GGCC Entrepreneur Breakfast

Top Five Reasons to Attend the GGCC Entrepreneur Breakfast: Choosing the Right Partners
Most people spend more time with their business partner/colleaguages than they do with their spouse. And it’s no secret that high-performing companies have high-performing teams. 
  • But do you have a strong founding team?
  • Do you want to strengthen your current partnerships?
  • Do you want to determine if your existing partnerships are solid?
  • Would you like to define when or if you should have a partner?
  • Do you build such a team in your organization?
Then attend the GGCC Entrepreneur Breakfast: Choosing the Right Partners on February 10, where you’ll:
  • Discover the best practices for productive partner relationships
  • Decide when and if you should have a partner
  • Learn tips to determine if a person is “the one”
  • Hear from local area entrepreneurs on what makes their partnerships/team strong  
  • Learn how to build value for the whole team
When it comes to picking the right partner or strengthening your team, it's not a choice you can afford to flub. Join us on Wednesday, February 10 at 7:45 am for the GGCC Entrepreneur Breakfast: Choosing the Right Partners.

Thursday, February 4
Cost: $24, please bring a check with you. Please register in advance.
Where: Normandie Farm Restaurant, 10710 Falls Road, Potomac
Wednesday, February 10
Sponsored by: Holy Cross Health
WhereMontgomery College, BioScience Education Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown. 

Wednesday, February 10
12:00-1:00 pm
Events Committee Meeting
 GGCC Members Only
Where:  GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg
Thursday, February 11
2:30-3:30 pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Floor & Decor
Cost: FREE for all, advance registration requested.
Where: Floor & Decor, 18501 N. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg
Wednesday, February 17
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, February 17
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 $45.
WhereTherrien Waddell, 100 Lakeforest Boulevard, Suite 600, Gaithersburg

Thursday, February 18
8:00-9:00 am
Membership Committee Meeting
 GGCC Members Only
Where:  GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Friday, February 19
12:00-1:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Nalley Fresh
Cost: FREE for all, advance registration requested.
Where: Nalley Fresh, 261 Kentlands Boulevard, Gaithersburg
Wednesday, February 24
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Business Card Exchange Lunch
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS: $20; NON-MEMBERS: $20 for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar, 203 Crown Park Avenue, Gaithersburg
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GGCC Snow Policy

GGCC follows the same policy as the Montgomery County Public Schools.
The policy is as follow:
  • When the County Schools are closed or there is a two-hour delay, all GGCC morning events and committee meetings are cancelled.
  • Any afternoon events or committee meetings will be decided upon by 8:00 am.
  • All evening events or committee meetings, will be decided upon by Noon.
  • Please note there are times that an event may be held or cancelled due to the sponsoring company’s policies and/or the discretion of the GGCC.
We will keep everyone apprised via our website and social media outlets if possible and as soon as we can.
  • If your business serves homeowners, then simply put, you do not want to miss the 2016 Montgomery Village Home Show on Saturday, March 19 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Lake Marion Community Center, 8821 East Village Avenue, Montgomery Village. Click here to register for the home show.
  • Celebrate your love of steak, and of course each other, with the Valentine's Day Surf & Turf
     at Ruth's Chris Steak House this Valentine's Day. To make an online reservation, click here,
  • Lakeforest Mall, in partnership with the Chinese Culture and Community Service Center will once again host one of the largest indoor Lunar New Year celebrations in the northeast. Visitors will enjoy spectacular décor and informational exhibits throughout the two week celebration. On the weekends of February 6-7 and 13-14, experience live entertainment, colorful lion and dragon dances, special events and hands-on activities.  For more information visit Opening ceremony and weekend entertainment begins Saturday, Feb 6, 11:30 am. 
  • Join the Maryland Women's Business Center for a great evening at their Mardi Gras Reception as they continue to celebrate the Maryland Women's Business Center's Five-Year Anniversary. This is a special fundraising event which is part of their "Step Up for Women Entrepreneurs" Campaign. The UnMask Your Business Potential - Special Anniversary Mardi Gras Reception occurs on February 9 at 5:30 pm. For further details and/or tickets, click here.
  • The City of Gaithersburg, in partnership with the Harp and Shamrock Society of Gaithersburg and the Peterson Companies/Rio Washingtonian Center, will host the 16th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 12 at Washingtonian Center.  Community groups and other organizations are invited to march in the parade. A participant application form is available on the City’s website.
  • Show Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center how your company prevented the spread of influenza in 2015. They would like to recognize employers who help stop the spread of flu in the workplace. Take a couple of minutes to tell them about your flu program and nominate your company for the 2015 Flu Fighter Award. Those eligible will receive a Flu Fighter Award at our LifeWork Connections Luncheon in March of 2016.
  • Spend Valentine's Day Weekend at The Melting Pot Gaithersburg. On February 12th they will have a limited menu available including three four-course options ranging from $37-$48 per person. They will have a 4 course set menu after 4:00 pm on the 13th and all day on the 14th. Price is $72 per person(excluding tax and gratuity), click here for menu details and reservations. 
  • Johns Hopkins University offers lots of summer classes for high school students and college undergraduates. Many classes are held at the Montgomery County Campus. Read more, click here.
  • Liberty Mutual will be hosting a Career Open House for multiple offices in the Rockville area. The management team will be available to meet with prospective candidates to discuss Sales career opportunities for openings in multiple locations. RSVP with Kelly Ewing to schedule an interview. Interested parties unable to attend can apply online at: Job ID#  67478. 
  • Thursday, February 11th is the Valentine's Day Poker Run and Walk at Fleet Feet Sports Gaithersburg at 6:30 pm. This fun free event is great for anyone - single, taken, avid runner, walker and everyone in between.You will run or walk your way through the Kentlands, collecting your poker hand at various locations along the way. At the end 3 lucky poker winners will take home awesome Brooks gear. For further details call 301.926.6442. 
  •  Hospice Caring presents the 2nd Annual Concert for Caring on Saturday, February 20 at 7:30 pm at the Rockville Elks Lodge #15, 5 Taft Court , Rockville. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets now. 
  • Floor & Decor will be hosting an Industry Grand Opening celebration on February 10th. If you are a local builder, contractor, architect, designer, installer or realtor and are interested in attending, contact Leif Brandt at 240-474-2726.

