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Get ready to enjoy a one-of-a-kind shopping experience! MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: AMOCO FCU AND TEXAS FIRST INSURANCE

Auction Committee members showcase items that are up for auction. Pictured, from left, are Jessica Spangle, Macy Surovik, Dawn Tholcken, Georgia Meyer and Page Michel.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Thank you Matt Doyle����������������������������������������� 2 Online auction continued���������������������������������� 3 Business of the Month/ Member Spotlight� 4 Member profile������������������������������������������������������ 5 Legislative Luncheon photos���������������������������� 6 Chamber Week photos���������������������������������������� 7 Ribbon cuttings����������������������������������������������������� 8 Shop local����������������������������������������������������������������� 9 Local gift cards�����������������������������������������������������10 Board of directors������������������������������������������������11

Get ready to enjoy a one-of-akind shopping experience! This ONLINE AUCTION will be held Nov. 12-19. There will be amazing items donated by businesses throughout Texas City, La Marque and beyond. Bid on great items from the comfort of your home, and stay informed on your bidding activity in real time. You can receive alerts any time you’re outbid. There will be festive Watch Par-

ties on the closing night of Thursday, Nov. 19. A list of Watch Party locations will be posted that you can attend, or you can hold your own! “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere” Online Auction will be a cool place to shop for the holidays this year! You’ll find one-of-a-kind items, excursions, dining and travel packages — all donated by local businessSEE AUCTION » PAGE 3



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Congratulations to Mayor Matt Doyle!

39 Years in Business

We’ve been keeping WOOFs in tip top shape since 1981, and now we’re bigger than ever! This month marks our 39th year in business, and we have Galveston County to thank for that! Thank you for all of your support, business, and valuable referrals throughout the years.

You are our very own Chamber Champion! On behalf of the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, staff and members, we wish you and “First Lady” Debbie Doyle a long and enjoyable retirement.

Jeff Prouty began this business with an old blue pick-up truck and his co-pilot, Shasta (left). Today, the company has grown to more than 20 team members and a fleet of trucks! Shasta has since passed the torch and allowed our 2nd generation to step in. We’re dedicated to holding onto the values that have shown us success time and time again; honesty, integrity, and compassion. Thank you for supporting our familes, and thank you for putting your trust in us!

Wanda Ables

Realtor®/Broker Associate wmables@aol.com

Looking forward to many more years of service! - The Prouty Family

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My clients say I am their “Favorite Realtor”. Over forty-three (43) years servicing Galveston County

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es and neighbors. This auction will shine a spotlight on small businesses in the community! Thanks to our auction online sponsors: Valero, UTMB Health, Eastman, BP, City of Texas City and Dunn Heat Exchangers. Starting Thursday, Nov. 12, each day at 5 p.m. something fun and exciting will be featured on the auction platform, such as new auction items, insta-buys, videos and more! Details will be posted Nov. 10 on the chamber website at: www. tclmchamber.com/online-auction/ about how to sign on to the online platform. You will be able to sign in on any device. Stay tuned! CHAMBER MEMBERS: Please

help make this auction a smashing success by donating an item from YOUR organization. Get your business name seen by thousands and help the chamber at the same time!! Visit the chamber’s website to download the AUCTION DONATION FORM! For more information, contact Lorrie Koster at lorrie@texascity chamber.com or 409-935-1408. Some hot items to look for: • 4 days and 3 nights in Riudoso, New Mexico — donated by Russell and Karen Plackemeier • Boiled crawfish dinner for 20 people delivered to your home — donated by Pook’s Crawfish Hole • One year gym members plus personal training at World Gym — donated by Jerome Karam • Private cigar party for 12

people at El Cubano Cigar Factory — donated by Manny Lopez • On the Pontoon cruise along Dickinson Bayou with dinner at Marais for four people — donated by Sonny and Dawn Tholcken • Michael Kors purse — donated by Genevieve and Bill McGarvey • Happy Hour Mixology Party for up to 10 people: learn to be a bartender for a night — donated by Mobile Mixology • State of Texas Seal leather pistol case — donated by State Rep. Mayes Middleton There will be more awesome items, so be sure to register to bid. The link for registration will be on the Chamber Website at: www.tclmchamber.com/ onlineauction

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Air Liquide 9811 Katy Freeway Suite 100 Houston, TX 77024 713-624-8219 www.airliquide.com lucas.feldmeier@airliquide.com Representative: Luke Feldmeier, Business Development Manager Gartner Coatings 2433 Reid Blvd Pearland, TX 77581 281-997-3500 snavarro@gartnercoatings.com Representative: Sam Navarro, Vice President Special Olympics Texas 4325 Ave. R Galveston, TX 77550 409-996-3672 www.sotx.org tsifuentes@sotx.org Representative: Tina Sifuentes Watergrove Event Venue 3920 Gulf Fwy South Dickinson, TX 77539 832-861-6351 www.thewatergrove.com info@thewatergrove.com Representative: Catherine Rudolph, Venue Manager

