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Network The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

Vol. 21 No. 9 September 2013 Harvest Luncheon pg. 6

Governor’s Small Business Forum pg. 12

Why Should You Care About Wind Energy? pg. 14


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In the news this month:

2013 Board of Directors

Fiestas Patrias Luncheon........................................ 5 Harvest Luncheon.................................................... 6 Business Mercado.................................................... 7 Ambassador of the Month...................................... 8 Governor’s Small Business Forum........................12 Why Should You Care About Wind Energy?.........14

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.


Executive Committee

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, TAO Development Group Dan Jackson, KCBD Brent King, UMC Health System 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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Calender of Events

First Down Friday First Pep Rally – September 9 Fiestas Patrias Luncheon – September 13 Harvest Luncheon – September 20 Hub City BBQ – September 26 Business Mercado – October 10 First Down Friday Pep Rally – November 8 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon – December 5

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Inaugural First Down Friday Pep Rally 9/6 Brought to you by the Chamber’s Fearless Champions Committee • 4 – 5 pm, On Ave. X, west of the Overton Hotel & Conference Center, 2322 Mac Davis Lane • Food, drinks and entertainment will be available and admission is free • We especially want to encourage our member businesses and their employees to begin celebrating early in preparation for TTU Football’s first home game against Stephen F. Austin the following day! • Mark your calendar for the next First Down Friday on November 8

September 2 • Chamber Offices Closed for Labor Day 3 • Ribbon Cutting for Art & Company 4:30 p.m. – 2811 S. Loop 289, Ste #11 • Young Professionals First Tuesday Networking - Baymont Inn 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 3901 19th St., 2nd floor, in the Recovery Room 5 • Agriculture Committee Meeting 8 a.m. - LCOC • Water Conservation Council Meeting 9:30 a.m. - LCOC • Business After Hours hosted by First Bank & Trust 5:30 p.m. Abuelo’s 4401 82nd St. 6 • Ribbon Cutting National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration 9:00 a.m. - Civic Center •Ribbon Cutting for STOP SENIOR HUNGER sponsored by Comfort Keepers and Lubbock Meals on Wheels 10:00 a.m. - 2304 34th Street • Transportation Committee Meeting 10:30 a.m. - LCOC • First Down Fridays Pep Rally 4:00 p.m. Overton Hotel 2322 Mac Davis Ln • Ribbon Cutting for CH Foundation Metals Studio 5:30 p.m. 5th & Ave. J 10 • BBQ Committee Meeting 4:00 p.m. - LEDA Board Rm - 5th Fl Wells Fargo Building • BBQ First Time Head Cooks Meeting 5:30 p.m. - LCOC • New Century Leadership Orientation 6:30 p.m. Bacon Heights Baptist Church 5510 54th St. 12 • Executive Committee Meeting Noon - LCOC 13 • Legislative Affairs Committee Meeting 9:00 a.m. - LCOC • Fiestas Patrias Luncheon 11:30 a.m. - Civic Center 17 • Cafe y Pan Dulce hosted by Essential Home Health Care 7:30 a.m. - 2501 Baylor St., #100 • Leadership Lubbock Committee Meeting 10:30 a.m. - LCOC • Ribbon Cutting for Budget Blinds 11:00 a.m. 122nd & Frankford #107 • Young Professionals Committee Meeting Noon - LCOC • Ribbon Cutting for Cornerstone Audiology 4:30 p.m. - 5738 82nd St. 18 • New Century Leadership Class Ropes Day 7:30 a.m. Spirit Ranch • Ambassador Monthly Luncheon Noon Buddy Holly Center 19th & Crickets Ave 19 • Board of Directors Meeting 10:00 a.m. - TBD • Ribbon Cutting for Captured Memories Personal Photo Organizer 4:30 p.m. - 5220 19th Street -Groves Library Community Room 20 • Harvest Luncheon 11:30 a.m. -Plains Cotton Cooperative Association 3301 East 50th 23 • TTU Vision 2020 Update 11:30 a.m. - Overton Hotel 2322 Mac Davis Ln • BBQ Head Cooks Meeting 5:30 p.m. - FUMC 1411 Broadway Ave 25 •New Century Leadership Committee Meeting 11:00 a.m. - LCOC 26 •Hub City BBQ 5 p.m. - Between Ave J & L 30 •Business Mercado Committee Meeting For a complete list of Chamber and member events, visit our calendar online at


