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A MESSAGE FROM J.J. HOLLIE

Dedicated to the Success of Others So many businesses and organizations are hurting right now and one of the primary industries to suffer are our restaurants. In keeping with one of the Chamber’s Core Values of “We are dedicated to the success of others”, we are focusing on driving business to the eateries in our community. Every other week the Chamber will focus on at least one restaurant or either lunch or happy hour. Keep an eye out on our social media accounts for the details on dates, locations, and times. Come join us as we make an effort to bolster a very important part of the economic fabric of The Woodlands. Many of you have participated in the Chamber’s Taste of the Town event usually held every year in January at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. As with many organizations, it is incumbent upon us to make changes

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in how we conduct business to be successful and Taste of The Town will be different in 2021. Instead of entertaining 3,000 of our closest friends at one location, we are having Taste of the Town for the entire month of January! We are very excited to offer this event that will drive traffic to the front doors of the restaurants and hope you will join us. For more information on Taste of the Town, please visit tasteofthetown.org. As always, thank you for your support of the Chamber. We simply could not be the organization we need to be without you.

J.J. Hollie President & CEO


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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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T H E W O O D L A N D S B A R A S S O C I AT I O N Employment Law Update covers the most significant employment law developments of the year by providing you with practical, timely, and critical advice to minimize employment law liability.

– VIRTUALLY – 8:30 am • FRIDAY • NOV. 6, 2020 (Please Register for Information)

2020 EMPLOYMENT LAW SPEAKERS: TOMMY SIMMONS, Texas Workforce Commission

TOPIC: TWC Update—Unemployment Claims During the Pandemic

APRIL WALTER, The Strong Firm, P.C.

ROBIN FORET, Seltzer, Chadwick, Soefje, & Ladik, PLLC TOPIC: FLSA During COVID 19 PROF. JAMIE BELINNE, University of Houston

TOPIC: Practical Guidance for Employee Handbooks, Agreements,

TOPIC: The Care and Feeding of Your Young Employee

BILL WAHOF, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC TOPIC: OSHA/COVID

TOPIC: Departing Employee Issues in the Pandemic Era

and UI Benefit Claims

ZACH WOLFE, Fleckman & McGlynn, PLLC

H. JULIAN FRACHTMAN, Law Office H. Julian Frachtman TOPIC: Pregnancy Discrimination

JACK MERINAR, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC TOPIC: OSHA/COVID LEE WINKELMAN, Hopkins, Centrich, Winkelman, and Drucker, PLLC TOPIC: FLSA Update MICHAEL HARDY, Military Solutions TOPIC: DoD Skillbridge – Hire military Veterans for FREE

HALEY PAUL, Stibbs & Co. Attorneys

TOPIC: Disability Discrimination and Accommodation Update

JENNIFER ORTIZ PRATHER, Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) TOPIC: EEOC

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION PANEL:

IN-HOUSE COUNSEL/HR PANEL: Effective Collaboration between HR and Legal

KENDRA PAUL, Huntsman DAVID COMEAUX, McKesson Corporation BEN PAUL, Maverick Natural Resources STEPHANIE JOHN, Chevron Phillips Chemical (Moderator)

Diversity In Employment

CAROLYN GRAY, Zircon Consulting JERONIMO VALDEZ, Valdez & Washington, LLP WENDEL WASHINGTON, Valdez & Washington, LLP LEE WINKELMAN, Hopkins, Centrich, Winkelman, and Drucker, PLLC (Moderator)

DRAWING SPONSOR

PRESENTING SPONSOR

VIRTUAL NETWORKING SPONSOR

EXHIBITOR SPONSORS

VIRTUAL SPEAKER SPONSOR

Dispute Resolution Center • G&A Partners • Leigh K. Freeman • Strike, LLC • The Strong Firm 4

Sponsorship Opportunities Available.


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 Publicity in Business Today, Chamber social media and website, press releases and event invitation if secured by October 19, 2020 IRON CHEF | $15,000 | 150 Tickets

EXECUTIVE CHEF | $5,000 | 100 Tickets

logo on tickets & underwriter placement to sponsor 2 restaurants during the month. • Company • Ability Chamber staff will work with you on the perfect way Company logo on event t-shirts for committee • Regional press release highlighting event sponsorship to market your business at each restaurant chosen • Ability to sponsor 4 restaurants (one per week). at participating restaurants & and at the • Chamber staff will work with you on the perfect way • Signage VIP/Kick-Off event for (4) to VIP/Media Kick-Off event • Invitation to market your business at each restaurant chosen included on window display in Market Street that • Logo at all participating restaurants & at the • Signage will be featured during black Friday VIP Kick-Off event Opportunity to be on Lone Star Community Radio • positioned company logo on event • Predominantly Conroe Culture News 104.5FM website and other marketing materials VIP/KICK-OFF PARTY | $3,000 | 10 Tickets • Invitation for (6) to VIP/Media Kick-Off event included on window display in Market Street that • Signage at VIP/ Kick-Off Party • Logo will be featured during black Friday • Invitation for (10) to VIP/Media Kick-Off event VALET | $3,000 | 50 Tickets GOURMET CHEF | $2,500 | 30 Tickets at all restaurants • Signage at valet stand and ability to have valet’s put • Signage • Invitation for (2) to VIP/ Media Kick-Off event a marketing item in vehicles FRIENDS OF TASTE | $600 | 10 Tickets • Invitation for (2) to VIP/Media Kick-Off event • Invitation for (2) to VIP/Media Kick-Off event (Based on Valet being available per COVID-19 Protocol)

Individual Tickets: $25 [Kids Under 12: FREE]

Purchase tickets by visiting

tasteofthetown.org Restaurant Participation: $250

Sponsorships Available. NOVEMBER 2020

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Annual MEETING Awards Program The Chamber hosted our 42nd Annual Meeting & Awards Program – virtually on September 25th. J.J. Hollie presented the annual report followed by the distribution of awards to the retiring board, team leaders and annual anniversary recipients. Specialty Awards were given for The Chamber Diplomat of the Year – David Dewhurst, Community Citizen of the Year – Ann Wolford, Chamber Volunteer of The Year- Courtney Schweitzer, Top Influencer Under 40 – Brian Albert, Chairman’s Award – Dan Altom, Legacy Award Recipient – Don Norrell and of course we honored our outgoing Chairman Jeff Garrett, for helping guide the Chamber through a very challenging year.

