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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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GGCC Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Dinner to be Held in December

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) will hold their Annual Celebration Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, December 8 at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 2 Montgomery Village Avenue, Gaithersburg.

The evening events include: the installation of the 2017 Board of Directors, a silent auction, dinner, music, the presentation of the Annual “You Made a Difference Award”, announcement of the “10th Annual Small Business of the Year” and the “4th Annual Young Professional of the Year” awards, and the awarding of scholarships funded by GGCC businesses to Montgomery College students.

“We’ve had a great year at the Chamber and look forward to continuing our successes into 2017. Our Celebration Dinner is a chance to reflect on our progress and present the vision of the New Year ahead,” said GGCC Executive Director Marilyn Balcombe.

The Annual “You Made a Difference Award” is given by the current Board Chair – Stuart Barr of Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered-  to a to be named Board Member for their above & beyond contributions over the past year.

The 10th Annual “Small Business of the Year Award” will recognize a small business that is a vital part of our economy and community.

The 4th Annual “Young Professional of the Year” Award will recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of a highly motivated, emerging leader of the Chamber’s Young Professional’s group.

The City of Gaithersburg is the Title Sponsor of the event and City Mayor Jud Ashman will address the audience.

Catherine Matthews, Regional Director of the Upcounty Regional Services Center, will conduct the 2016 GGCC Board of Directors installation.

Other sponsors thus far include:

Gold Sponsors

·         Hughes Network Systems, LLC

·         Montgomery College

Silver Sponsors

·         PEPCO

·         Therrien Waddell, Inc.

Bronze Sponsors

·         Cartridge on Wheels

·         Maryland Soccer Foundation

·         Paul Simonetti, Allstate Insurance

Table Sponsors

·         Hughes Network Systems, LLC

·         Johns Hopkins University

·         Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Gaithersburg Police Department will Present the Colors and lead the attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Interested parties can visit our events calendar for further details, sponsorship opportunities and/or to purchase tickets at

Sponsorship Opportunities include:

·         Gold Sponsor: $2,000

·         Silver Sponsor: $800.00

·         Bronze Sponsor: $300

·         Table Sponsor: $1,200

·         Small Business of the Year Table: $1,200

·         Young Professional of the Year Table: $1,200

·         Scholarship Table: $1,000

Tickets are $125.

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, MD. To learn more about the GGCC visit us at Find us on Facebook 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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