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2013 Fiestas Patrias Luncheon featuring George P. Bush The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce will host its annual event to celebrate our cultural diversity at the Fiestas Patrias Luncheon on Friday, September 13, at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Banquet Hall, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. The serving line will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the program will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. The featured speaker will be George P. Bush. Tickets are $30 for Chamber members and $40 for prospective members. Reservations are required by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 6. Click here to register now or call the Chamber at (806) 761-7000. Thanks to FirstCare Health Plans for supporting our Community Relations Efforts

Friday, September 13, 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. • Civic Center Banquet Hall 501 Mac Davis Lane



A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE 2013 FEARLESS CHAMPIONS KICKOFF BREAKFAST! Presenting Sponsor: West Texas Accessory Depot Autograph Sponsor: Texas Tech Federal Credit Union Diamond Sponsors: TTU Office of the Provost, Sam's Club, Title One Digital Title Services, Edge Concepts, Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers Platinum Sponsors: Davis Allen Agency, New Mexico Texas Coaches, Suddenlink Communications, Dr. Kathleen Nichols, TTU Athletics, StarCare Specialty Health System, Montelongo's Mexican Restaurant, Windsor Creek Apartments, TTU Office of the Chancellor, Happy State Bank Community Relations Partner: FirstCare Health Plans

Platinum: American National Bank, Fiesta Motors of Lubbock, First United Bank, Montelongo’s Mexican Restaurant, State Farm Insurance, Texas Tech Federal Credit Union, Wells Fargo


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Harvest Lunecheon featuring Todd Staples

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The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce will host its annual event to celebrate the area harvest with a Harvest Luncheon, presented by Bayer CropScience (FiberMax) on Friday, September 20 at Plains Cotton Cooperative Association, 3301 E 50th Street. The serving line will open at 11:45 a.m., and the program will begin promptly at 12 noon. The featured speaker will be Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. Reservations are required and are $20 for Chamber members and $25 for prospective members. Reservationsarerequiredby 5 p.m.Monday,September16.Formore information or to register for the luncheon, please visit our website. This year’s luncheon was scheduled by the Lubbock Chamber Agriculture Committee in cooperation with the Fearless Champion Committee to coincide with other activities in Lubbock themed around the “Celebrate Cotton” game as the Red Raiders host Texas State on Saturday, September 21, at Jones AT&T Stadium.

Thanks to these top sponsors for this year’s Harvest Luncheon: Presenting: Bayer Crop Science Diamond: Vista Bank Platinum: Ag Texas Farm Credit Services; Capital Farm Credit; Ramar Communications, Inc., Trinity Company Thanks to FirstCare Health Plans for supporting the Chamber’s Community Relations efforts.

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The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce announces its 2013-14 Leadership Lubbock Class This year’s class includes: Emily Anderson, Caprock Home Health Services, Inc. Corporate Office; Sarah Barron, Texas Tech University Office of the President; Jennifer Byrd, Kinetico Quality Water System; Christina Chadwell, Texas Tech University System; Rachelle Collins, Studio West; Clint Cryer, PlainsCapital Bank; Andrew Curtis, Craig, Terrill, Hale & Grantham, LLP; Kim Davis, City of Lubbock; Casey Doyle, Casey Carpet One; Diana Fabing, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce; Travis Ferguson, AgTexas Farm Credit Services; Dawne Franks, StarCare Specialty Health System; Meghan Gandy, Insurance Associates Employee Benefit Co.; Eric Gossett, Lubbock Independent School District Administrative Offices; Roger Guthrie, Atmos Energy; Mark Hobgood, FirstCare Health Plans; Scott Hudgens, City of Lubbock; Brianna Ingram, Betenbough Homes; Chris James, United Supermarkets, LLC; Cayce Kaufman, Covenant Health; Brandon Kidd, City Bank; Brian Kimberly, Reese Technology Center; Peggy Klenclo, Underwood Law Firm; Sean Long, Lubbock Criminal District Attorney’s Office; Brant Lundgren, First United Bank; Randy Marroquin, Suddenlink Communications; Barbara McCann, StarCare Specialty Health System; Chuck Parr,

