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 and special events. The consensus is the Chamber has high quality events with good energy. In 2012, we had over 2,040 people visit our events. Join in learning about the events GGCC offers the business community.

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Chamber President Graduates from Vigorous Professional Development Program

Steve Clark, Chair, Northeast Institute Board of Regents (left), Joseph Henning, IOM, Chair, Institute National Board of Trustees (right) recognizes Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, Marilyn Balcombe (center) as an Institute for Organization Management graduate. Institute for Organization Management is a professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The four-year program educates leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. 
(photo credit: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) would like to congratulate Marilyn Balcombe, President & CEO for completion of the Institute for Organization Management. Balcombe attended the Northeast Institute at Villanova University for the past 4 summers. A professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Institute for Organization Management was designed to […]

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Art of Problem Solving Academy Now Open and Celebrates with Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Ribbon Cutting

(r:l) Lynne Benzion, Director of Business Retention & Expansion, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation presents the County Executive proclamation to Art of Problem Solving Academy’s (AoPS) Glen Dawson, National Director; Mark Smith, Campus Director and Carol Vederman, Outreach Coordinator at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber conducted ribbon cutting celebration for AoPs on Friday, August 11, 2017. 
(photo credit: Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) supported Art of Problem Solving Academy (AoPs) and celebrated the grand opening of their academy by conducting a “Ribbon Cutting” Ceremony for them on Friday, August 11, 2017. They are located at 9711 Washington Boulevard, Suite 150 in Gaithersburg.          Art of Problem Solving Academy offers small, highly interactive […]

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Young Professional Groups Build Relationships and More

(l:r) Laura Lokey, Marketing Coordinator, Frederick County Chamber of Commerce; Ken Oldham, President and CEO United Way of Frederick County; and Laura Rowles, Director of Events & Marketing, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce at the Joint Happy Hour Event on August 2, 2017 at Attaboy Beer. 
(Photo compliments of Chelsea Selby, GGCC)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce Young Professional Group (GGCC) and Frederick County Chamber Generation Connect joined forces to bring its members together for a happy hour at Attaboy Beer in Frederick on August 2. Over 100 emerging leaders attended the exclusive event. It was an enjoyable opportunity to meet some new faces, enjoy a cocktail […]

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Twenty Public Safety Officials Honored at Chamber’s Public Safety Breakfast

(l:r) Montgomery County Police, 5th District Officer Jonathan Pruziner, Mary & Sahara Wimpy were excited to be able to honor Pruziner with the Distinguished Service Citation after he saved the life of Sahara Wimpy, an autistic child, who had gone missing.
(Photo compliments of Phil Fabrizio, PhotoLoaf® - Live. Love. Play. Loaf.) 



(Photo by Phil Fabrizio)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) honored twenty Upcounty Police Officers and a Firefighter at their 22nd Annual Public Safety Awards Breakfast on Friday, July 14. The event was held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. The Annual Public Safety Awards honor the Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue, and Emergency Service professionals protecting the Upcounty of […]

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Under the Lights...

Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber's Laura Rowles volunteers with Operation Second Chance

It was a beautiful evening, sipping on local craft brews from DC Brau and Flying Dog, in the spring sunshine, volunteering. The Kentlands Under the Lights Community Dinner was held this past Saturday. The event gives Kentlands residents and businesses the opportunity to share delicious cooking, engage in conversation and connect as neighbors and friends. As the Director […]

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Members Learn about Mercy Health Clinic

(l:r) Joan Ronnenberg, Director of Development and Communication, Mercy Health Clinic; Mark Foraker, Executive Director, Mercy Health Clinic; and Marilyn Balcombe, Executive Director, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber at the Chamber’s Business Networking Before Nine mixer on June 13, 2017 at Mercy Health Clinic in Gaithersburg. 

(photo by: Laura Rowles, Director of Marketing, GGCC)

Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Members attended a networking mixer at Mercy Health Clinic on June 13 to discover a hidden gem in Gaithersburg that has been providing free medical care to thousands of low-income, uninsured Montgomery County neighbors for seventeen years. Mercy Health Clinic Executive Director, Mark Foraker, discovered that most of the attendees had not heard […]

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Save the Date: Explore Downtown Crown Set for June 7

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The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) will hold its 3rd Annual Explore Downtown Crown on Wednesday, June 7 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. in Downtown Crown Gaithersburg. Over 100 area business leaders will be in attendance. This popular annual event is a great opportunity to socialize with fellow chamber members all while enjoying the vibrant, social hub […]

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Hires New Director of Membership

Chelsea Selby

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) welcomes Chelsea Selby as their new Director of Membership. Selby is a marketing professional who recently relocated to Maryland from Georgia. She was formerly an advertising representative at Smith Communications, Inc. She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from California University of Pennsylvania. Selby resides in North Bethesda and […]

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14th Annual Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Wine Tasting Held at Kentlands Mansion

(l:r) Anita Anderson, Maryland Leadership Workshops; Brittany Hilton, Hughes Network Systems, LLC - An EchoStar Company;  & Gizelle Petit, Sandy Spring Bank, enjoy wine and small bites at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber 14th Annual Wine Tasting held at the Kentlands Mansion in Gaithersburg. 
(photo compliments of Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Marketing)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) held its 14th Annual Wine Tasting on Thursday, May 11 at the Kentlands Mansion in Gaithersburg. Over 100 area business leaders were in attendance. The Chamber’s wine tasting affords business professionals the opportunity to meet, network and share ideas over wine. The wines are paired with small bites from […]

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Young Professionals Celebrate 5 Years While Supporting Operation Second Chance

(l:r) Kelly Jennings, Founder/CEO, Quincy CFO, LLC; James Fagan, Managing Partner, The Fagan Law Firm LLC; Laura Rowles, Director of Events & Marketing, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce; Vanessa Toner, Administrative Assistant, Operation Second Chance; Marilyn Balcombe, Executive Director, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce; and PJ Horan, Senior Partner, Mass Mutual Greater Washington at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Young Professional Group Picnic. The group raised money for Operation Second Chance, a non-profit providing emergency financial assistance to post 9-11 wounded, injured and ill combat Veterans. 

(Photo credit: Nicole Evans, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott)

Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) members and guests gathered at Smokey Glen Farm Barbequers in Gaithersburg to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the Chamber’s Young Professional Group (YPG). The Chamber’s YPG is packed with lots of enthusiasm and high aspirations. The mission of the group is to make the Gaithersburg-Germantown communities and surrounding areas a […]

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