April 2019 Newsletter
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"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."
- Helen Keller

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

Platinum:
BGE an Exelon Company

Bowie Baysox

Gold:
St. John Properties

Todd Turner, 
Councilman- District 4

NAI Michael

W.F. Chesley Real Estate, LLC

Silver:
Berman Enterprises

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

Sommerset Construction Company

Visiting Angels Homecare Agency

Widmann Financial Services

Incubator:
Maryland Secretarial
Services, Inc.
 
New & Renewing Members!

Bob Baker's Golden Services, Inc

Courtyard
by Marriott Hotel

Hampton Inn Bowie

Elm Street Development

Visiting Angels
Homecare Agency

HoneyBaked Ham (Bowie, MD)

Stewart Financial Services, Inc

Sebenza, LLC

KQ Williams & Associates

Essex Bank

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians at Bowie

Friends of the Patuxent Research Refuge

Byrd & Byrd, LLC

A & K Family Learning Place, Inc

Waterman Engineering & Consulting, LLC

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc

Weichert, Realtors

 
Save the Date

State of the County Breakfast with Prince George's County Executive 
Thursday, April 11, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Oak Creek Golf
Upper Marlboro, MD

Annual Golf Tournament
Friday, April 26, 2019
Registration: 7:00 a.m. 
Shotgun Start: 8:00 a.m.
Lunch 2:00 p.m.
Lake Presidential Golf Club
Upper Marlboro, MD
 

Town Hall 
Legislative Wrap Up
Thursday, May 16, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Bowie City Hall
Bowie, MD 

BowieFest 2019 
Home & Health Expo
Reserve your space today!
Reach potential customers from the Greater Bowie Area
Saturday, June 1
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Allen Pond Ice Arena
Bowie, MD

Annual Meeting & Election of the Officers & Board of Directors Dinner
Thursday, June 20, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Comfort Inn & Conference Center
Bowie, MD


Check out the rest of our events on our website by clicking here!

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Contact the Chamber office at info@BowieChamber.org to secure your sponsorship today!
 
Unless otherwise noted above, register online www.BowieChamber.org

For additional information call 
301-262-0920 or email info@BowieChamber.org
 
72-Hour notice is required on cancellations
 
Committees

Business & Economic  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.
 
Social Action

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.)

 
Business
Community
 Guide

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

***Youth Leadership Bowie Coat Drive***

Thank you for the contributions you made to the Youth Leadership Bowie Coat Drive! The response from the whole community was overwhelming.


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!
 
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.
 

 
 
Register today for the Annual State of the County Breakfast with County Executive "Angela Alsobrooks"! 
 
Reserve your space in the 
2019-2020 Business & Community Guide today!

 
Reserve your booth space in the 
BOWIEFEST 2019 HOME & HEALTH EXPO today!
 


"Rural legislators lose fight on pesticide ban"

Rural delegates fought a losing battle on the House floor Thursday against banning a pesticide that has been linked to autism, ADHD and childhood cancers. Lawmakers from the state's rural areas said banning the commonly-used pesticide would be a blow to farmers who rely on it to grow their crops and put them at a competitive disadvantage.

"SENATE PASSES $15 MINIMUM WAGE"

The Maryland Senate approved a bill Thursday night that would gradually increase the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour, putting the measure one step closer to a possible showdown with Gov. Larry Hogan, Pamela Wood of the Sun writes.
  • The Senate voted 32 to 15 along party lines to phase in the higher wage by 2025 for companies with at least 15 employees. Smaller businesses would have until 2028. The House of Delegates also overwhelmingly passed the legislation, although differences between the bills must be addressed by a joint committee, writes Ovetta Wiggins in the Post.

Senate President Mike Miller said Thursday that the General Assembly will not consider legislation this year to legalize sports gambling, meaning that the earliest the state could implement a system to authorize and tax betting on athletic contests is likely 2021, reports Ovetta Wiggins for the Post.

A bill that would require more of Maryland's energy to come from renewable sources is moving forward in the state Senate, after a failed attempt to defeat the bill in the House of Delegates, reports Pamela Wood in the Sun. The Senate Finance Committee approved the Clean Energy Jobs Act on Thursday on an 8-3 vote. Some senators expressed reservations about the possibility of the bill causing electricity bills to increase.
 

Josh Kurtz of Maryland Matters writes about a bill that is heavily backed by the utility industry, including Exelon, BG&E, Pepco, Delmarva Power and Washington Gas, and its well-heeled lobbyists that went unnoticed until recently. Now, the AARP and consumer advocates are taking notice and are pushing back.
 

The Sun's Jean Marbella writes that Derik Leonard welcomed the prospect of a Johns Hopkins University police department, saying it could improve safety for customers and staff of the restaurant he manages about a half-mile south of the renowned Hopkins hospital. But state legislation to create the new force, which the Maryland Senate passed Thursday and is pending in a House committee, has been amended so that university officers couldn't patrol beyond a tight perimeter surrounding the school's three campuses - unless the adjacent neighborhoods and the City Council grant their approval.
 

