February 2019 Newsletter
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"Success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life; it's about what you inspire others to do."
- Unknown

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.

Sommerset Construction Company

Visiting Angels Homecare Agency

Widmann Financial Services

Maryland Secretarial
Services, Inc.
New & Renewing Members!

Beall Funeral Home

Black Gentlemen's Guide

Bowie Community Media Corp BCMC

Bowie Crofton Pregnancy Clinic Associates

Bowie Golf Club

Darque Room Images

Grove Heating & Cooling

Jones, Maresca & McQuade, P.A.

Money One
Federal Credit Union

State Farm
Agency Recruiting
Save the Date

Happy Hour w
ith our Maryland Elected Officials
Senator Douglas Peters
Delegates Geraldine Valentino-Smith & Ron Watson
Council Chair Todd Turner
Monday, February 11, 2019
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Stan & Joe's 
37 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

Happy Hour will be followed by a session of the MD General Assembly. 

State of the City Breakfast with Mayor Robinson
Friday, February 22, 2019
8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Bowie Senior Center
14900 Health Center Drive, Bowie, MD

Town Hall 
Legislative Wrap Up
Thursday, May 16, 2019
5:30 p.m. 0 7:30 p.m.
Bowie City Hall
Excalibur Rd
Bowie, MD 

BowieFest 2019 
Home & Health Expo
Reserve your space today!
Reach potential customers from the Greater Bowie Area
Saturday, June 1
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Allen Pond Ice Arena
3330 Northview Drive, Bowie, MD

Upcoming Events

State of the County

Golf Tournament

Annual Dinner 


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

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

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.
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 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 2019

"Published in a recent study, Bowie is named #3 in the 
best places to live in Maryland for 2019!


Rank Last Year:
 2 (Down 1)

Median Home Value
: $303,900 (10th best)

Unemployment Rate:
 6.8% (19th best)

Bowie had the 19th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (6.8%) and the 5th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.

Bowie is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it's like to live there."

Find the full length article online by clicking here:


Introducing the 
Maryland Chamber Federation! 


(January 23, 2019 - ANNAPOLIS, Md.) Declaring that small businesses are the driving force of job creation in Maryland, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce today introduced a new membership model designed to organize thousands of businesses as a unified force, while also forging close collaboration with the dozens of local chambers of commerce throughout the state.

Under the terms of the Maryland Chamber Federation, any business with 10 or fewer full-time employees that is a current paid member of a participating local chamber will receive free Federation membership with the Maryland Chamber.

Federation partners will gain increased influence in the state legislature through direct input and participation in the Maryland Chamber's legislative activities. They will also receive proactive General Assembly representation aggregating chamber "clout" to oppose initiatives harmful to business and supportive of job growth. In addition, members will gain access to all Maryland Chamber communication on state issues through legislative briefings, grassroots business action updates, e-newsletters, calls to action during the legislative session and more.

In making the announcement at the kickoff of the Maryland Chamber's annual "Meet the State" event in Annapolis, Christine Ross, president & CEO, Maryland Chamber, said: "Not only are small businesses a key constituency of our grassroots advocacy efforts, Maryland's overall success in the national and global marketplace is directly tied to the state's ability to foster a climate that is competitive and favorable to small business."

Intended to both serve and empower small businesses (a sector that makes up almost 92 percent of Maryland's registered companies), the Maryland Chamber Federation is based on a partnership with local chamber members, one intended to ensure the voice of small business is amplified with minimal investment and maximum impact.  Already, 14 local chambers of commerce have signed partnership agreements enabling them - and their small business members - to participate.

