North Texas Giving Day!

North Texas Giving DayToday is the big day!

Last year $25.2 million was given to benefit more than 1,350 local non-profits. Every gift (TODAY ONLY) of $25 or more will go further with more than $1.5 million dollars in bonus funds and prizes.

Click on one of the links below to make a gift that will go further and make a big difference.  These are all members of the HEB Chamber and are active in our community:

6 Stones

CEC (Community Enrichment Center)

The Clubhouse for Special Needs


Mission Central

Upright Theater

Congratulations to M3 Networks, HEB Chamber’s 2014 Small Business of the Year

m3banner_120x90_2Founded in 2003 as side project to Michael Moore’s job in corporate IT, our small business of the year was formed to serve the needs of the small and medium businesses in our community.   Michael saw first-hand the problems these businesses faced trying to solve complicated IT problems by themselves. Since 2011, the company has concentrated on building solutions that incorporate proactive maintenance, secure data protection, and responsive IT support. This business has positively impacted small companies all over the metroplex, including the HEB Chamber.  As one customer so eloquently expressed -  “The owner and personnel of M3 Networks explain what needs to be done and why, in terms a layman like me can understand – and then they deliver.”

Congratulations to Minuteman Press, HEB Chamber’s 2014 Mid-Size Business of the Year

Bill Lynch, owner, of our Mid-Size Business of the Year has beenMinuteman logo an active member of the Chamber since the company’s inception in 2005 when he had three employees.  As the business has grown, so have their contributions to the community – not only to the Chamber but to other entities such as the HEB ISD Education Foundation and Leadership HEB.

When asked why his business is so successful, Bill replied, “The secret to our success is that we are not focused on putting ink on paper or logos on promotional products.  What makes us successful is our focus on the business and personal success of our customers.”  And his many customers have found that to be true.

Congratulations to Bell Helicopter, HEB Chamber’s Large Business of the Year

Bell_Textron_logo.svgThe HEB Chamber held its Annual Awards Gala on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Hurst Conference Center.  There were a variety of corporate and individual awards presented.   The HEB Chamber’s 2014 Large Business of the Year is Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc.

Although headquartered in Fort Worth, the HEB area claims the 2014 large business of the year as one of its own.  This company is globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality.  In addition to all these attributes, it is recognized for its community involvement across Tarrant County and in Hurst Euless Bedford.  Not only do the company’s employees live in HEB, they participate in our three communities. A strong supporter of the HEB Chamber as well as 6 Stones Mission Network, the HEB ISD Education Foundation and many other worthwhile endeavors.


Congratulations to the 2014 HEB Chamber Award Winners!

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The HEB Chamber held its Annual Awards Gala on Saturday, September 13 at the Hurst Conference Center.   Awards were presented for individual merit and achievement, along with awards for small business, mid-sized business and large business of the year.

We’ll feature individual articles in the coming days, but wanted to highlight all of the winners here:

Officer of the Year Steve Farco, Mason-Dallas, Inc.
Director of the Year Patty Marshall, Glint Advertising
Member of the Year Reuben Brown, Commercial Bank of Texas
Ambassador of the Year Cindy Benke, Shield Awards & Promotions
Gertrude Tarpley Memorial Spirit Award Gale Wagner, Affiliated Bank
HEB Chamber of Commerce
Community Service Award
Faye Beaulieu, United Way Northeast and
HEB ISD Board of Trustees
Bill Ridgway Spirit of Enterprise Award Gary Green, Liberty Bank HEB
Clyde Mooney Award Gary McKamie, City of Euless
Small Business of the Year M3 Networks
Mid-size Business of the Year Minuteman Press
Large Business of the Year Bell Helicopter, A Textron Company




YEAlogo gifBedford, TX, September 10, 2014 – The Young Entrepreneurs Academy class in HEB is filling fast as the community rallies behind its inaugural year which kicks off on September 22.

Through the program, YEA! HEB students will launch their own real businesses. YEA! students will brainstorm business ideas, pitch ideas to real investors to obtain real funding, and then register, launch and operate their own real businesses or social movements all through the course of one academic year! Members of the business community have volunteered to support the students every step of the way as business mentors, guest speakers, fieldtrip hosts, graphic designers, and web developers. YEA! students apply and are accepted into the afterschool program through a competitive admissions process. Outstanding 7-12 grade students can also be nominated to apply by their teachers, advisors and mentors.  Students will have the opportunity to enjoy the newly opened HEB ISD Gene A. Buinger Career & Technical Education Academy. The YEA! HEB class will be held there on Mondays from 4:30pm-7:30pm. Student applications can be found at

YEA! HEB has been made possible through the tremendous support of many sponsors in the HEB community: HEB ISD Education Foundation (Entrepreneurial Spirit Sponsor); Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital HEB and Allstate Steve Ward Agency (Inspiration Sponsors); Payton Realty Management, LP, Republic Services, Inc., First Financial Bank, Shalyn S. Clark Insurance & Financial Services and Bell Helicopter (Accelerator Sponsors); City of Bedford, 6 stones, Dynamic Business Solutions, Delgado Orthodontics, Liberty Bank, DOCUmation, Fort Worth Community Credit Union and Mid-Cities Pacesetters Rotary Club (Start-up Sponsors).  YEA! sponsors demonstrate a deep commitment to economic vitality, business creation and the entrepreneurial spirit. YEA! students will have the opportunity to meet the YEA! business supporters through guest speaking sessions, YEA! signature events, and when they pitch to a panel of judges at the big YEA! Investor Panel event scheduled for May 2015.

