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Business Districts, Development, Arts
Top Chamber Agenda

Chamber Sets Priorities for 1997-98

A new ambassador program, Friendship Heights development and partnerships between business and the arts top the Chamber's agenda for 1997-98. Nearly 40 Board members and active committee members met in late July to discuss the Chamber's program of action for the coming year, which includes a greater focus on the various business districts within the greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase area, as well as a commitment to increased member participation. The "Top Ten" priorities for the coming year are:

Ambassador Program for Membership Development

"Our goal is to recruit 120 new members and retain 86% of our current members by creating an ambassador program to reach out to the membership," said Deede Blum, VP for Membership Development. The Membership Development Committee will design an ambassador program that pairs active members with new, at-risk and potential members. A key element of the program will be the recognition of distinct business districts within the Chamber's region, such as the Bethesda Central Business District, Friendship Heights, Chevy Chase Lake, River Road, Cabin John/Glen Echo, North Bethesda/ White Flint, and Montgomery Mall/ Wildwood. Other ambassador program activities may include member-to-member visits, "Chamber Days" to attract publicity, a buddy system and interviews with current and former members to determine the Chamber's strengths and areas for improvement.

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Friendship Heights Development
The Chamber reiterated its desire to see Friendship Heights reach its potential as a vibrant place to live, work and visit. Ensuring adoption of the Consensus Plan for Friendship Heights development by the Montgomery County Council is a key to making this happen, according to VP for Economic Development & Government Relations Pete Carney. The Consensus Plan, which has been adopted by the Friendship Heights Village representatives to the Citizens Advisory Council, the Friendship Heights Village Mayor and Council, and endorsed by County Executive Doug Duncan, represents development of Friendship Heights as a vital urban center that is strategically important for the continued economic growth and well-being of Montgomery County.

Business-Arts Partnerships

Monica Jeffries, a member of the Board of Directors and immediate past chair of the Cultural Arts Committee noted that "In one year, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area arts organizations bring in more than half a million people and generate two dollars of restaurant/retail spending for every dollar spent on the arts."

To strengthen the link between business and the arts, the Chamber will create a business-arts partner initiative through which at least 10 arts organizations and Chamber businesses will be paired for mutual (non-financial) benefit. Business partners may receive free tickets, performances, writing workshops, leadership training, use of arts facilities, etc. Arts partners may receive regular mention in corporate newsletters, in-kind technical support, used equipment, volunteers, etc.

Parking/Garage 36

Parking continues to be of paramount importance to downtown Bethesda. While the reopening of Garage 40 (Cordell -St. Elmo) in the late Fall will ease immediate congestion in the Woodmont Triangle, the Chamber will aggressively seek funding in the County's FY99 Capital Improvement Plan budget for an additional garage to be built on the site of Lot 36 (Del Ray-Auburn) to ensure that Bethesda businesses can accommodate the parking needs of their patrons and employees.

Restructured County Chamber Relations

As the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce is restructured, the BCC Chamber will develop a mechanism for its relationship with the Council of County Chambers, to include the process for BCC's support or opposition to legislative/regulatory issues on the local, county, state and federal level.

Increased Member Participation

Michael Fitzgerald, VP of Member Services emphasized the Chamber as a place for business people to unite, saying, "We need to connect our members through social, business, educational and community activities." To make our strong Chamber even stronger, the Chamber will increase participation of members in Chamber activities by 10 percent through increased awareness, broadened corporate sponsorship and new member incentives.

Speakers Bureau

Randy Hamas, Chair of the Education Committee, announced the formation of a speakers bureau that will train and place at least 10 speakers per high school this year.

Professional Development

The Chamber will enhance its role as a provider of professional development programs by holding two executive forums/business roundtables and two additional business forums that are either occupation- or industry-specific.

Career Partnership Day

Continuing its commitment to strong business-education alliances, the Chamber will attract at least 80 businesses and 135 students to participate in Career Partnership Day, in which students "shadow" business leaders for a day for insights into how business works.

Member Visibility

As part of continuing member value, the Chamber will enhance member visibility by spotlighting new and current members.

To find out more about how you can get the most out of your Chamber membership by contributing to these goals, see the enclosed committee flyer or contact the Chamber today.

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New Chamber Year, New Executive
Director, New Program Of Action

The beginning of the Chamber's year is always an exciting and hectic time. Wehave new officers and new members to welcome, and planning to do for the coming year.

In addition to the normal pace, we have the pleasure this year of introducing our new executive director, Anne Core, to the chamber membership. We are sure that Anne's experience, energy and interest in the community will produce great dividends for all of us.

