June 2021 Newsletter

"You can focus on things that are barriers or you can focus on scaling the wall or redefining the problem." -
Tim Cook, Apple

Welcome to Bowie, Maryland!
Welcome to the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce Newsletter and to our community, one of the best places in Maryland to live, work and raise a family.

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce understands that in order to have a strong economic environment you must have a strong community. We are truly blessed in our community to have leaders, business owners, educators and citizens who realize that we all share in the responsibility of creating economic success and happiness within our community.

The Chamber’s goal is to work toward improving the quality of life for all through the support and commitment of its members, volunteers and committees. The Chamber is proud to sponsor events throughout the year to help support the community.

As the Executive Director, I am honored to work alongside our dedicated Board who all share the same vision, business growth and healthy community environment.

If you are not a member of the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, please join us today. Your membership will benefit your business and the community. I look forward to working with everyone.

Be well,
Pauline K. Markward
Executive Director
Your are invited

38th Annual Meeting of the
Election of Officers and Directors
of the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce


It's been over a year and WE  are looking forward to seeing YOU  there!

Comfort Inn & Conference Center
4500 Crain Highway (Route 301)
Bowie, Maryland 20715

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Event Sponsorship Opportunities Available:

Platinum Sponsor $1000
Prominent visual recognition at event & on promotional material
Table of 6 seats with table signage
Podium recognition
Opportunity to distribute corporate literature at event
Signage & Website exposure

Gold Sponsor $750
Prominent visual recognition at event & on promotional material
4 Tickets to the event
Podium recognition
Opportunity to distribute corporate literature at event
Signage & Website exposure

Silver Sponsor $500
Prominent visual recognition at event & on promotional material
2 Tickets to the event
Podium recognition
Opportunity to distribute corporate literature at event
Signage & Website exposure

Bronze Sponsor $250
Prominent visual recognition at event & on promotional material
1 Ticket to the event
Podium recognition
Opportunity to distribute corporate literature at event
Signage & Website exposure

Individual Tickets Available
$40/Members Pre-paid
$50/Non- member & Walk-In's

Please register for the event online at www.BowieChamber.org "Mark Your Calendars  or make checks payable to GBCC and mail to:  2614 Kenhill Drive, Suite 117, Bowie, MD 20715.

72-Hour notice is required on cancellations

Each year the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Bowie, sponsors a program entitled YOUTH LEADERSHIP BOWIE. This year-long leadership development program is open to all students who are entering their sophomore or junior year in high school in the fall of 2021 and either attend Bowie High School or live in Bowie and attend a high school, public or private, outside of the City.*
Youth Leadership Bowie is designed to prepare young leaders to meet the present challenges facing our communities and enable them to become problem solvers of the future. Some of the objectives of the program are to:
  • Increase knowledge of critical issues affecting the Greater Bowie area.
  • Create an awareness of the individual’s role in the community.
  • Develop and enhance the leadership potential in the participants.
  • Provide opportunities to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and participate in team building.
  • Plan and implement a community service project that will benefit the greater Bowie Community.

*For the purposes of this program, Bowie is defined as zip codes 20715, 20716, 20720 and 20721

Visit www.BowieChamber.org to download the Youth Leadership Bowie application form
Applications due no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021

For more information please email questions to info@bowiechamebr.org or call 301.262.0920

We appreciate your support!
Showcase your business by hosting a

Bowie Chamber 5:35

networking event!

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce is lining up the Bowie Chamber 5:35 after hours networking events. Not only are these events a perfect way to showcase your business, but they also provide you the opportunity to build professional relationships. The following 2021-2022 host dates are available:

July 15
August 19
September 16
October 21
November 18
December 16: Chamber Holiday Party
January 20
February 17
March 17
April 21
May 19
June 16: Chamber Annual Meeting 
If you would like more information or are interested in hosting a Bowie 5:35, please email info@BowieChamber.org and using Host Bowie Chamber 5:35 in the subject line.
Bowie Chamber 5:35
3rd Thursday of the month, 5:35 p.m. -7:05 p.m.
Showcase your business on the Bowie Chamber's

Bowie Business Journal

Facilitated by the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, the Bowie Business Journal acts as a platform for Chamber members who would like to showcase their businesses on air to the Bowie community. Each show may differ slightly as it allows our members to tell their own story in the way they see fit, which gives them creative and entrepreneurial freedom during recording time. Through this, the Bowie Business Journal strives to provide a space for Chamber members and businesses in the Bowie community to reach greater audiences thus reaching greater levels of success. The following 2021-2022 recording months are available to showcase your business:

If you are interested in showcasing your business on the Bowie Business Journal, please secure your date by emailing info@BowieChamber.org and using BBJ in the subject line.
Bowie Business Journal
(30-minute program)
Please allow two-hours for studio recording time
Dates & times are scheduled on a per host basis and subject to change.
The US economy is closer than ever to 'back to normal.' But we've still got a long way to go

More than a year after the pandemic began, the US economy is on the cusp of a full recovery. But reaching that milestone still won't be easy.

