October 2020 Newsletter 🎃

“All things are difficult before they are easy.” - Thomas Fuller
GREATER BOWIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
ANNOUNCES INSTALLATION OF NEW PRESIDENT

BOWIE, MD – The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced Terry Rogers as the organization’s 36th President. During his installation speech, Rogers stated that “Bowie is a great city with the distinction of being the fifth largest municipality in the state of Maryland and yet it is small enough to become familiar with virtually every business located in the Greater Bowie area”. One of his primary goals, in light of the pandemic, is to work closely with local business owners to provide them the support they may need by Communicating, Advocating and Connecting them to all available resources and networking opportunities necessary to help survive COVID-10 related business interruptions.  He added, “what matters most is that the Chamber has a shared vision with the Greater Bowie business community, and he looks forward to listening and learning from local business leaders”.
Rogers has over 30 years of experience in US Department of Defense, private industry and entrepreneurial leadership positions for both profit and non-profit companies and organizations. As a board member of the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, he is an Associate Broker at NAI Michael Commercial Real Estate Company, based on Lanham, MD. He is a graduate of Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ, and a U.S. Army Commissioned Officer Veteran. 
The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce is comprised of more than 250 members with common interests and concerns. It is the primary professional trade organization in the Greater Bowie area, dedicated to the protection, enhancement, and success of good business in the community.
'Tech intensity' key to business resilience: Satya Nadella

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday said "tech intensity" will play a key role in enhancing business resilience as well as transformation of organizations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking at a 'Microsoft Ignite' event, Nadella said the case for digital transformation has never been more urgent to succeed in a "world of unprecedented constraints".

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday said "tech intensity" will play a key role in enhancing business resilience as well as transformation of organizations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking at a 'Microsoft Ignite' event, Nadella said the case for digital transformation has never been more urgent to succeed in a "world of unprecedented constraints".

"...they will need to empower employees, foster a new culture of hybrid work, engage their customers in new ways, intelligently and virtually transform products and services with new business models and optimize operations to keep customers and employees, safe and secure," he added.

He noted that tech intensity is key to business resilience as well as transformation.


"The stakes could not be higher. Tech intensity will determine not only what organizations can weather the current crisis, but also determine that they are prepared to navigate future tail events," he said.

Nadella said Microsoft is the only company that has a complete technology stack to support both tech adoption and tech capability building.

He cited the example of Myntra and said the Indian online fashion retailer has seen hundreds of thousands of new customers each week since the start of the pandemic.

Find article here.


Efforts to improve Old Town Bowie persist; art festival planned for May pending coronavirus restrictions

Susan and Paul Buckley, the informal mayors of Old Town Bowie, were recognized through a Bowie City Council proclamation last week for their decades of service to the neighborhood; they have helped organize festivals, have volunteered for decades at Ascension Catholic Church and when COVID-19 hit, they set up benches for safe outdoor seating.
District 1 council member Michael Estève, Old Town Bowie’s representative, said it was nice to do something positive amid the coronavirus pandemic.

He held a virtual community meeting Tuesday to update people on what’s going on in the northwest neighborhood, including efforts to make the area a state-designated arts and entertainment district where makers can get a tax break. The Buckleys have helped with that too, lending a flatbed to serve as an outdoor stage, according to their proclamation.
Estève said a steering committee for the initiative is looking to encourage outdoor performances, improve walkability, identify affordable housing for artists and organize art-related festivals and events.

The committee’s chair Verna Teasdale said Wednesday that they are tentatively planning an art festival for May 2021, depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic. They plan to follow that up with smaller events held at least monthly. Teasdale said the plan is meant to draw people to Old Town Bowie, and then to keep them coming back.

They hope to include two stages for live performance, an art show, vendors and an oral history of the area, presented along with the Huntington Heritage Society.

“We’ll start with a festival and move to monthly events to encourage the redevelopment of Old Town Bowie,” Teasdale said.

