December 2019 Newsletter

"You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it."
- Oprah Winfrey

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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, 
Chair, Councilman- District 4


Silver:

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

Somerset Construction Company


Thrive Senior Living

Visiting Angels 
Homecare Agency

Widmann Financial Services

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

DHC Medical Supply

Valvoline Instant Oil Change

Chesapeake Grille & Deli

Dollar Depot

Arbonne International

Collington Episcopal
Life Care Community
 
Save the Date!

Holiday Appreciation  Mixer

Holiday Mix & Mingle
We are enormously grateful 
for your membership!


Thursday, December 12, 2019
5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.

Come and enjoy cocktails and nibbles as we celebrate 2019!

$25 includes
heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer & wine

Belair Mansion 
12207 Tulip Grove Drive
Bowie, MD

Limited Tickets Available

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-appreciation-mixer-tickets-80871140759
A special thank you to our event sponsors:
Comfort Inn, Money One Federal Credit Union, Total Tax Service & Visiting Angels

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.

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.)

 
Business
Community
 Guide

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce Business & Community Guide 2019 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. If you would like to be a guest and showcase your business please email info@BowieChamber.org

  

            

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce 
wishes you a very happy and a prosperous 2020! 


 
             

R. Anthony Pasciuto 
 

                                          
R. Anthony Pasciuto ("Tony") focuses his practice on Elder Law and Estate Planning and joined Byrd & Byrd in 2017. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park, followed by his Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2009.Tony clerked for the Honorable Nicholas E. Rattal in the Circuit Court for Prince George's County. After his clerkship, he worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Charles County, Maryland handling a varied case load of misdemeanor criminal, traffic, juvenile, and felony cases. Following his experience in criminal practice, Tony entered civil litigation where he focused on obtaining benefits for injured workers before the Maryland Workmen's Compensation Commission and protecting creditors' rights and other breach of contract/debt collection cases in both the District and Circuit Courts.
 
1.  Why did you become a lawyer? In school, I had done a criminal defense clinic with the Anne Arundel Public Defender's Office and it was amazing to use knowledge and skills from what I was learning in class in a practical setting to help others. It was also eye opening working with indigent clients and seeing the struggles they faced in their everyday lives that I was aware of but never previously directly exposed to.

2.  How long have you been practicing? Officially barred in December of 2009, but I stayed with my clerkship, and did not start as a Public Defender until June 20, 2010; so if we use that date it's 9 years.

3.  What is a pet peeve you have about the type of law you practice? Or what is one thing you would like people to know about the type of law you practice? I would like people to know that while it may be difficult or uncomfortable to think about our own mortality, there is so much relief and satisfaction once you have a plan in place.

4.  What is your feeling when people ask you, "How much will this cost"? Wonderful, I'm happy to tell clients what our work is going to cost. I think our prices are fair and when I am asked this question, it shows that the client is serious about getting their work completed.

5.  What is the one thing you would tell a client to have before they call you? A conversation with their loved ones and themselves about what their end of life care and estate plan may look like. Even if they don't reach any conclusions, it's good to have thought about it.

6.  What is your favorite quote? "I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, when he said... I drank what?" Christ Knight from Real Genius. OR "If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done." Bruce Lee

7.  Who inspires you and why? My daughters: they constantly amaze me and drive me crazy, but yeah, mostly that first part.

8.  What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read? "Into the Lion's Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov", by Larry Loftis. "The Oracle", by Clive Cussler.

9.  What is your favorite Sport, Song and Movie? Sport - Ice Hockey; Movie - Real Genius.

10.   If you didn't practice law, what would you be doing? Being a stay at home Dad, or Teaching/Coaching.



In September, we were at Prince George's county Caregivers Conference in Greenbelt. Byrd & Byrd supports all caregivers and their families. The event was well attended with over 200 participants. Our County Executive, Angela D. Alsobrook, stopped by to give her support as well.



In October we were part of the Greenbelt Health and Wellness Fair. This is always a great event to pick up information on health care needs, get your flu shot, and do a few health screenings.



Our attorney, Joshua Winger, was on hand at the Prince George's Senior Provider Network (PGSPN) Caregivers Workshop held at the Newton White Mansion on November 1st. The PGSPN Family Caregivers Workshop is held every year around November 1st. Keep this event in mind for next year and help a caregiver get a chance to rejuvenate, get new information and assure them that you value all they do.



Medicaid Mondays

Byrd & Byrd, LLC hosts a FREE monthly, informal seminar designed to provide our community with information about the basic guidelines and requirements of the Medicaid eligibility process. Our attorney will also field questions you may have regarding Medicaid. These seminars take place on the second Monday of every month. Each Medicaid Monday is held at our office, located at 14300 Gallant Fox Lane, Suite 120, Bowie, MD 20715. They begin at 5:30pm and go until about 7pm. Light refreshments are provided and space is limited.
 
