February 2020 Newsletter

"The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can 
be great at whatever they want to do." - Kobe Bryant

On behalf of the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, 
we want to recognize the great achievements made by African American
 entrepreneurs and business owners who ideate and innovate every day.

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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

BGE an Exelon Company

Bowie Baysox

St. John Properties

Todd Turner, 
Chair, Councilman- District 4

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

Somerset Construction Company

Thrive Senior Living

Visiting Angels 
Homecare Agency

Widmann Financial Services

Maryland Secretarial
Services, Inc.
New & Renewing Members!

RA Hyman Restoration, Inc

Bowie Interfaith Pantry & Emergency Aid Fund

Belair Engineering & Service Co., Inc.

Bowie Community Media Corp.

Money One Federal Credit Union

Anne Arundel Medical Center

Beall Funeral Home


Bowie Golf Club

Walker Insurance Agency

Byrd & Byrd, LLC

Grover Heating and Cooling, Inc.

Jones, Maresca, McQuade, P.A.

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

Celebree School

Timothy Dean Restaurant

Bowie BAYSOX Baseball Club

The Goddard School


Children Can Come Closer, Inc.

Save the Date!

Annual State of the City Address & Breakfast 
with Mayor TIM ADAMS

This highly visible and traditionally sold-out breakfast provides an opportunity to connect with community advocates, business leaders, service organization representatives, elected officials and leaders of city, regional and state offices.

Bowie Senior Center
14900 Health Center Drive
Bowie, MD 20716
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
8:00 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.
$25 Early Bird / $30 Regular Price
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Breakfast Catered by Chesapeake Grille & Deli
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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

Chick-fil-A Marketplace Bowie presented 586 free sandwich offer cards to the Bowie Interfaith Food Pantry Emergency Fund! CFA donated one offer card for every mobile delivery they made in a two week period!

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!

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.

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.)


The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce Business & Community Guide 2019-2020 available for pick up at the Chamber office.
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


Bowie teen creates a cupcake to honor 
Martin Luther King Jr. 
and Black History Month

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
-Dr. Martin Luther King

Michael Platt has admired the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. since kindergarten.

"He saw a problem he wanted to fix and wasn't hesitant about it," says the 14-year-old.

It's a lesson Michael took to heart. As chef and owner of Michaels Desserts, a home-based bakery in Bowie, Maryland, Michael donates a treat to those in need for each one he sells. (The business name has no apostrophe to remind Michael that they aren't his desserts; he bakes for others.)

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday and Black History Month in February, Michael is selling sweet potato pie-flavored cupcakes (four cupcakes for $15 at michaelsdesserts.com). The flavor honors a traditional African American dessert, he says, "to represent a great African American."

Find the recipe here!

7 February Holidays Small Business Owners Should Examine for Marketing Potential

January's going by in the blink of an eye as businesses of all sectors channel their energies into starting the new year as they mean to go on.

The good news is that while it might not be home to a 'momentous' holiday like Christmas or Easter, February is brimming with some wacky and wonderful holidays that offer business owners opportunity to promote themselves, extend their reach and ultimately make money.

 Holidays in February

Groundhog Day, February 2

Groundhog Day is celebrated every year in the United States on February 2. It is focused on the idea of a groundhog emerging from its home to predict the weather. Many states hold their own unique Groundhog Day celebrations but the principle location of this fascinating February holiday is where the original groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil lives, near Punxsutawney in Pennsylvania. Businesses can leverage Groundhog Day for promotional purposes by running special Groundhog Day promotions, educating customers about the history of the holiday in a fun and engaging way and circulated Groundhog Day facts or quizzes on social media.

Safer Internet Day U.S., February 5

Safer Internet Day is celebrated around the world each year in February and is designed to promote the safe use of digital technology among children and young people.
This year's Safer Internet Day will take place on Tuesday February 5 with the theme 'Together for a Better Internet.'Naturally, businesses that offer tools and resources to help keep people safe online, such as anti-virus companies and password managers, can implement a Safer Internet Day promotion to raise awareness to the issues young people face in relation to online safety and ultimately promote their products and services.
However, just about any small business with an online presence can promote this February holiday to help show they are a responsible business by marking such an important aspect of the digital era.

