January 2019 Newsletter
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"Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion." - Jack Welch
Our Mission 
To protect, enhance and promote local business by providing a voice for business at local, county and state levels.
 
Corporate Partners

Platinum:
BGE an Exelon Company

Bowie Baysox

Gold:
St. John Properties

Todd Turner, 
Councilman- District 4

NAI Michael

W.F. Chesley Real Estate, LLC

Silver:
Berman Enterprises

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

Sommerset Construction Company

Visiting Angels Homecare Agency

Widmann Financial Services

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

Chick-fil-A 
Marketplace

DHC Medical Supply

Robert E. Evens Funeral Home

NAI The Michael Companies, INC


 
Upcoming Events

Legislative Happy Hour
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. 

Tickets: 
$25 Member Prepaid
$30 Non-Member Prepaid & All Walk-Ins

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 201716
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Check out the rest of our events on our website by clicking here!

Unless otherwise noted above, register online 
call 301-262-0920
or email info@BowieChamber.org

72-Hour notice 
is required on cancellations. 

 
Committees

Business & Economic  Development 
Promotes business development for chamber members through seminars and best practices. Works on attracting businesses to Greater Bowie.

Membership Development
Works on expanding the Chamber membership base as well as retaining existing members.

Corporate & Community Relations 
Provides opportunities to give back to the community, both in volunteer time and financial and in-kind contributions.

Legislative
Advocates on behalf of the Chamber before the City Council, County Council and General Assembly. Informs the Board and membership of pending issues before those bodies of interest to Greater Bowie businesses.

Women In Business 
To offer useful information and networking opportunities focused on helping women to successfully meet the challenges they face in today's business world and learn how to find and maintain balance within. Sponsor events to raise funds for the Women in Business scholarship fund.
 
Social Action

Peanut Butter Shelf

GBCC has adopted the Peanut Butter Shelf in the Bowie Interfaith Pantry. Each month the Bowie Food Pantry goes through approximately 350 jars of peanut butter. 

You can drop off your donation at the Chamber office or directly to the Bowie Food Pantry, located at 2614 Kenhill Drive, Suite 134. (GBCC Office is Suite 117.)

 
Business
Community
 Guide

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

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 2018

Bowie is the 6th safest city in Maryland!

Households20,616

Median Household Income: $110,636 

Population: 58,631

Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 93 (3rd safest)

Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,289 (8th safest)

Bowie has grown from a small railroad stop to the largest municipality in Prince George's County, and the fifth most populous city and third largest city by area in the U.S. state of Maryland. In 2014 CNN Money ranked Bowie 28th in its Best Places to Live in America list. 


Read more here!
 



Coat Drive PSA from Youth Leadership Bowie !


 




"Meet the State: 
Amplify Your Voice in Annapolis"

January 23, 2019
9:30am - 7pm
Annapolis
Historic Inns of Annapolis

With the start of the General Assembly's new term this January, we have a distinct opportunity to gain new allies in the fight to keep businesses alive in this state. Now, more than ever, it is important that Maryland businesses set the right tone:

We are here, we are strong.

Be part of the movement. Your collective support can effectively wield political influence through strength in numbers. Let's make our presence known in the State House and stand up for a more competitive Maryland.

Meet the State is a full day, immersive experience with the General Assembly and our Government Affairs team. You will not only learn about upcoming issues that will impact your business, you will engage in informed discussions with your state legislators about how those issues will affect you directly.
  • First, experience the process of how bills are presented in the House and Senate.
  • Then, learn how your business will be affected by upcoming 2019 legislative session bills, like $15 Minimum Wage or updates to Mandatory Paid Leave.
  • Attend focused panels on the biggest issues of the 2019 session: Learn about sponsoring the panel discussion
  • Then, put your advocacy skills to work as you meet 1×1 with your local legislators!
  • Finish the day with our high-level Meet the State reception and join influencers like state secretaries, state delegates, senators, and policymakers.
Come rally with the Maryland Chamber on January 23rd at Meet the State, make the next four years count and make your voice heard!

Thank you to our presenting sponsor:
 
 
Thank you to our supporting sponsor FirstEnergy!


The early bird gets the-good rates:


 



Your Best Life Starts Here

Maryland: Your Best Life Starts Here

 


BPW NIXES PIPELINE PLAN

The Maryland Board of Public Works unanimously rejected Wednesday plans for a pipeline that would carry fracked natural gas through three miles of Western Maryland, after years of environmentalists and neighbors fighting the project, Luke Broadwater of the Sun reports.
  • Tamela Baker of the Hagerstown Herald-Mail writes that Del. Mike McKay, R-Washington/Allegany, said he was "disappointed" by the board's decision. "I had no idea the governor was going to go in this direction," McKay said. "He never contacted me or any other member of the delegation that I know of."Washington County Commissioner Wayne Keefer of Hancock wrote in a text message that the board "made the right decision."
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HEALTH INSURANCE MANDATE

 Health insurance premiums on plans in Maryland's individual insurance market decreased this year as a result of a reinsurance fund state lawmakers approved last year, but the fund only has enough money to last a few years. To keep premiums down over the long term, state lawmakers who return to Annapolis next week are considering a new health insurance mandate and a fine for anyone who lacks insurance, Rachel Chason of WYPR-FM reports.

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In the second article of a project on bail reform and trial court, Capital News Service reports that in some jurisdictions, "risk assessment" algorithms help determine sentences for those convicted of crimes. And increasingly, similar algorithms are being used in the beginning stages of the criminal justice process, where they have a hand in deciding where a person will spend their time before trial - at home or in jail.

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REDSKINS LANDSWAP

Nearly 2,500 acres of state parkland along South Mountain would become federal property under a controversial proposal that could pave the way for a new Washington Redskins stadium in Maryland, CJ Lovelace of the Hagerstown Herald-Mail is reporting. The nonbinding agreement, quietly signed by Gov. Larry Hogan and now-former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in September 2017, surfaced last month through a public-records request by The Washington Post.

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Find more stories here: https://marylandreporter.com/

 

 
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
aarmentrout@cityofbowie.org
 
Tiffany Wright 
twright@cityofbowie.org
 
 
Corporate Partnership Program
 
 
The Chamber Corporate Partnership Program is an affordable and effective way to plan your marketing strategy during your annual budget preparation. Each year the Chamber offers its membership an opportunity to participate in the Chamber Corporate Partnership Program which allows our members to receive maximum recognition and to maximize the return on their investment by choosing from one of five Chamber Corporate Partnership Program sponsor levels. Three great events which are very popular with our Corporate Partners are the Annual Dinner, the Annual Golf Tournament and
Bowiefest. We also have many other major events from which to choose, including the State of the City and the State of Prince George's County.

PRESENTING PARTNER
Annual Investment: $12,500
 
PLATINUM PARTNER
Annual Investment: $5000

GOLD PARTNER
Annual Investment: $2500

SILVER PARTNER
Annual Investment $1000

INCUBATOR PARTNER
Annual Investment $500

 
Thank You

Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce can't thank our members enough for all you do ... and of course, we would love to see even more NEW members, so everyone, please try to make it part of your mission to bring in at least one new member!


For more information, contact our Membership Committee leaders Ron Watson and Terry Rogers at membership@bowiechamber.org. 

New members can join by clicking here
Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, 2614 Kenhill Drive, Suite 117, Bowie, MD 20715
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