November 2019 Newsletter

 "Someone once told me growth and comfort do not coexist. And I think it's a really good thing to remember." - Ginni Rometty
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To protect, enhance and promote local business by providing a voice for business at local, county and state levels.
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St. John Properties

Todd Turner, 
Councilman- District 4


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

Somerset Construction Company

Thrive Senior Living

Visiting Angels 
Homecare Agency

Widmann Financial Services

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Services, Inc.
New & Renewing Members!

BradyRenner CPAs

360 Painting 
of South-Central Maryland

Doctors Community Hospital

Bowie Home Improvement

Cardigan Tile & Plumbing, Inc.

Jacki Lynn Gee-Ferko

Ourisman Chevrolet of Bowie

Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School

Weichert, Realtors
Save the Date!

December 12, 2019

Save the Date!

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce's

Spectacular Holiday  Reception

Meet your newly elected leaders, 
 network with other Chamber friends & celebrate a successful year.

Second Annual Green Bowie Veterans Day 5K
Saturday, Nov 9, 2019
The event begins at 8 a.m., and the race starts at 8:30 a.m.
The race starts at the Bowie Town Center parking lot behind Five Guys, cuts through Centennial Park, Allen Pond, the Bowie Dog Park, and back up Northview to finish at the Town Center.

Registration is free and every participant receives a free event t-shirt.This fun-filled, family-friendly, sustainably planned event is put on to honor the many veterans and their families living in and around the City of Bowie, while promoting health and wellness in our community. We do it all in an eco-friendly way because that is important to us in Bowie! 

Bowie's Tree Lighting Ceremony
Sunday, December 2, 2019
7 p.m.
Belair Mansion

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

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.)


The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce Business & Community Guide 2019 available for pick up at the Chamber office.

***Youth Leadership Bowie Coat Drive***

Thank you for the contributions you made to the Youth Leadership Bowie Coat Drive! The response from the whole community was overwhelming.

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. If you would like to be a guest and showcase your business please email


4 Marketing Strategies to Help You Gear Up for the Holiday Season

Drive sales with these trending holiday strategies for 2019.
The holiday season is the one time of the year when consumers plan to spend more than they do during any other spending event annually. This season is also gearing up to be a big one with PwC's Trendsetter Barometer finding leading economic indicators reflecting "steady growth, little inflation, and low unemployment" for 2019.

This raises the question: What strategies should marketers be implementing to drive sales, maximize returns, and increase customer loyalty?

1) Boost mobile app downloads with exclusive offers and deals

Mobile is arguably one of the most important channels and apps are a great way to fuel sales while fostering touchpoints and long-term relationships with consumers. However, many of today's consumers are apprehensive about downloading new mobile apps for a variety of reasons, the largest being a concern over the amount of space they take up on mobile devices.

Fortunately, as referenced in a report by eMarketer, consumers are most likely to download retail apps if some form of incentive is offered. This is especially the case when it comes to brick-and-mortar locations.
87% of respondents cited they were likely to download an app for exclusive coupons or deals, and 79.7% were incentivized to download for loyalty/rewards programs.1
Black Friday tends to see a huge spike in app installs for brick-and-mortar retailers and is continuing to increase year-over-year, a good sign, but it's important to keep consumers engaged so their app usage doesn't just stop there.

For retailers looking to boost mobile downloads for the holiday season, offering consumers something extra special, such as exclusive holiday offers, extra discounts, or limited access to holiday deals and promotions will be a key driver in those downloads.

2) Send targeted push notifications to earn holiday engagements

Push messaging is an extremely cost-effective and powerful way to reach customers, but due to the sheer volume of messages being delivered by brands during the holidays, competition is fierce.

In order to be successful, brands must learn how to stand out in the crowd - and this doesn't mean blindly mass messaging any and everyone within reach. Success can only be achieved through a highly targeted, personalized approach. In fact, according to a report by our partners at Airship, targeted notifications had an 89% higher engagement rate than non-targeted notifications when analyzing data from the 2017 holiday season.

