Final event of February is tomorrow. Join us for a casual morning of Coffee and Conversation at Corner Bakery. You can register in advance by clicking here. See you there! 
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 

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

Friday, March 10
8:00-9:30 am
New Member Orientation
Where: Homewood Suites, 805 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg 

Wednesday, March 15
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Topic: Overview of White Flint and White Oak Developments
Speakers: Dee Metz and Pete Fosselman
About: The White Flint and White Oak areas of Montgomery County are hubs for economic development. Let's find out what the North I-270 Corridor can learn from these projects and their champions
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Where:  Montgomery College Germantown Campus Paul Peck Building (Goldenrod Bldg), 20271 Goldenrod Lane Room 105, Germantown

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

Thursday, March 30
8:00-9:00 am
Italy Trip Information Session
Cost: Free, Advance Registration is required
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Tuesday, April 4
8:00-9:45 am
BIG Data for Business! Seminar
Cost: $20 Chamber Members / $30 Non-Members
Where: Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, 9605 Medical Center Drive, Room 121, Rockville 

Thursday, April 20
5:30-7:30 pm
BNAF: Peterson Companies / RIO
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership; NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: Rio Washingtonian Center, Grand Corner Avenue, Gaithersburg
  • Congratulations to Potomac Village Deli & Catering on 25 years in business! On February 21, 1992, they opened Cone Zone in Bethesda and the road has taken them through opening 9 different restaurants and businesses. In the next twelve months, they will be opening three new restaurants. We wish you continued success. Stop by and congratulate them at 625 Center Point Way in Gaithersburg. Learn more about them, click here
  • There is a great article in the Washington Post on GGCC Member A.B. Veirs & Sons Paving. Congratulations on 70 years! To view the article, click here.
  • Fast Company recently named Marriott one of the most innovative companies of 2017 "for prioritizing loyalty." Congratulations Marriott! Read more, click here
  • Our member Waredaca Brewing Company made the Top 10 Must See Places in Montgomery County, Maryland! AWESOME! To view the article, click here
  • Congratulations to the City of Gaithersburg Helpdesk Technician Dwight Davenport, who was presented with the Employee of the Quarter award. Dwight was nominated for his productivity, quality of work and going above and beyond what is normally expected. Great job! 
  • The GGCC's own Marilyn Balcombe and Dr. DeRionne Pollard, the President of Montgomery College will join Governor Larry Hogan on February 28th at the CREW Maryland Suburban economy update. The event is being held at Montgomery College –Germantown Campus. Check our social media fields for videos and photos starting tomorrow.
  • Germantown, Maryland & Gaithersburg, Maryland have placed in WalletHub's top ten "Most Culturally Diverse Cities" 2017 list. The site conducted an in-depth analysis of the most and least culturally diverse cities in the U.S., and Germantown placed second, Gaithersburg placed third. Our neighbors - Silver Spring placed fourth and Rockville placed ninth. To view the full report, click here.
  • Check out this awesome article on GGCC Member SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier featured in the Washington Post.
  • Great news - Hogan Administration Proceeds with Watkins Mill Interchange! Read more from Montgomery Community Media, click here.
  • In partnership with Lakeforest Mall, the Gaithersburg Multicultural Affairs Committee presents DiverseCity Showcase, a community celebration of music, dance and fashion on Saturday, March 18 from 12:00-4:00 pm at Lakeforest Mall, Center Court, 701 Russell Avenue. This event is free and is suitable for all ages. For more information, click here
  • Ruth's Chris Steakhouse presents its "Brandy from Around the World" dinner on Thursday, March 2nd at 6:30 pm at 106 Crown Park Avenue in Gaithersburg. Cost is $100 per person, plus tax and gratuity. To make a reservation, click here
  • This Fat Tuesday, February 28th, receive two free Beignets - a New Orleans favorite- with any coffee or tea purchase at Barking Mad Cafe, 239 Spectrum Avenue, Gaithersburg. Limit two per customer while supplies last.
  • ENNIS Legacy Partners, LLC  presents its "Benefits of a Business Valuation in Planning a Successful Exit from Your Business" seminar on March 1 at 8:00 am. Seminar attendees will gain understanding as to the uses and structure of a Business Valuation for planning a successful exit, as well as be awarded fee discounts on the following ENNIS Legacy Partners services: 10% Discount on Business Valuation; 10% Discount on ExitMap Analysis & Action Plan; 20% Discount on purchase of both Business Valuation & ExitMap Analysis & Action Plan. Visit their seminar event page for details and registration
  • The Matan Companies has purchased Plaza 500, a 502,830 square foot industrial park located at 6295 Edsall Road, in Alexandria, VA. Constructed in 1973 and recently upgraded, the 34-acre property is comprised of industrial, warehouse, flex office space, and storefront retail, as well as fenced storage and ample parking. Plaza 500 is strategically located at the confluence of the largest highways in the D.C. area, the Capital Beltway, Interstate 395, and Interstate 95. The property is also located within walking distance to the Blue Line’s Van Dorn Metrorail station. 
  • The 3rd annual Montgomery County GreenFest will take place on Saturday, May 6 from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Bohrer Park and Activity Center located at 512 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg. In 2016, the event attracted more than a thousand attendees. Exhibitor, plant and food truck vendor registration is now open. Exhibitors may be for-profit or nonprofit organizations who focus on the environment. To apply, click here.
  • Are your calendars marked for the 8th Annual Gaithersburg Book Festival on Saturday, May 20 on the Grounds of
    City Hall in Olde Towne Gaithersburg? Visit the festival website to check out the latest featured authors and more. Click here
  • Don’t miss the first program in Montgomery County Public Libraries’ “Contemporary Conversations” series with award-winning talk show host, Kojo Nnamdi. Contemporary Conversations is a series of talks about cultural and current issues with journalists, authors and other relevant speakers. The event will be held on Saturday, March 4 at 7:00 pm at the Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Avenue, Gaithersburg. To register, click here
  • Free Real Estate & Mortgage Seminar at Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union, 12820 Wisteria Drive, 1st Floor - Community Center, Germantown on Saturday, March 4 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. To register, click here
  • Need a physical for spring sports? MedStar Prompt Care is offering a special rate for a limited time only. Now through March 6 only, sports physicals are $20* (reg. $35). Walk-ins are always welcome, or you can save time and check in online at They’re open days, evenings, weekends and holidays.

