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Vol. 20 No. 10

October 2012

Imagine Lubbock Together: Vision Summit It’s time to finally imagine Lubbock together at the Vision Summit on Thursday, October 18 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. The Summit will bring closure to the brainstorming phase of Imagine Lubbock Together. The information gathered from the Summit will start the foundation of a strategic plan for the future of Lubbock. “Our recent public idea gathering meetings were just a first step in gaining input from the community at large. We expect the upcoming Summit to be the largest public meeting in Lubbock’s history,” said Imagine Lubbock Together co-chairwoman Connie Wharton. The Vision Summit allows participants to review and prioritize goals and principles

gathered from both imaginelubbocktogether. com and the public idea gatherings held in September. “We now have more than 1,400 ideas submitted from the Lubbock community that will soon be organized and categorized for the Summit,” said Imagine Lubbock Together cochairman David Seim. Each participant will be given an electronic keypad to facilitate the discussion and

instantaneously prioritize ideas, their merits and principles. Keypad polling and small group discussions give people an opportunity to effectively begin prioritizing the ideas that will shape Lubbock’s future. The Vision Summit takes Imagine Lubbock Together to a bigger scale. This will be the largest public meeting in Lubbock’s city history. To ensure that you will be able to participate in keypad polling, please RSVP before October 11 to info@lubbockbiz.org and plan to arrive early. Following the Summit, on December 1, the Lubbock Charrette will continue public input on the strategic plan with a hands-on workshop.

4th Annual Business Mercado on November 8 4th Annual Business Mercado on November 8 Join us Thursday, November 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Towers, 801 Ave. Q The Mercado celebrates business and culture and spotlights Hispanic owned businesses as well as businesses looking to connect with the Hispanic Market.

We will have live entertainment, food and door prizes at the Mercado! Get your FREE tickets through November 7 at 12 PM at the Chamber offices in the Wells Fargo Building, 1500 Broadway. Tickets are $5 at the door on the day of the show. Vendor Booths and food booths are still available. For more information please contact Audrey DeLeon at 761-7000 or email Audrey. deleon@lubbockbiz.org . Thank you to this year’s Sponsors!

MEDIA SPONSOR: Ramar Communications / Telemundo

DIAMOND SPONSOR: Suddenlink (See Mercado, Page 2)

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Mercado (From Page 1) PLATINUM SPONSORS: TTU Small Business Development Center United Supermarkets GOLD SPONSORS: Amerigroup Corporation Angela Hightower Income Tax Service Automax of Lubbock Caprock Home Health Familia Dental Fiesta Motors of Lubbock Holiday Inn Hotel and Towers State Farm Insurance Agency Field Office Susan G. Komen for the Cure Wells Fargo Workforce Solutions of the South Plains

Lubbock Chamber to Host Luncheon Featuring State Legislators The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce will host a State Legislative Appreciation Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, November 2 at the Overton Hotel & Conference Center. The lunch will feature Sen. Robert Duncan and State Representatives John Frullo and Charles Perry. The event will also mark the approach of the 83rd Session in January. The first day to file bills for the state legislature is November 12. StarCare Specialty Health System is the presenting sponsor for the event. Gold level table sponsorships for a reserved table of eight are available at $500. Reservations are required and are $35 for

DOOR PRIZE SPONSOR: Prosperity Bank

members and $45 for prospective members. Deadline to reserve a seat for the event is Friday, October 26.

Big Events for 2012 Chamber University, Human Resources – October 9, 2012 Imagine Lubbock Together Vision Summit – October 18, 2012 Chamber University, Accounting & Taxes – November 7, 2012 Business Mercado – November 8, 2012 Tuscany Trip – November 8 - 16, 2012 Annual Meeting – November 29, 2012 Imagine Lubbock Together Charrette – December 1-5, 2012

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OCTOBERÊ2012ÊISÊ NATIONALÊCYBERÊSECURTIY AWARENESSÊMONTH The TTU IT Division wants to help you be safe, secure and responsible online. Visit safecomputing.ttu.edu for tips to protect yourself and your family when online.

