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Vote November 4th: YES! FOR the Constitutional Amendment 

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce has joined the Committee to Protect Marylander's Transportation Trust Fund which seeks to educate Maryland voters about the need to protect transportation dollars.

Tomorrow when you go to VOTE there will be a referendum question on the ballot concerning transportation funding. If approved by voters, Ballot Question 1 will add language to the Maryland State Constitution prohibiting the diversion of money from the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) unless a fiscal emergency is declared by the Governor. In addition, a super majority (three-fifths) of the Maryland House and Senate would have to approve the diversion.

We are asking you to Vote YES on Question 1
To read more about this important ballot measure go to: http://voteformd1.com/



Thursday, November 6
2:00-3:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Launch Workplaces
Cost: Free for All
Launch Workplaces @ Rio 9841 Washingtonian Blvd, Suite 200 Gaithersburg
Event Details: 2:15 ribbon cutting followed by refreshments and gift certificates from their great neighboring businesses, including:
Copper Canyon Grill
Corner Bakery
Harris Teeter
Potbelly’s
Nando's

Friday, November 7

11:30 am-1:00 pm
Women Balancing Life & Business Committee Luncheon
Cost: $30
TOPIC: Personal Branding - How do you stand out in a crowd? 
SPEAKER: Melanie Spring
ABOUT: Come learn and be inspired as Melanie Spring, Chief Inspiration Officer of Sisarina, shows us how to using branding to stand out personally and in business. You will love Melanie's enthusiasm laced with practical steps to branding.
WHERE: Holiday Inn Gaithersburg 2 Montgomery Village Avenue Gaithersburg

 

Wednesday, November 12
7:30-9:00 am
Business Networking Before Nine
Cost: Free for GGCC Members & First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville

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

Thursday, November 13
12:00-1:00 pm
Non-Profit Sector Committee Meeting
Cost: 
GGCC Members Only
GGCC, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg
TOPIC: Discover the Montgomery County Volunteer Center
- With Molly Callaway of the Montgomery County Volunteer Center
- Info about the Volunteer Center website and how to post effective opportunities for volunteers
- Discussion of the Pro Bono Consultant Volunteer Program 
- Planning group projects for businesses and other groups
- Student volunteers and MCPS Student Service Learning issues for nonprofits

Tuesday, November 18
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting 
Topic: Meet the newest Planning Board Commissioner - Natali Fani-Gonzalez & hear an update on the Cabin Branch project in Clarksburg.
Cost: GGCC Members Only! 
Montgomery College Germantown Campus, Paul Peck Building (Goldenrod Bldg) 20271 Goldenrod Lane Room, Germantown 


Wednesday, November 19
8:00-9:00 am
Membership Committee Meeting
Cost: 
GGCC Members Only
GGCC, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Thursday, November 20
7:00-8:30 am
Small Business University Seminar & Networking Event
Cost: $10

Montgomery Community Media 7548 Standish Place Rockville
Topic: "Why Your Non-Mobile-Friendly Website Is Costing You Money (And What to Do About It)". with Jud Ashman owner of Web Mobile Image, LLC 

Thursday November 20
5:30-7:30 pm
Business Networking After Five
Cost: Free for All with a donation of a "new / unwrapped" toy donation to Toys for Tots!! 
Pinky and Pepe's Grape Escape 223 Kentlands Blvd. Gaithersburg

Thursday November 27 & Friday, November 28
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Happy Thanksgiving!! GGCC Closed

Saturday, November 29
All Day
Small Business Saturday!
Don't forget to show your support & SHOP SMALL BUSINESSES TODAY! 

Friday, December 4
6:00-10:00 pm
Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony
Cost
: Sponsorship's Available! Early bird tickets end 11/7 $70 and then tickets are $75 per person
Hilton, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg

