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.

Partner Blog for Your Success is Our Business by Laura Rowles

The Importance of Networking

Gaithersburg-Germantown Members networking & building relationships at a recent Chamber event.

In business, it is all about connections, connections, connections and how you make those connections is something just about every business person can always improve upon. Business is all about making the right connections and getting the word out about your company, services, and products. Advertising and marketing campaigns are only one part of the […]

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Chamber of Commerce Debate Set for Candidates for County Executive Race


The Maryland County Executive elections of 2018 will take place on November 6, with the primary election occurring on June 26.  The 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election is set for June 26 and it’s sure to be a historic election for Montgomery County. When voters go to the polls, they will elect a governor, a state […]

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Germantown Gym Celebrates Grand Opening with GGCC Ribbon Cutting

(l:r) Katie Doherty, General Manager, Holiday Inn - Gaithersburg; David Finestone, General Manager, ACAC Fitness and Wellness Centers; Barbara Crews, Assistant Executive Director, Community Relations, Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus & Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Board Chair; AJ Nwoga, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager, M&T Bank; and Marilyn Balcombe, President / CEO, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber, celebrate the grand opening of Germantown’s newest fitness club. 
(photo credit: Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) supported ACAC Fitness and Wellness Centers and celebrated the grand opening of their Germantown location by conducting a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Jan. 26. They are located at 20500 Seneca Meadows Parkway, Germantown. ACAC Germantown provides a fitness experience for members of all ages in a clean and […]

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New State Farm Insurance Office Opens in Germantown

GGCC ribbon cutting state farm office

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) supported State Farm Agent Manny Pohani and celebrated the grand opening of his new office by conducting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. They are located at 20030 Century Boulevard., Suite 206, Germantown. Manny Pohani offers State Farm insurance & financial products agency. Services include auto, […]

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One of the First Medical Cannabis Dispensaries is Now Open in Gaithersburg

(l:r) Andy Cohen, Owner, Herbology; Stanley Herbert, Patient Consultant, Herbology; Mitch Kahn, Owner, Herbology; Melvin Crawford III, General Manager, Herbology; Tim Hartung, Assistant General Manager, Herbology; Laurie-Anne Sayles, Council Member, City of Gaithersburg; Peyton Hurst, Regional Manager, Herbology; Matt Darin, Owner, Herbology: and Brandon Smith, Regional Manager, GreenHouse at the Grand Opening of Herbology, one of the first medical cannabis dispensaries in Gaithersburg, Maryland on January 17, 2018. 

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

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) supported Herbology and celebrated the grand opening of one of the first medical cannabis dispensary’s in Gaithersburg by conducting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Wednesday, January 17. They are located at 106 N. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg. The company’s executive management is composed of a group of highly skilled business […]

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Luke’s Squad: What I Have Learned from a Childhood Hero

Engler Family - Nancy, Lucy, Luke, Rich & Amber. Luke is a 6 year-old child diagnosed with an incurable cancer.

Allow me a moment of your time to deter from my normal blog material to shed light and bring awareness to DIPG. What’s DIPG? I’ll get to that. But first a short background on why I feel it is important to shed some light on why DIPG and how this particular story is touching my heart. […]

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber to Host Sexual Harassment Workshop

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) and Launch Workplaces -on Friday, January 12- will host a training session on sexual harassment in the workplace and what you need to know in today’s uncertain landscape.

Sexual harassment in the workplace has been considered a form of discrimination on the basis of sex in the United States since the mid 1970’s, but it seems to have been a growing epidemic. Throughout 2017, women – and men – came forward bringing allegations of sexual harassment against their employers and co-workers. Among others, […]

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Awards $6,000 in Scholarships and Raises Another $27,250

(l:r) Azeza Odharo, Montgomery College student; Rubio Mike Knapp, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Montgomery College; Priscila Rubio Montgomery College student; Jimmy Rodriguez, Montgomery College student; and Marilyn Balcombe, President / CEO, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber at the Chamber’s scholarship award presentation, a part of its annual celebration dinner held on December 7. The Chamber awarded $6,000 in scholarships and reached its $100,000 endowment goal.
(Photo Credit: Julie Kim)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) is proud of its Montgomery College Scholarship Program. Our local economy relies on an educated workforce. The Chamber Scholarship provides financial assistance to Montgomery College students pursuing higher education. Each year, with the help of its donors, the Chamber awards students Montgomery College Scholarships at its Annual Celebration Dinner […]

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Young Professionals Support Family Services, Inc.

(l:r) Erica Henze, Marketing Assistant, Family Services, Inc.; Laura Rowles, Director of Events & Marketing, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce; and PJ Horan, Founder & President, JCH Financial & GGCC Young Professional Group Chair at the Chamber’s Young Professional Group Happy Hour at Tommy Joe’s on December 12, 2017. The Young Professionals Group raised money to support the Family Services Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services division. 

(Photo credit: Chelsea Selby, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber)

When they’re not working, networking, or socializing, the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) young professionals are raising money & engaging with many community non-profits in a number of ways. The GGCC Young Professionals Group raised $130 at its Holiday Happy Hour on December 12 for Family Services, Inc.. “It’s incredibly rewarding to be able to […]

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber 2018 Board of Directors Inducted

(l:r) 2018 Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Board of Directors: Jim Muir, Hughes Network Systems, LLC; Ray McKenzie, The Law Office of Raymond T. McKenzie, Esq.; Brett Friedman, DeLeon & Stang, CPAs & Advisors; Bruce Kanner, Cartridge on Wheels; Joe Bucci, Universities at Shady Grove; Paula Ross, Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy; Rob Liebreich, Asbury Methodist Village; Francine Waters, Lerner Enterprises; PJ Horan, JCH Financial; Marilyn Balcombe, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber; Doug Ryder, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital; Colette Releford, On-Site; Adam Cox, Hughes Network Systems, LLC; Barbara Crews, Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus; Gary Unterberg, Rodgers Consulting, Inc.; Brittany Hilton, Hughes Network Systems, LLC; Stuart Barr, Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered; AJ Nwoga, M&T Bank; John Olenick, PSA Insurance & Financial Services; Doug Wrenn, Rodgers Consulting, Inc.; Tom Lonergan, City of Gaithersburg; Heather Madison, Peterson Companies; Randy Scritchfield, Randy Scritchfield, CFP®; Jerry Therrien, Therrien Waddell, Inc.; Katie Doherty, Holiday Inn Gaithersburg; Andrew Nicklas, Adventist HealthCare; and Ellen Lambert, Baywood Hotels
 (Photo Credit: Milestones & Memories)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce its 2018 Board of Directors. They are the leaders of the business community. “We have a great Board and I’m looking forward to a new year”, said Marilyn Balcombe, GGCC President / CEO. The board was inducted on Thursday, December 7, 2017.The […]

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