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FALL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE BEGINS OCTOBER 1!!

October is Bring a Friend Month at the GGCC!!

Everything is better When you bring your friends! We encourage you to bring a friend to our networking events in the month of October. The more the merrier! Please register in advance. Thank you. 

Tuesday, September 30
7:00-8:30 am
Small Business University Seminar & Networking Event
Cost: $10
Montgomery Community Media 7548 Standish Place Rockville

Friday, October 3
4:00-5:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting: Downtown Crown Wine & Beer
Cost: Free for All
Crown Beer & Wine 303 Copley Place Gaithersburg

Tuesday, October 7
7:30-9:00 am
Business Networking Before Nine: BlackRock
Cost: Free for GGCC Members & First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40
BlackRock Center for the Arts 12901 Town Commons Drive Germantown

Wednesday, October 8
12:00-1:00 pm
Events Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC Members Only
GGCC, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, October 8
4:30-6:00 pm
GGCC & FCC Joint Young Professionals Group Happy Hour
Cost: Free for GGCC & FCC Members Only!
GrillMarX 12011 Snowden Farm Pkwy. Clarksburg

Thursday, October 9
12:00-1:00 pm
Non-Profit Sector Meeting
TOPIC: Grants
Cost: GGCC Members Only
GGCC, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Friday, October 10
8:30-9:30 am
Women Balancing Life & Business Committee
TOPIC: Fortune Is in the Follow-up: Creative Networking
Cost: GGCC Members Only
GGCC, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Friday, October 10
9:00-10:00 am
Ribbon Cutting: First Watch - The Daytime Cafe
Cost: Free for All
First Watch - The Daytime Cafe 802 Muddy Branch Road Gaithersburg

Thursday, October 16
5:30-7:30 pm
Business Networking After Five / Fall Fling: Matan
Cost: Free for GGCC Members & First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40
Matan Companies 20251 Century Blvd, Suite 100 Germantown

Wednesday, October 22
4:30-6:00 pm
Young Professionals Group Happy Hour
Cost: Free for GGCC Members & First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40
Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg 620 Perry Parkway Gaithersburg

Thursday, October 23
8:00-10:00 am
Networking Tips / Member Orientation Part II
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Mid-Atlantic FCU 12820 Wisteria Drive Germantown

Wednesday, October 29
11:30 am-1:00 pm
Business Card Exchange Lunch: BC Steak
Cost: $20 Members & First-Time Non-Members / $40 Returning Non-Members
BC Steakhouse-Silver Birch Bar 15710 Shady Grove Road Gaithersburg

