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JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT

In addition this year, Chamber members have the opportunity to participate in Junior Achievement at Bellaire Elementary School on April 30.  Volunteers will be teaching students from kindergarten to second grade with curriculum provided by JA that includes class participation and worksheets.  Training for JA will be April 22 at 2:30 p.m. at the Chamber.  If you would like to participate, please contact Linda Dibley at 817/283-1521 or linda@heb.org

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY EXPANDS ITS POWERFUL NATIONAL PROGRAM

NEW SITE ESTABLISHED AT HEB ISD

BEDFORD, TX, APRIL 7, 2014 The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is an innovative program that transforms local junior high and high school students into real entrepreneurial successes. YEA! is excited to announce that its local program will be hosted at Gene A. Buinger Career & Technical Education Academy in the fall of 2014.

YEA! is a groundbreaking program that takes students between the ages of 12 and 18 through the process of starting and launching a real business or social movement over the course of an academic year. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully-formed and functioning businesses, which may be carried on after their graduation from the program. YEA! aims to teach students at an early age how to make a job, not just take a job. It is the ONLY pre-college program developed by an entrepreneur, at a university, with support from a major entrepreneurial foundation, the Kauffman Foundation, and the United States Chamber of Commerce.

“We are excited about this expansion and specifically chose HEB ISD’s Gene A. Buinger Career & Technical Education Academy because of its reputation for academic excellence and emphasis on community involvement,” said Gayle Jagel, the CEO and Founder of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. Jagel developed the YEA! program in 2004, while serving as the Director of the Office of Special Programs at the University of Rochester. In 2008, YEA! ‘spun-off’ from the University to create its own not-for-profit corporation, YEA! Inc. The program is currently introducing sites in colleges, universities and high schools across the country.

“Hosting the YEA! program at our Gene A. Buinger Career & Technical Education Academy is a great way to combine business education with a professional environment in which the students can learn in.” said Lisa Karr, Director of Career & Technical Education at HEB ISD. “The students in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy will be successful as they are given the tools they need to succeed. We are excited to be one of those tools as they pave their road to success.”.

The YEA! program requires a nine-month commitment from its young entrepreneurs. In this time, students will brainstorm and form their enterprises, make pitches to real investors, obtain funding, register their companies with governmental agencies, and by the end, actually launch their own business or social movement! Business mentors and local entrepreneurs across a variety of industries will support the students throughout the program. All of the learning is real and experiential.

“There is something exciting about bringing people together who strive towards a common goal, and YEA! promises to be a catalyst for positive change in our community.” said Mary Frazior, President & CEO of the HEB Chamber of Commerce. “As an involved member in our business community, I can’t see a better way to instill the spirit of entrepreneurship in our young students. What a great opportunity for the HEB area.”

“The entire community is on board with HEB Chamber’s plans to pilot the program in the fall,” adds Jagel. “We encourage local business leaders to become involved with the program and to act as mentors to the budding entrepreneurs.” By partnering with YEA!, both large and small businesses can volunteer their time as business mentors, field trip hosts, guest lecturers, graphic designers, web developers, attorneys, etc. Community support strengthens the program, and the academy strengthens the community.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!)

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a groundbreaking and exciting year long class that transforms middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors, and actually launch and run their own real, legal, fully formed companies and social movements. Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy today serves thousands of students in communities across America. For more information about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, please call 585.272.3535 or visit www.yeausa.org

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.

The U.S. Chamber Foundation and Campaign for Free Enterprise are national sponsors and partners of YEA!, helping to promote the spirit of enterprise among today’s youth and tomorrow’s future leaders.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Partnership

In 2011, the United States Chamber of Commerce and Campaign for Free Enterprise became a national sponsor and partner of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy to help promote the spirit of enterprise among today’s youth and tomorrow’s future leaders.  Through coordination with its network of local chambers of commerce, the U.S. Chamber has helped communities across the country adopt the YEA! program. Together, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are celebrating the power and promise of young people in business and encouraging the next greatest generation to make a job, not just take a job.

Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District

The Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD has been named the #1 school district in Texas by Education Resource Group for the last six years using its “bang for the buck” formula of student performance and financial efficiency. Founded in 1958, HEB ISD’s rich history of excellence is demonstrated today through International Baccalaureate, Asian languages, Spanish Immersion, Core Knowledge Pre-K, and sister schools in China and India. These international programs provide HEB ISD students a world-class education that prepares them to compete in a global economy.

The District is recognized across the state and nationwide for its superior curriculum, low teacher-student ratios, and a singular focus on instructional spending. This fine-tuned combination consistently makes HEB ISD the district of choice for families who want their children to have an academic edge.

HEB Chamber of Commerce

The HEB Chamber is an association of businesses working together to improve the quality of life and economic climate in our area. With the assistance of members serving as board members, committee chairmen and volunteers, we carry out an aggressive business plan every year to ensure that our members have many opportunities to meet potential clients and customers as well as promote their business through personal contact and sponsorship promotions.

