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Welcome to Bowie, Maryland!
Welcome to the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce Newsletter and to our community, one of the best places in Maryland to live, work and raise a family.

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce understands that in order to have a strong economic environment you must have a strong community. We are truly blessed in our community to have leaders, business owners, educators and citizens who realize that we all share in the responsibility of creating economic success and happiness within our community.

The Chamber’s goal is to work toward improving the quality of life for all through the support and commitment of its members, volunteers and committees. The Chamber is proud to sponsor events throughout the year to help support the community.

As the Executive Director, I am honored to work alongside our dedicated Board who all share the same vision, business growth and healthy community environment.

If you are not a member of the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, please join us today. Your membership will benefit your business and the community. I look forward to working with everyone.

Be well,
Pauline K. Markward
Executive Director
News & Notes
Executive Committee
Terry Rogers, President
Congratulations
Bowie Town Center's 20th Anniversary

Bowie Town Center is celebrating its 20th Year Anniversary in the business. Congratulations on reaching such a milestone with great success.

During all those years, Bowie Town Center has done a lot to help our community by providing quality service, and of course, lending credibility to the city's business community. Having you as a Bowie Chamber member has been a pleasure.
There's Something About Bowie
 
On behalf of the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, I would like to encourage members, chamber staff, and members of the board to guest blog about why they love working and living in Bowie.

Please send your letters to info@BowieChamber.org using "There's Something About Bowie" in the subject line.
News & Notes
Membership Development

Do You Just Belong?
by Anonymous

Are you an active member;
The kind that would be missed?
Or are you just contented
That your name is on the list?
Do you attend the meetings
And mingle with the crowd?
Or do you stay at home
And crab both long and loud?

Do you take an active part
To help the church along
Or are you satisfied to be
The kind that just belong?
Do you ever go to visit
A member that is sick,
Or leave the work for just a few
And talk about the clique?

There's quite a program scheduled
That means success if done,
And it can be accomplished
With the help of everyone.
So attend the meetings regularly,
And help with hand and heart—
Don't be just a member,
But take an active part.

Think this over, member:
Are we right or are we wrong?
Are you an active member?
Or do you just belong?
Join a Chamber Committee Today!

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.
Membership is just a CLICK away!
News & Notes
Healthcare Committee
TEN YEARS OF TOP QUALITY CARE:
KAISER PERMANENTE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE (HMO) PLAN
CELEBRATE 10 YEARS OF FIVE STAR RATINGS

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rated Kaiser Permanente’s Medicare health plans
5 out of 5 stars, placing the plans among the best in the nation

ROCKVILLE, Md.— For the tenth year in a row, Kaiser Permanente is again among the highest rated Medicare health plans as indicated in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) annual Star Ratings for 2022. In the newly released ratings, Kaiser Permanente’s Medicare Advantage (HMO) plans are the only plans to achieve a 5-star rating – the highest possible – in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia for the tenth year in a row. The top rating demonstrates the health plan’s exceptional approach to providing expert medicine, seamless quality care, and outstanding service to its Medicare health plan members.

“At Kaiser Permanente, we are extremely proud to be recognized for our ongoing commitment to delivering high-quality care and an exceptional member experience with five-star ratings from CMS for the 10th year,” said Ruth Williams-Brinkley, regional president for Kaiser Permanente, Mid-Atlantic. “This important accomplishment required focus and commitment from all members of our team to deliver our uniquely integrated care to our nearly 800,000 members in the region. Together, we are improving health and helping our members thrive. It is an honor to celebrate a decade of receiving 5-star ratings from CMS.”

CMS created the Medicare star quality rating system to provide beneficiaries with a way to assess Medicare health plans based on quality of care and service delivery, so they can make an informed decision when choosing a plan. CMS uses the star ratings system to rate Medicare health plans on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, with 5 stars representing the highest quality. CMS is a federal agency and division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Our Permanente physicians are dedicated to advancing quality, innovation and value,” said Richard McCarthy, MD, executive medical director for Kaiser Permanente. “Telemedicine and on-demand 24/7 virtual care, for example, enable us to maintain close connections with patients, which has been especially transformational for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of disease during the pandemic. The data shows that if every person in the nation received the superior care our Permanente physicians provide, hundreds of thousands of lives would be saved each year."