The following local chambers of commerce have joined the Maryland Chamber Federation:

Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce
Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce
Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce
Calvert County Chamber of Commerce
Carroll County Chamber of Commerce
Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce
Dorchester Chamber of Commerce
Frederick County Chamber of Commerce
Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce
Harford County Chamber of Commerce
Howard County Chamber of Commerce
Rockville Chamber of Commerce
Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce
St. Mary's County Chamber of Commerce

"The Howard County Chamber is constantly seeking ways in which we can add value for our members, especially those with 10 employees or less, as they are often the ones operating on shoestring budgets," said Leonardo McClarty, president & CEO, Howard County Chamber of Commerce, one of the first to embrace the new model.  "The Maryland Chamber Federation agreement allows us to continue to add value for them by enhancing our small business voice at no additional cost."
Learn more about the Maryland Chamber Federation.

Find the full press release article online here: 

Maryland Chamber Federation
Small business is the driving force of job creation in Maryland and is an important part of the core constituency of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce's grassroots advocacy efforts. Our activities affect no other group of businesses more dramatically than small businesses. Our overall success in the global marketplace is directly tied to the state's ability to foster a climate that is competitive and favorable to small business, a sector that makes up almost 92 percent of Maryland's registered companies.

The Maryland Chamber has introduced the Maryland Chamber Federation, a partnership with our local chamber member partners, to ensure the voice of small business is heard with minimal investment and maximum impact.

Through the Maryland Chamber Federation, any business with 10 or fewer full time employees, who is a member of a participating local chamber, will receive FREE Federation membership into the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. This membership is available to small businesses as long as they have 10 or fewer employees and are a current paid member of your local chamber.

Participation in the Federation gives local chambers a valuable sales and retention tool, increased influence in the state legislature, and access to timely information, opportunities and resources.

This partnership is designed to empower small businesses and grow the voice of business at the local, state and federal levels.


A valuable sales and retention tool for the largest market of potential member in Maryland, companies with 10 or fewer employees, your members (with 10 or fewer full-time employees) benefit from:
  • Free Federation membership in the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, adding an additional $750 value annually to your existing membership benefits.
  • A team of government affairs professionals aggressively and proactively representing their businesses throughout the year at the state capitol and in Washington, D.C.
  • Opportunity to participate in statewide initiatives, surveys and coalitions and to provide feedback that has a direct impact on public policy development.
  • Up-to-date information on state issues through legislative e-news, The Leading Voice, grassroots business action updates and calls to action updates during the legislative session.
  • Chamber Legislative Briefings, including the legislative update, From the Halls, e-newsletter
  • Maryland Grassroots Advocacy Training - The Chamber's issue advocacy education program training businesses on the nuts and bolts of how to effectively lobby elected officials.
  • Reduced member pricing for Maryland Chamber signature events
  • Participation in the Chamber's D.C. Roundup at the U.S. Capitol
  • Aggressive, proactive General Assembly representation aggregating Chamber "Clout" to oppose initiatives harmful to business and supportive of job growth
  • Access to the members-only side of the Maryland Chamber website and member directory
Increased Influence in the state legislature through direct input and participation in the Maryland Chamber's legislative activities.
  • Invitations to the annual Grassroots Advocacy Workshop for chamber executives, an opportunity to hear from key legislative leaders, provide input on issues affecting your community, review the Maryland Chamber's legislative priorities for the upcoming session and discuss the important role local chambers play in the process.
  • Invitation to a post-session legislative briefing call designed to help your chamber share the results of the session and the impact on business with your members.
  • First consideration when identifying local chamber partners for regional opportunities, studies and projects.
Access to relevant and timely information, resources and opportunities.
  • Access to local chamber staff information center containing key legislative updates and calls to action, sharable content related to Maryland Chamber policy issues and marketing tools and templates to promote the Federation benefits to your members.
  • Eligible to receive a Maryland Chamber sponsored scholarship to Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE) or Institute of Organization Management (IOM) training, event or conference.
  • Special event invitations, promotional opportunities and information on important statewide policy and competitiveness issues and events.
Increased brand awareness among potential members statewide through promotion of your chamber in Maryland Chamber initiatives and communications.
  • Eligible for a rotating annual appointment on the Maryland Chamber's Legislative Committee (4)
  • First consideration when identifying locations and partners for Maryland Chamber events, such as local chamber hosts for regional wrap up events.

