Wednesday, October 5
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Celebration Dinner Committee Meeting
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg
Thursday, October 13
7:45-9:30 am
GGCC Entrepreneur Breakfast Series: Evolution is Essential for Entrepreneurs - ONLY 10 DAYS AWAY, BUY YOUR TICKET NOW!
Cost: $20
Where: Montgomery College, BioScience Education Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown

Friday, October 14
12:00-1:00 pm
Events Committee Meeting - NOTE CHANGE IN DATE
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Tuesday, October 18
7:30-9:00 am
Business Networking Before Nine
Cost: GCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership); NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy, 220 Perry Parkway, Suite 8, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, October 19
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, October 19
5:30-7:30 pm
GGCC Construction Direct Connect Autumn Fest Networking Event
Cost: Free (A suggested donation to the Montgomery County Coalition to Homeless will be accepted at the door)
Where: Union Jack's, 9811 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg

Thursday, October 20
8:00-9:00 am
Membership Committee Meeting
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, October 26
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Business Card Exchange Lunch
Cost: $20 for GGCC Members and First-Time Non-Members. $40 Returning Non-Members
Where: Asia Nine , 54 Crown Park Avenue, Gaithersburg
Friday, October 28
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Google Local Marketing Power Workshop with GGCC Member Ironistic 
Cost: Free. Limited Space. Advance Registration Required, 
Where: GGCC, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Tuesday, November 1
4:30-6:00 pm
Majestic Impromptu Gathering
 Free, advance registration required. 
Where: The Majestic, 116 Paramount Park Drive, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, November 2
9-10:30 am
Non-Profit Group Panel Discussion on Partnerships
 GGCC Members Only (All GGCC Member Businesses are Invited) 
Where: Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy, 220 Perry Parkway, Suite 8, Gaithersburg 

Friday, November 4
8:00-9:30 am
New Member Orientation - Come Discover the Benefits of Membership!
Where: Homewood Suites, 805 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, November 9
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.
Where: Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, 9605 Medical Center Drive, Rockville
Cost: Free for All with a donation of a "new / unwrapped" toy donation to Toys for Tots!
Where: Pinky and Pepe's Grape Escape, 223 Kentlands Blvd., Gaithersburg
Saturday, November 26
All Day! 
Small Business Saturday! 2016
About: The GGCC is proud to support Small Business Saturday® and encourages you to "shop small, shop local"! 
Monday, November 28
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 $40.
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874

See all the upcoming events at:

October is Bring a Friend Month at the GGCC

Everything is better when you bring your friends. We encourage you to bring a colleague or bonafide prospect to our networking events in the month of October - October 1 through October 31. The more the merrier!

Visit our events calendar to check out or fantastic October events, click here now to get started.

Advance registration is requested for all GGCC events. Any questions or concerns,, please contact Laura at 

Attention GGCC Members - Do You Want $50?

The GGCC will be holding a Membership Campaign October 1 through November 17, 2016. We encourage YOU to bring in AS MANY NEW MEMBERS AS YOU WANT! Together we are stronger! 

SPONSOR a NEW MEMBER to JOIN between October 1—November 17 and YOU will receive $50 CASH. YEP, $50! 

The best method of recruitment is still word of mouth, so brag about the chamber and help us grow. Encourage them to make an investment in their business & community! 

The Chamber provides numerous services for members, including networking and professional development, an electricity discount program, free and low cost marketing, government affairs programs and advocacy to encourage a positive business climate in the Upcounty.

For additional information, contact Donna Rimple at or 301.840.1400 x17. And thank you in advance for your commitment to the GGCC! 

