It's the Most Wonderful Time for Networking!

It's time to make amends and tie up loose ends. Finish the year off strong doing what you do best - NETWORKING! We have three opportunities for you this week - the Final Week of 2016 GGCC Networking. We hope to see you! 
Tuesday, December 13
4:30-6:00 pm
Young Professional Group Holiday Happy Hour
Cost: $10 donation to Girls on the Run
Where: Ted's Montana Grill, 105 Ellington Boulevard, Gaithersburg

Thursday, December 15

5:30-7:30 pm
GGCC Holiday Open House
Sponsored by: Wegmans Food Markets, Scheer Partners, Inc., DuClaw Brewing Co.
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership); NON-MEMBERS: Pay $40
Where: GGCC, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N (North Building), Gaithersburg

Friday, December 16 - Last Event of 2016! 
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting: Seneca Creek Community Church
Cost: Free for All. Advance registration requested.
Where: Seneca Creek Community Church, 13 Firstfield Road, Suite 100, Gaithersburg 

See all the upcoming events at:

We want to extend a warm welcome to members who have joined the Chamber in recent weeks. We're happy to have you as members!

Happy Anniversary to these Chamber Members; celebrating 5 years this past November.  Happy Anniversary to this Chamber Member; celebrating 10 years this past November. 

Shop Local This Holiday Season & Everyone Wins

With the holiday season before us, there is no doubt we are all thinking about shopping and the gifts we want to buy for the people in our lives. With our busy schedules and holiday parties, it’s easy to consider turning to the internet to get your shopping done. But that type of shopping often has consequences on your community. This holiday season, we encourage you to shop local. Not only does this support your local businesses, but it has profound rewards for your community.

We're passionate about shopping local because investing in local business is good for our regional economy. The many business owners in our region who work hard to keep their doors open, create jobs, and fill needs in our community deserve our business.

To help you get started, why not look to your fellow Chamber Members for a product or service. Or check out our Restaurant Guide, many of the restaurants listed have special perks when purchase gift cards - they make great stocking stuffers or a gift for one of the eight days of Hanukkah. 

You can't buy happiness, but you can buy local and that is kind of the same thing! 

Chamber Snow Policy

The 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. Thank you.

Chamber Italy Trip Makes the Perfect Holiday Gift!

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce invites members of the chamber and the community to experience the true Italy Culture October 23, 2017.
Learn more about this AWESOME trip, click here

  • Congratulations to City of Gaithersburg Police Corporal Jessica Duke on her promotion to the rank of Sergeant and to Officer Rico Thompson on his promotion to the rank of Corporal.
  • The holiday season is here and you can help your fellow Pepco customers by giving the Gift of Energy. Pepco customers may select a dollar amount to give to someone special toward their electric bill to make their home truly joyful and bright for the holidays. To provide a gift, visit:, and submit a Gift of Energy form.
  • Join Corner Bakery Cafe on Saturday, December 17 at 8:00 am for a breakfast your child will never forget. Eat a delicious breakfast while visiting with Santa. Bring your own camera to capture a special holiday memory. Corner Bakery is located at One Grand Corner Avenue, Gaithersburg. 
  • Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences is hosting an Admissions Open House Thursday, January 19 at 9:30 am, providing an overview of its preschool through 8th grade program that integrates the humanities, art, math, and science. Families who want to attend should call 301-972-0341 ext. 237.  
  • Give fresh, local, family fun for the holidays with the Butler's Orchard Farm Park admission for the 2017 Season. The 2017 Family Pass gives you access to their 13 seasonal pick your own crops and farm park picnic area; includes a picking bucket and box, priority trolley access, and 10% off pick your own crops. For further details, click here.
  • Party at Paladar Gaithersburg this New Year's Eve. Enjoy a prix fixe menu from 4:00 pm until Midnight. To make a reservation, click here,
  • Your favorite chocolate offer is back. Create your own assortment of 100 LINDOR Truffles for $30 through Thursday, 12/15. Lindt is located at 3 Grand Corner Avenue in Gaithersburg. 
  • Join SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier for  the Argentine Tango with Wine and Chocolate on December 17 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $9.97. For further details and/or to reserve your spot, click here.
  • Join Union Jack's Rio for their New Year's Eve Little Black Dress Ball 2017 featuring 'AS IF' (ultimate 90's tribute) on December 31. Tickets are only $20 for the first 100 people.
  • Celebrate New Year's Eve at the Melting Pot Gaithersburg. They will have a set holiday menu that evening for $68 per person, regular dinner menu will not be available. Also available is a $25 option for children under 12. Space is limited, reservations recommended. 301.519.3638 or click here