Rural delegates fought a losing battle on the House floor Thursday against banning a pesticide that has been linked to autism, ADHD and childhood cancers, Diane Rey of MarylandReporter reports. Lawmakers from the state's rural areas said banning the commonly-used pesticide would be a blow to farmers who rely on it to grow their crops and put them at a competitive disadvantage.
 

The House of Delegates passed legislation Thursday to expand Maryland's law against the cyberbullying of youngsters, Steve Lash reports in the Daily Record.
 

In a column for Maryland Matters, Josh Kurtz writes about the seismic shift in Annapolis that occurred when Senate President Mike Miller, the longest serving state Senate president in the country, announced that he had cancer. For the first time, his colleagues were thinking in terms of succession planning.
 

Tim Curtis of the Daily Record writes that legislation regulating for-profit colleges in Maryland has passed both chambers of the General Assembly, but with amendments that supporters say gut the heart of one of the bills. One bill would require schools to make disclosures about student outcomes, and the other would define what is a for-profit college and what is a nonprofit college.
 

In a Political Notes column for the Frederick News-Post, Steve Bohnel writes that earlier this year, Sen. Michael Hough introduced what he believes is a "common sense" piece of legislation to address a lack of transparency in the appointment process for county Board of Education vacancies. Last week, that bill passed in the Senate 46-0. The Frederick County school board member who was involved in a recent local example of that process, however, doesn't think change at the state level is necessarily needed.
 

Gov. Larry Hogan will be awarded the Mendez Award at the Maryland International Film Festival in Hagerstown this month, Tamela Baker of the Hagerstown Herald-Mail writes."The Mendez Award is awarded to someone who has succeeded in the Television and Film Industry; or has supported film and television, and has given back to the community," Executive Director Tracie Hovey said in a statement.
 

The editorial board for the Annapolis Capital praises the late Gov. Harry Hughes, opining that "it's hard to imagine just how revolutionary Harry Hughes' election as governor seemed in 1978. Maryland was reeling from corruption scandals that cost Spiro Agnew the vice presidency and Marvin Mandel the governor's office. Somehow, this former transportation secretary from Caroline County managed to upset the Democratic favorite in a crowded primary and then go on to crush the Republican in November."

 


MARYLAND'S RESIDENTIAL HOUSING MARKET REMAINS STEADY

Annapolis, MD, (February 4, 2019) -
 
In 2018, average & median sale prices in Maryland climbed, according to the Maryland REALTORS®. 
 
Twenty-one of the states 24 jurisdictions posted gains in average sale prices ranging from 0.6 to 12 percent in 2018, as compared to 2017. The average sale price in 2018 was $336,866 compared to $325,559 in 2017. While median prices statewide rose by 4.0 percent to $293,930 for a second straight year.
 
Within the state, only Somerset County, reported an increase in units sold for 2018. All other jurisdictions registered a decline in units sold when compared to 2017.
 
"Overall, the 2018 residential average and median sale prices remained stable for a second year", said Maryland REALTORS® President Merry Tobin. "The average and median sales price increases were driven by th
e brisk buyer competition in the ongoing low inventory marketplace. The decline in units sold indicate the market is continuing to slow due to lack of inventory", added Tobin.


Maryland monthly housing statistics are compiled by data as reported by MRIS/Bright MLS. For the purposes of this report, "units" are defined as the closed sales and "pending units" are properties under contract. Months of inventory are based on the current active inventory and monthly sales for the corresponding month.

 
NOTE: UNITS ARE THE "UNITS" SOLD, PENDING ARE UNDER CONTRACT.

*Months of inventory based on current active inventory and monthly sales for the corresponding month; Data are revised on a regular basis. Readers of these reports should note that older reports have not been adjusted to reflect these revised data. This report, however, contains the latest reliable data to date.
 
 
**Maryland REALTORS® publishes the Maryland Housing Statistics monthly; it is available through the Association's website, www.mdrealtor.org.

 

DISTRICT COUNCIL CONSIDERS LAND USE MATTERS

The County Council, sitting as the District Council, is granted authority to act on zoning matters by the State of Maryland Regional District Act, now known as Article 28 of the Maryland Annotated Code WATCH the District Council session on Monday, March 11th, considering land-use matters located in Council District 6 and Council District 2.

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 GENERAL ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE

 The Council's General Assembly Committee, chaired by Council Vice-Chair Rodney C. Streeter, reviews and recommends positions on selected proposed state legislation with potential impact on Prince George's County.  WATCH as the committee discusses proposed state legislation during its Tuesday, March 12th meeting, focusing on the Blueprint for Maryland's Future, Sports Wagering, the Pathways in Technology Early College High (P-TECH) Expansion Act of 2019, Labor and Employment, and Check Cashing.