Chinese New Year #YearOfThePig, February 5

February 5, 2019 will mark the Chinese New Year, which is the Year of the Pig. Any small business that is involved with Chinese culture or products, such as Chinese restaurants or Chinese shops, can use this annual Chinese holiday to celebrate Chinese culture and traditions to help extend their reach to customers. Even businesses that aren't linked to China in any way can show their cultural awareness by sharing #YearOfThePig hashtags on social media.

Inventors Day #InventorsDay, February 11

Inventors Day has been officially celebrated in the U.S. since 1983. President Reagan chose February 11 as the date of the holiday as it is the birthday of Thomas Edison, one of the most prolific inventors the world has ever seen. If you run a small business that invents or makes things, use Inventors Day to your advantage as a means of promoting any new product lines on a day that celebrates the most innovative of inventions.

National Clean Out Your Computer Day, February 11

Another weird and wacky February holiday that presents opportunities for small businesses to make money is National Clean Out Your Computer Day. Also taking place on February 11, this national holiday was founded in 2000 by the Institute of Business Technology. As its name suggests, National Clean Out Your Computer Day encourages people to take some time out of their busy schedule to give their faithful computers a good clean - inside and outside. Naturally, if you run a computer cleaning services business and provide professional IT equipment cleaning, promote this weird February holiday to the maximum to help generate an influx of business ahead of National Clean Out Your Computer Day.

Presidents Day #PresidentsDay, February 18

President's Day is a federal holiday in America that always takes place on the third Monday of February. The day honors presidents of the United States and is a public holiday in most U.S. states but not all of them. Most shops and stores are open as usual on Presidents Day with many hosting sales to mark the holiday. If you run a small business, you might want to run a #PresidentsDay sale to mark the day and help promote and sell your products or services.

Love Your Pet Day #LoveYourPetDay, February 20

Small businesses that supply pets, pet accessories, pet food, pet grooming services, dog walking, kennels, catteries and more, should make the most of Love Your Pet Day. Held on February 20, Love Your Pet Day is designed to encourage pet owners to pamper their pets by giving them an additional treat, getting them groomed, or taking them on an extra-long walk.

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Saturday, June 6, 2020
11 A.M. to 6 P.M.

Allen Pond Park
3330 Northview Drive
Bowie, MD 20716

Join the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce at the most popular marketing event in the Greater Bowie Area!

Reach potential customers from Bowie, Crofton, Annapolis, Laurel, and beyond. 
Held in conjunction with BOWIEFEST

   Return this form and your payment to:
        Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce (GBCC)
        2614 Kenhill Drive, Suite 117
        Bowie, MD 20715

        Phone: 301-262-0920

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The Committee of the Whole (COW) met Tuesday, January 14th at 1:00 p.m., to review an updated draft of the proposed 2020 Joint Legislative Priorities Letter.   Following discussion, the COW approved the updated draft, which details the County's legislative priorities during the current Maryland General Assembly Session, for signature and transmission to Governor Larry Hogan, Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne Jones.  The COW also received brief updates on the General Assembly and Maryland Association of Counties before recessing.  WATCH the 1:00 COW meeting.

The COW reconvened its meeting on Tuesday, January 14th at 3:30 p.m., for a briefing on the Prince George's Community College Presidential Search.  Oretha Bridgewater-Simms, a member of the Prince George's County Board of Trustees and Search Committee Chair, accompanied by Sydney Gibson, Chair of Prince George's Community College Board of Trustees, discussed the search process, and provided an overview of search committee efforts to date.


The Prince George's County Council met Tuesday, January 14th , and following a public hearing, unanimously concurred with County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks' appointment of Bryan M. Swann to the Prince  George's County Board of Education to fill the District 4 vacancy.   Representing District 4 on the Board of Education, he will fulfill a 4-year term which expires 2020.  The Council also approved the transmittal of a letter to County Executive Alsobrooks regarding the appointment of Bryan Swann as the District 4 Representative to the Prince George's Board of Education pursuant to State law.   Additionally, the Council provided final approval of the 2020 Joint Priorities Letter.  WATCH Tuesday's Council session.


