September 2019 Newsletter
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"I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! 
Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them." - Madam C.J. Walker
 
Our Mission 
To protect, enhance and promote local business by providing a voice for business at local, county and state levels.
 
Corporate Partners

Platinum:
BGE an Exelon Company

Bowie Baysox

Gold:
St. John Properties

Todd Turner, 
Councilman- District 4

NAI Michael

W.F. Chesley Real Estate, LLC

Silver:
Berman Enterprises

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

Somerset Construction Company

Visiting Angels Homecare Agency

Widmann Financial Services

Incubator:
Maryland Secretarial
Services, Inc.
 
New & Renewing Members!

Text 2 Them, Inc.

Realty Transaction Services, Inc.

Thrive Senior Living
Tribute at Melford
RE/MAX Leading Edge

European Wax Center

Prince George's Community Federal Credit Union

Hospitality Development Co. II, LLC

 
Save the Date!

Bowie Public Safety
Appreciation Breakfast
Friday, September 20, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Comfort Inn & Conference Center
4500 NW Crain Highway
Bowie, MD 20716
 

Mayoral Election Candidate Forum
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Kenhill Center
2614 Kenhill Drive
Bowie, MD 20715

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

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
 
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.)

 
Business
Community
 Guide

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

***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 info@bowiechamber.org. 

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 info@BowieChamber.org

  


Chamber Member Spotlight





Patricia Cleary Dukes is of counsel to Byrd & Byrd, as a general practitioner. She has experience in all types of civil litigation and transactional practice, with particular interest in employment law, real estate and non-profit management. She received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Baltimore in 1998, earned her B.S. in Management Studies at Maryland - University College. Patty has been a guest lecturer on tort law and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Patty is a nice addition to our legal team. Get to know Patty a little better from her responses to our 10 questions...

1.  How long have you been practicing law?
Twenty (20) years - I met Jackie Byrd on the first day of law school and we graduated together 3 years later. Now we work together.

2.Why did you become a lawyer?
I worked full-time as a paralegal and was finishing my bachelor's degree at night. When I was close to finishing my degree, I sat for the LSAT and applied to law school. I was accepted and became a full time student.

3.What is a pet peeve you have about practicing law?
Practicing is not what you see in the movies and on TV! Sometimes it is tedious work and rarely is there a "gotcha" moment in a courtroom.

4.What is your feeling when potential clients ask about the cost of your legal work?
Lawyers don't have anything to sell other than their time and brain horsepower. When I accept a client, I am devoting my time, brain and energy to their legal issues and to no one else...not other clients, my family or myself. I am being paid to do the worrying for my clients and I take that responsibility very seriously.

5. What would you typically ask a client to bring with them when they come in for an initial consultation?
Don't call me unless you want me to give you an honest assessment; I tell my clients what they need to hear and not necessarily what they want to hear.

6.What is your favorite quote?
"Bitterness is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die."

7.Who inspires you, and why?
I admire people who face adversity.

8.What book are you currently reading, or what was the last book you read?
Currently reading: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (J.D. Vance)
Last book I read: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (Atul Gawande).

9.What is your favorite Sport, Song and Movie?
I've been an avid Redskin fan since their first Superbowl appearance in 1972.
Favorite song at the moment is, "Windows Are Rolled Down" by Amos Lee
Favorite modern movie is, "Silver Linings Playbook".

10.If you didn't practice law, what would you be doing?
Medicine, but I can't stand the sight of blood.


We would like to introduce our new law clerk, Dan Schwartz. We welcomed Dan to our legal family in June. Prior to working with Byrd and Byrd, Dan was originally an auto mechanic. But he wanted to transition from a career in automotives, so he embarked on a new professional journey and became a law enforcement officer in Prince George's County. Upon an early and very unforeseen retirement, he went back to school and attended college at AACC and later graduated from UMUC, Magna Cum Laude.

 Thereafter, the Office of the Sheriff requested his return. Though this time Dan wouldn't be conducting SWAT operations, but rather creating the Office of the Sheriff's Body-Worn Camera program, which was a major success. Presently, Dan is a second year law student at the University of Baltimore School of Law and looks forward to graduating in 2021. He feels blessed to have two amazing parents - both of which have been and continue to be major influences in his life. 