  • For the second consecutive year, Johns Hopkins is 10th in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of the nation's best colleges and universities. Congratulations!! Read more, click here
  • Over 19 wineries, plus fine spirits, bourbon, run and vodka await you at this year's CorktoberFest on October 22-23 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. Times: Saturday 11 am - 6 pm, Sunday 11 am - 5 pm. Tickets on sale now, click here.
  • Butler's Orchard 36th Annual Pumpkin Festival has arrived. Weekends in October - 9 & 10, 15 & 16, 22 & 23, 29 & 30- from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Fall family fun. Activities include hayrides, corn maze, giant slides, jump in the hayloft and visit barnyard buddies. For further details and cost, click here.
  • Celebrate Halloween early at Lakeforest Mall's Mall-O-Ween on Saturday, October 29  from 12-2:00 pm.Wear your Halloween costume and Trick-or-Treating around the mall. Plus, an indoor pumpkin patch for the first 200 children and a fall craft corner. For more information, click here
  • Join Adventist HealthCare and the RIO Washingtonian Center on Thursday, October 6 from 4 – 9:00 pm to Paint the RIO Pink in celebration of breast cancer awareness month. For further details, click here.
  • Nonprofit caseworkers are invited to spend an afternoon learning about short-term noncredit career starter programs at Montgomery College and a variety of resources that may be of assistance in working with clients in regard to career paths.The Non-Profit Resource Day will be held on Friday, October 14 from 2-4:00 pm at Montgomery College's Gaithersburg Business Training Center, 12 South Summit Ave, 4th Floor, Gaithersburg, Details, click here.
  • Gaithersburg Elementary School is searching for tee shirts! Any businesses that might be interested in donating some t-shirts to the school for "Career T-Shirt Mondays". They are looking for 150 t-shirts from a variety of businesses in different sizes so that each staff member could have one. They'd be glad to have shirts from businesses ranging from plumbing, electricians, landscaping, apartments, cleaning, construction, etc. To donate, contact Jennifer Nicholson at 301-840-7136.
  • 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 (October 20) is Benjamin H. Wu, Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Office of the Governor, Chief Operating Officer, Maryland Department of Commerce who will discuss "Steps to Success in Small Business". More info / register, click here
  • Spend 2-1/2 hours learning and practicing chocolate crystallization techniques with SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier Head Chocolatier – Crisoire Reid.This is a great course for beginners and those wanting to gain a sound base knowledge of chocolate. Learn more, click here
  • They’re Back. Limited Edition Lindor Ghost & Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Are Here. The Lindor 75-PC Bags are buy 1 get 1 50% off or buy 3 get 2 free. The Lindt Chocolate Shop is located at 3 Grand Corner Avenue in Gaithersburg. Promo through 10.7.16. 
  • Drink pink this October. Old Town Pour House in Gaithersburg has teamed up with The Lynn Sage Foundation to bring you cocktails for a cause. For the month of October, $1 from every 'pink drink' we sell will be donated to Lynn Sage. Learn more, click here.
  • Community Service Week in Montgomery County is coming soon. October 16-23 will mark the the 30th anniversary of giving back in your community. Projects for that week are being planned now. Visit the Volunteer Center website to find out more or let them know your project ideas at:
  • You are invited to discuss the upcoming election with Steve and Cokie Roberts - "An Exclusive Look at the Historic 2016 Election" - at the studios of Montgomery Community Media on October 26 from 7-9:00 pm. Be part of the live audience during this Q&A with the renowned journalists and have a chance to ask your own questions. Space is extremely limited, purchase tickets here.
  • Adventist HealthCare is offering free flu shots every Friday in October to get you ready. 50 free flu shots available for ages 4 and older. Available at all Urgent Care locations; open daily 8:00 am - 8:0 pm. Walk-in or make a reservation, click here
  • Righttime Medical Center Care Center hours are now 8:00 am - 10:00 pm every day of the year. For more information visit them at 
  • October 29, the City of Gaithersburg will host Gaithersburg Shreds from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. A free drive-thru paper shredding and electronics disposal event will take place at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park (parking lot near Water Park next to Gaithersburg High School). Help local families in need by bringing in nonperishable food items to be donated to Manna Food Center. For more info., click here
  • Montgomery County citizens who wish to vote in the 2016 Presidential General Election need to complete and submit their voter registration application no later than Tuesday, October 18, by 9:00 pm.For more information or to download a voter registration application, visit
  • Just a quick note if you aren't following us on social media please do so - Facebook and Twitter (@GGCCNEWS #GGCC). Thanks! 

Entrepreneur Breakfast: October 13! 

