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Welcome to the 2014-15 chamber year DENTON CHAMBER of COMMERCE March 27, 2014 Welcome & Opening Remarks ……….………………........…… Hank Dickenson Invocation …………….......…………………………………...............… Tommy Nelson Denton Bible Church Dinner served Introductions ………………….......……………………..............…… Hank Dickenson Remarks from the Retiring Board Chair …………………………….......…….………… Mark Burroughs 2013-14 Chamber Year Present LEAD Delegates of the Year ………..……......….....….… Larry Parker Board Chair-Elect 2014-15 Chamber Year

INSIDE A PUBLICATION OF THE DENTON RECORD-CHRONICLE Incoming chair Larry Parker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 10 Outgoing chair Mark Burroughs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 11 From the president’s desk Chuck Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 12 LEAD LEAD Delegate Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 15-16 TOURISM Denton. Independent. Original. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 29 Committee chairs Doubletruck chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages 32-33 Career Planning Fair Chamber brings youth, professionals together . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 36 Program of Action Find out specifics about different segments/goals of committees . . . . . Pages 37-43 Membership directory A list of chamber members as of March 1, 2014 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages 44-58 Reaccreditation Everything from professional to youth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 54

CREDITS Editor: Dawn Cobb Layout Design: Kaycee Key/Dawn Cobb/Stacy Powers Marketing Director: Amanda Crocker Advertising Director: Sandra Hammond Retail Advertising Manager: Shawn Reneau Retail Sales Representatives: Becci Hendrix, Linda Horne, Katie Slover, Tami Phillips and Rennea Howard.

Present Volunteer of the Year for 2013-14 ………….….....…... Ellen Painter Remarks from the In-Coming Chair of the Board ……………………………….……....... Larry Parker 2014-15 Chamber Year Present the Otis L. Fowler Award ………………........….……….. Bettye Myers 2013 Award Recipient

Adjourn ………………………….......……...............…………………… Hank Dickenson BY-LAWS: 1.2 P urposes: The Denton Chamber of Commerce is organized to advance the general welfare and prosperity of the Denton Area so that its citizens and all areas of its business community shall prosper. All necessary means of promotion shall be provided and particular attention and emphasis shall be given to the economic, civic, commercial, cultural, industrial and educational interests of the area. MISSION STATEMENT: The Denton Chamber of Commerce shall represent and serve its members by providing leadership on key issues that impact economic growth, educational excellence, quality of life and diversity of the Denton Community.


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Past presidents/board chairs of the Denton Chamber of Commerce C. Owsley - 1909-1913 F.F. Hill - 1914 J.N. Rayzor - 1915 O.M. Curtis - 1917-1918 F.M. Frailey - 1919 John Speer - 1920 J.W. Gray - 1921 W.S. Long - 1922 Bala Williams - 1923 W.C. Edwards - 1924 Fred H. Minor - 1925 R.L. Marquis - 1926 R.M. Barns - 1927 L.A. McDonald - 1928 R.J. Edwards - 1929 O.D. Bell - 1930 Charles H. Smoot - 1931 J. Holford Russell - 1932 W. Floyd Brooks - 1933 Abney B. Ivey - 1934 W.R. Hicks - 1935 Ben C. Ivey - 1936 E.J. Headlee - 1937 M.D. Penry - 1938 Will Williams - 1939 James L. Baldwin - 1940 W.D. Barrow - 1941 W.C. Orr - 1942 G. Emery Taylor - 1943 W.W. King - 1944 C.E. Hastings - 1945 E.D. Miller - 1946 Riley Cross - 1947 J.P. Harrison - 1948 R.W. Bass - 1949 E.J. Williams - 1950 Hal L. Dyer - 1951 J. Harold Farmer - 1952 Tom Harpool, Jr. - 1953 Joe Skiles - 1954 E.W. Morrison - 1955 J. Stanley Monroe - 1956 Marvin Ramey - 1957 R.L. Selby, Jr. - 1958 Bill E. Utter, Sr. - 1959 Welcome Wilson - 1960 Roy Appleton, Jr. - 1961-62 * Wyn Murrell - 1962-63 W.C. Orr, Jr. - 1963-64 Raymond Pitts - 1964-65 W.E. (Bill) Drenner - 1965-66 John Thomas - 1966-67

L.L. Armstrong - 1967-68 Rowe W. Meador - 1968-69 Byron Smith - 1969-70 Ken Shaw - 1970-71 Homer Bly - 1971-72 A.E. Wyatt - 1972-73 L.A. Nelson - 1973-74 John Moellinger - 1974-75 Harold H. Reed, Jr. - 1975-76 Millard Heath - 1976-77 Frank Martino - 1977-78 Tom Fouts - 1978-79 Fred W. Patterson - 1979-80 E.W. Morrison, Jr. - 1980-81 Ed Moorehead - 1981-82 Dave Krause - 1982-83 Bill Brady - 1983-84 Bob Crouch - 1984-85 Milton M. Hill - 1985-86 Derrell W. Bulls - 1986-87 ** Mary Anne McKenzie - 1987-88 Jack D. Miller- 1988-89 Harry G. Hall - 1989-90 Fred R. Pole - 1990-91 Barbara Russell - 1991-92 Carl R. Anderson - 1992-93 Russell L. Bates - 1993-94 Richard D. Hayes - 1994-95 Priscilla Sanders - 1995-96 Fred Gossett - 1996-97 Bill Patterson - 1997-98 George E. Highfill – 1998-99 Tony R. Clark – 1999-2000 Connie A. Pelphrey – 2000-01 Ellen M. Painter – 2001-02 Perry R. McNeill – 2002-03 Randy Robinson – 2003-04 Jerry Mohelnitzky – 2004-05 Lee Ann Nutt – 2005-06 Marty Rivers – 2006-07 Phyllis Pittman – 2007-08 Michele Barber – 2008-09 Stan Morton – 2009-2010 Hank Dickenson – 2010-2011 Paul R. Chandler – 2011-12 E.C. “Chuck” Fremaux – 2012-13 Mark Burroughs – 2013-14

* Program Year changed from January 1 to April 1 ** Top Volunteer’s title changed from President to Chairman of the Board

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Past recipients of the Otis L. Fowler Award

The Otis L. Fowler Award is the highest and most prestigious honor presented annually by the Denton Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Fowler was the first paid executive to serve the Denton Chamber, a position he held for almost 30 years. By design, the Otis L. Fowler Award is given to a deserving individual “for distinguishing accomplishment in their business, profession or calling ... thus contributing to the progress and welfare of the community.” 2014 TO BE ANNOUNCED 2013 Bettye B. Myers 2012 Carl R. Anderson 2011 Dr. Perry R. McNeill 2010 Dr. Gretchen Bataille 2009 Mike Trimble 2008 Ken Burdick 2007 Carol Short 2006 Pat Gobble 2005 Brave Combo 2004 Rick Villareal 2003 Euline & Horace Brock

2002 Priscilla Sanders 2001 Fred Pole 2000 George Hopkins 1999 Jack D. Miller 1998 Bill Thomas 1997 Troy H. LaGrone 1996 B. Lamar Ball, Jr. 1995 Bennie G. Snider 1994 Dr. Shirley S. Chater 1993 Dr. Derrell W. Bulls 1992 H. S. Osborne 1991 Donna Trammell 1990 Maureen & J.B. Floyd 1989 Dr. Imogene Dickey Mohat 1988 Milton M. Hill 1987 Bill Brady 1986 Dr. Alfred F. Hurley 1985 Mabel & Jake Craven 1984 Frank N. Martino 1983 Ben C. Ivey 1982 Fred Patterson 1981 Leon Breeden

1980 Dr. Mary Evelyn Blagg Huey 1979 Bill E. Utter, Sr. 1978 Ed W. Morrison, Jr. 1977 Mary Claude Gay 1976 Fred Minor 1975 Homer Bly 1974 Hayden Fry 1973 Dr. L. L. Armstrong 1972 Marvin Ramey 1971 Roy Appleton, Jr. 1970 Riley Cross 1969 Chester O. Strickland 1968 Rowe B. Newman 1967 J. Holford Russell 1966 Ben C. Ivey, Sr. 1965 W. C. Orr, Jr. 1964 Dr. Pauline Berry Mack 1963 Tom Harpool, Jr. 1962 J. Newton Rayzor 1961 John A. Guinn 1960 Hugh D. Clark 1959 Joe Skiles

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A welcome from the new board chair By Larry Parker Chamber Board Chair 2014-2015


o serve as Chairman of the Board for the Denton Chamber of Commerce is a privilege and an honor. I am humbled and want to thank my Father in Heaven for the many blessings he has bestowed on me and my family through his grace and love. The Denton Chamber is entering its 105th year and along with its affiliates, stands on a threshold of tremendous opportunity. We will experience a major expansion of I-35E, which will embellish potential growth based on our prime regional location. We are closer to having a new convention center in Denton and the economic impact and benefits are unlimited. Based on research, a convention center will also drive guests to the other fine hotels in Denton.

This will be the 30th year for Leadership Denton, and this program has produced many leaders in our community at all levels. The Denton Chamber will once again Parker host the Denton County delegation during the 84th State Legislative session for 2014. The 2014 Municipal Election candidates will have the opportunity to sit before the board and answer questions from our members. A major task this year for the Denton Chamber will be the reaccreditation process. After reviewing the reaccreditation documents and the facts from five years ago, the Denton Chamber was actually operating in accordance to retain the one star we lost. This year we are going to shoot for a 5-star accreditation under the leadership of Mr. Perry McNeill.

