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Upcoming Mixers & Networking Events

Annual Community Awards Banquet
See Annual Community Awards page

Banquet is postponed until further notice (hopefully in May or June…)
Originally scheduled for:
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

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Dry Oases: Local Prohibitions of Alcohol in Montgomery County
Evening Mixer

A fun presentation by Ranjit S. Dighe, PhD

Dry Oases” explores the longstanding prohibitions of alcohol in Kensington, Damascus, and Takoma Park, which lasted for more than half a century after the repeal of national Prohibition in 1933.

The talk will focus on Kensington, and explain why Kensington was designated as a “permanently” dry town in 1933; why it stayed that way until the 21st century; and the factors behind the change.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
at
FAsMarketplace
11319 Elkin Street
Wheaton, MD 20902

Includes Delicious Appetizers ~ Cash Bar with Beer and Wine
~ Mix & Network with Other Businesses ~

Featuring appetizers from Los Chorros Restaurant

  • Ranjit S. Dighe, PhD, is Professor of Economics at the State University of New York at Oswego. His specialty is American social and economic history, and he has served as president of the Economic and Business History Society.
  • Dr. Dighe is the annotator-editor of two books and has published articles in Research in Economic History, Essays in Economic and Business History, Social History of Alcohol and Drugs, and other journals.
  • He has done extensive research on the Great Depression and Prohibition, among other topics. He holds a doctorate in economics from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Oberlin College.
  • Dr. Dighe grew up in the area, and visits several times a year. His Kensington roots include being part of the final class at Kensington Junior High School and being a member of a Scout troop that met in the basement of St. Paul’s Methodist Church.

Cost is $10 in advance or $15 at the door
Download Wed, March 11 Dry Oases Evening Mixer flyer
Register and Pay online
Call 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

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Laytonsville: From Crossroads to Community
Lunch Mixer

A presentation by:
Jane Griffith Evans and Anne Burke Wolf
of the Montgomery County Historical Society

Sponsored by: Little Caesars Wheaton
(2567 Ennalls Avenue / 301-933-4590)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 12:00 – 1:30 pm
at Crossway Community Center / 301-929-2505
3015 Upton Drive, Kensington, MD 20895
Mapquest Directions
~ Pizza and Wings Lunch ~ Mix & Network with Other Businesses ~

Located in northeastern Montgomery County, Laytonsville evolved from a Native American trail to a market crossroads known as “Cracklintown” and to the vibrant community it is today. The name originated from the popular cracklin bread, essentially a bacon-cornbread, baked in the area.

Reflect back on 200 years with the stories of women and men who drew on their strengths and skills to build this town and community.
Photo: J.F. Burriss, Undertaker building by R.V. Lewis

This local history presentation is filled with universal themes, and is based on the speakers’ book by the same title, “Laytonsville: From Crossroads to Community”.

Speakers:

  • Jane Griffith Evans and her family lived in Laytonsville from 1981–1990, where she served on the Town Council, and helped organize the Archives Room in 1990 and Laytonsville Historical Center in 1996, serving as its first president.
  • Anne Burke Wolf grew up in Laytonsville, researching homes and families for the Inventory of Historic Sites. She helped write two previous Laytonsville history booklets, and is an active member of the Laytonsville Historical Society.
  • The speakers are part of the Montgomery County Historical Society, which features talks on a variety of local history topics.

Cost is $10 in advance or $15 at the door
Download Wed, Feb 19 Lunch Mixer flyer
Register and Pay online
Call 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

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4th Annual Kensington–Wheaton Business Networking Expo

This is a great opportunity to connect with businesses, civic and non-profit organizations, while checking out their exhibitor tables!

In partnership with The Town of Kensington

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Kensington Town Hall/Armory / 301-949-2424
3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, MD 20895
~ Free event ~
Download Kens–Wheaton Business Expo Publicity Flyer
Meet Kensington Mayor Tracey Furman and members of the Town Council, the Kensington CAN Business Association, and members of the Board of Directors of the Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce.

Also meet with state and local elected officials, Montgomery County Police and Rescue and Mid-County Regional Services. And featuring a Jazz Guitar Combo.

