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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 Conducts Ribbon Cutting for the Nonprofit Village Center

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The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) supported The Nonprofit Village Center, Inc. (NPV) on the grand opening of their new space. NPV will relocate this month to 15800 Crabbs Branch Road, Suite 300, in Rockville.

The Nonprofit Village Center is an incubator for mission-based organizations, providing capacity building, professional support services and collaboration – all within a shared space. Celebrating its 10th year of operations, the Nonprofit Village is Montgomery County’s first and only multi-tenant nonprofit center. Many local officials, including County Executive Ike Leggett, County Executive-elect Marc Elrich, and Councilmembers Sidney Katz & Hans Reimer, along with several GGCC Chamber members, attended the ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, November 30, 2018, to show support for the center.

Welcome to our new home, said Alex Johnson, Potomac Network Group and NPV Board Chair. “We are here to celebrate the grand opening of our new and improved nonprofit incubator and co-working space. From our inception over ten years ago, this marks the culmination of our vision that includes providing space, support, services and programs for the organizations that service our community.”

Their innovative programs serve as a catalyst for community engagement and economic growth through

  • Direct services for over 25 nonprofits
  • Education for more than 100 nonprofits each year, and
  • Our network of nonprofits which serve over 100,000 people each year

Nonprofits increasingly need assistance navigating the complex web of compliance and development. Here at Nonprofit Village, we host free and low-cost development programs, including some individualized programs to support the unique needs of each member, peer education, collaborative opportunities, and a sense of community for nonprofits to thrive. Our shared services and back-office support help organizations to spend more time focusing on fulfilling their mission and enabling them to operate more efficiently”, said Johnson.

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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

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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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