Wednesday, February 8 - SIGNATURE EVENT! 
5:30-7:30 pm
Business Networking After Five
 GGCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership; NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: Therrien Waddell, 100 Lakeforest Boulevard, Suite 600, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, February 8
12:00-1:00 pm
Events Committee Meeting
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, February 15
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Topic: Gaithersburg Update
Speakers: Tom Lonergan, Director of Economic Development and John Schlichting, Director of Planning, City of Gaithersburg
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Where:  Montgomery College Germantown Campus Paul Peck Building (Goldenrod Bldg), 20271 Goldenrod Lane Room 105, Germantown

Thursday, February 16
12:00-1:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Celebration Art Glass
 Free for All business folks. Advance registration requested.
Where: Celebration Art Glass, 18247-A Flower Hill Way, Gaithersburg

Thursday, February 16
8:00-9:00 am
Membership Committee Meeting
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, February 22
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Business Card Exchange Lunch
Cost: $20 Members & First-Time Non-Members / $40 Returning Non-Members
Where: Senor Tequila's, 20021 Century Boulevard, Germantown

Tuesday, February 28
8:00-9:00 am
Coffee & Conversation with the GGCC
 GGCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership; NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: Corner Bakery Cafe, One Grand Corner Avenue, Gaithersburg

Tuesday, March 7
7:30-9:00 am
BNBN: Montgomery Village Rotary Club with Special Guest Sidney Katz
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership; NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: Homewood Suites, 805 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg 

Friday, March 10
8:000-9:30 am
New Member Orientation
Where: Homewood Suites, 805 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg 

Thursday, March 16
5:30-7:30 pm
BNAF: Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership; NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, 106 Crown Park Avenue, Gaithersburg

Thursday, March 23
4:30-6:00 pm
Young Professionals Group Happy Hour
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership; NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: Barking Mad Café, 239 Spectrum Avenue, Gaithersburg

