July 2020 Newsletter

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
Harriet Tubman








1. U.S. Senate votes to extend deadline for Paycheck Protection Program applications

This past Tuesday, June 30, the U.S. Senate voted–by unanimous consent–to extend the deadline for businesses to apply for aid under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The bill was passed just hours before the program was set to expire at midnight.
Under the legislation, the deadline for applying for PPP loans — which go to businesses with fewer than 500 employees — would be extended until August 8, an additional five weeks. There is more than $130 billion left in the PPP fund.


2. Governor Hogan announces $190 million in COVID-19 relief for small businesses, colleges and nonprofit organizations

On Tuesday, June 30, Governor Larry Hogan announced $190 million in relief to help small businesses, colleges and nonprofit organizations affected by COVID-19.

This amount includes $45 million that will go toward expanding the Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund, which awards grants of up to $10,000 to businesses with 50 or fewer employees, and $5 million that will go toward the Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority, which provides financing to businesses owned by economically and socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs.

To learn more about the governor’s announcement, please see the press release here.

3. Advocating for employer liability protections & infrastructure upgrades

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce has been a consistent advocate for employer liability protections as our state’s economy has gone through a phased-in reopening. Employers who are adopting the appropriate protocols to protect their employees and businesses should not be harmed as a result of a virus they cannot control. This has been a central component in Chamber discussions with Maryland’s congressional delegation. In a recent response letter dated June 10, Sen. Cardin assured the Maryland Chamber that Maryland’s delegation is working diligently to address this issue. We also hosted a webinar on the topic with two representatives from the National Association of Manufacturers (see more on webinar below).

In addition, we continue to push for upgrading our aging infrastructure systems, including advancing small cell deployment and rural mobile broadband investment so Maryland businesses and residents have the telecommunications infrastructure necessary to support the increased demands of distance learning, telework, telemedicine and public safety.

To read more about our recommendations for how to prepare for the economy of the future, please see our ReNEW Maryland initiatives.

4. Maryland Chamber Foundation webinar series

This past Tuesday, June 30, the Maryland Chamber Foundation hosted another webinar, “Advocacy efforts & critical issues during the COVID-19 pandemic,” presented by the National Association of Manufacturers.


Starting in July, the Foundation will begin to host a brand-new series, “Promoting Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace.” Just like our COVID-19 webinar series, these webinars will be available to all Maryland Chamber members and members of the business community. They will feature business leaders from high-profile companies who are already doing their part to drive systemic change in their own organizations and communities, and who will share their best practices with us. Our first webinar will be moderated by Sandy Grace, vice president of governmental & external affairs at BGE, on Monday, July 20, at 11 a.m.


For more information on upcoming webinars, please visit our Events page. If you are unable to participate, please note that we provide links to full recordings of all past webinars here. If you have any questions, or wish to discuss a sponsored webinar, please contact Whitney Harmel at wharmel@mdchamber.org or (410) 269-0642, ext. 1117.

5. Take the COVID-19 impact survey

Don’t forget to take a moment to complete our COVID-19 Impact Survey. We will use this survey data to support our ReNEW Maryland initiatives, which are intended to help put businesses and employees back to work.

Also, please share the survey with your membership and other business partners. Your responses will play a vital role in advancing the Chamber’s advocacy efforts at the federal level and help us better prepare for the 2021 state legislative session.


COUNCIL EMERGENCY OPERATIONS STATUS

The Prince George’s County Council continues to operate under the emergency procedures stated in the Governor’s “Proclamation and Declaration of State of Emergency and Existence of Catastrophic Health Emergency – COVID-19”, effective March 5, 2020, and amended May 13, 2020, and the Prince George’s County State of Emergency Declaration, effective March 16, 2020, and extended by the Governing Body of Prince George’s County with the adoption of CR-31-2020 on May 11, 2020 and by CR-51-2020 on June 9, 2020. These procedures became effective pursuant to CR-10-2020, adopted by the Council on March 17, 2020, and amended pursuant to CR-35-2020, adopted May 18, 2020.



VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED JULY 21ST ON PROPOSED CHARTER QUESTION ON HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX CREDIT CAP AND BOND BILLS FOR NOVEMBER BALLOT

The Prince George’s County Council, during a virtual session on Tuesday, June 23rd, introduced and considered several bond bill proposals (Council Bills 43, 44, 45, 46, 47- 2020) in support of capital program funding for approved County facilities. The County Council also introduced and discussed a proposed Charter Amendment, CB-48-2020, on the Homestead Property Tax Credit Cap, and potential placement on the ballot in the November General Election. The Council will hold a public hearing for each of these proposed measures on July 21, 2020, prior to a final vote. These measures, if enacted, will be processed to appear as a referendum on the November ballot for a final decision by Prince George’s County voters.

CLICK HERE for the Council’s Legislative and Zoning Information System (LZIS), and review each of the bills. To speak at the public hearings for these bills or any other proposed legislation, sign up via the Council’s E-Comment portal.



PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY BEGINS FULL 
PHASE 2 REOPENING

Prince George’s County moved to a full Phase Two reopening on Monday, June 29, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Following the advice of our public health officials – washing our hands, wearing face coverings in public, and practicing social distancing – we are continuing a downward trend in the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the County. We have now cautiously moved forward, upon the advice of public health officials, with a phased reopening and recovery in the County. Non-essential businesses and services have reopened with modifications that protect the health and safety of employees and residents. County businesses with questions about how to operate under the Phase Two Reopening, should reach out to Experience Prince George’s at ReopenPrinceGeorges@co.pg.md.us or call 301-925-3800. LEARN MORE



PGCPS WORKING TO REOPEN SCHOOLS SAFELY AND RESPONSIBLY

Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) CEO, Dr. Monica Goldson, is working to reopen our schools safely and responsibly, while taking into consideration the well-being of students, teachers and staff. In a letter to the PGCPS community, Dr. Goldson encourages input from the community and reaffirms her commitment to a path forward that is responsive to the needs of our students, educators and families. 
READ Dr. Goldson’s letter to PGCPS Community.

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!
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!
Save the Date!
Your health matters to the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce. Over the next few weeks we will be practicing social distancing by limiting or reducing unessential meetings.

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
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.

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.)



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 & Renewing Members

Kona Ice of College Park

Century 21 New Millennium

Potomac Hospitality Group:
Ruby's Southern Kitchen

Bohler

Risk Alleviators Technology

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.