BIG THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: AUDIO/VISUAL

VIRTUAL PROGRAM

CHAMBER ADVOCATES Sam Houston State University • San Jacinto River Authority • The Woodlands Christian Academy

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We also want to thank Silver Rock Productions for the production of this year’s event.


F E AT U R E

CHAMBER

C.A.R. C.A .R.E. E.S S. COMMITTEE The Chamber C.A.R.E.S. Committee has started off this fiscal year with many wonderful projects. The team volunteered with Angel Reach on Oct. 3rd for their Stop the Spread of Germs Donation Drive. Thank you to all of you who donated cleaning products. Throughout October we supported CASA’s Virtual Super Hero Run and in November, we will be volunteering with Henry’s Home Horse & Human Sanctuary for their Bless this Land Event. If you are looking for ways to give back to our community, we invite you to join our committee on the first Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at The Chamber offices. If you want to learn more or volunteer on behalf of C.A.R.E.S., please contact Cyndi Alvarado at cyndi.alvarado@ woodlandschamber.org.

The Business Advocacy Council hosted 3 candidate forums in an effort to increase voter awareness and turnout and give voters an copportunity to educate themselves on candidates running in key local races. The council hosted virtual forums, via Facebook Live, in partnership with Woodlands Online. The forums were hosted by Ms. Nicole Preston of Community Impact Newspaper. Candidates running for The Woodlands Township Board of Director’s positions 1, 2 & 4 were present. The final Candidate forum held on October 6 featured candidates vying for the Conroe ISD Board of Trustees.

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C.A.R.E.S. hosted Our Volunteers Are Electrifying Volunteer Appreciation Drive-Up Luncheon on October 1st. It was a fabulous event and we served 332 meals to nonprofits and our local healthcare workers at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital, CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands, and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands.

We Thank Our Sponsors! AMERICAN BANDSTAND

RYDELL HIGH

T-BIRD

YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT

HEALTHCARE HEROES

Many of our other sponsors contributed meals to help us deliver 50 meals to each of the area hospitals. PINK LADIES

WE GO TOGETHER

Better Homes & Garden

• Chris Elmi

HOPELESS DEVOTED

5Point Credit Union Carol Stromatt, Real Estate Broker – GDC Realty Children’s Books On Wheels Community Assistance Center Edward Jones – Keaton McDaniel, Financial Advisor Education for Tomorrow Alliance JMB Insurance Solutions Jonah’s Movers Providence Office Products, LLC The Woodlands Young Learners Academy

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A special thank you to Freddy’s Steakburgers for an amazing meal. They were gems to work with, so please show them some love by dining with them.

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F E AT U R E As of October 1, 2020

COVID-19

Event & Meeting Requirements During

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o reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions on businesses, workers, customers, and the public, we have put requirements in place to ensure a safe environment for those attending all Chamber Business Connection Events and Meetings. If you do not wish to comply with these requirements, we look forward to seeing you once this pandemic is no longer a threat and the guidelines have been lifted.

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days or are experiencing any symptoms, please refrain from attending at this time. Each host will set the event capacity based on the size of their location to ensure we have room to social distance. Any food at the event will be either a staffed buffet or passed hors d’oeuvres to avoid the use of serving utensils. Please maintain social distancing while standing in a receiving line for food or beverages. Due to event capacity, registration will be required. Walk-ins are discouraged. However, members are welcome to arrive as a standby guest, in case of no shows. Priority admittance will be given based on the online registration Wait List. Masks are required throughout the duration of the event. If you move about the room, please be sure to have your mask on properly covering your nose and mouth. The only exception is when eating or drinking in a stationary position. Members are encouraged to provide their own masks and wear upon entry to the event facility. A limited supply of disposable masks will be available. Upon arrival please report to the check-in table for a temperature check. Please sanitize your hands before leaving your business card. Blank business cards will not be provided, so please prepare accordingly. Information Tables and Guest bags will not be provided to limit personal contact. Following every event, a copy of the scanned business cards will be emailed to those in attendance. Physical contact is discouraged. Shaking hands is discouraged as many may not be comfortable with physical contact. Members are encouraged to provide and wear their own name tags to events. There will be a name tag table provided with a volunteer who will write name tags for those that do not have one. If you do not own a nametag, we are happy to provide a list of members that specialize in these types of products. Hand sanitizer stations will be provided throughout the facility.

We will continue to monitor

CDC Guidelines to protect our members and guests. As the Governor makes changes, we will modify these procedures accordingly.

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For events where members will be coming up and speaking on the microphone, the mic will be on a stand and we ask that you do not touch it. Masks will be required when speaking from the microphone. For meetings hosted by The Chamber, social distance seating arrangements have been marked in the conference rooms for your safety. Limited seating will be available, so we will provide conference call instructions for those that may not be able to attend in-person.


F E AT U R E

Podcasting!

