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Network The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

Pictured are Darnell Dent, Carlos Morales and Eddie McBride at the Obamacare Luncheon and Presentation on June 20.

Vol. 21 No. 7 July 2013 Obamacare Luncheon pg. 6

Cotton Industry Update pg. 10

FirstCare Renewal Information pg. 13

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2013 Board of Directors

In the news this month:

Executive Committee

Pizza with the President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Chamber Golf Classic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Obamacare Luncheon & Presentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Ambassador of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Cotton Industry Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Chamber Employee Healthplan Renewal . . . . . . . . . .13

A Message from the Chamber Since 1913, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce’s mission of strengthening, promoting and serving its member businesses has positively benefited the entire region and local quality of life. As the largest business federation on the South Plains, the Chamber represents almost 2,200 members who employ approximately 73,000 workers, and account for around $900 million in economic impact in Lubbock and West Texas. This is accomplished without the use of tax dollars. Each day, the Chamber strengthens, promotes and serves its member businesses through numerous programs and events. The Chamber advocates on local, state and federal levels and offers diverse programs for both large and small as well as minority-owned businesses.

Share your News! To submit an article or sponsor an issue, contact the Chamber at 806.761.7000.

Working for Business. Believing in Lubbock.


Chairman Carlos Morales, Caprock Home Health Services Chairwoman-Elect Alona Bessinger, Suddenlink Communication Immediate Past Chairman Tim Collins, Collins Tile, LLP Treasurer Peter Hur, RFS Financial Services Secretary Eddie McBride , Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Vice Chairman, Business Development Division Sidney Hopper, United Supermarkets, LLC Vice Chairwoman, Communications Division Polly Vann, V-tech Environmental Services Vice Chairwoman, Hispanic Business Divison Irasema Velasquez , Velasquez Insurance and Worksite Benefits Vice Chairwoman, Leadership Division Beth Bridges, South Plains Mall Office Vice Chairman, Legislative Affairs Division Jay Jacobus, Scarborough Specialties, Inc. Vice Chairman, Membership Division Robert Lacy, PYCO Industries, Inc. Hispanic Business Division Representative Gabe Vitela, Texas Land & Cattle Steak House

Board of Directors

Carmen Aguirre, Children’s Advocacy Center of the South Plains Ron Betenbough, Betenbough Homes John Brock, NorthStar Surgical Center Michael Calvillo, Michael Calvillo Bail Bonds Renee G. Davis, Alderson/Mercedes-Benz Scott Fagin, First United Bank Brice Foster, Southwest Bank Linda Gaither, WestMark Realtors- Gaither/Ratclif Sonny Garza, City Bank Clayton Isom, The Isom Company Dan Jackson, KCBD Brent King, UMC Health System Gabe Martinez, Ramar Communications, Inc. Brandon Mulkey, Chick-fil-A South Plains Crossing David Park, Atmos Energy Richard Parks, Covenant Health Keith Patrick, American Cancer Society Bill Patton, Robinson, Johnston & Patton, CPAs Tim Perrin, Lubbock Christian University Norval Pollard, City Bank Cathy Pope, StarCare Specialty Health System Cory Powell, Texas Tech University Rudy Rosales, Montelongo’s Mexican Restaurant Shirley Schleuse, Lamar Outdoor Advertising Frank Silvas, AFLAC Diannah Tatum, Sanford & Tatum Insurance Agency David Vroonland, Frenship Independent School District Mitch Watson, FirstBank & Trust Co. Connie Wharton, Mulcahy Wharton Business Consultants Gary Zheng, Lubbock Power & Light

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Website Views


This number represents each time a business entry is viewed from our directory. When someone searches for a business, each result counts towards these impressions. Website views from 5/16/13 to 6/15/13


Calender of Events

Golf Classic Tournament – July 22 Football Kickoff Breakfast – August 28 Fiestas Patrias Luncheon – September 13 Harvest Luncheon - September 20 Hub City BBQ – September 26 Business Mercado – October 10 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon – December 5

Pizza with the President On Wednesday, July 10th make plans to attend Chamber 101 – Pizza with the President from 11:30am to 1:00pm in the San Jacinto room (second floor) at the Wells Fargo Building, 1500 Broadway. If you are a new member of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce or a new employee of a long standing member, attending Chamber 101 is a great way to learn more about the Chamber. Not only will you learn what we do, but how you can get involved. This is also a great opportunity to grow your business network and start building relationships with other members, as well as our volunteers and Chamber staff. The lunch is free to attend for all members and prospective members. To RSVP or for additional information, contact Colleen Evans, Vice President of Membership Services, at or by phone at (806) 761-7001.

