What's Happening at MCCC

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
Mary B. Armstead, NITAAC Program Director, gave a presentation on October 7 to the Chamber's GovConNet Committee. She emphasized how different the new government wide CIO-SP3 process is from previous versions of the acquisition program. In addition to changes in how  vendors will be selected, Ms. Armstead highlighted the various ways the program will help to expand the base of small businesses that will have opportunities to be awarded contracts. This is in step with the federal... Read More
Three winter blizzards and three major summer storms have led to many extended periods of power outages for thousands of area residents, and left Pepco in the "eye of the storm" of public outcry on each of these occasions. Pepco's Executive Vice President for Power Delivery, David Velasquez, met with the MCCC Economic Development Committee, addressing some of the reasons for the outtages and steps Pepco is taking to improve service. Pepco will be investing $250 million, over... Read More
Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp met with the MCCC Legislative Committee, apprising the group on the state's most recent revenue projections, long-term structural deficit challenges, state pension fund issues, its AAA bond rating and other fiscal matters. Kopp also gave members an overview of the sweeping duties of the State Treasurer's Office, including her key role as part of the three-member Maryland Board of Public Works, along with the Governor and Comptroller, and her... Read More
The Chamber's inaugural GovConNet Committee meeting featured a powerful presentation on Cyber Security by Eric "Rick" Doten, chief scientist for Lockheed Martin's Center for Cyber Security Innovation. In providing a broad overview of the seemingly endless scope of cyber security threats that face governments, businesses and individuals throughout the world, Doten presented the group with a plethora of data and anecdotes, to demonstrate the enormity of the challenges. Doten... Read More

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