Start as a student and finish as a CEO!©

 For More Information, Contact:

Craig Backus
817 283 1521 – office
817 600 5701- cell
Craig@heb.org
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Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Establishes New Site at Gene A. Buinger Career & Technical Education Academy

Bedford, TX, March 31, 2014–The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, (YEA!), is an innovative program that transforms local junior high and high school students into real entrepreneurial successes. YEA! is excited to announce its new site at the HEB ISD, Gene A. Buinger Career & Technical Education Academy, to pilot the program in the fall of 2014.

YEA! is a cutting-edge program that takes students between the ages of 12 and 18 through the process of starting and launching a real business or social movement over the course of an academic year. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully-formed and functioning businesses, which may be carried on after their graduation from the program. YEA! aims to teach students at an early age how to make a job, not just take a job. It is the ONLY pre-college program developed by an entrepreneur, at a university, with support from a major entrepreneurial foundation, the Kauffman Foundation and the United States Chamber of Commerce.

“We are excited about launching this expansion and specifically chose the HEB ISD because of its reputation for academic excellence,” said Gayle Jagel, the CEO and Founder of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. Jagel developed the YEA! program in 2004, while serving as the Director of the Office of Special Programs at the University of Rochester. In 2008, YEA! “spun-off” from the University to create its own not-for-profit corporation, YEA! Inc. The program is currently introducing sites in colleges, universities and high schools across the country.

“We are hoping that the YEA! program will inspire our young students to dream big, and lead them on a path to success.” “We are so thrilled to be the next school district in the nation to adopt the Young Entrepreneurs Academy,” said Steven Chapman, HEB ISD Superintendent. “A forward step in a positive direction is exactly what the YEA! program provides our students and we couldn’t be happier to bring this program to our school district.”

Students at HEB ISD are already heavily involved in student-body activities and pride themselves on hard work, which bodes well for the program, since it requires a nine-month commitment from its young executives. In this time, students will brainstorm and form their enterprises, make pitches to real investors, obtain funding, file their DBAs, and by the end, actually launch their own business or social movement! Business mentors and local entrepreneurs across a variety of industries will support the students throughout the program. All of the learning is real and experiential.

“Bringing this hands on and applicable curriculum to our community will transform the idea of what it means to be an entrepreneur and we are excited to share this with our students so that may embrace their inner passions,” said Mary Frazior, CEO of the HEB Chamber of Commerce. “It is without a doubt in my mind that the YEA! program will strengthen our community, and offer a world of options for our young students.”

“The entire community is on board with HEB Chamber’s plans to pilot the program in the fall,” adds Jagel. “We encourage local business leaders to become involved with the program and to act as mentors to the budding entrepreneurs.” By partnering with YEA!, both large and small businesses can volunteer their time as business mentors, field trip hosts, guest lecturers, graphic designers, web developers, attorneys, and more. Community support strengthens the program, and the academy strengthens the community.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!)

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a groundbreaking and exciting year long class that transforms middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors, and actually launch and run their own real, legal, fully formed companies and social movements. Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy today serves thousands of students in communities across America. For more information about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, please call 585.272.3535 or visit www.yeausa.org.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.

The U.S. Chamber Foundation and Campaign for Free Enterprise are national sponsors and partners of YEA!, helping to promote the spirit of enterprise among today’s youth and tomorrow’s future leaders.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Partnership
In 2011, the United States Chamber of Commerce and Campaign for Free Enterprise became a national sponsor and partner of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy to help promote the spirit of enterprise among today’s youth and tomorrow’s future leaders. Through coordination with its network of local chambers of commerce, the U.S. Chamber has helped communities across the country adopt the YEA! program. Together, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are celebrating the power and promise of young people in business and encouraging the next greatest generation to make a job, not just take a job.

Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District

The Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD has been named the #1 school district in Texas by Education Resource Group for the last six years using its “bang for the buck” formula of student performance and financial efficiency. Founded in 1958, HEB ISD’s rich history of excellence is demonstrated today through International Baccalaureate, Asian languages, Spanish Immersion, Core Knowledge Pre-K, and sister schools in China and India. These international programs provide HEB ISD students a world-class education that prepares them to compete in a global economy.

The District is recognized across the state and nationwide for its superior curriculum, low teacher-student ratios, and a singular focus on instructional spending. This fine-tuned combination consistently makes HEB ISD the district of choice for families who want their children to have an academic edge.

HEB Chamber of Commerce

The HEB Chamber is an association of businesses working together to improve the quality of life and economic climate in our area. With the assistance of members serving as board members, committee chairmen and volunteers, we carry out an aggressive business plan every year to ensure that our members have many opportunities to meet potential clients and customers as well as promote their business through personal contact and sponsorship promotions.

