August 2019 Newsletter
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August is National Black Business Month, 
and we recognize the Black-owned businesses in Bowie and across the country!

"You can and should set your own limits and clearly articulate them. This takes courage, but it is also liberating and empowering, and often earns you new respect.- Rosalind Brewer 

Brewer is an American businesswoman who is the COO of Starbucks and the former President and CEO of Sam's Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. USA Today referred to her as "one of corporate America's most prominent women and black female executives."

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

BGE an Exelon Company

Bowie Baysox

St. John Properties

Todd Turner, 
Councilman- District 4

NAI Michael

W.F. Chesley Real Estate, LLC

Berman Enterprises

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

Somerset Construction Company

Visiting Angels Homecare Agency

Widmann Financial Services

Maryland Secretarial
Services, Inc.
New & Renewing Members!

Chick-fil-A Bowie Market Place

HoneyBaked Ham, Bowie

J R Johnson, Inc.

Old Bowie Town Grille

Island Fin Poke Company

Save the Date!

Multi Chamber Networking Breakfast
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
7:30 a.m - 9:30 a.m.
Maritime Conference Center
692 Maritime Blvd.
Linthicum, MD

Bowie Public Safety
Appreciation Breakfast
Friday, September 20, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Comfort Inn & Conference Center
4500 NW Crain Highway
Bowie, MD 20716
Check out the rest of our events on our website by clicking here!

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Contact the Chamber office at to secure your sponsorship today!
Unless otherwise noted above, register online

For additional information call 
301-262-0920 or email
72-Hour notice is required on cancellations

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.

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.

Healthcare Committee
Promotes Chamber Healthcare related businesses to the community, healthcare related networking events, bringing healthcare providers together and holds community Health Fair.

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.)


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

***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 

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. If you would like to be a guest and showcase your business please email


2019 - 2020 Board of Directors
Stephanie P. Anderson ~ O'Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore, P.A.
Vice President
Terry Rogers ~ NAI Michael
Christopher Rizzi ~ Bohler Engineering
Cheryl Pyle ~ Money One Federal Credit Union
Past President
Andrew M. Roud ~ St. John Properties
General Counsel
Eddie Pounds ~ Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School
Laura George ~ Anne Arundel Medical Center
Craig Muckle ~ Archdiocese of Washington
Tom Zizos ~ Beall Funeral Home
Marvin Dunmeyer ~ BGE
R. Anthony Pasciuto ~ Byrd & Byrd, LLC
Cathy Martin ~ Bowie Comfort Inn & Conference Center
Michael Oleru ~ HOGAN
Pam Scott ~ M&T Bank
Sherman Ragland ~ Realinvestors Academy, LLC
Catherine Newman ~ Recorded Books, Inc.
Robert Waller ~ R.L. Waller & Associates
Diane M. Polangin ~ Total Tax Service
Vikki Kalitsi ~ Visiting Angels

Board Adviser:
Dr. Ron Watson ~ Watson Management Corporation

Executive Director:
Pauline K. Markward

"U.S. economy slowed in the spring but remains healthy, expanding at a 2.1% annual rate"

Heather Long, Economics correspondent
July 26, 2019

The U.S. economy slowed in the spring but continues to grow at a healthy pace that shows little sign of a recession.

The economy expanded at a 2.1 percent annual rate from April through June, the U.S. Commerce Department said, a downgrade from the first quarter's surprisingly strong 3.1 percent pace.

Consumer spending and federal government spending accounted for the bulk of U.S. growth as Americans bought heavily again in the spring and federal spending surged after the partial shutdown in the first quarter. Business spending dried up, however, turning negative for the first time since early 2016. Many executives blame uncertainty around President Trump's trade war for their hesitancy to spend as much as they did a year ago.

"Last year was a fiscal sugar rush. This year it's starting to fade," said Michael Feroli, chief U.S. economist at J.P. Morgan.

