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Great things are happening this week at the GGCC! Join us for good conversations & invest in your future! 

Tuesday, February 17
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Speaker: Rich Parson: "Transportation and Economic Development - Getting People to Jobs"
Cost: GGCC Members Only Please
Where: Montgomery College Germantown Campus, Paul Peck Building (Goldenrod Bldg), 20271 Goldenrod Lane, Room 105, Germantown


Wednesday, February 18
8:00-9:00 am
Membership Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC Members Only Please
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N Gaithersburg


Wednesday, February 18
5:30-7:30 pm
Business Networking After Five
Cost: Free for GGCC Member and First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members Pay $40

Where / Sponsored By: Therrien Waddell, 100 Lakeforest Boulevard, Suite 600, Gaithersburg

Thursday, February 19
5:30-6:30 pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Title Boxing Club
Cost: Free for GGCC Member and Non-Member's

Where / Sponsored By: Title Boxing Club, 10028 Darnestown Road, Rockville


Wednesday, February 25
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Business Card Exchange Lunch - FIRST LUNCH OF 2015!! 
Cost: Cost: $20 for GGCC Members and First-Time Non-Members. $40 Returning Non-Members

Where / Sponsored By: Not Your Average Joe's, 245 Kentlands Boulevard, Gaithersburg

Thursday, February 26
8:00-9:30 am
New Member Orientation
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Where / Sponsored By: Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union, 12820 Wisteria Drive, Germantown
Danish & Coffee sponsored by Ibi Sofillas MyRealtyTeam Real Estate LLC


Thursday, February 26
5:30-7:30 pm
Regional Young Professionals Group Happy Hour
Cost: Free; Cash Bar

Where / Sponsored By: Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union & the Young Professional Groups from the Gaithersburg-Germantown, Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase, and the Greater Silver Spring Chambers of Commerce, along with Leadership Montgomery's Emerging Leaders program.

Tuesday, March 24
7:30-10:30 am
GROWTH: Brand, Sales & Marketing Seminar 2015
Cost: $45 GGCC Member Early Bird (Ends Feb. 13)
$55 GGCC Member
$60 Non-Member
Sponsorships Available. Contact lrowles@ggchamber.org for more details.

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

See all the upcoming events at: www.ggchamber.org/events

The GGCC is looking for New Member Ambassadors. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Marilyn Balcombe at 301.840.1400 x15.
  • Sleeping Beauty, a ballet in two acts, will be presented March 14-15 at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College. Tickets at: www.mbtdance.org. The Sleeping Beauty Ballet Tea Party will be held February 22nd at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre. Seatings are at 10:00, 12:00, 5:00 and 6:30.  Appropriate ages 3-7.  Meet Aurora and the Lilac Fairy, have tea and a sweet treat, & enjoy a ballet class.  Information and tickets: www.mbtdance.org.
  • Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union presents Small Business University with featured presenter Sandra P. Eberhard, Executive Director of WPEO DC who will speak about "Growth Strategies for Women Owned Businesses" on Thursday, February 19 from 7:00-8:30 am at Montgomery Community Media. For further details and/or to register, click here.
  • The Gazette is partnering with The City of Gaithersburg on the Winter Edition of inGaithersburg Magazine. This glossy magazine will be direct mailed to over 35,000 homes in March  It’s a great way to promote your restaurant, shopping center, products or services to the community. Space deadline is February 24th. Don’t wait book your space today. Please contact Colette Releford directly at creleford@gazette.net or 301-670-2618.
  • The ARC Montgomery County is accepting applications for volunteer candidates to the Board of Directors. The ARC supports children, youth, adults and families affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing child care, work skills training, employment and community living services.
  • Mark your calendar for Destination: Poolesville Business Fair on Saturday, March 21 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Poolesville Baptist Church. Shredder truck, electronics recycling, local business vendors, food, prizes, shop local and more.
  • Join Fleet Feet Sports of Gaithersburg for their 4th Annual St. Paddy's Day Pub Run/Walk on Thursday, March 12th at 6:30 pm. You will run to different bar/restaurant's throughout the Kentlands area and receive a 4-ounce beer sampler at each stop. The evening ends at Pinky and Pepe's Grape Escape for a special celebratory Fleet Feet Happy Hour. For further details and/or to register, click here. 
  • 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: www.butlersorchard.com. 
  • The City of  Gaithersburg, in partnership with the Peterson Companies and Rio Washingtonian Center will host the 15th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade from 10:00 am to noon on Saturday, March 14 at Rio Washingtonian Center. Community groups and other organizations are invited to march in the parade. For more information contact the City of Gaithersburg at 301-258-6350 or www.gaithersburgmd.gov. 
  • If your business serves homeowners, then simply put, you do not want to miss the 2015 Montgomery Village Home Show. If you specialize in home repair, remodeling, improvement, maintenance or design-whether indoors or outdoors-then connect with Montgomery Village residents on Saturday, March 21 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Montgomery Village 2015 Home Show at Lake Marion Community Center, 8821 East Village Avenue in Montgomery Village. For further details, click here.
  • Everyone is invited to join Fleet Feet Sports of Gaithersburg every Thursday at 6:30 pm and Saturday at 9:30 am, as the host a free fun run/walk from the store. They typically see anywhere from 30-100 participants for these events and the distance is typically 2-5 miles depending on your pace. For further details contact them at 301.926.6442.
  • Would you like to volunteer as a Hospice Caring caregiver or bereavement group facilitator? Take the first step today and sign up for our three-day training session March 10, 11, and 12 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at the Hospice Caring Cottage. To learn morecontact Penny Gladhill at 301-990-8904 or pennyg@hospicecaring.org to enroll.
     