Everyone is doing it right? By: Corinne Coulter Program Director at Education for Tomorrow Alliance

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started listening to podcasts about a year ago before my son was born. At the time my goals for listening to podcasts were all over the place. I wanted to learn about how to be a great mom, a better friend and a more dedicated Christian. I wanted to know how to be the best leader and colleague – but – if the truth were to be told - I also wanted to know what every celebrity creating a podcast was up to. I had entered into the podcasting blackhole and it wasn’t until I started to focus on creating a podcast for work that I noticed where I was actually sitting.

As a young professional looking to create a podcast for high school students as they explore their futures, I jumped into my new craft by watching YouTube videos and listening to a wide variety of podcasts hosted by well-known authors from Brene’ Brown to “The Office Ladies” who share insights about episodes of “The Office” from the early 2000s. As the “creator” (and I use that term lightly) of the EfTA “What I Wish I Knew” podcast, I’d like to share a few things I learned: Be yourself - it takes courage to listen to yourself over and over again as you edit each episode Always record on two pieces of equipment in case one didn’t record (I learned that the hard way) Don’t be afraid to stray away from your script! Listening to your guest and responding spontaneously actually makes the episode much more enjoyable Have fun!! As a listener you can find podcasts about literally anything! There are podcasts for every area of your life; professional, personal, or spiritual. There are ones that are funny, scary, informative and even heartwarming. There are also some out there that can cause you to “lose some brain cells” as my dad would put it.  This discovery has been something that has been important to me over the last few months as I have been “sheltering” at home due to the current pandemic so I thought I would share a few of them with you.  PODCAST BENEFITS:

THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR WHEN LISTENING TO PODCASTS: STAY OUT OF THE PODCAST BLACKHOLE! Listen to podcasts that will help you learn more about yourself and others. Avoid podcasts that are telling you that you are doing something wrong. We don’t need any more negativity in our lives so just hit the fast forward button on those. I feel like I could go on but I have a word limit so I will wrap up here. The main thing that I want you to take away from this is that podcasts can be extremely beneficial to you both personally and professionally. Just make sure that you are being intentional about the episodes that you listen to or create and keep it positive! Oh, and while you’re at it go ahead and share the EfTA “What I Wish I Knew” podcast with a high school student or young professional in your life!

They help you stretch your thinking and allow you to hear others viewpoints on important topics such as racism, faith, education, etc. You are supporting people such as entrepreneurs, small business owners, and educators as they share their personal journey and leadership insights.

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THE GOLF TRAILS OF THE WOODLANDS October 26, 2020

Presenting Underwriter Hole-In-One Sponsor

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• Driving Range Sponsor •

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We hosted annual Putt, Pass & Chip Golf Tournament on Monday, October 26, 2020 at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands. The sports-themed event which included 18 holes of golf, a putting competition, refreshments, lunch and a reception was a huge success. President and CEO, J.J. Hollie said, “We

exceeded our fundraising goals expectation, raising funds for the Chamber to help businesses within our Community.” We would like to thank all of our amazing volunteers and sponsors, especially our presenting sponsor, Gullo Automotive Group, who offered a brand new car for anyone hitting a hole in one. Unfortunately, no one won the prize, but the cool day was filled with fun. Attendees were encouraged to wear sporting attire of their favorite football teams and didn’t disappoint. Instead of Mulligans and Bubba drives, players were able to purchase extra point packages and team advancements with the toss of a football. The wildly popular “Proof is in the Putting” competition gave players three tries to putt for their favorite bottles of alcohol (proof). After the games, players enjoyed refreshments compliments of our 19th Hole Sponsor, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning.

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CHAMBER EVENTS

NOVEMBER 2020 FRI, NOV 6 8:30AM-3:30PM

TUE, NOV 10 5:30-7:30PM

Employment Law Update – Virtual

Business After Hours

$200/Members; $250/Non-Members

Margaritaville Lake Resort – Lake Conroe 600 Margaritaville Parkway Montgomery, TX 77356

Buy Your Tickets:

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woodlandschamber.org/calendar

Advanced Reservations Required

WED, NOV 18 7:01AM

THU, NOV 19 5:30PM-7:30PM

Networking Breakfast

Meet the New Members

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

Bayway Cadillac 16785 Interstate 45 South The Woodlands, TX 77385

$12/Members – Advanced Reservations Required

Advanced Reservations Required


CHAMBER EVENTS

DECEMBER 2020

woodlandschamber.org/calendar

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

WED, DEC 16 7:01AM

Business After Hours

Networking Breakfast

TBD

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

Advanced Reservations Required

$12/Members – Advanced Reservations Required

WEBINARS The Chamber is accepting applications from members that are interested in hosting a live or recorded webinar. A short online application and a copy of your presentation is required. Our goal is to provide excellent and actionable advice to our members while helping promote your business expertise at the same time.

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

NOV 12 11:30am

NOV 17 NOV 25

Watertree Conference Room The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce

9am

EOC

10 am

EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE

NOV 25 DEC 2

YPN

1 pm

Post Event Wrap Up

DIVERSITY INCLUSION COUNCIL

11:30am CHAMBER C.A.R.E.S. COMMITTEE woodlandschamber.org/teams

Questions should be directed to Cyndi Alvarado, vice president of membership, at Cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org.

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

Save the Date for SCI://TECH 2021

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The SCI://TECH Science Fair is going virtual for 2021. Volunteers can mark their calendars for January 15 through January 22 for the Chevron Phillips Chemical Senior High and the Entergy Junior High Science Fairs. Volunteer judges will login to review student projects in an engineering, life science, or physical science category. Visit efta-us.org/scitech for more information.

