December 2018 Newsletter

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"As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December's bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same." - Donald E. Westlake
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!

Ace-AFSCME

Darque Room Images

Maryland Computer Services, Inc.

Victory Christian Ministries International - Bowie

Chick-fil-A Marketplace

CQI Associates
 
Upcoming Events



Holiday Party & Silent Auction
Thursday, December 13
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Bowie Baysox (Prince George's Stadium)
4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, MD 20716

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

Unless otherwise noted above, register online 
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.)

Pick up a "reminder bag" at the Chamber office!
 
Business
Community
 Guide

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

 
Bowie Estimated Demographics 2018

Bowie is the 6th safest city in Maryland!

Households20,616

Median Household Income: $110,636 

Population: 58,631

Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 93 (3rd safest)

Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,289 (8th safest)

Bowie has grown from a small railroad stop to the largest municipality in Prince George's County, and the fifth most populous city and third largest city by area in the U.S. state of Maryland. In 2014 CNN Money ranked Bowie 28th in its Best Places to Live in America list. 


Read more here!
 


"From the Halls:
A Maryland Business Legislative Update"

While the smell of turkey still lingers in the air, the candles are burning low and there's only one last serving of grandma's famous green bean casserole. As the dinner conversation shifts from travel to the weather, you brace yourself as it ultimately turns to-the midterm election results.
 
As of November 17th, the early, election day, absentee, and provisional votes have been counted and the numbers have changed-the Republican House of Delegates is now one incumbent lighter.

HEAR FROM LARRY RICHARDSON:




"Cybersecurity for SMBs Part III:
The Cloud as a Security Solution"

Are you a small or mid-size business? This is for you!

December 13, 2018
9:30am, Arnold
Anne Arundel Community College 
101 College Pkwy, Arnold, MD 21012
 
Today's Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) are moving rapidly towards cloud services for key applications like payroll, HR, office programs, billing, backup, etc. Stay ahead of the risks from cyber attacks by attending The Cloud as a Security Solution workshop!
This seminar will explore questions like:
  • Cloud Security vs Local Security?
  • Who are the cloud providers serving small and medium size businesses?
  • Does going to cloud automatically increase the security?
  • Options for engaging cloud services securely?
Moderator: John Leitch, CEO, Winquest Engineering
Panelists:



"Meet the State: 
Amplify Your Voice in Annapolis"

January 23, 2019
9:30am - 7pm
Annapolis
Historic Inns of Annapolis

With the start of the General Assembly's new term this January, we have a distinct opportunity to gain new allies in the fight to keep businesses alive in this state. Now, more than ever, it is important that Maryland businesses set the right tone:

We are here, we are strong.

Be part of the movement. Your collective support can effectively wield political influence through strength in numbers. Let's make our presence known in the State House and stand up for a more competitive Maryland.

Meet the State is a full day, immersive experience with the General Assembly and our Government Affairs team. You will not only learn about upcoming issues that will impact your business, you will engage in informed discussions with your state legislators about how those issues will affect you directly.
  • First, experience the process of how bills are presented in the House and Senate.
  • Then, learn how your business will be affected by upcoming 2019 legislative session bills, like $15 Minimum Wage or updates to Mandatory Paid Leave.
  • Attend focused panels on the biggest issues of the 2019 session: Learn about sponsoring the panel discussion
  • Then, put your advocacy skills to work as you meet 1×1 with your local legislators!
  • Finish the day with our high-level Meet the State reception and join influencers like state secretaries, state delegates, senators, and policymakers.
Come rally with the Maryland Chamber on January 23rd at Meet the State, make the next four years count and make your voice heard!

Thank you to our presenting sponsor:
 
 
Thank you to our supporting sponsor FirstEnergy!


The early bird gets the-good rates:


 





Friday, December 14th: 
Soft Opening!
(Facilities open regular hours while employees train. No glow events.)

Friday, December 21st: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Saturday, December 22nd: Grand Opening Bash!



 

This is the second Sky Zone franchise for Paul V. Facchina, Jr. Facchina opened the Sky Zone in Waldorf in 2016.

"I look forward to becoming part of the Bowie community and giving back to the Bowie community," said Facchina. Faachina established the Paul V. Facchina, Jr. Scholarship at the College of Southern Maryland in 2012, and he's interested in creating another scholarship for Bowie State University or another local school.

 

 
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: $12,500
 
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
Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, 2614 Kenhill Drive, Suite 117, Bowie, MD 20715
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