June 2019 Newsletter
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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

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.

Somerset Construction Company

Visiting Angels Homecare Agency

Widmann Financial Services

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

Bowie State University

Dignity At Home 
Senior Care, LLC

DJP Family Productions

Elite Orthodontics

Greenwill Consulting Group

Heartfields Assisted Living

Miles of Smiles Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Overtime Athletics

Pho D'Lite

Prestige Healthcare Resources, Inc.

Pride Dental

Prince George's County Health Connect

Quality Time, LLC
Pet Sitting & Dog Walking

Salvera

The Training Source

Vector Security

You've Got Oils- do Terra
 
Save the Date

Annual Meeting & Election of the Officers & Board of Directors Dinner
Thursday, June 20, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Comfort Inn & Conference Center
Bowie, MD

First Day of Summer
Friday, June 21, 2019 

BIRC for Scholarships & Bowie Interfaith Recreation Council
Monday, June 24, 2019
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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

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.
 
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

***Youth Leadership Bowie Coat Drive***

Thank you for the contributions you made to the Youth Leadership Bowie Coat Drive! The response from the whole community was overwhelming.


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. If you would like to be a guest and showcase your business please email info@BowieChamber.org

  

We at the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce would like to give a warm thanks to those who helped make the Legislative Wrap Up at Bowie City Hall a huge success, including Honey Baked Hams who provided delicious a meal and our elected officials listed below:

Senator Douglas J.J. Peters
Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith
Delegate Ron Watson
Delegate Marvin Holmes

We are honored to live in a city that values civic engagement 
and community involvement. Thank you!

 
 
We at the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce would like to give a warm thanks to those who helped make the Annual Golf Tournament at Lake Presidential a success, including Bohler Engineering, St. John Properties, McNamee Hosea, Money One Federal Credit Union, G.S. Proctor & Associates, Shipley & Horne, P.A., Bowie Town Center/The Washington Prime Group, Comfort Inn & Conference Center, O'Malley, Miles Nylen & Gilmore, P.A., Greenwill Consulting Group, Carrington & Associates, Beall Funeral Home, Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School, NAI Michael, Byrd & Byrd LLC, Realty Transaction Services and our many golfers.

We are honored to serve our business community. Thank you!
 


County Legislation (CB-12-2018) states that all Prince George's County business owners, tenants, or operators of commercial and industrial properties, including but not limited to offices, stores, hotels, motels, gas stations, restaurants, factories, processing plants, and manufacturing enterprises, shall provide at least equally sized and equally convenient recycling containers to accompany each trash container on the interior and exterior of the property, including along storefronts.

To view a list of the County's acceptable recycling materials, visit bit.ly/acceptedpgc.
To review a copy of the legislation, go to bit.ly/CB122018.

For more information, contact the Department of the Environment, Recycling Section, Inspection Unit at 301-883-3635.



If you don't already have one, establish a recycling program at your business or multi-tenant facility. Setting up a program is easy and we can help!

If you already have a recycling program, submit a copy of your Maryland Recycling Act (MRA) Recycling Tonnage Report to the Department of the Environment Recycling Section. Your recycling hauler may also submit the report on your behalf with your business/property name and address listed on the report.

Recycling is Good Business: Make it Your Business!

Businesses play an important role in Prince George's County's Recycling Program. Approximately one-half of the county's solid waste stream is produced by the business sector. Businesses also account for 2/3 of the county's current recycling rate.
All businesses can recycle. The Department of the Environment Recycling Section will assist your business in implementing a successful recycling program.

"How to Start a Recycling Program"

The steps to start a successful recycling program include:
  1. Obtain the support of the executive management
  2. Appoint a coordinator and program monitors to plan and implement the program.
  3. Determine the number of people participating and the types and amounts of recyclables generated.
  4. Discuss the program with local recyclers, and seek quotes from recycling haulers.
  5. Develop an efficient collection system.
  6. Educate all employees.
  7. Purchase items that can be recycled or reused.
  8. Publicize the success of the program.
 Call 3-1-1 for more information.

 
Social Media Tips 101



Are you looking for ways to stand out from your competition?