Trump has promised his policies will achieve above 3 percent growth for years to come. Last year, he nearly achieved that goal with an official growth rate of 2.9 percent, but new data released by the Commerce Department Friday shows a much weaker pace of growth than originally thought heading into this year.

Trump has boosted the economy with an unprecedented amount of stimulus at a time when unemployment is very low, but some point out the result is an economy that is on track to have similar growth to the end of the Obama era. Growth was 2.5 percent in 2014 and 2.9 percent in 2015.

"We spent a lot and didn't get a lot of growth out of it," said Gregory Daco, chief U.S. economist at Oxford Economics. "We got a one-time boost to growth to about 3 percent, but it wasn't sustainable. It didn't increase business investment for the long-term."

Trump beefed up military and domestic spending, scaled back regulations and enacted the largest corporate tax cut in the country's history.

The tax cut for businesses was supposed to spur companies to invest in new properties, equipment and products, but after a bounce early last year businesses have pulled back on spending. Nonresidential fixed investment fell sharply to -0.6 percent during the quarter, and spending on new structures plummeted to -10.6 percent.

The White House argues that Trump's policies have enabled millions more Americans to get jobs and receive higher pay through tax cuts and a strong labor market that has force companies to boost wages. That, in turn, has helped raise consumer spending, said Larry Kudlow, Trump's chief economic adviser.

Kudlow called consumers "heroes" on Friday and blamed the slowing in the economy on the Federal Reserve, which raised interest rates four times last year and has been a nearly constant target of Trump's ire.

"We had to suffer through severe monetary tightening," Kudlow said on CNBC. But he predicted a strong second half of the year. "We are the hottest economy in the world and I expect us to stay that way."

Few are predicting a recession anytime soon. The nation is in the midst of the longest expansion in U.S. history, growing for more than a decade and exceeding even the 1990s boom.

While some have questioned how much longer the expansion can last, it is showing little sign of weakness so far. Most experts say it will take a major event of some sort to knock the economy off course.

"Expansions don't die of old age. I like to say they get murdered," said Ben Bernanke, an economist and former Federal Reserve chair, earlier this year.

The bearish case is that businesses are pulling back on spending and if that spills over to a pullback in hiring, that could spook consumers and cause them to close up their wallets. But many forecasters don't believe that scenario is likely to unfold in the next year. At the moment, the economy is growing enough to justify adding more jobs and increasing pay for many workers, which fuels consumer spending.

"I don't see any warning signs right now," said Ben Herzon, executive director of U.S. economics at Marcoeconomics Advisers. "It's hard to be against the economy when the consumer is in such good shape."

The Commerce Department also released revisions to growth statistics for the past five years, a common practice that government statisticians and economists undertake from time to time to incorporate additional data from the Internal Revenue Service and other agencies.

The revisions showed that growth was unchanged at 2.9 percent last year, but it was slightly higher in 2017, coming in at 2.4 percent after the revisions, up from the originally reported 2.2 percent.


County Legislation (CB-12-2018) states that all Prince George's County business owners, tenants, or operators of commercial and industrial properties, including but not limited to offices, stores, hotels, motels, gas stations, restaurants, factories, processing plants, and manufacturing enterprises, shall provide at least equally sized and equally convenient recycling containers to accompany each trash container on the interior and exterior of the property, including along storefronts.

To view a list of the County's acceptable recycling materials, visit
To review a copy of the legislation, go to

For more information, contact the Department of the Environment, Recycling Section, Inspection Unit at 301-883-3635.

If you don't already have one, establish a recycling program at your business or multi-tenant facility. Setting up a program is easy and we can help!

If you already have a recycling program, submit a copy of your Maryland Recycling Act (MRA) Recycling Tonnage Report to the Department of the Environment Recycling Section. Your recycling hauler may also submit the report on your behalf with your business/property name and address listed on the report.

Recycling is Good Business: Make it Your Business!