Every year, CMS rates all Medicare Advantage health plans (Parts C and D) on multiple facets of care and service, including chronic conditions management, health maintenance, patient experience, customer service, and pharmacy services. The ratings align with Kaiser Permanente's integrated health care delivery system, which brings a multitude of services together to focus on patient and customer needs. The ability to transform care and improve health outcomes along with its systematic approach to continuous improvement highlight Kaiser Permanente as an organization that sets the standard for health care.

“Our patient-centric approach, bolstered by our cutting-edge data systems, means that patients are getting reliably excellent care,” said Joseph Territo, MD, associate medical director of the Mid-Atlantic 2 Permanente Medical Group. “Over the past year, while we rapidly responded to the pandemic and provided great care to our patients with COVID-19, we also continued to concentrate on disease prevention, chronic conditions management and effective treatment programs for all our patients”

Medicare-eligible people can enroll in individual Medicare Advantage and Part D plans during the Medicare open enrollment period, which begins on October 15 and runs through December 7, 2021. Medicare-eligible individuals who have a 5-star Medicare health plan available in their area can also take advantage of a special enrollment period that runs from December 8, 2021, through November 30, 2022. During that time, they can join or switch to a plan with a 5-star quality rating (one plan change allowed per special enrollment period).

The CMS 5-star ratings is the latest in a series of positive quality recognitions for Kaiser Permanente in the Mid-Atlantic region. In September, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) rated Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States as the only private (commercial) and Medicare health plans available in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia to earn a 5-star rating according to the organization’s Health Plan Ratings for 2021. 2021 is the eighth NCQA report in which Kaiser Permanente’s regional health plan in the Mid-Atlantic received 5 stars.

In addition to national quality ratings, evidence shows that Kaiser Permanente’s members live longer, healthier lives thanks to an integrated delivery system, regular disease screenings, cutting-edge treatment plans and successful management of chronic conditions. Whether members need a mammogram or blood pressure checks, these are integrated into care across the health system, making access convenient for members. For example, not only can a Kaiser Permanente member receive a mammogram at nearly all the health system’s 34 medical centers in the region, but mammogram results are often provided in less than an hour. If the mammogram findings are suspicious, follow-up diagnostic breast imaging and biopsy can often be completed the same day – reducing stress for the member and speeding up the diagnosis. As a national leader in the percentage of members receiving breast cancer screening, Kaiser Permanente breast cancer patients have a lower mortality rate compared to national benchmarks. Additionally, any visit at Kaiser Permanente is a blood pressure check – whether it is an eye exam or a dermatology visit – which is one important step that results in better management of high blood pressure among Kaiser Permanente members compared to national averages.

Medicare beneficiaries can learn more about the star ratings and Kaiser Permanente’s Medicare health plans by visiting www.kp.org/medicarestars

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in Hawaii in 1958, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve almost 12.5 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-ofthe-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health.
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 http://health.mypgc.us/flu
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some people can become severely ill. Although most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks of illness, some people experience post-COVID conditions. Post-COVID conditions are a wide range of new, returning, or ongoing health problems people can experience more than four weeks after first being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Older people and those who have certain underlying medical conditions are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. Vaccines against COVID-19 are safe and effective.

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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.
News & Notes
Women In Business Committee
73 Percent of Companies With Gender-Equality Practices
Increased Profitability and Productivity in 2021. Here's Why.

Equitable practices are good for the bottom line. If you're not implementing them yet, now's the time to start.
By Kevin Leyes May 27, 2021

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Gender equality in the workforce is critical to the opportunity, growth and success of all companies. Companies that use equitable hiring and pay practices are more likely to see increased sales and productivity in their workforces, which translates to more monetary success for a company as a whole. In 2021, of businesses that employ gender equality practices, 73 percent reported increased profitability and productivity. While equitable practices are inherently good for women, it's clear they're also good for businesses — for the bottom line as well as the office culture. 