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2 Ground Breaking for Title One, Digital Title Services 4:30 p.m. – 6102 82nd Street, Lot #11 Young Professionals First Tuesday Networking 5:30 p.m. – Llano Estacado Winery, 3426 East FM 1585. 4 Lubbock Chamber Office Closed 9 Ribbon Cutting for French Fry Heaven 11:15 a.m. – 6319 82nd Street, Suite #300 10 Chamber 101 - Pizza with the Presdient 11:30 a.m. – Wells Fargo, 2nd Floor Ribbon Cutting for LegalShield 4:30 p.m. – 7202 Indiana Ave. 11 Grandbreaking for Pot Belly Sandwich Shop 9:30 a.m. – 2402 9th Street Executive Committee Meeting Noon – LCOC Business After Hours hosted by The Funky Door Wine Room & Bistro 5:30 p.m. – 6015 82nd Street 12 Transportation Committee Meeting 9:00 a.m. – LCOC Groundbreaking for Texas Boys Ranch Education/ Therapeutic Recreation Facility 10:00 a.m. – 4810 North CR 2800 Legislative Affairs Committee Meeting 10:30 a.m. – LCOC 16 Cafe y Pan Dulce, Summer 2013 7:30 a.m. – 3223 S. Loop 289, Suite 240D Ribbon Cutting for Benchmark Family Services 3:00 p.m. – 4920 S. Loop 289, Suite 100 17 Ambasador Monthly Luncheon 1:00 p.m. – Spirit Ranch, 701 Regis Street 18 Agricultural Committee Meeting 8:00 a.m. – LCOC Board of Directors Meeting 10 a.m. – Baymont Inn & Suites, 3901 19th Steet 22 2013 Golf Classic Tournament 8:00 a.m. – Hillcrest Country Club, 4011 North Boston Ave. City Council Special Session for Imagine Lubbock Together 4:00 p.m. – City Council Chambers 25 Business After Hours Hosted by Morrison Supply Company 5:30 p.m. – 7705 Quaker Ave. For a complete list of Chamber and member events, visit our calendar online at

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Chamber Golf Classic, July 22 By Audry DeLeon

Registration is currently closed for the upcoming Golf Classic Tournament. The tourney will be held on Monday, July 22, at Hillcrest Country Club, 4011 N. Boston. Both morning and afternoon flights are SOLD OUT, however Sponsorships are still available! For more information, contact Audrey DeLeon at (806) 761-7000. The morning flight will begin with registration at 7 a.m. and breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Morning tee time is 8 a.m. The afternoon flight will begin with lunch at Noon and registration at 12:30 p.m. Afternoon tee time is 1:30 pm. If you have a team, make sure you get the names of your players to the Chamber no later than Wednesday, July 17. We are looking for volunteers to help the day of the tourney. If interested in participating on this fun and relaxing Monday, email Thank you to our 2013 sponsors! PRESENTING SPONSOR: Suddenlink DIAMOND SPONSOR: Lamar Outdoor Advertising ACE SPONSORS: Atmos Energy, Bayer CropScience (FiberMax), UMC Physician Network Services, Lubbock National Bank, Sanford & Tatum Insurance Agency EAGLE SPONSORS: Llano Estacado Winery, First United Bank, Raider Ranch DRINK CART SPONSORS: First Bank & Trust Co., Copy Craft Printers DRIVING RANGE SPONSOR: J Ferg Roofing & Foam PUTTING GREEN SPONSOR: Safelite Auto Glass AWARDS SPONSOR: Benchmark Business Solutions BREAKFAST SPONSOR: Chick-fil-A at South Plains Crossing LUNCH SPONSOR: Montelongo’s Mexican Restaurant GOLF BALL SPONSOR: FirstCare Health Plans SIGN SPONSOR: Copy Craft Printers


