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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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Members Support Toys for Tots & Have A Lot to Be Thankful For

Roughly 60 toys were donated to the Pinky & Pepe’s Grape Escape fundraising & toy drive collection for Toys for Tots at the “Give Thanks” Cocktail Mixer at Pinky & Pepe’s Grape Escape on Thursday, November 16, 2017. 
(photo credit: Pinky & Pepe’s Grape Escape)

In the words of Gandhi: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” We give back because it teaches us find compassion within ourselves and to stay attached to values that are linked to the common good. No matter how tough you think your life is there’s always […]

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Dinner to be Held in December

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The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) will hold their Annual Celebration Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, December 7 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg. The Annual Dinner is the Chamber’s opportunity to celebrate our successes of the year and look ahead. New officers and Board Members are announced; awards will […]

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Hope Grows Child Development Center Opens Second Location in Germantown

Hope Grows Child Devlopment Center opens in Germantown

A pirate ship playground; vibrant, bold, inviting colors; an exquisite room dedicated to infants with cribs, bright mirrors, warm rugs sensory tables and more; several other classrooms full of arts and crafts supplies; clothes for dress-up and pretend play, musical instruments to explore and spaces to play, to learn and explore; and an area built […]

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Local Chamber Raises over $1,000 for the Lollipop Kids Foundation

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber’s Direct Connect Group synergized to raise money for the Lollipop Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization geared towards creating opportunities that enable children with disabilities to live to their fullest potential, in Rockville, MD. 
1st Row: Scott Roser, Macris, Hendricks & Glascock, P.A.; Jeff Hoffman, CapStar Commercial Realty; Kenny Cohn, Kevco Building Services, Inc.; Nina Manguiri, Therrien Waddell, Inc.; and Deann O’Brien, M&T Bank. 
2nd Row: Dave Bauman, FAB Electric & Generators; Barbara Kromer, Snyder Cohn, PC; Afreen Husain, M&T Bank; Rich Cornwell, CFR Engineering; and Leigh Press, PCC Construction Components, Inc.
3rd Row: Cliff Veirs, C. Clifton Veirs Agency; Shannon Allcock, Shanco Companies, Inc.; Billy Litz, Snyder Cohn, PC; Robin Menge, GTM Architects; and Mark Anchor, GB Shades, LLC.
(photo credit: Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce’s (GGCC) Construction Direct Connect Group raised $1,130 for the Lollipop Kids Foundation from the group’s AutumnFest Happy Hour held at Tapp’d in Bethesda. The monies were raised through event registrations, a silent auction, event games, and charitable donations. As part of the local community, our group is focused on supporting […]

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Family HealthCare, PC. Opens Germantown Patient Care Center

(l:r) Family HealthCare, P.C.’s Dr Martha Skurla, M.D.; Dr Megan Wollman– Rosenwald, M.D; Dr Rita Sharma, M.D.; Dr Monica Howard, D.O., Managing Partner; and Dr Jimmy Sheikh, M.D. at their ribbon cutting celebration. All the doctors in the practice are Family Medicine. Their new office is on the campus of the Germantown Holy Cross Hospital. 
(photo credit: Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) supported Family HealthCare, PC. and celebrated the grand opening of their new medical office by conducting a “Ribbon Cutting” Ceremony on Tuesday, November 7. They are located at 19851 Observation Drive, Suite 250, Germantown.      Family HealthCare (FHC) is a physician-owned primary care medical practice with three locations in […]

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Keys to Implementing a Successful Volunteer Program

(l:r) Molly Callaway, Director, Montgomery County Volunteer Center; Paula Ross, Director & Gaithersburg-Germantown Board Member, Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy; Sarah Burnett, Director of Corporate Engagement Programs, Leadership Montgomery; Erica Henze, Marketing Assistant, Family Services, Inc.; Karla Contreras, City of Gaithersburg Community Services Division; and Maureen Herndon, Community Services Division Manager, City of Gaithersburg at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Non-Profit Forum on Volunteerism at Family Services on October 31, 2017. 
(photo credit: Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing)

Turns out building relationships with non-profit partners and those that volunteer within your organization is essential to success. The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce’s Non-Profit Group held a panel discussion on “Volunteerism – Recruitment / Retention / Empowerment“. The conversation was focused on recruiting, retaining and creating meaningful experiences for volunteers. The roundtable conversation included panelists […]

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Sports Rehab & Physical Therapy Company Open Second Location

(l:r) Rehab 2 Perform’s Paul Barrios, Clinic Coordinator; Dr. Jamie Wood, Physical Therapist; Dr. Caleb Fatzinger, Physical Therapist, Frederick; Dr. Josh Funk, Owner/ Physical Therapist; Dr. Zach Baker, Site Director, Physical Therapist; Bailey Rankin, Director of Operations; Kristen Galligan, Client Coordinator; Kara Phoubandith, Client Coordinator; Dr. Anthony Iannarino, Physical Therapist; and Dr. Jarred Boyd, Physical Therapist, at the Rehab 2 Perform Germantown ribbon cutting celebration. At Rehab 2 Perform, their goal is to provide you with education and solutions that not only give you the physicality necessary to perform now, but perform for life. 
(photo credit: Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing)

More like a fitness center than a doctor’s office, Rehab 2 Perform opened its second location in Germantown. The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) supported Rehab 2 Perform and celebrated the grand opening of their new facility by conducting a “Ribbon Cutting” Ceremony on Friday, October 20. They are located at 20310 Seneca Meadows Parkway, […]

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Skilled Restoration Professionals Opens New Facility in Gaithersburg

(l:r) Tom Plant, Managing Partner, Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling.; Shane Robinson, State Delegate - District 39; and Charles Barkley, State Delegate - District 39; at the Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling ribbon cutting celebration. Paul Davis emergency services covers just about any type of damage that can hit your home or business.
(photo credit: Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing)

If a disaster hits your home or business, the skilled restoration professionals at Paul Davis are ready to assist you at their brand new facility in Gaithersburg. The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) supported Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling and celebrated the grand opening of their new facility by conducting a “Ribbon Cutting” Ceremony on […]

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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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