In anticipation of our expected participation in the Montgomery County Chamber Coalition for economic development and legislative relations, we have combined our positions of VP of Economic Development and VP of Government Relations. Pete Carney (Bethesda Theater Café), who was VP for Government Relations, is now VP for Economic Development and Government Relations. Our newly appointed VPs are Joe Lagomarcino (AccuBank Mortgage) VP for Community Development and Education; Mike Fitzgerald (Sequoia National Bank), VP for Member Services; and Deede Blum (Unforgettable Journeys), VP for Membership Development. They, along with your elected officers - Tom Korengold (Ourisman Ford), President-elect and Phyllis Lieberman (Stage Two Communications), VP for Budget and Finance, fill out our 1997-1998 officer team.

We are also pleased to welcome this year's incoming board members: Monica Jeffries (Strathmore Hall Arts Center); Ed Asher (Chevy Chase Land Company), a past President of our Chamber; Cliff Chiet (Montgomery Business Gazette); and Barbara Reinike (Lockheed Martin).

In mid-July, we met for our annual retreat to establish our goals and priorities for the coming year. Our priorities this year include the completion of a lot of hard work by a number of individuals to produce a single voice in Montgomery County on legislative and economic development issues. This process is expected to culminate this year with our participation in the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Coalition.

To achieve these priorities, we need everyone's input and assistance. Involvement with the Chamber provides the opportunity to interact with a terrific group of dedicated individuals as well as the personal reward of knowing you are doing something for your community.

Walter C. Pennington

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Lobbyist Relocating to Annapolis

The BCC Chamber is developing its relationship with the restructured Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and the Council of Chambers, which will result in a powerful government relations and economic development voice to the Montgomery County Council and in Annapolis. As part of this restructuring, the Chamber's lobbyist, Jim Goeden, will be moving his office to Annapolis. For more than 15 years, Jim has successfully represented the Chamber's interests at the local, county and state level. Jim's role as the area's pre-eminent lobbyist grew out of his efforts as the Chamber's Executive Vice President from 1969 to 1982.

Chamber President Walter Pennington says, "The Chamber has been fortunate to have Jim at the lobbying helm for nearly three decades. He has kept the Chamber at the forefront of many legislative issues. We look forward to working with Jim in the future, and we wish him the best of luck." As of September 1, Jim can be reached at 7 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401, 301-652-0721.

The Chamber is hosting a reception in Jim's honor on Thursday, August 21; please contact Margery Shrinsky at the Chamber for details.

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After the General Assembly had adjourned, it was discovered that the General Assembly in the 1996 session had inadvertently deleted the provision from the code that allows merchants and other businesses that accept checks in payment for goods and services to charge a fee to persons who present dishonored checks. It was not the intent of the General Assembly to delete this sub-section from the law. The error happened as part of the process of conforming Maryland's negotiable instruments law with the language supported by the Commission On Uniform Law. Your Chamber played a major role in passing the bad check-civil penalty law in 1987 that was deleted in this action by the General Assembly.

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran was requested to determine if merchants could continue charging bad check fees considering the error made in the 1996 session. Curran assured businesses that they could continue to charge the fees because the legislative action was an unintended drafting mistake that should not given effect. Curran sited the case of Kaczorowski v. City of Baltimore, 309 Md. 505, 520, 525 A. 2d 628 (1987). The Court of Appeals in that case endorsed the principle of statutory construction that refuses to permit a drafting error to frustrate the legislative goal. In an opinion dated May 1, 1997, the Attorney General advised that the 1996 legislative action did not repeal the specific legislative authorization for these fees. Your Chamber will work to pass a bill in the 1998 session to restore the original language in sections 3-512 and 3-514 of the Commercial Law Article. You may want to share this information with the lawyer who represents your business.

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Members In The News

Looking to Fall already: The Boys and Girls' Homes of Maryland (BGHM) is holding its annual Redskin Raffle to support "back-to-school" expenses for the adolescents in its group homes and therapeutic programs. BGHM serves abused, neglected and troubled youth. All of the proceeds enable 135 of these children and teens to participate fully in school and after-school activates. Raffle tickets are $10 and can be purchased by August 28 by calling Becki Wolf at 301-587-9750. The drawing will be held at BGHM on September 5, 1997.

At the annual meeting of the Montgomery County Division of the American Heart Association, Joe Lagomarcino was elected "Chair Elect" for the 1997-1998 fiscal year beginning July 1, 1997. In this position, Joe will assist the Chair towards development of a strong division with continuity of leadership. He will serve as the lead volunteer in monitoring fund raising activities in the division.

