October 1997 Newsletter Design





usiness-Arts Partnership Program Inaugurated Bethesda Theatre Café and BAPA Join Forces

The historic Bethesda Theatre Café is the first business participant in the Chamber's business-arts partnership program sponsored by the Cultural Arts Committee.

The Bethesda Theatre Café and the Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts have formed the Chamber's first business-arts partnership as part of the Chamber's priority list for the 1997-98 year. The Chamber plans to develop ten business- arts partnerships in which business and arts organizations pair to the mutual non-financial benefit of both.

Pete Carney, President of the Bethesda Theatre Café and BAPA's Executive Director Bonnie Fogel are throwing a "Bon Voyage" party on November 13 to celebrate BAPA's original touring company production, The Cutting Edge.

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The Bethesda Theatre Café will host the party, which will be chaired by Congresswoman Connie Morella (R-MD). The Cutting Edge will be presented at the "Medica" conference in Dusseldorf, Germany later in November. "Medica" is the world's largest biomedical conference.

The play was developed to teach high school students about the issues surrounding the new field of gene therapy and biotechnology. BAPA was invited to go to Germany after a successful week of performances at the BIO Industry Organization's Houston Convention earlier this year.

BAPA will benefit from the partnership because it gives BAPA access to a 350-seat theater in the heart of Bethesda. The Bethesda Theatre Café will benefit because the event will bring federal, state and local leaders to the theater. "We welcome the opportunity to host our public officials to the premiere," says Carney. "This is an opportunity for our law and policy makers to fully appreciate the extraordinary beauty of this historic public facility."

Both Carney and Fogel note that this event marks the beginning of a relationship in which the two organizations work together.

BAPA is a not-for-profit community service organization dedicated to bringing the arts to children in the community. For more information on BAPA, contact Bonnie Fogel at 301-320-2550 or at [email protected].

The Bethesda Theatre Café is a combination movie theater and restaurant offering a unique entertainment and dining experience in Bethesda. For more information, contact Pete Carney at 301-656-3337 or [email protected].

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Oct. 22 County Gov't Reception Draws Top Leaders

County Executive Douglas M. Duncan and County Council Chair Marilyn Praisner are just some of the government leaders you'll meet at the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber's annual County Government Officials reception to be held Wednesday, October 2 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 at the Bethesda Marriott at 5151 Pooks Hill Road.

The reception gives Chamber members the opportunity to interact with government officials and department heads in an intimate informal setting. Sponsoring companies demonstrating their commitment to the Chamber's role as a voice for business in Bethesda-Chevy Chase are:

  • AMR Commercial, LLC

  • Barwood Transportation

  • Chevy Chase Cars, Inc.

  • Chevy Chase Land Company

  • Dembo, Jones, Healy,
    Pennington & Ahalt, PC

  • First National Bank of Maryland


  • Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.

  • Linowes and Blocher LLP

  • Miller Properties of Bethesda

  • Ourisman Ford Co., Inc.

  • Sequoia National Bank

  • Trawick & Associates

  • Wilkes, Artis, Hedrick & Lane, Chtd.

Tickets are just $30 if purchased by October 15 ($35 thereafter). To reserve your tickets or to join the list of sponsors, contact June Clark at the Chambers at 301-652-4900 or at [email protected].

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President's Column:

Partnerships For Success

Walter C. Pennington

The partnerships we maintain and create through the year are what make the Chamber so productive. They also add to the enjoyment of Chamber membership. It all starts with the working partnership between all of the Chamber committees and the Board and staff.

The Economic Development & Government Relations Committee, chaired by Patricia Harris (Wilkes, Artis, Hedrick & Lane) and Jack Alexander (AMR Commercial), is tackling one of the Chamber's Top Ten priorities, the passage of the Consensus Plan for the development of Friendship Heights. The Consensus Plan recognizes Friendship Heights as a vital urban center. The continued economic growth and success of this area is important to our Chamber and its members, as well as the entire County. The Chamber will leverage its relationships with government and the community so this area can be developed for the benefit of all.