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. To learn more, visit efta-us.org.

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

Leadership Montgomery County 2-day Retreat

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he Leadership Montgomery County Class

positions. Designed to build greater empathy and

of 2021 kicked off their year with a virtual

recognition in the face of deepening U.S. divides,

2-day Retreat sponsored by Entergy Texas

PURPLE models a rare conversation that uplifts

and Consolidated Communications. The

and inspires even while going toward the heat

class to go know each other and also selected their

of passionate political differences.

class project - where they will be working with CASA. The LMC Class of 2021 held their Leadership Development Session on Oct. 8, sponsored by Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center. The class completed the Hartman Value Profile and learned about their strengths and opportunities for growth.  On Oct. 20, LMC and Education for Tomorrow Alliance held a screening of the film PURPLE. PURPLE tells the story of everyday Americans with opposing viewpoints addressing their differences head-on and discovering the concerns and humanity that lie behind each other’s

Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated cultivating the future leaders of Montgomery County. The mission of LMC is to prepare emerging and existing leaders to understand local issues, grow their leadership skills and connect with others to better serve Montgomery County. The Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce, the Greater East Montgomery County Chamber, the Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber, and the Montgomery Area Chamber are all partner Chambers in the LMC program. For more information about Leadership Montgomery County, visit LMCTX.org.

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NEW MEMBERS

SEPTEMBER

PREMIER EDWARD JONES - PAUL KEEHN, FINANCIAL ADVISOR

Mr. Paul Keehn (281) 651-5965 edwardjones.com 4810 W Panther Creek Drive, Suite 201 The Woodlands, TX 77381 As an Edward Jones financial advisor, I believe it’s important to invest my time to understand what you’re working toward before you invest your money. It’s also important to understand the level of risk you’re comfortable accepting when investing so we can balance it with the steps necessary to reach your long-term goals.

PROFESSIONAL ADCETERA

Mr. Jordan Sexton (713) 522-8006 1490 Research Forest Drive The Woodlands, TX 77381 adcetera.com ADCETERA is an integrated creative services company offering interactive media, strategy, content, motion, video, experience, and design. We help brands make meaningful connections with their customers in ways that are memorable, impactful, useful and true.

BEST BED. BUNKER HILL

Mr. Bradley Bennett (713) 750-9106 bestbedperiod.com 9950 Katy Freeway, Suite B Houston, TX 77055 Mr. Bradley Bennett (713) 485-5776 bestbedperiod.com 5129 Richmond Avenue Houston, TX 77056 Mr. Bradley Bennett (409) 658-1254 bestbedperiod.com 19053 I-45, Suite A Shenandoah, TX - Texas 77385 BEST BED PERIOD! One of six stores to land here in Southeast Texas. We are family/veteran owned business on a mission to bring a great product to the consumer with non-prorated warranties from the best manufacturers in the USA! Check out our stores in Shenandoah, Bunker Hill and The Galleria.

BIOPURE HOUSTON WOODLANDS

Mr. Scott Horkman (281) 235-6344 biopureservice.com 24200 SW Freeway, Suite 402 #296 Rosenberg, TX 77471 We specialize in commercial and residential disinfection applications, with no inconvenience to staff or family members. bioPURE™ is registered with the EPA and is a hospital-grade treatment that is effective against most common germs, bacteria, viruses and common allergens in your home. Let bioPURE help make your home a healthier place for everyone you care about.

DOC

Mr. Nathan Teinert (979) 571-1967 docishere.com Serving The Woodlands & Surrounding Area The days of spending hours in the waiting room are over. The surprise bills that cost a thousand dollars for an ear infection are in the past. With doc, you decide when and where you are to be treated. Whether you sign-up for just one visit or want us to become your medical home, the choice is yours. With a standard fee and easily understandable rates, there will be no surprises.

GFORCE ANIMATION INC.

Mr. Paul Ehmer (281) 541-0309 gforceanimation.com 26410 Oak Ridge Drive #112 Spring, TX 77380 WE BRING VISUAL TO A NEW LEVEL. Our Creative Visual Marketing company is built on a different kind of mindset. We deliver projects that push the barriers that reach into the future, presenting individuals with a new experience and immersive ways to learn. Offering 3d animation, Motion Graphic, Compositing, Motion Tracking, Video Editing, Audio Production, Consulting, Artists Management, Producing.

HOPKINS | CENTRICH | WINKELMAN & DRUCKER PLLC

Mr. Lee Winkelman (281) 210-0140 hopkinscentrich.com 150 Pine Forest Drive, Suite 300 The Woodlands, TX 77384 We concentrate in the areas of estate planning, probate, commercial litigation, business law and tax planning. Our firm is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, boasting four attorneys with over 90 years of combined legal experience. Because we have many years of experience at major law firms, we are able to offer our clients the opportunity to receive large-firm expertise at cost-effective rates.

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SEPTEMBER

NEW MEMBERS

COMMUNITY ENVIROLOGIK THE WOODLANDS

Mr. Alirio Exposito (346) 329-0763 envirologik.com 32222 Tamina Road, Suite A-4 The Woodlands, TX 77354 With over 30 years of servicing, EnviroLogikÂŽ uses our EPA registered sanitizing and disinfecting products to keep your company, staff, and clientele safe from pathogenic viruses (including corona virus), bacteria, and fungi. Build consumer confidence with our B Sanitized Program. We also provide drain line FOG (fats, oil and grease) buildup/odor control, and grease trap compliance monitoring.