American National Bank; Maurice Pearl, Citibus; Ely Perea, Covenant Health; Troy Pickering, Simmons Pump; Vanessa Pope, Lubbock National Bank; Joseph Puckett, Wells Fargo; Raymond Richardson, Lubbock Christian University; Carolyn Rowley, Lubbock Economic Development Alliance; Charles Russell, Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam, LLP; Brad Nelson, Betenbough Homes; Brian Stephens, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc.; Gregory Stevens, Mosaic; Matthew Willis, Betenbough Homes; Tammi Wood, PrimeWest Mortgage Corp. Classes begin in August 2013 and run through April 2014. Leadership Lubbock is a prestigious Chamber leadership program for professionals in the Lubbock area. The purpose of Leadership Lubbock is to develop individuals of diverse backgrounds and strengths into a cohesive group of leaders committed to servant leadership and service to the community in order to positively shape the future of Lubbock. Leadership Lubbock is open to members of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, who are selected through an application process. For more information on Leadership Lubbock and other leadership programs visit

The Mercado celebrates business and culture while spotlighting Hispanic -run and -owned businesses including businesses looking to connect with the Hispanic market; it is a smaller version of the Business Expo. A sponsorship in the Business Mercado leverages branding and marketing opportunities while benefitting from business-to-business networking with more than 45 exhibitors and approximately 900 attendees. Marketing for this event includes television, radio, newspaper and printed tickets. Various sponsorship levels and trade agreements exist. For additional information, contact Diana Fabing at Tuesday, October 15 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, Banquet Hall 1501 Mac Davis Lane


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July Ambassador of the Month - Marie Evans By Keely Hamman

Evans said the Chamber as a whole, as well as the Ambassador program, is beneficial to community members. “It’s one thing to write a check, but to get involved is a different story,” she said. “(The Chamber) helps you find people you want to do business with because you trust them.” Congratulations again Marie!

Congratulations to Marie Evans on being awarded Ambassador of the Month. Evans joined the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce 10 years ago. Evans, a young entrepreneur in the educational supplies business in Sunnyvale, Calif., learned how valuable a Chamber membership can be to a local business or an individual. “It was a natural to join the Chamber when I moved to Lubbock,” Evans said. “I wanted to know what kind of businesses there were here and things to do.” Throughout the past 28 years, Evans has worked for a marketing consulting firm, Geiger. In 2005, Evans, only being an Ambassador with the Lubbock Chamber for one year, was named Ambassador of the Year. In 2006, she was named Vice-Chairman of the Ambassadors and then Chairman in 2007. Evans has worked on numerous volunteer projects with the Chamber and continues to ‘fill her plate’ with events, not only with the Chamber, but also city wide.

Pictured: Brooks Jay, Alan Henry Insurance presents Evans with Chamber of the Month plaque

Ambassador Program sponsored by

Business of the Month: NTS Communications By: Keely Hamman Congratulations to NTS Communications on being awarded September Business of the Month!! NTS Communications has been a member of the Chamber since 1982, just a few short months after their doors were opened for the first time. “As a new business we just knew the importance of being a chamber member and as we open new markets all over West Texas and Louisiana with our Fiber the first thing we do when we open a office in a new town is join the chamber. Your help as a chamber is immeasurable to us,” Kecia Nix, Director Community Relations/Advertising, said. On August 19, 30 plus years after the starting of its business, NTS has decided to move back to its home roots. “As a company with a long history in Lubbock, we felt it was our responsibility as a large employer to really get behind the effort to bring life back to downtown. We believe that there was no better first step than returning our operation to Metro Tower,” said Guy Nissenson, Chairman, President and CEO of NTS. With NTS being a long time Chamber member,



has seen the positive effects on its business. “I think being a chamber member gives you credibility in the community and with other members. We have been a chamber member for many, many years, so long in fact I can't remember not being one and I have been employed at NTS over 20 years,” Nix said. “Does it get us business? Absolutely! By networking and being involved, there are times we have been more involved than others and we can tell a difference.” Throughout the years NTS has had employees on several committees. The most recent examples include Nissenson on the newly formed Downtown revitalization committee and Nix is a committee member for Hub City BBQ. “We are donating our South parking lot to the BBQ for use and plan on more team members at NTS getting more involved as well in more Chamber committees,” Nix said. Congratulations again NTS Communications! We look forward to the many more years of Chamber interactions.

