Happy Thanksgiving!

The Chamber office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
BlackRock is HEATED!! So JOIN US after the Thanksgiving Break for a FANTASTIC BUSINESS NETWORKING AFTER FIVE!!
Register before you head out for the holiday.

Monday, November 28
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.
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874
Friday, December 2
12:00-1:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting: Ultimate Building & Design
Cost: Free for All. Advance registration requested.
Where: Ultimate Building & Design, 7601 Airpark Road, Suite E, Gaithersburg 
Tuesday, December 6
1:00-4:15 pm
NCCoE Speaker Series: Cybersecurity
Cost: Free, advance registration required
Where: National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, 9700 Great Seneca Highway, Rockville
Thursday, December 8
8:00-10:30 am
MoCo Employment Laws Updates & Information Breakfast
Cost: No Charge, Advance Registration Required
Where: Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union - Conference Room, 12820 Wisteria Drive, Germantown

Thursday, December 8
6:00-10:00 pm
Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony
Cost: $100 (Early Bird until 11.1.16) / $125 per person / Sponsorship's Varying Levels Available
Where: Holiday Inn Gaithersburg, 2 Montgomery Village Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Tuesday, December 13
4:30-6:00 pm
Young Professional Group Holiday Happy Hour
Cost: YPG Ticket - $10 donation to a local non-profit
Where: Ted's Montana Grill, 105 Ellington Boulevard, Gaithersburg

Thursday, December 15
5:30-7:30 pm
GGCC Holiday Open House
Sponsored by: Wegmans Food Markets, Scheer Partners, Inc., DuClaw Brewing Co.
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership); NON-MEMBERS: Pay $40
Where: GGCC, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N (North Building), Gaithersburg

Friday, December 16 - Last Event of 2016! 
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting: Seneca Creek Community Church
Cost: Free for All. Advance registration requested.
Where: Seneca Creek Community Church, 13 Firstfield Road, Suite 100, Gaithersburg 

See all the upcoming events at:

Small Business Saturday: November 26

Saturday, November 26 is Shop Small Business Day!  Small Business Saturday®: one of the biggest days of the year for your local small businesses.

Please support local small businesses when doing your holiday shopping. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy.  Shop local. Shop small business! Spread the #ShopSmallLove this year. Thank you! #ShopSmall #ShopLocal #BuyLocal #EatLocal

Before you head out to shop,view our membership directory to see all of our Small Business Members! 

Happy Thanksgiving Eve: Wednesday, November 23

Some say it's the biggest party night of the year, other's simply don't want to cook because they have to do it on the following day. Whatever the reason may be, the Chamber's Restaurant Guide is your source for the Upcounty’s best member restaurants. These Members are ready to serve you a family-style meal, a fine dining meal. casual, a quick bite to eat, a cold beer or a lovely glass of wine. Whatever you are looking for, you can find it. Click here to view all of the Chamber's restaurant members. 

