Wheaton & Kensington Chamber Commerce

Wheaton & Kensington
Chamber of Commerce
2401 Blueridge Avenue
Suite 101
Wheaton, MD 20902

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Upcoming Activities:

Breakfast Mixer Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 7:15 to 8:45 am
A Legislative Briefing about Small Business Issues
   at the Hollywood East Café / 240-290-9988
   11160 Veirs Mill Road, Westfield Wheaton Mall, Wheaton, MD 20902
   (Lower Level on Restaurant Row)
Free event ~ Continental Breakfast
   Sponsored by: Maryland Business
~ Mix & Network with Other Businesses ~
Join Maryland Business, the Silver Spring Chamber, the Committee for Montgomery,
and the Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce
for a briefing on legislation
coming before the Maryland General Assembly that will affect small businesses.
The discussion will include legislation that requires employers to offer a retirement
plan - the “Maryland Secure Choice Retirement Savings Trust”.
   Download Maryland Business Task Force Fact Sheet
Maryland Business is a leading voice for small businesses with Maryland values; it works with small businesses across the state to identify issues and develop solutions to help small businesses prosper and have the same opportunities as big business.
   For more information, contact Kim Lamphier 301-758-9748

Kensington - Wheaton Business Networking Reception
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
   at the Kensington Town Hall/Armory
   3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, MD 20895 / 301-949-2424
Meet Kensington Mayor Pete Fosselman and members of the Town Council,
the Kensington Business District Association, the Kensington Merchant’s Association,
and members of the Board of the Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce.
   Also meet with several state and local elected officials, Montgomery County Police and Rescue and Mid-County Regional Services.
~ Free event ~
Sponsored by: The Town of Kensington
Appetizers and Drinks served ~ Mix & Network with Other Businesses
~ Bring a Friend, or another Business Associate!
   Call 301-949-0080 for more information.
Download Jan 21 Kensington-Wheaton Business Networking Flyer

Angels for Children 2014 Toy Drive - 16th Anniversary
Donations of toys are delivered to local children for Christmas
by Santa and his helpers. This Toy Drive has provided toys for the
less fortunate children in the Wheaton area for the past 15 years.
Without your support, this tremendous project would not be possible.
- For drop-off locations and volunteer opportunities, contact:
Lesia Bullock, Communications Manager & Volunteer Manager, MHP
   301-622-2400 x38 LBullock@mhpartners.org
or Jaime Selvin, Toy Drive Coordinator, 301-467-0531 Jaimeselvin@aol.com
Download Angels for Children Drop-off Locations Flyer
- For monetary donations, make checks payable to:
Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce
   reference: Angels for Children
   and mail to: 2401 Blueridge Ave, Suite 101, Wheaton, MD 20902
Download Angels for Children 2014 Flyer

Holiday On Duty 2014
Since 1999, the Chamber has run a program providing meals for Public
Safety personnel during the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year holidays.
   During these times, most eating establishments are closed in the
Wheaton and Kensington area. Many public safety men and women are
handling every emergency and find it difficult to locate restaurants
open for meals while on duty. For most of us, this is a holiday.
   For the for Public Safety personnel, it is their duty.
We provide meals for these Public Safety Personnel:
- Montgomery County Police stationed in this Area
- Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad
- Kensington Volunteer Fire Department
   For more information, contact: Ellen Riger, Holiday on Duty Chair
ExquisiteLadyEl@comcast.net / 301-318-7103
- For donations, make checks payable to:
   Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce
   reference: Holiday on Duty
   and mail to: 2401 Blueridge Ave, Suite 101, Wheaton, MD 20902
Download Holiday On Duty 2014 Flyer

Holiday Mixer Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm
   at Los Chorros Restaurant
   2420 Blueridge Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902 / 301-933-1066
Sponsored by:
   Montgomery Housing Partnership
- Celebrate the season and join us for the kick off of the
16th Annual Angels for Children Holiday Toy Drive.
- Pick up a Drop-off Box for Toys to place at your business.
~ Warm appetizers will be served ~ Cash Bar ~ Mix & Network ~
Please bring a new unwrapped toy for the Toy Drive
   Call 301-949-0080 for more information.
Download Dec 3 Holiday Mixer Flyer
$15 in advance or Online pay or $20 at the door
($5.00 from each admission will go to the Toy Drive.)
Dec 3 Holiday Mixer

