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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 Public Safety Awards Breakfast Slated for August 14th

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce will honor Upcounty police officers, special operations teams, firefighters and paramedics at their 20th Annual Public Safety Awards of GGCC logo

The event will be held on Friday, August 14 from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Harvest Building, 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg.

This year we will honor the county’s, National Institute of Standards and Technology Fire Department & the City of Gaithersburg’s finest men & women in following categories: Medal of Valor, Citation for Bravery, Distinguished Service Citation and Meritorious Service Citation.

This annual awards program provides the business community with an opportunity to publicly thank those who help maintain the quality of life in the Gaithersburg and Germantown area.

“This is one of the most important events we do each year. Our public safety personnel work very hard day in and day out to keep our community safe. The very least we can do is to honor them once a year,” said Marilyn Balcombe, GGCC Executive Director.

In 2014, over 225 people were in attendance as we honored 58 public safety officials from the Gaithersburg Police Department, Montgomery County Police 5th & 6th Districts, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue and the National Institute of Standard and Technology Fire Department.

We invite you to come and join us as we recognize the heroic deeds of our local law enforcement and fire-rescue workers. These men and women go above and beyond the call of duty to serve our local community and we want them to know we appreciate them and their hard work.

For the eighth year in a row, Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling,, is the Title Sponsor of the event. For more than 40 years, Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling craftsmanship and care has helped families and businesses overcome the devastating setbacks inflicted by fire, flood and wind.

Other sponsors include:

Official Gift Sponsor

  • Lerner Enterprise

Shining Silver Sponsors

  • Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union
  • omniNET+

Table Sponsors

  • Asbury Methodist Village
  • Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby, LLP
  • Gaithersburg Police Foundation
  • Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus
  • Lakeforest Mall
  • Lerner Enterprises
  • Pepco
  • Rockin’ Jump
  • Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
  • Therrien Waddell, Inc.
  • United Security, Inc.

Gift Sponsors

  • Asia Nine
  • Blackfinn Ameripub – DC
  • Buca di Beppo
  • Corner Bakery Cafe
  • Corner Pub
  • La Madeleine Country French Cafe
  • Melting Pot Gaithersburg
  • Sardi’s Restaurant

Official Photography Donated by / Sponsored by

  • Sugarloaf Photography by Fabrizio

Honor Guard by

  • Gaithersburg Police Department

Tickets for this event are $35 for Members and $60 for Non-Members. Sponsorships -including: Shining Silver, Table & Sponsor a Public Safety Official- are also available. 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. To learn more about the GGCC visit us at Find us on Facebook at: Or on Twitter at @GGCCNEWS.


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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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