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2016 2017 year in review

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We are pleased to present MCCC’s accomplishments and highlights from the 2016-2017 year - July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. MCCC remains committed to the success of our members by offering access to information and experts. Through membership engagement, MCCC helps your business succeed!

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2016 2017 year in review

  1. 1. Table of Contents Executive Summary ................................................................................................................................ 3 MCCC Leadership..................................................................................................................................... 5 Member Services and Programs ............................................................................................................ 7 Member Services............................................................................................................................ 7 Business EXCELerator & Member Exchange Meetings..................................................................7 Chamber After-Hours .....................................................................................................................11 Green Business Forums ................................................................................................................11 Global Trade ..................................................................................................................................11 Advocacy .................................................................................................................................................13 Federal Advocacy ..........................................................................................................................13 State Advocacy ..............................................................................................................................14 Local Advocacy ............................................... ..............................................................................14 Partnerships ...................................................................................................................................15 Signature Events .....................................................................................................................................17 Business Awards Dinner ................................................................................................................17 43rd Public Safety Awards ..............................................................................................................18 58th Annual Dinner .........................................................................................................................19 MCCC Legislative Receptions .......................................................................................................21 Government Contracting Network .........................................................................................................21 GovConNet Council ...................................................................................................................... 21 GovConNet Thought Leadership ................................................................................................. .21 GovConNet Forum .........................................................................................................................22 On-sites Agency Visits ...................................................................................................................22 Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation .............................................................. .......23 Veteran Institute for Procurement ..................................................................................................23 Montgomery County Green Business Recertification 24 Public Safety Scholarship 24 Communications Outreach ....................................................................................................................25 2
  2. 2. Executive Summary from President & CEO Georgette “Gigi” Godwin MCCC continued to expand the ways that we advance our mission to accelerate our members success. Strategic thought leadership from our Board of Directors and the support of our members and partners provide inspired vision and subject matter expertise to fulfill our mission. We are proud to announce that MCCC and its Foundation produced another successful year of advocacy, programs, events resulting in being recognized for the second consecutive year as #2 out of the top 25 chambers of commerce in the Greater Washington D.C. Region by the Washington Business Journal. Advocacy Hightlights • New Federal Midsize Initiative: MCCC launched the Midsize Initiative to ensure federal government contractors can build growth beyond small procurement set-asides. • Maryland R&D Tax Credits: MCCC successfully secured a $3 million increase from $9 to $12 million. • Veteran-owned Businesses in Maryland: MCCC successfully advocated for the removal of state regulatory barriers for veteran-owned businesses to participate in state procurement. • County Subdivision Staging Policy: MCCC’s Business Environment Council successfully influenced the final Subdivision Staging Policy. • State and County for Marriott Headquarters: MCCC advocated for Marriott to secure $20 million to relocate its headquarters to Downtown Bethesda. Signature Events • New Legislative Receptions: MCCC successfully introduced a Montgomery County Legislative Reception to complement the annual Annapolis Legislative Reception. • 2016 MCCC Business Awards Dinner celebrated a record 12 diverse leaders and companies representing a range of industries who impact the marketplace through creative problem-solving. • 43rd MCCC Public Safety Awards featured a first-time airing of body-camera footage from the 2016 Flower Branch Apartment Fire and received tremendous media coverage of the event. • 58th Annual Dinner honored Norm Augustine and Dr. Martine Rothblatt and recognized Montgomery College and The Honorable Anne Kaiser for exceptional business advocacy, visionary leadership, partnerships and expanded business successes. During a riveting acceptance speech, Norm Augustine stated “You can’t be for jobs and against employers.” Programs • New U.S. Commercial Service Forums: MCCC hosted two forums about Chinese business and export economies in partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service. • Member Exchange Meetings: 45 speakers at 30 Member Exchange Meetings provided members with valuable information about Small Business growth and Government Contracting, Economic Development, Infrastructure and Land Use, and Legislative Affairs. • Green Business Forums: MCCC hosted two Green Business Forums that offered members the opportunity to ascertain the benefits of environmentally-friendly business practices. 3