Ellousie Schoettler paints with paper and fabric. Her works are reminiscent of stained glass windows and convey a feeling of spiritual mystery. Schoettler's passion for genealogy is evident in the Mecklenburg Women series where each work is named for a woman in her family lines and is accompanied by a brief story so that the result is an unusual family album. Creative Partners Gallery 4600 East-West Highway presents the exhibit Flesh On Old Bones, September 2-October 11, with the opening reception Sunday, September 7, from 2-5 PM. Special event: Storytelling Performance, September 12 with a fee of $7.00. For more information call 301-951-1213.

Stoy, Malone & Company, P.C., proudly announces that Ruth Bowers, firm administrator, recently celebrated her 25th anniversary with the firm. Ruth was recently elected National Vice President for the Association for Accounting Administration. The Association is comprised of over 500 administrators of CPA firms throughout the country. Its primary purpose is to educate members on effective management of their firms.

Tommy Korengold, Ourisman Ford Co., Inc., was awarded the Division's "Rookie of the Year" award at the annual meeting in recognition of his volunteer efforts on the Heart Walk for the Montgomery County Division of the American Heart Association.

The Alzheimer's Association Greater Washington Chapter has announced that Diana Barthel, General Manager of Marriott Brighton Gardens will be the Chairman of Memory Walk 1997. The goal is to raise $10 million to help fight Alzheimer's disease and to provide support and education services to families in their communities.

Montgomery County citizens interested in serving on the Montgomery College Board of Trustees should submit resumes and references to the Chairman of the Citizens Nominating Committee, Ms. Maureen E. Sullivan, by September 30, 1997. One position on the eight-member Board of trustees will be open July 1, 1997 and the incumbent has indicated he will not apply.

F&M Bank-Allegiance is proud to announce that their new web site,, has gone "live." The site allows customers and browsers alike to update themselves with the latest products and services, rate information and branch activities.

During the recent joint annual meeting of the Montgomery Hospice Society (MHS) and the Montgomery Hospice Foundation (MHF) boards of directors, new officers and directors for both boards were elected. For MHS, new officers are: Donald E. Dillon, M.D., chairman; Gerhard O. Mueller, vice-chairman; Robert E. Rossel, treasurer; and Eloise Strand, secretary. In addition, Michaela E. Gluck, Ph.D., was elected to the MHS board, while Charles G. Dalrymple, Thomas Leachman, and Lawrence T. Lewis III were elected to the MHF board.

Dembo, Jones, Healy, Pennington & Ahalt, P.C. is proud to announce that one of its Directors, Donald K. Marshall, CPA, has become a "Certified Fraud Examiner" (CFE). The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Board of Regents awards this designation only to select professionals who meet a stringent set of criteria, including strict character, experience and education requirements.

The fourth annual Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence selected Hopkins & Porter Construction, Inc. as overall winners in two categories in this year's competition. The first project, a renovation of a beauty salon, Le Salon Chez Margo, in Potomac, MD transformed a "50's style beauty parlor" into a sophisticated French country salon. This project won Best Commercial Remodel $100,000-$200,000. The second project, a charming Williamsburg-style outbuilding in the backyard of a suburban Colonial home, an outbuilding traditionally called an "Ordinary", provided storage and future guest quarters for the client. This project won Best Detached Outbuilding. Guy Semmes, President of Hopkins & Porter, and Andy Gilbert, Designer/Salesman, were present to receive the prestigious awards at the Southern Building Show & Conference in Atlanta. In addition, Tim Faller has been promoted to Vice-President of the New Homes Division at Hopkins & Porter Construction, Inc. Tim has been with Hopkins & Porter for nine years in their Remodeling Division. Three years ago he was instrumental in starting the New Homes Division of the company. Tim is now responsible for sales, project management, and client contact for all new home construction.

Sir Speedy of Bethesda placed ninth among Sir Speedy franchises in the world in terms of sales volume for 1996. This award was announced at the 20th Annual Sir Speedy International Convention in Chicago. This is the second year in a row that the Bethesda Sir Speedy has placed in the top 10, out of more than 800 franchises worldwide. Despite this high ranking, Sir Speedy of Bethesda is committed to expanding its printing capabilities, particularly in the rapidly growing area of color printing and will be taking delivery on a Kodak Image Source 110 and a Canon Model 1000.

Randy Schools, NIH Recreation & Welfare Association has been appointed Chairman of the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives

The Clark Construction Group, completed a $4.7 million project for the Marjorie Merriweather Post Foundation's Hillwood Museum in the District. Clark built a 9,000 sq.ft. greenhouse to showcase the Hillwood orchid collection of over 600 varieties of flower as well as a two-story parking garage

Stuart Brodsky, General Business Services was named an AgriPlan/BizPlan provider in Bethesda. AgriPlan/BizPlan allows qualifying farmers and small business owners to deduct 100 percent of their health insurance premiums and uninsured medical, dental and vision care expenses. Last year, AgriPlan/ BizPlan saved the average participant more than $1,800 a year in taxes.

