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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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GGCC Holds Business Networking at IWLA

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce held a “Business Networking Before Nine” at The Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA) on Tuesday, April 8. IWLA is located at 707 Conservation Lane in Gaithersburg.

It’s always great to see so many people come out to our events. It shows how valuable face-to-face networking still is. Even with all the virtual options we have for communicating, sitting down and having a cup of coffee is still one of the best options for getting to know someone,” said Marilyn Balcombe, GGCC Executive Director.

IWLA is a national non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the soil, air, woods, and water of the United States.

With a network of more than 240 local chapters nationwide, the League takes a common-sense approach toward protecting the Country’s natural heritage and improving outdoor recreation opportunities for all. To learn more about the available chapters visit:

Their mission is to “conserve, restore, and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources, including soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife”. To learn more about them visit:

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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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