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Students of success: HEB Chamber Luncheon for May Honor’s Leadership HEB Graduates

Charolete DavisOur May membership luncheon will honor this year’s graduates of the Leadership HEB program. Class member Charolete Davis with Century 21 Mike Bowman, Inc. will speak, along with special remarks from Euless Mayor Linda Martin. Learn about the many benefits of participating in the Leadership HEB program from those who know it best!

Thursday, May 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

First United Methodist Church of Hurst, 521 W. Pipeline, Hurst, 76054

Networking begins at 11, buffet opens at 11:30. Catering by Chef Tyler.

Members: $20 advance registration, $25 at the door. Future members: $35.

No-shows will be billed. Business showcase tables available for $45.

Sponsored by Benenati Law Firm, PC.



Connor ChristianConner Christian, a graduate of the YEA! Angleton Chamber, TX class, has just received a patent for his Rubber Boot Buddy, a business started through YEA!.

Conner graduated from the inaugural YEA! Angleton class when he was just 13 years old. Conner was selected as the National Winner for the YEA! Saunders Scholars Competition in 2013!

“Many adults go through that process and aren’t successful, and it’s pretty cool to have a 15-year-old kid that started his business when he was 13 who has been able to do that,” said Beth Journeay, President and CEO of the Greater Angleton Chamber of Commerce.

Conner was approved for the patent on his Rubber Boot Buddy, which is an aluminum rod that can be installed in the bed of a pickup truck to help organize and hold boots. The product is available for sale in several retail locations in the Angleton, TX area, as well as online.

The patent process took three years to complete, said Conner’s mother, Sandi Christian. The teenage business owner hired a patent attorney, who helped him present his case to the U.S. patent examiner, Sandi Christian said.

“He’s got a couple of manufacturers who are making his product for him because he can’t keep up with the demand,” Sandi Christian said.

Congratulations Conner! The full article is available here.

HEB Chamber names Elaine Dillard of Shaw Insurance the Chamber Ambassador of the Quarter

Elaine Dillard - Ambassador of the Quarter 1Q16During it’s April monthly membership luncheon, the HEB Chamber of Commerce recognized Elaine Dillard of the Shaw Insurance Agency as our Chamber Ambassador of the Quarter. Elaine is truly a role model for our ambassadors. Not only does she attend almost every ribbon-cutting and luncheon, but she also actively encourages other members to attend our events. A couple of weeks ago, she volunteered her time to help out with the fundraiser for one of our members, the Clubhouse for Special Needs. She is always professional, helpful and warm. Additionally, she was recently elected chair of the Ambassador Group.

Darryl Day of Day Real Estate Named HEB Chamber Member of the Month for March, 2016

DarrylDay4_PRINTDarryl Day with Day Real Estate was announced as the HEB Chamber’s March Member of the Month during the recent luncheon held at the Hurst Conference Center.  Darryl has been very active in the Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!).  He taught two of the ten-week sections, teaching the students a variety of business development skills. plans and presentations for the recently held Investor Panel. Additionally, he regularly conducts a workshop on business referrals.


Shred It Event-Euless-KellerWHAT:           A peak season for identity thieves is tax time: old tax records and other expired documents are being discarded and your identity is ripe for the picking. Those old files, records and documents may be useless to you, but they provide valuable information to thieves waiting to steal your identity. Don’t just throw your identity out with the trash—help safeguard against identity theft with proper shredding and disposal of your sensitive documents at Frost’s Shred event. Shred-It shredding company will be on-hand to professionally shred and dispose of your documents and records at this free event that is open to the public. To add a sweet note to the event, sweet treats will be available to enjoy as your documents are safely destroyed.

What should be shredded to help protect against identity theft? Any document that has identifying information on it that ties to financial accounts or contains personal information such as account or loan numbers, birth dates, social security numbers, your mother’s maiden name or any online passwords; investment records and statements; bank statements and canceled checks; paycheck stubs or pay statements; ATM, credit card and debit card receipts; credit card statements; utility bills and other household receipts; insurance policies; loan agreements; and information regarding tax returns. Old driver’s licenses, passports, expired insurance cards—even mailing labels from magazines:  if it can help a thief assume your identity, it needs to be properly disposed of. If you are unsure that a document needs to be shredded, don’t take chances—shred it.

Proper information disposal isn’t just for personal information—it impacts businesses as well. Many types of documents eventually outlive their purpose, and holding onto them too long puts businesses at risk of a security breach and non-compliance with current privacy legislation. Frost is proud to offer businesses the opportunity to participate in Frost Shred too. Financial records, such as expense reports, depreciation records, payroll records, sales reports, inventory lists, production reports, invoices, time cards, payroll reports and more, including personnel files and anything that can identify you, your employees or your customers, should be treated with care. Guidelines regarding record retention are important to follow, but once you’re ready to dispose of sensitive records or documents, be sure to securely shred them in a trusted manner.

WHEN:            Friday, April 22nd from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

WHERE:         Euless Financial Center, 350 Westpark Way, Euless, TX 76040

All events are free and open to the public.

Frost is the banking, investments and insurance subsidiary of Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (NYSE: CFR), a financial holding company with $28.6 billion in assets at December 31, 2015. One of the 50 largest U.S. banks by asset size, Frost provides a full range of banking products, investment and brokerage services and insurance products to businesses and individuals in the Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Permian Basin, Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio regions. Founded in 1868, Frost has helped Texans with their financial needs during three centuries. For more information, visit www.frostbank.com.



