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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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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Dinner to be Held in December

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) will hold their Annual Celebration Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, December 7 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg.

The Annual Dinner is the Chamber’s opportunity to celebrate our successes of the year and look ahead. New officers and Board Members are announced; awards will be presented and scholarships to Montgomery College students are rewarded. This Annual Dinner presents a great opportunity to network with Chamber members, county business leaders, and government officials while enjoying a wonderful dinner and music.

It’s our biggest bash of the year, it’s a celebration of business, and serves as the Chamber’s largest fundraiser, helping us continue our mission of strengthening businesses and the economic environment for those who work, live and do business in our community.

The evening events include: the installation of the 2018 Board of Directors, a silent auction, dinner, music, the presentation of the Annual “You Made a Difference Award”, announcement of the “11th Annual Small Business of the Year” and the “5th Annual Young Professional of the Year” awards, and the awarding of scholarships funded by GGCC businesses to Montgomery College students.

“We’ve had a great year at the Chamber and look forward to continuing our successes into 2018. Our Celebration Dinner is a chance to reflect on our progress and present the vision of the New Year ahead,” said GGCC Executive Director Marilyn Balcombe.

The Annual “You Made a Difference Award” is given by the current Board Chair – Colette Releford of  to a to be named Board Member for their above and beyond contributions over the past year.

The 11h Annual “Small Business of the Year Award” will recognize a small business that is a vital part of our economy and community. Small Business of the Year Sponsor M&T Bank will present the award.

The 5th Annual “Young Professional of the Year” Award will recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of a highly motivated, emerging leader of the Chamber’s Young Professional’s group. Small Business of the Year Sponsor Total Wine & More will present the award.

Three Montgomery College students will be awarded scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each. The Chamber is proud of its Montgomery College Scholarship Program. Our local economy relies on an educated workforce. To date we have given over $150,000 in scholarships to students.

In addition to funding current scholarships, the Chamber has established an endowment for future giving. We are closing in on our goal of a $100,000 donation in the form of an Montgomery College Scholarship Program. We currently have $93,000 invested in the endowment. It is our hope that we will reach our goal the evening of December 7. This will ensure that the GGCC continues to support Montgomery College in perpetuity.

The City of Gaithersburg is the Title Sponsor of the event and City Mayor Jud Ashman will address the audience.

Ashman will also conduct the 2017 GGCC Board of Directors installation that will take place at 6:15 p.m.

Other sponsors thus far include:


  • Hughes Network Systems
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Montgomery College


  • DeLeon & Stang, CPAs & Advisors
  • Peterson Companies
  • Rodgers Consulting, Inc.
  • Therrien Waddell, Inc. 


  • Cartridge on Wheels
  • Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered
  • Lerner Enterprises
  • Maryland Soccer Foundation
  • Pettit Companies
  • Savant Capital Management
  • State Farm Insurance Aguirre

Small Business of the Year

  • M&T Bank

Young Professional of the Year

  • Total Wine & More


  • Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center
  • Holy Cross Health
  • Hughes Network Systems, LLC
  • Randy Scritchfield, CFP®
  • Wegmans Food Market

The Gaithersburg Police, Montgomery County Police and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Departments will Present the Colors and lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Interested parties can visit our events calendar for further details, sponsorship opportunities and/or to purchase tickets at

Sponsorship Opportunities include:

  • Gold Sponsor: $2,000
  • Silver Sponsor: $800.00
  • Bronze Sponsor: $300
  • Table Sponsor: $1,200
  • Scholarship Table: $1,000

Tickets for this event are $125 per person. Please visit our website,, for further details.

About the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber: 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. The GGCC is located at 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg, MD. To learn more about the GGCC visit us at Find us on Facebook at: Or on Twitter at @GGCCNEWS.

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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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