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A MESSAGE FROM J.J. HOLLIE

Shop, Eat, and Give Back this Holiday with Help from The Woodlands Chamber SHOP One of

our core values is dedicated to the success of others. At The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, we believe supporting local businesses are essential to making the holidays merry and bright, even in the face of the infamous pandemic. With new procedures to keep you and their employees protected and healthy. We want you to be confident that stores within our community still have your shopping list covered with excellent products, services, gift cards, and more from secret Santas to significant others. Visit WoodlandsChamber.org/list and search keywords like “gifts,” “spa,” or “jewelry,” and you’ll be well on your way to checking off your holiday shopping list while supporting local retailers that strengthen our community.

This holiday season and throughout the new year, I encourage you to safely get involved with The Chamber’s C.A.R.E.S. Committee. Chamber C.A.R.E.S. is open to all members and is tasked with new projects every month, allowing businesses, their employees, and individuals to help make a difference in our community. Projects vary from volunteering to soliciting donations and raising awareness. The Committee has teamed up with Interfaith of The Woodlands for their annual coat drive. Submission for this charitable activity ends on December 31st.

EAT The Woodlands area offers a

multitude of restaurants and fine dining options, all equipped to promote your safety. If you’re ready to try something new, then you don’t want to miss the 2021 Taste of the Town – Restaurant Month starting January 4th through 31st. This event is a long-standing community favorite, featuring more than 40 restaurants, bakeries, breweries, caterers, and more, all offering “tastes” from their menu to compete in the Best of Taste Competition. Learn more about this year’s participating vendors, along with what they are doing to make this a safe event, on page 11; purchase tickets at TasteOfTheTown.org.

On behalf of The Woodlands Area Chamber Board of Directors and staff, I wish you and your families a joyful holiday season and a new year full of comfort and prosperity. I want to thank all of our members for making 2020 a successful and memorable year despite its obstacles. We are thrilled to work with you in 2021 to promote The Woodlands area as a flourishing place for business.

GIVE BACK Another core focus

of The Chamber is supporting charitable causes. Given the generous spirit woven into our community culture, we believe charity to be integral to our community’s success.

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J.J. Hollie President & CEO


BE THE PATHWAY TO OPPORTUNITY... The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce is the largest business association in Greater Houston representing nearly 1,500 employers.

The Woodlands Area Chamber Provides Access To: Unparalleled business development Leadership opportunities

Get Connected Throughout the year, The Woodlands

Professional development and mentoring Business advocacy Strategic community partnerships A network of elite business leaders

Area Chamber offers events and programs focused on business advocacy, networking opportunities, professional development and giving back. Visit our online calendar at woodlandschamber.org/calendar.

More than 500 events, committee meetings and seminars every year offering networking and business development opportunities Nationally recognized industry experts, speakers and thought leaders

Not a Chamber member?

Reach out to a member of our sales team to discuss the best ways to maximize your benefits. Contact Royce Brooks, director of sales, royce.brooks@woodlandschamber.org, or Kelly Fuller, sales associate, kelly.fuller@woodlandschamber.org, and get involved today.

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Restaurant Month

JANUARY 4 – 31, 2021

TASTE “AROUND” THE TOWN Taste of the Town 2021 Restaurant Month will allow guests to Taste AROUND the Town! Use your ticket to access delicious “tastes” at 30+ of the area’s most acclaimed restaurants. Help support the community and the local restaurant industry while sampling mouthwatering cuisine ranging from Italian, Mexican, BBQ, and seafood. You may just discover your new favorite spot!

Sponsorship Opportunities IRON CHEF | $15,000 | 150 Tickets VALET | $3,000 | 50 Tickets

• Company logo on tickets & underwriter placement • Regional press release highlighting event sponsorship on Chamber Social Media, event website, • Publicity press releases and marketing materials to sponsor 4 restaurants (one per week). • Ability Chamber staff will work with you on the perfect way

to market your business at each restaurant chosen Signage at all participating restaurants & at the “Best of Taste” VIP Party Predominantly positioned company logo on event website and other marketing materials Invitation for (6) to “Best of Taste” VIP Party Company Logo included on window display in Market Street that will be featured during the month of December and January

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EXECUTIVE CHEF | $5,000 | 100 Tickets on Chamber Social Media, event website, • Publicity press releases and marketing materials to sponsor 2 restaurants during the month. • Ability Chamber staff will work with you on the perfect way

to market your business at each restaurant chosen Signage at all participating restaurants & at the “Best of Taste” VIP Party Invitation for (4) to “Best of Taste” VIP Party Company Logo included on window display in Market Street that will be featured during the month of December and January Opportunity to be on Lone Star Community Radio Conroe Culture News 104.5FM

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Restaurant Participation: $250

(Based on Valet being available per COVID-19 Protocol)

at valet stand and ability to have valet’s put • Signage a marketing item in vehicles on Chamber Social Media, event website, • Publicity press releases and marketing materials • Invitation for (2) to “Best of Taste” VIP Party

“BEST OF TASTE”VIP PARTY | $3,000 | 10 Tickets

• Signage at “Best of Taste” VIP Party on Chamber Social Media, event website, • Publicity press releases and marketing materials • Invitation for (10) to the “Best of Taste” VIP Party GOURMET CHEF | $2,500 | 30 Tickets on Chamber Social Media, event website, • Publicity press releases and marketing materials • Signage at all restaurants • Invitation for (2) to the “Best of Taste” VIP Party FRIENDS OF TASTE | $600 | 10 Tickets social media videos at your business • Customized promoting TOTT Restaurant Month • Invitation for (2) to the “Best of Taste” VIP Party Individual Tickets: $25 Purchase tickets by visiting

tasteofthetown.org


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F E AT U R E

CREATING YOUR 2021 MARKETING

STRATEGY By: Chazzette Adams, Director of Marketing & Communications at The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 has drastically affected the way we do business and the way businesses reach their audiences. One thing we do know is that the pandemic did not affect the digital space, if anything it enhanced its relevance within the marketing arena. Thus, it is only fitting that one of the major projections for marketing and advertising in 2021 is to ensure that your business is online. We hope that these tips would assist with starting or amplifying your digital presence in 2021.

Your digital strategy has to be S.M.A.R.T When creating your digital marketing blueprint, it is vital to ensure that your strategy is S.M.A.R.T. The acronym stands for: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely. I believe that it is important to first ask yourself the following questions: SPECIFIC: Will my content create opportunities or solve the problem of visibility and customer retention?

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MEASURABLE: How do I intend on measuring and understanding the data received from my digital plan. n ACHIEVABLE: Am I able to execute this master plan or would I need help? Is this out of my scope and will the chosen digital platforms or ideas help my business? n RELEVANT: Is this information relevant to my audience? Will it help me achieve visibility and client retention? n TIMELY: Is my content fitting to my business’ values and objectives, the time of year or current and future projected global conversations. n

You can’t be digital if you’re not online! One of the first and easiest places to start would be to create a Facebook and Instagram account for your business. Afterall, you’re probably already on there. However, it is extremely important to ensure that your website has an online office or digital store i.e. a website. Your website is the window to your business. It is one of the first places that an interested customer would go once you’ve captured their attention on any social platform. A website also shows credibility to some extent as many people begin to question your business’ trustworthiness if they can’t find any information about it.

Are you socially present? Your business can exist online but is it socially present? Are you posting enough? Is your content engaging? Is it relevant? It is important to do an audit of your social strategy and previous posts before creating your plan for 2021. Look back at what you’ve done, research what others have done and analyze what your audience is interested in. Go above and beyond. However, remember to always ensure that your content is both educating and entertaining. Persons online do not like “salesy”.

Google me! It is one thing having a website and social presence but are you easy to find on Google? Some quick and simple things you can do to improve your Google presence are: A. Create and post regularly to your “Google My Business” account. B. Find out easy tips on how you can optimize your website. Start with googling “How to search engine optimize my website?”


MARKETING STRATEGY CONTINUED… C. Ensure your website has vital content and verbiage that is relatable to what your audience is searching for. Persons may not know what “Photobiomodulation” is, but they might be searching for a therapy that can restore cells. Verbiage is important.

Video marketing is the KING of the content jungle. These days with the quality and build of smart phones you can quickly create an engaging video. If you haven’t been doing that, well now is the time. Implement videos and other interactive forms of marketing: ensure that they are both educational and entertaining. Remember, digital users do not like salesy. If you’re not video savvy, we recommend employing the services of a professional who would more than likely be able to provide you with a plan to keep “King Video” around on your social platforms.

