January 2020 Newsletter

"If you are a human being you probably use the beginning of every year to reflect on the past year, make decision and set resolutions for the New Year. It is a good thing to make resolutions, but it takes a good deal of discipline and commitment to get results that would be different and better than what you got last year." - Lionnel Yamentou Ndzogoue

On behalf of the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, 
we wish you a happy new year!

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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!

Assisting Hands
Annapolis & Bowie 

Diversity & Inclusion Strategists

Insurance Sales Recruiter

National Capital Radio & Television Museum

O'Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore, P.A.
Save the Date!

The Bowie 5:05
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 
5:05 pm-07:05 pm

Kenhill Center
2614 Kenhill Center
Bowie, MD 20715

Discover Arbonne!
Join me to discover why Arbonne is the #1 Global Brand for Healthy Living Inside and Out!

Hosted By: Roxanne Calloway
Arbonne Independent Consultant

$10.00 Chamber Member; $15.00 Non Member
-Light Fare

Buy your tickets here

Annapolis Legislative Happy Hour
Monday, January 27, 2020

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

Meet & Greet
Maryland General Assembly
23rd District
Senator Douglas Peters
Delegate Marvin Holmes
Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith
Delegate Dr. Ron Watson

County Council
Chair Todd Turner

Happy Hour will be followed by a session of the Maryland General Assembly.
Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

A special thank you to our December Mixer sponsors:
Comfort Inn, Money One Federal Credit Union, Total Tax Service & Visiting Angels

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 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


New Year's Resolutions for Business Owners in 2020
The new year is the perfect time to take stock and set goals for the year ahead. You may have plans to improve your health, exercise more frequently, or finally take that trip to Hawaii you've been dreaming about forever. For business owners, making new year's resolutions can help align and focus their efforts and energy. Here are a few of our favorite new year's resolutions for business owners in 2020.

1. Find a buddy

There's a reason why runners often train with a group or freelance workers find a coworking space. It helps to have someone keep you accountable and motivated to hit your goals and get things done.

The American Society of Training and Development did a study on accountability. They found people are 65% likely to meet a goal after committing to another person. That's a pretty good increase. However, that chance of success increases to 95% when they build in ongoing meetings with their partners to check in on their progress. That's a huge difference! Like most of these new year's resolutions for business owners, this one doesn't cost anything. 

Bottom line: write down your goals, find a buddy, and then make sure you regularly meet or check in with them. You'll be crossing those items off your list faster than ever!

2. Communicate Better

Essentially, turn your focus to quality over quantity. You can blast out 10 Facebook posts every day and retweet all night long, but there are ways you can connect with your current and potential clients better by doing less. Instead, focus on posting interesting, timely information that encourages your audience to interact with you or share your content.

Quick ways to do this:
  • Respond to comments on your posts.
  • Leave comments and like content on other pages.
  • Include personal notes on pictures or posts that you share.
Take the time to make a few real connections every day and you'll see your relationships strengthen.

3. Extend a Hand

Think back to when you were first starting out in your career. You were probably excited and hopeful while simultaneously feeling nervous and unsure. Did you have support, or could you have used more?

One of the best new year's resolutions for business owners is to pay it forward. Reach out to someone in your industry just starting out and who could use mentoring or a sounding board for advice. Your generosity will not go unnoticed, and you will be seen as both an expert in your field and as a person people want to work with. Not sure how to find someone? LinkedIn has a great feature called Career Advice. Answer a couple quick questions and they'll match you with someone based on your preferences.

4. Think Ahead

As you think about your new year's resolutions for 2020, consider this year and beyond. Just the idea of this task can seem daunting, so start by making a list or marking up a calendar. Oftentimes, just seeing your list on paper can make it feel more manageable.
It doesn't matter how you want to manage your list. You can use the tried and true paper and pen and use a planner. If you prefer to keep things digital, check out some of these apps to keep you organized.

Write out what you'd like to see your business become. Include goals both personal and professional you'd like to achieve. Think about what steps you can take to make those dreams a reality. Use this plan as a motivator to stay on track with goals throughout 2020. Interested in digging into improving your project management? Check out these tips from a pro.

