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!
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

Friday, April 15
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Damascus Community Bank
Cost: FREE for all, advance registration requested.
Where: Damascus Community Bank, 7601-I Airpark Road, 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 
Wednesday, April 27
5:30-7:30 pm
Business Card Exchange Lunch
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS & First-Time Non-Members: $20. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
WhereHomewood Suites, 805 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg 

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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
  • CONGRATULATIONS to SOLDIERFIT! They were chosen as one of the Top 100 Small Businesses in America by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Each year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Sam’s Club®, recognizes 100 standout small businesses from across the country for their dedication to their communities and contributions to restoring jobs and supporting economic growth. They were chosen for exemplifying the strong American values of hard work, innovation, persistence, and entrepreneurship. 
  • Come out to Pinky & Pepe's Grape Escape in the Kentlands on Friday, March 4 between 6-10:00 pm to kick off their Help the Hungry Event. Bring a canned or non-perishable food item with you on Friday night and receive a FREE cupcake courtesy of Cakes by Klara (while supplies last). If you donate on Friday night, you will also be entered to win a gift card to Fontina Grill. Can't make it out for the kick off event? No worries! Cans will be collected from March 4 through March 10 at Grape Escape located at 223 Kentlands Boulevard in Gaithersburg.
  • 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 Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection – Division of Solid Waste Services is hosting a Business Recycling Seminar on Tuesday, March 22nd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Sheraton Silver Spring (8777 Georgia Avenue). Cost is only $10 and includes parking, food/refreshments and materials. Register online today at or call Maria Jimenez at 301-565-0770 x229.
  • 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.  
  • Get ready for the world premiere of "Becoming Sugar Plum", an original fairytale ballet from Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy unfolding March 18-20 at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, Rockville. For more information and/or tickets, click here.   
  • 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.
  • The Treatment & Learning Centers along with the Katherine Thomas School Parent Association cordially invites you to the KTSPA 10th Annual Auction & Gala on Saturday, March 12 from  6:00 – 9:00 pm at Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus 9605 Medical Center Drive, Room 121, Rockville. The cost is $40/person. There will be complementary open bar, buffet dinner & dessert buffet stations. For more information, click here. All proceeds with benefit new play equipment for our students.  
  • BlackRock Center for the Arts will present Sybarite5, the first string quintet ever selected as a winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in its 60 year history, on Saturday, March 5 at 8:00pm. Tickets range $18-$26 and are on sale at 240.912.1058 or
  • Tomorrow’s weather forecast is calling for another sunny golf-able day which may be even nicer than today. So, Worthington Manor Golf Club is offering an astonishing special tomorrow for Super Tuesday. Play an 18-hole round with cart, range balls and applicable taxes for just $39. Call them at 301-874-5400 or click here to book your tee time online.
  • JK Moving Services, together with its sister company, CapRelo, announced the opening of its downtown Washington, DC office location. The new office joins the company's expansive real estate portfolio, including its Sterling, Virginia headquarters campus and Gaithersburg office. The newly established Global Relocation Center broadens the company's geographic infrastructure & will provide the company's DC-based corporate and government customers with ready access to the relocation service provider.
  • The City of Gaithersburg, in partnership with the Harp and Shamrock Society of Gaithersburg and the Peterson Companies/Rio Washingtonian Center, will host the 16th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 12 at Rio Washingtonian Center (I-370 and Washingtonian Boulevard). 

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.

Young Professional of the Month: Bryan Sanders

The GGCC's Young Professionals program is a networking group of dedicated young professionals ranging in age from 21-40. The chamber supports the professional development of the next generation of leaders by providing opportunities for skill-building, information sharing, networking and growth of younger professionals in our chamber. It is with great pleasure that we announce this month's Young Professional of the Month. Get to know members of the group a little better with our new YPG Insider feature. Enjoy! 

Bryan J. Sanders, Esq.
Grant, Riffkin & Strauss, P.C.
  1. Current Job Title: Associate Attorney
  2. How long have you been with present company? Just over 3 years 
  3. How long have you been in your present position? Just over 3 years 
  4. What is the best thing about your job? The best part about my job is that working at a small general practice law firm I am able to assist people in a variety of different aspects of their life in a closer and more personal way. 
  5. Where are you from? Bowie, MD
  6. Where did you attend college? University of Maryland, College Park, and Wake Forest School of Law
  7. If you could be anyone famous or fictional who would it be? Cal Ripken, Jr.
  8. Favorite TV show growing up? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 
  9. All-Time favorite quote? "I'm okay. Russian machine never break." - Alexander Ovechkin 

Contact Bryan at  

(Interested in becoming a Young Professional of the Month? Attend the Young Professional Group Happy Hour and you just may be the lucky winner. YPG of the Month is open to GGCC Members only, Must be present to win)

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:

ADP, Automatic Data Processing: Call for Details
Advance Auto Parts: 10%
Alta Liberty Mill Apartments: Call for Details

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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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