Business Networking After Five / Fall Social Thursday!

Come and discover one of the Washington metropolitan area's top-ranked architecture firms. There will be great food, drinks, networking and more!  If you have not been to a Business Networking After Five lately, come and see what you have been missing. Good food, great crowds, good times and lots of business getting done! Hope you will join us.      

Tuesday, October 13
8:00-9:30 am
New Member Orientation
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Where:  Homewood Suites, 805 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg
Wednesday, October 14
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Joint Committee Meeting: Events & Membership
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Where:  Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union, 12820 Wisteria Drive, Germantown
Thursday, October 15
5:30-7:30 pm
Business Networking After Five / Fall Social
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership)
NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $45.
Where:  DVA Architects, 400 Professional Drive, Suite 200, Gaithersburg 

Tuesday, October 20
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting

Where:  Montgomery College Germantown Campus Paul Peck Building (Goldenrod Bldg), 20271 Goldenrod Lane Room 105, Germantown

Thursday, October 22
8:00-9:30 am
Gaithersburg City Meet the Candidates Over Coffee
Where:  Corner Bakery Cafe, One Grand Corner Avenue, Gaithersburg
Wednesday, October 28
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Business Card Exchange Lunch
Cost: $20 for GGCC Members & First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40
Where:  Carrabba's Italian Grill, 19935 Century Boulevard, Germantown
Where:  Executive Office Building Auditorium, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville
Thursday, November 5
8:00-9:00 am
Come & Discover Emerald Island: Best of Ireland Info Session
Cost: Free for All
Where:  Homewood Suites, 805 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg
Tuesday, November 10
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 $45.
Where: Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville
Thursday, November 19
5:30-7:30 pm
Business Networking After Five / Fall Cocktail Reception
Cost: Free for all WITH A DONATION OF "NEW / UNWRAPPED" TOY for Toys for Tots
Where: Pinky and Pepe's Grape Escape, 223 Kentlands Blvd., Gaithersburg

Thursday, December 3
Join us at our biggest bash of the year - "Celebrating 66 Years!"
6:00-10:00 pm
Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony
Cost: GGCC Member / Spouse / Guest Ticket Per Person: $100 (Early Bird until 11/2)
GGCC Member / Spouse / Guest Ticket Per Person: $125
Where: Holiday Inn Gaithersburg, 2 Montgomery Village Avenue, Gaithersburg
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GGCC Membership Drive 2015: Together We Are Stronger

The GGCC will be holding a Membership Campaign October 1 through November 20, 2015. 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 20 and YOU will receive $50 CASH. YEP, $50! 

And the new member will receive a one-time $50 discount on their MEMBERSHIP dues when they JOIN the GGCC during the campaign. 
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!

2016 Corporate & Event Sponsorship Opportunities

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

2016 Opportunities Include:
Corporate Sponsor Program Exclusive package— $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
Young Professionals Group Lunch & Learn- $200

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

Maximize Your Chamber Membership: Get Involved 

We invite you GET INVOLVED and Maximize Your Chamber Membership. One of the ways you can serve and connect is by serving on a committee. The chamber has several committees both regular and ones for special events.

Current chamber committees include the following
Regular: Membership, Events, Economic Development and Legislative.
Special: Golf, Celebration Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony, and Grow Your Business Seminar & Expo.
Women’s Group: This Member’s Group holds a monthly conversation and connection event. Each month they pick a different topic for discussion. They also hold quarterly luncheons open to members and guests.
Young Professionals: The young professional's is our newest specialty group. The group is designed for the 35 and under professional.  They hold a variety of events including Happy Hours. 
Direct Connects: Our direct connect groups are smaller networking groups. They are organized by industry type, business focus or location. Each group decides on its meeting schedule, format and topics. If we don’t have a group for you, maybe you can start one.

