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Important Information!

Just a REMINDER, applications for the Small Business of the Year & Young Professional of the Year awards are due by NOON this FRIDAY, November 4. And tomorrow, NOVEMBER 1 is the last day you can purchase EARLY-BIRD TICKETS for the Annual Celebration & Awards Ceremony on December. To purchase tickets, click here
Tuesday, November 1
4:30-6:00 pm
No Strings Happy Hour at Majestic
About: 
Gather at Majestic for an Impromptu Gathering and celebrate the grand opening of this new community apartment complex with an informal ribbon cutting ceremony. Cocktails and appetizers provided compliments of Barking Mad Café. Take a tour of the Watkins Mill Town Center’s newest apartments.
Cost: Free, advance registration required. 
Where: The Majestic, 116 Paramount Park Drive, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, November 2
9-10:30 am
Corporate Social Responsibility Forum
About: Gain insight to create meaningful partnerships that are "win-win-win," equally benefiting the nonprofit's mission, the business's objectives, and the community at large. Sarah Burnett, Executive Director of Corporate Volunteer Council, will provide a brief keynote and will moderate the panel. Our panelists, owners/leaders of local businesses and nonprofits, will highlight some of their most successful and interesting partnerships, followed by a Q&A session. Panelists will include Rebuilding Together Montgomery County, Operation Second Chance, Fleet Feet Sports Gaithersburg, Pinky & Pepe's Grape Escape and others.
Cost: ALL GGCC & CVC-MC NON-PROFIT PARTNERS & BUSINESS Members are Invited! 
Where: Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy, 220 Perry Parkway, Suite 8, Gaithersburg 

Thursday, November 3 
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting 
Speaker:
David Petr, President and CEO of Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation
Topic: Economic Development Strategy for Montgomery County. This is a great opportunity to meet David and learn more about his plans for growing jobs in the County.
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Where:  Montgomery College Germantown Campus Paul Peck Building (Goldenrod Bldg), 20271 Goldenrod Lane Room 105, Germantown

Friday, November 4

8:00-9:30 am
New Member Orientation - Come Discover the Benefits of Membership!
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS ONLY
Where: Homewood Suites, 805 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg
 
Wednesday, November 9
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.
Where: Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, 9605 Medical Center Drive, Rockville

Wednesday, November 9
12:00-1:00 pm
Events Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS ONLY
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Wednesday, November 16
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting 
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Where:  Montgomery College Germantown Campus Paul Peck Building (Goldenrod Bldg), 20271 Goldenrod Lane Room 105, Germantown

Thursday, November 17
5:30 -7:30 pm
Business Networking After Five / Fall Cocktail Reception
Cost: Free for All with a donation of a "new / unwrapped" toy donation to Toys for Tots!
Where: Pinky and Pepe's Grape Escape, 223 Kentlands Blvd., Gaithersburg

Thursday, November 17
8:00-9:00 am
Membership Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS ONLY
Where: GGCC Office, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg

Friday, November 18
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting: Potomac Care Pharmacy
Cost: Free for All. Advance registration requested.
Where: Potomac Care Pharmacy, 12103 Darnestown Road, North Potomac 
 

Thursday, November 24 - Friday, November 25

All Day! 
GGCC Office Closed 
 
Saturday, November 26
All Day! 
Small Business Saturday! 2016
About: The GGCC is proud to support Small Business Saturday® and encourages you to "shop small, shop local"! 
 