     

GROWTH: Brand, Sales & Marketing Seminar:
Early Bird Ends This Week!

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our GROWTH: Brand, Sales & Marketing Seminar on Tuesday, March 24 at the Universities at Shady Grove, 9640 Gudelsky Drive in Rockville.

This year's seminar features: Sonya Burke of Montgomery Community Media who will speak on: “Using the Press to Tell Your Story More Effectively & Attract Your Target Audience" and Chad Prinkey of Neuberger & Company, Inc. who will present: “Your Best Customer is Someone Else’s Prospect….. What are you Doing to Keep Them?"

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.For further details on the seminar topics, click here now.

Sponsorship: There is no better way for your company to garner easy exposure for your business than through sponsorship. We have three levels for any budget. Please take a moment to review and select the sponsorship package that best fits your business. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sponsorship Levels:
-Gold: $750
-Silver: $500
-Bronze: $250
For further information on sponsorship, contact us at lrowles@ggchamber.org

Tickets:
-$55 GGCC Member
-$60 Non-Member

Registration: click here now
Sponsor now: Email Laura at lrowles@ggchamber.org to support the GROWTH Seminar

Young Professional of the Month: Kevin Lee

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!

Kevin Lee
  1. Current Job Title: Regional Sales Manager at EVO Payments International
  2. How long have you been with present company? 4.5 years, but I am celebrating my 10th anniversary in merchant services sales career
  3. How long have you been in your present position? 4.5 years
  4. What is the best thing about your job? It's twofold - 1) building relationships with talented entrepreneurs / executives as their trusted merchant services advisor, and 2)  helping my team of representatives build a sustainable sales career with EVO
  5. Where are you from? I am originally from South Korea and have been a longtime Washingtonian / Montgomery County resident since grade school
  6. Where did you attend college? University of MD College Park. Go Terps!
  7. If you could be anyone famous or fictional who would it be? Steve Jobs
  8. Favorite TV show growing up? The Simpsons
  9. All-Time favorite quote? "If you go out looking for friends, you will find they are very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you will find them everywhere." -Zig Ziglar

Contact Kevin at klee@evoplatinumservices.com. 

(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)

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:

My Payroll HR: 25%
MyRealtyTeam Real Estate LLC: Complimentary Discovery Consultation
New York Life: Call for Details

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

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

Save-The-Date
12th Annual Wine Tasting
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Thursday, May 21
Kentlands Mansion


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


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