HEB YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR ACADEMY WINNER PRODUCES VIDEO FOR LOCAL BUSINESS

2015-05-15 19.35.24Hurst, Texas, May 26, 2015:  Dr. Michael Delgado was so impressed with Cameron Kostopoulos, CEO of Dionysian Productions and winner of the Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district and Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy, he approached him to film and produce a video for his own business. Dr. Delgado experienced Kostopoulos’s winning presentation first-hand as a member of the YEA Investor’s Panel of judges this past month.

Kostopoulos, a sophomore at L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, responded immediately and met with Dr. Delgado and his team. “It was exciting to get an offer so soon and I knew it was something I could do for them,” said the young entrepreneur. He accepted and scheduled Dionysian Productions to cover the Delgado Orthodontics Patient Appreciation Party in April and produce on-site patient testimonials.

“Cameron’s knowledge and love of film making was evident in his YEA presentation,” said Delgado. “And I appreciated his business plan and proposal to keep video rates affordable so that even small businesses can afford his services. We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such a young talent and to support his up and coming business.” Dr. Delgado is also the Chair for the Steering Committee for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy in the HEB Chamber of Commerce.

Kostopoulos filmed, edited and produced two videos for the Delgado Orthodontics website and social media.  In addition, he will use the finished product for his own Dionysian Productions portfolio. When Cameron is not behind a camera or computer, he is busy performing with the LD Bell Band, studying for his AP exams and recently competed in the regional Young Entrepreneurs Academy competition in Phoenix.

Delgado Orthodontics Patient Appreciation Party Videos, Dionysian Productions:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delgado-Orthodontics/191683600855417

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHjTBu5tj9L_s3FjRhgBMVg

http://www.dionysianproductions.com/#!video/citr

Dr. Michael Delgado is a member of the HEB ISD Education Foundation Board and the HEB Chamber of Commerce. Delgado Orthodontics provides braces and orthodontic treatment for children, teens and adults in the HEB area. Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a year-long program and combined effort with the HEB Chamber and ISD that teaches junior high and high school students how to start and run their own REAL businesses. Dionysian Productions is a video production company specializing in preproduction, filming, and postproduction.

CONTACTS: Angela Wood, Marketing, Delgado Orthodontics, 817-913-4470

anwood@myorthosynetics.com

Cameron Kostopoulos,  CEO, Dionysian Productions, 817 991-4981

cameron@dionysianproductions.com

Dr. Michael Delgado, DDS, MS, Delgado Orthodontics, 817-282-1821

Wes Harrison recognized as the April Member of the Month by the HEB Chamber of Commerce

Golf Committee Chair Wes Harrison with Chairman of the Board Michael Land.

Golf Committee Chair Wes Harrison with Chairman of the Board Michael Land.

During our monthly Chamber Luncheons, we like to recognize chamber members who have gone above-and-beyond their responsibilities to contribute their time and effort during Chamber events.

Last month, the Chamber’s annual Golf Classic at the Texas Star Golf Course was a great success. Everyone who participated had a wonderful time, but the event could not have happened without the hard work of our Golf Committee, led by Committee Chair Wes Harrison of Allen Samuels Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Hyundai.

We are proud to honor Wes Harrison as our April Member of the Month.

GENERAL ELECTION | Every vote counts | Saturday, May 9 from 7a to 7p

The General Election will take place on Saturday, May 9 from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the following locations.

Vote ButtonBedford residents may vote for City Council Places 1 and 2, and Mayor. Voting will take place at:
Pat May Center
1849 Central Drive, Bedford, 76022
Click here for more information about voting in Bedford.

Euless residents may vote for City Council Places 5 and 6.
Voting will take place at:
Euless Public Library
201 Ector Drive, Euless, 76039
Click here for more information about voting in Euless.

Hurst residents may vote for City Council Places 1, 2, and 6.
Voting will take place at:
Hurst Public Library
901 Precinct Line Road, Hurst, 76053
Click here for more information about voting in Hurst.

HEB residents may vote for HEB Independent School District Board of Trustee Places 1, 6, and 7. Voting will take place at the above locations.

Click here for more information about voting for HEB ISD Board of Trustee Places.

LEADERSHIP HEB ANNOUNCES THE 29TH GRADUATING CLASS

Bedford, TX—The Leadership HEB Class of 2015 will soon graduate during the HEB Chamber Monthly Luncheon on Thursday, May 14, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Hurst. Garry Hamilton, a former chairman of the HEB Chamber of Commerce, will address the graduates during a speech about “The Importance of Leadership in a Community.” This will be the 29th graduating class of Leadership HEB.

Leadership HEB 2015Leadership HEB began in 1985 with the mission of providing a community leadership education program and promoting involvement in our cities, school district, civic, and charitable organizations. Leadership HEB is a program of the HEB Chamber of Commerce and has graduated many civic and community leaders.