Furthermore, by leveraging real-time location data, companies can go beyond personalization and delve into the world of individualization to truly make an impact by capturing in-the-moment behaviors.

3) Give the gift of an in-store experience

Brick-and-mortar stores need to continually diversify their strategies and offerings to keep up with the demand for online shopping. The same rings true when it comes to the holiday season. In order to remain competitive, retailers will have to optimize their in-store experiences to make them as appealing to customers as possible.
27.9% of shoppers look to brick-and-mortar stores because they help provide better ideas and inspiration for gifts during the holiday season.3
For retailers looking to enhance displays and layouts to capture attention and assist consumers with their shopping decisions, beacon technology can be a great complement. Beacons can help customers easily navigate through aisles and can uncover special offers via push notifications.

4) Get creative in mobile wallets

Apple launched its first mobile wallet app in 2014, and ever since then, mobile wallets have been increasing in popularity at a staggering pace. What's great about these applications is that the convenience they offer has become enticing to practically every generation, from Gen Yers to Baby Boomers.

As mentioned earlier, discounts are everything during the holiday shopping season and Add-to-Wallet ad units can be a sure bet for consumers when it comes to saving a coupon and remembering it in the moment that matters.

By combining geofence technology with Apple's native iOS functionality, location-based recall triggers are enabled alerting uses that the coupon can be redeemed at a nearby location.

Today's shoppers are multi-channel consumers and interact with brands in a variety of ways. Retailers interested in acquiring new customers or incentivizing loyalty with current customers should consider adopting mobile wallet strategies that deliver a more seamless and convenient experience for their customers during the holiday season.

Wrapping it up

The holiday season is the busiest time of the year for retailers of all sizes. Competition is at an all-time high, especially when it comes to buying in-store vs. online. However, it's important to remember that it's not a this vs. that; there needs to be a mixed model approach. Gifting consumers with a cross-channel experience will reap the rewards and maximize your returns for the holiday season.

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 Many Baltimore residents have their own stories about the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, the civil rights advocate and towering presence in Maryland and national politics whose devotion to his city and its people endured until this death Thursday, reports Colin Campbell for the Sun. His constituents mourned his death 
after awaking to the news - some calling into radio stations in tears, while others reflected on the loss his death represents to the city, state and country.
  • As this city has endured a litany of political and police corruption scandals in recent years, Cummings, 68, distinguished himself as the rare local leader whom many residents felt they could still trust, reports Paul Schwartzman for the Post. During crises, he had the capacity to express the city's anguish with eloquence and passion, his presence a measure of reassurance to many who worried that chaos was overwhelming Baltimore.
  • As tributes poured in for Cummings, many of them made mention of what could be Cummings' most lasting legacy: not of congressman or House Oversight chairman or inquisitor to President Donald Trump, but of mentor and guide, reports Kevin Rector in the Sun.
  • Cummings was a "fighter" and a "true hero," whose loyalty and visibility in his district areas did not go unnoticed by Howard County elected officials, reports Jess Nocera for the Howard County Times. On Friday evening, county leaders will gather for a vigil to honor Cummings in Ellicott City.
  • The Baltimore Democrat had a penchant for cutting through the mealy-mouthed equivocating of Washington and unleashing fiery blasts of plain-spoken condemnation, reports Fern Shen in Baltimore Brew.
  • Baltimore broadcaster Mark Steiner remembers Cummings as a man of the community, and shares a story about how he must have met him in 1962 when Steiner, then 16, demonstrated to protect African American children integrating a Baltimore city pool. Cummings was one of the children at the pool. They became friendly when they met years later in the 1980s.
  • Cummings was born, lived and died a Baltimorean, writes Micha Green in the Afro, where Cummings wrote a regular column. The night before he died, the Afro attended the National Coalition of Black Civil Participation Spirit of Democracy Awards, where he was to be honored.
  • U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin and U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes speak with WYPR-FM's Tom Hall live from Capitol Hill to reflect on Cummings' his life and work.
  • And far from his district, Western Marylanders fondly remembered Cummings on Thursday as a kind lawmaker who was influential on both sides of the political aisle, reports the Cumberland Times-News.
  • Funeral plans were incomplete Thursday, but Bishop Walter Thomas said he expects services to be held in New Psalmist Baptist Church's 4,000-seat sanctuary, report the Sun's Jonathan M. Pitts and Pamela Wood. Cummings attended the church for nearly 40 years. Thomas predicted the church would be overflowing.
  • Cummings clashed with President Donald Trump, but on Thursday Trump called him a "highly respected political leader," in a tweet offering condolences, reports Lillian Reed for the Sun.
 Cummings used his verve and influential words to defend his native Baltimore and crusade for the less advantaged, writes the Sun's editorial board. He was a conscientious lawmaker well-versed on pressing issues and, most recently, a lead thorn in Donald J. Trump's side.
While he imagines many will be eyeing this rare and sad vacancy, blogger David Lublin on Seventh State suspects that Cummings's widow and current Maryland Democratic Party Chair Maya Rockymore Cummings would be a lock for the seat if she seeks it.

