Meet the Candidates for Texas State House District 92 at the HEB Chamber

MStickland and Fishereet the candidates! 

With the March 1 primary election just around the corner, the Chamber is doing its part to make sure you are ready to cast your vote. Next week, we will welcome to our office two candidates for Texas State House District 92: incumbent Jonathan Stickland, a Republican, and challenger Scott Fisher, also a Republican. Both men will be available to meet constituents and answer questions. Be sure to come by and get to know the candidates!

Meet Scott Fisher: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 9 to 10:30 a.m., remarks at 9:30 a.m.

Meet Jonathan SticklandThursday, Feb. 18, 9 to 10:30 a.m., remarks at 9:30 a.m.

Clubhouse for Special Needs Prepares for 10th Anniversary Celebration!

Clubhouse LogoThe Clubhouse for Special Needs will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary of serving Northeast Tarrant County on April 2 at the Texas Star Conference Center in Euless!

The Clubhouse is a safe and fun place for teens and young adults with mild to moderate intellectual and physical challenges where education, socialization and independence is taught in a recreational atmosphere. They live by their motto, “Socialization, NOT Vegetation!”

Please help us help The Clubhouse by becoming a sponsor or by donating an item to their silent auction! The proceeds from the silent auction will go towards buying a van, so they can take their young people on local field trips!  

For more information, please see the fliers linked below and/or visit Donated items or sponsorship check can be dropped off at The Clubhouse, my office or I can schedule a time to pick it up from your office or place of business.

ClubHouse Sponsorship Form

Miracles & Memories Silent Auction



Wanted: Business owners who like to have fun (and make new contacts)

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Sponsoring one of the Chamber’s monthly Business After Hours events is a great way to get your business or service noticed. We are seeking a few more hosts for our 2016 programs. To get more information, please call Cara Kelley at 817-283-1521.  If you’re ready to sign up, complete the form below and send it to Cara’s attention at the Chamber via fax or e-mail.

Business After Hours Sign Up for 2016

Grow your connections as you help the Chamber grow!

Have you enjoyed your Chamber membership? Would you like to help other business owners learn how helpful membership can be? If so, you may want to join the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee.

As an ambassador, you get to represent the Chamber at key community events, including ribbon-cuttings, luncheons and Business After Hours meetings. You can help visitors feel welcome, answer questions about the Chamber and explain the many benefits of membership.

Ambassadors must be available to attend the monthly committee lunch meetings, held at 11:30 a.m. the first Thursday of every month at Witten’s Grill & Sports Pub, 1121 W. Pipeline Road, Hurst, 76053. (Lunch is on your own.) You’ll also need to attend at least four of our membership luncheons.

Serving as an Ambassador is a great way to meet members, help the Chamber continue growing – and of course, make new contacts of your own. To find out more about becoming an Ambassador, contact the Chamber at 817-283-1521.

SERVPRO Named to Entrepreneur’s Top 10 Franchise List for 7th Consecutive Year

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SERVPRO® Named to Entrepreneur’s Top 10 Franchise List for 7th Consecutive Year Cleanup and restoration franchisor retains top ranking in restoration services category and climbs to #4 ranking overall in the 2016 Franchise 500 rankings

Hurst, TX (Grassroots Newswire) January 19, 2016 – SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, maintains its hold on the top ranking in the Restoration Services industry for the 13th consecutive year and moves up to the number four spot overall in the 2016 Franchise 500 rankings from Entrepreneur magazine.* This is the seventh consecutive year SERVPRO has been included in the magazine’s Top 10 list, standing out in a group of more than 951 franchises that qualified for inclusion in the list.

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 exciting to be part of a dynamic organization that continues to grow and strives to always provide superior support for its franchisees, and by extension its customers,” said Jessica Henson, owner of SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co. “The recognition that the company earns year after year in this prestigious list is confirmation of a commitment to excellence that starts at the top and is evident in the service that each franchisee provides to each and every customer.”

According to Henson, a number of differentiators set SERVPRO apart from the competition and fuel the attractiveness of the company to both existing franchisees and would-be entrepreneurs looking for a strong business opportunity. Key among these are:

  • SERVPRO’s strength as a brand with a national footprint, wide-spread market penetration, laser-focused brand messaging, and the ability to create national partnerships with organizations such as the PGA TOUR and the American Red Cross.
  • SERVPRO’s commitment to being a learning organization, which keeps training and support at the forefront of the company’s culture and philosophy of success and helps franchisees plan, track, and deliver best-in-class services to consumers.
  • SERVPRO’s focus on continued development and support for proprietary software and systems to allow the company’s operational capacity to keep pace with an aggressive growth strategy.

Sue Steen, Servpro Industries, Inc., chief executive officer, adds, “One of the potential pitfalls of growing too quickly is outpacing your capacity to train and support the franchisees. SERVPRO® is a conservative company, and early on we took the time to build a strong system and put the building blocks in place to support growth without sacrificing support to our franchisees.”

“Today,” Steen continues, “as a mature franchise organization with more than 1,700 locations under a single brand, recognition like this makes it clear we are reaping the rewards of having laid a solid foundation and a framework to handle quick growth. As our brand continues to grow, we will continue our winning strategy of supporting and improving upon our infrastructure and investing resources in training and support.”