Leadership HEB is a proactive way to learn about the greater HEB area and Tarrant County. Through monthly sessions, participants explore issues affecting the communities now and into future, as well as learn how leadership skills affect the overall success of a community. Upon successful program completion, participants are publicly recognized with a graduation ceremony.

“This year’s Leadership HEB participants have gained unparalleled experiences, networking, and knowledge. Graduates from this program will undoubtedly benefit both professionally and personally. I encourage anyone who is interested in increasing their leadership skills and knowledge of our community to consider participating in future Leadership HEB classes,” stated HEB Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mary Frazior, CCE, IOM.

Leadership HEB is pleased to recognize the 2014-2015 class participants:

• Brandon Bell, YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, Airport Area Branch

• Chanc Bennett, Euless Fire Department

• Blanca Collins, Liberty Mutual Insurance

• Kara Crane, City of Hurst

• Elaine Dillard, Shaw Insurance Agency

• Jennifer Fisher, Cook Children’s Northeast Hospital

• Natalie Foster, City of Bedford

• Linda Goelzer, Carter BloodCare

• Jack Harred, Tarrant County College, Northeast Campus

• Joe Herrington, HEB ISD

• Jeri Harwell, Republic Services

• Thomas Hoover, City of Bedford

• Mark Lucas-Kelly, Lucas Funeral Home

• Kameryn L’Ecuyer

• Ashley Moore, Bell Helicopter

• Bonnie Sorrells, Texas Health HEB

• Mary Stokic, HEB ISD

• Randy West, DDS, James B. Wright, DDS, Inc.

Be a part of Hurst Euless Bedford’s future. Contact the HEB Chamber of Commerce at

817-283-1521 or chamber@heb.org for additional information, including applications.

SPOTLIGHT ON A MID-SIZE BUSINESS: Minuteman Press

Printing needs are an essential element of almost any company. Business cards, brochures, letterhead, manuals, and many more materials are often taken for granted, but these simple paper goods contribute to the brand of any business. Because of its many contributions to the community and involvement with the HEB Chamber of Commerce, Minuteman Press was awarded the 2014 Mid-Size Business of the Year by the HEB Chamber of Commerce.

Minuteman logoOwner Bill Lynch has been an active member of the Chamber since the company’s inception in 2005. As Minuteman Press has grown over the years, so have the company’s contributions to the community, not only to the Chamber, but to other entities as well, including the HEB ISD Education Foundation and Leadership HEB.

Minuteman Press is the world’s largest franchised printing organization, with capabilities of printing almost anything from business forms to wedding invitations, either at the local plant or through one of the many central facilities.

Bill Lynch Headshot“Our business is successful because we help small businesses and non-profits achieve their growth goals. Putting ink on paper, which we do well, is only rewarding when it helps a small business owner or non-profit achieve their goals. We get excited about their success,” stated Bill Lynch.

Besides offering products and services to satisfy the needs of their customers, Minuteman Press is also dedicated to ensuring that customers feel comfortable and confident about their printing jobs. Customers can find a helpful “Resources & Support” section on the company’s website, including a Frequently Asked Questions section for customers who are unfamiliar with printing, a Glossary of Terms, a Printing Blog with tips on how to create and use printed materials to grow a business, Partner Links, and a Networking Tips section.

With complete commitment to customer satisfaction, Minuteman Press will even recommend outside options when it is not the best source for a particular product or service. The company-wide focus on customer service is yet another reason why Minuteman Press is well deserving of the recognition as Business of the Year.

For more information on how Minuteman Press can fulfill your printing needs, visit www.ftworth.minutemanpress.com or call 817-864-3000.

Beat the lines and vote early!

Early voting opens on Monday, April 27. The General Election will take place on Saturday, May 9.

Early Voting
Early voting by personal appearance days and hours include:

April 27 – May 1 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
May 2 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
May 3 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
May 4 – 5 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Bedford residents may vote for City Council Places 1 and 2, and Mayor. Early voting will take place at:
Bedford Public Library
2424 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, 76021
Click here for more information about voting in Bedford.

Euless residents may vote for City Council Places 5 and 6.
Early voting will take place at:
Euless Public Library
201 Ector Drive, Euless, 76039
Click here for more information about voting in Euless.

Hurst residents may vote for City Council Places 1, 2, and 6.
Early voting will take place at:
Hurst Recreation Center
700 Mary Drive, Hurst, 76053
Click here for more information about voting in Hurst.

HEB residents may vote for HEB Independent School District Board of Trustee Places 1, 6, and 7. Early voting will take place at the above locations (Bedford Public Library, Euless Public Library, and Hurst Recreation Center).
Click here for more information about voting for HEB ISD Board of Trustee Places.