Richard S. Carson & Associates has undertaken the task of assisting Army customers in evaluating and changing their business processes to support requirements for the information age.

Owner and President Helena T. Koenig, The Ticket Counter was a winner in the prestigious, national Travel Weekly Achievement Award, and is being saluted as a role model in the travel industry. "The Ticket Counter's success, in large part, is the result of hard work and dedication to the diverse needs of its clients," says Alan Fredericks, editor-in-chief of Travel Weekly, the travel industry's leading newspaper. The Ticket Counter was named Best Web Site in the $3-$10 million in sales category. The web site specializes in senior citizens' travel needs. Twenty-five percent of the agency's revenue is from escorted tours of grandparents and their grandchildren. See for more details.

Strategic Communications Group, Inc. (SCG) announced the addition of Katherine Beckett-Goodwin as a Senior Account Manager. Katherine brings five years of marketing and sales experience with several software companies, including Data Plus and Export Software International.

JBN Realty Investment, Inc. is pleased to announce that County Executive, Doug Duncan has appointed John Peterson to serve on the Commission on Landlord-Tenant Affairs for a two year term. John is the President of JBN Realty Investment, Inc. a licensed Realtor with Jobin Realty, and the host of Real Estate Roundtable which airs every Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. on WINX 94.3 or 1600 AM. Listen to his upcoming series on tax-deferred exchanges, or if you are interested, please call with your address and he will send you a free information package. Call John at 301-907-3370.

Suburban Hospital recently named five new members to its Board of Trustees. Roger W. Titus as Chairman of the Board, along with four new members: A. Mario Loiderman, James D. Fowler, Jr., Dr. Margaret E. Rick and Dr. Douglas R. Rosing.

Jay Davies, Architects At Work has won one of the 1997 Montgomery County Awards for Historic Preservation for an addition to a Historic Resource (Religious Use) for Salem United Methodist Church. The project involved a single story farm addition with basement to an existing frame church, a 1-story masonry addition and entry area to the adjacent three-story masonry Education Building, and a covered ramp joining these two buildings.

George Mason Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMBS), announced that it has completed the merger of George Mason Bank, N.A. into George Mason Bank, headquartered in Fairfax, VA. George Mason Bank, N.A., formerly known as Palmer National Bank, was acquired by the Company on May 17, 1996. "This merger allows us to operate as one banking company throughout the entire Washington metropolitan area," said Bernard H. Clineburg, President and CEO of George Mason Bankshare, Inc. and George Mason Bank.

Ruth's Chris Steak House was selected "Best U.S. Restaurant" in the Robb Report's readers survey "Best of the Best 1997." The county's largest chain of upscale steak houses has four locations around the Washington metropolitan area including the Bethesda location located in the Air Rights Center, 7315 Wisconsin Avenue.

Christopher Jones, Bethesda Management Company has opened a new convenience center adjacent to Montgomery Mall, Westlake Crossing at 10301 Westlake Drive. Tenants include Blockbuster Video, Boston Market and Corner Bakery. Stop in and enter your name in a drawing to win six opening night tickets to Wolf Trap's West Side Story. Carey Limousine will provide limo service and Corner Bakery will provide a gourmet picnic dinner for six. Hurry, the drawing is August 22.

Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, P.C. is pleased to announce that Mark N. Braune has joined the firm as Director of Business Development. Mark has been active in the public accounting area for over 10 years, the last eight of which were spent in the area of business development.

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Welcome New Members

The Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome the following new members. We encourage you to take a few minutes to become acquainted with their business profiles and remember, whenever you need a particular service-do business with a fellow Chamber member! Need a referral? Call the Chamber office.

3924 Denfeld Court
Kensington, MD 20895
FAX 301-946-2514

Laura-Leigh V. Palmer, President E-mail: [email protected]
Business Profile: a.s.a.p. graphics provides graphic design, direct mail promotion, logo design, stationary systems (cards, textsheets, envelopes) conference directories, website creation and 35mm presentation.

Sponsor: Margery Shrinsky, Manager, Membership & Administration
1300 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 750
Washington, DC 20036
FAX 202-659-0743

Jennifer Hecht, Placement Specialist
Michelle Williamson, Account Manager
Business Profile: Adecco is a full service agency specializing in supplemental staffing, management services and providing full time employments.

