HEB Chamber Names Ambassadors of the Quarter to round out 2017

Please join us in congratulating Margaret Hall and Darlene Hollingsworth on being named our Ambassadors of the third and fourth quarters of 2017.

Margaret, who just retired from Strategic Wealth Management, has been a strong supporter not only of the program, but of the Chamber as a whole. She spends a tremendous amount of time sharing information, connecting members to other members and skillfully bragging about our Chamber at every opportunity. We have been extremely fortunate to have her as a supporter and especially as an Ambassador for the Chamber.

Darlene, who is the Founder/President of The Clubhouse for Special Needs, has an incomparable passion for her work and for the Chamber. Even with the limited time available to her, she finds a way to be support the Ambassadors and gives back in every way possible. The time she spends on care calls and reaching out to our members has helped improve our membership retention and built strong relationships for the future. And we are delighted that Darlene will serve as program chair for 2018.

Congratulations and our thanks to Margaret and Darlene!

Have you heard about Mission Central’s new STEPS program?

After spending a year talking to their guests and gathering information about their challenges and needs, Mission Central designed a new program to address what they told us.

STEPS (Self Transformation Equals Personal Success) was launched this past fall. This program provides job, budget, and financial management coaching for working families. The participants in this program are most likely already working — sometimes in more than one job, but they are still not making enough to prosper.

Program participants are encouraged to think about their dream job and receive help in making a plan toward achieving that job. They also receive help with skills like resume writing, interviewing for a job, budgeting, saving money, and repairing poor credit.

Mission Central is currently providing coaching and referral services to STEPS participants, but we hope to add more services to the program in 2018. Some of the services that could help families get a step ahead include helping with transportation costs to work or school, providing matching funds for education programs, or assisting with expenses relating to preparing for a job interview.

In order to begin adding these services in 2018, they need a strong finish in 2017. You can help by making a donation today. All donations made by December 31 are tax-deductible for 2017 and will help them reach their goal of raising $25,000 by the end of the year.

You can give someone a step up in 2018 by supporting Mission Central today.

HEB Chamber Announces 2018 Award Nominees

The HEB Chamber received many nominations for the Annual Awards Luncheon. All of the nominees are listed below, and some of them will be named as award recipients during the Luncheon. Please join us on Friday, February 9!


The HEB Chamber would like to thank our Major Sponsors for the support of this event:

VIP Sponsor

Champion Sponsors

Atmos Energy

Print Sponsor

Minuteman Press

Media Sponsor


Businesses and Organizations
6 Stones Mission Network
91 Design
American Legion
Atmos Energy
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center — Grapevine
Bell Helicopter, A Textron Company
Bob’s Printing
Brian C. Bui, DDS, PLLC
Chick-fil-A at Heritage Towne Crossing
Christian Brothers Automotive
Coat of Many Colors
Escape Pro
Five Star Ford
Forest Ridge Funeral Home
GRACEful Buys
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
Mason-Dallas, Inc.
Minuteman Press
Mission Central
Medical City North Hills
NTE Mobility Partners
Northeast Orchestra
Neuro Fitness Foundation
ONCOR Electric Delivery
Parra Car Care
Republic Services
Servpro of Grapevine/Northeast Tarrant/HEB
Shaw Insurance
Tarrant County
Texas Harley-Davidson
Texas Health HEB
The Clubhouse for Special Needs
The Thompson Group Classic Chevrolet
Wells Fargo
What’s Poppin Texas

Individual Nominees


Marilyn Ackmann Darlene Hollingsworth
Jana Autrey Linda Huggins
Craig Backus Washima Huq
Kevin Ball Stacy Huynh
Kimberly Ball Paula Jernigan
Rebecca Barksdale Suzy McCormick
Pete Benenati David B. Medina
Reuben Brown Kelly Pacleb
Ruth Burns Deborah Paganelli
Joseph Campbell Brad Parker
Fred Campos Nicole Pollard
Bobby Carr Brad Powell
Trasa Cobern Rochelle Ross
Leslie Conley Kathryn Rotter
Jeff Corbet, DDS Tammy Salter
Michael Delgado Crystal Sanders
Gina Devine Devin Sanders
Robert Earley Susan Shaw
Mandy Eliot Scott Sheppard
Linda Eilendfeldt Sue Schultz
Steve Farco Gale Wagner
Gary Fickes Steve Ward
John Fletcher Brenda Whitley
Walter Furnace Glenda Whitley
Eric Gachelin Murphy Yohner
Geoff Graham
Jim Griffin
Margaret Hall
Tom Hingst

Disaster Response Professionals outline holiday home fire prevention guidelines

Local Disaster Response Professional Says Keep the Focus on Fire Prevention for a Safe and Joyous Holiday Season SERVPRO® restoration specialist outlines holiday home fire prevention guidelines

Hurst, TX (Grassroots Newswire) November 29, 2017 — The American Red Cross (ARC) cites statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration showing nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays, claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries, and costing $554 million in property damage.

Jessica Henson of SERVPRO® of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co. cautions homeowners to follow some important ARC guidelines for holiday decorating and entertaining to make sure that the glow in their holiday celebrations is from twinkling lights and not a costly and potentially deadly fire.

* Place Christmas trees and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents, and candles.

* Purchase flame-retardant metallic or artificial trees. If you purchase a real tree, make sure that it has fresh, green needles that aren’t easily broken. Keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water.

* Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

* If you are celebrating Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, keep flammable items, including curtains and holiday decorations, at least three feet away from your candles. Place your menorah or kinara on a non-flammable surface, such as a tray lined with aluminum foil, to catch the melting candle wax.  Never leave lit candles unattended.

* Ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave and always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.

“If, in spite of all your precautions, a fire does break out, the most important thing you can do to help save lives is to install and maintain smoke alarms throughout your property,” says Henson. “Having a working smoke alarm reduces everyone’s chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.” Henson notes that the ARC is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide  to deliver and install a limited number of free smoke alarms in homes for those in need. Contact your local ARC chapter for more information.

The disaster response professionals at SERVPRO, a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, witness the devastation that home fires can cause far too often. They also know that when fire causes a loss of life, there is no “remediation” possible. To keep the focus on fire prevention, rather than fire restoration, SERVPRO has teamed up with the American Red Cross by supporting the ARC Disaster Responder program, and in particular the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. As a Disaster Responder, SERVPRO pledges dollars and support in advance to help the ARC develop and distribute educational materials and respond immediately when they are needed.


“As a SERVPRO professional, I know that even the most diligent fire prevention planning can’t prevent all home fires. That’s why fire safety planning, like installing and maintaining smoke detectors and having a family escape plan, is also important,” says Henson. “If a fire does break out in your home this holiday season, make sure all your family members follow this life-saving advice from the ARC: Get Out, Stay Out, and Call for Help.

For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.servpro.com. For more information on SERVPRO® of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co., please contact Jessica Henson at (817) 595-2506 or sparish@servpro10457.com.



Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. 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.

Jessica Henson
SERVPRO® of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co.
(817) 595-2506

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


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.

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