Meet Our Intern: Vivian Thai

  1. High School: I go to Northwest High School.
  2. What is the best thing about high school? One of my favorite things about high school is making unforgettable memories with friends throughout the years.
  3. Favorite Subject? My favorite subject is history!
  4. Where were you born? I was born in New Jersey.
  5. Do you play sports or participate in any after school curricular activities? I'm on the Cross Country team and all the clubs I'm in are related to volunteer work for my school/community.
  6. Where did you plan to attend college? Hopefully the University of Maryland or George Mason University.
  7. What do you plan to study in college? In college I plan to study informational technology.
  8. What would you like to do in your professional life? I would love to work in a government agency. 
  9. What is the best thing so far about your internship at the GGCC? The best thing from my internship at GGCC so far is definitely being able to see how the business world works, meeting new people, and working with Laura, Donna, Marilyn, and Janeen :)
  10. If you could be anyone famous or fictional who would it be? Why not be the president for a day!
  11. Favorite TV show growing up? My favorite show so far is The Office.
  12. All-Time favorite quote? "No mud, no lotus;"

Congratulations Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy
10th Annual Small Business of the Year!

Congratulations Brooke Bruch!
4th Annual Young Professional of the Year

Congratulations Scholarship Recipients! 

With the help of our donors, we awarded five Montgomery College students with Montgomery College Scholarships at our Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony on December 8.
It was a great evening for the Chamber. $16,500 was awarded to five Montgomery College students, with different majors– cybersecurity, mechanical engineering & computer science. And we held a live auction – raising $20,120- in an effort to garner additional revenue to support future giving.

The winners included: 
· Jalalah Abdullah -  Computer Science
· Jana Christina Catuche -  Mechanical Engineering
· Lily Chen - Cybersecurity AAS
· Matthew Motley -  Computer Science
· Jimmy Rodriguez  -  Computer Science

Learn more about our endowment and how you can support the workforce of tomorrow by visiting our scholarship page, click here

Thank You to Our Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony Sponsors! 

City of Gaithersburg
Hughes Network Systems, LLC
Montgomery College Germantown Campus
Young Professional of the Year Award
Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center
Rodgers Consulting, Inc.
Therrien Waddell, Inc.
Universities at Shady Grove
Cartridge on Wheels
DeLeon & Stang, CPAs & Advisors
First National Bank
Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered
Maryland Soccer Foundation
Paul Simonetti, Allstate Insurance
Pettit Companies
Contemporaries, Inc.
 Holy Cross Germantown Hospital
Hughes Network Systems, LLC
Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus
Lerner Enterprises
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Special Event
Bargain Movers
Crown Trophy 

2017 Corporate & Event Sponsorship Opportunities

Support the GGCC & increase visibility for your organization. There are a variety of sponsorship's available to our members.

2017 Opportunities Include:
Corporate Sponsor Program: $4,000
Special Event Sponsor Package:$1,000
Business Networking After Five: $300 (plus cost of food &  drinks)
Business Networking Before Nine: $250 (plus cost of food &  drinks)
Business Card Exchange Lunch: Call for Details
Young Professional Group Title Sponsor: $1000
Young Professional Group Happy Hour: $200

For more information call 301-840-1400 x 14 or 

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:

Benefits Provider Network, LLC: Call for Details
Black Cat Design: 10%
Bogan Services: 10%

View all the discounts at:
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