  • Appetizers and drinks served
  • Mix and network with other businesses
  • Browse the information tables of local businesses!
  • Jazz with Steve Ragsdale (Guitar) & Thierry Lenoir (Upright Bass)

Download Kens–Wheaton Biz Expo Information Flyer
Sign up for a business promotion table at the expo: (Sorry-Spaces Filled)

  • Comes with a 6-foot table with 2 chairs (bring your own tablecloth)
  • Make sales/Give out samples
  • No electrical hookups/Portable devices only

Regular Pricing until January 17 (Ended)
WKCC Members $50 / Non-Members $65 (Ended)

Pricing starting January 18:
WKCC Members $65 / Non-Members $75
(Sorry-Spaces Filled)

Register for Biz Table and Pay online
Download Biz Expo Table Form
Call 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

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WK Chamber Holiday Mixer
and Kick Off the “Angels for Children” Toy Drive

In partnership with Los Chorros Restaurant
Authentic Mexican and Salvadoran Food – Celebrating 30 years in the business!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 6 – 8 pm
at Los Chorros Restaurant / 301-933-1066
2420 Blueridge Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
~ Warm appetizers will be served ~ Cash Bar ~

Celebrate the season and join us for the Kick Off of
the 21st Annual Angels for Children Holiday Toy Drive.

  • Please also bring a new unwrapped toy for the Toy Drive
  • Pick up a Drop-off Box for Toys – to place at your business
  • Ideas: Soccer balls, board games, arts & crafts materials, gifts for babies and teens
  • $5.00 of each ticket will be donated to the Toy Drive!

Sponsored by Montgomery Housing Partnership

$15 in advance or at $20 the door
Download Wed, Dec 4 Holiday Mixer flyer
Register and Pay online
Call 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

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FriendsGiving – MUM Food Benefit
Pre-Holiday Networking Event

Celebrate the Season of Gratitude; share the gift of food & begin the season of giving!
We’re partnering with Kensington Park Senior Living

Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm
at Kensington Park Senior Living
3620 Littledale Road, Kensington, MD 20895
Call 301-946-7700 or with questions.

~ Please bring Canned and other Packaged Foods ~
~ If just attending without a food gift – suggested donation of $15, please ~

In conjunction with the season of friends-giving, non-perishables will be collected to donate to Mid-County United Ministries (MUM) and support those who are in need.
~ View MUM website recommendations on their high demand foods. ~

Let your generous contribution help with the 2019 goal of 3000 pounds of food!
Weigh In with the FriendsGiving Partners.

  • Area professionals are invited to a networking event to celebrate gratitude
  • Appetizers and drinks served
  • Mix and network with other businesses

Download Nov 21 FriendsGiving Networking Flyer
RSVP for this Free Evening Networking Event
Call WK Chamber at 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

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“First Picks” Networking Reception
with 50% off new selections for the Veterans Day Sale!

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

~ Free Appetizers ~ Mix & Network with Other Businesses ~
Browse and shop 50% off new selections while you network!

at
Urban Thrift
10730 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895 (301-933-5666)

  • The store offers upscale nearly-new and gently-used clothing, shoes, jewelry, linens, home furnishings, accessories, electronics, DVDs, and other household items.
  • Shoppers can browse for bargains and feel great about supporting a worthy cause, because all income from Urban Thrift supports The Arc Montgomery County programs.

Co-Presented by the Greater Silver Spring Civitan Club

Sponsored by:

Learn more about The Arc Montgomery County textile recycling and collection program.
The Arc Montgomery County identifies, creates and sustains inclusive communities that embrace and engage individuals and families affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Download Nov 6 “First Picks” Networking Event Flyer
RSVP for this Free Networking Evening Event
Call 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

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Why Local Community Networking Lunch
in recognition of Economic and Community Development Month in Montgomery County

Meet with County Executive Marc Elrich, state and local elected officials, Mid-County Regional Services, and members of the Board of Directors of the Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce at FAsMarketplace

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

~ Sample food from local vendors ~
Browse and shop local artisans while you network!

at
FAsMarketplace
11319 Elkin Street, Wheaton, MD 20902

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ~ Free Food Tastings from Food Sponsors:

This great venue presents premium handmade goods ​by carefully selected artisans. They also offer various events, including Art at the Market.

  • Programs & Classes
  • ​Fitness at The Market
  • Art Camp; ​Sew Crafty Camps
  • Venue Rentals – with a range of opportunities. Rent hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly. For special events, studio rentals, pop up classes or shops, office suites, workspaces, workshops, and mailboxes.

Download Oct 30 Why Local Lunch Flyer
RSVP for this Free Networking Lunch Event
Call 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

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Montgomery County’s Growing Economy
Lunch Mixer

A Discussion with Jerome Fletcher, Montgomery County Assistant Chief Administrative Office, and other officials in the Office of Procurement

Sponsored by: Little Caesars Wheaton
(2567 Ennalls Avenue / 301-933-4590)

and by: Griswold Home Care (301-330-7646)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from noon – 1:30 pm
at Crossway Community Center / 301-929-2505
3015 Upton Drive, Kensington, MD 20895
~ Pizza and Wings Lunch ~ Mix & Network with Other Businesses ~

  • Jerome Fletcher is focusing on the Priority of “A Growing Economy” which includes County Executive Marc Elrich’s initiatives for small businesses, and support for the small business sector.
  • Other invited officials include Ash Shetty Director of the Office of Procurement, and Grace Denno Division Chief of Business Relations & Compliance.
  • The talk will focus on the County’s plans, and will provide an update on new initiatives; information on what’s going on now and plans for the future.