Sponsor: Margery Shrinsky, Membership & Administration


8504 Meadowlark Lane
Bethesda, MD 20817
FAX 301-469-7200

Dr. Judith Mazza E-mail:[email protected]
Business Profile: The Center for Problem Solving specializes in providing active short term therapy for couples, individuals, families and child custody evaluations. The approach used by Dr. Judith Mazza, Director of the Center, emphasizes setting specific goals and identifying strategies to accomplish these goals. Detailed information regarding the Center is available at their website at
Sponsor: Margery Shrinsky, Manager Membership & Administration
3 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 700
Bethesda, MD 20814
FAX 301-654-4801
E-mail: [email protected]

Scot R. Browning, Senior Vice President
Business Profile: Community bank that provides deposit and lending services to professionals, small businesses, and individuals in a creative and flexible manner.
Sponsor: Margery Shrinsky, Manager Membership & Administration

2096 Gaither Road, Suite 160
Rockville, MD 20850
FAX 301-330-7510
E-mail: [email protected]

Joe Matera, President
Steve Hash, Vice President
Business Profile: Full service computer network integrator specializing in Novell and Microsoft NT, LANS, WANS, communication servers, routers, bridges and Internet connection.
Sponsor: Anne S. Core, Executive Director
3458 Godspeed Road
Davidsonville, MD 21035
FAX 410-956-9039

Jan Roy, President E-mail: [email protected]
Business Profile: Creative Developments, Inc. provides public relations and marketing services for local, regional and national clients. Areas of expertise include media relations, special event planning & implementation, crisis management and business management consultations for environmental organizations, financial institutions and not-for-profit groups.
Sponsors: Marilyn Bagel, Writer
Phyllis Lieberman, Stage Two Communications
Penny Garcia, Photography Center of Bethesda

7200 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814
FAX 301-907-8808

Tim Driscoll, Owner
E-mail: [email protected]
Business Profile: T.S. Driscoll Painting and Decorating is fully qualified to handle a variety of repairs and restoration work associated with quality paint jobs: any size residential and commercial jobs - Realtors, take note: Prompt presale makeovers - Architectural restoration, high-profile and historic work - pre-painting plastering, drywall and gutter/trim repairs - Faux painting (textured, rag-rolled, sponged, etc.) Everyone is licensed, bonded and insured. On time for appointments for fee estimates and job starts.
Sponsor: Margery Shrinsky, Manager
Administration & Membership
3 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite M010
Bethesda, MD 20814
FAX 301-907-9522

Beth Milkovich, Coordinator
Business Profile: Elite Personnel provides the best qualified temporary and permanent administrative staff in the personnel business. The most important service Elite provides is sending the right employee - every time.
Sponsor: Walter C. Pennington, Dembo, Jones, Healy, Pennington & Ahalt, P.C.

4630 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 210
Bethesda, MD 20814
FAX 301-656-5703
Gregory Guroff, President E-mail: [email protected]

Kathie Guroff
Business Profile: FIAE organizes and manages art exhibitions from foreign countries throughout the United States. Under the Foundation's Center for the Study of Social and Cultural Exchange, research and practical training projects examine complex issues and assist countries of the former Soviet Union as they mature into new democratic states.
Sponsor: Margery Shrinsky, Manager
Administration & Membership
5100 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 251
Washington, DC 20016
FAX 202-362-1391

Dr. Charlotte Jensen
Business Profile: Friendship Heights Chiropractic has been serving the community for 12 years providing health care to men, women and children of all ages. Their main focus is on the spine and nervous system and the restoration of health through the re-alignment and proper functioning of the spine.
Sponsor: Barry Cogan, Realty Network, Inc., REALTORS

5107 Brookeway Drive
Bethesda, MD 20816
FAX 301-320-5208

E-mail: [email protected]
Business Profile: Counseling/psychotherapy in Bethesda. General practice (alcohol, drugs) and process (sex, gambling) co-dependency and trauma. Certified Trauma Specialist (C.T.S.) Background in evaluating and treating emotional problems which surface in the workplace. Licensed in MD, VA, DC and WV. Insurance eligible for most insurance plans. Business mental health capitation negotiable.
Sponsor: Margery Shrinsky, Manager
Administration & Membership
Shops of Chevy Chase
6831 Wisconsin Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
FAX 301-657-1906

Ricky Lewis, Manager
Business Profile: The Honey Baked Ham Company sells old fashioned spiral sliced smoked hams, roasted and smoked spiral sliced and glazed turkey breasts, BBQ Ribs, Certified Angus Beef. They also provide party trays, deli sandwiches and specialize in gift-giving needs for employees, clients, and incentive programs.
Sponsor: Margery Shrinsky, Manager
Administration & Membership

4141 Great Oak Road
Rockville, MD 20853
FAX 301-929-9355

Charles Maier E-mail: [email protected]
Business Profile: Provides full marketing services from press relations to strategic communications. Develops successful marketing programs and campaigns for private firms and public organizations.
Sponsor: C. Robert Dalrymple, Linowes and Blocher LLP
7220 Wisconsin Avenue, Third Floor
Bethesda, MD 20814
FAX 301-652-3015