The Waterbury Republican-American recently released a video detailing the entrepreneurial journey with students in the YEA! Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. Months of preparation and mentoring all came together at the investor panel, where the winning business was Alexandra Maryanski’s business Repli-Pets, which creates custom pillowcases featuring an image of your favorite pet on it. Alexandra will be advancing to the Saunders Scholars Semifinals Competition in Rochester, NY on May 7th. Congratulations Alexandra!

Also interviewed by Monumental Events was 14-year-old Brayden Kelly. Brayden is a student in the YEA! Grand Junction, Colorado class. His business, Practical Tackle, was chosen to advance to the Saunders Scholars Semifinals Competition as well. The video can be viewed on the YEA Grand Junction’s Facebook page.

An excellent investment: Daniel and Maria Ghaly named winners of HEB’s YEA Investor Panel for 2016

Daniel and Maria Ghaly with Darryl Day, one of the program instructors. Inset photo: One of their designs.

Daniel and Maria Ghaly with Darryl Day, one of the program instructors. Inset photo: One of their designs.

Siblings Daniel and Maria Ghaly really know how to express themselves. That’s why they are the winners of our Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Investor Panel. Their business idea, “Dress to Express” involves making personalized, magnetic accessories that help weigh down clothing on a windy day, protect pants from getting caught in a bike gear or just look great. Eight other companies also presented ideas, and all were awarded some investment money. As the winners, Maria and Daniel will travel to Rochester, NY, in May for the Saunders Scholars semifinal competition. Congratulations to all the students who participated in the program, and good luck to Maria and Daniel!

Find out more information at our website: www.yeaheb.org.

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Young Entrepreneurs Academy graduate, Rachel Zietz ’14 To Appear on ABC’s Shark Tank, Friday, May 13th!

Rachel, CEO, Gladiator Lacrosse, graduated from the YEA! Boca Raton, FL Chamber of Commerce class in 2014, and her business, Gladiator Lacrosse, has since surpassed $1 million in sales!

To celebrate YEA! sites nationwide will host PEP Rallies and Viewing Parties!  Look for social media posts and announcements to celebrate at a party in your community.

Rachel’s pitch will air on May 13th at 9pm EST on ABC. Visit gladiatorlacrosse.com

Young Entrepreneurs Academy graduate, Sheel Tyle ’06, Joins President Obama, and Top CEOs in Cuba!

Sheel, CEO, New Enterprise Associates, graduated from the YEA! University of Rochester class in 2006, and joined top entrepreneurs Daniel Schulman, CEO, PayPal, Ursula Burns, CEO, Xerox, Brian Chesky, president and founder, Air BnB/PAGE, Daymond John, CEO, Fubu, Soledad O’Brien, Starfish Media, Ken Siegel, general counsel, Starwood, Arne Sorenson, president and CEO, Marriott to support President Obama in building a new relationship with Cuba, through Entrepreneurship.

Read more at Marketplace: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/03/22/world/who-are-us-business-leaders-hanging-out-obama-cuba

After graduating from YEA!, Sheel went on to attend Stanford University, and was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list! He has worked for various tech startups and venture capital funds throughout his career.

Young Entrepreneurs Academy Start-Up Wolf’em Sticks Now Available at Award Winning Wegmans Food Markets!

Brothers, 16 year old Spencer, and 18 year old Tanner Harrison, graduated the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Utah location in 2013. In the YEA! program they turned their passion for camping into the ultimate biscuit cup roaster, and an entrepreneurial success story!  The Harrison brothers are bringing campfire fun to the whole family, with the patented Wolf’em Stick®.

Today, hungry campers can find the Wolf’em Stick® in over 200 retail locations, and now in 88 Wegmans stores across the northeast.  The Wolf’em Stick® has been selected as a 2016 Top 100 DREAM BIG Award Winner by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. With revenue projections indicating over a million dollars in sales by the time they graduate high school, the brothers are saying YEA! to success. Visit wolfem.com to learn more!

Krish Sivarajah Competing at Texas State Science and Engineering Competition

Krish Sivarajah, a graduate of the YEA! Frisco, TX Chamber of Commerce class,

participated in the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair and is advancing to the Texas State Science and Engineering Competition. Krish received 2nd place in the senior division Engineering Mechanics competition. He was recognized at the DRSEF Award Banquet on March 22nd in Dallas. Congratulations Krish!

HEB Chamber Internet Calendar Subscription

CalendarDo you use technology to help manage your calendar and appointments?  Are you a frequent flyer at HEB Chamber events?  If the answers to these questions is “YES,” then adding a web calendar to Outlook, Google Calendar or other tool would likely be helpful to you.

Use the following link, and add it to your subscriptions:


You would copy and paste this into your calendar management tool.  If you’ve never done this, then ask your local nerd to assist.  If you’d like to try this yourself, you can typically find quick videos in YouTube with guidance on how to accomplish it.  For example, the video below focuses on how someone would add a similar calendar in Outlook.   When it comes time to paste the address into Outlook, simply use the one above instead of the one referenced in the video.

Protect Yourself from Roofing Scams

As you well know, Fort Worth was hit with a massive hail storm this week.  That means roofing contractors will be hitting the streets looking for work. And since there is no licensing in the state of Texas, many Fort Worth residents may get scammed. 

The North Texas Roofing Contractors Association works very hard to protect consumers from unscrupulous roofing contractors who take advantage of unsuspecting citizens. Below you will find a list of questions that homeowners can use when hiring a roofing contractor. For a list of roofers who are members of the HEB Chamber, click here.

Please see the advice page (CLICK HERE) for a short list of questions in both English and Spanish and visit www.ntrca.com where you can get additional tips on how to hire a reputable contractor.  Below is a helpful video from their channel on how to hire a contractor.

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