Business Card Exchange Picnic on July 25!

You’re invited to a BBQ business lunch with event sponsors: Asbury Methodist Village, Brickman & Sodexo on July 25 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. This lunch is not like any other you have been to. There will be networking (OF COURSE), a BBQ, tours of Asbury with Executive Director Henry Moehring and an opportunity to play bocce ball, shuffleboard, croquet and/or horseshoes. This will be a fun, interactive networking event you won’t want to miss!!

Event Cost: Members: $20.00 / Non-Members $40.00 Advance registration required by June 24th. To register, click here. 

Tuesday, June 17
Economic Development Committee Meeting

SPEAKER: Rich Bendis, BioHealth Innovation 
GGCC Members Only
Montgomery College, Goldenrod Building, Provost Conference Room, 20271 Goldenrod Lane, Germantown

Wednesday, June 18
Joint Committee Meeting: Events & Membership Committees

GGCC Members Only
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, 20025 Century Boulevard, Germantown

Thursday, June 19

Small Business University Seminar & Networking Event
Montgomery Community Media, 7548 Standish Place, Rockville

Friday, June 20
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Potbelly
Free for GGCC Members & Non-Members.
Potbelly, 20940 Frederick Road, Germantown

Wednesday, June 25
BCEL: BBQ Picnic Fun!
$20 GGCC Members & First-Time Visitors. Returning Non-Members Pay $40.
Asbury Methodist Village / Hefner Community Center, 417 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg

Friday, June 27
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Pet Valu
Free for GGCC Members & Non-Members.
Pet Valu, 515 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg

Tuesday, July 1
13th Annual Multi-Organizational Networking Extravaganza
$25 -$30 per person
Seneca Lodge at Camp Seneca Park, 14500 Clopper Road, Boyds

Tuesday, July 8
Business Networking Before Nine: Planet Fitness
Free for GGCC Members & First-Time Visitors. Returning Non-Members Pay $40.
Planet Fitness, 255 Muddy Branch Road, Gaithersburg

Thursday, July 17
Business Networking After Five: Melting Pot
Free for GGCC Members & First-Time Visitors. Returning Non-Members Pay $40.
Melting Pot, 9021 Gaither Road,Gaithersburg

Friday, July 25
Women's Group Luncheon
TOPIC: "Tips and Tricks to Build Your Email List" - with Dawn Goldberg, Creativity and Writing Coach, Write Well U
$30 GGCC Members & Non-Members 
Holiday Inn,2 Montgomery Village Avenue, Gaithersburg

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Welcome New Members: May 2014

  • Does your credit score confuse you? Not sure what makes it go up or down? Join Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union on Tuesday June 17th from 6:15-7:30pm at their Germantown location and you will get answers to the following questions: What Factors are considered that make up your Credit Score? What will help improve your score? What has no effect on your score? How does fraud potentially affect you? MAFCU is located at 12820 Wisteria Drive.
  • The Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County and Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union have teamed up with nonprofit partners Manna Food Center and A Wider Circle for an exciting service project. Join them as they host a donation drive for gently used items on June 21 and distribute those items directly to neighbors in need on June 28. There are three different ways you can participate. For further information, click here
  • Do you ever wonder what happens in the fire station other than running calls Check out the Germantown Volunteer Fire Department Quarterly Newsletter to find out more about the department, the station and some amazing upcoming events. To view the newsletter, click here.
  • Tune into to the Todd LaBorwit show on 1260 AM at 1:00pm on Saturday, June 21 to hear Manna Food Center Director Jackie DeCarlo talk about Manna Food Center. For more information, visit the Todd LaBorwit show website
  • As you near retirement, one of the biggest financial decisions you'll need to make is when to begin receiving your Social Security retirement benefits. Join Ron Jennings of The Jennings Business Group for an on-line webinar "When Should You Receive Your Social Security Benefits?" on June 24 from 7:00-8:00pm why it is important to plan. For further details and/or to reserve your space, contact Ron at 866-601-4811 x103 or 
  • September 2014 is bringing 5 new classes to the Montgomery College Workforce Development & Continuing Education schedule that will help you be the entrepreneur that you want to be. Including "The Intentional Entrepreneur for Veterans" taught by GGCC Member Colette Releford of the Gazette. For more information, contact Karen Ambrose, Program Director at 240-567-2592 or 
  • Eagle Bancorp, Inc., the parent company of EagleBank and Virginia Heritage Bank announced that they have entered into an agreement and will be merged into EagleBank, with EagleBank being the surviving institution. The merger will accelerate Eagle’s growth with the addition of VHB’s 6 branches, which are all located in the attractive Northern Virginia market. 
  • Please join Potbelly Germantown on Saturday, June 21 between 12:00-4:00pm for "Family Fun Day". It will be an afternoon of fun and games, including a Face Painter, Balloon Artist and a chance to win some cool prizes and sample some yummy sweet treats. Potbelly is located at 20940 Frederick Road in Germantown. 

