Support Small Business Saturday in Hurst, Euless, and Bedford on Saturday, November 25

There are many small businesses throughout Hurst, Euless, and Bedford, and kicking off the holiday shopping season by frequenting these stores helps to support families right in our own backyard.  Places like these keep your community strong and vibrant, potentially employing your friends, family and neighbors.

Small Business Saturday is a holiday shopping tradition that happens every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Founded by American Express in 2010, this nationwide movement helps bring attention to the importance of supporting small businesses in communities across America.

Jana Autrey of El Pollo Loco in Bedford Named October Member of the Month by the HEB Chamber

Our October Member of the Month is Jana Autrey with El Pollo Loco in Bedford. She is relatively new to the Chamber and did not enter our recent Chili Challenge. But even so, she was a huge help at the event, arriving early to help set up, pitching in throughout the evening and even staying late to help clean up afterward. She’s also been involved with a number of other Chamber events. So for being a “key ingredient” of our Chili Challenge, and for “bowling us over” with her Chamber enthusiasm, we recognize Jana as our Member of the Month. Please join us in congratulating her!

Tarrant County Early Voting – Constitutional Joint Election

Election Day – November 7, 2017

Early Voting Times

October 23-27 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
October 28 Saturday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
October 29 Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
October 30-31 Monday-Tuesday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
November 1 Wednesday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
November 2-3 Thursday – Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Early Voting is underway for the November 7 Constitutional Joint Elections. Visit the following website for early voting polling locations and sample ballots.

Early Voting Schedule and Locations

November 7 Election Sample Ballot By Entity

Eric Gachelin of Congrowence named HEB Chamber Member of the Month for September, 2017

In September, we held our 62nd Annual Birthday Bash. We had a great event, with a wonderful turnout, a lot of fun and even an adorable puppy. The success of the event is due in no small part to the efforts of Eric Gachelin with Congrowence. He did a little bit of everything, from helping round up auction items to making a promotional video. He even helped us get our entertainer for the night, magician Jeff Lee. He’s also active in one of our Leads Groups. So for all the magic he worked in helping make the Birthday Bash a success, Eric is our September Member of the Month. Thanks and congratulations, Eric!

Overview of Texas Statewide Propositions 2017

The office of Texas Representative Jonathan Stickland recently e-mailed out a summary of the seven propositions that will be voted on in the upcoming election. The information below includes the actual text that will appear on the ballot, and a brief summary of what it actually means.

We encourage all eligible voters to take the time to read and understand these measures and exercise your right as a Texan to vote.  In the e-mail from Representative Stickland, he outlined that it was not his goal to tell anyone how to vote, but simply to explain what is be voted on in plain English.

STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION 1: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization for less than the market value of the residence homestead and harmonizing certain related provisions of the Texas Constitution.”

WHAT IT DOES:   This would authorize property tax exemptions for certain partially disabled veterans or their surviving spouses — specifically veterans whose homes were donated to them by a charitable organization for less than market value.

STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION 2: “The constitutional amendment to establish a lower amount for expenses that can be charged to a borrower and removing certain financing expense limitations for a home equity loan, establishing certain authorized lenders to make a home equity loan, changing certain options for the refinancing of home equity loans, changing the threshold for an advance of a home equity line of credit, and allowing home equity loans on agricultural homesteads.”

WHAT IT DOES:  This decreases the restrictions placed on home equity loans.

STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION 3: “The constitutional amendment limiting the service of certain officeholders appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate after the expiration of the person’s term of office.”

WHAT IT DOES: This limits Governor appointees whose terms have expired but have not yet been replaced, to service in their official capacity only until the end of the next legislative session. 

STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION 4: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to require a court to provide notice to the attorney general of a challenge to the constitutionality of a state statute and authorizing the legislature to prescribe a waiting period before the court may enter a judgment holding the statute unconstitutional.”

WHAT IT DOES: This requires all courts to notify the Texas Attorney General of any constitutional challenge to any state law. 

STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION 5: “The constitutional amendment on professional sports team charitable foundations conducting charitable raffles.”

WHAT IT DOES: This changes the definition of what is considered a professional sports team to include other team-based organizations (minor league teams and other sports)allowing them to hold charitable raffles. This also authorizes debit card as an acceptable payment in the raffles.

STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION 6: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.”

WHAT IT DOES: This gives property tax exemptions to surviving spouses of first responders who have been killed in the line of duty.

STATE OF TEXAS PROPOSITION 7: “The constitutional amendment relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings.”