Your employees are your mouthpiece. Utilize the help of your employees to maximize your business’ reach. We’re not asking them to make every single one of their posts about your business, however, encourage them to find creative (not salesy) ways to talk about what’s going on at work. It could be them talking

about their achievements, or a fun video that they share with their audience relatable to your business. Your employees can become your own personal Influencers.

A dollar a day will go a long way. Social Advertising is among some of the cheapest forms of advertising. Depending on your geographic location a budget of $155 per month can help you reach your existing followers plus many more. If you do anything in 2021, speak to a digital marketer on the best ways to utilize your advertising budget with ads. Don’t expect a miracle over-night. The goal is consistency. Platforms such as Facebook have to learn more about your target audience in order to ensure they’re reaching the right persons. So, give it some time, before you know it, you’ll see your engagement growing and your interests flowing.

These tips can help you get on the pathway to remaining top-of-mind with your existing and new clients in 2021. The internet is an extremely noisy place but that should never deter you from joining in the conversation.

We Provide the Bag... BE ONE OF THE FIRST BUSINESSES TO WELCOME NEW MEMBERS TO THE WOODLANDS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. By taking advantage of this opportunity, your company “swag” can be a part of our New Member’s warm welcome into our business community.

You Provide the Swag!

We average 25+ New Members per month, many who are opening new businesses in the area. A new business needs support from existing businesses like yours. Whether they need office space, office supplies, meeting rooms, legal help, furniture, IT support, HVAC, landscaping, cleaning services or more, you can be the first business they call. This opportunity is open to all Chamber members for a yearly fee. Product placement in our New Member Welcome Bags will be limited to 25 sponsors (2 per industry). Contact Royce.Brooks@WoodlandsChamber.org to become a sponsor today. DECEMBER 2020

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Q&A

with theChairman

Q:How did you become involved in the Chamber of Commerce? A:In 1998, I began working in Community Relations at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital as a Marketing Representative. One of my first responsibilities was to represent the Hospital and become more involved with The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce. Coincidently, Steve Sanders was my CEO and also the Chairman of the Board of The Woodlands Area Chamber. Steve challenged me to become involved and supported every committee and team I was involved in at the Chamber. Fast forward 22 years, and Hospital leadership continues to support my time and energy given to The Chamber. I am so very grateful for this support, as it has become a personal and professional passion of mine to be involved in the local community in this way.

Q:Why is The Woodlands Area Chamber an important piece of the community? A:Working at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, we have always seen value in The Woodlands Area

Chamber as a community partner and a link to area businesses and organizations. The patients we serve, are the ones that live and work in this rapidly growing community, and the Chamber is an effective avenue for community involvement.

Q:What are The Chamber Board of Directors’ general responsibilities? A:The Board of Directors is responsible for establishing procedures and formulating the policies of the Chamber. Other

responsibilities of the Board include reviewing financial planning for the future of The Chamber and reviewing the by-laws and strategies of our organization. As a member of the Board, we are charged with staying active and being on the very pulse of our community’s needs, goals and changing preferences for how they want to communicate and do business with one another.

Q:When did you become Vice President of Government Affairs for the Chamber board, and what did that role entail? A:I was selected as Vice President of Government Affairs in 2018 and continued in this role in 2019. Before that, I served as the lead for the Business Advocacy Council (BAC) and the Transportation Education Council (TEC). The Chamber prides itself for its role of advocating for our business community, and I was honored to serve in this capacity. I recently resigned as a Precinct Chair after serving in that role for 10 years. I have a passion for government, politics and policy – to be so involved in all these committees and promoting advocacy was a perfect match.

Q:How did your time as board of directors Vice Chairman prepare you for the role of Chairman, and what are some of the distinct duties between those two positions? A:As Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, I was fortunate to work under Chairman Jeff Garrett. Jeff and JJ included me in

most of the major decisions being made during Jeff’s term; this included financials, leasing agreements, by-laws changes etc. Knowing how instrumental that was for me, before assuming my new role, I now include Julie Ambler, our Chair Elect, to be by my side whenever possible.

Q:What are your goals for The Chamber as its new chairman? A:I am particularly challenged at this time with keeping our team connected during the COVID-19 pandemic, when social

distancing is the norm. My main goal is to keep our Chamber members and Board members engaged and not feeling as if they are in it alone. The Chamber is a resource and we are here for one another…always. Another key goal is keeping our Chamber financially stable during this time of business uncertainly and closures. I must admit that we have been pleasantly surprised with the number of new members and renewals – that says a lot about the value that we provide. I would like to give a special shout-out to the outstanding Chamber staff that have worked tirelessly as a team to continue to engage our current members, while also identifying and recruiting new business membership.

Q:How would you describe The Woodlands Business Community? A:We have always had a dynamic and growing business community that continues to attract businesses from out of state and even from out of the country. In my role at Memorial Hermann and with The Woodlands Area Chamber, I have worked closely with the Economic Development Partnership (EDP) and seen firsthand what all our community does to engage new employers to relocate their companies here. Recently, “Chief Executive Magazine” came out with their best and worst states for doing business in 2019. Texas remains at #1 for the best state to do business! The Woodlands follows suit with making it easy and worthwhile for businesses to move to our community and our Chamber provides networking opportunities and tools to help businesses achieve success. 8


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with theChairman CONTINUED...

Q:How has The Woodlands

changed since you began working in the area?

A:I moved to The Woodlands in 1992

RESTAURANT

Spotlight

In an effort to assist our local restaurants we will be featuring two restaurants per month. These will be come-and-go events where you will be able to dine or enjoy happy hour with other members and chamber staff. Prior to attending,

For details contact Cyndi Alvarado, VP of Membership at please check restaurant guidelines and reservation requirements. cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org.

OCTOBER SPOTS:

Enjoyed lunch at Casa Medina Mexican Restaurant

and began working at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital in 1997. Even though our population has grown to almost 120,000, I still truly feel we have been able to retain that “small-town” feel. Who doesn’t run into someone at the grocery store or a restaurant every time they go out? Neighbors, friends and business colleagues know our successes and challenges; we help one another and celebrate together. The Woodlands motto – Work, Live, Play – is alive and well. When my mother would come visit The Woodlands from her home in New Jersey, she would always say “I am coming to Disney World”. She was so right!

Q:What new changes or challenges

do you anticipate could affect the business community over the coming years as a result of COVID-19?

A:Right now it’s seeing how technology

can be embraced, companies have turned to platforms like Zoom for virtual meetings or events, and restaurants and casual dining have been able to steer people to use their apps to order food. Neither of these would have taken off the way they have without the COVID-19 pandemic. People working from home more, drove the desire to expand upon home office capabilities, virtual care services, and services that come directly to your home. It’s changed consumer behaviors and businesses always have to be fluid to change. Another challenge right now, is to get people back into a place of business. People need to feel safe again with appropriate social distancing and cleanliness, and sometimes that can be perception and reputation. We’re all trying to determine and share best practices, as we attempt to identify a successful, “new normal”.

Happy Hour at Avenida Brazil Churrascaria Steakhouse

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PROFILE OF SUCCESS

Understandable Solutions

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he mission of Understandable Solutions ~ Business Coaching & Consulting is simple and straightforward: Our purpose is to enhance our client’s value by providing exceptional consultation and coaching that deliver results. After nearly thirty years in the corporate environment working in various administrative positions, including operations and finance, Founder and CEO, Jeff Newkirk, decided to strike out on his own. Jeff knew he could make a positive impact on more businesses and more people by serving others on his own terms. As a previous finance administrator, Jeff knows that financial performance is critical to a sustainable business. Some situations can be difficult and complex, while others may be less challenging. In May 2020, Jeff published his first book, “Understandable Solutions, Confessions of a Forensic Financialist.” The goal of the book was to provide a simple to use methodology to address challenging business issues, which he defined as the REARview Mirror Approach. As a result, the REARview Mirror has been used in business, as well as in personal life situations. The acronym R.E.A.R. makes it simple. Review. Examine. Adjust. Revise. Four cyclical steps necessary to plan for improved future outcomes. One client said it best, “I love Jeff’s approach to seeing our business, our road ahead and how to use the metrics of my business to steer it.” Another client commented, “I have found Jeff’s principles and approach to business completely applicable to my practice.” Owning and/or managing a

business can sometimes be challenging. Applying simplistic methodology to difficult situations can lead to favorable resolution. Jeff learned this best from his favorite mentor, his father. “He taught me the importance of communication and making certain others understand what you are trying to convey, no matter how complicated.” As a follow up to his first book, Jeff launched his podcast, “The Forensic Financialist” in 2020, where he discusses business issues and interviews leaders in business consulting and coaching. Taking his podcast beyond the discussion of business, Jeff also talks with inspiring individuals, giving them a platform to share their message. Jeff is an advocate for helping others “learn to fish.” He will go above and beyond to help you exceed your own goals and objectives. Jeff’s organizational acuity, his steadfast nature and desire to help others make him a worthy partner for you and your business. He believes that there is no problem that can’t be addressed if one has the courage and desire to do so! Being new to The Woodlands community, Jeff is doing his best to introduce his business and meet as many people as possible (during a pandemic). Jeff and his wife, Dian, have three grown children, Payton, Emma, and Mary who are all in college. They are members of St. Anthony of Padua, and Jeff is an active member of The Woodlands Chamber, Kiwanis, Business Network International, Networking In Action, and Reveille.

