YPN Networking Bingo & Happy Hour

Join the Young Professional's Network for "Getting to Know You" networking happy hour 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 to mix, mingle, and learn more about fellow YPN peers. Complimentary appetizers, beer, wine, and a specialty YPN cocktail will be offered and a self-service bar will be available. Click here to register now.
GSSCC Meeting with Councilmembers re Minimum Wage Bill
GSSCC has been meeting with Montgomery County Councilmembers to explain the challenges member businesses will face if legislation is passed this year to once again increase the minimum wage. A bill introduced by Councilmember Marc Elrich, and supported by Councilmembers Tom Hucker, George Leventhal, Nancy Navarro, and Hans Riemer, would increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020 for all individuals employed in the County, and raise it incrementally by the CPI in subsequent years. Council held one work session on the bill last Monday (packet linked here) and has scheduled another this morning. Action is expected in the fall. 

In a recent public hearing, Councilmembers heard testimony from not only local chambers of commerce, but also many business owners raising more questions than answers about how this measure would affect not only individual business costs, but the County's overall economy and the availability of jobs for unskilled and inexperienced workers. To read GSSCC's testimony, click here. GSSCC is concerned that Councilmembers are not taking into account the challenges business owners already face from the cumulative impact of the most recent minimum wage increase, expanded sick leave requirements, changes in Federal overtime regulations, and ever-increasing health insurance costs. GSSCC and other business groups are urging Councilmembers to get a full understanding of these impacts before legislating another increase.  Members interested in weighing in on this issue should contact Jane Redicker. 

Connect at the July After-Hours

Don't miss GSSCC's July Business-After-Hours from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, hosted by Zipin, Amster & Greenberg LLC on the rooftop area in between Zipin's office building (8757 Georgia Avenue) and the Sheraton Silver Spring (8777 Georgia Avenue). This event is free for members and first-time attendees. Register now!
SAVE THE DATE: Joint GSSCC/GBCC Speed Networking Event
Mark your calendar for the 6th annual joint Greater Silver Spring Chamber/ Greater Bethesda Chamber Speed Networking Extravaganza. This year's event, once again sponsored by My Office Products, is scheduled for September 1 at Rosensteel Hall, 9707 Rosensteel Ave., Silver Spring. Click here to log in and take advantage of early-bird pricing.

GSSCC Welcomes Not Your Average Joe's at Ribbon Cutting
Not Your Average Joe's opened its doors at Ellsworth Place on July 12. More than 50 GSSCC members joined the festivities. In demonstrating its commitment to the community, the company presented a check for $5,000 to AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, the beneficiary of the restaurant's pre-opening festivities.
Seen at GSSCC's July Networking Breakfast at Argyle Country Club

* Bell Flowers is taking part in Make Someone Smile Week, the floral industry's most popular, successful, and heartwarming initiative of the year. The program runs from July 17 through July 23 during which Bell Flowers will distribute more than 400 Be Happy Bouquets to local organizations including Holy Cross Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital, Riderwood Village, Meals-On-Wheels, Knollwood Nursing Home, and Rockville Nursing Home.

* DuBoff & Associates, Chartered, a family-owned and operated local law firm in Maryland for more than 30 years, has created a $1000 scholarship for an in-going college freshman or otherwise enrolled student in a Maryland College/University. The application deadline is August 1. Click here for scholarship information.

* Join Community Bridges as the Washington Mystics take on the San Antonio Stars on Sunday, August 28, at 7 p.m.  $5 of every ticket will go to supporting the Community Bridges girls program. Click here for tickets.
Pulse Community Care is offering a free treatment of the same type to GSSCC members who refer a family member, friends, or colleagues. Click here for details.

* The Fillmore Silver Spring is recruiting applicants for its Fillmore Brand Ambassadors  (FBA) program, the marketing department's creative agency and official internship program. The following positions are available this fall: Brand Marketing FBA, Publicity FBA, and Illustration FBA. Interested individuals should submit a resume and indicate their preferred position to BrandAmbassadors@LiveNation.com with the subject line  "Fall FBA."

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.     
Governor's Office Offers Free Technical Training Workshops
The Maryland Governor's Office of Minority Affairs is offering free technical training workshops for minority-owned businesses interested in contracting with the State. The seminars will be held on Tuesday, July 26, in Crownsville, MD. Topics include "Anatomy of a Bid" at 9 a.m. and "MBE Rights and Responsibilities" at 1 p.m.  For details click on the event title.
Upcoming GSSCC Meetings

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

* NOTE: Most GSSCC committees do not meet during August. Watch this space and your email for exceptions.

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