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2019 Chamber Events

December 2019

Dec. 13: Montgomery County Legislative Breakfast

Dec. 4: Monthly Breakfast Meeting

Installation of New Board of Directors.  Annual Update from Police and Fire Chiefs.


November 2019

Nov. 6: Monthly Breakfast Meeting

Election for Board of Directors

October 2019

Oct. 17: Red Wiggler Farm

The chamber is throwing an open house and networking event on the farm and it’s gonna be great. Join us at Red Wiggler Farm, right off Route 27 in Ovid Hazen Wells Park, where we will feature hyper local & organic food and drinks from makers and growers within 20 miles of where we are standing.

Oct. 2: Monthly Breakfast Meeting

Guest speaker Kait LeDonne of LeDonne Branding and Marketing who will speak to us about branding.

September 2019

Sep. 18: Bright Focus After Hours

Sep. 4: Monthly Breakfast Meeting

Boost Your Business with Less Hard Work and More Heart Work

How To Make Hustle Free Profits Come learn why more hard work, better time management skills and better selling techniques aren’t always the solution to achieving more in your business.   All of these are important, but if you want to grow your business with more ease, work less, attract more of your dream clients, and have opportunities lining up like magic, then you have to do what most people won’t – which is focusing on your HEART as you are taking action every day.  Come learn what HEART work means and why it’s a component that you CANNOT afford to miss any longer if you want to create a life and business that is beyond your wildest dreams.

Visa Shanmugam is a mindset transformation coach, who helps go-getters say goodbye to spinning their wheels and say hello to ease and effortlessness in all areas of their life. A recovering over-achiever and perfectionist, she now has an extremely strong aversion to hustling and grinding to achieve success.  She helps her clients’ re-write a new reality through mindset practices, radical self love and spirituality principles.

Prior to her coaching career, she is an MBA graduate from University of Texas at Dallas, is a marketer by education, worked for Microsoft and Fossil. She serves on the Education Committee of a non-profit, a wife and a mom to two adorable boys.  She is a speaker, soon to be published co-author and has been interviewed on Thrive Global.

August 2019

Aug. 9: Clarksburg Newcomers After Hours

Aug. 7: Monthly Breakfast Meeting

July 2019

Jul. 10: Monthly Breakfast Meeting

Podcasting for Dummies with Charlie Birney, co-owner of Podcast Village

June 2019

Jun. 29: Clarksburg heritage Day

Jun. 5: Monthly Breakfast Meeting

Members of our Maryland state legislative delegations from District 15 and 39

May 2019

May 1: Monthly Breakfast Meeting

Got an update from the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration about the proposed regional transportation solution – Visualize2045. This is a massive undertaking that will affect all of us, residents and businesses, over the next several years.

Ellen Letourneau, co-author of the highly acclaimed cookbook “Bread & Beauty, A Year in the Montgomery County Ag Reserve” presented an overview of the Ag Reserve, its’ importance to the Upcounty community, which are both featured throughout the cookbook.

May 2: 2nd Annual Cinco de Mayo Multi-Chamber Networking

Great turnout for our 2nd Annual Multi-Chamber Biz Carr Exchange. Thank you to everyone who came out and all of our local area chambers for participating. Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, Rockville Chamber of Commerce, Poolesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Montgomery County – HCCMC, Maryland Black Chamber of Commerce, Olney Chamber of Commerce. Already looking forward to next year’s gathering.

April 2019

April 3: Monthly Breakfast Meeting

Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice provided an update on Council activities and covered Upcounty issues.

Small Business Navigator, Judy Stephenson, also spoke about a new Montgomery County pilot program called “Business Assist.”

April 4: After Hours Networking & Estate Planning Workshop

Old Line Bank hosted a presentation on estate planning. Speaker Britt L. Stouffer, a Maryland attorney experienced in Estates, Trusts, and Elder Law. With over 10 years of experience in Estates and Trusts, provided real-life examples and consequences of poor estate planning. The event was held at the Old Line Bank branch in Clarksburg.

April 20: Military First Responders Day & Vet Squad TV

Neighborhood Veterinary Associates held a special event for Military & First Responders and was filming their reality TV show Vet Squad at their Clarksburg location.

April 24: Three-Year Anniversary Ribbon Cutting

The Shops at Damascus Electric celebrated their third year anniversary with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

March 2019

March 6: Monthly Breakfast Meeting

March 10: Thumbelina’s Ballet Tea Party

March 16: Thumbelina, a ballet

March 30: 11th Annual Kites Over Clarksburg Festival

Photo courtesy of Wenjun Zhu

Beautiful weather for the 11th annual Kites over Clarksburg event.


February 2019

February 6: Monthly Breakfast Meeting

Our meeting opened with a brief presentation from the Freedom Center which recently opened in Gaithersburg.  Freedom Center is an intensive outpatient program that treats individuals with various addiction types with a focus on opioid addiction.

Representatives from the United State Census Bureau provided background and insights into the Census Bureau and the upcoming 2020 census. The process is about collecting data for many sectors of our society, important information for economic development, business decisions, and strategic planning.

February 21: Ribbon Cutting & After Hours Networking RE/MAX Town Center

February 26: 6 Mindset Secrets to Succeed as a Solopreneur

January 2019

January 9: Monthly Breakfast Meeting

January 31: After Hours Networking

ServPro of Poolesville/Clarksburg/Damascus and George Vassilas – State Farm hosted a great evening of networking and refreshments. Thank you to The Elms Encore for use of their beautiful party room.

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