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COUNTY COUNCIL CONVENES LEGISLATIVE SESSION; APPROVES LETTER TO AMAZON 

The Prince George's County Council, during session on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, unanimously voted to authorize a Council letter welcoming Amazon HQ2 to the Washington Metropolitan Region.  The Council letter also echoes County Executive Angela Alsobrooks' sentiments in her February correspondence to Amazon, announcing the County's readiness to partner with the multinational Ecommerce company.    Click HERE to view the related press release. Also, during Tuesday's session, Council Members greeted two special guests - 17-year old Dasia Newell, a senior at Riverdale Baptist School involved in a Capstone Project to get more youth involved in government, and 8-year-old Michael Bell, a second-grader at J. Frank Dent Elementary School in Oxon Hill, who aspires to one day be U.S. President!     WATCH Tuesday's Council Session for their comments to the Council and the full agenda.


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COUNCIL BEGINS BUDGET REVIEW PROCESS FOLLOWING RECEIPT OF COUNTY EXECUTIVE'S PROPOSED FY 2020 BUDGET 

The County Council received an overview of the Fiscal Year 2020 Operating and Capital Budget proposals from County Executive Angela Alsobrooks on March 14th, and now begins its budget review process.  The 2020 Fiscal Year begins July 1, 2019. Pursuant to the County Charter, the County Council, in its role as fiscal steward over taxpayer dollars, must adopt a balanced spending plan for Prince George's County on or before June 1.  Following the briefing, Council Chair Todd M. Turner issued a statement -"Addressing the County's budget priorities in Fiscal Year 2020 demands efficient and effective management of the County's finances, and we appreciate the great vision, focus and diligence of the Executive Branch in formulating this proposed spending plan."  Read the Full Statement.  For updated information on the Council budget process, committee work sessions and public hearings, visit the Council's FY 2020 Budget .

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COUNCIL MEMBERS "MARCHED FOR OUR SCHOOLS" IN FRONT OF THE STATE HOUSE IN ANNAPOLIS ON MONDAY, MARCH 11TH 

Prince George's County Council Members were among the stakeholders in education, including teachers, parents and students, who participated in the "March for Our Schools," rally in front of the State House in Annapolis on Monday evening.  The rally, taking place as the Maryland General Assembly considers critically important state funding for education, focused on need to support Maryland educators and students by addressing annual underfunding of schools.  At-Large Council Member Calvin S.  Hawkins, II, District 1 Council Member Tom Dernoga, and District 2 Council Member Deni Taveras were in attendance.


 

 
Youth Leadership Bowie

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) and the City of Bowie are pleased to announce the 2018-2019, selections for the Youth Leadership Bowie (YLB) program year: Ethan Kelly, Eleanor Roosevelt High School; Donovan Padilla, Bowie High School; Kaden Proctor, Bowie High School; Elijah Arcusa, Bowie High School; Onaje Lewis, Bowie High School; Jaden Smith, Bowie High School; Jalen Mack, Bowie High School, Nicholas Mack, Bowie High School and Kemauri Batson, Bowie High School.
 
Youth Leadership Bowie began in 1998 as a co-venture with the GBCC and the City of Bowie.  YLB provides a glimpse into the complex world of business and government.
 
This unique program exposes high school sophomores and juniors to the myriad of potential career opportunities available to them.  Leadership opportunities both experiential and observational are of paramount importance.  Problem solving skills are developed and refined as participants plan and produce a program that addresses a community need.
 
The program is open to high school students who reside in the City or Bowie or attend Bowie High School.  Applications are available in January each year by calling the GBCC at 301.262.0920 or emailing info@BowieChamber.org
 

There are now 8 certified Green Bowie Businesses in the City. The most recent to complete the program is the Bowie Community Center (Rt. 450)! We currently have one business with an application pending! Are you a business looking for ways to go green? Know a business that is green and should be certified?  Need assistance with furthering your goals of sustainability? You've come to the right place! You can read about all Green Bowie Businesses and the program itself at www.cityofbowie.org/greenbowiebiz.!

Staff Contacts
Ashleigh Armentrout
aarmentrout@cityofbowie.org
 
Tiffany Wright 
twright@cityofbowie.org
 
 
Corporate Partnership Program
 
 
The Chamber Corporate Partnership Program is an affordable and effective way to plan your marketing strategy during your annual budget preparation. Each year the Chamber offers its membership an opportunity to participate in the Chamber Corporate Partnership Program which allows our members to receive maximum recognition and to maximize the return on their investment by choosing from one of five Chamber Corporate Partnership Program sponsor levels. Three great events which are very popular with our Corporate Partners are the Annual Dinner, the Annual Golf Tournament and BowieFest. We also have many other major events from which to choose, including the State of the City and the State of Prince George's County.

PRESENTING PARTNER
Annual Investment: $10,000
 
PLATINUM PARTNER
Annual Investment: $5000

GOLD PARTNER
Annual Investment: $2500

SILVER PARTNER
Annual Investment $1000

INCUBATOR PARTNER
Annual Investment $500

 
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!

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

New members can join by clicking here
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