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PA R T N E R S P R O G R A M

SCI://TECH Virtual Volunteers Needed! 2-day Retreat

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ducation for Tomorrow Alliance (EfTA) is signing up individuals and teams of volunteers for the 31st Annual SCI://TECH Exposition. SCI:// TECH is a partnership between EfTA, Conroe ISD, and private schools that offers 13 science, technology, engineering, and math competitions and events to nearly 5,000 local K-12 students each January and February. SCI://TECH activities engage hundreds of volunteers from the business community in support of education. The greatest need is for volunteers to serve as virtual science fair judges January 15-22 for the Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. Senior High Science Fair, the Entergy Junior High Science Fair, or both. All judging for 2021 will take place online. Registered volunteers will login to review a list of junior or senior high student videos in their chosen category. Judges will have about a week to submit their final scores and rankings from their own computer. No experience is needed, and training will be provided. To learn more or to register as a volunteer, visit efta-us.org/scitech. It is a great opportunity to interact with and show support for local students while helping to cultivate a prepared future workforce. Learn more at efta-us.org, or contact Monica Bomkamp Enia at menia@efta-us.org. EDUCATION FOR TOMORROW ALLIANCE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating education and community partnerships that advance student success. With innovative programs focused on career, leadership, and STEM preparation, EfTA is the portal through which business leaders can access and strengthen local education.

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ADVERTORIAL

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his may not be the usual type of article you see in Business Today, but I would like to share what Lone Star College experienced this past year in 2020 as we look forward 2021. I think we can all say that 2020 brought more changes and challenges than any of us expected. We went from shaking hands and holding conversations to social distancing, virtual conference meetings, and masked expressions where wrinkles next to your eyes mean a smile. We turned kitchen tables into office spaces. Many of us have returned to work and school in some fashion, but we still have many socially distanced days ahead. With over 88,000 students this fall, Lone Star College transitioned from 70% face-to-face classes to offering 8,000+ online class sections in 128 different subjects to include hybrid sections of truck driving! LSC campus

leadership alongside our chancellor provided financial and emotional support to expand online learning and made 6,000 laptops available to students to help bridge the digital divide. Our faculty worked tirelessly to make changes to curriculum and expanded online learning for our students. LSC was also able to provide food and other supplies to students who were not able to obtain these necessities while expanding our network of community-based nonprofits. I am proud of what the Lone Star College System Board of Trustees, the chancellor and all of us who have the joy of working here have accomplished. We are dedicated to supporting students to achieve their goals and finish their education. When you look at Lone Star College, I hope you look at a college that is here for our community. Lone Star College is strong and our doors are open. Linda Leto Head Senior Associate Vice Chancellor Office of External and Employer Relations Lone Star College

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NETWORKING BREAKFAST

MEET THE NEW MEMBERS

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

CHAMBER CONNECTIONS

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CHAMBER CONNECTIONS PARTY AT THE POLLS

SEMINARS/WEBINARS The Chamber believes in the growth and development of businesses. Through the Chamber’s Seminar Team, the Chamber offers and endorses the opportunity for members to present value added seminars/webinars to the business community. These presentations are a part of the Chamber’s commitment to provide continuing education and training on various topics that effect business growth and sustainability. They also increase member visibility and provide additional networking opportunities among business affiliates. The seminar topics are focused on current event and issues being faced by companies and offer practical take-a-ways that can easily be implemented into daily operations. The seminars must be educational in content and cannot be used as a means to promote your business services or products. Interested members must complete a short online application, sign our Seminar/Webinar Guidelines, and attach a copy of the presentation for review by the Chamber Seminar Team. Questions should be directed to Cyndi Alvarado, VP of Membership, at Cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org.

Some Great conversations we’ve enjoyed on the podcast: Jennifer Carattini – Wright Executive Director The Woodlands Art Council

Jeff Jones President and General Manager The Woodlands Township

Jace Houston General Manager San Jacinto River Authority

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CHAMBER EVENTS

DECEMBER 2020

woodlandschamber.org/calendar

FRI, DEC 4 11AM-2PM

TUE, DEC 8 5:30-7:30PM

Restaurant Spotlight – Lunch

Business After Hours

Another Broken Egg Café 19075 Interstate 45 S., Suite 102 Shenandoah, TX 77385

Topgolf Spring 560 Spring Park Center Blvd. Spring, TX 77373

Check Restaurant for Guidelines & Reservations

Advanced Reservations Required

TUE, DEC 15 8:30AM-9:30AM WED, DEC 16 7:01AM Discovery Day

Networking Breakfast

Lakeshore Board Room 9320 Lakeside Blvd., Suite 200 The Woodlands, TX 77381

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr., Suite 305 The Woodlands, TX 77380

Advanced Reservations Required

$12/Members – Advanced Reservations Required

THU, DEC 17 4PM-6PM

THU, DEC 17 5:30-7:30PM

Restaurant Spotlight – Happy Hour

Young Professionals Network Christmas Event

Peli Peli 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr., Suite 304 The Woodlands, TX 77380

TBD

Check Restaurant for Guidelines & Reservations

DEC 24, 25 & 31 Chamber Offices Closed

CHAMBER TEAM MEETINGS Open to all members. Contact staff member to confirm meeting location.

DEC 2 DEC 10 DEC 18

11:30am CHAMBER C.A.R.E.S. COMMITTEE 11:30am YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORK 8:00am BUSINESS ADVOCACY COUNCIL woodlandschamber.org/teams

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CHAMBER EVENTS

JANUARY 2020

woodlandschamber.org/calendar

JAN 1

MON, JAN 4 - SUN, JAN 31

Chamber Offices Closed

Taste of The Town Restaurant Month

TUE, JAN 12

THU, JAN 14

Business After Hours

Young Professionals Network

TBD

TBD

Advanced Reservations Required

Advanced Reservations Required

TUE, JAN 15 11AM-2PM

WED, JAN 20 7:01AM

Restaurant Spotlight – Lunch

Networking Breakfast

Nona’s Italian Grill 3091 College Park Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77384

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr., Suite 305 The Woodlands, TX 77380

Check Restaurant for Guidelines & Reservations

$12/Members – Advanced Reservations Required

TUE, JAN 26 5:30-7:30PM

THU, JAN 28 4PM-6PM

Meet The New Members

Restaurant Spotlight – Happy Hour

TBD

Kirby’s Steakhouse 1111 Timberloch Place The Woodlands, TX 77380

Advanced Reservations Required

Check Restaurant for Guidelines & Reservations

CHAMBER TEAM MEETINGS Open to all members. Contact staff member to confirm meeting location.

JAN 6 JAN 15 JAN 18 JAN 27

11:30am CHAMBER C.A.R.E.S. COMMITTEE 8:00am BUSINESS ADVOCACY COUNCIL 9:00am ECONOMIC OUTLOOK CONFERENCE 1:00pm DIVERSITY & INCLUSION COUNCIL woodlandschamber.org/teams

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NEW MEMBERS

OCTOBER

EXECUTIVE WILDCAT PPE Mr. John Fleming (936) 273-4880 wildcatppe.com 301 S. Trade Center Pkwy Conroe, TX 77385 When America’s industries sounded the alarm, we answered the call. Every step of the way, we’ve spared no detail to ensure our PPE meets the most rigorous quality and safety standards. Our medical professionals deserve the best, and we’re honored to deliver on that promise. Our Class I and II PPE gowns are 100% material sourced and manufactured locally in our FDA Registered facility. Sponsored by Ashley Byers; The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership

PREMIER THE WOODHOUSE DAY SPA THE WOODLANDS Ms. Suzanne Grove (832) 920-5371 thewoodlands.woodhousespas.com/services 9595 Six Pines Dr., Suite 1270 The Woodlands, TX 77380 Our team of dedicated professionals possesses a genuine desire for your overall well-being & will make your experience the ultimate retreat. Choose from over 70 rejuvenating spa treatments from our famous nurturing facials, to invigorating body treatments in our Vichy shower. Succumb to our Swedish, deep tissue, or our 90 minute Himalayan hot stone massage, and relax with an expert mani-pedi.