Monday, November 28
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.
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874
 
Friday, December 2
12:00-1:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting: Ultimate Building & Design
Cost: Free for All. Advance registration requested.
Where: Ultimate Building & Design, 7601 Airpark Road, Suite E, Gaithersburg 
 
Thursday, December 8
6:00-10:00 pm
Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony
Cost: $100 (Early Bird until 11.1.16) / $125 per person / Sponsorship's Varying Levels Available
Where: Holiday Inn Gaithersburg, 2 Montgomery Village Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Tuesday, December 13
4:30-6:00 pm
Young Professional Group Holiday Happy Hour
Cost: YPG Ticket - $10 donation to a local non-profit
Where: Ted's Montana Grill, 105 Ellington Boulevard, Gaithersburg

Thursday, December 15
5:30-7:30 pm
GGCC Holiday Open House
Sponsored by: Wegmans Food Markets, Scheer Partners, Inc., DuClaw Brewing Co.
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS: FREE (incl. in membership); NON-MEMBERS: Pay $40
Where: GGCC, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N (North Building), Gaithersburg

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


GGCC Membership Drive: Together We Are Stronger!

The GGCC can advocate and work on their members behalf more effectively with a larger membership base. So Everyone Wins!

We are currently hosting the 2016 Membership Campaign.

How the Campaign Works:
  • Campaign Runs Now through November 17, 2016.
  • Members: SPONSOR a NEW MEMBER to JOIN now through November 17 and YOU will receive $50 CASH. YEP, $50! 
  • Non-Members: And your referral RECEIVES a one-time $50 discount on your MEMBERSHIP dues when you JOIN the GGCC now through November 17 (certain restrictions apply). 
Members -  we encourage YOU to bring in AS MANY NEW MEMBERS AS YOU WANT! Together we are stronger! 

The best method of recruitment is still word of mouth, so brag about the chamber and help us grow. Encourage them to make an investment in their business & community!

Need the proper tools to help you? Here is a link to Join Page, Benefits Page and our Membership Application Page 

The Chamber provides numerous services for members, including networking and professional development, an electricity discount program, free and low cost marketing, government affairs programs and advocacy to encourage a positive business climate in the Upcounty.

For additional information, contact Donna Rimple at drimple@ggchamber.org or 301.840.1400 x17. And thank you in advance for your commitment to the GGCC! 