5. Prioritize Balance

The workday for a small business owner doesn't always end at 5 pm on a Friday and start again at 9 am on Monday. For example, a real estate agent may have busier weekends and slower weekdays. A health and wellness professional may see a spike in business on holidays when other businesses quiet down. All of this burning the candle at both ends means burnout is on the rise. Burnout affects both your mental and physical health, so it's important to make sure you take the time you need to recharge.
Here are some tangible ways to work in balance:
  • Exercise as often as you can. Take a phone call while you go for a short walk.
  • Spend time with people you care about. Set a monthly lunch or schedule a weekly call with someone who is important to you.
  • Get some sleep at night. Staying off your phone/tablets for an hour before bed will help you sleep easier.
  • Carve out time for yourself. Watch a movie, knit a scarf, do a crossword puzzle, whatever will help you relax and recharge your batteries.
Shifting even a small percentage of your free time to yourself will have big benefits. With your mind refreshed and your body energized, your personal success will benefit. Who knows? You may even end up inspiring people around you to do the same. The domino effect of happier and healthier people in your life will be profound.

6. Consider Delegation

Small business owners and entrepreneurs are used to doing everything, but should they? Shifting work to someone else can be difficult, especially for those who are accustomed to wearing every hat needed to run a business. However, delegation can open you up to focusing on what you love and what you do best.
Ask yourself these questions:
  1. What do you dread doing?
  2. What overwhelms you?
  3. Can someone else do this in minutes and it takes me hours?
The answers to these questions may lead you to a list of tasks that you can and should delegate to someone else.

If delegating marketing is one of your new year's resolutions for your business, let OutboundEngine's automated marketing help. Click here to set up a live walkthrough and find out how we can help you succeed in the new year. Cheers to a successful new year!


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

Reserve Your Space TODAY!


DEADLIEST YEAR IN BALTIMORE: With a shooting murder in Baltimore Friday, the city's murder rate now sits at 343, its deadliest year on record per capita, Alexa Ashwell of WBFF TV reports. In 1993 there were 353 homicides, yet the population was much higher in the city. [Census figures show Baltimore's population in 1990 was 736,000; it is an estimated 602,000 this year.]

EX-SEN. CURRIE DIES: Ulysses Currie, a teacher-turned-politician from Prince George's County who rose to leadership in the Maryland Senate before losing power in an ethics scandal, died at his home in Forestville early Friday. Currie, a Democrat, was a sharecropper's son who became an educator and later worked his way up the political ladder to chair the Senate's Budget and Taxation Committee.
MORE QUESTIONS ON GLENN, CANNABIS: The unsealing of charges alleging that former Maryland Del. Cheryl Glenn accepted bribes in exchange for actions she took in Annapolis seemed to answer why she abruptly submitted her resignation last week, writes the Sun's Pam Wood. But the charges, filed by federal prosecutors in July and made public Monday, raised many other questions such as who gave the bribes and was Glenn and others cooperating with prosecutors.

CONTINUING CANNABIS PROBLEMS: When Maryland launched its medical cannabis industry, the first companies to nab coveted licenses for growing, processing and selling the drug were overwhelmingly white-owned, writes the Sun's Pam Wood. So, state lawmakers ordered more licenses to be issued, with the goal of getting more black people and women into the industry. But a year and a half later, those new licenses are on hold amid five lawsuits and accusations from applicants that the process was botched or biased.

NEW DEPUTY HEALTH SECRETARY: The Maryland Department of Health filled a crucial leadership job Monday after an advertisement for the post drew controversy for offering an unusually high salary for such a position. Dr. Alyia Jones will become a deputy secretary and head of the state's Behavioral Health Administration, which oversees state mental hospitals and community programs for substance use, among other services, reports The Sun's Meredith Cohn.

ELECTION DAY COMMUNICATIONS: Maryland election officials plan to use an expanded wireless network during the 2020 elections, prompted by a new law allowing people to register to vote on Election Day, Steve Thompson reports in the Post. But at least one lawmaker and a local elections board are questioning whether the new system will be worth the cost and will be safe from hackers. A cellular network will transmit new registrations from local polling places to state elections officials throughout Election Day, allowing officials to update voter lists that help meet objectives including that no one vote twice.

