Fall Cocktail Reception & Toys for Tots Drive this Thursday!

Come join us for the GGCC “Fall Cocktail Reception” as we give THANKS to you our members.  
Cost: Free for All with a donation of a "new / unwrapped" toy donation to Toys for Tots!!

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! 

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, December 10
4:30-6:00 pm
Young Professionals Group Happy Hour
Cost: Free for All with a can(s) donation to Manna Food Center ot

BC Steakhouse-Silver Birch Bar 15710 Shady Grove Road Gaithersburg

Thursday, December 11

5:30-700 pm
GGCC Holiday Open House
Thank you to our Sponsors: Wegmans, Sonabank and Scheer Partners, Inc. 
: Free for GGCC Members & Non-Members. Advance registration required.
GGCC, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

See all the upcoming events at:

Happy "5" Year Anniversary to the
Montgomery County Division of Solid Waste Services!
They provide education, outreach and assistance to businesses and residents to improve recycling, waste reduction and buying-recycled efforts to meet Montgomery County's goal to reduce waste and recycle 70% by 2020. Learn more about them at: 

The Following Members Joined in October 2014:
Affluent Financial Services, LLC

Ajit Chawla /
9711 Washingtonian Boulevard, Suite 550, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Auxilium Technology
Ed Samuels / 
9814 Washingtonian Blvd., Suite 200, Gaithersburg

Equipment Connections for Children, Inc. (ECFC)
Claire Wong / 
12909 Barleycorn Terrace, Germantown, MD 20874

First Watch - The Daytime Café
Kevin Lange /
802 Muddy Branch Road, Gaithersburg

J Hilburn Men's Clothing
Heather Webb /
Golden Ash Way, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Keller Williams Realty- Thrive, Grow, Morph
Ian Greathead /
11700 Old Georgetown Road, Suite 1408, North Bethesda

Laredo Grill
Mario Amaya /
347 Muddy Branch Road, Gaithersburg

The Last Crumb
Twila Taylor /
8377 Snouffer School Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Launch Workplaces
Mark McMahon /
9841 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Sweet Life Wellness
Kay Loughrey /
60 Market Street, Suite 206, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
  • Join Adventist HealthCare at the Rio's Washingtonian Center Annual Tree Lighting on Friday, Nov. 21 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Holiday festivities include horse and carriage rides as well as a chance to meet Mr. and Mrs. Clause. While there, stop by the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center table outside Copper Canyon for fun crafts and free giveaways. In addition, we will hold a “Give a Gift, Get a Gift” contest. Donate an item to a child in our pediatric unit or pediatric emergency department and you will receive a small token of our appreciation. In addition, we will enter you in a drawing for a FitBit.
  • Help Manna Food Center reach their goal of 1,200 turkeys by Thursday November 20. This month, Manna will serve more than 14,500 individuals. And now, with your help, they will provide additional food to our neighbors experiencing hunger through the County's Holiday Giving Project. More than 30,000 individuals will benefit from this program. Turkeys can be dropped off at Manna Food Center's facility at: 9311 Gaither Road in Gaithersburg between 8 am and 4 pm,  Monday through Friday.
  • 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. 
  • Under the new leadership of BlackRock Center for the Art's new education director, Jillian Levine-Sisson, they have expanded their education programming for the winter class session in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. Highlights include The Art of Lego®, Tiny Tappers, A Capella, additional theatre classes including Stage Combat, Stage Makeup, Playwriting for Seniors, and classes on Sundays. See full list of offerings HERE
  • Volunteers needed to wrap gifts for the Habitat for Humanity of Metro Maryland Holidays at Barnes and Noble. This is a great opportunity to give back and raise much-needed funds for Habitat in a fun environment. For further details and/or to volunteer, click here. 
  • 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.   
  • 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 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).  

NOMINATE YOURSELF: Help make Bus Rapid Transit the Best it can Be

We need businesses to participate in the County's Rapid Transit System (RTS) Corridor Advisory Committee! Help County planners design a bus rapid transit system that will reduce travel time for riders, make it safer to walk or bike to stops, and best support your community’s transportation needs.

NOMINATION FORMS: CLICK HERE!  Apply for a seat on one of the county's Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Advisory Committees! Fill out the form and email us so we can help out by November 21, 2014.

For more information, contact Marilyn Balcombe at or 301.840.1400 x15. 

We're Hiring: Chamber Job Opening -Director of Sales

The Chamber has a job opening for its Director of Member Sales. Please help spread the word.

For all the details, visit: 

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.
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: 

Thank you to our Sponsors:
Title - City of Gaithersburg

Holy Cross Health
Lerch, Early & Brewer Chartered
Montgomery College

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital

Curves - Old Towne Gaithersburg
Rodgers Consulting, Inc.

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

Chamber Trip to Italy!

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
  • Montecatini 
  • 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
  • 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. 

New Member Benefit: 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 leverage's 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.

The concept is simple…….

The Council is 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.


GGCC Membership Drive 2014: Together We are Stronger

Chamber Member's: Encourage a business to join between now and November 21 and you can receive $50 cash when they put your name in the "referred by" part of the application. And the New Member will receive a one-time $50 off their dues when they join between now and November 21. Questions? Contact Marilyn Balcombe at 301.840.1400 x15.

Maximize Your Chamber Membership: Get Involved

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 Lunch & Learns and Happy Hours. They
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 when they meet visit the chamber website at: You can always feel free to visit one or all of the committees and see which is one is the best for you.

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:
The Gazette: 5%
Germantown Copy Center: Call for Details
Global Life Coaching LLC: Complimentary Discovery Consultation

View all the discounts at:
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