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Chamber Networking Picnic on May 6! Register Now, Click Here


Thursday, April 30
5:30-7:00 pm
Spring Fling Sponsored by the GGCC's Direct Connect Construction Group
Cost:: Free. This link is for GGCC Members to register only. Non-Members are welcome and should register via Eventbrite athttps://eventbrite.com/event/16147382255/.
WhereUnion Jack's, 9811 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg
 
Monday, May 4 - Friday, May 8
National Small Business Week
About:As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration & the GGCC takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.
Where: In Your Neighborhood!

Wednesday, May 6
5:00-7:00 pm
Networking Picnic & 3-Year YPG Celebration
Cost:: $25, GGCC Members / $35,Non-Members ALL ARE INVITED!!
WhereSmokey Glen Farm, 16407 Riffle Ford Road, Gaithersburg

Friday, May 8
7:30-9:30 am
Joint Chamber Breakfast with Dept. of Permitting Services
Cost:: Chamber Members Only - RSVP to Jessica at jessica.fusillo@montgomerycountymd.gov by 5.1.15
WhereRed Brick Courthouse, 2nd Floor, 29 Courthouse Square, Rockville
 
Saturday, May 16
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Gaithersburg Book Festival
Cost:: Free for All!
Where: Grounds of the Gaithersburg City Hall 

Thursday, May 21
5:30-7:30 pm
12th Annual Wine Tasting
Cost:: Tickets are $35 for GGCC Members & First-Time Visitors;$65 for Returning Non-Members
WhereKentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg
 
Wednesday, May 27
7:30-9:00 am
Business Networking Before Nine
Cost:: Free for GGCC Member and First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members Pay $40
WhereLaunch Workplaces, 9841 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg

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

  • CONGRATULATIONS to the Lerch, Early, Brewer Chartered attorneys who were recently recognized at the annual Law Day Celebration. The Bar Association of Montgomery County recently announced litigator Lauri Cleary as its president-elect. And several Lerch Early attorneys received award recognition during the 21st Annual Meeting & Law Day Celebration. Those who received awards during the luncheon included: Litigator Mike Goecke, who received the President's Citation for Outstanding Pro Bono Service; Divorce attorney Deborah Webb, who was presented the Family Law Practitioner of the Year award, which recognizes a leader in the bar's Family Law Section and Family law attorney Chris Roberts, who was named Section Chair of the Year for his work as chair of the Family Law Section. For more, click here.
  • CONGRATS Pepco! The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Pepco as a 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year winner for outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by delivering energy efficiency programs, information and services to its customers. Pepco was honored for its entire suite of Demand Side Management Residential and Commercial and Industrial energy efficiency programs for our Maryland customers. These programs also support the EmPOWER Maryland initiative. 
  • More than 1,000 pictures showed a day in the life of Montgomery County as a part of Montgomery Community Media's (MCM) "Day in a Life" on April 22nd. You can check out all the photos by clicking here. See if you can you spot ours? Or any other GGCC Members? Bet you will!
  • The Montgomery Village and Gaithersburg Rotary Clubs will place 750 large American flags on the lawn at Bohrer Park over Memorial Day weekend. The flags will celebrate those who help keep us safe. Individuals and companies can sponsor individual flags or be sponsors of the event. A medallion attached to each flag will bear their name of the sponsor and the person being honored. After the event, the sponsors may keep their medallions. More information is on the website, at www.FlagsForOurHeroes.org.
  • The Upcounty Community Resources, Inc. is excited to announce that Jenn Lynn is the new UCR Executive Director. Welcome Jenn. To learn more about her, click here
  • Cartridge on Wheels, a past winner of the GGCC Small Business of the Year, is looking to hire one or more sales reps. Outside B2B sales. Sales experience desired but not essential. Customer service attitude is vital. Contact Bruce Kanner at bruce@cartridgeonwheels.com.
  • Adventist HealthCare LifeWork Strategies is now offering free monthly webinars designed to increase your overall health and well being. Take this opportunity to enjoy a variety of topics from managing stress to disease prevention and much more. To learn more about the series, click here.
  • On Saturday, May 2 the Gaithersburg Police Department and other allied law enforcement agencies will give residents an opportunity to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your unused medications for disposal to the Gaithersburg Police Station located at 14 Fulks Corner Avenue between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. No liquids or syringes will be accepted. The service is free, anonymous, and there will be no questions asked.  
  • Seneca Creek Community Church invites GGCC Members to the upcoming Leadercast 2015 on Friday, May 8, 9:00 am- 4:30 pm with doors opening at 8:30 am for registration. The Leadercast event is broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, GA. Some of this year’s speakers include: Rudy Giuliani - 107th Mayor of New York City; Ed Catmull - President of Pixar & Disney Animation Studios & CMDR Rorke Denver - Navy SEAL Commander & Author.More information: 301-355-6550 X 200 or leadercast.com/location/senecacreek.
  • The 50+ Employment Expo: Retool, Recharge, Reinvent will be held on Monday, June 1 from 10:00 am–3:00 pm at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda. Recruiters from dozens of employers, including non-profits, government, healthcare, retail, technology and more. To present or for more information or accommodations, e-mail mgordon@AccessJCA.org or 301-255-4209. 
  • GGCC Members Ben Piper and Brandon Shapiro of Commonwealth Consulting Group; Javelle Lane of Synack Consulting & David Hamerski of Shannon and Luchs Insurance will host a seminar on "PCI Compliance and Reducing the Risk of a Data Breach on April 28th from 8:00-9:00 am at Launch Workplaces. For more information and/or to register, click here.
  • GRAMMY-nominated all-stars of the indie family music scene, Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players, will take the BlackRock Center for the Arts stage on Saturday, May 2 at 11:00 am. Roberts has won numerous national awards and received countless accolades for his albums and live performances. Tickets are $15. Purchase by phone 240.912.1058, or online at blackrockcenter.org.
  • The annual Celebrate! Gaithersburg in Olde Towne street festival will be held on Sunday, June 14 from noon to 5:00 pm., and will include several stages of live entertainment, a variety of local food, and themed areas geared for all ages and interests. Businesses and organizations are invited to be part of the celebration through vendor and sponsorship opportunities. For further details, click here.
  • July 4th is one of the most exciting times of the year in Montgomery Village. They go all out with live music, carnival games, arts and crafts, vendors, and a parade. Spaces fill up quickly, so register early to get a spot at the event. Contact Beto Benitez at 301-948-0110, ext. 2359 or hbenitez@mvf.org for more details. EVENT ORDER FORM

