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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 Entrepreneur Breakfast Series Starts October 8

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce will host our first program in our new Entrepreneur Breakfast Series on Thursday, October 8 from 7:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at Montgomery College, BioScience Education Center, 20200 Observation Drive in Germantown.

This first series is entitled “Are Entrepreneur’s Born or Made”. Do you think entrepreneurs are made or born? I say made, my partner says born. What do you say? Is it a combination of both? Either way, we are going to attempt to answer this longstanding debate at our Entrepreneur Breakfast Series.

“It takes a lot of hard work, determination, and courage to start a business. We want to take a look at what it takes to make that leap. What are the characteristics of an entrepreneur? Are they born or made? I assume it’s a little of both, but we’ll find out, “said Marilyn Balcombe, GGCC Executive Director.

The morning will begin with our keynote speaker Oliver Schlake, Ph. D., a Clinical Professor at the Robert H. Smith School of Business who will speak on “Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made”.

He will be followed by a panel discussion of “home- grown” entrepreneurs. Each panelist will share their “entrepreneur” story, what motivated them to take the entrepreneurial leap, and they will answer the question—“are entrepreneurs born or made?”

Businesses are invited to come and discover their inner entrepreneur and/or share experiences with your fellow entrepreneur’s. There is power in working with committed individuals who are on a similar path.

Come and meet a broader cross section of the County’s entrepreneurs. This program is open to any and all members of the community. It’s for those who want to be, who aspire to be, who are, who dream to be, and who are accomplished Entrepreneurs!

Registration begins at 7:45 a.m.; program begins promptly at 8:15 a.m.


  • “Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made” with Oliver Schlake, University of Maryland

Entrepreneur Panel with:

  • John Compton, GeneDx
  • Angela Graham, Quality Biological, Inc.
  • Ellen Bogage, Chesapeake Public Strategies

Event Sponsors: Holy Cross Germantown Hospital & Montgomery College

Ticket Cost: $15 (a continental breakfast will be served)

Register at: or email

Please visit our website, for further details.

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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