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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 Launches New Program for Its Members

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) is pleased to announce the launch of its Business Resource Council (BRC). The BRC is members helping members. It provides an opportunity for our members to meet one-on-one with fellow chamber members to help solve the problems keeping them up at night.

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President/CEO Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce Marilyn Balcombe
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“I’m very excited about this program. We have so much business expertise in the Chamber; it makes sense to tap into knowledge. Our Chamber members have always been very generous with the time and talent to help other Chamber members succeed. This program just makes it a lot easier and a lot more effective in matching those who have questions with those who can provide the answers. It’s a no-brainer,” said GGCC Executive Director Marilyn Balcombe.

The BRC will leverage the knowledge and expertise inherent in the membership to provide advice, guidance, and direction to fellow chamber members who might need help in running their business.

The concept is simple. The Council will be a standing committee of chamber members who have agreed to share their expertise on a given topic. Chamber members in need of advice on a given topic will contact the Business Resource Council. The Council will match problem with the expert and provide free, one-time service to address that problem.

GGCC BRC Areas of Expertise

  • Legal Issues concerning Business Formation and Ownership
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Plans / Financial Projections
  • Business Capital and Financing
  • Organizational Development
  • Human Resource Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Accounting Services
  • Sales
  • Marketing and Branding
  • Website Development / Digital Marketing
  • IT Engineering and Training
  • Community and Government Relations
  • Business Succession

To learn more about the BRC or the GGCC, visit: or call us at 301.840.1400 x15.

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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