What is gender equality?  
Gender equality in the workplace refers to equal access to resources for male and female employees. Gender equality practices often include hiring quotas for women, equal opportunities for women in leadership and equal pay. In addition, gender equality in the workplace refers to equal access to promotion opportunities, equal decision-making power between men and women and the removal of barriers for women to participate. While gender equality in the workforce doesn't guarantee identical results, its primary focus is to provide equal opportunity for both men and women. Eliminating hiring discrimination based on family or childcare responsibilities is also often included in gender-equality practices.   

How gender equality improves business
Having more women within a company, on teams and in positions of power or leadership has drastic impacts on a company's overall practices. Gender equality matters because it's proven to create a dynamic workplace with a broader collection of backgrounds, viewpoints and life experiences, resulting in a more well-rounded decision-making process. Creating equal opportunities for men and women to collaborate on decisions also leads to diminished risk-taking, less aggressive strategies and improved workplace satisfaction and employee turnover rates.   

Women are a positive investment in the workplace. According to the Global Gender Gap report, women are increasingly more highly educated in comparison to men. A company's competitive advantage on a global scale is deeply impacted by a company's ability to attract and retain the best talent, which means highly educated women are valuable players for a company's overall worth. Top-tier employees are also more likely to stay in diverse and equitable organizations, which helps to eliminate employee turnover.  

For leadership teams, women are an essential part of the equation. Executive teams are 21 percent  more likely to have above-average profitability if the team is gender diverse. The presence of women in top managing positions can drastically raise the value of a company or firm worldwide. Research and studies across the board prove that women are positive for a company’s bottom line.  

Illustrating the difference 
Picture two companies in 2021. Company A is a male-dominated company with only a few women, none of whom work in management or upper-level leadership. This company has a high rate of employee turnover and cannot draw in top talent because many of its current staff only have BAs or some college. Because this company lacks gender diversity, its leadership team takes many high-level risks and engages in aggressive business tactics. The company is doing okay financially, but has not seen any significant growth in the past few years. 

Company B emphasizes gender equality in the workplace. Its hiring practices emphasize seeking out capable female applicants. Because of this, many women work at the company, and several are part of leadership and management teams. The women who work at this company have high-level degrees, and some have Master's degrees. There are higher staff-retention rates overall. Because the leadership team is gender diverse, the company takes less risks and is valued much more highly than company A. Company B also has more sales and a higher profitability rate than company A. Company B attracts highly skilled employees and is among many gender-diverse workplaces that experience higher rates of productivity.  

The only difference between these two companies' practices is that Company B believes that gender equality at work is essential to a thriving business. The women in Company B create a diverse work environment that produces successful deals via a well-rounded decision-making process.

Women in leadership help balance decisions, and the company has higher sales. In 2021, as we emerge from Covid-19, companies cannot afford to miss out on the success that company B has seen. Companies must create hiring practices that create opportunities for qualified female candidates to participate in their workplace. Gender equality results in increased sales, engagement and opportunity for success in a highly diverse workforce.

Consider the practices you have in place to promote gender equality within your own business, and if they're not as sound as they could be, now's the time to implement change and set yourself up for future gains. 

WRITTEN BY
Kevin Leyes is the chairman of Leyes Empire and the founder and CEO of Leyes Media, a social-media marketing and public-relations agency and VVS, an urban jewelry company.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/372660
News & Notes
Corporate & Community Relations Committee
Green Bowie Veterans Day 5K

Runners, be sure to mark your calendars because the Green Bowie Veterans Day 5K is back and better than ever! The Green Bowie 5K is a FREE fun run and walk for everyone. The course is a certified 5K one and registration gets you a free t-shirt and access to a great way to celebrate our many veterans in the City of Bowie. This event is also a way to celebrate the many "green" efforts in Bowie and has many aspects of sustainability involved, including being outside and being active! Register here. .

When: November 13, 2021, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Bowie Town Center. Race begins in the parking lot behind Five Guys.

Questions? Contact Ashleigh Diaz at 301-809-3044 or email adiaz@cityofbowie.org.
Peanut Butter Shelf
Bowie Chamber 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. (Chamber Office is Suite 117.)
News & Notes
Business & Economic Development Committee
U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
United States

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every state and the District of Columbia.

Additional information, including the hourly and annual 10th, 25th, 75th, and 90th percentile wages, is available in the downloadable XLS file.