Global spending on advertising is nearing $100 billion and shows no signs of slowing down. Why are companies spending so much money on marketing campaigns? Well, because they work. But oftentimes, companies spend a fortune on marketing campaign ideas that don't pan out. That's why it's important to make sure you're marketing strategy is current and utilizes digital marketing trends. If you're looking for some marketing inspiration, keep reading!

First, Assess Your Previous Marketing Strategy

Before you create a marketing plan for the year, it's important to look at your previous plan. What strategies worked for you? Which ones were an epic fail and which strategies do you need to improve on? It's important to ask these questions so you're not going into your next marketing plan completely blind. You'll have a point-of-reference and be able to put together a killer marketing strategy.

1. Write Quality Blog Content
Content is (still) king! If you aren't writing blog content for your website yet, you're way behind your competition. Blog content is what improves your site's SEO and drives people to your website (which leads to sales).
If you've already started writing blog content-great! Keep at it. You can even recycle some of your most successful blogs to drive traffic to your site.

2. Start Video Marketing
Video marketing is becoming increasingly popular and essential for any small business.
Video marketing can come in many forms. You can put together a webinar, you can create how-to videos for your products, or you can even start a YouTube channel.
People are choosing video over text more and more, so jump on this opportunity to capture people's attention with video.

3. Create Killer Business Flyers
While a lot of marketing has gone digital, it's still important to use physical marketing tactics, such as flyers and brochures, to advertise your business.
You can use a quality commercial printing company to help you put together a business flyer. Then, you can hand those flyers out at conferences and industry events!

4. Be Active on Social Media 
Social media is here to stay, and if you're not utilizing it, you're missing out on an incredible opportunity. Not only should your business be active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, but you should also be advertising on their as well.
Customers like a business that is accessible, and that means they want to be able to contact you on social media. If you take weeks to respond, it makes the customer feel undervalued.

Being active on social media makes you more transparent to people and they'll be more likely to give you their business.

Use These Marketing Campaign Ideas for a Successful 2019

In the ever-changing digital world, it's more important than ever to update your marketing strategy every year. Otherwise, you'll fall your competition. So in 2019, use these marketing campaign ideas for a successful year.

 


BALTIMORE MAYOR PUGH RESIGNS

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned Thursday, apologizing for the harm she has caused to the city's image amid a growing scandal over her sales of a self-published children's book series, Ian Duncan, Jean Marbella and Luke Broadwater report in the Sun.
REACTION: "This was the right decision, as it was clear the mayor could no longer lead effectively. The federal and state investigations must and will continue to uncover the facts," Gov. Larry Hogan said of Pugh's resignation. Other politicians have weighed in as well, the Post reports.
PUGH WAS NOT LEADING: Fern Shen and Mark Reutter of Baltimore Brew write that long before the unsavory details involving Pugh's "Healthy Holly" children's books were revealed, many Baltimore residents had already concluded they didn't have much of a mayor to begin with. "That explains why there was no support for her after Healthy Holly broke. She had already blown it," developer David Tufaro told The Brew. They outline the former mayor's missteps and stumbles.
 
TIMELINE TO A RESIGNATION: Christina Tkacik of the Sun writes up a timeline of the Healthy Holly scandal, from Pugh's joining the UMMS board in 2001 to Sen. Jill Carter's sponsorship of a bill that would make it illegal for board members to profit from contracts with the hospitals they govern to the news revelations, all the way to yesterday's announcement.
 
WHAT's NEXT FOR PUGH: Catherine Pugh has represented West Baltimore as an elected official for nearly two decades: first on the City Council, then in the General Assembly and, until her resignation Thursday, as Baltimore's 50th mayor. Doug Donovan and Liz Bowie of the Sun ask, "what's next for the 69-year-old Democrat as she trades in the daily pressures of running a city for the lingering anxiety of enduring investigations into her business dealings?"
 
PUGH's POLITICAL CAREER: Sarah Meehan of the Sun assembles a chronological look at some key points from her tenure on City Council, in the Maryland General Assembly and as mayor. It's topped by an interesting video of her political career.
 
