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. this Wednesday, March 16, at The Daily Dish (8301 Grubb Road). Enjoy a delicious breakfast, round table networking, and make great connections. We know it's early, but there will be plenty of coffee! Click here to register now.
Grand Opening of Gusto Italian Grill 

Join GSSCC from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. this 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 & HH

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 pay $10 and Non-Members pay $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.
GSSCC's 23rd Anniversary SchmoozaPalooza Was a Huge Success!

A huge THANK YOU to all of our attendees, as well as the restaurants and caterers, exhibitors, silent auction item donors, and sponsors (listed below) for making this event a huge success! Click here to see the full photo gallery.  Congratulations to our Early-Bird Ticket Purchase prize winner, Tyrone Intram, Sheraton Silver Spring, who received a case of wine, courtesy of the GSSCC Board.  Congratulations also to Mary Ellen Flynn, Andalman & Flynn, winner of the Schmooza Special Seven $230 cash prize.  

Welcome Sponsor Statland & Katz | Charging Station Sponsor Apex Home Loans Venue Sponsor The Fillmore Silver Spring Event Photographer Adam S. Lowe Photography
Restaurants & Caterers
All Set Restaurant & Bar | The Classics| Corcoran Caterers | Cuba de  Ayer Eggspectation Gusto Italian Grill | Chocolatier Puja Satiani

A Wider Circle | Argyle Country Club | Atlantech Online | Bankers Business Management Services | Catylator Makerspace | College Park Tennis Club | Costco | CQI Associates | Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County |Docs In Progress | DoubleTree by Hilton | Easter Seals Serving DC, MD, VA | JK Moving Services | Kangen Water by Enagic | Mathnasium Downtown Silver Spring | Print 1 | Randstad |RCN SEEC | Shepherd's Table | Signarama Silver Spring |Solaire Silver Spring Apartments | Spectrum Printing & Graphics | 
SpeedPro Imaging - Silver Spring | Summit Group | YMCA
Rite Aid Pharmacy Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting

Click here to see the full photo gallery.
* Vote this week through March 30 for GSSCC's two member restaurant finalists in the Restaurant Association of Maryland's "2016 Stars of the Industry" awards. Click here
to vote for Chef Raynold Mendizabal of Urban Butcher, finalist for "Chef of the Year," and Mrs. K's Restaurant, finalist for "Wine and Beverage Program of the Year."

SW Creatives is hosting a free webinar "The Collaborative Budget: Aligning Programs and Finances" from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30. Learn tactics for getting greater collaboration between program and finances, and transforming your budget into a thoughtful tool that captures and explains the real cost of doing business and delivering program. Click here to register.

* Join local chocolatier Puja Satiani and Denizens Brewing Co. for an evening of artisanal chocolate and craft beer, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 31. Learn how chocolate is made, what it has in common with craft beer; tour the brewery; enjoy chocolate and beer pairings. Click here to purchase a ticket, which includes pairings and light appetizers. 

* Join Docs in Progress for the "Doc Around the Clock Film making Competition" from 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15, through 11:55 p.m. on Sunday, April 17. This community film making event is an intensive weekend where you will eat, breathe, and sleep documentary film as your team races to produce a short documentary in and around Silver Spring. Both amateur and professional filmmakers are welcome to participate. Click here to register.

* Join Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind for its 4th Annual Shot in the Dark Golf Classic & Casino Night at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 13, at Bretton Woods Country Club. Play golf or come for the dinner, cocktails, entertainment, and a casino night. Click here to register.

* Congratulations to Gandhi Brigade Youth Media for winning the best High School Student Film at the DC Independent Film Festival. The youth produced documentary "Juvenile Justice: The Road to Reform" continues to receive awards at film festivals nationwide. Click here to watch the trailer.

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.

 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