It’s been over a year since the Chamber published a directory. YOU will not want to miss out for 2014. The Chamber is preparing to publish its 2014 Business Directory and Resource Guide. As a member, your business will automatically be included in the alphabetical and classified listings. There will also be many additional opportunities to highlight your business both locally and across the United States with additional listing options and sponsorship space. Phyllis Jones will be handling all ad sales. She is looking forward to talking to you about your ad size and placement. To find out more about your options, contact Phyllis at (806) 761-7003 or Phyllis.jones@

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June 20th Obamacare Luncheon and Presentation On June 20, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce in a partnership with FirstCare Health Plans hosted the Impact of Obamacare Luncheon and Presentation for the Lubbock business community. The presentation consisted of an informational session presented by Marianne Fazen, the President & CEO of Texas Business Group on Health, as well as a group of panelists, moderated by Darnell Dent, from FirstCare Health, and including Brent King from UMC Health Systems, John Grigson of Convenant Health, Tim Collins of Collins Tile and Cannon Allen of Davis Allen Insurance Agency, to give their recommendations for approaching the new healthcare regulations.

4 Critical Concerns 1. Cost 2. Coverage 3. Complicance 4. Communication


Key Elements of Affordable Care Act

Individual Mandate: All individuals must enroll in basic health coverage, or pay penality (limited exemptions) Employer Sponsored Insurance: Employers with 50+ employees must offer affordable coverage to full time employees, or pay a penalty Public Health Insurance Exchanges/Marketplaces: States must offer health insurance to indviduals and small employers through a public Exchange by 2014 (requirement postponed for small employers in states with federal-run exchanges)

Individual Mandates - Effective January 1, 2014

1. Offer affordable coverage to all full time employees 2. Pay $2,000 per employee penalty if even 1 employee buys subsidized coverage through Public Exchange 3. Redesign high cost “Cadillac Plans” to avoid 40% excise tax in 2018 vs.


1. Pay non-deductible annual penalty of $2,000 per full time employee 2. Pay $3,000 penalty for any employee who can’t afford company plan and buys subsidized health insurance through public exchange.

All Legal Residents must have minimum creditable health coverage or pay a penalty. Penalty paid with income tax return Small Employer Options Penalty is the great of the fixed dollar amount or a percentage of Offer employer-sponsored insurance household income Purchase group plan on Exchange (not until 2015 in TX); Keep tax exemption Purchase small group plan from commercial insurer No penalty if employee opts out Keep tax exemption on employer paid premium OR

What is an Exchange?

A competitive marketplace consisting of suppliers and buyers in a consumerfocused, price-sensitive environment.

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Drop coverage and send employees to public Exchange No penalties; but lose tax exemption for employer share of premium

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Compliance Concerns


1. Determine the number of full-time employees (>30 hrs/week) 2. Determine affordability of company plan (<9.5% of salary) 3. Determine if plan covers 10 “minimum essential benefits” 4. Report dollar value of health benefits on W-2 forms. 5. Notify all employees by Oct. 1 2013 about coverage options available through the Public Exchange.

Coverage Concerns: New Rules Already in effect: 1. Dependent coverage to age 26 2. No lifetime or annual dollar caps 3. No exclusions for pre-existing conditions 4. W-2 reporting of cost of coverage

Effective in 2014: 1. No cost to employees for preventive care 2. No gender or industry discrimintation 3. Limited age discrimination 4. Smoker discrimination allowed

Employer Cost Control Options - Increase employee share of premium (up to 40%) - Renew early - before January 1, 2014 (postpones compliance for 1 year) - Join small employer group (See Chamber of Commerce Health Plan options) - Participate in Private Corporate Exchange - Self-insure (better for young, healthy workforce) - Offer “bare bones” policy ($40-$100/mo.)