Fireworks and More: 2014

  • Join friends and family for the City of Gaithersburg’s Independence Day celebration featuring live music, food, activities, and spectacular fireworks on Friday, July 4, at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:00pm. This event is sponsored in part by the Montgomery County Agricultural Center. For information call 301-258-6350 or e-mail
  • The County will host a fireworks display in Germantown on July 4th. Come see "Germantown Glory!" at the Maryland SoccerPlex in South Germantown Recreational Park, 18041 Central Park Circle in Germantown. Germantown Glory will kick off at 7 p.m. with a concert by InGratitude: A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire. Fireworks to begin at approximately 9:15pm.
  • Montgomery Village Foundation will host their Fourth of July Celebration on Friday, July 4 from 11:00am - 2:00pm at the Apple Ridge Recreation Area, 10101 Apple Ridge Road in Montgomery Village. Start your holiday with the Fourth of July 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk. Come to the parade and then stay for other Independence Day activities. For more information, click here.

Annual Public Safety Awards Breakfast

We invite you to come and join us as we recognize the heroic deeds of our local law enforcement and fire-rescue workers at our Annual Public Safety Awards Breakfast on Friday, August 8 at 7:30am at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center, Inc., 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg. 

Sponsorship's are available. Tickets are on sale! For further details, click here now

Annual Business Golf Classic

Grow Your Business & Play Golf at the Same Time! The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber's Annual Business Golf Classic will be held on Friday, September 12 at Worthington Manor Golf Club with a Noon shotgun. This tournament is intended to offer enjoyable golf and the opportunity to network. For details, click here now or email Laura 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:

Pinky and Pepe’s Grape Escape: 10%
Potbelly Sandwich Works Germantown: Call for Details
Premier Homecare: Call for Details

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Montgomery County Small Business Day 

The GGCC is proud to partner with Montgomery Community Media for its "Small Business Day". You are invited to Montgomery County Small Business Day on Monday, June 23  from 9:00am-4:00pm at Montgomery Community Media, 7548 Standish Place in Rockville.

Come Invigorate & innovate your business with Insight and Information from regional business leaders' presentations and Q&A. Seminars & Networking designed to support and enhance the success of your Business in Montgomery County.

Cost: $30.00 / Advance registration is required. 
To register, click here
Event schedule: 
9:00 am -   9:30 am
Continental Breakfast Reception with informal networking
10:00 am - 10:50 am
Session 1: "Benefiting from Montgomery County's International Trade Initiatives"
11:00 am - 11:50 am
Session 2: "Uncovering the Benefits of Minority and Women-Owned Certifications"
12:00 pm -  1:00 pm
Lunch with Networking Session
1:00 pm -   1:50 pm
Session 3: "Business Strategy Best Practices"
2:00 pm -   2:50 pm
Session 4:  "Leveraging SBA Resources to Grow Your Small Business" 

13th Annual Multi-Organizational Networking Extravaganza

Join the GGCC and 19 other great networking organizations for this one night extravaganza. There will be plenty of opportunities to connect with other businesses, make new contacts and try delicious food in the international food court while you help to grow your business. Plus a special bonus arrive early and hear the Pre-Event Seminar and Discussion 4:00-5:30pm. Learn how to quickly and easily build a prospecting and referral "machine" to continuously create more sales than you ever dreamed possible!

As a GGCC member your price will be $25 per person and $30 for nonmembers.  The price increases by $5 after June 30 at noon. Register at: When registering, please don't forget to register under the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber tab, thanks!

Join a GGCC Committee

As  a member you can join one or more of the GGCC committees. This is a great way to meet new people and increase the value of your business. The GGCC has several committees including Economic Development, Legislative Affairs Committee, Member Recruitment and Retention, Member Programs (includes subcommittees - the Golf Tournament, the Seminar and the Celebration Dinner) the Women Balancing Life & Business Committee, the Non-Profit Sector Group and the Young Professionals Group.  Please check the events calendar at for dates and times. 

GGCC Cafe Rio Community Night

Bring this flyer in for 50% off your meal on June 19th!
The Germantown Cafe Rio is located at 20680 Seneca Meadows Parkway. 
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