  • Congratulations to Operation Second Chance, who has been named one of the top 10 nonprofit military charities in the country! View the article in to see what they do for wounded Veterans and active duty men & women everyday, click here
  • The Universities at Shady Grove Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (BSE) Education Facility Groundbreaking Ceremony took place on October 19. Click here to watch the video.
  • Metro SafeTrack - While Metro's ongoing safety surge is scheduled to wrap up on the Red Line, between Ft. Totten and NoMa, on Nov. 22, conditions can change rapidly. Be sure to check the SafeTrack schedule at for the latest news.Service on the Red Line will continue to be extremely limited and slow during the surge. Expect major disruptions and very long delays throughout the entire line.
  • Celebrate Thanksgiving Eve at The Melting Pot Gaithersburg having Friendsgiving. Have a get together with your friends, but they'll clean the house and do the dishes. Enjoy a three-course meal for just $25 per person. Details, click here. Reservations call 301-519-3638.
  • Are you ready for the best deals of the year? Montgomery County Employee Federal Credit Union (MCEFCU) 1st Annual Black Friday deals are coming. To View MCEFCU's deals, click here
  • Join the Peterson Companies on Saturday, December 10th from 2-4:00 pm at the Rio Washingtonian for family fun and seasonal festivities. Enjoy free horse and carriage rides, musical performances, and visits with Mrs. Claus at The Carousel presented by Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center. Details, click here
  • Pinky & Pepe's Grape Escape is having their Happy Thanksgiving wine sale - 12 bottle case sampler is $88 and a 6 bottle case sampler is $50, They are located at 223 Kentlands Boulevard in Gaithersburg. While supplies last. 
  • Welcome the holidays with a traditional tree lighting ceremony, holiday music and a special visit from Santa at Gaithersburg’s Jingle Jubilee. The festivities take place at the City Hall Concert Pavilion in Olde Towne on Saturday, December 3 from 6:00-7:30 pm. For more information, click here
  • The Kentlands Downtown Partnership invites you to participate in the Tree Lighting and Holiday Shopping Spree on Friday, December 2 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. The tree will be lit at 5:00 pm in Market Square followed by holiday music, singing, shopping and more. 
  • Metropolitan Ballet Theatre (MBT) has been presenting the full-length traditional staging of The Nutcracker since 1989. MBT's The Nutcracker is a fun family tradition that will lift your spirits this holiday season. Performances: Fri. December 2 & 9 - 7:30pm; Sat. December 3 & 10 - 12pm & 4pm & Sun. December 4 & 11 - 1pm & 5pm at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville.Tickets start at $19 & can be purchased by clicking here
  • Make the world a bit brighter this holiday season as we celebrate and remember those who have touched our lives. Join Hospice Caring, Inc. for their traditional lighting of the tree, instrumental music, responsive readings, and reading of the names on December 3 at 6:00 pm.  Honor your loved ones this holiday season by attending the Tree of Love ceremony & having your loved one's names read aloud at the ceremony and listed in the program for $35 per name or 3 names for $100. For more information, click here
  • Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. has launced  the new and a Mobile App. The new digital tools will help you create your shopping list by aisle, browse nutritional facts and information on products, allow you to get inspired by recipes, and clip digital coupons to your Shoppers Club account. Learn more at 
  • Looking for a special gift for your employees or clients? Give a unique and exclusive gift that leaves a lasting impression from one of the Top 10: World's Best Chocolate Shop - SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier. Collections start at $14.99. For more information contact Nancy De Luca-Stempel at 301-788-3571 or SPAGnVOLA  is located at 360 Main Street, Gaithersburg,
  • Tommy Joe's has taken over the space occupied by the Boulevard Tavern in The Kentlands. The location has a long history of restaurants, having first served as O'Donnell's Sea Grill before becoming Brasserie Beck, then Boulevard Tavern. The RW Restaurant Group already operates a very successful Tommy Joe's in Bethesda and is banking that the neighborhood bar concept will produce the same result. Welcome Tommy Joe's! Learn more, click here.
  • Melting Pot Gaithersburg. On Friday November 25th enjoy a four-course Featured Entree for just $30 per person. Details, click here
  • Looking for a professional workspace to make business connections and grow your tax services? Launch Workplaces has a deal for you. Set up office hours at any of our locations starting in November at $250/month or an additional $25/month for every month leading up to Tax Day. Learn more, click here

Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony

COME CELEBRATE WITH US! Join us at our biggest bash of the year the "Annual Celebration Dinner and Awards Ceremony - Celebrating 67 Years!" Each year we take a moment to reflect on the past year’s successes at the dinner; and there is no better way to do this than to celebrate with the Chamber and its members. Sponsorship's are still available and this is the perfect way to get big exposure. We hope you'll add your name to the committed sponsors. And of course tickets are on sale too! For further details, to sponsor or to register, click here
The evening events include:
  • The installation of the 2017 Board of Directors
  • Silent auction
  • Dinner
  • Music
  • Presentation of the Annual “You Made a Difference Award”
  • Announcement of the “10th Annual Small Business of the Year” award
  • Announcement of the "4th Annual Young Professional of the Year” award
  • The awarding of the Montgomery College Scholarships funded by GGCC Businesses to Montgomery College students
Sponsorship's Available:
  • Gold Sponsor: $2,000
  • Silver Sponsor: $800.00
  • Bronze Sponsor: $300
  • Table Sponsor: $1,200
  • SBY Table: $1,200
  • Scholarship Table: $1,000
  • GGCC Member / Spouse / Guest Ticket Per Person: $125

City of Gaithersburg

Hughes Network Systems, LLC
Montgomery College

Rodgers Consulting, Inc.
Therrien Waddell, Inc.

