Thursday, May 21

5:30-7:30 pm
12th Annual Wine Tasting
Cost:: Tickets are $35 for GGCC Members & First-Time Visitors;$65 for Returning Non-Members
WhereKentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg
Tuesday, May 19
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting
: GGCC Members Only
Topic: Transportation Work Session with Rich Parsons
Where: Montgomery College Germantown Campus Paul Peck Building (Goldenrod Bldg), 20271 Goldenrod Lane Room 105, Germantown 

Wednesday, May 20
8:00-9:00 am
Membership Committee Meeting
: GGCC Members Only
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg
Wednesday, May 27
7:30-9:00 am
Business Networking Before Nine
Cost:: Free for GGCC Member and First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members Pay $40
WhereLaunch Workplaces, 9841 Washingtonian Blvd., Suite 200, Gaithersburg

Tuesday, June 9
7:30-9:00 am
Business Networking Before Nine
Cost:: Free for GGCC Member and First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members Pay $40
WhereThe Highlands at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 20260 Goldenrod Lane, Germantown 
Thursday, June 11
5:30-6:30 pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Homewood Suites
Cost:: Free for All
WhereHomewood Suites Gaithersburg, 805 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg

Sunday, June 14
12:00-5:00 pm
Celebrate Gaithersburg
Cost:: Free for All
WhereCelebrate! Gaithersburg in Olde Towne street festival takes place in and around the intersection of Summit and Diamond Avenues.

Thursday, June 18
5:30-7:30 pm
Business Networking After Five
Cost:: Free for GGCC Member and First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members Pay $40
WhereBrightFocus Foundation, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg  

Thursday, June 18
4:00-5:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: DOVES
Cost:: Free for All
WhereDelivering Opportunities thru Vocational Education Services, 438 N. Frederick Avenue, Suite 215, Gaithersburg 

Thursday, June 25
11:30 am- 1:00 pm
Business Card Exchange Lunch PICNIC! with Asbury, Sodexo & Brickman 
Cost:: $20 for GGCC Member and First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members Pay $40
WhereAsbury Methodist Village / Hefner Community Center,417 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg
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  • Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union presents Small Business University on Thursday, May 21 from 7:00 am - 8:30 am featuring President and Founder of Driven To Excel, Inc. who will discuss "Anticipating Customer Needs". Engineer customer experiences that exceed their expectations and demonstrate that you know them ... better than they know themselves. For further details and/or to register, click here.
  • Shady Grove Farmers Market 2015 Season at Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus. For further details, click here
  • CONGRATS to Worthington Manor Golf Club! Today they will host its 8th U.S. Open Qualifier.  Since their first full season in 1999, Worthington Manor has played host to 15 qualifiers of prestigious USGA national championships including three U.S. Amateurs, one U.S. Mid-Amateur, one U.S. Senior Open and one U.S. Public Links Championship.  In fact, Worthington Manor is the only Maryland golf club that has hosted each of the USGA Men’s Qualifiers. Would you like to play Worthington? To schedule your tee time, click here
  • June 3rd is Teacher Appreciation night at the The Melting Pot - Gaithersburg, make your reservation today by calling 301.519.3638.
  • Wegmans is ready to help make your Summer party easy. Their chef-prepared buffet menu is perfect for graduation and other big summer occasions.No cooking needed-under $15 a guest. They can scale the menu to fit larger or smaller parties.For further details, click here.
  • What Does JK Moving Have In Common With Cherry Blossom Trees? Check out JK's sustainability efforts, click here
  • BlackRock Center for the Arts free summer concerts kicks off with Red Baraat – a rollicking eight-piece, percussion and brass, Brooklyn-based, dance-party band – on Saturday, June 27th. Details, click here.
  • Montgomery College offers Summer 2015 classes designed to meet your entrepreneurial needs in support of your business ideas including The Intentional Entrepreneur and New Venture. For more information, contact Karen Ambrose at 240-567-2592 or 
  • Fresh fruit flavors are in season at Bruster's Real Ice Cream located at 18519 N Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg. Flavors include peach melba and black raspberry chocolate chunk. Find your favorite flavor today.
  • Spring weather marks the start of the Farmers Market season. As many of you may know, Manna Food Center collects produce from five local Farmers Markets throughout the growing season and distributes that food to families experiencing hunger and food insecurity in Montgomery County. Manna needs farmer market volunteers now through November. Click here to request shift times for this opportunity 
  • The 50+ Employment Expo: Retool, Recharge, Reinvent will be held on Monday, June 1 from 10:00 am–3:00 pm at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda. Recruiters from dozens of employers, including non-profits, government, healthcare, retail, technology and more. To present or for more information or accommodations, e-mail or 301-255-4209. 
  • The annual Celebrate! Gaithersburg in Olde Towne street festival will be held on Sunday, June 14 from noon to 5:00 pm., and will include several stages of live entertainment, a variety of local food, and themed areas geared for all ages and interests. Businesses and organizations are invited to be part of the celebration through vendor and sponsorship opportunities. For further details, click here.
  • July 4th is one of the most exciting times of the year in Montgomery Village. They go all out with live music, carnival games, arts and crafts, vendors, and a parade. Spaces fill up quickly, so register early to get a spot at the event. Contact Beto Benitez at 301-948-0110, ext. 2359 or for more details. EVENT ORDER FORM
  • Join Hospice Caring for their upcoming workshop "Empathy in Patient Care, When Treating People with Life-Threatening Illnesses" on Thursday, June 4 from 8:30 am - 12:15 pm, at the Universities at Shady Grove.  This is a collaborative effort between Hospice Caring, Aspire Counseling, and the Universities at Shady Grove. For further details, click here
  • Celebrate Small Business in Montgomery County at the 3rd Annual Montgomery County Small Business Awards Luncheon on June 24 from  11:00 am - 2:00 pm at North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Rd., North Bethesda. For details and/or tickets, click here.
  • Join the Hampton Inn & Suites Gaithersburg to welcome cyclists riding for hope with National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) on Wednesday, May 20th at 1:30 pm. RSVP at:
  • Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland is planning another trip to El Barrial, El Salvador soon to promote affordable housing internationally. Through a partnership, HFHMM committed to a long term project in this community to improve the lives of residents. Interested in joining us on a build in El Salvador? Check out the Global Village section of their website for more information about the upcoming trip or contact Director of Program Servicesat  
  • The City of Gaithersburg is seeking election judges for its 2015 municipal elections, being held on Tuesday, November 3. Judges are needed for six polling places located throughout the City and for three early voting sessions being held at City Hall prior to election day. Interested applicants should contact Elections Clerk Lauren Klingler at 301-258-6310 x2172, or 