See all the upcoming events at: www.ggchamber.org/events
 
  • Montgomery College is pleased to announce Health 911: Workshop for Medical Translators, a Supplemental Course. The course provides updated information in the medical field and helps students to enhance medical translation skills. The course includes analysis of the different types of documents found in medical translation, techniques to improve your skills and identification of useful and reliable references for translators. Click here for registration and more information.
  • MedImmune and the Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County invite you to learn about the resources and reasons for supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education through employee volunteering on November 21 from 9:00-11:30 am at MedImmune, One MedImmune Way, Gaithersburg. For further details and/or to register, click here. 
  • Van Eperen & Company has hired Melissa DiMercurio as account executive because of her extensive media experience in New York City, NY. For more information about Melissa DiMercurio follow her on Twitter @MelissaMariePR and connect with her on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/melissadimercurio/.  
  • Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus Osher students received a lesson in bread baking and then donated their loaves to the Interfaith Works Empty Bowls hunger awareness event. Read more about Dough-nating for a Good Cause, click here
  • A Cat Clinic's Dr. Melissa Mustillo, DVM, will be giving a talk on "Happy Cats: Environmental Enrichment for Cats" on Saturday, November 15 at 2:00 pm here at A Cat Clinic.  She will discuss normal cat behavior; environmental enrichment, such as offering vertical space, toys, and feeding tips;dealing with inter-cat aggression; and other related topics. Light refreshments will be served.  Everyone is welcome. For further details call 301.540.7770. 
  • Join NFP Golden & Cohen on Thursday, November 20 at 8:00 am for their HRCI Credits seminar. Learn the interplay among the Family & Medical Leave act, the Americans with Disabilities Act & the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Earn 1.5 HRCI credited hours. A catered breakfast will be provided. For further details, click here. To register To register email danielle@golden-cohen.com. Please include all contact information for each guest & how you heard about the event.
  • Sunday, November 23, from 4:00-7:00 pm get ready for Pinky & Pepe's Grape Escape Second Annual "Bubbles and Bites Night" at the Kentlands Mansion to benefit Toys for Tots. Three rooms will be set up full of fabulous bubbles from all over the world - Prosecco, Cava, Champagne, Sparkling. The dining room will be set up with wonderful "bites" to accompany your bubbles. Tickets are on sale for $60 per person until 11/8 and $75 after. Reservations can be made by calling 301-869-WINE (9463). Cocktail attire is requested.
  • Tickets for Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy's 26th annual production of The Nutcracker (Dec 5-7 & 12-14, 2014) are on sale now. To purchase tickets: call 301-762-1757 or click here (online sales will close 12 hours prior to each performance time or as tickets sell out).  
  • The two-time GRAMMY Award-winning Turtle Island Quartet will perform “Birth of the Cool” in honor of “Cool Jazz” musicians Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, and Modern Jazz Quartet, at BlackRock Center for the Arts on Saturday, November 8 at 8:00pm and Sunday, November 9 at 3:00pm. Tickets are $15 - $28 and can be purchased in person, over the phone by calling 240.912.1058, or online at blackrockcenter.org.
  • The Gazette is looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated person to take one of our Montgomery County sales territories to the next level. Position involves cold calls, interviewing potential clients, creating marketing plans and developing strong customer relationships. Candidates should possess persistence, enthusiasm and strong planning and organizational skills. Send resume and salary/earnings requirement to dwilston@gazette.net.
  • The City of Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival is coming and this year it has a new feature -  Wine Under the Lights. To be held on Saturday, November 15 from 6:00-9:00 pm. The tasting package includes a selection of tastings by Linganore Winecellars and Finewine.com, a commemorative glass, light snacks, a hot drink, live music, and trolley ride. All ages are welcome. Admission is $18 for the tasting package and $12 for the non-tasting package. For more information visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov.
  • EagleBank announced that the acquisition of Virginia Heritage Bank. As a result of the merger, EagleBank has aggregate assets of approximately $5.10 billion, net loans of approximately $4.16 billion and deposits of approximately $4.36 billion.  Following planned consolidations of two branches and disposition of one branch, EagleBank will have 22 offices in Northern Virginia, Montgomery County, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. 
  • Now in its 20th year, the City of Gaithersburg Holiday Giving Program may be called upon to serve as many as 900 local families in need this season. For more information, download the Holiday Giving brochure online or contact Lisette Orellana at lorellana@gaithersburgmd.gov, or call 301-258-6395 x2.
  • Launch Workplaces is now booking 2014 corporate galas & holiday parties. For more details contact Mark McMahon at 301-232-3301 or mmcmahon@launchworkplaces.com.
  • Come and celebrate the New Year on December 31st at the Hilton with a 5-course J-Lohr wine dinner that includes music, dancing, party favors, champagne in your room, a reception, a deluxe room and breakfast the next day. Make your reservations early. $299/ per couple with the room and dinner; $200/ just for the dinner. Call 301-591-9908 to make your reservation.   

