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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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Senator Ben Cardin Meets with Business Leaders at the Multi-Chamber Hosted Town Hall

The Gaithersburg-Germantown and Rockville Chambers of Commerce, along with the Greater Bethesda, Montgomery County, and the Greater Silver Spring Chambers of Commerce joined forces for conversation with U.S. Senator Ben Cardin on August 31 at Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.

It was great for the business community to come together to talk about national issues that impact our small businessesSenator Cardin is a strong supporter of small business and entrepreneurs,”  said Marilyn Balcombe, GGCC President and CEO.

Cardin spoke about the importance of small business, the tax climate as well as health care policies.

Cardin has been a national leader on health care, retirement security, the environment and fiscal issues while representing the people of Maryland in the U.S. Senate, and before that in the House of Representatives. He is the youngest elected speaker, Maryland House of Delegates 1979-1986; he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987-2006 and was first elected to the Senate in 2006. Cardin currently serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He is a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee and Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. He also serves on the Senate Finance Committee.

(l:r) Ginanne Italiano, President, The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce; Gigi Godwin, President, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce; Ben Cardin, U.S. State Senator; Marilyn Balcombe, President, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce; and Larry Finkelberg, Chairman of the Board, Rockville Chamber of Commerce at the Senator’s Small Business Town Hall at John Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus on August 31, 2017.
PHOTO | Laura Rowles

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.

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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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