The Chamber website continues to be the greatest asset for our member’s investment. There are many opportunities for members to come together and network. Social media is expanding daily with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Blogs. This year’s slogan is “We the People� of the chamber, investing in membership for a better Denton. “We the People� means - all members everyone, not individually or as cliques, rather a sense of family and community! As Vice Chair of the Membership division for the past four years, our goal has been to enhance the experience for our members. The Denton Chamber of Commerce is the front door to our community. A major goal has been to unite our members, break away from the “clique� syndrome, which was exposed in the 25th Leadership Denton Class project in 2010 (the year I was fortunate enough

to have participated). We have made a concentrated effort to change that culture and feel confident we have made great strides. The LEAD program is a model designed to encourage and allow members to step up their involvement and visibility while volunteering in one of three different coalitions. These volunteers reach out and interact with all members throughout the year. If we collectively pull in the same direction, common goals and interests can be achieved by all. The greatest asset of the Denton Chamber is its members. If you are not a member, we encourage you to join. If a member, when was the last time you spoke to someone about becoming a member? Express the importance for our city businesses to join together with common goals and interests – helping to make our community the best we can be!




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y primary focus during the 2013-14 Program Year has been to implement key initiatives proposed in the second stage of the chamber’s 2012-2017 Strategic Plan. I’m pleased to report that there were several notable achievements. One of my personal priorities in helping shape the Strategic Plan was the concept of a virtual “Suggestion Box” to anonymously address City of Denton development regulations. We activated a link on the chamber’s website last June allowing individuals involved in various aspects of commercial construction and development to submit input regarding specific challenges and concerns they have encountered. Originally endorsed by the chamber board in 2007, the feasibility phase for a new public convention center project was approved by the City Council and University of North Texas Board of Regents in December. The chamber’s Strategic Plan went on to propose a new off-site visitor center & Denton Store project, which ultimately connects to the convention center project in terms of added sales staff. Based on recommendations from the Leadership Denton class graduation project in 2012, this initiative is picking up speed. When completed, the chamber will ultimately expand and improve how it serves as the “front door to the city.” We had exceptional participation in the

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city council candidate questionnaire and issues forum during the 2013 municipal elections. Last June, we took our annual elected officials Burroughs reception to the next level, thanks to the support of Sally Beauty Holdings. Development of the local workforce was the primary objective of the chamber’s first ever career planning fair in early November. More than 300 juniors and sophomores from all across the Denton Independent School District met directly with representatives from Peterbilt, Labinal, Sally Beauty Holdings, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton and Denton Regional Medical Center. The students also heard from panelists from Texas Woman’s University, the University of North Texas and North Central Texas College. A standing social media regimen has been implemented, including FaceBook, Linked In and Twitter. There are a lot of moving parts to this chamber; and today’s technology is vital to helping promote opportunities for each of us to plug in where we can find the most benefits, interest and support.

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here are several clever metaphoric descriptions for defining a chamber of commerce, and how our members benefit from their investment. Some of my favorite clichĂŠs are: “Front door to the city,â€? “voice of the business community,â€? “champion of the free market systemâ€? and the ever popular “we don’t make things, we make things happen.â€? All good stuff, but fact is, by design, every membership is different. We represent a wide variety of business classifications. As a result, our programs and initiatives are equally diverse. Besides, our average membership account invests approximately $25 per month toward standing operations. The foundation of our original charter primarily focused on promoting the community as a whole first, with the idea that all boats float with a rising tide (another

classic metaphor). With today’s technology, however, we are better able to offer a more direct return-on-investment, the least of which is the chamber’s website and its Carpenter listing of our members, Denton’s primary business directory. This listing offers our members alphabetically, and by multiple business categories. Each member account, in turn, has its own mini-home page on our website. Each membership account has its own security access, allowing continuous individual modification of their products, services, personnel and locations. Because the chamber is often the first point of contact for visitors, potential new residents and prospective business, banner and rotating advertising has proven to be an attractive supplement for some of our

members. Our business directory software allows us to confirm the metrics for hits and views. This is over and above the hundreds of traditional publications we distribute, all containing exclusive chamber member advertising. As mentioned, we make a lot of things happen. We coordinate at least three direct networking events nearly every month. We also try to conduct a major trade show; this year the focus will be business-to-consumer. We also work with the Denton ISD to get member information to their new teachers every August, as well as a new event, designed to link juniors and sophomores with area major employers. The third component of this initiative is to make sure these students are aware of their training and continued education opportunities through all three of our

local higher education institutions. We have a vibrant Women In Commerce initiative, with a fall and spring menu of opportunities to enhance and showcase this expanding sector of our membership. In April and May we enlist responses from all announced city council candidates on commercial development issues and code enforcement. This process includes a forum with our board and any interested members. Later in the summer, we hold a reception for area elected officials at all levels, again, exclusively for our members. I don’t promise that we can answer every “What’s in it for me?� query; but, in my opinion, we do what we are supposed to do, and we do it well. Chuck Carpenter President Denton Chamber of Commerce

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City of Denton, Denton ISD, North Central Texas College, Texas Woman’s University, the University of North Texas and the United Way of Denton County. Resolutions addressing payday lending practices, water resources, local control, higher education funding along with unfunded mandates and testing standards in the public school system were among formal joint positions coordinated and distributed by the chamber during the 83rd Session of the Texas Legislature. Denton County Days in Austin is a long-standing initiative of the chamber, during which teams representing the aforementioned entities collaborate to make personal presentations to the appropriate public officials during any given state legislative session. Nearly 200 individuals from both the private and public sector participated in Denton

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Chamber members working to LEAD By Brianna Vela Denton Chamber of Commerce

Leadership skills are esteemed in and outside of the workplace. Their value doubles once the impact can be observed by the local community as well as employers. The Denton Chamber of Commerce LEAD Delegate Program has been bringing together leaders of Chamber businesses since 2011. It was created in order to improve relations among the organization, its members and the community. This volunteer-based program is divided into three coalitions: Host, Outreach and Welcome. Each serves a special purpose to build relationships with chamber members and to make members feel welcome, according to Amanda Crocker, 2013-2014 LEAD Chair. Courtesy photo

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LEAD “Each coalition has specific tasks and goals,” Crocker said. “The Welcome Coalition builds relationships with new members and the Host Coalition attends and assists with events. Our Outreach Coalition is responsible for building relationships with existing members.” Crocker said the ability to get more involved within the Chamber and the business community is a great opportunity. “Not only do the delegates advocate for the Chamber and build relationships with the Chamber members, but it results in building your network as well,” Crocker said. As 2013-2014 Host Coalition Director, Monica Glenn looks forward to meeting everyone who attends Chamber events. “We (Host Coalition) want everyone to feel welcome at any event they attend,” Glenn said, “Having a small part of that is very rewarding.”

Glenn said she has developed several friendships from being a LEAD delegate and encourages anyone who loves Denton to apply for the program. The application period is usually each February and delegates are announced in March. Crocker and Glenn believe the successes from the 2013-2014 year will translate into the April 2014-March 2015 program year. Larry Parker, 2014-2015 Chairman of the Board, hopes to see the group grow and for more Chamber members to get involved. “We are extremely fortunate to have so many talented individuals involved now with this program,” Parker said. “LEAD is a model created to cultivate eager helping hands for the Chamber staff in bringing the membership closer to our core purposes.” The Denton Chamber of Commerce encourages Chamber members to apply each year. LEAD participants must be members in “good standing” and must be willing

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and able to make a one-year commitment to the program. Those selected are required to attend the annual LEAD retreat and pay a $25 participant fee. Following are the coalition directors and delegates: Host Coalition director: Monica Glenn, Best Western Premier Crown Chase Inn & Suites Outreach Coalition director: Micah Pazoureck, AlphaGraphics Welcome Coalition director: Jacee

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35Express update The expansion of Interstate 35E is getting busier by the day as crews work in a number of areas to complete the first phase of the 30-mile project. The ongoing bouts of cold weather in the past two months have not impacted the project much, said Kimberly Sims, a spokeswoman for the project. “We have had some hiccups with the weather but a lot of times there are other things we can focus on,” Sims said. “But at the end of the day, we still have to be finished by mid-2017. If that means maybe the workday is extended or work schedule extended, that’s what we will do. “As of right now, we are still on schedule to meet the deadline.” The expansion will add general-purpose lanes, managed toll lanes and frontage road improvements from Interstate 635 in Dallas County to U.S. Highway 380 in Denton County. The existing lanes of the highway will remain free. Phase 1 of the project will add an additional free lane each way from State Highway 121 to U.S. 380, as well as two reversible managed lanes from I-635 to an area around Swisher and Turbeville roads. Phase 1 also includes the expansion of the Lewisville Lake Bridge. Funding for the project is a joint effort between the Texas Department of Transportation, the Regional Transportation Council and multiple regional partners. Construction that began as “grub work” last September has evolved into work on the expansion of the Bonnie Brae bridge. By now, motorists have been experiencing various nightly lane closures on I-35E at Loop 288 and Mayhill Road as crews prepare to widen those bridges. Sims said drilled shafts - which support bridge columns - are currently being placed. “Since these structures will be widened from the inside, the middle of the bridges are being partially demolished so that they can be expanded,” Sims said. Work on the drilled shafts at the Lewisville Lake Bridge continues and crews are expected to begin paving the new southbound frontage road, north of FM407, later this month.