New Member Benefit: Business Resource Council

WHAT IS THE BUSINESS RESOURCE COUNCIL?
It is Members Helping Members

The BRC provides an opportunity for our members to meet one-on-one with fellow chamber members to help solve the problems keeping them up night.

The BRC will leverage the knowledge and expertise inherent in the membership to provide advice, guidance, and direction to fellow chamber members who might need help in running their business.

HOW WILL THE COUNCIL FUNCTION?
The concept is simple…….

The Council will be a standing committee of chamber members who have agreed to share their expertise on a given topic. Chamber members in need of advice on a given topic will contact the Business Resource Council. The Council will match problem with the expert and provide free, one-time service to address that problem.

DISCOVER HOW THE BRC CAN HELP YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS, CLICK HERE!

65th Anniversary Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony 

Join us at our biggest bash of the year the "Annual Celebration Dinner and Awards Ceremony - Celebrating 65 Years ~ Diamonds & Sapphires"! The evening events include: the installation of the 2015 Board of Directors, a silent auction, dinner, music, the presentation of the Annual “You Made a Difference Award”, announcement of the “8th Annual Small Business of the Year” and “2nd Annual Young Professional of the Year” awards, and the awarding of scholarships funded by GGCC Businesses to Montgomery College students. Thank you to our Title Sponsor - The City of Gaithersburg (www.gaithersburgmd.gov) for their support!

Sponsorship's are now available!
Tickets are now on sale!
Silent Auction items are now being accepted.
For further details on the biggest bash of the year, click here now or email: lrowles@ggchamber.org. 

Thank you to our Sponsors:
Title - City of Gaithersburg

Gold
Holy Cross Health
Lerch, Early & Brewer Chartered

Table
First National Bank
Johns Hopkins University MoCo Campus
Lerner Enterprises
Mid-Atlantic FCU (YPG Table)
Montgomery County DED
M&T Bank
The Gazette (Wine Sponsor) 
Therrien Waddell, Inc.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

2014 Small Business of the Year - DEADLINE 11/7/14!

You are cordially invited to submit an application for the GGCC’s 8th 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 Thursday, November 7, 2014, either postmarked or emailed to lrowles@ggchamber.org. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 301.840.1400 x14.  

 GGCC Young Professional of the Year - DEADLINE 11/7/14!

ATTENTION YOUNG PROFESSIONALS: You are cordially invited to submit an application for the GGCC’s 2nd 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 Thursday, November 7, 2014, either postmarked or emailed to lrowles@ggchamber.org. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 301.840.1400 x14.  

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:
Debt Settlement Group: Call for Details
DeLeon & Stang, CPAs & Advisors: 10%
Domaine Healthcare, Inc.: Call for Details

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

Energy Co-Op Industry Changes Update!

Here are some changes in the energy industry that may affect your home or business.
 
Record Number of Coal Plants being Retired.
Since 2009, a combination of factors has produced a wave of coal plant retirement announcements by plant operators. These factors include age of the plants, new EPA regulations and lower prices of power from natural gas. Within the next 24 months a record number of coal plants will retire requiring other energy generating sources to compensate for the 60,000 megawatt loss in production. Maryland will see nine plants close during this timeframe forcing an increase use of natural gas as an energy source for producing electricity.

Winter Blast Predicted for the East Coast.
Every weather service including the Farmer's Almanac are forecasting a much colder and snowier winter for our area compared to last year. Demand for heating oil, natural gas and electricity will increase significantly during this time period.

Pepco Electricity Rate Increase.
The present commercial electricity rate is $.0867. As of December 1st the rate will increase to $.1003. Higher demand on natural gas and winter weather will determine additional rate increases in the future.

Chamber Energy Co-Op Fall Campaign.
The Chamber Energy Co-Op Program is wrapping up its fall enrollment. Anyone who is interested in participating to avoid upcoming rate increases is encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. There is NO FEE to participate in the program. To enroll simply complete the application (click here) and fax it along with a complete copy of your most recent utility bill to 410-747-4752. If you have any questions please contact Joe Tabeling at 443-472-3870.
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