HEB Chamber’s Annual Awards Gala is September 13 at Hurst Conference Center

The Stars at NightThe HEB Chamber’s Annual Awards Gala is the time of year when we recognize our outstanding volunteers and businesses.  “The Stars at Night” come out to shine on Saturday, September 13 at the Hurst Conference Center.

Sponsors and auction items are needed for the event.  The proceeds of the Gala help to fund Chamber programs such as Challenge By Choice and Leadership HEB.  For more details, click here.

Nominations are being accepted through August 1 for the Member of the Year, the Gertrude Tarpley Spirit Award, the Bill Ridgway Spirit of Enterprise Award, the HEB Community Service Award and the Clyde Mooney Award, as well as the small, medium and large Business of the Year Awards. The form can be found on the Chamber’s website by clicking here.

Last year’s honorees were:

Officer of the Year, Michael Delgado, DDS, Delgado Orthodontics
Director of the Year, Sandee Treptow, Reliant
Member of the Year, Linda Huggins, James B. Wright, DDS
Ambassador of the Year, Patrick H. Broadnax, III, Primerica
Gertrude Tarpley Memorial Spirit Award. Darryl Day, Day Real Estate
HEB Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award, Alicia McGlinchey
Bill Ridgway Spirit of Enterprise Award, Jeff Fegan, DFW International Airport
Clyde Mooney Award, Mary Lib Saleh
Small Business of the Year, Better Signs & Banners
Mid-size Business of the Year, DOCUmation of North Texas
Large Business of the Year, Allen Samuels Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Hyundai

Congratulate the 2013 winners when you see them!  And take the time to nominate the volunteer and/or business that you feel has been extraordinary in 2014.

2015 Membership Directory Advertising Available

Reserve space early in the new 2015 HEB The Guide, 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 a great way to promote your business!

Our online/tablet ready edition in a flip-book format reaches both locally and beyond with dynamic ads that link to your website.  We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.

Use the link below to schedule a good time to find out more about HEB The Guide.

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Trinity Trojan Football Solicits Coupons from Local Businesses for 2014-2015 Calendar

Trinity Trojan LogoEach year the Trinity Trojan Football team sells a SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR as a fundraiser for the program.  This is a twelve month, full color calendar with pictures/art work commemorating the previous season.  It also includes pictures of the current senior Trojans on their birthday to celebrate their membership on the team.  The calendar is developed by the coaches “in house” so we can maximize the amount of money going back to our football team.

Two pages of coupons are included in the calendar to increase its’ value, thus, increasing sells potential.  In the past we have concentrated on food and golf offers, but this year we branched out into several other areas, including a mother/daughter tea party!

The Trinity football team requests that you be a part of our 2014-2015 calendar by providing a coupon for your business. There is NO CHARGE to you. Our funds are raised through the sale of the calendars and we appreciate your willingness to add value to the project through your coupon donation.  We hope this also serves as advertisement for your business. 

If you would like to partner with the Trinity Football family, please contact me, Jay Fitch, at jayfitch@hebisd.edu.  You may also call 817-891-5224 to speak to me directly.  All coupons need to be received by July 1st, 2014.  Sale of the calendar will occur the first week of August.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

TXExpress Update: Lane Closures Ahead!

Please note: All lanes of westbound IH 820 from Grapevine Highway 26 to the I-35W/IH 820 interchange will be shifted to the TEXpess lanes with no impact to eastbound traffic.

  • This work is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 14 at 9 p.m. thruSunday, June 29.
  • Entrances to westbound IH 820 during this time will be from Bedford-Euless Road and Denton Highway 377.
  • Exits from westbound IH 820 during this time will be Holiday Lane, Iron Horse Boulevard, and Denton Highway 377. Traffic will then merge back to the existing pavement near Riverside Drive.

Closures are subject to weather conditions and scheduling will be postponed if necessary. To view these ramp changes please visit the Alternate Route Map page of our website.

Below are the lane closures that you can expect for the coming week. Lane closures are updated frequently, so please visit the Lane Closures page on the website daily for the most current information.

Interested in Public Policy? Participate in the Governmental Affairs Committee

The Hurst Euless Bedford Chamber of Commerce has had an active Governmental Affairs Committee for many years.  This Committee researches issues that will affect businesses and the community.  Position statements on issues such as transportation, economic development and education are formed after careful consideration and input from our members. 

During the last Texas legislative session two organized trips were taken to Austin to let the voice of business be heard in Austin.  Additionally, Chamber Board and Governmental Affairs Committee members responded to specific legislation by contacting individual legislators by phone and email as the session progressed.

Two issues that have been in the HEB Chamber’s position statements for many years – funding for transportation and water – became proposed constitutional amendments.  While the water funding amendment was approved by the voters last year, the transportation funding amendment will be on the ballot this November.

The process of recommending positions on issues to the Chamber Board has just begun for the 2015 session.  Information from the interim House and Senate Committees are begin studied and input from businesses and the community are being sought.