Dan says his parents raised him to put others before self, and that's what he always tries to do personally and professionally. He takes great pleasure in helping others and hopes to continue to be a positive influence in the community as a member of the Byrd and Byrd family.

Medicaid Mondays

Medicaid Mondays
Byrd & Byrd, LLC hosts a FREE monthly, informal seminar designed to provide our community with information about the basic guidelines and requirements of the Medicaid eligibility process. Our attorneys will also field questions you may have regarding Medicaid. These seminars take place on the second Monday of every month. Each Medicaid Monday is held at our office, located at 14300 Gallant Fox Lane, Suite 120, Bowie, MD 20715. They begin at 5:30pm and go until about 7pm. Light refreshments are provided and space is limited.
 
Please call or email our office to find out the date of our next Medicaid Monday and reserve your spot.

RSVP to (301) 464-7448 or email info@byrdandbyrd.com

 
September 5 Byrd and Byrd will present Masterful Moves from 10am to 12pm. This is an educational mini-series for inter-generational families, adult children and seniors. Witness our panel of professionals coordinate the services needed for a positive outcome of the scenario they are presented. Learn which professionals, legal documents and services are available to make a Masterful MoveThis mini-series will take place at the Laurel /Beltsville Senior Center, 7120 Contee Road, Laurel, MD 20707, 301-206-3350. Our attorney R. Anthony "Tony" Pasciuto will give the presentation. You may need a Senior ID to enter this Senior Center. To get your M-NCPPC Senior ID, contact the center for more information, 301-206-3350.
 
October
 
October 11 - Byrd and Byrd will give a presentation on "Adding a Co-Owner vs Authorized User, What You Need to Know" from 10am to 11am. Thinking of adding a family member as Co-Owner or Joint Owner to your bank account or any other assets? It seems simple, but do you want a Co-Owner or an Authorized User? Do you know the differences between Co-Owner and Authorized User and how to evaluate the strengths and risks of each? Not sure of the difference or what you really need or want? Our attorney, Joshua Winger, will explain the differences. This will take place at the Laurel /Beltsville Senior Center, 7120 Contee Road, Laurel, MD 20707, 301-206-3350. You may need a Senior ID to enter this Senior Center. To get your M-NCPPC Senior ID, contact the center for more information, 301-206-3350.
 
October 22 - Byrd and Byrd will be at the Greenbelt Health Fair. The health fair is open to the public and will take place from 10am to 2pm. Full information is not available at the moment, but please visit our website for updates and more information on this event.
 
November
 
November 1 - Prince George's Senior Provider Network (PGSPN) will present it's 2019 Family Caregivers Workshop. Full information is not available at the moment, but please visit our website for updates as to the time, location, and how to register for this event.

 
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!



 
10 Expert Social Media Tips To Help Your Small Business Succeed

1. Lead with objectives
 
"Start with your top three marketing objectives, then evaluate how social media may help you achieve them. Too often business owners buy into the idea that 'I have to be there. I have to be in all these new places or I'll be left behind.' But social media has to help you reach your objectives or you're just wasting time. Don't think of social media as just a megaphone for your business, but think about how it can help you reach your goals."
John Jantsch,  business marketing consultant, speaker, and author of Duct Tape Marketing.

2. Build your authority
 
"As a business owner, I believe that you can't over-invest in your LinkedIn presence in 2018. This also applies to anyone looking to further their career or success, particularly those working in sales or marketing. Concentrating on growing audiences and engagement on LinkedIn can absolutely boost sales and conversion rates. It will also lead toward amazing opportunities for collaboration.

"As someone who turns entrepreneurs into media celebrities, I teach that LinkedIn is also excellent for attracting amazing opportunities to be seen as the go-to authority for your industry. Authority is a currency. The more of it you have, the more you can cash in on opportunities for growth of all kinds."
Josh Elledge, founder of upendPR.com, and a weekly syndicated newspaper columnist who reaches more than 1.1 million readers; also regularly appears on radio and more than 75 TV stations across the country.

3. Start a conversation
 
"The key thing with Facebook is to remember that the algorithm they use rewards posts that have interaction. If a business posts something but no one responds, then Facebook won't show it to anyone. They're trying to keep people on their website, and they can only do that by showing posts and stories that people find interesting. It's going to get more difficult, as Facebook announced they're going to be changing their algorithm. They'll now favor content from friends over companies and other pages."

