TRADELINE NEWS, February 2017
Our Mission 

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


an Exelon Company


Eric Linzey

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

Sherman Ragland, 
Realinvestors, LLC

St. John Properties

Widmann Financial Services
Welcome New Members!

Diversified Technologies Associates, Inc

Sherman Ragland
Realinvestors, LLC
Thank You To Our Renewing Members!

Bowie Community Media Corporation

Comfort Inn, Bowie

Money One 
Federal Credit Union

Sebenza, LLC

Students In Free Enterprise

Up Coming Events


Multi-Chamber Networking Breakfast
Date: February 9, 2017
Time: 7:30-9:30am
Location: La Fontaine Bleu
7514 Ritchie Hwy, Glen Burnie
Cost: $30/pre-registered members
   $35/members at the door
   $45/non-members & at the door 
Click HERE for more information.

After Hours Mixer - Rip's Country Inn
Business to Business (B2B) - Together We Can Make Business Happen
Date: February 9,2017
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Rip's Country Inn
Members: $20
Click HERE for more information.

After Hours Mixer - TJ Elliott's Restaurant 
Business to Business (B2B) - Together We Can Make Business Happen
Date: March 9,2017
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: 6814 Laurel-Bowie Road, Bowie
Members: $20
Click HERE for more information.

10th Annual Taste of Bowie & Fashion Show
Date: April 2017
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Boswell Hall, Bowie
Early Bird: $50
Regular Price: $60
Tables of 8: $350
*Proceeds benefit the scholarship funds of Women in Business, Soroptimist International, & Youth Leadership Bowie
Click HERE for more information.

19th Annual GBCC Golf Tournament
Date: April 28, 2017
Time: 8:00am Registration
          9:00am Shotgun Start
  2:00pm Lunch
Location: Bowie Golf & Country Club
*Lunch provided by: Chesapeake Grille & Deli
Click HERE  for more information.

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

New Member Spotlight

Sherman l. Ragland
Realinvestors, LLC
Bronze Partner

Sherman L. Ragland, II, Wharton MBA, is the Host of Real Investors Talk Radio™, a nationally syndicated radio program dedicated to assisting people in all walks of life to learn the correct way to invest in real estate.

In 1984, as a college senior, Ragland's life was changed through his interaction with his first mentor, Jim Rouse, a nationally known real estate developer who thought Ragland would "do well" in commercial real estate, and after completing his MBA at the Wharton School Ragland worked for two national real estate development firms in the areas of finance and real estate development. In 1990, Ragland started his own company, Tradewinds International, which acquired the rights to run the only private jet facility at Washington, DC's National Airport (DCA). On September 11, 2001, this operation and its 65 employees were forever changed due to the terrorist attacks in New York and the Pentagon in DC. In one day, his $24 million a year business was wiped out due to new FAA/Secret Service restrictions on private jets entering airspace in close proximity to the White House.

Needing a new source of cash to live, and continue the fight to reopen his aviation business, Ragland returned to his real estate leanings starting with the renovation and sale of single-family homes. To maintain his family's life-style, he quickly learned numerous "quick-cash" and "no-money down" strategies which put large chunks of cash into the family bank account and within a year started teaching others in the Washington, DC area these same "street savvy" investing strategies, as well as "traditional" long-term real estate investing ideas.
In 2002, Ragland was presented with the prestigious "Blue Vase" award and named Investor of the Year at the National Real Estate Investors Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Today, Ragland is a full-time real estate investor and his team takes on real estate ventures of all sizes including: large mixed-use developments, retail, apartments, land development and, yes, even the renovation of single-family houses. Ragland is quick to proclaim: "Never again will I allow my family's financial health to be tied to only one income source".


Anthony C. Nelson, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Business at Bowie State University, joined the Bowie BIC Board of Directors as an Ex Officio member at the accelerator's Annual Meeting in December 2016.  Nelson is a long-time champion for Bowie BIC who worked closely with its founding Board in 2009 to establish Bowie BIC at Bowie State University.  A member of Bowie BIC's Client Selection Committee since its inception in 2011, Nelson will continue to serve as a member of that Committee and will serve as the University's formal liaison with Bowie BIC.
As Dean of College of Business, Nelson is responsible for the overall operation of the College, including strategic planning, budgeting, personnel management, and curricula management, such as the new Entrepreneurship concentration launched in September 2016. 