The Great Resignation: Why millions of workers are quitting

Americans are leaving their jobs in droves.

In August 4.3 million Americans quit their jobs. While some people have left the workforce entirely, job security and better pay are top concerns for others.

The quits rate, which is measured against total employment, rose to a series high of 2.9% in August, according to the Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey.

“We were all able to take a step back in the last year and spend more time doing other things and really question the value of what we’re doing at work,” said Anthony Klotz, a management professor at Texas A&M University. “A number of people have made the decision, ‘I need to make a change.’” 

Dubbed “The Great Resignation,” the exodus of workers has created hiring challenges for companies and left millions of jobs unfilled. 
 
More than half of U.S. workers surveyed said they plan to look for a new job in the coming year, according to Bankrate’s August job seeker survey. Some 56% of respondents said adjustable working hours and remote work are a priority.

Working women have faced an additional burden, juggling child care duties, virtual schooling and their careers.

So, what does the realignment of the workforce mean for employees and businesses? And what steps should you take before quitting your job?



PUBLISHED TUE, OCT 19 20214:42 PM EDTUPDATED WED, OCT 20 202111:50 AM EDT
6 Reasons Why Americans Aren’t Returning to Work

  • Millions of lost positions have yet to return to the job market but there are near-record job openings and job growth has been slower than expected in recent months.
  • Enhanced unemployment benefits ended nationwide on Labor Day, and even sooner in many states. So far, evidence suggests benefits didn’t play a big role in sidelining workers.
  • Other factors are at play, according to economists. They include Covid health risks, early retirements, care duties, built-up savings and other frictions.

On the surface, conditions may seem ripe for a boom in the U.S. labor market.
There are still 5 million fewer jobs than before the pandemic but job openings are near record highs. And hourly pay has risen, in some sectors by more than 10% in a year.

Meanwhile, enhanced federal unemployment benefits ended on Labor Day (or sooner) and kids are largely back in the classroom. Both enhanced jobless pay and distance learning, it was thought, had been roadblocks keeping people from returning to work.

However, that boom hasn’t materialized in recent months — at least, not at the rate many expected. Job growth slowed in September after surging in the spring and early summer, and the labor force shrank.

“If you had ever told me we’d have millions of workers still on the sidelines and have wages going up because people couldn’t find workers, you could knock me over with a feather,” said Diane Swonk, chief economist at accounting and advisory firm Grant Thornton.

Early evidence suggests enhanced jobless benefits played at most a small role in keeping people from work. So, why aren’t people rushing back to take jobs?

There are many reasons and complex nuances, according to economists. Here are some of the main drivers.

Covid
Health risks associated with the ongoing Covid pandemic have clearly played a role in recent months, according to economists.

Job growth slowed in August and September, when caseloads were spiking due to the delta variant. (There were 366,000 and 194,000 new payrolls added those months, respectively, compared to 1.1 million in July and 962,000 in June.) 

“The September jobs report is a reminder that the pandemic is still what controls our recovery,” said Daniel Zhao, senior economist at job site Glassdoor. “The pandemic is still keeping workers out of the labor force.”


A record 4.3 million people quit their jobs in August. Front-line workers in sectors like restaurants, bars and retail quit at the highest rates — lending credence to the idea that fear of contagion and hazards of in-person work are playing a role, Swonk said.

Job growth should re-accelerate as Covid cases abate, according to Zhao. (There were roughly 76,000 average new daily infections as of Oct. 18, less than half their recent Sept. 1 peak.)

Early retirements
Early retirements have also reduced the pool of available workers.

Older adults are at higher risk of severe illness and death from Covid. They may have opted to start drawing Social Security and live off their nest egg instead of taking a risk at work, economists said. Grandparents may have also offered to watch their grandkids and ease childcare duties for working parents.

“All those things would push especially hard on people in their 60s to come out of the labor force,” said Aaron Sojourner, a labor economist and associate professor at the University of Minnesota.

Compared to two years ago, there were 3.6 million more people out of the labor force in September who indicated they don’t want a job right now, Sojourner said, citing U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. People age 55 and older account for 89% of the increase.

“I think we shouldn’t assume they’re never coming back,” Sojourner said. “But for now, they’re not back.”

