November 16, 2021 | Travis Chase

County Introduces New Small Business Sustainability Program

The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights and M&T Bank are partnering on a new 10-week accelerator program that aims to help small businesses flourish. The program will allow new or minority entrepreneurs to learn aspects such as operating a business, managing finances, building credit, planning a business, and communicating digitally. “Only about half of […]

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November 2, 2021 | Travis Chase

Shared Streets Initiative Extended Into Next Year

Sharing is caring in the streets of Montgomery County. The initiative gives residents the opportunity to use public areas to participate in activities such as biking, hiking, walking, dining, and retail activity. Organizers say the program helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 while unifying the community and providing a safe space to engage in activities. […]

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August 19, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

County Earns AAA Bond Rating for 49th Consecutive Year

For the 49th year in a row, Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. awarded Montgomery County its highest achievable financial bond rating of Triple-A. The county also received top ratings from Standard & Poor’s and Fitch, making it a clean sweep from the three major Wall Street bond rating agencies. These highest ratings were achieved during the […]

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August 11, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Elrich: Indoor Masks Must be Worn so Businesses Can Stay Open

Montgomery County will continue requiring indoor mask wearing until the number of coronavirus cases drop, and County Executive Marc Elrich believes residents can live with it as they did earlier for 18 months. “We are going to keep going ’til our numbers fit the CDC,” he said of the Centers for Disease Control, which recommends […]

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August 10, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Elrich Vetoes Silver Spring Business District, Claims it Favors ‘White Wealthy Landlords’

This story has been updated Aug. 11 to include video remarks by County Executive Marc Elrich. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich on Tuesday vetoed Montgomery County Council’s efforts to set up a Silver Spring Business Improvement District(BID). He called council’s bill “a poorly conceived and poorly executed project.” However, seven of the council’s nine members […]

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July 28, 2021 | Joshua Casazza

Airsoft Shooting Range Opens in Wheaton Mall

Battlestar, a sci-fi themed airsoft shooting range, recently opened inside Westfield Wheaton Mall. Described as an airsoft entertainment zone, people shoot at small targets with battery powered guns that use plastic pellets. The store has an open concept that allows mall-goers to watch Battlestar customers fire their guns from the front counter.   View this […]

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June 29, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Minimum Wage Increase in County Takes Effect July 1

Some Montgomery County employees will receive bigger paychecks beginning July 1 when the minimum wage is raised here. Every year since 2017, the minimum wage has increased on July 1 and that will continue through 2022. The amount of the increase depends on how many employees work at a business. For companies with at least […]

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June 9, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

County Hosts Town Hall on Women in the Workforce After COVID-19

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich is holding a virtual town hall at noon on June 11 on “the alarming reduction in the number of women in the U.S. workforce” due to the pandemic. This is part of a series of town hall meetings concerning the effects of COVID-19. Judy Stephenson, the county’s small business navigator, […]

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June 2, 2021 | Laura Rowles

Blog: My Perspective as a GGCC Intern

Even though the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) team has been working remotely, they were able to accept an intern for the 2020-2021 school year. It was our pleasure to have Isaac Shulman work alongside us. There was no one better suited to ride out the pandemic with us. The Chamber is so honored to be […]

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May 13, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Jawando Launches Rental Assistance Program for Small Businesses 

Montgomery County’s new rental assistance program for small businesses will begin accepting applications Monday, May 17, councilmember Will Jawando announced at a press conference Thursday launching the program. “This is a large part of our community,” Jawando said. “Upwards of 60% of our small businesses have less than 10 people that they employ.” The Latino […]

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