The Prince George's County Council, sitting as the District Council on zoning and land use matters, convened session on Tuesday, January 14th.  Tuesday's District Council items included an Oral Argument.  Testimony during an Oral Argument Hearing is limited to thirty (30) minutes for each side, including questions from Council Members, unless extended by the Chair of the Council.  This testimony must be based on the record, no new evidence is permitted, and only persons of record may testify.  LEARN MORE about the District Council.  WATCH Tuesday's District Council meeting. 


The Council's Health, Human Services and Public Safety (HHSPS) committee, chaired by At-Large Council Member Calvin S. Hawkins, II, heard testimony from public safety officials in Prince George's County in support of County Executive Angela D. Alsbrooks' appointment of Acting Chief Tiffany D. Green as the permanent Chief of the Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department. The committee also heard directly from Acting Chief Green.   HHSPS members voted unanimously to approve the nomination, which will now be considered by the full Council for confirmation.  WATCH the HHSPS committee meeting.


The new Prince George's County Re-Entry Advisory Board met for the first time on Wednesday, January 15th.  The meeting focused on overall goals, roles and responsibilities.  Last year, the Council voted to approve Council Resolution 049-2019, introduced by At-Large Council Member Calvin S. Hawkins, II.  The legislation established the Prince George's County Re-Entry Advisory Board, which is charged with determining, evaluating, and implementing a comprehensive Re-Entry Program and re-entry services in Prince George's County to assist formerly incarcerated persons acclimate back into society. Council Member Hawkins further discussed the purpose of the board.  "Prince George's County must work together in finding solutions to assist those who were formerly incarcerated by supporting their growth and reintegration into society ultimately reducing recidivism rates, strengthening families and increasing the vibrancy of the community."  VIEW Re-Entry Advisory Board meeting photos.


The Council's Education and Workforce Development (EWD) committee, chaired by District 9 Council Member Sydney Harrison, met on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 to discuss workforce development initiatives in Prince George's County.  People for Change Coalition Executive Director, Sandra Pruitt, briefed the Council on the nonprofit's initiatives to provide workplace development opportunities for young people in the County.   Prince George's County Public Schools Chief Academic Officer, Kara Libby, and Career and Technical Education Director, Dr. Jean Paul Cadet also briefed the Council about workplace development opportunities and career readiness for County school students.  WATCH the EWD meeting.


The Council's Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) committee, chaired by District 3 Council Member Dannielle Glaros, met Thursday, January 16th   to receive a briefing from the Prince George's County Planning Department on the Preliminary Status Report on Plan 2035 Prince George's and Approved General Plan.   Plan Prince George's 2035 includes comprehensive recommendations for guiding future development within Prince George's County. This briefing was a continuation of monitoring the implementation of Plan 2035.  PHED members also discussed 2020 committee outlook and topics.   WATCH the PHED committee meeting.


On Friday, January 17th, Council Chair Todd M. Turner, joined by Vice-Chair Calvin S. Hawkins, II and their Council colleagues in Annapolis, addressed a meeting of the Prince George's County House Delegation.  Pledging to work as "Team Prince George's" with the Delegation, Council Chair Turner acknowledged the historic and transformative time the 441st General Assembly brings and recognized the priority issues that will come before the Delegation, including this week's release of Governor Larry Hogan's Proposed FY 2021 Operating and Capital Budgets, and the impact on the County and State.    Chair Turner also discussed the County's 2020 legislative priorities for education funding and school construction; transportation and infrastructure; economic development healthy communities, and County beautification.


The Prince George's County Council honors the exemplary life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as part of the 25th annual MLK Day of Service, a federal holiday observed each year on the third Monday in January. This year, 2020, marks the 25th celebration of the annual service event since Congress designed the MLK holiday the first ever National Day of Service. This holiday is not just an opportunity to remember. It is also a call to act.  In honor of Dr. King's lasting legacy of service and recognizing Monday, January 20, 2020, as "a day on, not a day off," we encourage County residents to spend the day volunteering and improving our communities - grab a paint brush, mentor a youth, help clean a public space, deliver meals, collect food and clothing for those in need, reach out to our seniors and disabled.  READ the Chair's full statement.