PROFESSIONAL CENTRIC INFRASTRUCTURE GROUP Ms. Carol Hawkins (281) 252-6700 centric-tx.com 61 Carlton Woods Dr., Suite 100 Spring, TX 77382 Privately-held growth entity focused on bringing critical infrastructure to developing markets across Texas. Focused on rapidly expanding the availability of safe, reliable, and affordable natural gas and fiber optic telecommunication services to residential and commercial customers. We have a 27-year history of generating value to builders, developers, and consumers by entering new markets. Sponsored by Danny Schroder; PlainsCapital Bank

FIELDING’S WOOD GRILL Mr. Cary Attar (832) 616-3275 fieldingswoodgrill.com 1699 Research Forest Dr., Suite 130 The Woodlands, TX 77380 All natural craft restaurant featuring craft burgers, house made buns, house churned terrific shakes, an extensive offering of small batch craft beers and a full bar. Our space uses many re-purposed materials and is very cool! On weekends, we serve an amazing breakfast starting at 9:00 a.m. Brunch items are served until 3:00 p.m. but we offer our lunch menu starting at 11:00 a.m. every day. Sponsored by Rip Reynolds; JLL

FIELDING’S LOCAL KITCHEN & BAR Mr. Cary Attar (281) 351-2225 Fieldingslocal.com 26400 Kuykendahl Road The Woodlands, TX 77375 Fielding’s Local Kitchen + Bar is our casual, upscale neighborhood restaurant in Creekside Park Village Green. Enjoy our dry-aged steaks, handmade artisan pasta, house-cured charcuterie, open flame pizza, and re-invented desserts. The Watering Hole Bar awaits you to sip over 20 draft and bottled craft beers, hand-crafted cocktails, a 250+ wine bottle collection and over 200 spirits. Sponsored by Rip Reynolds; JLL

FIELDING’S CATERING & EVENTS Mr. Cary Attar (281) 364-6699 fieldings.com/catering 4223 Research Forest Dr., Suite 100 The Woodlands, TX 77381 Share your Fielding’s favorites with your family, colleagues and friends at your home, office or location. Whether you’re planning for a quick lunch, cocktail party, brunch or elegant dinner, our culinary team will help you make it special. Fielding’s Catering & Events offers everything from full service to pick-up catering for all kinds of needs. Sponsored by Rip Reynolds; JLL

KELSEY-SEYBOLD CLINIC - CONROE FAMILY MEDICINE Ms. Jacqueline Preston (713) 442-6661 kelsey-seybold.com/conroe 690 South Loop 336 West, Suite 222 Conroe, TX 77304 Now open and caring for patients in the Conroe – Willis area. ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS and more than 50 HEALTH PLANS, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and United Healthcare. Also accepting two Medicare Advantage plans, KelseyCare Advantage and WellCare TexanPlus.

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NEW MEMBERS

THE REPUBLIC GRILLE - SPRING Mr. Terry McBurney (281) 719-2001 therepublicgrille.com 3486 Discovery Creek Spring, TX 77386 The Republic Grille offers a blend of Texas and Southern cuisine residents of The Woodlands and visitors alike have come to appreciate. Set in an eclectic Hill Country atmosphere, enjoy lunch and dinner seven days a week. Full service dining is available inside or on our spacious outdoor patio and includes a select list of craft beers, wines and a full bar.

THE REPUBLIC GRILLE - WEST WOODLANDS Mr. Terry McBurney (281) 789-7119 therepublicgrille.com 30340 FM 2978, Suite 800 Magnolia, TX 77354 The Republic Grille offers a blend of Texas and Southern cuisine residents of The Woodlands and visitors alike have come to appreciate. Set in an eclectic Hill Country atmosphere, enjoy lunch and dinner seven days a week. Full service dining is available inside or on our spacious outdoor patio and includes a select list of craft beers, wines and a full bar.

COMMUNITY ALIGNHR TEXAS, LLC Mr. Jack Gilmore (281) 703-4030 alignhumanresources.com/ 2001 Timberloch Place, Suite 500 The Woodlands, TX 77380 AlignHR Texas was founded on the desire to take Human Resources to a new level. After many years of success in the human resources industry, we believe that Managed HR Services enables us to provide our clients with more than traditional HR practices can offer. Experience what AlignHR Texas can do for you. Sponsored by Jeff Newkirk; Understandable Solutions - Business Coaching & Consulting

WELLS FARGO ADVISORS Mr. William Finnegan (281) 367-9127 wellsfargoadvisors.com 1330 Lake Robbins Dr., Suite 200 The Woodlands, Tx 77380 Wells Fargo Advisors is one of the nation’s premier financial services firms with more than 15,000 Financial Advisors in locations throughout the U.S. providing financial solutions for all aspects of your life. As the investment business for Wells Fargo & Company, we carry on their reputation for strength, integrity, and client satisfaction, always focusing on service and our clients’ needs.

BUSINESS GULF COAST REGIONAL BLOOD CENTER -THE WOODLANDS NEIGHBORHOOD DONOR CENTER Ms. Shannon Reid (936) 321-8440 giveblood.org 3091 College Park Dr., Suite 130 The Woodlands, TX 77384 Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that partners with the community to help save an sustain lives by providing a safe supply of blood, bio-therapies and related services.

ACTEXAS COOLING & HEATING Ms. Mandy White (281) 355-1500 actexas.us 25700 I 45 North, Suite 4031 The Woodlands, TX 77386 With over 25 years in the heating and cooling industry, we have become experts on installing, repairing and replacing furnace and AC equipment for residential and commercial customers. You can trust the experienced HVAC experts of AC Texas...your comfort is our #1 priority!

ANY LAB TEST NOW Mr. George Partida (832) 813-8141 anylabtestnow.com 19073 I-45 South, Suite 110 Shenandoah, TX 77385 Any Lab Test Now® provides direct access to clinical, DNA, and drug and alcohol lab testing services, as well as phlebotomy and other specimen collection services, through our retail storefront business model. Just like any other retail business, our customers walk in, choose the lab tests they want and get tested.

AVAIL MARKETING Ms. Amanda Wood (281) 414-5228 availmarketing.guru Serving The Woodlands Area We are a full-fledged strategic marketing firm, specializing in comprehensive communication strategies. For simplicity, our services can be summarized into 3 sectors: Social, Promotional & Editorial. The AVAIL philosophy is that every person and every business has a story. Those who carefully craft that story into branded messages are the ones who will be successful in business.

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OCTOBER

CLAUDIA VAN HARN - THE KINK TEAM, KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY Ms. Claudia VanHarn (281) 364-4828 thekinkteam.com 2201 Lake Woodlands Drive The Woodlands, TX 77380 Claudia has owned businesses in various industries from food to fashion. She received her Real Estate license in 2014 and enjoys working with both commercial and residential clients. She teamed up with The Kink Team real estate services in 2020 and enjoys working with multi-national clients utilizing her strong customer service and negotiation skills learned over the years.

ESSICS HEALTHY VENDING Mr. Tracy Davis (936) 445-8757 essicshealthyvending.com Serving The Woodlands Area Are your employees tired of junk food-only vending machines at work? Do you want to offer them healthy, natural or low-calorie food and beverage options? We bring a healthy vending option to businesses and facilities. We can place our healthy vending machine next to traditional snack and drink machines or we can replace the junk food machines with our healthier option, with no cost or commitment.

HAJ MEDIA, INC. Mr. George Haj (713) 309-6604 hajmedia.com Serving The Woodlands & Surrounding Area As a firm focusing on crisis communications, media relations and both digital/traditional marketing strategy, our expertise comes into play for all business types and sizes. From boutique to global legal firms, corporations, foundations, health systems, media outlets and nonprofits, the Haj Media Team is here to help.

ISCHOOL HIGH Ms. Kerry Sangster (936) 231-8594 ischool-thewoodlands.responsiveed.com 3232 College Park Drive University Center The Woodlands, TX 77381 iSchool High® is a tuition-free public charter school designed to provide diverse opportunities and challenges. Our mission is to provide hope for students through an innovative, character-based, personalized learning environment where they are academically successful and develop into lifelong learners. iSchool School is a campus of Responsive Education Solutions®

KICKIN’ EVENTS & PROMOTIONS Ms. Kristin Blanchard (713) 478-4690 Serving The Woodlands and Surrounding Areas Let Kickin’ Events & Promotions take your business to the next level! Real Media - Real Solutions. We are here to help. Sponsored by Nicole Preston; Community Impact Newspaper

LANDPOINT Ms. Dena Caldwell (832) 952-0311 landpoint.net 525 Sawdust Rd., Suite 200 The Woodlands, TX 77380 Landpoint is an award-winning firm of registered land surveyors, engineers, and environmental consultants providing nation-wide coverage for projects of all sizes. Landpoint is a leader in the industry with a large client base and an always expanding operations area. We have more than 225 employees in a network of offices throughout the United States. Our headquarters is located in Bossier City.