CNN Business' Back-to-Normal Index, developed in partnership with Moody's Analytics last year, shows the US economy is 90% of the way back to where it was before the pandemic began over a year ago.

The index, which is comprised of 37 national and seven state-level indicators, had bottomed out at around 57% in April 2020.

But despite the immense improvement, getting that last 10% back is going to be hard. The vaccination effort is ongoing and consumers are once again spending money on dining and travel — yet the nation remains millions of jobs short of pre-pandemic levels. Meanwhile many workers continue to feel hesitant about returning to in-person work, and the childcare riddle is still unsolved in many areas where schools and day cares aren't yet operating at full capacity.

Here's what needs to happen to get the country 100% back to the pre-pandemic economy.

Gaps in the labor market

The labor market is in an awkward phase of the recovery. The nation has millions fewer jobs compared to before the pandemic, and at the same time, many businesses say they can't find the workers they need. Economists warn that although most jobs will come back, some have likely disappeared forever.

States that were hit particularly hard — including New York, Nevada and Hawaii — are still trailing the national unemployment rate of 6.1%.

Economists predict many jobs will return during the remainder of the year. The full reopening of in-person schooling in September could also lead to another jobs boost.
But as of April 2021, America was still short 8.2 million jobs compared with February 2020 before the pandemic hit. The hospitality and leisure sector alone — which was worst affected by last year's lockdowns but has also experienced the strongest hiring rebound — is still down 2.8 million jobs.

Health care, retail and real estate job postings are going through the roof, according to data from LinkedIn that is measured in the Back-to-Normal index. Low mortgage rates have fueled a housing boom across the country.

Meanwhile, executives in the manufacturing industry complain that they can't find skilled workers.

Businesses across sectors are raising wages to attract employees, and Republicans are arguing that the expanded pandemic-era jobless benefits are the reason workers would rather stay home.

For those at the lower end of the income spectrum, which means earning less than $32,000 per year according to Bank of America estimates, it might make financial sense to stay home given the enhanced benefits. For all other workers, it's about weighing the risks of returning to a job that might expose them or their loved ones to a virus that is still very active in communities around the country.

It's down to the consumer

The US economy is driven by people. Consumer spending fuels more than two-thirds of the nation's gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic activity.

Consumers are spending more money again, especially on restaurants and travel, where business ground to a halt at one point last year.

Now, the biggest piece of the recovery puzzle is to keep folks spending. Washington's stimulus checks and expanded unemployment aid helped with that. But data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis used in the Back-to-Normal index shows the national savings rate is still far higher than before the pandemic.

The worry here is twofold: People need to spend rather than save to help get the economy back to normal, but the same time the rebound in spending, along with other factors including a rise in raw material prices, is fueling a jump in inflation.

Some economists worry that prices might rise so fast that they will discourage consumers from spending. That would be very bad news for the recovery, but so far, there are no signs of that happening.

From an investor point of view, stocks remain near record highs. But if the Federal Reserve decides inflation is too big of a worry, the central bank could change its near-zero interest rate policy and put an end to the stock market boom.

All in all, the recovery is chugging along. But it's based a multitude of moving parts — and a delicate balance that cannot not be upset before things get fully back to normal.

Find the full article here.

Nearly Eighty Percent of LGBTQ Small Business Owners Expect to Make a Full Recovery in 2022, According to LGBTQ Small Business Owner Financial Health Survey

CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, and Acorns, the country’s fastest growing financial wellness system, today announced the results of the first LGBTQ Small Business Owner Financial Health Survey. The national survey, conducted in partnership with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, took the financial pulse of LGBTQ entrepreneurs to learn more about how they manage their personal and business finances and the specific obstacles they face based on their sexual and gender identity.

The survey addressed topics from emergency savings to business succession plans to post-COVID small business confidence. In honor of Pride month, editorial content based off of the survey findings will be published throughout June on cnbc.com/invest-in-you.