 Former Maryland Del. Tawanna Gaines pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge that she illegally used campaign funds for her personal benefit, reports Michael Kunzelman for the AP.  Gaines faces a sentence of up to 20 years after her plea to one count of wire fraud.
Despite demolition crews working at an unprecedented pace in recent months to tear down Baltimore's vacant houses, the number of abandoned buildings in the city has barely budged, reports Ian Duncan and Christine Zhang for the Sun. Even as long rows of empty houses are being razed, other homes are going vacant much faster than officials had expected - for reasons they're all but at a loss to explain.

 Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones pledged to the leaders of the state's public universities Thursday that they would not face significant funding cuts 
from the General Assembly, reports Tim Curtis for The Daily Record.

 University of Maryland Global Campus is one of six Maryland colleges to grow enrollment over the five-year period - compared to 15 schools that saw student enrollment shrink, reports Carley Milligan for the Baltimore Business Journal.

 Lobbying firms with major firepower will be called upon to get the Pimlico racetrack deal across the finish line, reports Josh Kurtz with Maryland Matters. Most of Annapolis' top lobbyists represent interests that want to see the deal done, and they'll be working their magic and calling in their chits for the multimillion-dollar proposal to improve Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park and guarantee that the Preakness Stakes remains in Baltimore.

 Law and order leaders in Cecil County met with Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh to discuss the ongoing opioid litigation and other potential public health collaborations for substance use disorder, reports B. Rae Perryman for the Cecil Whig. County Executive Alan J. McCarthy attended.

 Baltimore City agreements this week with the insurance giants Chubb and AXA will provide $20 million in covering against the kind of virtual assault that took place last May, which knocked out Baltimore government computers for weeks on end and paralyzed the water billing system for three months, reports Mark Reutter for Baltimore Brew.

 The Maryland Association of Counties now estimates a state education panel's recommendation would cost counties $1.9 billion in 2030 dollars, reports Michael Sanderson in Conduit Street, MACo's blog. That is greater than the $1.2 billion typically discussed for the county share of payments due to the Kirwan commission recommendations.

 The same group of people who have no idea what the Kirwan Commission is both support its recommendations to increase spending by 22% and oppose raising income taxes by $400 a year to pay for it, opines Red Maryland's Brian Griffiths on a Washington Post/University of Maryland poll released this week. He adds, if Marylanders oppose the idea of an extra $400 in taxes every year, just wait until they learn how much they're really going to have to pay to fund Kirwan, which will cost well more than $6,000 per family each year.