MADISON PROFESSIONAL GROUP (MPG) Ms. Kimberley Gassmann (281) 236-9101 madisonprofessionalgroup.com 2002 Timberloch Place Spring, TX 77381 We Connect Financial Advisors with Outstanding Firms. Take the Next Steps to Achieve Your Best Business Life.

MERCEDES-BENZ OF THE WOODLANDS Mr. Fred Gallucci (936) 224-7733 mbotw.com 16917 Interstate 45 South The Woodlands, TX 77385 From our dedicated and expert staff, to our wide-ranging inventory and organized, user-friendly website, you’ll discover the Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands difference the moment your walk through our doors. Our goal is to make you feel at home here at Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands, and to make you as comfortable as possible when committing to such a large purchase like buying a car. Sponsored by Rip Reynolds; JLL

NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT CENTER OF HOUSTON, INC. Dr. Baruch Williams (281) 907-8229 neuropsychhouston.com 2002 Timberloch Place, Suite 200 The Woodlands, TX 77380 Dr. Baruch Williams is a licensed psychologist who specializes in neuropsychological assessment of children and young adults. She is experienced in the neuropsychological assessment of individuals with attention disorders, learning disabilities, behavioral/affective disorders, autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy, prematurity, traumatic brain injury, genetic syndromes, and other medical conditions.

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PRESS WAFFLE CO. Ms. Tylor Kirby (832) 463-9900 presswaffleco.com/locations/creekside-park-west 26435 Kuykendahl Rd., Suite 850 Spring, Tx 77375 As seen on ABC’s Shark Tank! Press Waffle Co. specializes in fully customizable authentic Belgian waffles, savory waffle creations, locally roasted coffee, full espresso bar and gourmet milkshakes! Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert, any time of day. Come on in to find comfy seating, unique sweet treats, and a family run business ready to invest back into the community.

RAMAL IT CONSULTING LLC Mr. Lamar Caphart (832) 714-2964 ramalit.com Serving The Woodlands Area We are looking to bring small and medium size businesses to the next level through a solid IT foundation. Our in-depth experience ranges from computer repair to infrastructure engineering. Our service includes a comprehensive consultation to help identify gaps and opportunities, a comprehensive report that includes a project plan with timelines and milestones, a cost analysis, and a schedule.

TANYA ALEXANDER VENTURES, LLC Ms. Tanya Alexander (936) 828-0175 TanyaAlexander.com Serving The Woodlands and Surrounding Areas I am a Certified Master Health Coach and a Licensed Massage Therapist. I have learned to put myself first, not in a selfish way, but in a healthy way, so that I can be a good servant to others and assist them in achieving their health goals.

TEXAS FROZEN TROPICS, LLC Mr. Greg D’Etcheverry (832) 510-8608 TexasFrozenTropics.com 4057 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Suite 500-118 Spring, TX 77386 Frozen Beverage Machine Rentals! Texas Frozen Tropics is a small family owned business right here in Spring, TX. We are not a giant national chain. We are your frozen drink experts! Let us do the thinking and you do the partying! We deliver, set up, and pick up for your convenience. We use high quality, commercial-grade frozen drink machines and all the accessories with over 30 premium mixes. Sponsored by Miguel Lopez; Lone Star College Small Business Development Center

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RENEWING COMMITMENTS EXECUTIVE INVESTORS Waste Connections, Inc. LGI Homes Richmond Realty Group - RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring

PREMIER INVESTORS

Enterprise Holdings McKesson Pharmaceutical Services and Solutions Prosperity Bank - The Woodlands SWBC Mortgage Vernier & Associates, PLLC

PROFESSIONAL INVESTORS Citizens Bank Kean Miller Paul Davis Restoration of North Houston Whataburger - College Park

COMMUNITY INVESTORS Briggs & Veselka Co. Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse Keller Williams Realty The Woodlands & Magnolia Origin Bank

Patrick Graham Commercial Patrinely Group T.D. Cox Homes LLC The Conservatory at Alden Bridge The Park At Research Forest

BUSINESS INVESTORS AAA Texas LLC Amegy Bank of Texas - Research Forest ASI Standards Beyond Bartending, LLC BizCom Technologies Burditt Consultants, LLC CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County CORE Mechanical, LLC GSI-America, Inc. Home & Leisure Designs, Inc. Ikard & Company, LLC LVWellness & Aesthetics North American Title Company

North Houston FCA Pacific Yard House Perimeter Global Logistics Schilleci’s New Orleans Kitchen Terracon Consultants, Inc. Texas First Bank Texas Marking Products, LTD. The Kink Team - Keller Williams Realty The Law Offices of Ned Barnet The Woodlands Arts Council The Woodlands Compounding Pharmacy The Woodlands Methodist School Tough Law Firm, PLLC WORKSUITES

We Sincerely Appreciate Our Lifetime Members Marilyn Abercrombie

Carol Gooch

Brian Arceneaux

Daryl W. Houck

Wendy Bolz

Karen L. Hoylman

Congressman Kevin Brady B. ‘Chic’ Chicoine

Rui Martin Maxine Mueller

Janis Cornmesser

Kenny Speight

Linda Curington

Doug Stuart

Donna Daniels

Daivd Vogt

Beverly Denver

Sandra Vogt

Loretta DuBose

Nancy Wallace

Rob Eissler

Denise Wranischar DECEMBER 2020

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CHAIRMAN'S

CIRCLE S I G N AT U R E Bentley Houston at Post Oak Motors

EXECUTIVE 10-Needham, Inc Houston Galaxy Fireworks • Houston Galaxy Halloween Paul Dewey Jones, Non-Paid Political Consultant America’s ER Medical Centers

PREMIER A Strong CPA, LLC

Milagro Interactive Inc

Arnold Chiropractic Center, LLC

National Museum of Funeral History

Amerant Bank

BB&T now Truist BB&T now Truist Vision Park Benihana

CHI St. Luke’s Lakeside Hospital

Black Forest Ventures Black Walnut Café • Galaxy FBO The Kitchen • Tris

Consolidated Communications

BMW of Houston North MINI of The Woodlands

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP Community Impact Newspaper

Breakthrough Psychological Solutions, PLLC

Sergio’s Landscaping

Heightened Leaders

Bradbury Brothers – Cooling | Heating | Plumbing

IGS Group

LGI Homes

MD Anderson Cancer Center MD Anderson Cancer Center Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center Canopy Cancer Survivorship Center • In the Pink of Health Ironman Sports Medicine Institute at Memorial Hermann Memorial Hermann 24 HR Emergency Care Memorial Hermann Bender’s Landing Urgent Care TIRR Memorial Hermann The Woodlands

Buckalew Chevrolet, LP

Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC (CRI)

CenterPoint Energy CenterPoint Energy – C & P Tower Location CenterPoint Energy – Cypress Location CenterPoint Energy, Inc. – Government Affairs CHASE – Six Pines Branch CHASE – Alden Bridge CHASE – Panther Creek CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands Hospital CLPF – Waterway Plaza, LLC Comcast Comcast Business

Corporate Incentives, Inc. Doggett Ford

Questback

Edward Jones – Bill Gervasi, Financial Advisor Edward Jones – Steve Eggert, Financial Advisor Edward Jones – Paul Keehn, Financial Advisor Edward Jones – Richard L. Johnson, CFP(R), AAMS (R), Financial Advisor Edward Jones – David Lee, Financial Advisor

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Edward Jones – Keaton McDaniel, Financial Advisor Tiny Paws Rescue

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating Richmond Realty Group – RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring STRIKE

Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands Texas Children’s Pediatrics The Howard Hughes Corporation Creekside Park The Residences CubeSmart Self Storage – College Park CubeSmart Self Storage – FM 2978 • One Lakes Edge The Millennium One Waterway Ave. • The Millennium Six Pines The Strong Firm P.C.

