July 2018 Newsletter
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"Summertime is always the best of what might be." - Charles Bowden

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.
-Sherman Ragland, Realinvestors, LLC
-Sommerset Construction Company
- Visiting Angels Homecare Agency
-Widmann Financial Services

New & Renewing Members!

- Century 21 New Millennium

- Absolute Property Solutions, LLC

Upcoming Events

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Please check back in Fall!

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or email info@bowiechamber.org

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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.
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 info@bowiechamber.org. 

We look forward to giving kudos in Tradeline!
To those of you who are closely involved with the Chamber, you probably knew our dear friend and colleague John McNamara from the Bowie Blade News and Capital Gazette News. He had a knack for witty writing and was a diligent reporter at most, if not all, of our events. On Thursday June 28th, his life was taken along with four other reporters in shooting at the Capital Gazette News Station in Annapolis, Maryland. We at the Chamber want to pay homage to his life and legacy as an upstanding citizen, reporter, and friend in our beautiful city. Bowie will never be the same without John, but we will always keep him in our hearts as we progress through hard times and difficult conversations about gun violence, as he would have wanted us to do. Please feel free to share your stories and memories of John with us by emailing them to pkm@bowiechamber.org or cecily@bowiehchamber.org. A memorial will be held for McNamara from 10 a.m. to noon July 10 at the University of Maryland College Park Chapel.

July 4, 2018

By: Erin Cox, Jack Chavez

John McNamara never aspired to cover Bowie and would openly grouse about setting aside his love of sports reporting to do it.

But he nonetheless became part of the fabric of the community, charming sources with his encyclopedic knowledge of sports, his professionalism and his dedication to write about everything in the city.

When a gunman killed him and four other colleagues last week at The Capital-Gazette, the city lowered its flag to half staff to honor him. A few days later, the city held a moment of silence for McNamara. Prominent community leaders grieved to lose a veteran reporter who managed to write, edit and produce The Bowie Blade-News, almost single-handedly.

"This was the consummate professional guy," Bowie Mayor G. Frederick Robinson said. "He did a good job under really challenging conditions. Sometimes he was by himself, covering a city of this size and all the things that go on."
McNamara wrote with an insight and authority that rivaled people who lived in the city their entire lives. He chronicled graduations and shootings, obituaries and the new ice rink, spats over development, City Council meetings elections and the return of the Fourth of July celebration after a 4-year hiatus.
"John cultivated relationships with all these people," said Mike Rauck, who runs the "Bowie Living" blog. "He didn't come in with any pretenses, he just came in and he did what he had to do here."

McNamara frequently sought out Rauck for community insight, dating back to when he first took over the Blade-News in 2015. McNamara's ability to endear himself to sources through common interests was key establishing his feel for the community, Rauck said.

"It was an incredible one-man shop," said Scott Peterson, spokesman for Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker. "He covered everything, but he was also easy-going."

City Councilwoman Courtney Glass said when she was newly elected, McNamara patiently gave her media training to help her get comfortable going on the record. Even when McNamara wrote about sensitive and uncomfortable topics - when Glass was arrested for driving under the influence or was undergoing breast cancer treatment - he treated her with compassion and kindness, Glass said.

"In this day and age, we hear this rhetoric that 'the press are out to get you, and paint you in a bad light,' but John was the opposite," she said.

McNamara religiously attended all the city council meetings, staying until the very end and waiting at times until after midnight to make sure he could talk to a source, Glass said.

"He could be anywhere, doing anything else, and he would be here in the City Council while we're arguing over feral cats," she said. "He was a pillar in the community, even if people didn't realize it."
Former city manager David Deutsch said McNamara treated the job and the city with respect from the moment he began covering the city.

"What impressed me initially is that John was so eager to learn about city government, city operations," Deutsch said. "He obviously picked up on it pretty quickly, because he did a pretty good job at covering a range of subjects, even though we knew his first love was sports journalism."

McNamara's love for local sports was second to none. As dedicated as he was to covering Bowie, his heart was in sports, especially at his alma mater, the University of Maryland.

City of Bowie Communications Manager Una Cooper said she and McNamara quickly bonded over a mutual love for Maryland Terrapins basketball. In 2002, before she met McNamara, Cooper bought two copies "Cole Classics!: Maryland Basketball's Leading Men and Moments," which McNamara co-authored with David Elfin.

"He was like, 'My god, I didn't think anybody bought that!'" Cooper recalled. "I brought it into the office recently because I wanted him to autograph it. I just never got around to it."
McNamara was adept at finding ways to weave sports into his discussions with sources. Even people who work in sports marveled at the breadth of his athletic knowledge, and how he used it to do his job better.

"John was more than just a reporter," said Bowie Baysox manager Gary Kendall, who knew McNamara for eight years. Kendall said McNamara would ease him into talking about tough losses by shooting the breeze about history of sports in Maryland.

"He had so much knowledge on so many things," Kendall said. "Certainly, he would not evade important questions, but he had a special way of doing it."

His commitment to keeping a community informed about itself - a community that was never his literal home - was obvious, even through his love of sports.

"I always felt that it was a total, genuine interest that he wanted to (inform) the people of Bowie," Baysox General Manager Brian Shallcross said. "Everybody that kissed his (expletive) in the political season, he saw right through them. He was a man who didn't really want to get involved in that. But he did his job and did it very professionally."

A memorial will be held for McNamara from 10 a.m. to noon July 10 at the University of Maryland College Park Chapel.

