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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 Will Host Entrepreneur Breakfast on Funding

ggccThe Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce will continue its Entrepreneur Breakfast Series on Wednesday, June 8 at the  Montgomery College, BioScience Education Center in Germantown. The series is entitled “How to Find the Funding”.

Have you ever asked yourself these questions:

  • How do I find the money to start my business?
  • How do I fund my start-up?
  • How do I find ways to make my project stand out?

Funding is the fuel on which a business runs. A business can take different avenues to attain funding, and more than one option can be used. This entrepreneur series – FUNDING – will discuss the options on how one can secure a variety of funding options & help improve your odds of success.

This Entrepreneur Breakfast will be just as successful as the first two. When entrepreneurs are looking to start a business or grow their business, funding is the first thing they need. This seminar will provide the answers to their questions and show them how to find the money. It’s difficult for business owners to take time away from their business and we need to make sure that when they attend a Chamber seminar, they are getting a good return on investment. I’m confident that we will deliver.–said Marilyn Balcombe, GGCC Executive Director.

The morning will begin with our Keynote Speaker Elie Ashery, Co-President & CEO of Gold Lasso, will speak on “How to Find the Funding”.

Ashery is a true entrepreneur who has dedicated his career to Internet marketing and new media. He is responsible for the strategy of Gold Lasso and helps to lead the innovation behind the company’s products and services. Ashery’s career as an Internet marketer has been chronicled in numerous media outlets including Entrepreneur Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine and The Washington Post. As a thought leader, Ashery has written a variety of articles for trade journals and blogs covering a wide range of Internet marketing topics from strategy to ethics and speaks regularly at trade events. In 2007 he was asked to provide research and write the forward for the book The Complete Guide to E-mail Marketing by Bruce Brown. Ashery holds an EMBA and bachelor’s degree in finance in addition to serving as an adjunct professor of strategy and game theory at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

He will be followed by a panel discussion of entrepreneurs that include: Kay Hechler, Owner, Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa and Leigh Press, President, PCC Construction Components, Inc. and more. Each panelist will share their funding story.

Over 150 entrepreneurs, business owners, and Montgomery College students have gathered at the past Entrepreneur Breakfasts’ to discover what it takes to make a strong business partnership work & are entrepreneurs born or made. Don’t miss this event.

Tickets are only $20. And can be purchased by visiting the events calendar at or

The event is sponsored by Montgomery College.

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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