Entergy Texas, Inc. Entergy Business Development: Texas Enterprise Holding Enterprise Car Sales • Enterprise Rent-A-Car Excelerate Energy LP

First Financial Bank – Conroe First Financial Bank – Creekside First Financial Bank – Grand Parkway Branch Harvey Builders

The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership

Keating Imports Keating Honda • Keating Nissan

Valorem Insurance Group Sidecar Health

Lone Star College System Office Lone Star College – Creekside Center Lone Star College – Montgomery Lone Star College University Center – The Woodlands Lone Star Corporate College

The Woodlands Christian Academy

Waste Connections, Inc. Hardy Road Transfer Station – Waste Connections R360 Environmental Solutions Seabreeze Landfill – Waste Connections Waste Connections of Texas Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking Wells Fargo – Alden Bridge Wells Fargo – Kuykendahl and Woodlands Parkway Wells Fargo – Market Street • Wells Fargo – The Private Bank Wells Fargo – Woodlands Branch • Wells Fargo Business Banking Wildcat PPE

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Woodforest National Bank – Town Center Two Woodforest National Bank – College Park Woodforest National Bank – Rayford Road Woodforest National Bank – Research Plaza Woodforest National Bank – Sterling Ridge Woodforest National Bank – Waterway

Procare Collision – Rayford Rd. Procare Collision – 1488 Procare Collision – Hwy 249 Procare Collision – Lane Ln.

Boone’s Restoration

Boardwalk at Town Center

Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital Houston Methodist Breast Care Center at The Woodlands Houston Methodist Cancer Center at The Woodlands Houston Methodist Emergency Care Center at The Woodlands Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Houston Methodist Primary Care Group - Conroe Houston Methodist Primary Care Group – Montgomery Houston Methodist Primary Care Group – The Woodlands Houston Methodist Primary Care Group – The Woodlands

Office Evolution – Conroe/Woodlands

PlainsCapital Bank – The Woodlands PlainsCapital Bank

Prosperity Bank – The Woodlands Prosperity Bank – Magnolia Parkway Prosperity Bank – Research Forest Prosperity Bank – Spring

ExxonMobil ExxonMobil - Hughes Landing • ExxonMobil - Hughes Landing II Houston Business Journal

Naskila Gaming

Lubrizol

Madison Marquette

Repsol

Sewell Automotive Companies Audi North Houston Sewell INFINITI of North Houston Shenandoah Convention & Visitors Bureau City of Shenandoah Stephen F. Austin State University Sunbelt Business Brokers SWBC Mortgage

TDECU Woodlands Member Center TDECU Business Services TDECU Mortgage The Abbey on Lake Wyndemere Mid-Rise & Townhomes The Abbey at Conroe • The Abbey at Montgomery Park The Abbey at Northpoint • The Abbey at Spring Town Center The Johnson Development Corp. The Johnson Development Corp. – Grand Central Park The Johnson Development Corp. – Harmony The Johnson Development Corp. – Woodforest The Lion Consulting Group

The Westin At The Woodlands Como Social Club Embassy Suites The Woodlands / Hughes Landing Sorriso Modern Italian Kitchen The Woodlands Mall

The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center Robard’s Steakhouse The Woodlands Township Visit The Woodlands The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center

The Woodlands Young Learners Academy Linder Young Learners Academy Oak Ridge Young Learners Academy The Learning Lane The Learning Lane Little Lane TWFG Insurance

Understandable Solutions Business Coaching & Consulting Veritex Community Bank

Vernier & Associates, PLLC

VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa

Market Street

WC Construction Will Carter Band

Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

Woodlands Primary Healthcare – Javier Sosa, MD

Marsh & McLennan Agency

McKesson Pharmaceutical Services and Solutions McKesson

Wiesner Buick-GMC-Hyundai

Wright Business Technologies, Inc.


RIBBON CUTTINGS

A7 International Group LLC

Ecomaids of The Woodlands

Houston Furniture Bank

Southern Title

26119 Interstate 45 North, Suite 207 Spring, TX 77380 Omar Abugaber (832) 585-0049 a7internationalgroup.com

295 Sawdust Rd. Spring TX, 77380 Oli Mohammed (713) 842-9771 houstonfurniturebank.org

T. Williams Roofing, LLC

2000 Hughes Landing Blvd., #711 The Woodlands, TX 77380 Tom Williams (832) 894-2023 tomwillroofyou.com

Serving The Woodlands and Surrounding Area Sergio Morfin (832) 639-2267 ecomaids.com/woodlands-tx

4526 Research Forest Dr., Suite 200 The Woodlands, TX 77381 Tammy Schroder (832) 694-3116 southerntitletx.com

RIBBON CUTTINGS Recently joined the Chamber and are looking for added exposure and visibility? Ribbon cuttings are normally scheduled on Fridays between 10AM and 3PM. Based on your level of membership, the ribbon cutting may take place at your place of business within a 12-mile radius or at The Chamber office. A photo of the event will be posted on the Chamber’s social media sites and published in our monthly Business Today magazine. Please contact Cyndi Alvarado, VP of Membership at cyndi. alvarado@woodlandschamber.org and she will coordinate your ribbon cutting, grand opening or open house.

TEAMS IN ACTION

The Chamber C.A.R.E.S. Committee joins forces with Interfaith of The Woodlands

C.A.R.E.S. is hosting a Coat Drive through the month of December on behalf of Interfaith of The Woodlands. Donations for gently used coats and jackets in all sizes from children to adults can be dropped off at The Chamber offices. For more information about this collaboration, please contact Cyndi Alvarado, VP of Membership at cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org. THROUGH DEC. 31st

If you are looking for ways to give back or connect with our nonprofit members, we encourage you to consider joining the Chamber’s C.A.R.E.S. Committee. The Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m.

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TEAMS IN ACTION

The Diplomat Team of the Month The Diplomat of the Month

David Dewhurst, Prosperity Living

Texans

David Dewhurst; Alfred Martinez; Natalie Teltow

The Chamber honored the Texans Team as the October Diplomat Team of the Month. The Texans Team is comprised of David Dewhurst, Prosperity Living; Alfred Martinez, Go-On Group Houston, LLC and Natalie Teltow, Colonial Life If you are looking to reconnect with the Chamber or you are new to the area and looking to expand your network, our Diplomat Team will help introduce you to all The Chamber has to offer. Contact Cyndi Alvarado, vice president of membership, at cyndi. alvarado@woodlandschamber.org. We would be happy to help connect you with a Diplomat, so you may start building relationships!

Join us in congratulating David Dewhurst with Prosperity Living on earning the honor of being named the Diplomat of the Month for October. David has served on the Diplomat Team for the last 14 years and The Chamber graciously awarded David our Diplomat of the Year 2020 as his dedication is unwavering. If you are looking for ways to get connected, David is one of the first members of our Diplomat Team to step up and educate members on all things Chamber. He is the friendly face greeting you and taking your door prizes at most Chamber events. He is a strong advocate for the Chamber and our community and believes that both go hand in hand. If you see David at any upcoming Chamber Business Connection Events or team meetings, please be sure to congratulate him. Congratulations, David!

BUSINESS CONNECTIONS

Meet The New Members Goode Co. hosts the October Event Hernandez, Happy Day Getaways by Dream Vacations; Scott Fey, InXpress – Conroe; Barry Millenson, Millenson Mediation Services; Scott Naughton, MTX Local; and Frankie & Selina Garrett, Payroll Vault.

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s they say in show business, the show must go on. The Chamber has been actively hosting virtual events to keep members engaged since the pandemic hit our great country. In October, Goode Co. collaborated with The Chamber to host our first in person Meet the New Members Reception. Goode Co. Kitchen & Cantina provided members with a sampling of their delicious Tex-Mex cuisine. A family-owned and operated business since 1977 Goode Co. has been serving good food, done right. Over the past four decades, what started in a little red barn in the heart of Houston has grown to six different restaurant concepts across the Houston area. To learn more about Goode Co. and how they can help make your next event an event to remember, visit goodecompany.com. The following new members gave their introductory commercials: Mickey Richardson, AC Texas Cooling & Heating; Jack Gilmore, AlignHR Texas, LLC; Kara Smith, Breakthrough Psychological Solutions, PLLC; Claudia Van Harn, Claudia Van Harn – The Kink Team, Keller Williams Realty; Josh Singh, EnviroLogik The Woodlands; Katelyn & Jorge

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Pictured are: Meet the New Members Team Leads Janet Skeels, Youngevity and David Lee, Edward Jones with J.J .Hollie, Chamber President & CEO and Lana O’Neil Sales & Marketing Manager for Goode Co. and Brian Constantine GM for Goode Co. Kitchen & Cantina. Also pictured are our newest members.

If your company is new to the Chamber and you are looking to give your introductory commercial, please contact Cyndi Alvarado, VP of Membership at cyndi.alvarado@ woodlandschamber.org to register.