Not only did the pandemic take a significant toll on many of those in the small business community, nearly one-third of LGBTQ small business owners say they lost 50% of their business as a result of COVID. However, nearly 80% of those surveyed say they expect to make a full recovery next year.

Additional findings from the LGBTQ Small Business Owner Financial Health Survey include:

  • The majority (33%) of those surveyed say the biggest impact the pandemic had on their business was loss of revenue
  • 20% say temporary pivot
  • 19% say reduced budget
  • 17% say decreased wages
  • 10% say temporary closure, however, less than 1% of small business owners reported a permanent closure
  • While 36% of LGBTQ small business owners say there were able to get access to EIDL or PPP loans during the pandemic, nearly the same amount (35%) of those surveyed say they were not able to access EIDL or PPP loans during the pandemic
  • 28% of respondents say they were able to get loans, but not as much as they needed
  • Nearly 40% of respondents say government stimulus is the one thing that could help their business thrive in 2022 and beyond
  • 28% say relaxed COVID restrictions
  • 23% say easier lending practices by banks
  • The majority (42%) of respondents say the biggest reason they are having difficulty hiring workers is because workers aren’t interested in returning because of unemployment benefits
  • 35% say workers found alternative employment
  • 19% say workers are demanding higher wages
  • 3% say workers are afraid of COVID
  • When asked about their retirement plans, 70% of LGBTQ small business owners say they are saving through a 401(k), IRA or similar plan
  • 23% say they are not currently saving for retirement
  • 6% say their retirement plan is to sell their business and live off the proceeds.
  • More than 78% of LGBT small business owners surveyed say they have not established a business succession plan

“Like others in the small business community, many LGBTQ-owned businesses were upended by the pandemic. But recovery is getting closer and the future is looking brighter,” said Mary Duffy, Vice President and Senior Executive Producer for Talent Development at CNBC.

“In an effort to further our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, Invest in You is honored to partner with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce on this important survey to take note of the financial hardships LGBTQ business owners have endured during one of the most difficult times of our lives and how they have made huge sacrifices and overcome distinct challenges to make their businesses stronger.”  

“The LGBT business community is thriving, despite both the economic impacts of the pandemic and the forces of inequality and discrimination that are still far too prevalent in America.

As the business voice and certifying body for LGBT-owned companies throughout the country, we are so proud to partner with CNBC to highlight the resilience of LGBT entrepreneurs from coast to coast,” said NGLCC Co-Founders Justin Nelson and Chance Mitchell. “The confidence in the economic recovery ahead demonstrated in this survey by our network of LGBT business owners should give us all hope for better days ahead. This groundbreaking survey further proves our NGLCC philosophy that economic visibility, just like social visibility, is essential in building a diverse and inclusive society.”

Find full article here.
SladeChild Foundation just earned the Platinum award from GuideStar again this year!

SladeChild Foundation Charitable Trust is unique because 100% of donations are used to provide the five essentials of life: food, clothing, shelter, education and medical care to destitute children in the US and the world. These volunteer Trustees pay for administrative overhead costs, so that fully 100% of your donation can help needy children in the US and world. 

The Prince George’s County Council continues to operate under 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-33-2021 on March 30, 2021. The Council’s Emergency Operations Procedures became effective pursuant to CR-10-2020, adopted on March 17, 2020, and amended pursuant to CR-35-2020, adopted on May 18, 2020. The Rules of Procedure for the County Council and District Council have been amended, pursuant to CR-57-2020 and CR-58-2020, respectively, adopted on July 21, 2020, for virtual and remote public participation before each body.


The Prince George’s County Council, convening virtually on Thursday, May 27th, unanimously adopted a balanced $4.6 billion Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2022. The County’s new spending plan, which reflects a 2.2-percent increase over last year’s budget, takes effect with the new Fiscal Year, which begins July 1, 2021. 
Following Council adoption of what Council Chair Calvin S. Hawkins, II, called â€œThe People’s Budget,” he noted the impact of COVID-19 on Prince George’s County, and shared his optimism for its fiscal future.
“These are times like none other – not only for the challenges, but also for the opportunities before us. This final budget package is built upon sound and responsible principles of fiscal management, which we continue to follow. It will take time for our slow economy to heal, but Prince George’s County is not standing still, and we will not be pulled back.”


The Prince George’s County Council, sitting as the District Council on zoning matters, met virtually on Monday, May 24th. The scheduled session included Oral Arguments; Items Referred for Document; Items Pending Finality; and one case requiring Mandatory Review, Terrapin House located in District 3. The District Council is granted authority to act on zoning matters by the State of Maryland Regional District Act, now in the Land Use Article of the Maryland Annotated Code. 