Jean Assunaco, Vice President
Business Profile: R. A. Ponte Architects are a full service residential, commercial and industrial architectural firm providing construction management services on several projects designed by the office.
Sponsor: John Bowis, Chevy Chase Cars, Inc

7201 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 740
Bethesda, MD 20814
FAX 301-951-3381

Benjamin Schlesinger, President E-mail: [email protected]
Business Profile: Management consultants to the natural gas industry - 300 clients since founding in March, 1984, including major banks, utilities, power companies, education and legal service companies. Work includes fuel supply planning, trading, market research, forecasting, natural gas vehicles.
Sponsor: Anne S. Core, Executive Director
4550 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 650 North
Bethesda, MD 20814
FAX 301-951-5204
Lee J. Jundanian, President E-mail: [email protected]

Jeffrey J. Grieco, Managing Director
Adam D. Grossman, Managing Director
Business Profile: Stone Street Capital offers a lump-sum option to individuals who own a variety of income streams paid out over time, such as lottery winnings, structured settlements and .
Sponsor: Bruce Drury, Watkins, Meegan, Drury & Co. L.L.C.

918 Sligo Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
FAX 301-495-4772

Gary C. Miller, Branch Manager
Business Profile: Professional audio visual support for meetings, presentations, promotional events and exhibits. Sales, rental, service and consultants serving Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC and the world.
7101 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 101
Bethesda, MD 20814
FAX 301-951-8939

Forrest Robertson, Branch Manger
Charles Maxwell, Assistant Branch Manager
Business Profile: Waterhouse Securities is a nationwide firm devoted to offering the highest quality services and products, at the lowest cost, to individuals who choose to manage their own finances. Their Bethesda office was opened as an extension of this philosophy.
Sponsor: Margery Shrinsky, Manager
Administration & Membership
6610 Rockledge Drive
Bethesda, MD 20814
301-718-4099 x2380
FAX 202-362-1651
Elizabeth Russell, Realtor E-mail: [email protected]

Business Profile: Largest privately held real estate company in USA (Connecticut to Florida) specializing in Capitol Hill to Gaithersburg.
Sponsor: Margery Shrinsky, Manager
Administration & Membership

Be sure to welcome these new members with your patronage - let them know you do business with other Chamber members!

Visit us on the web at or e-mail us at [email protected]

Movin' On Up: New Site for "More Networking for Less" Breakfast

We're movin' on up - moving up Wisconsin Avenue, that is. Starting in September, the More Networking for Less Breakfast will be held at the Bethesda Ramada Hotel at 8400 Wisconsin Avenue. Free parking will still be available across the street at O'Donnell's Restaurant, thanks to Chamber member Bill Edelblut (please move your car at 9:00 am) or you can park at the Ramada for the special Chamber rate of $3.00.

The Chamber also extends a special thank you to the Holiday Inn Bethesda for hosting the breakfast series for the past three years.

Don't miss the next breakfast on Thursday, September 18 at 7:15 am. The cost is $13 for members; you may pay in advance or at the door, but be sure to register by September 15 for a guaranteed seat. Because the breakfast is so popular, we may not be able to seat on-site registrants.

The More Networking for Less Breakfast features structured networking time, door prizes, special Chamber inside information and more. RSVP for the September 18 event to June Clark at the Chamber.

See you in September
Networking Business Breakfast

New Location!

Bethesda Ramada Hotel 8400 Wisconsin Avenue Bethesda

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Choosing the Chamber Grows Membership

When Stephen Eckstrom started working at York Flowers, he began cold calling Bethesda businesses, hoping to generate new accounts. "I started calling places on Wisconsin Avenue like the American Inn, and four times in a row I heard 'Are you a member of the BCC Chamber I only do business with Chamber members,'" he remembers. "I realized I needed to join if I wanted to get any business here!".

This anecdote illustrates how you can make your Chamber grow-let your suppliers know that you only do business with other Chamber members. A strong Chamber provides you with a multitude of networking contacts and presents a powerful business voice on your behalf.

Incidentally, Stephen, who has chaired the Networking Breakfast for the past five years, is turning the reins over to Chris Brown of A. G. Edwards & Sons. The Chamber thanks Stephen for injecting humor into the highly successful breakfasts while keeping them running briskly to ensure ample networking time. Please join us in welcoming Chris as the new chair at our first breakfast at the Ramada on September 18.

