March 2018 Newsletter
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Quote of the Month: "Creating is the essence of life."  - Julius Caesar

Our Mission 
To protect, enhance and promote local business by providing a voice for business at local, county and state levels.

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Corporate Partners

-BGE an Exelon Company
-Bowie Baysox

-St. John Properties
-Todd Turner, Councilman- District 4

-Berman Enterprises
-O'Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore, P.A.
-Sherman Ragland, Realinvestors, LLC
-Sommerset Construction Company
- Visiting Angels Homecare Agency
-W.F. Chesley Real Estate, LLC
-Widmann Financial Services

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New & Renewing Members!

- DJ Angie D Entertainment, LLC

- Priority 1 Shredding 

- RE/MAX Leading EGDE

- Money One Federal Credit Union 

- Johns Hopkins Health Systems 

- Real Investors, LLC

- R.L. Waller & Associates 

- The Country Club at Woodmore

- Visiting Angels Homecare Agency

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Upcoming Events

State of the County 

Thursday, March 08, 2018

8 am - 10 am

The Country Club at Woodmore 
12320 Pleasant Prospect 
Mitchellville, MD 20721

Prepaid (Members & Non-Members): $50
Walk-Ins (Members & Non-Members): $60

- Special Guest and County Executive Rushern Baker

- Valuable connections and vital information on Prince George's County

- A delicious breakfast will be catered by Chesapeake Grille & Deli

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After Hours Mixer

Thursday, April 12, 2018

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Hope Connections for Cancer Support - Landover Facility
Metroplex I 
8401 Corporate Drive, Suite 100
Landover, MD 20785

Members Prepaid: $20
Non-Members & All Walk-ins: $25 

- Snacks + Beverages 

- Networking

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Event: 20th Annual Golf Tournament

Friday, April 27, 2018

- Registration 8:00am
- Shotgun Start 9:00am

Bowie Golf & Country Club
7420 Laurel-Bowie Road
Bowie, MD  20715

(Please call us at 301-262-0920 for more info about the different ticket options we have available.)

- Fun-filled day of golf!

- Delicious Food and Drinks

- NOT A GOLFER? NOT A PROBLEM! Come join us for a delicious lunch for $25 at 2:00pm.

- Sponsorship opportunities available! Call the office at 301-262-0920 to see which one fits your style!

A huge thanks to our event sponsors! 

- Bohler Engineering 
- NASA Federal Credit Union 
- Beall Funeral Home
- Money One Federal Credit Union

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After Hours Mixer

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

5:30 pm - 7:30pm

Weichert Realtors
6911 Laurel-Bowie Road
Bowie, MD 20175

Members Prepaid: $20
Non-Members & All Walk-ins: $25

- Snacks + Beverages 

- Networking

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Unless otherwise noted above, register online 
call 301-262-0920
or email

48-Hour notice 
is required on cancellations. 

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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 

We look forward to giving kudos in Tradeline!
February 2018 Events

State of the City Breakfast 2018 


Youth Leadership Bowie Government Trip 

After Hours Mixer at Helen's Accounting 


(For more photos of the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, 
click here or check out our Facebook page.)
Member Spotlight

"Collington is a Life Care community with so many advantages. Our retirement community is committed to providing residents with a holistic approach to personal health, wellness and physical well-being. Inspired by the abundance of natural, intellectual and social interaction, Collington provides an active lifestyle of choice, independence and a true sense of community.  Collington is ideally situated in close proximity to Washington D.C., Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Historic Annapolis and the new National Harbor-so you can stay connected to the events and opportunities that interest you, excite you and inspire you.

Located on 125 beautifully serene acres, our community is known for its peaceful campus featuring native trees, rolling lawns, a six-acre lake, walking trails and exquisite gardens. All of this makes for a tranquil surrounding, helping to slow down the pace of everyday life and providing opportunity to enjoy the nature around you.  Collington features an exceptional selection of apartments and cottages and our Life Care program assures unlimited access to a full continuum of on-site health care services, should you ever need it.

Collington is full of international, diverse and active residents involved in pursuing new opportunities in retirement. This stimulating environment is where you will find it easy to get involved with neighbors who share your passion for life. Many residents actively participate in more than 30 committees as part of the Residents Association, planning programs, exploring areas of interest and volunteering in the surrounding area.  This enthusiastic spirit characterizes Collington. And it filters throughout our community, from residents and staff, to management and our Board of Directors.