Businesses play an important role in Prince George's County's Recycling Program. Approximately one-half of the county's solid waste stream is produced by the business sector. Businesses also account for 2/3 of the county's current recycling rate.
All businesses can recycle. The Department of the Environment Recycling Section will assist your business in implementing a successful recycling program.

"How to Start a Recycling Program"

The steps to start a successful recycling program include:
  1. Obtain the support of the executive management
  2. Appoint a coordinator and program monitors to plan and implement the program.
  3. Determine the number of people participating and the types and amounts of recyclables generated.
  4. Discuss the program with local recyclers, and seek quotes from recycling haulers.
  5. Develop an efficient collection system.
  6. Educate all employees.
  7. Purchase items that can be recycled or reused.
  8. Publicize the success of the program.
 Call 3-1-1 for more information.


AUDIT: STATE FAILED TO MONITOR TREATMENT FUNDING: A Maryland state agency failed to adequately monitor groups to which it provided funding to treat opioid and gambling addictions and care for severelydisabled children, according to a state audit released last week, raising questions about whether clients received proper treatment and how millions of taxpayer dollars were spent. Rachel Chason of the Post reports.
BSO SCRIPTS MESSAGE FOR HOGAN: Even as he sought more state funding, the CEO of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra asked Gov. Larry Hogan to deliver the money with a scripted message calling on BSO management to quickly take steps to fix the orchestra's finances, Luke Broadwater of the Sun reports. With the BSO in dire fiscal straits, CEO Peter Kjome had proposed cutting musicians' salaries roughly 20% and the length of the season from a year to 40 weeks. The management locked out the 75 players on June 17 as both sides attempt to negotiate a new contract.
BIZ PARK OWNERS CRITICIZE MIA DECISION: Owners of Montgomery Park in south Baltimore are fighting a decision to stop the Maryland Insurance Administration from moving from downtown to their property, and one stakeholder criticized a prominent local attorney's role in the saga. Baltimore-based developer David Tufaro, who owns a part of Montgomery Park, said the decision not to relocate MIA offices to Montgomery Park stemmed from political pressure that tainted the procurement process, Adam Bednar of the Daily Record reports.
STUDY: CHARTER SCHOOL KIDS MONTH AHEAD OF OTHERSA new study has found that students at Maryland charter schools, especially those who are black or Hispanic, have on average made greater academic progress than their counterparts in traditional public schools. Jean Marbella of the Sun is reporting that while the study noted deficiencies in about a third of charter schools, the student gains were the equivalent of them getting about an extra month of learning over the typical 180-day school year, according to Stanford University's Center for Research on Education Outcomes.
TRUMP TARIFFS COSTLY TO MD COMPANYSteel tariffs have cost a Maryland manufacturer millions of dollars and forced it to cut dozens of jobs, the company's CEO said. Tim Curtis of the Daily Record reports that the Independent Can Co. says the tariffs cost it $1 million last year and, along with lost business, will account for another $2 million hit this year. The Trump administration last year imposed tariffs of 25% on steel imported from foreign countries, steel that is essential to the Belcamp-company's finished products.
HARRIS DEFENSE OF TRUMP FALLS FLAT: As Rep. Andy Harris tried to defend President Donald Trump's tweets targeting four Democratic congresswomen of color, the Eastern Shore congressman learned the hard way that only the president speaks for president, Phil Davis of the Sun reports.
HARRIS VOTES NO ON 9/11 HEALTH FUNDING: An uncredited story in the Easton Star-Democrat reports that U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md.-1st, said a measure to pay for the health needs of 9/11 first responders is "fiscally irresponsible" and went "far beyond" taking care of the health needs of first responders. Harris was one of 12 members of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote Friday against H.R. 1327. It passed the House on a vote of 402-12, with 19 congressmen not voting.
SCHMOKE PROPOSES NYC-STYLE BALTIMORE COLLEGE: University of Baltimore President Kurt Schmoke is proposing three of the city's institutions of higher education be restructured in a style similar to the City University of New York, an idea he acknowledged is politically divisive but believes could strengthen the schools and benefit students. Talia Richman of the Sun reports.
GROWING DIVERSITY IN ARUNDEL: Two public meetings speak volumes about the changes under way in Anne Arundel County - one of the fastest growing and most politically diverse and volatile jurisdictions in the state. Josh Kurtz of Maryland Matters writes that political change took place across Maryland in 2018, and Democrats made gains in all the major jurisdictions. But nowhere was the change more profound than it was in Anne Arundel County - a conservative county with a few liberal enclaves that had been trending Republican for several election cycles.
HOWARD SEEKS HEALTHY VENDING MACHINES: Howard County government is trying to bring more nutrition to nibbling by staff members and guests, Danielle Gaines of Maryland Matters reports. The county is seeking bids now for healthy vending machines in county buildings. In line with a law passed by the county council in 2015, the new vending machines on Howard County government property will include at least 75% healthy snacks and drinks.
HOWARD SCHOOL AUDIT SCOPE NARROWED: Jess Nocera of the Howard County Times reports that Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced a more narrow scope of his request for a performance audit of the school system. The narrowed scope, to be completed by the Maryland State Department of Education, would look into the Howard County Public School System's health and dental fund; budgeting and actual expenditure variance; personnel cost development; and supplemental income and non-salary benefits.
CARROLL's 1st RX POT DISPENSARY OPENS: The long-awaited first day of business for Westminster's Herbology medical marijuana dispensary was marked with a ribbon-cutting before registered patients formed a line that snaked out the door. Dispensary officials, Commissioner Dennis Frazier and representatives from the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and Del. Haven Shoemaker's office were among those in attendance, reports Leah Brennan of the Carroll County Times.
STATE HERITAGE GRANTS TO AID PATAPSCO AREA: The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority announced on Monday matching grants of more than $216,000 for three regional nonprofits, Cody Boteler reports in the Catonsville Times. The grants fund three projects in the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area. And Patapsco Heritage Greenway also received a $100,000 management grant, a $25,000 block grant and a $17,500 marketing grant.