The Cultural Arts Committee, chaired by Al Lefcowitz (The Writer's Center), has started identifying Chamber businesses and arts organizations to create partnerships. The first of these partnerships will be between Bethesda Theatre Café and the Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts (BAPA) as detailed in the cover story. This kind of relationship building between commerce and culture is a key to the continued development of the arts as part of the infrastructure of our area.

The growing partnerships between local businesses and the senior citizen community have given rise to the Chamber's first Senior-Friendly Business Directory. (See page 5) Senior Market Forum Chair Marilyn Kressel (Feldman and Kressel, LLC) and her committee have partnered with six sponsors to create this important resource.

Finally, we realize that it takes the effort of many good organizations to ensure the successful future of our community and our county. For that reason, the Chamber has been a proud supporter with scholarship funds for Leadership Montgomery. Leadership Montgomery is a year-long program to develop informed and involved leaders for the future. This year's scholarship recipient is a member of the Chamber's Board of Directors, Monica Jeffries (Strathmore Hall Arts Center). We are also pleased to report that Phyllis Lieberman (Stage Two Communications), the Chamber's Vice-President for Budget & Finance, is also a member of this year's Leadership Montgomery class. Congratulations to them and to all members of the Class of '98.

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Win $1000 Shopping Spree While "Jammin' At Casino Night
YMCA BYS and Metro Washington Blood Banks to Benefit"

You could win a $1,000.00 shopping spree at White Flint while supporting the Chamber, replenishing local blood supplies and educating Bethesda-Chevy Chase youth! This year's Caribbean Casino Night, to be held Friday, November 21 from 7:00 to 11:00 pm at the Bethesda Marriott features a $1,000.00 grand prize shopping spree. Each ticket holder is automatically entered in a drawing with odds of 1 in 500+ of winning. The 1997 Community Partners are the Bethesda YMCA's Youth Services (BYS) and the Metropolitan Washington Blood Banks (MWBB).

Casino Night, sponsored by First National Bank of Maryland, GrandBank and Ourisman Ford, is the Chamber's main fund-raiser. New for 1997 are a tropical theme with a steel drum band, bingo, miniature golf, a live auction using real money and a Beach Boutique for cashing in your winnings. The evening, hosted by WMAL's Brooke Stevens and Chris Core, provides the high rollers of Bethesda- Chevy Chase with the opportunity to test their skills at blackjack, roulette and craps while networking with more than 500 other Chamber members.

In addition to providing support for the Chamber's member services, Casino Night will benefit two Bethesda-based community service organizations. BYS provides wellness, prevention and early intervention programs to youths and their families. MWBB provides all the lifesaving blood products needed by patients at Suburban and Montgomery General hospitals, as well as a portion of the products needed by patients at Holy Cross, Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals.

In addition to the grand prize White Flint shopping spree, prizes available at the silent and live auctions include Kemper tickets, lunch with Doug Duncan, limousine service, golf at Columbia Country Club and (get out your wallet) a complete set of mini Beanie Babies.

To donate a prize, purchase tickets or sign up for sponsorship or advertising, fill out the enclosed flyer, call the appropriate committee chair (Prizes - Glynis Noyes, First National Bank of Maryland at 301-397-5565; Tickets - Phill Scott, Scott Office Services at 301-588-1717; Sponsorship - Marlane Muller, Accountants on Call at 301-448-7500; Advertising - Gloria Freihage, American Inn of Bethesda at 301-656-9300) or contact Anne Core at the Chamber at 301-652-4900 or [email protected].

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"Mutual Benefit" Cornerstone of Business-Arts Partnerships

The arts are a key to the continued development of Bethesda-Chevy Chase as one of the Washington area's prime places to do business and to live. In addition to bringing in $2 in restaurant and retail for every $1 spent on the arts, the arts serve as part of the community's fundamental infrastructure.

