GGCC Employment Law Workshop is Tomorrow!

The GGCC, in cooperation with its Non-Profit Group, has invited Marc Engel an employment attorney at Lerch, Early & BrewerChartered, to discuss Employment Law with ALL GGCC Members, so you can understand and comply with the following laws.

What Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce member employers need to know about:
  • “Ban the Box”
  • The New Sick and Safe Leave Act
  • Montgomery County’s New Minimum Wage Law
  • Employee or Independent Contractor?
  • Time Sheets and Overtime
  • Proposed Changes to the Federal Overtime Regulations
  • Strategies for Preventing and Defending Overtime and Other Claims for Unpaid Compensation · . . . and more.
This workshop is specifically designed to help small and medium sized businesses and non-profit employers understand and comply with these laws. Limited space. This is a members only event and is free to attend. Please register in advance. Thank you!

Tuesday, March 8
8:00-10:00 am
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS & First-Time Non-Members Free. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: Residence Inn by Marriott, 9721 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg

Wednesday, March 9
12:00-1:00 pm
Events Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Where:  GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Friday,March 11
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Tri State Restorations
Cost: FREE for all, advance registration requested.
Where: Tri State Restorations, 22530 Gateway Center Drive, Suite 600, Clarksburg 
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 
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 
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 & 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
  • Pinky & Pepe's Grape Escape in the Kentlands are collecting cans to help the hungry through March 10. Cans can be dropped off at their store located at 223 Kentlands Boulevard in Gaithersburg.
  • CONGRATULATIONS to BlackRock Center for the Arts Executive Director Krista Bradley, who has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Montgomery Women’s Rising Star Award—an award that honors and memorializes the life of Phyllis Campbell Newsome, a visionary community activist and a founding member of Montgomery Women. The Montgomery Women’s Rising Star Award is given annually to a woman who has shown leadership and potential to make a significant contribution to the Montgomery County community.
  • CONGRATULATIONS significant Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.! Fortune announced that Wegmans is once again on the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, this year ranking #4. The family-owned supermarket chain, now marking its 100th anniversary, has appeared on the Fortune list for 19 consecutive years and is one of only 12 companies that have been on the list every year since it began.  Wegmans is also the highest ranked retailer.
  • 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 
  • 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.
  • Summer Programs at Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County invites high school students and college undergraduates to participate in one of our selective academic programs. Take classes at one of America's finest universities, and benefit from courses right here in Montgomery County. Read more, click here.
  • Matan Companies recently hosted a food drive for the Manna Food Center. The drive, which was held from February 15th – February 26th at Matan’s 270 Corporate Center and Milestone Business Park properties, yielded a substantial donation wherein 1,188 pounds of dry and canned goods were collected for individuals and families in need. In total, over the past 8 years, Matan Companies has collected over 6,700 pounds of food for the Manna Food Center. Great Job! 
  • Adventist HealthCare birth centers offer comprehensive pregnancy and delivery services. Learn more about their birth centers by scheduling a free in-person tour today or watch their new Birth Center Tour video.
  • JK Moving Services announced the addition of new sales leadership with the arrival of Jean Marotta as Director, Business Development. Marotta will be responsible for cultivating corporate and government client relationships, assisting human resources leaders in creating efficient employee relocation programs.
  • 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.
  • This month only at Title Boxing Club they are offering half off enrollment fee on Title card membership. free gloves and buy 1 get one free personal training sessions. To learn more contact them at:
  • Butler's Orchard has announced their plans to ensure that their farm continues to thrive and remain a part of the local community for generations to come. This year they will be offering increased access and several new additions, including a Nature Trail, a variety of new vegetables for Pick Your Own, a gorgeous Seasonal Sunflower Field, and Barn Yard animals. Beginning May 2016, all farm visitors (two years  and older) will be asked to purchase a Day Pass for $3 or a Season Pass for $25. These passes will grant access to daily farm activities. Learn more at:
  • Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland Rockville ReStore will hold its Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, March 12th from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.. The new ReStore is located at 1029 East Gude Drive in Rockville. The new, larger ReStore location offers 22,000 square feet of gently used furniture, appliances, tools, building supplies, antiques and more.
  • 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.
  • Don't miss A.B. Veir & Sons Paving at the largest Conference & Expo in the Washington metro area for the community association industry on March 12 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. More than 190 industry-leading companies will exhibit at the 2016 Conference & Expo. For further details, click here.
  • The 21st Annual Bunnyland at Butler's Orchard begins Saturday, March 19. 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.
  • The City of Gaithersburg, in partnership with the Harp and Shamrock Society of Gaithersburg and the Peterson Companies/Rio Washingtonian Center, will host the 16th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 12 at Rio Washingtonian Center (I-370 and Washingtonian Boulevard). 

Local Business Appreciation Week: Thank You!

It's Local Business Appreciation Week! We encourage you to Shop Local, Dine Local, Buy Local, Drink Local this week. 

By buying local you help build the community, strengthen the local economy, create jobs and opportunities and you're giving back to the community.

We would also like to thank you for doing business in Gaithersburg & Germantown. To view our membership directory, visit:

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:

Andy Stern’s Office Furniture, Inc.: 50%
Apex Home Loans, Inc. : Call for Details
The Arc Montgomery County: Call for Details

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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.

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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