Our Mission 

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


an Exelon Company


Eric Linzey

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

Sherman Ragland, 
Realinvestors, LLC

St. John Properties

Widmann Financial Services
Welcome New Members!

Exit Right Realty

Thank You To Our Renewing Members!

BAYSOX Baseball Club
Beall Funeral Home

Bowie Crofton Pregnancy Clinic

Bowie Health Center

Bowie Lions Club

Capital Gazette Communications

City of Bowie

Hampton Inn Bowie

Honda of Bowie

Howerton+Wooten Events

JHCP at Bowie

Linzy & Associates, Inc.

Maryland Small Business Development Center

John J. McGuirk & Associates

Old Line Bank

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

Pin Oak Village

Planet Fitness

Prince George's Financial Services Corporation

Texas Roadhouse

Todd M. Turner
Up Coming Events


Business Recognition Awards Breakfast
Date: May 10, 2017
Time: 7:30 - 9:30am  
Location: Comfort Inn, Bowie
Click HERE  for nomination form.

Bowiefest 2017 Home & Health Expo
Date: June 3, 2017
Time: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Location: Allen Pond Park Ice Arena

GBCC Annual Meeting & Installation of Officers

Guest Speaker
The Honorable Angela D. Alsobrooks, Esq.
State's Attorney for Prince George's County 

Date: June 8
Time: 6:00-9:00pm 
Location: Comfort Inn, Bowie
Cost: $60

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: TBD
Cost: TBD

OCTOBER 14, 2017 
Details to follow!

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Unless otherwise noted above, register online 
call 301-262-0920
or email
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
Suggested Retail Value: $7080*
*Based on employer with 100 plus employees.

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

Be sure to check out Perry Price's website for Chamber event pictures at

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.
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.

If your business has reached a milestone or received an award, please email the Chamber at 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!

Message from the President

Please join us
for in welcoming our new 
Officers and Board Members during our
Annual Meeting & Installation of Officers on June 8 
with guest speaker
The Honorable Angela D. Alsobrooks, Esq.
State's Attorney for Prince George's County


President-Elect David Wolf
Widmann Financial Services

Vice President-Elect Andrew Roud 
St. John Properties, LLC

Secretary-Elect Christopher Rizzi
Bohler Engineering

Treasurer-Elect Stephanie Anderson
O'Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore, P.A.

General Council-Elect Tim Leahy
Byrd & Byrd, LLC

Past President-Elect Cathy Martin
Comfort Inn & Conference Center

Board Members

Craig Muckle
Archdiocese of Washington

Cheryl Pyle
Money One Credit Union

Helen Van Pelt
Linkx Benefits

Tom Zizos
Beall Funeral Home

Shawn Mathis
 Whitehall Elementary School

Michael Oleru
W.F. Chesley Real Estate, LLC

Terry Rogers
NAI Michael

Catherine Newman
Bormel, Grice & Huyett P.A.

Dr. Ron Watson
Watson Management Corporation

Sherman Ragland
Realinvestors of Maryland

Megan Eaves

Cathy Martin, President
Comfort Inn & Conference Center
Director, Sales & Catering
A Message From Our Executive Director

Wednesday, May 10, it's the Annual Business Recognition Awards, to be held at the Bowie Comfort Inn at 7:30 a.m, with special keynote speaker, James Dinegar, Greater Washington Board of Trade. It's another great community event and partnership with the City of Bowie and the city's Economic Development Committee. 

Forms are currently available for Youth Leadership Bowie, an outstanding opportunity for upcoming high school sophomores and juniors! Check out the website at for all the details!

AND, COMING IN JUNE ... one of the BIGGEST events of the YEAR:
The Bowiefest Home and Health Expo, one of the greatest ways to showcase your business to thousands of potential customers! This year's date for the Bowiefest Expo is Saturday, June 3, at the Bowie Ice Arena at Allen Pond Park, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The expo is part of the grand city celebration throughout the park, which attracts more than 10,000 visitors each year! Vendor forms are available on our website,

