Wednesday, February 17
8:30-9:30 am
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Cost: GGCC Members Only
Topic: Economic Development Committee Work-session From Theory to Action 
Where:  Montgomery College Germantown Campus Paul Peck Building (Goldenrod Bldg), 20271 Goldenrod Lane Room 105, Germantown

Wednesday, February 17
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.
WhereTherrien Waddell, 100 Lakeforest Boulevard, Suite 600, Gaithersburg

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

Friday, February 19
12:00-1:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Nalley Fresh
Cost: FREE for all, advance registration requested.
Where: Nalley Fresh, 261 Kentlands Boulevard, Gaithersburg
Wednesday, February 24
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Business Card Exchange Lunch
Cost: GGCC MEMBERS: $20; NON-MEMBERS: $20 for First-Time Non-Members. Returning Non-Members pay $40.
Where: Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar, 203 Crown Park Avenue, Gaithersburg

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 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

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 $05.
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

GGCC Snow Policy

GGCC follows the same policy as the Montgomery County Public Schools.
The policy is as follow:
  • When the County Schools are closed or there is a two-hour delay, all GGCC morning events and committee meetings are cancelled.
  • Any afternoon events or committee meetings will be decided upon by 8:00 am.
  • All evening events or committee meetings, will be decided upon by Noon.
  • Please note there are times that an event may be held or cancelled due to the sponsoring company’s policies and/or the discretion of the GGCC.
We will keep everyone apprised via our website and social media outlets if possible and as soon as we can.
  • Congratulations to Snyder Cohn PC, Grossberg Co.,LLP and DeLeon & StangCPAs & Advisors who were named in the Washington Business Journal's 2016 Top 50 Accounting Firms in the DC-Metro Area. Great News! 
  • Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union presents its Small Business University on Thursday, February 18 at 7:00 am at Montgomery Community Media with Lorette Farris of iBOSS, Inc. who will discuss "What is Equity-Based Crowd Funding?" To register, click here.
  • Come out to enjoy some fine craft beer, meet the service dogs, and support a great cause at Waredaca Brewing Company's Support Hero Dogs fundraiser on Thursday, February 18 from 4-9:00 pm at 4017 Damascus Road in Laytonsville. A portion of the proceeds from the evening’s sales will be donated to Hero Dogs to fund the raising, training, and placement of service dogs with Veterans with disabilities.
  • Join AAA Mid Atlantic for a free AAA car care clinic to learn about quick and easy ways to maintain your vehicle and keep it running smoother, longer. One of their master technicians will provide a brief overview on major vehicle systems, car maintenance tips, warning signs and the basics of service intervals. The session will be held on February 18, from 7-8:30 pm at 16045 Shady Grove Road, Gaithersburg. RSVP to 301-795-3050 x 65130. 
  • LOCAL 301 cafe, located at 20201 Century Boulevard in Germantown, is excited to announce its new winter menu launching today. Items include the 301 Cuban, Citrus Chicken Salad, oven fried chicken with mac & cheese, pizza bagels, quiche of the day, housemade granola and more. LOCAL 301 is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 am -4:00 pm. 
  • The Celtic powerhouse group Cherish the Ladies will return to BlackRock Center for the Arts for two performances on Sunday, February 28 at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Tickets are $18-$50 and are on sale in person, by phone 240.912.1058, or
  • Quinter Design reached a milestone of 23 years of graphic design + marketing work last month. They're celebrating throughout 2016 with monthly offers & discounts for their clients & colleagues. February's offer is 23% off custom-designed banners to display at tradeshows, offices + retail locations. For further details, contact them at: 
  • Eat and sip your way through Spain in one night at Ruth's Chris Steak House Taste of Spain Wine Dinner on February 25. From lobster paella with chorizo to filet mignon with piquillo pepper butter, each of the five courses is paired with a legendary Torres Family Wine. Like fruity, full-bodied Celeste Tempranillo and Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon with notes of truffle and spice. Seating is limited. Learn more and/or make a reservation, click here.
  • 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 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.     

#UniteGaithersburgGermantown Contest: It's Easy & Fun! 

#UniteGaithersburgGermantown Contest Launches February 1, 2016. 

Whether you’re a local business owner, corporate exec, farmer, stay-at-home mom, teacher, or contractor, we all love Gaithersburg & Germantown because our quality of life is “World Class.”

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber is fighting for this every day through:
  • Engaging our business community to grow our local economy,
  • Advocating for the services and infrastructure your business and family need, and
  • Connecting with nonprofits doing critical work our community.

How it Works:
Unite Sign
Download a copy of the #UniteGaithersburgGermantown sign from our website (coming soon) or the Facebook photo album.

Take a Photo!
Use this hashtag, #UniteGaithersburgGermantown in the caption when you post a picture holding the #UniteGaithersburgGermantown sign and we will pull them all together in our Facebook album for you, your friends and colleagues to VOTE. Take your photo in front of whatever you'd like to showcase (to over 1,300 Facebook friends), in a place that identifies you and your company, what's important to you (friends, family, kids soccer game, etc.), or your favorite part of Gaithersburg-Germantown! Be Creative!

Post your photo three ways:
- On your Business Facebook Page & use hashtag #UniteGaithersburgGermantown
Twitter - Use hashtag #UniteGaithersburgGermantown & add our handle @GGCCNEWS
Instagram - Use hashtag #UniteGaithersburgGermantown & tag us—GBURGGERMANTOWNCHAMBER.

Voting begins immediately in our Facebook #UniteGaithersburgGermantown Photo Album. The winner will be determined BY "LIKES" on each of these photos, so tell friends and family to vote for YOUR photo.

Contest Rules
The campaign will run from February 1-29. Last day for submissions is 3:00 p.m. on February 29 . The winner will be announced via all our social media channels on Friday, March 4. Prize to be determined.
Photos must be taken in Gaithersburg and/or Germantown.  

Let’s tell our community we’re United.

To download the #UniteGaithersburgGermantown sign, click here.

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.

Employment Law Workshop

The GGCC, in cooperation with its Non-Profit Group, has invited Marc Engel an employment attorney at LerchEarly & 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. Marc has litigated and mediated employment and business matters for a wide array of business and organization clients. A major focus of his practice is devoted to providing advice to employers of all size on a variety of employment issues and litigation avoidance strategies. Marc prides himself on anticipating his clients’ challenges and closely monitors the latest legal, regulatory, and judicial developments. He is a sought-after speaker on employment matters and litigation avoidance practices. This workshop is for business owners and supervisors, as well as non-profit directors and managers, who are responsible for their organizations’ hiring and employee management practices, and also for advisors of for-profit and not for profit organizations.

Coffee, pastry and fruit sponsored by the Residence Inn by Marriott.
Limited space. Please register in advance. Thank you!

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:

Wilniq Auto Body & Mechanical Repairs, Inc.: 10% Off Labor
270net Technologies: 10%

View all the discounts at:

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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