March 2020 Newsletter

"I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it." 
- Thomas Jefferson


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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, 
Chair, Councilman- District 4


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

Somerset Construction Company


Thrive Senior Living

Visiting Angels 
Homecare Agency

Widmann Financial Services

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

Sebenza, LLC

Comfort Inn & Conference Center

SladeChild Foundation

Pin Oak Village

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

DJ Angie D Entertainment, LLC

Nice Touch, LLC

Elm Street Development

The Pediatric Dental Specialists

State Farm
Agency Recruiting
 
Save the Date!
Women in Business
Networking and Buffet Lunch with Special Guest Speaker
Mary Margaret Revell Goodwin!

Mary Margaret survived polio to become an International Competitive swimmer. She worked at the Pentagon and then became a competitive runner. She is the President of the Mary Edwardine Bourke Emory Foundation which is opening a Women's History Museum in Maryland in August. She will speak about our historical fight to gain the vote and the exciting plans for a museum!

Walden Country Club
1500 Riedel Road
Crofton, 21114

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 11:30 am-1:00 pm

$30 Early Bird Tickets

To register:

Annual State of the City Address & Breakfast 
with Mayor TIM ADAMS

This highly visible and traditionally sold-out breakfast provides an opportunity to connect with community advocates, business leaders, service organization representatives, elected officials and leaders of city, regional and state offices.

Bowie Senior Center
14900 Health Center Drive
Bowie, MD 20716
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
8:00 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.
 
$25 Early Bird / $30 Regular Price
 
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
 
 
Breakfast Catered by Chesapeake Grille & Deli
 
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
 
Kudos


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!

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!
 
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.)

 
Business
Community
 Guide

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce Business & Community Guide 2019-2020 available for pick up at the Chamber office.
 
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

  

           
HOME & HEALTH EXPO-BOWIE 2020

Saturday, June 6, 2020
11 A.M. to 6 P.M.

Allen Pond Park
3330 Northview Drive
Bowie, MD 20716

Join the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce at the most popular marketing event in the Greater Bowie Area!

Reach potential customers from Bowie, Crofton, Annapolis, Laurel, and beyond. 
Held in conjunction with BOWIEFEST
in the ALLEN POND ICE AREA.


   Return this form and your payment to:
        Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce (GBCC)
        2614 Kenhill Drive, Suite 117
        Bowie, MD 20715

        Phone: 301-262-0920

Reserve Your Space TODAY!

 


   Bowie resident named Prince George's Youth Poet Laureate        
 

The Prince George's County's Youth Poet Laureate for 2020 wants to raise awareness among other young writers in the county that there are opportunities available to publish their work in magazines, to apply to contests and to win scholarship money.
Marissa Michel of Bowie, a 15-year-old sophomore at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., also wants to host a poetry in the park event at Allen Pond to bring the community together to experience poetry socially, and wants to use her one-year term to encourage female empowerment.

Dialect of Prince George's County created the youth poet laureate program, director Patrick Washington said in an email. Last year's county Youth Poet Laureate Mi'Jan Credle was also from Bowie.

"The focus is on creating civic leaders dedicated to helping their communities through their art," he wrote.

Michel said to do that she wants to spread awareness of publishing opportunities and awards like the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and Teen Ink magazine to the county's young writers. She had people in her life who pointed her to those opportunities, and she wants to do the same for others. And the more she submitted and saw others support her work, the more she was encouraged and her interest in poetry affirmed.

"So that more ambassadors and teens in the county who have work can get it out there, even if they don't know where to start," she said.

Michel said she also wants to focus on female empowerment during her term, and through her free verse poetry.

In a recent poem, "Free Girl," she writes about the different roles women including her mother, aunt and grandmother have played in her life.

"When the sun burnt down upon the scorched earth//She was filled with light and warmth."

Michel said she draws inspiration from her family members, and enjoys focusing on detailed imagery in her poems.

"It would be carved from the twisted branches of the olive tree//and wrapped in plume thistles," she wrote in her poem "If I had a crown."

In a poem called "Second Generation American" she reflects on experiences her paternal grandmother shared with her about growing up in Haiti.

"I only know of scrapbook memories,//faded pictures and the creole flowing from your lips,//you say the sticky sweet of dous kokoye remains on your hands for a while,//keeps you stuck to the streets where the vendors are," part of the poem reads.

"That poem was inspired by getting to have a conversation with my grandmother about what life was like for her, for her over there, what it's like to live here now," she said.

 "But it is also from my perspective of growing up in the U.S. but still thinking about these other countries and places and having that in my background."

