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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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Chamber Kicks Off Fall with Networking Mingle

DeLeon & Stang, CPAs & Advisors partners Brad Hoffman, Jeanie Price & Rich Stang, with Katy Vilardo, Director of Development and Board Secretary, The Dick and Jody Vilardo Foundation at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber’s Fall Networking Mingle on October 3, 2018. The Dick and Jody Vilardo Foundation is just one of many organizations the firm supports. The DeLeon & Stang team look for every opportunity to build up the neighborhoods around them and improve the financial lives of those they live beside every day.
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The leaves are changing, it’s starting to get a little cooler, but at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) we are turning up the heat and just getting started with events this fall for everyone.

We kicked off October with a Fall networking mingle at DeLeon & Stang, CPAs & Advisors, located at 100 Lakeforest Boulevard, Suite 650, Gaithersburg on Oct. 3.

To mark the occasion, DeLeon & Stang had donation boxes around the office – and made a matching donation to – for The Dick and Jody Vilardo Foundation, which supports the Children’s Inn at NIH. The foundation inspires individuals and organizations to give back to their communities. The Dick and Jody Vilardo Foundation was created in the Fall of 2015 by the Vilardo family, to celebrate the lives of Dick and Jody Vilardo and their contribution of giving back to the community. Jody Vilardo and her husband, Richard Vilardo, were found stabbed to death at their Rockville, Maryland, home on Mother’s Day 2015. The foundation was formed to honor their memory.

DeLeon & Stang is an accounting firm providing accounting, tax, audit, advisory, and financial services to individuals and businesses. Their footprint in the Mid-Atlantic region spans more than 30 years. But with growth, comes change. Recently, the DeLeon & Stang team renovated their office, conference rooms, and added a game room equipped with massage chairs, Wii, a foosball table and more.

They also rebranded to include their new “The D&S Way!”, which includes a commitment to putting their people first, embracing technology, understanding their client & industry needs, exceeding expectations, and improving continuously.

At the GGCC, we are also improving continuously; as we continue to provide high-quality events; be a legislative voice & advocate on behalf of our Members; and be a resource for your business success.

Explore monthly Chamber networking events to expand your business contacts. October is chock full of events to accommodate everyone’s schedule. Just this month alone, the Chamber has a morning mixer, a networking lunch, five ribbon cutting ceremonies, a young professional group social, a leadership seminar featuring Scott Alexander, author of “Lead Like a Black Belt”; and its very popular AutumnFest, sponsored by twenty-member businesses comprising the Chamber’s Real Estate & Construction Network group. Discover us at


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Laura Rowles

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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