Tuesday, December 13, 2016

What's Happening in Rockville - Dec 2016 - Cookies with Sana 12/17/16 2-4pm

How is it December already?  Check out City of Rockville's 'What's Happening in Rockville'

I'm most interested in Cookies with Santa at the Thomas Farm Community Center.  $4 per person at the door for holiday crafting, cookie decorating and writing letters to Santa.

Also a holiday favorite is the annual City of Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival. Located at Seneca Creek State Park, little kids will love all the lights as you drive through the Winter Wonderland.  They charge by the car so load up those SUVs and minivans!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Summers Farm - Maryland Pumpkin picking

Instead of going to our usual Butler's Orchard for pumpkin picking, we decided to go further out to Frederick to Summers Farm...which was a hit!  Best part was we went on a Friday which meant no lines and hot hot weather!  Can't beat this 80 degree weather...

Tons of cute cut outs for pictures

My youngest loved the little goats.

Hey...how did you get up there?!

Pumpkin picking

This is when she said "HEAVY"

Never knew a big pile of corn was so fun.

DC Diaper Bank

My daughter and I had the opportunity to volunteer at the DC Diaper Bank in Silver Spring.  This wonderful organization collects not only diapers, but all different products for families in need.  And the operation itself is remarkable...a huge warehouse FULL of diapers.  We were busy packaging diapers in packs of 25 for pick up.  Check out their website!

Putting her hard at work!

Packaged and ready to go!

She's such a poser.

Diapers ceiling to floor...

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Montgomery County, MD MOVE Program - New Businesses signing new Office Space can get up to $8.00 / sf in Grants

Did you know that if you have a business leasing or buying new office/industrial space in Montgomery County, you can qualify for up to $8.00 per sf in grants?  The MOVE program was rolled out June of 2015 to entice more businesses to set up shop in MoCo and bring in more residents and additional collected tax dollars.  AND if you move into City of Rockville, the city is offering an additional $4.00 per sf?  Total $12! Given MoCo office space is reaching up to $25-50 (higher in Bethesda) per sf full-service, that's a significant savings.  But I'm wondering how recent employment trends such as telecommuting has affected business decisions to lease central, close to metro, aka expense office space?  (I'm typing this in a breakfast cafe as I myself telecommute from my job once a week).

I would think that MoCo office sector is suffering on a whole (hence the rollout of this program altogether).  I was recently negotiating an office space in Rockville asking $25.50/sf, building was less than 50% occupied, landlord wouldn't even budge less than $24/sf.  I mean really? Are there than many businesses that want to spend $$$ on overhead?  And talk about the millennials...all they really want is flexibility, the ability to work where ever when ever.  My guess is that office space needs will shrink with more open flexible working areas over the next 5 years.  No employee wants to commute an hour plus to sit at a desk all day.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

Upcoming Rockville Chamber Events

Mix & Mingle
Join our sponsor, Apex Home Loans, for this Summer's first networking event at Manor Country Club
Thursday, June 16th
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Learn more and register HERE

Let's Do Lunch
Join the Chamber and the Rockville Police Department at Kaplan University to discuss how the business community can better work with local Law Enforcement.  Great networking and food!
Friday, June 24th
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Learn more and register HERE

Rockville Chamber of Commerce First Annual Community Fun Day!
Join us at the Rockville Senior Center for family fun including games, face painting, moon-bounce and meet real life Police Officers and Fire and Rescue personnel! 
This is a free event, donations for the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department will accepted.
This event is rain or shine - will be inside the center if bad weather. More info to follow. 
Sunday, June 26th
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Learn more HERE

2016 Networking Extravaganza
Attend the 15th annual multi-organizational networking event at the Silver Spring Civic Center! Speaker Robyn Sachs will be presenting on Marketing Secrets.
Tuesday, July 12th
3:00 - 8:00 pm
Learn more HERE
Mix & Mingle
Join our sponsor, First National Bank, for this summer networking event at Paladar Latin Kitchen and Run Bar! Mingle and enjoy appetizers and a cash bar. 
Thursday, July 14th
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Learn more and register HERE