Cost is $10 online or at the door
Download Sept 25 Lunch – A Growing Economy flyer
Register and Pay online
Call 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

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The 52nd Annual Kensington Labor Day Parade and Festival

The WK Chamber will have a booth at the Festival, and also be in the Parade!
Monday, September 2, 2019. Festival is from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
View parade map

  • The Parade begins in St. Paul Park at 10:00 am and ends at Town Hall, where the Festival is held in the surrounding area. Musical entertainment begins after the Parade.
  • The event is held in rain or shine (unless severe weather conditions). There is no rain date.
  • If any member is interested in marching in the Parade and holding a sign promoting your business, contact by Wednesday, August 28.
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  • Chamber members are requested to help staff our booth for 1+ hour segments. The booth will be located along Armory Avenue, behind the Safeway. For arrangements, contact at 301-949-0080.
  • Members can place literature about their business at our booth. Drop off literature from Tuesday, August 27 until Friday, August 31 (by 5 pm) in a bin at the Chamber office: 2401 Blueridge Ave, Suite 101 in Wheaton (first floor, down hall, inside door at right).

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There is no August Mixer – we take a break!

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Introducing FAsMarketplace
Meet & Greet with refreshments included

Join the WK Chamber in welcoming FAsMarketplace

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm
~ Free Networking ~ Mix & Mingle ~
at
FAsMarketplace
11319 Elkin Street, Wheaton, MD 20902

Shop local artisans while you network!

Sample food from local vendors

  • Refreshments provided by TLBRT Hospitality
  • Bar Services provided by Hakuna Matata Grill
  • Treats from Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Featuring Live Art and other Performances

This new venue presents premium handmade goods ​by carefully selected artisans. They also offer various events, including Art at the Market.

  • Programs & Classes
  • ​Fitness at The Market
  • Art Camp; ​Sew Crafty Camps
  • Venue Rentals – with a range of opportunities. Rent hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly. For special events, studio rentals, pop up classes or shops, office suites, workspaces, workshops, and mailboxes.

Download July 24 FAsMarketplace Mingle Flyer
Please RSVP (preferred) for this Free-Evening Networking Event
Call 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

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Wheaton Arts Evening Open House
Networking with refreshments included

Meet artists and sponsors of the Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival, and hear plans for this year’s parade & festival. Find out plans for summer workshops that help people interested in participating in the parade build floats and other parade art.

In partnership with the Wheaton Arts Parade

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
~ The Open House is free ~
at the
Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery
11006 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton, MD 20902
in Westfield Wheaton Mall on upper level, diagonally across from Kay Jewelers, in center of mall.

  • Discuss how your business can participate or be represented in the parade and festival and how businesses will benefit from the event.
  • Learn how the Wheaton Arts Parade is celebrating local artists and Wheaton’s diverse cultures and helping to make Wheaton an arts destination.

Refreshments and Drinks will be served ~ Featuring 5 food sponsors!

The Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery features the work of more than 20 Wheaton and area artists. WAP activities, including the Gallery, community and summer workshops, lead up to the Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival that will take place on September 22.
Visit the Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery Facebook page
~ Like the Gallery, the festival is a chance for local artists to exhibit and sell their work, be appreciated by the community, and for all to see Wheaton as an arts destination.
Download June 19 Wheaton Arts Open House Flyer
Please RSVP (preferred) for this Free-Evening Networking Event
Call 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival will be on Sunday, September 22, 2019
from 10:00 am – Noon; Festival until 5:00 pm

Visit the Wheaton Arts Parade website for more information

  • The Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival invites artists and residents of all ages, especially those in Wheaton and Montgomery County, to make art and join the parade.
  • There will be floats but no cars, just people pushing, pulling, carrying, wearing and performing their art.
  • Whether or not you join the parade, come and watch them strut their stuff and enjoy the Arts Festival. More than 50 local artists will have their work on display and for sale.
  • There will be two stages of live performances, children’s art activities and a Food Court featuring some of Wheaton’s favorite restaurants.

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The 24th Annual Taste of Wheaton

Highlighting the deliciously diverse restaurants in downtown Wheaton!