  3. 3. Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation • New VIP International MCCCF launched a new program: VIP International to train service disabled and veteran-owned businesses bringing the total number of graduates of VIP to 873 small veteran-owned businesses from 42 states, Washington D.C., and Guam since the program started in 2009. • Recertification as a Montgomery County Green Business: The Chamber was recertified as a Montgomery County Green Business and was rewarded by having our logo associated with the “Follow the Leader” campaign on Ride-On buses. GovConNet • New Industry Days: GovConNet partnered with the U.S. Treasury and NOAA for industry days in which government contractors met with key executives from government and industry, networked and attended informational break-out sessions. • GSA Thought Leadership: Milissa L. Gary, Ombudsman, GSA, Office of Procurement, led a forum and advised MCCC members on how to navigate the federal contracting maze. Marketing and Communications: Growing MCCC’s Profile • Media Presence: MCCC staff, members and events were featured by The Washington Post, NCB4 News, NPR, Comcast and The Washington Business Journal among other prominent local news sources. • Increased Social Media Following: o 17% increase in Twitter followers, now up to 2,071 o 13% increase in Facebook followers, now up to 1,510 o MCCC now has 568 followers on LinkedIn 4
  4. 4. Operational Best Practices MCCC uses operational best practices to ensure that the organization is able to serve the needs of our members. • Audit: MCCC received a clean unqualified audit opinion with no journal entries or Management letter for the fifth consecutive year. • Government Grants: MCCC managed complex Federal and state grants for the fourth consecutive year meeting stringent compliance standards. • Critical Risk Categories: MCCC continued to tighten controls on critical risk categories: insurance, tax and financial reporting, secure personnel and customer data. • IT: MCCC continued to upgrade its IT to ensure greater cyber security and information systems operations. • Expense Management: MCCC achieved effective operations expense management. I would like to thank our Board for their commitment to making MCCC a regional and national thought leader in advocacy and programs that advance our members’ success. Sincerely, Georgette “Gigi” Godwin President & CEO, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce MCCC Leadership MCCC is guided by an incredible group of thought leaders who represent the diversity and strength of the regional business community. This includes the individuals who serve on the MCCC Board of Directors as Leadership Circle and Strategic Partners. We are also indebted to the thought leadership of members of the GovConNet Council and the MCCC Foundation. Each year, the MCCC Board of Directors gathers in July for a Board Retreat. In 2016, Governor Larry Hogan addressed the Board and spoke of his efforts to make Maryland Open for Business. He was accompanied by Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Mike Gill and Deputy Secretary Ben Wu. 5
  5. 5. 2016-2017 MCCC Board Leadership: MCCC Board of Directors meetings serve as a means to conduct the business of MCCC and also to hear from business leaders and subject matter experts on timely and relevant topics of interest to MCCC members. Speakers at MCCC Board of Directors meetings included: • Norm Augustine, Retired Chairman & CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation • Dr. Jack Smith, Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools • D. Nathan Sheets, U.S. Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs • Dr. Wallace Loh, President, University of Maryland College Park • Paul J. Wiedefeld, General Manager & CEO, WMATA CHAIR OF THE BOARD Jim Young Vice President Corp. Facilities, Services and Real Estate Marriott International, Inc. CHAIR-ELECT Dusty Rood, AICP President Rodgers Consulting, Inc. IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR Jerry Shapiro President Shapiro & Duncan, Inc. GENERAL COUNSEL Pamela J. Mazza Managing Partner PilieroMazza PLLC TREASURER Derek Whitwer Senior Vice President Team Lead, Commercial Lending EagleBank SECRETARY Annice Cody President Holy Cross Health Network, Holy Cross Health VICE-CHAIR, AUDIT COMMITTEE James P. Martinko, CPA Managing Partner CohnReznick LLP VICE-CHAIR, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Bruce H. Lee President Lee Development Group CO-CHAIR, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Stewart L. Edelstein, Ph.D. Executive Director The Universities at Shady Grove VICE-CHAIR, GOVCONNET COMMITTEE Kwesi Rogers President & CEO Federal National Commercial Credit GOVCONNET COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR & GOVCONNET COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE Lexy B. Kessler, CPA, CGMA Partner Aronson LLC VICE-CHAIR, INFRASTRUCTURE & LAND USE COMMITTEE Gus B. Bauman, Esq. Counsel Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. CO-CHAIR, INFRASTRUCTURE & LAND USE COMMITTEE Dusty Rood, AICP President Rodgers Consulting, Inc. VICE-CHAIR, LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE Leslie Ford Weber Director, Campus, Govt. & Community Affairs, Montgomery County Johns Hopkins CO-CHAIR, LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE Joshua Bokee Director of Government Affairs Comcast VICE-CHAIR, SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE Neil Simons Area President, Investment Advisor Rep. and Retirement Plan Consulting Arthur J. Gallagher & Company CO-CHAIR, SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE Larry Gross Executive Director, Market Development Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Mid- Atlantic States, Inc. MCCC BOARD REPRESENTATIVE TO MARYLAND STATE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Julie Garner Director, Government Affairs AstraZeneca MONTGOMERY COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Georgette “Gigi” Godwin President & CEO 6
