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Wednesday, April 13
12:00-1:00 pm
Events Committee Meeting
Cost
: GGCC Members Only
Where:  GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Friday, April 15
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Damascus Community Bank
Cost: FREE for all, advance registration requested.
Where: Damascus Community Bank, 7601-I Airpark Road, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, April 20
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Topic: Montgomery County's Comprehensive Economic Strategy Update - A Blueprint for Greater Economic Vitality 
Speaker: Lily Qi, Office of the County Executive
Where:  Montgomery College Germantown Campus Paul Peck Building (Goldenrod Bldg), 20271 Goldenrod Lane Room 105, Germantown

Thursday, April 21
5:30-7:30 pm
Business Networking After Five
Why You Should Come:
1.Catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill
2.Beer and Wine
3.Door prizes
4.Photos with props

Cost: GGCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership); NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
WhereMontgomery County EFCU, 19785 Crystal Rock Drive, Suite 201, Germantown 

Thursday, April 21
8:00-9:00 am
Membership Committee Meeting
Cost
: GGCC Members Only
Where:  GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Monday, April 25
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Evolution Oral Surgery, LLC
Cost: FREE for all, advance registration requested.
Where: Evolution Oral Surgery, LLC, 19851 Observation Drive, Suite 320, Germantown 
 
Wednesday, April 27
11:30 am- 1:00 pm

Business Card Exchange Lunch
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS & First-Time Non-Members: $20. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
WhereHomewood Suites, 805 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg 

Thursday, April 28
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Golf Committee Meeting
Cost
: GGCC Members Only
Where:  GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, May 4
5:00-7:00 pm
Networking Picnic in Partnership with the Young Professional Group
Cost
: $30, GGCC Members / $40,Non-Members
Where: Smokey Glen Farm, 16407 Riffle Ford Road, Gaithersburg

Tuesday, May 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 $40.
WhereDamascus Community Bank, 7601-I Airpark Road, Gaithersburg 
 
Thursday, May 19
5:30-7:30 pm
13th Annual Wine Tasting
Cost: Tickets are $35 for GGCC Members & First-Time Visitors; and $65 for Returning Non-Members.
WhereKentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg,

See all the upcoming events at: www.ggchamber.org/events

  • Dogfish Head Alehouse will be donating 15% of the day’s proceeds to the Gaithersburg Police Foundation on Tuesday, May 17. The public is encouraged to drop by any time between 11:00 am - 11:00 pm to dine and an opportunity to meet the members of the Gaithersburg Police Department and the Gaithersburg Police Foundation, whose board members will be on hand throughout the event.For more information contact Chris O’Brien, Foundation Chairperson, at gaithersburgpf@gmail.com.
  • MedImmune & Johns Hopkins University have launched a new training program for PhD students. The Johns Hopkins-MedImmune Scholars Program will prepare JHU graduate students for careers in the biomedical workforce. Read more, click here.
  • Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center has again earned full Chest Pain Center with PCI Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). CONGRATULATIONS! Read more, click here
  • Wegmans can help make shopping fun, exciting, and most importantly, affordable through a new free program. The program has three tiers:  Membership (this card will give your team shoppers club discounts and systemized tax exemption - where applicable) Paper Check Payment Card (allow paper business checks as a form of payment at Wegmans) and In House Credit (attach a no interest/no fee credit line to your card so that your team can pay with the card, and help streamline reimbursements for your organization). For more information contact Joe Lamont at joseph.lamontIII@wegmans.com.
  • It's National Cheese Fondue Day! Celebrate at the The Melting Pot Gaithersburg The Melting Pot has been known to celebrate National Cheese Fondue Day with highly-coveted special offers for fondue fanatics. Make sure that you've signed up for Club Fondue to stay in the know. Follow The Melting Pot on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for even more cheesy fun.For further details, call them at 301.519.3638.
  • Worthington Manor Golf Club will host its 9th U.S. Open Qualifier – notably for a second year in a row. Since their first full season in 1999, Worthington Manor has played host to 16 qualifiers of prestigious USGA national championships including U.S. Amateurs, U.S. Mid-Amateur, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Public Links Championship. In fact, Worthington Manor is the only Maryland golf club that has hosted each of the USGA Men’s Qualifiers. Congrats!
  • The Holiday Inn Express & Suites has partnered with the American Red Cross to hold an "In Memory of” blood drive on May 12. The blood drive is in memory of the mother of Matthew Hermanson, President of the Germantown Volunteer Fire Department. If you would like to donate, please register in advance at: www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass
    Select- make a blood donation appointment
    Enter zip code 20876
    Enter drive date 5/12/2016
    Select Holiday Inn Express Germantown
  • Gaithersburg High School needs career fair professionals willing to share their expertise with students on April 14 from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm at their Health & Career Expo. In interested, contact Kim Curtis at kim_curtis@mcpsmd.org.
  • If you’ve ever dreamed about writing a best-selling mystery, the great American novel, children’s books or your own memoir, or wondered how to get your poetry published, you won’t want to miss the 7th Annual Gaithersburg Book Festival. In partnership with The Writer’s Center, the Festival will host a series of free writing workshops on Saturday, May 21, from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm on the grounds of City Hall. For more information about the workshops, the presenters and the schedule, including additional workshops geared to younger writers, please visit the Workshop page of the GBF website.
  • Want to really spoil Mom? Celebrate Mother's Day at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Downtown Crown. They are open early on Mother's Day, May 8. To make a reservation, click here.
  • M&T Bank announces that registration for the 2016 Clarksburg 5k Run, 5k Walk, and Kids Fun Run is now open. The games are back. The prizes galore are back. Plus some new stuff, so stay tuned. The race is set for Saturday, April 16 at 7:15 am. Sign up and register today at clarksburg5k@msn.com. 
    Attention fellow GGCC Members,
  • Comcast Spotlight is providing your business the opportunity to advertise during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Comcast Spotlight allows businesses to geographically target customers on TV & digital platforms, to the areas that matter most to your business. The offer allows you to select the zones that would best reach potential customers, during one of the most watched events of the year. In addition, this campaign will include production, using stock video footage and voice overs. Click here for more details.
  • BUSINESSES WANTED! Join the Frederick Keys on Monday, May 16th  for Business & Baseball, a 9 inning networking event. During the game, the Keys will be holding a job fair during the game. The goal of the night is to put as many actively hiring and recruiting companies, face-to-face with as many job seekers as possible. Additionally, the first 100 people to email their resume to the Keys will have their resume distributed to all participating companies. Therefore, companies may walk into the night already having 100 resumes on file before the night begins.Interested? Contact Taylor Fisher at 301-815-9909 or tfisher@frederickkeys.com.
  • Join Small Business University, a program of Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union, on the third Thursday of each month between 7:00 am-8:30 am. Start your morning with great networking followed by an inspiring speaker each month. This month's speaker (April 21) is James MacGregor, Market President and Publisher of the Washington Business Journal who will discuss "This is the best place for business, really!" For details and to register click here
  • The 34th annual Celebrate! Gaithersburg in Olde Towne street festival draws the entire community to Gaithersburg’s historic City center for a day of food, fun, entertainment, and family activities. Businesses and organizations are invited to be part of the celebration through vendor and sponsorship opportunities. The event is scheduled for Sunday, June 12 from 12:00-5:00 pm. Vendors are now invited to apply and sponsorship opportunities are also available for businesses interested in supporting the festival.  Forms are available online, click here, or call  301-258-6350.
  • Hospice Caring, Inc. is currently recruiting new volunteers for a training session May 10, 11, 12 & 14 for people who are interested in becoming hospice caregivers and bereavement group facilitators.  The training will take place at Kensington Park Senior Living and covers topics such as communication and active listening, understanding grief, cultural competency, and self-care. Register for training: Penny Gladhill  pennyg@hospicecaring.org or 301-990-8904. 

