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Fitness should be perceived as fun and games; so join us for some fun and networking at the Healthtrax Business Networking Before Nine and put some healthy into your morning groove. Join us tomorrow morning at Healthtrax Fitness and discover how they can help you, your family and your business.

Tuesday, February 10
7:30-9:00 am
Business Networking Before Nine
Cost: Free for GGCC Member and First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members Pay $40

Where / Sponsored By: Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness,20500 Seneca Meadows Parkway, Germantown
Note: Everyone is invited to use the club after the before nine. Come and experience the Healthtrax Difference! Opened in 2002 in partnership with Suburban Hospital, the Healthtrax in Germantown has medical offices as well as 33,000 square feet of fitness space. Space includes an indoor lap pool and whirlpool, group exercise studios, an extensive fitness floor, racquetball courts, a basketball court and our new Xpress Training line, offering free trainer assisted 20-minute workouts. Hope you will join us!! 

Wednesday, February 11
12:00-1:00 pm
Events Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC Members Only Please
NOTE: This committee is looking for new members, come and join us and help plan incredible GGCC Events! 
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N Gaithersburg


Thursday, February 12
11:30 am-1:30 pm
Non-Profit Sector Meeting
Cost: GGCC Members Only Please
Topic: "Evaluating your Mission" Presented by Jeff Hunt 
Where: Seneca Creek Community Church, 13 Firstfield Road, Gaithersburg


February February 13
8:30-10:00 am
Women Balancing Life & Business Committee
Cost: GGCC Members Only Please
Topic: "You Had me at Hello" - Working on Infomercials
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N Gaithersburg



Thursday, February 17
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Speaker: Rich Parson: "Transportation and Economic Development - Getting People to Jobs"
Cost: GGCC Members Only Please
Where: Montgomery College Germantown Campus, Paul Peck Building (Goldenrod Bldg), 20271 Goldenrod Lane, Room 105, Germantown


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


Wednesday, February 18
5:30-7:30 pm
Business Networking After Five
Cost: Free for GGCC Member and First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members Pay $40

Where / Sponsored By: Therrien Waddell, 100 Lakeforest Boulevard, Suite 600, Gaithersburg

Thursday, February 19
5:30-6:30 pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Title Boxing Club
Cost: Free for GGCC Member and Non-Member's

Where / Sponsored By: Title Boxing Club, 10028 Darnestown Road, Rockville

Wednesday, February 25
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Business Card Exchange Lunch - FIRST LUNCH OF 2015!! 
Cost: Cost: $20 for GGCC Members and First-Time Non-Members. $40 Returning Non-Members

Where / Sponsored By: Not Your Average Joe's, 245 Kentlands Boulevard, Gaithersburg

Thursday, February 26
8:00-9:30 am
New Member Orientation
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Where / Sponsored By: Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union, 12820 Wisteria Drive, Germantown
Danish & Coffee sponsored by Ibi Sofillas MyRealtyTeam Real Estate LLC


Thursday, February 26
5:30-7:30 pm
Regional Young Professionals Group Happy Hour
Cost: Free; Cash Bar

Where / Sponsored By: Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union & the Young Professional Groups from the Gaithersburg-Germantown, Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase, and the Greater Silver Spring Chambers of Commerce, along with Leadership Montgomery's Emerging Leaders program.

Tuesday, March 24
7:30-10:30 am
GROWTH: Brand, Sales & Marketing Seminar 2015
Cost: $45 GGCC Member Early Bird (Ends Feb. 13)
$55 GGCC Member
$60 Non-Member
Sponsorships Available. Contact lrowles@ggchamber.org for more details.