Would you like to give your company a little extra promotion? Consider offering a door prize at the event. Bring it with you that evening, or drop it off at the Chamber office at least one day before the date of the event. Thank you for your support! 
  • Congratulations to Keith Kohr, Waredaca Brewing Company's head brewer and co-founder who was listed by RateBeer as the "Best New Brewer" in Maryland on this years list. Read more, click here
  • WalletHub Ranks Maryland 2nd for Most Educated State. Way to go #Maryland! Read more, click here.
  • Congratulations to Montgomery Community Television who received a $25,000 grant from NBC4 to train students in multimedia production. Read more, click here
  • THANK YOU Montgomery College Germantown for including us in your "MC in the Neighborhood" article. We're just so proud to support Montgomery College Scholarship Foundation. Here's the snippet - "GGCC provides generous support to students. MC students Matthew Motley, Jalalah Abdullah, Jana Christina Catuche, Lily Chen, and Jimmy Rodriguez each received a sizeable scholarship to help them continue their studies, thanks to the generosity of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce and its businesses. This year the GGCC awarded $16,500 in scholarship money and held a live auction during its award dinner to raise another $20,000 for the endowment it established to support future scholarships for MC students. An extra special thanks goes to Marilyn Balcombe, Jim Muir, and Stuart Barr for the phenomenal leadership they provide the Chamber as they raise funds to support Montgomery College students through scholarships each year.  A past recipient, now completing his degree at UMD, spoke at the dinner about the impact of the scholarship he received." Learn more about our scholarship giving and/or how you can help, click here
  • Welcome Launch Workplaces newest employee Nickie Vidal to the staff in Gaithersburg. Nickie will be the Community Administrator primarily working at the Gaithersburg front desk, where her duties will be greeting guests and providing support to our members. 
  • Congratulations to The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) has been awarded a $80,000 grant from the Florence Nesh Charitable Trust to support scholarships which helps deserving students majoring in healthcare fields to realize their academic and career goals. Read more, click here
  • Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences has been hosting middle school students from Leonardo Da Vinci School in Lima, Peru as part of their annual foreign exchange program. Four students are staying with Barnesville host families and attending classes at Barnesville. Welcomed by the entire Barnesville community, the exchange students are sharing their culture with students through presentations and daily interactions with students in all grades. In addition to attending classes, the exchange students are visiting historic monuments, museums, and other notable sites in and around Washington D.C. Keep doing great things Barnesville! 
  • The Maryland Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, is conducting a study for developing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along a portion of the MD 355 corridor (as well as Observation Drive). Conceptual Alternatives have been developed and will be presented at two public Open Houses. The Open Houses will be held to provide information and seek comments from the public. Project information can be found at We can submit questions/comments to  Open House: Tuesday, February 7; 6:30-8:30 pm, Montgomery College-Germantown Campus Bioscience Education Building 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown OR Wednesday, February 8, 6:30-8:30 pm, Executive Office Building Cafeteria Terrace Level 101 Monroe Street, Rockville.
  • Join 8 Montgomery County and Maryland breweries, including GGCC Member Waredaca Brewing Company, for an outdoor beer festival hosted by another GGCC Member Dogfish Head Alehouse - Gaithersburg on Saturday, April 22 from 1-4:00 pm. Details, click here.
  • Enjoy a Valentine's Day fit for royalty at The Melting Pot Gaithersburg. They will be offering a four-course prix-fixe menu on the 14th. Regular dinner menu will not be available. Show your special someone how much they mean to you over a decadent pot of gooey cheese and silky chocolate. View details, click here
  • The planning is underway for the Montgomery County Greenfest - in partnership with   Montgomery County Department of Transportation -a one-day festival focused on the people and environment of the County on Saturday, May 6 at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park. Save-the-Date and for the most up-to-date details, click here
  • CQI announces their new referral program “Share our Services, Save the Planet”. Chamber members are encouraged to recommend the Energy Co-op Program to another chamber member. For each referred chamber member that enrolls, a tree will be planted in each of their names. The National Forestry provides the service and each referral helps restore our nation’s forests destroyed by fire and other natural disasters. All referrals must be submitted directly to Joe Tabeling at For more information call Joe Tabeling at 443-472-3870.
  • The Gaithersburg Book Festival will be on Saturday, May 20 - mark those calendars now!
  • The City of Gaithersburg, in partnership with RIO Washingtonian Center, will host the 17th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 11. The parade meanders down Grand Corner Avenue at RIO. To download the participant application form, click here. If you are interested in participating at the parade as a vendor, please e-mail Laurie Yankowski at
  • The Melting Pot of Gaithersburg has been helping their guests make memories for 25 years. They invite you to re-live those memories and help make new ones while enjoying a three-course menu of their guests favorites on February 22 or 23 for $25.25 per person. View details, click here.
  • County Executive Ike Leggett released his recommended FY18 Capital Budget / Capital Construction Budget and amendments to the FY17-22 Capital Improvements Program. Transportation recommendations include more funding for Bus Rapid Transit, bridge renovation and road resurfacing. See budget online.
  • It's the Valentines day heart shape boxes free giveaway from SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier. Share the story of your most memorable valentines day with them through a video or written status on Facebook or Instagram. Use the hashtag #spagnvolalove and tag them @ SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier and they will pick 3 people with their favorite stories to receive one of their chocolates by valentines day. Good luck and may cupid be with you .
  • The annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, a partnership of the City of Gaithersburg, the Montgomery County Community Action Agency and Family Services, Inc.,is now open and accepting appointments to prepare 2016 taxes. The VITA program offers free tax preparation assistance to low- and moderate-income individuals who earn less than $54,000 per year. For further details, click here.  
  • Want to meet the characters from Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy's upcoming ballet, Cinderella, before the performance? You are cordially invited to join them at their Dress-up Ballet Tea Party in February 26 with seating's at 10:00 AM, 12:00 & 2:00 PM. Click here or call 301-762-1757 for tickets. And then don't miss the performance "Cinderella, a ballet in two acts" on Saturday March 18 or Sunday March 19. For further details click here or call 301-762-1757. 

Superbowl is Sunday, Feb. 5

Here are some ideas to get ready for Gameday on Super Sunday!
  • The Big Game just got bigger at Old Town Pour House. To view their giant features, click here
  • Order a Super Sub from Potomac Village Deli & Catering. To view their catering menu, click here
  • Get your party planning wrapped up with one call to The Greene Turtle. With each purchase of one of their party platters, you can ge t a 25-piece order of Boneless Wings for just 51 cents. For more information, click here.
  • Whether you're hosting a party or are bringing a dish, Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar has options to go for the ultimate Super Bowl victory. Like their Taco 20 Packs: Choose two taco varieties and get 20 tacos to go for only $50. and they have Guac & Salsa to go too. Call them at 301-330-4400 to order.
  • Let Wegmans Food Markets "plan now, party later" catering get you ready for Superbowl Sunday Funday. To view their catering menu click here. They are located at 20600 Seneca Meadows Parkway in Germantown.
  • Corner Bakery starts with freshly baked breads and offers complete meals, box lunches and custom platters that can be delivered to you. Call them at 301-721-1634. 
  • Enjoy your favorite off-centered brew and burger and catch the game at Dogfish Head Alehouse. Did you know they now selling growlers out of their Gaithersburg location? They are so if you want you can just stock up on beer. 800 West Diamond Avenue, Gaithersburg. 
  • Super Bowl Sunday is upon us and Copper Canyon Grill couldn't be more excited. They are offering delicious and crowd-pleasing Super Bowl take out in honor of the unofficial holiday. To view their Super Sunday football menu, click here.  
  • You can watch the Superbowl next Sunday at Barking Mad Cafe. Enjoy their scratch made pizza, burgers, and wings, relax with one of their craft made beers or cocktails, and/or go easy with a wine and cheese plate combo. They are located at  239 Spectrum Avenue in Gaithersburg.
  • Make it a pizza night! Grab some fresh & flavorful pizza pies from Pieology Pizzeria located at 15780 Shady Grove Road in Gaithersburg.  
  • Have Nando’s Peri-Peri deliver their legendary flame-grilled chicken, wraps, burgers, veggie options, and more to spice up your occasion. Check out their catering menu, click here
  • Buca di Beppo is your go to for To Go. Click here for their online ordering. Or grab your friends, and head to Tommy Joe's in the Kentlands, relax with your favorite people while their chef creates dishes that will entice your palate and catch the game on one of their 26 TV's. for game day specials and more, click here
  • Union Jack's Rio has you covered for Superbowl coverage with 20 TV's and 3 projectors, along with some pretty awesome game day food and bev specials. Details, click here
  • Don't forget the tasty beverages! Stock up on your favorite beer and wine from Pinky & Pepe's Grape Escape or Downtown Crown Wine & Beer. 