WILL MD. STILL ACCEPT REFUGEES? If Maryland wants to continue accepting refugees, Gov. Larry Hogan has less than a month to tell the Trump administration, Talia Richman reports in the Sun. An executive order in September from Republican President Donald Trump dictates that states and local governments must, for the first time, issue written consent allowing refugees to resettle within their jurisdictions. So far, more than 30 governors representing both parties have signaled their intent to continue welcoming new refugees, according to the Baltimore-based World Relief organization. They include the governors of neighboring Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

WRONG CRIME DATA: The number of rapes in Maryland increased last year by 15% over the previous year, according to an annual FBI Uniform Crime Report, released Sept. 30. This was significant - the largest year-over-year increase for the state since the FBI's definition of rape was revised in 2013. It's also wrong, reports Elliott Davis of Capital News Service in MarylandReporter.comIn fact, many of Maryland's crime statistics reported by government agencies are unusually inconsistent - even "astounding" and "bizarre" - according to a national crime statistics expert.

BALTO. SOLICITOR RESIGNS: As Baltimore struggles to fight unrelenting crime amid turnover at the police department and in the mayor's office, City Solicitor Andre Davis is resigning, saying Thursday he has "run out of fuel."

MD NATIONAL GUARD TO POLAND: Dozens of members of the Maryland National Guard shipped out Saturday for Europe, WBAL TV reports. The guard members will deploy to Poland as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a mission that supports U.S. allies abroad.

MTA PROBLEMS: In a Sun op-ed, Justin Cuffley writes the Maryland Transit Administration system is not perfect. The ticketing machines frequently malfunction. And from my vantage point riding the light rail several times a week, MTA police seem to target the poor, African Americans and disabled with fines they are unable to pay.

SPECIAL ED PROBLEMS IN ANNE ARUNDEL: In the aftermath of the death of Bowen Levy, a student who died in November after he choked on a glove at Central Special School in Edgewater, Naomi Harris of the Capital conducted interviews with parents of students with special needs in the school system about securing resources and services for their children.

EX-SUPERINTENDENT HAIRSTON DIES: Dr. Joe A. Hairston, who served as superintendent of schools for Baltimore County for 12 years and championed an "all means all" credo of equality in education, died Friday at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore from complications related to a previous illness, according to his wife. He was 71, reports the Sun.

NO MORE JURY DUTY: In the Baltimore Post-Examiner, columnist Mike Olesker writes that he "will never be asked to sit on a jury again." And with the crime rate so high in the city, what resident in the city has not been touched by it.

SUN NAMES CUMMINGS MARYLANDER OF THE YEAR: The editorial board of the Sun named the late congressman Marylander of the year specifically for what he did during 2019, even as his health failed.

NO BLONDES ALLOWED: Diane Bernard of the Post does a retrospective piece on a 50-year-old experiment at a Cabin John Junior High that showed how discrimination worked against people based on how they looked - those with blond hair. It had a big impact on many.

NEW PG FIRE CHIEF: In Tiffany Green's first week of recruit school for the Prince George's County Fire Department, the command staff visited the academy for its traditional meet-and-greet with the students. None of the department leadership, Green recalled, looked like her. "I can remember looking at those men and wondering where the women were," Green said. "The quote I always remember is, 'You can't be what you can't see.'" Green, 44, is the new chief of the department, reports the Post's Lyn Bui.

FIREARMS EXPERT FORGED SIGNATURES: In at least some of his lab documents, Maryland State Police firearms expert Joseph Kopera forged the initials of a co-worker who ostensibly reviewed his work. The revelation has prompted the state police to launch a review of 4,041 Kopera case files for faked signatures and other possible shortcuts. Dan Morse reports in the Post.

THIN BLUE LINE FLAG: Bethesda Beat notes that Gov. Larry Hogan took to Twitter on Sunday to showcase a "thin blue and red line flag" given to him by three professional firefighters' organizations - including the Montgomery County Career Fire Fighters. Hogan wrote he was "honored" to receive the flag before the Baltimore Ravens played the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. President Jeff Buddle of the Montgomery County Career Fire Fighters, a local union for paid first responders, joined Baltimore firefighters to present the "custom" wooden flag, according to a Facebook post from the union.

ARUNDEL LIQUOR BOARD: Anne Arundel County's liquor board could go from three members to five if a pre-filed bill co-sponsored by four of the county's senators passes during the 2020 legislative session, Olivia Sanchez reports in the Capital.


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
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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