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Saturday, October 31, 2020Special Event

Festival of Pumpkins

Festival of Pumpkins

See awesome pumpkin designs on display!

 

This is a great opportunity to get out of the house on Halloween Night in a SAFE environment!

 

The event includes:

Walk-thru on our lawn to view all the pumpkins on display and lit up!

Opportunity to wear your favorite costume!

Safe Trick or Treating!


When:
Saturday, October 31, 2020 6:00 PM thru 08:00 PM
Where:
BlackRock Center for the Arts
On the Front Lawn
12901 Town Commons Drive
Germantown

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Wednesday, November 04, 2020Member Seminar

The 5 Biggest Mistakes When Preparing To Sell Your Business

The 5 Biggest Mistakes When Preparing To Sell Your Business
Part I: The 5 Biggest Mistakes When Preparing To Sell Your Business

Looking to prepare your business to maximize its value when sold? Join our panel and interactive Q&A as we tell you what NOT to do when preparing to sell your business! Our panel will help you avoid critical mistakes in the preparation and execution of selling your business by providing proactive strategies to:
-Set Your Goals
-Develop and Retain Key Talent
-Create Systems and Processes
-Legally Protect Your Business and Self

When:
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 2:00 PM thru 03:00 PM
Where:
Email lrowles@ggchamber.org for the registration link

ZOOM. Advance registration Required. Link Will be Sent the Day Prior

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020Biz Networking Breakfast

GGCC Couch Con!

GGCC Couch Con!

Being at home on the couch, doesn’t mean we can’t get work done, or do some networking.

 

Join us for “Couch Con”, a virtual networking event from the comfort of your couch.

 

As we collectively move through these strange and uncertain times, it’s sometime beneficial to go about our normal day. This is a professional virtual networking event. After all, the Chamber is all about building relationships and we want to continue the practice of providing networking opportunities to our members.


The ‘Couch Con’ event will take place via Zoom with advance registration online.

 

Format of the ‘Couch Con” webinar will include

  • 30-second infomercials
  • Break-out Rooms


The dynamics are rapidly changing and we want to let you know we are still here for you & want your business to grow & succeed.


When:
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 8:00 AM thru 09:00 AM
Where:

TO RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK - EMAIL LROWLES@GGCHAMBER.ORG.THANKS!

 

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. After your request has been approved, you'll receive instructions for joining the meeting.

NEW TO ZOOM?  You will need to download Zoom at least 15-minutes prior to the start of the event. For directions, please visit: https://bit.ly/33O8LE1

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020Committee Meeting

SOHO

SOHO
"SOHO" is for GGCC Members who own and operate a "Small Office - Home Office". If you are a Member who works from home or in a very small office, please feel free to join us at the monthly “SOHO” Meeting.

Members - categorized as SOHO businesses - will provide support to one another. This is your business solutions roundtable! An opportunity to reach out to other like-minded SOHO business owners to share, grow, strengthen and expand your resources; all while "increasing the value of your business". Hope to see you there.

When:
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 9:00 AM thru 10:00 AM
Where:
ZOOM - Advance Registration Requested
Registration:
To register, please contact Bryan Beamer at info@iplan4wealth.com or Chelsea Selby at cselby@ggchamber.org
For More Info:
Chelsea Selby
301.840.1400 x17
cselby@ggchamber.org

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020Committee Meeting

Events Committee Meeting

Events Committee Meeting
ALL CHAMBER MEMBERS WELCOME

When:
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 12:00 PM thru 01:00 PM
Where:
ZOOM - ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Registration:

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Thursday, November 12, 2020Member Seminar

Connect MOCO Speed Networking

Connect MOCO Speed Networking
We have partnered with Connect MoCo for a night of speed networking.

It's easy as 1-2-3!
1. Enter the meeting
2.You get into a Breakout room with 3-4 people for 8 minutes
3. You have 2 minutes to present yourself & your business

Register at connectmoco.com. We will see you there!

When:
Thursday, November 12, 2020 5:00 PM thru 06:30 PM

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Friday, November 13, 2020Orientation Session

New Member Orientation

New Member Orientation

Make your membership work for you. Get the most out of our Partnership!


Learn how to maximize your Chamber membership and the benefits of the GGCC. Learn what the Chamber can do for you, how to get involved, meet the team, meet other new member partners, learn about programming & events, ways to volunteer and so much more! Come and discover the best way to get a return on investment.

All members are welcome, now matter how long ago you joined. Advance registration is requested. Thank you.  


When:
Friday, November 13, 2020 8:30 AM thru 10:00 AM
Where:
ZOOM - Advance Registration Required
Registration:
 
For More Info:
Chelsea Selby
301.840.1400
cselby@ggchamber.org

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020Member Seminar

Selling Your Business: Transition Checklist

Selling Your Business: Transition Checklist
Part II: Selling Your Business: TRANSITION CHECKLIST

Looking to prepare your business to maximize its value when sold?
Join our panel and interactive Q&A as we discuss the transition checklist involved with selling your business.