BIG Data for Business! The Can't Miss Seminar of 2017

You are cordially invited to join us on Tuesday, April 4 for the BIG Data for Business! Seminar. The amount of data out there is incredible, and it just keeps growing. It’s what organizations do with the data that matters. Big data can be analyzed for insights that lead to better decisions and strategic conception. What does that mean for businesses? How can they make better use of the information that flows into their organizations every day? 

BIG Data – and the way organizations manage and derive insight from it – is changing the way the world uses business information. We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker will be Alton Henley, Sr. Program Director at Montgomery College, Workforce Development & Continuing Education. He is expert in the area of data and data analytics.

About the Seminar:
  • What is #BigData / Data Analytics? What can it do?
  • What data should I be gathering and how? (internal / public domain / commercial data)
  • I have the data, now what do I do with it? (data-driven decision making)
  • How does this impact my product, marketing, target market?
  • How to find the information I need without getting swallowed up?
  • What are 3 – 5 takeaways that I can start using in my own business
This seminar will help us answer questions like:
  • If we take data from any source and analyze how can it help with product development and smart decision making?
And can all of this BIG Data and its analysis help answer these questions:
  • What will this customer buy next?
  • What is the potential value of this customer?
  • How influential is a person?
  • How can we engage with a person through products and services that the customer has not yet thought of?
Who Should Attend:

Some ask does BIG Data have a place in SMALL business? There are almost 28 million small businesses in the U.S., and more than 50% of the working population work in a small business. So we would say yes, BIG Data is suited to small business in ways that it never was for big business. And BIG Data is helpful for medium and large businesses alike. This seminar is for EVERYONE! Small, medium, large businesses, business owners, sales, marketing, EVERYONE

When: Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM thru 10:00 AM
Cost: $20 Chamber Members /$30 Non-Members


Restaurant Week Winter Edition Starts January 30!

Washington, DC Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to experience Washington, DC’s best restaurants at affordable prices.The GGCC Would Like You to Join Us in Celebrating Restaurant Week the week of January 30 through February 5. SUPPORT GGCC MEMBERS, when you DINE at one or more of our 26 member restaurant's. 

Sponsorship - Find the One That's Right For You! 

The Chamber offers organizations several sponsorship opportunities. Showcase your company’s products and services to an audience of business and government leaders.

By sponsoring a Chamber program, your organization will reach local businesses and community leaders who recognize and appreciate companies that help support sound economic development initiatives that create a healthy business climate. 

Become the Young Professional Title sponsor or Sponsor an Event today! 

For more information click here or contact us at or 301.840.1400 x14. 

Take a Trip to Italy: Departing October 23

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce invites members of the chamber and the community to experience the true Italy Culture October 23, 2017.

The GGCC will be offering a fully escorted tour of “Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast”. The Amalfi coast is a captivating combination of great beauty and griping drama: mountains dotted with picturesque towns and lush forests plunge into the sea. Mountains erupt from the waters of the Mediterranean and pastel-painted buildings cascade down cliffs.

Visit  Maioriare, Herculaancum, Pompeii, Paestum & Rome. Nine day, eight night excursion. $3,099 per person / $2,999 if deposited by January 31, 2017 (airfare, hotels and most meals included).

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:
D & M Consulting: Call for Details
Davis & Associates, P.A.: Call for Details
DeLeon & Stang, CPAs & Advisors: 10%

View all the discounts at:

Chamber Snow Policy 

The GGCC policy is as follow:
  • When the Montgomery County Schools are closed or there is a two-hour delay, all GGCC morning events and committee meetings are cancelled.
  • Any afternoon events or committee meetings will be decided upon by 8:00 am.
  • All evening events or committee meetings, will be decided upon by Noon.
Please note there are times that an event may be held or cancelled due to the sponsoring company’s policies and/or the discretion of the GGCC.

We will keep everyone apprised via our website and social media outlets if possible and as soon as we can. Thank you. 
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