"The key is to ask questions and respond to the answers. A car dealer could post a picture of someone buying their first car and, sure, it's interesting enough. But if they turn around and ask people, 'What was your first car?' they have a chance to get people to answer, and then they can respond. Now, to that person who answered the question, it's not a car dealer, it's a car dealer who knows his first car."

Adam McCloskey, Associate Director, Florida SBDC at UWF, which is part of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide network of more than 40 centers offering consulting, training, and resources to aspiring and existing small businesses.

4. Show appreciation
 
"The most important thing about social media is that it's not just about you! Social media is not a monologue where you tell the world about the awards you've won, or the special deals on your products and services. It's an opportunity for you to connect, in a meaningful way, with the people who have helped you and supported you in business. If you think about the 10 to 20 most important people in your business world, social media allows you to recognize and thank them for helping you along the way. You can thank them by giving recognition to their posts and tweets: like, follow, and share their messages. It's your way of saying thank you. More importantly, they will appreciate the gesture and continue to support your efforts."

Brian Moran, small business expert and founder of SmallBusinessEdge.com.

 5. Stand out
 
"Social media is personal. It's your personal brand first, and your job or business second. You need to convey your persona. Get above the noise. Be different. You don't have to wear a superhero costume like me, but in a world of social media noise you need to stand out and be remembered."

Kedma Ough, "Small Business Superhero" speaker and small business consultant.

6. Have a clear goal
 
"Advertising on Facebook can be lucrative, but it will require an investment in both time and money, and there will be a learning curve. Know exactly what you are trying to accomplish: sales, leads, or both? Avoid "dopey" metrics like likes, follows, or impressions. Use Facebook pixel and/or Facebook lead ads so you can track and measure results. As a small business owner who advertises on Facebook myself, I measure the ad spend vs. sales or leads generated to determine if it's worth it or not-so should you."

Gene Marks, small business owner and author who writes daily for The Washington Post and weekly for Forbes.

7. Dominate on one platform
 
"Find out where your target customer spends time online. Then pick one social platform and dominate on that one. Claim your profiles on the other networks, but focus most of your time on that one. Listen first. You need to be 'friend-raising' online. I started out (on Twitter) just sharing other people's content for six months. When you share your own content, do it on a four to one ratio-share four pieces of someone else's content for every piece of your own that you share. On Twitter, where I have over 324,000 followers, my advice is, 'Be sweet, retweet.'"

Melinda Emerson, the "Small Biz Lady" and author of the e-book How to Become a Social Media Ninja.

8. Create a calendar
 
"Planning your social media activities will allow you to post consistently-and get more consistent results. You can create a strategy and actually get better results with less time and effort. You can determine which activities to automate and which to assign, whether that's to an employee or contractor."

Anita Campbell, CEO of Small Business Trends, which offers a free downloadable social media calendar template.

9. Be visual
 
"Attention spans are short so be sure to add photos and videos to your social content. It will boost engagement and is perfect for businesses with products to show off. If you have a service-based business, consider a photo with words or a photo that complements your text. And don't overlook visually-oriented platforms like Instagram and Pinterest."

Carol Roth, billion-dollar deal maker, creator of the Future File Legacy Planning System, business advisor, New York Times bestselling author, and TV host and personality.

10. Don't try to do it yourself
 
"As a small business owner, your time is limited, so delegate social media work to someone (or a team) in your company, or engage an outside expert. Then add the cost of your social media strategy to your budget."

Barbara Weltman, author of J.K. Lasser's Small Business Taxes and publisher of Idea of the Day® and Big Ideas for Small Business® at BarbaraWeltman.com.  

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County Council Adopts Legislation Moving Countywide Sectional Map Amendment Process Forward 



The Prince George's County Council, during the final session before summer recess, voted unanimously on Tuesday, July 23rd, to approve a Council Resolution initiating the Countywide Sectional Map Amendment (CMA) process.  CR-27-2019,approved and submitted by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), addresses the preparation of a Countywide Sectional Map Amendment and approval of Goals, Concepts and Guidelines; and the Public Participation Program to apply the zoning classifications in the approved replacement Zoning Ordinance enacted in 2018.  In other action, the Council also approved CR-26-2019 and introduced CB-11-2019, which will allow for an additional public comment period during the CMA process.