  6. 6. Member Services and Programs MCCC welcomed 66 new members in FY 17 and had a membership retention rate of 83%. MCCC is future- focused and provides 3 ways for members to be visible, relevant and successful: 1. Advocacy – MCCC interfaces with over 100 elected and government officials on behalf of members and their interests. Efforts include targeted legislation to create opportunities for more members. 2. Business Development – Engaged members find customers, partners or vendors at MCCC programs and events. 3. Competitive Advantage– Experts share knowledge that promotes business practices and growth Membership Services • Strategic counseling is provided to members who seek connections and opportunities. • New members receive welcome messages as well as plaques and an MCCC logo for online usage. • New members are invited to the Chamber’s Annual and Business Awards Dinner and seated strategically to foster business relationships. • Member information is shared via social media upon request. • A “Special Thank You” section has been added to the “Welcome New & Renewed Members” e-blast, which has over 4,000 subscribers, to recognize members who have contributed to MCCC’s growth. Member Exchange Meetings Member Exchange Meetings are exclusive to MCCC members and provide them with information and insights from experts that give their businesses a competitive edge in today’s knowledge economy. The 2016-2017 programs welcomed 45 speakers for 30 meetings to discuss topics related to Small Business, Government Contracting, Economic Development, Infrastructure and Land Use, and Legislative Affairs. Each cohort met approximately once a month to discuss timely and relevant topics. Business EXCELerator (Small Business and GovConNet) The MCCC Business EXCELerator series features speakers and curriculum that provide resources and best-practice advice to small businesses in the commercial and government contracting marketplaces. The first hour of the two-hour session offers information on a subject applicable to all businesses, and the second hour is tailored to small businesses in government contracting. 260 MCCC members participated throughout the year in these valuable sessions. • 2016-2017 Small Business Vice-Chair and Co-Chair • Vice-Chair: Neil Simons, Area President, South Atlantic Region, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. • Co-Chair: Larry Gross, Executive Director, Marketing Development, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. • Co-Chair: Greg Knoop, Vice President of Architecture and Engineering, NIKA • 2016-2017 GovConNet Vice-Chair and Co-Chair • Vice-Chair: Kwesi Rogers, President & CEO, Federal National Commercial Credit • Co-Chair: Alexandra “Lexy” Kessler, CPA, CGMA, Partner, Aronson LLC The new Business EXCELerator program looks great and we’d love to get involved with that since we work with so many small businesses. - Recently renewed member { }7
  7. 7. Topics and Speakers: • Employment Law Workshop o Speaker: Marc Engel, Principal, Lerch, Early & Brewer • Executive Storytelling: How Leaders Use Stories to Engage, Persuade and Inspire o Speaker: Ira Koretsky, The Chief Storyteller • How to Tell Your Story When Speaking to the Government o Speaker: Gloria Larkin, TargetGov • Panel: Procurement Opportunities In Your Own Backyard o Wesley Stith, Vice President and Purchasing Manager, Clark Construction o Brad Colton, Strategic Projects – Global Procurement, Marriott International o Rich Newman, Executive Director of Finance Operations, Kaiser Permanente o Audrey Johnson, Manager of Procurement Operations, Kaiser Permanente • Award Winning Performances – How Do They Do It? o Speakers: Todd Marks, President & CEO, Mindgrub Technologies, and David Nguyen, President & CEO, United Solutions, LLC • Exceptional Customer Service o Speakers: Pete Strickland, Coach & Founder, Strickly Speaking, and Richard J. Martin, Vice President, Health IT Programs, Inc. • Building a Pipeline/ Business Development o Speakers: Tom Cates, President & Chairman, The Brookside Group, Inc. and Ann Sullivan, President, Madison Services Group, Inc. • You Got the Appointment – Now What? o Speaker: Patrick Johnson, Director of Procurement, Montgomery College • Customer Retention Strategies o Speaker: Jeremy Williams, President and CEO, i3 Design & Consulting Economic Development The Economic Development series highlights programs and services that support economic development initiatives in both the county and the state, allowing the Chamber and its members to work with county and state officials to foster a business climate that attracts and retains high-quality employers and jobs. This year’s series included sessions on cybersecurity, the Purple Line and the 2018 County budget. • 2016-2017 Economic Development Vice-Chair and Co-Chair o Vice-Chair: Bruce H. Lee, President & CEO, Lee Development Group o Co-Chair: Stewart Edelstein, Executive Director, The Universities at Shady Grove Topics and Speakers: • Finding Talent Ready for Hire o Speaker: Ellie Giles, Ed.D., CEO, WorkSource Montgomery, Inc. • Meet the New CEO o Speaker: David Petr, CEO, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation • Global Cities Initiative o Speakers: Bob Sweeney, Council of Governments, and Roger Berliner, Montgomery County Council 8
  8. 8. • The FY 18 Budget: What Lies Ahead o Speaker: Jennifer Hughes, Director, Montgomery County Office of Management and Budget • Economic Development Opportunities in the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve o Speaker: Councilmember Craig Rice, District 2 • Bethesda, Rock Spring, Lyttonsville – The Evolution of the Down-county—Planning at the County Council o Speaker: Marlene Michaelson, Council Staff, Planning/Park • The CyberSecurity Sector in Montgomery County o Speaker: Sarah Miller, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation • Purple Line Progress o Rob Chappell, President and CEO, Purple Line Transit Partner Infrastructure and Land Use The Infrastructure and Land Use series closely follows matters relating to the county’s Planning Board, Board of Appeals and Master Plan process, including funding, capacity and innovative thinking in land use planning and design. • 2016-2017 Infrastructure and Land Use Vice-Chair and Co-Chair o Vice-Chair: Gus Bauman, Esq. Counsel, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. o Co-Chair: Dusty Rood, AICP President, Rodgers Consulting, Inc. Topics