When:
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 2:00 PM thru 03:00 PM
Where:
ZOOM. Advance registration Required. Link Will be Sent the Day Prior

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020Special Event

2nd Annual MoCo Business Roundtable Economic Forum

2nd Annual MoCo Business Roundtable Economic Forum

2nd Annual Montgomery County Business Roundtable Economic Forum: Unleashing Our Economic Potential

 

The Business Roundtable in collaboration with partners is continuing their efforts to study the Montgomery County economy and ways to improve it, as now more than ever this is important for our County and its businesses and residents.

The 2nd Annual Economic Forum, "Unleashing Our Economic Potential" produced in collaboration with the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) will walk through a collaborative, data-driven strategy for Montgomery County.

The keynote speaker is James Chung, president of Reach Advisors, where he leads the firm’s strategy, research and predictive analytics work helping clients sharpen their most-pressing strategy and capital commitment decisions.

Register: https://bit.ly/31IckLY


When:
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 1:00 PM thru 03:00 PM

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Thursday, November 19, 2020Committee Meeting

Membership Committee Meeting

All Chamber Members Welcome

When:
Thursday, November 19, 2020 8:00 AM
Where:
GGCC Office
910 Clopper Road
Suite 205 N
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
For More Info:
301.840.1400 x17

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Friday, November 20, 2020Chamber Seminar

Using Montgomery County Data to Build Your Business

Using Montgomery County Data to Build Your Business
Many small business owners know that there are opportunities to do business with Montgomery County Government, but did you know that Montgomery County Government provides a treasure trove of information that can help you identify potential customers and clients, opportunities for subcontracting with larger businesses, and more information that you can use to build your business?

Join us and Judy Stephenson, MoCo’s Small Business Navigator, for a virtual walk through of Data Montgomery and more as she unlocks the wealth of information that is yours for the taking.  The event will be hosted via Zoom and the last 30 minutes will be set aside to virtual networking in breakout rooms for those interested.

Co-hosted jointly by:
Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce
Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce
Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce
Rockville Chamber of Commerce

When:
Friday, November 20, 2020 10:00 AM thru 11:30 AM
Where:
This event will be facilitated via Zoom. Registered attendees will receive login information by 9 a.m. on the day of the event. A recording of the webinar will be shared on the Chamber's YouTube page following the event.

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Thursday, November 26, 2020GGCC Office Closed

Chamber Office Closed

Chamber Office Closed

On behalf of the staff at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber, we're wishing you a bountiful of blessings this holiday season. We would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

 

HOLIDAY HOURS:
We will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 for the holiday weekend.


When:
Thursday, November 26, 2020 9:00 AM thru 05:00 PM

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Saturday, November 28, 2020Special Event

Small Business Saturday! 2020

Small Business Saturday! 2020
Small Business Saturday®: one of the biggest days of the year for your local small businesses! In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help business owners with their most pressing need - getting more customers. Four years later, the day continues to rally shoppers nationwide to support local small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

The GGCC is proud to support Small Business Saturday® and encourages you to "shop small, shop local"!

Support GGCC Members! To see a complete listing of our members, visit our GGCC membership directory at: http://cca.ggchamber.org/businesssearch.aspx.

Learn more about Small Business Saturday®: ShopSmall.com/About.

When:
Saturday, November 28, 2020 9:00 AM thru 09:00 PM

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Thursday, December 03, 2020Special Event

Gala With a Twist

Gala With a Twist

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce's Annual Celebration Awards will take place Thursday, December 3, 2020, with a digital twist from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

 

Gather with business associates, family and friends, and join us for our annual celebration of Chamber membership. This year’s virtual event will introduce our new Board of Directors and recognize members who have made a significant impact to our business community throughout the year.

 

Featuring:
Small Business of the Year
Young Professional of the Year
A Year in Review
Passing the Gavel
A Look Ahead

 

New this year - Dress Your Best from the Waist Up! Take it up a notch and put on your best red-carpet attire - from the waist up. It doesn’t matter what color those sweatpants are, have fun with it. We will also have a special GGCC Quarantini recipe so you can join us in a toast to the end of 2020!

 

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

TITLE
City of Gaithersburg

GOLD
Hughes Network Systems, LLC
Montgomery College

SILVER
Holy Cross Health
Lerch, Early, & Brewer, Chartered
Rodgers Consulting, Inc.
Savant Wealth Management
Therrien Waddell, Inc.

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE THE YEAR
M&T Bank 

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center 

FRIEND
BlackRock Center for the Arts
Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy
New Beginnings Psych 
RIO - Peterson Companies 


When:
Thursday, December 3, 2020 5:30 PM thru 07:00 PM
Where:
Virtual meeting utilizing Zoom - details to be emailed to you before event.  However, you must register to get the Zoom link.
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Tuesday, December 08, 2020Biz Networking Breakfast

GGCC Couch Con!

GGCC Couch Con!

Last event for 2020

 

Being at home on the couch, doesn’t mean we can’t get work done, or do some networking.

