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TRADELINE NEWS, April 2017
Our Mission 

To protect, enhance and promote local business by providing a voice for business at local, county and state levels.
 
Corporate Level Partners

Platinum

BGE
an Exelon Company

Bronze

Eric Linzey
ActionCOACH

O'Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore, P.A.

Sherman Ragland, 
Realinvestors, LLC

St. John Properties

Widmann Financial Services
 
Welcome New Members!

Adjust My Mission

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Monarch Acquisition Consulting, LLC

Sommerset Technology Solutions, Inc.


Thrive Senior LivingTribute at Melford

Wiseman Funeral Home
 
Thank You To Our Renewing Members!

The Baltimore Sun Company, LLC

Berman Enterpries

Children Can Come Closer, Inc.

Echoes of Nature, Inc.

Fisher Assoc.

Healthy Living Venture, LLC

Helen's Accounting Services, LLC

King Consulting, Inc

Lash Moi

Lynn Hansford
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc

Rip's Country Inn

Stewart Financial Services, Inc

Total Tax Service

Watson Management Corporation
 
Up Coming Events

SAVE THE DATE!

10th Annual 
Taste of Bowie/Fashion Show
Date: April 2017
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Boswell Hall, Bowie
Early Bird: $50
Regular Price: $60
Tables of 8: $350
*Proceeds benefit the scholarship funds of Women in Business, Soroptimist International, & Youth Leadership Bowie
Click HERE for more information.

19th Annual
GBCC Golf Tournament
Date: April 28, 2017
Time: 8:00am Registration
          9:00am Shotgun Start
  2:00pm Lunch
Location: Bowie Golf & Country Club
Click HERE  for more information.

2017 Bowie Green Expo
Educating for a Greener Tomorrow
Date: April 8, 2017
Time: 12-4pm
Location: Kenhill Center 
2614 Kenhill Dr. Bowie, MD 20715

Joint Business Exchange Breakfast
Date: April 20, 2017
Time: 7:30-9:30 a.m.
 Location: HELLA'S Restaurant & Lounge 
8498 Veterans Highway, Millersville
COST $30  Advance *  $35 at-the-door & $45 non-members
*Bring Your Business Cards and Hand-Outs for the Information Table!

State of the County Breakfast
Council Member Todd Turner
Prince George's County Council, District 4
Date: April 21, 2017
Time: 7:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Comfort Inn, Bowie
Cost: $30
 
Business Recognition Awards Breakfast
Date: May 10, 2017
Time: 7:30 - 9:30am  
Location: Comfort Inn, Bowie
Cost$35
Click HERE  for nomination form.

Bowiefest 2017 Home & Health Expo
Date: June 3, 2017
Time: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Location: Allen Pond Park Ice Arena

GBCC Annual Meeting & Installation of Officers
Date: June 8
Time: 6:00-9:00pm 
Location: Comfort Inn, Bowie
Cost: $60

Fall Into A New Career
Date: September 7, 2017
Time: 10:00 am-2:00pm
Location:Kenhill Center
2614 Kenhill Drive, Bowie

Public Safety Appreciation Awards
Date: September 8, 2017
Time: TBD
Location: Comfort Inn, Bowie

A Conversation with Prince George's County Public Schools CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell
A visionary educator, collaborative leader and acclaimed administrator, Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell is Chief Executive Officer of Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), a role that brings his career full circle.
Date: September 27, 2017
Time: 8:00-10:00am
Location: TBD
Cost: TBD

SAVE THIS DATE!
OCTOBER 14, 2017 
Details to follow!

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Unless otherwise noted above, register online 
call 301-262-0920
or email info@bowiechamber.org
 
Kudos -  Pam Scott

We extend our best wishes to you on your 10th anniversary with M&T Bank. We wish you continued success for many years to come.
 
Corporate Partner Program
 
 
The Chamber offers opportunities throughout the year for companies to participate and receive recognition. Sometimes companies are very generous with their support throughout the year and discover at the end of the year that their total participation could have afforded them much more recognition had they identified the events in their marketing strategy during their annual budget preparation.
 
PLATINUM PARTNER
Annual Investment: $5000
Suggested Retail Value: $7080*
*Based on employer with 100 plus employees.

GOLD PARTNER      
Annual Investment: $2500
Suggested Retail Value: $4155
 
BRONZE PARTNER      Annual Investment $1000
Suggested Retail Value: $1155
 
Photos

Be sure to check out Perry Price's website for Chamber event pictures at www.photographybyperry.com
 
Committees

Business Development 
Promotes business development for chamber members through seminars and best practices. Works on attracting businesses to Greater Bowie.

Membership Development
Works on expanding the Chamber membership base as well as retaining existing members.

Corporate & Community Relations 
Provides opportunities to give back to the community, both in volunteer time and financial and in-kind contributions.

Legislative
Advocates on behalf of the Chamber before the City Council, County Council and General Assembly. Informs the Board and membership of pending issues before those bodies of interest to Greater Bowie businesses.