“The active involvement and generous support from our business partners will directly help transform local students into real business owners,” says Gayle Jagel, CEO and Founder of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. “This support will strengthen our business and educational communities, and secure the next generation of leaders across the nation.”

Students, business leaders and interested community volunteers should contact YEA! HEB Program Manager Craig Backus at or (817) 283 – 1521 for more information about how to be a part of YEA!.

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

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.

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.

Start as a student and finish as a CEO!©

For More Information, Contact:

Craig Backus
817 283 1521 – office
817 600 5701- cell

HEB The Guide * Photo Contest

Photo ContestHEB The Guide * Photo Contest
Be a part of the Chamber’s New 2015 Community Guide & Business Directory by submitting your favorite photos to be included into the new publication!
Amateur or Professional, we encourage you to submit your best photos.
Selected photos will be published in the guide and credited to the photographer. We will also be picking a contest winner who will receive a Chamber Pass for 2015.

The layout of the new magazine is underway, what are you waiting for, send in those photos!

* Area and lifestyle!
* Great local events
* Scenic & Architectural Images
* Community
* Quality of life – our area is a great place to live, show in photos what makes it great for you!
* Sports & Recreation – outdoor and indoor activities.
* Business – buildings, business interaction, etc.
* Education
* Health & Wellness

* Contest Winner – a Chamber Pass for 2015 – includes admission to some luncheons, a display table, some Business After Hours and an ad in a Chamber Connection
* Photo credit will be given for all photographs used in the guide – print and online

* TO: Please send all photograph submissions to the publication project manager / creative director, Chris Picknally: – if you have a lot of photos or very large photos you can use “” – it’s free and easy.

* Email SUBJECT LINE: HEB Chamber Guide Photo Contest – Your Business or Personal Name

* FILE Type: Jpg files are great (zip or compress your files if possible, we can take up to 15mb files through e-mail). Please let us know what name you would like to appear on your photo credits.

* September 15th, 2014

* Contact Mary Frazior at: 817/283-1521, ext. 104, or by email at:


6Stones_SPORTING_HEBThe Chamber’s Community Alliances Committee is providing volunteers for 6 Stones Mission Network’s Sporting Clay Shoot on September 19. Are you available to participate? The proceeds from this event benefit the many services 6 Stones provides, including Night of Wonder for HEB ISD school children.

3rd Annual 6 Stones Sporting Clays Fundraiser
- Friday, September 19, begins at 8am
- Elm Fork Shooting Range in Dallas

We need 30 volunteers to help make this event a success. We need people to help with registration, set-up and score and pull for shooters. No experience necessary, we can show you everything that morning. If you can help that Friday morning between 7:00am-1:00pm, please sign up below. Lunch will be provided. Contact us for more info: 817-868-7400 or

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NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 BOARD MEMBERS for HEB Chamber of Commerce

The Nominating Committee has met and presents the following slate of eight candidates to serve three-year terms beginning January 1, 2015 to replace directors whose regular terms are expiring:

John Fletcher, Fletcher Consulting

Jeri Harwell, Republic Services

Linda Huggins, James B. Wright, DDS

John Humphreys, DBU Hurst-Colleyville

Rochelle Ross, A Simplified Space

Sandee Treptow, Reliant, an NRG company

Gale Wagner, Affiliated Bank

JJ Walker, Bell Helicopter, A Textron Company


According to The Chamber Bylaws, Article IV, Section 2c, additional names of candidates for directors can be nominated by petition bearing the signatures of at least fifteen members of The Chamber. Such a petition would have to be filed with the Nominating Committee within ten days of this notice.

If you have any questions, please give me a call at 817/283-1521.

The Guide for HEB – We’re at 85% Capacity and Filling Up Fast!

HEB Guide

Time is running out to reach potential customers throughout the community.

Hurst Euless Bedford, TexasTHE GUIDE – 2015 Community Guide & Business Directory.

The Guide is your best opportunity to put your business in front of 5,000+ local area residents and businesses. The online flipbook reaches beyond the local area, 24/7 to those relocating to the area or planning a visit.

So what are you waiting for? Time is running out, and Ad space is filling up fast, and the time to place your ad is NOW!

Multiple marketing options are available, including display advertising, advertorial/business profile placements that tell your story, but space is limited!

Click Here to let us know you are interested in Advertising in the Guide 

or you can call Doug White at the Chamber: (817) 283-1521, ext. 109

or by email:


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