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Brady Overmyer and Christian Peterson are graduates of the YEA! Montrose Chamber of Commerce class in Colorado. Their business is B & C Sports, an inflatable paddleboard rental company.

Rather than renting traditional paddleboards that are expensive and difficult to transport, Brady and Christian decided that it would be much more feasible to purchase and rent inflatable paddleboards and deliver them right to their customers’ doorsteps.

The two graduated from YEA! in May with $2,480 in investor panel funds, and their business has been going strong ever since. In the fall, Christian will attend Colorado State University as an engineering student, and Brady will continue at Montrose High School as a senior. They plan on continuing their growing business for many years.

Want to learn more about the YEA! program in HEB?  Visit our website for more information, videos, and an application.

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NTXGivingDay 2016

North Texas Giving Day.
Start sharing with your friends!

For every $1,000 donated (collectively) Darlene will color a portion of her long hair a neon pink! For every $10,000 (collectively) Darlene will color a portion of her long hair neon green.

If everyone shares with their friends, we could easily turn Darlene’s head into a neon flower!!!!!!


IT WOULD BE SOOOOO AWESOME TO PAY OFF THE REMAINING FACILITY MORTGAGE OF $340,000.  IT IS POSSIBLE.  Remember when a small nucleus of 12 young people and their friends / family raised $100,000 in three months?  “When God is BEHIND something, He also goes BEFORE it!”

Bookmark their #NTXGivingDay page today!


Laney Hughes - Shallocat

Laney Hughes, CEO of Shallocat

Laney Hughes, a 2016 Saunders finalist from the YEA! DC Everest class hosted by the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, was recently interviewed by Oliver Burrows, a YEA! mentor, on WXCO radio in Wausau, Wisconsin.

In the interview, Laney talked about her experience as a YEA! finalist and her challenging but rewarding entrepreneurial journey with YEA! throughout the year. Her company, Shallocat, is growing fast, and is exploring options for outsourcing to an American manufacturer.

She credited Program Manager Sara Guild and Instructor Jim Dahlgren with her great success in the Academy, calling them two of the most hardworking people she knows. Listen to the full interview here:



Zanab FarooqZanab Farooq, a 17-year-old YEA! graduate from Arlington, Virginia, auditioned for the upcoming season of ABC’s Shark Tank! Zanab is the Founder and CEO of Z14 Cases, a company which makes custom cell phone cases. She developed Z14 Cases in 2015 through the YEA! class hosted by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.

Zanab will soon find whether or not she will be selected to compete on the upcoming season of Shark Tank. “It was a very nerve-racking experience as I was the only high school student participating.”

The pressure was intense, but pitching in front of potential investors is nothing new for Zanab, or any YEA! students. Since graduating from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, Zanab has continued to maintain valuable connections made through the program while building her business. Best of luck Zanab! View the press release from the Arlington Chamber of Commerce here.

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Member Spotlight: Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, HEB Chamber 2015 Large Business of the Year

Working behind the scenes to make a difference

Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, is a law firm that thinks big — but not in the way you might expect.

Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson logoSince 1976, the firm has provided customized collection programs for the public sector. In other words, they help local governments nationwide collect on delinquent accounts, including taxes, traffic citations, court fines and tolls.
To some, that may create the perception of an uncaring law firm picking on people. But Linebarger doesn’t see it that way — quite the opposite.

Steve Meeks, managing partner, said the firm champions fairness.

“For example, we identify fraudulent and inaccurate homestead exemption claims,” he said.

“By pursuing these cases, we ensure that all homeowners pay their fair share. Collecting this revenue also helps government entities provide essential services and reduces the need for tax hikes.”

The firm also thinks big when it comes to community service. Linebarger Goggan has been recognized for its diversity efforts, and around the country, employees are involved in their local school districts, cities and county projects. In HEB, the firm actively supports the HEB ISD Education Foundation as well as the HEB Chamber.

“We know our collection work provides a valuable service,” Meeks said. “But the firm always want to contribute more. The Chamber is an important part of HEB, and we take pride in our membership. And we believe that supporting education is a great way to make a lasting, positive impact on the community.”

“Whether we are pursuing a delinquency case or supporting a local school, our focus is the same,” Meeks said. “We strive to be fair and help create a stronger community.”

For more information, visit the Linebarger Goggan website or call 800-262-7229.


YEA Award WinngLast year, Maxx Stewart enrolled in the YEA! Tacoma-Pierce class at the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce at in hopes of turning his idea for revolutionizing the lacrosse industry into a reality.

Through YEA!, Maxx founded Spyder Grypz, a company that makes customizable grips for lacrosse sticks. His idea took him all the way to the eighth annual Saunders Scholars Finals Competition at America’s Small Business Summit in Washington, DC. At the event, he gave his pitch to an audience of hundreds along with six other finalist business groups. He was chosen as the winner of the competition, and was awarded with a prize package including a $30,000 college scholarship and national recognition of his business.

Congratulations to Maxx, and to all students in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Class of 2016!

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Recipe for Success at the HEB Chamber for June, 2016

Maura Harrell AflacMaura Harrell, an independent agent with Aflac, shows off our “Recipe for Success.” New Chamber members who attend at least five of our meetings or activities in the first 90 days after joining receive one free ad in the Chamber Connection, a $100 value. Maura’s ad will be appearing in an upcoming edition of the newsletter — it’s just one more benefit of membership.

Congratulations to Maura and welcome to the Chamber!

Applications are Ready for the HEB Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy Class of 2017

The Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) teaches real-life business skills to HEB ISD students in grades 7 to 12. At the conclusion of the program, students will have created a business plan and an actual, working business or social movement – they can even apply for startup funding. The YEA! program is a great way for young people to develop leadership skills while learning about the business world – to learn more, contact the Chamber at 817-283-1521. And be sure to share this announcement with other parents and youth!


Dr. Nate Hearne, Author, Set to Speak to AM Networkers on June 14

NateWebpictureDr. Nate Hearne, Author, Friday Night Lights: Untold Stories from Behind the Lights Set to Speak to AM Networkers on Tuesday, June 14.   Nate recently retired from HEB ISD.

Dr. Nathanial Hearne is the President and Founder of Made Up Minds and The Euless Loaves and Fishes Foundation. Through these organizations, Dr. Hearne provides training and programs to reach at-risk youth for the purpose of strengthening character, teaching leadership skills, and increasing school attendance. This helps set them up for success in life.

AM Networkers is one of the Leads Groups of the HEB Chamber that meets Tuesday mornings at 8:00 am at Raven’s Grille, Texas Star Conference Center.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Gary Fieldsend, via phone at 214-783-3216 or via e-mail at gary@fieldsendmarketing.com.


Young Entrepreneurs Present at HEB ISD School Board Meeting

Maria and Daniel Ghaly with Michael DelgadoWho ‘s that making a presentation to the HEB school district board? Why, it’s none other than Maria and Daniel Ghaly, winners of our recent Investor Panel, part of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. The siblings were at the May 23rd regular meeting to discuss their award-winning business idea, Dress to Express. With them is Dr. Michael Delgado, D.D.S., who was chair of the program steering committee.

Maria and Daniel recently traveled to Rochester, New York to compete in the semi-final stage of the Saunders Scholarship competition.  They performed well, and were great representatives of the State of Texas, and of the HEB Community.  The national finals competition is being held next week in Washington, DC, where the finalists will compete for substantial college scholarships and national exposure.  The list of finalists can be found here.

Congratulations again to Daniel and Maria; a new class is starting soon, to learn more, please contact the Chamber or apply now!

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