Breakfast Mixer Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 7:30 - 9:00 am
Keeping Your Business Relevant in a Changing Market
   with Casey Willson, Manager, Main Street & Sustainability Programs
America's SBDC Small Business Development Center, U of MD
   and also Devala Janardan, with Dan Thompson, of WUDAC (Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee) with a discussion about Wheaton Businesses.
   Whether you have a retail shop, provide a specialized service, work
business-to-business, or have a nonprofit in need out of outreach, you need to keep your business relevant!
What has 2014 Taught Us? What Does 2015 Hold in Store for Us?
   - 2013 and 2014 were dramatic years for small businesses and their customers! Changes in the economy, new products and services, accelerating impact of ecommerce, volatile cost of goods and services, and rapidly evolving technology have all impacted the interaction of businesses and their customers.
   - Casey Willson will offer insights on what is impacting customer behavior;
how bricks and mortar and outward facing communication effects customers’
decision-making and brand perception.
   Location: Panera Bread
   in Westfield Wheaton Mall (upper level, near Costco)
   11160 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton, MD 20902 / 301-942-0986
~ Continental Breakfast ~ Mix & Network with Other Businesses
Sponsored by: Griswold Home Care, Aspen Hill-Wheaton / 301-330-7646
Call 301-949-0080 for more information.
Download Nov 19 Mixer w/SBDC Flyer
$5 in advance (option for members only) or $10 at the door or Online pay
Continental Breakfast

Evening Halloween Mixer Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 5:30 - 7 pm
   Join us at The George Apartments roof-top G Lounge for
a BOO-tiful view of the Capital Region

   at The George Apartments
11141 Georgia Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902 / 855-646-0214
   Click here for directions
- Halloween costumes optional!
- Includes Beer & Wine and warm appetizers
- Tours available of the new apartments
- Roof-top lounge with TVs, billiards and foosball; terrace includes water & fire pit
   ~ Mix & Network with Other Businesses ~
Call 301-949-0080 for more information.
Download Oct 29 Halloween Mixer at The George Flyer
$10 if send in payment, or at door / or pay on-line
Appetizers, Wine + Beer

The WK Chamber of Commerce is partnering with GreenWheaton
For a Meet the Candidates Networking Happy Hour

Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm
- People are invited to meet and discuss issues with various candidates running for state and local office this fall.
   at the The Limerick Pub / 301-946-3232
   11301 Elkin Street, Wheaton, MD 20902
   Click for directions
Eat, drink and be ‘green’
Raffle, Prizes, Giveaways ~ with Drink and Food Specials
~ Mix & Network with Other Business People ~
   GreenWheaton, Inc. is a Maryland non-profit dedicated to engaging the
community in education and outreach that promotes Wheaton, Maryland
as a model sustainable community with a “visibly green” and healthy environmental footprint.
   For more information, contact Wendy Howard / 301-946-5091
Download Sept 25 Meet the Candidates Happy Hr Flyer
$5 donation ~ Cash Bar ~ Register and Pay on-line

The WonderFALL Wheaton Festival has been cancelled...
- It was to be held Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 11 am to 5 pm
at Wheaton’s Veterans' Park at the corner of Amherst Ave. and Reedie Dr.
If questions, e-mail Devala Janardan, Chair of WUDAC.

The WK Chamber is a Power Partner at The Power Conference 2014
   Thursday, August 28, 2014 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center (301-822-9200)
5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852
   The Power Conference: Women Doing Business is an annual business development conference presented by the Women’s Business Consortium.
   The Power Conference features over 40 masterclass roundtables and workshops on fresh, trending advanced business topics as well as business basics, opportunities to showcase your business in an expo with over 70 vendors and a government resource area, a bookseller's cafe featuring books by local women authors, an inspiring introduction to a dynamic entrepreneur at the Keynote Luncheon, and a celebration of the winners of the StartRight! Business Plan competition for new women-owned businesses.
   Katty Kay, anchor for BBC World News in Washington, D.C. and author of the book, "The Confidence Code," will be the keynote speaker. Kay will address self-assurance as the critical ingredient in success for women.
   Participation in the Power Conference is within reach of any size business and provide multiple platforms and opportunities for marketing and business development.
For more information or to participate e-mail Laura Rhode
   Visit The Power Conference website for more details!

There is no August Mixer - we take a break!