Where: Universities at Shady Grove, 9640 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville

See all the upcoming events at: www.ggchamber.org/events
  • CONGRATS to Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered, who is celebrating 65 years since its founding. On February 1, 1950, in a small office building a few blocks from the White House, Henry Lerch and Wilton Wallace joined together to create a law firm where clients would receive exceptional representation. Since then, Lerch Early has expanded from five attorneys and a paralegal to more than 100 employees serving businesses and individuals throughout the Washington, DC region in the areas of   business law, commercial lending, community associations, elder law, employment, estates, family law, health care, land use, litigation, real estate, and taxation. For a timeline of Lerch Early’s history, click here.
  • Join Adventist HealthCare and The African American Health Program of Montgomery County for a free heart health screening and education event on Saturday, February 28, 9pm until 1:00 pm. For more information and to pre-register, visit: http://goo.gl/vxFw.
  • Have an unforgettable Valentine's Day! Let Wegmans help. Check out their Valentine's Day menu at: http://goo.gl/UDuv9t.
  • The Montgomery County Department of Economic Development has launched a new program that provides one-on-one business assistance to entrepreneurs and start-ups. As of February 1, a business development specialist is available at shared office/co-working locations throughout Montgomery County to meet directly with business owners.  Experts will provide information about county financial initiatives and other programs, make introductions and identify the connections your business needs. For more information, contact Stephanie Eyler at 240-277-2015 or stephanie.eyler@montgomerycountymd.gov or 240-777-2015. To reserve your spot, register by clicking here now.
  • Warm your golf lover’s heart with a Special Valentine’s Gift Card from Worthington Manor Golf Club. From now through February 14, purchase a $200 gift card and love receiving a FREE additional $50 gift card from them. Worthington Manor gift cards are easy to purchase online through their secure gift card page.  
  • Sleeping Beauty, a ballet in two acts, will be presented March 14-15 at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College. Tickets at: www.mbtdance.org. The Sleeping Beauty Ballet Tea Party will be held February 22nd at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre. Seatings are at 10:00, 12:00, 5:00 and 6:30.  Appropriate ages 3-7.  Meet Aurora and the Lilac Fairy, have tea and a sweet treat, & enjoy a ballet class.  Information and tickets: www.mbtdance.org.
  • Check out the star-studded lineup of talent scheduled to play at Pinky & Pepe's Grape Escape on Friday & Saturday nights for the month of February. All will play from 7-10:00 pm at 223 Kentlands Boulevard in Gaithersburg. 2/13 - Freddie Long; 2/14 - Tom Blood Duo; 02/20 - Just Two Duo; 02/21 - Holly Montgomery Duo; 2/27 - Freddie Long and 02/28 - Jack Bond.
  • Join Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar for their 4th annual Carnival celebration. This 16-day long party promises to be the most fun you will have this side of The Equator. Now through February 17th – you'll receive ½ off mojitos, margaritas and sangria, all day long. (Sorry, not valid on February 13th or 14th.). For the Carnival street food lovers, don't worry, they've got you covered too. For reservations, call 301-330-4400. Details, click here
  • Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union presents Small Business University with featured presenter Sandra P. Eberhard, Executive Director of WPEO DC who will speak about "Growth Strategies for Women Owned Businesses" on Thursday, February 19 from 7:00-8:30 am at Montgomery Community Media. For further details and/or to register, click here.
  • The ARC Montgomery County is accepting applications for volunteer candidates to the Board of Directors. The ARC supports children, youth, adults and families affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing child care, work skills training, employment and community living services.
  • Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland is planning a trip to El Barrial, El Salvador from July 25th through August 2nd to promote affordable housing internationally. Through a partnership, HFHMM committed to a long term project in this community to improve the lives of residents. Interested in joining them on a build in El Salvador? Click here now or email: sarah.reddinger@habitatmm.org.
  • BlackRock Center for the Arts spring session of classes is now open for registration. Classes run between March 28th and June 12th. New offerings for this session include: Recreational Ballet, Radio Drama, Dudes Dance Class, and Watercolor for youth, teens and adults. For further details, click here now.
  • On Thursday, February 26 from  6:00-10:00 pm, Colette Releford, of the Gazette & the GGCC's Vice-Chair of Member Recruitment & Retention, will be teaching Montgomery College's Workforce Development & Continuing Education class "The Intentional Entrepreneur", This one day class helps you identify your entrepreneurial skills and abilities, and more. For further details, click here.
  • Post Community Media  (parent company of The Gazette) will be launching a new publication in March 2015. It will be a Lifestyle Magazine called Zag. This stand alone Magazine will publish bi-monthly. It will be distributed through select restaurant, entertainment and specialty retailers targeting a key demographic of young adults between 25-35. Don’t miss this opportunity. Premium spots available. For more information contact Colette Releford at 301-670-2618 or creleford@gazette.net.
  • Jah Works will perform at  Largent's Restaurant & Bar, 654 Center Point Way in Gaithersburg on Saturday, February 21 at 9:30 pm. 
  • Mark your calendar for Destination: Poolesville Business Fair on Saturday, March 21 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Poolesville Baptist Church. Shredder truck, electronics recycling, local business vendors, food, prizes, shop local and more.
  • Join Fleet Feet Sports of Gaithersburg for their 4th Annual St. Paddy's Day Pub Run/Walk on Thursday, March 12th at 6:30 pm. You will run to different bar/restaurant's throughout the Kentlands area and receive a 4-ounce beer sampler at each stop. The evening ends at Pinky and Pepe's Grape Escape for a special celebratory Fleet Feet Happy Hour. For further details and/or to register, click here. 

