April 2018 Newsletter
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"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." - Charles R. Swindoll

Our Mission 
To protect, enhance and promote local business by providing a voice for business at local, county and state levels.

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Corporate Partners

-BGE an Exelon Company
-Bowie Baysox

-St. John Properties
-Todd Turner, Councilman- District 4
-NAI Michael

-Berman Enterprises
-O'Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore, P.A.
-Sherman Ragland, Realinvestors, LLC
-Sommerset Construction Company
- Visiting Angels Homecare Agency
-W.F. Chesley Real Estate, LLC
-Widmann Financial Services

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New & Renewing Members!

- Archdiocese of Washington

- BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse in Bowie

- Fond Memories

-Kathleen O'Brien, Keller Williams Flagship

- Office Depot, Inc in Bowie

- The Country Club at Woodmore

- Boy Scouts of America NCAC

- MLS Properties, LLC

- Capital Gazette Communications LLC

- Forever Fit Physical Therapy and Wellness

- Bormel Grice & Huyett P.A.

- Jones, Maresca & McQuade P.A.

- Bowie Community Media Corp

- Cardigan Tile and Plumbing, Inc

- Bowie Home Improvement

- Dependable Payroll, LLC

- Belair Engineering & Service Co., Inc

- Bowie Crofton Pregnancy Clinic 

- Sebenza LLC

- Walker Insurance Agency-Nationwide

- Old Line Bank

- KQ Williams & Associates

- Chesapeake Deli and Grille

- Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School

- Robert E. Evans Funeral Home

- Bowie Business Innovation Center

- Beall Funeral Home 

- Pin Oak Village


- Hampton Inn Bowie

- Bowie Interfaith Recreation Council

- Comfort Inn and Conference Center

- Friends of Patuxent Research Refuge

- Money One Federal Credit Union 

- JHCP at Bowie

- Herbalife

- R.L. Waller & Associates 

- Bob Baker's Golden Service

- DHC Medical Supply

- MD Small Business Development Center 

- HBL Business Services, LLC

- Slade Child Foundation 


- Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 

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Upcoming Events

After Hours Mixer

Thursday, April 12, 2018

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Hope Connections for Cancer Support - Landover Facility
Metroplex I 
8401 Corporate Drive, Suite 100
Landover, MD 20785

Members Prepaid: $20
Non-Members & All Walk-ins: $25 

- Snacks + Beverages 
- Networking

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Event: 20th Annual Golf Tournament

Friday, April 27, 2018

- Registration 8:00am
- Shotgun Start 9:00am

Bowie Golf & Country Club
7420 Laurel-Bowie Road
Bowie, MD  20715

(Please call us at 301-262-0920 for more info about the different ticket options we have available.)

- Fun-filled day of golf!

- Delicious Food and Drinks

- NOT A GOLFER? NOT A PROBLEM! Come join us for a delicious lunch for $25 at 2:00pm.

- Sponsorship opportunities available! Call the office at 301-262-0920 to see which one fits your style!

A huge thanks to our event sponsors! 

- Bohler Engineering 
- NASA Federal Credit Union 
- Beall Funeral Home
- Money One Federal Credit Union

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After Hours Mixer
Thursday, May 10, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Weichert Realtors - Bowie Tri-County
Bowie, MD 20715
Members Prepaid: $20
Non-Members & All Walk-ins: $25 
- Snacks + Beverages 
- Networking

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Bowiefest Home & Health Expo

Saturday, June 2, 2018

11am - 6pm

Bowie ice Arena 
Allen Pond Park
Bowie, MD 20715

Call for booth availability. 
Free for the general public! 

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

48-Hour notice 
is required on cancellations. 

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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.

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.
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!

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce Business & Community Guide 2018 available for pick up at the Chamber office.

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!
March 2018 Events

State of the County Breakfast 2018 

Event Sponsors: 
Bohler Engineering
Honorable Todd Turner M. Turner, 
Vice Chair, Prince George's County Council - District 4

-BGE an Exelon Company
-Bowie Baysox

-St. John Properties
-Todd Turner, Councilman- District 4

-Berman Enterprises
-O'Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore, P.A.
-Sherman Ragland, Realinvestors, LLC
-Sommerset Construction Company
- Visiting Angels Homecare Agency
-W.F. Chesley Real Estate, LLC
-Widmann Financial Services

County Connections with Todd Turner

(For more photos of the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, 
click here or check out our Facebook page.)
Member Spotlight

The Bowie Golf Club, located on the north side within the City limits of Bowie, Md., is an 18-hole golf course with mature trees lining each fairway. The existing Club House is a masonry farmhouse built in 1724 (additions attached) hosting a full service Pro Shop along with the 19th hole Bar & Grill.

The Course
The golf course is open year round and offers a variety of golf activities including corporate and group outings, junior golf programs as well as private and group lessons by PGA Professionals.
The golf course is easily accessible for guests from around the metropolitan area. We provide the perfect atmosphere for your Corporate or Fundraiser Golf Tournament at the best available prices.