YOUNG BECOMES MAYOR: Ian Duncan of the Sun reports that City Council President and interim Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young became the 51st mayor of Baltimore on Thursday, his new role made official by Catherine Pugh's resignation. Young, like Pugh a Democrat, has dismissed some of her closest aides and sent other signals that he was settling into the job, but Pugh's resignation ends the uncertainty that hung over his leadership for the past five weeks. The new mayor was in Detroit for an economic development conference when the moment finally arrived.
OPINION: POLITICAL DOWNFALLS: In a column for the Sun, Dan Rodricks writes that "Pugh's demise as mayor of Baltimore took less than two months. That's astounding. That may be a Maryland record for revelation-to-resignation, rivaled only by the relatively snappy downfall of Spiro T. Agnew, vice president of the United States, former Maryland governor, former Baltimore County executive and longtime crook."
 
11 MAYORS BEFORE PUGH HAVE RESIGNED: Fred Rasmussen of the Sun writes that 11 other mayors have resigned from office for a variety of political, criminal and personal reasons. Who are they are why did they quit?
 
LAWMAKERS ASK BPW TO DELAY HIGHWAY VOTE: A coalition of state lawmakers from Montgomery and Prince George's counties is asking the Board of Public Works not to take action on a controversial transportation proposal to increase capacity on the Capital Beltway (I-495) and Interstate 270 at its May 8 meeting, because one member of the panel will be out of the country, Bruce DePuyt reports for Maryland Matters. Treasurer Nancy Kopp, who serves on the board with Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot, will be in Japan with her husband, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary next week.
 
WHO IS SPEAKER ADRIENNE JONES? Listening and consensus-building are two of Speaker Adrienne Jones' trademarks, admirers say. Jones is no stranger to policy or politics, Josh Kurtz of Maryland Matters reports. She spent most of her adult life working for Baltimore County government, dealing with fair practices, community affairs and human resources. In her job, she spent a lot of time attending community meetings, but was never particularly politically active.
 
WINNERS, LOSERS IN RACE FOR SPEAKER: In an analysis for Maryland Matters, Josh Kurtz writes up his long list of winners and losers following the race for Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates. At the top of the winners list is of course new Speaker Adrienne Jones. But Kurtz also cites Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Comptroller Peter Franchot among those in the winners circle.
 
'COLUMBIA PROMISE' ONLINE: The new Maryland Public TV documentary about the planning of Columbia, Md. and how it turned out is now available online.
 
EMERGE MARYLAND GETTING WOMEN IN OFFICE: Danielle Gaines of Maryland Matters reports on a Thursday night fundraiser for Emerge Maryland, the training program for Democratic women seeking elected office. The theme of the 2019 fundraiser was momentum, something the organization seems to have. Last November, 19 of 25 Emerge Maryland alumnae won their races; 11 were elected to the General Assembly - with a 12th on the way, in Annapolis Alderwoman Shaneka Henson, who has been nominated to fill the vacancy left in the House of Delegates after the death of the late Speaker Michael E. Busch (D).
 
OPINION: CHANGE PROCESS OF FILLING VACANCIES: In a column for the Annapolis Capital, Brian Griffiths opines that the writing was on the wall before the application process was completed. Shaneka Henson was going to be the new delegate from District 30A, replacing the late Mike Busch. The selection process was designed to minimize participation from Democrats living in District 30A. The only fair way to ensure voters have their voices heard when vacancies occur is to allow voters to make the choice. We need to have special elections to fill vacancies for state Senate and the House of Delegates.
 
APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS MO CO PESTICIDE BAN: A Maryland appeals court on Thursday overturned a lower court's ruling that Montgomery County's ban on the use of cosmetic pesticides on lawns conflicted with state law, clearing the way for the county to enforce what would be the first-ever ban by a major jurisdiction, Jennifer Barrios of the Post reports.






SURPRISING & HISTORIC: DEL. JONES BECOMES SPEAKER

Baltimore County Del. Adrienne A. Jones was unanimously elected the next speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates on Wednesday, making history as the first woman and African American to hold the position, reports Luke Broadwater and Pamela Wood in the Sun.
OPINION: JONES' FIRST PRIORITY: The editorial board of the Sun opines that Speaker Jones' first priority will have to be calming the tensions this fight between Maggie McIntosh and Dereck Davis exposed. Her speakership will be badly challenged if she cannot. Jones may have received a unanimous vote on the House floor, but the chamber has rarely been less unified.
 
