Thursday, October 13 - ONLY 3 DAYS AWAY!!! 
7:45-9:30 am
GGCC Entrepreneur Breakfast Series: Evolution is Essential for Entrepreneurs
About:  The morning will begin with keynote speaker David Nguyen, Founder/CEO of United Solutions & our Entrepreneur Panel of Michelle Beiga, Today's HR, Rusty Davis, Davis & Associates PA & Tom Plant, Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling of Suburban Maryland and DC
Cost: $20
Deadline: Ticket sales end at 2:00 pm on Wednesday. Walk-ins will be welcome. Spread the word! 
Where: Montgomery College, Paul Peck Building, Germantown Innovation Center, 20271 Goldenrod Lane, 2nd Floor, Room 2059, Germantown  - NEW LOCATION!!

Friday, October 14
12:00-1:00 pm
Events Committee Meeting - NOTE CHANGE IN DATE
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersbur
Tuesday, October 18
7:30-9:00 am
Business Networking Before Nine
Cost: GCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership); NON-MEMBERS: FREE for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy, 220 Perry Parkway, Suite 8, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, October 19
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Where:  Montgomery College Germantown Campus Paul Peck Building (Goldenrod Bldg), 20271 Goldenrod Lane Room 105, Germantown

Wednesday, October 19
5:30-7:30 pm
GGCC Construction Direct Connect Autumn Fest Networking Event
Cost: Free (A suggested donation to the Montgomery County Coalition to Homeless will be accepted at the door)
Where: Union Jack's, 9811 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg

Thursday, October 20
8:00-9:00 am
Membership Committee Meeting
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, October 26
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Business Card Exchange Lunch
Cost: $20 for GGCC Members and First-Time Non-Members. $40 Returning Non-Members
Where: Asia Nine , 54 Crown Park Avenue, Gaithersburg
Friday, October 28
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Google Local Marketing Power Workshop with GGCC Member Ironistic 
Cost: Free. Limited Space. Advance Registration Required, 
Where: GGCC, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Tuesday, November 1
4:30-6:00 pm
Majestic Impromptu Gathering
 Free, advance registration required. 
Where: The Majestic, 116 Paramount Park Drive, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, November 2
9-10:30 am
Non-Profit Group Panel Discussion on Partnerships
 GGCC Members Only (All GGCC Member Businesses are Invited) 
Where: Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy, 220 Perry Parkway, Suite 8, Gaithersburg 

Friday, November 4
8:00-9:30 am
New Member Orientation - Come Discover the Benefits of Membership!
Where: Homewood Suites, 805 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, November 9
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.
Where: Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, 9605 Medical Center Drive, Rockville
Cost: Free for All with a donation of a "new / unwrapped" toy donation to Toys for Tots!
Where: Pinky and Pepe's Grape Escape, 223 Kentlands Blvd., Gaithersburg

Friday, November 18
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting: Potomac Care Pharmacy
Cost: Free for All. Advance registration requested.
Where: Potomac Care Pharmacy, 12103 Darnestown Road, North Potomac 
Saturday, November 26
All Day! 
Small Business Saturday! 2016
About: The GGCC is proud to support Small Business Saturday® and encourages you to "shop small, shop local"! 
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

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

See all the upcoming events at:

October is Bring a Friend Month at the GGCC

Everything is better when you bring your friends. We encourage you to bring a colleague or bonafide prospect to our networking events in the month of October - October 1 through October 31. The more the merrier!

Visit our events calendar to check out or fantastic October events, click here now to get started.

Advance registration is requested for all GGCC events. Any questions or concerns,, please contact Laura at 

Attention GGCC Members - Do You Want $50?

The GGCC will be holding a Membership Campaign October 1 through November 17, 2016. We encourage YOU to bring in AS MANY NEW MEMBERS AS YOU WANT! Together we are stronger! 

SPONSOR a NEW MEMBER to JOIN between October 1—November 17 and YOU will receive $50 CASH. YEP, $50! 

The best method of recruitment is still word of mouth, so brag about the chamber and help us grow. Encourage them to make an investment in their business & community! 

The Chamber provides numerous services for members, including networking and professional development, an electricity discount program, free and low cost marketing, government affairs programs and advocacy to encourage a positive business climate in the Upcounty.

For additional information, contact Donna Rimple at or 301.840.1400 x17. And thank you in advance for your commitment to the GGCC! 