"How to Create a Superb Social Media Marketing Strategy in 8 Easy Steps"

There are multiple ways having a social media presence can impact your business. We're taking you into the details of an approach that's sure to help your business grow on social media.

Step 1. Research Your Audience, Competition and Trends
Conducting a social media audit for your social media efforts, getting to know your audience, and analyzing what your competitors are doing is the first step to understanding where you stand in your social media efforts. Here is what you could do.

Gather real-world data on your customers(prospects) to build buyer personas to understand their requirements. This will enable you to create the right message in the right tone and format that relates to your audience.

Once your target audience and their needs are identified, use social media analytics to identify their favorite social media platforms and the time(s) they are most active on those channels.

Conduct a competitive analysis to understand what they are doing. This will help you identify your social media targets and also track opportunities in the areas where your audience is underserved.

Engage in social listening to keep track of your customers' likes (and dislikes) and determine how your current campaigns are performing.

Step 2. Set Goals
The next step is to identify your marketing objectives and align them to the goals. This will help you keep an eye on your performance and guide future actions. Tackling smaller, attainable goals can help you better scale your social media efforts and is more budget-friendly.

For example, your goal could be to increase brand awareness. Once your goal is clear you will be able to optimize your budget and content for this goal and identify metrics to measure success.
Step 3. Determine Budget and Allocate Resources
Whether you are an SMB or an established brand, it is essential to allocate a healthy budget and the right resources for each of your social media activities.

Once you have identified your goals, you can rank them based on priority. You will then need to allocate your spend and other resources according to priority.

For example, a new upcoming business would want to spend more on creating a buzz on social media, while an established brand would want to create a loyal fanbase.