The Countywide Sectional Map Amendment is required to implement the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances passed by the Council in 2018 following over four years of review. The new Zoning Ordinance aims to streamline procedures, reduce obstacles to achieving the economic goals of the Plan 2035, the County's Adopted General Plan; enhance user-friendliness; encourage public input into the development review process, consolidate and simplify zones and uses, and incentivize development at targeted growth locations.

Council Chair Todd M. Turner says Tuesday's adoption of the CMA legislation is a critical step forward as the County looks to implement the County's new Zoning Laws.  "Last year, the District Council passed the County's new Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations following years of work to update the County's land use policy, and the Council's adoption of CR-26-2019 and CR-27-2019, along with CB-11-2019, moves us closer to implementing new zoning laws in Prince George's County, which are long overdue."

M-NCPPC will now begin the approximately 18-month process, including notification to all County property owners, community outreach and stakeholder engagement, joint public hearing(s) and Planning Department staff, Planning Board and County Council review.  For additional information on the Zoning Rewrite and the Countywide Section processes, please visit the County Counciland M-NCPPC websites.   WATCH Tuesday's session for the full Council agenda.


 


 
PET STORES SUE STATE OVER PUPPY MILL LAW: Pet stores including Just Puppies and Charm City Puppies are suing Maryland over a so-called puppy mill law set to go into effect next year, saying it violates the U.S. Constitution, Scott Dance of the Sun reports. The law limits where stores can obtain dogs and cats for sale to three sources: animal welfare organizations, animal control units and licensed breeders.
PENSION RETURN BELOW BENCHMARK: Last month, the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System revealed that the state's pension investment returned 6.46% for fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. In a story that repeats itself every year, the MSRPS underperformed other state pension funds and failed to beat the passive index of 60% stocks and 40% bonds. The return is over half a percent below the MSRPS' benchmark of 7.11%, and a percent below the system's 7.45% actuarially assumed rate of return, Carol Park reports for the Maryland Public Policy Institute.

JOHNSON & JOHNSON RULING MAY BODE WELL IN LOCAL SUITS: Maryland municipalities who are suing companies in the prescription opioid industry for their alleged role in fueling the state's opioid addiction problem got an encouraging sign Monday as an Oklahoma judge ruled Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries must pay the state $572 million for its role in that state's addiction problem, Phil Davis of the Sun reports.
DISCORD IN BSO NEGOTIATIONS: After months of acrimony, some of the key players in the dispute between the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra management and musicians came together the other day on the supposedly neutral ground of Annapolis. But even there, with a well-respected former state senator presiding over the proceedings, it was hard for the two sides not to air their dirty laundry - and their grievances - in an uncomfortably public way, Josh Kurtz of Maryland Matters writes in analysis.

OPINION: CLARITY NEEDED ON TOLL LANES: The editorial board for the Sun opines that the Hogan administration's attitude toward highway, bridge and tunnel tolls has long been bewildering. On the one hand, Gov. Larry Hogan proudly lowered tolls statewide four years ago. On the other, he recently endorsed a plan to create private toll lanes on Interstate 270 and eventually the Capital Beltway that could charge motorists as much as $40 during peak travel times. Are tolls good or bad? Are they too high or too low? What's their proper role in relieving traffic congestion? The governor seems to be of two minds on the subject.

TWO TO SEEK DEL. LAFFERTY's SEAT: A longtime community activist in Towson has announced her intention to seek a soon-to-be vacant seat in the House of Delegates. Bryan Sears of the Daily Record writes that Cathi Forbes, a 20-year resident of Baltimore County, is the second Democratic candidate to express an interest in the seat currently held by Democratic Del. Steve Lafferty. Last week, Henry Callegary, an attorney and president of the Baltimore County Young Democrats, announced he would seek an appointment to the seat.

