May 2021 Newsletter

“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.”
– Richard Branson

Welcome to Bowie, Maryland!
Welcome to the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce Newsletter and to our community, one of the best places in Maryland to live, work and raise a family.

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce understands that in order to have a strong economic environment you must have a strong community. We are truly blessed in our community to have leaders, business owners, educators and citizens who realize that we all share in the responsibility of creating economic success and happiness within our community.

The Chamber’s goal is to work toward improving the quality of life for all through the support and commitment of its members, volunteers and committees. The Chamber is proud to sponsor events throughout the year to help support the community.

As the Executive Director, I am honored to work alongside our dedicated Board who all share the same vision, business growth and healthy community environment.

If you are not a member of the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, please join us today. Your membership will benefit your business and the community. I look forward to working with everyone.

Be well,
Pauline K. Markward
Executive Director
Majority of Small Business Owners Want Employees to get COVID-19 Vaccine



A majority of small business owners (64%) say it is very important that their employees get vaccinated—and 80% intend to get vaccinated themselves.

A recent survey of more than 3,300 small business owners shows strong support for ensuring employees get vaccinated.

And employees are taking notice, as 80% of respondents say employees are turning to them with questions. Eighty percent of small employers also report having informal conversations about vaccines and 56% have had formal conversations, including staff meetings and one-on-ones with employees. A majority (55%) of employers say they would use free or low-cost resources to provide guidance and information about COVID-19 vaccines.

“The survey findings demonstrate that small business owners recognize the importance of the vaccines in reopening Main Street,” Rhett Buttle, Founder and Principal of Public Private Strategies, said. “By championing the vaccine with the employees and in their communities, small employers can help fully reopen the economy as quickly as possible.”

Three-fourths of all respondents said they are somewhat or very confident in the vaccine. That’s an encouraging sign, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates somewhere between 70-85% of Americans need to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity. 

A majority (63%) of all respondents are taking action to ensure their employees get vaccinated, including:

  • 19% will require vaccination,
  • 49% will provide educational resources for employees with questions,
  • 45% will give workers paid time off to get vaccinated, and
  • 14% will give financial incentive or bonus for getting vaccinated.

Reimagine Main Street, which is powered by Public Private Strategies, partnered with the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc; the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; and National ACE to sample small employers from February 3 – March 23, 2021. The survey was conducted to glean insights, attitudes and preferences of small employers, especially AAPI-, Black-, Hispanic-, and Native-owned small businesses.

 Survey respondents represent 47 states, the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories. Fifty-five percent of respondents were female. Nearly one-third (32%) of respondents reported they were age 55-64, followed next by 29% who reported they were age 35-49. Respondents represented a broad range of industries, led by professional services (20.8%); construction, machinery and homes (12.9%); health care and pharmaceuticals (8.9%); and manufacturing (6.9%).

Reimagine Main Street also launched a public awareness campaign to support small business owners in being leaders on the COVID-19 vaccines with their employees and in their community. So far, more than 400 owners have already signed a pledge to do at least one of the following:

  • Commit to getting the vaccine when it is available and let their employees know why they are choosing to get the vaccine
  • Create a vaccine plan for their employees
  • Provide incentives to employees who receive the vaccine, such as paid time off to receive the vaccine
  • Continue to follow state and federal guidance on social distancing and wearing masks after all employees are vaccinated
  • Assist with vaccine promotion and distribution in their community (examples include volunteering to help at COVID-19 vaccination sites, donating supplies or services to vaccination sites, and being vocal in their community on the business case for getting vaccinated)

Find the full article here.

CONGRATULATIONS!

 
SladeChild Foundation just earned the Platinum award from GuideStar again this year!

SladeChild Foundation Charitable Trust is unique because 100% of donations are used to provide the five essentials of life: food, clothing, shelter, education and medical care to destitute children in the US and the world. These volunteer Trustees pay for administrative overhead costs, so that fully 100% of your donation can help needy children in the US and world. 





The Prince George’s County Council continues to operate under the Prince George’s County State of Emergency Declaration, effective March 16, 2020, and extended by the Governing Body of Prince George’s County with the adoption of CR-33-2021 on March 30, 2021. The Council’s Emergency Operations Procedures became effective pursuant to CR-10-2020, adopted on March 17, 2020, and amended pursuant to CR-35-2020, adopted on May 18, 2020. The Rules of Procedure for the County Council and District Council have been amended, pursuant to CR-57-2020 and CR-58-2020, respectively, adopted on July 21, 2020, for virtual and remote public participation before each body.