Further south, in Carrollton, work continues on the expansion of the Whitlock Lane/Sandy Lake Road, Crosby Road and Valwood Parkway bridges, Sims said. The roadway has been re-striped and traffic shifted so that crews can partially demolish the bridges and begin widening them to accommodate the managed-lane system. Denton County Commissioner Andy Eads lauded the fact that the Lewisville Lake Bridge will be the first component of the expansion project to be completed. “The expansion and construction of the bridge first was a requirement of the Commissioners Court agreement with TxDOT,” he said. “That will be an instant improvement to mobility. It will add the access roads over the bridge we don’t have now.” The contractor on the project is AGL Constructors, a consortium that includes Archer Western Contractors, Granite Construction Co. and Lane Construction Corp. Eads said AGL was doing a great job so far, particularly in communicating the project status with the public. AGL has set up a public information office at 2420 S. Stemmons Freeway in Lewisville that is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment on Saturday. Officials also encourage people to follow the project online at, through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and through an electronic newsletter. They can also sign up for text alerts. More than 1,800 people had signed up to receive the e-newsletter by early March, Sims said. She noted that the public has been very responsive to the various social media updates, particularly if there are incidents happening on I-35E. Motorists want to know what’s going on and how long it will take, she said. “We encourage people to log on and register for the daily updates,” Eads said. By Bj Lewis Staff Writer Denton Record-Chronicle


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Leadership Denton: 507 Investing in women With their graduation during the chamber membership luncheon on April 25, the total number of individuals to complete Leadership Denton will be 507. Included among these graduates are current Mayor Mark Burroughs as well as his predecessor, Dr. Perry McNeill, plus current City Council Member James King. A total of seven Leadership Denton graduates are/or have served on the Denton City Council. Current Leadership Denton graduates presently serving on the Denton ISD Board of Trustees include Dr. Glenna Harris and Mia Price. There have been a total of five trustees to date who have graduated from this program. Initiated by the chamber in 1985, this program offers a series of comprehensive training sessions designed to help make interested Denton area citizens better aware of opportunities for community and philanthropic service, as well as all

levels of public office. The 30th class of Leadership Denton will convene in August. All qualified applicants will be required to participate in a personal interview. The sessions begin with a team building retreat. Monthly topics include municipal government, cultural arts, opportunities in non-profit organizations, youth and education and an overnight trip to Austin focusing on state government. Any individual who is a U.S. citizen, and of voting age, and has resided within the boundaries of the Denton Independent School District for at least one year as of August 1, 2014, is eligible to apply for the next Leadership Denton class. Applications should be available on the chamber website by April 1. By Chuck Carpenter Denton Chamber of Commerce

to build strong economy By Angelica Del Rosal Denton Chamber of Commerce


omen-owned-and-operated businesses are valuable assets to any city. The vast majority of revenues that women gain in their enterprises are reinvested into their communities. The Denton Chamber of Commerce recognizes the significant role that women play in Denton’s economy. It is with this insight that the Women in Commerce initiative originated in the Fall of 2010. Since its inception, the Women in Commerce programs have continued to promote the growth and development of Denton area business women through initiatives that increase access to resources, professional and personal

development and networking. These programs and initiatives include the Annual Fall Conference which features successful and inspiring speakers, a spring networking event which allows women to form new connections and occasional ad hoc opportunities to meet and interact with women of distinction in Denton. With the invaluable support of Texas Woman’s University and active volunteers from a variety of Denton Chamber businesses, Women in Commerce has made excellent headway in representing this key business segment. Partners like Sally Beauty provide strong credibility to this program as it

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Women continues to evolve and gain a greater following. In the years to come, the Denton Chamber intends to continue to grow this initiative and integrate a greater representation of active and successful women

in Denton County. Women in Commerce is active on social media and welcomes the public to follow its initiatives and updates via its Facebook page.

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Advocacy County Days in 2013. The next Denton County Days in Austin event is scheduled for February 22-25, 2015. The Denton Chamber was also represented in a similar event to Washington, D.C. in early March. The group met several times with Denton area Congressman Dr. Michael Burgess. Presentation topics included air quality standards, healthcare law, taxation and continued funding for the I-35 East expansion project.

Both U.S. Senators from Texas, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, along with House Speaker John Boehner and Representatives Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor all met personally with the group. Being at the table to address regulations is considered a key service of the chamber.

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WE THE PEOPLE Denton Chamber of Commerce

Major program initiatives: April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015 Convention Center

Off-Site Visitor Center/Denton Store

Leadership Denton

As originally endorsed by the chamber board in 2007 as a standing initiative: Monitor progress, and sanction Denton Chamber and Convention & Visitor Bureau staff to actively supplement the feasibility phase Authorize request for additional Hotel Occupancy Tax for the purpose of restructuring, and, ultimately re-locating CVB staff for the specific purpose of advance convention center event sales Review anticipated expectations and necessary resources for meeting and event sales associated with the Convention Center

Based on the Leadership Denton class graduation project in 2012 (Feasibility Study 4-12-12): Authorize the Convention & Visitor Bureau Advisory Board and staff to identify all practical options for actively pursuing a multi-use venue, to expand the visitor center service presently provided through the chamber office, with possible complementing features Locate within walking distance of the Historic Downtown Square Office for the Main Street Association.City of Denton Downtown Development staff City of Denton Community Police presence Creative Class work area Denton Original Store

Acknowledging the 30th class of Leadership Denton in 2015, adjust tuition and sponsorship to help fund administrative support for the program. As noted in the 2012-2017 Strategic Plan, set the foundation for a full-time position, combining Leadership Denton and Government Relations. Consistency in recruitment, program session support and meeting arrangements Incorporate more social media tools, FaceBook/Google Plus (no posts) into promotion, recruitment process Promote and utilize the capabilities of the chamber’s database management system and web site to track and better engage graduates

Consider and pursue various demographics that need to be exposed to the opportunities presented by LD (i.e. Sister Chambers, Young Professionals, the “creative community�)


Pursue 40-Year Reaccreditation through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Based on the 2012-2017 Strategic Plan, emphasize that limited political involvement was not deemed necessary for accepting the Denton Chamber as an effective and creditable organization. Seek to not only replace the 4th Star supplemental rating, but, strive to be a Five Star.

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Small Business of the Year

The men behind new apartment projects in Denton including Urban Square at Unicorn Lake and H Squared on Hickory Street are also behind the Small Business of the Year. Links Construction, co-owned by Lee Ramsey and Brandon Martino, received the Small Business of the Year Award on Friday from the Denton Chamber of Commerce. “We’re just very humbled, first of all, that somebody would even nominate us, and two, that people would vote for us for small business of the year,” Ramsey said. “It’s our hometown, too, so it’s a big honor for us.” Both Martino and Ramsey went to high school in Denton, and Ramsey went to college at the University of North Texas. After college, both worked in other areas but decided to start a business in Denton in 2007.

Now the company has 21 employees and 11 of those are full-time positions added in 2013. Other projects by the company include the Hickory Street Lofts, apartments at 1119 W. Hickory St. and apartments at 1512 Elm St. As the company grows and starts working on more projects outside of Denton, Ramsey said they will always consider Denton home, and this award solidifies their place in the community. “I think it just establishes us more in Denton, and shows that we’re a company that’s growing and very active in our community,” Ramsey said. “Even as we move to more statewide, and hopefully, more national projects, we are happy to be based here.” By Jenna Duncan Denton Record-Chronicle

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WE THE PEOPLE Small Business Development Center

Partnership with NCTC part of help for small businesses The Small Business Development Center is a partnership between the Denton Chamber of Commerce and North Central Texas College. It provides answers to questions about small business, from planning a business to improving a business. It has offices in Denton, Gainesville and Flower Mound. The center offers free business counseling on a range of topics, from writing a business plan to social media to financial issues. It also offers training and seminars for people looking to get into business.

Chuck Fremaux, a former chairman of the chamber’s board of directors, said the center helped Little Guys Movers when it was first starting out. Pam Livingston, a certified small-business development specialist, helped them put together a business plan, he said. The center is part of the North Texas Small Business Development Center network, a system that links the resources of federal, state and local governments to those of universities, colleges and the private sector to help small businesses. For more information, visit C2

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Chamber keeping up with new technology By Brianna Vela Denton Chamber of Commerce

Since its beginnings in 1909, the Denton Chamber of Commerce has prided itself on being the “front door” to the Denton business community. Within the past two decades, this “front door” mentality has evolved into to an online phenomenon. Fewer people are looking up businesses in the yellow pages, but are searching the World Wide Web for the latest information. The Denton Chamber of Commerce is using social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and WordPress, among others, to improve the search and provide the best quality online service to our businesses and the community. Social media sites are powerful communication tools. They are a platform in which stories can be told, awareness can be created and new ideas can be presented. The Denton Chamber of Commerce continues to increase its social media activity in order to utilize all these tools to their greatest advantage. Facebook and Twitter remain the strongest sites for the Chamber. Not only are they being used to promote events and celebrate businesses by sharing pho-

“Whatever the next innovation in technology will be, the Denton Chamber of Commerce is sure to keep up with it.” — Denton Chamber of Commerce

tos and information, but they are being utilized as a source for news including event reminders and occasional cancellations. WordPress and LinkedIn have been recent additions to the Denton Chamber of Commerce social media plan. Chamber news is beginning to unfold through WordPress blog posts by sharing stories from our chamber businesses. LinkedIn allows the Chamber to connect with professionals in the community as well as allow Chamber businesses to network with one another. Whatever the next innovation in technology will be, the Denton Chamber of Commerce is sure to keep up with it in order to remain the “front door” of this great community.


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Denton. Original. Independent.

