November 2020 Newsletter

“A business that makes nothing but money is poor business." - Henry Ford
November is a Month for Giving!

November is a month known for Veterans Day, elections, time change, Thanksgiving and Black Friday. But for those of us in the nonprofit sector, there are a few more important days in November… National Philanthropy Day and Giving Tuesday.

According to the U.S. Department of Treasury, American individuals foundations and corporations gave $450 billion to U.S. charities in 2019, up 4.2 percent from the previous year. Strong economic growth in 2019 made the past three years of charitable giving the highest on record.

According to, $128 is the average online donation amount. $326 dollars is the average annual donation total for recurring donors. 67% of nonprofits across the globe are set up to accept online donations. However, if you ask many area organizations, they will most likely tell you they need to increase their donor base, especially during the COVID 19 Pandemic.

Are you one of those who are giving?

6 Tips to an Outstanding Holiday Season as a Small Business Owner

The holiday season is upon us, but as a business owner, you already know that. For many businesses, this is the most profitable time of year. For some it’s exciting, and for others, it’s a little nerve-wracking.

Here are 6 ideas for you to prepare and grow your small business during the Holiday Season:

1) Set Sales Goals
You can’t know what you need to prepare for the holiday season without knowing your goals. Sit down with your trusted team members and carve out goals for hitting different targets along the way from now until the end of the year. Define your goals as the minimum goals you need to reach, your expected goals, and your stretch goals. Don’t only define these goals in terms of revenue. Add any other goals you may have such as customer engagement and social media following.

2) Create a Holiday-Focused Marketing Campaign
Use our holiday-crazed society as a benefit to your business. We’re programmed to LOVE holidays, especially the present buying season. Don’t be shy about it, let your target audience know that you have what they need and since you’re a small business, you actually care about them, so you’ll do it better than the big guys.

3) Make a Plan to Stock Up on Extra Inventory
You’ve done your best to anticipate the crowds, their needs, and be prepared, but was it enough? Make sure you have a plan to purchase extra inventory quickly if your holiday sales are better than expected.

4) Decorate Your Windows and Store
Even the “grinches” of the world secretly love the holidays, and they’ll love coming into your festive store. Take some time to decorate your storefront for the season. It’ll draw the eyes of passersby and bring them in. We know you don’t have the budget of Macy’s or Tiffany’s, but a bit of holiday cheer will help your bottom line. Here are a few tips on decorating your storefront.

5) Train Your Seasonal Employees
You know you’ll be busier than usual this holiday season, so you hired a couple of extra employees. Invest your time and train them properly. Even though you may not see its worth now, the better their training, the better experience your customers will have, and the less stressed you’ll be about an unexpected rush.

6) Invest in New Software
Have you been eyeing new software? Whether you’re in need of updated bookkeeping, inventory tracking, or employee management systems. The holidays are busy enough, buy yourself this early holiday gift and enjoy the perks of your business run smoother and spend more time with your family, friends, or alone with some peace & quiet.

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The Prince George’s County Council continues to operate under the Governor’s “Proclamation and Declaration of State of Emergency and Existence of Catastrophic Health Emergency – COVID-19”, effective March 5, 2020, and amended September 1, 2020, and 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-101-2020 on October 13, 2020. 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. 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.


The Prince George’s County Council hosted the Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Annual Statewide Tour on Thursday, November 5th, to discuss transportation needs and priorities in Prince George’s County. Maryland Transportation Secretary Gregory Slater and Deputy Transportation Secretary Sean Powell were among a host of state officials who discussed the Draft FY 2021 – FY 2026 Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP), which details the Maryland Department of Transportation's (MDOT) six-year capital budget with County officials and members of the public who participated. Floyd Holt, DCAO on behalf of County Executive Angela Alsobrooks , and Terry Bellamy, Director of the County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation, also offered comments about the County’s transportation priorities. 
MDOT's annual tour of 23 Maryland counties and Baltimore City outlines the state’s transportation investment plan over the next six years and engages local officials in dialogue about transportation concerns and priorities. The meeting was held virtually in consideration of the COVID-19 State of Emergency in Prince George’s County and Maryland.


The Prince George’s County Council Committee of the Whole (COW) convened virtually on Thursday, November 5th.  Council Members hosted Darryll J. Pines, the 34th and first African-American president of the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Pines discussed his vision and mission for the University of Maryland, including its partnerships with Prince George’s County. The COW also reviewed three Council resolutions - CR-098-2020, concerning the 2018 Water and Sewer Plan, which was moved favorably as amended; CR-104-2020, extending the reporting dates for the Prince George’s County Reentry Advisory Board, approved committee members; and CR-099-2020, concerning Healthy Food Priority Areas in the County. The COW held this measure in committee for further discussion. 