The district straddles train tracks, with a city-owned railroad museum and welcome center on one side, and a row of antique stores on the other. The city was interested in buying another building in the area to help support the arts and entertainment district, Estève said, but it was sold before they could use money secured through the General Assembly.

Finding a building that will serve as a hub for artists and entertainers in Old Town Bowie is a long-term goal, Teasdale said.
Estève said they have been working for years to improve trails in Old Town Bowie. A new park is also slated for completion in mid-November at the end of 10th Street.

He said regardless of if the area ends up becoming designated –– they are yet to apply and don’t have a prospective date –– it is worth it to make improvements to sidewalks, trails and traffic, and to encourage the growth of businesses.

“The things we will have to do to get there are very helpful and useful to the community themselves,” he said.

By: Rachael Pacella
See Full Article Here.
Administrative Non-Profit Internship
Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce (GBCC)
Bowie, MD 20715
Temporarily/Part Time
Internship

Apply Now
Interested applicants please send resume/cover letter to info@BowieChamber.org

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 











COUNCIL EMERGENCY OPERATIONS STATUS

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-90-2020 on September 15, 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.


DISTRICT COUNCIL CONVENES TO REVIEW LAND-USE MATTERS

The Prince George’s County Council, sitting as the District Council on zoning matters, met virtually on Monday, September 21st. The District Council is granted authority to act on zoning matters by the State of Maryland Regional District Act, now in the Land Use Article, of the Maryland Annotated Code. 

COUNCIL CONVENES TO REVIEW LEGISLATION AND PROPOSED CORRESPONDENCE; EXTENDS COUNTY STATE OF EMERGENCY; RECEIVES COVID-19 BRIEFING UPDATE; HOLDS JOINT PUBLIC HEARING

The virtual County Council session on Tuesday, September 22nd, heard three important briefing updates. The first briefing, a Board of Elections update, was provided by Elections Administrator Alisha Alexander, joined by Deputy Chief Administrator Officer Floyd Holt. Critical details of the upcoming November 3rd Presidential General Election were shared. WATCH the Board of Elections briefing. 

During the second briefing, Council Members received a status update on the MDOT Purple Line P3 Project from Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Administrator, Kevin Quinn; Purple Line Project Director, Matt Pollack; Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation Major Projects Manager, Victor Weissberg; and Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation Deputy Director Martin Harris. The discussion included a focus on current litigation and the short-term plan for the State responsibilities for the Purple Line project and included Council concerns about the status of this critical project.  This briefing was also covered by The Washington Post and in Maryland Matters.  WATCH the briefing.

Finally, the Council also received a status update on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), on the I-495 and I-270 Managed Toll Lanes project. The briefing was presented by MDOT SHA I-495 & I-270 P3 Office Director Lisa B. Choplin; Deputy Director, Jeff Folden; Environmental Manager, Caryn Brookman; and Strategic Communications and Intergovernmental Affairs Manager, Shawn Eum. Deputy General Counsel Debra Borden and Planning Coordinator Crystal Hancock, representing the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation also participated in the briefing presentation. The deadline to provide public comments on the DEIS has been extended until November 9, 2020.  WATCH for the latest on this major State transportation project. 

Tuesday’s Council session also included the Presentation and Introduction of proposed legislation and approval of proposed correspondence. For Tuesday’s full agenda, WATCH the Council Session.

COUNCIL APPROVES JOINT LETTER TO GOVERNOR HOGAN ADDRESSING 2020 GENERAL ELECTION VOTING; GOVERNOR URGED TO CONTINUE SUPPORT FOR GENERAL ELECTION WITH ADDITIONAL FUNDING AND OPERATIONAL ASSISTANCE

The Prince George’s County Council, during a virtual session on Tuesday, September 22nd, voted to authorize Council Chair Todd M. Turner’s signature on a Joint Letter with County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. The correspondence, a follow up to a Joint Letter approved on July 7, 2020, urges Governor Hogan to continue support for the 2020 Presidential General Election by providing additional funding and operational assistance for local Boards of Elections to conduct a fair and successful General Election on November 3rd. The Prince George’s County Board of Elections estimates additional unbudgeted costs to the County of over $3.5 million to conduct the election. This briefing was also covered by Maryland Matters READ the entire press release