Small Employer Cost Concerns

Young, healthy workforce: Expect to pay more Est. rate increase: 30% - 40% vs. 15% -20% Older, unhealthy workforce: Expect to pay less Est. rate increase: 10% vs. 18% - 25%

Low Wage Employee Options Pay up to 9.5% of salary for employee share of premium Purchase coverage from Exchange (subsidies may be available) Example: $9/hr: Pay $70/mo., or $840/yr. $10 - $13/hr: Pay $140/mo., or $1,680/yr. “Go bare” and pay penalty: the greater of $95 or 1% of household income Example: $30,000 HH income Pay $300 penalty

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May Ambassador of the Month: Haily Assiter By Samantha Cavanaugh

Congratulations to Haily Assiter for being awarded the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador of the Month for May! Through her involvement with the Chamber and her work with Ronald McDonald Charities of the Southwest, she has become a business leader throughout the Lubbock Community. As the Community Relations director for the organization, Haily has used the relationships she’s forged through Chamber participation to bring awareness to Ronald McDonald Charities. “Every time I attend a ribbon cutting I get to place my business card inside a book with business cards of every Ambassador that attended that day. I then also have the opportunity to meet the business owner and start to build a relationship. Many times I even follow up with them a few days later for a meeting so I can have more time to talk to them about Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Southwest,” Assiter said. Currently, Ronald McDonald Charities is working with Texas Tech Athletics to sponsor the Quarterbacks Sacks, which allows businesses and individuals to make donations to Ronald McDonald Charities of the Southwest based on the amount of times the Texas Tech defense sacks the opposing team’s quarterback when football season starts on August 30 against Southern Methodist University. Her involvement with the Chamber gives her the opportunity to spread the word about these special events that support a worthy cause. “You never know who you might meet that could help improve your business,” Assister said.

Haily Assiter receive her award from Brooks Jay with Alan Henry Insurance Agency, the Ambassador of the Month sponsor.

Ambassador Program sponsored by

Business of the Month: American National Bank By Samantha Cavanaugh & Robin Raney

Congratulations to American National Bank for being the “We are so excited to be in the Lubbock market,” said Parr. Lubbock Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Month for “Lubbock is a perfect fit for us as we wanted to expand our July! With the bank’s emphasis on commitment to West Texas. Amarillo National excellent customer service and low has held a large presence in the Lubbock market cost initiatives, they have positioned as the number one auto lender for quite some themselves as one of the premier time.” consumer and business banks in West William Ware, Vice President of Amarillo Texas. When American National Bank National Bank said, “We are not only locally decided to expand their consumer owned, but 100 percent family owned, and branches to Lubbock, Chuck Parr, do not report to stockholders. We have more Amarillo National vice president and flexibility to work with our customers to provide Lubbock branch manager, made sure the level of service they need and deserve.” that one of his first meetings was with “This is an exciting time for the bank,” said American National Bank ribbon cutting in May. the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce. Parr, who has worked for Amarillo National for “American National Bank has the 23 years. “Lubbock is a great community with same values and mission as the Lubbock Chamber, which is great people. We want to bring the philosophy of Amarillo National believing in the community and expanding business opportunities to the residents of Lubbock. Our number one goal is to be a good in Lubbock,” Parr said. community partner, and our history shows that we have a large Throughout their staff involvement with such Chamber presence in the communities we service.” events as the Hub City BBQ, Business Expo,Chamber University, The Lubbock branch is proud to offer mortgages, consumer Business After Hours as well as the Fiestas Patrias and Cinco loans, savings accounts, CDs and other retail banking products, and de Mayo Luncheons, Parr said they have increased the bank’s looks forward to future expansion. exposure and contacts.

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Texas Tech Football & Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Fearless Champions Committee Calendar 8/28

Kickoff Breakfast, Overton Hotel & Conference Center, 7-8:30 a.m.


Fearless Fridays (every Friday before a game, wear your Red & Black!)


Fearless Champions First Down Fridays, 4 p.m., Overton Hotel


Fearless Thursday (in celebration of Thursday game)


Fearless Champions First Down Fridays, 4 p.m., Overton Hotel

President & CEO Eddie McBride, IOM Vice President Administration Sheri Nugent, IOM Vice President Business Development Robin Raney, IOM Vice President Communications & Marketing Tammi Boozer Vice President Hispanic Business Division Diana Fabing Vice President Leadership Phyllis Jones, IOM Vice President Legislative Affairs Norma Ritz Johnson, IOM, CCE Vice President Membership Services Colleen Evans, IOM Retention Specialist Amy Marquez Project & Research Specialist Audrey DeLeon Administrative Assistant Kathy Bass Office Manager/Accounting Clerk Patsy Moffett Customer Service Representative Patricia Picon Interns Samantha Cavanaugh Keely Hamman

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Cotton Industry Seeks Volunteer Leaders By Mary Jane Buerkle, Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.