"Breakfast with Dr. Brem," hosted by At-Large Council Member Calvin S. Hawkins, II, on Thursday, January 16th featured keynote speaker, Dr. Rachel Brem, Chief Medical Advisor and Founder of The Brem Foundation.  She discussed breast health, breast cancer and prevention, encouraging mammograms as key to early detection. Prince George's State's Attorney Aisha Braveboy, county Health Officer, Dr. Ernest Carter and Dr. George Askew , in the Office of the County Executive also participated in the event.
"As the first responder, we will depend on you to be there, to save and to comfort, sometimes under the most unusual circumstances and often facing unpredictable risks.  We welcome our new firefighters and EMS personnel.  I know we will be in good hands with CRS #60 on the job, serving under the historic leadership of Acting Fire Chief Tiffany Green.  Welcome to the world's greatest Fire/EMS Department!"


The City of Laurel - Government turns 150 this year!  On Monday, January 13th, District 1 Council Member Tom Dernoga joined the Laurel community to kick-off a year of celebration. VISIT for more information on celebration events.

The Power of Being Counted, The Hurt Of Being Forgotten Councilmember Deni Taveras Is Making Full Participation In The 2020 Census Count Her Mission

Prince Georgians need to be counted in CENSUS 2020!  

READ MORE about Council Member Deni Taveras' efforts to be sure that happens in this edition of PG Suite!

State Roundup 
January 27, 2020

REPUBLICAN ASKS TO REMOVE SUPPORT FROM BILL: A Republican leader in the House of Delegates who backed a measure opposed by Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has moved to have his name taken off the bill. The measure, House Bill 292, would require the state to get the approval of affected counties before building a toll-financed highway, bridge or tunnel. House Deputy Minority Whip Sid Saab (R-Anne Arundel) had agreed to co-sponsor the bill at the start of the session. But now Saab says he wants only Anne Arundel County to gain new power, Bruce DePuyt reports in Maryland Matters.

STREAM REPAIR INVESTMENT QUESTIONED: Since 2010, when the Obama administration enacted federal water quality requirements for the bay, 142 miles of streams have been repaired in its watershed, with about half of that work occurring in the District, Virginia and Maryland, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. But environmental scientists say it is unclear whether the high-cost projects are worth the investment, Antonio Olivo of the Post writes.

ANALYSIS: SLOWING TRUMP ADMIN DAMAGE TO BAY: In an analysis for the Post, Robert McCartney writes that the Trump administration's crusade to dismantle environmental protections has advanced to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. In the past month, the EPA has signaled it will not force Pennsylvania to abide by a regional anti-pollution program for the bay adopted under former President Barack Obama. The agency's stance risks reversing years of progress in cleaning up the world's largest estuary and regional treasure, according to bay advocates. The damage might be forestalled.

RX POT GROWER DEMANDS LICENSE AWARDS: A top applicant in the latest round of applications for medical cannabis growers licenses is demanding the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission immediately award four licenses following the conviction of a state delegate whom it says corrupted the process, Bryan Sears is reporting in the Daily Record. The letter comes even as the commission prepares to hire an outside firm to begin verifying information provided by applicants.
REPEALING 'ARCHAIC' SEX LAWS: Maryland lawmakers hope to repeal "archaic" provisions in the state's spousal defense for sex crimes and sodomy laws with the reintroduction of legislation this session, Jeff Barnes reports for Capital News Service. Lawmakers on Thursday expect to hear Senate bill 230, which would repeal the use of marriage as a defense to prosecution of some sex crimes and, earlier last week, introduced House Bill 81, which would repeal the crimes of sodomy and unnatural or perverted sexual practice.

ACTIVIST TAPPED TO FILL DEL. SYDNOR's SEAT: Democratic Party officials in Baltimore County on Saturday chose longtime county activist Sheila Ruth to serve out the remainder of Catonsville attorney Charles Sydnor's term in the House of Delegates, following Sydnor's special appointment to the state Senate last month, Kevin Rector of the Sun reports.