The WK Chamber will have a booth at the Festival!
Sunday, June 2, 2019 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
~ Download Taste flyer ~

  • Food samples from some of downtown Wheaton’s best restaurants at prices ranging from $1 to $5 per “taste”.
  • Live music and dance performances:
    11:30   Purple Flo (Jimi Hendrix, 60’s)
    12:30   Wheaton Studio of Dance
    1:00     Guys In Thin Ties (80’s, Top 40)
    2:00     Caminito Amigo (Argentine Tango)
    2:30     Earth, Wind and Fire Tribute Band (70’s)
    3:30     Ameanspinn (cycling studio)
    4:00     Groove Killers (90’s-present Top 40, R&B)
  • Kids’ rides
  • Face painting, balloon sculptures and caricature drawings
  • Beer & wine garden (tickets must be purchased and are available on the day of the event only. Must be at least 21 years old and show ID to purchase alcohol.)
  • Chamber members are requested to help staff our booth for 1+ hour segments. The booth will be located in Parking Lot 17, at 2320 Price Avenue (Price Avenue
    and Fern Street). Parking can be found at Parking Garage 45 on Amherst Avenue. For booth staffing arrangements, contact at 301-949-0080.
  • Members can place literature about their business at our booth. Drop off literature from Wednesday, May 29 until Friday, May 31 (by 5 pm) in a bin at the Chamber office: 2401 Blueridge Ave, Suite 101 in Wheaton (first floor, down hall, inside door at right).

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Knowles Station Wine & Co. Happy Hour
at the new Kensington hotspot

Come see what the excitement is about!

Join us at Knowles Station Wine & Co. – a unique beer and wine bar, kitchen, and retail shop.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 6 – 8 pm
at Knowles Station Wine & Co. / 301-272-9080
10414 Detrick Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895
Street and parking lot parking available

~ Cost of $10 includes Appetizers ~
Featuring Happy Hour prices for Wine & Beer

~ Mix & Network with Other Businesses ~

  • They opened in March and are earning rave reviews, offering a hand-picked selection of fine, small-batch, and affordable wines from around the world.
  • They offer a selection of tapas-style dishes, salads, sandwiches, cheese/charcuterie boards, and seasonal plates at the bar/restaurant.
  • They host wine tastings, and offer craft beer, focusing on small production breweries, including foreign brews and popular local drafts.

Cost is $10 online or at the door
Download May 22 Knowles Station Wine Happy Hour flyer
Register and Pay online
Call 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

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Annual Community Awards Banquet
See Annual Community Awards page

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

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“Hiring Good People is Good Business”
Breakfast Mixer & Panel Discussion

Benefits of Hiring People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)

Sponsored by the Greater Silver Spring Civitan Club

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 8:00 – 9:30 am
at Panera Bread / 301-942-0986
in Westfield Wheaton Mall (upper level, near Costco, with outside entrance)
11160 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton, MD 20902

Continental Breakfast ~ Mix & Network with Other Business People

There’s more to hiring people with I/DD than a sense of social responsibility. Individuals with disabilities can be valuable office assets, ultimately doing far more for your company – and your customers – than you imagine.
    Join us for this expert panel as we look at strategies for hiring, training and setting up employees with disabilities for success.

The Panelists:

  • Daria Cervantes, Chief Operating Officer for The Arc Montgomery County, oversees a workforce of approximately 400 staff who support about 600 children, youth, adults and seniors every day. Most recently, she secured additional funding from Montgomery County to ensure that county contracts held by The Arc pay minimum wage to people with disabilities.
  • Marie Harvey Taylor, Project Coordinator for Training and Development in the College of Education and the Center for Transition and Career Innovation (CTCI) at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she is developing an online curriculum to teach workers in the education and the disability field to create individualized work experiences for youth with disabilities.
  • Sara Portman Milner, Co-founder and Director of Student Services at Sunflower Bakery and Café Sunflower: “I am very passionate about the employment of people with learning differences and the benefits to businesses and other entities. It truly is a “win-win!”

Cost is $5 in advance or $10 at the door
Download March 27 Civitan Breakfast flyer
Register and Pay online
Call 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

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Thurgood Marshall’s Montgomery County Milestone
Lunch Mixer

A presentation by:
Local historian Ralph Buglass,
Montgomery County Historical Society

Sponsored by: Little Caesars Wheaton
(2567 Ennalls Avenue / 301-933-4590)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 12:30 – 2:00 pm
at Crossway Community Center / 301-929-2505
3015 Upton Drive, Kensington, MD 20895
Mapquest Directions
~ Pizza and Wings Lunch ~ Mix & Network with Other Businesses ~

  • One of the first steps toward overturning school segregation occurred here in Montgomery County when civil rights icon Thurgood Marshall won an important legal victory ending unequal pay for white and black teachers.
  • To commemorate Black History Month, local historian Ralph Buglass will explain how the little-known 1937 case helped lay the foundation for the landmark Supreme Court decision outlawing separate white and black teachers – nearly two decades later.
  • Plus: a look back at Wheaton and Kensington’s white and black schools of a century ago – two of which are still standing today.
  • Ralph Buglass speaks frequently on a variety of local history topics for Montgomery County Historical Society, and has taught adult education courses at Montgomery College, American University, Oasis, and elsewhere. He recently gave an invited presentation on this topic at Bowie State University.
  • Mr. Buglass is a retired communications professional, he has a B.A. in American history from Cornell University and M.A. in journalism from American University.

