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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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Hope Grows Child Development Center Opens Second Location in Germantown

A pirate ship playground; vibrant, bold, inviting colors; an exquisite room dedicated to infants with cribs, bright mirrors, warm rugs sensory tables and more; several other classrooms full of arts and crafts supplies; clothes for dress-up and pretend play, musical instruments to explore and spaces to play, to learn and explore; and an area built for the children who are in the program before and after school, allowing them to have the opportunity to do homework as well as enjoy a broad range of engaging hands-on activities; this is what welcomes you to the new Hope Grows Child Development Center.

Salema Horn, Barbara Crews 
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The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) supported Hope Grows Child Development Center and celebrated the grand opening of their child care center by conducting a “Ribbon Cutting” Ceremony on Friday, November 10. They are located at 20111 Century Boulevard, Suite A, Germantown. This is the second location for Hope Grows. They are also located on Lost Knife Road in Montgomery Village.

Hope Grows Child Development Center seeks to nurture the development of intellect and character of every child while promoting physical, mental, and emotional health. They have embraced the principles of progressive education. Their program nurtures children’s development, encourages respect for others and fosters students’ ability to observe, question, evaluate and make decisions. Hope Grows Child Development Center is a team of qualified, diverse educators who value working with children, ages 6 weeks to 12 years, in a nurturing and safe environment. The center is NAEYC accredited and participates in Maryland EXCELS which is a quality rating and improvement system. Learn more about them at:

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. 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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