Your Success is Our Business by Laura Rowles


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 and special events. The consensus is the Chamber has high quality events with good energy. In 2012, we had over 2,040 people visit our events. Join in learning about the events GGCC offers the business community.

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Kicks Off the New Year with Its First Ribbon Cutting

(l:r) Jud Ashman, City of Gaithersburg Mayor, proclaims January 11, 2019 as “Hollier Eyecare Day” in the City of Gaithersburg.  Dr. An Hollier, optometrist, Hollier Eyecare was thrilled to receive the proclamation and celebrate the grand opening of her new office with a Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber officiated ribbon cutting ceremony. 
 (photo credit: Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing)

Hollier Eyecare, located in the Muddy Branch Square shopping center, is now open for business. The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) supported Hollier Eyecare on the grand opening of their new location on Friday, Jan. 11. They are located at 832 Muddy Branch Road, Gaithersburg. In their 10th year, they decided growth was needed to […]

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Awards Over $4,500 in Montgomery College Scholarships

(l:r) Marilyn Balcombe, President / CEO, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber; Margaret Latimer, Vice President and Provost, Montgomery College Germantown Campus; Jimmy Rodriguez, Montgomery College student; Mike Knapp, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Montgomery College; Jim Muir, Vice President at Hughes Network Systems; Rima Baisa, Montgomery College student; Dr. Steve Cain, Acting President, Montgomery College; and Dr. Muhammad Kehnemouyi, Dean of Science, Engineering, and Technology, Montgomery College at the Chamber’s scholarship award presentation, a part of its annual celebration dinner held on December 6. The Chamber awarded $4,786 in scholarships.

(Photo Credit: John Keith Photography)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) is proud of its Montgomery College Scholarship Program. Our local economy relies on an educated workforce. The Chamber Scholarship provides financial assistance to Montgomery College students pursuing higher education. Each year, with the help of its donors, the Chamber awards students Montgomery College Scholarships at its Annual Celebration Dinner […]

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Launches New Marketing Video

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber’s has launched a brand-new video, “We Are the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber!” . View it on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/nAcRlP4eqhQ
(Photo Credit: GGCC)

Did you know that the YouTube platform is in over 88 countries? Six out of ten people prefer online video platforms to live television. And by 2025, half of viewers under 32 will not subscribe to a pay-TV service. Astonishing right? YouTube is the world’s second largest search engine and third most visited site after […]

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Auxilium Technology Named the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber’s Small Business of the Year

(l:r) Aj Nwoga with M&T Bank presents Ed Samuels, Chief Technology Officer with Auxilium Technology the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber’s 12th Annual Small Business of the Year Award at the Chamber’s Annual Celebration Dinner & Award Ceremony on December 6, 2018. 
(Photo Credit: John Keith Photography)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber (GGCC) awarded Auxilium Technology as the recipient of the 12th Annual Small Business of the Year Award (SBY) on December 6; as part of their Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony. The award was presented by Aj Nwoga with M&T Bank. “Auxilium Technology is the great small business that exudes passion & […]

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Awards Names its Young Professional of the Year

(l:r) Laura Volovski, Corporate Philanthropy & Engagement Manager at Adventist HealthCare, presents David McCormick-Goodhart, Financial Advisor, Savant Capital Management with the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber’s 6th Annual Young Professional of the Year Award at the Chamber’s Annual Celebration Dinner on December 6, 2018. 
(Photo Credit: John Keith Photography)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber (GGCC) awarded David McCormick-Goodhart, Financial Advisor at Savant Capital Management, as the recipient of the 6th Annual Young Professional of the Year Award (YPG) at the Chamber’s Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony. The award was presented by Laura Volovski of Adventist HealthCare. Adventist HealthCare was the sponsor of this year’s Young […]

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber 2019 Board of Directors Inducted