and Speakers: • The 2016 Subdivision Staging Policy and Implications for Business o Speaker: Glenn Orlin, Deputy Council Administration, Montgomery County Council • Transportation Priorities and Fix 270 Now Coalition o Speakers: Rich Parsons and Jennifer Russel, SMTA (Suburban Maryland Transportation Alliance • Preview of the “Road Show” – Projects and Opportunities in Montgomery County and Maryland o Speaker: Greg Johnson, Director, State Highway Administration (SHA) • Role of Montgomery County Planning Board o Speaker: Jerry Cichy, Planning Board Commissioner • Update on White Oak and Opportunities in East Montgomery County o Speakers: Jonathan Genn, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Perecontee, Inc./ Global LifeSci Development Corporation, and Pete Fosselman, Implementation Coordinator, White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan, Office of the County Executive • Update on County Projects and Priorities o Speaker: Al Roshdieh, Director of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation • Vision for Planning and Development in Montgomery County o Speaker: Casey Anderson, Chair, Montgomery County Planning Board 9
  9. 9. Legislative Affairs This series pertains to the Chamber’s advocacy at the local, state and federal levels, promoting legislation and policies that will keep Montgomery County and Maryland competitive in today’s global economy. Attendees this year had the opportunity to meet both candidates vying for Maryland’s 6th Congressional district and learn about the priorities of both the county and state governments. • 2016-2017 Legislative Affairs Vice-Chair and Co-Chair o Vice-Chair: Leslie Ford Weber, Director, Campus, Government & Community Affairs, Montgomery County, Johns Hopkins University o Co-Chair: Joshua Bokee, Director of Government Affairs, Comcast Topics and Speakers: • Meet the Candidates Roundtable: Maryland’s 6th Congressional District o Speaker: Amie Hober, candidate for Maryland’s 6th district • Meet the Candidate—Priorities and Plans o Speaker: Congressman John Delaney, Maryland’s 6th district • Priorities for the Delegation in the 2017 Legislative Session o Speakers: Delegates Shane Robinson (D39) and David Fraser-Hidalgo (D15) • Panel: Key Issues for Finance and Economic Matters o Delegate Jeff Waldstreicher, District 18 o Delegate Charles Barkley, District 39 o Delegate Bill Frick, District 16 o Delegate Benjamin Kramer, District 19 o State Senator Brian Feldman, District 15 • Montgomery County Government Priorities in Annapolis and on Capitol Hill o Speaker: Melanie Wenger, Director, Montgomery County Office of Intergovernmental Relations • Mid-Session Update o Speaker: Team Venable, MCCC contract lobbyist in Annapolis • Wrap-Up of the 2017 Session o Speaker: Delegate and Ways and Means Chairman Anne Kaiser, District 14 { } I trust the Chamber’s Team to worry about and solve advocacy problems. But I rely on them to develop and expand my network so that I can help others and also find the solutions and help I need. It is about relationships! –Terry Kenny, Market President, TD Bank 10
  10. 10. Chamber After-Hours MCCC hosts Chamber After-Hours networking events at member venues throughout the county for members and prospective members to network in an informal setting. Over 400 people—an average of 57 per event—at- tended the seven after-hours events at these locations: o Norbeck Country Club, Rockville o Stanford Grill, Rockville o Denizens Brewing Co., Silver Spring o Clyde’s Tower Oaks Lodge, Rockville o CAMBRiA hotel & suites, Rockville o Argyle Country Club, Silver Spring o Smokey Glen Farm, Gaithersburg Green Business Forums The MCCC hosted two Green Business Forums, in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Montgomery College. The forums featured experts, ranging from county officials to company executives, who offered their perspective on the benefits of sustainability best practices and answered questions following their presentations. • Energy Savings for Your Business: Commercial and Industrial Energy Savings Program (Panel) o William R. Ellis, Manager, Demand Side Management (DSM) and Green Power Connection, Pepco Holdings o Christopher Weatherly, Energy Program Manager, Office of Energy and Sustainability, Montgomery County Department of General Services • How Employers Can Save Money and the Planet: Take Advantage of Public Transit Rebates (Panel) o Sandra Brecher, Chief of Commuter Services, Montgomery County Department of Transportation o Rachel Healy, Director of Sustainability, WMATA o Kerri Morehart, Vice President, The Cadmus Group, Inc. 11
  11. 11. Global Trade As part of the MCCC’s continued partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service (Maryland), two events took place: China MCCC members were invited to meet with Nathan Donohue, Commercial Officer,U.S. Consulate General Shanghai. Mr. Donohue shared a wealth of knowledge about actual and projected growth areas in China, specifically regarding Design and Construction, and Information & Communication Technology including Cyber and Manufacturing. Exports MCCC hosted the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Baltimore, the Small Business Administration (SBA) the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EX-IM Bank), and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) free workshop on Export and Investment Finance plus Political Risk Insurance for Maryland companies. Global Cities Initiative MCCC hosted Bob Sweeney, Managing Director of the Global Cities Initiative as a featured speaker at an MCCC Member Exchange Meeting. MCCC also facilitated a focus group with MCCC members on the opportunities for participating in an export economy. MCCC also supported the GCI effort by sharing a survey conducted by GCI on exporting from the Washington D.C. region. 12
