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Gale Wagner named July Member of the Month by the HEB Chamber of Commerce

Gale WagnerGale Wagner was named the July Member of the Month by the HEB Chamber of Commerce at their regular monthly luncheon on August 11, 2016.  Gale is a board member, an active Ambassador, and a regular presenter and moderator at ribbon cuttings. She is also active in her Leads Group, and serves on the WILD Steering Committee that plans all of their meetings.

Be sure to congratulate her the next time you see her!  To find out more about Gale, click on her picture to the right which connects to her LinkedIn profile.

HEB Chamber names Linda Huggins as the June Member of the Month!

Linda Huggins 2014Linda Huggins with the dental office of James B. Wright was recently named as the HEB Chamber’s Member of the Month for June.  Linda is a current board member; and one of our most active Ambassadors. She is a presenter and moderator at many ribbon cuttings, and active in her Leads Group. She also frequently works with our nonprofit members, reminding them to use their benefits and encouraging them to attend luncheons.

Please be sure to congratulate Linda the next time you see her!

Carter BloodCare Needs You NOW! #MissingType

Carter BloodCare currently has a lower-than-preferred level of all blood types and urges you to make an appointment to give, or attend a blood drive in the next few days.

This week Carter BloodCare is participating in the #MissingType campaign and the blood center is experiencing an actual Missing Type situation. Please fill in the gaps with your blood type so it is there for local hospital patients.

Come in to donate before August 21, and you’ll get a free “Missing Type” T-shirt. You can now make your appointment using one of our easy scheduling options below:

  1. Schedule online – carterbloodcare.org
  2. Call 817-412-5433 (LIFE)
  3. Text “DONATE4LIFE” to 444-999

Get Ready for #NTXGivingDay: Texas Baptist Home and United Way of Tarrant County

September 22 is North Texas Giving Day, an online donation event. Each year, people give millions of dollars to thousands of local nonprofit organizations. In support of this important day, the Chamber will be highlighting some of our nonprofit members in the coming weeks.

Texas Baptist Home for ChildrenTexas Baptist Home is a Christian foster care and adoption agency. This ministry exists to protect the sanctity of human life and to promote the preservation of the family. This purpose manifests itself in preventative, rehabilitative and specialized services to children, youth, adults, and families. The aim of these programs is to enable this ministry, local churches and the community to meet more effectively the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals and families. For more information, please call 817-355-1700.

UWTC_logo_JPG_HI_300United Way of Tarrant County: Simply speaking, we help people. For the past few years, we’ve focused on improving lives in the areas of education, income and health. We specifically want students to graduate on time, families to be on the path to financial stability and older adults and those with disabilities to be healthy at home as long as possible. Our partners in this work include 42 community agencies and our information and referral service, 2-1-1. Our free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance offers tax preparation for many. For more information, please call Faye Beaulieu at the Northeast office, 221 Bedford Rd., Bedford 76022; 817-282-1160 or email faye.beaulieu@unitedwaytarrant.org.

‘Get Up and Give’ for #NTXGivingDay

NTXGivingDay 2016September 22 is North Texas Giving Day, an online donation event. Each year, people give millions of dollars to thousands of local nonprofit organizations. In support of this important day, the Chamber will be highlighting some of our nonprofit members in the coming weeks.

GRACE is a faith-based social service agency that provides emergency relief to over 5,100 families and individuals in crisis each year. For nearly three decades, GRACE has partnered with the community to provide food, clothing, housing, education and medical care to guide families and individuals in their journey toward self-sufficiency. In 2015, 1690 volunteers invested nearly 55,000 hours to continue the mission of extending grace to our neighbors in need. GRACE relies on the unwavering support of church partners, civic groups, businesses and community residents to continue the mission of GRACE for every local family facing hardship.

The Airport Area YMCA has been located in Bedford since 1982.  The Airport Area YMCA is part of the larger YMCA organization that was started in 1844 as a Bible study. The YMCA has been very influential in culture, having invented basketball, volleyball, racquetball and swimming lessons, and currently serving as the largest child care provider in the nation. The Airport Area YMCA provides over $80,000 annually to community members in need of programming. Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body FOR ALL. Our vision is to prepare youth to succeed and serve. Contact us at: 3524 Central Dr., Bedford TX, 76021. Phone: 817-571-3371.


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.

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