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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: Infinite Bridge Named the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber’s Small Business of the Year

Cliff Peterson, CEO of Infinite Bridge is the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber’s 14th Annual Small Business of the Year. Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center recognizes the importance of small businesses in the community, as the sponsor of the award for the third year in a row.
(Photo Credit: Laura Rowles, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber (GGCC) awarded Infinite Bridge as the recipient of the 14th Annual Small Business of the Year Award (SBY) on December 3, 2020; at the Chamber’s first-ever virtual gala. The award was presented by Aj Nwoga with M&T Bank.

The Small Business of the Year Award recognizes small businesses, which are a vital part of our economy and community. The award is presented to the small business that demonstrates success, community involvement, and excellent customer relations.

Infinite Bridge, as an independent computer consulting firm, has been around officially since around 2002. It was previously known as Support of the Nerds. They bridge the gap between your business and technology. They are a managed service provider, providing everything IT – comprehensive support agreements covering end-users, servers, networks, phones, security, compliance, disaster prevention and recovery, websites, email, video surveillance, on-site staff, contract and vendor management, as well as IT management and strategic planning.

It’s important to take a moment to celebrate small business owners,” said Marilyn Balcombe, GGCC President / CEO. “We’ve all been through a tough year, and our small businesses have really worked hard to stay in business and remain relevant in today’s economy. Infinite Bridge is a perfect example of everything that is right with small business. We congratulate Cliff Peterson and Infinite Bridge.”

In the beginning, they were supporting a few small, local businesses, until the idea of making it “official” solidified.  Since then, they’ve acquired every new client through word of mouth – with little to no marketing. They have two core principles – “serve others” and “walk in the light”.  And they make it their mission to know each and every customer and be a part of their team.

Owner Cliff Peterson joked that his biggest problem is getting invited to too many holiday parties because people think he’s a part of their staff.  The Chamber believes this is just a true testament that Infinite Bridge’s primary concern are the businesses and clients they serve.

They are involved in several community support efforts, as a corporate sponsor of Stepping Stones Shelter and Mother Seton Academy. During this pandemic, they purchased new systems for donation and often take decent systems that were excessed by clients and rebuild them for donation to families in need.

Infinite Bridge has been a Gaithersburg-Germantown Member for two years and has supported and continues to support us in many ways.

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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