GLENN's FALL FROM GRACE: William Zorzi of Maryland Matters writes about how former Del. Cheryl Glenn found herself facing federal bribery charges, writing that by the spring of 2018, Glenn was in a financial jam. She was behind in payments with the company that held a $241,500 home-equity mortgage on her East Baltimore home, while a Baltimore City property tax bill for more than $2,700 was coming due - and she still had not paid the tax bill for a similar amount from the previous year. Her $50,330-a-year salary as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates was not covering the outlay.

BILL WOULD LET DIVORCING COUPLES LIVE IN SAME HOME: Maryland couples could file for divorce while living under the same roof under legislation heard in the House of Delegates Thursday. "The concern is for individuals who cannot afford to live separate and apart, but to help them get on with their lives," said Del. Vanessa Atterbeary (D-Howard). Maryland law now requires residents seeking a divorce to live separately and undergo "separation of affection" or lack of sexual intimacy, for a year before filing, writes Hannah Gaskill for Maryland Matters.

WOMEN's ACCESS TO PRE-RELEASE SERVICE CRITICIZED: Maryland corrections officials plan to convert a Jessup facility into a center dedicated to preparing inmates to return home, but advocates say incarcerated women still won't have the same access to services as men, Aison Knezevich of the Sun reports. The state wants to turn the Brockbridge Correctional Facility into a "comprehensive pre-release, re-entry, and workforce development facility" for both men and women.

OPINION: ENCOURAGING SIGNS FROM ANNAPOLIS: In a column for the Carroll County Times, Bill Kennedy offers some random thoughts on the happenings of the day, including that he is "encouraged by the news that Gov. Larry Hogan has included over $7 million in his proposed budget for items that are very important to Carroll County. Now, the trick is to get the Democratic majority in the legislature to go along. I think there might be some reductions in the amounts for the items, but by and large, since much of the money is for education-related purposes and infrastructure, Carroll should do fairly well."

13 MO CO LAWMAKERS SEEK DEM CONVENTION SEATS: Thirteen state legislators from Montgomery County hope to be chosen for a trip to this summer's Democratic National Convention. A half-dozen of them filed with the State Board of Elections just hours before Friday night's deadline. The group comprises 41% of the county's 32-member legislative delegation in Annapolis, Louis Peck of Bethesda Beat reports.

BARVE, FELDMAN PONDER COMPTROLLER RUN: Following Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot's announcement this month that he is running for governor in 2022, at least two Montgomery County Democrats - Del. Kumar Barve of Rockville and state Sen. Brian Feldman of Potomac - are considering seeking the job Franchot will leave, Louis Peck of Bethesda Beat reports.

3 MD LAWMAKERS SEEK CUMMINGS' SEAT: Jenna Portnoy of the Post writes about three Maryland lawmakers who are seeking the late Elijah Cummings 7th Congressional District seat, writing, "A firebrand liberal. A veteran legislative leader. A doctor who sees public service as 'a calling.' Three Maryland state lawmakers are seeking the Democratic nomination to succeed the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, even as his widow, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, and his close friend, Kweisi Mfume, occupy the spotlight."

7th DISTRICT LONG SHOTS: Frederick Kunkle of the Post writes about the really long shot candidates in the 7th District race, writing that "Republicans face long odds in the race to fill the congressional seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), and perhaps no one knows that better than the eight who have signed up to try."

THE 7th CONGRESSIONAL HOPEFULS: KWEISI MFUME: Twenty-four years after leaving Congress to become president of the NAACP, 71-year-old Kweisi Mfume is hoping to renew old acquaintances - and his political life - to win back the 7th Congressional District seat he held for a decade, Jeff Barker of the Sun writes.

OPINION: CRIME, COURT ISSUES IN ANNAPOLIS: The editorial board for the Sun takes up some crime, court and convict issues being debated by legislators this session, including whether to repeal sodomy laws, automatically expunge pot possession convictions or take the governor out of certain parole decisions.

