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.

HEB CHAMBER ANNOUNCES 2015 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Bedford, TX –The HEB Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2015 Executive Committee.  The slate was presented by the Chamber’s Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The Executive Committee is composed of elected officers who act for and on behalf of the Board of Directors when the Board is not in session.

Comprised of local business owners and leaders, the Executive Committee plays a vital role in developing all aspects of the organization’s business advocacy efforts and offers guidance for the organization’s strategic plan. The Chairman of the Board serves as the chief elected officer of the Board of Directors and the division chairs are responsible for the committees and programs in their respective divisions. The 2015 Executive Committee includes the following officers:

Chairman of the Board Michael Land Forest Ridge Funeral Home
Immediate Past Chairman Brent McIlvain Edward Jones
Chairman-Elect Kimberly Ball DOCUmation
Secretary/Treasurer Geoff Graham Carter BloodCare
Corporate Guidance Officer Pete Benenati Benenati Law Firm, P.C.
Business Development Division Darryl Day Day Real Estate
Community Development Division Travis Parker First Financial Bank
Economic Development Division Steve Farco Mason-Dallas, Inc.
Marketing & Membership Division Patty Marshall Glint Advertising
Member at Large Michael Delgado Delgado Orthodontics
Member at Large Wes Harrison Allen Samuels Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Hyundai

“I am honored to serve as the 2015 Chairman of the Board for the HEB Chamber of Commerce. Members of our new Executive Committee are valuable sources of business experience and hold tremendous leadership qualities. We look forward to maintaining close relationships with Chamber members in further strengthening our community,” stated Chairman of the Board Michael Land.

The HEB Chamber of Commerce is an association of businesses working together to improve the quality of life and economic climate in the Hurst, Euless, Bedford area.

For additional information, contact The HEB Chamber of Commerce at 817-283-1521 or www.heb.org.

TARRANT COUNTY DAYS AT THE CAPITOL

Texas Capitol BuildingThe Coalition of Tarrant County Chambers of Commerce and the HEB Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to Tarrant County Days At The Capitol on February 25-26. Tarrant County Days At The Capitol provides an opportunity for local business and community leaders to meet Texas Senators and State Representatives while offering an up-close and personal look at the Texas Legislature in action. This event will be held in Austin, Texas, and registration is $100.

Agenda:
Reception
Honoring the Members of the 84th Legislature
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Suites – Bluebonnet Room

And

Breakfast
Honoring the Members of the Fort Worth and Tarrant County
State Legislative Delegation
Thursday, February 26, 2015
7:30 a.m – 9:00 a.m.
Austin Club

Click here to register or for additional information!

Young Entrepreneurs Academy ~ Investor Panel Presentations

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When

Tuesday March 17, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM CDT

Where

Buinger Career and Technical Education Academy
1849 Central Dr Bldg E
Bedford, TX 76022

The HEB Chamber of Commerce and HEB ISD would like to invite you to attend the Investor Panel for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.  The students will present their plans to investors, who will evaluate them and potentially reward them with funds to help them start their businesses. The best presentation will go on to compete at the Regional Event in Phoenix, Arizona on May 15.

Our Master of Ceremonies will be Michael Sherrod, Entrepreneur in Residence at TCU. Our panelists include: Steve Ward, Allstate Insurance; Alicia McGlinchey, HEB Education Foundation; Steve Chapman, Superintendent of HEB ISD; and Michael Land, Board Chair of the HEB Chamber.   For more details and participant bios, click on “Get more information” below.

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SBA launches the Innovate HER: 2015 Innovating for Women Business Challenge

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Dallas/Fort Worth District Office would like to announce the launch of the InnovateHER: 2015 Innovating for Women Business Challenge (Business Competition for up to $30,000 in prize money).

The SBA is looking for innovative products and services that help impact and empower women’s lives as they navigate the challenges of a changing work and family life.

  • SBA is interested in entrepreneurs to create products or services that have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families ( 30%), has the potential for commercialization ( 40%) and fills a need in the marketplace (30%).
  • SBA is asking local organizations such as universities, colleges, accelerators, clusters, scale-up communities, SBA Resource Partners and other local organizations to participate as hosts for this Business Challenge throughout the month of March 2015.
  • Each host will select and identify a local winner who will compete for advancement to the finals in Washington DC where they will have the opportunity to pitch to a panel of judges and compete for up to $30,000 in prize money during National Small Business Week, May 4-8, 2015.
  • Below are links to additional information on the InnovateHER: 2015 Innovating for Women Business Challenge.

