgeous piece of jewelry, or a delicious bundt cake or some ice cream, their favorite bottle of red, some new outdoor furniture and more. We have members for all of this. You can find them in our membership directory, click here
 
Wednesday, February 15
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Topic: Gaithersburg Update
Speakers: Tom Lonergan, Director of Economic Development and John Schlichting, Director of Planning, City of Gaithersburg
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Where:  Montgomery College Germantown Campus Paul Peck Building (Goldenrod Bldg), 20271 Goldenrod Lane Room 105, Germantown

Thursday, February 16
12:00-1:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Celebration Art Glass
Cost:
 Free for All business folks. Advance registration requested.
Where: Celebration Art Glass, 18247-A Flower Hill Way, Gaithersburg

Thursday, February 16
8:00-9:00 am
Membership Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS ONLY
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Thursday, February 16
1:00-2:00 pm
Chamber Energy Co-op Program Webinar
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS ONLY
Register: To participate you must register in-advance for any of the above webinars. 
 
Wednesday, February 22
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Business Card Exchange Lunch
Cost: $20 Members & First-Time Non-Members / $40 Returning Non-Members
Where: Senor Tequila's, 20021 Century Boulevard, Germantown

Thursday, February 23
1:00-2:00 pm
Chamber Energy Co-op Program Webinar
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS ONLY
Register: To participate you must register in-advance for any of the above webinars. 

Tuesday, February 28
8:00-9:00 am
Coffee & Conversation with the GGCC
Cost:
 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

Tuesday, March 7
7:30-9:00 am
BNBN: Montgomery Village Rotary Club with Special Guest Sidney Katz
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership; NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: Homewood Suites, 805 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg 

Wednesday, March 8
12:00-1:00 pm
Events Committee Meeting
Cost:
 GGCC MEMBERS ONLY
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Friday, March 10
8:00-9:30 am
New Member Orientation
Cost:
 GGCC MEMBERS ONLY
Where: Homewood Suites, 805 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg 

Thursday, March 16
5:30-7:30 pm
BNAF: Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership; NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, 106 Crown Park Avenue, Gaithersburg

Thursday, March 23
4:30-6:00 pm
Young Professionals Group Happy Hour
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership; NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: Barking Mad Café, 239 Spectrum Avenue, Gaithersburg

Thursday, March 30
8:00-9:00 am
Italy Trip Information Session
Cost: Free, Advance Registration is required
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Tuesday, April 4
7:45-10:00 am
BIG Data for Business! Seminar
Cost:
 $20 Chamber Members / $30 Non-Members
Where: Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, 9605 Medical Center Drive, Room 121, Rockville 

We want to extend a warm welcome to members who have joined the Chamber in recent weeks. We're happy to have you as members!
Happy Anniversary to this Chamber Member; celebrating 10 years this past January. Happy Anniversary to these Chamber Members; celebrating 15 years this past January.
  • Congratulations to Holy Cross Hospital who has received the Healthgrades 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, placing their hospital in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for quality care. Holy Cross Hospital also received the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award for three years in a row, an honor that recognizes their employees and physicians for delivering safe, comprehensive and consistent quality care every day.
  • Congratulations to City of Gaithersburg Councilmember Michael Sesma who was recognized by the Maryland Municipal League President Mayor Tracy Gant for his service to the organization. Sesma served on the MML Board of Directors in 2016, and was an important conduit between MML and the National League of Cities, an organization in which Sesma has been active since 2007.
  • Congratulations to the Plamondon Companies Kristin Meurer, Accounting Manager for the hotel division from Frederick who received the Co-President’s Pride Award & General Manager and Manager of the Year awards - Amanda Rankin, General Manager, SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Hagerstown; Brian Bradford, General Manager, Ranson Roy Rogers, Ranson, Virginia; and Roger Murray, Assistant Manager, Valley Plaza Roy Rogers, Hagerstown - all were awarded at the annual management dinner and awards program.  
  • Don't miss Barking Mad Cafe chef's exclusive Valentine's Day dinner menu for $39.95 per person. Dinner includes your choice of cocktail, starter, salad, entree, dessert, and coffee/tea. Space is limited, call Barking Mad Café at 240-297-6230 or click here to make a reservation on opentable.com.
  • The Hospice Caring Concert for Caring will be held on Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 pm at the Rockville Elks Lodge #15, 5 Taft Court , Rockville. For details and/or tickets, click here.
  • Adventist HealthCare has partnered with Nando's Peri Peri Chicken in Gaithersburg to offer a Heart Healthy Menu during Heart Month. Enter to win a $25 gift card to Nando’s when you take their fast and free Heart Risk Assessment in February.
  • Join Bruster's Real Ice Cream for their Customer Appreciation Day 2017 - PJ Saturday on March 25 or 26 between 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Wear your PJ's to the store and get a free single scoop waffle cone filled with your choice of their fresh homemade ice cream. Bruster's is located at 18519 N. Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg. 
  • Join 8 Montgomery County and Maryland breweries, including GGCC Member Waredaca Brewing Company, for an outdoor beer festival hosted by another GGCC Member Dogfish Head Alehouse - Gaithersburg on Saturday, April 22 from 1-4:00 pm. Details, click here.
  • The Melting Pot of Gaithersburg has been helping their guests make memories for 25 years. They invite you to re-live those memories and help make new ones while enjoying a three-course menu of their guests favorites on February 22 or 23 for $25.25 per person. View details, click here.
  • Give exquisitely this Valentine’s Day with a gift from Lindt. Enjoy 20% Off boxed chocolates now through Tuesday, 2/14. They are located at 3 Grand Corner Avenue in Gaithersburg. 
  • Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy has a special President’s Day show - the Stories of Dr. Seuss - on February 20 at 11:00 AM at Gaithersburg Arts on the Green, 311 Kent Square Rd, Gaithersburg. Come experience Dr. Seuss stories come to life through dance, performed by the Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble. Afterward, celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with activities and snacks provided by Zoës Kitchen.Tickets are $12, to purchase, click here.
  • Have a friend, acquaintance, or business looking for space? Someone you know who would benefit from being at Launch Workplaces?  Receive up to $500 on a signed contract of 90 days or more. Submit a referral to Mark McMahon or by calling (301) 232-3301.
  • Register to attend an upcoming Universities at Shady Grove undergraduate on April 22 at 8:30 am and/or graduate open house on March 2 at 6:00 pm.
  • February 22 is Margarita Day - Mark Your Calendars. Treat yourself to a Margarita at Chamber Members Senor Tequila's or at the Holiday Inn's Harvest Plates and Pints where they are serving $3 margaritas with all you can eat chips and queso.
  • The Greene Turtle Germantown‎ has a special Valentine's Day dinner for two menu for $39.95. Call 240-686-1800 for details or click here
  • Celebrate Valentine's Day when you choose from a wide variety of freshly made, beautiful arrangements and plants from the Wegmans Floral Department. They are located at 20600 Seneca Meadows Parkway in Germantown. To view their floral services online, click here
  • The City of Gaithersburg, in partnership with Rio Washingtonian Center, will host the 17th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 11, at Rio Washingtonian Center (I-370 and Washingtonian Boulevard). Interested in participating? Community groups and other organizations are invited to march in the parade. Registration deadline is February 18. A participant application form is available on the City’s website. If you are interested in participating as a vendor, please e-mail Laurie Yankowski at lyankowski@petersoncos.com. 
  • Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has announced that nominations are being accepted for the Montgomery Serves and the Neal Potter Path of Achievement awards, to honor some of the County’s most dedicated volunteers. Nominations for all categories will be accepted through Friday, February 24 at 5:00 pm. Additional information and nomination forms can be found at www.montgomeryserves.org, by calling the Montgomery County Volunteer Center at 240-777-2600 / serviceawards@montgomerycountymd.gov. All three awards will be presented on Monday, April 24 at 6:30 pm. 