Women In Business 
To offer useful information and networking opportunities focused on helping women to successfully meet the challenges they face in today's business world and learn how to find and maintain balance within. Sponsor events to raise funds for the Women in Business scholarship fund.
 
Bowie Food Pantry

Peanut Butter Shelf

GBCC has adopted the Peanut Butter Shelf in the Bowie Interfaith Pantry. Each month the Bowie Food Pantry goes through approximately 350 jars of peanut butter. 

You can drop off your donation at the Chamber office or directly to the Bowie Food Pantry, located at 2614 Kenhill Drive, Suite 134. (GBCC Office is Suite 117.)

Pick up a "reminder bag" at the Chamber office!
 
For You 

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce Business & Community Guide 2017 available for pick up at the Chamber office.
 
H&R Block

Help GBCC raise money by getting your taxes prepared by H&R Block or Block Advisors.  Present the referral code 490010001092908 at your appointment. If you are a new client, we will get a $20 contribution.

Click HERE for more information
 
Kudos

If your business has reached a milestone or received an award, please email the Chamber at info@bowiechamber.org. We look forward to giving kudos in Tradeline!
 
Thank You

Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce can't thank our members enough for all you do ... and of course, we would love to see even more NEW members, so everyone, please try to make it part of your mission to bring in at least one new member!
Greetings!


You're Invited!

 
Bowie Earns Top Bond Ratings!

Two bond ratings agencies recently completed reviews of the City of Bowie's financial situation and credit worthiness. Moody's Investor Services awarded the City a Aaa bond rating and Fitch Ratings gave it a AAA rating, which are their highest rankings.  Both agencies noted strong fiscal management, a diverse regional economy, low debt, substantial reserves, and a predictable revenue stream as factors in their ratings. The Moody's announcement, made on March 2, 2017, said that, "Bowie's credit position is outstanding..." and Fitch noted that, "The City retains an exceptional capacity to manage risks associated with a normal economic cycle." More details on the assessments can be found at www.cityofbowie.org.
 


Two more weeks in the General Assembly session, and they're not going to be boring.

Late last week, Gov. Larry Hogan proposed a supplemental budget, including additional funding for educational and economic development initiatives like the Second State Business Incubator, which gets $2..5 million in that budget. The Maryland Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs team is reviewing the additional appropriations and closing monitoring what lawmakers will allocate for education programs like P-TECH expansions, and for workforce and adult learning programs under the Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation, such as the EARN initiative.

A bill that would have been significantly damaging to business has now been pulled from the hearing schedule, thanks in part to our pushback. SB 1192, which was added to the hearing schedule last week, would have increased unemployment insurance premiums by codifying existing labor regulations for independent contractors. The bill requires that independent contractors be considered employees-and, therefore, eligible for unemployment insurance-if, for example, they don't have their own listing in the Yellow Pages. It's no longer a legislative piece, and the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation has agreed to discuss amending its regulations.

We're working with momentum. Last week, we helped defeat SB 404, which got an unfavorable report in the Senate Finance Committee. The bill would have interfered with salary negotiation and limited an employer's ability to alter a position's duties and responsibilities once the position was posted. It also would have prohibited inquiries about the applicant's salary history. The bill's House cross-file, HB 398, is up for a hearing Thursday.

We also helped support SB 522 to provide state income tax credit for businesses that employ eligible interns who would not be hired without the credit. The Senate passed the bill last week. This is a big win for business and for students, helping create a powerful talent pipeline that gives both employers and employees what they need to succeed. That is why it was one of the Chamber's top legislative priorities this year.

Additionally, our friends in Montgomery County joined us at the table to testify on SB 1065, which would complete a 22-year-old study on the I-270 corridor and eventually net the state federal funding to reduce congestion and ease commerce.


We have every reason to believe that the Maryland legislature will send mandatory paid leave legislation to Gov. Larry Hogan's desk in the coming days, and that lawmakers will override a promised veto.

With last night's Senate Finance Committee vote, there's now a unified bill to force employers to provide paid time off even for those who work 12 hours a week for just 15 weeks out of the year, and there's almost no chance it will change.

Senator Jim Mathias of the Eastern Shore entered the motion to pass all of the amendments that unified the bills, and the committee voted 7 - 4 in favor. Here's the breakdown:

YEA: Sens. Middleton, Astle, Benson, Feldman, Mathias, Oaks and Rosapepe
NAY: Sens. Hershey, Jennings, Klausmeier and Reilly
Here's what the bill means:
15 or more employees:
  • mandatory paid "sick and safe" leave to employees 18 & older who regularly work at least 12 hours a week
  • up to five days of paid "sick and safe" leave accumulated per year (one hour for every 30 worked)
  • paid leave at no less than minimum wage, or allowance of an equivalent shift for the same number of hours, for tipped employees
Fewer than 15 employees:
  • up to five days of "sick and safe" leave accumulated per year (one hour for every 30 worked), without pay
All employers:
  • extensive record-keeping and employee notification, subject to review, investigation and potential penalties upon allegation of violation
After months of advocating on behalf of businesses and employees that will be hurt by this mandate, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs team has worked every possibility of killing the bill or blunting its effect on employers. We have asked for, and appreciated, your voice in this effort. If the result impacts you, make your voice heard again-this time, on the next Election Day.
 