  • Butler's Orchard 36th Annual Pumpkin Festival has arrived. Weekends in October 15 & 16, 22 & 23, 29 & 30- from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Fall family fun. Activities include hayrides, corn maze, giant slides, jump in the hayloft and visit barnyard buddies. For further details and cost, click here.
  • Celebrate Halloween early at Lakeforest Mall's Mall-O-Ween on Saturday, October 29  from 12-2:00 pm.Wear your Halloween costume and Trick-or-Treating around the mall. Plus, an indoor pumpkin patch for the first 200 children and a fall craft corner. For more information, click here
  • The City of Gaithersburg presents Boo at the Barn featuring themed art activities, games, a costume parade, trick-or-treating, photo opportunities, and more. Costumes are not required but encouraged for all. Enjoy complimentary snacks provided by Zoës Kitchen. The event will be held on Sunday, October 30 from 1-5:00 pm at 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. Visit the Arts Barn online at for more information. 
  • Try an EZ Meal, like ready-to-cook chicken cacciatore with cauliflower rice,for dinner tonight from Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. They are located at 20600 Seneca Meadows Parkway in Germantown.  
  • Do you and your employees want to advance your skills and education? Your search ends at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG), where nine top Maryland universities bring 80 of their best degree programs to one convenient campus in Rockville. Students take their classes at USG, but earn their bachelor's or graduate degree from the university offering their major. You and your employees are invited to learn more at the following events this fall:October 29 at 8:30 am or November 7 at 6:00 pm. 
  • Montgomery County citizens who wish to VOTE in the 2016 Presidential General Election need to complete and submit their voter registration application no later than Tuesday, October 18 by 9 PM. For more information, call 240-777- VOTE, visit, the Maryland State Board of Elections’ website at
  • Know a friend, acquaintance, or business looking for space? Or someone you know would benefit from being at Launch Workplaces? Submit a referral and get up to a $500 Visa gift card on a signed contract of 90 days or more. Submit a referral to Mark McMahon at or by calling 301.232.3301. 
  • Join the Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County for their Community Service Week: Fall Beautification Day on October 21st as they tackle yard maintenance projects at 12 residences around the County operated by The Arc Montgomery County. For further details and/or to register, click here
  • Join Small Business University, a program of Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union, on the third Thursday of each month between 7:00 am-8:30 am. Start your morning with great networking followed by an inspiring speaker each month. This month's speaker (October 20) is Benjamin H. Wu, Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Office of the Governor, Chief Operating Officer, Maryland Department of Commerce who will discuss "Steps to Success in Small Business". More info / register, click here
  • Just a quick note if you aren't following us on social media please do so - Facebook and Twitter (@GGCCNEWS #GGCC). Thanks! 
  • Our Friends at Gaithersburg High School are looking for Academy Day Speakers on November 16 from 7:30 am - Noon at Gaithersburg High School, 101 Education Boulevard, Gaithersburg. They have specific needs for Speakers in Finance, IT, Medicine, Engineering, Biotech, the Arts and Accounting but always welcome new Guest Speakers/Presenters in all fields. To sign up, click here
  • The Hospice Caring Annual BOWL-A-THON will be held on Saturday, October 22 from 2:30 - 5:00  pm at Bowl America, 1101 Clopper Road in Gaithersburg. Details and/or to register your team, click here.
  • Junior Achievement of Greater Washington is seeking volunteers for its JA Economics for Success ® traditional program (5 lessons  taught over a 5 week period in 45 minute classes) at Herbert Hoover Middle School in Potomac. The program dates are Wednesdays Oct. 19th, Oct. 26th, Nov. 2nd, Nov 9th, Nov. 16th (alternate dates Nov. 30th and Dec. 7th). And volunteers for Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring. Those program dates are Wednesdays Nov. 2nd, Nov 9th, Nov. 16th, Nov. 30th, Dec. 7th (alternate Dec. 14th and Dec 21st).Interested? Contact Leesa Rugg at 301-838-0471 or
  • It's rum appreciation month at Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar in Gaithersburg. Now through October 31, they've got some food and drink specials that'll have you buzzing. Specials include Mojito Mondays, rum-soaked eats & rum flight specials. To make a reservation, click here
  • October 10 is World Mental Health Day. Stop by any one of the participating salons from October 10 to October 17, and get your nails done--you can get "the regular" or go all out-- and know that by supporting your local participating salon, much needed money will be going to Cornerstone Montgomery, Click here for a list of participating salons.
  • Join Cornerstone Montgomery at their Networking and Employer Awards Breakfast, which recognizes the positive impact local business owners and other members of the community have had on our job seekers.Tickets: $15 Register, click here by 10/5/16.
  • The City of Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival season kicks off with three spectacular "Enchanted Evenings" in November. Treat yourself like royalty at S'more Lights, Wine Under the Lights and Leashes 'n' Lights. Tickets are on sale now. Register online using RecXpress. 