DISTRICT COUNCIL CONVENES ON LAND-USE MATTERS

The Prince George’s County Council, sitting as the District Council on zoning matters, met virtually on Monday, April 26th. The scheduled session included Oral Arguments, Items Referred for Document and Items Pending Finality. The District Council is granted authority to act on zoning matters by the State of Maryland Regional District Act, now in the Land Use Article of the Maryland Annotated Code.  WATCH Monday’s District Council meeting. 


COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE CONVENES VIRTUALLY FOR BUDGET WORK SESSIONS AND REVIEW OF LEGISLATION

The Committee of the Whole convened virtually on Monday, April 26th; Tuesday, April 27th; and Thursday, April 29th of this week for scheduled budget work sessions and the review of legislation.  Monday’s COW focused on FY 22 Budget Work Sessions for the Board of Education Operating Budget and Employ Prince George’s. Tuesday’s COW included the review of CR-028-2021, a Resolution concerning the FY 2022 Annual Action Plan for Housing and Community Development, and CR-046-2021, legislation concerning Contract Approvals. Thursday’s COW focused on Budget Work Sessions for the Office of the Sheriff and the Circuit Court.


COUNTY COUNCIL CONDUCTS FY 2022 BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING; CONVENES VIRTUAL 
COUNCIL SESSION

The Prince George’s County Council held a 5:00 p.m. budget public hearing on Monday, April 26th for the Prince George's County Proposed FY 2022 Operating Budget; Six-Year Capital Program (Including The Capital Improvement Budget); and the Prince George's County Board of Education Portion of the County FY 2022 Operating Budget; Proposed Budget of the Redevelopment Authority and Revenue Authority Of Prince George's County, and the Constant Yield Tax Rate. 

On Tuesday, April 27th, the County Council convened a virtual session to review proposed legislation, proposed correspondence, and conduct a public hearing for Executive Appointments to the Fire Commission for Prince George’s County. All nominees were unanimously confirmed. Public Hearings were also held for Resolutions concerning the FY 2021 Annual Action Plan for Housing and Community Development; CB-017-2021, an Act concerning Food Hall Occupancy; CR-034-2021, legislation concerning Contract Approvals; and CR-035-2021, legislation addressing Reversionary Interest in Real Property. 


PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY CLIMATE COMMISSION MEETS VIRTUALLY

The Prince George’s County Climate Action Commission, established by Council Resolution-07-2020, to develop a Climate Action Plan for Prince George’s County, met virtually on Friday, April 30, 2021. The Commission is working to develop a plan that guides the County’s preparation for and resilience to regional climate change impacts, and sets and achieves climate stabilization goals. The Commission will issue a final Climate Action Plan on or before September 30, 2021. 

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY LIFTS OUTDOOR MASK MANDATE; ENCOURAGES CONTINUED OUTDOOR MASK WEARING FOR UNVACCINATED INDIVIDUALS

Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced Friday that at the advice of County health officials, masking is no longer required for most outdoor activities, effective immediately. “We will follow CDC recommendations that say those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear a mask when outdoors walking, running, hiking or biking, or in small gatherings with members of their household or other fully vaccinated people,” said Alsobrooks. “While this is exciting news for those fully vaccinated, we still urge caution and we encourage those who are not vaccinated, to take the vaccine and join the growing number of Prince Georgians who are Proud to be Protected from COVID-19.”  Masks are still required in crowded outdoor venues like sports stadiums or outdoor concert venues.Unvaccinated residents are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated and continue wearing their masks outdoors until they are fully vaccinated. Masks are still required in all indoor venues and while on public transportation. All other COVID-19 safety guidelines and requirements remain in place at this time, including capacity restrictions for businesses, however additional information will come in the near future.


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 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!

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!
SladeChild Foundation just earned the Platinum award from GuideStar again this year!
Get Your Flu Shot!
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Health officials tell us flu shots will be especially important as we move into flu season while still in the midst of the global pandemic. Flu shots are now available for County residents through the County Health Department’s upcoming free flu shot clinics. Adults with insurance are encouraged to get vaccinated by their primary care provider or at a local pharmacy. For more information and to make an appointment for the County’s free flu shot clinics, visit http://health.mypgc.us/flu

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.)



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


New & Renewing Members

Pediatric Dental Specialists

Comfort Inn & Conference Center

Money One Federal Credit Union

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

RA Hyman Restoration, Inc.

Essex Bank

Pin Oak Village

SladeChild Foundation

Robert E. Evans Funeral Home

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel

AFLAC Matt Slovick

Systems Applications & Technologies, Inc

Zancan Press, Inc

Sandy Spring Bank

BGE

City of Bowie

Bowie Community Media Corp

Sydian Systems, LLC

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.