Wealthiest ZIP Codes in Greater D.C.
Ranked by Median household income (2017)

Locally Researched by: Carolyn M. Proctor, Washington Business Journal

20769 (Glenn Dale) is the wealthiest in our County!



The beginning of a new school year always comes with the feeling of a fresh start, even for those of us who are no longer in school! The excitement and enthusiasm that our students and staff bring to these first few weeks creates an environment for success that will last throughout the school year.

We can all use the new school year as a chance to reaffirm our commitment to the success of students across the State of Maryland. The face of education in Maryland is changing rapidly, as further sweeping policy and funding changes are considered and the demographics of our state continue to evolve.

As we move to implement and sustain these changes, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce continues in its role as a valued partner of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Our students have a vast array of skill sets and interests, and it is our charge to provide them with opportunities and tools to maximize their potential and determine prospective paths forward in their post-secondary lives.

The Maryland Chamber has worked alongside MSDE in a number of capacities to provide our students and teachers with valuable experiences for professional development and career exploration. This includes collaboration with our Division of Career and College Readiness at MSDE to support student engagement in work-based learning experiences through Apprenticeship Maryland, and connecting local school systems with local chambers of commerce to identify employers for student apprenticeships.

The Maryland Chamber is also a strong supporter of Maryland's Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) Program. P-TECH students earn an associate's degree and gain work experience while attending high school. The Maryland Chamber has been instrumental in recruiting business partners to work with school systems seeking to implement P-TECH.

Lastly, the Maryland Chamber has established a teacher externship program that allows teachers to work in industries related to the subjects they teach in order to enhance their curricula and educate their students in skills required to enter the workforce.
As the 2019-2020 school year moves full steam ahead, the Maryland State Department of Education is thrilled to continue our productive partnership with the Maryland Chamber of Commerce to prepare our students to enter the workforce.

Blog post by Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D.

Dr. Salmon has served as the State Superintendent of Schools in Maryland since June 2016. Immediately prior to joining the Maryland State Department of Education, Dr. Salmon served as Superintendent of Schools at the Bay Shore Union Free School District in Bay Shore, NY. She also served as Superintendent of Talbot County Public Schools from 2003-2013. 


Bowie State Breaks Ground

Those who showed up for Bowie State University homecoming festivities were late to a different party of sorts. The sprawling Prince George's County campus continued its expansion that will benefit Maryland's oldest Historically Black College and its corporate community.

A group of state, county, and local officials participated in an on-campus celebration heralding the construction of Bowie State's Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community. The ceremonial groundbreaking was held Oct. 10 at the university's Robinson Hall Lawn, as a preamble to the pomp and circumstance that signals the week-long celebration of pride on campus. 

"For over two years the Cabinet, community leaders, along with anyone who would listen, have heard me describe this unique project that was envisioned to open the campus to our surrounding community and to help strengthen our connection to the economic engine of the region," said BSU President Dr. Aminta Breaux. "It is exciting to see the concept advance to this phase."

The university continues to bask in a renaissance during a spike in student enrollment that includes a rise in the number of out of state applicants. However, trying to keep up with the need for adequate housing has been a challenge. In order to accomodate, BSU has needed more on campus residences and several new dormitories have been constructed over the last decade.

"As we continue to see increased demand from prospective students, we must meet that demand with more housing for students who are seeking a residential experience during college," Dr. Breaux said. "Last year, we broke an enrollment record when we hit an enrollment of 6,320 students and this year applications were up once again. We must keep pace with that demand if we are to fulfill our mission."

The residence hall will be more than just a temporary home for over 500 students who choose to live on campus. It will serve a dual purpose and become the new home of the university's Entrepreneurship Academy and the Bowie Business Innovation Center (Bowie BIC) that will become the first business accelerator located at a Maryland HBCU. This project is expected to help meet the university's growing demand for on-campus student housing and the facility will also provide retail space that will be open to the public. Plans also include space for Bowie State student businesses, a student makerspace and classrooms featuring state of the art technology.

