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 Message From Cecily Flight              Membership                  Corporate Partners        Bowie Business Journal

                      Kudos                                  Employment                    Message from the ED    Prince George's County      

    Food Pantry                  Local Government                   People, Places & Events                                 Bowie                                          
Corporate Partners 

  An Exelon Company


St. John Properties 


Berman Enterprises 

Eric Linzey, ActionCOACH

O'Malley, Miles & Gilmore ,P.A 

Sherman Ragland, Realinvertors, LLC

Somerset Construction Company

Widmann Financial Services
New & Renewing Members 

Arbonne International

Collington Episcopal Life Care Community

Meridian Life Strategies

St. John Properties, LLC

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc #1893

Whitehall Elementary School
Brewie Fest

On Saturday October 7th, the GBCC and the Bowie Baysox held the first annual Brewie Fest at the Baysox Stadium! We had such a great time planning and executing this event, and we wanted to recap with you all so you know to join us for next year!

We had local vendors, friendly volunteers, rockin' music, and lots of delicious beer from over 40 different distributors! Speaking of distributors, we were made aware that many local breweries in the area weren't able to participate. We would love to start planning early for next year's event if you or someone you know would like to be a part of the beer vending for next year. Join us as we promote and support local beer distributors in the region!

We would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped make this event a success. You know who you are, and we are very grateful to have had such a fun-loving team to work with that day. More thanks go out to The Crayfish, who gave us a rockin' musical performance for the event.

A portion of the proceeds from this event are allocated for the Youth leadership Bowie program and the Women in Business Scholarship. We are so very proud to be supporting these two endeavors as well as maintaining the capacity of the Chamber to hold such great fundraisers.

Check out some of our awesome vendors below!

A Message From The Executive Director
Get in the Spirit a Little Early this Year!  

It's that time of year - we are gathering items for the Annual Holiday Mixer and Silent Auction.  This year's event is set for Thursday, December 14, 2017. Donations are now being accepted for the Silent Auction - things that would make a nice holiday gift are very appropriate.  You can provide products, services, gift certificates, gift baskets, anything and everything that people will bid on. Or, if you'd prefer, you could write a check and we'll do the shopping for you. Please help us make this another fantastic fundraiser for the educational programs sponsored by the Chamber!  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

..."Need ideas? Start with a theme and put together a few items that would make a nice set. A gift certificate from your business and some related items. Use promotional items with your name/logo or enticing add-ons like some sunscreen or travel accessories to go with a travel certificate, or movie passes to go with your restaurant certificate. For the coffee lover: a cool mug, a bag of flavored coffee, and some biscotti. For the hostess: cocktail napkins, bar ware, rim trim, and a recipe book. Be creative; think up a winning combination that's sure to be a hit at the auction! 


All donations will be acknowledged in the HOLIDAY AUCTION CATALOG and a portion of the auction proceeds benefit Youth Leadership Bowie & the Women in Business scholarships.


Pauline K. Markward
Executive Director, GBCC
(w) 301.262.0920 * (c) 205.876.9023
A Message From Cecily Flight
As many of you know if you watched the most recent episode of the Bowie Business Journal, I am currently attending American University (AU) for my Masters in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs.

In support of my school and the Chamber, I am excited to announce that we have agreed to work with a graduate student at AU's School of Communication on her final practicum project, which involves working on a specific communication problem or opportunity that we can assess in order to enhance our communication methods at the Chamber.
The student plans to develop a communications strategy for our Chamber as a part of their strategic communication portfolio, which can will be made public at the closing of the semester.

She will be assessing our social media analytics (including Facebook and LinkedIn), Chamber website traffic (including our main website, newsletter, and Bowie Business Journal), and other forms of communication (email, etc.) that we administer to communicate with our members and non-members alike.

The end-of-the-semester presentation of the Strategic Communication Practicum Plan for the Chamber will be free and open to Chamber executive members, and we will end out notifications of the time and date as we receive more information.
We hope that by working with this AU student we can devise a strong, sustainable communications plan to better assist our members and the Greater Bowie business community.

Furthermore, we support educational programs that enhance business operations while providing students with an educational and professional opportunity. 
Finally, I believe that by undergoing such an objective assessment, it can provide valuable information on what is working and what is not at the Chamber for communication.
This falls in line with my previous blurb in the past month's Tradeline News underlining the importance of checking in on online operations when using social media and other forms of communication.

We want to maintain accountability and responsibility for our operations to better serve the business community and make your investment in the Chamber one worth sustaining as well.  

If  you would like to be updated on this process, feel free to email me at or call the office at 301-262-0920. 