As a component of the Cyber Security Awareness Campaign, we established the Lubbock ITAlert list, a mailing subscription service. The TTU Office of the CIO sends periodic information concerning urgent security issues and threat notifications to members on this list.

To sign up and receive Lubbock IT Alert messages visit: safecomputing.ttu.edu/lubbock/alert.

As of March 2012, Facebook alone has over 835 million monthly active users! As the popularity of Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and other social media sites grows, so do the risks of using them. Basic tips to protect your information: • Use caution when you receive a link in chat messages or post from your friend. Hackers can break into accounts and send messages posing as your friend. If you suspect that a message is phony, call your friend to confirm. • Type the address of your social networking site directly into your browser or use personal bookmarks. If you click a link to your site through email or another website, you might be entering your account name and password into a fake site where your personal information could be stolen. • Be selective about who you accept as a friend on a social network. Identity thieves might create fake profiles in order to get information from you.

The best defense is an offense of awareness. Empower yourself by: • Understanding the privacy policies of the social network you join, as well as the policies for games and apps you download. • Know that everything you put on a social networking site is permanent, and could become public. • Talking to your family about social networking. Help your children � and parents – understand the risk!


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October

2 Harvest Breakfast

7 a.m. – Plains Cotton Cooperative Association, 3301 E. 50th St. Ribbon Cutting for Lubbock AJ’s Stepping Out for Women Event 10 a.m. - Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Ln. 4 Focus Lubbock Committee Meeting 3 p.m. – LCOC Business After Hours hosted by First Bank & Trust Co. at Abuelo’s 5:30 p.m. – 4401 82nd St. 5 Transportation Committee Meeting 10:30 a.m. – LCOC 9 Chamber University Series – Human Resources 8 a.m. – 5219 City Bank Pkwy. Leadership Lubbock Committee Meeting 11 a.m. - LCOC 0 New Century Leadership 1 Committee Meeting 11 a.m. - LCOC Ambassador Monthly Luncheon Noon – TBD Ribbon Cutting for Tigris Real Estate’s Elm Creek Apartments 3 p.m. - 2610 Milwaukee 2 Ribbon Cutting for 1 Racer Classic Car Wash 11:30 a.m. – 1710 Mac Davis Ln. 16 Leadership Lubbock Class Day 17 Ribbon Cutting for South Plains Job Fair 9:45 a.m. – Civic Center 18 Executive Committee Meeting Noon – LCOC Community Prayer Breakfast Committee Meeting 4 p.m. – LCOC Imagine Lubbock Together Vision Summit 6:00 p.m. – Civic Center 3 Ribbon Cutting for 2 Resthaven Funeral Home 5:15 p.m. - 5740 19th St. 24 New Century Leadership Community Day All Day Ribbon Cutting for Select Staff 4:30 p.m. – 2030 82nd St., Suite 101 25 Board of Directors Meeting 10 a.m. – TBD Business After Hours hosted by Llano Estacado Winery and Carino’s 5:30 p.m. - 3426 East FM 1585 6 Legislative Affairs Committee 2 10:30 a.m. – LCOC

(See October, Page 5)


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High Five!

Congratulations employees and physicians of Covenant Health for making us one of the best places to work. Modern Healthcare recently named Covenant Health as one of the country’s 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2012. Modern Healthcare collects information from both the employer and employees. The award is based on employee feedback in areas such as culture, working environment, relationship with supervisor, pay and benefits and overall job satisfaction.

www.CovenantHealth.org


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(From Page 3) 30 Chamber 101 – Pizza with

October

the President 11:30 a.m. – Wells Fargo 2nd Fl.

Thank you to the 2012 Harvest Breakfast Sponsors Presenting Sponsor:

Diamond Sponsor: Congratulations to the October Ambassador of the Month, Mary Whistler!

