What's Happening at MCCC

State Comptroller Peter Franchot met with the MCCC Legislative Affairs Committee on Dec. 17, highlighting what he believes are keys to restoring the strength of the Maryland economy and the state’s revenue picture. He noted his opposition to any new taxes, saying “the economy is too fragile,” and that raising taxes “takes the pressure off spending reform.” Franchot cited the state’s presence of federal facilities as its most unique asset, calling them... Read More
MCCC Small Business Committee Co-Chair Charles Atwell and MCCC President and CEO Gigi Godwin talked this week with the Small Business Committee about the keys to networking.  Godwin said that the most important work that goes into networking is the preparation.  It's helpful to know a little bit about your host or your guests before the event so that you know what hobbies or issues you may have in common.  When coming to one of the Chamber's signature events, she... Read More
Newly inaugurated County Councilmember Hans Riemer visited the Montgomery County Chamber on Tuesday, Dec. 14 to talk transportation issues with the members of the MCCC Infrastructure and Land Use Committee.  Councilmember Riemer was recently appointed to the Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment committee of the Montgomery County Council, and will play an important role as the County shifts its thinking about how to improve our transportation network with limited public... Read More
The MCCC Legislative Affairs Committee welcomed newly elected freshmen delegates from the Montgomery County House Delegation in Annapolis on Nov. 19, as Legislative Affairs Vice-Chair Tom McElroy, Hughes Communications, and Co-Chair Josh Bokee, Comcast, and MCCC Vice President of Public Affairs Lisa Fadden briefed the new delegates about the Chamber and its legislative advocacy efforts. The new delegates elected on November 2nd include: Eric Luedtke, District 14 Craig Zucker, District... Read More
When competing to win a contract, focus less on your company's background and more on how you are going to solve your customer's problem or address their need. That's one example from the array of successful "Strategies for Winning Proposals" that Molly Gimmel, Executive Vice President of Design to Delivery, Inc., shared in a presentation to the MCCC Small Business Committee on Nov. 17. Gimmel emphasized the importance of doing market research and urged her audience to... Read More
On Nov 2, MCCC Vice Chair Kwesi Rogers, Federal National Payables, welcomed guest speaker Wayne Pizer, Vice-President, Small Business Programs, of L-3 STRATIS, who gave a presentation on "How to Market to Agencies and Large Businesses and How Large Businesses Evaluate Opportunities and Build Teaming Partners." Immediately following the committee meeting, the Chamber hosted a "matchmaking session" between L-3 company representatives and MCCC members. The individual sessions... Read More
On Nov. 12, MCCC Economic Development Committee Vice Chair Bill Robertson of Adventist HealthCare, and Co-Chair Stew Edelstein of The Universities at Shady Grove, hosted guest speakers Cathy Riley, Vice President of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, and Dick Story, Director of the Howard County Economic Development Authority.  Each guest speaker presented their organization's approach to economic development.    Key elements of successful economic... Read More
On November 9, MCCC Vice-Chair Gus Bauman, Beveridge and Diamond, welcomed Deputy Director for Montgomery County's Department of Transportation, Edgar Gonzalez, who briefed the Infrastructure and Land Use Committee, on the proposed Transportation Policy Area Review that is now going to the County Council for its consideration. The County's proposed new methodology for analyzing road and transit capacity, as a part of the development approval process, is aimed at avoiding the prospect... Read More

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