Construction on the Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community is scheduled to begin next February and is expected to be completed by July 2021. University officials see this marking a significant expansion of space for business, innovation and entrepreneurship in Maryland.

"Among other goals I hope that this new facility will encourage those thousands of cars that pass the campus each day to stop and learn more about what I see at Bowie State University each day-excellence " Dr. Breaux said. "Excellence in our students, our faculty, our academic programs and our preparation for the 21st century workforce-this gem we have in Prince George's County."

The project is expected to cost $42 million and will be funded with tax-exempt bonds through the Maryland Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO). Balfour Beatty Construction is the lead contractor for the project and Design Collective, Inc., a national, award-winning design firm is also one of the collaborators. Smoot Construction, a minority-owned general contractor who worked on the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture is also a part of the construction team.

By Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer,

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2019 - 2020 Board of Directors
Stephanie P. Anderson ~ O'Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore, P.A.
Vice President
Terry Rogers ~ NAI Michael
Christopher Rizzi ~ Bohler Engineering
Cheryl Pyle ~ Money One Federal Credit Union
Past President
Andrew M. Roud ~ St. John Properties
General Counsel
Eddie Pounds ~ Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School
Laura George ~ Anne Arundel Medical Center
Craig Muckle ~ Archdiocese of Washington
Tom Zizos ~ Beall Funeral Home
Marvin Dunmeyer ~ BGE
R. Anthony Pasciuto ~ Byrd & Byrd, LLC
Cathy Martin ~ Bowie Comfort Inn & Conference Center
Michael Oleru ~ HOGAN
Pam Scott ~ M&T Bank
Sherman Ragland ~ Realinvestors Academy, LLC
Catherine Newman ~ Recorded Books, Inc.
Robert Waller ~ R.L. Waller & Associates
Diane M. Polangin ~ Total Tax Service
Vikki Kalitsi ~ Visiting Angels

Board Adviser:
Dr. Ron Watson ~ Watson Management Corporation

Executive Director:
Pauline K. Markward



County Legislation (CB-12-2018) states that all Prince George's County business owners, tenants, or operators of commercial and industrial properties, including but not limited to offices, stores, hotels, motels, gas stations, restaurants, factories, processing plants, and manufacturing enterprises, shall provide at least equally sized and equally convenient recycling containers to accompany each trash container on the interior and exterior of the property, including along storefronts.

To view a list of the County's acceptable recycling materials, visit
To review a copy of the legislation, go to

For more information, contact the Department of the Environment, Recycling Section, Inspection Unit at 301-883-3635.

If you don't already have one, establish a recycling program at your business or multi-tenant facility. Setting up a program is easy and we can help!

If you already have a recycling program, submit a copy of your Maryland Recycling Act (MRA) Recycling Tonnage Report to the Department of the Environment Recycling Section. Your recycling hauler may also submit the report on your behalf with your business/property name and address listed on the report.

Recycling is Good Business: Make it Your Business!

Businesses play an important role in Prince George's County's Recycling Program. Approximately one-half of the county's solid waste stream is produced by the business sector. Businesses also account for 2/3 of the county's current recycling rate.
All businesses can recycle. The Department of the Environment Recycling Section will assist your business in implementing a successful recycling program.

"How to Start a Recycling Program"

The steps to start a successful recycling program include:
  1. Obtain the support of the executive management
  2. Appoint a coordinator and program monitors to plan and implement the program.
  3. Determine the number of people participating and the types and amounts of recyclables generated.
  4. Discuss the program with local recyclers, and seek quotes from recycling haulers.
  5. Develop an efficient collection system.
  6. Educate all employees.
  7. Purchase items that can be recycled or reused.
  8. Publicize the success of the program.
 Call 3-1-1 for more information.


There are now 10 certified Green Bowie Businesses in the City. The most recent to complete the program is the Starbucks at Bowie Town Center! 

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 while gaining visibility in the community? 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: $10,000
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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