Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at a GGCC Member Establishment Tomorrow! 

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with your fellow GGCC Members! Check out our online Restaurant Guide, your source for the Upcounty’s best member restaurants. We encourage you to print a copy, share with your staff & colleague’s, or 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! To view the guide, click here

Tuesday, March 17
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Speaker: National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) with Stacy Smith, , Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development
Cost: GGCC Members Only Please
Where: Montgomery College Germantown Campus, Paul Peck Building (Goldenrod Bldg), 20271 Goldenrod Lane, Room 105, Germantown
Wednesday, March 18
8:00-9:00 am
Membership Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC Members Only Please
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N Gaithersburg

Thursday, March 19
1:00-2:00 pm
CQI Energy Power in Numbers The Energy Co-op Program Webinar

Friday, March 20
12:00-1:00 pm
CQI Informational Meeting
Cost: GGCC Members Only Please
Topic: Winter Blasts Energy Prices
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N Gaithersburg
Tuesday, March 24
7:30-10:30 am
GROWTH: Brand, Sales & Marketing Seminar 2015
$55 GGCC Member / $60 Non-Member
Sponsorships Available. Contact for more details.

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

Thursday, March 26
5:30-6:30 pm
GGCC Tuscany/One Hotel Holiday Information Meeting: FREE
Cost: Free for ALL!
Topic: C I Destinations presents Tuscany/One Hotel Holiday with the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) departing October 27, 2015. Join us on March 26th at 5:30 pm as a CI Destination representative details this amazing opportunity and come and discover all that Tuscany has to offer.
Where: Hampton Inn & Suites - Washington, DC North - G'burg, 960 N. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg

Tuesday, April 7
7:30-9:00 am

Business Networking Before Nine
Cost:: Free for GGCC Members & First-Time Non-Members / $40 Returning Non-Members
Where / Sponsored ByThe Izaak Walton League of America, 707 Conservation Lane, Gaithersburg

Thursday, April 16
5:30-7:30 pm

Business Networking After Five
: Free for
 GGCC Members & First-Time Non-Members / $40 Returning Non-Members
Where / Sponsored ByMid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union, 12820 Wisteria Drive, Germantown

Wednesday, April 22
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Business Card Exchange Lunch
: $20 for
 GGCC Members/ $40 Non-Members
Where / Sponsored ByPaladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar, 203 Crown Park Ave., Gaithersburg
See all the upcoming events at:

15 Year Anniversary
Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
Asbury Methodist Village
Hughes Network Systems, LLC – An EchoStar Company

20 year Anniversary
John Keith Photography
Sandy Spring Bank
Roper & Roper, CPAs

The Following Members Joined the Month of February 2015:
Asia Nine

Natalie Tantivejakul / 301-330-9997    
254 Crown Park Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20878                      
C. Clifton Veirs Agency 
Cliff Veirs /301-424-8700    
932 Hungerford Drive, Suite 15, Rockville, MD 20850                                           
RE/MAX Pros    
Wes Stoy / 240-252-5225    
12810 Wisteria Drive, #300, Germantown, MD 20874                                
Rebuilding Together Montgomery County          
Christina Johnson / 301-947-9400    
18225-A Flower Hill Way, Gaithersburg, MD 20879

  • Enjoy St. Patrick's Day with an Irish-themed dinner with optional drink pairings at the Melting Pot Gaithersburg. Enjoy a four-course meal for $30 per person, or enjoy the meal with their Irish-themed pairings for $50 per person. Regular dinner menu will also be available. For further details and/or reservations, click here.
  • Upcoming Small Business University Seminar & Networking Event on March 19 from 7:00-8:30 am at Montgomery Community Media. Join Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union and guest speaker, Hans Riemer, at-large member for the Montgomery County Council, as they discuss building our innovation economy. Details/register, click here.
  • Get a week of Black Card benefits FREE at Planet Fitness. This includes:use of tanning; unlimited use of hydromassage & massage chairs; unlimited use of total body enhancement beds and guest privileges. Why wait? Visit your local Planet Fitness for further details or call 240-720-7444. 
  • Beginning tomorrow, you can enjoy Potbelly's newest menu item "Green Gold" or "Fresh Sliced Avocado!" Customers will be able to enjoy as an add-on beginning Tuesday, March 17th which lines up perfectly with St. Patrick’s Day. Add  it to your favorite sandwich, soup or salad for only $1 per portion. Stop by Potbelly located at 20940 Frederick Road in Germantown. 
  • Come watch your favorite team on one of Largent's Restaurant & Bar 20 Big Screen TV's and catch all of the March Madness! Largent's is located at 654 Center Point Way in Gaithersburg. Visit for specials. 
  • Junior Achievement (JA) is looking for volunteers to teach financial literacy programs at Kingsview Middle School in Germantown. Volunteers will go into the classroom once a week for five weeks. Training, curriculum and support is provided by JA Staff. Please contact Amanda Parsley at or call 301-838-0471.
  • The 20th Annual Bunnyland at Butler's Orchard opens March 28. And their farm market will be open during Bunnyland hours. Dates include: March 28, 29 & April 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 12 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. It's an eggstravaganza of fun for the whole family. For fur further details, visit:
  • Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar located at 203 Crown Park Avenue in Gaithersburg has some fantastic specials Now through April 19. They include: Pineapple Habanero Guac, Blackened Shrimp & Apple Salad, Baja Crispy Fish Tacos, Roasted Chicken Mole and to drink a Pineapple Vanilla Mojito and Ron Zacapa Centenario Grand Reserve 23 Yr, Guatemala. 
  • Register now for the 2015 Junior Golf Camps at Blue Mash Country Club. Week long sessions available for Beginner to Advanced Junior golfers. June 15 - Aug 28. Call the Golf Shop at 301-670-1966 for more information or visit:
  • With enthusiastic, dedicated teaching artists, BlackRock Center for the Arts is committed to making the arts truly lively and accessible to people living in the communities of Upper Montgomery County. Click here for their Spring kids, teen and adult classes. Early registration ends March 23. 
  • The 2015 Montgomery Village Foundation Home Show will be held on Saturday, March 21 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at Lake Marion Community Center, 8821 East Village Avenue, Montgomery Village.
  • Curves is having their annual food drive to benefit Gaithersburg Help. New members can join Curves for the mere cost of a donation bag of groceries. For more information contact Faith Zimmerman at 301-869-4004.
  • Stop by and see Kay of Sweet Life Wellness's exhibit and be eligible to win a prize at the Montgomery County Green Fest on Sunday, March 28 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Gaithersburg is participating in the Montgomery Village Rotary Club’s second Flags For Our Heroes event. If you want to recognize a hero, visit:


GROWTH: Brand, Sales & Marketing Seminar 

Spring Forward at our GROWTH: Brand, Sales & Marketing Seminar 2015 on March 24 at the Universities at Shady Grove. 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.

We would like to provide you an opportunity to sponsor this event which will provide a great opportunity to get maximum exposure for your business.Sponsor Levels includeGold: $750, Silver: $500 and Bronze: $250. Select the sponsorship package that best fits your business, contact Laura Rowles at for further details.

Thank you to our event sponsors:
Add your name to the growing list today! 

And don’t forget to REGISTER at: Click Here.

12th Annual Beer & Wine Tasting
Thursday, May 21
Kentlands Mansion

The GGCC will hold its 12th Annual Wine & Beer Tasting at the Kentlands Mansion. Each ticket includes a wine-tasting glass and tastings.
The event sponsors include:
  • The City of Gaithersburg
  • Pinky and Pepe’s Grape Escape
  • Downtown Crown Wine & Beer
  • The Melting Pot Gaithersburg
  • Local 301
  • Not Your Average Joe's
  • Brasserie Beck
  • Asia Nine
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 and a beer station compliments of Downtown Crown Wine & Beer. Also attendees will receive a special discount coupon to use that week in the Pinky and Pepe’s Grape Escape Kentlands store.
The wine & beer will be paired with delicious food from Local 301, Not Your Average Joe's, Asia Nine, Brasserie Beck and more! Fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate will be served compliments of the Melting Pot Gaithersburg.

Cost: Tickets are $35 for GGCC Members & First-Time Visitors; and $65 for Returning Non-Members.

Register Now, Click Here

Under the Tuscan Sun! Chamber Italy Trip.

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

Young Professional of the Month: Drew Blais

The GGCC's Young Professionals program is a networking group of dedicated young professionals ranging in age from 21-40. The chamber supports the professional development of the next generation of leaders by providing opportunities for skill-building, information sharing, networking and growth of younger professionals in our chamber. It is with great pleasure that we announce this month's Young Professional of the Month. Get to know members of the group a little better with our new YPG Insider feature. Enjoy!
  1. Current Job Title: Digital Communications Specialist
  2. How long have you been with present company? 9 months
  3. How long have you been in your present position? 9 months
  4. What is the best thing about your job? It’s the perfect balance between strategy and creativity. Every day is an opportunity to grow professionally and do what I love.
  5. Where are you from? Bel Air, Maryland
  6. Where did you attend college? University of Maryland, College Park
  7. If you could be anyone famous or fictional who would it be? Sherlock Holmes
  8. Favorite TV show growing up? Spongebob Squarepants
  9. All-Time favorite quote? “Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs
Contact Drew at  

(Interested in becoming a Young Professional of the Month? Attend the Young Professional Group Happy Hour and you just may be the lucky winner. YPG of the Month is open to GGCC Members only, Must be present to win).

Save-The Date
20th Annual Public Safety Awards Breakfast
Friday, August 14
Montgomery County Fairgrounds

Save-The Date
25th Annual Business Golf Classic
Friday, September 11
Worthington Manor Golf Club

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:

Pinky and Pepe’s Grape Escape: 10%
Potbelly Sandwich Works: Call for Details
Premier Values Magazine / Montgomery Magazine: $25 off 1st order over $125

View all the discounts at:
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