May 2020 Newsletter

“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.”
Sun Tzu
Maryland Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Business
The State of Maryland has taken far-reaching and proactive steps to minimize the impact of COVID-19 across our state, including ordering state employees to telework, closing public schools, and non-essential businesses (including restaurant dining rooms, casinos and racetracks, and other businesses), and activating the National Guard to carry out any emergency functions that may be needed. State agencies including the Department of Commerce remain prepared to serve our clients in the business community.

COVID-19 has changed life as we know it, at least for now. Especially in this time of crisis and uncertainty, the Council is continuing its service to County residents. Individual Council Member offices are remotely providing assistance as needed. 
4 Strategies for Staying Healthy in a Quarantined World

Every day, we’re waking up to a world that has become like a stranger to us. The stress of sheltering in place and fear of the unknown has left many of us stressed, socially isolated or just plain bored.

There’s no denying it: Our lives have been turned upside down.

But there are things we can all do to help make these days better and to stay healthy, says Michigan Medicine dietitian Sue Ryskamp, who sees patients at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center. “Keeping yourself healthy includes heightened hygiene, exercise and eating right.”
Ryskamp offers four tips to help get through these unprecedented times, no matter what your age.

1. Establish routines

2.Think twice about what you’re putting in your mouth – and why

3. Ramp up your fluid intake

4. Move your body

Maryland took early, aggressive, and unprecedented actions to contain and slow the spread of COVID-19. Thanks to these efforts, and the incredible sacrifices of Marylanders who stayed home and practiced physical distancing, we have successfully flattened and lengthened the curve.

The “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery” has been developed based on the recovery plans issued by the federal government, the National Governors Association, and premier institutions like Johns Hopkins and the American Enterprise Institute; shaped by the expert advice of the scientists and public health officials on Maryland’s Coronavirus Response Team; and tailored to our situation here in Maryland. The result is a responsible, gradual, safe path forward for our state.

Maryland has successfully expanded our testing capability by over 5,000 percent in the past month. In addition to the ongoing acquisition of tens of thousands of tests and the creation of drive-thru testing sites throughout the state, on April 20, Maryland received a payload of LabGun COVID-19 test kits from South Korea that will give Maryland the capability of performing half a million coronavirus tests.

On March 16, Governor Hogan directed the Maryland Department of Health to develop a plan to immediately increase the state’s hospital capacity by an additional 6,000 beds. Thanks to the quick response and close collaboration between multiple state agencies, federal partners, and Maryland’s health care systems, the state is on track to exceed that goal and reach a surge capacity of more than 6,700 beds.

In Maryland, a multi-agency task force has been working around the clock to ramp up our supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), with large deliveries of N95, KN95, and surgical masks; beds and bed packages; face shields; gloves; and other critical resources coming into the state’s warehouses on a daily basis.

On April 22, Governor Hogan authorized a contract with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) which will quadruple the state’s present disease investigation capability to contact up to 1,000 new cases per day, in conjunction with a new, state-of-the-art contact tracing platform called ‘COVID Link.’

Read full article here.
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We are pleased to announce the selection of Thomas (Tom) J. O’Connell as the Director of the soon to be combined Leetown Science Center and Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. In the 4 years Tom has been with the USGS, he has shown rare skill in building trust, teamwork, and collaborative science projects in Leetown, as well as in other Northeast Region centers and programs, and more broadly, within the Ecosystems and Environmental Health Funded centers/programs across the USGS. 
Tom has proven himself to be an exemplary leader, an excellent communicator, and a builder of bridges. He came to the USGS from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources culminating in a 7-year stint as Director of their Fisheries Division, where he was known as an outstanding consensus builder, applying his strong communications and leadership skills to address many of the biggest fisheries issues facing the Chesapeake Bay and Eastern Seaboard. 
Piloting this new center, Tom will now be working collaboratively with his staff to improve its financial sustainability, societal relevance, and partnerships—the ‘secret sauce’ recipe that he’s developed in his tenure at the USGS.
We wish to thank the staffs at Leetown and Patuxent for their continued dedication and patience during this transition, particularly John French for his commitment to the gifted and productive staff at Patuxent. John’s experience and knowledge of the Patuxent team, science portfolio, facilities, and partnerships will be a valuable asset to Tom as he gains familiarity with Patuxent and establishes this new center.
Beginning later this month, Tom will be convening a series of all-hands and management team meetings to initiate the process of establishing a solid working relationship with center employees, and navigating towards the development of a shared center vision, organizational structure and priorities.
Thank you,
Mike Tupper
Regional Director
U.S. Geological Survey
North Atlantic Appalachian, Interior Region One
703 648 6660 Desk
703 402 0256 Cell

Home & Health Expo 2020
The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce regrets to announce that the Home & Health Expo (Bowiefest), which was scheduled for Saturday, June 6, 2020, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

We will keep you informed on the scheduling of the next Home & Health Expo. For those who have already registered for the event, refunds will be issued.

Thank you for your continued support of the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce.

Stay safe & healthy!
Pauline K. Markward
Executive Director, GBCC

If your business has reached a milestone or received an award, please email the Chamber at We look forward to giving kudos in Tradeline!
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!

Jaden is starting week one of his role as Maryland State Page in the General Assembly and is working in the Senate!
Save the Date!
Your health matters to the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce. Over the next few weeks we will be practicing social distancing by limiting or reducing unessential meetings.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Contact the Chamber office at to secure your sponsorship today!
Unless otherwise noted above, register online

For additional information call 
301-262-0920 or email
72-Hour notice is required on cancellations

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.)

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

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
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