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 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 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 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 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.
December 6: Monthly Breakfast Meeting
To wrap up 2018 we used the Monthly Breakfast Meeting to present our annual Chamber Awards. Check out our 2018 Awards page.
December 8: Vendor Fair at Clarksburg High School
November 7: Monthly Breakfast Meeting
This month’s meeting featured a briefing on proposed development of 23200 Stringtown Road in the Clarksburg Historic District. The developer, The Wills Group, provided aerial photos, property maps, and design renderings of their project – a Dash In convenience store (with full grill and outside seating), fueling station, and car wash. All would be accessed from Stringtown Road.
The Historic Day House on the corner (currently boarded-up) would be preserved with some restoration to prevent additional loss. Additional restoration is contingent on finding a tenant for the property, perhaps a law firm or similar light-use business.
The Wills Group has already invested 18 months of concept development, design, permitting, and reviews. They anticipate another 18 months of similar activities before breaking ground.
More information can be found in this detailed project report from the Montgomery Planning website: 23200 Stringtown Road, Clarksburg Project
October 31: Halloween Trunk and Treat
Halloween provided the perfect excuse to merge community spirit and promotion of local businesses. This year’s Trunk and Treat celebration was held at each of the community’s two club houses. The weather was perfect and since the locations were close to the costume parade route, there was a lot of foot traffic.
Thank you to all who exhibited and participated!
See more photos on our Photo Gallery Page.
October 18: Ribbon Cutting – Metropolitan Ballet Theatre & Academy
The Gaithersburg-Germantown & Clarksburg Chambers unite in support of Clarksburg’s newest dance academy.
Metropolitan Ballet Theatre & Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization, providing premier dance education, professional productions, and arts outreach to the community. Adult and Child Classes include: Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop and Dance Fitness. Come & discover them!
October 16: Marketing Tips for Your Side Hustle
Kait LeDonne, Marketing and Branding Expert talked about how to grow your ‘side-hustle’ business – whether you are just starting out or have established yourself.
October 11: Ribbon Cutting – The Freedom Center
Congratulations to the great folks over at The Freedom Center on their grand opening and ribbon cutting. Our own Ann Myers was honored to be a part of the celebration.
The Freedom Center offers clinically-driven treatment based on an individualized approach focusing on the treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders.
Check out their website for more information: www.thefreedomcenter.com
October 8: Montgomery County Economic Development Forum
Councilmember Craig Rice hosted the Economic Development Forum in Rockville on October 8. The meeting focused on Countywide efforts to support the local business community, as well as enhancing talent development and offering broader career pathways to young people entering the workforce. The meeting was preceded by a Business Resource Fair where government organizations and local chambers of commerce were available to provide resources and answer questions.
October 5: New You Salon Event
Members of the Clarksburg Chamber joined others at the first ‘Salon Event’ in celebration of the opening of the New You Salon at Stringtown Rd and 355.
Locally owned and operated by Nazanin Gerami, the Salon brings beauty, cosmetic & personal care to Clarksburg.
Check out the Salon’s Facebook page to learn more about their services, extended hours, and beautiful facility.
October 3: Monthly Breakfast Meeting
It was a busy breakfast meeting this month as the Chamber hosted the candidates for County Executive and the County Council District 2 seat. Both are important local offices on this year’s ballot. We had a packed house as more than 60 people joined us at our usual GrillMarx location.
The meeting began with opening statements from the three County Executive candidates: Marc Elrich, Robin Ficker, and Nancy Floreen. After the candidate statements each was asked to respond to specific audience questions. The intimate setting provided the opportunity to focus on our community’s concerns and it was very helpful to see where each candidate stood on the issues.
A similar format was used for the County Council District 2 candidates – Ed Amatetti and Craig Rice. Thanks to Stephanie Graves for arranging to have the candidates here and for emceeing. Thanks to Rebecca Altendorf for managing the timer.
Please don’t forget to vote in this election – it has REAL implications for Clarksburg. Election day is November 6th and early voting opens on October 25th.
September 20: Joint After Hours Event with the Poolesville Chamber of Commerce at Rocklands Farm Winery for a food and wine tasting celebration.
It was a beautiful evening for this After Hours event cosponsored by the Poolesville Chamber of Commerce. It was my first visit to the Rocklands Farm and it won’t be my last visit. The authentic farm and winery graciously opened their barn venue to our group and the setting was charming.
For this chamber member, the gathering was a reminder of how the Chamber connects me with Clarksburg and surrounding communities. I had a great time reconnecting with Clarksburg Chamber members who I had not seen in awhile, met several people from Poolesville Chamber and learned about their businesses. I also had an extended discussion with the owner of the Rocklands Farm and learned a lot about how her family brought new life to their homestead.
The venue, the people, the barn tour, the food, and the wine – a perfect advertisement of what events like these can offer.
September 5: Monthly Meeting Recap
Our first meeting in the Fall season focused on the candidates for the Member-at-Large seats on the Montgomery County Council. All eight candidates were invited, but only Evan Glass, Gabe Albornoz, Robert Dyer and Shelly Skolnick attended.
The meeting drew an impressive crowd at GrillMarx and the gathering was small enough to gain a good sense of each candidate’s viewpoint. The panel opened with each candidate introducing themselves and providing opening remarks. Following that the remaining hour was devoted to answering questions from the audience.
Chamber members leveraged the ‘Q & A’ time to question get each candidate’s positions on up-county transportation issues, full-day kindergarten, minimum wage legislation, and ways to make the County more business-friendly.
