Annual Chamber Picnic This Thursday!

All Members are invited to the GGCC's Annual Picnic, Volunteer Recognition & Non-Profit Showcase. This picnic is for YOU - All of our members. There will be great food, networking, awards, a non-profit showcase, pie and more! To register, click here

Monday, September 14
10:00-11:00 am
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Senor Tequila's
: Free for All. Advance Registration Requested. 
Where:Senor Tequila's, 20021 Century Boulevard, Germantown 

Tuesday, September 15
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 

Thursday, September 17
8:00-9:00 am
Membership Committee Meeting
Cost:: GGCC Members Only 
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, North Building,Gaithersburg

Thursday, September 17
5:30-7:30 pm
Annual Chamber Picnic
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership)
NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. 
Returning Non-Members pay $45
Where: Smokey Glen Farm Barbequers, Inc., 16407 Riffle Ford Road, Gaithersburg

Thursday, September 24
11:30 am -1:00 pm
Business Card Exchange Lunch
NON-MEMBERS: $20 for First-Time Non-Members. 
Returning Non-Members pay $40
Where:  Buca di Beppo, 122 Kentlands Boulevard, Gaithersburg
Thursday, September 24
5:30-7:30 pm
Regional Young Professionals Group Happy Hour: MoCo Are You Ready For Some Football?
Cost: The Bethesda-Chevy Chase, the Gaithersburg-Germantown, Rockville & the Greater Silver Spring Chambers of Commerce, along with Leadership Montgomery’s Emerging Leaders, are coming together as one team with one mission on Thursday, September 24th- to NETWORK at the Young Professionals Regional FOOTBALL Happy Hour(s). Where your favorite Team Jersey! 
FREE for Members of these Groups ONLY. Cash bar. 

Where: Miller’s Ale House, 1471 Rockville Pike, Rockville

Monday, October 5
3:30-4:30 pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Ted's Montana Grill
: Free for All. Advance Registration Requested. 
Where:Ted's Montana Grill, 105 Ellington Boulevard, Gaithersburg

Tuesday, October 6
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:  BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown
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Official Notification for Nominations to the Board of Directors

The GGCC Governance Committee will be establishing a slate of nominees for formal election of the 2016 Board of Directors. If you choose to nominate yourself or another Chamber member, such nominations shall be in writing, shall be accompanied by a petition consisting of ten (10) signatures of GGCC members in good standing, and must be received by Marilyn Balcombe, President & CEO, by September 20th. (Per the Chamber By Laws)

2015-2016 GGCC Membership Directory Ad Sales

We are so excited about our new directory for 2015-2016. We keep improving the book and this year we are upgrading the cover to be magazine perfect bound!! We will have a new design, more content and more opportunities to network with fellow members.

With that said, AD SALES HAVE BEGUN! More than 15.000 readers will touch and feel our new publication - 15,000! Don’t delay securing your placement! Contact chamber member Nancy Rhomberg to renew your current ad or make a brand new space reservation. She has special sections in our publication and it is important you contact her early to get the right placement and page. Email Nancy at 913-951-2681 or Thank you in advance for your support of the Chamber and this publication.

Welcome New Members: August 2015

Aspire Counseling
16220 Frederick Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Tamara George              
FirstLight Home Care
422 Main Street, Suite 200, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Dave Hofmann
GEICO Frederick / Palermo Insurance, LLC
5732 Buckeystown Pike, Unit 24, Frederick, MD 21704
Alyssa   Palermo
Insurance USA Investment Inc.
2 Professional Drive, Suite 234, Germantown, MD  20879
Jin Shin
Majerle Management, Inc.
1375 Piccard Drive, Suite 210, Rockville, MD 20850
Rhonda Metheny
Nothing Bundt Cakes
12133 Darnestown Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Ashley Jones Hatcher
Senor Tequila's
20021 Century Boulevard, Germantown, MD 20874
Alejandro Lopez     
Ted's Montana Grill
105 Ellington Boulevard, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Paul Thompson
We Love Neighbor, Inc.
P.O. Box 2212, Germantown, MD 20875
Israel Murphy