  12. 12. Advocacy As the voice of business in Montgomery County and the region, MCCC engages our members and works proactively with over 100 elected and appointed officials at the federal, state and local levels to create opportunities for members. There are more than 3,000 bills at the State level alone. MCCC monitors federal, state and county bills, resolutions and regulations of importance to the business community and takes positions on more than 100 pieces of legislation each year focused on tax reform, business climate and strategic capital investments. Highlights in 2016-2017 include: • New Montgomery County Legislative Reception held in Rockville in September • Ongoing collaboration with the Montgomery County Business Coalition • Greater opportunities for Veteran Owned businesses seeking state contracts • Funding for Montgomery College Math and Science Building • Formation of the Montgomery County Government Business Solutions Unit MCCC Signature Event participation: • MCCC saw tremendous participation by elected and appointed officials at signature events througout the 2016-2017 year including members of Maryland’s Congressional Delegation, the Governor’s cabinet, members of the Montgomery County Delegation, the County Executive, County Council, Board of Education, Planning Board and officials from numerous county departments. Candidate Interviews: • In May 2017, MCCC conducted interviews with candidates for the M-NCCP Montgomery County Planning Board and provided recommendations to the Montgomery County Council. The Council appointed a candidate recommended by MCCC. Federal Advocacy Midsize Initiative: The GovConNet Council launched the Midsize Initiative to help midsize federal contracting companies address common challenges including handling growth and winning future contracts. MCCC will advocate for three initial policy changes to help government contractors to build growth beyond small business set-asides: • Agency wide: Bring Multiple Award Contracts (MAC) requirements in line with the capabilities of mid size firms • SBA: Require a five-year look-back for the purpose of Small Business Administration size determination • Congress: Deduct research and development (R&D) expenses and expenditures from total revenue for size determination Congressional Advocacy: MCCC worked closely with newly elected members of Team Maryland in the U.S. Senate (former U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen) and House of Representatives (former State Senator Jamie Raskin). Administration Advocacy: MCCC continues the process of building new relationships in the U.S. Small Business Administration and across Federal government posts as a result of the change of administrations. 13
  13. 13. State Advocacy At the state level, MCCC works with the Governor and his administration and the Maryland General Assembly on business climate issues and legislative action that impacts business in Maryland. Maryland’s 2017 legislative session was influenced not only by the new presidential administration, but by it being the third year—traditionally the busiest—of a four-year term for state legislators and the Governor. Next year, the Governor, state legislators, the Montgomery County Executive and all nine County Council members are up for election. Despite the chaotic nature of the 2017 session, MCCC secured several strategic wins and laid the groundwork for next year’s session. MCCC participated in numerous discussions on ways to support employers with workers in Montgomery County. MCCC provided testimony for over 70 bills in the State legislature in 2017. Key wins in the 2017 Legislative session included: Economic Competitiveness • Research & Development Tax Credits: passed a modest increase from $9 million to $12 million • $20 million for Marriott headquarters to relocate to Downtown Bethesda • Biotechnology Tax Credits: extended eligibility for this credit • MOVE: matching grant from State for businesses relocating into offices in Montgomery County • Spirits available in beer and wine stores: Agency store model allows beer and wine stores to apply for license to sell liquor • Expand craft brewing in Montgomery County: allowing a class 7 licensee to operate in more than one location • Defeated a series of employment bills that would harm Maryland’s competitiveness including pay stub transparency, job salary disclosure, fair scheduling and overtime pay Transportation • Washington Metrorail Safety Commission Act • Advocacy to Fix 270 Now Education • Montgomery College: funding for new Math & Science Building, Takoma Park Campus • Universities at Shady Grove Campus: funding for Biomedical & Engineering program Tax Relief • Transfer of property from sole proprietor to LLC exempted from Transfer/Recordation Tax: • Extended tax credits for SCIF’s and Security Clearances • Defeated effort to repeal Estate Tax recoupling to federal rate • Defeated combined reporting proposition Veteran-owned Businesses • Removed obstacles for veteran-owned businesses to compete for state procurement • Secured $150,000 for MCCCF’s FY 2018 Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) training program Local Advocacy MCCC advocacy at the local level focuses on the annual operating and capital budgets as well as monitoring and participating in local legislation and land use policy that impacts Montgomery County-based businesses and employees. Legislation Subdivision Staging Policy: MCCC’s Business Environment Council successfully influenced the final version of the biannual Subdivision Staging Policy, first at the Planning Board and again in hearings at the Montgomery County Council. 14
  14. 14. Minimum Wage: MCCC successfully stopped a second increase of Local Minimum Wage, arguing that no economic analysis had been conducted on the current increases that have yet to be fully implemented. The County Executive vetoed the proposed legislation. Bethesda Master Plan: MCCC successfully advocated for flexibility and density in the Bethesda Master Plan and the companion Bethesda Overlay Zone. Together with The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce, MCCC published a letter to the editor of The Washington Post supporting the work of the Planning Department. Business Solutions Group: MCCC successfully advocated for the creation of the Business Solutions Group within the County Executive’s Office to focus on business interactions with the government. Short Term Residential Rental: MCCC participated in community meetings and public hearings on Short Term Residential Rental to encourage creating a level playing field for this commercial activity in Montgomery County. Initiatives New: Business Portal: MCCC has been an active participant in discussions about how the County Govern- ment can be responsive and supportive of business in the County. MCCC works with the Small Business Navigator and supports the initiative to create a Business Solutions Group within the Office of the County Ex- ecutive. One manifestation of this collaboration is the recently launched Business Portal which is a web-based platform to support businesses that need to interact with the County government. Partnerships New: Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation: MCCC is a strong proponent of an inde- pendent economic entity in Montgomery County and has begun to work with the new team hired during the year. New: MCBRE/MCPS/WorkSource Montgomery: Attracting and retaining talent continues to be a pressing issue for many MCCC employers. MCCC coordinates with WorkSource Montgomery to identify better ways to work with the newly formed business community. MCCC has also participated in specific initiatives launched by MCBRE and MCPS to understand what K-12 students need to be ready to enter the workforce. New: Partnered with the National 8(a) Association on a GovConNet Agency Outreach event Montgomery County Business Coalition: MCCC continues to collaborate with other business organizations including AOBA, MBIA, GCAAR as well as local chambers including those of Greater Bethesda, Greater Silver Spring, Gaithersburg-Germantown and Rockville. The Montgomery County Business Coalition shares informa- tion and focuses its efforts on legislation at the County. 