HEB Chamber Announces Awards at April Chamber Luncheon

During its regular monthly luncheon held at the First United Methodist Church in Hurst on April 9, 2015, the HEB Chamber of Commerce named a number of award winners:

Member of the Month

Alex Taylor

Alex Taylor named the HEB Chamber’s Member of the Month for April, 2015.

The HEB Chamber recognized two members who both served as instructors during this year’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy. The March Member of the Month was Mary Fleck with Fleck / Xocai Healthy Chocolate; and the April Member of the Month was Alex Taylor with Elegance Outdoor Lighting. Mary and Alex, we appreciate your participation!

Ambassador of the Quarter

Cindy Benke

Cindy Benke named HEB Chamber’s Ambassador of the Quarter, for the 1st Quarter of 2015.

Cindy Benke of  Shield Awards & Promotions is the Ambassador of the First Quarter for 2015. She has contributed through making numerous care calls, has attended several ribbon cuttings, and always helps members get involved.  

Thanks for all you do, Cindy!

SPOTLIGHT ON A SMALL BUSINESS: M3 NETWORKS

As many small businesses have experienced, sometimes complicated technical issues arise. Businesses with little or no knowledge of how to deal with technical problems must often look beyond their own company for solutions. Because of its positive impact on the IT needs of other small businesses across the Dallas-Fort Worth area, M3 Networks was awarded the 2014 Small Business of the Year by the HEB Chamber of Commerce.

m3 Networks LogoMichael Moore founded the business in 2003 after leaving his corporate career. Through working as an IT administrator for several small to mid-sized businesses, he directly witnessed the complicated IT problems these businesses not only faced, but were often unequipped to solve independently. Unfortunately, these businesses often sought assistance from technology support vendors that only offered the minimum amount of assistance. Michael wanted to create an IT solutions business with an entirely different approach.

M3 Networks prides itself in being a service-based, customer-focused business that provides excellent and competent technical support. M3 differentiates itself from other technology support businesses in several distinct ways.

Lynn Stillman presenting Michael Moore with the Small Business of the Year Award

Lynn Stillman presenting Michael Moore with the Small Business of the Year Award

  • Customers can expect a response time of less than one hour or the work is free.
  • Repairs are completed as quickly as possible, either by remote services or through a same-day visit by a technician.
  • The team of experts at M3 guide customers through the best course of action and break down technical jargon into easy-to-understand terms.
  • Absolute 100% satisfaction of all work is guaranteed.
  • Before work is started, any potential risk is explained and data may be backed up.
  • All projects are completed on time and on budget.
  • All service charges are pre-approved by customers to avoid hidden fees

“Being recognized by the HEB Chamber of Commerce as the 2014 Small Business of the Year is a great honor for us. There are a lot of people that can fix computer problems, so we know we need to do something that stands out. We provide world-class technical support for local small to medium sized businesses with the great service, friendliness, and attentiveness that is often missing from other IT providers. It is always great to find out that our efforts have made a positive impact and it reinforces our commitment to superior customer service. We look forward to one day being a Mid-Sized Business of the Year award recipient,” stated Michael Moore.

M3 always strives to incorporate best practices from the IT industry, and seeks partners that enable the business to offer a wide range of affordable services. For more information about the various services offered and how M3 can assist your business, visit www.m3networks.com or call (817) 532-0127.

For additional information, contact the HEB Chamber at (817)-283-1521 or chamber@heb.org.

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HEB CHAMBER RECEIVES 4 STAR ACCREDITATION

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The United States Chamber of Commerce recently awarded the Hurst Euless Bedford Chamber of Commerce with 4-Star Accreditation for excellence in chamber planning and performance.

As the only national program of its kind in the country, the accreditation program evaluates chambers on quality programs, clear organizational procedures, and effective communications by meeting minimum standards in its operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, and technology.

Local chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars, or 5-Stars. The final determination is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members.
“This is the first time the HEB Chamber has applied for accreditation and we are honored to have received 4-Star Accreditation. It is our privilege to offer programs and services that benefit local businesses and the community,” stated HEB Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mary Frazior, IOM.

The accreditation process started under 2013 Chairman of the Board Deborah Paganelli of Texas Health HEB. Accreditation submissions were filed last December under 2014 Chairman of the Board Brent McIlvain of Edward Jones. With this designation, the HEB Chamber now has an elite status of being in the top 3% of chambers in the United States.

For additional information, contact the HEB Chamber at 817-283-1521 or chamber@heb.org.

Sam’s Club, U.S. Chamber Foundation, and Young Entrepreneurs Academy Team Up to Support Local Youth Education

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Bedford, TX, March 5, 2015—The local 15-student Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) at HEB ISD are among more than 8,000 students grades 6 -12 across 38 states who will benefit from a new collaboration between YEA!, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Sam’s Club, a leading membership club serving the small business community since 1983.

A $250,000 donation from Sam’s Club fuels growth and support for YEA!, an innovative national educational program that works to transform middle and high school students into confident entrepreneurs.