The District Council and Prince George’s County Planning Board Joint Public Hearing on the proposed Countywide Map Amendment (CMA), scheduled for Thursday, November 19, 2020, has been postponed.
This decision was reached given recent metrics indicating a resurgence in COVID-19 cases; in alignment with the advice of public health officials and Phase II COVID-19 public health emergency operations in Prince George’s County; and due to recent disclosures required under State law which prevents a quorum of Council Members required to hold the Joint Public Hearing with the Planning Board to consider the proposed CMA.
To ensure full consideration and opportunity for public comment, as well as an orderly implementation of the new Zoning Ordinance, additional notification will be provided for the proposed CMA hearing, once the County’s emergency status indicates the meeting can be held safely, and the District Council and Planning Board determine it is appropriate to proceed in accordance with State law. 


The Prince George’s County Responsible Legacy Task Force, established by Council Resolution-009-2020, is charged with reviewing all County monuments, parks, street names, County buildings and other places of honor, and creating a process to determine the future of names linked to a prejudiced past. Friday’s meeting agenda for the nine-member task force, included a review of County facilities, particularly the Department of Public Works and Transportation; Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission; Prince George’s Memorial Library System; Office of Central Services; and the Circuit Court. The committee is also working to develop naming criteria, an item that will be further discussed at the next meeting scheduled for December 4th. The Prince George’s County Responsible Legacy Task Force will submit an interim report on or before December 31, 2020 and prepare a final report on or before June 30, 2021.


Established by CR-062-2020, the Prince George's County Food Security Task Force, is addressing issues related to the demand and supply of healthy food and areas with limited access to healthy food, food health connections, school meals, and food insecurity in Prince George's County. The Food Security Task Force met on Friday afternoon, and included on the agenda were presentations on food services and food security concerns in the County, by the Capital Area Food Bank, No Kid Hungry, and the Prince George’s County Health Department. The task force will meet again on December 4th, at which time they will continue discussion about a planned survey focusing on COVID-19 Food Security Interventions & Lessons Learned. The Task Force will submit a written report on or before June 30, 2021.

The Prince George’s County Police Reform Work Group held a final listening session for the community on Thursday, November 5th.  Priority to hearing from community members, the Work Group received comments from three of the County’s faith-based leaders – Pastor Bobby Manning, First Baptist Church of District Heights; Pastor Anthony Maclin, The Sanctuary at Kingdom Square; and Pastor Lincoln Burruss,
Community members shared their comments virtually or submitted them directly to the Work Group. The Police Reform Work Group is expected to submit its final report and recommendations by the December 4th deadline. 


It was a busy Election Day in Prince George’s County! The Council thanks all who served our community on Tuesday so our voters could participate safely in the process. We are sharing some of the Council’s photo reflections of the day. 


In response to the nationwide fall COVID-19 surge and rising positivity rates, case rates, and hospitalizations in Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan, in a press conference on Thursday, November 5th, provided a detailed update on the state’s preparedness and urged Marylanders to follow all public health protocols. 
Governor Hogan Announces Series of Actions to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
New Directives Reduce Indoor Dining Capacity to 50%, Restore Mandatory Teleworking for Government Employees

Public Health Advisories Limit Indoor Gatherings to 25 or Less, Expand Warnings on Out-of-State Travel

Emergency Health Order Expands Hospital Surge Capacity

New Guidance for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

ANNAPOLIS, MD—With Maryland’s positivity rate exceeding 5% for the first time since June and health metrics spiking across the nation, Governor Larry Hogan today announced a series of actions to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“Since last week, most of our key metrics have worsened considerably,” said Governor Hogan. “More people are getting infected with the virus, more people are being hospitalized, more people are going into intensive care, and more Marylanders are dying. The actions we are taking today are absolutely necessary to help us withstand this surge, to save lives, and to keep Maryland on the road to recovery and open for business.”


  • INDOOR DINING CAPACITY REDUCED TO 50%. The governor issued an emergency order reducing indoor operations for bars and restaurants from 75% to 50%. Bars and restaurants in the State of Maryland are permitted to be open for seated and distanced service only, with strict capacity restrictions. Read the governor’s order.


  • PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY TO LIMIT INDOOR GATHERINGS TO 25 OR LESS. With contact tracing data showing an uptick in cases resulting from family gatherings and house parties, state health officials have issued a public health advisory strongly discouraging indoor gatherings of 25 people or more. Read the health advisory.