The success of the High Plains cotton industry, like any group effort, is directly tied to the willingness of qualified individuals to volunteer to serve in various leadership positions. To identify these volunteers, the High Plains cotton industry caucuses each year with other cotton groups within Texas to identify producers interested in serving as a volunteer leader. In preparation for this year’s caucus, Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., encourages all qualified individuals interested in representing the High Plains as a representative to the Cotton Board, National Cotton Council of America (NCC) or Cotton Incorporated to contact PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett to request additional information and learn more about the opportunities that exist for volunteer service. Each year, a variety of volunteer positions within the NCC and Cotton Incorporated are filled directly through the industry’s caucus process. In addition to naming representatives to the NCC and Cotton Incorporated, PCG and the Texas cotton industry also work together to identify and nominate qualified individuals to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for possible appointment as a Member or Alternate on the Cotton Board. Qualified individuals interested in serving on the Cotton Board, which oversees the highly successful U.S. Cotton Research & Promotion Program, are also encouraged to contact

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Verett at the PCG office in Lubbock to request additional information. PCG’s telephone number is 806-792-4904. To be a qualified producer nominee for the Cotton Board, an individual should be actively engaged in cotton production at the time of nomination, be committed to the mission of the Cotton Board and the Cotton Research and Promotion Program, and have demonstrated leadership skills and experience. Through the nomination process, the Cotton Board encourages groups given the responsibility of identifying candidates to promote diversity and ensure equal opportunity and inclusion for all individuals who qualify as a producer nominee for consideration by the Secretary. “Whether it is a nomination to serve on the Cotton Board or appointment to a leadership position within the National Cotton Council or Cotton Incorporated, the membership of Plains Cotton Growers has proven to be fertile ground for leaders within our industry,” Verett said. “Our industry owes much to the dedicated men and women who step forward to serve their fellow producers. We look forward to extending that tradition of leadership in the years ahead.” Editor’s Note: The Cotton Board seeks to promote diversity and ensure equal opportunity and inclusion for all those who qualify for nomination and appointment to the Cotton Board regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, disability, socio-economic status, religion or sexual orientation.

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June 21, 2013 On behalf of the Imagine Lubbock Together steering committee, we thank the citizens of Lubbock who gave their time and inputs to help us Define Lubbock’s Future. During our 20 public events in 2012, we visited with over 2,100 citizens including 800 at our Vision Summit last October. We received over 1,250 comments and over 500 ideas from almost 8,000 people who visited our website as well as our events. Those who live in our hometown definitely care about Lubbock and it really showed during the entire visioning and planning process. We also want to thank those corporate contributors and donors who continue to help make Lubbock a better place to live. Their funding allowed us to engage the best national experts on this process and organize as well as promote our public events. Thanks to this funding, we were able to successfully reach out into our community to ensure folks were aware of our process with the chance to participate. The tremendous citizen response reflects that success. Our steering committee and the ACP Visioning and Planning team worked extremely well together. Extensive research, planning and analysis with in-depth examination accompanied every phase of the Imagine Lubbock Together process. The committee and ACP did an outstanding job preparing for Lubbock’s future, and the successes we will experience with Lubbock’s growth and development will be their reward—along with our children and grandchildren. Thank you for your sacrifice and contributions. This has been a fantastic effort by our entire community and we were honored to have a chance to lead this effort. Truly yours, David Seim and Connie Wharton, Co-Chairs The Vision consists of 20 goals organized into five categories: Partnerships, People, Place, Play and Prosperity. When considered together, these goals affect all major aspects of the community’s life. Eight elements were then identified to organize the Strategic Implementation Plan of the Vision, and are listed and explained below. These elements are imperative to turn the Vision into reality.