BUSINESS ALTA CATHEDRAL LAKES

Ms. Jaclyn Cochran (832) 510-1400 altacathedrallakes.com 698 Basilica Bay Drive Spring, TX 77386 Nestled in Spring, Texas near The Woodlands, Alta Cathedral Lakes apartment homes offers the optimal blend of contemporary convenience and historic charm. With easy access to I-45, you’ll spend less time commuting and more time exploring the many nearby shops, restaurants, trails, museums, historical sites and attractions the area has to offer.

CAREER RESOURCE CENTER

Ms. Adewunmi Lewis (832) 257-0763 careeresourcecenter.com 4611 Long Climb Canyon Humble, TX 77396 We are your Center for Excellence! Powerfully Promoting Professionalism and Performance. We use assessment tools proven for their validity and reliability and customize learning and development solutions to the unique needs of your organization. With a wide network of subject matter experts, we function as your strategic business partner and catalyst for organizational growth!

DAN HANNON FOR WOODLANDS TOWNSHIP POSITION 4

Dr. Daniel T. Hannon (281) 296-0220 hannonfortownship.com Serving The Woodlands The Woodlands, TX 77381 Dr. Hannon is well known to many residents as the Founding & Senior Pastor of the 4,000-member Christ Church United Methodist since 1991. After retiring last year he became the in-house Chaplain at Interfaith of The Woodlands, a position he treasures for the contact it provides with a diversity of people in the community. He has achieved many honors and awards as a public servant in our community. Sponsored by Nelda Luce Blair; The Blair Law Firm, PC

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NEW MEMBERS

SEPTEMBER

ECOMAIDS OF THE WOODLANDS

Mr. Sergio Morfin (832) 639-2267 ecomaids.com/woodlands-tx Serving The Woodlands Area Eco-friendly maid service creating healthy homes and peace of mind. We’ll leave your home spotless and clean. No harmful chemicals and no toxins. Just a thoughtfully clean home from a team that you can trust. At ecomaids of The Woodlands we’re locally owned. We live right in the community and our team takes great pride in the value we deliver for our clients. Call us to create your healthful home.

GRACEMARK HOMES

Ms. Julie Cannon (936) 703-9445 gracemarkhomes.com 7711 Longmire Road Conroe, TX 77304 Gracemark Homes is a full-service, award-winning builder and developer, dedicated to building homes and communities that fulfill the needs of active adult buyers looking for a “Forever Home” of their dreams. From our thoughtfully designed floor plans to the flexibility to customize structural and design options, we aim to deliver a quality built home and an exceptional home buying experience.

INXPRESS - CONROE

Mr. Scott Fey (832) 888-0274 inxpress315.com 6714 Augusta Pines Parkway East Spring, TX 77389 InXpress is an international parcel, freight and shipping company who partners with the world’s best carriers. Our size and tremendous volumes allow InXpress shipping specialists to provide customers unrivaled shipping solutions at some of the lowest prices anywhere. Your business can enjoy first class shipping that’s as effortless and affordable – no matter where you are, no matter what you need.

MILLENSON MEDIATION SERVICES

Mr. Barry Millenson (713) 542-9287 millensonmediation.com Serving Harris & Montgomery County The Woodlands, TX 77381 Millenson Mediation Services, founded by Montgomery County community leader Barry Millenson, focuses on consumer issues, employee/ employer conflicts, contract disputes and general business suits that could possibly be settled through mediation. A Texas State Mediator, Millenson offers extensive high-level industry experience combined with career-long conflict resolution skills.

NEW LEAF SPA AND LASER

Ms. Kimberly Byrum 936-628-LEAF newleafnewu.com 2510 South Loop 336 West, Suite 115B Conroe, TX 77304 Rejuvenate, restore and revitalize your body, mind, and soul at New Leaf Spa featuring our Fotona Laser. Conveniently located in Conroe and serving The Woodlands, Conroe, Willis and Montgomery, we specialize in laser hair removal as well as skin rejuvenation and body treatments including non-abrasive laser procedures, non-surgical facelifts, facial peels, body sculpting, contouring & more.

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SEPTEMBER

NEW MEMBERS

OPTIMAL HORMONE HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Ms. Michelle Schneider (281) 465-9209 ohhw.org 5061 FM 2920 Spring, TX 77388 We are a hormone health and wellness clinic with treatments for men & women. We also offer nutritional supplements, weight loss programs, and some aesthetic services. We believe in a holistic approach to wellness, which includes helping you create a balanced life. Optimal Hormone Health and Wellness offers treatments that allow you to take control of your health and wellness.

PAYROLL VAULT

Mr. Frankie Garrett (346) 816-4125 payrollvault.com/171 2211 Rayford Road, Suite 111 #404 Spring, TX 77386 We are your local Payroll solution offering cutting-edge technology solutions to make your payroll processing simple, secure and compliant. Our commitment to help businesses succeed, combined with our unparalleled customer service, allows us to successfully customize and highly personalize your payroll and HR services.

PROPERTY RESTORATION SERVICES

Ms. Nicole Petitt (713) 906-0909 PRSrestore.com 1018 Sawdust Drive, Suite 17 Spring, TX 77380 Whether you need restoration, remodel, repair or construction services, PRS is the premier contractor for all your property needs. Kitchen Remodels | Bathroom Remodels | Fire Restoration | Mold Abatement | Carpet Cleaning | Plumbing & more. PRS combines a decade of IICRC certified and trained team members with years of general construction knowledge. A proud Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise.