Step 4. Identify Metrics
Your social media marketing strategy must be data-driven; it will also help you evaluate your progress as you go. Are the number of likes enough for brand awareness? Does the follower count really improve the bottom line? You can't answer these questions until you align your goals to metrics and continually track them and keep tweaking your campaigns accordingly.

For example, if your goal is improving brand awareness; the number of shares or mentions could be the metrics that you could track. Analyzing email signups or landing pages will help track your conversion goals.

Step 5. Create Killer Content
Although most businesses start churning out content way before they have executed the initial steps. It is advisable to create and curate content based on the above steps for maximum impact. This will help you identify what kind of content works best for your target audience. Will they be interested in watching videos or is an ebook preferred? What is the right time to post content?

You will also need to create a social media content calendar that can outline your posting schedule and type of content. This helps you plot the right content mix and ensures your posts are evenly spaced out.
Your content will have to be highly engaging and should add value to your customers, to be able to shine.

Step 6. Identify the Right Tools
The right tools can help improve the productivity of your team and reduce the scope of errors. Thus identifying the right tools that fit your marketing objectives and budget is a must. You would need tools for automating, scheduling your posts, analytics tools to track campaign performance, social tools to communicate with customers, competitor analysis tools, monitoring tools, etc. - a comprehensive social media management tool that can cover all the bases is more convenient and economical.

Step 7. Test, Evaluate, and Tweak
You may not get it right the first time, given the scale of social media and when everyone is trying to capture audience attention. This is where you have to test, evaluate, and tweak your social media strategy.
Track your social data to analyze which posts (content) drive the most traffic and which ones don't yield any traction. Test different versions and different types of content. Conduct surveys to better understand what your audience wants. Continuous testing helps you identify cracks in your strategy. Evaluate what worked (or went wrong) and refine your strategy to deliver up to your audience expectations.

Step 8. Experiment
Allocate a small budget to try out something new. Experiment with content and platforms that's different from what most brands are doing. You just might hit a jackpot there. For example, social media platforms such as Pinterest and TikTok are widely popular among audiences but not effectively utilized by businesses to reach out to their audience. It doesn't take time for a post to go viral, you just have to identify a novel idea and amp it up to reach maximum users. Don't shy away from reaching out to audiences who are not presently in your target demographics. Who knows, they just might need what you have to offer.


A social media marketing strategy involves a lot of research, analysis, creativity and experimenting. To summarize, here are some key action points:
  1. Study your audience, competitors and trends on social media before you begin.
  2. Plan your goals and identify key milestones to achieve.
  3. Identify budgets and key metrics you want to improve with ads.
  4. Create appealing, engaging content that informs or entertains your audience.
  5. Experiment, test and modify your social media strategy to innovate and improve results.
Social media is more trial and error but having a clear social media marketing strategy in place does help you focus on what you want to achieve. Simply be, consistent, patient and keep an eye on your goals, the results will follow.

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Annapolis, MD, (June 13, 2019) -
Residential home prices climbed in May compared to the same period in 2018, according to housing statistics released by Maryland REALTORS®. Average home prices rose by 4.1 percent while the median price increased by 4.2 percent as compared to the same time in 2018.
"The units pending (units under contract) jumped to 10,108 from 8,571 in 2018, while active inventory decreased from 3.5 months in 2018 to at 3.1 months in 2019", continued Tobin. A 6 month to 6.5-month supply is considered to be a balanced market.
Of note, units sold experienced a drop of 1.8 percent due in large part to the drop in settled sales in Baltimore City as a result of the widely-reported ransomware attack.

"The average and median housing sale prices both climbed at reasonable rates in May", said Maryland REALTORS┬« President Merry Tobin. 

The May statewide average sales price was $367,018 compared to $352,569 in 2018, while median sales price increased to $312,500 from $300,000. Added Tobin, "This jump of 4.1 percent and 4.2 percent, respectively, is robust and may, in the long term, have a negative impact on housing affordability."
The Average Sale Price compared to Original List Price for May decreased slightly from 97.9 percent to 97.8 percent in 2019.