  • The City of Gaithersburg is ranked #23 among the top 50 Best Cities to Live in America. Way to go Gaithersburg, Maryland! Read the full report, click here.
  • Montgomery County made the list of most active counties in America. Way to go MoCo!! Montgomery, home to Rockville and Gaithersburg, stands out with fantastic access to exercise — 99.9% of its population lives within reasonable distance of a place to work up a sweat. Read more and check out the full report, click here
  • Congratulations Montgomery County on the Grand Opening of the NEW Public Safety Training Academy (PSTA) in Gaithersburg. The PSTA will provide cutting-edge technology and a state-of-the-art compound for both academic and practical skills public-safety training. Read more, click here.
  • In celebration of its first 10 years in business, Chesapeake Public Strategies undertook 10 Powerful Acts of Kindness in 2016, providing pro-bono services to eight nonprofits that serve children in need, granting $1,000 to the Tree House CAC of Montgomery County and hosting the summit in October learning practical strategies for effective advocacy. Way to go Chesapeake! Additional information on the Summit, click here.
  • Voting is easy in Montgomery County! Early VOTING is available NOW through November 3, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. For Early Voting locations & more information, visit the Board of Elections at www.777vote.org. .
  • National Cyber Security Awareness Month, celebrated every October, was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. NIST has partnered with other federal agencies to help raise raise awareness about cybersecurity. Find tools and resources needed to stay safe online here.
  • SafeTrack is once again affecting Montgomery County. Surge affects on the Red Line began October 29. This phase completely closes the Metro's Red Line between Fort Totten and NoMa. Check out what MCDOT is doing to assist travelers. 
  • More than 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and 1 in 4 doesn’t know. Join Adventist HealthCare on November 11 for their free Diabetes Expo and receive free health screenings, nutrition information and cooking tips to keep diabetes at bay and keep your heart healthy. Details, click here.
  • David Petr, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation’s first president and CEO was recently featured in the Washington Business Journal. For the complete interview, click here.  
  • You're invited to celebrate Ted's Montana Grill 1-Year Anniversary at Downtown Crown this week. Enjoy a special thank you each day. Monday - $10 cheeseburgers. Tuesday - $5 Martini's. Wednesday - 1/2 price bottles of wine. Thursday - $5 Ted's Signature Margarita. Friday - $5 Bison Nachos. Ted's Montana is located at 105 Ellington Boulevard in Gaithersburg. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Ted's Montana Grill! 
  • Apex Home Loans will be collecting Halloween Candy from now to November 11th for Operation Gratitude. Bring in your extra sweets to their branch located at 3204 Tower Oaks Boulevard, Suite 400, Rockville, and they'll have them sent them to troops overseas. 
  • Get your tickets now for Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy's SugarPlum Tea Party on Sunday, November 20 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. For details and/or tickets, click here
  • The Fall 2016 issue of the Montgomery County Division of Solid Waste Services Civic Loop recycling newsletter is now available on the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Solid Waste Services website.  Highlights include: holiday recycling schedule, backyard composting & Montgomery County’s ban on the use and sale of Styrofoam. 
  • Montgomery County Councilmember Sidney Katz will host a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00 pm at the Benjamin Gaither Center, 80 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg. Questions? Email: councilmember.katz@montgomerycountymd.gov or call 240-777-7906. 
  • Are you a published author who dreams about joining the impressive list of award-winning and best-selling authors appearing at the Gaithersburg Book Festival each year? Or know of someone who is? If so, now's your chance to be considered for the 2017 festival, which takes place Saturday, May 20. They are now accepting featured author applications for those interested in participating in solo presentations and panel discussions. The deadline to submit is Saturday, December 31, 2016. Download the application from the festival website.
  • Kentlands Mansion kicks off the holiday season with a breakfast with Santa and holiday craft making on Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4, at 9:00 am. The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 12 and younger. Seating is limited; reservations are required. Call 301-258-6425 or visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov for tickets. 
  • Stop by Butler's Orchard today on your way home for 40% off Halloween décor. Sale excludes - pumpkins, cornstalks, gourds, straw, carving kits, patterns and tools. Butler's is located at 22222 Davis Mill Road in Germantown. And don't worry, you haven't made it to their Pumpkin Festival 2016 yet, their last call for the best fall flavors and fun is November 5 & 6. 
  • Wegmans Food Markets, Inc, 20600 Seneca Meadows Parkway in Germantown, has all of Fall's favorite treats, including Wegmans Gala apples, apple cider and assorted donut holes. Stop by today and take some home to the family. They'll thank you for it. 
  • Join Small Business University, a program of Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union, on the third Thursday of each month between 7:00 am-8:30 am. Start your morning with great networking followed by an inspiring speaker each month. This month's speaker (November 17) is Tameka Montgomery, Associate Administrator, Office of Entrepreneurial Development, US Small Business Administration who will discuss "Is your Business idea Valid?". More info / register, click here
  • The City of Gaithersburg Winter Lights Enchanted Evenings at Seneca Creek State Park are back. Enjoy S'more Lights on November 18 from 6 to 10:00 pm,, Wine Under the Lights on November 20 from 5:30 - 9:30 pm, and Leashes 'n' Lights on November 22 from 6 - 9:00 pm.
  • Our Friends at Gaithersburg High School are looking for Academy Day Speakers on November 16 from 7:30 am - Noon at Gaithersburg High School, 101 Education Boulevard, Gaithersburg. They have specific needs for Speakers in Finance, IT, Medicine, Engineering, Entertainment, Culinary, Graphic Design, Media, Sports, Military, Biotech, the Arts and Accounting but always welcome new Guest Speakers/Presenters in all fields. To sign up, click here
  • Today is your last chance to take the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center free and fast Breast Cancer Risk Assessment for a chance to win a weekend getaway for two to The Hotel Hershey in Hershey, PA. Click here to enter.

Corporate Social Responsibility Forum

 ATTENTION ALL BUSINESSES & NON-PROFIT MEMBERS, Join the Chamber's Non-Profit Group for a panel discussion on corporate social responsibility and nonprofit/corporate partnerships.