TAMINA CEMETERY & COMMUNITY PROJECT CDC

Mr. Elijah Easley (832) 342-0404 taminacdc.org 4747 Research Forest Drive, Suite 180-189 The Woodlands, TX 77381 We are a corporation comprised of descendants of Tamina’s forefathers, churches, and other members of the community. Our purpose is to restore the Sweet Rest Cemetery and continue its perpetual care. Our vision is to help ensure that future generations will be able to know and recognize their heritage, honor their legacy, and for Sweet Rest Cemetery to be recognized as an historical landmark. Sponsored by Jennifer Majors Baca; JMB Insurance Solutions

WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL OF GREATER HOUSTON

Ms. Sandija Bayot wachouston.org 2500 East TC Jester, Suite 350 Houston, TX 77008 The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America, a national organization with chapters in more than 95 U.S. cities. The Council in Houston has provided programs since 1969 and is currently one of the largest public forums in the region.

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RENEWING 2020

COMMITMENTS EXECUTIVE INVESTORS MD Anderson Cancer Center Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership

PREMIER INVESTORS

Black Forest Ventures Bradbury Brothers - Cooling | Heating | Plumbing Edward Jones - Bill Gervasi, Financial Advisor Silver Rock Productions The Woodlands Mall Wright Business Technologies, Inc.

PROFESSIONAL INVESTORS

We Sincerely Appreciate Our Lifetime Members Marilyn Abercrombie Brian Arceneaux Wendy Bolz

Hyatt Centric The Woodlands Maersk Line Research Forest Lakeside

Congressman Kevin Brady

COMMUNITY INVESTORS

Janis Cornmesser

Boni’s Dance & Performing Arts Studio Colliers International Corporate Housing Associates, LP / Woodlands Interim Housing Fitness Project - Magnolia Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village K STAR Country Radio 99.7 FM Linscomb & Williams The Village at The Woodlands Waterway Weaver and Tidwell, LLP

Linda Curington

BUSINESS INVESTORS Altus Consulting Group Madera Estates Another Broken Egg Cafe Micro-Mainframe / Pro-Links At Home Healthcare Moon Commercial Construction, LLC Carrie Muzny DDS and Associates Oxbow Calcining International, LLC Conroe’s Incredible Pizza Company Paula Kruppstadt MD ~ Hope for Healing Divorce Strategies Group Rayford Crossing RV Resort Express Employment Professionals Russo’s New York Pizzeria - The Woodlands Floor & Decor Soules Insurance Agency, LP Fox Travel Stage Right of Texas Grace School of Theology SureCare At Home Hello Woodlands Taylorized PR Hollis, Lewis & Company TES International, Inc I Promote You The Club at Carlton Woods Kids’ Meals The Woodlands Behavioral Health & Wellness Center Law Office of Matthew J. Mussalli, P.C. dba The Mussalli Law Firm Thistle Draftshop Lawn Ranger Co., Inc. United Way of Greater Houston Montgomery County Regional Center Liz Grimm Public Relations Veritas Title Partners Macy’s

B. ‘Chic’ Chicoine

Donna Daniels Beverly Denver Loretta DuBose Rob Eissler Carol Gooch Daryl W. Houck Karen L. Hoylman Rui Martin Maxine Mueller Kenny Speight Doug Stuart Daivd Vogt Sandra Vogt Nancy Wallace Denise Wranischar

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THE

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

Morgan Bourque, Attorney at Law

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

National Museum of Funeral History

Arnold Chiropractic Center, LLC

Benihana

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP

Better Bookkeepers, Inc. Blanton Advisors, LLC

Community Impact Newspaper

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

ExxonMobil ExxonMobil - Hughes Landing • ExxonMobil - Hughes Landing II

BMW of Houston North MINI of The Woodlands

CHI St. Luke’s Lakeside Hospital Consolidated Communications

Heightened Leaders

Houston Business Journal

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 IGS Group

LGI Homes

Boone’s Restoration

Bradbury Brothers – Cooling | Heating | Plumbing Breakthrough Psychological Solutions, PLLC Buckalew Chevrolet, LP

Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC (CRI)

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC 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.

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SWBC 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

Doggett Ford

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 Edward Jones – Keaton McDaniel, Financial Advisor Tiny Paws Rescue 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

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

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

Stephen F. Austin State University

Corporate Incentives, Inc.

Valorem Insurance Group Sidecar Health

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

Sewell Automotive Companies Audi North Houston Sewell INFINITI of North Houston

CLPF – Waterway Plaza, LLC

Keating Imports Keating Honda • Keating Nissan

Waste Connections, Inc. Hardy Road Transfer Station – Waste Connections R360 Environmental Solutions Seabreeze Landfill – Waste Connections Waste Connections of Texas

Repsol

Sergio’s Landscaping

TDECU Woodlands Member Center TDECU Business Services TDECU Mortgage

The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership The Woodlands Christian Academy

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

Sunbelt Business Brokers

Comcast Comcast Business

Richmond Realty Group – RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring

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

CHASE – Six Pines Branch CHASE – Alden Bridge CHASE – Panther Creek

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

Questback

Office Evolution – Conroe/Woodlands

PlainsCapital Bank – The Woodlands PlainsCapital Bank

Shenandoah Convention & Visitors Bureau City of Shenandoah

CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands Hospital

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Naskila Gaming

CenterPoint Energy CenterPoint Energy – C & P Tower Location CenterPoint Energy – Cypress Location CenterPoint Energy, Inc. – Government Affairs

MD Anderson Cancer Center MD Anderson Cancer Center

One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating

Milagro Interactive Inc

Amerant Bank

Lubrizol

Madison Marquette Market Street

Marsh & McLennan Agency

Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

McKesson Pharmaceutical Services and Solutions McKesson

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 WC Construction Will Carter Band

Wiesner Buick-GMC-Hyundai

Woodlands Primary Healthcare – Javier Sosa, MD Wright Business Technologies, Inc.


