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About Your Success is Our Business by Laura Rowles

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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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Members Learn about Mercy Health Clinic

Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Members attended a networking mixer at Mercy Health Clinic on June 13 to discover a hidden gem in Gaithersburg that has been providing free medical care to thousands of low-income, uninsured Montgomery County neighbors for seventeen years.

Joan Ronnenberg, Mark Foraker, and Marilyn Balcombe
PHOTO | Laura Rowles

Mercy Health Clinic Executive Director, Mark Foraker, discovered that most of the attendees had not heard about the clinic and the services they provide. With more than 150 dedicated volunteers, Mercy Health is committed to improving and expanding quality primary medical care, educational support and the pharmaceuticals it provides free of charge to people who might otherwise not receive health care.

Foraker told attendees if they were interested, there were a variety of ways to get involved to help them serve the community. These included: becoming a volunteer, board service, and spreading the word about the clinic.

“The services we provide require a community,” said Foraker. “We need your help bringing new volunteers, friends, donors, and patients to our clinic. Be an advocate for our work and an ambassador for us to the community you live and work in.”

Mercy Health Clinic is located at 7 Metropolitan Court, Suite 1 in Gaithersburg. Learn more about them online, here.

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.

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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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