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOLDS VIRTUAL MEETING TO REVIEW LEGISLATION AND APPOINTMENTS

The Council’s Committee of the Whole (COW) met virtually on Thursday, September 24th, to review proposed legislation and County Executive appointees to the Prince George’s County Solid Waste Advisory Commission, Wage Determination Board, and the Commission for Animal Control, which were favorably voted out of COW for public hearings and consideration by the full Council.  CR-086-2020, legislation concerning the FY 21 Annual Transportation Plan for Maryland Public Transportation Programs and Americans with Disabilities Act Program; CB-058-2020, legislation establishing June 19th as Juneteenth Day to be observed as a regular County holiday in Prince George’s County, Maryland; and CB-057-2020, legislation establishing the Homestead Property Tax Credit for the County property tax for the taxable year beginning July 1, 2021 were also favorably voted out of COW for consideration by the full County Council. Additionally, COW approved a motion to draft a Resolution of Approval for the proposed designation of the Teed House as an Historic Site in College Park, Maryland.  WATCH Thursday’s COW meeting.

HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL WORK GROUP MEETS VIRTUALLY; DISCUSSION AGENDA INCLUDES CHALLENGES OF COVID-19 AND OVERVIEW OF INCLUSIONARY ZONING STUDY

The Housing Opportunities for All (HOFA) workgroup, established by CR-16- 2019, and chaired by Council Member Dannielle Glaros, met virtually for the first time on Friday, September 25th. The meeting, the first since the March County State of Emergency, was attended by more than 60 participants, including Council Chair Turner and Council Member Davis. Included on the meeting agenda was a discussion about the impact of COVID-19 on housing, and an overview of the Inclusionary zoning study for the County. HOFA is charged with assisting the County with setting priorities and implementing the Comprehensive Housing Strategy Report, entitled "Housing Opportunities for All for Prince George’s County.” The workgroup provides advice on any proposed legislation and/or changes for consideration by the County to policies, regulations, procedures, and distribution of County resources. Executive Director of the Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development, Estella Alexander serves as HOFA Co-Chair.

CONGRATULATIONS COUNCIL MEMBER DENI TAVERAS – 2020 CAIR COALITION COMMUNITY ADVOCATE AWARD RECIPIENT!

District 2 Council Member Deni Taveras is proudly congratulated upon being honored with the 2020 Community Impact Award, presented during the 2020 CAIR Coalition Virtual Awards Gala, on Wednesday, September 23rd. The stated mission of the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is to ensure equal justice for all immigrant adults and children at risk of detention and deportation in the Capital region area and beyond through direct legal representation, know your rights presentations, impact litigation, advocacy, and the enlistment and training of attorneys to defend immigrants. 
“Prince George’s County Council Member Deni Taveras has demonstrated that having an ally and lead advocate at the local level not only matters, it can make all the difference in the world, as we work to ensure that immigrants threatened with detention and deportation have access to the legal services needed to keep immigrant families together.” – 2020 CAIR COALITION VIRTUAL AWARDS

COUNCIL CHAIR TURNER ISSUES STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF SUPREME COURT JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG

The Prince George’s County Council joins the nation in mourning the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A groundbreaking Supreme Court Justice, professor and litigator, she was a tireless and powerful champion for equality under the law, who dedicated her entire career to upholding the ideals outlined in our Constitution. A fighter until her final days, Justice Ginsburg’s voice will be sorely missed on the Supreme Court and in our nation’s discourse. Her enduring legacy will continue to inspire the commitment of future generations of Americans to work for justice. The County Council remains grateful for her distinguished record of service, and we offer our sincere condolences to her family, loved ones, her colleagues and the nation during this most sorrowful and reflective time.