Care responsibilities
Care responsibilities have made it tough for some workers — especially those who can’t work from home — to come off the sidelines.

For example, many schools reopened for in-person learning for the new academic year, helping ease childcare constraints for parents. But Covid outbreaks have led to sporadic quarantine periods that may stress parents’ ability to hold or commit to a steady job.

“That uncertainty will make it difficult for workers, especially in front-line service roles,” Zhao said.

Further, in September, there were 1.8 million more people not working due to caring for someone sick with Covid, relative to a year earlier, according to Sojourner, who analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey.

Further, there were 336,000 more people who said they were mainly not working due to care for an elderly person, Sojourner said.

Savings
Households across the income scale have been able to amass higher savings relative to pre-pandemic levels.

Cash balances were up 50% for the typical household in July 2021 relative to two years earlier, according to the JPMorgan Chase Institute.

“People might feel with a little extra buffer on hand, that they have a little more time to wait,” said Fiona Greig, co-president of the institute. “They don’t have to find a job this moment.”

The federal government sent large amounts of cash to families to combat the Covid-fueled downturn, including stimulus checks, enhanced unemployment benefits and increased food-stamp benefits. Lawmakers also offered temporary relief to renters, homeowners and student-loan borrowers.

Families may have also spent less money with certain entertainment and other venues closed during the crisis.

Balances of the lower-income families are up 70% and those of higher-income families are up 35% over two years, according to institute data.

But that extra cash may not last long, perhaps pushing workers who deplete savings back to work. Higher-income households have the most savings on a dollar basis (more than $4,000) relative to lower earners (who have $1,000 in their checking accounts), according to the institute.

Wages
There may be near-record job openings — but that doesn’t necessarily mean businesses are paying a wage workers will accept.

Wages have risen more than $1 an hour, or 4.5%, in the past year across all private-sector jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some sectors are up more — leisure and hospitality pay is up 11%, to $18.95 an hour, for example. The Bureau attributes the upward pressure on earnings to a rising demand for labor.

But that higher pay may still not be enough to attract workers from the sidelines, Sojourner said. That’s more likely to be the case if a job has deteriorated in quality, he said — whether because of health risks, increased hours or other inconveniences like dealing with unruly customers who oppose mask requirements. There may also be a competing priority like the cost of child care.

Corporate profits and productivity are up more than average wages over the past two years, so many employers likely have room to further raise pay, Sojourner said.

“The big question is, why aren’t companies bidding up wages and working conditions fast enough to pull people off the sidelines?” Sojourner said.

It will take time
It will also take a while to work out some of the frictions that have built up in the labor market in the past year and a half, economists said.

Jobless workers have had ample time during the pandemic to reassess their working lives and what they want from a job. Some may opt to switch careers. The available jobs may also not be in a worker’s prior occupational field or in their geographical area.

There’s also a mismatch between worker and company expectations. For example, between one-fourth and one-third of corporate chief financial officers expect their organization to return to in-person work full-time, which is fundamentally inconsistent with the flexibility workers want, according to Tim Glowa, a principal at Grant Thornton, citing company surveys.

And much of the low-hanging fruit in the labor market has already been plucked, so to speak. Many workers who were temporarily laid off (furloughed) early in the downturn have been recalled to their old jobs or moved on to other work — leaving the tougher proposition of hiring the permanently unemployed or people who fell out of the labor force, Zhao said.

“Getting people back into jobs isn’t something you can do at the snap of a finger,” he added.


PUBLISHED WED, OCT 20 20211:47 PM EDTUPDATED WED, OCT 20 20213:53 PM EDT
Save the Date!
In-Person Networking Opportunity
Bowie Chamber 5:35!
Comfort Inn & Conference Center - Bowie
2nd Wednesday of the Month (November 10, 2021)
Starts at 5:35 p.m.
Cash Bar
No registration required.

