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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 Maryland Chambers Partner for Networking Event at Sugarloaf Mountain

Rick Weldon, Gail Lee, and Marilyn Balcombe Photo | Laura Rowles

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC), Frederick County Chamber and Poolesville Chamber of Commerce joined forces to bring its members together for the 7th Annual “Evening of Networking” at the Comus Inn at Sugarloaf Mountain on Thursday, September 12, 2018.

Over 200 business folks attended the exclusive event in the hopes to make new connections and/or strengthen their existing ones.

“Our annual joint mixer is a great event and a great way for our members to visit a new area”, said Marilyn Balcombe, GGCC President / CEO. “Chamber of Commerce networking events give local business owners and community members space to network, help each other, work together, and stand together. We were so delighted to have the opportunity to mix and mingle with our neighbors from the North. Working together for one common goal – our members!”

Each Chamber provides its own unique benefits. Currently, it can be difficult for small businesses to stay afloat. It can also be especially difficult for those businesses to advocate for themselves in government affairs. That’s where a Chamber of Commerce comes in. One person alone would have a very hard time making their voice heard but united by a Chamber of Commerce, a real impact can be made. A Chamber of Commerce has many benefits, but most importantly, it is a network of people who can share information regarding many different things.

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. We are here to answer any questions you may have regarding business, economic development or trending legislative issues that our area is facing.

If you are unfamiliar with a Chamber of Commerce, are a new member or an existing member that may not know all the benefits, we encourage you to discover your local Chamber of Commerce.

To learn more about the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, visit us at

To learn more about the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, visit them at

To learn more about the Poolesville Chamber of Commerce, visit them at:

Twitter at @GGCCNEWS @fredcochamber


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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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