Arts and Culture –Expand and improve Lubbock’s role as a cultural center. Basic and Fundamental Services Energy – Make Lubbock a national leader in long-term energy planning and supply including renewable energy sources. Water – Continue City leadership of the highly successful water supply and planning program. Enhance Lubbock citizens’ awareness of our long-term water supply and continued outstanding planning program. Mobility – Support the implementation of a multimodal transportation system. Health – Emphasize healthy lifestyles. Safety – Make Lubbock safer. Beautification and Image – Create an attractive and inviting community that fosters a positive image. Ensure our gateways/highways/roads are esthetically pleasing. Encourage our community to promote cleanup, recycling and beautification initiatives. Redevelop a long-term branding campaign and ensure use of all forms of communications/media, i.e. TV, radio, newspaper/magazines, social media, etc. Downtown – Revitalize the core of downtown. Economic Development – Develop bold strategies to achieve comprehensive economic development goals. Education – Prepare students to be productive citizens. Entertainment and Recreation – Expand diverse shopping, dining, recreation and entertainment options. Develop the Canyon Lakes area to include: shopping, restaurants, nightlife and outdoor amenities. Encourage improvement of the facilities at the South Plains Fair Grounds. Develop an entity whose purpose is to attract retail development. Neighborhoods – Strengthen existing neighborhoods.

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Employers Rest Easy, The Chamber Employer Health Plan Renewal Period is Open - New Groups Encouraged to Enroll

Employers Can Rest Easy with 16-Month Plan that Delays Certain 2014 Obamacare Requirements The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce is proud to have recently marked the 7th Anniversary of the award-winning Chamber Employer Health Plan, and the latest 16-month offering can help employers concerned about Obamacare requirements rest a bit easier at night. “A major part of the plan’s success over the years has been constant innovation to address employer concerns,” said Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Chairman Carlos Morales. “As 2014 Obamacare requirements loom ahead, the Chamber Employer Health Plan presents a new solution for employers who renew or enroll in the Chamber Employer Health Plan.” As employers and insurers receive additional information concerning the Accountable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as Obamacare, there are growing concerns on the federal exchange process and economic impact scheduled to begin January 1, 2014. Factors such as essential health benefits, maximum plan deductibles, new fees and taxes, combined with compression of age bands are the driving factors to dramatic increases in premiums. “FirstCare has provided an option to our valued clients, to delay the economic impact of the ACA factors until 2015,” said Darnell Dent, President & CEO of FirstCare Health Plans. To delay certain 2014 mandates, FirstCare and the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the offering of

a 16-month contract effective September 1, 2013 (rates locked through 12-31-14). Employers selecting the 16-month renewal contract will be provided additional time to become more aware of ACA’s economic impact to their company. The additional time will provide the opportunity evaluate and select options best suited for employees. Here are the advantages with Early Renewal or Enrollment in the Chamber Employer Health Plan: • Delay ACA mandates until 1-1-2015 • Maintain current medical benefits in 2014 • Lock In rates for 16 months beginning September 1, 2013 • Additional Time to Evaluate Employer Options in relation to ACA “FirstCare is committed to providing quality, affordable health benefits to our members and the communities we serve. By taking advantage of this 16-month offering, employers will not be subject to certain processes and economics associated with ACA in 2014,” said Dent. First launched in 2006, the Lubbock Chamber Employer Health Plan is an award-winning, nationally-recognized plan that provides affordable and discounted major medical coverage to almost 1,000 Chamber member employers and 8,000 employees and dependents in Lubbock County and eight adjacent counties in the area. It is a community collaboration between the Chamber, FirstCare Health Plans, Covenant Health and UMC Health System. More information about the plan is available by contacting FirstCare Sales and Marketing at 806.783.9654.


Chamber Fearless Champions Kickoff Breakfast August 28 • • • • •

Overton Hotel & Conference Center Ballroom, 2322 Mac Davis Ln Wednesday, August 28 Serving Lines open at 6:45 a.m. Presented by: Jason White Dentistry Lots of door prizes and exciting entertainment from Texas Tech

Featured Speaker: Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury

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Ribbon Cuttings

Ribbon Cuttings sponsored by

5/13/13 - 6/15/13

Benny Jackson Designs 5217 82nd Street, Suite 121

Abbeville Dentistry - Kid’s Dentistry 3801 50th Street, Suite 12A

Action Printing 2407 82nd Street

BodyScapes Medical Spa 7008 Indiana Ave, Suite B

Courtyard at Kings Dominion 910 N. MLK Blvd

Locker Room Haircuts 305 Frankford Ave.