She also recently wrote a piece called "In Mayagüez," inspired by Puerto Rico and named for the town her mother was born in.

"Our mothers who pass down lessons like cooking recipes saying the same words a thousand times Niñita, escuchame. Little girl, listen. Dreams do not belong to us. Recuerda. Remember."

"Quite a few of my poems have either Spanish words like thrown into them depending on the topic or Creole," Michel said.

Michel will be performing at the No Excuse for Dating Abuse teen summit on Feb. 13 from 6-9 p.m. at Camelot by Martin's in Upper Marlboro.


 
           

COUNCIL'S GENERAL ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE REVIEWS PROPOSED STATE LEGISLATION


The Council's General Assembly Committee, chaired by District 6 Council Member Derrick Leon Davis, met on Tuesday, February 18th to review selected proposed state legislation with potential impact on Prince George's County. Tuesday's meeting agenda included legislation regarding County Affairs, Law Enforcement, Education, Bi-County, and Statewide concerns.  WATCH the General Assembly meeting.


COUNCIL HONORS CITY OF SEAT PLEASANT AND DOMESTIC ABUSE SURVIVOR MILDRED MUHAMMAD WITH PROCLAMATIONS

A Council Proclamation is an official declaration recognizing individuals, businesses, organization or events in Prince George's County, Maryland.  On Tuesday, February 18th, District 7 Council Member Rodney C. Streeter and At-Large Council Member Calvin S. Hawkins, II, presented a Council Proclamation to Seat Pleasant Mayor Eugene W. Grant, recognizing the City of Seat Pleasant as "A Smart City of Excellence."  In 2017, Mayor Grant signed an agreement with IBM to build a $30 million dollar cloud-based, Intelligent Operations Center that would serve the residents and visitors in the City of Seat Pleasant, transforming Seat Pleasant into A Smart City of Excellence.  VIEW photos.
District 5 Council Member Jolene Ivey also presented a Council Proclamation on Tuesday, honoring award-winning global keynote speaker, domestic abuse survivor, author and advocate, Mildred D. Muhammad for her "Exemplary Role in the Fight Against Domestic Abuse" in Prince George's County.  VIEW photos.


COUNTY COUNCIL ADOPTS RESOLUTIONS DURING COUNCIL SESSION

Council Members adopted three resolutions during County Council on Tuesday, February 18th.  CR-001-2020, a resolution supporting the goals of LOCAL Maryland to prevent state preemption laws which serve as a tool to weaken local democracies and protect the rights of local governments to pass laws that support healthy families, a clean environment, good jobs and promote equity and inclusion in our municipalities and throughout the State of Maryland; and CR-002-2020, a resolution supporting the settlement offer made by the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Coalition ("HBCU Coalition") to resolve the lawsuit against the State of Maryland; and urging Governor Hogan and the members of the Maryland General Assembly to settle the HBCU Coalition lawsuit in accordance with the Court ruling and the offer made by the HBCU Coalition, were both approved in General Assembly Committee last week.  During Tuesday's session, the Council also introduced CR-005-2020, initiating a new Bowie and Vicinity Master Plan.  Council Members voted to adopt the measure following a Committee of the Whole meeting providing an overview and favorable recommendation of the resolution.  WATCH Tuesday's proclamation presentations and Council Session.

PLANNING, HOUSING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE RECEIVES BRIEFING; REVIEWS LEGISLATION

The Council's Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) committee, chaired by District 3 Council Member Dannielle Glaros, met on Thursday, September 20th to receive two briefings and review CB-005-2020, proposed legislation amending the minimum distance requirement for property owned by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.  The bill was held in committee for further review.  PHED Members heard a briefing regarding the Nuisance Abatement Board, from Michelle Lyons, Board and Commissions Administrator, Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement.  The committee also received a briefing from Barbara Stone, Board of Appeals Administrator, Prince George's County Council.  WATCH the Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee Meeting.

GET READY FOR BUDGET SEASON!  SAVE THE DATE FOR THE COUNCIL'S FY 2021 BUDGET TOWN HALL MEETING!

County residents and stakeholders are encouraged to attend the County Council's FY 2021 Budget Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, February 25th at 7:00 p.m., in the Largo Student Center, Prince George's Community College.  You are encouraged to come with your budget questions and concerns.  Share your budget priorities and learn more about the County's fiscal outlook and the Council's Budget Review and Adoption Process.   The Council must adopt a new spending plan for Prince George's County by June 1st. the new fiscal year begins on July 1st.  