BIG Data for Business! The Can't Miss Seminar of 2017

You are cordially invited to join us on Tuesday, April 4 for the BIG Data for Business! Seminar sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus & M&T Bank. The amount of data out there is incredible, and it just keeps growing. It’s what organizations do with the data that matters. Big data can be analyzed for insights that lead to better decisions and strategic conception. What does that mean for businesses? How can they make better use of the information that flows into their organizations every day? 

BIG Data – and the way organizations manage and derive insight from it – is changing the way the world uses business information. We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker will be Alton Henley, Sr. Program Director at Montgomery College, Workforce Development & Continuing Education. He is expert in the area of data and data analytics.

Who Should Attend:
Some ask does BIG Data have a place in SMALL business? There are almost 28 million small businesses in the U.S., and more than 50% of the working population work in a small business. So we would say yes, BIG Data is suited to small business in ways that it never was for big business. And BIG Data is helpful for medium and large businesses alike. This seminar is for EVERYONE! Small, medium, large businesses, business owners, non-profits. sales, marketing, EVERYONE

About the Seminar:
  • What is #BigData / Data Analytics? What can it do?
  • What data should I be gathering and how? (internal / public domain / commercial data)
  • I have the data, now what do I do with it? (data-driven decision making)
  • How does this impact my product, marketing, target market?
  • How to find the information I need without getting swallowed up?
  • What are 3 – 5 takeaways that I can start using in my own business
This seminar will help us answer questions like:
  • If we take data from any source and analyze how can it help with product development and smart decision making?
And can all of this BIG Data and its analysis help answer these questions:
  • What will this customer buy next?
  • What is the potential value of this customer?
  • How influential is a person?
  • How can we engage with a person through products and services that the customer has not yet thought of?
When: Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM thru 10:00 AM
Cost: $20 Chamber Members /$30 Non-Members

              

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:
ENNIS Legacy Partners: 10%
Evolution Oral Surgery, LLC: Call for Details
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott: 10%
               
View all the discounts at: http://www.ggchamber.org/membership/member-to-member-discount/

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).
 

Power in Numbers: The Chamber Energy Co-op Program Webinar

CQI Associates is providing an informational webinar discussing the Energy Co-op and how it compares to others options. If you have been bombarded with mail, phone calls or door knocks from individuals seeking to switch you to another energy supplier this webinar is for you. If you are seeking ways to reduce your operational expenses, this webinar is for you. If you are confused or have questions preventing you from making a decision, this webinar is for you.
 
Webinars will be held February 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm and February 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm. To participate you must register in-advance for any of the above webinars. Simply go directly to the CQI Associates home page at www.cqiassociates.com and click on the date that you want to participate and follow the steps to RSVP. 

If you have any questions feel free to contact Joe Tabeling at 443-472-3870.

FYI: The application deadline for the Chamber of Commerce Energy Purchasing Cooperative program is Tuesday February 28, 2017.
 
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