Pauline K. Markward
Executive Director
Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce
(w)301.262.0920 (c)205.876.9023
A Note From The Board: 
Five Easy Ways to Cut Monthly Expenses
Ever notice how your monthly expenses always seem to equal whatever salary you're making, even after you get raises? The phenomenon is called "lifestyle creep" and it can keep you from reaching all kinds of financial goals, from paying down debt, to saving for retirement.
  1. 1.       Make a Budget
The first step toward cutting expenses is to make a budget, so you know exactly where your money is going. Start with major categories, like rent or mortgage, utilities, transportation, meals, clothing, and entertainment. 
  1. 2.       Lower Your Mortgage Payment
The biggest monthly expense for many people is their home mortgage. If you haven't examined that loan since you bought your home years ago, it's quite possible that you could save a lot of money - both now and over the life the loan - if you refinance at a lower interest rate.
  1. 3.       Get an Insurance Checkup
If you have a car, you absolutely must have car insurance. But it pays to shop around periodically to make sure you're getting the best deal.
  1. 4.       Examine Your Auto-Payments
Putting your regular bills on auto-payment can be a really smart way to protect your credit rating by ensuring you're never late with a payment. However, if auto-pay causes you to keep paying for items or services you don't really need or use, it's no bargain. 
  1. 5.       Cut the Cord
If you've already ditched your land line, good for you! If not, doing so is one of the quickest and most pain-free ways to trim your expenses. Most all of us have our cell phones with us all the time anyway, and if you really like the feel of a traditional phone in your hand, a VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) plan that provides phone service over the Internet is a lot cheaper than traditional land line service.
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Bowie City Council 

City Council Continues Fiscal 2018 Budget Deliberations

The City Council will continue its annual review of the Proposed Budget for the coming fiscal year and the Capital Improvement Plan for FY 2018 - 2023. The sessions take place at City Hall at 8 p.m. on the dates listed below. They are open to the public. The public is invited to comment on the proposed budget at a public hearing on May 1.
  •         City Council Meeting, Public Hearing and Budget Worksession #4 - May 1Residents may comment on the budget at a Public Hearing during the Council meeting. The worksession that follows the Council Meeting will focus on the budgets of the City Manager's Office, the Police Department, the Finance Department and the Nondepartmental budget.

  •         Budget Worksession #5 - May 8  This final Budget Worksession will include a review of the budgets for the Department of Planning and Economic Development, the Information Technology Department, the Equipment Acquisition and Replacement Fund, General Fund Summaries, and the Appendix, which includes the Plan of Compensation.
        Public Hearing - May 1.Staff will discuss the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget, Capital Improvement Program, and Constant Yield Tax Rate.


Business 2 Business- After Hours Mixer
Thank you for supporting the 10th Annual Taste of Bowie/Fashion Show where the proceeds benefit the scholarship funds of GBCC Women in Business, Soroptimist International of Prince George's & Anne Arundel County and Youth Leadership Bowie. 

The photos from the " Fashion Show - Taste of Bowie 2017" held on April 5, 2017 can be seen by clicking on the following link which will take you directly to the gallery.  

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 to view a map of the proposed routes. Detailed information about the project is at

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
Government - State of the County Breakfast

We had a wonderful turnout for the Annual State of the County Address on April 21st. The event was held at Comfor Inn Bowie breakfast was catered by the hard working staff of the hotel. Thank you Cathy Martin helping to make the event run smoothly for all of us and Art Widmann for taking the time out of his busy schedule to introduce our fine councilman. 

The Honorable Todd Turner reminded us, "Our County continues to grow and thrive, and the business community plays a significant role in the process. The County is getting stronger and as my Council Chairman Derrick Davis often says, 'We are Moving Forward with a Purpose.'"

To view photos from the "State of the County Breakfast - County Council Member Todd Turner" click on the following link. 

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 climbs 6 spots on CNBS's list of best states for business.

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.

Erin Farrell is part of the USA team competing at the  2017 IFMA World Championships (International Federation of MuayThai Amateur) in Belarus..

"My goal is to bring home the gold from IFMA. After IFMA, I will continue to compete as an amateur Muay Thai fighter for the next few years to gain more full rules experience. I see myself going pro by 2020. My goal as a pro is to be the best Muay Thai fighter I can be and obtain the WBC national and world champion titles." 

Erin is the Husband of Jason, Owner and trainer of LevelUP Gym right here in Bowie. 
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