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT


COUNCIL CHAIR TODD M. TURNER TESTIFIES IN ANNAPOLIS ON THE BLUEPRINT FOR MARYLAND'S FUTURE

During this session of the Maryland General Assembly, state lawmakers are considering proposed legislation that creates a new formula for education funding that will determine the amount of funding support our schools will receive over the next decade.   On Monday, February 17th, County Council Chair Todd M. Turner testified before a joint meeting of four General Assembly committees in Annapolis, alongside the CEO of Prince George's County Schools, Dr. Monica Goldson, and Prince George's County Board of Education Chair, Dr. Alvin Thornton, on Maryland Senate Bill 1000/House Bill 1300, proposed legislation to implement the Blueprint for Maryland's Future, and Kirwan Commission recommendations.

COUNTY COUNCIL HONORS BLACK HISTORY MONTH - "PRINCE GEORGE'S PROUD; ROOTS TO ROYALTY"

In observance of Black History Month 2020, the Prince George's County Council hosted "Prince George's Proud - Roots to Royalty," on Wednesday, February 19th, in the Council Hearing Room.  The event featured Prince George's County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks as the keynote, and several youth-based performers.  WATCH the Council's Black History Month celebration.  VIEW event photos.
 

DISTRICT 8 COUNCIL MEMBER MONIQUE ANDERSON-WALKER SIGNS CENSUS 2020 PLEDGE

Council Member Monique Anderson-Walker and her District 8 Team have formally pledged to complete their Census 2020 forms when arrive.   They are also volunteering as ambassadors to make sure every Prince George's County resident, especially those in District 8, is counted in Census 2020.  Census information will also be available at all Council District 8 events, including the upcoming "Moments with Monique," on Sunday, February 23rd, at Harmony Hall, and the Joint Transforming Communities meeting at Oxon Hill High School on Wednesday, February 26th.    Wherever you live in Prince George's County, please make sure you, your family, neighbors, and friends are counted.

 

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State Roundup 
February 25, 2020


SANDERS LEADS IN MARYLAND IN NEW GOUCHER POLL: 
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders leads the Maryland Democratic primary race for president, a new poll from Goucher College shows. Luke Broadwater of the Sun writes that in a survey conducted Feb. 13-19, 24% of respondents said they plan to vote for Sanders in the state's April 28 primary. Former Vice President Joe Biden was in second place with 18% support.
  • The margin of error was plus or minus 5.1 percentage points, Ovetta Wiggins of the Post reports. Michael Bloomberg, a former New York mayor, rounds out the top three finishers in the survey with 16% support.
  • The poll results show Sanders jumping from 10% to 24% support since September, when the college last asked about the Democratic presidential primary, Bryan Sears writes in the Daily Record.
  • Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, the top choices when Goucher conducted its September 2019 survey, have hemorrhaged support among Maryland Democrats. He was at 33% last autumn; she has fallen from 21% support to 6%, Bruce DePuyt reports for Maryland Matters.
WARY OF PREAKNESS DEAL:
 Leading Republicans in Maryland's Democrat-dominated General Assembly remain wary of legislation authorizing a $372.9 million deal to keep the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, but there is potential that the proposal will earn bipartisan support, Adam Bednar of the Daily Record reports.

POLL: SPORTS GAMBLING? MEH: 
As the Maryland General Assembly considers a handful of bills to legalize sports gambling, a new Goucher Poll shows support among Marylanders is lukewarm at best, Brandon Weigel writes for Baltimore Fishbowl.
William Lowe and his daughter, Weiya. 

QUARANTINED: A MARYLAND FAMILY'S TRIP TO CHINA: In this story for MarylandReporter, Howard Community College language professor William Lowe writes about his trip to Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province, the center of the outbreak of the coronavirus, with his wife, Xiaoli, and their daughter, Weiya, to celebrate Chinese New Year. They wound up quarantined there and were later evacuated by the U.S. embassy back to the United States, where they were quarantined again. None became sick.

OPINION: SENATE TO GOV: STOP POLLING, START LEADING: 
State Sen. William Smith opines, in an op-ed for the Sun, that the "governor needs to stop polling and start leading. Real leadership requires tough work and dedication to understanding the problems before us, not bumper-sticker, poll-driven hyperbole."

OPINION: TURNING TO SERVICES TO TAX: 
Len Lazarick of MarylandReporter writes that the fundamental reason for the proposed tax on services in the state is that after months of searching for ways to pay for the Kirwan commission education reforms without hitting the wallets of the middle class, none of the previous proposals - sports betting, legalizing marijuana, revamping corporate taxes, taxing Google and Facebook ads - could produce the billions needed to fund the plans.

