November 2018 Newsletter

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"In this ever-changing society, the most powerful and enduring brands are built from the heart. They are real and sustainable. Their foundations are stronger because they are built with the strength of the human spirit, not an ad campaign. The companies that are lasting are those that are authentic." 
Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO

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

BGE an Exelon Company

Bowie Baysox

St. John Properties

Todd Turner, 
Councilman- District 4

NAI Michael

W.F. Chesley Real Estate, LLC

Berman Enterprises

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

Sommerset Construction Company

Visiting Angels Homecare Agency

Widmann Financial Services

Maryland Secretarial
Services, Inc.
New & Renewing Members!

Diversity & Inclusion Strategists

St. John Properties, LLC 

Robert E. Evans
Funeral Home

Chesapeake Grille & Deli

Bowie Town Center
Washington Prime Group

Bromel, Grice & Huyett, P.A.

Belair Engineering & Service Co., Inc.

Dependable Payroll, LLC

Widmann Financial Services

On-line Payroll

Collington Episcopal Life Care Community

Nama Finger Printing

Maryland Secretarial Services

Upcoming Events

Green Bowie Veterans Day 5k
Saturday, November 10
8 a.m.-10 a.m.
Bowie Town Center Fountain
Register today for free!
Go to and search for Green Bowie.

Veteran's Day Wreath Laying
Sunday, November 11
2 p.m. 
Veterans Park, 12700 9th Street, Bowie

Town Hall Meeting
Wednesday, November 14
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Bowie City Hall, 15901 Excalibur Road, Bowie

Holiday Parade
Thursday, November 29, 2018 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Bowie Town Center

Holiday Party
Thursday, December 13
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Bowie Baysox (Prince George's Stadium)
4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, MD 20716


Check out the rest of our events on our website by clicking here!

Unless otherwise noted above, register online 
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.
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.)

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!
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.

Bowie Estimated Demographics 2018

Bowie is the 6th safest city in Maryland!


Median Household Income: $110,636 

Population: 58,631

Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)

Violent Crimes Per 100k: 93 (3rd safest)

Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,289 (8th safest)

Bowie has grown from a small railroad stop to the largest municipality in Prince George's County, and the fifth most populous city and third largest city by area in the U.S. state of Maryland. In 2014 CNN Money ranked Bowie 28th in its Best Places to Live in America list. 

Read more here!
Educate, Advocate... Connect!
Event Spotlight
Public Safety Appreciation Awards Breakfast
The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce and the City of Bowie Public Safety Committee's 7th Annual Bowie Public Safety Appreciation Awards Breakfast took place on October 24 at the Comfort Inn in Bowie. I'd like to thank our event sponsors: City of Bowie and Cathy Martin- Comfort Inn Bowie.  

Our gratitude goes out to the First Responders who selflessly protect the greater Bowie area. 


"Election Day approaching in Bowie"

The Community Christian Presbyterian Church in Bowie hosts voting. 
The District 23A House of Delegates seat pits incumbent Geraldine Valentino-Smith against 
Republican challenger Kathleen Kositzky Crank. Shabnam Ahmed is a write-in candidate. 
(Joshua McKerrow / Capital Gazette)

Election Day is fast approaching, but people in Bowie already know for the most part who will represent them on the local level - county executive, state's attorney, county council District 4, state senate District 23 and state house District 23B seats are all uncontested on the ballot.

One local race is still undecided. House of Delegates District 23A pits incumbent Geraldine Valentino-Smith against Republican challenger Kathleen Kositzky Crank. Shabnam Ahmed, a Democratic candidate who lost in the primary by 42 votes, is running a write-in campaign.

Valentino-Smith was elected to the House of Delegates in 2011, and previously served four years on the Bowie City Council. It is Kositzky Crank's first time running for public office. Ahmed is a former student member of the Prince George's County Board of Education.

Early voting began Oct. 25, and will end at 8 p.m. Thursday. On Election Day, Nov. 6, polls are open 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

In Prince George's County 579,523 people have registered to vote, including 71,519 in District 4.

As of Tuesday, 67,151 people have voted early in Prince George's County. From councilman District 4, 10,124 people have voted.

A list of early voting locations and Election Day locations can be found at

Incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan is running for a second term against former national NAACP president Ben Jealous.

Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin is running for re-election against Republican Tony Campbell, Libertarian Arvin Vohra, unaffiliated candidate Neal Simon and three write-in candidates. Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer is also up for re-election, facing Republican William Devine, Libertarian Jacob Pulcher, Green candidate Patrick Elder and a write-in candidate.

Democratic Rep. Anthony Brown is running for re-election against Republican George McDermott and Libertarian Dave Bishop.

While voters have a number of options for those larger seats, a number of smaller offices were already decided in the primary.

In District 23B, Democratic candidates Marvin Holmes, Jr. and Ron Watson are running unopposed. For state senate, District 23, Douglas Peters is running unopposed. State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks is running unopposed for County Executive. Del. Aisha Braveboy is running for State's Attorney, upopposed on the ballot, though Bruce Johnson is running as a write-in candidate.

County Councilman Todd Turner is running unopposed for the District 4 seat.

Prince George's voters will be able to vote for two at-large members of the county council from a choice of three candidates.