Sponsored by Platinum Sponsors: AgTexas Farm Credit Services, Capital

Farm Credit, Texas Agricultural Coop Trust, Ramar Communications Gold Sponsors: College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, First United Bank, Plains Cotton Cooperative Association, Plains Cotton Growers, Southwest Council of Agribusiness Silver Sponsors: High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1, Lubbock Electric Co., AimBank , South Plains Electric Cooperative, Inc., PYCO Industries, Inc., American Bank of Commerce

Business Property • Casualty • Bonds • Home • Auto Employee Benefits • Life • Health • Long Term Care

t s u r t d n a w o n k u o y e l p eo p h t i w s s e n i s u B g n i Do Will & Beth Ashmore

Life & Health Division 806.745.8358 Property & Casualty Division 806.771.4368 6102 82nd St. #6 • Lubbock, Texas 79424 • www.ashmoreassociates.com


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Hub City BBQ Exceeds Expectations The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and Suddenlink hosted the Hub City BBQ Cookoff on Thursday, September 20th. The event was held on Broadway between avenues N and K and attracted more than 7,500 attendees. Chris Abers, chairman of the Hub City BBQ Cook-off, said that smiling faces and people having a great time is what the BBQ is all about. “The barbeque was a great success this year,” said Abers. “This might have been the biggest crowd we have had yet. However, it wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of the numerous Chamber volunteers and staff. I look forward to seeing the BBQ grow even more next year.”  Attendees enjoyed great BBQ and entertainment by Granger Smith, Jason Nutt and Mariachi Carino. 100 teams participated in the friendly competition in professional, corporate and amateur experience levels. Participants prepared brisket, ribs, other meat and desserts. The winners of the event are as follows:

Corporate - Other

Best Decorated Booth

Professional - Brisket

Atmos Energy Corporate - Brisket

3rd Scarborough Specialties, Inc. 2nd Atmos Energy Team 2 1st X8 Environmental, Inc. Team 2 Corporate - Ribs

3rd Scarborough Specialties, Inc. 2nd Ramar Communications 1st Atmos Energy Team 1

3rd Gene Messer Accessories 2nd Family Powersports 1st Firstcare Health Plans Corporate - Dessert

3rd Coca Cola Refreshments 2nd American Cotton Growers 1st Gene Messer Accessories Amateur/Student - Brisket

3rd AMA TechTel Communications 2nd Overhead Door Company Door Company of Lubbock, Inc. 1st Kimbell Gin Machinery Company Amateur/Student - Ribs

3rd Kimbell Gin Machinery Company 2nd AMA TechTel Communications 1st Collision King Repair Center Amateur/Student - Other

3rd Tejas Motors 2nd Kimbell Gin Machinery Company 1st Overhead Door Amateur/Student - Dessert

3rd Sonic 2nd Leonard’s 1st Kimbell Gin Machinery Company 3rd Ellis County BBQ 2nd Raider Red Meats 1st Above and Beyond Pet Care Hospital Professional - Ribs

3rd Raider Red Meats 2nd Lubbock Welding Supply, Inc. 1st Carpet Tech Professional - Other

TIE

3rd Standard Sales AND Custom Homes by Robert Wood LLC 3 2nd Custom Homes by Robert Wood LLC 2 1st United Supermarkets, Inc. Professional - Dessert

3rd Bash Riprock’s 2 2nd Standard Sales 1st Westech Electric, Inc. Sponsors included: Presenting: Suddenlink Diamond & Media: Arctic Glacier, KCBD, Double T 104.3, Fox Talk 950, Magic 93.7, 107.7 The Eagle, 97.3 Yes! FM, Red Dirt Rebel 105.3, 98.5 Classic Country Band Sponsor: WestTex Document Emerald: City of Lubbock, Griffin Wink Advertising, Republic National Distributing Company, United Supermarkets Platinum: Acme Electric Co., Atmos Energy, Bud Light, B & J Welding Supply, Chick-fil-A, Coors Light, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Lubbock Power & Light, Michelob Ultra, Midtown Printing & Graphics, Miller Lite, Raider Red Meats, Scarborough Specialties Inc., X8Environmental Inc. Gold: Prosperity Bank, Benchmark Business Solutions, Bodyworks, Carpet Tech, Collins Stone, Custom Electronics, First Bank & Trust Co., First United Bank, Hugo Reed & Associates, Llano Estacado Winery, Westech Electric Silver: ADC, Inc., Alderson Enterprises, (See Hub City BBQ Sponsors, Page 7)


