Business Networking Before Nine on Wednesday!

Enjoy breakfast bites and coffee while networking with local business professionals and entrepreneurs from a range of industries at the GGCC Business Networking Before Nine on Wednesday, November 12th.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network and expand your business! Our target is the professional community interested in expanding business opportunities, share leads and discuss current trends that will help you succeed and stay on top of your industry.

Bring your elevator speech, your business cards, a smile and a desire to make the most out of our time together. Please share this event with your connections, clients, prospects, associates and friends.

Cost: Free for GGCC Members & First-time Visitors. Returning Non-Members pay $40.

Wednesday, November 12
7:30-9:00 am
Business Networking Before Nine
Cost: Free for GGCC Members & First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville

Wednesday, November 12
12:00-1:00 pm
Events Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC Members Only
GGCC, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Thursday, November 13
12:00-1:00 pm
Non-Profit Sector Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC Members Only
GGCC, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg
TOPIC: Discover the Montgomery County Volunteer Center
- With Molly Callaway of the Montgomery County Volunteer Center
- Info about the Volunteer Center website and how to post effective opportunities for volunteers
- Discussion of the Pro Bono Consultant Volunteer Program 
- Planning group projects for businesses and other groups
- Student volunteers and MCPS Student Service Learning issues for nonprofits


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 GGCC Members & First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pa

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:
  • CONGRATULATIONS to Potomac Wealth Advisors, LLC who has been awarded the Premier Advisor Award by the Washington Business Journal (WBJ) and the National Association of Board Certified Advisory Practices (NABCAP) for the fourth consecutive year. NABCAP issues this award to an elite group of advisors based on an objective analysis of the quality of their business practices.
  • CONGRATULATIONS to Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger who was elected President of The Major Cities Chiefs Police Association (MCCA) has elected Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger as President of the association. Chief Manger will take office January 1, 2015 and will serve two years.
  • Join Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa for a Skin Care Spa Party on November 13 from 6:00-9:00 pm. $29.95 per person. Choose either an express facial or Microzone Treatment (each are 25 minute services) and learn to protect and care for your skin during the dry and cold winter season. Call now to register: 301-527-8663.
  • The Gazette is looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated person to take one of our Montgomery County sales territories to the next level. Position involves cold calls, interviewing potential clients, creating marketing plans and developing strong customer relationships. Candidates should possess persistence, enthusiasm and strong planning and organizational skills. Send resume and salary/earnings requirement to
  • 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. 
  • 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.   
  • A Cat Clinic's Dr. Melissa Mustillo, DVM, will be giving a talk on "Happy Cats: Environmental Enrichment for Cats" on Saturday, November 15 at 2:00 pm here at A Cat Clinic.  She will discuss normal cat behavior; environmental enrichment, such as offering vertical space, toys, and feeding tips;dealing with inter-cat aggression; and other related topics. Light refreshments will be served.  Everyone is welcome. For further details call 301.540.7770. 
  • 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.
  • The Hampton Inn & Suites - Washington, DC North - Gaithersburg, MD  is offering a warm winter rate of $89 for a standard guest room rate Rates valid until 31 March 2015, subject to availability. Reservations: Call 1-800- HAMPTON (426-7866) or Hotel directly: 301-990-4300. Mention: APT or corporate booking number: 0002976180
  • 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).  
  • Habitat for Humanity of Metro Maryland invites you to its Annual Volunteer Recognition Reception and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, November 19 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Habitat office, 9110 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg. To RSVP call Caitlin at 301-990-0014 x18. 
  • The Gaithersburg City Council has selected Neil Harris to fill the council vacancy. Harris will be sworn into office on November 10th. Harris is currently the Chairman the Board of Trustees of the Kentlands Citizens Assembly, a member of Montgomery County’s Economic Strategy Group and Maryland’s Area 1 Advisory Committee for the Corridor Cities Transitway. Harris is Chief Revenue Officer for Bulletin Healthcare, LLC, a publisher of daily medical news briefings for healthcare providers. WELCOME NEIL!

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.

What’s a Corridor Advisory Committee (CAC)? Corridor Advisory Committees will provide feedback and input into the design and implementation of each proposed Bus Rapid Transit corridor, on issues such as station location, pedestrian and bicycle access, and station design. Committees will include neighbors, business owners and other interested residents, such as frequent transit riders.

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. 

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.

Thank you to our Title Sponsor - The City of Gaithersburg ( for their support!

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

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.

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: 

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.

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:
DrinkMore Water: 10%
EWC Consultants: 10%
First Federal Corporation: 10%

View all the discounts at:

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.
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