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 13th Annual Wine Tasting This Thursday!

The GGCC will hold its 13th Annual Wine Tasting at the Kentlands Mansion on Thursday, May 19. Each ticket includes a wine-tasting glass and tastings. This year you are in for a treat - we have wine sommelier (a wine expert) coming and six specialty wines chosen by wine sponsor Pinky of Pinky and Pepe's Grape Escape. And the food menu will make your mouth-water!
Please register in advance.

 
Wednesday, May 18
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Topic: Briefing from County Councilmember Craig Rice – This is great opportunity to learn more about what the County Council is doing right now and what plans are in the works. And a briefing from Universities at Shady Grove on their recently funded 4th academic building - Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education Facility (BSE) – The Chamber helped to advocate for the funding for the new building. It will be a great addition to an already great educationa
Where:  Montgomery College Germantown Campus Paul Peck Building (Goldenrod Bldg), 20271 Goldenrod Lane Room 105, Germantown
Thursday, May 19
5:30-7:30 pm
13th Annual Wine Tasting
Cost: Tickets are $35 for GGCC Members & First-Time Visitors; and $65 for Returning Non-Members.
WhereKentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg
 
Thursday, May 19
8:00-9:00 am

Membership Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS ONLY
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg 
 
Saturday, May 21
10:00 am -6:00 pm

Gaithersburg Book Festival
Cost: Free for All, Fun for All Ages!
Where: Grounds of Gaithersburg City Hall, 31 S. Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg
 
About: Funding is the fuel on which a business runs. A business can take different avenues to attain funding, and more than one option can be used. This entrepreneur series - FUNDING - will discuss the options on how one can secure a variety of funding options & help improve your odds of success.
Cost: Chamber Members & Guests: $20 / Non-Member: $40.
WhereMontgomery College, BioScience Education Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown

Sunday, June 12
12:00-5:00 pm

Celebrate Gaithersburg
Cost: Free 
Where: Old Towne Gaithersburg
SPECIAL! VOLUNTEER AT OUR BOOTH FOR TWO HOURS AND YOU CAN DISPLAY A COMPANY BROCHURE AT OUR TABLE ALL DAY!!
Contact us at lrowles@ggchamber.org for more details. 
 
Thursday, June 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.
WhereMelting Pot, 9021 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg
 
Wednesday, June 22
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Business Card Exchange Lunch / BBQ Picnic
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS: $20 (incl. in membership); NON-MEMBERS: $20 for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
WhereAsbury Methodist Village / Hefner Community Center, 417 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg
 
Tuesday, June 28
7:45-9:30 am

GGCC Employment Law Workshop Part II
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS ONLY: FREE
About: The GGCC, in cooperation with its Non-Profit Group, has invited Marc Engel,an employment attorney at Lerch, Early &Brewer, Chartered, to discuss Employment Law with ALL GGCC Members, so you can understand and comply with the following laws: hiring, evaluation & termination. This workshop is specifically designed to help small and medium sized businesses and non-profit employers understand and comply with these laws
Where / Sponsored ByLaunch Workplace, 9841 Washingtonian Boulevard,Suite 200, Gaithersburg
Important Details: Registration: 7:45 am. Program will begin promptly at 8:00 am. Limited space. Please register in advance. Thank you!

 
Thursday, June 30
8:00-9:30 am

New Member Orientation
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS ONLY
WhereHomewood Suites, 805 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg

See all the upcoming events at: www.ggchamber.org/events

We want to extend a warm welcome to members who have joined the Chamber in recent weeks. We're happy to have you as members!
Happy Anniversary to the following members! We're glad you're here. Thank you for your support!
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  • The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber is proud to be a scholarship donor for Montgomery College. GGCC President Marilyn Balcombe and Jim Muir, Hughes Network Systems, LLC, presented a check for $30,000 to the College at their recent Scholarship luncheon. Check out the YouTube video, click here.
  • Five years ago, Lawrence Rosenblum of Grossberg Company LLP and H.L. Ward of Monument Bank had a vision to build an event that would honor Montgomery County business leaders who have made a positive impact on the corporate environment, and support students seeking educational excellence. The bridge to connect the two was their creation of the Montgomery County Business Hall of Fame (MCBHOF). The following GGCC Members will be honored at the fifth annual MCBHOF ceremony on October 27: Robert Brewer, Principal, Lerch, Early & Brewer and William Schlossenberg, former Director of Development and Community Partnerships, The Universities at Shady Grove. Congratulations! 
  • The list of featured authors for the 2016 Gaithersburg Book Festival is impressive. Take a look at the most recent award-winners and best-sellers that will be presenting at this Saturday's festival at: www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org. While you are there, plan your day. Saturday, May 21 will be here before we know it. The event will be held on the Grounds of City Hall in Olde Towne Gaithersburg.
  • Congratulations to Jonathan Sachs, Director of Public Policy for Adventist HealthCare, on being named in the 2016 Washington Business Journal"40 Under 40" class. Jonathan is also a GGCC Board Member. Great Job!
    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.
  • Pinky & Pepe's Grape Escape will host a Gourmet Wine & Beer Dinner at Il Porto in Gaithersburg on Sunday, June 5 starting with cocktails at 2:00 pm. To view the menu, click here. $65 per person, plus tax & gratuity. To make a reservation, call -with a credit card- 301.869.9463.
  • Spice things up on Saturday nights with the Nando's Peri Peri Spicy Saturday Night concert series. Watch all your favorite local bands live every Saturday night from 6:30-8:30 pm on the Lakefront Plaza (between Joe's Crab Shack and Uncle Julio's) in the Rio in Gaithersburg. Click here for the full event schedule.
  • The American Moving and Storage Association has designated May as National Moving Month. If your clients are planning on moving this summer, JK Moving Services has a list of 5 tips to help them get started. Click here, to get the tips. 
  • Pepco is making it easier for DC & MD customers to install solar panels on their rooftops and connect them to the electric distribution system. The changes will allow customers, who are interested in installing solar panels, to bypass the paper process and instead complete a convenient online application. Any customer who wants to generate power using solar panels needs a new smart meter.to receive credits. Contractors and self-install customers can access the portal through pepco.com/gpc.
  • Fridays at the Farm is back. Enjoy steamed spiced #1 crabs & steamed spiced shrimp & Smokey Glen Farm's famous barbequed chicken & spareribs June through August from 5:30-8:30 pm. Guarantee your spot by purchasing tickets online at: smokeyglenfarm.com.
  • The Melting Pot Gaithersburg has created a special menu for 2016 graduates. For all groups celebrating a graduation they would like to offer a special four course meal for $32 per person. Click here for menu details. Reservations recommended. Space is limited.
  • If you are thinking about purchasing your first home, Fulton Mortgage Company is offering a free, no obligation, seminar to provide you with important home buying information. Topics include: finding a home, understanding title insurance and inspections, and choosing the best financing options to meet your needs. The seminar will be held on Tuesday, May 17 at 6:00 pm at The Columbia Bank: Federal Plaza, 12266 Rockville Pike, Rockville. RSVP at 301.770.6625. 
  • Now is the time to join TLC-The Treatment and Learning Centers for their 25th Annual Golf Classic on June 6th at Bretton Woods.  All golfer sponsorships get a certificate for another free day of golf.  Click here for more information.
  • MGB Marketing Solutions invites you to the Germantown Home and Health Day at BlackRock Center for the Arts on May 28 from 10:00 am -5:00 pm. From kitchens and bathrooms, to bedrooms and basements, from fixtures and fittings to fine gardens and the latest gadgets, plus fashion, beauty and gifts, you'll find it all under one roof. 