VOTE for the GGCC!

On your marks, get ready, VOTE!! Starting March 1st you can VOTE! for your favorite chamber - US, the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce - in the Chamber Challenge VOTE.

Maryland Small Business Week Awards Program, Inc. has announced the launch of this year’s Chamber Challenge, to determine the state’s Top 3 Most Small Business Friendly Chambers, as voted by their members in an online poll.

The Chamber Challenge is invites the public and chamber members to vote for their favorite chamber, once per day for the month of March. Voting opens March 1st and closes March 31st. You do not need to be a GGCC member to vote, so pleasse encourage your friends, family, and collagauges to vote for us too please.

To vote for your favorite chamber - the GGCC - or to learn more about the 33rd Annual MD Small Business Week Awards Luncheon, visit



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 sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus & M&T Bank. 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.

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, non-profits. sales, marketing, EVERYONE

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?
When: Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM thru 9:45 AM
Cost: $20 Chamber Members /$30 Non-Members


14th Annual Wine Tasting
Thursday, May 11
Kentlands Mansion

Save-The Date
22nd Annual Public Safety Awards Breakfast
Friday, July 14
Montgomery County Fairgrounds

Save-The Date
27th Annual Business Golf Classic
Friday, September 8
Worthington Manor Golf Club

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).

Do You Have A Success Story?

The GGCC is Looking for your Business and GGCC Member Partnership Success Stories!
Have you received a contract or business because you are a GGCC Member? Or perhaps a GGCC Member introduced you to someone that led to that "big deal"? Or do just love the GGCC and it has helped you in a different way and you would like to share that with the membership? Send us your success story and will feature your business on our social media sites or pick your story to be a featured presentation at one of our upcoming events.Or we can invite you over and we can tape your story and then post it on our website and YouTube page. Thank you in advance!  Email

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:
Gaithersburg Sports Association, Inc. / Gaithersburg Giants: Call for Details
Germantown Chiropractic & Wellness, PC: Complimentary Consultation
Germantown Copy Center: Call for Details
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