ON SPEAKER JONES: Pamela Wood of the Sun picks out five things you should know about Speaker Jones, including that Jones, 64, was raised in Baltimore County, graduating from Lansdowne High School and earning a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
 
REACTION: Sun staff compiles the congratulations to Speaker Jones that poured in Wednesday from politicians and public interest groups throughout Maryland, including Gov. Larry Hogan and Baltimore City interim Mayor Jack Young.
WINNERS & LOSERS: Blogger Brian Griffiths of Red Maryland offers up the "winners and losers" in the election of the new House speaker. Of course, Adrienne Jones is the top winner, and the losers are Democrats and liberals.
 
MEANWHILE, IN THE SENATE: With the House in town to elect a new speaker, the Senate is constitutionally bound to show up, but with no agenda and no real duties. So what actually happened during that session? Josh Kurtz answers that question for Maryland Matters.

 


The Maryland Department of Commerce has awarded 34 small and mid-sized Maryland companies with ExportMD grants to help promote their products and services in the global marketplace. The ExportMD grant program helps businesses finance the costs of marketing internationally, including trade show fees, brochures, and travel expenses. Applications are accepted on a monthly basis and the next application deadline is June 1, 2019. Eligibility requirements can be found on the Commerce website.

"Our administration is committed to creating jobs and new opportunities for our citizens, and the ExportMD program is a great example of how the state is partnering with our small and mid-sized businesses to help them expand globally and diversify their customer base," said Governor Larry Hogan. "Through this program, we have been able to help companies in every region of our state find new global partners, helping to boost their sales and expand their operations."

"The ExportMD program is one of the most powerful tools we offer to help Maryland businesses connect with new global markets," said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. "The program not only helps companies promote their products and services at international trade shows they otherwise may not be able to attend, but also offers expert guidance in navigating foreign trade and investment practices."

Among the companies included in this round of grants are Securityhunter, a government security solutions provider that recently traveled with Maryland Commerce to Mexico City as part of our state-led delegation, and Galen Robotics, a Johns Hopkins University spinout that is traveling with the Maryland delegation to BIO 2019 next month.

"The state of Maryland not only helped us exhibit in Mexico, but also made appointments for us to meet with U.S. Embassy staff and prospective Mexican partners. As a result, we are working with the embassy to roll out our 'Train the Trainer' program in the fall of 2019," said Michael S. Rogers, CEO of Securityhunter. "We know we wouldn't have been in Mexico without Maryland Commerce's ExportMD program."

"The financial assistance offered by the Maryland Department of Commerce is of enormous value to small start-up companies like ours, as we focus our cash on continuing research and development," said Dave Saunders, co-founder and CTO of Galen Robotics. "We look forward to continuing to expand our network around Maryland as we attend the Bio International Convention 2019."
Established in 1999, the ExportMD program provides matching grants up to $5,000 from Commerce's Office of International Investment and Trade. ExportMD is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, which has awarded multiple State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grants to Maryland Commerce to help fund the program.

January-April 2019 ExportMD grant recipients:

Anne Arundel County
Garrett Park Guitars
Identity Checkpoint, Inc.
ITnova

Baltimore City
Baltimore Cyber Range, LLC
Galen Robotics
ICmed, LLC
PTC Foods LLC

Baltimore County
Longeviti Neuro Solutions
Metalcraft, Inc.
Plant Sensory Systems, LLC
Securityhunter
Total Child Health, Inc.

Carroll County
HurleyIR, Inc.

Cecil County
Air Clear, LLC

Frederick County
ECObiotix LLC
RoosterBio, Inc.
XeoHealth Corporation

Harford County
Beacon Environmental Services, Inc.

Howard County
Ennoble First Inc.
KES Engineering Inc.
Top Travel, Inc.

Kent County
LaMotte Chemical Company

Montgomery County
20/20 GeneSystems
AQUAS, Inc.
Biotech Diagnostics LLC
Dinocrates Group LLC
Goldfarb & Associates, Inc.
Richard S. Carson & Associates, Inc.
RIFE International, LLC
Silbiotech, Inc.
WCC International, Inc

Prince George's County
Cybrary, Inc
Hawkeye Medical, LLC
SPIN Global



 

 
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 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
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: $10,000
 
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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