Entrepreneur Breakfast: October 13! 

The morning of Thursday, October 13 is going to be GREAT! as we present “Evolution is Essential for Entrepreneurs - Are You Sure You're Heading in the Right Direction?” .
SPEAKER: The morning will begin with our fabulous keynote speaker - David Nguyen, Founder/CEO of United Solutions- followed by a panel discussion of GGCC Member entrepreneurs. Nguyen has over 15 years of business and technology leadership experience ranging from crafting business strategies to building innovative solutions in both the commercial and public sectors.
ABOUT: Sometimes in business, where you started off may not be the direction you are heading 18 months later. It’s a process. Business is an evolution. How do we control the way we evolve to become nimbler, stronger and more adaptable to various environments? Come and discover why and more. You won’t want to miss it!
DETAILS: The event runs from 7:45-9:30 am at our sponsor location - Montgomery College, BioScience Education Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown. Cost: $20. Please register in advance so we can provide the caterer with an accurate account.
And lastly, please spread the word. This is open to everyone. So if you know an entrepreneur, business owner, colleague, friend or family owner that could benefit from this fantastic program…..tell them to come! After all it’s only $20. 

For further details and/or to register for this great breakfast:

Non-Profit Group Panel Discussion on Partnerships

 Join the Chamber's Non-Profit Group for a panel discussion on nonprofit/corporate partnerships.

Gain insight to create meaningful partnerships that are "win-win-win," equally benefiting the nonprofit's mission, the business's objectives, and the community at large. Sarah Burnett, Executive Director of Corporate Volunteer Council, will provide a brief keynote and will moderate the panel.

Our panelists, owners/leaders of local businesses and nonprofits, will highlight some of their most successful and interesting partnerships, followed by a Q&A session. Panelists will include Rebuilding Together Montgomery County, Fleet Feet Sports Gaithersburg and others. 


Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Join us at our biggest bash of the year the "Annual Celebration Dinner and Awards Ceremony - Celebrating 67 Years!"
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:
  • Title Sponsor: $3,000
  • Gold Sponsor: $2,000
  • Silver Sponsor: $800.00
  • Bronze Sponsor: $300
  • Table Sponsor: $1,200
  • SBY Table: $1,200
  • YPG Table: $1.200
  • Scholarship Table: $1,000
  • GGCC Member / Spouse / Guest Ticket Per Person: $100 (Early Bird Ends 11.1.16)
  • GGCC Member / Spouse / Guest Ticket Per Person: $125

Support the GGCC Silent Auction

The  Chamber's Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony is slated for Thursday, December 8. We are asking for you to show your support for the Chamber by making a donation to our silent auction. Silent Auction donations are a wonderful way to showcase your products/services, gaining great exposure to nearly 250 attendees at the event! In return for your donation, you/your company will receive:
  • Exposure/positioning of your product or promotional materials at the auction display
  • Special recognition as a Silent Auction donor in our Celebration Program
You may contribute merchandise, gift certificates, tickets to events, etc. This is a great way to promote your company during the Celebration Dinner. To make your donation, please complete the attached donor sheet. You may ship or drop off your item to GGCC / Silent Auction, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878. Items must be received by Wednesday, November 16.

If you have any questions/concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Chamber’s Director of Events, Laura Rowles at 

You Could Be the Young Professional of the Year!

You are cordially invited to submit an application for the GGCC’s 4th Annual GGCC Young Professional of the Year Award (YPG).

The chamber’s YPG Award recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of a highly motivated, emerging leader of the Chamber’s Young Professional’s group. Are you the next young professional of the year?
The application can downloaded by clicking here now. The deadline for entries is Noon on Friday, November, 4, 2016, either postmarked or emailed to If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 301.840.1400 x14. Good Luck! 

Are You the 2016 Small Business of the Year?

You are cordially invited to submit an application for the GGCC’s 10th Annual GGCC Small Business of the Year Award (SBY).

The chamber’s SBY Award recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of small businesses, which are a vital part of our economy and community. The award is presented to the small business that demonstrates success, community involvement, and excellent customer relations. Are you the next small business of the year?

The application can be downloaded by clicking here now. The deadline for entries is Noon on Friday, November 4, 2016, either postmarked or emailed to If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 301.840.1400 x14. Good Luck! 

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:

Soldierfit: Call for Details
Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique: 10%
Strive Business Solutions, LLC: 10%

View all the discounts at:
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