12th Annual Wine Tasting
Thursday, May 21
Kentlands Mansion

The GGCC will hold its 12th Annual Wine Tasting at the Kentlands Mansion. Each ticket includes a wine-tasting glass and tastings.
The event sponsors include:
  • The City of Gaithersburg
  • Pinky and Pepe’s Grape Escape
  • The Melting Pot Gaithersburg
  • Local 301
  • Not Your Average Joe's
  • Brasserie Beck
  • Asia Nine
  • Bargain Movers
This year’s wine tasting features a guided wine tasting tutorial five featured wines compliments of Pinky & Pepe of Pinky and Pepe’s Grape Escape. Attendees will receive a special discount coupon to use that week in the Pinky and Pepe’s Grape Escape Kentlands store.
The wine will be paired with delicious food from Local 301, Not Your Average Joe's, Asia Nine, Brasserie Beck and more! Fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate will be served compliments of the Melting Pot Gaithersburg.

Cost: Tickets are $35 for GGCC Members & First-Time Visitors; and $65 for Returning Non-Members.
Register Now, Click Here. Register by May 20 Please! 

Chamber Italy Trip: Early Booking Deadline June 1

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 and Montecatini. Inclusions: 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 and Hotel Transfers.

Cost per person is $2,899. Space is limited. Sign up early to secure your seat. For more information please contact the Chamber at (301)840-1400.    

Young Professional of the Month: Deanna Johnson

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! 
  1. Current Job Title: Director – Contracts & Administration / General Counsel for Staffing Alternatives, Inc.
  2. How long have you been with present company?  3 Years
  3. How long have you been in your present position? 3 Years
  4. What is the best thing about your job? I don’t have to wait on clients to pay an invoice to receive a paycheck…no longer having the pains of private practice 
  5. Where are you from? Spokane, Washington
  6. Where did you attend college? Eastern Washington University (BABA-Finance & Economics) and Gonzaga University School of Law (Juris Doctorate)
  7. If you could be anyone famous or fictional who would it be? Betty White
  8. Favorite TV show growing up? Night Court
  9. All-Time favorite quote? No leader can be too far ahead of their followers.” – Eleanor Roosevelt.
Contact Deanna 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).

20th Annual Public Safety Awards Breakfast

20th Annual Public Safety Awards Breakfast

Friday. August 14
Montgomery County Fairgrounds

The GGCC will honor local heroes from Public Safety personnel of the Upcounty for their courageous, life-saving actions at the 20th Annual Public Safety Awards Breakfast.

We invite you to this time-honored tradition as we recognize the heroic deeds of our local law enforcement and fire-rescue workers at our Annual Public Safety Awards Breakfast on Friday, August 14 at 7:30am at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center, Inc., 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg.

These men and women go above and beyond the call of duty to serve our local community and we want them to know we appreciate them and their hard work.

: Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling (
Official Photography Donated by / Sponsored by: Sugarloaf Photography by Fabrizio


25th Annual Business Golf Classic: Come Play With Us!
25th Annual Business Golf Classic

Friday. September 11
Worthington Manor Golf Club

Grow Your Business & Play Golf at the Same Time! The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber's Annual Business Golf Classic will be held on Friday, September 11 at Worthington Manor Golf Club with a 9:30 AM shotgun.

Sponsorship's are now available and golfers are wanted. A Portion of the proceeds supports the Montgomery College Scholarship Fund. 


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:

Wellman General Contracting and Home Improvements, LLC: 10%
Wilniq Auto Body & Mechanical Repairs, Inc.: 10% Off Labor 25%
View all the discounts at:
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