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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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Local Chamber Raises over $1,000 for the Lollipop Kids Foundation

1st Row: Scott Roser, Jeff Hoffman, Kenny Cohn,Nina Manguiri, and Deann O’Brien
2nd Row: Dave Bauman, Barbara Kromer, Afreen Husain, Rich Cornwell, and Leigh Press
3rd Row: Cliff Veirs, Shannon Allcock, Billy Litz, Robin Menge; and Mark Anchor
PHOTO | Laura Rowles

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce’s (GGCC) Construction Direct Connect Group raised $1,130 for the Lollipop Kids Foundation from the group’s AutumnFest Happy Hour held at Tapp’d in Bethesda.

The monies were raised through event registrations, a silent auction, event games, and charitable donations.

As part of the local community, our group is focused on supporting great causes that make an impact in our backyard”, said Jerry Therrien, Principal, Therrien Waddell, Inc. & GGCC Board Member.

The Lollipop Kids program creates inclusion for children living with disabilities. Parents of disabled children are riddled with hard decisions and make tremendous sacrifices. The Lollipop Kids Foundation exists to combat social stigmas, ease the financial burden placed on these families, offer emotional support and provide a brief respite so that every child with a disability has access to a hope and a future.

Direct Connect is a GGCC program that strategically connects members in smaller groups, called Direct Connect Circles (DCC). Each Circle is composed of GGCC members that have synergistic business goals.

We are so proud of our construction group. They believe in giving back to the community and they make it happen,” said Marilyn Balcombe, GGCC CEO / President.

There are several companies that comprise the Chamber’s Direct Connect group including:

  • Matan Companies
  • CFR Engineering Consultants, Inc.
  • Therrien Waddell, Inc.
  • MD Energy Advisors
  • GTM Architects
  • Snyder Cohn
  • ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC
  • CapStar Commercial Realty
  • Fab Electric, Inc.
  • Goodwin Brothers
  • Grant, Rifkin & Strauss. PC
  • M&T Bank
  • Pettit Companies
  • Macris, Hendricks & Glascock, P.A.
  • PCC Construction Components
  • C. Clifton Veirs Agency
  • Kevco Building Services, Inc.
  • Minkoff Development Corporation
  • A.B. Veirs & Sons, Inc.
  • Shanco Companies                                   

Learn more about the Lollipop Kids Foundation at:

Learn more about the Chamber’s Direct Connect Group 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, MD. To learn more about the GGCC visit us at

Find us on Facebook at: On Twitter at: @GGCCNEWS. On Instagram at: gburggermantownchamber.


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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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