GGCC Entrepreneur Breakfast Series

TOPIC: "Choosing the Right Partners"

SPEAKER: Shahab Kaviani, Co-founder of Breezio & Our Entrepreneur Panel

DATE: Wednesday, February 10

TIME: 7:45-9:30 am

LOCATION: Montgomery College, BioScience Education Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown

ABOUT: should have a partner, how you know who the best partners are for you, and best practices for productive partner relationships. The morning will begin with our Keynote Speaker Shahab Kaviani, Co-founder of Breezio who will speak on “Choosing the Right Partners”.He will be followed by a panel discussion of entrepreneurs. Each panelist will share their story, how they chose their partners, what motivated them to take the entrepreneurial leap, and they will answer the question- what makes their partnerships strong?  

Panel Includes:
 Therrien, Therrien Waddell, Inc.
Pinky Rodgers,  Pinky & Pepe's Grape Escape
Robyn Quinter, Quinter Design
Devang Shah, Shah & Kishore 

COST: Chamber Members & Guests: $20


#UniteGaithersburgGermantown Contest Launches TODAY!

#UniteGaithersburgGermantown Contest Launches February 1, 2016. 

Whether you’re a local business owner, corporate exec, farmer, stay-at-home mom, teacher, or contractor, we all love Gaithersburg & Germantown because our quality of life is “World Class.”

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber is fighting for this every day through:
  • Engaging our business community to grow our local economy,
  • Advocating for the services and infrastructure your business and family need, and
  • Connecting with nonprofits doing critical work our community.

How it Works:
Unite Sign
Download a copy of the #UniteGaithersburgGermantown sign from our website (coming soon) or the Facebook photo album.

Take a Photo!
Use this hashtag, #UniteGaithersburgGermantown in the caption when you post a picture holding the #UniteGaithersburgGermantown sign and we will pull them all together in our Facebook album for you, your friends and colleagues to VOTE. Take your photo in front of whatever you'd like to showcase (to over 1,300 Facebook friends), in a place that identifies you and your company, what's important to you (friends, family, kids soccer game, etc.), or your favorite part of Gaithersburg-Germantown! Be Creative!

Post your photo three ways:
- On your Business Facebook Page & use hashtag #UniteGaithersburgGermantown
Twitter - Use hashtag #UniteGaithersburgGermantown & add our handle @GGCCNEWS
Instagram - Use hashtag #UniteGaithersburgGermantown & tag us—GBURGGERMANTOWNCHAMBER.

Voting begins immediately in our Facebook #UniteGaithersburgGermantown Photo Album. The winner will be determined BY "LIKES" on each of these photos, so tell friends and family to vote for YOUR photo.

Contest Rules
The campaign will run from February 1-29. Last day for submissions is 3:00 p.m. on February 29 . The winner will be announced via all our social media channels on Friday, March 4. Prize to be determined.
Photos must be taken in Gaithersburg and/or Germantown.  

Let’s tell our community we’re United.

To download the #UniteGaithersburgGermantown sign, click here.

Young Professional of the Month: Erica Nordberg

The GGCC's Young Professionals program is a networking group of dedicated young professionals ranging in age from 21-40. The chamber supports the professional development of the next generation of leaders by providing opportunities for skill-building, information sharing, networking and growth of younger professionals in our chamber. It is with great pleasure that we announce this month's Young Professional of the Month. Get to know members of the group a little better with our new YPG Insider feature. Enjoy!

Erica S. Nordberg, Esq.
Grant, Riffkin & Strauss, P.C.
  1. Current Job Title: Associate Attorney
  2. How long have you been with present company? About 2 years
  3. How long have you been in your present position? About 2 years
  4. What is the best thing about your job? Working in a small firm, you have the opportunity to work directly with clients, and handling a lot of probate matters, you work with clients who are going through a difficult and overwhelming time. I appreciate being able to help people navigate a process that can be very stressful and emotionally draining.
  5. Where are you from? Mansfield, MA
  6. Where did you attend college? Northeastern University
  7. If you could be anyone famous or fictional who would it be? Fictional, Pam Beasly Halpert. (Love The Office). Famous, Tina Fey. (Smart, Funny, Feminist).
  8. Favorite TV show growing up? Saved by the Bell
  9. All-Time favorite quote? “We’re on to _____ (fill in the blank.)” (I’m a Patriots fan and I appreciate the idea of learning and moving forward no matter what.
Contact Erica at 

(Interested in becoming a Young Professional of the Month? Attend the Young Professional Group Happy Hour and you just may be the lucky winner. YPG of the Month is open to GGCC Members only, Must be present to win)

#RWDMV Restaurant Week Extended Until Feb. 3rd 

Restaurant Week (#RWDMV) has been extended until February 3rd due to the blizzard. There is still time to DINE at one or many of the 31 GGCC Member restaurants January 25th through the 31st and show your support!

This is a Great opportunity to experience the area’s finest restaurants. Support our local restaurants. Tell them the Chamber sent you! For a complete listing of our member restaurants see the Restaurant Guide 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:

The Melting Pot: Call for Details
Thibadeau Mortuary Service, P.A.:  $100
Thrive, Grow, Morph – Keller Williams Realty: Call for Details

View all the discounts at:
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