With that in mind, the Cultural Arts Committee is developing the business- arts partnership program. The partnerships are designed neither to be a handout to the arts nor an easy route to free tickets for business. Instead, they are intended to bring together the talents and commodities of both constituencies to build a stronger community. Business organizations could contribute photography for special events, hotel rooms for visiting artists, marketing expertise and internships for foreign entrepreneurs, while arts organizations could provide event facilities, training on various aspects of conducting business, special performances and recognition in large-circulation newsletters.

To be considered for a partnership, fill out the enclosed form and return to the Chamber.

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Senior-Friendly Businesses Highlighted In New Directory

The Chamber's Senior Market Forum has just released its Directory of Senior-Friendly Businesses in Bethesda-Chevy Chase. From the new Senior Services Center in downtown Bethesda to the "naturally occurring retirement community" in the high-rises of Friendship Heights, our area constitutes a senior market that continues to expands. Businesses with an eye to the future are taking initiatives to provide products and services targeted at this market.

The most significant aspect of the Directory, says Marilyn Kressel of Feldman and Kressel, LLC, who chairs the Senior Market Forum, was that "it compelled individual businesses to assess their senior friendliness. For many businesses, this has meant a new and responsive plan of outreach to a newly recognized market."

The Directory was sponsored by All Metro Health Care, Joy of Motion Dance Center, Marriott Senior Living Services, Montgomery County Transportation Services, Tri-Cities Nurses Registry and Helpmates, Inc. and Watkins, Meegan, Drury and Co. It was distributed in the September 24 edition of the Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Kensington editions of the Gazette newspaper. Additional copies are available at area libraries and at the Chamber office. For information about sponsorship and the next edition, or for information on making your business more senior-friendly, contact the Chamber.

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Networking Breakfast "Bring 2, GO Free" Deal Continues

Nearly 90 Chamber members and guests began September with a bang at the Networking Breakfast held September 18 at the Bethesda Ramada. Breakfast Chair Chris Brown of A.G. Edwards noted that the breakfasts are "a great way to make contact with a lot of people so you can decide who you want to follow up with." To encourage members to introduce new businesses to the Chamber, the "Bring 2, Go Free" deal will be available at the October 30 breakfast. If you register and pay for two clients or colleagues who have not previously attended a breakfast, your breakfast is on the Chamber. The next breakfast will be held Thursday, October 30. To register, RSVP to June Clark at the Chamber office today.

Tickets are just $30 if purchased by October 15 ($35 thereafter). To reserve your tickets or to join the list of sponsors, contact June Clark at the Chamber at 301-652-4900 or at [email protected].

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Tutors Sought At BCC

True or false?

If x+y=4, and x=2, then y=2.

If you answered true, you know enough of the "new math" to be a tutor for a BCC High School student. Even those less mathematically inclined can provide assistance as a general tutor. BCC High School seeks Chamber members to spend one hour per week at lunchtime as a tutor. Tutors are needed for Related Math, a support class for Algebra I, which meets from 11:35 am-12:26 pm, and for the Student Resource Center, which provides general tutoring and organization skills from 12:30-1:20 pm. After-school tutors are also needed in science and foreign languages. If you can spare an hour a week to help a BCC student develop the kinds of skills needed in life beyond high school, contact Cynthia Clarke, the high school's School-Business Partner-ship Coordinator at [email protected] or at 301-657-4900.

For more information on how you can get involved in developing the future workforce in our area by joining the Chamber's Education Committee, contact Education Chair Randy Hamas of Randall Hamas, PC at 301-345-3450.

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Best Of Bethesda Day October 4

The first Saturday in October will again become the most "event-full" day in downtown Bethesda with three community events coming together to present the "Best of Bethesda!" Taste of Bethesda, Come Back to Bethesda and the American Heart Walk make up a day focused on health, food, fun and giving, with something for everyone.