Start as a student and finish as a CEO!©

For More Information, Contact:
Craig Backus
817 283 1521 – office
817 600 5701- cell
Craig@heb.org
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NCAA Final Four in North Texas

Last week’s HEB Chamber Luncheon featured Amanda Whitelaw from the local organizing committee of the NCAA Final Four coming at AT&T Stadium on April 5 and 7. There is quite a variety of activities coming up in addition to the basketball games themselves. Here’s a quick list of events:

  1. Tip-Off Tailgate
  2. Watch the Final Four Teams Practice
  3. Reese’s College All-Star Game
  4. NCAA March Madness Music Festival at Reunion Park in Downtown Dallas
  5. Final Four Fan Fest at the Convention Center in Dallas
  6. 5k Road to the Final Four
  7. NCAA Final Four Dribble
  8. …and others

The organizers have set up a robust website at http://ncaa.com/FinalFour.  Here you can find out information about the events mentioned above, tickets to the games, and opportunities to volunteer.

The HEB Chamber is always welcoming new members, and hosts influential speakers every month.  Find out more about the Chamber here.

HEB Chamber Luncheons

 

What do the Final Four, why HEB is a good location for businesses, the Olympics and HEB ISD have in common?

They are each topics of speakers in 2014 at the HEB Chamber membership luncheons!

The Hurst Euless Bedford Chamber of Commerce has eleven luncheons every year with speakers like former Olympian Lanny Basham, Bill Sandbrook of U. S. Concrete, a representative of the Final Four Host Committee and HEB ISD Superintendent of Schools Steve Chapman.  The luncheons are held the third Thursday each month at the First United Methodist Church of Hurst.

Not only can you be informed about issues that affect the community, hear about current events and be motivated by the speakers, you can network with over 100 business people and civic leaders.  In addition, display tables are available for you to promote your product or service.  You can also advertise your business by donating a door prize.

So join us for the next luncheon – Thursday, February 13!  Networking begins at 11:00 a.m., the buffet line opens at 11:30 a.m. and the program starts at Noon.  Call the HEB Chamber office 817/283-1521 to make a reservation or go online to www.heb.org and look for the Calendar of Events in the middle of the home page.

I hope to see you then – and of course at the EXPO on March 7!

Mary Frazior, President & CEO, Hurst Euless Bedford Chamber of Commerce

HEB Chamber EXPO, March 7, 2014

 

When’s the best time to plant a tree?  20 Years Ago!  When’s the next best time?  TODAY!  Plant your product or service in the minds of the business and community leaders of Hurst Euless Bedford by participating in the HEB Chamber’s EXPO on Friday, March 7.  It will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, 76054.

Sponsorships and Exhibit Space are still available – sponsorships start at $499 and include a booth.  Exhibit space starts at $250 and is available for Chamber members as well as non-members.  Tickets are $10 per person.

Meet potential clients and customers, sample food from area restaurants and register for door prizes.  Find out what you can purchase from area businesses and let them know what you and your company have to offer.

This annual event is hosted by the HEB Chamber of Commerce and the Hurst Euless Bedford Economic Development Foundation.  For more information call the Chamber at 817/283-1521 or go to our website, www.heb.org.

If you’re looking for an edge for 2014, EXPO on March 7 is the place for you!

Mary Martin Frazior, IOM

President & CEO

HEB Chamber of Commerce

Stan the Man’s 18th Annual Chili Challenge

With 16 entries from spicy to eclectic, the judges had a difficult time choosing the winners, but they did!

                Best Team Spirit – Shield Awards & Promotions

                Spiciest Chili – James B. Wright, DDS

                Mildest Chili – Garrett Spegar State Farm Agency

                Most Unusual Chili – Reflections of Health

                Overall Best Chili – Insurance of Mid Cities Agency

                 – who will represent the Chamber at the Classic Chevrolet Multi Chamber Chili Cook Off on November 12.

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped set up and take down everything in the parking lot.  Our appreciation goes to Tom Hingst and Bill Brookman for grilling the hot dogs, to David Pollard of FX Entertainment for the music, to judges HEB ISD Trustee Andy Cargile, Bedford Mayor Jim Griffin, HEB Chamber 2014 Chair-elect Michael Land and Euless Mayor Mary Lib Saleh,  and to Shield Awards & Promotions for donating the winners’ rosettes for the 18th year.

Contributions from Coors Distributing Company of Fort Worth, Ben E. Keith/Budweiser, Coca Cola Refreshments, USA, Inc., Wal Mart Super Store in Bedford and Tom Thumb, Hurst made the evening special, as did all the chili cooks that participated!

 

Take the Time to Vote!

Your vote counts Nine constitutional amendments are on the November 5 ballot. This type of election typically has a low voter turnout – all the more reason for you to exercise your right to vote!

Two amendments are of particular interest to the economic development of our area: Proposition 3 on aerospace inventory and Proposition 6 on funding for water projects. The HEB Chamber of Commerce supports both Prop 3 and 6 because of the effect on jobs and the economic vitality of Texas. Continue reading

The Merits of Business Planning

Not long ago, many of us were intrigued by the use of a Garmin GPS.  The device provided a step-by-step road map to our destination – we were wowed by its’ capabilities.  Today, the proliferation of guidance systems are keenly at our disposal from our cars to our phones.  One cannot imagine going somewhere new without plugging in the address and letting the system take us to our place of interest. Continue reading

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