Do you have a particular issue that affects your business that may come up in the next Texas legislative session?  Do you belong to an industry association that has an issue?  Send me an email and the HEB Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee will research it.  Please include your contact information so we can follow up with you.  I can be contacted at maryfrazior@heb.org or by phone at 817/283-1521.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ROCHELLE ROSS, APRIL MEMBER OF THE MONTH

Our April Member of the Month is Rochelle Ross of A Simplified Space. Rochelle has been a member since 2011, but this is the first year she’s served on the Golf Tournament Planning Committee – and she did an excellent job on the door prizes. She also serves on the Leadership HEB Steering Committee. Please be sure to congratulate Rochelle Ross for her enthusiastic participation in the HEB Chamber!

Congratulations to the 2014 Leadership HEB Graduates!

On May 8, 2014, the HEB Chamber of Commerce will recognize the 2014 graduates of the Leadership HEB program:

Bobby Carr, BB&T Bank Bedford
Charlene Cole, TCC, Northeast Campus
Matthew Condit, Strategic Wealth Management, LLC
Harry Cummings
Amanda Eliot, HEB ISD
Steve Farco, Mason-Dallas, Inc.
Sarah Featherstone, Bedford Public Library
Mike Gandy, Commercial Bank of Texas, NA
Jonathan Henson, SERVPRO of HEB
Darlene Hollingsworth, The Clubhouse for Special Needs, Inc.
Tommie Johnson, HEB ISD
Mike Lofland, Texas Health HEB Fitness Center
Danny Lott, Carter BloodCare
Kathie McEntire, Affiliated Bank
Nicole Montignani, Benenati Law Firm, PC
Brandye Norman, Carter BloodCare
Wes Rhodes, City of Euless
Cynthia Singleton, City of Hurst
Dr. Kara Stephenson, Expressions Chiropractic
Kristi Tomlinson, Preservation Financial
Gale Wagner, Affiliated Bank

If you would like to find out more about the program, check our website by clicking here or contacting Mary Frazior at the chamber at maryfrazior@heb.org.

Applications available NOW for the 2014-2015 Leadership HEB Program

Applications and scholarships are now available for the 2014-2015 class of Leadership HEB.  Take advantage of this unique experience and position yourself to be one of tomorrow’s leaders in our community.

The program starts with an orientation and mandatory, all-day Challenge Course in October, 2014.  Classes are held monthly, covering topics such as transportation, education, economic development and health care.  Criteria for graduation include attendance at classes and one city council or school board meeting, as well as participating in the completion of a group community service project.

“Remember, the first step to becoming a leader is getting involved.” 

Join a proven leader, past chairman of the HEB Chamber Gary Terry, and become a participant in Leadership HEB:

“Being a participant in the HEB Chamber’s Leadership Class is a huge asset to individuals looking to give back to their community and to learn what it takes to keep a community prosperous.  You’ll have a chance to learn the inter-workings of government entities, including the local school district, and many other important areas of the community in which you live and work.  The Leadership Class provides you the opportunity to meet and visit with those individuals who lead the community.  It provides an excellent opportunity to network and build new friendships with individuals who may have the same interests as you.  As you can see, I believe in the HEB Leadership Program and feel you’ll only gain from the experience of participating.”

Class of 2014 graduate Bobby Carr’s (of BB&T Bank Bedford) thoughts on the program:

“The 2014 Leadership Class has been an incredible experience for me personally.  I’ve been able to see a unique perspective of what is going on behind the scenes in our area and I’ve been able to meet some amazing people, who’ve become great friends along the way.  The offsite trips to the JPS Hospital and the Fire Academy in Fort Worth were my favorite, because of what I learned throughout the tours.  Over all, the HEB Leadership experience was definitely a great investment for myself both personally and professionally and I would highly recommend it to anyone considering participating in the future.”

For more information, contact me at 817/283-1521, ext. 104, maryfrazior@heb.org.

As a graduate of Leadership HEB 2000, I urge you to apply and avail yourself of this unique experience that will enrich your life and enable you to be a better business person and volunteer.

Young Entrepreneurs Academy Recruits Students for 2014-2015


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 START AS A STUDENT, FINISH AS A CEO!

Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Recruits Students for 2014-2015

WHAT: HEB ISD is now accepting applications for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) fall of 2014 class. YEA! is a yearlong program that guides junior and high school students through launching and running their own real businesses or social movements!

YEA! is open to all students in grades 7-12. While in the Academy, students will receive all the necessary tools to launch their very own real, legal businesses! This includes access to valuable resources like attorneys, accountants, business mentors, and graphic designers; plus, an audience with investors for REAL start-up cash.  Students will even have the opportunity to win college scholarships.

The YEA! application is available online at www.yeaheb.org

WHEN: Both program and scholarship applications must be postmarked by May 1, 2014. This is the application deadline for the YEA! Class of 2014-2015. The selection process is competitive and applicants are urged to apply!

WHERE: YEA! classes will be held at the Gene A. Buinger Career & Technical Education Academy from 4.30p to 7.30p on Mondays.

Applications can be found at www.yeaheb.org.

YEA! kicks off on September 15, 2014 and ends in May, 2015.

WHO: Students Grades 7-12 and their families

Business leaders and interested community volunteers should contact Craig Backus at craig@heb.org or 817 283 1521 for more information about how to get involved with YEA!

MEDIA: Craig Backus

Office: 817 283 1521

E-Mail Address: craig@heb.org

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.

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