October 2018 Newsletter

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"Always deliver more than expected." - Larry Page, Co-Founder of Google

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

Soroptimist International of PG & AA Counties

Bowie Boys 
& Girls Club, Inc.

Long & Foster
Real Estate, Inc.

Fairwood Wine & Spirits

Watson Management

Bowie Business 
Innovation Center

Realty Transaction 
Services, Inc.

Cardigan Tile 
& Plumbing, Inc.

Insurance Sales Recruiter- Allstate

Holy Trinity Episcopal
 Day School

Bowie Home Improvement

Arbonne International

Ourisman Chevrolet
of Bowie

Brenda Pettus-Bellamy Pediatrics, Inc.

Ourisman Hyundai
of Bowie

Berman Enterprises

Bowie Interfaith Pantry & Emergency Aid Fund

State Farm Insurance
Angela Yancey

Upcoming Events

Multi-Chamber Mixer Networking Event
Thursday, October 4, 2018 @ 11:00am 
Crofton Country Club, 1691 Crofton Pkwy, Crofton, MD 21114

Inclusion Works Breakfast
Thursday, October 11, 2018 @ 8:00 am-10:00 am
U2, Inc., 7900 Harkins Road, New Carrollton, MD 20784

Contact Danielle K. Milner at for more information/

Paint Night: Women in Business
Thursday, October 18, 2018
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location:  Prince George's Stadium "Home of the Bowie Baysox"
Diamond View Room
4101 Crain Highway Bowie, MD 20716
Proceeds benefit the 
GBCC Women in Business Scholarship Fund

Wreath Laying
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Time: TBD
Veterans Park, 12700 9th Street, Bowie, MD 20720

Town Hall Meeting
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 @ 7:00pm - 9:00 pm
Bowie City Hall, 15901 Excalibur Road, Bowie, MD 20715

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!
Event Spotlight
20th Annual Golf Tournament
Thank you for braving the elements and supporting the GBCC's 20th Annual Golf Tournament. The event wouldn't have been possible without chamber members, community support and e
vent sponsors. 

GBCC would like to recognize: Bohler Engineering (Gold Sponsor), Money One Federal Credit Union (Lunch Sponsor), Texas Roadhouse (Door Prize Sponsor), Chick-fil-a (Brunch Sponsor), NASA Federal Credit Union (Welcome Bags), Beall Funeral Home (Beverage Cart), and Bowie Golf Course for going above and beyond expectations. Cheers to you!

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; and Jaden Smith, 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

"Young innovators showcase 
business acumen at Bowie State"
An electric cable organizer, a cognitive learning service for children, a salon for kids.
Those were just a few of the potential business enterprises teenagers showcased Friday at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Summer BizCamp final competition at Bowie State University.

The summer program teaches students how to foster a business idea, research its viability and get the idea off the ground. It culminates in a contest similar to the popular ABCreality series "Shark Tank."
"NFTE's tagline is to activate the entrepreneurial mindset of an entire generation," NFTE regional director Steve Legacy said. "We're trying to not only instill skills that are rooted in entrepreneurial thinking - things like comfort with risk, communications and collaboration, forward thinking- but also trying to instill in them a mindset of being able to tackle anything they attempt."

BizCamp ran for two weeks and originally included 12 competing projects. On Friday, six finalists were left vying for first place, which came with a $500 MasterCard gift card and entry into NFTE's National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. Second and third place offered $300 and $200 gift cards, respectively.

"I didn't realize I was even capable of doing this," said Janae Wilson, who took first place with "Redrock Theater," a program dedicated to helping disadvantaged kids gain access to quality theater instruction. "Even if you don't want to be an entrepreneur, it's very necessary to know all these skills in life. I know I'm going to use (what I learned here) in the future."

Each participant pitched their idea with a slide presentation - some using props as well - to a panel of judges. Judges asked questions, provided feedback and gave a final score.
"A lot of kids have good ideas and a lot of people don't listen to them and don't take them seriously," said judge Nyla Thompson, a freshman studying medical technology at Morgan State University. "I feel like this organization is very beneficial to them to get a good business plan and learn all the ins and outs of what to do."

Dominique Apollon is a 27-year-old judge who is a senior consultant at accounting firm Ernst & Young and also participated in the BizCamp competition as a teenager. Apollon said there's also value in these programs for today's professionals who can see the ideas that the next generation is coming up with.

"Being here truly inspires me, to see young kids taking risks, achieving and dreaming things," he said. "That's what inspires me to say 'Hey I have to step up my game, too.'"
While many of the projects kids develop are ultimately modified or not pursued, it's not uncommon for ideas fostered in BizCamp to become viable in the real world. According to NFTE's website, products such as Underdog Comics, an inspirational webcomic that celebrates diversity; Time's Up toothpaste, a children's toothpaste that changes color after two minutes; and Glow Cane, a walking cane that glows in the dark, got their starts with the program.