COUNTY EXECUTIVE ANGELA ALSOBROOKS ANNOUNCES PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY TO REMAIN IN PHASE 2 REOPENING; ANIMAL SERVICES FACILITY AND ADOPTION CENTER TO REOPEN, APPOINTMENT ONLY, ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced during a press conference on Thursday, September 24th, that the County will remain in Phase 2 reopening due to a slight spike in cases in the County after the Labor Day holiday weekend. This decision was made under the advice of County health officials after analyzing COVID-19 data and trends over the past two weeks. “I want to commend Prince Georgians for continuing to do a beautiful job of keeping each other safe,” said Alsobrooks. “The increase that we saw from the recent Labor Day holiday weekend was not as bad as the one we saw following the 4th of July weekend, so if our numbers continue to trend downward, we may be able to move into our next phase of recovery in the near future.”  The County Executive also announced that the Prince George’s County Animal Services Facility and Adoption Center (ASFAC) in Upper Marlboro will reopen by appointment only on Monday, September 28, for pet adoptions, pet redemptions, and animal intake. For details, WATCH ON YOU TUBE.  READ the press release. 

ELECTION 2020 – PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY VOTERS GET THE FAQ’S

What is the safest way to vote? To reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, all registered voters, including out-of-state students, those overseas or in the military, have the option and are encouraged to Vote-by-Mail in the November 3rd Presidential General Election. Please note that the deadline to register to vote for the 2020 Presidential General Election is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Got more questions about your voting options in the November 3rd General Election? Get Registered. Get Your Ballot. Get the FAQ’s! Visit the Prince George’s County Board of Elections ONLINE. 

DISTRICT 9 COUNCIL MEMBER SYDNEY HARRISON SHARING CENSUS INFORMATION; DEADLINE IS NEXT WEEK! 

On Friday, September 18th, District 9 Council Member Sydney Harrison and the District 9 Team went door-to-door in the community, urging residents to complete their 2020 Census. The deadline to complete the 2020 Census is Wednesday, September 30th. Getting counted means you will help bring increased federal funding resources to your community and help determine the updated legislative and voting boundaries. The next census will not take place again until 2030, so let’s make sure Prince George’s County gets the federal funding and resources it needs over the next 10 years! Make sure your family, friends, neighbors and every Prince Georgian gets counted. Visit my2020Cenus.gov or call 844-330-2020 today!

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY PLANNING BOARD SCHEDULES ANNUAL BUDGET FORUMS; 2020 BUDGET FORUMS WILL BE VIRTUAL

The Prince George’s County Planning Board of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is holding its 2020 Budget Forums virtually this fall, to solicit comments on the Commission’s budget for planning, parks and recreation in Prince George’s County for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2021. The virtual public forums will be held on Tuesday, September 29th at 7:00 p.m., and again on Tuesday, October 13th at 7:00 p.m.  Public participation is encouraged. Everyone who wishes to speak at the Budget Forum MUST REGISTER ONLINE by Noon, the Monday before the forum.  CLICK HERE to register to speak. 


September 29 - County Council- 10:00 AM   

September 29 - Board of Health - 11:00 AM   

September 29 - Sitting as Committee of the Whole - 1:00 PM   

September 30 - Zoning Hearing Examiner - 9:30 AM    

October 1 - Sitting as Committee of the Whole - 10:00 AM   

October 2 - Responsible Legacy Task Force - 10:00 AM  

October 2 - Food Security Task Force - 1:00 PM   

Meetings can be viewed from Council Livestream page


Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery

Maryland took early, aggressive, and unprecedented actions to contain and slow the spread of COVID-19. Thanks to these efforts, and the incredible sacrifices of Marylanders who stayed home and practiced physical distancing, we have successfully flattened and lengthened the curve.

The “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery” has been developed based on the recovery plans issued by the federal government, the National Governors Association, and premier institutions like Johns Hopkins and the American Enterprise Institute; shaped by the expert advice of the scientists and public health officials on Maryland’s Coronavirus Response Team; and tailored to our situation here in Maryland. The result is a responsible, gradual, safe path forward for our state.



