The GBCC offers a Member to Member Discount program. Imagine you and team members of your organization walk into your favorite member restaurant like Tommy Joe’s Bar & Grill, you let your server know you are members of the chamber, and just like that you receive a discount off your check. How great would be to receive a free business or personal checking account with Sandy Spring Bank just by being a member? This is an exclusive program designed to enhance membership value, encourage members to support other members while saving some money, increase visibility, and promote for their companies.
Saving money isn’t the only reason to participate in the discount program. Businesses who do participate in the program not only gain more support from fellow members, they also gain more referrals, and visibility. Providing discounts attracts new and repeat business, increases sales, and boosts your reputation. What more can you ask for? Any business industry is welcome to participate and every employee within your organization can take full advantage of the discount program. Annual membership discount cards are provided for you and your staff and all you do is show them at any of the participating businesses. Interested in participating? You can submit the online form on your Members Only Profile, Add a Coupon, or submit the Completed Form directly to me.
Director of Membership & Community Engagement
November 19, 2021
The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce NEEDS YOUR HELP advocating for a NEW redistricting map that does not mute our voice or harm North Bethesda
Use our prewritten letter to email members of the County Council (see below)
The County Council is considering a new Council district map that will have long term, negative implications for North Bethesda. Now is the time to send an email to Council President Tom Hucker and members of the County Council to express your concern.
The redistricting commission has submitted to the Council its recommended map for seven new council districts, and it is not good for North Bethesda (read more on the blog). Simply put, one of the new gerrymandered districts combines North Bethesda with Silver Spring and Takoma Park, which minimizes our voice in local politics, pulls North Bethesda away from our neighbors and community, and prevents our needs from being met. Once approved, we will have to live with this disenfranchisement for at least the next 10 years and perhaps beyond that.
The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce is advocating for a new redistricting map that does not harm North Bethesda, and we need YOUR help.
Please take a moment to email the County Council and let them know that this proposed map disenfranchises North Bethesda residents and businesses. In order to make an impact, the Council needs to hear from as many of our members as possible, and as soon as possible.
To send an email:
1) Please send an email to the entire below list.
2) Copy and paste the below letter into the body of your email. Feel free to make changes to personalize your email.
3) Remember to include your name, company or organization name (if applicable), and your address in the email.
4) Remember to put something in the subject line such as "Redistricting disenfranchises North Bethesda"
That’s it- it’s that easy to advocate for your community!
I am reaching out today to express my deep concern over the redistricting commission’s proposed map, which marginalizes North Bethesda.
While our community has often seen the “claim to North Bethesda” as a tug of war between Rockville and Bethesda, we can all agree that Silver Spring has never made such a claim. I urge you to consider either a new map or adjustments to the proposed map that addresses the concerns of myself and the members of the various organizations noted below.
Following are detailed points addressing why this proposed map disenfranchises North Bethesda residents and businesses and greatly increases the risk that our needs will be ignored:
· North Bethesda should be in a district with others on the 355 corridor. Whether that is Rockville or Bethesda is for the Council to decide.
· The Silver Spring/Takoma Park side of the bow tie has 100,000 residents while North Bethesda includes 50,000. Our voice will be muted and residents disenfranchised. The district is already referred to as the Silver Spring District, marginalizing North Bethesda.
· A major and growing economic driver for Montgomery County, North Bethesda should be more than an afterthought or sacrificial lamb whose placement was determined because it makes the rest of the map work.
· Why were Rockville and Gaithersburg’s desires to dictate their own boundaries given precedence over all others?
· The bow tie district is neither compact nor composed of adjoining territory as required by law. It is a gerrymandered district that does not preserve communities of interest as required by the commission’s ground rules.
· The process has been rushed due to delayed demographic information provided to the commission and without sufficient public input. Expediency should not take precedence over accuracy. Redistricting is too important not to do it right.
The process of redistricting is a difficult balancing act that requires juggling a myriad of conflicting interests. However, many individuals and organizations including Friends of White Flint, Luxmanor Civic Association, the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce, the Rockville Chamber of Commerce, and the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee among others, believe the proposed gerrymandered district minimizes our voice in local politics, pulls North Bethesda away from our neighbors and community, and prevents our needs from being met.
Please consider a new map or adjustments to the proposed map to address these concerns.