"What we have is a wide variety of support (from sponsors and schools)," Legacy said. "They come together with students and work with them on their projects. There's a lot of mentoring and coaching and that leads to a development of better products and services in the long run. Oftentimes it results in viable products and businesses."
Runners-up on Friday included Skyla Parran's second-place "Queen's Palace Salon," a beauty salon for kids under the age of 12, and Zoe Abdurrahman's third-place "Curls to Kinks," a hair product for women with curly or kinky hair.

By Jack Chavez

Find full article here.


P-TECH in Maryland

This month, the Maryland Chamber focuses on 
education, with a spotlight on P-TECH.

Learn about its origins and how P-TECH is having an effect in Maryland.
Follow along with the hashtag #MDCCEducation.

You've probably been hearing these five letters a lot lately-P-TECH. Governor Larry Hogan even claimed at a recent P-TECH roundtable, "It is one of the most creative and innovative approaches I have ever seen."

But what is P-TECH? Where did it start? And why is it important?


Maryland adopted the state's first P-TECH, or Pathways in Technology Early College High School, model in the fall of 2016. The program focuses on inclusion, workforce skills training, and opening doors to opportunities for students of every background. Originally started with two schools, the programs have since quadrupled, with eight schools currently in the state.

During the 2015 General Assembly, there was a unanimous, bi-partisan approval to bring the P-TECH model to Maryland. With a $600,000 commitment from the governor's budget, P-TECH was started.

At the governor's recent roundtable, P-TECH student Justice Heughan, a junior in the P-TECH Carver program said how meaningful the experience has been for him. "P-TECH has given me exposure to different career pathways. My father always told me to take advantage of every opportunity, and P-TECH has given me so many," Heughan said. "It is nice to have someone stand behind me who is invested in my future."


P-TECH Summer Institute 2018
P-TECH Summer Institute 2018

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce has 11 members currently involved as P-TECH partners. We asked those members: With a number of education and workforce development initiatives in Maryland, why P-TECH? What distinguishes this model from all the others?

Brian Hammond of the Community College of Baltimore County said, "I think this program is unique because of the involvement from our industry partners. They have been instrumental in structuring the mentor program, arranging site visits, and providing input on the curriculum. The curriculum piece is so valuable because they have a say in the skills that the students will possess when they start on the job site."

There's a reason that over 400 businesses are involved in this program-of those reasons are the skills gaps that exist in the state.

"Alban decided to participate in P-TECH because of the trade skills shortage. We also believe that if businesses get involved with students entering high school, they can become more aware of business acumen and business standards. Students learn the soft-skills required in a business environment," noted Monica Walker, dean of developmental education and special academic programs at Alban CAT.

P-TECH has proven to be beneficial for both students and businesses. According to James Deriu from KCI Technologies Inc., there are several advantages from a business perspective. "Oftentimes, entry level candidates will require a substantial investment to learn the basics of what we do. This could be a financial investment in formal, technical training but also informal mentoring and guidance in their first years. This program kick starts their technical development by giving [students] real-life experiences before they even enter the workforce."

For KCI Technologies, participating in P-TECH not only helps to better prepare candidates for open positions, but it also directly aligns with its vision to support the communities where they live and work. "Bringing about real and lasting improvements in our communities, through increased economic opportunities and workforce development, will take a lot of hard work," Deriu said. "We are excited to get to know our students and start them on the path to a prosperous career."

While business benefits are nice, it really boils down to the students. Marissa Ferraraccio, director of marketing at Dataprise, Inc., attested to the benefits they have seen first-hand for students. "Technology is a high-demand field with countless growth opportunities; those with technical skills will have the upper-hand when searching for their dream career," she said. "For us, it is exciting to see students provided with an opportunity they may not be able to afford on their own. Their enthusiasm about technology will propel them into their future and open countless doors."

"We are so proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization and look forward to watching the growth of the students at P-TECH."


Governor Hogan pushed for its inception in Maryland, saying, "The P-TECH model is not only expanding education opportunities, but it is strengthening the economy as well."

The interest in expanding P-TECH in the state is high and the Maryland Chamber is working to help garner participation for the model to continue to grow. Learn more through the Maryland Chamber Foundation.

Find the full article here.
Green Bowie Biz 

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

Create partnerships with the City, promote your business, promote Green events, have your company featured in their next newsletter, receive a Green Bowie window decal, be the subject of our tweets for a day, and more!

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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