Cost is $10 in advance or $15 at the door
Download Tues, Feb 27 Lunch Mixer flyer
Register and Pay online
Call 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

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3rd Annual Kensington–Wheaton Business Networking Expo

This is a great opportunity to connect with businesses, civic and non-profit organizations, while checking out their exhibitor tables!

In partnership with The Town of Kensington

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Kensington Town Hall/Armory / 301-949-2424
3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, MD 20895
~ Free event ~
Meet Kensington Mayor Tracey Furman and members of the Town Council, the Kensington CAN Business Association, and members of the Board of Directors of the Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce.

Also meet with state and local elected officials, Montgomery County Police and Rescue and Mid-County Regional Services. And featuring a Jazz Guitar Combo.

  • Appetizers and drinks served
  • Mix and network with other businesses
  • Browse the information tables of local businesses!
  • Jazz with Steve Ragsdale (Guitar) & Thierry Lenoir (Upright Bass)

Download Kens–Wheaton Business Expo Flyer
Sign up for a business promotion table at the expo:

  • Comes with a 6-foot table with 2 chairs (bring your own tablecloth)
  • Make sales/Give out samples
  • No electrical hookups/Portable devices only

Regular Pricing until January 18 (ended)
WKCC Members $50 / Non-Members $65

Pricing starting January 19:
WKCC Members $65 / Non-Members $75

Register for Biz Table and Pay online
Download Biz Expo Table Form
Call 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

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WK Chamber Holiday Mixer
and Kick Off the “Angels for Children” Toy Drive

In partnership with Los Chorros Restaurant
Authentic Mexican and Salvadoran Food!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 6 – 8 pm
at Los Chorros Restaurant / 301-933-1066
2420 Blueridge Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
~ Warm appetizers will be served ~ Cash Bar ~

Celebrate the season and join us for the Kick Off of
the 20th Annual Angels for Children Holiday Toy Drive.

  • Please also bring a new unwrapped toy for the Toy Drive
  • Pick up a Drop-off Box for Toys – to place at your business
  • Ideas: Soccer balls, board games, arts & crafts materials, gifts for babies and teens
  • $5.00 of each ticket will be donated to the Toy Drive!

Sponsored by Montgomery Housing Partnership

$15 in advance or at $20 the door
Download Wed, Dec 5 Holiday Mixer flyer
Register and Pay online
Call 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

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FriendsGiving – Manna Food Benefit
Pre-Holiday Networking Event

Celebrate the Season of Gratitude; share the gift of food & begin the season of giving!
We’re partnering with Kensington Park Senior Living

Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm
at Kensington Park Senior Living
3620 Littledale Road, Kensington, MD 20895
Call 301-946-7700 or with questions.

~ Free event ~ Please bring Canned and other Packaged Foods!

In conjunction with the season of friends-giving, non-perishables will be collected to donate to Manna Food Center and support those who are in need.
Let your generous contribution help with the 2018 goal of 2000 pounds of food!
Weigh In with the FriendsGiving Partners.

  • Area professionals are invited to a networking event to celebrate gratitude
  • Appetizers and drinks served
  • Mix and network with other businesses

Download Nov 15 FriendsGiving Networking Flyer
RSVP (preferred) for this Free-Evening Networking Reception
Call WK Chamber at 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

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Meet & Greet Halloween Evening Mixer
In the AVA Wheaton Apartments Lounge

Join us at AVA Wheaton – the stylish new apartments that won the 2018 WUDAC Annual Award for Best Property Improvement.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm
at AVA Wheaton Apartments / 301-933-1961
2425 Blueridge Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
        ~ FREE ~
Refreshments include Beer & Wine ~ Pizza and Wings
~ Mix & Network with Other Businesses ~

  • Halloween costumes optional!
  • Tours will be offered of the one-, and two-bedroom floor plans
  • AVA features social events for residents and friends, and is Pet-friendly…
  • with landscaped courtyards, swimming pool, BBQ gas grills, fire pit…
  • and lounge with games, including shuffleboard

Sponsored by: Little Caesars Wheaton
(2567 Ennalls Avenue / 301-933-4590)

Download Oct 27 AVA Meet & Greet flyer
Please RSVP (preferred) for this Free Evening Networking Event
Call 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

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“It’s All About SOLAR!” Program
and Green Drinks Happy Hour

Join One Montgomery Green and the WK Chamber for a Green Drinks program where you can ask all the questions you have about moving to solar energy.

