May 2018 Newsletter
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"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." - Thomas Jefferson

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
-NAI Michael

-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!

- Potomac Hospitality Group

- Archdiocese of Washington

- Ardmore Enterprises Inc. 

- BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

-Fond Memories

- hibu

- InterimHealthcare of Prince George's County

- Keller Williams Realty - Flagship

- Office Depot, Inc. of Bowie

- Prestige Healthcare Resources, Inc. 

- The Country Club at Woodmore

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Upcoming Events

After Hours Mixer
Thursday, May 10, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Weichert Realtors - Bowie Tri-County
Bowie, MD 20715
Members Prepaid: $20
Non-Members & All Walk-ins: $25 
- Snacks + Beverages 
- Networking

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Bowiefest Home & Health Expo

Saturday, June 2, 2018

11am - 6pm

Bowie ice Arena 
Allen Pond Park
Bowie, MD 20715

Call for booth availability. 
Free for the general public! 

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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!
Member Spotlight

Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce 
Member Representative 
Thomas Allotta

The Bowie/Tri-County office has 67 agents providing expertise in residential sales and rental properties. Many of these agents have advanced certificates from the National Association of Realtors, GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute), CRS Certified Residential Specialist) as well as associate brokers.

These agents offer to arrange for your mortgage financing, home insurance and settlement services which creates a smooth one stop shopping transaction and saves your time.


"Baysox officials weather winter, prep for season"

You're not supposed to worry about things you can't control.

But Brian Shallcross, the general manager of the Bowie Baysox, can't help it.

During the season, the Annapolis resident obsesses over rain. Showers can postpone a game and wipe out a big crowd. Even the threat of a summer storm can keep folks from coming out to the ballpark.

These days, Shallcross worries about the cold. The Baysox, the Baltimore Orioles' AA affiliate, are scheduled to open their 2018 Eastern League season in a week, and he's concerned it hasn't warmed up yet for any lengthy period of time.
"The only four-letter words in my vocabulary are rain and cold," Shallcross said.

That late-arriving spring weather could mean the Bermuda grass that covers the field at Prince George's Stadium may be something other than green in some spots when the Baysox take the field on April 5 against the Harrisburg Senators.

"We need that soil temperature to be up over 50 degrees," he said. "Our grass is still dormant. But it'll play fine ... There won't be any bad bounces or safety hazards for the players, which is the paramount concern. It's more aesthetics than anything."

The field is a primary concern, but there are plenty of other things for Shallcross to worry about in the coming days. No matter what the conditions are, the season's going to open and everything around the stadium - the pipes, the stands, the scoreboard, the concessions, the ticket office - is going to have to be ready.
"We are scrambling in a controlled, sane manner," he said with a laugh.

At some point, temperatures will climb, folks will trade their winter coats for short-sleeved shirts and it will start to feel like summer. A night at the ballpark in Bowie will feature many of the stand-bys that fans have come to love - wacky promotions (controversial ex-big league slugger Jose Canseco will make an appearance this year), crazy in-between-innings contests, popcorn, bobble-head giveaways, fireworks after weekend games (19 in all) and the right-field carousel.

There are some changes as well. For the first time, Prince George's Stadium is wired for Wi-Fi this season. Shallcross believes that capability will be a welcome addition for fan - just not too welcome.

"The Wi-Fi is probably something we're behind the times on," he said. "But in this day and age with people so attached to their devices, we thought this was a way of enhancing the experience. But we want fans to watch the game as well and not just be nose-deep in their phones."

The other big change fans may notice at Prince George's Stadium this season has nothing to do with the ballpark. Rather, it has to do with attempts to speed up the game itself by tweaking the rules.
Throughout minor league baseball this year, extra innings will begin with a runner on second base.

The move is an attempt to keep games from going too long and to protect pitching arms.

Similarly, mound visits by coaches and position players will be limited based on the classification level. At the Double-A level, the Baysox' classification, clubs will be allowed eight visits per team, per game. It's another attempt to speed things up.

"The baseball purists are not going to like it," Shallcross said. "I understand that. But I also understand - from the perspective of a parent - that if a game goes into extra innings, I'm not sticking around until 11 o'clock at night when things could deteriorate rapidly. It's difficult to leave the venue and your kids still want to know who won the game.

"From a fan perspective, I can see the benefit of it. If our game doesn't end before 11 o'clock, we can't start the fireworks. So, the fans are going to appreciate that part of it."


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.

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: 20,616

Median Household Income: $110,636 
We would like to take time to remember one of our members husbands on this day. 

"On Sunday, March 18, 2018, Daniel Chelliah of Bowie, MD, unexpectedly passed away in the early morning hours.

He is survived by his wife, Annie Chelliah, of Bowie, MD, his son, Santosh Chelliah and wife, Tessie, of College Park, MD, and grandchildren Shayla, Sanjay, and Rania, and his daughter, Shalini Patnaik and husband, Milan, of Nokesville, VA, and grandchildren Noah and Nicholas.

Daniel was born on May 21, 1942, in Sholinghur, Tamil Nadu, India. He was the youngest of 8 children. He graduated from Voorhees High School in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, and received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Madurai University. He earned another Master's degree in Rural Development from the Institute of Social Studies in Den Haag, the Netherlands. His career as an international development consultant and project manager included work with Church's Auxiliary for Social Action (New Delhi, India), the Coptic Church (Cairo, Egypt), the Middle East Council of Churches (Cyprus), the World Bank, the World Council of Churches (Switzerland), the National Council of Churches (USA), Bread for the World (Silver Spring, MD), and Lutheran World Relief (Baltimore, MD). Daniel had lived in Maryland since 1987.

Daniel loved reading books, continuing his education about the world and building his personal library up to his very last days. His other passions were playing sitar, listening to music, watching movies, cooking, gardening with his wife, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and dog, Coco. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Hyattsville, MD. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made to ATSWA (Annai Theresa Social Welfare Action Trust) through 4Cs (Children Can Come Closer). For details, please send an e-mail to"

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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.

May's show features Len Lucchi from O'Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore, P.A. !
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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