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3600 Seconds=Resolution Fulfillment

Anne S. Core
Executive Director

On New Year's Day, did you resolve to do something for your community or your career? Discouraged because that resolution went the way of thin thighs and more fiber? Thinking it's too late and you're too busy anyway Never fear, the Chamber is here

One hour. The time it takes to watch a Star Trek rerun. The time it takes to cook 20 three minute eggs if you do them separately. The time it takes to listen to your "Bridge Over Troubled Water" CD, skipping over the songs you don't like. The time it takes to meet new people, learn more about Bethesda-Chevy Chase and contribute to the community.

One hour per month is all it takes for you to get involved in the Chamber. Committees meet once a month, usually before work. You'll meet people with common interests, from economic development to education, from the arts to technology, from housing or education to the always-popular Bethesda topic, parking. Committees for membership, special events, community service and seminars entice new and current members with fun, knowledge and the satisfaction of contributing. Return the enclosed flyer to sign up now.

Not a joiner? Afraid of commitment? You can still improve your business know-how and contacts at the networking breakfasts, member lunches and after- hours receptions, all in the time it takes to watch one night of Must See TV. Mark your calendar now and plan to mix and mingle.

It's never to late to try something new, so take a sliver of time and get involved in the Chamber today. Speaking of new, I'd like to thank everyone who's made me feel so welcome in my new job at the Chamber, particularly current and past presidents Walter Pennington and Bob Dalrymple, as well as the Chamber staff. I look forward to meeting all of you. Mention this column and that you're trying something new at the Chamber, and I'll tell you my most successful resolution story. Happy New Year!.

The ChamberNews is published eleven months a year by
The Greater BCC Chamber of Commerce
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1204
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
ARTICLE DEADLINE: The 15th of the preceding month.

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Suppliers Found "In Right Hand Drawer"

"To find anything I need, I reach into my right hand drawer. That's where I keep my Chamber directory." So says Tom Miller of Miller Properties, just one of the many Chamber members who rely on the BCC Chamber's Membership Directory and Community Guide to find everything from accountants to youth organizations (we're waiting for a zoo or zipper manufacturer to move into our area).

When you use your directory, be sure to let the businesses you call know where your fingers did the walking. All Chamber members automatically receive an alphabetical and category listing, and all are encouraged to get even more exposure through display ads.

The Guide is distributed to more than 10,000 business people and serves as a handy reference for the entire year. See the enclosed flyer or contact Margery Shrinsky at the Chamber for more details.

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Thank You!!

The Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce thanks the following members for their support of the Chamber activities which benefited the entire Bethesda-Chevy Chase business community during June and July.

  • Installation & Awards Dinner: Bethesda Marriott Hotel - Michael A. Question, Andrea Nacci andBrendan Mangan

  • June Gift Certificate to the Police Officer of the Month: La Posada Mexican Restaurant

  • June Monthly Members Lunch: Hyatt Regency Bethesda - Rick Masucci, Carolyn Brown, Shorna Coker and Nancy Saliba

  • After Hours Reception: Jay Seidenstricker, Laura Henderson and Joann Crusey, Polinger Shannon & Luchs Company, The Highland House, Bradley Food & Beverage, Chevy Chase Florist, Clyde's of Chevy Chase, Giant, Hofberg's Delicatessen, Marriott Brighton Gardens and O'Donnell's Seafood Restaurant.

  • June and July Networking Breakfasts - Holiday Inn Bethesda - Essie Zakikhani, Beverly Bolger and Warren Bryant

  • July Monthly Members Lunch - Capital City Brewing Company - Rob Polivka

  • Board of Directors Retreat - National 4-H Center, Jill Goldstein and Tricia Henrich Nudelman

  • Parking lot facilities during Networking Breakfast Series - Bill Edelblut, O'Donnell's Restaurant

  • July Gift Certificates to Police Officers of the Month: La Miche, Jeri Gibbons

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Monthly Members Lunch
Houston's Restaurant

7715 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda
Time: Noon

$12 All-Inclusive Menu at Member's Cost-Paid at Restaurant. Reservations requested.

Enjoy the cuisine of a Chamber member restaurant while you discuss the topics of the day with colleagues. No Agenda. No Speakers.




BCC Chamber Office
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1204,
Time: 8:00-9:00 AM

Learn how to get the most out of your membership investment at this fast-paced 60-minute briefing on the Chamber, its programs, committees and benefits.


Labor Day - Holiday
Chamber Office Closed

Monthly Members Lunch
Cottonwood Café

4844 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda
Time: Noon
Reservations Requested
(See August 6)

After Hours Reception
Dave & Buster's - White Flint

11301 Rockville Pike, N. Bethesda
Time: 5:00-7:00 PM
Fee: No Charge To Members and Guests
Reservations required, RSVP to the Chamber by Sept. 5th.