Local Government
November is Municipal Government Works Month

As the level of government closest to the people, local government offers its citizens the best opportunity to be heard and to influence the course of the community. We invite you to take the time to learn more about how your government works, join a City committee, visit City Hall, attend one of the many event going on this month at the Mansion, follow us on social media, or ask that question you've always wondered about. Your city government is here to serve and we welcome your input, your attendance at meetings and events, and your civic involvement. Learn more about staying connected by visiting

Green Bowie Rain Barrels Across Bowie 

Do you have a rain barrel and live in Bowie? We'd like to know! The City's Planning Department keeps track of rain barrels that are installed at residents' homes to estimate stormwater reductions for the City's stormwater permit. If you haven't "registered" your rain barrel, please contact the City's Watershed Manager Tiffany Wright at or 301-809- 3043 with your address (for mapping) and how many gallons your rain barrel holds. 

Certify Your Yard as a Wildlife Habitat 

Celebrate the first anniversary of Bowie's National Wildlife Federation's Community Wildlife Habitat certification by joining the cause. Certified habitats provide critical habitat for birds and pollinators. For more information or to certify your yard, visit If you are already certified, consider opening your yard to your neighbors for the spring habitat tour next year. For more information, contact Tiffany Wright at twright@ or 301-809-3043.
Bowie News Flash
Allen Pond Park Environmental Award 

The City has been awarded an Environmentally Responsible Management Certification by the Sports Turf Managers Association for the natural grass athletic fields at Allen Pond Park. This award is the first in Maryland and one of 23 in the United States and Spain, showcasing ecological stewardship and sustainable best practices. This recognition is for the City's three natural turf fields at Allen Pond: Huston, Murtagh and the Allen Pond Softball Field. Congratulations to Parks and Grounds Superintendent Ed Hall and his crews for this honor.

Repurposed information, 
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.

Additionally, if you have a particular interest or subject you would like to share with the community you may want to consider producing your own television show with the Bowie Community Media Corporation. For more information, email or call 301-814-3057.

Anne Arundel Medical Center named to's Best Hospital For Nurses to Work For in Maryland
ANNAPOLIS, MD - October 23, 2017 -, the web's leading career site for nurses, has recognized Anne Arundel Medical Center as one of the top hospitals for nurses to work for in Maryland. Over the past two years, has collected 559 reviews by nurses at 49 Maryland hospitals about their workplace satisfaction. The data from the reviews from Maryland state revealed that Anne Arundel Medical Center has one of the highest levels of job satisfaction among its nurses.
Reviewers cited continuing education opportunities, support for nurses, great staff, [and] great benefits as the basis for the 4.0 star rating with 95% of the nurses surveyed recommending the hospital as an employer.'s Product Manager, Phillip Lee, congratulated Anne Arundel Medical Center on this achievement saying, "We're excited to be able to recognize Anne Arundel Medical Center for providing an excellent work environment for nurses. Our survey data shows that Anne Arundel Medical Center ranks in the top 6% in the state for nurse job satisfaction." provides a safe platform on which nurses leave honest workplace reviews. Completely anonymous, nurses share their opinions about culture, nurse-to-patient ratios, and other matters important to them.
Making the list of top hospitals shows the facility is focused on nurse satisfaction. Nurse recruitment -- a challenge today -- becomes easier when the hospital can demonstrate its commitment to nurses by pointing to an unbiased source.
The full rankings of the Best Hospitals in Maryland for Nurses is available to view at

To see all of the Anne Arundel Medical Center reviews, see their facility page on
Press Contact:
Phillip Lee
Product Manager
Peanut Butter Shelf
Bowie Food Pantry

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!

Please call the Chamber if you need assistance transporting donations. 
You can drop off your donation at the Chamber office or directly to the Bowie Food Pantry, located at 2614 Kenhill Drive, Suite 134. 

Prince George's County

Did You Know...

Wild animals are not allowed to be kept as pets in Prince George's County. With very few exceptions, wild animals are difficult or impossible to care for. They often grow to be larger, stronger and more dangerous than owners expect or can manage. Their nutritional and social needs are generally unknown, and recognizing medical problems is difficult for one not trained. They can even pose a danger to human health and safety through disease and parasites. For more information, contact Bowie Animal Control at 301-809-3002.

Estimated Demographics 2017

Total population 922,435
Total Households 324,66
Median Household Income $79,469
Our Mission

To protect, enhance and promote local business by providing a voice for business at the local, county and state levels.
Upcoming Events
Save the Date!

Annual Holiday Mixer and Silent Auction

December 14, 2017


Save the Date!

Annual Holiday Mixer and Silent Auction

December 14, 2017

Unless otherwise noted above, register online 
call 301-262-0920
or email

48-hour notice is required on cancellations 
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