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Young Professional Group Happy Hour and Open Style Discussion Tomorrow: Join Us!

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 

Cost: FREE for all, advance registration requested.
Where: Allstate Insurance Co., 12030 N. Frederick Road, Suite H, Germantown 

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
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS ONLY
WhereHomewood Suites, 805 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, April 13
12:00-1:00 pm
Events Committee Meeting
Cost
: GGCC Members Only
Where:  GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, 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
 
Wednesday, April 20
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Topic: Montgomery County's Comprehensive Economic Strategy Update - A Blueprint for Greater Economic Vitality 
Speaker: Lily Qi, Office of the County Executive
Where:  Montgomery College Germantown Campus Paul Peck Building (Goldenrod Bldg), 20271 Goldenrod Lane Room 105, Germantown

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 

Thursday, April 21
8:00-9:00 am
Membership Committee Meeting
Cost
: GGCC Members Only
Where:  GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Monday, April 25
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Evolution Oral Surgery, LLC
Cost: FREE for all, advance registration requested.
Where: Evolution Oral Surgery, LLC, 19851 Observation Drive, Suite 320, 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 

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

Please help welcome our New Members who joined February 2016:
Bogan Services
C2 Imaging
Damascus Community Bank
Evolution Oral Surgery, LLC
Fulton Mortgage Company
Hedgelan Consulting, LLC
Mezeh Mediterranean Grill
Montgomery County Public Schools
Primerica Financial Services
Tri State Restorations LLC

  • 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.
  • It's Maryland Day at Downtown Crown Wine & Beer on Friday,March 25 from 5-8:00 pm. They will be featuring at least 13 Maryland Beers on Maryland Day, including GGCC Member Waredaca Brewing Company. Come out and #DrinkLocal. DTC is located at 303 Copley Place in Gaithersburg. For more information, click here.
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • The 21st Annual Bunnyland at Butler's Orchard is back weekends, starting at 9:00 am. 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.
  • Join Carrabba's Italian Grill for an evening of good food, good wine and good times on Wednesday, March 23 at 6:30 pm featuring wines from E.J. Gallo. This four course dinner with wine pairings is only $40. Carrabba's is located at 19935 Century Boulevard in Germantown. For details on the menu call 240-686-1100. To reserve your spot, click here.
  • Don't miss Visit Montgomery's Digital Marketing Summit sponsored by Washington Post Digital on Thursday, April 14 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Learn how to: create engaging content; boost onsite engagement; maximize your marketing budget; improve your customer loyalty; enhance your social media marketing strategy; utilize the best social media and more. For further details and/or to register, click here.
  • Call to reserve a free two-hour session with one of the C2 Education at Muddy Branch tutors for AP Exam Help. Certain restrictions apply. To make an appointment, call 240-813-9509. 
  • Have a small business? Attend Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union's "Where and How to Get Financing" class on Wednesday, March 23 from 1-3:30 pm in Germantown. This informative class has all the answers and will cover both debt and equity financing.  SBDC business counselor, Bill Freeman, will share his experience as a commercial banker and small business advisor to present the entire spectrum of financing resources. Cost: $30. To register, click here.
  • Celebrate March Madness at Old Town Pour House, 212 Ellington Boulevard in Gaithersburg. They have food specials, a giant TV wall and a live video DJ. Join in the madness! For large group reservations (8+), reservations are required, email them at events@oldtownpourhouse.com. 
  • The Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences eighth grade students and parents celebrated the opening of an art exhibit at Black Rock Center for the Arts featuring the students’ work. As a signature event of the year, the eighth graders prepare for and participate in an art exhibition. They write personal artist biographies, photograph their art to be juried, learn how to hang their work, and participate in the art show opening. Congratulations to all the winners!! The Barnesville School exhibit is on display now through March 26 in Black Rock’s Terrace Gallery, which is open to the public.
  • Juniors 17 and under play for free at Worthington Manor Golf Club during spring break when accompanied by a paying adult every day starting at 3:00 pm from March 21, through April 1, 2016.  In addition, Worthington Manor’s Head Golf Professional will be conducting a free golf clinic for Juniors (ages 12 to 17) on Wednesday, March 23rd and Wednesday, March 30th from 3-4:00 pm. To receive discount please state promo code “Junior Free at 3” when registering for golf. to book a tee time, click here.
  • Rockin' Jump, located at 18620 Woodfield Road in Gatiersburg, the indoor trampoline park is a ton of fun for all ages, but Rockin Jump is especially kid (and birthday) friendly. For further details, visit them at rockinjump.com or call them at 301-703-3707.
  • BlackRock Center for the Arts will screen the documentary Deaf Jam, directed by Judy Lieff, on Sunday, April 3 at 4:00 pm. In Deaf Jam, Aneta Brodski seizes the day. She is a Deaf teen introduced to American Sign Language (ASL) Poetry, who then boldly enters the spoken word slam scene. In a wondrous twist, Aneta, an Israeli immigrant living in the Queens section of New York City, eventually meets Tahani, a hearing Palestinian slam poet. Tickets are $5 and are on sale at blackrockcenter.org, or by phone 240.912.1058.

13th Annual Wine Tasting: May 19

The GGCC will hold its 13th Annual Wine Tasting at the Kentlands Mansion on Thursday, May 19. Each ticket includes a wine-tasting glass and tastings. 

This year tasting features a guided tasting tutorial featuring six wines compliments of Pinky & Pepe of:
Pinky and Pepe’s Grape Escape.

The wine will be paired with delicious food from:
Asia Nine
Not Your Average Joe's
Nalley Fresh &
Savory Gourmet Catering.

Fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate will be served compliments of the:
Melting Pot Gaithersburg,
& bundtinis by:
Nothing Bundt Cakes.

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

To learn more or to register, click here

Young Professional of the Month: Casey Hanagan

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! 

Casey Hanagan
First Home Mortgage
  1. Current Job Title: Mortgage Banker
  2. How long have you been with present company? A little over a year. I started in March of 2015
  3. How long have you been in your present position? A little over a year. I started in March of 2015 
  4. What is the best thing about your job? – The best part of my job is definitely helping first time buyers. It is one of the biggest investments a person can make. Having a customer’s trust to help them with this process is very satisfying.
  5. Where are you from? Mt. Airy, Maryland
  6. Where did you attend college? Coastal Carolina University
  7. If you could be anyone famous or fictional who would it be? Even though I am a huge Redskins fan, I would love to be Robert Gronkowski for one day
  8. Favorite TV show growing up? SportsCenter
  9. All-Time favorite quote?  "Do or do not.. there is no try"- Yoda

Contact Casey at chanagan@gofirsthome.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).

Networking Picnic & 4-Year Young Professional Group Anniversary 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! Join us for a networking picnic on Wednesday, May 4 at 5:00 pm at Smokey Glen Farm. Enjoy mouth-watering ribs, chicken, pies, and more. 

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

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:

JR Moving LLC DBA Bargain Movers: Call for Details
Bass Accounting and Tax Services-CPA, LLC: 10%
Benefits Provider Network, LLC: Call for Details

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

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                                                                                                                    
Webinar will be held March 22 at 1:00 pm. To participate you must register in-advance for the webinar. Simply go directly to the CQI Associates home page at www.cqiassociates.com and click the date 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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