The Committee of the Whole convened virtually on Monday, May 24th to address CR-047-2021,legislation concerning the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) which transfers certain appropriations and expenditures between programs in the Fiscal Year 2020-21 Operating Budget for the Recreation Fund.  CR-047-2021 received a favorable committee recommendation and was referred to the full Council for consideration.


The Prince George’s County Climate Action Commission, established by Council Resolution-07-2020, to develop a Climate Action Plan for Prince George’s County, met virtually on Friday, April 30, 2021. The Commission is working to develop a plan that guides the County’s preparation for and resilience to regional climate change impacts, and sets and achieves climate stabilization goals. The Commission will issue a final Climate Action Plan on or before September 30, 2021. 


The County Council convened in virtual session on Monday, May 24th to consider several Council Resolutions eligible for adoption.  A public hearing was held for CR-046-2021, legislation approving certain multi-year contracts in accordance with the Prince George's County Charter, which was subsequently adopted by the Council. The Council also adopted several other resolutions including CR-053-2021, legislation designating the Jones-Sheridan House and the Hierling House, both located in Hyattsville,  as Prince George’s County Historic Sites; CR-054-2021, legislation condemning all forms of anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) sentiment, racism, and discrimination; and CR-055-2021, legislation declaring May as Mental Health Awareness Month. 


The Prince George’s County Council is saddened to learn of the passing of visionary National Harbor developer, Milt Peterson, founder and chairman of the Peterson Companies. 

We extend our sincere condolences to his wife Carolyn; children Lauren, Rick, Jon and Steven; sister Sally; and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A true icon in the development community, Milt Peterson was the force behind the development of Fair Lakes and downtown Silver Spring, Maryland. 
In Prince George’s County, he transformed a 300-acre parcel on the banks of the Potomac River, into a vibrant multi-use waterfront development and resort destination now recognized the world over as National Harbor, and in turn, helped to build and grow Prince George’s County. 

Instrumental in the creation of the Center for Minority Business Development at Prince George’s Community College, Milt Peterson’s genuine appreciation for the value of Prince George’s County, and his contributions, which included molding successful, new business leaders in our community are incalculable.  
The impact of Milt Peterson’s groundbreaking investments in Prince George’s County will endure as an important part of his remarkable and legendary legacy. 
Save the Date!
38th Annual Meeting of the Election of Officers &
Directors of the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce
Where: Comfort Inn & Conference Center
4500 Crain Highway (Route 301)
Bowie, Maryland 20715
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Tables & Individual Tickets Available
$40/Members Pre-paid
$50/Non- member & Walk-In's
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 unless otherwise noted

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!
SladeChild Foundation just earned the Platinum award from GuideStar again this year!
Get Your Flu Shot!
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Health officials tell us flu shots will be especially important as we move into flu season while still in the midst of the global pandemic. Flu shots are now available for County residents through the County Health Department’s upcoming free flu shot clinics. Adults with insurance are encouraged to get vaccinated by their primary care provider or at a local pharmacy. For more information and to make an appointment for the County’s free flu shot clinics, visit http://health.mypgc.us/flu


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.)

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

Industrial Security Locking Systems

Bowie Business Innovation Center


Promise Landing Farm

Orus Group
2020 - 2021 Board of Directors
Terry Rogers ~ NAI Michael
Vice President
Cheryl Pyle ~ Money One Federal Credit  

Christopher Rizzi ~ Bohler
Michael Oleru ~ BGE
Past President
Stephanie P. Anderson ~ O'Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore, P.A.
General Counsel

Craig Muckle ~ Archdiocese of Washington
Tom Zizos ~ Beall Funeral Home
R. Anthony Pasciuto ~ Byrd & Byrd, LLC
Pam Scott ~ M&T Bank
Catherine Newman ~ Recorded Books, Inc.
Andrew M. Roud ~ St. John
Diane M. Polangin ~ Total Tax
Vikki Kalitsi ~ Visiting Angels
Muriel A.Evans-Buck ~ Luminis Health AAMC & DCMC

Board Adviser:
Dr. Ron Watson ~ Watson Management Corporation
Cathy Martin ~ Bowie Comfort Inn & Conference Center

Executive Director:
Pauline K. Markward

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: $2,500

Annual Investment $1,000

Annual Investment $500

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

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.  

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