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TRADELINE NEWS, June 2017
Our Mission 

To protect, enhance and promote local business by providing a voice for business at local, county and state levels.
 
Corporate Level Partners

Platinum

BGE
an Exelon Company

Bronze

Eric Linzey
ActionCOACH

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

Sherman Ragland, 
Realinvestors, LLC

St. John Properties

Widmann Financial Services
 
Welcome New Members!

American Voice Power, LLC

Core Life
Weight Loss Healthcare

The Sentel Group

Whip Clean, LLC
 
Thank You To Our Renewing Members!

Allstate Insurance
Fisher Associates

Berman Enterprises

Dogs & Cats Veterinary Referral & Emergency

King Consulting, Inc

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc

Prince George's
Financial Corporation

The Arc
Prince George's County

Benjamin J. Woolery,
Attorney at Law
 
Up Coming Events

SAVE THE DATE!

Fall Into A New Career
Date: September 7, 2017
Time: 10:00 am-2:00pm
Location:Kenhill Center
2614 Kenhill Drive, Bowie

Public Safety Appreciation Awards
Date: September 8, 2017
Time: TBD
Location: Comfort Inn, Bowie

A Conversation with Prince George's County Public Schools CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell
A visionary educator, collaborative leader and acclaimed administrator, Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell is Chief Executive Officer of Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), a role that brings his career full circle.
Date: September 27, 2017
Time: 8:00-10:00am
Location: Bowie Comfort Inn
Cost: TBD


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Unless otherwise noted above, register online 
call 301-262-0920
or email info@bowiechamber.org
 
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.
 
PLATINUM PARTNER
Annual Investment: $5000
Suggested Retail Value: $7080*
*Based on employer with 100 plus employees.

GOLD PARTNER      
Annual Investment: $2500
Suggested Retail Value: $4155
 
BRONZE PARTNER      Annual Investment $1000
Suggested Retail Value: $1155
 
Photos

Be sure to check out Perry Price's website for Chamber event pictures at www.photographybyperry.com
 
Committees

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.

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.
 
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!
 
For You 

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce Business & Community Guide 2017 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!
 
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!
Greetings!


Message from the President

It has been both an honor and a pleasure to serve as President of the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce for the last 2 years. I have had the privilege to meet and work with so many wonderful people that I want to personally thank everyone for the support that has been provided to me along the way.
 
We as a Chamber, like any organization, has its struggles. But, over the past 2 years we collectively made a difference in rebuilding the face of the Chamber and paving the way for David Wolf's vision of a more business oriented Chamber.
 
Thank you to our loyal members. Without you, we would not exist. 


Cathy Martin, President
Comfort Inn & Conference Center
Director, Sales & Catering
cmartin@pmchotels.com
 
A Message From Our Executive Director

Often people refer to their co-workers as their work-family. I was fortunate enough to have a work-mother in Chris Whelehan. Some of you are aware that she is retiring at the end of June. It has been an honor and privilege to work with Chris. She has dedicated 12 years of service to the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce and its members. I'm fortunate that both Chris and Cathy (my work-wife) stayed with me for my first year to make sure there was a smooth transition. Chis you will be sorely missed. Please don't be a stranger.


Pauline K. Markward
Executive Director
Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce
(w)301.262.0920 (c)205.876.9023
pkm@bowiechamber.org
 
Youth Leadership Bowie

This year's 2016.17 Youth Leadership Bowie students, we applaud you!
Congratulations and job well done to: Beatrice Hammett, Brandon Lewis, Ciara O'Brien, Eliana Coffey, Garin Sinkovic, Janae Roy, Lindsay Brown, Mackenzie Esposito, Mathew Ruyter, Nigel Jennings, Timothy Mangen, Wayne Bumbry, Miles Marcos and Michael Drews.

I had a fantastic year with Youth Leadership Bowie 2016.17. My students were an absolute pleasure to spend time with. I can't possibly thank them enough for the kindness and patience they showed me in my first year as YLB Program Coordinator. May each of you continue to be Blessed with good fortune in all your future endeavors. 

The graduation was held April 25, 2017 at Bowie City Hall. Photos can be seen by clicking on the link below:

Pauline K. Markward
YLB Program Coordinator
 
Ribbon Cutting


Congratulations, Brett Schaechter of Whip Clean! The new car wash in Bowie, celebrated their Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening with Mayor Robinson, County Council Member Todd Turner and Delegate Joseph Vallario along with friends and family. 
 
Bowie Fest

The Bowiefest Home & Health Expo was another huge success! Thank you NAI Michael for sponsoring the event. 
 