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1130 14th Street North Texas City, TX 77590 409-419-6090 office@tellosmiles.com Courtni Tello, Dentist Tello Smiles is a general and cosmetic dental office that accommodates patients of all ages. At Tello Smiles, you will receive the highest quality dental care. The dental office uses the latest stateof-the-art equipment and cutting-edge technology, and it upholds the strictest sterilization techniques. Tello Smiles knows that many people may feel anxious about coming to the dentist, so it is their goal to make your visit with them

as pain and anxiety free as possible. The staff views it as their mission to educate patients about all of their oral health care options and to help guide them to choose a treatment plan that is most suitable and appropriate for their needs. While striving to deliver the finest quality of care to achieve the most successful and pleasing treatment outcomes are their top priorities, they also want your dental experience to be as stress-free and comfortable

as possible. Providing gentle and precise treatment, their experienced and compassionate dental team will address all of your needs and keep you well informed throughout your care. If you are looking for a dentist in Texas City, who can provide high quality and affordable dental care that will meet the needs of every member of your family, give Tello Smiles a call today at 409-419-6090.


2300 Texas Ave. Texas City, TX 77590-0889 409-948-8541| 800-231-6053 Representative: Shawn Bailey, CEO

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MEMBER PROFILE Mainland Pawn and Jewelry Shop

106 Highway 3 La Marque, TX 77568 409 935-6673 www.facebook.com/MainlandPawnandJewelry bjjewel@sbcglobal.net Representatives: Betty Holcomb, Mac Holcomb, Mike Holcomb

Protecting the property rights of Texas City-La Marque! When you’re buying or selling real estate, whether it be residential or commercial, experience matters and you certainly want experienced professionals on your side when you head to the closing table. South Land Title Company has been serving Texas City-La Marque for over 25 years. We are here to assist lenders, realtors, builders, investors and residents with every type of Real Estate transaction. When you close on your next property, go with the experts at South Land Title Company.

Tell us a little about your company’s background.

eryone on our staff licensed and investigated by the Texas OCCC.

As a family-owned and -operated business for 46 years, Mainland Pawn and Jewelry continues to serve the Gulf Coast community. Mike and Betty Holcomb opened Mainland Pawn and Jewelry in December 1974. Still going strong, we are proud to have been joined by our son, Mac. Mainland Pawn and Jewelry also has a wonderful staff of friends that are more like family than fellow workers.

Our store is like a mini mall. Besides the jewelry and firearms, we have tools, musical instruments, TVs, electronics and more.

How would you summarize what you do? We sell NEW and pre-owned jewelry, and we do custom designs, make one of a kind pieces, and we also repair jewelry. We also have one of the largest inventories of firearms in Galveston County. We are a NEW firearms dealer as well as having pre-owned firearms. More than 50 percent of our guns are NEW, direct from distributors and manufactures.

How has your business evolved over time?

Experience Matters! www.SouthLandTitle.net

409.986.5801 - 10806 32nd Ave N, Texas City, TX 77591

We make secured collateral confidential loans. We are licensed and governed by the Texas Office of Consumer Credit — the same organization that monitors Texas banks. It is no longer a law that pawn shops have to license and background check employees through the state, but Mainland Pawn and Jewelry will continue to have ev-

What are some of your proudest accomplishments? Our proudest accomplishment is the trust we have earned by treating our customers honestly and with the respect they deserve. We are now seeing the third generation of people we have come to think of as an extension of our family. Hearing someone come in and say “I’m getting married, and I wouldn’t go anywhere else but here to get my rings” or “I’m taking my grandson hunting, and I want you to help me find him a rifle. This is where my dad got my first one” makes us proud that we are still part of this community. We have seen our community of customers through Hurricanes Ike and Harvey and births, marriages and loss of loved ones. We hope to be here for many more La Marque and Texas City celebrations of good things to come — making La Marque and Texas City the best of places to live and thrive.

What are you working on now? We now have a Facebook page with pictures of our merchandise.