And join other members of the community who want to thrive in environmentally sustainable communities.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm
at Los Chorros Restaurant
2420 Blueridge Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
(301-933-1066)

Authentic Mexican and Salvadoran Food!
~ Drink Specials – Appetizers ~

  • We will have a short program about your options for buying and installing solar on your roof;
  • Leasing solar panels, joining a solar coop to purchase solar;
  • Buying solar energy produced remotely for those who don’t have good sun exposure on their roof or have other challenges to going solar.
  • MEET Neighborhood Sun, Solar United Neighbors, and other solar energy companies.
  • Learn more about the many options and opportunities to move to cleaner energy!

See event on Facebook

Suggested Donation of $10
Download Thurs, Sept 27 Solar program flyer
RSVP/Register online (preferred)
Call 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

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There is no August Mixer – we take a break!

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What’s Next for Wheaton
A Community & Decision-Makers Forum

Wheaton is a diverse, transit-accessible community in the heart of Montgomery County, currently undergoing significant changes. This community forum will bring together a host of County and private authorities on topics such as the revitalization project, traffic, pedestrian, bicycle and public safety, green spaces, needs of small businesses and Wheaton as an arts and entertainment district.

Convened by Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee (WUDAC)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Held at:
Ana G. Méndez University

11006 Veirs Mill Road #L1, Room 101, Wheaton, MD 20902
(near Bar Louie at Westfield Wheaton – near South bldg)

~ Free event ~ Refreshments will be served ~

Networking Reception from 6:00 – 6:30 pm sponsored by
The Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce

The challenges require cooperation and coordination among the public and private sectors working together. Community leaders who have committed to participate and lend their expertise and insights are: Councilmember Nancy Navarro, MNCPPC Director Gwen Wright, Westfield VP for Development Jim Agliata, and MC Economic Development Corporation Director David Petr.

  • Come to share and commit to a vision & priorities for Wheaton in the coming years.
  • Residents will share their vision and priorities for Wheaton with County officials.
  • Invited County officials will respond to the Wheaton community’s priorities and share their vision and plans.

Download July 18 What’s Next for Wheaton Flyer
Please RSVP (preferred) for this Free-Evening Networking Open House
In preparation for this forum, WUDAC is collecting inputs from the community on issues of importance organized around three categories: Civic Space, Connectivity, and Infrastructure/Administration.

Review the Working Issue Paper

For more information, contact Luisa Montero at 240-777-8101, or

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Wheaton Arts Open House
Networking with refreshments included

Meet artists and sponsors, see floats from the Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival of 2017, and hear plans for this year’s parade & festival. Parade organizers also will share plans for summer workshops to help people interested in participating in the parade build floats and other parade art.

In partnership with the Wheaton Arts Parade

Friday, June 15, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Evening starts at:
Ana G. Méndez University

11006 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton, MD 20902
(near Bar Louie at Westfield Wheaton)

Then moves to:
Art Factory

11006 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton, MD 20902
(next to AMC Cinema-lower level)
Parking is on upper or lower level of Westfield Wheaton (near South bldg)

~ The Open House is free ~ Refreshments will be served ~

  • Discuss how your business can participate or be represented in the parade and festival and how businesses will benefit from the event.
  • Learn how the Wheaton Arts Parade is celebrating local artists and Wheaton’s diverse cultures and helping to make Wheaton an arts destination.

Sponsored by: Appliance Distributors Unlimited (301-816-9601)
and Los Chorros Restaurant *Mexican and Salvadoran* (301-933-1066)
Download June 15 Wheaton Arts Open House Flyer
Please RSVP (preferred) for this Free-Evening Networking Open House
Call 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

Wheaton Arts Parade will be on Sunday, September 23, 2018
from 10:00 am – Noon; Festival until 5:00 pm

Visit the Wheaton Arts Parade website for more information

  • The Wheaton Arts Parade invites artists and residents of all ages, especially those in Wheaton and Montgomery County, to make art and join the parade.
  • There will be floats but no cars, just people pushing, pulling, carrying, wearing and performing their art.
  • Whether or not you join the parade, come and watch them strut their stuff and enjoy the Arts Festival. More than 40 local artists will have their work on display and for sale.
  • There will be two stages of live performances, children’s art activities and a Food Court featuring some of Wheaton’s favorite restaurants.

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County Executive Candidates Forum
Meet the Candidates!

WK Chamber in cooperation with Glenmont Forest Neighbors Civic Association
and Wheaton Hills Civic Association

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

at Holiday Park Senior Center (240-777-4999)
3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton, MD 20906

~ The forum is open to all and is FREE of charge ~

All candidates for County Executive have confirmed participation:

Roger Berliner, David Blair, Marc Elrich, Robin Ficker,
William Frick, Rose Krasnow, George Leventhal.
Download May 22 County Executive Forum flyer

  • Early voting will be from June 15 – 21st.
  • Primary voting will be on June 26th, 2018.