Mull it over for a minute. Look at the image; think about the words. What does it mean? What is it saying? A brand is not a logo or a tagline or a moniker. Rather, a brand is designed to capture the essence of a product. And the idea of branding is certainly nothing new. Ranchers have used brands to mark their livestock for centuries. No two are the same, each rancher having created his unique brand, many of which have remained solid and unchanged through generations. The brand is more than a mark on an animal, though. It makes a statement about the rancher, the size and scope of his herds, the quality and integrity of his product. Our brand is just like the rancher’s. It is conveying in a single image, the essence of our product, this place Denton, Texas. The brand development process is not a quick and easy one. Especially when attempting to brand a city as interesting and diverse as Denton is. Input from many community arenas over an extended period of time was essential. When the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau rolled out this brand into the marketplace in

January 2012, our primary, external audience got it immediately. Those are prospective visitors who perceived from this image what they would feel about their experience when they visit Denton. Feedback was swift and continues to be positively right on the mark. The other important audience, perhaps more vital even than the visitors we work to attract, is us Dentonites. How we see ourselves is absolutely foundational to delivering the Denton that visitors believe they will find when they get here. If we don’t believe and

embrace it, why would they? Again, this brand image captures our sense of place so well that Dentonites see it and understand the message because every one of us is individually a part of it. The word “original” is a broad application in this brand. It’s more a description of spirit than physical attribute, though the spirit is manifested in the physical fabric of our city. The creative energy fueled by our universities, our arts community, the music industry, small business community, horse country - it drives originality and we embrace it into an original whole. Our downtown isn’t faux. We hold fast to our history while progressively moving ahead. We value originality within our place and among one another. Independent is more of the same spirit and springs from the same attributes as original. Consider the music scene, for example. Denton is known around the world for the music movement that’s been evolving for many years. Interestingly, though, there is not a specific

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Denton Chamber of Commerce April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015 Membership Board of Directors Larry Parker Chair of the Board

Mark Burroughs Immediate Past Chair of the Board

Erik Clark

Jim Fykes

Kimberly Reasoner

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Virgil Strange Greg Johnson Adam Gawarecki Staff

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WE THE PEOPLE Vice president of economic development

New face in Denton for economic seat at the local chamber The Denton Economic Development Partnership has new leadership in the Denton Chamber of Commerce — Adam Gawarecki is now the vice president for economic development at the chamber. A graduate of the University of North Texas, Gawarecki said he is happy to be back in the area and a city he has loved for years. His passion for the city will help him in his new job, where he will primarily work to attract new business to the area. “I like the people, I like the quality of life and I honestly feel like it’s going to be a pretty easy sales pitch to companies who are expanding and looking at Texas,� he said. Before coming back to Denton just a few weeks ago, Gawarecki served as vice president of business recruitment for the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. The foundation in San Antonio is similarly structured to what exists in Denton, which gives Gawarecki an advantage here, said Aimee Bissett, director of economic development for the city. “He started a week ago and he’s just been a huge asset to the team immediately,� she said. “He’s very proactive, has been coming up with new ideas and he’s ready to really step out there and start recruiting companies to Denton and updating our marketing plan.� Prior to working in San Antonio, he spent six years working as a consultant with the World Economic Development Alliance, where he represented different communities and helped with marketing for new business attractions. “Having just moved to Denton this

month, I am excited for the opportunities that lie ahead in Economic Development,� Gawarecki wrote in an e-mail. “I was a college graduate from UNT and moved away for several years. Obviously Denton has some characteristics that brought me back. “As the Denton Chamber’s economic development department’s role is to promote Denton’s exciting attributes to expanding and relocating businesses across the world, we plan to conduct many marketing initiatives including traveling to visit site location consultants and company executives in all regions of the country, attend conferences, tradeshows, and forums, conduct email marketing, and web and print advertising. “We will continue to keep getting Denton’s message out and plan to work many new expansion and relocation projects in the year to come,� he wrote. He can be reached at In his new position, Gawarecki said, he hopes to help with advertising and creating a new website, and start getting more businesses into spaces at the airport and industrial park by the end of the year. To do this, he plans to pitch the Denton story by explaining the culture and infrastructure to businesses across the country. “We’re like the marketing arm for the city, so it’s my job to attract new businesses here,� he said. “Since I’ve started, we’re already looking for new prospects.� By Jenna Duncan Staff Writer Denton Record-Chronicle


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Career Planning Fair educates future workforce By Brianna Vela Denton Chamber of Commerce

The 2013-2014 program year marked the first annual Career Planning Fair for the Denton Chamber of Commerce. In November, local high school sophomores and juniors filed into the LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex to begin their adventure of exploring local colleges and career options. Since the initial planning stages, the Chamber’s goals of the fair were to educate students on careers offered in Denton by highlighting top industries and to promote programs available to obtain those careers at our local universities. Thanks to the combined educational partnerships of Denton ISD, Texas Woman’s University, University of North Texas and North Central Texas College, the pilot Career Planning Fair took flight. Booths from the educational sponsors as well as professional sponsors - Peterbilt, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, City of Denton, Denton Regional Medical Center, Labinal and Sally Beauty Holdings Inc. surrounded the technology complex’s lobby. District 4 Denton City Councilman Joey Hawkins


served as keynote speaker. Hawkins began working as a businessman when he was 18 years old. Since then, he has managed and owned several businesses including local cafes like Jupiter House and Royal’s Bagels. “This event might change one of these kid’s lives and that’s the whole goal of this thing,” Hawkins said. “Start thinking about things younger and younger.” As he spoke and interacted with the students, Hawkins provided details about how he began his career while he was in high school. “Get going now. Don’t wait. Get to school. Work hard and have fun,” Hawkins said. “There is joy in that exhaustion.” Following the keynote address, high school sophomores and juniors were directed to various classrooms where they had the opportunity to hear from panelists in a wide variety of professional fields including business, healthcare, creative arts and humanities, education, law enforcement, social services, science, technology, engineering and math. Students also heard from panelists representing UNT, TWU and NCTC. Not only did the teens gain educational and professional career advice through these panel dis-

cussions, but they were encouraged to ask any questions they had. Ryan High School junior Mitzy Gonzalez said she has already been thinking about her future career, but has needed help on deciding what college to attend. “If you start thinking about your career too late, then you won’t be able to take the right tests or register for the right classes,” Gonzalez said. “Events like this are helping me make up my mind about college and figuring out a class schedule.” The opportunities for an excellent education and a future career in Denton are immense. The Denton Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all of the sponsors, panelists, moderators and volunteers who participated in this event. The Denton Chamber of Commerce looks forward to growing this initiative in future years as a means of helping Denton ISD students make better informed decisions about their future as well as providing Denton businesses with a strong and qualified workforce. Those interested in participating in the second annual Career Planning Fair are encouraged to contact the Chamber at 940-382-9693.

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Chamber announces program of action Denton Chamber of Commerce PROGRAM YEAR April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015 Standing Divisions, Affiliates, Chairs & Mission Statements ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIVISION Vice Chair of the Board: JIM FYKES INVESTOR RELATIONS COMMITTEE Chair: MICHELE BARBER Staff support: Adam Gawarecki Mission: Help promote the importance of expanding the tax base, and the creation and retention of area career opportunities. Help secure private investment dollars to supplement the marketing efforts of the Economic

Development Partnership. Communicate value of ED Investment to chamber membership. Specific Initiatives:  Review and evaluate the current investment structure and benefits  Recruit new and retain existing ED Investors  Strengthen relationship between chamber members and ED Investors SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES Chair: MARCUS WATSON Staff support: Angelica Del Rosal & Pam Livingston Mission: Cultivate and offer an ongoing resource program which will provide small business members valuable return on their investment through education, training and mentorship. Specific Initiatives:

 Review criteria and coordinate the process for recognizing the Small Business of the Year Award.  Provide resources, support and relationship building opportunities to area professionals who are researching and working toward starting their own businesses. Advocate the services and presence of the Small Business Development Center.  Provide resources, support and relationship building opportunities to established business owners who want to grow their businesses. MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT DIVISION Vice Chair of the Board: ERIK CLARK

Mission: Increase knowledge and awareness of the Chamber and its many benefits via goodwill representatives who assist other Chamber members, enhancing the business experience with the Chamber, through contact, support and engagement. Specific Initiatives:  Host Coalition, Monica Glenn, Director: Provide logistical support for major membership events.  Outreach Coalition, Lauren Barker, Director: Provide membership retention efforts.  Welcome Coalition, Ryan Mayer, Director: Provide logistical support and serve as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;face of the chamberâ&#x20AC;? during New Member Orientations and ceremonial events.

