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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: My Perspective as a GGCC Intern

Even though the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) team has been working remotely, they were able to accept an intern for the 2020-2021 school year. It was our pleasure to have Isaac Shulman work alongside us. There was no one better suited to ride out the pandemic with us. The Chamber is so honored to be able to participate in the Montgomery County Public Schools Internship program. It is a wonderful opportunity for the students to get hands-on experience and learn about the “real world”. The GGCC’s President, Marilyn Balcombe; Director of Marketing, Laura Rowles; and Director of Membership, Chelsea Selby, mentor the students and instill valuable first-hand knowledge of potential future career paths. It is truly a rewarding experience for the Chamber. If you have the capability to take on an intern, please contact a local high school and get involved. 

Now a little bit about Isaac in his own words.

Isaac Shulman was the Gaithersburg- Germantown Chamber of Commerce 2020-2021 intern. He was a senior at Northwest High School. He heads to Muhlenberg College this Fall.
(photo: Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Marketing)

Hi, my name is Isaac Shulman, and I am a graduating senior from Northwest High School. As today is my last day interning with the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, I can’t even imagine not having this amazing experience! The moment I knew I wanted to have an internship was when I was sitting in my AP Microeconomics class, one of the many Academy of Finance courses, my junior year, and overheard a group of seniors discussing how much they have learned from their internships. This year has definitely not disappointed!

My experience with the Chamber was not one that most other high school interns, from previous years, can relate to. I did the vast majority of my work from my downstairs family room, and didn’t even step foot into the office until the final months of my internship. While this did come with the convenience factor, I almost entirely missed out on the personal connections that are synonymous with working in an office. That was where the entire Chamber staff stepped in. Laura, Marilyn and Chelsea always made it a priority to invite and encourage me to attend all of the small in-person functions that went on throughout the year. I got to attend a number of ribbon cuttings for businesses that were either reopening from COVID or opening despite the ongoing pandemic. It was there that I was able to see first-hand how important it is to build personal connections with other members of the business community.

Throughout my time with the Chamber, I have had the ability to learn about a wide array of topics ranging from prospecting businesses to county politics, to state legislation, to social media marketing, to database management, to understand the budget and much, much more. One thing that I am grateful for is, no matter what I was interested in, I had the opportunity not just to learn, but also to experience it. For example, when learning about the impact that zoning requirements have on the community, I followed the county master plan and gave a presentation on the effects this might have on local business growth, racial justice and the environment.

Now for the question that seems to be on everyone’s mind. What is my plan for next year?  Next fall I will be attending Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and am planning on majoring in international studies. I don’t know what the future will hold for me, but I do know that I will be ready for whatever comes next!

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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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