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 For more information about SERVPRO®, please visit



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

New Belk Location at Glade Parks in Euless is NOW HIRING!


Belk is looking to hire 100 sales & support associates
For our Euless location!
Join Us!

Job Fair Dates:
January 19th- 23th
January 26th- 30th

10:00 AM -7:00 PM

Courtyard by Marriott-Bedford
2201 Airport Freeway
Bedford, TX 76021

Please bring your resume with you for the Career Fair.
We look forward to meeting you!

Belk, Inc. is the nation’s largest privately-owned department store. Today, there are over 300 Belk stores in our Southern, 16-state footprint. The stores are still privately owned and operated for over 125 years.

Want to learn more about Belk?

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The HEB Chamber Announces Award Winners from Annual Luncheon

HEB Chamber 2016 Annual Award Winners

Front row, from left: Darryl Day, Gale Wagner, David B. Medina, Rochelle Ross and Steve Farco. Back row: Michael Collins, Steve Bowden, Bill Syblon, Wes Harrison, Chris Coyle, Steve Meeks, Steve Lineweaver, Tom Hingst and outgoing chairman of the Chamber, Michael Land. Not pictured: Pete Benenati.

Fourteen honorees were recognized at The HEB Chamber of Commerce 2016 Awards Luncheon, held Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Texas Star Conference Center in Euless. The annual event honored local businesses, organizations and individuals for their outstanding support for the HEB community and the Chamber. The winners:

Small Business of the Year: Hingst Enterprises

Mid-size Business of the Year: Affiliated Bank

Large Business of the Year: Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP.

Officer of the Year: Pete Benenati, Benenati Law Firm, PC

Director of the Year: Wes Harrison, Allen Samuels Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Hyundai

Ambassador of the Year: Chris Coyle, Express Oil Change and Service Center

Gertrude Tarpley Memorial Spirit Award: Rochelle Ross, A Simplified Space

Member of the Year: Darryl Day, Day Real Estate

HEB Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award: Steve Lineweaver, former Trinity HS football coach

Bill Ridgway Spirit of Enterprise Award: Steve Bowden, City of Hurst, Mike Collins, City of Euless and Bill Syblon, City of Bedford

Clyde Mooney Award: David B. Medina, Forest Ridge Funeral Home

Chairman’s Award: Steve Farco, Mason-Dallas

Congratulations to all the winners. The Chamber wishes to thank our wonderful master of ceremonies, Robert Earley of JPS Health Network, as well as our print sponsor, Minuteman Press, and our media sponsor, the Star-Telegram. Special thanks to our VIP sponsor, Allen Samuels Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Hyundai, to Bice’s Florist for the table decorations and to Mike Lewis for the photography.

Many more photos coming soon on our Facebook Page. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped make the event a great success, and thank you for your continued support of the HEB Chamber of Commerce.


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Taylor RosenthalAt this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 2 graduates of the YEA! program will be making an appearance. Taylor Rosenthal is the 14-year-old CEO of RecMed, a company that produces vending machines that allow quick and easy access to critical medical supplies and first aid kits. His invention is geared towards applications in fitness centers, amusement parks, and sporting events. Taylor was made famous last year for turning down a $30 million offer to buy his company. He also had a day of the year dedicated to him by Mayor Gary Fuller (R) in his hometown of Opelika, Alabama last month.

Brandon BoyntonAlso featured in the show is Brandon Boynton, a graduate of the Madison County, Indiana class. Through YEA!, Brandon created The Bully Bøx, a mobile app that allows students to safely and anonymously report incidents of bullying in their schools. Reports submitted by students are automatically forwarded, via email, to designated school administrators for investigation. Currently, Brandon’s app is available to over 75,000 students in 17 states and 4 countries. Brandon was also a finalist in the 2014 Saunders Scholars Competition, and was recently named the winner of the 2016 Appreneur Scholar Award for his outstanding work. The Bully Bøx will be recognized during the Mobile App Showdown and Transforming EDU Summit at CES on January 8.


The HEB Chamber Names the November Member of the Month: Craig Backus of DRKM Strategies  

DSC_0041As a constant figure behind the scenes, Craig manages the organization’s online presence—everything from keeping our website up-to-date to ensuring that all of our events are promoted on social media. He also volunteers his online marketing experience and time to helping the Chamber’s Save Local Now program, having recently hosted an informative seminar about the Chamber’s free member benefit, helping attendees better understand the value of using a digital marketing platform.

Craig has also been a tremendous help with the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, currently serving on the YEA! Steering Committee and mentor to two student businesses in this year’s program. The HEB Chamber wants to recognize Craig Backus for all of his generous efforts for the Chamber. Congratulations, Craig, on being our November Member of the Month!

Craig is the Marketing Director at DRKM Strategies in Hurst, Texas.  DRKM specializes in helping small businesses get found by their customers and prospects by people in their neighborhood and throughout DFW.  Local search success relies on a combination of a solid website, optimized keywords, social media presence, and online directories that point back to your company.  Need help in this area?  Contact Craig today at

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