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2012 Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Luncheon The Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon highlights and celebrates each year’s achievements, while honoring those who made it possible. The luncheon will be November 29th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Awards include Ambassador of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Business Person of the Year sponsored by FirstCare Health Plans, Business of the Year sponsored by CEV Multimedia, as well as the Business Person Hall of Fame and Business Hall of Fame. Thank you to our generous sponsors: Annual Meeting Presenting Sponsor: Suddenlink

Annual Meeting Diamond Sponsor: George McMahan Development, LLC Annual Report Diamond Sponsor: Superior Health Plan

Annual Report Platinum Sponsor: Teinert Commercial Building Services Annual Meeting Platinum Sponsors: Atmos Energy Citizens Bank McDougal Companies V-tech Environmental Services Award Sponsors: CEV Multimedia FirstCare Health Plans Annual Meeting Gold Sponsors: AimBank Caprock Home Health Services City Bank Coca-Cola Refreshments Covenant Health Glasheen, Valles & Inderman, LLP Lubbock County Lubbock National Bank StarCare Specialty Health System Sysco West Texas, Inc. Wells Fargo Annual Meeting Silver Sponsors: Bates-Wells, Inc.

BBVA Compass Bank Benchmark Business Solutions Betenbough Homes Caraway, McMahon & Co., LLP First United Bank FirstCare Health Plans Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Lubbock Christian University Lubbock Economic Development Alliance Lubbock Power & Light Platinum Bank Reese Technology Center South Plains College South Plains Sonic Management Southwest Bank Tao Development Group TTU Office of the President UMC Health System Workforce Solutions South Plains X-Fab Texas For more information, contact the chamber at (806) 761-7000 or email robin.raney@ lubbockbiz.org.

Broadway Booster Program: Chamber Companies can Earn Season Tickets Celebrity Attractions - Lubbock’s local Broadway presenter - and the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce are working together in the exclusive “Broadway Booster” program that offers chamber members the opportunity to earn free season tickets to the Broadway series. Celebrity Attractions is offering two of free season tickets for every five pairs purchased by a chamber member business. A season ticket secures the same seat for each of the four shows on the Broadway season. All four national tours will make a stop in Lubbock at the City Bank Auditorium in a season spanning from November to next April. The shows are currently available at a discount

in a four-show Broadway season package and are available for a limited time. To make great seats affordable at all price levels, Celebrity Attractions recently reconfigured pricing for season tickets. Patrons may now pay the lowest possible price ($86) for the four show package and sit in Orchestra Level Seating – a savings exceeding $100 compared to buying tickets to each show individually. For details call the Celebrity Attractions box office at (800) 7849494 or visit www.CelebrityAttractions.com. Season ticket prices range from $86 to $189 for seats to all four shows. For every ten season tickets purchased by a Lubbock Chamber member company, Celebrity At-

Hub City BBQ Sponsors (From Page 6) AMA TechTel Communications, Angela Hightower Income Tax Service, B & S Woodworking, Inc., Brink Suzuki LTD, Caraway, McMahon & Co. LLP, Choice Media, Citizens Bank, Document Shredding & Storage, Extreme Packets Inc, Family Power Sports, Ferguson Enterprises, FirstCare Health Plans, Hillcrest Country Club, Hurst

Farm Supply, Kimbell Gin Machinery Co., Lakeridge Estates, Lubbock Welding Supply, Montelongo’s Mexican Restaurant, Morrison Supply Company, Oberkampf Supply of Lubbock, Inc., Ollie’s Liquor, Overhead Door Company of Lubbock, Inc., Southwest Bank, Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre, Tejas Motors, Wells Fargo, West Texas Gas, Inc., Yates Flooring Center

tractions will give two free season tickets to that company as a bonus. This offer extends to individuals within the company, provided the individual order is at least ten season tickets. Patrons interested in buying the season package may reserve through the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce or by calling the Celebrity Attractions Box Office at (800) 784-9494 to speak with a live operator. The season begins November 16-17 with Cirque Dreams Holidaze, followed by West Side Story January 26-27, 2013, proceeded by Monty Python’s Spamalot February 22-23, 2013 and concludes with Elvis Lives – The Ultimate Elvis Tribute April 19-20, 2013. Sponsoring the 2012-2013 Broadway Season is KCBD News Channel 11 and American Airlines. The individual shows are sponsored by United Supermarkets, Kingsgate, Suddenlink, The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, and G. Boren Services. For more information on the individual shows visit www.CelebrityAttractions.com. Find Celebrity Attractions on Facebook at Facebook.com/BwayLubbock.


