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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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Regional Young Professional Event Helps Foster Business Connections

Stephanie Helsing, Monica Scisorek, Chelsea Selby, Laura Rowles, Courtney DeLucia, Ali Levingston, Pedro Branco
Photo | Josh Funk

Several organizations worked together to bring over 100 emerging leaders together recently. United the organizations were delighted to afford these leaders the opportunity to further their careers, strengthen their professional image.

The Greater Bethesda, Gaithersburg-Germantown (GGCC), Greater Silver Spring (GSSCC), & Rockville Chambers of Commerce along with Leadership Montgomery’s (LM) Emerging Leaders and Alumni, Seniors & Graduate and Professional Students from the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) said goodbye to summer and hello to Fall at its 5th Annual “Regional Young Professional Group Happy Hour” at Lucky Strike Bethesda on Wednesday, September 5.

“We talk about maintaining young professionals and getting them integrated in the community, this is one way we can do that,” said Marilyn Balcombe, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce President & CEO. “Young professionals develop leadership, communication and organizational skills through practical experience, so it only makes sense for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber to partner on this event. We may have a lot of similar opportunities and share a strong customer base, but engaging and empowering young professionals & developing the leaders of tomorrow is for the greater good of all the organizations involved. Besides it is great fun, great food, and great people.”

Emerging leaders from across the County, Virginia, & the District of Columbia attended the exclusive event in the hopes to make new connections or strengthen their existing ones. The Chambers, LM & USG developed this event to meet the wants and needs of Millennial professionals and business owners. This is a great way for the organizations to ensure that our communities and surrounding areas are a great place to live and work.

In a report released by Nielsen, it stated 92 percent of millennials believe that today’s professional groups provide great opportunities to network. Stemming from this report, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing, Laura Rowles, developed this event to bring these distinguished County organizations together, so emerging leaders of the professional community could gather for an evening of networking.

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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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