BIC Newsletter Jan/Feb 2017
Successful Women In Business 

This Committee offers 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.

Craig Muckle, Immediate Past President, GBCC 
Archdiocese of Washington's Public Affairs Team

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Archdiocese of Washington has announced that seasoned public affairs and
government relations operative, Craig M. Muckle has accepted an appointment as Manager in the Office of
Public Policy in the Secretariat for Communications In his role, Muckle will work closely with the District of
Columbia Catholic Conference, the archdiocese's general counsel's office, and other archdiocesan offices to
advocate the Catholic Church's position on public policy matters and to mobilize the local Church in the public
policy arena.

Muckle spent the past 18 years at Safeway as manager of public affairs and government relations. His 35-year
communications career also includes tenures at ESPN, BET and Rite Aid, along with serving as an Adjunct
Professor in Howard University's School of Communications from Spring 2014 to Spring 2016.

"Craig brings a wealth of experience in public affairs, public policy and communications to the Archdiocese
of Washington and the District of Columbia Catholic Conference. His background and experience in engaging
and mobilizing locally with community stakeholders will ensure our elected officials, policy professionals, the
media and the public are fully informed on our public policy positions and also in the many ways the
archdiocese is engaged in the greater Washington community," said Ed McFadden, Secretary for
Communications for the Archdiocese of Washington.

Muckle's accomplishments include being selected as a Minority Business Leader awardee by the Washington
Business Journal (2015), along with serving as chair of the Prince George's Chamber of Commerce (2008)
and the Greater Bowie Chamber (2014). A graduate of the University of Dayton, Muckle resides in Bowie,
Md. with his wife and three children.

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The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 620,000 Catholics, 139 parishes and 95 Catholic schools,
located in Washington, D.C., and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George's
and St. Mary's.

Submitted By:
Chieko Noguchi
Corporate Partner Program
The Chamber offers opportunities throughout the year for companies to participate and receive recognition. Sometimes companies are very generous with their support throughout the year and discover at the end of the year that their total participation could have afforded them much more recognition had they identified the events in their marketing strategy during their annual budget preparation.
Annual Investment: $5000
Suggested Retail Value: $7080*
*Based on employer with 100 plus employees.

Annual Investment: $2500
Suggested Retail Value: $4155
BRONZE PARTNER      Annual Investment $1000
Suggested Retail Value: $1155
Bowie Food Pantry

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!

Be sure to check out Perry Price's website for Chamber event pictures at

If your business has reached a milestone or received an award, please email the Chamber at We look forward to giving kudos in Tradeline!
2017 Legislative Session Agenda

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce is a leading voice for business in Bowie, Maryland, representing more than 56,000 Bowie residents and business owners through our member organization. The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce's mission is to protect, enhance and promote local business by providing a voice for business at local, county and state levels.

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce is committed to cultivating Bowie's culture of innovation, technology and entrepreneurship to help drive our economy and develop more jobs.
Good News!

Maryland is the 2nd best state for health care. WalletHub

Manufacturing jobs grew by 2.6%, 6th BEST in the U.S.
September 2015-September 2016

Maryland Department of Commerce 
The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce Business & Community Guide 2017 available for pick up at the Chamber office.

A Message From Our President

It's hard to believe we are celebrating the 10th Annual Taste of Bowie/Fashion Show. I'm looking forward to Cheers to 10 Years! because it supports three very important GBCC programs: Women in Business Scholarship Fund, Youth Leadership Bowie as well as Soroptimist. I look forward to seeing you there. Please bring a friend and enjoy a night of fashion, food, wine, music and laughter.

All my best to everyone,

Cathy Martin
President, GBCC
Director of Sales & Catering
Bowie Comfort Inn & Conference Center
A Message From Our Executive Director
The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce strives to hold a variety of events that interest the members and the business community. In addition to Cheers to 10 Years!, GBCC's 19th Annual Golf Tournament is taking registrations. Come out and join us for a fun time of golfing, networking and food. Proceeds support Women in Business Scholarship Fund, Youth Leadership Bowie as well as Soroptimist. I hope to see you there!