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Networking Breakfast Spotlight

Spinal Care Chiropractic Center: Building a Legacy

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pinal Care Chiropractic Center opened its doors in The Woodlands on Sawdust Road with the goal of providing quality healthcare to the community, including chiropractic and complementary health services such as acupuncture and massage therapy. With our relocation to the Pinecroft Medical Center in 2007, we expanded the practice to add chiropractors and a neurosurgeon, as well as include a Pilates-based rehabilitation and exercise program. We continue to grow and learn about new techniques, incorporating those treatments into the practice to expand our ability to care for our patients. We wanted to be different, creating a warm and welcoming environment that patients often describe as being a part of a family. We evaluate and treat each and every patient as the individual they are and construct a plan of healthcare suited best to their needs. Chiropractic care and complementary medicine techniques are beneficial for a variety of conditions, but treatment plans may require asking for help outside of our office. This includes specialists in pain management, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, and primary care physicians, which has allowed us to build an extensive network of medical professionals to whom we refer and co-manage patients. After 20 years in practice together, Drs. Dawn Schwab and Lisa Rister are planning for Spinal Care to be an integral part of the community for many years to come. They both serve as members of the Board of Regents for Texas Chiropractic College, and consistently host student doctors in their practice to assist in the educational process, making Spinal Care a teaching facility for the college. Our most recent intern and niece, Sydney Walker, graduated with her Doctor of Chiropractic

degree in August 2020 and has joined the group, with completion of her licensing requirements expected at the end of the year. We feel blessed to be a part of this community and are grateful for the support and advocacy The Woodlands Chamber has given us through our 20 years of membership. We thank our patients, families, and friends for taking this journey with us as we look forward to the future. To learn more about how to spotlight your business at the Networking Breakfast, please contact Cyndi Alvarado, VP of Membership at cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org.

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Gift Shop with a variety of gifts and one-of-a-kind treasures. he National Museum of Funeral History hosted our first Business After Hours since Located at 415 Barren Springs Drive in Houston, you can find more the pandemic hit. Although The Chamber information at NMFH.org. took extra precautions to ensure the safety of all members, it was truly a great celebration to finally gather with our members and do some in person networking. Since 1992, the National Museum of Funeral History has been an educational experience like no other. Tour 30,500 square feet of exhibit space with the largest display of funeral service memorabilia, from hearses through history, caskets and coffins, to funerals of Presidents, Popes, celebrities and the history of embalming and cremation and more. With 16 permanent exhibits, the museum offers Pictured are: Business After Hours Team Leads: David Dewhurst, Prosperity an unrivaled, educational and historical experience. Living and David Deveau, Financial Advisor with Genevieve Keeney, President / Don’t miss unique, special changing exhibits COO for the National Museum of Funeral History throughout the year, a bevy of family-friendly and Chamber President & CEO, J.J. Hollie. events and activities and check out the Must-See DECEMBER 2020

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BUSINESS BRIEFS ANNOUNCEMENTS BE SEEN, BE KNOWN with MTX Local Indoor Billboard Network! Brand Your Business on Our Screens and target your audience at local businesses! We will create your custom 20 second ad AT NO COST when you advertise your business or event on our indoor billboard network. BeSeen@mtx-local.com VGXI, Inc., has been recognized as the winner for Best Contract Manufacturing Organization at the 2020 Vaccine Industry Excellence (ViE) Awards. The Awards are part of the annual World Vaccine Congress in Washington D.C., designed to highlight the efforts, positive contributions, and accomplishments of companies and individuals across the vaccine industry.

The Howard Hughes Corporation® has been recognized for The Woodlands® Towers at The Waterway as Best Project Lease from the Houston Business Journal’s 2020 Landmark Awards. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center The Woodlands was recognized as Best Medical. Alight Solutions and The Woodlands Hills® were finalists as well.

Lisa Hughes and Pamela Sprouse of The J. Beard Real Estate Company have represented the seller, DKSSK Properties, in the sale of a retail building at 26211 I-45 in Spring. Raul Giorgi of RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring represented the buyer. The building will be used as a medical facility.

COMMUNITY NEWS Interfaith of The Woodlands Hand Me Up Shop opened a Boutique Pop-Up Shop at Market Street in The Woodlands. The Shop will be open through January 2021. Located next to Hyatt Centric in The Woodlands, the Shop features gently used quality clothing for women and men and special finds from their boutique.

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Whether you’re looking for a private executive suite for one or office space for your team or small business, WorkSuites at The Woodlands offers a variety of flexible workspace options to meet your needs. From traditional executive suites/serviced offices) to day offices, from conference and meeting rooms by the hour to shared coworking space by the month.

NEW TO THE TEAM & PROMOTIONS The Richmond Realty Group–RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring announces the addition of ChristinaHarughty to the team as a Buyer’s Agent, a professional guide and representative for the group’s clientsthrough the process of buying a home. Harughty holds a Texas Real Estate license and a bachelor’sdegree from the University of Houston. RichmondRealtyTX.com New Danville announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the Board are Diana Egley, Travis Ellard, Janine Jones and Brittany Sloan. “We are excited about the talent and expertise our new members bring to our board,” said New Danville’s Chairman of the Board Danielle Scheiner.

EDUCATION My child is struggling in school, but I don’t know why! Specialized testing can help determine what is going on and provide realistic solutions tailored to your child’s needs! Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Dr. Baruch Williams at Neuropsychological Assessment Center of Houston, Inc. located in The Woodlands provides comprehensive neuropsychological, psychoeducational, ADHD, psychological, and Gifted/Talented testing evaluations. The Lone Star College Small Business Development Center is hosting a series of Business Success Seminars to help small businesses navigate through Covid -19. The seminars will provide proven strategies for businesses to be successful. Miguel Lopez, LSC SBDC executive director says, “These seminars are a great way for owners to hear from people with the experience and know-how to pivot and adapt to the current environment.”

GIVING BACK From Aug. 1 - Oct. 31, One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating of Houston donated $100 fromevery complete HVAC system sold to the PTSD Foundation of America fundfor a grand total donationinthe amount of $26,800. Members from One Hour as well as residents of Camp Hope attended the event.

Haynie & Company - The Woodlands was a proud sponsor to this year’s Meals on Wheels Montgomery County Great Pumpkin Shoot event. This event helped raise funds to support our seniors by providing nutritious meals, transportation and caring connections. Giving back is a core value for Haynie & Company firm wide. Mosaics of Mercy has partnered with Houston-based Spindletap Coffee to launch a custom blend ‘Hope Brews’ to support the company’s efforts to help families navigate mental health and addiction recovery. Nothing says connection more than a cup of coffee with a friend or colleague. To purchase coffee individually or for your business, visit mosaicsofmercy.com/donate or email amanda@ mosaicsofmercy.com.

Meals on Wheels is hoping the community will continue to assist with stockings for homebound seniors with a mix of calendars, puzzles, shampoo, Chapstick, mini flashlights and fuzzy socks. Creativity is encouraged. Contact Rhonda@ mowmc.org or go online to make a sponsored donation: MOWMC.org/Stockings-for-Seniors Fun times continue at Margaritaville in December! The kids are invited to Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 12 from 10am- 1pm by RSVP : (936) 448-4400. Breakfast is $38.95 adults, $19.95 for 6-12 year old, under 5 FREE! Comedy Show Saturdays inside the Conference Center with host Billy D. Washington as emcee is for ADULTS ONLY Dec. 5 and Dec. 19. Tickets available on EventBrite. Everyone Welcome to participate in Karaoke Thursdays at Landshark Bar and Grill starting at 8pm. Kevin Baker recently completed the 8 mile challenge on behalf of The Woodlands Area Chamber and CASA completing his portion in 65 minutes! Click the link below to donate today: https:// bit.ly/352bL0x. “Helping people find homes and helping dogs find homes, Kevin volunteers his time weekly to walk shelter dogs and donates a portion of his proceeds to the Animal Shelter and Meals on Wheels. myhomestx.com


BUSINESS BRIEFS

Habitat for Humanity Montgomery County held a Virtual Cooking Class “Bountiful Harvest” and Silent Auction in October emceed by Ted Oberg from ABC 13 with Chef Terance Jenkins, owner/ chef of Bon Temps Events that contributed $20,000 to the mission of improve the lives of families and individuals through affordable homeownership. The Magnolia Lions Club donated a wonderful selection of new towels, sheets, and personal hygiene items to the Treehouse Center recently. The 25 young girls in the shelter were overwhelmed with excitement. Children’s Books on Wheels can assist anyone in person or virtually with Open Enrollment for health services through December 15 for coverage starting January 1, 2021. Change existing plans, enroll for the first time and gert advice by calling Rita Wiltz for an appointment (281) 844-7596. Appointments available daily. Join the fun and educational estate planning seminar designed with to help you plan for the inevitable. Learn how to protect yourself, your loved ones, your assets, and your legacy to have peace of mind knowing you are keeping your family in tune on December 15th for Whiskey + th Wills or December 16 for Wine + Wills. Limited to 15 participants please RSVP to WeyLaw.com. Location will be Weygandt Law Office at 26118 Oak Ridge Drive. Reserve your annual office meeting at Office Evolution with social distancing. With several restaurants in the complex, your order can be delivered during the meeting for easy meals without stopping the conversation. officeevolution.com/locations/woodlands Come every Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm for Brunch at Citizen’s Grill with French toast, Eggs Benedict with lump crabmeat and prosciutto ham, veggie omelet with fresh fruit cup and English muffin, biscuits and gravy, and of course mimosas! The full menu is also available. CitizensGrill.com Even in December we have Boneless Wing Monday at Tailgators with 16 Boneless Wings for $9.99 available for take-out from 11am-11pm at Tailgators Magnolia along with our entire menu of great food at our everyday reasonable prices. For those dining-in, we have Endless Boneless Wings for $10 per person.