15
  15. 15. MCCC also collaborated on regional issues with various partner organizations: • MCCC was an invited participant in a number of efforts to strengthen the regional economy including: • Regional Roadmap and branding of the region • Global Cities Initiative • WMATA funding • Purple Line project approval • I-270 congestion relief • NBC4 Working 4 the Community Advisory Group • MCCC works with a range of Partner Organizations on a variety of issues • Economic Development • Comprehensive Strategic Economic Development Advisory Group • Maryland Competitiveness Coalition • Committee for Montgomery • Visit Montgomery • Transportation • Purple Line Now • Suburban Maryland Transportation Alliance (SMTA) • Fix 270 Now • WMATA Momentum Champions • Other • Maryland Chamber of Commerce • Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE) • Maryland Tech Council 16
  16. 16. Signature Events November 17, 2016 The Awards Committee was chaired by Immediate Past Chair Jerry Shapiro. Over 800 of the region’s most prominent business and government leaders gathered at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and County Conference Center to celebrate innovation, achievement and ongoing commitment to the community. The award categories represent the values of MCCC and include: MCCC is hands down #1 in terms of being the best chamber of commerce, and is leading the way in showcasing that our businesses can truly lift up a community. Tim Regan, President and CEO The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company 17 { }
  17. 17. March 31, 2017- The 43rd Annual MCCC Public Safety Awards Luncheon was chaired by Steven A. Robins of Lerch, Early & Brewer for the 16th consecutive year. The event brought together over 1,100 business, government and public safety leaders to honor the men and women who serve our community. For the first time, first responder body-camera footage of the 2016 Flower Branch Apartment Fire was presented in an edited video, demonstrating the bravery and courage of the MCPD and MCFRS first responders. The body-camera footage, along with early news releases announcing the awardees attracted widespread media attention for the event. The event acknowledged a PSA Corporate Vital Link, PSA Government Partner and PSA Champion and culminated in the presentation of 21 Valor Award recipients, three Unit Citations, a MCCC Public Safety Community Service award. Award Winners: Government officials who participated in the program included: • U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen • Congressman John Delaney • Congressman Jamie Raskin • Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett • Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner Recognized for their actions in the Flower Branch Apartment Fire: • Police officer III Jeffrey Hughes (Silver) • Fire fighter Rescuer III David Braun (Bronze) Two MCCC Unit Citation of Valor awards presented in relation to the Flower Branch Apartment Fire: Montgomery County Department of Police 3rd District patrol officers, represented by Sergeants Troy Brenner and Paul Bandholz, Corporal Jason Halko and POII Shannon Mattingly • Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service members: o Captain William Cooke (Truck 716) o Fire Fighter Rescuer III Enrique Escolero (Truck 716) o Fire Fighter Rescuer III David Wakeley (Paramedic Engine 701) Additional individuals honored for their actions and responses to incidents in 2016: • Corporal Johnny Beason (Silver) o In response to shooting in Clarksburg Award Winner Sponsor MCCC Public Safety Government Partner of the Year The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland Motorola Solutions, Inc. MCCC Public Safety Corporate Vital Link Award Coalition of Ignition Interlock Manufacturers: Intox-a-lock, LifeSafer and Smart Start TD Bank MCCC Public Safety Champion of the Year Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Fitzgerald’s Lakeforest Toyota 18
  18. 18. • Police Officer III David Kocevar, and members of the MCPD Repeat Offenders Unit: Sergeant Brady Clouser, Corporal Jeffery Rachael, and Detectives Donnie Oaks, Kenneth Halter, Roger St. Louis, Thomas Tippett, Richard Volpe, Charles Bullock, Dominic Disinio (Bronze) o In response to deadly shooting spree in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties • Police Officer III Dale Steffen (Honorable Mention) o In response to suicide attempt in Germantown • Sergeant Manuel Saponara and Police Officer III Brian Holloway (Honorable Mention) o In response to Domestic Violence in Germantown • Resident Supervisor II Alicia Jackson and Resident Supervisor III Andre Stepp (Honorable Mention) o Life-saving attempt in Pre-Release Center • Deputy Sheriff III Jason Carew and Deputy Sheriff II Steven McDonald (Honorable Mention) o In response to suicide attempt in Silver Spring • Police Officer III Yves Didier N’Kodia (Honorable Mention) o In response to North Hampton Drive repeat offender MCCC Unit Citation: Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation Critical Stress Management Team MCCC Public Safety Community Service Award: • Sergeant Sabrina Pirtle NBC News4 Anchors Aaron Gilchrist and Erika Gonzalez expertly emceed the 2016 Public Safety Awards. June 12, 2017 The Annual Dinner Awards Selection and Nomina- tions Committee was chaired by MCCC Board of Directors General Counsel Pam Mazza. Over 800 business and government leaders attended to celebrate individuals and companies who made signif- icant business contributions over the past year, and to induct the 2017-2018 Board