Making a Tee Time
The Bowie Golf Club is open to the General Public. Tee times are taken 7 days in advance by calling the Pro Shop at (301)262-8141.
Although you are welcome to walk on, we do recommend you call ahead for an update on course conditions, cart rules and obtain a Tee Time. 

20th Annual Golf Tournament 
Come join us for some classic fun at our 20th Annual Golf Tournament located at the Bowie Golf Club! We will begin registration 8am, and the event will last until about 4pm. 

Not a golfer? Not a problem! 
You are invited to show up for our delicious lunch event starting at 2pm - cost $25. 

- Registration begins at 8am.
- Shotgun Start will begin at 9am. 

Proceeds will benefit the education programs sponsored by the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce including the Youth Leadership Bowie program and the Women in Business Scholarship. 

A huge thanks to our event sponsors! 
- Bohler Engineering 
- NASA Federal Credit Union 
- Beall Funeral Home
- Money One Federal Credit Union


"Baysox officials weather winter, prep for season"

You're not supposed to worry about things you can't control.

But Brian Shallcross, the general manager of the Bowie Baysox, can't help it.

During the season, the Annapolis resident obsesses over rain. Showers can postpone a game and wipe out a big crowd. Even the threat of a summer storm can keep folks from coming out to the ballpark.

These days, Shallcross worries about the cold. The Baysox, the Baltimore Orioles' AA affiliate, are scheduled to open their 2018 Eastern League season in a week, and he's concerned it hasn't warmed up yet for any lengthy period of time.
"The only four-letter words in my vocabulary are rain and cold," Shallcross said.

That late-arriving spring weather could mean the Bermuda grass that covers the field at Prince George's Stadium may be something other than green in some spots when the Baysox take the field on April 5 against the Harrisburg Senators.

"We need that soil temperature to be up over 50 degrees," he said. "Our grass is still dormant. But it'll play fine ... There won't be any bad bounces or safety hazards for the players, which is the paramount concern. It's more aesthetics than anything."

The field is a primary concern, but there are plenty of other things for Shallcross to worry about in the coming days. No matter what the conditions are, the season's going to open and everything around the stadium - the pipes, the stands, the scoreboard, the concessions, the ticket office - is going to have to be ready.
"We are scrambling in a controlled, sane manner," he said with a laugh.

At some point, temperatures will climb, folks will trade their winter coats for short-sleeved shirts and it will start to feel like summer. A night at the ballpark in Bowie will feature many of the stand-bys that fans have come to love - wacky promotions (controversial ex-big league slugger Jose Canseco will make an appearance this year), crazy in-between-innings contests, popcorn, bobble-head giveaways, fireworks after weekend games (19 in all) and the right-field carousel.

There are some changes as well. For the first time, Prince George's Stadium is wired for Wi-Fi this season. Shallcross believes that capability will be a welcome addition for fan - just not too welcome.

"The Wi-Fi is probably something we're behind the times on," he said. "But in this day and age with people so attached to their devices, we thought this was a way of enhancing the experience. But we want fans to watch the game as well and not just be nose-deep in their phones."

The other big change fans may notice at Prince George's Stadium this season has nothing to do with the ballpark. Rather, it has to do with attempts to speed up the game itself by tweaking the rules.
Throughout minor league baseball this year, extra innings will begin with a runner on second base.

The move is an attempt to keep games from going too long and to protect pitching arms.

Similarly, mound visits by coaches and position players will be limited based on the classification level. At the Double-A level, the Baysox' classification, clubs will be allowed eight visits per team, per game. It's another attempt to speed things up.

"The baseball purists are not going to like it," Shallcross said. "I understand that. But I also understand - from the perspective of a parent - that if a game goes into extra innings, I'm not sticking around until 11 o'clock at night when things could deteriorate rapidly. It's difficult to leave the venue and your kids still want to know who won the game.

"From a fan perspective, I can see the benefit of it. If our game doesn't end before 11 o'clock, we can't start the fireworks. So, the fans are going to appreciate that part of it."



In 2017, new development of commercial real estate:
  • Contributed $541.0 billion to U.S. GDP.
  • Created and supported 3.6 million jobs.
  • Yielded $173.5 billion in wages and salaries.
Nearly 524 million square feet of office, retail, warehouse and industrial commenced construction in 2017, with capacity to house more than 1.3 million new workers.
This study also includes the economic contributions from operation of existing buildings. Combining the economic contributions of new development with the economic contributions from operation of existing buildings, the following economic contributions were made:
  • Contributed $935.1 billion to U.S. GDP.
  • Created and supported 7.57 million new and existing jobs.
  • Generated $286.4 billion in salaries and wages. 
See how your state ranks! Click here to access the original web page to access your state's results.

The report includes detailed data on commercial real estate development activity in all 50 states, including direct spending; total output; salaries and wages; and jobs supported.

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About NAIOP: NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, is the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP comprises 19,000 members in North America. NAIOP advances responsible commercial real estate development and advocates for effective public policy. For more information, visit naiop.org.

Kathryn Hamilton


Maryland's statewide crime statistics are a mixed bag: the state average - likely due to the exceptionally high violent crime rate of its largest city, Baltimore-is among the nation's worst. 