The 2015 Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce Community
Guide and Membership Directory
is currently being prepared. This is your
chance to advertise and promote your organization in this upcoming edition.
   Ad submission deadline has been extended to August 8, 2014!
Over 5,000 copies are distributed in member businesses, libraries, real estate
offices, new home-owner packages, financial institutions, local government
centers, and Brookside Gardens - in this annual marketing opportunity!
   And we have many requests for additional copies of the Community Guide
throughout the year.
For more information e-mail e-mail Vicky Surles or call 301-949-0080.
Download 2015 WKccGuide Ad Rate sheet
Pay for 2015 Directory Ad

Breakfast Mixer Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 7:30 - 9:00 am
How to Develop and Retain Employees
   Presented by:
Kristen Wright, Back to Work Program Manager, Cornerstone Montgomery
- Join us for a discussion of strategies to reduce expensive staff turnover through staff development.
- Learn easy and inexpensive strategies for effective communication and feedback, encouraging initiative, and developing the skills you value to be able to promote from within.
- Learn to balance playing to employees’ strengths with cross-training of job duties for flexibility and teamwork.
Cornerstone Montgomery Wheaton Office
1398 Lamberton Drive, G4, Kemp Mill Shopping Center
Silver Spring, MD 20902   Google map
   Sponsored by:
Cornerstone Montgomery, Inc
~ Continental Breakfast ~ Mix & Network with Other Businesses ~
Call 301-949-0080 for more information.
Download June 25 Developing Employees-Breakfast Mixer Flyer
$5 in advance (option for members only) or $10 at the door or on-line pay
Continental Breakfast

Breakfast Mixer Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 7:30 - 9:00 am
Report from Annapolis: 2014 MD Legislative Update w/District 18 Team
   State Senator Richard Madaleno, Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez,
    Delegate Al Carr, and Delegate Jeff Waldstreicher

Visit the MD Legislative website
Join our local District 18 State Senator and Delegates as they report on budget decisions made, and laws passed that will impact businesses and individuals in our community.
   - The Maryland General Assembly meets in Annapolis each year for 90 days to act on more than 2500 bills including the State’s annual budget.
   - The 434th Session began January 8 and adjourned April 7, 2014.
   - The General Assembly has 47 Senators and 141 Delegates elected from 47 districts across Maryland.
   NEW Location [changed from Wheaton Library]
The Green Room at Wheaton Glen

located on the 2nd floor of the new Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad building
   at 2400 Arcola Avenue, Wheaton MD 20902
   Park in guest lot, enter at front entrance by flagpole
~ Continental Breakfast ~ Mix & Network with Other Businesses ~
Call 301-949-0080 for more information.
$5 in advance (option for members only) or $10 at the door or on-line pay
Continental Breakfast

Our 30th Annual Community Awards Banquet
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm
   at the Hollywood East Café / 240-290-9988
11160 Veirs Mill Road, Westfield Mall Restaurant Row, Wheaton, MD 20902
$35 in advance, $45 at the door: Dressy Business / Cocktail Attire
   Celebrate the connection and goodwill between citizens, businesses,
schools, and public safety workers in the Wheaton & Kensington community.
Help us give thanks to those receiving these well-deserved annual awards.
   The Chamber is honoring the Wheaton Studio of Dance this year.
This downtown Wheaton facility was established in 1958, and is where many of the area's best dancers have been trained. It is one of the largest dance studios in the Washington area, and has been an integral part of the community under Artistic Director and Owner Shannon Rush-Locke.
See photos/order prints of this year’s event by Colella Photography

The Award Winners
- The 2014 Tribute Award: Wheaton Studio of Dance
- The Mid-County Citizen's Advisory Board Citizen of the Year: Tom Brown, President of the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad
- The Mid-County CAB Civic Group of the Year: First Book - Montgomery County
- The Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee Business Leader of the Year: Limerick Pub owner Tom Stanton
- The WUDAC Small Property Improvement of the Year: IHOP
- The WUDAC Large Property Improvement of the Year: Safeway/Exchange
- The 4th Dist. Police Public Safety Award: Officer Matt Vendemio and Officer Jim Cherry, the 4th District Petty Crimes Unit
- The Wheaton Vol. Rescue Squad Public Safety Officer of the Year Award: Deputy Chief Allan Platky
- The Kensington Vol. Fire Dept. Public Safety Officer of the Year Award: James E. Carter, Jr. ("JJ" Carter)
- Einstein HS Teacher of the Year Award: Sarah Harnish
- Einstein HS ESOL Student of the Year Award: Carmen Ordonez
- Einstein HS Student Community Service of the Year: Jennifer Herrera
- Kennedy HS Teacher of the Year Award: to come
- Kennedy HS ESOL Student of the Year Award: to come
- Kennedy HS Student Community Service of the Year: to come
- Wheaton HS Teacher of the Year Award: to come
- Wheaton HS ESOL Student of the Year Award: to come
- Wheaton HS Student Community Service of the Year: to come
- The Chamber Member of the Year: Academy of Professional Barbers/Stylists
- The Chamber Business of the Year Award: Ewing, Hines & Associates
- The Non-Profit of the Year: Montgomery Art Association
- The Charles, Margaret & Robert Levin Economic Development Award:
   Wheaton Costco Wholesale
Read the Bios of the 2014 Winners