More than 40 of downtown Bethesda's eclectic array of restaurants will be participating in the eighth annual Bethesda Urban Partnership Taste of Bethesda street festival taking place on Saturday, October 4, from noon-4:00 pm. For information call the Bethesda UP Events Line at 301-961-1112.

There is still time to join thousands of other walkers who will hit the sidewalks for their own health as well as the health of others at the American Heart Association's sixth annual American Heart Walk. For more information, call 301-990-8900.

Step back in time to the 1950s at Come Back to Bethesda, a custom car show which takes place at Chevy Chase Cars, 7725 Wisconsin Avenue, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. More than 200 hot rods and classic antique cars will be on display during the day at this free event, but the festivities don't stop there. Kathie Martin & The Hot Rods will perform at The Academy of The Holy Cross at 4920 Strathmore Avenue in North Bethesda. Doors open at 7:30 pm. For tickets and information, call 301-424-7801 x165.

Chamber President Walter C. Pennington awarded a Chamber scholarship to Monica Jeffries for Leadership Montgomery tuition.

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Members In The News

Attorney Lena S. Barnett , recently conducted a number of distinctive estate planning workshops. She was invited to speak before the Chesapeake State Fraternal Congress, The National Council of Resource Development. The Drug Enforcement Admin istration, and The Institute of Management Accountants, Suburban Maryland Chapter. She also conducted a number of continuing legal education programs for the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys.

Donohoe Construction Company is pleased to have been awarded the General Contracting contract for the former Riggs Bank site at 900 F Street, NW. The building, originally constructed in the 1890s, will undergo renovations and conversion to a C ourtyard by Marriott hotel.

The Tenant/Retail Division of the J.R. Austin Company, based in Bethesda, has recently completed the National Zoo Store at Washington National Airport's new terminal. This project represents a flagship store. In addition, they recently constru cted both a full service and an express California Pizza Kitchen, also located at National Airport's new terminal

Adventure Theatre in historic Glen Echo Park presents: A Cricket On The Hearth. This Dickensian fable with warm and eccentric characters plays out a tale full of mistaken assumptions and passionate optimism, charmingly adapted from Charles Dic kens by local writer Helen P. Avery. Playing from November 8 through December 14, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 3:30 pm. For information or to place reservations, please call 301-320-5331 daily 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

Hopkins & Porter Construction, Inc. is pleased to announce that five of its employees have recently achieved the prestigious Certified Lead Carpenter (CLC) designation from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). The CLC pro gram is the only education and certification program for lead carpenters in the industry. "For the homeowner it means peace of mind knowing that there is a lead carpenter with both the technical experience and the knowledge to complete the job to his sati sfaction," said Jeff Pinkston, one of the five carpenters from Hopkins & Porter. The other four who received this CLC designation were: Allen Keach, Donald Lowery, Robert Petsche and Robert Weaver.

Jeff Stempler, Fastbreak Courier, Inc. announced the relocation of his office to 10801 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895. Telephone: 301-962-8600, Fax: 301-962-8271, E-Mail: [email protected].

F&M Bank-Allegiance, Inc. is pleased to announce the formation of separate Montgomery County and Prince George's County Advisory Boards. The Montgomery County Advisory Board is chaired by Benson Klein (a member of the Bank's Board of Directors) of Ward & Klein, Chartered. Members consist of Stuart Bindeman, Kathryn Singleton-Cane, Jon Enten, Michael L. Gansen, P. David Gavin, John H. Harman, Robert Leins, Benedict Lee, Benjamin Posin, and Edward J. Quinn, Jr.

Stephen Heidenberger, President of Heidenberger Construction, Inc., announced that they have completed construction of Computech, Inc. located in Bethesda. The headquarters was constructed to provide a high tech environment utiliz ing the existing structure as finished for walls, floors and ceilings. The unique project used exposed concrete columns, ceilings and floors, as well as, high tech lighting to create a high tech potentially award-winning space.