of Directors. Members of the Montgomery County Business Coalition and other Economic Development partner organizations were recognized with their logos being displayed on the jumbo screens in the ballroom. One of the most memorable moments of the event was during Norm Augustine’s acceptance speech for MCCC Business Advocate of the Year: “You can’t be for jobs and against employers.” MCCC’s newly-elected Board of Directors took the oath of office and pledged to uphold the mission of the Chamber, and the ceremony concluded with the traditional passing of the torch to welcome the new leadership: • Chair of the Board: Dusty Rood, AICP, President & CEO, Rodgers Consulting, Inc. • Chair-Elect: Leslie Ford Weber, Director, Campus, Government & Community Affairs, Montgomery County, Johns Hopkins University • Immediate Past Chair: Jim Young, Vice President, Corporate Facilities, Services and Real Estate, Marriott International, Inc. Listening to the honorees’ stories of trial and valor left no one in the room untouched. The event served as a reminder of how thankful we are to have such men and women keeping us safe. – Staci Redmon, President & CEO Strategy and Management Services { } 19
  19. 19. Government leaders who provided remarks included the following: • Congressman Jamie Raskin • Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett • On behalf of Governor Hogan, Special Secretary Jimmy Rhee, Office of Minority Affairs Maryland-based local band Nelly’s Echo provided live entertainment at the dinner, including the singing of the national anthem and accompaniment during the passing of the torch. Led by former NBC’s “The Voice” contestant Nelson Emokpae, the band also performed “I’m Okay,” their single which was used in Visit Montgomery’s newly-released promotional video which was also shown at the Annual Dinner. As technology continues to challenge our businesses and reshape our business models, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce is at the forefront, shaping the economic landscape so that our County businesses can thrive. – David Nguyen, Founder & CEO United Solutions, LLC. MCCC recognized five business pioneers who strengthened the business environment in Montgomery County and Maryland: 20
  20. 20. MCCC Legislative Receptions New: 2016 Montgomery County Legislative Reception September 28, 2016 MCCC members gathered in Rockville Town Center to network and engage informally with elected officials. The 96 attendees shared successes and highlights of doing business in Montgomery County as well as challenges and ideas of ways to remain relevant in a competitive region and global market. Officials in attendance included members of the County Council, Board of Education, Planning Board and the Montgomery County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly. January 30, 2017 MCCC members had the opportunity to connect with State Delegates at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis for the 2017 Annapolis Legislative Reception. The event included informal time for networking, as well as speeches by State Senator Nancy King (D39) and Delegate Shane Robinson (D39). Opening remarks were delivered by Legislative Affairs Vice-Chair Leslie Ford Weber and Co-Chair Joshua Bokee. Government Contracting Network MCCC’s Government Contracting Network (GovConNet) programs are designed to support Maryland and Greater Washington Region-based government contractors. In addition to the programs listed below, Gov- ConNet programs also include the Business EXCELerator Member Exchange Meetings (see the Member Exchange Meetings section for more information). GovConNet Council The GovConNet Council is comprised of Government Contracting industry experts who develop GovConNet programs and provide industry specific advocacy. The Council advises the MCCC Board of Directors on how best to direct MCCC resources to ensure the continued success of the contracting community. The Council’s mission statement is “To promote the economic impact of the federal government presence and to advocate on behalf of the contracting community for business opportunities.” GovConNet Thought Leadership: Mid-Size Initiative: The Council took action following a number of disturbing trends concerning midsize federal contractors. Starting in August 2016 the Council hosted stakeholder meetings, work sessions and meetings with key agencies in developing policy changes that would reverse the trend. In May the Council finalized its Mid-Size policy priorities and has now begun the work of advocating for their implementation. On November 4th the Council hosted a briefing with Jackie Robinson-Burnette, Associate Administrator, U.S. SBA to discuss policy changes and market concerns. On February 24, 2017, Milissa L. Gary, Ombudsman, GSA Office of the Procurement led a forum about the GSA’s new programs and initiatives and provided members with advice on navigating the federal marketplace contracting maze. At this meeting the Chamber was asked to participate in an Agency Reverse Training Day • Speaker: Millisa L. Gary, Ombudsman, Office of the Procurement, GSA • Discussion Moderator: Michelle E. Litteken, Associate, PilieroMazza PLLC The GovConNet Council also helped to organize and participate in a high-level Reverse Industry Day with GSA executives. 21
  21. 21. GovConNet Forum GovConNet hosted a forum October 28, 2016, with speaker Gloria Larkin, Founder and CEP of TargetGov. Larkin provided invaluable advice for government contractors on developing an effective capability statement as well as guidance on how to market to the government. On-sites Agency Visits New 2017 Treasury Industry Day: On March 9, 2017, over 300 government contractors attended the 2017 Treasury Industry Day at the Silver Spring Civic Building, where they connected with other contractors, as well as government employees. The event featured breakout sessions on topics including Capability Statement Essentials, Mentor Protégé Programs, Graduating Out of the 8(a) Program and Set-Asides for GSA Schedules. Fourteen corporations held exhibits and 21 government agencies and contracting firms attended for matchmaking. MCCC partnered with the National 8a Association as well as the U.S. Treasury Department. New National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): Hundreds of government contractors connected with NOAA leadership at their offices on April 6, 2017. Among the nine presenters were leaders of the NOAA Acquisition and Grants Office and Barry E. Berkowitz, Senior Procurement Executive, United States Department of Commerce. Breakout sessions included meetings with the National Weather Service, Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. In addition, NOAA Prime Contractors seeking subcontractors participated in the event. 22
