Signature Business Networking After Five on Wednesday: Join Us!

Come and celebrate St. Patrick's Day with us a day early. Bring your business cards, a smile and desire to make the most out of our time together at Asbury. There will be delicious food, drinks, music, networking and more. And a special presentation from the Duffy Irish Dance Foundation. Don't miss this signature event.

When: Wednesday, March 16
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Where: Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, March 16
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Topic: Visit to the newly opened National CyberSecurity Center of Excellence.

Wednesday, March 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.
WhereAsbury Methodist Village, Rosborough Community Center, 409 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg
Note: There will be a special presentation by the Duffy Irish Dance Foundation. Come get your "Irish" on. 

Thursday, March 17
8:00-9:00 am
Membership Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Where:  GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Tuesday, March 22
About: The evening (4-4:45 PM) will begin with an open-style discussion with Pascale Brady, President of Global Life Coaching, LLC, who will conduct a candid conversation about work/life balance. After the discussion, we will continue the evening with a happy hour.
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership); NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
WhereHarvest Plates and Pints, Holiday Inn, 2 Montgomery Village Avenue, Gaithersburg 
Cost: FREE for all, advance registration requested.
Where: Allstate Insurance Co., 12030 N. Frederick Road, Suite H, Germantown 

Tuesday, April 5
7:30-9:00 am
Business Networking Before Nine
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership); NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
WhereHoliday Inn Express & Suites / Highlands Conference & Banquet Center, 20260 Goldenrod Lane, Germantown
Friday, April 8
8:00-9:30 am

New Member Orientation
WhereHomewood Suites, 805 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg

Friday, April 15
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Damascus Community Bank
Cost: FREE for all, advance registration requested.
Where: Damascus Community Bank, 7601-I Airpark Road, Gaithersburg
Thursday, April 21
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.
WhereMontgomery County EFCU, 19785 Crystal Rock Drive, Suite 201, Germantown 

Monday, April 25
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Evolution Oral Surgery, LLC
Cost: FREE for all, advance registration requested.
Where: Evolution Oral Surgery, LLC, 19851 Observation Drive, Suite 320, Germantown 
Wednesday, April 27
11:30 am-1:00 pm

Business Card Exchange Lunch
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS & First-Time Non-Members: $20. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
WhereHomewood Suites, 805 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg 

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Networking Picnic & 4-Year YPG Celebration: May 4 

Cheers to Four Years Networking Picnic! Four years ago the GGCC started the Young Professionals Group - a group with lofty dreams. Now, we want to celebrate with you! Please join us as we say thank you for your support these past few years and discover our future plans. Just purchase your ticket, get your BBQ-eating outfit ready and find out what it means to celebrate four amazing years with the hippest, most fabulous, nicest, young professionals in the Upcounty! NOTE: this event is open to ALL GGCC MEMBERS; it is fun for all ages. You do not need to be a member of the YPG's to attend this event. Cost: $30, GGCC Members / $40,Non-Members. For further details and/or to register, click here