Dave & Buster's is a 60,000 sq.ft. restaurant, bar & entertainment complex located in White Flint. They opened their doors on November 21, 1996, to an excited community that enjoys their Million Dollar Midway which contains over 300 electronic simulators. Please join them and be prepared to power up your D&B game cards while networking with businessmen/women from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase business community.

More Networking For Less Breakfast
Bethesda Ramada Hotel

8400 Wisconsin Avenue
7:15-9:00 AM
Chamber Member Fee:

$13 Pre-registration by 9/12 - Full refund if cancelled by 9/12 $17 Thereafter and at the door

Non-Chamber Member Fee:

$15 Pre-registration by 9/12 - Full refund if cancelled by 9/12 $19 Thereafter and at the door

The monthly networking breakfast is an excellent venue for you to meet prospective clients, new colleagues and enjoy a continental breakfast. Reminder - Free parking is available at O'Donnell's Restaurant, 8301 Wisconsin Avenue, thanks to Bill Edelblut. Just be sure to move your vehicle as quickly as possible after the breakfast.


BCC Chamber Office
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1204, Bethesda
8:00-9:00 AM
(See August 27)

Just Announced!

County Government Officials Reception
Wednesday October 22

Community Service Day
Saturday October 25

All New Monte Carlo Night
Friday November 21

Blood Drive Tuesday November 25

Golf & Tennis Classic
Monday May 18, 1998

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Chamber Officers
Walter C. Pennington, Dembo, Jones, Healy, Pennington & Ahalt, P.C.

President Elect
Thomas E. Korengold, Ourisman Ford Co., Inc.

Past President
C. Robert Dalrymple, Linowes and Blocher LLP

Vice President Budget & Finance
Phyllis Lieberman, Stage Two Communications, Inc.

Vice Presidents
Community Development & Education

Joseph Lagomarcino, AccuBanc Mortgage Corporation

Economic Development
Peter Carney, Bethesda Theatre Café

Government Relations
Peter Carney, Bethesda Theatre Café

Member Services
Michael Fitzgerald, Sequoia National Bank

Membership Development
Deede Blum, Unforgettable Journeys

Counsel to the Board
Robert G. Brewer, Jr., Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.

John C. Alexander, AMR Commercial, L.L.C.
Edward Hall Asher, The Chevy Chase Land Company
Tracy Bloom, Creative Parties, Ltd.
Carolyn Brown, Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Cliff Chiet, Gazette Newspaper
Barry Cogan, Realty Network, Inc., REALTORs
M.G. Diamond, Abrams, West, Storm & Diamond, P.C.
Kathryn Foster, McDonald's Family Restaurant
Patricia Harris, Wilkes, Artis, Hedrick & Lane, Chtd.
Magdy Ibrahim, MBI-Interior and Architectural Design
Richard G. Kief, Suburban Hospital
Susan D. Lemmon, Sandy Spring National Bank
Barbara Reinike, Lockheed Martin
Randy Schools, N.I.H. Recreation and Welfare Association
Rynthia Manning Rost, GEICO
J. Christopher Smith, CommonWealth Financial Group

Executive Director
Anne S. Core
Director of Government Relations
James P. Goeden
Manager, Administration and Membership
Margery F. Shrinsky
Manager, Administration and Finance
Kathryn R. Stanton
Receptionist/Office Assistant
June A. Clark

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Chamber Web site: surfaced 11,028 times to visitors during February...75% were from the Washington metro area 20% from elsewhere in the U.S., and 5% from other countries.. .You can reach these visitors for less than you may think: ask Tom Bennett or Margery Shrinsky (301-652-4900)...Timesavers: Register online at the Web site for Chamber events... Before heading to or from work, check out road conditions as recorded live on video in the Traffic section of Local News and Weather at the site ... Member sites in the news: Whiter teeth in only a week? If you'd like to know how it's done, visit the Web site of Steve Berkowitz, DDS, at in the MemberMarketplace section under Links to Member Sites. You can also see what movies, music videos, and TV shows are playing behind his office's Virtual Reality headset.

Is the Chamber staff wired? Not yet, but soon. Proposals to upgrade the office information technology infrastructure are due on April 18. Call Tom Bennett to get an RFP.

Making The Net Work

What makes a Web site successful?

  • Choose your company Web site champion

  • Identify Internet business goals and align them with your annual business plan

  • Select a Web development and hosting service

  • Choose an online name

  • Design your entryway

  • Keep it lively and current

  • Reach out and interact with customers

  • Be an active part of a larger community of interest and support, such as the Greater BCC Chamber

  • Communicate online with customers and suppliers

  • Measure success through, for example, coded order forms and coupons, and by reducing newsletter printing and postage costs

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