Latest Event Photos 
Primary Elections 
Candidate Forum

Prince George's County
Candidates Forum

"Capital Matters"
Business Women's Networking Breakfast with Tisa J.D. Clark
Straight Talk about Breaking Glass Ceilings and Building Your Business

35th Annual Dinner & Election of Officers
(Included in next month's edition!)

Member Spotlight

Hope Connections for Cancer Support helps people with cancer and their loved ones deal with the emotional and physical toll that comes with a cancer diagnosis. Their facilities are homelike environments where people affected by cancer can escape the clinical environment to connect with and learn from each other. They provide support groups for people with cancer and for caregivers, educational workshops that provide learning opportunities and mind/body classes that help rebuild strength and reduce the high level of stress that comes with a cancer diagnosis. Their programs are available to anyone affected by cancer regardless of their cancer diagnosis, stage of disease, age, economic status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or where they receive their medical care. To learn more about Hope Connections for Cancer Support and their programs, visit their website at https://hopeconnectionsforcancer.org/

Chamber Member Contact:
Jaqueline Beale, Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator


"Bowie native Daniel Bowie finds 
success in film, video, music"

Bowie native Daniel Bowie, left, sets up a shot during the filming of "Sinners Wanted," which was screened at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Bowie served as the director of photography for the film. (Courtesy photo)

June 21, 2018 - John McNamara, Contact Reporter, jmcnamara@capgaznews.com

Lana Turner, the famed femme fatal actress of the 1940s and '50s, gained her entrée to the film industry when she got discovered at a Hollywood malt shop.
For Bowie native Daniel Bowie, his big break came at the Apple Store in Westfield Annapolis mall.

Bowie, now 27, was working at the retail outlet in 2009 when a woman came in with a host of questions about what Apple computers could and couldn't do.
Bowie, then just out of Bowie High School, had the answers to all her questions.
"I was young and very well-informed," he said. "It sounded like she was in over her head a little."

Apparently, Bowie made quite an impression. The woman worked for a contractor tasked with creating training materials for the U.S. government. She recognized Bowie's expertise in computer graphics and video, hired him right on the spot and put him to work.
"That really opened my eyes to what a career would look like," he said. "That was my first experience as a freelancer and that's how it started. That's basically what I do right now."
Bowie may not be headed for on-screen stardom like Lana Turner, but he has made the most of that opportunity. After a year of work for the contractor, he entered Salisbury University, graduated from there and began soliciting - and getting - freelance work as a videographer and computer graphics/animation expert.

He's done video and graphics work for a lot of churches in the area. That work put him in contact with noted gospel singer Anthony Brown, who is a worship leader at First Baptist Church of Glenarden.

Brown, who's had three albums reach the top five in the Billboard gospel music charts, helped Bowie land a gig providing graphics and animation at the Stellar Awards, gospel music's version of the Grammys.

"He kind of got me into the music industry," Bowie said.
His work on music videos ultimately connected him to the film industry, where he also has made some inroads. Last year, he worked as the director of photography (setting up the shots and the crew) for the independent film, "Sinners Wanted." The film, shot in and around Washington, D.C., was screened at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
"It was an awesome experience - my first feature film," he said.

Bowie cited Mark Arcusa, his television production and film teacher at Bowie High, as a major influence on the path his professional life has taken.

Arcusa, though, said it was the other way around - that Bowie possessed the greater knowledge of the medium, even as a teenager.

"As it turns out, he was actually my teacher in many cases," Arcusa said. "I was new to the television production side of things then. I had just been teaching computer-based graphic design for most of my tenure, so it was still new to me. He had been doing internships (including one at the Bowie public-access station) and was a natural at editing, cinematography and a number of other skills exclusive to the medium."

Arcusa received a grant to start a television show at the school and got his hands on all kinds of new equipment that he didn't really know what to do with it all, he recalled.

"(Bowie) set everything up and taught me how to use it," Arcusa said. "Then he came back a few months ago and helped me set up a refresh with new equipment as well. This kid was a child prodigy in my eyes."
Bowie remains very much connected to his hometown. He still lives at home with his parents and stores a lot of his equipment in their basement. But he may be ready to set out on his own - thanks to all his professional success.

"I'm literally for the first time getting to the point where I can move out," he said.
He's already branching out professionally. He recently released his debut single, "Her Love," the first original bit of music he's produced since he was a teenager. He described the musical style of the single as "alternative indie rock."

A lot of his friends, he said, didn't even realize he could sing. Many of them think of him as more of a video talent than a musical one. Not so, Bowie said.

"I've always played the piano and different instruments growing up," he said. "Video has been what felt more like a job to me and music has been more of a release."

Later this summer, he plans to release a video to accompany the single, which is already available on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.

Bowie said he isn't sure if the single's release signals a career pivot from video to music. But he's curious to find out.

"This is new for me," he said. "So it's hard to say any specific direction I'll go in. I'm very interested to see where it goes."

Green Bowie Biz 

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.

Create partnerships with the City, promote your business, promote Green events, have your company featured in their next newsletter, receive a Green Bowie window decal, be the subject of our tweets for a day, and more!

Staff Contacts
Ashleigh Armentrout
Tiffany Wright 


Bowie Estimated Demographics 2017


Households: 20,616

Median Household Income: $110,636 
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.

July's show features Jaqueline Beale, Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator from Hope Connections for Cancer Support!
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.

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

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

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

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