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January 2018 Newsletter
Quote of the Month: 

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle

Our Mission 
To protect, enhance and promote local business by providing a voice for business at local, county and state levels.

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Corporate Partners

-BGE an Exelon Company

-Bowie Baysox


-St. John Properties

-Todd Turner, Councilman- District 4


-Berman Enterprises

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

-Sherman Ragland, Realinvestors, LLC

-Sommerset Construction Company

-W.F. Chesley Real Estate, LLC

-Widmann Financial Services

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New & Renewing Members!


- Bowie Town Center
Washington Prime Group

- Grove Heating & Cooling, Inc.

- Hon. Todd M. Turner, Council Member, District 4

- Jacki Lynn Gee-Ferko, Broker

- Jude Burke, Elm Street Development 

- NAI Michael Companies, Inc

- Old Bowie Town Grille

- On-line Payroll

- Sabrinia Mcpherson,Allstate

-Widmann Financial Services

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Upcoming Events

Legislative Happy Hour

January 22, 2018

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Stan & Joe's
37 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

$25 Members; $30 Non Member & Walk-ins

- Valuable Connections
- Beverages
- Hors D'oeuvres
- The Ear of Elected Officials: Senator Peters & Delegates

* Happy Hour will be followed by a session of the Maryland General Assembly

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State of the City

February 07, 2018

8:00 am- 10:00 am

Bowie Senior Center 
14900 Health Center Drive 
Bowie, MD 20715

$30 Members; $35 Non Member & Walk-ins

- Hot Breakfast 
- Valuable Connections 
- Information from Bowie's Mayor 

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After Hours Mixer

February 8, 2018

5:30pm - 8:30pm

Helen's Accounting Services, LLC - Maryland Office
CPA Tax and Accounting Services
6000 Laurel Bowie Road, Suite 201
Bowie, MD 20715

$20 Member; $25 Non Member & Walk-ins

- Valuable Connections
- Hors D'oeuvres
- Beverages

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

48-Hour notice 
is required on cancellations. 

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Business 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.
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!

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

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

New members can join by clicking here!
A Message From Our Executive Director
That's a wrap! 2017, that is. As we head into the new year, I would like to take a minute to recap on some of our special moments of 2017. To understand how blessed we are at the Chamber, it is vital to remember the people who have worked so hard to prepare and execute great events that bring business partners together with the community. 

Below you will find photos from our year in review;
please feel free to send us any photos or blurbs you would like us to share in our next newsletter. We want to celebrate our Chamber family in their accomplishments and highlights! We thank everyone from our Platinum sponsors to volunteers who have sacrificed their time and money to help the Chamber community have a fruitful, productive year for the books. Only bigger and better plans are ahead of us! 
Pauline K. Markward
Executive Director
Special Moments of 2017



(For more photos of the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, 
click here or check out our Facebook page.)
Message from the President
Greetings and Happy New Year:
Thank you for supporting the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce this past year! We are grateful for your continued support as a proud member in helping us and our partners as we work to make the city the best place to live, work, and grow.
You can be confident that the Chamber is a broad-based organization that strives to improve the commercial climate, to promote planned economic and community development, and to make the greater Bowie community a place of prosperity.
The heartbeat of the Chamber is its growing, diverse membership. Members hold common interests, goals, and concerns related to the business environment in the Greater Bowie area. The aims of the organization are accomplished through the hard work of outstanding individuals who take on volunteer positions on the Board and standing committees. Together we give life to the only professional trade organization in the Greater Bowie area with a mission to protect, enhance, and promote local business by providing a voice for you at local, county, and state levels. We are the organization of choice for business advocacy in the Greater Bowie area.
In this past year of membership, you have helped strengthen us to be the leading voice for business in Bowie. We need your voice again in the coming year. You have been a valued member of the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, and we look forward to continuing that mutually beneficial partnership.
Please know that you may pay your bills electronically at with your unique login username and password. Should you have questions, please contact the Chamber office by phone
(301-262-0920) or email (
Invest in your business and in Bowie's future by renewing your membership today!
Kind regards,
David Wolf
President, GBCC 2017-2018

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.

This month's show features Derrick Williams, LUTCF of Total Access Insurance, giving us tips and tricks on, a sometimes hard topic, insurance. If you would like to contact Derrick, please feel free to contact him by calling his office at (301) 850-3640 or check him out online at  
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.



Maryland added an estimated 5,400 jobs in November as the state economy gained steam going into the holidays, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The state's unemployment rate held steady at 3.9 percent, below the national rate of 4.1 percent.
There were 60,700 more people working in Maryland in November than a year earlier, a gain of 2.2 percent.

About 70 percent of November's new jobs were created in the private sector.

"Maryland's continued job growth, particularly in the private sector, shows that the work Governor Hogan and the entire administration is doing to attract businesses and help them expand is paying off," Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill said in a statement. "Over the past three years, we have worked with countless companies in every region of our state to understand their needs and provide them with the support they need to grow - and that level of commitment will continue into the future."

The state's strong job growth came in several sectors, including professional and business services, which added 3,330 jobs; trade, transportation and utilities, which added 1,600 jobs; and financial activities, which also added 1,600 jobs. Strong subsectors included administrative, waste management, retail, transportation, warehousing, utilities, finance, insurance and real estate.

The government sector also added 1,600 jobs, and manufacturing added 1,100 jobs.

The construction sector saw the largest loss, dropping 1,900 jobs, followed by leisure and hospitality, which lost 1,400 jobs.

The BLS also revised its estimated job loss for October to 4,200. That's 1,300 fewer jobs than initially estimated.

- Chris Dinsmore, Contact Reporter, The Baltimore Sun

State of Maryland Metrics

Number of Businesses:
(Net Change 2015 vs. 2014; 137K establishments in 2015)

Business Starts:
(Number of businesses opened in 2015)

Unemployment Rate:
(October 2017)

Poverty Rate:

Population Estimates:

Sales Tax Revenue:

Although Maryland's unemployment rate improved slightly in May, the state lost 1,600 jobs, about a 0.1 percent decrease.

Many of the May job losses, 1,300 jobs out of 1,600, came in the private sector, in industries like education, manufacturing, financial and leisure and hospitality.

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce works to expand and improve private sector jobs, strengthening the state's economy.
Unemployment dropped to 4.2 percent in May, down from 4.3 percent in April.

Overall, Maryland has added 43,100 jobs since May 2016.

Bowie Estimated Demographics 2017


Households: 20,687

Median Household Income: $110,636 
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

Annual Investment: $2500

Annual Investment $1000

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.

Thank you for your continued investment in a better economic future for Greater Bowie! 
Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, 2614 Kenhill Drive, Suite 117, Bowie, MD 20715
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