Maryland Begins Stage Three

As a result of improved COVID-19 health metrics across the state, Governor Hogan announced on September 1 that Maryland will begin to move into Stage Three of the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’ with additional safe and gradual reopenings. Stage Three will be implemented in multiple phases with a flexible, community-based approach that empowers individual jurisdictions to make decisions regarding the timing of reopenings.

As part of the state’s initial entry into Stage Three, Governor Hogan announced the following additional safe and gradual reopenings that will take effect Friday, September 4 at 5 p.m.:

  • INDOOR THEATERS. Indoor theaters where live performances occur or motion pictures are shown may open to the general public at 50% capacity, or 100 people per auditorium—whichever is less—with appropriate health and safety protocols in place.

  • OUTDOOR VENUES. Outdoor venues where live performances occur or motion pictures are shown outdoors may open to the general public at 50% capacity, or 250 people—whichever is less—with appropriate health and safety protocols in place.

  • RETAIL AND RELIGIOUS FACILITIES. Capacity for retail establishments and religious facilities may increase from 50 to 75 percent.


On Friday, September 18, Governor Hogan announced expanded capacity for indoor dining, effective Monday, September 21 at 5 p.m.:

  • RESTAURANTS. Capacity for indoor operations at restaurants may increase from 50 to 75 percent, with appropriate distancing, and following strict public health requirements consistent with the CDC, FDA, and the National Restaurant Association. 

COVID-19 Statistics in Maryland
Number of confirmed cases : 125,510
Number of persons tested negative : 1,502,690
Total testing volume : 2,629,898
Number of confirmed deaths : 3,805
Number of probable deaths : 144
Currently hospitalized : 331
Acute care : 257
Intensive care : 74
Ever hospitalized : 15,542
Released from isolation : 7,568


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In Conjunction with Maryland’s Inaugural Statewide Restaurant Week, Governor Hogan Relaxes Indoor Dining Capacity Restrictions.

As of Monday, September 21, at 5 p.m., indoor dining at Maryland restaurants can increase from 50% to 75% capacity, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced in a Friday press release. The announcement coincides with Maryland’s inaugural statewide Restaurant Week, which began Friday, Sept. 18 and runs through Sept. 27.

“As we continue with the third and final stage of our recovery, I want to commend our state’s restaurant industry for their incredible resilience this year and for their continued commitment to the health and safety of Marylanders,” Hogan said in his announcement. “To celebrate the first-ever Maryland Restaurant Week, I encourage Marylanders to support their favorite local businesses, whether you do so through delivery, curbside pickup, or by dining indoors or outside.”

Spokespeople for Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, and Anne Arundel County told WTOP they will keep indoor dining at 50% capacity. As with other reopening announcements, Hogan gave local jurisdictions discretion on whether to follow state guidance.

Maryland’s restaurant owners have been pushing for the change, according to reporting from WBAL. Marshall Weston, president of the Restaurant Association of Maryland, recently told the outlet that if indoor capacity could not increase as the weather gets colder and limits outdoor dining, “employees may be laid off” and some restaurants would have to consider closing altogether. But as recently as Wednesday, Hogan said that health experts in the state did not want to see indoor dining capacity increase.

“I’m pushing to get more capacity and want them to, but our doctors — because our positivity has not stayed down, it has gone flat — they are really strongly against it,” Hogan said, adding that “a big chunk of the infection rates come from bars and restaurants.”

Maryland’s leisure and hospitality sector gained 5,800 jobs in August, the most job growth of any sector in the state — a change Hogan linked to the state’s gradual reopening.

 Purple Line Will Be Delayed as MDOT Seeks a Management Solution

Maryland transportation officials said Tuesday they will take over day-to-day management of building the Purple Line, at least temporarily, as soon as construction crews pack up and depart, a process that could come as early as next week.

They told the Prince George’s County Council there are firms eager to come in and guide the 16-mile rail project to completion, but they conceded that the demise of the state’s relationship with its original contractor, Purple Line Transit Partners, will lead to delays.