RIBBON CUTTINGS

The Woodlands Lifestyle Magazine Serving The Woodlands Tonya Butler (832) 326-0473

citylifestyle.com/thewoodlands

Happy Day Getaways by Dream Vacations

Serving The Woodlands and Surrounding Area Katelyn Hernandez (832) 345-5188 happydaygetaways.com

RIBBON CUTTINGS If you have recently joined the Chamber and are looking for some added exposure and visibility, please contact Cyndi Alvarado, Vice President of Membership and she will coordinate with you to promote your ribbon cutting, grand opening or open house. Ribbon cuttings are normally held on Fridays between 10AM – 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 at cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org for more information.

BUSINESS CONNECTIONS

Meet The New Members Connecting Over Zoom

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he Chamber hosted the September Meet the New Members on Zoom. With over 50 members in attendance, we were introduced to eight new members. We are excited to have them and hope you all have the opportunity to meet them and work with them in the coming year. Please join us in welcoming: Lauren Thompson, Allstate Windows & Siding, LLC; Kenneth Smith, Belair Leadership; Dan Hannon, Dan Hannon for Woodlands Township Position 4; Marcela Dominguez & Sergio Morfin, ecomaids of The Woodlands; Max Linden, Media Payment Group; Amanda Ambriz, The Abbey at NorthPoint; Tonya Butler, The Woodlands Lifestyle Magazine; and Brenda Banegas, USTMAX Center of the University of St. Thomas. We hope you will all join us for the November 19th Meet the New Members Reception at Bayway Cadillac. Reservations are required, and space is limited, so register today.

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BUSINESS CONNECTIONS

Networking Breakfast Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County, Inc.

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he Chamber’s Spotlight Sponsor for the September Networking Breakfast was Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County, Inc. The theme was I believe common courtesy goes a long way in business because…. The Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County, Inc. (DRC-MC) is a non-profit organization that

provides and promotes affordable, high-quality dispute resolution services and training to the Montgomery County area. The DRCMC has been helping people with difficult conversations since 1988. The DRC-MC offers virtual mediations that disputants can participate in from the safety and security of their own offices or homes. Mediation provides an economical and effective alternative to litigating disputes and/or a way to shorten litigation time by assisting disputants to reach a mutually agreeable resolution agreement, if possible.

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DRC-MC volunteer mediators not only have the satisfaction of providing a valuable community service to their neighbors, they also receive free or low cost mediation training and professional development opportunities. There are also many volunteer opportunities available so that nonmediators can also assist with other DRC-MC programs and services.

Winning bookmarks from the Sixth Annual Conflict Resolution Day Bookmark Art Contest are currently available at the DRC-MC. Also available are the #ITookThePledge certificates so that community members can pledge their willingness to utilize conflict resolution skills and to encourage others to resolve their conflicts peacefully.

The DRC-MC provides online, interactive training courses for individuals seeking a new career opportunity in the mediation field as well as for those who simply want to improve or enhance their communication skills. Additionally, the DRC-MC can customize or design conflict resolution training programs for businesses.

The DRC-MC is located at 301 N. Thompson Street, Suite 106, Conroe, Texas. For more information, visit resolution-center.org or call us at 936-760-6914, Ext. 4.

For Conflict Resolution Month, the DRC-MC and the ACRH Peer Mediation Team are sponsoring Peacebuilding Community Awards to recognize individuals and organizations who excel at peace building activities in Montgomery and/or Harris County. Nominations are due by October 16, 2020.

To learn more about how to showcase your business at the next Networking Breakfast, please contact Cyndi Alvarado, vice president of membership, at cyndi. alvarado@woodlandschamber.org. NEXT NETWORKING BREAKFAST: Wednesday, November 18 Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

We look forward to seeing you there!


TEAMS IN ACTION

The Diplomat Team of the Month

The Diplomat of the Month

The Chamber honored the Cheers Team for the third month in a row as the September Diplomat Team of the Month. The Cheers Team is comprised of Paul Miranda, Thryv; Ashley Reina, Blue Skies Bookkeeping; David Lee, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones 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 September. 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!

Cheers Team Honored in September

Ashley Reina; David M Lee; Natalie Teltow; Paul Miranda

David Dewhurst, Prosperity Living

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BUSINESS BRIEFS ANNOUNCEMENTS Media Payments Group (MPG) is a new age integrated payments company focused on leveling the playing field for small and medium sized businesses (SMB’s). We provide best in class software solutions with integrated payments enabling the SMB community to operate more efficiently, accepting payments via all channels; brick & mortar, ecommerce & mobile. Our mission is to listen and empathize with the SMB community. For the third consecutive year, The Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County, Inc. (DRC-MC) has received the Great Non-Profit designation by GreatNonprofits. This Top-Rated Nonprofit Award is based on ratings and reviews from DRC-MC volunteers, donors, and service recipients. The DRC-MC has been helping people with difficult conversations since 1988.

Better Bookkeepers, Inc. celebrates 10 years of being in business. Melanie Bush started Better Bookkeepers out of her home and now it has grown to employ fourteen people in two different locations. Strong roots make up the story of Better Bookkeepers start and ten years later they are still branching out.

From all of us at Naskila Gaming, we are back and committed to making your entertainment experience better than ever. The safety of all is our top priority. We want to be part of the solution to halt the spread of this virus and hope you join us in doing so. Please wear your mask and practice social distancing when visiting us.

COMMUNITY NEWS Check out the latest blog by Richmond Realty Group – RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring entitled “First Time Home Buying Tips Part 2 – Choosing The Right Location.” Learn how to choose wisely with the guidance from a professional real estate expert. Visit richmondrealtytx.com and click the Blog tab.