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Program MEMBERSHIP & PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Chair: RUSS ELLIS Staff support: Angelica Del Rosal Mission: Create an environment that promotes a commitment to the organization and growth of the business community. Review standing and potential major membership events. Assist with coordination of a balanced implementation of events and initiatives, taking into consideration the actual benefits to individual membership categories, convenient and relevant chronology, logistics and compatible venues, sponsor needs and expenses. Specific Initiatives:  Continue to evaluate programs and member benefits to fit changing business climate.  Identify direct business-related topics/speakers at membership meetings  Oversee the Business EXPO

BUSINESS NETWORKING Chair: TIM WEICHT Staff support: Angelica Del Rosal Mission: Promote relationships and communications between chamber members. Maintain a formal system for members to network and share promotional materials, products & service information and leads on a regular basis. Specific Initiatives:  Continue to conduct regularlyscheduled networking meetings  Help coordinate and schedule pertinent featured speaker and panels GOVERNMENT RELATIONS DIVISION Vice Chair of the Board: KIMBERLY REASONER LOCAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE Chair: JILL JESTER Staff support: Chuck Carpenter Mission: Develop and maintain open communications with Denton County, City of Denton and Denton Independent

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Chair: RICH REYNOLDS Staff support: Chuck Carpenter Mission: Develop and maintain open communications with state and federal government officials. Keep the general membership informed of pertinent issues. Specific Initiatives:  Continue coordination of Denton County Day in Austin. Broaden the format and legislative agenda to include more direct business-related positions.  Evaluate the 2014 Washington FlyIn. Promote more participation from individuals representing the Denton Chamber and local public officials in 2016.  Host visiting state and federal elected officials as the result of redistricting. MARKETING, WORKFORCE, EDUCATION AND SPECIAL INITIATIVES Vice Chair of the Board: CARRELL ANN SIMMONS

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Denton “Denton sound” that anyone can identify in a word. That is the result of original and independent. The sound is a combination of individual sounds where writers, musicians, poets and venues have their own messages, rhythms, tunes and atmospheres, and listeners get the entire breadth, as varied or not as they choose. has evolved into a vital vehicle for serving up the original, independent music scene in an experiential way not possible in our marketing efforts before. In the surrounding horse country, we have the most diverse equine population and disciplines all in one area than anywhere else in the world. That’s independent. We each do what we do and we all do it here, beside and almost in tandem with one another, creating a vibrant and lively culture. And people come from around the globe to see the North Texas Horse Country up close. The weathered appearance of the brand is also a statement. Think about your favorite pair of jeans. They’re probably a bit worn-looking because they are your favorites and you wear them often. And they fit you perfectly, comfortably. So do mine. And they wouldn’t fit anyone else in just the same way. Our brand says that’s how Denton fits, too. During 2013, more areas across

Denton have embraced the original independent brand. Golden Triangle Mall, for instance, incorporated the brand’s essence into their new image after an extensive renovation. pipes original Denton music through the mall’s corridors and local artists entertain in person now and then. The original tunes remind shoppers that this mall is unique because it is yet another part of the cool Denton sense of place. Unicorn Lake began a music series last summer much like the Main Street Association’s long-running Twilight Tunes Series on the courthouse lawn. Coordinated by, business owners seek to identify with the original independent brand through Denton artists who deliver new audiences again and again to enjoy the music and discover Unicorn Lake’s offerings and amenities. Rayzor Ranch got in on the action with its own version of live local music Friday nights. The brand is widening its belt and permeating the entire city. That is our brand at work and working like it should – for the whole of Denton. Denton is a place where people are invested and engaged and have been for 150 years. We have grown together into this place. And together we will grow Denton into the future, hopefully never losing sight of who we are: Denton. Original. Independent.

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Program EDUCATION & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT Chair: PATRICK VASQUEZ Staff support: Angelica Del Rosal Mission: Identify, evaluate and clarify existing opportunities for partnering with local businesses and organizations, public and private. (i.e., Denton ISD, North Central Texas College, University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University) Specific Initiatives:  Promote and support internships and mentorships between businesses and local universities and colleges via website and other communication means, to include strategic marketing, business and entrepreneurship planning and assistance.  Present the Denton Career Planning Fair, focusing on high school sophomores and their parents. Partner with the area higher education institutions and busi-

nesses.  Continue to provide logistical support to the Denton ISD New Employee Event.  Consider Sister Chambers/joint projects and initiatives WOMEN IN COMMERCE (WINC) Chair: CAROLYN CORPORON Staff support: Angelica Del Rosal Mission: Promote the growth and development of Denton area business women through initiatives that increase access to resources, professional and personal development and networking. Specific Initiatives:  Present annual keynote luncheon or Women’s Business Conference  Present annual networking event for area business women creating valuable networking opportunities. MARKETING COMMITTEE Chair: DR. PUSHKALA RAMAN Staff support: Angelica Del Rosal Mission: Establish and implement marketing strategies to unify the message

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and enhance the brand of the Chamber. Package and promote the chamber and all its affiliates as ultimately the foremost local one-stop-shop economic development organization and front door to the community. Specific Initiatives:  Branding – continuous monitoring of, not only the programs and events, but the Chamber as an organization.  Develop a market potential analysis to identify the Chamber’s target audience.  Generate direct social media efforts and establish metrics to analyze effectiveness of such efforts and evaluate results.  Evaluate marketing materials by gathering feedback from audience and soliciting expertise from committee members AFFILIATE ORGANIZATIONS Board Chair: LARRY PARKER CONVENTION & VISITOR BUREAU ADVISORY BOARD Chair: BOB MOSES Staff support: Kim Phillips

Mission:  Work with the staff and allied organizations to promote events and attractions, provide hospitality education and, ensure a positive experience to Denton visitors.  Pursue more direct involvement of area hospitality partners.  Assure that policies do not conflict with the mission of the Denton Chamber of Commerce and funding is adequate to support the program independently. Specific Initiatives:  Blend and process the findings and recommendations of the Graduation Project of the 2011-2012 Leadership Denton Class to pursue a Denton Store/Visitor Center.  Continue to advocate, and explore all possible options for pursuing a convention center and upper-tier, full-service hotel complex, with adequate meeting space to accommodate the needs of the Denton market.

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Program ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP BOARD Board representatives: VIRGIL STRANGE & GREG JOHNSON Staff support: Adam Gawarecki Mission:  Work with representatives from the City Council, Municipal Utilities Board and staff, as well as the private investors to oversee the general activities, projects and marketing strategy for the Economic Development Partnership.  Work in cooperation with all appropriate allied organizations to implement the strategic plan for economic development and improve efficiency of available financial and human resources.  Assure that policies do not conflict with the mission of the Denton Chamber of Commerce and funding is adequate to support the program independently. Specific Initiatives:  Monitor and evaluate the North of Ordinary Awareness/Marketing Campaign  Continue contact with appropriate

Thank You Denton For Voting Us Best!

LEADERSHIP DENTON STEERING COMMITTEE Chair: AMY O’KEEFE Staff support: Chuck Carpenter Mission: Implement a program and curriculum designed to identify and prepare individuals who are interested in potential leadership roles in local community service organizations, as well as all levels of public office.  Give appropriate promotional support to the fact that this will be the 30th Class, and over 500 graduates to date.  Assure that policies do not conflict with the mission of the Denton Chamber of Commerce and that funding is adequate to support the program independently.  Consider and pursue various demographics that need to be exposed to the opportunities presented by LD (i.e. Sister Chambers, Young Professionals, the “creative community”).  Engage in meaningful dialogue with appropriate representatives at all levels of government, as well as social and service

organizations to explore how Leadership Denton can be improved and expanded.  Pursue funding resources to secure dedicate administrative support. FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE Chair: CARRELL ANN SIMMONS Staff support: Pam Thomas Regularly monitor cash flow and accounting procedures. Identify and make recommendations to the full board for financial management practices.

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REACCREDITATION Chair: PERRY McNEILL Staff Support: Chuck Carpenter Pursue 40-Year Reaccreditation through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  Seek to not only replace the 4th Star supplemental rating, but, strive to be a Five Star.  Identify and emphasize those aspects of the chamber that have been improved and expanded that were originally identified from the 2009 application as needing attention.

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Denton Chamber of Commerce membership * As of March 1, 2014 Company Name 19Twenty Apartments 380 Guide 380 News 5 Star Rental Wedding and Events 95.9 The Ranch A Family Chiropractic Clinic AAA Texas LLC Acadian Ambulance AccessBank Texas Accolade Home Care Achievers Gymnastics Center Acme Brick Co.-Sales Acme Brick Company Adami & Associates Realty Adams Exterminating Co.Pest and Lawn Care Advanced Auto Repair Advanced Eye Care Center Advantage Services - Legal Shield

Advantage Storage Adventure Bound Cruise & Travel Affordable Pest Control AIA Insurance Agency Alagood & Cartwright, P.C. Aldi, Inc. Aleatris Stanley CPA, PLLC All About Babies Allison Engineering Group, Inc. Alphagraphics AM Plumbing Amazing Love Ministries Amedisys Home Health American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Denton American Express OPEN Small Business Credit Cards American Financial Network American Hospice American National Insurance Co.

American Red Cross Ameridream Mortgage Group, LLC Anderson, Spector & Company, P.C. Ann's Haven/VNA Aramark-Catering Arcland Title, LLC Aria Agency Arrow Exterminators Arthur Surveying Co. Asset Management Systems, Inc. AT&T Atmos Energy Atrium Medical Center Austin Lane Technologies, Inc. Autumn Leaves of Denton Autumn Oaks of Corinth Avis Budget Car and Truck Rental Axiom Commercial Company, Ltd.

Axis Realty Group Backyard Concepts, LLC Barbara Russell Realtors Barefoot Barry Jordan -- New York Life Batteries Plus Bulbs Baylor Surgicare at Denton BBVA Compass - Corporate Division Beau's Bath House and Doggie Spa Beazer Homes Bell Avenue Self Storage Bellissima Spa & Salon Ben E. Keith Beverages Best Western Lake Dallas Best Western Premier Crown Chase Inn & Suites Beth Marie's Old Fashion Ice Cream & Soda FountainSquare Bethlehem in Denton County

Big Brothers Big Sisters Biggs & Biggs Insurance & Tax Services Bill Utter Ford, Inc. Biolife Plasma Services, L.P. BIZSOURCE MARKETING Blissfully Organized LLC Bloomfield Floral Bonduris Music Instruction & Production Bookkeeper Girl Bounds Paint Company Brain-Body Connection LLC Brickhouse Gym Brookshire's Brunswick Zone Denton Buffalo Valley Event Center BullChicks Burgess & Associates Business Air Business Insurance Specialist C & G Electric, Inc.

C B S Mechanical C Bar T Properties C Miller Drilling Caliber Construction Calvert Automotive, Inc. Camille Milner Candy Haven, Inc. CareFlite CareNow Carino's Italian Carol's Custom Draperies & Interiors Carpets Plus Carriage House Assisted Living Carter BloodCare Cartwright's Ranch House Caruthers Oil Co., Inc. CASA of Denton County Catch All Mailing CBS Arc Safe Centro Hispano, Inc.