Pauline K. Markward
Executive Director
Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce
(w)301.262.0920 (c)205.876.9023
B2B - Making Business Happen/After Hours Mixer
Bowie Town Center, 2017

And we can't let the new year begin without thanking the many people for making our recent events a success! Thank you Steven Andrews & Deonna Davis for the great mixer at your mall.

Deonna Davis & Pauline K. Markward

Click HERE to see more photos! 

Lunch & Learn

Thank you Level Up Boxing & Fitness for hosting Lunch & Learn. They provided a crash course on staying fit and healthy while maintaining a hectic work schedule. This 90 minute seminar will included a demonstration component, and teach you tools to plan ahead and make healthy choices that have a huge impact in your health, wellness, and productivity. 
Level Up Boxing & Fitness is one of the top boxing, kickboxing, muay thai, and athletic strength & conditioning programs on the East Coast. It trains everyone-from fresh off the couch to professional athletes-and it boasts multiple national and world champion fighters!

David Wolf, VP GBCC

What Gov. Hogan's proposed budget means for you

Governor Hogan's new operating budget totals $17.1 billion-a 1.1 percent increase over last year. It keeps $1 billion in cash reserves for possible future revenue write downs and eliminates the structural deficit for fiscal year 2018. There are no discernible tax increases.
Here are a few ways the governor's new budget matters to Maryland businesses. 

Business Investment:
  • $10.2 million in additional general fund investment in the Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority Fund, totaling nearly $24 million
  • $20 million investment in new international headquarters for Marriott in Montgomery County and $5 million allocated for Northrop Grumman in Baltimore County, in exchange for investments in aerospace and defense research
Cyber & Technology:
  • $12 million for Biotech Investment Tax Credit
  • $2 million for Cybersecurity Investment Incentive Tax Credit
  • $900,000 for Cybersecurity Investment Fund
Workforce Development:
  • $600,000 in planning grants for six additional P-TECH schools in Maryland
  • $4 million in the Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) Program: $1 million for green jobs training; $3 million for cybersecurity and IT training
  • $28 million for workforce development and adult learning activities
  • $2.8 billion in capital transportation infrastructure spending
    • $1.5 billion in State Highway Administration (SHA) projects
    • $32.8 million for I-81 bridge widening and rehabilitation
  • $98.9 million for the Maryland Port Administration (MPA)
    • $50.9 million for dredging-related projects
    • $6.5 million for terminal berth reconstruction
  • $335.7 million for WMATA Purple Line Transitway construction 
The Department of Legislative Services plans to present its annual fiscal briefing to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee and House Appropriations Committee on Monday, Jan. 23. This year, the House Chamber is assigned to review the budget first. In the upcoming weeks, the House Appropriations Committee will begin holding budgetary hearings before making their final recommendations.

Maryland Chamber of Commerce
H&R Block

Help GBCC raise money by getting your taxes prepared by H&R Block or Block Advisors.  Present the referral code 490010001092908 at your appointment. If you are a new client, we will get a $20 contribution.

Click HERE for more information

10 Bad Habits Holding You Back In Your Career

Think an emoticon-filled message is the only email mistake you can make? A terse message can be just as bad, says career expert J.T. O'Donnell, founder and CEO of Work It Daily.

Emails that get right to the point-say, without a salutation like "hi" or "hello"- and jump right to a demand can rub your coworkers the wrong way.  Even though you may have just been trying to be concise, you actually come off as an a-hole-or, at the very least, apathetic. "It comes across as a lack of trying or effort," O'Donnell says. 

Plus, it might show that you don't feel a connection to your employer, in which case, why should that employer invest in you? So make sure to add just enough pleasantries in your exchange to make it seem like you care about the person. Always include a greeting, and remember your "pleases" and "thank yous," she says.

Very few people actually enjoy those happy hour meet-and-greets, but forming connections within your industry are crucial to your career. That way, not only do you stay on top of your industry's curve, but you also can take note of what other people in your industry are doing so you don't get passed by. 

"People forget that they need to continue networking when they have a job," says career expert Abby Kohut, president of career site Absolutely Abby. 

If you're not networking while employed, when you quit-or lose-your current role, you'll have to start over from scratch. So keep up your networking by joining at least one professional association and going to an event once a month. And if your current company offers training opportunities or internal happy hours, hit them up, too. 