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Chamber University: Human Resources Tuesday, October 9, 2012 ● 8 – 11:30 a.m. ● City Bank Griffith Center presented by

Presentations include: -”Preparing and Responding to Unemployment Claims in Texas” by Vera Perez from Suddenlink. This presentation will include tips and techniques to better advocate for your business and will review required documentation and case examples. - “Training Tips Anyone Can Use to Help Your Team Reach Success” by Dr. Kathy Crockett of LCU. Dr. Crockett will be providing ideas and tools to use with your employees in a variety of training situations. From technical topics to general motivation and buy-in of vision, the interactive techniques will be something you can immediately use within your organization. Dr. Crockett will share her favorite tools and experiential learning techniques that she uses in corporate trainings as well as the classroom. -”Life Happens…At Work” with Landon Holly, VP of Bank Operations at City Bank. What difference do you make in the lives of those you work with daily? Walk with a cancer survivor through the highs and the lows of a

cancer diagnosis and treatment at the age of 23, and see how his employees truly made a difference. Chamber University: Accounting & Taxes will take place November 7, 2012 at Prosperity Bank located at 1501 Ave. Q in the Bank Operations Annex. - Kevin McMahon and Bryan Bennett, partners with Caraway, McMahon & Company, LLP will discuss small business tax and accounting issues, including a current update, with an emphasis on minimizing federal income tax.  We will also explore the strategies business owners can use to enhance the longterm value of their businesses and minimize potential risks that could ultimately result in value erosion. -Lori Truitt, an attorney with Tray Payne & Associates, PLLC will present, “Debt Collection: Your Options and the Pit Falls”, exploring options as a creditor and the general issues with consumer and commercial collection. We will also discuss what a creditor can do with a judgment against a debtor.  -James Wilhelm, Director of the TTU Small Business Development Center will present an overview of the services available through the SBDC.

Chamber members may register for the discounted price of $65 per person, groups of five or more for $55/person, or 10 or more for $45/person. Non-members may register for $75/person. These seminars are part of the Chamber University, an innovative business seminar series designed to address critical business topics and offer tools to navigate and thrive in the ever-changing demands of the 21st century workplace. For more information call (806) 761-7000 or email robin.raney@ lubbockbiz.org. Chamber University is presented by Covenant Health System. Platinum Sponsors of Chamber University include AimBank, Double T Cable Services, Robert Madden Industries, StarCare Specialty Health System, United Supermarkets, and Workforce Solutions South Plains .

Cotton Research Celebrated by Texas Tech By: Seshadri Ramkumar Texas Tech University (Lubbock, USA, September 19, 2012)— Texas Tech University celebrated cotton research by highlighting unique cotton programs with a video release. Lubbock in the High Plains of Texas is the epicenter of cotton production and research. High Plains, which produces about 25% of the total US cotton crop, is the largest contiguous cotton patch in the world. TTU since its founding in the early 1900s has been at the forefront of cotton research. Collaborative research with the industry has significantly enhanced the quality and the yield of cotton produced in United States. TTU celebrated its achievements in cotton research by declaring this past Saturday’s football game as “Celebrate Cotton: We Clothe America.” Town & gown and the cotton industry all joined hands in highlighting the general public about the importance of cotton and significance of cotton research. A video “Texas Tech on Forefront of Cot-

ton Research” was shown to a large gathering, just before the kick-off of the game between TTU and University of New Mexico. The video provides a snapshot of a myriad of research and development activities that is taking place with respect to cotton at TTU. Video highlights Bayer CropScience, Fibertect® innovative technology and denim runway competition.  Mike Gilbert, Vice President of Bayer CropScience said, “We feel this partnership is very important in our mission of providing the very best in cotton seed and trait products to our customers and stakeholders.” Fibertect® technology developed at TTU finds applications in environmental rescue situations and Homeland Security related issues. Steve Verett, Executive Vice President, Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., Lubbock stated “Texas Tech Celebrates Cotton Game Day was a great opportunity to showcase the significant importance of the whole cotton industry to our region and state. Equally important was to highlight the critical partnership with