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Chamber Staff 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 Coordinator/Accounting Clerk Patsy Moffett Customer Service Representative Patricia Picon Interns Samantha Daggett Keely Hamman

2013 Fearless Champions Committee Calendar 9/6

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


Fearless Thursday (in celebration of Thursday game)


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

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Volunteer to Deliver Meals on Wheels Lubbock Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to deliver meals. If you are able to donate an hour of your time, you can make an incredible difference in the life of someone who is homebound, elderly, or disabled. A one-hour orientation is required. All of the routes are within the city limits, have between 9 and 14 stops, and average about 12 miles. It only takes about one hour to deliver a route, and you can drive as often as you are available- scheduling is flexible. If you are unable to be a volunteer, you can still help by passing along this information to your friends, family, civic club, Sunday school class, mission


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Coronado H.S. Cade McNelly Colton Kemp Marco Rodriguez Hannah Fanning Peyton Sifrit Christ the King Gabriela Benavides Lenore Hernandez Sophia Velasquez Teresa Pekowski Estacado H.S. James Christophe Melina Bustamante Michael Jones Grant Hill Frenship H.S. Seana Ramirez Jose Moreno Ethan Salisbury


group, or other organization to help us recruit new volunteers! A special opportunity available for businesses is our Corporate Volunteer Program. Local businesses are encouraged to participate by allowing employees to deliver meals during their lunch hour. This allows employers to be civic minded without excessive loss of staff time. For convenience, the required orientation may be held at your place of business. Approximately 25 businesses are currently involved in this program. If you or your group or business is interested in signing up for the best volunteer job in town, please call Barbara at 806-792-7971 and give an hour to start making a difference today.

Kingdom Preparatory Academy Andi Kitten Leahnna Estrada

Lubbock Cooper H.S. Caitlin Caminade Mikaela Keenum Chris Porcaro

New Deal H.S. Brittany McDearmon Gage Nugent Kallie Scott

Lubbock H.S. Sarah Rapier Rebecca Molina Austin Flores Kami Hogan Dilini Senadheera

M. Talkington School for Women Pauline Lota Kelly Perez

Shallowater H. S. Wesley Jackson Jaclyn Williams Tiffany Satterwhite

Monterey H.S. Tanner Cude Connor Johnson Erin Beasley Hannah McKay

Trinity H. S. Clayton Anderson Cade Savage

Lubbock Christian H.S. Paden Shelburne Renni Scarborough Tatum Lowe Mariah Paulger Madison Sanders

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Renowned economist Dr. Ray Perryman in Lubbock October 22 The Office of the Governor is hosting Small Business Forums across the state to provide Texas small business owners access to valuable information about workforce development, training grants, expanding markets and other business growth opportunities. Through regional collaboration with hundreds of community, business and educational organizations throughout Texas, the Governor’s Small Business Forums are one more reason Texas is “Wide Open for Business.” On October 22, 2013 the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce is presenting the 2013 Governor’s Small Business Forum at the Texas Tech University McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center. The Forum is designed to give small business owners essential tools to help their businesses succeed, provide jobs for Texans and strengthen the South Plains economy. Sponsored by the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, Sam’s Club and American National Bank,

registration begins at 8 a.m. with the seminar beginning at 8:30. Registration includes a luncheon with keynote speaker Dr. Perryman, Founder and President of The Perryman Group (TPG), an economic and financial analysis firm headquartered in Waco, Texas. Cited by major media as “a worldclass scholar” and “the most quoted man in Texas,” Ray Perryman is an active participant in the state, national, and world economic scenes and has been honored by the Texas Legislature for his “tireless efforts in helping to build a better Texas.” Members of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce may register for a discounted fee of $25 per person. Non-members may register for $30 per person. The registration fee includes all presentations and a luncheon. Table sponsorships are available for $300. Click here to register online or call the Chamber at (806) 761-7000. For additional information, contact Robin Raney at

Meet the Essential Home Health staff and join us in an early morning come ‘n go networking opportunity. Since 1995, the commitment to providing quality in-home care for patients with all types of need and care has been a top priority for Essential Home Health. Compassionate and highly skilled staff are ready to provide the assistance and attention expected to meet the unique needs of patients.


September 17, 2013 Essential Home Health Care 2501 Baylor Street, Suite 240 D

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2013 Hub City BBQ Reaching New Heights Is your BBQ the best in West Texas? Compete and find out at the 12th Annual Hub City BBQ Cook-off, presented by Suddenlink to be held Thursday, September 26, in downtown Lubbock. “Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, teams, and staff, the 12th Annual Hub City BBQ promises to be the largest ever,”says Cliff Hillin, Chairman of the Hub City BBQ. “With 100 teams already in place, we have already surpassed the record breaking number of teams in 2012, added 21 first-time sponsors and expanded the event by an additional city block.” ”Join us for some great BBQ and awesome entertainment as we continue the Chamber’s 100year celebration!” stated Hillin. Space is at a premium, so send in your entry form today. A map of the event, registration form and frequently asked questions are available online. The event will be open to the public from 5-8 p.m. Thursday evening with entertainment by headliner No Justice and opening by The Kyle Bennett Band presented by WesTex Document.