  22. 22. Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation Veteran Institute for Procurement The National Center for Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) is the country’s first-ever training center to train veteran service-disabled and veteran-owned small businesses to succeed in the federal contracting market. The MCCCF launched VIP as a pilot program in 2009. Today, VIP is a 3-day, 27-hour comprehensive certification program held at the Bolger Center in Potomac that is designed to equip veteran businesses to increase their ability to win government contracts. Funded entirely by the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation, Partners and VIP Sponsors, the Institute is offered at no cost to participants. Donations are required to sustain and expand VIP to meet the needs of veteran-owned businesses, VIP alumni and the growing community of veterans seeking jobs. The VIP program continues to expand in its offering of curricula and number of veterans served. In 2016-2017, VIP Grow held two training sessions, one in December and one in June. Since the program launched in 2009, VIP Grow has graduated 727 veteran-owned businesses from 42 states, Washington D.C., and Guam. New: VIP International was launched to train service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB) and veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB) who want to enter or expand their Federal and commercial contracting opportunities overseas. VIP International has graduated 47 veteran-owned businesses from 11 states, Washington, D.C., and Guam. New: VIP Start, launched in April 2016, held its second training session in October 2016. VIP Start has graduated 99 veteran-owned businesses from 21 states and Washington, D.C. The next session is scheduled for October 3-5, 2017. In all, the National Center for Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) has graduated a total of 873 companies from 42 states, D.C. and Guam and has received over 1500 applications to attend its training programs. On average, graduates grow 50% one year after graduation. VIP is offered at no cost to participants. The Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation (MCCCF) funds this program through a public-private partnership made up of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) support from the State of Maryland and Montgomery County, and private sponsorships. MCCCF hosts an annual golf tournament to raise private funds to support VIP. 727 Graduated 42from states, Washington DC & Guam 47 Graduated 11from states, Washington DC & Guam 99 Graduated 21from states, Washington DC On average, graduates grow one year of graduation 23
  23. 23. Montgomery County Green Business Recertification MCCC secured re-certification and continues to promote its designation as a Montgomery County Green Certified Business. New changes include composting. SPARK – MCCC and the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection partnered with WeSpire to develop an online community for Montgomery County Green Certified Businesses to track individual employee achievements in sustainability. Carbon “credits” were tallied for the New Year’s Eve Ball drop. Ride-on Bus Campaign - Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection re-instated the campaign to award re-certified and newly certified businesses by featuring the logo of the Montgomery County Green Certified Business on the sides of Ride-On Buses. Public Safety Scholarship The Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation supports the Public Safety Scholarship Fund at Montgomery College. The scholarship is targeted to students who are children of a Montgomery County fallen, law enforcement officer, firefighter or other public safety professional or volunteer in one of the county public safety agencies identified by MCCC. 24
  24. 24. Communications & Outreach MCCC uses a variety of communication mediums to update members about advocacy and events, and influence decision-makers on business issues. Email Marketing MCCC communicates with members, prospects, and interested parties using Constant Contact email marketing to distribute the monthly “What’s Next” newsletter, a weekly update of programs “This Week @ MCCC,” advocacy highlights and updates, new and renewing member information, and updates on programs and events. Social Media • Increased Following: MCCC continues to use social media to engage and inform members, potential members, members of the press and government officials. Through increased posting, engaging in discourse and tagging organizations, MCCC has increased its reach. o Twitter: In 2016-2017, MCCC increased its Twitter followers by 17% to a total of 2,071 followers. o Facebook: In 2016-2017, MCCC increased its Facebook likes by 13% to a total of 1,510 likes. o LinkedIn: In 2016-2017, MCCC increased its LinkedIn followers by 64% to a total of 568 followers. In the News • Power Rankings: In June 2016, MCCC was ranked second among the Top 25 Chambers of Commerce in the Washington region by the Washington Business Journal for the second consecutive year. • Washington Business Journal Guest Column: MCCC President and CEO Gigi Godwin penned a guest commentary in the Washington Business Journal supporting the FBI’s potential relocation to Prince George’s county. • Kojo Nnamdi Show: Godwin also appeared on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU to discuss the $15 minimum wage proposal. • Washington Post Letter to Editor: In May 2017 MCCC and The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce published a Letter to Editor in the Washington Post regarding Bethesda Downtown Plan • In the Spotlight: In 2016-2017, MCCC was highlighted by NBC4 News, the Washington Business Journal, Montgomery County Sentinel and Bethesda Beat, among other news sources. New Website • MCCC began constructing a new responsive website which will launch in FY 18. The site will include an improved user interface and increased navigability to provide greater support to our MCCC Board of Directors and Members. It is now that we seize the moment. It is now that we do the disrupting. And it is now that we settle for nothing less than to be the best. -Dusty Rood, Chair of the Board{ }25

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