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Laura Rowles is the Director of Events & Marketing for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) serving almost 400 members by hosting over 30 networking events each year, as well as providing educational seminars and special events. The Chamber hosts numerous events each year including: breakfasts, lunches, after-five’s, ribbon cuttings... Read more

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BlackRock Center Honors GGCC Executive Director Marilyn Balcombe With Rocky Award

Marilyn Balcombe

Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce’s (GGCC) Executive Director Marilyn Balcombe was honored with the Rocky Award on Friday, May 5 from BlackRock Center for the Arts.

BlackRock has been near and dear to my heart since we opened 15 years ago. I was the Executive Director through the building and opening of the Center. I have also spent many years on the Board, including several years as Chair. BlackRock is a great asset to Montgomery County; providing a professional art center in Germantown. Between the gallery, the performing arts, the classes and the beautiful building, there is something for everyone at BlackRock”, said Balcombe.

The Rocky Award is a special award given to a member of the BlackRock community who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to BlackRock’s mission of providing high quality arts and culture experiences to the diverse populations of upper Montgomery County. It is not made every year, but only when BlackRock’s Board seeks to recognize an individual who exhibits an unwavering, long term commitment to the ideals BlackRock was built upon – those of artistic excellence, access for people of all ages, ethnicity and economic backgrounds, and a commitment to enhancing the vibrancy and cultural diversity of the region.

The GGCC is active in providing business-to-business networking opportunities throughout the year: a collective voice in local, regional, and state legislative affairs, professional development opportunities and other services that enhance the business environment.

The GGCC is located at 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg. To learn more about the GGCC visit us at

Find us on Facebook at: Or on Twitter at: @GGCCNEWS.

Learn more about BlackRock Center for the Arts at


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Laura Rowles

About Laura Rowles

Laura is the Director of Events & Marketing for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce - a member-based organization of businesses that have joined together for the purpose of promoting the civic, commercial and industrial progress in our communities. The area's economic well-being is a result of the caliber of work that is done by the Chamber. The Chamber has a major impact on business, income and future growth of the area. My position at the Chamber - Director of Events & Marketing - affords me the opportunity to plan quality events for our Members and market the Chamber is a variety of avenues. At the GGCC, we typically have around 30 events each year including: breakfasts, lunches, after-five's, ribbon cuttings and special events. The consensus is we have high quality events with good energy. In 2012, we had over 2,040 people visit our events. Most our events are free to Members so securing sponsorships for all events. Additionally, I am responsible for planning networking, overseeing the budget and marketing of all events in order to make them successful. Lastly, I coordinate all marketing and communication efforts of the GGCC including weekly email blasts, its quarterly newsletter, all social media platforms, media relations and community outreach. Laura authors the blog Your Success is Our Business on MyMCMedia.


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