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Business Awards
The Business Awards program was created to recognize and celebrate those businesses in the Bowie community that exhibit exemplary efforts to provide outstanding services, products and facilities to all its customers.  Residents are encouraged to nominate a business to be recognized in any of the following categories:

Small Business Award

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

2013 Winner: Tight N Up Barbershop and Salon Amour
Award presented to: Clinton and Linh Truesdale (owners)

‘Tight N Up Barbershop is a neighborhood based small business that provides a central community hub for the African-American community in Bowie. Owned and operated by Bowie residents Clinton and Linh Truesdale, it has been a neighborhood spot for over 12 years. In 2006 they opened Salon Amour next door as a full service salon for women. They provide employment opportunities for over two dozen workers and are actively looking for another location to expand in Bowie.  They have also given back to their clients, their workers and the community by providing donations to community based groups.' 

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

2013 Winner: International House of Pancakes
Award presented to: Saeed Essa (owner) and Miss Willie (manager)

‘The owner, managers and wait staff at IHOP has been consistently kind, caring and efficient throughout the many years they have been in Bowie.  The food is well prepared and delicious. The waiters and waitresses are friendly and well trained.  Many know you by name, which is really nice.’

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

2013 Winner: TD Bank
Award presented to: Lisa Wallace and Nikki Preister
‘TD Bank’s corporate policy is to work to reduce environmental impact by embedding the environment into the business – and by involving its employees, customers and communities.  Their two areas of focus are Saving Paper Saves Trees and Saving Energy Saves Money.  TD Bank is committed to supporting sustainable forest management by planting native trees and bushes on their sites; Recycling; and Providing e-banking options.  Their Bowie store is LEED certified Gold. At TD Bank, their goal is to be as green as their logo!’

Entrepreneur Award
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.

2013 Winner: SemaConnect
Award presented to: Mark Pastrone, Vice President of Business Development 
SemaConnect is a leading developer and producer of smart networked electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and sophisticated electric vehicle software for station owners and EV drivers. The company launched in 2008 with the first ChargePro™ 620 edition, and EV software called SemaCharge. 

Successfully deploying over 150 ChargePro™ charging stations in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. the company later announced plans for a national launch when they partnered with 350Green. The national launch marked the largest commercial order of electric vehicle charging stations in the industry with the deployment of 1,500 charging stations across the U.S. at major retail locations including Walgreens and Simon Properties. 

SemaConnect's aggressive product, technology and software development initiatives within the commercial industry has led them to become the EV charging company of choice for top companies such as Corporate Office Properties Trust, PMI Parking, The Bozzuto Group and many more. 

The company's philosophy is to innovate, design and build high quality products and services that help their customers move to a cleaner, greener future. Much time and thought has been contributed to the overall design, usability, reliability and safety of the station. This has allowed SemaConnect to produce a high-tech product that is durable, smart, and interactive and yet is easy to install and leaves a small footprint on any property.

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.

2013 Winner: Dr. Marc Geballa, DDS
Award presented to: Mary Dawn Reiter

‘For a second year, and the promise of more years to follow, Dr. Geballa, with the help of his staff and other local dentists and dental assistants, has opened his office doors and volunteered to provide free dental services to the homeless individuals in the Warm Nights program hosted by St. Pius X parish, serving over 35 individuals over the past 2 years.  Serves have included cleanings, filling cavities and extractions.  These patients are often in pain and without health insurance. Dr. Geballa’s kindness and generosity truly make a difference.’