See all the upcoming events at: www.ggchamber.org/events
 
  • Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union (MAFCU) is convening a Millennial Advisory Board (MAB) in an effort to engage the next generation in Montgomery County and hear directly their banking interests and priorities. The expressed purpose of the MAB is to advise the MAFCU Board and staff on Millennial engagement strategies and initiatives.For more information or to apply for the Millennial Advisory Board please contact: Marc Wilensky at 301-944-1732 or mwilensky@mafcu.org. 
  • Montgomery Village Foundation Great Pumpkin Race and Fall Festival, Saturday, October 11 from 11:00 am-3:00 pm at the North Creek Community Center, 20125 Arrowhead Road, Montgomery Village. Get a kit to prepare your pumpkin racer by calling 301-948-0110 or montgomeryvillage.com.
  • BlackRock Center for the Arts announced Jillian Levine-Sisson and has led numerous workshops and classes as a teaching artist and instructor for Imagination Stage, Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage and area schools. WELCOME!!
  • Van Eperen & Company announced Drew Blais has joined the firm as a Digital Communication Specialist to meet the growing digital needs of clients. Blais will be responsible for digital and social media management, video production and graphic design. Prior to joining VE & Co., Blais worked as video content coordinator with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and video assistant with University of Maryland Libraries where the viral and informational videos he developed have received more than half a million YouTube views. CONGRATS!
  • It's never too early to plan your holiday party and Copper Canyon Grill is happy to accommodate all your needs. When planning where to have your holiday party,consider these benefits: custom pricing to stay within your budget; beautiful view of the lake at the Rio; and exceptional service. Our private events room is also available prior to the holiday season. For more information please contact Laura Walburn at lwalburn@ccgrill.com. 
  • Damascus Community Bank will host a Mortgage Academy Course: "Can’t buy today?  How about tomorrow?" on Saturday, October 4 beginning at 11:00 am at the Germantown Library off of Century Boulevard in Germantown. The course will provide information on how to create a plan for home ownership, how to repair your credit and methods to save money for a down payment.  The course is free and open to the public.  Complimentary refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Brenda Main at 301-368-9148.
  • Kick off Community Service Week with the Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County, Shulman Rogers and Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless as we tackle yard maintenance projects at sites around the county on Saturday, October 18 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Learn more and register at cvc-mc.org/events. 
  • 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).  
  • Learn more about BrightFocus Foundation’s exciting new initiatives supporting innovative research and public education on brain and eye health worldwide. In 2014, we awarded $8.7 million for cutting-edge research around the world to find cures for Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. We have a local address, and a global reach. Tuesday, October 28 from  7:30 - 9:00 am at 22512 Gateway Center Drive in Clarksburg. For more information: 301-556-9397 or BrightFocusEvent@brightfocus.org.
  • Jones Center, in Gaithersburg, a division of CHI Centers, is looking to see if there are any businesses that are upgrading their offices and have office or ‘lobby’ chairs with armrests and without wheels. In addition, if there are offices that have gentled used 2 drawer file cabinets that still can be locked.  We are a Chamber member and a Day Program serving Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Please contact Christopher Werth, Director at 240-631-2637 ext. 103 or e-mail cwerth@chicenters.org 
  • ReMax Realtor Nawal Tahri-Joutey will be hosting a First-Time home buyer workshop on Saturday, October 25 from 9:00 am -1:00 m at the Hampton Inn, 960 North Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg. Snack and lunch will be provided. Fee: $20 Early bird special until 10/14/2014. Regular admittance $29. To register: click here . You must write “Homebuyer Seminar” in the “referred by” area.
     

65th Anniversary Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony 

Save-The Date for our biggest bash of the year - Our Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony! It will be held on Thursday, December 4 at the Hilton Gaithersburg. Sponsorship opportunities will be available soon and tickets will be on sale after that. We will see you all there but mark your calendars now! 

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:
Black Cat Design: 10%
Bretton Woods Recreation Center: 10%
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream: 10%

View all the discounts at: http://www.ggchamber.org/membership/member-to-member-discount/.

Celebrating 65 Years!

We are excited to announce that we are celebrating 65 years! Founded in 1949, the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber is here “to serve, represent, and be the leading advocate for the interests of our membership in ways that enhance the business environment, quality of life, and well-being of our unique communities.” We hope you will join us on December 4th as we celebrate this milestone at our Annual Celebration Dinner and Awards Ceremony. And we thank you for your support of our organization of the years! 

Energy Co-op Fall Campaign- Extended!

When commercial energy purchasing was deregulated in Maryland in 2002, the Gaithersburg Germantown Chamber partnered with CQI Associates to establish a Commercial Energy Purchasing Cooperative for its members. Since then, the Gaithersburg Germantown Chamber of Commerce – CQI Energy Cooperative has helped hundreds of area businesses realize long-term budget stability.

Now is your chance to take advatage of these savings! The Fall Campaign has been extended until October 15th. And CQI Energy has added two more webinars, October 8 and October 14 at 1:00 pm, so you can discover the advantages of this program.

Learn how your business can benefit from joining the Gaithersburg Germantown Chamber of Commerce – CQI Commercial Energy Purchasing Cooperative by visiting www.cqiassociates.com or calling 443-472-3870 for more information.  

GGCC Membership Directory & Buyer's Guide 

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce that our popular and long standing Membership Directory and Buyer’s Guide is getting a major overhaul. We are so excited to get a brand new, upgraded publication to show off our members!

This prestigious publication gives you the opportunity to market your company’s products and services directly to all Chamber members and the community. 

AD SALES ARE NOW HAPPENING! RESERVE YOUR SPACE TODAY.
Please contact Anna Newman with MetroMedia Publishers directly anewman@metromediapublishers.com or 301-304-6210 with any questions about advertising and/or to confirm your spot.

GGCC Restaurant Guide

We are delighted to say that we have nearly 30 restaurant members in our restaurant guide. We encourage you to pick up a copy at the Chamber office or at an event and then venture out and celebrate our explosive cuisine scene offered by GGCC Members!
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