Sal Gervasi, The Auto Salon, Ltd. is proud to announce the opening of a second location (full-service detail shop) at Union Station located at 30 Massachusettss Avenue, NE, Washington, DC. Telephone: 202-898-0800.

C.W. Amos & Company, LLC, the region's largest accounting and business consulting firm, is pleased to announce several promotions. The announcement was made by John I. Wilson, Managing Member of C.W. Amos & Company, LLC. Promoted were Su pervisor Adam Watson, Accounting & Auditing Department, Senior Jennifer Bates and Laura Bukowski, Accounting & Auditing Department and Intermediate Bob Campbell, Accounting & Auditing Department.

C.W. Amos & Company, LLC, the region's largest accounting and business consulting firm, is pleased to announce several promotions. The announcement was made by John I. Wilson, Managing Member of C.W. Amos & Company, LLC. Promoted were Su pervisor Adam Watson Accounting & Auditing Department, Senior Jennifer Bates and Laura Bukowski Accounting & Auditing Department and Intermediate Bob Campbell Accounting & Auditing Department.

Dawn Bennett, The Bennett Group of Legg Mason Wood Walker, gave a presentation on "Retirement Planning For Women" at the National Women's Political Caucus For Women's 25th Annual Conference in Houston, TX. She was part of a panel of authors and other notable women in the financial industry that spoke on the topic "Women As Investors." The Bennett Group is based in Washington, DC and works with both private investors and companies. For a transcript of the speech, please call 202-778-1561.

Esprit Travel cordially invites you and your friends to attend an evening of "Island Magic!" Please join them on October 16 from 6:00-8:00 pm for food, fun, and information on the exotic island destination of your dreams. RSVP to 301-656-4060.

The Washington Business Journal is having a Small Business Strategies event on October 23, Tysons Ritz Carlton, 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean, VA 7:30 am-11:00 am. The cost is $40. Join 500 area small business leaders for the year's most pra ctical business workshop. The workshop will feature Washington Business Journal's nationally syndicated columnists discussing issues important to any small business leader. Call 703-875-2200 to register.

Delbe Real Estate Company is pleased to announce that the National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers (NBC-CAM) has approved Scott Burka of Delbe as one of its first Certified Managers of Community Associations nat ionwide. The certification demonstrates that Scott has met NBC-CAM's national requirements for managing community associations (condominium, cooperative, and homeowners association).

October events at The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh Street, begin October 3 at 7:30 pm with the New Words Coffeehouse: Plays-in-Progress Series. A reception and discussion of the play follows. On October 5 at 2:00 pm novelist Barbara Esstman b> will read from her newest work, Night Ride Home, and poet Lynn Lyfshin will read from her latest, a selection of her poems from 1970-96, titled Cold Comfort. For more October event information, call 301-654-8664.

The October/November issue of Washington Woman features an article entitled "Women's Health" written by Hope C. Tarr. It encompasses many of today's treatment modalities commonly sought by women (and men). Ms. Tarr interviewed Dr. Charlotte Jensen, Friendship Heights Chiropractic as a safe and natural treatment for many different health problems, some specific to women. For more information on health naturally through chiropractic, please contact Dr. Jensen in her office at 202-362-0900. As alw ays, you are invited to attend FHC's complimentary Health Care Workshop every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm. Please call to register.

Chesapeake Embroidery & Design, Inc. was pleased to receive the award from Clark Construction Co. to embroider the Clark/Washington Redskins commemorative sweatshirts in honor of Clark Construction's successful completion of the Jack Ken t Cooke Stadium.

Jeff Kirk, director of Glen Echo Pottery, has a long history in ceramic art. The center of his work has always been nature. Mr. Kirk will be the guest artist at Creative Partners Gallery, 4600 East-West Highway, Waverly Street Entrance, October 14 - November 15, with the opening reception Friday, October 17 from 5:00-8:00 pm.

