GGCC Employment Law Workshop

The GGCC, in cooperation with its Non-Profit Group, has invited Marc Engel an employment attorney at Lerch, Early & BrewerChartered, to discuss Employment Law with ALL GGCC Members, so you can understand and comply with the following laws.

What Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce member employers need to know about:
  • “Ban the Box”
  • The New Sick and Safe Leave Act
  • Montgomery County’s New Minimum Wage Law
  • Employee or Independent Contractor?
  • Time Sheets and Overtime
  • Proposed Changes to the Federal Overtime Regulations
  • Strategies for Preventing and Defending Overtime and Other Claims for Unpaid Compensation · . . . and more.
This workshop is specifically designed to help small and medium sized businesses and non-profit employers understand and comply with these laws. Limited space. This is a members only event and is free to attend. Please register in advance. Thank you!

Wednesday, February 24
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Business Card Exchange Lunch
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS: $20; NON-MEMBERS: $20 for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar, 203 Crown Park Avenue, Gaithersburg
Tuesday, March 8
8:00-10:00 am
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS & First-Time Non-Members Free. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: Residence Inn by Marriott, 9721 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg

Wednesday, March 9
12:00-1:00 pm
Events Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Where:  GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Friday,March 11
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Tri State Restorations
Cost: FREE for all, advance registration requested.
Where: Tri State Restorations, 22530 Gateway Center Drive, Suite 600, Clarksburg 

Wednesday, March 16
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Topic: Visit to the newly opened National CyberSecurity Center of Excellence.
Where:  Montgomery College Germantown Campus Paul Peck Building (Goldenrod Bldg), 20271 Goldenrod Lane Room 105, Germantown

Wednesday, March 16
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.
WhereAsbury Methodist Village, Rosborough Community Center, 409 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg

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

Tuesday, March 22
About: The evening (4-4:45 PM) will begin with an open-style discussion with Pascale Brady, President of Global Life Coaching, LLC, who will conduct a candid conversation about work/life balance. After the discussion, we will continue the evening with a happy hour.
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership); NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
WhereHarvest Plates and Pints, Holiday Inn, 2 Montgomery Village Avenue, Gaithersburg 
Tuesday, April 5
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.
WhereHoliday Inn Express & Suites / Highlands Conference & Banquet Center, 20260 Goldenrod Lane, Germantown
Friday, April 8
8:00-9:30 am

New Member Orientation
WhereHomewood Suites, 805 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg
Thursday, April 21
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.
WhereMontgomery County EFCU, 19785 Crystal Rock Drive, Suite 201, Germantown 

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Networking Picnic: 4-Year YPG Celebration

Cheers to Four Years! Four years ago the GGCC started the Young Professionals Group - a group with lofty dreams. Now, we want to celebrate with you! Please join us as we say thank you for your support these past few years and discover our future plans. Just purchase your ticket, get your BBQ-eating outfit ready and find out what it means to celebrate four amazing years with the hippest, most fabulous, nicest, young professionals in the Upcounty! NOTE: this event is open to ALL GGCC MEMBERS; it is fun for all ages. You do not need to be a member of the YPG's to attend this event. Cost: $30, GGCC Members / $40,Non-Members. For further details and/or to register, click here