  • Pinky & Pepe's Grape Escape is celebrating their 5-year anniversary and they invite you to their Grand Re-Opening / Anniversary Celebration on Friday, September 25th from 6:00 pm - close at 223 Kentlands Boulevard in Gaithersburg. Ribbon Cutting, wine, beer, live music and more.
  • Vote for Country Casual in Bethesda Magazine's Reader's Poll / Best Place for Outdoor Furniture. Show your support by September 21st by voting online. Just find "place for outdoor furniture" under "home" and enter "Country Casual". To access the survey, click here
  • Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland at The Melting Pot Gaithersburg for a fundraising night on Thursday, October 1 from 5:00-10:00 pm.  You can make a reservation HERE - or simply show up. Don't forget to mention HFHMM.
  • Pinky & Pepe of Pinky & Pepe's Grape Escape are partnering with Boulevard Tavern for an Italian Wine Dinner with Master Sommelier Michael Meagher hosting on Thursday October 1 at 6:30 pm. To reserve your spot, call Pinky at 301-869-WINE (9463).
  • Grossberg Company, LLP invites you to the 3rd Annual Suburban Maryland Real Estate Symposium on Thursday, September 24 at 3:30 pm at Bethesda Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda. for further details and/or to register, click here
  • Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union has four brand new checking account programs to match the ever-changing needs of area businesses. MAFCU’s new Commercial, Analysis, Professional, and Non-Profit Checking account programs meet the needs of businesses based on their transactional behaviors and helps business members improve their operating efficiencies. For more information on the new business accounts at MAFCU, go to, or contact Brittany Hilton
  • Nonprofit caseworkers are invited to spend a morning learning about short-term noncredit “career starter” programs at Montgomery College at Montgomery College Nonprofit Resource Day on Friday, October 2, 9:30-11:30 am at the Rockville Campus, Homer S. Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education, GU 222-224.To register, please email: Kenneth Nelson, or Sharon Maxwell, 240-567-2585
  • The Montgomery Village Foundation Great Pumpkin Race and Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, October 10 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at the North Creek Community Center, 20125 Arrowhead Road, Montgomery Village. The Great Pumpkin Race is a unique side-by-side, single elimination race featuring handcrafted, decorated pumpkin race cars. 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. For further details, click here.
  • Chamber Member Richard D. Paugh has two offices for rent at 932 Hungerford Drive, Suite 26D in Rockville. $500 per month. Reception Area, Conference Room-2nd Floor, Open Parking, Immediately adjacent to Montgomery College-Rockville. For further details contact Richard at 301-251-9120. 

Young Professionals Happy Hour - Are You Ready for Some Football?!

When: Thursday, September 24
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Where / Sponsored By: Miller's Ale House, 1471 Rockville Pike, Rockville,

The Bethesda-Chevy Chase, the Gaithersburg-Germantown, Rockville & the Greater Silver Spring Chambers of Commerce, along with Leadership Montgomery's Emerging Leaders, are coming together as one team with one mission on Thursday, September 24th:

NETWORK at the Young Professionals Regional FOOTBALL Happy Hour!

If you are in your 20's or 30's throw on your favorite football jersey and meet us at Miller's Ale House for an awesome evening of networking and football. Let's all network "like a champion" and build those relationships today!

Appetizers will be served compliments of Miller's Ale House and there will be a cash bar. There will be a raffle and more. Learn more about the event here.

Then, stick around for the game and watch the Washington Redskins take on the New York Giants at 8:25 pm. 
Advance registration is requested.


GGCC Entrepreneur Breakfast Series

Are Entrepreneur’s Born or Made: GGCC Entrepreneur Breakfast Series

The morning will kick-off with a keynote speaker, followed by a panel discussion of "home- grown" entrepreneurs. Each panelist will share their "entrepreneur" story, what motivated them to take the entrepreneurial leap, and they will answer the question-- are entrepreneurs born or made?"

 Registration begins at 7:45, program begins promptly at 8:15

  • "Are Entreprenuers Born or Made" with Oliver Schlake, University of Maryland

Entrepreneur Panel with:
  • John Compton, GeneDx
  • Angela Graham, Quality Biological, Inc.
  • Ellen Bogage, Chesapeake Public Strategies 

When: Thursday, October 08, 2015
Time: 8:00-9:30 AM
Where: Montgomery College, BioScience Education Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown
Registration: GGCC Members & Guests: $15 / General Public: $25


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:

Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg: 20%
Holiday Inn Express & Suites: Call for Details
HoneyBaked Ham Company & Café: 10%

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CQI Commercial Energy Co-Op - Fall 2015

As part of an ongoing effort to provide value to our members, The Gaithersburg Germantown Chamber of Commerce, partnered with energy experts CQI Associates, are happy to announce the Fall 2015 enrollment campaign for the Commercial Energy Co-op.
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.

The Chamber will be offering informational webinars to provide further explanation about the program. CQI Associates will be hosting webinars on the following days:
Webinar Schedule:   
  • September 16, 2015 - 2:00 pm
  • September 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm 

You will be required to register in-advance for any of the above webinars. Simply go directly to the CQI Associates home page at and click on the date that you want to participate and follow the steps to RSVP. There are NO FEES to participate. One application covers ALL of your electricity and natural 
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