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GBCC Holiday Mixer & Silent Auction
Date: December 14, 2017
Time: 5:30-8:30pm
Location: Bowie Baysox Stadium
Cost: $40 Members Prepaid; $50 Non-Members & Walk-ins

Get in the Spirit a Little Early this Year!  

Seasons Greetings!

The holidays are closing in and I think it's safe to say we are all getting a little more anxious thinking about what Santa is going to leave under the tree...
At the Chamber, we understand, which is why we want to encourage you to check out our directory in order to help ease the stress of navigating the holidays. Many of our Chamber members are amply able to make budgeting a lot easier for those unique gift ideas.
Don't spend this season trekking across land and sea to get something for your loved ones that massive crowds will be trampling over one another for. Keep it simple (and local) this year, and focus on the resources close to home here in the Greater Bowie community! Put the personal back in the picture while supporting the community.
When you spend your hard-earned dollar in your own community, it is much more likely that you will see the benefits. Whether it's buying handcrafted dinnerware from the local artisan, purchasing a fitness package from a personal trainer up the block, or getting that fruitcake all the kids love to hate from the town baker, your money has the potential to keep a local, small-business based economy thriving.
 Find local businesses in the Business Directory at Happy Holidays!
As of November 2017, the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce is now a proud member of the Maryland Green Registry!

The MD Green registry promotes and recognizes sustainable practices at organizations of all types and sizes. As a member, we have agreed to share at least five environmental practices and one measurable result while striving to continually improve our environmental performance.

Our environmental team, consisting of Executive Director Pauline Markward, Administrative Assistant Cecily Flight, and Chamber Board Member Michael Oleru, teamed together to create a basic MD Green Registry Environmental Policy Statement. Check it out, and please let us know if you want to contribute thoughts or ideas on how we can improve this endeavor!
At the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, we believe that economic growth and environmental progress are not mutually exclusive goals. They are two goals that can be coupled together to improve the efficiency of all our processes, all whilst managing the environmental effects and aspects of our operations. In an effort to stand by this belief, we have formulated our own environmental policy statement, which forms the foundation of environmental improvements made by the Chamber.

The benefits of an environmental policy are as follows, but are not limited to:
- helping stay updated with environmental law
- improving information for employees about their environmental roles and responsibilities
- improving cost control
- conserving energy
- improving monitoring of environmental impacts
- improving efficiency within the office

In fact, as mentioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the United States is the only major country that has actually and substantially reduced its C02 emissions while continuing to grow our economy. In doing so, we hope to demonstrate a commitment to decreasing our carbon footprint and setting an example for our members and the community.
Small steps can lead to big destinations, which is what we hope to see as we strive to be more environmentally conscious at the office. The Chamber has obtained all of its furniture second hand, and we work to reuse boxes for storage and generate essentially no waste ourselves as a very small business.

We also have much of our information online now, including membership applications, brochures, newsletters, invoices, etc.

As many of you know, the GBCC is located in the Kenhill Center in Bowie, which is serviced by City of Bowie Public Works for recycling. Any paper coming from our two shredders as well as all old papers are recycled and picked up. Ink cartridges are given to and recycled by a Chamber member who benefits from this exchange.
Finally, living in the Bowie community allows for us to walk to the office, a simple, eco-friendly way to save!

The MD Green Registry is a free, voluntary program offering tips and resources to help businesses and other organizations set and meet their own goals on the path to sustainability.
Become a member in 3 easy steps!
  1. Go to to download the member profile form.
  2. Share information on at least five environmental practices in place at your facility.
  3. Provide a measurable result related to at least one of these practices.
If you would like to learn more about this environmentally conscious endeavor or get involved, please contact Cecily Flight with any inquires at
Corporate Partners 

Bowie Baysox

  An Exelon Company


 St. John Properties 


Berman Enterprises

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

Sherman Ragland, Realinvertors, LLC

Somerset Construction Company

Widmann Financial Services

W.F. Chesley Real Estate, LLC
MAGLEV Update  
As you  may be aware in 2015 Governor Larry Hogan, Jr., through the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), sought $28.7 million from the Federal Railroad Administration to conduct an Environmental Impact Study (EIS), under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), to review alternatives routes, the environmental, economic and other impacts for the Superconducting Maglev (SCMAGLEV) train between Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD.
On October 13, 2017, MTA reduced the number of alternatives for the EIS/NEPA to three, each of which impact Bowie (E-1), Glenn Dale (E-1) and Greenbelt (J & J-1). To view the proposed alternatives, register for updates and to comment, please visit the Project website at For a link to related Maglev stories, please visit: WTOP WebsiteBowie Blade News or The Capital Gazette