You don't have to be in the 500+ connections range, but your profile does need to be complete. Adding only job titles and skipping on descriptions may remove you as an option for headhunters, says Kohut. 
That's because recruiters search by keywords, and there are too many people out there with the same title for titles alone to work. The fuller your profile is, the more likely you are to pop up on a recruiter's search-and for he or she to reach out to you. 
And even if you're happy in your current role, make an effort to regularly post status updates and keep your skills up-to-date. Who knows when the next great offer will come along?

"That can't happen if you're internally well-known, but nobody else knows you," says Morgan.   

You don't necessarily need to have your whole trajectory mapped out, but you should be able to describe what you want your next step to be. "Nobody wants to hire someone who's coasting," says O'Donnell.
Figure out where you want to be, and then determine what you need to hone to get yourself there. Focus on smaller goals first that are tied to the position you want to achieve, like learning a new skill or expanding your experience in a certain area. 

Even if you're not sure which position you want to work toward, finding new skills to learn is a helpful way to broaden your resume overall. Plus, when a superior asks about your plan, you'll have an immediate response of how you're trying to grow as an employee.

persistent negative attitude or constant complaining can spill into your professional life and seriously hold you back. You might think your coworkers have your back, but it's possible that any of the criticisms-or rants-you spill to them might be making their way to the source.
"Make sure you're not burning bridges," says Kohut. "The world is so small, and the industry that you're in is probably very small. You have to be nice to everybody."

If all you do is groan and complain, managers won't be interested in getting you into their department, so promotion opportunities might be fewer. Plus, if you complain to the wrong person, it could cost you your reputation-or job.

So next time your boss sends you off the rails, wait to vent until you get home. And if your coworkers are starting a rant, resist the urge to join in. Or better yet, try offering up a solution for what they're complaining about.

Seriously: Even if it's stowed in the parking lot, your messy car still might be sending some not-so-desirable signals. Some hiring managers will walk candidates out to their cars at the end of the interview just to see how they keep their wheels, says Kohut.  

"If the inside of your car is messy, they won't hire you," says Kohut. "It gives a bad impression."
It could mean you're not well organized in your personal life, which means you probably won't be organized in your job, either.  Same goes for your desk. "People just assume that if your desk is messy, your head is messy," says Kohut.

So give the inside of your car a once-over before your next interview, and if you have a job, keep your desk organized-those papers strewn everywhere are sending the wrong message.

You get along great with your boss, but if you think the big guy is going to shoot you up to the next level, think again. "It's not our boss' job to take care of us," says Morgan. "It's to run the business. We're all dispensible."

You might think your boss is keeping a mental tally of all the great stuff you're doing, but chances are, he's more focused on the bottom line than moving you up. 

So you need to be your own advocate, which you can work on by getting to know the higher ups in the company. "The idea is to initiate short, casual conversations with people you want to meet," says Morgan.
You can start by making small talk when you bump into them in the cafeteria, or by striking up a conversation if you both go to the company gym. And start attending company events, which are surefire ways to run into them. 

It's not that you're not doing your job - it's that you're doing just your job and that's it. If you're not taking on a challenge every now and then or stepping up to the plate when things go crazy, your employer will notice.
"Look for ways to take on challenges at work no one else wants," says career expert and social media strategist Miriam Salpeter. "If you succeed, you'll be a hero and gain a reputation as a go-to problem solver."

Plus, if you're doing only what's asked of you, that could come off as passive aggressive, especially if you know more needs to be done.  "You should be anticipating and seeing things that need to be fixed and fixing them," says O'Donnell. 

Start branching out and volunteering to go the extra mile. That doesn't necessarily mean you have to stay later or work weekends to do so-you can still find ways to fit it into your regular hours.

If you're in the office 24/7, you could start burning out, which is a fast-pass to a subpar performance. That's where your vacation days come in: Companies give them to you so you can get some much-needed rest and come back recharged.

And if you don't take them, your boss might think you're trying to upstage him or her. Still, lots of guys let theirs go to waste.
"The primary reason I find people don't take vacation is that they don't plan it," says career expert Cali Yost, founder of Work+Life Fit. "So plan well in advance, and then take them."

Just make sure everyone's clear about what'll happen when you're gone. Let them know if you won't be checking email beforehand-and stick to it. Otherwise, if your boss emails you on vacation and you email back, he or she might get the idea that they can reach out whenever.
"Clarify that up front," says Yost. 