A Message From Our Executive Director
 
The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce strives to hold a variety of events that interest the members and the business community. In addition to Cheers to 10 Years!, GBCC's 19th Annual Golf Tournament is taking registrations. Come out and join us for a fun time of golfing, networking and food. Proceeds support Women in Business Scholarship Fund, Youth Leadership Bowie as well as Soroptimist. I hope to see you there!

Pauline K. Markward
Executive Director
Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce
(w)301.262.0920 (c)205.876.9023
pkm@bowiechamber.org
 
Government -  Prince George's County Council Member Todd Turner

I wanted to share with you information regarding upcoming public meetings on the Baltimore Washington Rapid Rail (BWRR) - Superconducting Magnetic Levitation (SCMAGLEV) system between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
 
Beginning April 3, 2017, a second round of Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) public open house meetings will commence, including an April 5th meeting in Bowie.  During this phase of the project, the public will be invited to review the progress to-date in identifying the preliminary alternative routes of travel between Baltimore and the District, including possible routes through Prince George's County and Bowie.  

Thank you,
Todd 
 
B2B - Making Business Happen/After Hours Mixer- 
T.J. Elliott's 

The GBCC would like to thank everyone for making our recent B2B - Making Business Happen/After Hours Mixer at T.J. Elliott's a success! 

 
The photos from the "Mixer - TJ Elliott's Restaurant 2017" held on March 9, 2017 by clicking on the following link which will take you directly to the gallery.
  
 
Bowie City Council 

City Council Begins Fiscal 2018 Budget Deliberations in April
The City Council will begin its annual review of the Proposed Budget for the coming fiscal year and the Capital Improvement Plan for FY 2018 - 2023 with a series of Budget Work-sessions. The sessions take place at City Hall at 8 p.m. on the dates listed below. They are open to the public. The public is also invited to comment on the proposed budget at public hearings on April 12th and
May 1st.
 
  •         Special City Council Meeting - Budget Introduction, Public Hearing, & Budget Work-session #1 - April 12. General Fund Revenues, Capital Improvement Program, and Capital Projects Fund will be reviewed.
 
  •         Budget Worksession #2 - April 17. The Public Works Department budget and the Water and Sewer Fund will be discussed.
 
  •         Budget Worksession #3 - April 24.The budget of the Community Services Department will be reviewed.
 
  •         Public Hearing - May 1.Staff will discuss the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget, Capital Improvement Program, and Constant Yield Tax Rate.
 
  •         Budget Worksession #4 - May 2.Discussion will focus on the budgets of the City Manager's Office, the Police Department, the Finance Department and the Nondepartmental budget.
 
  •         Budget Worksession #5 - May 8.The final Budget Worksession will include a review of the budgets for the Department of Planning and Economic Development, the Information Technology Department, the Equipment Acquisition and Replacement Fund, General Fund Summaries, and the Appendix, which includes the Plan of Compensation.

 
Development Update
  •         Marketplace
Earlier this month, Berman Enterprises, developer of Bowie Marketplace, took the next step in the development review process for housing at the shopping center when it filed a Detailed Site Plan application with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. This is the same plan that the City Council approved in January. It calls for a multifamily development in three stories for the portion of the building facing existing single-family homes on Scarlett Lane and four stories facing the parking lot of the shopping center. The plan is for up to 225 dwelling units, 20% of which must be age-restricted units, to be built behind the existing retail center.  The Prince George's County Planning Board is expected to review the case in the next few months.
 
  •         Amber Ridge
On March 23rd, the Prince George's Planning Board reviewed the Conceptual Site Plan (CSP) application for the Amber Ridge Development. The Plan proposes a mixed-use project of 150-200 attached residential units and approximately 20,000 sq. ft. of retail/commercial space on the site. The Board approved the CSP with conditions that noise and additional vehicular and pedestrian connections be addressed at preliminary plan of subdivision, and that site design issues, such as building architecture, site amenities, lighting, buffering/landscaping and internal pedestrian connections, be addressed at the time of detailed site plan.

 
Bowie Business Journal
 
In conjunction with the GBCC, Bowie Business Journal (BBJ) is a cable television program designed to help Bowie business owners start and grow their business. The 30-minute show features GBCC members and is hosted by me, Pauline K. Markward, Executive Director of GBCC. If you would like to be a guest and showcase your business please email me.
 
BBJ  airs at 11:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. every day except Sunday and Wednesday on Comcast channel 77 and Verizon channel 11.
 
Good News!

Maryland climbs 6 spots on CNBS's list of best states for business.
-CNBC

Maryland Department of Commerce 
 
 
The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce is a leading voice for business in Bowie, Maryland, representing more than 56,000 Bowie residents and business owners through our member organization. The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce's mission is to protect, enhance and promote local business by providing a voice for business at local, county and state levels.

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce is committed to cultivating Bowie's culture of innovation, technology and entrepreneurship to help drive our economy and develop more jobs.
 
2017 Legislative Session Agenda

 
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