  • EXPANDED OUT-OF-STATE TRAVEL ADVISORY. With contact tracing data showing an uptick in confirmed cases connected to travel outside of the state, the governor has directed the Maryland Department of Health to issue an expanded public health advisory for out-of-state travel. Marylanders are strongly advised against traveling to any state with a positivity rate above 10% or any state with average case rates above 20 per 100K. Anyone traveling from these states should get tested and self-quarantine while awaiting results.

  • This public health advisory—which takes effect immediately—applies to personal, family, or business travel of any kind. Marylanders are advised to postpone or cancel travel to these areas until their positivity and/or case rates decline. Read the travel advisory.

  • GOVERNMENT OFFICES TO RETURN TO MANDATORY TELEWORKING. Governor Hogan has directed the Maryland Department of Budget and Management to immediately execute a period of mandatory telework across state agencies, except for essential direct public-facing services and other essential personnel. State officials strongly encourage all businesses to take immediate steps to expand telework.

NEW HOSPITAL SURGE CAPACITY ORDER. State health officials have issued an emergency order expanding hospital surge capacity. Read the emergency health order.

  • Provides state EMS officials with the flexibility to shift patients to alternate care sites such as the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital, Laurel Hospital, and Adventist Takoma Park Hospital, and to add capacity at those sites if the need arises.

  • Requires hospitals to implement plans to stage and accept surge patients. All hospitals will be required to begin preparations to increase COVID-19 related operations by making sure they have enough beds and staff.

  • Makes additional infection control staff available from regional hospitals and other nursing homes to intervene and provide support through mutual aid agreements when outbreaks occur at any one nursing home.

NEW GUIDANCE FOR NURSING HOMES AND ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES. State health officials have issued new guidance for slowing the spread of COVID-19 at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Read the nursing home guidance.

  • Marylanders should take all precautions to protect their loved ones at nursing homes and assisted living programs including staying home if sick and getting tested before they visit.

  • Nursing home and assisted living program staff should minimize their contact with large gatherings and work with their management on communicating early and often about infection control issues at their facilities.

  • Nursing homes and assisted living programs are reminded that indoor visitation is not permitted if the facility is currently conducting outbreak testing and in accordance with federal guidance on this subject. Each facility may restrict visitation, to include the number of individuals allowed in the facility at any given time, on a facility-specific basis given each facility’s circumstances and infection control guidelines.

EXPANDED CONSULTATIONS WITH LOCAL LEADERS. At the governor’s direction, administration officials will increase teleconferences with county and municipal leaders in order to ensure additional real-time coordination.

Administrative Non-Profit Internship
Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce (GBCC)
Bowie, MD 20715
Temporarily/Part Time

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Interested applicants please send resume/cover letter to

Internships at Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce
GBCC is a non-profit membership based business in Bowie, MD. Our organization focuses on educating, advocating and connecting local businesses. We are currently seeking two (2) part time interns for the 2020/2021 year. Our internships provide a great experience for students with opportunity for pay and school credit. All internships vary in time frame, depending upon experience and availability, and last between 3-9 months. All of our interns will work one-on-one with board members, directors, volunteers and other interns during the internship.

All college interns are trained as senior level interns and have the chance to work in administrative positions that include planning and coordinating programs, workshops, events, and fundraisers.

All high school interns are trained as junior level interns and are provided with more training on management areas. A Midterm and Final review will be provided by Board of Directors for all internships.

Internship Responsibilities:
  • Commit to personalized timeline/schedule
  • Commit to follow through on projects
  • Commit to GBCC trainings
  • Follow the Daily Schedule
  • Educate the public on memberships/opportunities
  • Assist Board Members/Volunteers/Directors/Interns
  • Submit a Weekly Review 

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

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!
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
The November 10th deadline is fast approaching for applications to the County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA) program, through the Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The program supports renters experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the re-launch of the ERA program, eligible owners, landlords or property managers, with valid county rental licenses, can apply on behalf of their tenants to receive financial assistance for past due rental payments dating back to April 1, 2020. The amount of rental assistance available is capped at $1,800 per month for up to 6 months. Funding for this program is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit DHCD online for more information, eligibility requirements and the application portal.

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.)

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

Waterman Engineering & Consulting, LLC

A & K Family Learning Leaning Place, Inc.

Realty Transaction Services, Inc.

HBL Business Services, LLC

NASA Federal Credit Union

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