Texas Tech University and the cotton research performed there.  We are hopeful this is just the beginning of many more annual events in the future.” The emphasis TTU puts on cotton research was highlighted by Dr. Michael Sanfrancisco, Acting Vice President for Research, who stated, “Cotton research at Texas Tech is an interdisciplinary activity that blends a wide range of expertise-from genetic engineering, to physiology, economics, crop science and technology.  This work impacts plant drought tolerance, improved fiber quality, crop yield and the development of novel products.  Faculty involved in these projects prepare our students-the next generation, to become leaders in this arena.” The Saturday game showcased the importance of cotton to High Plains as the town and gown came together in celebrating cotton. Cotton research celebration video developed by TTU can be found at: h t t p : / / w w w. y o u t u b e . c o m / watch?v=NKfJgQVKfic 


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2012 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chairman Tim Collins Collins Tile, LLP Chairman ELECT Carlos Morales Caprock Home Health Services, Inc. Immediate Past ChairWOMAN Irasema Velasquez Velasquez Insurance & Worksite Benefits Treasurer Alona Beesinger Suddenlink West Texas Secretary Eddie McBride Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Vice Chairman, Business Development Division Beth Bridges South Plains Mall Vice Chairman, Communications Division Dan Jackson KCBD TV-NewsChannel 11   Vice Chairman, GOVERNMENTAL Affairs Division Jay Jacobus Scarborough Specialties, Inc. Vice Chairman, Hispanic Business Division Rudy Rosales Montelongo’s Mexican Restaurant Vice Chairman, Leadership Division Peter Hur RFS Financial Services        Vice Chairwoman, Membership Division Polly Vann V-tech Environmental Services Hispanic Business Division REPRESENTATIVE Yolanda Gonzaga TTUHSC Board Administration Martin Aguirre Workforce Solutions South Plains Cathy Allen The Gibraltar Group Larry Allen People’s Bank Stephen Beasley Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Ron Betenbough Betenbough Homes John D. Brock NorthStar Surgical Center Jeff Dane UMC Health System Renee Davis Alderson Enterprises Linda Gaither WestMark REALTORS Karen Garza Lubbock Independent School District Gary Gregory Atmos Energy Grace Hernandez Texas Tech University Sidney Hopper United Supermarkets Clayton Isom TAO Development Group Robert Lacy PYCO Industries Gabe Martinez Telemundo KXTQ-TV 46, Ramar Comm. Stephanie Massengale Advanced Graphix Brandon Mulkey Chick-fil-A at South Plains Crossing Richard Parks Covenant Health System Keith Patrick American Cancer Society Bill Patton Robison, Johnston & Patton, CPAs Joe Phea African American Chamber of Commerce - Lubbock Norval Pollard City Bank Shirley Schleuse Lamar Outdoor Advertising David Seim Happy State Bank Frank Silvas AFLAC Gabe Vitela National Teachers Life Insurance Company Mitch Watson First Bank & Trust Co. Gary Zheng Lubbock Power & Light

CHAMBER STAFF Eddie McBride, IOM, President/CEO Sheri Nugent, IOM, Vice President-Administration Robin Raney, IOM, Vice President-Business Development Phyllis Jones, IOM, Vice President-Leadership Norma Ritz Johnson, CCE, IOM, Vice President-Legislative Affairs Constance Barbian, Vice President-Communications Colleen Evans, IOM, Vice President-Membership Services Diana Fabing, Vice President-Hispanic Business Division Amy Marquez, Retention Specialist Audrey DeLeon, Project & Research Specialist Kathy Bass, Administrative Assistant Faith Jurek, Erin Reid, Interns