MARYLAND SCHOOLS ADDRESS CORONAVIRUS: Meredith Cohn of the Sun writes that in Maryland, precautions against the coronavirus that is devastating China are being taken. Students and faculty at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University are being told to call, not visit, a medical provider if they experienced flu-like symptoms after traveling to China. MedChi, the state association for doctors, is recommending medical providers screen anyone who has traveled to China and report suspected cases to local health departments. At least one local Chinese New Year celebration in Howard County has been canceled.

B'MORE MAYOR HOPEFULS PLEDGE CONTROL: Candidates in Baltimore's crowded mayoral race pledged Saturday to regain control of what some called a city in crisis, appealing to voters during one of the first public forums of the campaign, Lorraine Mirabella of the Sun is reporting.

STOKES FILES FOR CITY COUNCIL PREZ: Former Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes filed late Friday to seek the Democratic nomination to run for Baltimore City Council president, Emily Opilo of the Sun reports. City and U.S. House candidates had until 9 p.m. Friday to fill out paperwork to run for offices that will be on the ballot this year. The primary elections are scheduled for April 28, with the general election on Nov. 3.

WHO IS RUNNING CITYWIDE? Maryland Matters staff puts together a list of candidates running for Baltimore Citywide offices, which includes mayor, city county president and comptroller.

B'MORE BIZ LEADERS SEEK NEW CITY HALL LEADERS: Infuriated by City Hall's impotence to solve problems such as synchronizing traffic lights downtown - and avoid self-inflicted failures - like not purchasing insurance against ransomware attacks likethe one that crippled city agencies last spring - many of Baltimore's business leaders say they badly want new leadership at City Hall. Adam Bednar of the Daily Record reports that, as a result, some in the business community are funding candidates, up and down the ballot, from outside the city's traditional Democratic political circles in a bid to reverse the city's downward trajectory.

B'MORE FAILS TO COLLECT UBER, LYFT TAXES: Colin Campbell of the Sun reports that the Baltimore City Finance Department is saying that Baltimore has collected no taxes on an estimated 9 million Uber and Lyft rides per year despite a 2015 state law enabling it to do so, costing the city roughly $2.1 million in revenue annually.

CHILDHOOD HUNGER & MINIMUM WAGE FIGHT: Elliot Jaspin, who has been writing a series on childhood hunger for Maryland Matters, now delves into the minimum wage battles in the state and how the wage affects the hunger situation. The classic argument against raising the minimum wage is that "If businesses were forced to pay more to their workers ... they would have to lay off some of their workforce to remain competitive. Or ... they could raise their prices. But that would put them at a competitive disadvantage..." Is that accurate? "... Raise the minimum wage and people will have more money to buy food. This is especially true in Maryland, where the current minimum wage of $11 means a person would earn $22,880 a year. That is far below the $60,000 that MIT has said a family of one child and one parent would need to survive in Anne Arundel County."

IMMIGRANTS FILL FARMING GAP: Agriculture was once the driving economic force of Montgomery County, now a booming suburb of 1 million people. But after World War II, rapid industrialization drew residents and resources away from the land, leaving just several hundred farmers in what is now the county's protected 93,000-acre agricultural reserve. But as the county's demographics change, another shift is under way, writes Rebecca Tan of the AP writes. Immigrants, many of whom grew up farming in their home countries, are taking over small pockets of the land.

PITTMAN KEEPS TAX HIKE OPTION OPEN: Olivia Sanchez of the Capital Gazette reports that Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman said he hasn't ruled out raising taxes again to meet the needs of the county after hosting five budget town halls over the past three weeks. Among the priorities, residents have advocated for a rugby field in North County; a swim center in West County; sidewalks along Duvall Highway in Pasadena; more resources for Animal Care and Control; and better pay and benefits for school nurses.

WA CO EMS LOOKS TO INCENTIVES: Julie Greene of the Hagerstown Herald Mail writes that several local emergency service officials said incentive programs planned by Washington County government could help retain and recruit volunteers as well as support volunteer fire and EMS companies. But only time will tell if they truly can make a difference.

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!


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


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
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: $10,000
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Annual Investment: $2500

Annual Investment $1000

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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
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