Networking Picnic: 3-Year Young Professionals Group Celebration

It's the GGCC's Young Professional Group's 3-Year Anniversary! Join us for a BBQ Picnic, fun activities and a corn hole tournament and more.

The picnic (open to all GGCC Members) will be held on May 6 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Smokey Glen Farm, 16407 Riffle Ford Road in Gaithersburg. Cost: $25, GGCC Members / $35, Non-Members 
 
Register Now, CLICK HERE. Register by May 4, Please! 

12th Annual Wine Tasting
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Thursday, May 21
Kentlands Mansion

The GGCC will hold its 12th Annual Wine 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
  • The Melting Pot Gaithersburg
  • Local 301
  • Not Your Average Joe's
  • Brasserie Beck
  • Asia Nine
  • Bargain Movers
This year’s wine tasting features a guided wine tasting tutorial five featured wines compliments of Pinky & Pepe of Pinky and Pepe’s Grape Escape. Attendees will receive a special discount coupon to use that week in the Pinky and Pepe’s Grape Escape Kentlands store.
 
The wine 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. Register by May 19 Please! 

Young Professional of the Month: Marco Farfan

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: Local Store Marketing Manager, BC Steakhouse-Silver Birch Bar
  2. How long have you been with present company? 8 years
  3. How long have you been in your present position? 8 months
  4. What is the best thing about your job? Get to know people, work with them, build a personal relationship, not just business 
  5. Where did you attend college? Jefferson International College
  6. If you could be anyone famous or fictional who would it be? Not Fictional maybe famous for me... I'll be like my father, he is the person that show me everything...how to be the man and father I'm today, how to respect others no matter who this person is and how to grow in the best possible way in the world we live in.
  7. Favorite TV show growing up? Full House, show how a real family should be.
  8. All-Time favorite quote? “Put your heart, mind and soul into everything; even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success" -Swami Sivananda.
Contact Marco at mfarfanch@gmail.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).
 

20th Annual Public Safety Awards Breakfast

20th Annual Public Safety Awards Breakfast

Friday. August 14
Montgomery County Fairgrounds

The GGCC will honor local heroes from Public Safety personnel of the Upcounty for their courageous, life-saving actions at the 20th Annual Public Safety Awards Breakfast.

We invite you to this time-honored tradition as we recognize the heroic deeds of our local law enforcement and fire-rescue workers at our Annual Public Safety Awards Breakfast on Friday, August 14 at 7:30am at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center, Inc., 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg.

These men and women go above and beyond the call of duty to serve our local community and we want them to know we appreciate them and their hard work.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Title
: Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling (www.pdrmontgomery.com)
Official Photography Donated by / Sponsored by: Sugarloaf Photography by Fabrizio

SPONSORSHIP NOW AVAILABLE!
REGISTER NOW! 
DETAILS, CLICK HERE NOW! 

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:

Sugarloaf Congregation of Unitarian Universalists: Call for Details
Sugarloaf Photography by Fabrizio: 20%
Sweet Life Wellness: 20%
          
View all the discounts at: http://www.ggchamber.org/membership/member-to-member-discount/

Save The Date!

25th Annual Business Golf Classic
Friday. September 11
Worthington Manor Golf Club

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. Space is limited. Sign up early to secure your seat. For more information please contact the Chamber at (301)840-1400.    

3rd Annual Montgomery County Small Business Awards Luncheon

Celebrate Small Business in Montgomery County!

Montgomery County is home to more than 33,000 small business – businesses that contribute directly to the strength of the area’s economy. The 2015 Montgomery County Small Business Awards Luncheon will recognize outstanding small businesses in the County. 

Nominate Your Business or a Business Today! Submissions accepted through May 13, 2015, 3 p.m.

Event date: June 24, 2015, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Rd., North Bethesda, MD 20852
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