BDS DPIE Biz, November 2022

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In this issue:

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The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille outdoor sign

The Greene Turtle believes in being a community hangout built on the excitement and unity of sports.

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Business Spotlight: The Greene Turtle Arrives in Prince George's County

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The Business Development Section (BDS) recently assisted The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille with obtaining a Use and Occupancy permit to operate a new restaurant at 15914 Crain Hwy, Brandywine, Maryland. The Greene Turtle is more than a Sports Bar and Grill. It is a community hangout for all ages that serves great food and drinks in a fun, casual atmosphere. It originated in 1981, when two college buddies Steve Pappas and Tommy Dickerson bought the Ocean City English-style pub, The Greene Turtle, and transformed it into a beloved sports bar. The men decided to take things to the next level in 2002 and franchise. By 2010, the Greene Turtle was recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as the fastest-growing sports bar franchise in the nation. Pappas and Dickerson’s business decision resulted in nearly 30 locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic area.

With the assistance of DPIE and the BDS, a new location is now open in Prince Georges County. For additional information about this restaurant, visit their website at The Greene Turtle, Sports Bar and Grille, Family Restaurant.

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BDS is happy to have helped another location of The Greene Turtle to open, and, this time, its in Prince George's County!

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EDC and BDS are working together for the business community.

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The Inside Scoop: A New Business Development Coalition Is Formed

DPIE and EDC Collaborate to assist new and existing businesses 

DPIE's Business Development Section and the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) regularly work collaboratively on assisting the business community. The EDC specializes in the development and recruitment of businesses. DPIE utilizes its BDS to support Prince Georges County’s economic development initiatives. BDS serves the business community through permit assistance, Building Code awareness and interpretations and conducting DPIE Connect meetings at business locations, as well as virtually.

In addition to these existing services, DPIE BDS and the EDC have started structuring a Business Development Coalition that meets monthly to generate new ideas to assist the business community in Prince George’s County. You can reach BDS at 

For updates, follow DPIE & DPIEBDS events on Twitter @PGCountyDPIE. 

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TOP TIPS: How to Apply for a Prince George's County Business License

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Use and occupancy refers to the commercial use and occupancy of a building, structure or land, or conversion of a building from one use to another use. County laws dictate that if ownership changes or a tenant vacates the property, the new owner/tenant must obtain a new Use and Occupancy Permit (U&O). A Use and Occupancy Permit officially states that the business identified meets local zoning and safety requirements, health codes, and that it may legally operate. For more detailed information, visit DPIE's website to view the BDS presentation "Building and U&O Permits."

U&O applications are completed online by going to Online Permit Applications, selecting "Building Permit/U&O," and entering the information directly into the County’s permitting system. Once your application has been approved, you will be invited to upload your documents into DPIE’s ePlan system.

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What's Happening: Events and Information

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DPIE Business Development Section Attended The Black Owned Small Business Expo

The Business Development Section attended the 2022 Black Owned Small Business Expo to support local and state businesses by bringing awareness to DPIE services during this semi-annual event. The Black Owned Small Business Expo was created to give minority-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, small businesses resources, start-ups and their supporters, a platform to network, collaborate and build in order to strengthen our local economies. This semi-annual event has grown not only to include local small business vendors, but also resources for small businesses, funding sources and, more recently, workshops and seminars dedicated to business and personal development.

The event was held on November 26, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Showplace Arena, located at 14900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, MD 20772. For more information on the event, visit The Black Owned Small Business Expo website. For more information on BDS services, email

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Over the last year, the BDS has conducted several webinars and prepared PowerPoint presentations for the business community on a variety of DPIE processes. Topics include Building and Use and Occupancy Permits, Inspections, Special Events, Business Licensing, and more. Customers may access the BDS presentations here.

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Resources: Business Community News

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