 

Join us for “Couch Con”, a virtual networking event from the comfort of your couch.

 

As we collectively move through these strange and uncertain times, it’s sometime beneficial to go about our normal day. This is a professional virtual networking event. After all, the Chamber is all about building relationships and we want to continue the practice of providing networking opportunities to our members.


The ‘Couch Con’ event will take place via Zoom with advance registration online.

 

Format of the ‘Couch Con” webinar will include

  • 30-second infomercials
  • Break-out Rooms


The dynamics are rapidly changing and we want to let you know we are still here for you & want your business to grow & succeed.


When:
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 11:00 AM thru 12:00 PM
Where:

ZOOM

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. After your request has been approved, you'll receive instructions for joining the meeting.

NEW TO ZOOM?  You will need to download Zoom at least 15-minutes prior to the start of the event. For directions, please visit: https://bit.ly/33O8LE1

Registration:
For More Info:

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Tuesday, December 08, 2020Member Seminar

Introduction to Negotiations During Challenging Times

Introduction to Negotiations During Challenging Times
Are you prepared to succeed in crucial business negotiations during uncertain times? Negotiation skills are more important than ever as small business owners find themselves facing challenging conversations they never imagined having, such as renegotiating terms with landlords, customers, employees and suppliers.

In this introductory workshop, participants will learn practical tools for preparing for negotiations, understanding the different stages of negotiation, effectively advocating for their business needs, and setting themselves up for success.

Presenters
Sirin Koprucu is the principal of StrategicStraits, Inc. and is a negotiation coach/trainer specializing in global leadership.
Kevin Fulmer is a business innovation specialist at the Maryland SBDC's Business Sustainability Center.

Instructions: Registered participants will receive an email reminder and live videoconference access link 24 hours in advance of each session.

When:
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 1:00 PM thru 02:15 PM
Where:
ZOOM - PRESENTED BY MARYLAND SBDC
Registration:
Free. Details | Registration: https://bit.ly/32C1JTt

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Wednesday, December 09, 2020Member Seminar

Virtual Procurement Fair

Virtual Procurement Fair

The Office of Procurement invites you to attend our Virtual Procurement Fair!

 

Learn about upcoming solicitations directly from County departments. Each department’s Contract Administrator will have a few minutes to talk about their expectations and the relevant solicitations. Multiple departments will participate in the same industry-focused session as noted in the agenda. Procurement Specialists will also be available to answer questions.

 

The sessions are industry-focused by topic:

- IT Commodities and Services
-Construction and Facility Maintenance Services
- Equipment/Supplies
- Administrative/Professional Services

 

For the agenda, further details, and registration, click here

  

When:
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 9:30 AM thru 03:00 PM
Where:
1 - Register for the event.
2 – After registering, you will see 4 links to the event. Copy and paste the links and create your own calendar reminder.
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Thursday, December 10, 2020Member Seminar

Paycheck Protection Program Overview of Loan Forgiveness

Paycheck Protection Program Overview of Loan Forgiveness
The Paycheck Protection Program is an SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Join us and M&T Bank for an overview on loan forgiveness.

Items to be covered include:
· What is the Flexibility Act?
· What application do I use?
· How does it work
· How do I account for owners?
· Documentation Requirements
· What happens with unforgiven portions if applicable

When:
Thursday, December 10, 2020 10:00 AM thru 11:00 AM
Where:
ZOOM - Advance Registration Required.
Link will be shared the day prior
Registration:

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020Biz Networking After Five

Mingle Bells Joint Chamber Networking Mixer

Mingle Bells Joint Chamber Networking Mixer
Got holiday spirit? Join us for 'Mingle Bells,' our latest multi-Chamber networking event! As a Chamber of Commerce, one of our greatest strengths is connecting the business community. Just because we're virtual, doesn't mean we can't make new connections and have fun doing it! Don your best ugly holiday sweater or festive wear, decorate your surroundings and network with professionals from all over the region. Who said networking had to be boring?

Prizes will be awarded throughout the event so make sure you display your holiday cheer for a chance to win one! We will have multiple breakout room opportunities and encourage all participants to come camera-ready.

If your business would like to donate a prize, please contact:  Laura Rowles at lrowles@ggchamber.org.

Mingle Bells is a networking event brought to you by the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce and the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce

When:
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 4:00 PM thru 05:30 PM
Where:
Virtual meeting utilizing Zoom - details to be emailed to you before event.  However, you must register to get the Zoom link.
Registration:

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Thursday, December 17, 2020Member Seminar

Connect MOCO Speed Networking

Connect MOCO Speed Networking
We have partnered with Connect MoCo for a night of speed networking.

It's easy as 1-2-3!
1. Enter the meeting
2.You get into a Breakout room with 3-4 people for 8 minutes
3. You have 2 minutes to present yourself & your business

Register at connectmoco.com. We will see you there!

When:
Thursday, December 17, 2020 5:00 PM thru 06:30 PM

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