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About 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... Read more

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Blog: Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce Conducts Over 80 Ribbon Cuttings

When a business holds a ribbon cutting ceremony, it’s a time for owners, employees, the public, and the business community to celebrate the hope and prosperity that increased commerce represents.

That is the idea behind “BACK TO BUSINESS & BETTER”, the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) hosted 83 ribbon cuttings at businesses across the Upcounty. The Chamber team sprinted from business to business with a large pair of red scissors across the Upcounty to celebrate business.

The ribbon cuttings are a symbol of hope, prosperity and opportunity for a better and stronger tomorrow – all of which are needed now. It was a unique way for the Chamber to say thank you to Upcounty businesses that are open and ready to serve.

The Germantown Copy Center team of Kathryn Johnson, Dona Almquist, Scott Garretson, Harold Springer, Lauren Vaughan, & David Beach, are open for business in Germantown. They are a full-service copy center serving the community for 34-years.
(photo credit: Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing)

“It was great to go out and celebrate our business community,” said Marilyn Balcombe, GGCC President/CEO. “We really need to support our local businesses. If we want them to be open after the pandemic is over, we need to support them now.”

Chamber Members are the lifeline of the GGCC. Creating public awareness for Upcounty businesses is instrumental in showing the value they provide for our entire community.

As our community works toward reopening and recovery, the Chamber team is committed to helping businesses celebrate their reopening as safely and responsibly as possible. Each ribbon cutting involved only business owners, along with the Chamber staff; and was conducted following County and State regulations.

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A directory of current GGCC Members can be viewed at For more information on the GGCC visit

The GGCC is active in providing business-to-business networking opportunities throughout the year: a collective voice in local, regional, and state legislative affairs, professional development opportunities and other services that enhance the business environment.

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About Laura Rowles

Laura authors the blog Your Success is Our Business on MyMCMedia. Laura is the Director of Events & Marketing for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce - a member-based organization of businesses that have joined together for the purpose of promoting the civic, commercial and industrial progress in our communities. The area's economic well-being is a result of the caliber of work that is done by the Chamber. The Chamber has a major impact on business, income and future growth of the area. My position at the Chamber - Director of Events & Marketing - affords me the opportunity to plan quality events for our Members and market the Chamber is a variety of avenues. At the GGCC, we typically have around 30 events each year including: breakfasts, lunches, after-five's, ribbon cuttings and special events. The consensus is we have high quality events with good energy. In 2012, we had over 2,040 people visit our events. Most our events are free to Members so securing sponsorships for all events. Additionally, I am responsible for planning networking, overseeing the budget and marketing of all events in order to make them successful. Lastly, I coordinate all marketing and communication efforts of the GGCC including weekly email blasts, its quarterly newsletter, all social media platforms, media relations and community outreach.


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