To learn about the committees, click here. To discover when they meet visit the events calendar on the chamber website. You can always feel free to visit one or all of the committees and see which is one is the best for you. 
  • GGCC Members Grossberg Company LLP and Monument Bank, founders of the Montgomery County Business Hall of Fame announce the 2015 honorees who will be inducted at the Fourth Annual event. The annual ceremony will honor the following 2015 inductees which include THREE GGCC MEMBERS: Ron Paul, CEO of EagleBank; Kevin Sexton, President and CEO of Holy Cross Health; and Jim Sweet, President of Smokey Glen Barbequers, Inc. CONGRATULATIONS to the inductees and to all the Chamber Members involved in this endeavor!
  • CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Stewart Edelstein, Executive Director of the Universities at Shady Grove, who received the 2015 "Advocate of the Year" award at the Montgomery County Executive Hispanic Gala. Read more, click here.
  • Families from all over the area are invited to share traditional autumn activities and enjoy a country outing at Butler's Orchard's 35th Annual Pumpkin Festival. 2015 dates: Weekends in October, plus Columbus Day, October 12. For further details, click here
  • It is time to roll up your sleeves for Montgomery County’s Community Service Week, scheduled for Oct. 16 – 22. Take a look at this Montgomery Community Media video on how you can support the community. Or to sign up to volunteer at the Montgomery County Volunteer Center website or call 240.777.2608.
  • Fall foliage won’t be the only colors on display when Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences hosts its second annual Color Dash 5K Fun Run in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve. Everyone is welcome to participate in this family-friendly event, Saturday, November 7 at 10:00 am on Barnesville’s campus. Pre-registration is required online at Adult registration (15 years and up) is $25 per person; families are $75 for two adults and up to four children in the same family.  Long-sleeve t-shirts are included in the registration fee if registration is received by October 21, 2015. Proceeds support Barnesville’s educational program.
  • Please join Montgomery Parks for the Germantown Town Center Urban Park Opening on Saturday, October 17 from 5:00-7:00 pm. Live music, tasting stations, and kid-friendly fun. Germantown Town Center Urban Park is a wonderful new park featuring trails, boardwalks, unique artistic components and seating areas, grassy gathering spots and lighting overlooking terraces. It’s a perfect new spot , adjacent to the Germantown Library and BlackRock Center for the Arts, to read a book, have lunch or meet friends. 
  • It's Rum appreciation month throughout the month of October at Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar. Quench your thirst with Paladar's specialty Rum Punch cocktail, or a Pumpkin Spice Mojito, made with Paladar rum, Chairman’s spiced rum, pumpkin puree and spiced simple syrup. You can also explore their Rum Flights and choose among eight aged rums. Paladar is located at 203 Crown Park Avenue in Gaithersburg.
  • If you’re organizing a holiday party or event this year, Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar would love to be your host. With ample, private space and a fun, festive atmosphere, we can take the stress out of party planning. Snag the date you really want now before it’s too late. Give Angel Briscoe a call today at (301) 330-4400 to get the party planning started.
  • Spend the holidays relaxing with friends and family, not checking the kitchen timer. Book your private dining or catered event at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse by 11/1/15 and receive a $50 bonus card for every $500 you spend. For further details contact Susan Pendy at 301-990-1926. 
  • Are you looking for educated, dependable, and skilled entry-level employees? The Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County, Kaplan University, and Cornerstone Montgomery are a hosting a free job fair on Thursday, November 12th where you will find your next all-star employees. Please share this with your HR department or contact Sarah Burnett at the Corporate Volunteer Council at 240.292.9282 or before October 23rd to learn more and secure your spot for this event.
  • Support BlackRock Center for the Arts and sample some of the world's finest single cask, single malt scotch whiskeys, not available on the retail market, in an entertaining evening presented by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America on Saturday, November 7 at 7:00 pm. Ticket price includes five rare whiskies and paired small plates inspired by tasting notes from each limited edition bottle. For further details, click here
  • Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union invites you to its next Small Business University   
  • with featured presenter Gerard Cardillo, Senior Director Sourcing Operations & Procurement at MedImmune/AstraZeneca who will discuss Get the Order  on Thursday October 15 from 7:00-8:30 am at Montgomery Community Media, 7548 Standish Place in Rockville. To register, click here.
  • Join Hospice Caring for their annual BOWL-A-THON on Saturday, October 17 from 3:00-5:00 pm  at Bowl America, 1101 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg. For further details and/or to sign up now, click here
  • Worthington Manor Golf Club's picturesque country setting offers the ideal location for a Holiday Party. Their staff will cater to all of your banquet needs to assure your event is festive.  For more information visit their Outings, Banquets & Meetings page.
  • Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland to the home dedication ceremony of 8710 Emory Grove in Gaithersburg on Saturday, October 24th from 1:00-2:30 pm. For more information contact Sarah Reddinger at

Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Join us at our biggest bash of the year the "Annual Celebration Dinner and Awards Ceremony - Celebrating 66 Years!"

When: Thursday, December 03, 2015 
Time: 6:00-10:00 pm
Where: Holiday Inn Gaithersburg, 2 Montgomery Village Avenue, Gaithersburg (NEW VENUE!)

The evening events include:
  • The installation of the 2016 Board of Directors
  • Silent auction
  • Dinner
  • Music
  • Presentation of the Annual “You Made a Difference Award”
  • Announcement of the “9th Annual Small Business of the Year” award
  • Announcement of the "3rd Annual Young Professional of the Year” award
  • The awarding of the Montgomery College Scholarships funded by GGCC Businesses to Montgomery College students
Sponsor / Register Now, Click HERE

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

City of Gaithersburg

Table Sponsors:
Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus
M&T Bank

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. 

Gaithersburg City Meet the Candidates Over Coffee 

 The Gaithersburg-Germantown will host a "Meet the Candidates" Coffee &  Conversations in light of the upcoming Gaithersburg City Election on  Tuesday, November 3, 2015.
GGCC Members are invited to join us on Thursday, October 22 at Corner Bakery and Meet the Candidates.
This is a great opportunity for our members and local businesses to talk with the candidates about their concerns. The format will be opening remarks from candidates and then an opportunity to mix and mingle with them over a cup-o-joe.
When: Thursday, October 22, 2015 8:00- 9:30 AM
Where: Corner Bakery Café, One Grand Corner Avenue, Gaithersburg

Invited Candidates Include:
For Mayor:
  • Jud Ashman
  • Henry Marraffa
  • Darlene Bell-Zuccarelli
For Council:
  • Neil Harris
  • Laurie Anne-Sayles
  • Ryan Spiegel
Robert Wu

Are You the 2016 Small Business of the Year? 

You are cordially invited to submit an application for the GGCC’s 9th 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 6, 2015, either postmarked or emailed to If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 301.840.1400 x14. 

You Could be the GGCC Young Professional of the Year? 

ATTENTION YOUNG PROFESSIONALS: You are cordially invited to submit an application for the GGCC’s 3rd 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, 63, 2015, either postmarked or emailed to If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 301.840.1400 x14.  

October is Bring a Friend Month at the GGCC

Everything is better when you bring your friends. We encourage you to bring a friend 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

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:

Maid Brigade: 10%
The Melting Pot: Call for Details
Merry Maids: 5%

View all the discounts at:

Chamber Ireland Trip

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce invites members of the chamber and the community to experience the true Ireland Culture March 15, 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, click here or contact the Chamber at (301) 840-1400.


Come & Discover Emerald Island: Best of Ireland Info Session
Join us at an information session presented by CI Destinations and learn about the (9) day "Best of Ireland" excursion that include visits to Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Dublin and more! 
When: Thursday, November 05, 2015 
Time: 8:00-09:00 am
Where: Homewood Suites, 805 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg 
Register Now, Click Here
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