13th Annual Wine Tasting: Thursday, May 19

The GGCC will hold its 13th Annual Beer Tasting at the Kentlands Mansion. Each ticket includes a wine-tasting glass and tastings. This year’s wine tasting features a guided wine tasting tutorial four featured wines compliments of Pinky & Pepe of Pinky and Pepe’s Grape Escape. The wine will be paired with delicious food from Asia Nine, Not Your Average Joe's, Nalley Fresh & Savory Gourmet Catering, fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate will be served compliments of the Melting Pot Gaithersburg, bundtinis by Nothing Bundt Cakes and more! Cost: Tickets are $35 for GGCC Members & First-Time Visitors; and $65 for Returning Non-Members. To learn more or to register, click here
  • Montgomery Village Foundation 2016 Home Show will be held on Saturday, March 19 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Lake Marion Community Center, 8821 East Village Avenue, Montgomery Village. Details, visit 
  • Join Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar's Executive Chef, Gregory Webb, as he takes on Manna Food Center's Nutrition Educator, Lindsey Seegers, and Mark Mills of Chocolates and Tomatoes Farm in a "Chopped"-style competition on Monday, March 14 from 4:30-6:30 pm. Judges include Julie Wright, Anchor and Co-Host from ABC 7 News - WJLA. Providing entertaining commentary will be sports talk show host Chuck Carroll. Space is limited. To make a reservation, click here.
  • The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection – Division of Solid Waste Services is hosting a Business Recycling Seminar on Tuesday, March 22nd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Sheraton Silver Spring (8777 Georgia Avenue). Cost is only $10 and includes parking, food/refreshments and materials. Register online today at or call Maria Jimenez at 301-565-0770 x229.
  • You're in luck! Wegmans has everything you need to enjoy traditional Irish fare this St. Patrick's Day. Items include: make it yourself or ready-to-cook corned beef and cabbage, Irish cream mini mousse cake and more. Visit the Wegmans in Germantown or to find your local store, click here
  • Contrary to popular belief, the pot at the end of the rainbow isn't filled with gold; it's full of delicious Cheddar Cheese Fondue. Enjoy an Irish-themed dinner with optional drink pairings at the Melting Pot Gaithersburg for $30 per person, or enjoy the meal with our Irish-themed pairings for $50 per person. Reservations requested, click here.
  • 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.  
  • Get ready for the world premiere of "Becoming Sugar Plum", an original fairytale ballet from Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy unfolding March 18-20 at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, Rockville. For more information and/or tickets, click here.   
  • Start an Easter tradition and celebrate Easter at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Gaithersburg. They will be open at Noon on Sunday, March 27. To make a reservation, click here.
  • The 21st Annual Bunnyland at Butler's Orchard begins Saturday, March 19 at 9:00 am. Enjoy a hayride down the bunny trail, ride the slides, visit barn yard bunnies, search for Easter eggs and more. For further details, click here.
  • Don't miss Visit Montgomery's Digital Marketing Summit sponsored by Washington Post Digital on Thursday, April 14 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Learn how to: create engaging content; boost onsite engagement; maximize your marketing budget; improve your customer loyalty; enhance your social media marketing strategy; utilize the best social media and more. For further details and/or to register, click here.
  • Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union present Small Business University with featured presenter Robert Kennedy III, CEO & Principal Trainer of LEEP Leadership Mentors who will discuss Intentional Business Relationship Strategies on March 17 from 7-8:30 am at Montgomery Community Media. For further details and/or to register, click here.
  • Join the Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County on Thursday, March 17 at 8:00 am at the Universities at Shady Grove for a conversation about childhood hunger and food insecurity in Montgomery County. We'll hear from nonprofits that are working to meet this need in our community and businesses that are engaging their employees in volunteer efforts to support their nonprofit partners. Panelists include: Anais Eslami, Apex Home Loans; Tara Weyer, CNSI and Shondra Jenkins, Sodexo. For further details and/or to register. click here
  • Following last season’s multiple-performance sell-outs of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will bring their inventive family-friendly adaptations of Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny to BlackRock Center for the Arts Sunday, March 20 at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Tickets are $15-$21 and are on sale in person, over the phone by calling 240.912.1058, or online at
  • Restaurants are invited to participate in the "Taste of Gaithersburg" at the 34th Annual Celebrate! Gaithersburg on June 12. Restaurants and eateries can gain valuable exposure by connecting with an anticipated crowd of 20,000 people. Applications are now being accepted. The vendor fee is $325. Food businesses within the corporate City limits are eligible for a reduced vendor fee of $300. The last day for all applications is April 22  A maximum of 13 restaurants may participate. Application are available online at, or call 301-258-6350.
  • Save some green this St. Patrick’s Day at Worthington Manor. Play 18-holes with cart and range for just $39 (any time of the day) and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by toasting with a Green Bottle. During the day purchase a Heineken, Lucky SOB or a Dos Equis XX and receive a second one for just $1.17!  Promotion is only good for those 21 years of age or older. To book a tee time now, click here.   

We're Going to Ireland - Come With Us!

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce invites members of the chamber and the community to experience the true Ireland Culture November 1, 2016. Only $2,699 if booked by April 1, 2016. 

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.

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

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:

Asia Nine: 10%
Authxperts, LLC: 10%
Auxilium Technology: 10%

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2016 Spring Commercial Energy Co-Op

CQI Energy is providing an informational webinar discussing the Energy Co-op and how it compares to others options. If you have been bombarded with mail, phone calls or door knocks from individuals seeking to switch you to another energy supplier this webinar is for you. If you are seeking ways to reduce your operational expenses, this webinar is for you. If you are confused or have questions preventing you from making a decision, this webinar is for you.

Join us as they explain:

* Regulations and Consumer Protection
* The Difference Between the Energy Co-op Program vs other options
* Rates and Contract Terms
* How to Avoid Scams
* How to Read Your Bill                                                                                                                    
Webinars will be held March 9 at 1:00 pm, March 16 at 2:00 pm and March 22 at 1:00 pm. To participate you must register in-advance for any of the above webinars. Simply go directly to the CQI Associates home page at and click on the date that you want to participate and follow the steps to RSVP. If you have any questions feel free to contact Joe Tabeling at 443-472-3870
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