Maryland Transit Administrator Kevin Quinn told lawmakers the immediate priority is on making construction zones safe for the public when PLTP quits the project, a move made possible by the contractor’s court victory over the state earlier this month.

“We are evaluating every inch of the alignment over the next 30 days, taking a look at subcontractors, meeting with our subcontractors, to evaluate the work that can continue,” said Quinn.

He said the Maryland Transit Administration is still “evaluating” whether to keep the project in-house or hire a firm to take over for PLTP. “It’s a little too early to speculate and we’re looking at about a 4-to-6 month period to evaluate that. What I can say is there are a number of good contractors in this market who want to take on this work.”


Maryland Daily Record Announces Most Admired CEOs

Congratulations to our MD Chamber members for making The Daily Record’s list of ‘Most Admired CEOs’!

The following members of the Chamber were recognized for The Daily Record’s 2020 list:

  • Donald Fry (Greater Baltimore Committee)
  • Michael Sakata (Maryland Transportation Builders & Materials Association)
  • Kathleen Hetherington, Ed.D. (Howard Community College)
  • Mike Malandro (Choptank Electric Cooperative)
  • Gina Abate (Edwards Performance Solutions)
  • Dr. Ellen H. Yankellow (Correct Rx Pharmacy Services Inc.)
  • Augie Chiasera (M&T Bank)

Hogan Seeks Reforms to Maryland Environmental Service

Gov. Larry Hogan said he is calling for systemic reforms to the governance structure, oversight, and management of the Maryland Environmental Service. The governor sent a letter Wednesday to leaders of the General Assembly calling for potential reforms.

The governor’s office said recent developments have brought to light serious issues with regards to the lack of financial oversight and controls in place at the corporation, including concerns with how MES handles expense reimbursements, salaries and bonuses, and their longstanding practice of paying generous severance packages to departing executive directors.

The issue came to light after the agency’s former director, Roy McGrath, left to become Hogan’s chief of staff. McGrath resigned last month as the governor’s chief of staff amid questions about his $234,000 severance payout.

Upcoming calendar of legislative briefings and hearings

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
  • 1:00 p.m. – Economic Stability Study Group
  • Briefing on Post-COVID19 Initiatives
  • See MGA Website for additional information

Thursday, October 1, 2020
  • 10:00 a.m. – Maryland Community Health Resources Commission
  • Dial-in #1-617-675-4444; Passcode 750 849 549 2197#
  • See MGA Website for additional information

Reminder: Fill out your census.

Maryland Planning Secretary Robert McCord is asking the business community to help spread the word by asking their employees and customers to complete the census. The date to complete the 2020 Census has been bumped up to September 30, 2020, from the end of October. Census data is important beyond simply determining congressional lines and it may play a factor in federal COVID-19 vaccine distribution to states when one is developed. Make sure you’re doing your part by filling out the census and encouraging others to do so as well. You can find more information at www.census.maryland.gov.


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.

Multi-Chamber
Virtual Networking Luncheon

October 22
11:00am - 1:30pm

Greater Bowie Chamber
Greater Crofton Chamber
Greater Severna Park & Arnold Chamber
Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber
Southern Anne Arundel Chamber
Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce

Make valuable connections while promoting your business to members of other Chambers and business organizations.

Speed-networking/Ice-Breakers in breakout rooms

For more information:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/multi-chamber-virtual-networking-luncheon-tickets-123895535883




Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Contact the Chamber office at info@BowieChamber.org to secure your sponsorship today!
 
Unless otherwise noted above, register online www.BowieChamber.org

For additional information call 
301-262-0920 or email info@BowieChamber.org
 
72-Hour notice is required on cancellations
Kudos

If your business has reached a milestone or received an award, please email the Chamber at info@bowiechamber.org. 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!
Committees

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.

Legislative
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 info@BowieChamber.org


New & Renewing Members

BGE

Distinctive Hair & Grooming for Men, LLC

Willowbrook JV, LLC


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 membership@BowieChamber.org.