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Bowie Business Recognition Awards
The Ninth Annual Bowie Business Recognition Awards were presented Wednesday May 18, 2016 at a breakfast ceremony held at the Comfort Inn in Bowie, Maryland. These awards are presented jointly by the City of Bowie and the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce as part of a month long celebration of May as Business Appreciation Month in our city.

Incubator Business of the Year
This award is for a growth oriented professional service firm or technology company in Bowie, with existing clients, who is a member of the Bowie Business Innovation Center (Bowie BIC) program and whose business has demonstrated a commitment to increasing company revenues and hiring employees.

2016 Honoree: Bill Shipley, Carnegie Kitchen and Bath

“Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is usually the one who is willing to do and dare.” This Dale Carnegie quote inspired owner Bill Shipley to go into business for himself and also provided the inspiration for the name of his company. Carnegie Kitchens and Bath is a minority, veteran-owned general contracting firm specializing in residential renovation and new construction of kitchens and bathrooms. Shipley launched his business with the help of the Bowie Business Innovation Center in 2013 and has done over 300 installations in the last three years, often working with retailers like Ikea and Lowes who sell kitchens and bathrooms, but do not install them.

Entrepreneur of the Year
This award is for the Bowie business entrepreneur who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and tenacity in managing all facets of business to include growth in profit and employee numbers coupled with such factors as degree of innovation, development of a creative and ingenious product or service, exceptional selling techniques, and extent of expansion into local markets.

2016 Honoree:   Raymond Hayden, Ray's Towing Service

In the true spirit of entrepreneurship, Raymond Hayden carries on the legacy started by his father in 1948. Performing all types of vehicle hauling services and vehicle storage, Ray’s Towing has been a fixture in this community for 68 years. Ray’s is connected to and supportive of our community – each year they provide vehicles to the schools for Breast Cancer Awareness and place those cars at the school on display.  In a tough business Ray Hayden has had the tenacity to endure and grow – a trait that led him to survive as the oldest business within the City of Bowie. Accepting the award for Ray Hayden was his daughter.

Small Business of the Year
This award is for a Bowie-based small business that has demonstrated the qualities that make for a prosperous and growing organization in Bowie.

2016 Honoree:  Deborah Culbertson, Cupcakery

Deborah Culbertson started this business in her home, but as more and more people bought her cupcakes she took a leap and became a food court tenant at Bowie Town Center.  As people clamored for more sweets, her business recently moved to store space next to Potbelly’s on Bowie Town Center Boulevard. The business was featured in a segment of Fox 5 Zip Trip to Bowie last summer. Deborah and her team at Heaven Sent Cupcakery are known for their great customer service and delicious offerings.

Community Service Award
This award is for the Bowie or vicinity business that has demonstrated throughout the year a strong record of involvement in the Bowie community.

2016 Honoree: Melvin Motors

Established in 1946, the company is the oldest continuously operating company that can be called a ‘Bowie business’.  For 69 years, Melvin Motors has been part of the fabric of Bowie life. Multiple generations of Bowieites have bought their cars and had them serviced there. In the tradition of founder Hayden Melvin, this family business has helped  Bowie through efforts such as service on the Bowie Recreation Committee, financial and volunteer support to Crime Solvers, and providing the truck for the annual Stuff-A-Truck effort in support of the Bowie Food Pantry. Thank you to Melvin Motors for their contributions to the community. We’ll be sorry to see you go.

Green Business of the Year
This award is for a company with a Bowie presence who has demonstrated their commitment to environmentally sustainable practices such as energy and water savings, recycling, renewable energy, reduced chemicals or packaging, or employee carpooling/telework.

2016 Honoree:  Macys at Bowie Town Center

A company that has demonstrated their commitment to environmentally sustainable practices.  Macys earned this distinction because of their many eco friendly efforts, including and most notably the installation of a 1.1 mega-watt solar array on the store’s roof, which will actually generate more power than the store can use, allowing it to return energy to the power grid. The Bowie store is one of the very first Macys stores to take this major step in energy self-reliance. 

Business of the Year
This award is for a Bowie company that has demonstrated high-level accomplishments that serve as a benchmark for other businesses, including financial success, visible community involvement, professional employee work environment, and excellence in customer satisfaction, strategic planning, and business development.

2016 Honoree: Patuxent Management Co., owner of the Comfort Inn and Suites

This award is given to a Bowie company that has demonstrated high-level accomplishments that are a benchmark for other businesses. This hospitality business began in 1961 when John Simpson opened a Holiday Inn and Dutch Pantry Restaurant on the site. It was only the 30th Holiday Inn in the US at the time. In 1989, his daughter Claire Simpson Jones and Patuxent Management Company succeeded him as owner operator, and in 1993 it became a Comfort Inn. Over the years many Bowie family and friends, celebrities, teams, and musicians have enjoyed the hotel’s hospitality and many, many community events have been held at the hotel. The award was accepted by owner/operator and general manager -- Claire Simpson Jones and her father, John A. Simpson.

View a list of past Business Award Winners

Joseph Meinert
Director of Planning and Economic Development

John Henry King
Economic Development Director 

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