 

  1. Competition Summary
  2. FAQs
  3. Competition Rules
  4. Topline Points
  5. InnovateHER Flyer

Join Leadership HEB 2015 in Helping the Clubhouse for Special Needs

Clubhouse for Special Needs LogoPlease join in the Leadership HEB 2015 Art Supply and Snack Drive to help

The Clubhouse for Special Needs!

The Clubhouse for Special Needs, Inc. is a safe environment for fun and fellowship for the mild to moderate intellectually/physically challenged teenagers and young adults providing education, socialization, and independence in a recreational atmosphere.

Please help us help The Clubhouse for Special Needs by donating any of the following items:

Individually Wrapped Snacks

Pretzels, chips, crackers, cereal bars, granola bars, chex mix, popcorn, yogurt covered raisins, Welch’s fruit snacks

Art Supplies

Construction paper, glue sticks, acrylic paint, paint brushes, sketch pads, washable markers, Prang water colors.

Collection and Drop-off Dates: February 1 through April 1

Drop off locations:

The HEB Chamber and Shaw Insurance Agency, located at the intersection of Precinct Line and Glade Road.

For more information, please contact:

Elaine Dillard

Shaw Insurance Agency

947 W Glade Rd

Hurst, TX 76054-6052

www.shawia.com

elaine@shaw-insurance.net

Phone: 817.479.7601

 

Clubhouse for Special Needs

SERVPRO Celebrates 6th Consecutive Year on Entrepreneur’s Top 10 Franchise List

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Contact:

Jessica Henson

SERVPRO® of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co.

(817) 595-2506

Jehenson@servproofheb.com

SERVPRO® Celebrates 6th Consecutive Year on Entrepreneur’s Top 10 Franchise List

Cleanup and restoration franchisor stands strong in the #7 position in the 2015 Franchise 500 rankings

Hurst, TX (Grassroots Newswire) January 20, 2015 – SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, maintains its hold on the No. 7 spot overall – out of a group of 927 franchises that qualified for inclusion in the list—in the recently announced 2015 Franchise 500 rankings* from Entrepreneur magazine. This recognition marks the sixth consecutive year Entrepreneur has included the company in its Top 10 list and the 12th consecutive year SERVPRO has earned the top spot on the magazine’s list in its own industry—Restoration Services.

Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 selection process** uses “objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation” to help would-be entrepreneurs identify franchise investment opportunities. Some of the most important factors considered by Entrepreneur in developing the list each year are “financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system.”

“It’s very satisfying to represent the ongoing brand leadership of SERVPRO® for disaster cleanup and restoration services in the Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co. area,” said Jessica Henson, owner of “SERVPRO® of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co.. “As a SERVPRO franchisee, we have the tools and knowledge—and the responsibility—to provide the best possible service to every  customer.”

According to Henson, SERVPRO continues to innovate with systems, processes and training designed to deliver faster, more consistent results to their customers. In the past year, SERVPRO customers benefited from the introduction of the following advanced features:

* The company’s DryBook™ proprietary software, which provides franchisees with tools to capture and track the steps of a restoration project according to industry best practices and standards.

* The Here to Help® Connection, which provides homeowners with 24/7 access to real-time data, allowing them to track progress toward project completion.

* The Drying Chamber, which uses vacuum freeze-drying technology to vaporize water in water-damaged documents—a technique recommended by the Library of Congress. The process can recover and restore even the most delicate items and preserve the integrity of a variety of media including irreplaceable files, medical files, books, x-rays, photographs and more.

SERVPRO® specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, helping both commercial and residential customers recover from property damage emergencies “Like it never even happened.” For more information about SERVPRO® of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co., contact Jessica Henson at

(817) 595-2506 or Jehenson@servproofheb.com. For more information about SERVPRO®, please visit www.servpro.com.

*   http://www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500/index.html

** http://www.entrepreneur.com/franchises/franchise500/about.html

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of nearly 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar losses. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

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