Yet, outside of its largest cities, Maryland is home to some very safe and family friendly communities. The overall safest is Ocean Pines, a small town of 12,207 near the coast with low rates of 1.56 violent crimes and 8.68 property crimes per 1,000 inhabitants.

Average violent crime per 1,000

Average property crime per 1,000

Maryland's second safest community is Bowie
, a much larger municipality of 58, 631 located in Prince George's County. Bowie's very low 0.94 violent crimes and 12.89 property crimes per 1,000 is enough to convince people of its safety. 

The following three communities in the countdown, New Carrollton (#3), Aberdeen (#4) and Havre de Grace (#5), are all small towns of under 16,000. 

Their crime rates cannot match the low numbers put forward by the top two, yet they are rather safe, nonetheless.


"Maryland casinos generated $127.8 million in January"

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February 5, 2017 

Revenue at the state's six casinos inched up to $127.8 million in January, Maryland Lottery and Gaming said Monday.

That's up 1.2 percent from the $126.2 million generated in January 2017. January was the first full month when all six of the state's casinos could be compared on a year-over-year basis. The newest casino, MGM National Harbor in Prince George's County, opened Dec. 8, 2016.

But only MGM and Ocean Downs Casino in Worcester County reported revenue increases for January.

MGM brought in $50.2 million from both slot machines and table games, a 2.9 percent increase, while sales rose 23.6 percent to $4.5 million at Ocean Downs, which introduced table games in December.

Sales dipped at the other casinos, including a 1 percent decline to $43.5 million at Live! Casino at Arundel Mills mall, and a slight dip of 0.7 percent at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which reported sales of $20 million.

Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County had sales of $5.7 million, a 1.2 percent drop. Rocky Gap generated $3.7 million, a 1.1 percent drop, from its 665 slot machines and 17 table games.

Casino revenue supports the Maryland Education Trust fund under state law. It also supports local impact grants, local jurisdictions, the state's horse racing industry and the Maryland General Fund.
Lorraine Mirabella, Contact Reporter, The Baltimore Sun
State of Maryland Metrics

Number of Businesses:
(Net Change 2015 vs. 2014; 137K establishments in 2015)

Business Starts:
(Number of businesses opened in 2015)

Unemployment Rate:
(October 2017)

Poverty Rate:

Population Estimates:

Sales Tax Revenue:

Although Maryland's unemployment rate improved slightly in May, the state lost 1,600 jobs, about a 0.1 percent decrease.

Many of the May job losses, 1,300 jobs out of 1,600, came in the private sector, in industries like education, manufacturing, financial and leisure and hospitality.

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce works to expand and improve private sector jobs, strengthening the state's economy.
Unemployment dropped to 4.2 percent in May, down from 4.3 percent in April.

Overall, Maryland has added 43,100 jobs since May 2016.

Bowie Estimated Demographics 2017


Households: 20,616

Median Household Income: $110,636 
We would like to take time to remember one of our members husbands on this day. 

"On Sunday, March 18, 2018, Daniel Chelliah of Bowie, MD, unexpectedly passed away in the early morning hours.

He is survived by his wife, Annie Chelliah, of Bowie, MD, his son, Santosh Chelliah and wife, Tessie, of College Park, MD, and grandchildren Shayla, Sanjay, and Rania, and his daughter, Shalini Patnaik and husband, Milan, of Nokesville, VA, and grandchildren Noah and Nicholas.

Daniel was born on May 21, 1942, in Sholinghur, Tamil Nadu, India. He was the youngest of 8 children. He graduated from Voorhees High School in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, and received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Madurai University. He earned another Master's degree in Rural Development from the Institute of Social Studies in Den Haag, the Netherlands. His career as an international development consultant and project manager included work with Church's Auxiliary for Social Action (New Delhi, India), the Coptic Church (Cairo, Egypt), the Middle East Council of Churches (Cyprus), the World Bank, the World Council of Churches (Switzerland), the National Council of Churches (USA), Bread for the World (Silver Spring, MD), and Lutheran World Relief (Baltimore, MD). Daniel had lived in Maryland since 1987.

Daniel loved reading books, continuing his education about the world and building his personal library up to his very last days. His other passions were playing sitar, listening to music, watching movies, cooking, gardening with his wife, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and dog, Coco. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Hyattsville, MD. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made to ATSWA (Annai Theresa Social Welfare Action Trust) through 4Cs (Children Can Come Closer). For details, please send an e-mail to schelliah78@gmail.com."

Link Here: http://www.beallfuneral.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=2084378

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.

Aprils' show features Ashleigh Armentrout, Sustainability Planner for City of Bowie showcasing what the City has been doing to go green! Get in touch with her by clicking here: Ashleigh Armentrout
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.

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.
Annual Investment: $5000

Annual Investment: $2500

Annual Investment $1000

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!

New members can join by clicking here

For more information, contact our Membership Committee leaders Ron Watson and Terry Rogers at membership@bowiechamber.org. 

Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, 2614 Kenhill Drive, Suite 117, Bowie, MD 20715
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