13th Annual Wine Tasting: Thursday, May 19

The GGCC will hold its 13th Annual Beer Tasting at the Kentlands Mansion. Each ticket includes a wine-tasting glass and tastings. This year’s wine tasting features a guided wine tasting tutorial four featured wines compliments of Pinky & Pepe of Pinky and Pepe’s Grape Escape. The wine will be paired with delicious food from Asia Nine, fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate will be served compliments of the Melting Pot Gaithersburg, bundtinis by Nothing Bundt Cakes and more! Cost: Tickets are $35 for GGCC Members & First-Time Visitors; and $65 for Returning Non-Members. To learn more or to register, click here
  • Blue Mash Golf Course announced the hiring of Mark Allman as its new golf course superintendent. Mark brings 8 years of private club turf management and renovation experience to Blue Mash, and we look forward to top notch conditions and great improvements in all aspects of our golf course, He is a University of Maryland graduate,  an avid golfer, and past scholarship winner from both the Mid-Atlantic Association of Golf Course Superintendents and the Maryland State Golf Association. Welcome Mark!
  • Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union (MAFCU) announce the appointment of Daniel Olejnik as Chief Financial Officer. Olejnik has 40 years of experience in the financial services industry and specializes in managing the financial and accounting organizations within community banks and credit unions.  At MAFCU, he will direct all accounting, finance, strategic planning, and budgeting initiatives.. Welcome Daniel! 
  • Eat and sip your way through Spain in one night at Ruth's Chris Steak House Taste of Spain Wine Dinner on February 25. From lobster paella with chorizo to filet mignon with piquillo pepper butter, each of the five courses is paired with a legendary Torres Family Wine. Like fruity, full-bodied Celeste Tempranillo and Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon with notes of truffle and spice. Seating is limited. Learn more and/or make a reservation, click here.
  • Pothole Spotting: Snowzilla and frequent temperature swings have led to more potholes. To report them on County roads (i.e., roads without numbers) dial 311, or submit an online service form. For state highways (any road with a number is a state highway, e.g., Rockville Pike/MD355, Old Georgetown/MD187, et al.), report them to 301-513-7300 or online at Maryland SHA.
  • The journey of an entrepreneur can be thrilling, but also quite tough. Do not let the uninspiring isolation of your home office stunt your growth and creativity. Cowork with like minded entrepreneurs at Launch Workplaces, whose mission is to help small businesses grow. Read more, click here.
  • Montgomery Village Foundation 2016 Home Show will be held on Saturday, March 19 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Lake Marion Community Center, 8821 East Village Avenue, Montgomery Village. Details, visit 
  • The 34th annual Celebrate! Gaithersburg in Olde Towne street festival draws the entire community to Gaithersburg’s historic City center for a day of food, fun, entertainment, and family activities. Businesses and organizations are invited to be part of the celebration through vendor and sponsorship opportunities. The event is scheduled for Sunday, June 12 from 12:00-5:00 pm. Vendors are now invited to apply and sponsorship opportunities are also available for businesses interested in supporting the festival.  Forms are available online, click here, or call  301-258-6350.     
  • Smokey Glen Farm is hiring 15-16 year old and older for part time work.  The website has all the information: This is for work starting in the Spring.  During their busiest time we have 200 kids working for us. The longer they work, the more responsibilities they can handle and they move up into cook, set-ups and other management positions, up to $14 an hour.
  • Don' miss A.B. Veir & Sons Paving at the largest Conference & Expo in the Washington metro area for the community association industry on March 12 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. More than 190 industry-leading companies will exhibit at the 2016 Conference & Expo. For further details, click here.
  • During February, take steps to improve your heart health with Adventist HealthCare and Copper Canyon Grill. Take a fast and free, online heart risk assessment to learn your risk for heart disease. You could win a weekend getaway for two at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay or gift cards to Copper Canyon Grill. Here’s how:1. Visit 2. Complete the FREE online heart risk assessment 3. Learn your heart age and your risk for heart disease.
  • Wegmans ready-to-cook entrees make great meals easy. Currently there are six entrees, produced and available in the Germantown store's meat department cases. Items include: Brown Sugar BBQ Pork Shoulder, Garlic & Fennel Pork Shoulder, Asian Spice-Rubbed Pork Ribs, Brown Sugar BBQ Chicken, Garlic & Fennel Chicken and Rosemary & Lemon Roasted Chicken. Wegmans is located at 20600 Seneca Meadows Parkway in Germantown. 
  • Help celebrate our extraordinary volunteers! This annual awards event recognizes those who make a real difference in Montgomery County. Nominations are now being accepted for the Neal Potter Path of Achievement Award & the Montgomery Serves Awards.For more information on the awards, visit:

#UniteGaithersburgGermantown Contest: It's Easy & Fun! 