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Members Century Insurance Agency, Inc. Century Insurance AgencyDan Martin Chair Covers and Table Linens by Yoli Champion Carpet Cleaning Chick-fil-A Rayzor Ranch Children's Advocacy Cntr Denton Co. Ciera Bank Cigar Frogs Cima Solutions Group Circuit Breaker Sales Co., Inc. City of Corinth EDC City of Denton - Solid Waste & Recycling Department Classic Chrysler Jeep Dodge Mazda Clean Reflections, Inc. Clean Surroundings Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc. Coca-Cola Refreshments CokerLegal Coldwell Banker Real Estate Solutions Color Document Solutions LLC Color Service Co., Inc. Comet Cleaners Comfort Inn Comfort Suites Community Matters Community Pharmacy Complete Financial Group, Inc. Complete Foot and Ankle Care of North Texas Constable Pct 1 Denton County Constable Pct 4 Denton County Cookies By Design Cooper Glen Apartments Cooper's Copies and Printing Corinth Chiropractic CoServ Courtyard by Marriott Craftmaster Builders-Siding Windows Patios Crickle's and Co. Cross Timbers Community

Church CrossFit 940 Crouch Realty Company, Inc. Cudd Realty Cumberland Presbyterian Children's Home Cupboard Natural Foods Cycle Center of Denton D & D Sports Med Denton D & L Farm and Home Dan's Silverleaf Dani Rae's Gulf Coast Kitchen DATCU Davanti Salon and Spa Dealers Electrical Supply DeBerry Funeral Directors Debits and Credits Bookkeeping Services Denitech Denton All-Star Youth Football League Denton Allergy and Dermatology Specialists Denton Animal Shelter Foundation Denton Bible Church Denton Bicycle Denton Breakfast Kiwanis Denton Chiropractic Center, Inc. Denton City County Day School Denton Community & Campus Theatre Denton Community Health Clinic Denton Country Club Denton County Animal ER Denton County Bar Association Denton County MHMR Center Denton County Republican Party Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) Denton Depot Ad Specialties Denton Electric, Inc. Denton Fire Fighters Association Denton Florist Denton Funeral Home & Cremation Services Denton Glass Company Denton Holiday Lighting

Festival Association, Inc. Denton Independent School District Denton Internal Medicine Denton Lawn Sprinkler , Inc. Denton Parks Foundation Denton Police Officers Association Denton Prescription Shop Denton Record-Chronicle Denton Regional Medical Center Denton Rehab & Nursing Center Denton Round Up Club Denton Skin Care and Spa Denton State Supported Living Center Denton Trinity Roofing, Inc. Denton Trophy House Denton Wellness and Pain Devon Energy Corporation Diamond H Ranch Diamond T Arena, LLC Dick Smith Dogwood Estates Double M Vending Dr. Jan Hillman Dream Ranch Office Supplies Dunaway Associates, L.P. Duryea Moving & Storage Dusty's Bar & Grill Eagle & Wheeler Eagle Pointe Church Eagle Transmissions Eagleton Photography Ebby Halliday Realtors Ehrhart's Jewelers El Guapo's Elemental Candela Organics Elite Manufacturing Elsey & Elsey, Attorneys at Law Eminent Kings & Queen Creole Resturant Enterprise Rent a Car Enterprise Security Solutions of Texas, Inc. EON Consulting, LLC Euline Brock Express Employment Professionals Extreme Cuisine Catering

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Members Fairway Independent Mortgage Faith Presbyterian Hospice Faith United Methodist Church Family Allergy & Asthma CARE Family Medicine of North Texas P.A. FastSigns Finishing Touch First Baptist Church of Denton First Commercial Realty First People's Jewelers First State Bank First United Bank & Trust Fish Window Cleaning Flower Garden Flower Mound MedSpa Flowers Baking Company Forum at Denton Station Foundation Management Services

Fountains of Denton Frazier Commercial Real Estate Srvc Freedom Green, Inc. Freese and Nichols Frenchy's Lawn & Tree Service Friends of the Family, Inc. Frillys LLP Fulton Supply and Recycling, Inc. Fulton's Metal & Hardware Fuzzy's Taco Shop Gage & Associates Game On Athletics Gary G. Taylor, D.D.S. Gaylen Fickey, DDS Geek On Wheels Computer Repair GEICO Local Office Denton Genghis Grill - The Mongolian Stir Fry Georgia Pacific Giuseppe's Italian Restaurant Giving Hope Inc

Global Impressions Gohlke Pools Gold Mine BBQ, LLC Golden Triangle Mall Good Samaritan Society Lake Forest Village Good Samaritan Society North Texas Home Health Grand Traditions Greater Denton Arts Council Greater Denton-Wise Co. Assoc. of REALTORS Greenbelt Alliance of Denton County Groggy Dog Sportswear Group Five Granite & Stone Grunden Financial Advisory, Inc. GSATi H & R Block - Rayzor Ranch H & R Block - Teasley Lane H & R Block - University Dr Habitat For Humanity of Denton County Hal Reed, DDS Hampton Inn & Suites Hankins, Eastup, Deaton,

Tonn & Seay Hannah's ''Off the Square'' Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP Haynes, Benford & Associates Health Services of North Texas Hearts for Homes Heaven at Home Hermes Insurance Hexter-Fair/First American Title Company Holiday Inn Express and Suites Holiday Inn Hotel Denton Holland Law and Title Homewood Suites By Hilton Hooters Horace Brock Huffines Kia Subaru Hulcher Services, Inc. Hurricane Group Inc Hutcherson Insurance Services IMPress Graphics Impressions by Denton State

Supported Living Center Independent Bank Insurance Connection USA IntegraCare Home Health and Hospice Integrity Repair & Maintenance Interfaith Ministries of Denton, Inc. Inwood National Bank IP Convergence IPA Family - Kelly Pena Weathers Irfan Dossani, CPA, PLLC Irwin Realty Group It All Adds Up, Inc. J P Morgan Chase Bank Jack Bell Properties Jack D. Miller Jagoe-Public Company ames Wood AutoPark, Inc. Jay's Upholstery Inc. Jean Schaake Jeff Krueger Jeremiah Johnson, Sales Trainer/Networking Coach Jerry Mohelnitzky

Jet Works Air Center Jimmy Brown Realtors John E. Baines P.C., CPAs John's EZ Lube Jones & Jeffery Construction Co. Jordan Health Services Jostens, Inc. JT Clothiers, Inc. Jupiter House K & K Home Repair Karin Seligmann-Remax Masters Katie Rippley-Castleberry Kayla Swenson - ING KAZ Surveying Keep Denton Beautiful Keller Williams Realty KERA Key Custom Homes, Inc. KHA Accountants and Advisors, PC Kingswood Apartments Kirk Securities Corporation

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Members Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio Kit King & Bob Montgomery Kiwanis Club of Denton KJEnvironmental KNTU Radio Kolache Haven Koons Fuller, P.C. Kuma Realty Service, Inc. KWIK Kar-Denton L.D. Bartlett P.C. La Di Da La Milpa Mexican Restaurant La Quinta Inn & Suites Labinal, LLC. Labor Finders Lamb's Real Estate Connection Lane Real Estate Lantana Golf Club Laser Smile Studio Laura's Locksmith &

Security Store Law Office of Sharon L. Wilson, PLLC Leatherwood Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Lee Howell Leigh Hilton, Attorney Lemons Publications Denton Business Journal Liberty Christian School Liberty Mutual Life Point Chiropractic & Wellness Center Lifetime Hearing Aids Lillian Miller Dental Lily of the Desert Organic Link2Speech Links Construction Little Guys Movers, Inc. Lone Star Ag Credit Lone Star Car Wash, Inc. Longhorn Solar Screens Lord & Company Insurance Love's Travel Stop #217 LPL Financial M. Scott Lipscomb, D.D.S. Maaco Collision Repair and

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Auto Painting Mack Park Apartments Magic Shred Maid In America Mar- Properties Marcus Roberson - Realtor® Marine Corps League, LCpl Jacob R. Lugo Det. 1300 Marti Kay & Lana Gay ~ The Sister Team with Real T Team Martino Group Development Massage Envy Spa of Corinth Mattress Cleaners Inc. Mayday Manufacturing Company Mayhill Hospital McAlisters Deli of Denton McDonald's McDonald's #1 McDonald's - Loop 288 McNatt Properties Meador Nursery Megan Madewell Mellow Mushroom Denton

Business Membership Benefits include: • Promotion through KDB’s electronic and print media • Corporate volunteer opportunities

Nationwide - Mendoza Insurance Agency New York Sub-Way Newland Real Estate, Inc. Noles General Store Norman J. Pomerance, D.D.S. North Central Texas College North Central Texas College Foundation North Texas Arrhythmia Associates North Texas Athletics North Texas Photobooth, LLC North Texas Skin & Laser Center North Texas State Fair Association North Texas Tarp & Awning NORTHSTAR BANK Mortgage Division NORTHSTAR BANK of Texas Northwestern Mutual NP Care Clinic O'Bryan's Carpet Cleaning,

Inc. Oak St. Drafthouse Oakmont Country Club Odyssey Aerospace Components Odyssey Hospice of Denton Ogle School - Hair, Skin, Nails Old Navy Omicron Wave On The Ball K9 Training LLC On the Border On the Cuff Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC OnTrack Staffing ORR Nissan Orthodontic Associates of North Texas, P.A. Orthopedic Specialists of North Texas, LLP Our Daily Bread Outback Steakhouse Pace's Crossing Apts.