Thank You to the 2014 Community Awards Sponsors:
Community Champions
   Fitzgerald AutoMall Wheaton; The Gazette; Greenhill Realty Company
Student Community Service and ESOL Awards
   Washington Property Company; Westfield Wheaton Shopping Center;
   Privacy World at Glenmont Metro; Kensington Volunteer Fire Department
Community Heroes - Sponsor of Public Safety Awards
   Hollywood East Cafe; IHOP; Kensington House Apartments;
   Signal Financial Federal Credit Union
Community Partners
   Allstate/Fairweather Insurance Company; BB&T Bank; Colella Digital;
   Costco; EllenOriginals; Friends of Vivian Malloy; Glenmont MetroCenter LLC;
   Griswold Home Care, Aspen Hill-Wheaton; Montgomery Housing Partnership
Community Supporters
   Academy of Professional Barber/Stylists; Dept of Economic Development;
   Ewing, Hines & Associates; GreenWheaton; The Limerick Pub;
   The Litle Bitts Shop; Los Chorros Restaurant; Parent Encouragement Program;
   The Shops on Amherst; The Tenants of Wheaton Shopping Center;
   Working Families & Seniors for Paul Bardock
Community Advocates
   Cornerstone Montgomery, Inc; Inwood House; Little Caesars Wheaton;
   Logan's Automotive; Montgomery College; WH Consulting;
   Wheaton Studio of Dance
Become an Awards Sponsor-5 Levels
Sponsorship Opportunities
Community Champion - $1000
   Full page ad in the event program
   Company name and logo listed in the program
   Recognition at event / Reserved table for 8
Community Hero - $500
   Company logo and name in event program
   Sponsor of Public Safety Award
   Recognition at event / 4 complimentary tickets
Community Partner - $275
   Company logo and name in event program
   Recognition at event / 2 complimentary tickets
Community Supporter - $150
   Company logo and name in event program
   Recognition at event / 1 complimentary ticket
Community Advocate - $90
   Company name listed in program
   Recognition at event / 1 complimentary ticket
Download the 2014 Annual Awards Sponsorship Flyer
Call 301-949-0080 for more information.

Lunch Mixer Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from Noon - 1:30 pm
Using Yelp to Market Your Business & Tips for Managing Your Online Reputation
   A presentation by:
Mike Bishop, MD Burbs Community Manager, Yelp
   Get information you need to successfully engage with online reviewers, and tips for monitoring your online reputation. Join the conversations that are happening on online review sites and get advice for handling critical feedback and responding to reviews.
   Find out ways to generate buzz by creating exciting promotions, and learn online marketing insights from the Yelp MD Burbs Community Manager.
   Location: Crossway Community Center
3015 Upton Drive, Kensington, MD 20895 / 301-929-2505
- To get there, turn north on East Avenue, off of University Blvd. by the
McDonald's, make an immediate left onto Upton Drive. Continue on Upton
Drive until it ends. Come up the stairs in the middle of the building and
enter through the canopied doors.
MapQuest directions
~ Mix & Network with Other Businesses ~
   Sponsored by:
Wheaton Little Caesars Pizza
   2567 Ennalls Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902 / 301-933-4590
Cost is $10 in advance (option for members only) or $12 at the door
   includes Little Caesars Pizza Lunch
Call 301-949-0080 for more information.

Chamber Board Meetings are the second Tuesday
of the month from 12 - 1:30 pm. Members are
invited to attend, call 301-949-0080.

Chamber Mixers are usually on the fourth
Wednesday of the month and combine networking,
a speaker presentation, and refreshments.

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