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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Local Non-Profit That Serves Children with Disabilities Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

(l:r) Claire Wong, Director, Equipment Connections for Children, Inc.; Janet Belleau, Board Treasurer, Equipment Connections for Children, Inc., Charles Barkley, State Delegate - District 39; and Cindy Buddington, Board Co-President, Equipment Connections for Children, Inc. at the Equipment Connections for Children, Inc ribbon cutting celebration. They are a not-for-profit organization founded in 2009 whose mission is to serve children with a disability in the greater Washington Metropolitan area by connecting costly adaptive equipment from one child with a disability who outgrows the equipment to another child who needs it.
(photo credit: Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) supported Equipment Connections for Children, Inc. (ECFC) and celebrated the grand opening of their new facility by conducting a “Ribbon Cutting” Ceremony on October 13. They are located at 18906 Premiere Court in Gaithersburg.   ECFC serves children with a disability in the greater Washington Metropolitan area by connecting […]

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber holds 12th Annual Upcounty Business Breakfast Briefing

(l:r). Brian Feldman, State Senator- District 15; Marilyn Balcombe, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce President/CEO; Nancy King, State Senator - District 39; and Colette Releford, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce Board Chair at the Chamber’s Legislative Breakfast. The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce 12th Annual Upcounty Business Breakfast Briefing -held at Hughes Network Systems in Germantown on Tuesday, October 4, 2017- is a great opportunity for their members to network over breakfast with their legislators. 
(Photo Credit: Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing)

Twelve years ago, the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) established the Upcounty Business Breakfast Briefing (UCBBB) which affords Chamber members and Upcounty Business Leaders an opportunity to discuss legislative issues with their elected officials. On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, the GGCC was honored to have Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett; State Senators Cheryl Kagan, […]

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Regional Young Professional Event Helps Foster Business Connections

(l:r) Sarah Burnett, Director, Corporate Engagement Program, Leadership Montgomery; Monica Scisorek, Membership Manager, Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce; Chelsea Selby, Director of Membership, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce; Jessica Warren, Special Events & Community Engagement Manager, Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland; Laura Rowles, Director of Events & Marketing, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce; Stephanie Helsing, Director of Membership Development, Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce; and Ali Levingston, Vice President, Leadership Programs, Leadership Montgomery at the 4th Annual “Regional Young Professional Group Happy Hour” on September 28, 2017 at Lucky Strike Bethesda. 
 (Photo credit – Brett Rough, Aerotek)

The Greater Bethesda, Gaithersburg-Germantown (GGCC), Greater Silver Spring (GSSCC), and Rockville Chambers of Commerce along with Leadership Montgomery’s (LM) Emerging Leaders said goodbye to summer and hello to Fall at its 4th Annual “Regional Young Professional Group Happy Hour” at Lucky Strike Bethesda on Thursday, September 28. Emerging leaders from across the County attended the […]

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Local Maryland Chambers Partner for Networking Event at Sugarloaf Mountain

(l:r) Marilyn Balcombe, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce President & CEO; Ray Maldo, Comus Inn Chief Financial Officer / COO; Elizabeth Cromwell, Frederick County Chamber of Commerce President & CEO; and Ibi Sofillas, Clarksburg Chamber of Commerce President at the 6th Annual “Evening of Networking  – Chambers Join Forces” on September 22, 2017 at the Comus Inn. 
 (Photo credit – Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC), Frederick County Chamber and Clarksburg Chamber of Commerce joined forces to bring its members together for the sixth annual “Evening of Networking” at the Comus Inn at Sugarloaf Mountain on Thursday, September 22. Over 150 business people attended the exclusive event hoping to make new connections and strengthen their existing […]

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Business Golf Classic Raises Money for Montgomery College

(l:r) The Therrien Waddell, Inc. team - consisting of Chris Glinski, The GreenBench Companies; Robert Dinkelspiel, The GreenBench Companies; Bill Wanatosky, ROSSI Commercial Real Estate, LLC and Dan Coffey, were excited to be out on the links at the Annual Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce Business Golf Classic at Worthington Manor Golf Club on September 8, 2017. Therrien Waddell, in addition to being a corporate sponsor, sponsored the golfer gift and the putt-a-rama contest. 
(photo credit: Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing)

It was a beautiful, sunny day for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) 27th Annual Business Golf Classic at Worthington Manor Golf Club in Urbana on Friday, September 8. The Chamber’s tournament offers its members and guests a variety of sponsorship opportunities for them to play and network with business colleagues, gain exposure, build good […]

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Hosts Non-Profit Showcase

GG CC 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. “We welcome all non-profit organizations to our Chamber. Not only do […]

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Honors Its Volunteers and Awards Four

(l:r) Trina LaPier, St. Martin's of Tours; Abdi Russi, BB&T; Marilyn Balcombe, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce Executive Director; Susan Pendy, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse; and Roy Quick, Primerica, receive Exceptional Volunteer awards at the GGCC Annual Membership & Volunteer Picnic on September 12, 2017. 
(Photo credit – Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) honored its volunteers at the Business Networking after Five event on Tuesday, September 12. The event was held at and sponsored by Smokey Glen Farm Barbequers, Inc. in Gaithersburg. The GGCC holds its annual picnic in honor of its volunteers who generously give their time and talents to the […]

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Annual Membership Picnic Slated for September 12th

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The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) will honor its volunteers, show its commitment to volunteerism and recognize its Chamber stars at the Business Networking After Five / Annual Picnic event on Tuesday, September 12. The event will be held at and is sponsored by Smokey Glen Farm Barbequers, Inc. in Gaithersburg. The GGCC holds its […]

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GGCC to Host its 27th Annual Business Golf Classic

A happy foursome from Quincy CFO, LLC & The Fagan Law Firm LLC at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce 2016 Business Golf Classic at Worthington Manor Golf Club. The Chamber will host its 27th Annual Tournament on Friday, September 8, 2017. 

(photo credit: Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) will host its 27th Annual Business Golf Classic at Worthington Manor Golf Club, 8329 Fingerboard Road, Urbana, on Friday, September 8. The chamber’s tournament affords golfers the opportunity to grow their business & play golf at the same time. This tournament is intended to offer enjoyable golf and the […]

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Senator Ben Cardin Meets with Business Leaders at the Multi-Chamber Hosted Town Hall

(l:r) Ginanne Italiano, President, The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce; Gigi Godwin, President, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce; Ben Cardin, U.S. State Senator; Marilyn Balcombe, President, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce; and Larry Finkelberg, Chairman of the Board, Rockville Chamber of Commerce at the Senator’s Small Business Town Hall at John Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus on August 31, 2017. 
(photo credit: Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown and Rockville Chambers of Commerce, along with the Greater Bethesda, Montgomery County, and the Greater Silver Spring Chambers of Commerce joined forces for conversation with U.S. Senator Ben Cardin on August 31 at Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus. It was great for the business community to come together to talk about national […]

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