1500 Broadway, Suite 101 Wells Fargo Center Lubbock, TX 79401 P 806.761.7000 F 806.761.7013

www.lubbockchamber.com info@lubbockbiz.org

Business of the Month

Cliff Hillin and Chris Abers

United Supermarkets and X8 Environmental, Inc. are co-honorees for the October Business of the Month in appreciation of the excellent leadership and hard work of Chris Abers, 2012 Hub City BBQ Chairman, and Cliff Hillin, Co-Chairman. Both will be honored at the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce October Board Meeting. Chris Abers is the General Manager of United Supermarkets at 82nd and Frankford. Cliff Hillin is the Senior Vice-President of Geosciences for X8 Environmental. “With 7,500 attendees and 99 cooking teams, this years’ BBQ was the largest to date”, said Tim Collins, Chairman of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce. “Chris and Cliff brought their leadership, management and operational skills to the Hub City BBQ with extraordinary results – and we are grateful”. The Chamber is grateful to our member businesses United Supermar-

kets and X8 Environmental, Inc. who allow their team members to volunteer time, talent and energy on behalf of their company, while benefitting from the expansive networking opportunities offered through Chamber events. “Chris is an excellent example of our company’s commitment to community involvement,” said Eddie Owens, Director of Communications & Public Relations for United Supermarkets. “We are so grateful to the great people of Lubbock for their continued support of our company, and it is truly a privilege for us as team members to repay that support through community service.” The Hub City BBQ is a massive event that would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and volunteers. It takes a small army to execute such a large event with so many components. The Chamber is truly grateful of Chris Abers and Cliff Hillin, as they were instrumental to the success of this year’s Hub City BBQ.


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Ground Breakings & Ribbon Cuttings

Sponsored By

American Diabetes Association Step Out:

Better Business Bureau of the South Plains 3333 66th Street

123 North Ave N

Walk against Diabetes Mackenzie Park Baseball Fields

Celebrity Attractions

Crafthouse Gastropub

First Christian Common Grounds Coffee Shop 2323 Broadway

50th Anniversary of Guadalupe Parkway Neighborhood Association

3131 34th Street

Lubbock Children’s Health Clinic’s Kids Funfest

Powerhouse Nutrition 1017 University, Lubbock TX 79401

302 N. University

2304 34th Street, Lubbock, TX 79411

Town South Floral Renew You 10905 Quaker Ave.

Stop Senior Hunger Month - Comfort Keepers & Lubbock Meals on Wheels

5217 82nd Street

Tuscany Place Apartments 6312 73rd Street


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Ribbon Cuttings

Chuy's Mexican Food

CHAMBER 101 – Pizza with the Chamber President The Chamber will host “Pizza with the Chamber President” – a Chamber 101 event.  Bring plenty of business cards and prepare to grow your business network on Tuesday, October 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, 1500 Broadway in the Wells Fargo Center.  If you are a new Lubbock Chamber member or a new employee of a long-standing member, “Pizza with the Chamber President” is a great way to learn more about the

Chamber, what we do and how you can get involved.  This is also your opportunity to network with other new members, as well as volunteers and staff. The lunch will be held on the 2nd floor of the Wells Fargo building in the San Jacinto conference room and it is free to attend. To RSVP or request additional information, please contact Colleen Evans, Vice President of Membership, at colleen.evans@lubbockbiz. org or by phone at (806) 761-7001.

4805 South Loop 289, Suite 300

2012-2013 Focus Lubbock Class Lubbock Christian University Katie Capps Lauren Furlow Cheyenne Miller Courtney Sproul South Plains College Cody Neighbors Taylor Gonzales Texas Tech University Paige Nash Travis Goodman Amaris Garcia Noelle Trotter Patrick Steed Taylor Weeks Jake Bray Danny Ramirez-Escobedo Wayland Baptist UniversityLubbock Campus Tasha Kellough Carlie Maines

Thank you to this year’s Fiestas entertainers, the Lubbock High School Mariachi Ensemble and Ballet Folklorico dance group! Also, a big thanks to our speaker Jose Cuevas, owner of JumBurrito Inc.