Collington's Life Care program ... an unmatched level of quality and inclusive nursing care at no additional cost.  Most retirement communities offer access to health care should you ever need it - with little assurance about cost or availability of care. By contrast, Collington assures its Life Care residents unlimited access to nursing care - including assisted living, recuperative care, memory care and long-term care if needed - all included in your monthly fee. This is the true value of Life Care.  

Collington, a Kendal affiliate, considers and admits residents without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law.  Feel free to contact us to schedule a tour of our beautiful campus! Life happens here...."

Contact: Sandy Short, Outreach Manager, 301-541-5022,


Maryland's statewide crime statistics are a mixed bag: the state average - likely due to the exceptionally high violent crime rate of its largest city, Baltimore-is among the nation's worst. 

Yet, outside of its largest cities, Maryland is home to some very safe and family friendly communities. The overall safest is Ocean Pines, a small town of 12,207 near the coast with low rates of 1.56 violent crimes and 8.68 property crimes per 1,000 inhabitants.

Average violent crime per 1,000

Average property crime per 1,000

Maryland's second safest community is Bowie
, a much larger municipality of 58, 631 located in Prince George's County. Bowie's very low 0.94 violent crimes and 12.89 property crimes per 1,000 is enough to convince people of its safety. 

The following three communities in the countdown, New Carrollton (#3), Aberdeen (#4) and Havre de Grace (#5), are all small towns of under 16,000. 

Their crime rates cannot match the low numbers put forward by the top two, yet they are rather safe, nonetheless.

"Mayor stresses Bowie's economic strength in speech"

February 7, 2018 1:30pm
Bowie mayor G. Frederick Robinson chats with a visitor after his annual "State of the City" speech at the Bowie Senior Center on Wednesday morning. 
(John McNamara / Capital Gazette)

Mayor G. Frederick painted an optimistic picture of the city's economic outlook at his annual "State of the City" speech at the Bowie Senior Center on Wednesday morning.

He cited figures on the city's median household income ($106,000) median home price ($347,000), low unemployment rate in 2017 (3.5 percent) and growing tax base ($7 billion, up from $1 billion twenty years ago).

The expanded tax base has given the city enough revenue to pursue projects like the formation of the city's own police department, according to Robinson.

"Retail businesses, office buildings and other commercial entities are helping to shift the tax burden from homeowners to other sources," he said. "That has allowed us to embark upon capital projects and major expansions of services while keeping city tax rates flat."

The property tax rate for Bowie residents - 40 cents per $100 of assessed value - has remained flat for the last eight years.

Robinson also announced Wednesday that Inovalon, the health-care data analytics company that has been located in Bowie since 2008, recently signed a 10-year lease to remain in its current offices across from Bowie Town Center.

Inovalon is the city's largest private employer, with 750 workers.

"We look forward to spending many more years in Bowie," said Christopher Greiner, Inovalon's chief financial and Operating Officer. "Over the past decade, the strategic location of our headquarters here has enabled us to attract and retain top talent both locally and nationally, and has supported our continued expansion across the healthcare technology ecosystem."

Robinson also touted the improvements that are now in the construction and planning stages in the Melford complex near the intersection of Route 50 and Route 3. A 137-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel and a 140-unit assisted living facility are under construction there, while the City Council recently approved a detailed site plan for a 389-unit apartment complex on the property.

"Each of these is a quality project that will strengthen our local economy by providing new residential opportunities, new employment opportunities and new amenities," Robinson said. "They will also diversify our tax base and further reduce our independence on residential property taxes."

See full article here.

State of Maryland Metrics

Number of Businesses:
(Net Change 2015 vs. 2014; 137K establishments in 2015)

Business Starts:
(Number of businesses opened in 2015)

Unemployment Rate:
(October 2017)

Poverty Rate:

Population Estimates:

Sales Tax Revenue:

Although Maryland's unemployment rate improved slightly in May, the state lost 1,600 jobs, about a 0.1 percent decrease.

Many of the May job losses, 1,300 jobs out of 1,600, came in the private sector, in industries like education, manufacturing, financial and leisure and hospitality.

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce works to expand and improve private sector jobs, strengthening the state's economy.
Unemployment dropped to 4.2 percent in May, down from 4.3 percent in April.

Overall, Maryland has added 43,100 jobs since May 2016.

Bowie Estimated Demographics 2017


Households: 20,687

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.

This Aprils' show features Ashleigh Armentrout, Sustainability Planner for City of Bowie showcasing what the City has been doing to go green! Get in touch with her by clicking here: Ashleigh Armentrout
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 

Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, 2614 Kenhill Drive, Suite 117, Bowie, MD 20715
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