Having another income can save you if your job goes under-or give you tech and marketing skills that can help you advance in your job or get another one. 

If you're torn about what to do, think about what your interests are and what you do well, says Morgan. If a friend has asked you to help get them in shape, go for your personal trainer certification and offer training services. Or, find freelance work at sites like Upwork, Freelancer, and Guru. 

And you don't need to go crazy with it, either. Just devoting even a few hours a week to it can be beneficial, says Morgan.

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.

TD Bank team presented Arc Prince Prince George's County a $10,000.00 donation in support of community inclusion, job training and family workshops throughout the county in 2017.
Accepting Nominations for City's Hall of Honor

In 1991, the Hall of Honor was developed to recognize those citizens of Bowie who have made "major and lasting contributions" to the City.  The first inductees were honored in 1994.  A nominee to the Hall of Honor must: be deceased for at least one year as of the nomination deadline; have made both a major and lasting contribution to the City of Bowie; and have been a resident of the City of Bowie either during the time of their contribution or at the time of their death.  The deadline to submit nominations for the 2017 Hall of Honor is Monday, March 6, 2017 at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 15901 Excalibur Road, Bowie, MD 20716.  For more information, contact Matt Corley, Special Events Coordinator, at 301-809-3078 or  Nomination forms are available at
Upcoming Development Project Meetings

Melford Village
On Monday, February 6th, City Council will hold a public hearing and then vote on the Preliminary Plan of Subdivision for Melford Village. Owner, St. John Properties, Inc. is requesting the City's approval recommendation for a Preliminary Plan of Subdivision for 1,793 dwelling units, including 293 townhouse units, 1,000 multi-family units, 500 senior age-restricted multi-family units and 359,500 square feet of commercial and office uses. This item was postponed from the January 17, 2017 City Council meeting. (A Conceptual Site Plan, allowing up to 2,500 residential dwelling units, was approved in 2014.) Following the City vote, the County Planning Board will hear the Preliminary Plan of Subdivision.

This project is nearing the end of the Development Review Process. Detailed Site Plans must be approved for each parcel in the development, prior to the issuance of building permits. Public hearings will be scheduled by the City and County as each Detailed Site Plan is filed for this project.

* City Public Hearing - Monday, February 6, 2017, 8 p.m. at City Hall
* County Planning Board Public Hearing - Thursday, March 2, 2017, 10 a.m. at the County Administration Building, Upper Marlboro (NOTE: This is a change from the original date of this hearing. This case is being added to a full day of hearings. Although the meeting is scheduled at 10 a.m., the Board Chair warns that the case could be placed anywhere on the agenda.) 

Amber Ridge Conceptual Site Plan

The owner of the Amber Ridge property, located on the west side of southbound US Route 301, has filed a Conceptual Site Plan for the site. In September 2014, the Prince George's District Council approved a Zoning Map Amendment to change the property's zoning from C-S-C (Commercial Shopping Center) to M-X-T (Mixed Use - Transportation Oriented). The proposal calls for 150 - 200 dwelling units and approximately 20,000 square feet of commercial/retail use on the 19-acre site.

* Stakeholders Meeting - Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 7 p.m. at City Hall
* Advisory Planning Board Public Hearing - Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 7 p.m. at City Hall
* City Public Hearing - Monday, March 6, 2017, 8 p.m. at City Hall

Karington Preliminary Plan of Subdivision
In 2004, the Prince George's County Planning Board approved a Preliminary Plan of Subdivision for the Karington development just south of the City on the west side of US Route 301 and south side of MD 214. The approved project, which includes 1,259 dwelling units, has been on hold for several years, but is now actively being pursued. The owner has requested reconsideration of some of the conditions of the 2004 plan that address the timing of transportation improvements and the types of housing units to be built. In 2004, the City Council voted to recommend approval of the Preliminary Plan of Subdivision. Detailed Site Plans must be approved for each parcel in the development, prior to the issuance of building permits. Public hearings will be scheduled by the City and County as each Detailed Site Plan is filed for this project.

* County Planning Board Hearing - Thursday, February 16, 2017, 10 a.m. at the County Administration Building, Upper Marlboro. The original date of this hearing was January 26, 2017. The developer requested and was granted a continuance to February 16th.
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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!
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