MEMBER PROFILE Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce members have amazing talents and stores to tell. With this series, we want to introduce you to some of our members and spotlight their businesses. If you would like to be spotlighted in our Member Profile, contact Lorrie Koster at lorrie@texascitychamber.com

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3401 Palmer Highway Suite 103 Texas City, TX 77590 409-655-5126 Yoselen Funes, store manager yoselen.funes@mobilyllc.com

Craving For A Change Foundation Inc. 2501 Palmer Hwy. #260 Texas City, TX 77590 832-297-1131 Kenshara Cravens, CEO kenshara.cravens@cravingforachange.com

RE/MAX Coastal

1001 FM 517 E. Dickinson, TX 77539 281-300-1267 www.har.com/mandiemcmillan Mandie McMillan, Owner/Realtor mandie@txrealestatechick.com

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SHOP LOCAL FOR THE HOLIDAYS The holiday shopping season is upon us! Thanksgiving brings to mind the many things we have to be thankful for, but as we move forward to Christmas, let’s all remember to thank our community through support of the many local businesses that we are blessed with. Now more than ever, we must stand together and unite as a community to keep our local economy pulsing. Texas City and La Marque are our hometowns, and I encourage you to keep your shopping at “home.” Many times, we hear the phrase, “Shop at Home,” but do you know just how important it is where your dollars are spent? Keeping your dollars in the local economy benefits not only the retailer or businessperson who takes that money in, but also it benefits you. More local sales tax revenue would result in more jobs, greater support of local businesses, lower taxes made possible by an expanded tax base, better parks, improved public safety, better streets and highways. We are proud of our local merchants and businesses, and this is a great opportunity to offer your thanks by shopping with them. Think creatively, thoughtfully and spend your dollars wisely. Give a gift to yourself and your community by remembering to “Shop Local.” It really matters!

— Jenny Senter, President, Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce

Thanks 2020 Sponsors! We appreciate you! • Sponsorships totaling more than $20,000 are recognized as Chairman’s Council • Sponsorships totaling more than $15,000 are recognized as President’s Council • Sponsorships totaling more than $8,000 are recognized as Partners Contact Jessica Spangle at jessica@texascitychamber.com for more sponsorship opportunities.

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Support local businesses this holiday season Need a gift card for the holidays or a special occasion? The Chamber has you covered! Support other local businesses by purchasing gift cards as gifts for your staff, family and friends. Chamber members, you can add your business to this gift card list! For access to LOCAL options go to: https://tclmgiftcards.com/ You can get your gift card INSTANTLY!

• Urban Gypsies • Gus’s Restaurant • Tanger Outlets • AMF Star Lanes • Grand Prize BBQ • TopGolf Webster • Whataburger • Jason’s Deli • Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen • Karat Creations • Gilhooley’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar • Queen’s Attic • TC-LM Chamber of Commerce

Galveston Women’s Conference nominates Chamber President Jenny Senter for ‘Woman of the Year’ award Jenny Senter is one of the nominees for the 2020 Galveston Women’s Conference “Woman of the Year” award. Galveston Women’s Conference will be held Thursday, Nov. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston. Bacliff | Bayou Vista | Clear Lake Shores | Dickinson | Friendswood | Hitchcock | Kemah | La Marque | League City | San Leon | Santa Fe | Texas City | Tiki Island



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2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Ron Assad Gallant Builders

Felix Herrera Awesome Auto Accessories

Sam Navarro Womble Company, Inc.

Ramiro Barba Port of Texas City

Brooke Hrach The Dow Chemical Company

Ray Nunez Taylor & Hill

Kevin Bogard Marathon Petroleum

Alan Hutchins A&A Machine & Fabrication

Kirk Broiles Scribbles Embroidery

Charles “Tink” Jackson City of La Marque

Philip Orange Team Mancuso Power Sports

Joshua Chapman Chapman Front End & Brakes

Sonny Tholcken Trey Industries

Caitlin Kim Domac, Inc.

Candice Towles Texas First Bank

Manny Lopez El Cubano Cigar Factory

Kedge Cook Cook Ford

Terrance Trevino BP Texas City Chemicals

Jim Macpherson Valero Refining

Shane Day Kodiak Metals Recycling

Chamber Vision

To be recognized as a vital resource, providing relevant, innovative and impactful programming that produces a healthy business climate and an enhanced quality of life.

Rusty Plackemeier Lyons & Plackemeier

April Jones Queens Attic Boutique

Jay Carnes Carnes Funeral Home

Chamber Mission

To serve our members and enhance economic and community development

Richard Devries Standard Steel Supply

Genevieve McGarvey Mcleod, Alexander, Powel & Apffel

Shannon Doyle South Land Title

Georgia Meyer Barzilay Karat Creations Jewelry

Gail Figueroa Amoco Federal Credit Union

Mike Meyer Ashland

Nick Finan City of Texas City

Jaimin Modi HCA Healthcare Mainland

Becky Trout Unbehagen UTMB Diana Vasquez TNMP Cathie Woitina Associated Credit Union of Texas



Chamber Express Newsletter The publication of the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce is published monthly (second Sunday of the month). Some content and photos provided as a courtesy by The Galveston County Daily News. Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce 9702 E.F. Lowry Expressway Texas City, Texas 77590 409-935-1408 www.tclmchamber.com

Editorials | Photos | Advertising Lorrie Koster, Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce 409-935-1408 lorrie@texascitychamber.com

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