Woodlands at Reid Temple Senior Housing
Reid Temple Community Development Corporation has also filed development plans (Detailed Site Plan-16044/Preliminary Plan of Subdivision-4-16034) with the Prince George's County Planning Department for the Woodlands at Reid Temple, a 252-unit apartment housing for the elderly building and associated site improvements, located on the east side of Glenn Dale Boulevard (MD 193), approximately 170 feet north of its intersection with Daisy Lane.  This project has also garnered significant interest in the Glenn Dale community.
If you are not already a Party of Record on these cases, please visit the Prince George's Planning Board website - - for instruction on participating and receiving notifications in this matter.  In addition please feel free to call the Clerk of the Council Office at 301-952-3600 for further information concerning the requirements of a pending District Council case, or if you have any questions.

Repurposed information, 
Honorable Todd M. Turner
County Council Member - 4th District

Special Recall Election for District 2 Voters - Tuesday, December 19 
The City of Bowie will hold a special recall election on December 19 for voters of District 2 to determine if Councilmember Diane Polangin should be recalled from office. City Clerk Awilda Hernandez announced the election today after the City Board of Elections certified that a recall petition presented to the City contained signatures of more than the required 25% of registered voters in District 2. The ballot will contain a single "yes or no" question: "Do you vote to recall from her City elective office District 2 Councilmember Diane Polangin?" Depending on the outcome of that vote, another election may need to be held in 60-90 days to fill the vacancy.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters may also cast their vote by absentee ballot if they cannot vote in person on December 19. Only registered voters of District 2 (A & B) are eligible to vote in this election. District 2A votes at Community Christian Presbyterian Church and the polling place for District 2B is Kenhill Center. More information about this special recall election will be available soon at

District 2A
(Polling Location: Community Christian Presbyterian Church):
* Belair Town
* Bowie Forest
* Fairview
* Glenridge
* Grady's Walk
* Highbridge Park
* Meadowbrook (only streets south and west of Millstream Drive)
* Somerset
* Stewart's Landing
* Tulip Grove

District 2B
(Polling Location: Kenhill Center)
* Buckingham
* Derbyshire
* Forest Hills
* Foxhill
* Longridge
* Kenilworth

The City of Bowie is currently seeking applicants for the following positions:

* Theater Technician (closes 12/6)
* Entry Level & Lateral Police Officers (open)
* Bus Driver (open)

Details and job application at

Repurposed information, 
City of Bowie
New & Renewing Members 

Printing Specialist Corporation 

Anne Arundel Medical Center
Proud Partner of the Conversation Project 

The holiday season is upon us. As you spend quality time with your family and loved ones, it's a good time to think about these questions: does anyone know about your wishes if anything were to happen? What kind of care do you want to receive if you get sick or injured?
Eighty-two percent of people say it's important to put their wishes in writing. But only 23 percent have done so. A national initiative, The Conversation Project, encourages us to think about the tough questions and write down what we want.
Sometimes it's tricky to get the conversation started, or to know the right words to use. Find an online Starter Kit here. It's available in 11 languages. Also, check out this recent column in the Capital Gazette.
Want to learn more about how to have the conversation? Anne Arundel Medical Center is offering classes. 
You can find out more, and pledge your commitment once you're ready, online with Anne Arundel Medical Center. If your organization would like to partner with The Conversation Project and AAMC, please e-mail Valerie Lehman (
These Are The 10 Smartest Cities In Maryland
We used data and science to determine the brainiacs around Maryland.

One of the many qualities that people look for in a potential location or company is the intelligence of those around them. This factor can play a huge role in one's experience at a particular company and can make or break an employee's time there.

So finding a city with an intelligent population makes sense for both companies and employees. That's where Zippia comes in; to help you identify those places in Maryland that might have skipped a grade... or two.

You may be wondering, "How does one determine how intelligent a town really is?"

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data - the census - to figure out what criteria about a place would identify it is a smart cookie.

We set upon the percentage of adults (over 25) with at least a college degree and the percentage of high school dropouts (aged 15-17) for the 22 largest cities in Maryland with data. We then crunched the numbers and were left with this set of the brightest cities in the Old Line State: 
Read on to see why these places got into a four-year college or skip to the end to see a full chart of all the places in our analysis. If you want to put your smarts to work, you can start your job seach with Zippia here.

How we determined the smartest places in the Old Line State?

Before we could dive into the potential IQs of various places in Maryland, we needed to know which places to look at in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 10,000 people and data available for every criteria.