(l:r) The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber 2019 Board of Directors: Doug Ryder, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital; Tom Lonergan, City of Gaithersburg; Heather Madison, Peterson Companies; ; Paula Ross, Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy; Bruce Kanner, Cartridge on Wheels; Gary Unterberg, Rodgers Consulting, Inc.; Anita Anderson, Leadership Maryland; Jerry Therrien, Therrien Waddell, Inc.; Randy Scritchfield, Randy Scritchfield & Associates; Margaret Latimer, Montgomery College; Francine Waters, Lerner Enterprises; Brittany Hilton, Hughes Network Systems, LLC; Laura Volovski, Adventist HealthCare; Barbara Crews, Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus; Marilyn Balcombe, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber; John Olenick, PSA Insurance & Financial Services; David McCormick-Goodhart, Savant Capital Management; Brett Rough, Aerotek; Adam Cox, Hughes Network Systems, LLC; and AJ Nwoga, M&T Bank; were inducted the evening of December 6, 2018. 
(Photo Credit: John Keith Photography)

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) is pleased to announce its 2019 Board of Directors. They are the leaders of the business community. “We have a great Board and I’m looking forward to a new year”, said Marilyn Balcombe, GGCC President / CEO. The board was inducted on Thursday, December 6. The ceremony was conducted […]

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World's Largest Selection of Beer Now at Yard House Gaithersburg

(l:r) Craig Rice, Montgomery County Council; Mike Sesma, City of Gaithersburg Council; Andrew Nicolaysen, general manager, Yard House Gaithersburg; Neil Harris, City of Gaithersburg Council; Sidney Katz, Montgomery County Council; Ryan Spiegel, City of Gaithersburg Council; and Jud Ashman, City of Gaithersburg Mayor celebrate the grand opening of Gaithersburg’s newest restaurant, Yard House. 
 (photo credit: Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing)

The world’s largest selection of beer is now available in Gaithersburg, Maryland, as Yard House is now open for business. The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) supported Yard House on the grand opening of their new restaurant on Monday, Dec. 10. They are located at 211 Rio Boulevard in Gaithersburg. At Yard House Gaithersburg, you […]

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Conducts Ribbon Cutting for the Nonprofit Village Center

(l:r) John Camp, Oxford Chase Development, NPVBoard Member; Joan Kleinman, Office of Senator Chris Van Hollen; Sidney Katz, Montgomery County Council; Marc Elrich, Montgomery County Executive Elect; Ike Leggett, Montgomery County Executive; Marilyn Balcombe, President, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber; Andy Stern, Andy Sterns Office Furniture, Immediate Past NPV Board Chair; Alex Johnson, Potomac Network Group, NPV Board Chair; Kim Jones, Executive Director, Nonprofit Village; Matt Freeman, NPV Board Member; Michele Cornwell, BMC Property Group, NPV Board Member; and Nicola Whiteman, AOBA, NPV Board Member celebrate the relocation of Montgomery County’s first and only multi-tenant nonprofit center.
 (photo credit: John Quinter, Quinter Design)

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 […]

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Members Support Toys for Tots & Give Thanks

Roughly 60 toys were donated to the Pinky & Pepe’s Grape Escape fundraising & toy drive collection for Toys for Tots at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber networking event on Thursday, November 27, 2018. 
 (photo credit: Weston Trussell, Weston Trussell Creative)

So much of what we all have to be thankful for are the people in our lives – and that includes our Chamber members. On the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 27, the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) had the opportunity to bring some joy to over fifty Montgomery County children by giving back – through […]

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The Sweetest Place in Gaithersburg is Now Open in the Kentlands

(l:r) Vaishali, Ajay, & Deepak Kapoor are excited to be a part of the community by offering a relaxing café to warm your heart & satisfy your taste buds with the ultimate dessert experience. Their Nestle Toll House Café is located in the Kentlands of Gaithersburg, Maryland. 
 (photo credit: Laura Rowles, Director of Marketing, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber.)

Life is full of treats and lucky for us, we can order all sorts of treats at the new Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip in Gaithersburg. The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) supported them & conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 16, 2018. They are located at 11 Arch Place, Suite 5, in […]

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