The morning of Thursday, October 13 is going to be GREAT! as we present “Evolution is Essential for Entrepreneurs - Are You Sure You're Heading in the Right Direction?” .
SPEAKER: The morning will begin with our fabulous keynote speaker - David Nguyen, Founder/CEO of United Solutions- followed by a panel discussion of GGCC Member entrepreneurs. Nguyen has over 15 years of business and technology leadership experience ranging from crafting business strategies to building innovative solutions in both the commercial and public sectors.
ABOUT: Sometimes in business, where you started off may not be the direction you are heading 18 months later. It’s a process. Business is an evolution. How do we control the way we evolve to become nimbler, stronger and more adaptable to various environments? Come and discover why and more. You won’t want to miss it!
DETAILS: The event runs from 7:45-9:30 am at our sponsor location - Montgomery College, BioScience Education Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown. Cost: $20. Please register in advance so we can provide the caterer with an accurate account.
And lastly, please spread the word. This is open to everyone. So if you know an entrepreneur, business owner, colleague, friend or family owner that could benefit from this fantastic program…..tell them to come! After all it’s only $20. 

For further details and/or to register for this great breakfast:

Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Join us at our biggest bash of the year the "Annual Celebration Dinner and Awards Ceremony - Celebrating 67 Years!"
The evening events include:
  • The installation of the 2017 Board of Directors
  • Silent auction
  • Dinner
  • Music
  • Presentation of the Annual “You Made a Difference Award”
  • Announcement of the “10th Annual Small Business of the Year” award
  • Announcement of the "4th Annual Young Professional of the Year” award
  • The awarding of the Montgomery College Scholarships funded by GGCC Businesses to Montgomery College students
Sponsorship's Available:
  • Title Sponsor: $3,000
  • Gold Sponsor: $2,000
  • Silver Sponsor: $800.00
  • Bronze Sponsor: $300
  • Table Sponsor: $1,200
  • SBY Table: $1,200
  • YPG Table: $1.200
  • Scholarship Table: $1,000
  • GGCC Member / Spouse / Guest Ticket Per Person: $100 (Early Bird until 10/28)
  • GGCC Member / Spouse / Guest Ticket Per Person: $125

Non-Profit Group Panel Discussion on Partnerships

 Join the Chamber's Non-Profit Group for a panel discussion on nonprofit/corporate partnerships.

Gain insight to create meaningful partnerships that are "win-win-win," equally benefiting the nonprofit's mission, the business's objectives, and the community at large. Sarah Burnett, Executive Director of Corporate Volunteer Council, will provide a brief keynote and will moderate the panel.

Our panelists, owners/leaders of local businesses and nonprofits, will highlight some of their most successful and interesting partnerships, followed by a Q&A session. Panelists will include Rebuilding Together Montgomery County, Fleet Feet Sports Gaithersburg and others. 


You Could Be the Young Professional of the Year!

You are cordially invited to submit an application for the GGCC’s 4th Annual GGCC Young Professional of the Year Award (YPG).

The chamber’s YPG Award recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of a highly motivated, emerging leader of the Chamber’s Young Professional’s group. Are you the next young professional of the year?
The application can downloaded by clicking here now. The deadline for entries is Noon on Friday, November, 4, 2016, either postmarked or emailed to If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 301.840.1400 x14. Good Luck! 

Are You the 2016 Small Business of the Year?

You are cordially invited to submit an application for the GGCC’s 10th Annual GGCC Small Business of the Year Award (SBY).

The chamber’s SBY Award recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of small businesses, which are a vital part of our economy and community. The award is presented to the small business that demonstrates success, community involvement, and excellent customer relations. Are you the next small business of the year?

The application can be downloaded by clicking here now. The deadline for entries is Noon on Friday, November 4, 2016, either postmarked or emailed to If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 301.840.1400 x14. Good Luck! 

Support the GGCC Silent Auction

The  Chamber's Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony is slated for Thursday, December 8. We are asking for you to show your support for the Chamber by making a donation to our silent auction. Silent Auction donations are a wonderful way to showcase your products/services, gaining great exposure to nearly 250 attendees at the event! In return for your donation, you/your company will receive:
  • Exposure/positioning of your product or promotional materials at the auction display
  • Special recognition as a Silent Auction donor in our Celebration Program
You may contribute merchandise, gift certificates, tickets to events, etc. This is a great way to promote your company during the Celebration Dinner. To make your donation, please complete the attached donor sheet. You may ship or drop off your item to GGCC / Silent Auction, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878. Items must be received by Wednesday, November 16.

If you have any questions/concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Chamber’s Director of Events, Laura Rowles 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:

Shannon & Luchs Insurance Agency Inc.: Call for Details
Sheehy Ford and Lincoln: $200
Snyder Cohn, PC: Call for Details

View all the discounts at:
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