HEB & ARLINGTON CHAMBERS AUSTIN TRIP ~ Jan 27-29, 2015

Texas Capitol BuildingFor the sixth consecutive legislative session, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce plans to take Chamber members to Austin early in the 84th Legislative Session to meet with legislators and agency staff on policy issues important to the Chamber. Again this year, the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Chamber of Commerce will be partners in this venture.

Individual registration and sponsorships are available now.The dates for Arlington to Austin are January 27-29, 2015. This includes a reception Tuesday, January 27 at the Doubletree Guest Suites, 303 W. 15th Street for all in attendance and all members of the Legislature and selected state agencies. The agenda will include meetings at the Texas State Capitol with members of the Arlington and HEB legislative delegations along with other selected leaders. Most meetings will be Wednesday, January 28, with any that couldn’t be scheduled carried over to Thursday morning, January 29. We will complete all scheduled meetings by 11:30 a.m. Thursday.In addition to the reception, the Chamber will provide breakfast and lunch at the Doubletree Wednesday and breakfast Thursday mornings, with speakers invited for each of these meals. State Representative John Zerwas, a key member of the House leadership and a leader on health care policy, has tentatively agreed to speak to the delegation at breakfast on Wednesday, January 28.

To register for this event, or for sponsorship opportunities, please Click here.

Contact Mary Frazior for additional information!

Anytime Fitness in Hurst is an official drop off location for Toys for Tots

ToysForTotsThe mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October – December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area.  To find out more about their efforts throughout DFW, click here.   For details on where to drop off at Anytime Fitness, click here.

2015 HEB The Guide Online Flipbook: Available NOW!

HEB Mini Cover for Web Link

The new 2015 HEB The Guide has been released.  The physical copies have been distributed, and the electronic flipbook is available NOW!  This is the Community Guide and Business Directory for the Hurst Euless Bedford area.  Distributed to businesses, Chamber members and to many residents throughout the area, The Guide is at work throughout the year to promote your business!  Click on the cover to the right for immediate access.

This online/tablet ready edition in a flip-book format reaches both locally and beyond with dynamic ads that link to advertisers’ websites.  Please feel free to promote this tool to your customers and clients as a referral source for people who do business in, and support, the HEB Community!

YEA! Mentor Training Scheduled for November 20

YEAlogo gifMentors are needed to assist the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, and we invite you to support the students’ experience by becoming a YEA! Business Mentor. As a Business Mentor, you’ll have the opportunity to provide coaching, guidance, and direction to a business enterprise by helping the students develop and complete their business plan.

This mentoring experience, conducted at Gene A. Buinger Career & Technical Education Academy, will have a significant impact on the students’ ability to launch and run their own REAL, albeit modest, business or non-profit organizations.

YEA! Business Mentors commit to seven classroom visits, taking place from December 1, 2014 – February 2, 2015 from 4.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. and continued out-of-class support through email and phone through April 30, 2015. You’ll have the opportunity to assist your student group in the process of developing and writing a business plan and creating an investor presentation used to request funding. We also encourage you to share your business experiences with the groups over the course of your meetings. Previous students have indicated that hearing first-hand accounts from members of the business community make a  significant impact on what they are learning.

The YEA! Instructor will be providing instruction and guidance each class period before YEA! Business Mentors arrive to work with their individual student groups. Contact the YEA! Program Manager Craig Backus to sign up or get more information:  craig@heb.org, 817/600-5701

HEB Chamber Announces Winners of Stan the Man’s Chili Challenge

Best Overall Chili (will represent HEB Chamber in the Classic Chevrolet Chili Cook off on November 11) – BB&T Bank, Bobby Carr

Mildest Chili – Farmers Insurance, Christie Bradley

Most Unusual Chili – Carpet Connection, Wes Simmons

Spiciest Chili – Miguelito’s Mexican Restaurant & Lounge, Gabby Nevares

Best Team Spirit – Forest Ridge Funeral Home, Michael Land and David B. Medina

Pictures from the event are posted! Click here to see!

CHAMBER SUPPORTS PROPOSITION 1 FOR TRANSPORTATION ON NOVEMBER BALLOT

Texas Roadways feeling the crunchMore than 1,200 people are moving to Texas every day and the transportation infrastructure is not increasing enough to keep up with the demand. An estimated $5 billion more per year is needed to maintain the existing roads at current levels of congestion.  The continued economic success of Texas depends on a viable transportation system.  Proposition 1 is a constitutional amendment that would allow income from Texas’ oil and gas tax collections to go to the highway fund to be used for road maintenance and for building new roads without tolls. This would not raise the gas tax or other fees.  A vote for Proposition 1 is a vote for the continued economic growth of Texas.

EARLY VOTING FOR NOVEMBER ELECTIONS STARTS OCTOBER 20

Your vote countsMake plans to vote for your Congressman, State Leaders and area State Representatives and Senators.  Early Voting takes place at the following locations, dates and times:

  • Bedford Public Library, 2424 Forest Ridge
  • Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector
  • Hurst Recreation Center, 700 Mary Drive
  • For more voting locations, go to www.tarrantcounty.com/evote
  • Monday through Friday- October 20-24, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 25 – 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 26 – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Monday through Friday, October 27-31, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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