Please call or email our office to find out the date of our next Medicaid Monday and reserve your spot.

RSVP to (301) 464-7448 or email info@byrdandbyrd.com

 


 
HOGAN TO EXPEDITE STATE CENTER PROJECT: Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday that he was expediting redevelopment of the long-stalled State Center project in Baltimore that has become the subject of major lawsuits and a symbol of missed opportunity, Erin Cox reports in the Post. His plan includes moving thousands of state workers out of the deteriorating, 28-acre complex and finding a new master developer to build retail, housing and other amenities.
MILLIONS FOR RAPE KIT TESTING: Millions of dollars are set to help police around Maryland process rape kits that have sat untested in storage and keep pace with new cases. The funds include $3.5 million that is part of a new state fund for testing, plus a portion of a $2.6 million federal grant that also will help track kits and support survivors. And Baltimore County recently received a private $300,000 grant from a local foundation to help sex-crimes detectives investigate decades-old cold cases, Alison Knezevich reports for the Sun.

LEGAL POT MAY BE DELAYED: The prospect of legalizing recreational marijuana use in Maryland is growing dim for 2020, reports Pamela Wood for the Sun. While there's growing acceptance for adult use of the drug, and some see it as a potential source of money to boost spending on public schools, state lawmakers appear not quite ready to legalize the sale and use of marijuana for recreational purposes.

AUDITOR SAYS UMMS HINDERING WORK: Maryland lawmakers say they're concerned and closely monitoring the University of Maryland Medical System's behavior after the state's top legislative auditor said the hospital network was "hindering" his work, Luke Broadwater and Kevin Rector report for the Sun. Some legislative leaders, including the sponsors of sweeping reform legislation passed this year after a self-dealing scandal at UMMS, say more bills could be needed if the hospital network refuses to comply with the state audit.

PUSHBACK ON TOUGHENED DISCLOSURE BILL: Less than a week after Baltimore's former mayor pleaded guilty to conspiracy and tax evasion, a City Council committee pushed forward with legislation that would impose stricter financial disclosure rules on elected officials. But after several city agencies testified the bill went too far, the council amended it to raise the threshold for what lawmakers would be required to report, Talia Richman of the Sun reports.

OPINION: PUGH's SCHEME: In a column for his PoliticalMaryland.com blog, Barry Rascovar opines that there "was nothing fancy about the scam hatched by former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh: It was an updated version of a Ponzi scheme, designed to enrich the perpetrator with money essentially stolen from the donors. Pugh happened upon this self-enrichment plan well before she became mayor. ... Pugh discovered (the health-care companies) really didn't care if the books were delivered or not. The goal of the companies was to ingratiate themselves with an important state senator and later mayor."

CARROLL: STATE WILL FINE FOR STYROFOAM: The Carroll County Health Department will be on the lookout for Styrofoam once the statewide ban goes into effect July 1, but the agency will not issue fines for violations. That duty will be left up to the Maryland Department of the Environment, Mary Grace Keller reports for the Carroll County Times.

OPINION: BROKEN PROMISES ON NICE BRIDGE: In a Maryland Matters op-ed, Eric Brenner, former Hogan appointee and chair of the Maryland Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee, writes extensively about efforts to keep bicyclist safety issues in Gov. Hogan's plans for rebuilding of the Nice Bridge and what he says are the Maryland Transportation Authority's "unilateral" effort to break the commitment to a barrier separate path on the bridge and its implications for the future.

FERGUSON TO KEEP MILLER CHIEF OF STAFF: State Sen. Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City), the presumptive next Senate president, told his colleagues in a memo Tuesday that he intends to keep his predecessor's chief of staff in that role when he officially takes over on Jan. 8, Josh Kurtz reports for Maryland Matters. Ferguson said he would retain Jake Weissmann as chief of staff. Weissmann has been chief of staff to Senate President Mike Miller (D-Calvert) for a year, but served Miller and the Senate Democratic Caucus in several other roles for the past decade.

JUDGE DEWBERRY TO RETIRE: After nearly 18 years on the job, Maryland Chief Administrative Law Judge Thomas Dewberry has decided to retire effective Dec. 1. A Maryland native, Dewberry, 68, said he felt it was time to step down so he can spend time with his family and two granddaughters while he's in good health, Louis Krauss reports for the Daily Record.

***THANKFUL: At MarylandReporter.com, we're especially thankful this week for the hundred donors who have put us halfway to our target for the annual NewsMatch campaign. Every individual donation up to $1,000 by Dec. 31 is matched dollar for dollar by four national foundations. If you haven't already done so, please donate today to help us celebrate MarylandReporter.com's 10th birthday. Click here to read more about NewsMatch and donate.***

CUMMINGS DAUGHTERS SUPPORT DAD's AIDE: A daughter of the late congressman Elijah E. Cummings has issued a statement explaining why she and her sister are supporting Harry Spikes, one of his former staffers, in the race to succeed him - a crowded contest that includes former congressman Kweisi Mfume, several state lawmakers and Cummings's second wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Ovetta Wiggins of the Post reports.
7th DISTRICT RACE: Emily Sullivan of WYPR-FM reports that it's difficult to get voters to turn out for a special election, but the task of replacing someone as visible as Elijah Cummings might motivate Marylanders to cast their ballots in a special election primary this winter. A whopping 32 candidates filed a run to take over the Baltimore icon's 7th district congressional seat: eight Republicans and 24 Democrats, including Cummings' widow and two others who spoke at his funeral.