This left us with 22 places in Maryland.

We then looked at the following criteria to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to smarts:
  • Percentage of adults with at least a college education (Higher is smarter)
  • Percentage of teenagers that are high school dropouts (Lower is smarter)
Our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought this criteria was representative of the current state of smarts with the potential for a place to improve the education levels of the next generation. And, for reference, only about 30% of Americans over 25 have graduated from college.

In order to determine the smartest, we ranked all the cities for each criteria from one to 22 with one being the "smartest" in any category.

We took the average rank across the criteria, with the place posting the highest overall score being given the diploma for "Smartest City In Maryland".

If your city or town isn't among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

In the end, Annapolis ended up being the the smartest city in the Old Line State.

2. Bowie
Source: Wikipedia
Population: 56,885
Adults /w BA+: 49.83%
High School Dropout Rate: 1%

The silver finisher is Bowie with 56,885 residents. With so few high school dropouts and 49.83% of the adult population with a college diploma they earned their spot here.

Repurposed Information,
Drew Walters
The Career Expert
Gov. Hogan Announces Emergency Mandatory Paid Leave Bill:
Today, Gov. Larry Hogan announced that, on Day One of the 2018 General Assembly session, he will introduce his own new legislation to provide for mandatory paid leave. Here are a few of the elements:
  • requires businesses with 25 or more employees to offer paid leave by 2020, with phase-ins
    • 50 or more employees: 2018
    • 40 - 49 employees: 2019
    • 25 - 39 employees: 2020
  • waiver for "significant financial hardship" (2017 HB 1 Zirkin amendment)
  • no questions asked for leave
  • accrual rate: one hour of leave for every 30 hours worked, for every employee
In a separate bill, Gov. Hogan will introduce $100 million for small business tax credits for businesses with fewer than 50 employees, to be used for tuition assistance, health care contributions, paid leave, and other benefits. 
The governor's office worked with the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to develop Gov. Hogan's paid leave bill. DLLR conducted a study that included a survey, which you may have seen in our social media posts. Among other recommendations, DLLR included:
  • 120-day employment before using leave time
  • exemption for the construction industry
  • adopt noncompliance damages from minimum wage statutes
You can find the full report, and the full text of the governor's bill, on
We believe that employers should be able to determine what benefits to offer and when. However, as we learn more details, we will work with our legislative and issues committees to determine the bill's potential impact and our next steps. If you would like to share your thoughts, please contact us.
Repurposed information,
Maryland Chamber of Commerce
Communications Plan

We are hosting Communications graduate student, Jasmine Berry, to present her Strategic Communications Plan for the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 1:30pm. This event is free, and will be located inside the Chamber office at the Kenhill Center.

Jasmine will present the strategies behind a new and improved communications plan for the GBCC. She will cover how what works best and what can be better in order to communicate effectively to our members and the Greater Bowie community. 

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.

Additionally, if you have a particular interest or subject you would like to share with the community you may want to consider producing your own television show with the Bowie Community Media Corporation. For more information, email or call 301-814-3057.
Bowie Food Pantry

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.)

Bowie Estimated Demographics 2017

Population: 57,727   
Households: 20,687
Median Household Income: $110,636 

In just a few short years, cyber security went from a science fiction plot to an urgent reality. Right now, there are 20,000 open jobs in cyber and IT fields and employers searching for the right people to fill them. And we need them; it costs American businesses an average of $1.3 million to recover from a cyber attack.  

Upcoming Events

After Hours Mixer
Date: January 22, 2018
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Stan & Joe's 
37 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Cost: $25 Member; $30 Non Member & Walk-ins

Valuable Connections * Beverages  *
Hors D'oeuvres *  The Ear of Elected Officials:  Senator Peters & Delegates
* Happy Hour will be followed by a session of the Maryland General Assembly

After Hours Mixer
Date: February 8, 2018
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Helen's Accounting Services, LLC
CPA Tax & Accounting Services
6000 Laurel Bowie Rd, Suite 201
Bowie, MD 20715
Cost: $20 Member; $25 Non Member & Walk-ins


Business Workshop
Be Your Authentic S.E.L.F
Lessions from a Business Owner
Crystal Richards, FHFMA, PMP
Date: February 13, 2018
Time: 8:00am - 9:30am
Location: GBCC Office
2614 Kenhill Drive, #117, Bowie
Cost: $20

Unless otherwise noted above, register online 
call 301-262-0920
or email

48-hour notice is required on cancellations 
Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, 2614 Kenhill Drive, Suite 117, Bowie, MD 20715
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