Cartridge on Wheels
DeLeon & Stang, CPAs & Advisors
Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered
Maryland Soccer Foundation
Paul Simonetti, Allstate Insurance

Hughes Network Systems, LLC
Johns Hopkins University
Lerner Enterprises
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Young Professional of the Year
Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center


2017 Corporate & Event Sponsorship Opportunities

Support the GGCC & increase visibility for your organization. There are a variety of sponsorship's available to our members.

2017 Opportunities Include:
  • Corporate Sponsor Program Exclusive package— $4,000
  • Special Event Sponsor Package—$1,000
  • Big Data Seminar Title Sponsor - $1,500
  • Business Networking After Five -$300 (plus cost of food &  drinks)
  • Business Networking Before Nine-$250 (plus cost of food &  drinks)
  • Business Card Exchange Lunch-Call for Details
  • Young Professional Group Title Sponsor -$1000
  • Young Professional Group Happy Hour- $200
  • Young Professional Group Networking Picnic Title Sponsor - $350
  • Young Professionals Group Breakfast / Lunch & Learn- $200
  • Celebration Dinner & Public Safety Sponsorship's Opportunities - Also Available (Please keep in mind when planning your 2017 budgets, I will be happy to send you this information upon request). 
For more information call 301-840-1400 x 14 or 

Holiday Giving

Invest in your community this Holiday Season. Here is a list of GGCC Members that are giving back this year. If you are in a position to give, here is a list that of of members you may want to support. Thank you for your efforts in giving a gift that counts. 

Tree of Warmth:  November 29 - December 15*  Kentlands Manor
This year we are partnering with The Kentlands Manor to help local children in need to have a brighter holiday and warmer winter. Our Tree of Warmth will be located in the lobby of The Kentlands Manor.  Please stop by to decorate the tree with your donations of new hats, gloves/mittens and scarves.  All items will be distributed to local families through the Gaithersburg Holiday Giving Program.  Please drop off your items by December 15.

Westat’s Administration Annual Corporate Holiday Celebration: December 16
Westat requests a donation of a “product gift” or merchant “gift card.” Any gift card value to a store, restaurant, or venue will be greatly respected. The donations will be raffled off to 150+ employees for door prizes and holiday gifts. Each year, they are dedicated to sponsoring countless organizations and charity events, improving lives with each contribution. Westat significantly honors the participation and support provided towards each organization over the years. Contact Kissena Jefferson at 301-279-4529 to donate. 

Toys for Tots Drop Off Sites: December 16
The Toys for Tots program was started in 1948 by the United States Marine Corps and has been running steadily ever since. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters. Drop off a new, unwrapped toy at one of these collections sites: 

Maryland SoccerPlex/Discovery Sports Center
18031 Central Park Circle
Boyds, MD 20841

Pinky & Pepe's Grape Escape
223 Kentlands Boulevard
Gaithersburg, MD 20878\

New America Financial Corp.
9711 Washingtonian Boulevard
Suite 500
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Montgomery County Holiday Giving Program: December 16 - Homewood Suites Gaithersburg, Hampton Inn & Suites Gaithersburg, and the Fairfield Inn & Suites Germantown 
The Homewood Suites Gaithersburg, Hampton Inn & Suites Gaithersburg, and the Fairfield Inn & Suites Germantown is accepting new toy donations from November 21st to December 16th to benefit the Montgomery County Holiday Giving Program.

Homewood Suites Gaithersburg
805 Russell Ave. 
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Hampton Inn & Suites Gaithersburg
960 North Frederick Ave. 
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Fairfield Inn & Suites Germantown 
20025 Century Blvd. 
Germantown, MD 20874

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:

Alta Liberty Mill Apartments: Call for Details
Andy Stern’s Office Furniture, Inc.: 50%
Apex Home Loans, Inc.: Call for Details

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