Networking Picnic & 4-Year Young Professional Group Anniversary Celebration: May 4

Cheers to Four Years Networking Picnic!

Four years ago the GGCC started the Young Professionals Group - a group with lofty dreams. Now, we want to celebrate with you! Join us for a networking picnic on Wednesday, May 4 at 5:00 pm at Smokey Glen Farm. Enjoy mouth-watering ribs, chicken, pies, and more. 

Please join us as we say thank you for your support these past few years and discover our future plans. Just purchase your ticket, get your BBQ-eating outfit ready and find out what it means to celebrate four amazing years with the hippest, most fabulous, nicest, young professionals in the Upcounty!

NOTE: this event is open to ALL GGCC MEMBERS; it is fun for all ages. You do not need to be a member of the YPG's to attend this event.

Cost: $30, GGCC Members / $40,Non-Members.

For further details and/or to register, click here

13th Annual Wine Tasting: May 19

The GGCC will hold its 13th Annual Wine Tasting at the Kentlands Mansion on Thursday, May 19. Each ticket includes a wine-tasting glass and tastings. 

This year tasting features a guided tasting tutorial featuring six wines compliments of Pinky & Pepe of:
Pinky and Pepe’s Grape Escape.

The wine will be paired with delicious food from:
Asia Nine
Nalley Fresh
Not Your Average Joe's
 &
Savory Gourmet Catering.

Fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate will be served compliments of the:
Melting Pot Gaithersburg,
& bundtinis by:
Nothing Bundt Cakes.

Cost: Tickets are $35 for GGCC Members & First-Time Visitors; and $65 for Returning Non-Members.

To learn more or to register, click here

GGCC Employment Law Workshop Part II 

 Our first Employment Law Workshop was so successful and well-attended, we decided to follow through with a part two! The GGCC, in cooperation with its Non-Profit Group, has invited Marc Engel, an employment attorney at Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered, to discuss Employment Law with ALL GGCC Members, so you can understand and comply with the following laws.
 
Learn about. . . . .
  • Hiring
  • Evaluation
  • Termination
This workshop is specifically designed to help small and medium sized businesses and non-profit employers understand and comply with these laws. This workshop is for business owners and supervisors, as well as non-profit directors and managers, who are responsible for their organizations’ hiring and employee management practices, and also for advisors of for-profit and not for profit organizations.
 
Coffee, pastry and fruit sponsored by Launch Workplaces.
 
Registration: 7:45 am. Program will begin promptly at 8:00 am.
 
Limited space. Please register in advance. Thank you!
 
When: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 7:45 AM thru 09:30 AM
Where: Launch Workplaces, 9841 Washingtonian Boulevard, Suite 200, Gaithersburg, MD, 20878
Registration: GGCC Members Only. No Registration Fee (included in your membership)
 
Register Now, Click Here.

Best of Ireland: Ireland Trip

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce invites members of the chamber and the community to experience the true Ireland Culture November 1, 2016. Space is Limited. Cost: $2,899

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.

Inclusions: Round Trip Airfare; Airline Fuel Surcharges, Taxes & Fees; 7 Nights First Class Hotel; 9 Meals; Sightseeing Per Itinerary; Admissions Per Itinerary; Professional Tour Manager; Baggage Handling; and Hotel Transfers. 

Highlights: 7 Nights at 4 Star Hotels; Muckrose House; Cliffs of Moher; St. Patrick's Cathedral; Wicklow National Park; Adare Village; Blarney Castle; Trinity College; Book of Kells and Old James Whiskey Distillery. 

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

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:

Browning Construction Co., Inc.: 10%
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream: 10%
Burstein & Associates, LLC: 15%

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