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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 Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony on December 5

GGCC Logo SizedThe Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) will hold their Annual Celebration Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg.

The evening events include: the installation of the 2014 Board of Directors, a silent auction, dinner, music, the presentation of the Annual “You Made a Difference Award”, announcement of the “7th Annual Small Business of the Year” and our first ever “Young Professional of the Year” awards, Hall of Fame induction and the awarding of four scholarships funded by GGCC Businesses to Montgomery College students.

“This is a great time to reflect on the progress we’ve made in 2013 and look forward to the great work we will do in 2014. It’s a time for our Board and members to come together and celebrate our successes,” said GGCC Executive Director Marilyn Balcombe.

The Annual “You Made a Difference Award” is given by the current Board Chair – Ron Dimaranan of M&T Bank to a to be named Board Member for their above & beyond contributions over the past year.

The 7th Annual “Small Business of the Year Award” will recognize a small business that is a vital part of our economy and community. The award will be presented by last year’s winner Authxperts, LLC.

The 1st 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 Sidney Katz will address the audience. Mayor Katz will also conduct the 2014 GGCC Board of Directors installation.

Other sponsors thus far include:

Gold Sponsors

  • Clarksburg Premium Outlets at Cabin Branch
  • Holy Cross Hospital
  • Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered
  • Shady Grove Adventist Hospital

Bronze Sponsors

  • Rodgers Consulting, Inc.

Small Business of the Year Award Table

  • Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union

Table & Scholarship Sponsor

  • Hughes Network Systems

Table Sponsorship

  • Montgomery County Department of Economic Development
  • M&T Bank
  • OBA Bank
  • Scheer Partners, Inc.

Scholarship Sponsor

  • MAR, Incorporated

Wine Sponsor

  • The Gazette

Gaithersburg High School 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: $1,500
  • Silver Sponsor: $500
  • Bronze Sponsor: $150

Tickets are $75 for Chamber Members and $80 for Non-Members.

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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