MO CO OKs FOX-TV INCENTIVE: The Montgomery County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved $750,000 in local incentives for four corporations, including a $500,000 grant to Fox TV to relocate two news stations to Bethesda, Kate Masters reports for Bethesda Beat.

RUDE RECEPTION FOR FIRST LADY: A crowd of students booed first lady Melania Trump as she was introduced Tuesday at a Baltimore youth summit on opioid awareness, where she told them that "drugs will only slow you down." The loud boos drowned out the cheers and applause of some in the crowd at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Event Center, but Trump smiled through it, Jeff Barker of the Sun reports.

MAYOR HOPEFUL's FUNDRAISER: Baltimore mayoral candidate Thiru Vignarajah said Tuesday he raised roughly $20,000 at a recent fundraiser hosted by a pair of Texas donors who have backed efforts to fly surveillance planes over the city, Talia Richman of the Sun reports. Texas philanthropists Laura and John Arnold hosted a fundraiser for Vignarajah in Houston, part of a series of events in Baltimore and across the country aimed at boosting support for his campaign. John Arnold did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

RESIGNATION SOUGHT OF DISTRICT HEIGHTS MAYOR: Dozens of residents of tiny District Heights are demanding the resignation of Mayor Eddie L. Martin, who was convicted of misconduct in office last week for using his position to help an acquaintance buy $50,000 worth of fireworks, writes Rachel Chason for the Post.

CONGRESS AWAITS REPORT ON FBI HQ DECISION: Julianne Heberlein of the Capital News Service reports that with parts of the FBI headquarters building crumbling in D.C., there had been plans to relocate the agency to a more secluded and spacious campus in either suburban northern Virginia or suburban Maryland. Six months after President Donald Trump took office, his administration decided to not move forward with the relocation, opting to keep the old building, across the street from the Trump International Hotel. Congress is still waiting to see if an independent review by the Department of Justice's inspector general finds that the cancellation of the FBI headquarters relocation plan was justified.

 
Wealthiest ZIP Codes in Greater D.C.
Ranked by Median household income (2017)

Locally Researched by: Carolyn M. Proctor, Washington Business Journal

20769 (Glenn Dale) is the wealthiest in our County!



 

Opportunity MDOT

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is encouraging small businesses to register with its "Center of Excellence," an online hub for business owners and job seekers that features support services and information on contracting opportunities with the I-495 & I-270 Public-Private Partnership (P3) Program.
 
Considering the possibility of build alternatives for the I-495 and I-270 P3 Program, MDOT last summer launched the Opportunity MDOT program, which is designed to train small and disadvantaged businesses, as well as minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses, for potential job opportunities surrounding this $9 billion to $11 billion congestion-relief project.
 
The Maryland Chamber is working with the team at MDOT to spread the word about these upcoming opportunities. Click the link to learn more about Opportunity MDOT and the Center of Excellence

 
Small Business Milestone

On October 30, Governor Hogan announced that the State of Maryland had surpassed the milestone of more than $40 million in lending to over 170 small businesses through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development's Neighborhood BusinessWorks program.

Established in January 2015, BusinessWorks provides financing options to small businesses and lending partners during all phases of growth. The program achieved the milestone this summer through a loan to Ministry of Brewing, a 15,000-square-foot brewpub expected to open later this year. The Chamber applauds this significant achievement, one of many to come for small businesses in Maryland.
"Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and helping small business owners succeed is a priority," said Governor Hogan. "Through Neighborhood BusinessWorks, we are able to help great ideas become actual, brick-and-mortar businesses that contribute to the economic development of Maryland's great cities and towns."
 
See Gov. Hogan's full announcement here.
 
Click the link for more information and to apply on Neighborhood BusinessWorks
 
 


2019 - 2020 Board of Directors
 
Officers:
 President
Stephanie P. Anderson ~ O'Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore, P.A.
 
Vice President
Terry Rogers ~ NAI Michael
 
Secretary
Christopher Rizzi ~ Bohler Engineering
 
Treasurer
Cheryl Pyle ~ Money One Federal Credit Union
 
Past President
Andrew M. Roud ~ St. John Properties
 
General Counsel
Eddie Pounds ~ Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School
  
Directors:
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
 

 


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 bit.ly/acceptedpgc.
To review a copy of the legislation, go to bit.ly/CB122018.

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.

 

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