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About 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... Read more

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(l:r) Jake Atchoo, manager; Zachary Healy, general manager; and Goldfish celebrate the grand opening of their new business – Goldfish Swim School in the Kentlands Gaithersburg. They opened the doors to the state-of-the-art aquatic facility on Friday, January 29, 2021. They are ready to welcome children ages 4 months and up. Dive in.
(photo credit: Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Marketing)

A state-of-the-art aquatic facility dedicated to indoor swim classes and programs for children, ages 4 months and up, is now open in Gaithersburg.

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) conducted a COVID-19 ribbon cutting ceremony and joined Goldfish Swim School to celebrate their grand opening on January 29. They are located at 801 Center Point Way in Gaithersburg.

It’s always great to see businesses opening at any time, but it’s even greater that we have businesses opening during this difficult time,” said Marilyn Balcombe, GGCC President / CEO.

Goldfish Swim School is committed to helping children develop important life skills, so they can make waves in life. From Jump Start Clinics to their competitive team, Swim Force, you’re bound to find a program from their wide variety of available options.

Goldfish Swim Schools have received national recognition; create a safe, fun and stimulating environment for kids to grow in and enjoy; and are one of the fastest growing private companies in America, according to Inc.

School hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Ready to dive in? Contact them at 301.417.5183 or visit

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.

The GGCC is located at 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg, MD. To learn more about the GGCC visit us at Find us! Facebook: | Twitter: @GGCCNEWS | Instagram: gburggermantownchamber


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Laura Rowles

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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