MD, DC SEEK RECONSIDERATION OF TOSSED-OUT TRUMP SUIT: A federal appeals court should reconsider its decision to throw out a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency through his luxury Washington hotel, officials in Maryland and the District of Columbia argued Monday in a legal filing, the AP is reporting. A lawsuit brought in 2017 by the two jurisdictions alleges that Trump violated the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution by accepting profits through foreign and domestic officials who stay at the Trump International Hotel.

SEN. SALLINGS DENIES CALLING OMAR 'ILLEGAL:' A Maryland state senator who just launched a congressional campaign has denied posting a now-deleted tweet that called U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar an "illegal." Pamela Wood of the Sun writes that Johnny Ray Salling, a Republican from eastern Baltimore County, was responding to a July 23 post from a Florida Republican about a request for an ethics investigation into Omar, a Democrat from Minneapolis.
  • Bryan Sears of the Daily Record reports that the Council for American Islamic Relations demanded that Salling apologize for the now-deleted tweet, which said,"Get rid of this illegal know (sic)!!!!!" "Regardless of personal views and biases, elected officials have a responsibility to conduct themselves impartially and to demonstrate that they can model tolerance and inclusivity for all of their constituents," said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. "Senator Salling should apologize for his post or resign from public office."
CANDIDATE FILES TO OUST U.S. REP. SARBANES: Annapolis Democrat John Rea has yet again filed to challenge Rep. John Sarbanes in Maryland's 3rd Congressional District, Chase Cook of the Annapolis Capital reports. Rea is a perennial candidate who has been running for office dating back to 1996. He ran for the 3rd Congressional District seat in 2018. He got 2,300 votes to Sarbanes' 64,000.

CITY UPBEAT ON STATE CRIME AID: Following a meeting Friday afternoon between Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Baltimore Mayor Jack Young and Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, some city public officials say they are encouraged that more state aid will be approved to help reduce crime, John Rydell reports for WBFF-TV.

WHITE HOUSE ATTEMPTED TO KILL CITY RAT-ERADICATION FUNDING:In March, the White House proposed eliminating the Community Development Block Grant, which is the primary funding source for Baltimore's public housing rat-elimination program among several other housing programs across the city and country, Catherine Rentz reports in the Sun. This was before President Trump tweeted about Baltimore being rat-infested.

CITY REPUBLICANS JUMP INTO MAYOR's RACE: Baltimore voters haven't elected a Republican mayor since Theodore McKeldin left office in 1967. But that isn't stopping GOP hopefuls from jumping into the 2020 mayoral race, Luke Broadwater of the Sun reports. The Republican primary for Baltimore mayor took firmer shape Monday as political strategist Catalina Byrd held a campaign launch event on North Avenue.

 




 


2019 - 2020 Board of Directors
 
Officers:
 President
Stephanie P. Anderson ~ O'Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore, P.A.
 
Vice President
Terry Rogers ~ NAI Michael
 
Secretary
Christopher Rizzi ~ Bohler Engineering
 
Treasurer
Cheryl Pyle ~ Money One Federal Credit Union
 
Past President
Andrew M. Roud ~ St. John Properties
 
General Counsel
Eddie Pounds ~ Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School
  
Directors:
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 bit.ly/acceptedpgc.
To review a copy of the legislation, go to bit.ly/CB122018.

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.

 
Youth Leadership Bowie

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) and the City of Bowie are pleased to announce the 2018-2019, selections for the Youth Leadership Bowie (YLB) program year: Ethan Kelly, Eleanor Roosevelt High School; Donovan Padilla, Bowie High School; Kaden Proctor, Bowie High School; Elijah Arcusa, Bowie High School; Onaje Lewis, Bowie High School; Jaden Smith, Bowie High School; Jalen Mack, Bowie High School, Nicholas Mack, Bowie High School and Kemauri Batson, 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 info@BowieChamber.org
 

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 www.cityofbowie.org/greenbowiebiz!


Staff Contacts
Ashleigh Armentrout
aarmentrout@cityofbowie.org
 
Tiffany Wright 
twright@cityofbowie.org
 
 
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.

PRESENTING PARTNER
Annual Investment: $10,000
 
PLATINUM PARTNER
Annual Investment: $5000

GOLD PARTNER
Annual Investment: $2500

SILVER PARTNER
Annual Investment $1000

INCUBATOR PARTNER
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 membership@BowieChamber.org. 

New members can join by clicking here
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