GROWTH: Brand, Sales & Marketing Seminar:
Early Bird Ends This Week!

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our GROWTH: Brand, Sales & Marketing Seminar on Tuesday, March 24 at the Universities at Shady Grove, 9640 Gudelsky Drive in Rockville.

This year's seminar features: Sonya Burke of Montgomery Community Media who will speak on: “Using the Press to Tell Your Story More Effectively & Attract Your Target Audience" and Chad Prinkey of Neuberger & Company, Inc. who will present: “Your Best Customer is Someone Else’s Prospect….. What are you Doing to Keep Them?"

Join us for an exciting seminar where you will discover how to maintain and increase sales & how to make your business more newsworthy by telling your story to attract your target audience.For further details on the seminar topics, click here now.

Sponsorship: There is no better way for your company to garner easy exposure for your business than through sponsorship. We have three levels for any budget. Please take a moment to review and select the sponsorship package that best fits your business. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sponsorship Levels:
-Gold: $750
-Silver: $500
-Bronze: $250
For further information on sponsorship, contact us at lrowles@ggchamber.org

Tickets:
-$45 GGCC Member Early Bird (Ends Feb. 13) 
-$55 GGCC Member
-$60 Non-Member

Registration: click here now
Sponsor now: Email Laura at lrowles@ggchamber.org to support the GROWTH Seminar

Save-The-Date
12th Annual Wine Tasting
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Thursday, May 21
Kentlands Mansion


Save-The Date
25th Annual Business Golf Classic
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Friday, September 11
Worthington Manor Golf Club


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:

Moyer & Sons Moving and Storage, Inc.: Call for Details
Mr. Electric: 15%
MTG, Inc.: Call for Details

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

Under the Tuscan Sun! Chamber Italy Trip.

We  invite members of the chamber and the community to experience true Tuscan Culture departing on October 27, 2015.The GGCC will be offering a fully escorted tour of the region of Tuscany.

Highlights Include: Florence, Pisa & Lucca, Siena, Cinque Terre (optional), San Gimignano, Chianti Region and Montecatini.

Inclusions: Round Trip Airfare, Airline Fuel Surcharges, Taxes and Fees, 7 Nights First Class Hotel, 10 Meals (7B, 3D), Sightseeing Per Itinerary, Admissions Per Itinerary, Professional Tour Manager, Baggage Handling and Hotel Transfers.

Cost per person is $2,899. Pay your deposit by April 1, 2015 and deduct $100 off per person. Space is limited. Sign up early to secure your seat. Makes for the perfect holiday gift. For more information please contact the Chamber at (301)840-1400.   

INFORMATIONAL MEETING: Thursday, March 26th at 5:30 pm at the Hampton Inn & Suites - Washington, DC North 
For further details on this meeting and/or to register, click here

Did You Know?
Chamber Logo

If you are a member in good standing, we invite you to display the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce “Proud Member” logo so that others in the business community recognize your support of and involvement in the Chamber. For more information, visit: www.ggchamber.org/about-ggcc/use-ggcc-logo/.

GGCC Snow Policy

GGCC follows the same policy as the Montgomery County Government. When the County Government is closed, all GGCC Events and Committee Meetings are cancelled. If there is a delay, GGCC Events and Committee meetings scheduled will correspond with that said delay.  

However, 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.
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