Gain insight to create meaningful partnerships that are "win-win-win," equally benefiting the nonprofit's mission, the business's objectives, and the community at large. Sarah Burnett, Executive Director of Corporate Volunteer Council, will provide a brief keynote and will moderate the panel.

Our panelists, owners/leaders of local businesses and nonprofits, will highlight some of their most successful and interesting partnerships, followed by a Q&A session. This is open to both businesses and our non-;profit partners

Panelists will include Rebuilding Together Montgomery County, Operation Second Chance, Fleet Feet Sports Gaithersburg, Pinky & Pepe's Grape Escape and others

                    

Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Join us at our biggest bash of the year the "Annual Celebration Dinner and Awards Ceremony - Celebrating 67 Years!"
 
The evening events include:
  • The installation of the 2017 Board of Directors
  • Silent auction
  • Dinner
  • Music
  • Presentation of the Annual “You Made a Difference Award”
  • Announcement of the “10th Annual Small Business of the Year” award
  • Announcement of the "4th Annual Young Professional of the Year” award
  • The awarding of the Montgomery College Scholarships funded by GGCC Businesses to Montgomery College students
Sponsorship's Available:
  • Title Sponsor: $3,000
  • Gold Sponsor: $2,000
  • Silver Sponsor: $800.00
  • Bronze Sponsor: $300
  • Table Sponsor: $1,200
  • SBY Table: $1,200
  • YPG Table: $1.200
  • Scholarship Table: $1,000
  • GGCC Member / Spouse / Guest Ticket Per Person: $100 (Early Bird Ends TOMORROW, 11.1.16)
  • GGCC Member / Spouse / Guest Ticket Per Person: $125
                  

Are You the 2016 Small Business of the Year?

You are cordially invited to submit an application for the GGCC’s 10th Annual GGCC Small Business of the Year Award (SBY).

The chamber’s SBY Award recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of small businesses, which are a vital part of our economy and community. The award is presented to the small business that demonstrates success, community involvement, and excellent customer relations. Are you the next small business of the year?

The application can be downloaded by clicking here now. The deadline for entries is Noon on Friday, November 4, 2016, either postmarked or emailed to lrowles@ggchamber.org. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 301.840.1400 x14. Good Luck! 
                  

You Could Be the Young Professional of the Year!

You are cordially invited to submit an application for the GGCC’s 4th Annual GGCC Young Professional of the Year Award (YPG).

The chamber’s YPG Award recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of a highly motivated, emerging leader of the Chamber’s Young Professional’s group. Are you the next young professional of the year?
 
The application can downloaded by clicking here now. The deadline for entries is Noon on Friday, November, 4, 2016, either postmarked or emailed to lrowles@ggchamber.org. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 301.840.1400 x14. Good Luck! 
                     

2017 Corporate & Event Sponsorship Opportunities

Support the GGCC & increase visibility for your organization. There are a variety of sponsorship's available to our members.

2017 Opportunities Include:
  • Corporate Sponsor Program Exclusive package— $4,000
  • Special Event Sponsor Package—$1,000
  • Big Data Seminar Title Sponsor - $1,500
  • Business Networking After Five -$300 (plus cost of food &  drinks)
  • Business Networking Before Nine-$250 (plus cost of food &  drinks)
  • Business Card Exchange Lunch-Call for Details
  • Young Professional Group Title Sponsor -$1000
  • Young Professional Group Happy Hour- $200
  • Young Professional Group Networking Picnic Title Sponsor - $350
  • Young Professionals Group Breakfast / Lunch & Learn- $200
  • Celebration Dinner & Public Safety Sponsorship's Opportunities - Also Available (Please keep in mind when planning your 2017 budgets, I will be happy to send you this information upon request). 
For more information call 301-840-1400 x 14 or lrowles@ggchamber.org. 

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:

Ultimate Building & Design: 10%
Web Mobile Image LLC: 10%
Wellman General Contracting and Home Improvements, LLC: 10%

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