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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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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So Many Colors to Choose from at the New Sherwin Williams

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There are over 150 paint colors to choose from at the new Sherwin Williams store in Gaithersburg. Sherwin-Williams Company is an American Fortune 500 company in the general building materials industry. The company primarily engages in the manufacture, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers primarily […]

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Chamber Members Define Leadership in Workshop

(l:r). PJ Horan, JCH Financial; Scott Alexander, Scott M. Alexander, LLC, Barbara Crews, Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County; and Brett Rough, Aerotek, discover tips & tricks on how to be an effective leader from Scott Alexander, author of "Lead Like a Black Belt: Transform Your Leadership Style", at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber’s “Level Up” seminar on October 16, 2018. 
 (Photo Credit: Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Marketing)

Members of the Gaithersburg-Germantown, Rockville, Clarksburg & Olney Chambers of Commerce learned how to prepare themselves for career leadership at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce’s (GGCC) 2nd Annual “Level Up” seminar at Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County. Attendees learned how to “re-define leadership on Oct. 16 at the “Level Up” seminar. Scott Alexander, author of […]

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Hillside Apartments Offers Senior’s Living Options in Gaithersburg

Hillside Senior Apartments offers 1- & 2-bedroom options to residents 62+; in a resort-style senior living setting. Pictured are Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Board Members Colette Releford, Barbara Crews, & Ellen Lambert with City of Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman in Hillside’s cybercafe & lounge. 
 (photo credit: Laura Rowles, Director of Marketing, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber.)

Been wondering what was going into the old Hyatt House hotel in Gaithersburg?  We know, it’s the Hillside Senior Apartments. The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) supported Hillside Senior Apartments and celebrated the grand opening by conducting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, October 19, 2018. They are located at 200 Skidmore Boulevard, Gaithersburg. Hillside […]

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Second MBT Location Opens in Clarksburg

Anita Anderson and Paula Ross by Laura Rowles

If you are looking for a ballet studio in Montgomery County, then you’re in luck; Metropolitan Ballet Theatre & Academy’s (MBT) Clarksburg location is currently enrolling students. “We are excited to expand into the Upcounty region with MBT’s well-known, exceptional dance education programs and outreach,” says Anita Anderson, President of MBT’s Board of Directors. “Our […]

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New Swim School Opens in Gaithersburg That Is Unlike Any Other Training Facility

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A new swim lab has opened that allows swimmers to be comfortable and confident in the water and to help competitive swimmers excel at their highest level. The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) supported SwimLabs Montgomery County and celebrated the grand opening of their new location by conducting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, October […]

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New Drug Addiction Treatment Center Opens in Gaithersburg, Maryland

(l:r) Montgomery County Councilmember Sidney Katz; Jeff Samuels, Office of U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen; Andrew Donlon, Field Representative, Office of Congressman John K. Delaney; Corey Hassett, Director of Community Outreach, Co-Founder, The Freedom Center; James Scribner, Executive Director, Co-Founder, The Freedom Center; Marilyn Balcombe, President; Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber; Ann Myers, President, Clarksburg Chamber of Commerce; Lt. Ruben Rosario, Montgomery County Police; and Mayor Jud Ashman, City of Gaithersburg, celebrate the newest drug & alcohol treatment center in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The Freedom Center allows clients to live in exclusive sober housing, or at home with a positive support system present. Their therapy options range from innovative to holistic, and our compassionate, highly trained staff members are equipped to treat co-occurring disorders.
 (photo credit: Laura Rowles, Director of Marketing, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber.)

A new drug treatment center has opened in Gaithersburg to help addicted individuals stop compulsive drug seeking and use. The Gaithersburg-Germantown  & Clarksburg Chambers of Commerce (GGCC) supported The Freedom Center and celebrated the grand opening of their new location by conducting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, October 11. They are located at 202 […]

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Chamber Kicks Off Fall with Networking Mingle

(l:r). DeLeon & Stang, CPAs & Advisors partners Brad Hoffman, Jeanie Price & Rich Stang, with Katy Vilardo, Director of Development and Board Secretary, The Dick and Jody Vilardo Foundation at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber’s Fall Networking Mingle on October 3, 2018. The Dick and Jody Vilardo Foundation is just one of many organizations the firm supports. The DeLeon & Stang team look for every opportunity to build up the neighborhoods around them and improve the financial lives of those they live beside every day. 
 (Photo Credit: John Keith Photography)

The leaves are changing, it’s starting to get a little cooler, but at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) we are turning up the heat and just getting started with events this fall for everyone. We kicked off October with a Fall networking mingle at DeLeon & Stang, CPAs & Advisors, located at 100 Lakeforest […]

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Chamber Holds 13th Annual Upcounty Business Breakfast Briefing

(l:r). Isiah “Ike” Leggett, Montgomery County Executive; Cheryl Kagan, State Senator - District 17; Brian Feldman, State Senator- District 15; Marilyn Balcombe, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce President/CEO; and Jim Muir, Vice President, Hughes Network Systems, LLC dish about politics & trending topics at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber’s Legislative Breakfast. The 13th Annual Upcounty Business Breakfast Briefing -held at Hughes Network Systems in Germantown on Tuesday, October 2, 2018- is a great opportunity for their members to network over breakfast with their legislators. 
(Photo Credit: Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing)

Thirteen years ago, the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) established the Upcounty Business Breakfast Briefing (UCBBB) which affords Chamber members and Upcounty Business Leaders an opportunity to discuss legislative issues with their elected officials. On Tuesday, October 2 the GGCC was honored to have Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett; and State Senators Cheryl Kagan, […]

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You Can Now Enroll in Training to Minimize Safety Risks and Feel Prepared

Three Gaithersburg business owners - Kari Primozic, Courageous Living.; Ron David, ICE Firearms & Defensive Training; and Sonja Der, Bridge Performance Coaching - celebrate their new business partnership called “C.A.S.E. Training”. C.A.S.E.  stands for Confident, Aware, Safe and Empowered. All three businesses are members of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber. September 27, 2018 marks the beginning of their journey together after the official document signing commemorating their new partnership. 
(photo credit: Laura Rowles, Director of Marketing, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber.)

Three business-owner members of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC), who met each other at various networking and membership events, have formed a new business partnership called “C.A.S.E. Training”. The mission is to effectively empower others through sharing knowledge. C.A.S.E. stands for Confident, Aware, Safe and Empowered. The new partnership is made up of Ron […]

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