2016 SchmozzaPalooza Set for Success

The stage is set for the best GSSCC SchmoozaPalooza yet, come this Wednesday evening, March 9, at The Fillmore Silver Spring. GSSCC thanks our 30+ exhibitor members, especially our Welcome Sponsor Statland & Katz Insurance. Thanks also to Apex Home Loans for providing our special charging station on the stage. Thanks to our participating restaurants and caterers: All Set, The Classics, Corcoran Caterers, Cuba De Ayer, Eggspectation, Gusto, Puja Santiani, and Kefa Cafe. And finally thanks to the almost 30 members who are providing some extraordinary items for our silent auction. Remember, no "walk-ins" or payment at the door will be accepted.
Business Networking Breakfast at The Daily Dish

Join GSSCC for our March Business Networking Breakfast, scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. next Wednesday, March 16, at The Daily Dish (8301 Grubb Road). Enjoy a delicious breakfast, round table networking, and make great connections. Take advantage of our early-bird pricing, and click here to register.
Celebrate the Grand Opening of Gusto Italian Grill 

Join GSSCC from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, as we cut the ribbon for the Grand Opening of Gusto Italian Grill. Celebrate the opening of a new destination for fast, craft-your-own, healthy Italian. All attendees will enjoy a complimentary signature entrée and a drink. RSVP is required.
First Time Home Buying Workshop & Happy Hour

Join the Young Professional's Network for a "First Time Home Buying in the Metro Market" Workshop & Happy Hour, scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, hosted by A.G. Kitchen (931 Ellsworth Drive). The workshop will be presented by Keller Shinholser of Apex Home Loans and Andy Alderdice, W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors, A Long and Foster Co. Take the fear out of purchasing your first home, enjoy complimentary appetizers, a specialty YP cocktail, prizes, handouts, and a cash bar! Members are $10 and Non-Members are $15. Click here to register.
GSSCC's Energy Co-op: What's in it for Your Business?

Heard about GSSCC's Energy Purchasing Co-op for businesses and residents?  But not sure what's in it for your business?  CQI Associates, the Chamber's Energy Co-op partner, will present an informational webinar discussing the Energy Co-op, how it compares to others options, and how it can reduce operational expenses. 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. Learn more about: regulations and consumer protection; the difference between the Energy Co-op and other energy purchasing options; rates and contract terms; how to avoid scams; how to read your energy bill; and more. Webinars will be offered at 1 p.m. on March 9, at 2 p.m. on March 16, and at 1 p.m. on March 22.  Advance registration is required.  Go to the CQI Associates home page, click on the date desired, and follow the steps to RSVP. Questions should be directed to Joe Tabeling at 443-472-3870.
Successful Ribbon Cutting for Cornerstone Montgomery & CCI Health & Wellness Services!

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Welcome New Members!

Please join GSSCC in welcoming these organizations that joined during February.

Angel Ribbons Cancer Care Baskets
Melonie D'agi
1131 University Blvd, Suite 2002
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Nicola Whiteman
1050 17th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
620 Pershing Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Jayjay Jelenke
8757 Georgia Ave., Suite 440
Silver Spring, MD 20910
10801 Lockwood Drive, Suite 240
Silver Spring, MD 20901
DB Event Services
Diana Brown
8811 Colesville Rd., Suite 606
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Nathan Wehrli
8313 Grubb Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Jen Leonard
8512 Fenton St.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Jennifer Purdy
9015 Brookville Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Natashia Matos
P.O. Box 15172
Washington, DC 20003
Scott Kushnier
10803 Meadowhill Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20901

Thanks for Renewing!

GSSCC thanks these organizations that renewed their membership during February.

Andy Alderdice, W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors, A Long & Foster Co.
Argyle Country Club
Blair Mill, LLC
Chevy Chase Land Company
The Classics Restaurant
Cornerstone Montgomery, Inc.
Erie Insurance
Footwork: The International Podoconiosis Initiavie
Global Communities
Habitat for Humanity
Hanagan's Auto Body
Impact Silver Spring
Joseph Godbout, CPA
M&T Bank
Maisel-Hollins Development

Meineke Car Care Center
Metro 710 Apartment Homes
Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union
Minimally Invasive Vascular Centers
Mrs. K's Restaurant
My Office Products
Plaza Artist Materials of Maryland
Regal Paint Center of Silver Spring
Rising Images, LLC
Rollingwood Apartments
Self Storage Plus
Senior Service America, Inc.
Shepherd's Table, Inc
Sterling Portraits, LLC
Summit Group
Tiger Personnel Services, Inc
Washington Adventist University
Word Wizards, Inc.
Eggspectation is now serving "Eggspress Lunch". Stop in anytime from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for a lunch that is guaranteed to be ready in 20 minutes or less. Click here to view the menu.

* Congratulations to Washington Adventist Hospital on today's groundbreaking for the new hospital in White Oak.