Call 240-271-8423 for more information, or .

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Annual Community Awards Banquet
See Annual Community Awards page

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

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Introducing Montgomery County Green Bank
Breakfast Mixer

With Thomas Deyo, CEO, Montgomery County Green Bank

The Montgomery County Green Bank partners with the private sector to build a more inclusive, prosperous, sustainable, and healthy community in support of the county’s goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 8:00 – 9:30 am
at Panera Bread / 301-942-0986
in Westfield Wheaton Mall (upper level, near Costco, with outside entrance)
11160 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton, MD 20902

Continental Breakfast ~ Mix & Network with Other Business People

The Montgomery County Green Bank was designated as Montgomery County’s Green Bank in August 2016, and is a publicly-chartered, 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to accelerating affordable clean energy and energy efficiency investment.

  • As the nation’s first local-level green bank, MCGB will use public and private funds to drive investment in the Montgomery County clean energy market.
  • Thomas Deyo is the first Chief Executive Officer of the Green Bank, located at 155 Gibbs Street, Suite 512, Rockville, MD 20850.
  • MCGB’s capitalization is presently about $3 million, and anticipated to double in 2018 and grow steadily.
  • The first product – the Commercial Loan for Energy Efficiency and Renewables (CLEER), will be launching in mid-March.

Cost is $5 in advance or $10 at the door

Download March 28 Introducing Green Bank Breakfast flyer
Register and Pay online
Call 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

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BOOM: How Montgomery County Developed in the 1950s
Lunch Mixer

A presention by:
Bob Bachman, President, Board of Directors, Montgomery County Historical Society

Sponsored by: Little Caesars Wheaton
(2567 Ennalls Avenue / 301-933-4590)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 12:30 – 2:00 pm
at Crossway Community Center / 301-929-2505
3015 Upton Drive, Kensington, MD 20895
Mapquest Directions
~ Pizza and Wings Lunch ~ Mix & Network with Other Businesses ~

  • The 1950s was known for its “boom” across the nation but especially in Montgomery County. This talk summarizes the rapid development of lower Montgomery County in the 1950s as a suburb of Washington, DC.
  • The focus is on demographics, housing & subdivisions, shopping centers, schools, parks & recreation, & libraries, with emphasis on the Wheaton area.
  • This program was part of the 2018 Montgomery County History Conference.
  • A Montgomery County Historical Society exhibit titled “Boom: The 1950s in Montgomery County” exhibit examines the county as an archetypal American suburb.
  • The “Boom” exhibit is open through July 15, at the Beall-Dawson Museum, 103 West Montgomery Avenue, Rockville MD, 20850. Open Thursday – Sunday, 12 – 4 pm (301-762-1492).

Cost is $10 in advance or $15 at the door

Download Tues, Feb 27 Lunch Mixer flyer
Register and Pay online
Call 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

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2nd Annual Kensington–Wheaton Business Networking Expo

This is a great opportunity to connect with businesses, civic and non-profit organizations, while checking out their exhibitor tables!

In partnership with The Town of Kensington

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Kensington Town Hall/Armory / 301-949-2424
3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, MD 20895
~ Free event ~

Meet Kensington Mayor Tracey Furman and members of the Town Council, the Kensington CAN Business Association, and members of the Board of Directors of the Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce.

Also meet with state and local elected officials, Montgomery County Police and Rescue and Mid-County Regional Services. And featuring a Jazz Guitar Combo.

  • Appetizers and drinks served
  • Mix and network with other businesses
  • Browse the information tables of local businesses!
  • Jazz with Steve Ragsdale (Guitar) & Thierry Lenoir (Upright Bass)

Download Kens–Wheaton Business Expo Flyer
Sign up for a business promotion table at the expo:

  • Comes with a 6-foot table with 2 chairs (bring your own tablecloth)
  • Make sales/Give out samples
  • No electrical hookups/Portable devices only

Regular Pricing until January 19:
WKCC Members $50 / Non-Members $65

Pricing starting January 20:
WKCC Members $65 / Non-Members $75

Download Biz Expo Table Form
Call 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

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WK Chamber Holiday Mixer
Kick Off the Angels for Children Toy Drive

In partnership with Los Chorros Restaurant
Authentic Mexican and Salvadoran Food!

Thursday, December 6, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
at Los Chorros Restaurant / 301-933-1066
2420 Blueridge Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
~ Warm appetizers will be served ~ Cash Bar ~

Celebrate the season and join us for the Kick Off of
the 19th Annual Angels for Children Holiday Toy Drive.