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On Denton’s Horizon By Kim Phillips Denton Chamber of Commerce

convention center suitable to a city with the population and scope of Denton has been an initiative for the Chamber of Commerce and for the City of Denton for nearly a decade. Finally, on December 10, 2013, the Denton City Council, the University of North Texas and a private developer, O’Reilly Hospitality, formally approved an agreement, a partnership, to build a 100,000-squarefoot convention center with a full service hotel attached. This facility is a game-changer for Denton, one that will absolutely advance Denton tourism with remarkable impact. The Denton Convention Center (DCC) will be built on UNT land next to the Apogee Stadium. For Dentonites familiar with this location, the Radisson Hotel once stood there. The center, along with a multi-story Embassy Suites by Hilton full-service hotel, will overlook Apogee — its topography and design complementary to that which is already there. Outdoor space and verandas will offer guests coveted views of the stadium and beau-


“This project will open the door to convention business currently directed to other cities due to lack of adequate space in Denton.” — Kim Phillips

tiful vistas of Denton. The Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau will play a major role in the convention center piece of this new amenity. Already, CVB staff members are actively involved in shaping the floor plans for the convention space, offering advice on everything from ballrooms to break-out rooms. Input regarding office space is key since a prime role of the CVB sales team will be marketing the convention center to attract meeting planners and conventioneers to hold their events in Denton — the most exciting, up-and-coming Texas destination. The CVB’s emphasis is always to tout the entire city. The size of the convention center will allow CVB sales to

focus on meeting and event populations of 1,500-2,000, unheard of in Denton until now. Conventions of this size will impact many more than the one convention hotel, making guest room overflow and overall economic impact a city-wide benefit. This project will open the door to convention business currently directed to other cities due to lack of adequate space in Denton. As magnificent as the DCC will be, it is still just a building. What attracts delegates to utilize a building is its location. Denton is the draw, so furthering our brand and delivering it upon arrival will continue to be the secret of our success. Along that line of reasoning and on the near horizon is an experiential visitor center for Denton. This vision was born from the Leadership Denton class of 2012. For their class project, these future leaders elected to benchmark Denton against cities of similar size and proximity to major metropolitan areas specifically relative to their visitor interaction points. Their final presentation was an

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Horizon impressive business plan for a Denton CVB official visitor center and Denton store in the downtown district. The CVB team seized the project with enthusiasm. An effect of being an original independent destination often lost on Dentonites is the fact that visitors seeking the Denton experience are not always astute at finding it. Our brand promises this cool, customizable vibe. So, how do they get into it? A truly experiential visitor center is the perfect solution. Since the class presentation, CVB staff has been on a quest to find a location in the downtown area that allows space and visibility to accomplish this mission. The vision set forth in the business plan encompasses much more than brochure racks on a wall. The class envisioned a Denton store selling found-nowhere-else Denton-centric souvenir items, local artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wares and tickets to local events as revenue to fund the project. The concept involves fun and engaging visitor experi-

ences that introduce guests to the Denton vibe and leaves them hungry for more. Additionally, the center will engage Dentonites, injecting knowledge and pride about Denton, thereby enhancing local engagement and developing ambassadors for Denton at every level in the community. The Denton Visitor Center project has evolved to be inclusive of other Denton organizations with similar missions:, the Denton Main Street Association and Denton Economic Development for starters. And the project has feet. The collaborative agreement that Denton is long overdue for such a venue is openly acknowledged across city leadership. Like the convention center project, it has become an initiative of the Chamber, the City and even our citizens. It is in the works and will definitely come to fruition when the right place meets the right time. That time is sooner than later. These are two grand initiatives for the CVB as we look to the future. Already, the world is naming us the Texas destination to watch. Denton has an original independent sense of place that our brand

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WE THE PEOPLE Reaccreditation process underway for chamber The Denton Chamber of Commerce reaccreditation committee recently kicked off for the current yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accreditation process with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the U.S. Chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Accreditation Program is to facilitate continuing excellence in the chamber industry and to foster a probusiness environment across America. More than 800 chambers have participated in the program since 1964, among which only 217 currently remain accredited â&#x20AC;&#x201D; approximately 3 percent of all of the 6,936 chambers of commerce across the United States. The chamber, which has earned threeand four-star ratings, is working with a new format this year and broadening the scope of what they provide for review with additional committee members. From technology to programs to collaboration, the chamber provides information that will earn it a star rating for the next five years. The process, committee members say, is a healthy way to review what the

chamber is doing. Jerry Mohelnitzky, who has worked on reaccreditation for the chamber in 2009, said the process gives the board and staff a chance to review what they are doing and the impact it has on the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By sitting down and doing this process, you really get into the purpose of it,â&#x20AC;? he said. Achieving accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a prestigious honor that distinguishes high quality, expertise and strong leadership displayed by local chambers of commerce. The Denton Chamber of Commerce achieved its original accreditation in 1975, and is one of only 21 to maintain it continuously the past 40 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It says so much about an organization if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re accredited,â&#x20AC;? said Perry McNeill, who is chairing the reaccreditation committee for the Denton chamber this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives us credibility that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone through the process of an outside organization review of what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing,â&#x20AC;? he added.

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Members Paradise Liquors & Foods Pat Dacus Insurance & Financial Services Patricks' Pastures Alpaca Ranch / B&B / PaCa RoAd Inn Paul Davis Emergency Service of Denton Paula's Canine Academy Peerless Mfg. Co. Perry McNeill, P.E. Peter L. Holland, D.D.S. Peterbilt Motors Company Physicians Assoc. of North Texas PJ's Party Supply and Rentals Plan-It Self Storage PointBank Post Oak Place RV Park Potbelly Sandwich Shop Power My Dreams Prairie House

Prater Electric LLC dba Jeffries Electric Pratt, Aycock & Associates, PLLC Premier - Christmas, LLC Premier Blueprinting Premium Family Pharmacy Preserve at Pecan Creek Apartment Homes Primary Residential Mortgage Prime North Texas Real Estate / Chuck Garretson, Broker Primrose at Sequoia Park Priscilla Sanders PRk Services, Inc Pro-Tech Automotive Probilt Services, Inc. Produce Results Proflex Personnel ProSmart Mailing Solutions ProTel Support, LLC Providence Place Providence Title Quality Inn & Suites Queenie's Steakhouse

Rainbow International Restoration of Denton Ramey King Insurance Ranchman's Cafe Rancho De La Roca Ray of Sunshine Sitting Service, Inc. Raymond James Financial Services Reaper Miniatures Recycled Books Records CDs REIB LAW Rench Wealth Management, Inc. Resilient Intelligent Networks Responsive Property Management Rhino Steel Building Systems Riding Unlimited Right Hand Marketing & Public Relations Riprocks R o b e r t ' s Paint/Collision/Repair

Robson Ranch Pioneer Press Rockin Rodeo Roni Beasley Rooster's Roadhouse Rose Costumes Roselawn Memorial Park, Inc. Rosie @ Home Private Health Services Route About Delivery Rudy's ''Country Store'' and BBQ/Catering Rutledge Wood Products S & J Pharmacy SAB Couture Boutique Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. Sante' Center For Healing Sawko & Burroughs, P.C. Schertz Insurance Agency Schlotzsky's Cinnabon Schlumberger Technology Corp. Scott Brown Group SCRAP Denton Selwyn College Preparatory School Senior Care Health &

Rehabilitation Seniors in Motion, Inc. Serve Denton Seven Mile Cafe Shambhala Wellness Sherwin-Williams Company Shiver & Associates Architects Sign It Drive It Smile Magic of Denton, PLLC Smile Workshop SmileZone Smiling Moose Deli Smitty's Floor Covering Snelling Staffing Services Solutions of North Texas Sonic Drive-In Southern Stretch Forming SPAN, Inc./ Meals On Wheels of Denton County Special Abilities of North Texas Springbok Academy Springer & Lyle, LLP Springleaf Financial Services Square 205

Stafford Team Staples Starlite Sign, LP State Bank & Trust State Farm Insurance- Matt Portz State Farm Insurance- Tim Shoopman State Representative Myra Crownover Sterling House on the Parkway Steven W. Coburn, O.D. , P.A. Stewart Title North Texas Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc. Stocker Woods Financial, Inc. Stripes Parking Lot Service, Inc. Studio 4 Architects Subias Landscaping Services Sublime Water Garden Sullivan Perkins, Inc.

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Members Sunset Village, LLC Super Media Susan G. Komen for the Cure North Texas Affiliate Swash Labs Synergy Bank Taco Casa Tantrum Airbrush Tanning, LLC Target - Food Distribution Center Target Stores Teague Nall and Perkins, Inc. Tejas Storytelling Association Tennessee Quality Industries Tetra Pak Inc. Texas Business Centers Texas Cowboys Against Cancer Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton Texas Health Surgery Center

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Denton Texas Oncology Texas OnSite CPR Texas Roadhouse Texas State Historical Association Texas Sunset Family Chiropractic Texas Woman's University The Abbey Inn The Bridge Church The Bridgemoor at Denton The Candy Store The Chestnut Tree The Children's Place The Crouch Group, Inc. The Downtowner Salon & Event The Egg & I Restaurant The Exchange Gold Store The Florist Ltd. The Glasschroeder Agency The Heart Hospital Baylor Denton The Hundred Club of Denton The Joint ... The Chiropractic Place

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AFN has built a strong reputation as an outstanding mortgage banking firm, serving the lending needs of real estate professionals, builders and individual homebuyers throughout the United States.