Mariner Health of Bethesda, an affiliate of Suburban Hospital, celebrated the ground breaking of a new wing on September 17 by hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House to which the public was invited. The event commemorated the c onstruction of a new 100-bed wing, which is the first joint venture for Mariner Health with an Acute Care Center in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

George Mason Bankshares, Inc., the parent company of George Mason Bank in Fairfax, VA and United Bankshares, Inc., a $2.5 billion bank holding company, headquartered in West Virginia, announced the signing of a definitive agreement for a merger between the two companies. The agreement will be structured as a pooling of interests and will provide for a tax-free exchange of 0.85 share of United common stock for each common share of George Mason.

The Chevy Chase Land Company announced their selection of The Retail Group, a Washington-based retail brokerage firm, as exclusive leasing agent for the retail portion of the Francis G. Newlands Building. The mixed-use office building is to be constructed at Two Bethesda Metro Center at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Old Georgetown Road. Eric C. Rubin of The Retail Group will head the team overseeing leasing activities for the 22,500 square feet of prime retail space located in the ce nter of downtown Bethesda. For further information, please contact Edward Hall Asher, President of the Chevy Chase Land Company at 301-654-2690.

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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.

3821 Military Road, NW
Washington, DC 20015
FAX 202-237-8551
E-mail: 76342,[email protected]

Linda Mikkelson, President
Business Profile: Cosmopolitan Properties, Inc. provides rental and property management services to absentee owners of fine properties in NW, DC, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, and Potomac.

Sponsor: Linda Collyer, Snyder, Cohn, Collyer, Hamilton & Associates, P.C.

7908 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
FAX 301-986-5401
E-mail: [email protected]

Nadia M. Wechsler, President/Owner
Ephraim Wechsler, Owner
Business Profile: Owner-operated franchise offering a full range of printing/design/copy services to businesses of all sizes.

Sponsor: Margery Shrinsky, Membership Development & Services Manager
5001 Forbes Blvd., Suite H
Lanham, MD 20706
FAX 301-731-0684

Thomas B. White, Account Representative
Business Profile: For more than 80 years, the Minolta name has been the draw card for sparkling performance - offering superior optics, quality products, and advanced technology. Today combining specialized expertise with cutting-edge research and development, Minolta continues to hold the torch high with new standards of excellence in the copier industry. Minolta Business Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Minolta Corporation offering you the stability of a Fortune 500 firm with the flexibility of a locally operated business.

Sponsor: Margery Shrinsky, Membership Development & Services Manager

We're on-line! You can e-mail Chamber staff at [email protected]

Service Makes BCC Stand Out

Anne S. Core
Executive Director

One of the things about the Chamber I've been so impressed with is the members' commitment to our area, not just as a place to do business, but as a community. This dedication is made clear in our bylaws, which state that we have two objectives: "to preserve the competitive enterprise system of business" and "to promote business and community growth and development." These twin pillars of commerce and community are what distinguish our Chamber and make Bethesda-Chevy Chase such a special place to work and live.

This month, Chamber members have the opportunity to contribute to our community on and before Community Service Day. The Chamber's Community Development Committee is sponsoring a toiletries drive for Bethesda Cares and a clean-up day at Glen Echo Park.

You can be part of building a stronger community by bringing toiletries to the Chamber office and Chamber functions during October. Next time you're at the drug store, pick up some extra deodorant, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotions, shampoo or over-the-counter medications to drop off in the Chamber's toiletries box. These, plus donations of new white men's socks and underwear, will be used by Bethesda Cares as they serve the homeless community in our area. Your donation can help restore some of the personal confidence needed by Bethesda Cares clients trying to get back to work.