WHAT IT DOES: This would allow banks and other financial institutions to conduct promotional activities, such as offering prizes in order to encourage savings.
Important Links:

Representative Stickland’s Office

Sample Ballots by Entity for Tarrant County

Tarrant County Voter Lookup

Atmos Energy Ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction

Media Contact:
Kelly Pacleb
817-375-7911

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DALLAS (Sept. 20, 2017) – Atmos Energy is at the top of consumer lists according to J.D. Power’s 2017 Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study. Atmos Energy ranks number one in the south region’s pool of utilities serving 400,000 or more residential customers.

“This ranking demonstrates that our continued focus on safety resonates with our customers.   Safety is our number one priority and our customers have clearly heard that loud and clear,” Vice President of Customer Service Clay Cash says. “Another customer service success is our ease of access. Customers can reach us on just about any platform, mobile included, to make it easy for them to do business with us in this fast-paced, increasingly mobile society.”

The ranking is based on more than 61,000 online interviews. Results noted that customer satisfaction was largely based on the utility’s safety and communication. Atmos Energy’s first priority is always the safety of our customers, community and employees. Details on the survey and results can be viewed here.

About Atmos Energy

Atmos Energy Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, is the country’s largest, fully-regulated, natural-gas-only distributor, serving over three million natural gas distribution customers in over 1,400 communities in eight states from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West. Atmos Energy also manages company-owned natural gas pipeline and storage assets, including one of the largest intrastate natural gas pipeline systems in Texas. For more information, visit www.atmosenergy.com. Atmos Energy can also be accessed through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Empowering Seniors 2017

It’s not just an event for Caregivers, Boomers and Seniors – It’s an Empowering Experience! Join Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes and presenting sponsor Care ‘N Care for professional health screenings, informative workshops, an “Ask the Doctor” panel, FREE food, over 140 exhibitors, totes and treats, entertainment, BINGO, door prizes and more! Meet Neil Sperry, WBAP radio talk show host and Star-Telegram columnist and Troy Dungan, Iconic Weatherman and Care N’Care Member! Find out more and register to attend at www.empoweringseniors.com.

North Texas Giving Day – HEB Chamber Nonprofit Members

 

Thursday, Sept. 14, is North Texas Giving Day, an online event that allows North Texas residents to come together to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits. Since 2009, #NTxGivingDay has pumped more than $156 million into our community. We encourage all our HEB Chamber members to “Get up and Give” for this important and worthy event. Thank you for your support!

 

HEB Chamber Nonprofit Organization Members

6 Stones Mission Network
African Moons
Airport Area YMCA
Alliance for Children, Inc.
American Legion Post 379
Arts Council Northeast
Build International Ministries
Cenikor Foundation
Come Read with Me
Community Enrichment
Center
Crown of Life Lutheran School
GRACEful Buys
HEB ISD Education Foundation
HEB Retired School Employees
JPS Foundation
Knights of Columbus
Council 7641
Metroport Meals On Wheels
Mid Cities Pacesetters
Rotary Club
Mid-Cities Care Corps
Mission Central
Neuro Fitness Foundation, Inc.
Northeast Orchestra
Rotary Club of Hurst-Euless-
Bedford
Second Glance Resale
Texas Baptist Home For
Children
The Clubhouse for Special
Needs, Inc.
United Way – Northeast

Caregiver Job Fair for Right at Home – Positions throughout DFW

Join us in helping seniors remain independent in the privacy and comfort of their own home. We are looking for experienced Caregivers who are passionate about helping others.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Companionship& Safety Supervision
  • Ambulation & Dressing
  • Bathing and Hygiene
  • Med Reminders and Meals
  • Transportation and Errands

Please Join Us!

Sept 11th and 12th , 2017 from 10am-3pm at our Euless Location:

4215 W. Pipeline Rd Euless, TX 76040

817-282-3295

**The Euless location is hosting the job fair, however all DFW locations are hiring.

Please contact Right at Home for the location nearest you!

HEB Chamber of Commerce Announces New Board Members for 2018

The HEB Chamber is pleased to announce our new Board members, with terms beginning in 2018: Kevin Ball, KB Handyman; Kevin Coder, Allen Samuels Direct; Mandy Eliot, Keller Williams; Eric Gachelin, Congrowence, Inc.; Susan Shaw, Shaw Insurance; Howard Shotwell, R & D Associates; Buck Weatherby, U.S. Concrete and Jamie Whisman, Liberty Bank. Thank you for your service and welcome to the HEB Chamber Board!

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