GGCC Entrepreneur Breakfast Series: "How to Find the Funding"

How do I find the money to start my business? How do I fund my start-up? How do I find ways to make my project stand out?
 
Funding is the fuel on which a business runs. A business can take different avenues to attain funding, and more than one option can be used. This entrepreneur series - FUNDING - will discuss the options on how one can secure a variety of funding options & help improve your odds of success.
 
Make plans NOW for Wednesday, June 8. The morning will begin with our Keynote Speaker Elie Ashley, President/CEO of Gold Lasso, who will speak about funding.
 
The keynote will be followed by a panel discussion of entrepreneurs. Each panelist will share their "funding" story.
 
Sponsored byMontgomery College Germantown Campus & ADD YOUR NAME HERE!
 
Cost: Chamber Members & Guests: $20 / Non-Members: $40
 
Register today, click here

13th Annual Wine Tasting: May 19

The GGCC will hold its 13th Annual Wine Tasting at the Kentlands Mansion on Thursday, May 19. Each ticket includes a wine-tasting glass and tastings. 

This year tasting features a guided tasting tutorial featuring six wines compliments of Pinky & Pepe of:
Pinky and Pepe’s Grape Escape.

The wine will be paired with delicious food from:
Asia Nine
Nalley Fresh
Not Your Average Joe's
 &
Savory Gourmet Catering.

Fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate will be served compliments of the:
Melting Pot Gaithersburg,
& bundtinis by:
Nothing Bundt Cakes.

Special thanks to our Water Sponsor: DrinkMore Water and our Special Event Sponsors: Bargain Movers & Crown Trophy.

Cost: Tickets are $35 for GGCC Members & First-Time Visitors; and $65 for Returning Non-Members.

To learn more or to register, click here

21st Annual Public Safety Awards

The GGCC will honor local heroes from Public Safety personnel of the Upcounty for their courageous, life-saving actions at the 21st 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, July 8 at 7:30am at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center, Inc., 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg.

Cost:
$35 Members & Guests / $60 Non-Members 
$550 Shining Silver Sponsor / $300 Table Sponsor

Register now, Click Here.

26th Annual Business Golf Classic: Save-The-Date

Date: Friday, September 9
Where: Worthington Manor, 8329 Fingerboard Road, Urbana

Tournament Schedule:
Driving Range Open: 7:30 am
Registration Begins: 7:30 am
Lunch: 11:30 am
Putt*A*Rama: 9:00 am
Shotgun Start: 9:30 am|
Award Reception: 3:00 pm

Sponsorship's Available
Golfers Wanted

Details and/or to sponsor, visit here

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%
Ennis Legacy Partners: 10%
Evolution Oral Surgery, LLC: Call for Details
 
View all the discounts at: http://www.ggchamber.org/membership/member-to-member-discount/

Best of Ireland: Ireland Trip

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce invites members of the chamber and the community to experience the true Ireland Culture September 19, 2016. Space is Limited. Cost: $2,899,

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.

Inclusions: Round Trip Airfare; Airline Fuel Surcharges, Taxes & Fees; 7 Nights First Class Hotel; 9 Meals; Sightseeing Per Itinerary; Admissions Per Itinerary; Professional Tour Manager; Baggage Handling; and Hotel Transfers. 

Highlights: 7 Nights at 4 Star Hotels; Muckrose House; Cliffs of Moher; St. Patrick's Cathedral; Wicklow National Park; Adare Village; Blarney Castle; Trinity College; Book of Kells and Old James Whiskey Distillery. 

For more information or to register, please see the brochures, click here, or contact the Chamber at (301) 840-1400.
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