#UniteGaithersburgGermantown Contest is happening now and ends soon. Have you submitted your photo yet? It's easy and you could win a basket full of great gift items! 

Whether you’re a local business owner, corporate exec, farmer, stay-at-home mom, teacher, or contractor, we all love Gaithersburg & Germantown because our quality of life is “World Class.”

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber is fighting for this every day through:
  • Engaging our business community to grow our local economy,
  • Advocating for the services and infrastructure your business and family need, and
  • Connecting with nonprofits doing critical work our community.
How it Works:
Unite Sign
Download a copy of the #UniteGaithersburgGermantown sign from our website (coming soon) or the Facebook photo album.

Take a Photo!
Use this hashtag, #UniteGaithersburgGermantown in the caption when you post a picture holding the #UniteGaithersburgGermantown sign and we will pull them all together in our Facebook album for you, your friends and colleagues to VOTE. Take your photo in front of whatever you'd like to showcase (to over 1,300 Facebook friends), in a place that identifies you and your company, what's important to you (friends, family, kids soccer game, etc.), or your favorite part of Gaithersburg-Germantown! Be Creative!

Post your photo three ways:
- On your Business Facebook Page & use hashtag #UniteGaithersburgGermantown
Twitter - Use hashtag #UniteGaithersburgGermantown & add our handle @GGCCNEWS
Instagram - Use hashtag #UniteGaithersburgGermantown & tag us—GBURGGERMANTOWNCHAMBER.

Voting begins immediately in our Facebook #UniteGaithersburgGermantown Photo Album. The winner will be determined BY "LIKES" on each of these photos, so tell friends and family to vote for YOUR photo.

Contest Rules
The campaign will run from February 1-29. Last day for submissions is 3:00 p.m. on February 29 . The winner will be announced via all our social media channels on Friday, March 4. Prize to be determined.
Photos must be taken in Gaithersburg and/or Germantown.  

Let’s tell our community we’re United.

To download the #UniteGaithersburgGermantown sign, click here.

We're Going to Ireland - Come With Us!

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce invites members of the chamber and the community to experience the true Ireland Culture November 1, 2016. Only $2,699 if booked by April 1, 2016. 

The GGCC will be offering a fully escorted tour of “Emerald Island”. Come and discover the wonder of Ireland. It’s rolling mountains, windswept bogs, plummeting coastline cliffs, thriving rivers, seaweed-strewn fjords and lush valleys contribute to Ireland’s beautiful and dramatic landscape, famous the world over making Ireland a great place to visit.

Ireland has much to offer everyone. From storybook castles to magnificent gardens, wide open spaces to the bustle of international cities, breathtaking natural scenery to man-made megalithic structures, Ireland opens her arms and welcomes you to explore her ancient sites, traverse her green fields and discover her treasures. But the real joy of Ireland lies in the friendliness of the people, the warmth of their welcome, and the ease with which they make you feel at home.

For more information or to register, please see the brochures, click here, or contact the Chamber at (301) 840-1400.

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:

A Cat Clinic: $25 new; existing call for details
All Day Medical Care Clinic, LLC: 10%

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2016 Spring Commercial Energy Co-Op

CQI Energy is providing an informational webinar discussing the Energy Co-op and how it compares to others options. If you have been bombarded with mail, phone calls or door knocks from individuals seeking to switch you to another energy supplier this webinar is for you. If you are seeking ways to reduce your operational expenses, this webinar is for you. If you are confused or have questions preventing you from making a decision, this webinar is for you.

Join us as they explain:

* Regulations and Consumer Protection
* The Difference Between the Energy Co-op Program vs other options
* Rates and Contract Terms
* How to Avoid Scams
* How to Read Your Bill                                                                                                                    
Webinars will be held March 9 at 1:00 pm, March 16 at 2:00 pm and March 22 at 1:00 pm. To participate you must 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. If you have any questions feel free to contact Joe Tabeling at 443-472-3870
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