Tickets are available from all Select-a-Seat locations and from the Chamber office. Advanced tickets are $25 for Adults through September 24th. Tickets are $10 for children 6 – 10 and are only available from the Chamber or at the gate. This family friendly event does not charge for children 5 and under. Adult tickets are $30 at the gate. Entry gates will be located at Broadway & Ave. O., Main Street & Ave. L., and Broadway & Ave. J. New this year! Marine Corps equipment and interactive weaponry simulators will be available to the public. The Chamber is pleased to welcome 60 volunteers from the Marine Corps reserve unit, local active duty personnel and TTU to assist with event logistics. Event updates are posted on Facebook, including information on the September 6th and September 23 Head Cooks Meetings.

To inquire about teams or to get more information about the BBQ, go to, contact Robin Raney at or call (806) 761-7000. Presenting Sponsor: Suddenlink

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Diamond & Media Sponsors: Arctic Glacier, KCBD News Channel 11, Double T 104.3, West Texas Today 950, Magic 93.7, 107.7 The Eagle, 97.3 Yes! FM, Red Dirt Rebel 105.3, 98.5 Classic Country Emerald Sponsors: City of Lubbock, Griffin Wink, Plains Cotton Cooperative Association, Republic National Distributing Company, United Supermarkets, LLC Band Sponsor: WesTex Document Inc. Platinum Sponsors: Acme Electric Co., Action Printing, Atmos Energy, Bud Light, Chick-fil-A, Crown Point Health Suites, Lubbock Power & Light, Miller Lite, Scarborough Specialties, Southwest Bank, Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre, Westech Electric, X8Environmental, Inc. Gold Sponsors: American National Bank, B&J Welding Supply, Bimbo Bakeries/Mrs.Bairds, Carpet Tech, Centennial Bank, Collins Stone, Custom Electronics, Domino’s Pizza, First Bank & Trust Co., First United Bank, Hugo Reed & Associates, Prosperity Bank, Sam’s Club, Stephen Hamilton, PC Copper Sponsor: Glasheen, Valles & Inderman, LLC Silver Sponsors: Alderson Enterprises, AMA TechTel Communications, Carizma Motors, Extreme Packets, Inc., Field, Manning, Stone, Hawthorne, & Aycock, Happy State Bank, Kimbell Gin Machinery Co., Lubbock National Bank, Morrison Supply Company, Oberkampf Supply of Lubbock, Inc., Overhead Door Company of Lubbock, Inc., Raider Ranch, Sanford & Tatum Insurance Agency, South Plains Mall, Stock Building Supply, Tejas Motors, Valpak of Lubbock, Wells Fargo, West Texas Gas, Yates Flooring Center To inquire about teams or to get more information about the BBQ, go to, contact Robin Raney at robin.raney@lubbockbiz. org or call (806) 761-7009.


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Why Should You Care About Wind Energy?

Texas is a world leader in wind power, with more wind power installed than any other state and all but four other countries. As one of the fastest growing states and healthiest economies in the country, comes a challenge. Texas must continue to meet its growing demand for electricity. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) forecasts that peak demand will grow at approximately two percent per year between now and 2025, requiring almost a 50 percent increase in generation capacity by that date. Diversifying the energy mix of Texas’ electricity market is a strategic priority. Renewable wind energy, in conjunction with

energy efficiency, the next generation of cleaner coal plants, and new nuclear plants, plays a key role in that diversification. A testament to this diversification strategy is ERCOT’s aggressive commitment to modernizing its transmission infrastructure to enable the movement of significant amounts of wind power from West Texas and the Panhandle to the major population centers in the eastern and central parts of the state. Known as the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ), these transmission facilities were commissioned to harness wind energy in our region. To date, approximately $7 billion has been invested to secure almost 4,000 miles of new high-capacity transmission lines. These facilities, expected to be completed by the end of 2013, will have a major impact on expanding wind generation in the state. From a national perspective, wind power emerged as the largest single source of new electric generating capacity in the U.S., installing 42% of all new capacity in 2012 and 36.5% of all new generating capacity over the past five years. Wind energy offers a green, earth-friendly alternative to electricity generated by coal burning plants and is currently the second most cost-effective source of electricity to natural gas (Link for Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration data A major benefit to diversifying the state’s electricity production with wind generation is that it does not require precious water resources and there are no fuel costs. This allows wind energy to be more cost-effective over the long term and to help in the balance of overall pricing in the electricity market.


