Congratulations GSSCC 2016 Shining Stars of Silver Spring!

Congratulations to those GSSCC members named Shining Stars of Silver Spring at the Chamber's Awards & Installation Dinner last week! Honorees included Bill Kominers (Chair's Award); Carmen Camacho (Chair's Award); The Daily Dish (Corporate Community Service Award); My Office Products (Corporate Community Service Award); Jackie Lewis (Rising Star Award); Police Officer Charles Horwitz (Montgomery County Police Officer of the Year). Read more about the honorees here.

Pictured left to right: Jane Redicker, GSSCC President; Carmen Camacho, Bud Miller Associates; Stephanie Steele, The Fillmore Silver Spring; Montgomery County Police Office Charles Horwitz; Jackie Lewis, The Fillmore Silver Spring; Zena Polin, The Daily Dish; Jerry Hollinger, The Daily Dish; Bill Kominers, Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.; Doug Parker, M&T Bank; Robert Scott, My Office Products.  (See more photos below and online.)
GSSCC Represents Business Concerns on New Minimum Wage Bill

The Montgomery County Council is considering Bill 12-16 that would increase the County's minimum hourly wage to $15 by 2020, and mandate indexed increases each subsequent year, based on the CPI.  (Councilmembers Elrich, Hucker, Leventhal, Navarro, and Riemer are co-sponsors.)  GSSCC, joined by two member small business owners, testified at the public hearing on Tuesday, June 21, along with representatives of other county business organizations and individuals. Each told the story of how this legislation will impact their businesses, their ability to hire young or less experienced individuals, to offer the same level of employee benefits, or even to effectively serve their customers. GSSCC also raised questions and concerns about how this bill will impact not only business owners, but also taxpayers and the County's economy as a whole. Read GSSCC's testimony here.
County Minimum Wage to Increase on July 1

The current minimum wage for Montgomery County, per legislation passed in 2013, is $9.55 per hour. It is set to increase to $10.75 per hour this Friday, July 1, 2016, and again to $11.50 on July 1, 2017. Click here for a copy of the Minimum Wage and Overtime Law, published by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. For more information, members should consult their human resources counsel. 
Survey Question: Post Office in Downtown Silver Spring? 

Does your business need a Post Office in the downtown Silver Spring area? YES or NO 
Background: The Post Office in downtown Silver Spring (on Colesville Road) was removed several years ago. It was replaced by a branch in the Spring Center on 16th Street. That location will soon be razed to make way for The Purple Line. The nearest remaining branch is on University Boulevard in Four Corners.
GSSCC wants to know if your business would benefit from having a Post Office in the downtown Silver Spring area. If so, please click here, or on 'YES' above to send an email to GSSCC.
Breakfast + Coffee + Networking

Plan now to attend GSSCC's July Business Networking Breakfast, scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13, at Argyle Country Club (14600 Argyle Club Road). Enjoy coffee and a full breakfast, and make connections during our round table networking. Take advantage of early-bird pricing and register now!
YPN Networking Bingo & Happy Hour

Join the Young Professional's Network for "Getting to Know You" Networking Bingo & Happy Hour! This event is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, hosted by The Cameron (8710 Cameron Street). Meet on the rooftop clubhouse and get ready to mix, mingle, and learn interesting facts about your peers. Enjoy complimentary appetizers, complimentary beer, wine and a specialty YPN cocktail, and a self-service bar! Click here to register now.
2016 Awards & Installation Dinner at the Sheraton Silver Spring

TW Perry Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Celebration


* Two years ago JBG Companies launched a mural initiative to add art to construction sites and buildings. JBG commissions local and national artists to put their creativity and color into some unsuspecting places such as parking garages, building corners and sidewalk walls. The company is currently up to 25 murals throughout the DMV, and has plans to complete five more this summer. The point of the murals is to spark interest in the building or neighborhood. Read the full WTOP article here.

Join Catylator Makerspace for many of its summer classes and camps, including "Screen Print Your Own T-Shirt" from 6:30 p.m. to  8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 30. Learn to use Catylator's Roland GS-24 Vinyl Cutter and printing presses to create unique designs on tee shirts. Students can bring in their own artwork or choose from some designs provided and print them right onto their own tees.

* Join Round House Theatre for MOXIE: A Happenstance Vaudeville, now through 
July 17. A Happenstance Vaudeville is a theatrical collage inspired by the Great Age of Vaudeville, infused with the joys and struggles of its performers' lives. This show is for people of all ages and runs 75 minutes.

* Riderwood will host "A Feast for the Eyes IV", a free three-day artwork showcase,  featuring 173 original pieces from 37 residents, in a museum setting. The show includes paintings, silk screens, ceramics, glass, woodwork, photography, and digital art. It will be held in Maryland Hall (Montgomery Station Clubhouse) on the Riderwood campus from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 22. For more information, contact Heather Hicks-Mello at 301-572-8449.

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 Meetings

* Membership Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 28

* Major Events Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5

* Young Professional's Network Meeting - 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6 

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