It was a lively discussion and one that let the candidates know what was on our minds and how the growing up-county residents were organizing to become a force in county politics.
July 18: Optimum Construction Hosted Chamber After-Hours Event
Clarksburg Chamber of Commerce Corporate Sponsor, Optimum Construction, hosted our July After-Hours event in the Clarksburg Room above Bennigans.
Optimum Construction President, Omar Elrahimy, presided over the gathering, introducing his team members and fielding questions about Optimum operations.
The event featured a slideshow of recent Optimum Construction projects demonstrating the benefits of remodeling and enticing us with the eye-appeal of a fresh look and new features.
The After-Hours format provides ample opportunity to learn about the sponsor, their style of work, challenges, and successes. It was interesting to meet the Optimum Construction team and to explore some of their current projects in depth. They have several new deck projects underway, as well as several bathroom remodels, and basement renovations.
The Clarksburg Room was a great venue for the event with ample space and relaxing atmosphere for the many casual conversations. Optimum Construction provided food and drink including ‘Optimum’ labels on custom ‘Share a Coke’ bottles. A nice festive touch.
Now that we know more about the Optimum Construction services and have seen some of the dramatic results, we feel confident in offering Optimum as a great local option when those Facebook requests for renovation references surface from our online friends.
July 14: CCC Supports Celebrate Damascus
Saturday July 14 turned out to be one of those picture-perfect summer days, which is just
what planners for this year’s Celebrate Damascus event were hoping for. This hometown celebration has something for everyone – food, fun, and plenty of community spirit.
How can you beat free hot dogs, a community breakfast, flea market, car show, bicycle rodeo, fire department open house, pony rides, and much, much more.
Your Clarksburg Chamber of Commerce was there to support our local community and get the word out about local businesses, including our many members from Damascus. The Chamber tent and table was well positioned right by one of the free trolley stops which provided a steady flow of activity. In addition, a four-in-a-row yard game in the tent – irresistible to kids 5 and up – provided a distraction for the kids and time to talk to the adults.
The perfect weather, a shady spot right by the trolley stop, and a terrific family atmosphere combined to make it a great day for supporting our local community.
If you missed this year’s event, make a point to make it a part of your summer next year, there is a lot to do and see.
July 11, Monthly Breakfast Meeting: Kait LeDonne Provided Valuable LinkedIn Secrets
Are you getting the most out of your LinkedIn account? What tips and insights does an experienced LinkedIn user employ?
Kait LeDonne, Branding and Marketing entrepreneur with extensive LinkedIn success and techniques, spoke at our July meeting and provided tremendous insights and three ‘secrets’ developed through her experiences.
Kait captivated attendees of the monthly breakfast meeting with her useful insights, practical examples, and a great command of the topic. She related easily to her audience and everyone felt she knocked it out of the park!! Her 50-minute discussion on best practices for using LinkedIn as a means of attracting new business was a winner.
All who attended got easily caught up in the value of her candidness and thoughtful approach to using this particular platform to enhance her business. Her relatability, as a young entrepreneur, sparked a tremendous amount of interest, and everyone in attendance was taking notes. Many have asked for her presentation and her it is:
Be sure to start following Kait on LinkedIn.
Kait’s presentation was amazing and quite useful for expanding your marketing efforts and bringing business TO you. And isn’t that a good reason to attend monthly meetings at your Clarksburg Chamber of Commerce?
Clarksburg Chamber of Commerce at Clarksburg Hertitage Day
This year’s Clarksburg Heritage Day was held June 23rd on the Clarksburg Elementary School grounds. The Clarksburg Chamber of Commerce was there representing our local businesses and strengthening our community connections.
Clarksburg Heritage Day is an annual event is sponsored and run by the Clarksburg Historical Society who has amassed an impressive number of photos, newspaper articles, old tools, and other items relevant to our community’s 266 year history.
Did you know there is a preserved two-room school house in our community? That was news to me and I really enjoyed checking out the many items on display from that by-gone era. The Historical Society’s collection is a great source of information on early citizens whose names are now part of our daily life – Wilson Wims, Hallie Wells, and others.
A representative from the Hyattstown Volunteer Fire Company was there too with free firefighter hats for the kids. The local 4-H chapter provided food and snacks. And our Clarksburg Chamber of Commerce Team also provided twenty-five free goodie bags for Heritage Day attendees.
If you missed this year’s event, please watch for the 2019 date and put it on your calendar. It is fabulous FREE fun for the whole family with a full day of activities for the kids – moon bounce, carnival train ride, coloring contest, face painting, ‘make and take’ crafts, and more!
Clarksburg Chamber of Commerce Supporting Local Relay for Life Event
Springtime finally arrived and the annual build-up to the Relay for Life in Clarksburg is well underway. This popular annual event was held at Clarksburg High School on May 19, 2018.
The Clarksburg Chamber of Commerce is proud to support this American Cancer Society fundraiser which supports cancer research and local patient services. Last year our Clarksburg Chamber team raise over $1,300.
During the 2017 Relay for Life, hundreds of people walked around the track at Clarksburg High School to raise money and awareness. There were tutus, costumes, games, obstacle courses and more, all in the name of “crushing cancer”.
Plan to join our Relay for Life team in 2019 and better yet, let me know if you can donate some of your time to stuff goody bags or to staff the booth during the event either as the Chamber Representative or for a donation to display information about your company.
Questions, Volunteering, and Donations: Ann Myers (email@example.com)