20th Anniversary Block Party
Bowie Town Center
15606 Emerald Way
Bowie, MD 20716
Saturday, November 6, 2021
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Free for everyone
  • Taking place on Emerald Way in the area near the fountain
  • Variety of free goodies and giveaways to celebrate 20 years
  • DJ
  • Local dignitaries will speak
  • Kids entertainment
  • For more info, visit BowieTownCenter.com, or visit our social platforms

Annual Veterans Day Ceremony & Wreath Laying
Veterans Day Ceremony at Bowie Veterans Memorial Park Old Bowie
Thursday, November 11, 2021
11:00 a.m. 
Bowie Memorial Post 8065, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is this year's host veterans organization. Commander Megan Bogley will be presiding.  

Green Bowie Veterans Day 5K
When: November 13, 2021, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Bowie Town Center. Race begins in the parking lot behind Five Guys.
Questions? Contact Ashleigh Diaz at 301-809-3044 or email adiaz@cityofbowie.org.
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
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

News & Notes
Legislative Committee
City of Bowie

Collection change: Trash that attracts wildlife must be in cans (eff. 11/1/21)

To discourage wildlife from getting into trash, the City has made a change to its refuse collection rules. The change will go into effect on November 1, 2021.

Household waste containing food scraps, diapers, pet waste, cooking oil, or any other items that may attract wildlife must be placed in a trash bag and then the bag must be placed in a trash receptacle with a tight fitting lid.
 
Bags that contain any of the items listed above can no longer be put out at the curb for collection. They must be in trash receptacles to prevent vultures, rodents, and other animals from getting into the trash. Questions? Call 301-809-2344 or email amullikin@cityofbowie.org
New management company selected for golf course

The Bowie City Council has authorized the City Manager to enter into a golf management agreement with a new management company to operate the Bowie Golf Course. Indigo Sports will take over management duties and will work to reopen the course in the coming weeks.

On October 18, City Council unanimously approved an agreement with the firm, which is based in Reston, Virginia, and currently operates courses all over the US, including two courses in Anne Arundel County. Over the next few weeks, Indigo will be hiring employees and setting up operations. The City has been maintaining the golf course grounds since it closed on October 1 and looks forward to welcoming golfers soon. City staff has also been making numerous minor repairs to the structures and cleaning the facilities to make sure they are safe and ready for business.

The course closed at the beginning of October when the City was unable to come to terms with another management company. The previous course operators retired on September 30 after 40 years running the Bowie Golf Course.
The Bowie Golf Course Reopens November 3, 2021

The Bowie Golf course will once again open to the public for play and golf cart rentals on Wednesday, November 3. There will be a soft opening on Monday, November 1st, during which the gate will open for guests and prospective employees to come in and speak with the Indigo Sports team. Indigo Sports will also begin taking tee times on that date.

For more information, please email TJ Basil (tbasil@compasspointegolf.com), Michael Senneca (msenneca@indigogolf.com) or Justin Smith (jsmith@indigogolf.com). If you would like to receive updates on the status of the Bowie Golf Course, please email golf@cityofbowie.org.




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!

2021 - 2022 Board of Directors
Officers
Terry Rogers 
President
NAI Michael
Chair, Nominating Committee
Michael Oleru
Vice President
BGE
Chair, Business & Economic Development Committee
Christopher Rizzi
Secretary
Bohler
Vikki Kalitsi
Treasurer
Visiting Angels
Chair, Budget Committee
Stephanie P. Anderson
Past President
O'Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore, P.A.
Vacant
General Counsel
Directors
Tom Zizos
Beall Funeral Home
R. Anthony Pasciuto
Byrd & Byrd, LLC
Reginald Forbes
Forbes Financial
Chair, Golf Tournament
Eddie Pounds
Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School
Tonga Y. Turner
Kaiser Permanente
Chair, Healthcare Committee
Tony Perez
LA Perez Consulting
Muriel Evans-Buck
Luminis Health
Co-Chair, Golf Tournament
Pam Scott
M&T Bank
Craig Muckle
Marketing Consultant
Co-Chair, Golf Tournament
Catherine Newman
Melvin J. Berman
Wanda Rogers
Realty Transaction Services Inc.
Chair, Women in Business Committee
Andrew M. Roud
St. John Properties
Michael Byrd
Sydian Systems, LLC
Chair, Legislative Committee
Chair, Membership Committee
Diane M. Polangin
Total Tax Service
Pauline K. Markward
Executive Director
Thank you!
Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce can't thank our members enough for all they 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 membership@BowieChamber.org.  

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