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CHAMBER LEADERSHIP Officers, Priority Goals & Project Leaders

Chairman.......................Linda Nelson, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center Vice Chairman....................................... Julie Ambler, The Woodlands Christian Academy President & CEO............................................................................................J.J. Hollie VP Business Opportunities....Randy Lovelace,Paragon Independent InsuRance Agency, Inc. Sales..........................................................................Royce Brooks / Kelly Fuller Community Job Fair....................................................................... Shortel Brent Health, Wellness & Fitness Expo.....................................................Christin Cherry Employment Law Update............................................................... Lee Winkelman VP Committed Volunteers............. Dan Altom, The Woodlands Young Learners Academy Membership............................................................................... Cyndi Alvarado Diplomats...................................................Courtney Schweitzer / David Weygandt Discovery Day................................................................................... Dan Altom Business After Hours...............................................David Dewhurst / David Deveau Meet the New Members.....................................................Janet Skeels / David Lee Networking Breakfast............................................ Adam Koch / Angela Schimmels VP Financial Development.................... Nicole Preston, Community Impact Newspaper Golf Championship............................................. Paul Miranda / Wesley Lichenstein Taste of the Town........................................................................... Margie Taylor Chairman’s Ball...............................................................................Lacey Prieto VP Government Affairs............................ Kevin Kastor, Consolidated Communications Governmental Affairs.....................................................................Margo McZeal Economic Outlook Conference................................Angela Storseth / Melissa Bochat Business Advocacy Council.................................. Landon Estay / Christina Harughty Montgomery County Day at the Capitol....................... Melissa Bochat / Landon Estay VP Legendary Leadership....................................... Brian Albert, The Strong Firm P.C. Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon.........................................Courtney Schweitzer Diversity and Inclusion Council.....................Carolyn Gray / Megan McNair / Joe Lopez Leadership Retreat..........................................................................Brian Albert Past Chairman................................................................................ Jeff Garrett Young Professionals Network........................................................ Cameron Cruise VP Visibility & Image............................................... Ann Wolford, The Wolford Group Marketing............................................................................... Chazzette Adams Chamber Seminar Team..................................................................... Dawn Candy C.A.R.E.S Committee............................................. Mandy Rabon / Jessica Munselle Vice President & Treasurer....................................... Angela Strong, A Strong CPA, LLC Vice President & Chairman’s Appointment..................Bret Strong, The Strong Firm P.C. Immediate Past Chairman......................Jeff Garrett, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership..............................Gil Staley

Directors: Terms Expire 2021

Steve Berry........................................................................................ Waste Connections, Inc Ryan Edone.....................................................................................Petroleum Wholesale, L.P. Randy Lovelace.................................................... Paragon Independent Insurance Agencies, Inc. Miguel Lopez.......................................................................................SBDC Lone Star College Theodore (Ted) Harris................................................................................ The Woodlands Mall Kathy Rifaat...............................................................................Community Assistance Center Dr. Dawn Schwab....................................................................... Spinal Care Chiropractic Center

C H A M B E R S TA F F J.J. Hollie President & CEO......................................................................................jjhollie@woodlandschamber.org

Mary Coley Smith Vice President Community Service........................................mary.smith@woodlandschamber.org

Cyndi Alvarado Vice President Membership............................................... cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org

Gina Mitchell Director of Finance & Operations........................................ gina.mitchell@woodlandschamber.org

Chazzette Adams Director of Marketing & Communications............... chazzette.adams@woodlandschamber.org

Royce Brooks Director of Sales.........................................................................royce.brooks@woodlandschamber.org

Margo McZeal Director of Government Affairs......................................... margo.mczeal@woodlandschamber.org

Kelly Fuller

Directors: Terms Expire 2022

Dan Altom.................................................................... The Woodlands Young Learners Academy Tanya Bryan................................................................................... Marsh & McLennan Agency Jay Dreibelbis............................................................... Woodforest National Bank – Town Center Scott Garber........................................................................................................LGI Homes Kevin Kastor..............................................................................Consolidated Communications Jim Parisi ............................................................CHI St. Luke’s Health - The Woodlands Hospital Sarah Rhea..............................................................................Leadership Montgomery County

Directors: Terms Expire 2023

Brian Albert........................................................................................... The Strong Firm P.C. Jim Carman............................................................................The Howard Hughes Corporation Jim Crowder........................................................................................... Enterprise Holdings Nicole Preston.......................................................................... Community Impact Newspaper Rip Reynolds................................................................................................................ JLL Ann Wolford............................................................................................. The Wolford Group Stephen Wright..................................................................... Wright Business Techologies, Inc.

Ex–Officio Directors

Matt Beasley.............................................................................. Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Mayor Paul Bond...................................................................................City of Oak Ridge North James Brown.................................................................Conroe North Houston Regional Airport Chief Palmer Buck............................................................... Fire Chief – The Woodlands Township Gordy Bunch / Jeff Jones..................................................................... The Woodlands Township Melanie Bush............................................................................. Montgomery County Treasurer Sen. Brandon Creighton.................................................................Texas State Senate, District 4 Monica Bomkamp Enia.............................................................. Education for Tomorrow Alliance Constable Ryan Gable........................................................ Montgomery County Constable, Pct. 3 Pete Garcia...........................................................................U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce Lisa Gonzalez..............................................................................................................HARC Ted Harris............................................................................................... The Woodlands Mall Linda Head...............................................................................Lone Star College System Office Missy Herndon.............................................................................. Interfaith of The Woodlands Captain Tim Holifield....................................................Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department Frank Holmes..............................................................................Sam Houston State University Jace Houston / Heather Ramsey Cook..................................................San Jacinto River Authority Kristine Marlow / Lindy Johnson...................................................Montgomery County Food Bank Randy Johnson.................................................................Montgomery County Hospital District Mark Keough ................................................................................. Montgomery County Judge Miguel Lopez.......................................................................................SBDC Lone Star College Jerry MacDonald / Cameron Klepac............................................... Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Tammy McRae............................................................................. County Tax Assessor Collector Commissioner James Noack / Evan Besong ........................ Montgomery County Commissioner, Pct. 3 Dr. Curtis Null.................................................................................................. Conroe I.S.D. Michelle O’Rourke................................................................................................ United Way Iker Pimienta..................................................................Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber Samantha Reiter...................................................... Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District Sarah Rhea..............................................................................Leadership Montgomery County David Riddle................................................................ Harris County Commissioner Cagle, Pct. 4 Commissioner Charlie Riley............................................................... Montgomery County, Pct. 2 Dr. Rebecca Riley........................................................................Lone Star College Montgomery Betty Russo..........................................................................Office of The Governor Greg Abbott Gil Staley................................................ The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership James Stinson, P.E........................................................................The Woodlands Water Agency Jenny Taylor / Noemi Gonzalez............................................................................. Market Street State Rep. Steve Toth ................................................. Texas House of Representatives, District 15 Brandon Steinmann...............................................................Office of Congressman Kevin Brady Mayor Ritch Wheeler ................................................................................. City of Shenandoah Nick Wolda..............................................................................................Visit The Woodlands

A B O U T B U S I N E S S T O D AY Business Today

is a monthly magazine produced by The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce featuring news, articles and events from The Chamber and our members. Business Today offers a variety of advertising options including editorial pieces. See the Business Today media kit and read the latest issue at woodlandschamber.org/business-today. PUBLISHER........................................................... J.J. Hollie EDITOR..................................................Chazzette Adams SALES..............................................................Royce Brooks

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