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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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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GGCC 14th Annual Wine Tasting Slated for May 11

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The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) will host its 14th Annual Wine Tasting event on May 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Kentlands Mansion in Gaithersburg. This year’s wine tasting will feature a guided tutorial of five featured wines compliments of Pinky and Pepe of Pinky and Pepe’s Grape Escape. Also attendees will receive a special […]

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BlackRock Center Honors GGCC Executive Director Marilyn Balcombe With Rocky Award

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce’s (GGCC) Executive Director Marilyn Balcombe was honored with the Rocky Award on Friday, May 5 from BlackRock Center for the Arts. BlackRock has been near and dear to my heart since we opened 15 years ago. I was the Executive Director through the building and opening of the Center. I have […]

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Celebrates Reopening of Lakeforest Sport & Health Club (PHOTO)

(l:r) Lakeforest Sport & Health Club’s Lauren Higgins, Group Exercise Director; Jeannie Meece, Assistant General Manager; Justin Brisco Harcum, Membership Consultant; Adam Walker, General Manager; Kimberly Ulloa, Membership Consultant; Josh Florentino Membership Consultant; Ben Frye, Aquatics Director & Briana Campbell, Regional Director cut the ribbon celebrating their grand re-opening at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber conducted Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. 
(photo credit: Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) celebrated the reopening of the Lakeforest Sport & Health Club by conducting a “ribbon-cutting” ceremony for them on May 2nd. The club is located at 700 Russell Avenue in Gaithersburg.       City of Gaithersburg Councilmember Neil Harris along with chamber members and guests enjoyed the gyms new look, including […]

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Celebrates Grand Opening of Duck Donuts in Gaithersburg (PHOTO)

(l:r) Stuart Barr, Attorney Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered & Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Board Member, presents Rue Rusike, Manager, Duck Donuts, with a state proclamation at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber conducted Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, April 28, 2017. 
(photo credit: Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) celebrated the grand opening of the Gaithersburg Duck Donuts by conducting a “ribbon-cutting’ ceremony on April 28th. The business is located at 511 Quince Orchard in Gaithersburg.    What started out as a whim, a far-fetched idea is now a staple and tradition. Duck Donuts is warm, delicious, made […]

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