Find the full article here:

 We have a new board member representing BGE!

Please give a warm welcome to Marvin Dunmeyer!

Marvin brings over 26 years of Accounting, Finance and Business Operations experience. He has been with BGE for a little over one year as a Sr. Business Analyst supporting our Electric Distribution organization. In this capacity, he has organized and led a team on long-range plans for Corrective Maintenance Distribution. In addition, he has analyzed capital and O&M expenses, forecasted and produced budget comparisons reports on 43 investment tracking numbers to senior management. Previously, he worked for IBM Corporation for 12 years as a Sr. Financial Analyst in Accounting and Finance supporting 50 of the largest customers and Federal contracts. Before his tenure at IBM, he worked for 2 years at Giant Foods as Manager of Inventory and Payables and 10 years for Saks Fifth Avenue as Sr. Accounting Manager.


Council Joins County Initiative to Provide Federal Shutdown Assistance

Prince George's Council Chair Todd M. Turner (D) - District 4, Council Vice-Chair Rodney Streeter (D) - District 7, and Council Member At-Large Mel Franklin, were among those who joined County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, Prince George's County Interim Schools CEO, Dr. Monica Goldson, Prince George's Community College President Dr. Charlene Dukes, the United Way, WSSC, PEPCO and other community and business partners on Thursday, January 10, to announce a joint initiative to provide  relief assistance to federal workers and contractors in Prince George's County affected by the federal government shutdown. 

For a listing of resources in the County, please visit: 

Council Chair Turner Announces 
Legislative Year 2019 Committee Assignments 

Council Chair Turner has announced Council committee assignments for the new Legislative Year. The Council voted last July to approve CR-44-2018 and amend its Rules of Procedure, allowing for a restructuring of Council standing committees. The new committee structure accommodates the expansion of the legislative body from nine to eleven members, increasing the number of standing committees from five to six.

Council Member Sydney J. Harrison is chairing the Education and Workforce Development Committee (EWD); Committee Vice-Chair, Council Member Derrick L. Davis. EWD Committee Members: Council Members Mel Franklin, Deni L. Taveras, and Monique Anderson-Walker.

Council Member Derrick L. Davis is chairing the Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee (GOFP); Committee Vice-Chair Council Member Thomas E. Dernoga. GOFP Committee Members: Council Members Calvin S. Hawkins, II, Rodney C. Streeter, and Monique Anderson-Walker.

Council Member At-Large Calvin S. Hawkins, II, is chairing the Health, Human Services and Public Safety Committee (HSPS) Committee; Committee Vice-Chair, Council Member Jolene Ivey. HSPS Committee Members: Council Members Mel Franklin, Sydney J. Harrison, and Deni L. Taveras.

Council Member Dannielle M. Glaros is chairing the Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee (PHED); Committee Vice-Chair, Council Member At-Large Calvin S. Hawkins, II. PHED Committee Members: Council Members Derrick L. Davis, Thomas E. Dernoga, and Jolene Ivey.

Council Member Deni L. Taveras is chairing the Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee (TIEE); Committee Vice-Chair, Council Member Monique Anderson-Walker. TIEE Committee Members: Council Members Thomas E. Dernoga, Dannielle M. Glaros, and Todd M. Turner

Council Vice Chair Rodney C. Streeter is chairing the General Assembly Committee; Committee Vice-Chair, Council Member At-Large Mel Franklin. General Assembly Committee Members: Council Members Sydney J. Harrison, Jolene Ivey, and Todd M. Turner.

For a complete listing of committee assignments, staffing information, and department/agency oversight responsibilities, visit: https://pgccouncil.us/101/Committees


Your Best Life Starts Here

Maryland: Your Best Life Starts Here


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
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: $12,500
Annual Investment: $5000

Annual Investment: $2500

Annual Investment $1000

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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