Texas is one of 30 conservative states standing behind renewable portfolio standards that mandate their electric utilities diversify production with renewable energy. Maintaining lowcarbon generation in the Texas electric power market will likely require the co-development and integration of both natural gas and renewable energy resources. According to a recent report from the Brattle Group prepared for the Texas Clean Energy Coalition, the pairing of wind (and solar) energy resources with natural gas can have wide-ranging system benefits. U.S. utilities are further embracing wind energy for economic reasons by locking in long-term fixed prices and reaping the benefits for their stakeholders, their customers, and their bottom line. On July 11, 2013 Xcel Energy announced that they expect to save customers about $590 million in fuel costs over the next 20 years with three new wind energy contracts through its subsidiary, Southwestern Public Service (SPS). These contracts will more than double the company’s contract wind resources that serve Texas and New Mexico. A large number of utilities nationwide have reported significant interest in the past few months by large corporate

entities wanting to directly procure significant amounts of wind energy to power their operations. Companies such as Google, Facebook and Apple are leading the way with these endeavors and more are expected to follow. Texas has developed a strong foundation in the growing renewable energy industry. According to a report by The Pew Charitable Trusts, over 55,000 Texans are employed in renewable energy sectors, and thousands more work in industries closely tied to the renewable energy industry. The expansion of wind farms into the Panhandle and South Plains will create new job opportunities in our region. Fostering of the renewable energy industry in Texas is providing tremendous economic development opportunities in the rural areas of our state. Many West Texas communities will benefit from the development of wind energy projects. Tax revenues will dramatically increase in the communities where wind farm, transmission line projects, and supporting industry are located. With individual wind farms generating an average of $40-80 million in revenue annually, rural municipalities and school systems stand to receive new tax revenues that will benefit them for many years to come. The Lone Star State has created an environment that is very conducive to the continued development of renewable energy. Other grid operators and power purchasers outside the state recognize this and have also begun tapping into these tremendous resources that are our West Texas winds. The overall outlook for wind energy remains strong!

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Ribbon Cuttings

Ribbon Cuttings sponsored by

Alvarado’s 3501 50th Street, Suite 110

Applebee’s - South Loop 4025 South Loop 289

Applebee’s - 4th & Milwaukee 6501 4th Street

Camping World 1701 South Loop 289

Centennial Bank 904 Ave O

Community Health Center of Lubbock West Medical & Dental Clinic

Covenant Health - Heart Center & Cath Lab 3514 21st Street

Essential Home Health Care 2501 Baylor Street, Suite #100

Harmon Blue 5438 41st Street

Joyland Amusement Park 4th & I-27 in Mackenzie Park

LHUCA 511 Avenue K

NTS 1220 Broadway

5424 19th Street, Suite 200


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Plains Capital Park Lowrey Field 6900 Ave P

Pure Legacy Spinal Center 7021 Kewanee Avenue, Suite 1-101

Super Geeks Lubbock Tecnology Center 5920 66th Street, Suite 5

Welcome New Chamber Members!

Please place this addition in your Chamber Business Directory & Resource Guide Airtemp Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 301 Main Street Wolfforth, TX 79382 Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Alloy Wheel Repair Specialist PO Box 65404 Lubbock, TX 79464 Auto Repair & Service Applebee’s 4th & Milwaukee 6501 4th St. Lubbock, TX 79416 Restaurant Applebee’s - South Loop 289 4025 South Loop Lubbock, TX 79423 Restaurant

Art & Company 2811 South Loop Ste. 11 Lubbock, TX 79423 Arts & Crafts Camping World RV Sales 1701 South Loop Lubbock, TX 79423 Recreational Vehicles - Sales & Services Clearview Custom Homes, LLC PO Box 64756 Lubbock, TX 79464 Home Builders Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. 5004 Frankford Ave. Ste. 500 Lubbock, TX 79424 Office Equipment

Lakeridge Nursing & Rehabilitation 4403 74th Street Lubbock, TX 79424 Retirement and/or Assisted Living Lubbock Home Rentals Lubbock, TX Real Estate Moster Law Firm, P.C. 4920 South Loop, Ste. 102 Lubbock, TX 79414 Attorneys Pure Legacy LLC 7021 Kewanee Ave., Ste. 1-101 Lubbock, TX 79424 Chiropractors 7/20/13 - 8/19/13

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


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