Businesswoman Felicia Folarin is running for the seat on the Republican ticket.
Democratic District 9 councilman Mel Franklin of Upper Marlboro is running for an at-large seat. Franklin has served on the council since 2010. In 2017 Franklin pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in a crash that injured two, according to The Washington Post.

The other Democrat on the ballot is Calvin Hawkins of Upper Marlboro, a special advisor to County Executive Rushern Baker and former county executive Wayne Curry. According to the Post, Hawkins was accused of sexual harassment a decade ago, resulting in a nearly $150,000 civil judgement against the county. Hawkins told the Post he disputes some specifics of the accusation but recognizes that his behavior was inappropriate, adding that he has learned from the situation.

By Racheal Pacella, Contact Reporter

Find full article here.
Lawyer Up Now

This article will help you determine if it's a good idea to have a lawyer or if it's time to have a lawyer on your side.

How can an attorney benefit and protect you? Here are a couple examples.

A. When there is a contract/agreement involved, ie Lease/Lessee. Know your Rights and Liabilities. 
Whether the agreement is for a car, an apartment or maybe you are a landlord, there comes a time when people don't live up to their part of the agreement. It's also a good idea to have a lawyer look over any agreement before, you sign on the dotted line. Which is your right and if you have any questions about parts of the agreement feel free to contact a lawyer. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

B. Home Improvement Contract, Draw a Schedule. 
Whenever you have someone come into your home it seems cut and dry when the contractor hands you the papers to sign. How many times do you hear that the job was not done, and the contractor is nowhere to be found. There are problems after the job is done and the contractor will not come back to fix the problem. The list goes on and on. If you had a lawyer read over the contractor's contract he/she could have made sure it was a reputable company, the contract was legit, the work explained in the contract is all that they do and it is to be finished your satisfaction. If the contractor knows you have a lawyer looking over the contract they are going to make sure the job is finished in a timely manner and to the standards that are set by law. You will end up with a job well done and, in the time, allotted.

C. When the other person/party has a lawyer.
If you have had a matter go on for an amount of time and the person you are in a disagreement with hires a lawyer, well, it's time you get a lawyer as well. You will need the guidance of an experience litigator/mediator. Divorce is a good example but there are other times a lawyer comes into play. Such as neighbor vs neighbor, selling of certain items, even in the care of a family member. Never worry about hiring a lawyer. It's to save you money in the long run and they know how to work out the situation you think is hopeless.

When do you call an attorney/before something is wrong?
If there is a way to avoid court between you and the other party a lawyer will work to make that happen. Call before the matter gets out of control. Even if you are just calling for a consultation, better to get the advise early than to wait. Look at it this way, most people would not wait to go for a second opinion from a doctor. Why not get a second opinion about your situation? Most of the time it will save you money in the long run. Don't be afraid to have a lawyer read over any contract.
We hope this puts to rest any fears you had of contacting a lawyer. We are not just here when things go bad. We are willing and able to help before your matter gets too complicated.

Remember, it's never too early to call a lawyer.

(Repurposed) Article by: Byrd & Byrd, LLC


Youth Leadership Bowie

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) and the City of Bowie are pleased to announce the 2018-2019, selections for the Youth Leadership Bowie (YLB) program year: Ethan Kelly, Eleanor Roosevelt High School; Donovan Padilla, Bowie High School; Kaden Proctor, Bowie High School; Elijah Arcusa, Bowie High School; Onaje Lewis, Bowie High School; Jaden Smith, Bowie High School; Jalen Mack, Bowie High School and Nicholas Mack, Bowie High School.
Youth Leadership Bowie began in 1998 as a co-venture with the GBCC and the City of Bowie.  YLB provides a glimpse into the complex world of business and government.
This unique program exposes high school sophomores and juniors to the myriad of potential career opportunities available to them.  Leadership opportunities both experiential and observational are of paramount importance.  Problem solving skills are developed and refined as participants plan and produce a program that addresses a community need.
The program is open to high school students who reside in the City or Bowie or attend Bowie High School.  Applications are available in January each year by calling the GBCC at 301.262.0920 or emailing

There are now 8 certified Green Bowie Businesses in the City. The most recent to complete the program is the Bowie Community Center (Rt. 450)! We currently have one business with an application pending! Are you a business looking for ways to go green? Know a business that is green and should be certified?  Need assistance with furthering your goals of sustainability? You've come to the right place! You can read about all Green Bowie Businesses and the program itself at!

Staff Contacts
Ashleigh Armentrout
Tiffany Wright
Corporate Partnership Program
The Chamber Corporate Partnership Program is an affordable and effective way to plan your marketing strategy during your annual budget preparation. Each year the Chamber offers its membership an opportunity to participate in the Chamber Corporate Partnership Program which allows our members to receive maximum recognition and to maximize the return on their investment by choosing from one of five Chamber Corporate Partnership Program sponsor levels. Three great events which are very popular with our Corporate Partners are the Annual Dinner, the Annual Golf Tournament and
Bowiefest. We also have many other major events from which to choose, including the State of the City and the State of Prince George's County.

Annual Investment: $12,500
Annual Investment: $5000

Annual Investment: $2500

Annual Investment $1000

Annual Investment $500

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 

New members can join by clicking here
Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, 2614 Kenhill Drive, Suite 117, Bowie, MD 20715
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