GGCC Legislative & Economic Development Agenda

The Chamber takes an active role in advocating and responding to issues of importance to the economic health of our community to create a more business friendly environment for Montgomery County and the State of Maryland. Have you had a moment to review our specific County & State Agendas for 2015? You can do so by clicking here now

Wednesday, January 28
4:30-6:00 pm
Young Professionals Group Happy Hour
Cost: Free for GGCC Member and First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members Pay $40
Where: Largent's Restaurant & Bar, 654 Center Point Way, Gaithersburg

Tuesday, February 10
7:30-9:00 am
Business Networking Before Nine
Cost: Free for GGCC Member and First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members Pay $40

Where / Sponsored By: Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness,20500 Seneca Meadows Parkway, Germantown

Wednesday, February 11
12:00-1:00 pm
Events Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC Members Only Please
NOTE: This committee is looking for new members, come and join us and help plan incredible GGCC Events! 
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N Gaithersburg

Thursday, February 12
11:30 am-1:30 pm
Non-Profit Sector Meeting
Cost: GGCC Members Only Please
Topic: "Evaluating your Mission" Presented by Jeff Hunt 
Where: Seneca Creek Community Church, 13 Firstfield Road, Gaithersburg

Thursday, February 17
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Speaker: Rich Parson: "Transportation and Economic Development - Getting People to Jobs"
Cost: GGCC Members Only Please
Where: Montgomery College Germantown Campus, Paul Peck Building (Goldenrod Bldg), 20271 Goldenrod Lane, Room 105, Germantown

Wednesday, February 18
8:00-9:00 am
Membership Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC Members Only Please
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N Gaithersburg

Wednesday, February 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

Where / Sponsored By: Therrien Waddell, 100 Lakeforest Boulevard, Suite 600, Gaithersburg

Thursday, February 19
5:30-6:30 pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Title Boxing Club
Cost: Free for GGCC Member and Non-Member's

Where / Sponsored By: Title Boxing Club, 10028 Darnestown Road, Rockville

Wednesday, February 25
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Business Card Exchange Lunch
Cost: Cost: $20 for GGCC Members and First-Time Non-Members. $40 Returning Non-Members

Where / Sponsored By: Not Your Average Joe's, 245 Kentlands Boulevard, Gaithersburg

Thursday, February 26
8:00-9:30 am
New Member Orientation
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Where / Sponsored By: Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union, 12820 Wisteria Drive, Germantown
Danish & Coffee sponsored by MyRealty Team, thank you for your support!

Thursday, February 26
5:30-7:30 pm
Regional Young Professionals Group Happy Hour
Cost: Free; Cash Bar

Where / Sponsored By: The Young Professional Groups from the Gaithersburg-Germantown, Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase, and the Greater Silver Spring Chambers of Commerce, along with Leadership Montgomery's Emerging Leaders program.

Tuesday, March 24
7:30-10:30 am
GROWTH: Brand, Sales & Marketing Seminar 2015
Cost: $45 GGCC Member Early Bird (Ends Feb. 13)
$55 GGCC Member
$60 Non-Member
Sponsorships Available. Contact for more details.

Where: Universities at Shady Grove, 9640 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville

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  • Let's move. You hit the floor in a 45-minute dance lesson followed by a dance party. What better chance to learn new moves, get exercise and listen to live music while you socialize and have fun at BlackRock Center for the Arts Swing Dance Lesson & Party on Friday, February 13 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15. For further information, click here.
  • Seventy-foot dragons, thirty-foot calligraphy banners, five-foot lanterns and a 210-foot representation of the Great Wall of China painted by renowned artist Bertrand Mao will set the backdrop as Lakeforest Mall prepares to conduct its 16th annual Lunar New Year celebration. Lakeforest will host two weeks of performances, displays and demonstrations, from February 16 through March 1. For more information on Lakeforest stores, sales and events, visit
  • Andrew Russell has been named the new President and CEO for Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union based in Germantown. As CEO, Russell will also serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Mid-Atlantic Financial Partners, LLC’s Credit Union Service Organization. Congratulations Andrew & Welcome!
  • Soldierfit will host an open house on January 24th and 25th. The weekend will be jammed pack of classes, vendors, demos and seminars, giveaways and raffles, food, drinks and more. Soldierfit is located at 18945 Bonanza Way in Gaithersburg. For more details call them at 301-407-1800. 
  • Junior Achievement (JA) is looking for volunteers to teach financial literacy programs in MCPS. Volunteers will go into the classroom once a week for five weeks or participate in a "JA in a Day" event over a half school day. JA also has opportunities for small and large groups to volunteer together. Training, curriculum and support is provided by JA Staff. Please contact Amanda Parsley at or call 301-838-0471.
  • CONGRATULATIONS to City of Gaithersburg Police Community Services Officer Dan Lane who has been named 2014 Officer of the Year & congrats to Corporal Kathy Fairfield who was promoted to Sergeant and Police Officer III Everett Cammack promoted to Corporal. Officer Lane was recognized for leading an effort to increase the department’s use of social media, for volunteering to serve as the department’s liaison to deal with the mentally challenged in the community, for serving as the department’s advisor to the Montgomery County Explorers Program and more. 
  • Montgomery County was ranked #8 in the Best Counties In America, see why and how we stacked up against the competition, click here now
  • Post Community Media has announced that they have once again be partnering with The City of Gaithersburg on the Winter Edition of inGaithersburg Magazine. This glossy magazine will be direct mailed to over 35,000 homes in March  It’s a great way to promote your restaurant, shopping center, products or services to the community. Space deadline is February 24th. Don’t wait book your space, contact Colette Releford at  301-670-2618 or
  • Lakeforest Mall is looking for tenants - in particular toy, children's shoes or furniture stores. If you know of anyone interested, please have them contact Jessy Toor  at Lakeforest is located at 701 Russell Avenue in Gaithersburg. For further details visit:
  • Summer classes now available at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy. To view the schedule and for further details, click here now
  • CONGRATS to Montgomery County Police, 5th District, Officer Jonathan Pruziner who is the recipient of the 2014 Capital Area Chapter of the Theodore Roosevelt Association’s Theodore Roosevelt Police Award. Read more, click here now.  
  • If your business serves homeowners, then simply put, you do not want to miss the 2015 Montgomery Village Home Show on March 21 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm at the Lake Marion Community Center, 8821 East Village Avenue in Montgomery Village. If you specialize in home repair, remodeling, improvement, maintenance or design-whether indoors or outdoors-then we want to connect you with Montgomery Village residents. Click here to register for the home show.
  • Time is running out to book your golf outing at Worthington Manor this season. Their schedule is filling up fast, so please contact them to secure your place. Call Ted DeVers at 301-874-5400 or visit their Golf Outing page for detailed information.
  • Eagle Bancorp announced a record quarterly net income of $14.7 million ($16.9 million on an operating basis) for the three months ended December 31, 2014, a 23% increase on a net income basis (41% on an operating basis) over the $12.0 million net income for the three months ended December 31, 2013. Net income available to common shareholders for the three months ended December 31, 2014 increased 23% (41% increase on an operating basis) to $14.5 million ($16.7 million on an operating basis) as compared to $11.9 million for the same period in 2013. For more information on Eagle Bancorp, visit:                                 

GROWTH: Brand, Sales & Marketing Seminar

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our GROWTH: Brand, Sales & Marketing Seminar on Tuesday, March 24 at the Universities at Shady Grove, 9640 Gudelsky Drive in Rockville.

This year's seminar features: Sonya Burke of Montgomery Community Media who will speak on: “Using the Press to Tell Your Story More Effectively & Attract Your Target Audience" and Chad Prinkey of Neuberger & Company, Inc. who will present: “Your Best Customer is Someone Else’s Prospect….. What are you Doing to Keep Them?"

Join us for an exciting seminar where you will discover how to maintain and increase sales & how to make your business more newsworthy by telling your story to attract your target audience.For further details on the seminar topics, click here now.

Sponsorship: There is no better way for your company to garner easy exposure for your business than through sponsorship. We have three levels for any budget. Please take a moment to review and select the sponsorship package that best fits your business. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sponsorship Levels:
-Gold: $750
-Silver: $500
-Bronze: $250
For further information on sponsorship, contact us at

-$45 GGCC Member Early Bird (Ends Feb. 13) 
-$55 GGCC Member
-$60 Non-Member

Registration: click here now
Sponsor now: Email Laura at to support the GROWTH Seminar

Legislative Update!

Proposed Mandatory Paid Sick Leave in Montgomery County. Legislation has been proposed that will require ALL employers to provide paid "sick and safe leave" to ALL employees, including part-time and tipped workers. Bill 60-14 would require an employer to provide earned sick and safe leave at a rate of at least 1 hour for every 30 hours an employee works in the County up to 56 hours in a calendar year.

At this point we don’t know how many Chamber members this would impact and would like to get your feedback. If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to complete this very brief survey to help us determine if this is an issue that pertains to you.

For a copy of the Bill and Council packet, click here.

Check Out Our Latest Comcast Newsmakers Video

Yolanda Vazquez talks with Maryland Balcombe, President and CEO of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce. They discuss the Chamber, the Chamber's Legislate Agenda, and the 8th Annual Business Symposium that will take place March 24th at the Universities at Shady Grove. To view the video, click 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:

Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union Germantown: 1st order of business checks free w/ BCA
Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union Gaithersburg:  1st order of business checks free w/ BCA
Millstone at Kingsview: $250 Security Deposit Waived

View all the discounts at:

Need to Get Away? Come to Italy With Us!

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. Pay your deposit by April 1, 2015 and deduct $100 off per person. Space is limited. Sign up early to secure your seat. Makes for the perfect holiday gift. For more information please contact the Chamber at (301)840-1400.   

INFORMATIONAL MEETING: Thursday, March 26th at 5:30 pm at the Hampton Inn & Suites - Washington, DC North 
For further details on this meeting and/or to register, click here
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