Located in the Texas Building 100 W. Oak St., #G-108 Denton, TX


Don Ader

Dee Ader

Regional Director

Branch Administrator C2

BECAUSE YOU GIVE LIFE, I CAN LIVE LIFE. Meet Glenn, a cheerful kid who relies on a therapy made from plasma. Thanks to donations from people like you, Glenn can do what he loves most—play.

Dr. Ammar was born in West Virginia. He graduated from Vanderbilt School of Engineering and West Virginia University School of Medicine in 1991. He completed his post graduate training at University of Iowa. He trained in vascular medicine at Prairie Heart Institute. Dr Ammar is Board Certified in Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Vascular and Endovascular Medicine. He joined Denton Heart Group in 2012. He specializes in the treatment of cardiac disease, treatment of the vascular system, and provides therapy and treatment for lower extremity venous disease. He currently serves the community at The Heart Hospital Baylor Denton, Denton Regional Medical Center, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, and Vintage and Pecan Tree Nursing Homes, in the Skilling Nursing Facility. Dr Ammar has office locations in Denton, Gainesville, and Muenster. He is accepting new patients.

3333 Colorado Blvd Denton, TX 76210

Receive up to $240 per month. Schedule an appointment at to help others like Glenn.

3455 Quail Creek Dr • Denton, TX 76208 • 940.387.7105


Richard F. Ammar, M.D.

836 E. California Gainesville, TX 76240

509 N. Maple Street Muenster, TX 76252



NEW DONORS OR DONORS WHO HAVEN’T DONATED IN SIX MONTHS OR MORE, PRESENT THIS COUPON AND RECEIVE $100 IN JUST TWO DONATIONS. Must present this coupon prior to the initial donation to receive a total of $50 on your first and a total of $50 on your second successful donation. Initial donation must be completed by 4.30.14 and second donation within 30 days. Coupon redeemable only upon completing successful donations. May not be combined with any other offer. Only at participating locations. C2


Denton Chamber of Commerce

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Denton Record-Chronicle

WE THE PEOPLE From Page 56 UNT on the Square Upshaw Law Firm, P.C. UR Pro Shoppe US Aviation Value Place Extended Stay Velocity Physical Therapy Verizon Verizon Plus Verus Real Estate Advisors Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 920Denton, Tx Villa Grande LLC Vizcarra Hospitality, LLC Wade Hunt Insurance Nationwide Webb's Statewide Bail Bonds Welch Brand Insurance Services Weldon & Associates Weldon's Saddle Shop Wells Fargo Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC Member SIPC Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Wellspring Christian

Members Trailer Storage, Inc. TriStar Repair & Construction TRT Communications, Inc. Turtle Creek Financial Group Twice As Nice Resale Twisted Bodies Pilates and Yoga Two Men and a Truck United & Holland Mattress United Through H.O.P.E., Inc United Way of Denton County University Behavioral Health of Denton & NorthPointe University of North Texas University of North Texas Alumni Association UNT - Union UNT - Foundation, Inc. UNT - Student Affairs

Academy Wellspring Insurance Agency Whataburger #996 Wheelhouse Realty @ Keller Williams Which Wich Superior Sandwiches Wildhorse Grill Wildwood Inn Willow Bend Assisted Living & Memory Care Winfree Academy WinStar World Casino Woman to Woman PRC Woodstream Corporation Work Environmental Systems, Inc. World Pay Xtreme Upholstery, LLC Yellow Shell LLC. Yutaka Forney, LLC Zero-Blast Zoomp Real Estate Solutions Group Zounds Hearing

Photo of festival crowds at right is courtesy of the Denton Chamber of Commerce








NO MINIMUM • Caps & Jackets • Custom Logos • Design • Shirts | Sweats | • Heat Applied • Computerized Bags Numbers for Embroidery • Fine Apparel Jerseys Program

(940)) 566-3326 (940 1003 DALLAS DR., DENTON (In The Pink Building)


MON-FRI 10-6:30 SAT 10-2 C2

Dr Cianci was born and raised in Pennsylvania and moved to Texas in 2012 to complete his training as an Interventional Cardiologist. He joined Denton Heart Group in August 2013. He is Board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, and the National Board of Echocardiography. He is Board Eligible in Cardiovascular CT and Vascular Interpretation. Dr Cianci attended the University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania, and received his Bachelor of Science 2002. He then attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA and received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine 2006. He went on to complete his medical training at St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital – Columbia University, New York, New York through 2012 and then completed his training as an Interventional Cardiologist in 2013. He currently serves the community at The Heart Hospital Baylor Denton, Denton Regional Medical Center, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, The Atrium Medical Center, and The Vintage, in Christopher their Skilled Nursing Facility. Dr Cianci has office locations in Denton and Gainesville and is accepting new patients.

3333 Colorado Blvd Denton, TX 76210

B. Cianci, D.O.

413 E. Broaday Gainesville, TX 76240



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We The People of the Chamber Would Like To Thank The Following Sponsors Table Sponsors: AccessBank Texas • Bill Utter Ford, Inc • Denton Record-Chronicle • First United Bank & Trust Labinal Power Systems • NORTHSTAR Bank of Texas • North Texas Athletics North Texas State Fair Association • PointBank • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton Texas Woman’s University

Stars & Stripes Sponsors: Denton Municipal Electric • North Central Texas College • Meridian Bank Texas Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc • University of North Texas Volunteer Services Council, Denton State Supported Living Center

Liberty Sponsors:



Denton Chamber of Commerce

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Denton Record-Chronicle







Access Bank .................................. 11 Alphagraphics of Denton .............. 14 American Financial Network ......... 59 Arrow Exterminators ..................... 12

Denton Heart Group ................58, 59 Denton Record-Chronicle .......41, 54 Denton Regional Medical Center ............................ 25

Meridian Bank Texas .................... 50 Morrison Milling, Inc...................... 15 Mulkey Mason Funeral Home ....... 26 Nelson + Morgan Architects ......... 56

BCI Mechanical, Inc ........................ 4 Beau’s Bath House ....................... 43 Beazer Homes ............................... 21 Best Western Premier ................... 18 Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned

Drug Emporium ............................. 56 Eckert Hyundai .............................. 19 Edward Jones, Abe & Kyle Nayfa. 48 Family Allergy & Asthma Care ...... 36 First State Bank ............................. 64

North Texas Fair & Rodeo ............ 37 Northstar Bank ................................ 2 On The Cuff ................................... 54 PJ’s Party Supply .......................... 39 Texas Vein Clinics ......................... 27

Ice Cream Shoppe ..................... 22 Bill Utter Ford, Inc ........................... 8 BioLife Plasma Services ............... 57

First United Bank........................... 62 Flowers Baking Co. ....................... 38 Fuzzy’s Taco Shop ........................ 45

Pro Tech Automotive .................... 39 Ramey King Insurance .................. 10 Roberts Paint & Collision ................ 7

Bloomfield Floral ........................... 47

GEICO (Denton) ............................. 35

Scott Brown Commercial .............. 58

C & G Electric ................................ 13 Carriage House

Good Samaritan Society - N. TX Home Health............................... 10

Assisted Living ........................... 20 Classic Chrysler

Good Samaritan Denton Village ............................ 54

Select Medical Corp...................... 40 Seligmann, Karin REALTOR® .............. 9 The Vintage Retirement Community .............. 49

Jeep Dodge Mazda.................... 44 Custom Web Marketing ................ 22

Hammerle Finley Scroggins Law Firm ............................................. 28

Dan’s Meat Market ........................ 13 DCTA .............................................. 24 DeBerry Funeral Directors ............ 63 Denton Arts & Jazz Festival ........................................ 52

Huffines Kia Subaru Denton ......... 16 James Wood AutoPark ................. 61 Jostens Inc ...................................... 7 Keep Denton Beautiful .................. 48 Kid’s Closet ................................... 36

Denton City Economic Development ................................. 6 Denton City Dyno Dirt ................... 27 Denton Community Health Clinic ............................... 42 Denton Depot ................................ 43

KoonsFuller .................................... 30 Labinal, Inc .................................... 18 Law Office of Sharon Lowry ......... 47 Lone Star Ag Credit....................... 40 Lone Star Car Wash ...................... 13 Arthur Surveying Co. ..................... 40

Denton Hearing Health Care ......... 53

McKissack Group Realty .............. 17

Smitty’s Floor Covering ................ 29 Special Abilities of North Texas ... 56 Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton ..... 3 Thomas’ Ethan Allen Interiors ....................................... 46 Toyota of Denton........................... 55 Twice As Nice Resale Shop.......... 22 TWU ............................................... 31 UNT University Relations Department................................. 23 Vitas Innovative Hospice Care...... 51 Weldon’s Saddle Shop ................... 7 Wells Fargo .................................... 34 C2

Community Leaders

Dedicated to Building An Exceptional City That Welcomes Innovation While Cherishing Tradition TRYING TO DO OUR PART Our own Russ Ellis is a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. He is our Cadillac & Chevrolet Executive Manager.




Serving Denton on Interstate 35E South Since 1991• 940-591-9663 •

Taking Care of Business There’s one thing we’ve learned in over 100 years of banking, and surprisingly, it’s not about numbers. It’s about people. It’s about backing the entrepreneurs and the business owners in Texas. It’s about doing our part in the community and supporting those who are doing the same. We’ve built a reputation on delivering the kind of personal service and attention that helps businesses of all sizes grow. • SBA Preferred Lender • Commercial Real Estate Loans • Construction Loans • Investment Property Loans • Equipment Loans

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Proudly serving Texas and Oklahoma. You’re busy, let us come to you. Give us a call at 1-800-924-4427.

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2014 Denton Chamber of Commerce  

2014 Denton Chamber of Commerce