"Daddy, there are the flowers we planted!" So says Walter Pennington's daughter Charlotte whenever they go to Glen Echo Park. Last year, Walter and his family joined nearly 100 volunteers at Glen Echo as they painted, planted and raked to help restore Glen Echo's elegant turn-of-the-century visage. Glen Echo serves as an important community resource, offering children's theatre and art classes for adults and children. On Saturday, October 25, Chamber volunteers will return to Glen Echo in a continuing effort to preserve the park and its buildings. Because the G reater BCC Chamber has such a strong presence on Community Service Day, the kick off for the countywide day will be held at Glen Echo. It's an excellent opportunity to contribute while meeting businesspeople (and their families) not always found at the Chamber's networking events.

So, whether you can drop off toiletries before Community Service Day, work at the park on the 25th or both, you can be part of fulfilling the Chamber's mission. To volunteer, just fill out and fax the enclosed flyer to the Chamber. I'll be at Glen Echo that Saturday, my own three-year old daughter in tow, and I hope to see you there!

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.

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 August and September.

  • August Police Officers of the Month - Gift Certificates: La Posada Mexican Restaurant and El Caribe awarded to PO III Craig Kieffer and PO III James E. Gotard.

  • August Monthly Members Lunch - Houston's Restaurant: Mark Herrmann, General Manager, Rachael Catanzarite, Dave Cronlund, Annie Sheow and Patty Calderon.

  • September Monthly Members Lunch - Cottonwood Cafe: Lloyd Hartsfield, Manager, Sommie Atkinson and Susie Reluzco.

  • September After Hours Reception - Dave & Buster's White Flint: Don Feinberg, General Manager, Kelley Roach, Special Events Sales Manager and Heather Daughters, Special Events Sales Representative.

  • Networking Breakfast - Bethesda Ramada Hotel: Charles Weisenbach, General Manager, Erin Bradley, Director of Sales and Nana Pires, Banquet Manager.

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There's Room at the Inn on the Web

By Neil Waldman

Gloria Freihage of the American Inn of Bethesda couldn't be more delighted with her decision in May of 1996 to set up an Internet site for her business. She remembers one particular incident when a woman called from Kansas to inquire about the possibility of booking a group there. Somewhere in the early part of the call Gloria mentioned that her Inn had a web site. Their conversation continued with questions and answers, and then suddenly the caller stated she had decided to book her group at Gloria's Inn. The woman then explained that during that whole conversation she had been studying the Inn's web site Gloria had mentioned. The caller had become so comfortable with what she saw and heard during that single conversation that deciding to book her group at the American Inn of Bethesda was an easy decision.

This true story shows how the small business can use the Internet to level the playing field against the larger businesses. That woman needed a kind of assurance of quality that might have been assumed if she had been calling a Comfort Inn or Best Western, for example. Examining the American Inn of Bethesda, its facilities, location, accommodations, nearby restaurants, etc., through the Internet created a familiarity that the larger chains typically enjoy. This "leveling of the playing field" effect from an Internet presence offers a real benefit for small businesses in many industries, not just the hospitality industry.

Obviously, having a well-designed site is critical. Gloria credits Peter Vos of Firefly Communications Group for listening carefully to her needs, designing something that works well for her particular business, and staying within her budget. She says this because she has received many compliments on the site, which she describes as having an easy, straightforward flow, while addressing all likely questions about the Inn and offering helpful links. "We earned enough in actual business, not just reservations, from our web site in the first 3 months to pay all set-up and design costs, plus also the first year's maintenance" says Gloria.

One convenience the site offers is that the web visitor can e-mail a reservation immediately to the Inn while still in the site. This, of course, saves guests the time and expense of a call or fax. Since many guests come from Europe and Asia, they especially appreciate this cost-effective benefit.

Visit the American Inn of Bethesda from the Chamber's Member Marketplace or by going directly to www.american-inn.com.