Don’t let payroll hold you captive! Payroll Vault is a boutique-style full-service payroll company dedicated to servicing small businesses. We handle all things payroll with 1-to-1 personalized service, giving you 24/7 access to our online portal for payroll reports and other pertinent business information. Call us today for a FREE payroll checkup @ 346-816-4125. Fall is gorgeous in Texas. It is the perfect time to spend some time with the family. Why not get some amazing fine art portraits taken at the same time? You know you need to replace that canvas over the fireplace! Fall sessions are booking now at Kara Powell Photography.

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EDUCATION Lone Star College was named a 2020 Great Colleges to Work For® institution by the Chronicle of Higher Education. This is the fourth year in a row LSC has been recognized. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor said, “The dedication our faculty and staff showed in the face of extraordinary circumstances never wavered and I am very grateful for their efforts in helping our students.”

The Advancement team from The John Cooper School received 7 awards at the Council for Advancement of Secondary Education District IV Accolades Awards in Dallas. Directors Troye Skipworth (advancement) and Deb Spiess (marketing) and Coordinators Megan Zimont, Brandis Walker-Nichols and Kalli Lovejoy were awarded for annual fund, special events, newsletter, magazine, photo and alumni.

GIVING BACK

The Howard Hughes Corporation announces that pre-leasing is now underway for residences at The Lane at Waterway, the newest multifamily development in The Woodlands Town Center. The 7-story, urban boutique multifamily community will offer 163 new one-, two- and three-bedroom modern apartment plans as well as townhomes with direct street access. It is anticipated to be ready for occupancy in December. thelaneatwaterway.com Houston Medical ER and Urgent Care is a freestanding ER and Urgent Care center located at 2306 Rayford Road in Spring. We have ER physicians on site 24/7 with ER nurses for all your major and minor ailments. FREE covid testings for all Montgomery & Harris County residents.

NEW TO THE TEAM & PROMOTIONS Bayou Land Conservancy (BLC), a local land trust focused on conserving land and protecting Houston’s primary water source, Lake Houston, announced that Ken Fatur was appointed to the board of directors. Mr. Fatur, a graduate of Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business, is Managing Director in J.P. Morgan’s Energy Group.

This year’s annual YMCA Run Thru the Woods has been transitioned into a Virtual Event for 2020. Celebrating 31 years Running for a CAUSE, Run Thru the Woods has been a source of fundraising for local youth charities raising more than $2.6 million dollars. Run November 14 – December 5, Anytime and Anywhere! The Hivnor Family and the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Community Foundation (MCCF) is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2020 MCCF Hivnor Family Scholarship Fund is Carlos Barcenas, a 2020 graduate from Willis High School. This scholarship supports his first semester at the University of Texas in Austin where he is seeking a degree in civil engineering.

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BUSINESS BRIEFS

Meals on Wheels is hoping the community will help fill 300 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-forSeniors Did you know Margaritaville on Lake Conroe has a Comedy Club “21 + Script and Riff” every Saturday Night? It’s time to laugh and have fun. Reserve your tickets for top names in comedy with host Billy D. Washington at eventbrite. com/o/margaritaville-lake-resort-lake-conroe-houston-30921565333

Momentum Title is planning their third annual Habitat for Heroes Veterans Build fundraising event to benefit Habitat MCTX on November 9, 2020, from 6:00pm-9:00pm at Zanti Cucina Italiana, 10000 Research Forest Drive, in Magnolia. The nonprofit organization Sisterhood along with additional donors gifted a new playground to 23 foster girls living at The Treehouse Center in Conroe. The volunteers installed the playground equipment in September to the surprise of the 24 girls in residence between the ages of 5-14.

A packed room filled the Sleepy Hollow Multipurpose Building in Conroe Saturday Night for the 7th Annual Children’s Books on Wheels “Dress White Linen” Event to support Children’s Literacy Initiatives. Honorees for the event were Rep Sheila Jackson Lee, Summer Day of MOWMC, Carl and Gloria White, Asher Coye-Huhn (volunteer from CPHS), and Wanda Horton WoodworthBoard Member Emeritus.

Join the fun and educational estate planning seminar held by Weygandt Law 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 November 5, 6pm-8:30pm at the Glades Arts Foundation for Wine + Wills. RSVP: bit.ly/34CXmaI In a Post-COVID world, there is a large need for flexible office plans and options that do not require a membership. Office Evolution offers individual private offices to fit your needs as a full-time business, a part time student, or anything in between with availability 24/7. officeevolution.com/locations/woodlands

Reserve your holiday party for 20 or 120 at Citizen’s Grill with both smaller rooms inside or an outdoor screened in area (with heaters). Catering personalized to your event. Call (936) 320-0022 or email jim@citizensgrill.com Come in to Tailgators Pub and Grill for wings, burgers, and cold brew to watch college football or Sunday/Monday NFL on our large screened TV’s. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 11:00am-7:00pm. Everybody is somebody at Tailgators Pub and Grill located in Magnolia on FM 1488 and in The Woodlands on Kuykendahl.

And the Duck Race is a GO! November 14 at 2pm the Ducks will float down the new City of Conroe Waterpark. You can watch virtually on Facebook LIVE with Community Assistance Center, but better yet, cheer on your rubber duck to win! duckrace.com/thewoodlands

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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 State Rep. Cecil Bell Jr. ................................................. Texas House of Representatives, District 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 State Rep. Will Metcalf .................................................Texas House of Representatives, District 16 Commissioner James Metts............................................................... Montgomery County, Pct. 4 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

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