Business Recognition Awards

Summer is here, and while the season heats up, it's time to send some warm wishes and congratulations to several individuals who were the recipients of this year's Annual Business Recognition Awards, a partnership with the GBCC and the city's Economic Development Committee. And thanks so much to James Dinegar, President Greater Washington Board of Trade for being the guest speaker at the May 10th event! The awardees are: Total Access Insurance, LLC, Incubator Business of the Year; Tonya Brigham, Smoothie King, Entrepreneur of the Year; Bowie Towne Veterinary Hospital, Small Business of the Year; The UPS Store # 2888, Community Service Award; Shepherd Energy, Green Business of the Year and Electrical Training Alliance, Business of the Year.
 
The photos from the " Bowie Business Recognition Awards 2017" held on May 10, 2017 at Comfort Inn Bowie can be seen by clicking on the link below:
 

 
SCMAGLEV High Speed Train Proposed

Studies are underway to evaluate the feasibility of bringing very high speed train travel to the Washington, DC/Baltimore corridor. Some of the routes under consideration would pass through or very near Bowie. Visit www.cityofbowie.org/scmaglev to view a map of the proposed routes. Detailed information about the project is at http://baltimorewashingtonscmaglevproject.com.

 
County Executive 
Proposed FY 2018 Budget Released
  
County Executive Rushern Baker, III released his Proposed FY 2018 Budget on March 15th. The Proposed FY 2018 Budget for all operating funds is $3.84 billion, an increase of $130.7 million or 3.5 percent over the FY 2017 budget. The General Fund accounts for 84.1 percent of all spending in FY 2018 and as proposed will increase by $113.6 million or 3.6 percent. This fund supports most County Government services and programs including education, public safety, general government, public works, the environment and other critical services. The FY 2018 proposed budget is framed by a growing economy that is experiencing growth in both the real estate and job markets as well as the impact of a full year of MGM National Harbor related revenues.

To view the Budget in Brief - please link here
 
For the actual Proposed FY 2018 Operating budget - please link here
 
For the proposed FY 2018 Capital budget - please link here
http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/2723/2018-Fiscal-Year-Proposed-CIP-Budget
 
Government 

County Hearing on Bowie Marketplace Apartments - June 8, 10 a.m.
The Prince George's County Planning Board will review the Detailed Site Plan for the 225-unit, multi-family apartment project proposed at Bowie Marketplace on Thursday, June 8.  The meeting begins at 10 a.m. at the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro.  

Community Paper Shredding and Styrofoam Recycling Event
The Public Works Department has scheduled a paper shredding and Styrofoam recycling event in the Bowie High School parking lot on Saturday, June 24, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Residents can bring up to five tall kitchen bags or five archive boxes for shredding.  Documents may be observed while they are being shredded. Styrofoam must be free of any debris (glue or tape). For information, contact the Public Works Department at 301-809-2344.

Bowie Farmers' Market Sundays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Bowie Farmers' Market is open for the 2017 season.  Market vendors offer fresh locally grown produce, fruit, cut flowers, plants, breads, pastries, jams, jellies and more.  The market operates in the parking lot of the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts at Bowie High School, 15200 Annapolis Road on Sundays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., through October 29, 2017.  

Become a Mentor
The Bowie Youth and Family Services Teen Mentoring Program is accepting Mentor applications for the 2017 - 2018 school year. For more information or to apply, please contact Community Coordinator Rhonda Simon at mentor@cityofbowie.org or 301-809-3033.
 
Input Sought as Development Review Guidelines and Policies are Updated
The Planning Department is currently updating the City's Development Review Guidelines and Policies, which are intended to provide clear, understandable direction to citizens, developers and builders, government officials and other interested parties on what the City Council has stated about the desired character and physical development of the City.  The text is a useful collection of development review considerations that aim to encourage and promote a carefully planned and sensitively designed community.
 
A draft of the updated Guidelines and Policies will be presented to City Councilmembers at their meeting on July 3, 2017 and then the Council will conduct a public hearing and vote on the draft document at its August 7, 2017 meeting. The public is invited to attend these two meetings and to provide input on the draft plan. Comments may be made in person at the August 7 meeting or shared with Planning Department Director Joe Meinert via email at jmeinert@cityofbowie.org. To obtain a copy of the draft document, please contact the Planning Department at 301-809-3047, visit the office at City Hall or go to www.cityofbowie.org/draftdevguide.
 
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.
 
Good News!

Maryland ranks 1st in U.S. for concentration of IT establishments.
CompTIA, Cyberstates 2016

Maryland Department of Commerce 
 
 
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.
 
Kudos

Congratulations to the 2017 recipients of the Bormel, Grice & Huyett Business Scholarship Award!  Mbongeh Bassah and Nicholas O'Connor of Laurel Senior High School were presented the award by Francesco Mazziotti.  Our best wishes for future success to the Class of 2017!!
 
The Bormel, Grice & Huyett Business Scholarship Award is presented annually to area high school seniors for scholastic achievement and interest in pursuing a business curriculum in college..  Past recipients include students from River Hill, Laurel, Pallotti, Reservoir, Hammond, Glenelg, Atholton, Mt. Hebron and Oakland Mills High Schools

 
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