"bccchamber.org Links" features case studies of the Web in action. Send examples of how your company is using the Web to do business to Communications & Technology Committee member Neil Waldman at [email protected]

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Chamber Events



Time: 12:00 noon
Clyde's Of Chevy Chase
70 Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase

$12 All-Inclusive Menu at Member's Cost-Paid at Restaurant.Please bring the exact dollar amount in cash or credit card.
Reservations requested.
Enjoy the cuisine of a Chamber member restaurant while you discuss the topics of the day with colleagues.


Time: 5:00-7:00 pm
George Mason Bank
7626 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda (intersection of Woodmont)

No Charge To Members and Guests
Reservations required, RSVP to the Chamber by Oct. 6th.

George Mason Bankshare, Inc. is a one bank holding company headquartered in Fairfax, VA. Operating as George Mason Bank in Northern Virginia, Montgomery County, and the District of Columbia, the Company has a total of 22 banking offices and six off-premise automated banking facilities. The Company also owns a mortgage subsidiary with seven offices in Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia. George Mason Bankshares, Inc. has $963.3 million in total assets and capital in excess of $67.5 million.



Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
Farr-Curtis Associates, Ltd.
7401 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 300, Bethesda

No Charge To Members and Guests

Hear All About The Hot Shoppes Development.
Reservations requested.

A broad spectrum of persons interested in the Commerciall Real Estate industry gather to discuss trends, new development and socialize.

ORIENTATION 8:00-9:00 am

BCC Chamber Office

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


Time: 5:00-7:00 pm
Bethesda Marriott Hotel
5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda
$30 prior to October 15th, $35 thereafter and at the door

Reservations requested.

Chamber members will have an opportunity to meet local elected and appointed leaders at the informal County Government Officials Reception. By attending this annual event, you will be able to meet the County Executive, members of his staff, County Council members, Department Heads, Board of Education members, the Park and Planning Commission members and State Legislators. The reception brings Chamber members and elected officials together to exchange views on business and public issues.


Time: 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Kick-off Rally 9:00-9:45 am

There are opportunities for both indoor and outdoor work to suit a variety of interests and skills. Bring your family, friends, co-workers, clients, and neighbors. You will not want to miss this opportunity to enjoy a fall day, meet new friends and help preserve this aging local treasure. Meet at the Carousel where volunteers will enjoy breakfast and receive special gifts before going off to work. Please return the enclosed flyer so we can make appropriate volunteer assignments.


Time: 7:15-9:00 am "Bring Two Get One Free"
Bethesda Ramada Hotel

8400 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda

Chamber Member Fee:
$13 Pre-registration by 10/24 - $17 Thereafter and at the door
Non-Chamber Member Fee:
$15 Pre-registration by 10/24 - $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.



Time: 12:00 Noon
Hamburger Hamlet
(See October 1)
10400 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda

All-Inclusive Menu at Member's Cost-Paid at Restaurant.


Time: 5:00-7:00 pm
Springhouse Manor Care Health Services
(See October 9)
4925 Battery Lane, Bethesda


Time: 7:15-9:00 am
Bethesda Ramada Hotel
(See October 30)
8400 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda


Time: 7:00-11:00 pm
Bethesda Marriott Hotel
(See page 4)
5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda


Time: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Hyatt Regency Bethesda,
One Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda


Time" 8:00-9:00 am
(See October 22)


A Look Ahead...

ShowBiz'98 January 30
Golf & Tennis Classic May 18


PLEASE NOTE: No shows will be billed and advance payments will be retained unless written cancellation is received by the deadline.

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Chamber Officers

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

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

C. Robert Dalrymple, Linowes and Blocher LLP

Phyllis Lieberman, Stage Two Communications, Inc.

Community Development & Education

Joseph Lagomarcino, AccuBanc Mortgage Corporation

Economic Development & Government Relations
Peter Carney, Bethesda Theatre Café

Michael Fitzgerald, Sequoia National Bank

Deede Blum, Unforgettable Journeys

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
J. Christopher Smith, CommonWealth Financial Group

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

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