  • Please bring a new unwrapped toy for the Toy Drive
  • Pick up a Drop-off Box for Toys to place at your business
  • Ideas: Soccer balls, board games, arts & crafts materials, gifts for babies and teens
  • $5.00 of each ticket will be donated to the Toy Drive!

Sponsored by Montgomery Housing Partnership

$15 in advance or at $20 the door
Download Wed, Dec 6 Holiday Mixer flyer
Call 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

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FriendsGiving – Manna Food Benefit
Pre-Holiday Networking Event

Celebrate the Season of Gratitude; share the gift of food & begin the season of giving!
We’re partnering with Kensington Park Senior Living

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm
at Kensington Park Senior Living
3620 Littledale Road, Kensington, MD 20895
301-946-7700

~ Free event ~ Please bring Canned and other Packaged Foods!

Also join author Susan I. Wranik for the debut of “Don’t Forget to Say Thank You – 20 Thoughts to Guide You Personally and Professionally through Life”.

  • A book about gratitude and kindness
  • About being gentler with ourselves and others
  • Enjoy a reading and a book-signing by the author

In conjunction with the season of friends-giving, non-perishables will be collected to donate to Manna Food Center and support those who are in need.
Let your generous contribution help with the 2017 goal of 2000 pounds of food!
Weigh In with the FriendsGiving Partners.

  • Area professionals are invited to a networking event to celebrate gratitude
  • Appetizers and drinks served
  • Mix and network with other businesses

Download Nov 14 FriendsGiving Networking Flyer
Call 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

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There is no October Mixer – we take a break!

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Wage & Hour, Employment Standards Regulations
Breakfast Mixer

With Tralene Putman, Administrator of the Employment Standards Unit, DLLR

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) safeguards and protects Maryland’s work environments and encourages ongoing improvements in workplace safety and health. DLLR fosters economic growth through collaborative employment and job training programs.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 8:30 – 10:00 am
at Panera Bread / 301-942-0986
in Westfield Wheaton Mall (upper level, near Costco, with outside entrance)
11160 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton, MD 20902

Continental Breakfast ~ Mix & Network with Other Business People

The Division of Labor and Industry’s Employment Standards Service (ESS) unit handles an array of employment issues, including enforcement of laws concerning wages and time off.

  • Tralene Putman has over fifteen years of Labor Law experience, and oversees the Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation, Division of Labor and Industry, Employment Standards Service.
  • Tralene’s experience includes enforcement in the areas of wage and hour, wage payment and collection, employment of minors, flexible leave and other employment related laws.
  • Tralene will give an overview of wage and hour information and laws, wage payments and how business should respond to complaints.

Cost is $5 in advance or $10 at the door
Download Sept 27 Wages & Regulations Breakfast flyer
Call 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

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The 50th Annual Kensington Labor Day Parade and Festival

The WK Chamber will have a booth at the Festival, and also be in the Parade!
Monday, September 4, 2017 – Festival is from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Town of Kensington map

  • The Parade begins in St. Paul Park at 10:00 am and winds through Kensington to the reviewing stand on Montgomery Avenue, then on to Town Hall, near where the Festival is held. Musical entertainment begins after the Parade.
  • If any member is interested in marching in the Parade and holding a sign promoting your business, contact by Thursday, August 31.
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  • Chamber members are requested to help staff our booth for 1+ hour segments. The booth will be located on Armory Avenue, behind the Safeway. For arrangements, contact at 301-949-0080.
  • Members can place literature about their business at our booth. Drop off literature from Tuesday, August 29 until Friday, Sept 1 (by 5 pm) in a bin at the Chamber office: 2401 Blueridge Ave, Suite 101 in Wheaton (first floor, down hall, inside door at right).

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Joint Speed Networking Extravaganza
After-Hours Networking Event

In partnership with The Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce
and The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm
at Rosensteel Hall
9707 Rosensteel Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910

~ Complimentary Appetizers ~ Cash Bar ~

3 Chambers Together = More Connections 4 YOU
This joint speed networking extravaganza draws more than 100 guests.

  • 4:30 – 5:15 pm: Open Networking, Complimentary Appetizers, Cash Bar
  • 5:30 – 7:00 pm: Program Begins: One-on-One Speed Networking
    Note: NO ONE will be admitted after the program begins
  • 7:00 – 7:30 pm: Open Networking, Cash Bar

Pricing structure:

Early Bird Pricing (Ends August 11)
GSSCC, TGBCC, WKCC Members $15 / Non-Members $25

Week of the Event (August 14 – 16)
GSSCC, TGBCC, WKCC Members $20 / Non-Members $30

At the Door (Limited Admission)
GSSCC, TGBCC, WKCC Members $30 / Non-Members $40

Download AfterHours Speed Networking Aug 17 Flyer
Call 301-949-0080 for more information, or .

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