OPINION: SERVICES FACE DOUBLE TAXING: 
Attorney Kat Hyland, in an op-ed for the Sun on a proposal to tax services to pay for Kirwan, opines that the "state would be double dipping if legislation to support this idea were to pass because they would tax money that is already taxed."

GLENDENING ON ENGAGING BLACK VOTERS: 
A recent study ranked Maryland No. 13 for the states with the highest African American political engagement. Former Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening tells MarylandReporter's Bryan Renbaum: "Being number thirteen is good but it's certainly not great. I think it illustrates the opportunity for us to expand participation significantly."

TASK FORCE TO OVERSEE JHU POLICE: 
Maryland senators are poised to vote on members of an accountability board who will advise a controversial private police force being established at Johns Hopkins institutions in Baltimore. The board members sailed through the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Monday night, winning endorsement after facing almost no questions, Pamela Wood of the Sun writes.
  • New task force members told senators that they hope to build relationships between JHU and Baltimore communities - and one member said she continues to oppose the force's establishment, Danielle Gaines reports for Maryland Matters.
SPOUSAL PRIVILEGE EXEMPTION PUSHED: 
A bill to exempt from spousal privilege those marriages that were formed after a crime is committed - a general rule that one spouse cannot be compelled to testify against the other in a criminal proceeding - received a favorable report from a Maryland General Assembly committee Monday, Heather Cobun reports for the Daily Record.
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall is the home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. 

LAWMAKERS TO PONDER AID FOR BSO: 
A state task force called Monday for securing at least $15 million in additional public and private funds during the next six years to restore the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to fiscal health, Mary Carole McCauley reports for the Sun.
  • The document, which will head to state legislators after a few minor tweaks, shares a plan for the future that envisions bringing in high-profile guest artists, adopting programming aimed at a younger, more diverse audience, and expanding the group's reach throughout the city and state, among other efforts, Amanda Yeager of the Baltimore Business Journal reports.
MO CO COUNCIL OPPOSES TWO ANNAPOLIS TAX BILLS:
The Montgomery County Council on Monday voted to oppose two bills in Annapolis that would let counties create tiered rates for property and income taxes, Dan Schere of Bethesda Beat reports.

POSTHUMOUS CUMMINGS BOOK TO BE PUBLISHED: =
More than four months have passed since Rep. Elijah Cummings died, but his work will continue with a book to be published later this year, Emily Opilo of the Sun reports. "We're Better Than This," a reference to a Cummings mantra, is due to be released in June, his widow, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, said Monday.

AG DEPT ANNOUNCES PESTICIDE PHASE-OUT:
 The Maryland Department of Agriculture announced last week that it will begin developing regulations to phase out regular use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which some say is toxic to children and women of childbearing age, Hannah Himes writes in the Frederick News Post.

DIXON GAINING IN B'MORE MAYOR'S RACE: 
Mark Reutter of Baltimore Brew writes that a Global Strategy Group poll conducted by the mayoral campaign of Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott found that former Mayor Sheila Dixon is gaining traction in Baltimore's fractured mayoral race, while Thiru Vignarajah and incumbent Mayor Jack Young are sinking. Meanwhile, Scott closely trailed Dixon, the poll found.

 


 


2019 - 2020 Board of Directors
 
Officers:
 President
Stephanie P. Anderson ~ O'Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore, P.A.
 
Vice President
Terry Rogers ~ NAI Michael
 
Secretary
Christopher Rizzi ~ Bohler Engineering
 
Treasurer
Cheryl Pyle ~ Money One Federal Credit Union
 
Past President
Andrew M. Roud ~ St. John Properties
 
General Counsel
Eddie Pounds ~ Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School
  
Directors:
Laura George ~ Anne Arundel Medical Center
Craig Muckle ~ Archdiocese of Washington
Tom Zizos ~ Beall Funeral Home
Marvin Dunmeyer ~ BGE
R. Anthony Pasciuto ~ Byrd & Byrd, LLC
Cathy Martin ~ Bowie Comfort Inn & Conference Center
Michael Oleru ~ HOGAN
Pam Scott ~ M&T Bank
Sherman Ragland ~ Realinvestors Academy, LLC
Catherine Newman ~ Recorded Books, Inc.
Robert Waller ~ R.L. Waller & Associates
Diane M. Polangin ~ Total Tax Service
Vikki Kalitsi ~ Visiting Angels

Board Adviser:
Dr. Ron Watson ~ Watson Management Corporation

Executive Director:
Pauline K. Markward
 

 

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
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