Lubbock Moonlight Musicals

Ribbons & Bows Intimates 4414 82nd Street, Suite #216

Scoggin Dickey

Sheila’s Secret Garden Tea Room 6409 Inidana Ave.

Southwest Home Buyers Approval Services 3301 66th Street, Suite B

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5901 Spur 327

The Institute of Creative Learners 1304 16th Street

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Welcome New Chamber Members!

Please place this addition in your Chamber Business Directory & Resource Guide Aspen Village 5416 50th Street 806-799-9000 Lubbock, TX 79414 Apartments

Courtyard at Kings Dominion 910 N. MLK Blvd. 806-368-9330 Lubbock, TX 79403 Retirement and/or Assisted Living

Barricades Unlimited 2002 Clovis Road 806-744-1520 Lubbock, TX 79415 Construction & Building Materials Supply

Fix in a Zip 5135 69th Street, Suite D 806-391-1810 Lubbock, TX 79424 Computer – Services & Repairs

Butler’s Lubbock PO Box 6831 806-777-9646 Lubbock, TX 79493 Delivery Service

Kidney Care Center, LLC 1126 Slide Road, Suite 4B 806-771-0906 Lubbock, TX 79416 Physicians & Surgeons

Magician – Irving Quant 800-354-4403 Lubbock, TX Entertainment MediComm 2514 82nd Street, Suite B 806-798-1995 Lubbock, TX 79423 Billing Services Sheila’s Secret Garden Tea Room 6409 Indiana Ave. 806-702-8262 Lubbock, TX 79413 Restaurants Sprouts Farmers Market 8201 Quaker Ave, Suite 142 803-764-4900 Lubbock, TX 79424 Grocery Stores - Supermarkets

Current membership information can be found on the Chamber’s online Business Directory. Members can be searched by category 5/13/13 - 6/15/13 or keyword. Membership information can be verified online through the Member Only section.

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TEAM ENTRY FORM Hub City BBQ Cookoff September 26, 2013 Presented By

Date: _____________ Company:

A Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Member in Good Standing

Head Cook Name: Work Phone: _________________ Cell Phone: __________________

Fax: __________________

E-mail Address: _________________________________________________________________________

Entry Fee is $100 per 10’ x 20’ space *Please mark ONE division in which you wish to compete/participate: Corporate Professional Specialty (non-competing) Amateur/Student *Please mark as many categories as you wish to enter:



Other (any meat)


*Cooking spaces are 10’ deep by 20’ long. Your entry fee includes one space. Additional spaces are $100 each. RV’s may be parked next to cookers, provided that they fit within space(s) purchased and are reported on the registration form. How many total spaces will you need? ___________________________ *My team will cook for (check one):

Note: Plan to feed at least 150 people per space.

150+ people

200+ people


*Do you need electricity?

Yes, with my generator Yes, I need power from somewhere ($100 extra) No ***We cannot guarantee that electricity will be available, but will try to accommodate as many teams as possible with electrical needs. You will not be charged if electricity cannot be provided to you due to limited availability. Location assignments will be made in the following order: Presenting, Diamond, Platinum, Gold and Silver Sponsors, returning and new cooking teams according to their registration date. Requesting electricity will restrict the areas to which you may be assigned. Please rank requests in order of priority (1 = highest; 3 = lowest): _____Electricity _____RV w/ cooker (total length needed = _____ feet) ____Next to (________________________ team) ________Other (_________________________________) By submitting this registration form, I acknowledge by agreement to abide by the rules and regulations for the Hub City BBQ Cookoff and attend the Head Cooks Meeting as scheduled. I acknowledge having read the Cooking Team Agreement on the second page of this form, understand its terms, and agree to abide by all event policies. Signed_______________________________ Printed Name_________________________ Date_____________ Return this form to Robin Raney at, fax to (806) 761-7013 or mail to the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce 1500 Broadway, Suite 101 Lubbock, TX 79401. For additional information, go to, contact Robin Raney at (806) 761-7009 or email

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