* Congratulations to Summit Group as two of its associates in the DC office were awarded at The Chesapeake Promotional Products Association 9th Annual Peake Awards ceremony. Senior Account Manager, Susan Hysen, won the "Excellence in Promotions" award and Account Executive, Michael Harper, received the final award of the evening and the association's highest honor, The Peake Award. Click here to read the article.

* Congratulations to DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC - Silver Spring as Hilton Worldwide was named one of Fortune Magazines' 2016 "100 Best Companies To Work For". Click here to read the article.

*  The Duffy Insurance Group will hold a free Social Security seminar from  6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, at the Marilyn Praisner Branch Library (14819 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville). The seminar will address upcoming law changes in Social Security to be effective April 29, 2016. Seats are limited. RSVP by March 13 to 301-384-5000 or mikeduffy@duffyinsurancegroup.com.

* The Restaurant Association of Maryland announced its finalists for the "2016 Stars of the Industry" awards. Congratulations to Chef Raynold Mendizabal of Urban Butcher who is a finalist for "Chef of the Year" and Mrs. K's Restaurant who is a finalist for "Wine and Beverage Program of the Year". Click here to read the article.

* Join All Set Restaurant & Bar for the #SSTweetUp 6th Edition from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8. Enjoy happy hour priced cocktails, delicious seafood-focused bites, contests, prizes, and more. Click here to RSVP.

* Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. will celebrate SSTCi Day at Fenwick Beer & Wine from
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, March 14. 10% of all sales that day will benefit SSTCi's 100+ free programs and events.  Craft beers, specialty wines, and more will be on sale.

Altavista Communications Group has extended its Google Street View fixed price promotional offer for one-floor and two-floor restaurants. This special offer is valid until March, Friday 11. Call 240-708-6827 to schedule an appointment or click here.

See your company's news here! GSSCC would be pleased to highlight news from our member companies in this section of the weekly e-news. Simply send us your information before close of business each Friday.     
Upcoming GSSCC Committee Meetings

* Economic Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, Discussion with Montgomery County Development Ombudsman Mike Smith.

* Membership Development Committee - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 22
 * Government Affairs Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 24 (Note: rescheduled to allow a presentation on the Montgomery County Executive's FY17 budget, after it has been released on March 15)

About GSSCC Committee/Team Meetings: All GSSCC members are welcome to participate in Chamber committees. Members are welcome to attend committee meetings to assess interest in joining a committee. Meetings are typically held in the GSSCC Conference Room. Advance RSVP is required and priority will be given to existing committee members when speakers are scheduled.

State of Maryland to Conduct Disparity Study on MBE Program

The State of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Transportation is conducing a Disparity Study for Maryland's Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program for contracting and procurement. The purpose of the study is to determine whether this program remains legally defensible and administratively successful. If you are involved in any of these industries - construction and maintenance; architecture/engineering and construction related professional services; other professional and general services (including IT); or commodities, supplies and equipment - and are doing business, or attempting to do business with the State of Maryland, you are invited to participate in a focus group to help identify potential revisions to the program.  Click here for information on participating in the focus group. Click here for more information about the study.
LSBRP Announces Opportunities for Small Businesses

The Montgomery County Local Small Business Reserve Program (LSBRP) has announced several upcoming contracting opportunities that will be reserved under the LSBRP program. Solicitations for the following will be posted here within a few weeks. Department of General Service: Elevator Maintenance Services, HVAC Preventative Maintenance for Antenna Sites and Fibernet Hubs, #2 Heating Fuel Oil, Office Relocation (Moving and Hauling) Services; Department of Liquor Control: Night Loading Services for Department of Liquor Control Beer Warehouse; Department of Transportation: Landscape Maintenance Services, Removal and Replacement of Concrete Curb and Sidewalks in the Business Districts Countywide; Police: Temporary Professional and Para Professional Staffing Services, Emergency Veterinarian Services, Roadside Deer, Small Wildlife and Domestic Animal Carcasses Pick-up and Removal; Procurement: Wage Requirement Law Compliance Random/Limit Scope Auditing Services. Click here for more information about the LSBRP.
 Thank you to our 2015-2016 GSSCC Partners
Corporate Partners - Downtown Silver Spring; Lee Development Group; Montgomery College; Statland & Katz Insurance, Inc.; Washington Adventist Hospital

Business Partners - AFI Silver Theatre; Apex Home Loans; Bud Miller Associates, Inc.; Digital Industry; Discovery Communications; EagleBank; 
The Fillmore Silver Spring; Holy Cross Hospital; Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.; Linowes & Blocher LLP; M&T Bank; The Tower Companies (The Blairs); United Therapeutics Corp.; Washington Property Company.

Partners - Adam S. Lowe Photography; Atlantech Online; EBA Ernest Bland Associates; Elite Personnel; 
My Office Products; Signs By Tomorrow;
Social & Scientific Systems.

 Friends- Harvey Maisel/Maisel Hollins Development