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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 Non-Profit Showcase

Nonprofits serve a very important role in our community. Annually, the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) shows its commitment to volunteerism by giving its non-profit members the opportunity to “showcase” their organizations and communicate their role in our business community at its Membership Picnic.

Our non-profits do really important work for the community. It is our great pleasure to give them an opportunity to showcase their organizations,” said Marilyn Balcombe, GGCC President/CEO.

(l:r) Cornerstone Montgomery’s Anne Peyer, Executive Director, and Nicole Grainer, Communication, Marketing and Advocacy Development Manager, at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber non-profit showcase membership picnic at Smokey Glen Farm. (Photo credit – Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing)

(l:r) Cornerstone Montgomery’s Anne Peyer, Executive Director, and Nicole Grainer, Communication, Marketing and Advocacy Development Manager, at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber non-profit showcase membership picnic at Smokey Glen Farm.
(Photo credit – Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing)

 
The event, held at and sponsored by Smokey Glen Farm Barbequers, Inc. in Gaithersburg, had 16 non-profit organizations in attendance, they included:

  • American Cancer Society
  • BrightFocus Foundation
  • Cornerstone Montgomery
  • Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County
  • Eduwatch, Inc.
  • Equipment Connections for Children, Inc.
  • Family Services, Inc.
  • Gaithersburg Rotary Club
  • Hospice Caring, Inc.
  • Jones Center/CHI Centers, Inc
  • Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services
  • Mercy Health Clinic
  • Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy
  • Montgomery County – Solid Waste Services
  • Operation Second Chance / Ride Allegheny
  • Second Chance Wildlife Center

It was a fantastic evening and showed attendees that whether you work for a non-profit or support one, these groups do matter, and do retain an important part in all of our lives.

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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