“Sam’s Club has helped small businesses startup and succeed since we opened 32 years ago. We are thrilled to build a relationship with the Young Entrepreneurs Academy and U.S. Chamber Foundation to help them deliver entrepreneurial education to thousands of young people in the communities we serve,” said Seong Ohm, senior vice president of Membership Services for Sam’s Club. “Eight out of 10 new entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months, so we’re on a mission at Sam’s Club to save our members time and money on merchandise and critical business services. Learning about savings with Sam’s Club will allow YEA! students to thrive and succeed in the long term. We look forward to growing with these amazing students and the chambers and universities that support them.”

YEA! at HEB ISD students are in the midst of a 30-week entrepreneurship class to generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch their own, legally-registered companies.

As a result of the sponsorship, YEA! at HEB can expect:

  • YEA! curriculum enhancements, such as behind-the-scenes student field trips to Sam’s Club and a classroom case study highlighting the perseverance and success of entrepreneur and Sam’s Club founder Sam Walton.
  • Local Sam’s Club and chamber leaders to serve on YEA! Investor Panels to judge student business pitches and award start-up funding. Top entrepreneur students will advance to a regional competition and receive a $500 Sam’s Club shopping spree, inclusive of membership.
  • Sam’s Club and chamber leaders to judge the YEA! Saunders Scholars Regional and National Competitions that award college scholarships to America’s Top Young Entrepreneurs.
  • Select YEA! students can pitch their business plan to Sam’s Club buyers, learning to prepare their business for retail and potentially showcase their products in select clubs and SamsClub.com.

As part of the sponsorship, Sam’s Club awarded $75,000 in “Success Made Simple” startup funds to expand the YEA! program to 30 new communities beginning in fall 2015. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is now accepting applications from local chambers of commerce that want to start a YEA! program and this summer will select 30 chambers to receive up to $2,500 in Sam’s Club “Success Made Simple” startup funds. Local chambers of commerce can apply for the “Success Made Simple” startup funds now through May 30 at USChamberFoundation.org/YEA. The U.S. Chamber Foundation continues to support local chambers of commerce in opening YEA! chapters throughout the country.

“The U.S. Chamber Foundation is excited to team up with YEA! and Sam’s Club, and we look forward to together inspiring young people through the spirit of the free enterprise system,” said Carolyn Cawley, senior vice president of Strategic Development at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “By offering support for these educational programs, we hope to emphasize what a powerful tool entrepreneurship can be.”

Fun, project-based YEA! programs are typically offered through school districts, colleges and universities, and chambers of commerce. The program is currently available in 109 locations in 38 states and continues to expand. YEA! at HEB ISD has been offered since 2014. Students interested in enrolling in the 2015-16 academic year may contact 817.600.5701, craig@heb.org or www.yeaheb.org.

“The future leaders in our class benefit from the bridge that YEA! builds between our local business community and the educational community,” said Craig Backus, Program Manager of YEA! at HEB ISD.

“Our alliance with Sam’s Club is designed to generate legendary community engagement and teach young people to embrace their passion, live their dream, and change the world,” Gayle Jagel, founder and CEO of YEA!, said.

To learn more about YEA!, visit yeausa.org.

About YEA! Graduates

  • 99% of Academy graduates enroll in college.
  • 49% of YEA! students are female.
  • 56% of YEA! students are under-represented minorities.
  • 19% of YEA! students start second businesses.
  • 100% of Academy graduates graduate from high school on time.
  • YEA! students have been  awarded millions of dollars in scholarships as a result of their involvement in YEA!.
  • 2,298 YEA! students nationwide have launched more than 1,700 real businesses in America.

About Sam’s Club

Sam’s Club®, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is a leading membership warehouse club offering savings and services to millions of members in 647 clubs in the U.S. and Puerto Rice. Sam’s Club offers affordable access to innovative services for families and small business owners, including travel, payroll and HR services, protection plans, legal solutions, cash rewards and more. To learn more about saving time and money with Sam’s Club, visit www.SamsClub.com/services.

About the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness and educating the public on how the free enterprise system improves society and the economy.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

About YEA!

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a 501(C )3 offering groundbreaking year-long classes that teach middle and high school students how to start and run their own businesses. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors, and launch and run their own real, fully formed companies and social movements. The project-based program includes guest speakers from the local business community and behind-the-scenes trips to local companies and empowers students to take charge of their futures.

Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy today serves thousands of students nationwide.  In 2011, the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation became a national sponsor and partner of the Academy to help celebrate the spirit of enterprise among today’s youth and tomorrow’s future leaders.

YEA! bridges the business and educational communities to fulfill its mission of teaching more students how to make a job, not just take a job. YEA! is made possible by The Kauffman Foundation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the E. Philip Saunders Foundation.

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