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Join Us at the South Plains Career Expo Tuesday - October 30, 2012 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Lubbock Civic Center This collaborative, interactive event is hosted by Workforce Solutions South Plains. The Career Expo allows students to hear from professionals about their chosen career field, see aspects of the career through interactive, hands-on exhibits and develop a better understanding of the career opportunities available in our region. Why sponsor the Career Expo? With so many different career pathways and opportunities students are exposed to, it is often overwhelming and intimidating. So many students find themselves settling into a career because they don’t know enough about what exists beyond their classroom, community or family. The South Plains Career Expo provides exposure to over 200 career opportunities within 16 career clusters to area high school students. How is the Career Expo different than other college/career days? The South Plains Career Expo is focused on helping students see more opportunities and pathways that exist for them after high school. This unique, hands-on, interactive event brings together more than 500 business partners to provide exposure to their chosen career field. At the 11th annual Career Expo, more than 4,000 area high school students got the chance to visit with these business partners and form a better idea of the opportunities that exist in our region. Students also visit with the higher education partner that provides the education and training needed to enter the career field. Students see the educational opportunities from a technical certificate up to a professional degree. Students also hear from the bachelor degree and professional degree programs at Texas Tech University, Lubbock Christian University, Wayland Baptist University and South Plains College. This collaboration allows the Career Expo to provide a full spectrum of training and education needed on certain career pathways. How can my business get involved? South Plains Career Expo is always looking for new businesses to partner and participate in the Career Expo. This invite is a free opportunity for businesses to outreach to over 4,000 area high school students that are trying to plan for their future career. The input and partnership businesses provide at the Career Expo lead to lasting relationships with students and other business partners. To register for a booth: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=yn9ug6cab&oeidk=a07e67bvyu7a0f40c25 Sponsors:


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Welcome to the New Chamber Members

Please place this addition in your Chamber Business Directory and Resource Guide! Scentsy Independent Consultant Janie Martinez (806) 368-1472 Candles

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse (714) 500-2451 4747 South Loop 289, Suite 130 Lubbock, TX 79424 Restaurants

JR & LE Farms & Cattle (866) 245-6569 1220 N FM 1780 Levelland, TX 79336 Farms

Blue Mesa Grill (806) 368-0751 2522 Marsha Sharp Freeway Lubbock, TX 79415 Restaurants

Lowery Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning (806) 741-0519 4105 N. Frankford Avenue Lubbock, TX 79416 Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning

Blue Mesa Taco & Tequila Bar @The Roof (806) 368-5821 2522 Marsha Sharp Freeway, Suite 102 Lubbock, TX 79415 Music and Entertainment Body by Vi - Visalus (806) 577-8884 Weight Loss and/or Control Centers Charley’s Place (806) 675-1589 608 West Main Crosbyton, TX 79322 Restaurants Chuy’s (806) 698-6264 4805 South Loop 289, Suite 300 Lubbock, TX 79424 Restaurants DA Electric (806) 893-3312 3115 South State Road 168 Lubbock, TX 79407 Electrical Contractors FiberLight, LLC (806) 548-2828 Telecommunications

Maples Enterprises, Inc. (806) 790-5818 1408 Texas Ave. Lubbock, TX 79401 Health Care - Other Services Mariachi Carino (806) 741-1864 1314 50th Street, Suite 101 Lubbock, TX 79412 Music and Entertainment

Sleep Number (806) 785-1845 6002 Slide Road, M-21 Lubbock, TX 79414 Mattresses Texas Gold Coffee (806) 777-0163 Coffee - Specialty Coffees Texas Pressure Cleaning (806) 416-2733 PO Box 936 Wolfforth, TX 79382 Commercial Cleaning Service

Quilts-N-More (806) 828-3222 121 South 9th Street Slaton, TX 79364 Fabric Shops Red Raider Sports Properties (806) 744-6888 2114 Broadway, Suite 200 Lubbock, TX 79401 Sports Marketing Renew You (806) 712-7368 10905 Quaker Ave. Lubbock, TX 79424 Day Spa

School of Rock (806) 795-0506 7802 Indiana Lubbock, TX 79423 Music Instruction

Troy Faulkenberry Irrigation (806) 632-7870 1772 US Hwy 70 Floydada, TX 79235 Irrigation - Sales & Service WIN Home Inspection - Lubbock (806) 500-2236 5724 40th Street Idalou, TX Real Estate - Home Inspection

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