Business Networking Breakfast at Eggspectation

Join GSSCC for our April Business Networking Breakfast, scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. this Wednesday, April 13. This event is hosted by Eggspectation (923 Ellsworth Drive) and sponsored by Team Logic IT. Enjoy coffee, a delicious breakfast, round table networking, and make great connections. Claim your space and register now!
GSSCC Asks General Assembly for Pre-emption on Sick Leave

GSSCC and other Montgomery County business groups are calling on our State Senators to amend the Sick and Safe Leave Bill (HB 580) to preempt all local laws imposing sick leave mandates on employers, so there is one law governing employers' sick leave plans throughout Maryland. HB580 has passed the House and is going to the Senate this morning, the last day of this General Assembly session. As passed by the House, HB 580 fails to preempt the Montgomery County sick leave mandate on employers, which will become effective October 1, 2016. The Montgomery County Council passed its own local sick leave bill last year and there are numerous differences between the County law and the bill being considered by the General Assembly. If the State bill passes without the preemption amendment, it will create confusion and an administrative nightmare for businesses that have employees in multiple Maryland jurisdictions. Members interested in weighing on on this issue should email Senator Jamie Raskin today. The session ends at midnight tonight.

County Bill Would Set Minimum Wage at $15 per Hour

Councilmember Marc Elrich will introduce legislation on Tuesday that would raise the Montgomery County minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. Currently the County minimum wage exceeds the Maryland State wage by $1.25 per hour. Councilmembers George Leventhal, Hans Riemer, and Nancy Navarro have signed on in support of Elrich's bill. A public hearing on the bill is scheduled for June 21. To read a copy of the bill click hereGSSCC needs to know how this law will affect our member businesses. If you support this measure, please contact Jane Redicker and explain why. Likewise, if you oppose it, please contact Jane and explain how it will affect your business. 

GSSCC Asks County Council to Reject Proposed Property Tax Hike

GSSCC President Jane Redicker presented testimony last Tuesday asking the Montgomery County Council to reject the County Executive's proposed property tax increase, hold the line on new spending, and shift its focus on generating new revenues through economic and workforce development efforts that help business grow. To read a copy of her testimony click here. To find information about the County's budget proposal click here.

Networking Luncheon at The 4 Corners Pub

Join GSSCC for our April Connect @ Lunch, scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. next Wednesday, April 20. This event is hosted by The 4 Corners Pub (10111 Sutherland Road) and sponsored by TransCen. This members-only networking event is just $25 and includes an appetizer, choice of entree, and a soft drink. Spaces are limited, so register now.
Silver Spring Town Center Hosts After-Hours

Mark your calendars for GSSCC's April Business-After-Hours scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, at Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. The event will be held in the Civic Building (One Veterans Plaza). Mix and mingle, enjoy complimentary appetizers and drinks, and make great connections. This event is FREE for members and first-time attendees. Register now!
#SilvertheSpringDog is Back in Town!

Mark Becker, 
Summit Group
Jessica Rodriguez, Owner
& Guillermo Bustamante,
General Manager
Cuba De Ayer Restaurant
Reynold Mendizabal,
Owner & Chef
Urban Butcher

Join The Emerald Door Spa today, Monday, April 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a free "Intro to Essential Oils" class. The first three guests to arrive and attend the entire class receive free oils. Call 301-587-5800 to register.

* Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union is hosting a seminar, 'How to Write a Winning Business Plan" scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. this Wednesday, April 13, at the MAFCU Germantown Branch. Click here for more information and to register.

* Join Scheer Partners from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, for a webinar "The Who, What, Where, Why and How of Laboratory Site Closure". An expert will discuss the ins and out of laboratory site closure. Registration is required to participate.

* Congratulations to All Set Restaurant & Bar on its first year anniversary! Join the celebration starting at 3 p.m. this Thursday, April 14. Admission is free to the event that includes a live musical performance, all night happy hour, door prizes, games and more. Click here to RSVP. Congratulations to All Set for also winning Yelp's first annual MD Burbs Munch Madness 2016. The restaurant was crowned "Munch Madness Champion" after local restaurants went plate-to-plate for weeks. 

* Join Creative Colony from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 18, and on the third Monday of every month, to volunteer and set up dinner service at Shepherd's Table. Click here to RSVP.

* The Washington City Paper's "Best of DC 2016 Reader Poll" winners were announced this week. Congratulations to these Chamber members for all winning first place in their respective categories: Cuba De Ayer Restaurant for "Best Latin American Restaurant 2016", Fenwick Beer and Wine for "Best Place to Buy Beer 2016" category, Lebanese Taverna Cafe for "Best Middle Eastern Restaurant 2016" category, and RCN for "Best Cable Provider 2016" category. See the full list of winners and nominees here.

* Join the Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County for the Garden Gateway Planting Project volunteer ribbon cutting ceremony. This event is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22, at at Montgomery Parks Brookside Gardens. Click here for more information.

* Join The Urban Winery and Chocolatier Puja Satiani for a Chocolate & Wine Pairing Class scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at The Urban Winery
Learn the critical aspects of wine tasting, including sight and nose; likewise, learn how chocolate is made and how it should be consumed. Guests will indulge in pairings and learn how to create their own. Purchase your ticket, which includes artisanal chocolate and local wine pairings.

* Join A.G. Kitchen every Friday night from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. for Salsa Night and Reverse Happy Hour.

* Gandhi Brigade Youth Media is seeking an energetic and engaged Program Manager to guide, support, and manage its youth media programs. The manager will help lead the core programs, which serve 100 students of diverse socio-economic backgrounds through media festivals and other public events. Click here for more application information.

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.     
Sidewalk to be Closed at Georgia and Blair Mill

Beginning next Monday, April 18, the sidewalk at 8070 Georgia Avenue will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each business day while equipment is brought in to do repairs on the building. The sidewalk will remain closed until the work has been completed. Questions should be directed to Kim Robinson at 301-337-4744 or

Upcoming GSSCC Committee Meetings

Non-Profit Team Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12

* Young Professional's Network Meeting - RESCHEDULED - 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13

* Economic Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 21.  Mike Madden, Maryland Department of Transportation, will outline the most recent alignment and plans for The Purple Line, recently approved by Governor Hogan.

* Government Affairs Committee - Postponed until next month after the General Assembly session and hearings on the County Executive's proposed FY17 budget.

* Membership Development Committee - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26

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