The Maryland Department of Commerce has awarded 34 small and mid-sized Maryland companies with ExportMD grants to help promote their products and services in the global marketplace. The ExportMD grant program helps businesses finance the costs of marketing internationally, including trade show fees, brochures, and travel expenses. Applications are accepted on a monthly basis and the next application deadline is June 1, 2019. Eligibility requirements can be found on the Commerce website.

"Our administration is committed to creating jobs and new opportunities for our citizens, and the ExportMD program is a great example of how the state is partnering with our small and mid-sized businesses to help them expand globally and diversify their customer base," said Governor Larry Hogan. "Through this program, we have been able to help companies in every region of our state find new global partners, helping to boost their sales and expand their operations."

"The ExportMD program is one of the most powerful tools we offer to help Maryland businesses connect with new global markets," said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. "The program not only helps companies promote their products and services at international trade shows they otherwise may not be able to attend, but also offers expert guidance in navigating foreign trade and investment practices."

Among the companies included in this round of grants are Securityhunter, a government security solutions provider that recently traveled with Maryland Commerce to Mexico City as part of our state-led delegation, and Galen Robotics, a Johns Hopkins University spinout that is traveling with the Maryland delegation to BIO 2019 next month.

"The state of Maryland not only helped us exhibit in Mexico, but also made appointments for us to meet with U.S. Embassy staff and prospective Mexican partners. As a result, we are working with the embassy to roll out our 'Train the Trainer' program in the fall of 2019," said Michael S. Rogers, CEO of Securityhunter. "We know we wouldn't have been in Mexico without Maryland Commerce's ExportMD program."

"The financial assistance offered by the Maryland Department of Commerce is of enormous value to small start-up companies like ours, as we focus our cash on continuing research and development," said Dave Saunders, co-founder and CTO of Galen Robotics. "We look forward to continuing to expand our network around Maryland as we attend the Bio International Convention 2019."
Established in 1999, the ExportMD program provides matching grants up to $5,000 from Commerce's Office of International Investment and Trade. ExportMD is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, which has awarded multiple State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grants to Maryland Commerce to help fund the program.

January-April 2019 ExportMD grant recipients:

Anne Arundel County
Garrett Park Guitars
Identity Checkpoint, Inc.

Baltimore City
Baltimore Cyber Range, LLC
Galen Robotics
ICmed, LLC

Baltimore County
Longeviti Neuro Solutions
Metalcraft, Inc.
Plant Sensory Systems, LLC
Total Child Health, Inc.

Carroll County
HurleyIR, Inc.

Cecil County
Air Clear, LLC

Frederick County
ECObiotix LLC
RoosterBio, Inc.
XeoHealth Corporation

Harford County
Beacon Environmental Services, Inc.

Howard County
Ennoble First Inc.
KES Engineering Inc.
Top Travel, Inc.

Kent County
LaMotte Chemical Company

Montgomery County
20/20 GeneSystems
Biotech Diagnostics LLC
Dinocrates Group LLC
Goldfarb & Associates, Inc.
Richard S. Carson & Associates, Inc.
RIFE International, LLC
Silbiotech, Inc.
WCC International, Inc

Prince George's County
Cybrary, Inc
Hawkeye Medical, LLC
SPIN Global


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

There are now 10 certified Green Bowie Businesses in the City. The most recent to complete the program is the Starbucks at Bowie Town Center! 

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 while gaining visibility in the community? You've come to the right place!

You can read about all Green Bowie Businesses and the program itself at!

Staff Contacts
Ashleigh Armentrout
Tiffany Wright
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.

Annual Investment: $10,000
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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 

New members can join by clicking here
Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, 2614 Kenhill Drive, Suite 117, Bowie, MD 20715
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