CHAMBERFLASH: GBCC is advocating for a NEW redistricting map that does not mute our voice or harm North Bethesda
The redistricting commission has submitted to the council its recommended map for the seven new council districts, and it is not good for North Bethesda.
The proposed district is shaped like a bow tie and combines North Bethesda with Silver Spring and Takoma Park. Many individuals and organizations (including Friends of White Flint, Luxmanor Civic Association, the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce, the Rockville Chamber of Commerce, and the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee, among others) believe the proposed gerrymandered district minimizes our voice in local politics, pulls North Bethesda away from our neighbors and community, and prevents our needs from being met.
We urge you to ask the County Council to create a new map. (Contact info is below.) Also, please post your thoughts on social media with the hashtag #aNewMap … and don’t forget to tag all the County Council members.
Here are more detailed reasons why this proposed map disenfranchises North Bethesda residents and businesses and greatly increases the risk that our needs will be ignored.
What you can do to advocate for our community
We need you to urge the council to create a new map that keeps North Bethesda with its Route 355 neighbors, We also need you to help ensure this becomes a very visible public issue.
1) Write and call ALL the councilmembers before November 12th. Just calling our District One Councilmember Andrew Friedson will not have a sufficient impact. It is critical that you reach out to all nine councilmembers. Use the talking points listed above or use your own words. Feel free to copy us at email@example.com.
2) Post on social media your reasons why North Bethesda should not be in the same district as Silver Spring and Takoma Park. Use the hash tag #aNewMap and tag all the councilmembers. Utilize the talking points listed above.
Thank you so much for your help making sure our voice is heard.
After a truly inspiring Leadership Luncheon, Jillian Copeland shared some of her favorite resources with GBCC. Check out the list below!
The Inspiring and Educational Brene Brown:
Health Gig Podcast: (Local and Informative)
Other Thoughtful Podcasts that inspire creativity:
Thanks for the feedback by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen
Boundary Boss by Terri Cole
Breath by James Nestor
The Choice be Edith Eger
BlindSpot by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald
& Love these Documentaries:
Far From The Tree
Derek Delgado, In and of Itself on Hulu
Jillian Copeland, Founder, Main Street
Racial Equity Capital Fund will provide needed capital to help minority-owned businesses create jobs and expand in communities served by Exelon’s utilities
CHICAGO (October 27, 2021) – Exelon’s utilities business, which owns six electric and gas utilities serving more than 10 million customers, announced today it has created a $36 million fund to support minority-owned businesses in the communities it serves. The launch of the Racial Equity Capital Fund will help minority businesses obtain capital to fuel growth and spur job opportunities in underserved and under-resourced communities often overlooked by investors and traditional funding sources. The capital fund is expected to invest in numerous businesses throughout Exelon’s service areas over the next three years with estimated loan amounts between $100,000 and $300,000 and equity investments of nearly $1 million.
The investment will be funded by Exelon’s utilities business, in partnership with the Exelon Foundation, and managed by RockCreek, a diverse-owned global investment firm, which has invested more than $7.4 billion in diverse firms since its inception. RockCreek will decide which businesses get financing, independent of other parties. The fund will be available as a resource to minority businesses, which have historically been denied bank funding in disproportionate numbers and often lack the initial equity and capital to grow and sustain their small businesses.
“RockCreek is excited to join with Exelon’s utilities business to invest the Racial Equity Capital Fund, which will bring much-needed capital to minority business to help them grow, create jobs, and strengthen communities in the years and decades to come,” said Afsaneh Beschloss, founder and CEO of RockCreek.
“Too often, we see small, minority-owned businesses struggle to obtain financial backing to fuel their ideas and innovations, and that problem has only grown worse during the pandemic,” said Calvin Butler, CEO of Exelon Utilities. “Yet these same entrepreneurs are often the greatest source of economic opportunity in their communities, especially in underserved and under-resourced areas that struggle to attract major service providers, retailers and other community-sustaining employers. With this fund, we can help minority job creators overcome barriers to their growth and success and ensure that the benefits of our post-pandemic economic recovery are shared more equitably.”
The initiative is part of Exelon’s ongoing, extensive efforts to promote equity, inclusion and economic opportunity in the diverse communities served by our six utilities, which include Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO and Pepco. In addition to the investment fund, Exelon has:
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