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In Person Event COVID Guidelines Make Your Voice Heard — Vote!


A MESSAGE FROM J.J. HOLLIE

Voting, Advocacy, Charity, and Community… Voting is a fundamental right we should all exercise. Important races on the ballot this year include: The Woodlands Township Board, Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees, State Representative, and the Presidential election. Early voting begins on October 13th and election day is November 3rd. For more information on dates, times, and polling locations, please see our Government Affairs page on the Chamber’s website woodlandschamber.org/government-affairs. One of the Focus Areas of the Chamber is to advocate for the business community. If you would like to be involved in the Chamber’s government affairs, please attend the Business Advocacy Council meetings held each month on the 3rd Friday, at 8am. The team discusses important issues such as transportation, workforce, water resources, utilities. Also, we focus on preparing legislative priorities and presentations development. Without successful representation on these foundational issues, we endanger the strong economy we have in the region.  Another key focus area of the Chamber is supporting the nonprofit charity community. There are over 150 charities that are members of the Chamber and we have a volunteer team that selects at least one charity a month to feature. This month we are supporting CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) by taking part in their annual CASA Superhero run. I will be running the 1 mile, 5k, 10k, and 8-mile distances in support of this great organization. I would love if you can join me on one of my runs, so keep an eye on the Chamber’s social media for the schedule. As always, thank you for your support of the Chamber! We cannot be the organization we need to be without your membership and volunteerism. You help make our community better by your participation and we could not be more grateful.

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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.

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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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Make Your Voice Heard–Vote November 3! Election season is heating up in Montgomery County with numerous local races and issues packed on the November 3 ballot. Between now and Election Day, the Business Advocacy Council will host a series of events in an effort to inform the public on issues important to voters as it relates to business.

CHAMBER ELECTION ACTIVITIES CANDIDATE FORUM

The Woodlands Township

Thursday, October 1 at 4pm CANDIDATE FORUM

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE:

Thursday, October 6 at 4pm

October 5

Facebook LIVE

Conroe ISD Board of Trustees Facebook LIVE

EARLY VOTING DATES & TIMES

Tuesday, October 13 — Saturday, October 17 8am to 5pm

Monday, October 19 — Saturday, October 24 7am to 7pm

Sunday, October 25 12pm to 5pm

Monday, October 26 — Friday, October 30 7am to 7pm

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY ELECTION DATES Early Voting Begins Tuesday, October 13 ••• Early Voting Ends Friday, October 30 ••• Vote on Election Day!

Tuesday, November 3 7AM to 7PM

• Check your voter registration status,

find your polling location and view a sample ballot at montgomeryvotes.com


Texans are preparing to cast votes in a slew of local, state and federal races Nov. 3. Here is what you need to know, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s Office. By: Olivia Lueckemeyer, Community Impact Newspaper

Q: Am I registered to vote? A: To verify voter registration status, the Texas Secretary of State’s Office requires one of three forms of identification: a driver’s license number, a Voter ID number or a first and last name along with a county of residence, date of birth and ZIP code. Voters can find out their status at teamrvmvp.sos.texas.gov/MVP/mvp.do. Q: I’m registered, but I recently moved. Do I need to let someone know? A: It depends on the location of the move. If it happened within the same county, the voter registrar should be notified in writing. There are several ways to do this. Visit votetexas. gov/register-to-vote/did-you-change-something.html for more information. If the move was to a different county, re-registration is required. See the necessary steps below. Q: I’m registered, but I changed my name. Do I need to let someone know? A: Yes, the county registrar should be notified of the change in writing. For more information on how to do this, see the bottom of this page.

Q: I’m registered. When can I vote? A: Early voting in Texas begins Oct. 13 and ends Oct. 30. Election Day is Nov. 3. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. Q: I’m voting in person. Where do I go? A: Each voter is provided with a Voter ID card. This includes a precinct number, which indicates where a voter is eligible to vote. In some counties, residents can vote at any designated polling location in their county during early voting and on Election Day. To check whether your county participates in the Countywide Polling Place Program, visit sos.texas.gov/ elections/laws/countywide-polling-place-program.shtml. Q: What do I need to bring with me to the polls? A: Texans need a photo ID to vote. Acceptable forms of identification include a Texas driver’s license, an election ID certificate, a personal ID card, a handgun license, a U.S citizenship certificate with a photo, a military ID card with a photo, or a passport.

Q: If I’m not registered, what do I do? A: Voters can register by mail or in person. Texas does not offer online registration.

Q: I don’t have an ID. Can I still vote? A: Voters without a photo ID are required to sign a sworn affidavit that exempts them from the ID requirement, but they must still provide another form of identification Visit votetexas. gov/register-to-vote/need-id.html for more information.

Q: I don’t have a driver’s license. Can I still register to vote? A: Yes. Texas accepts seven different forms of identification. Options include an election ID certificate, a personal ID card, a handgun license, a U.S. citizenship certificate with a photo, a military ID card with a photo, or a passport.

Q: Can I vote by mail in Texas? A: Only some Texas voters are eligible to request mail-in ballots. To do so, an individual must be age 65 or older, disabled, out of the county on Election Day or during early voting by personal appearance, or confined in jail.

Q: I want to register in person. Where do I go? A: Voters can register at their county’s voter registrar’s office. To find your county’s office, visit sos.texas.gov/elections/ voter/votregduties.shtml.

Q: I am eligible to vote by mail. How do I apply? A: Voters can print an application to vote by mail from the Texas Secretary of State’s Office website. It must be printed, filled out, signed and mailed to the early voting clerk in the voter’s county. The application can also be faxed. Contact info for each county’s early voting clerk can be found at sos.texas. gov/elections/voter/county.shtml. For more details on this process, visit sos.texas.gov/elections/voter/reqabbm.shtml.

Q: I want to register by mail. How do I do that? A: Voters can fill out an application online, print it, sign it and mail it to their county’s voter registrar’s office. The registration is effective 30 days after it is received and accepted by the registrar. Applications are also available at many post offices, public libraries, government offices or high schools. Q: When is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election? A: The deadline is Oct. 5. If an application is postmarked on or before this date, it is eligible for approval by the registrar.

Q: When is the deadline to apply to vote by mail? A: The application must be received, not postmarked, by Friday, Oct. 23. Q: What is the deadline to vote by mail? A: If the envelope is not postmarked, mail-in ballots must be received by Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. If postmarked by Nov. 3 at 7 p.m., the ballot will be accepted up to Nov. 4 at 5 p.m.

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2019-2020 Elevating Corporate Business Partners… Success

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he following organizations are partners in The Chamber’s mission to advocate for the business community, create marketing and networking opportunities, serve as a professional and community resource and support local charities.

HEIGHTENED LEADERS Helping business owners and their leadership to create VISION, gain TRACTION and become HEALTHY. Creating an environment where real, simple results are possible! heightenedleaders.com

BENTLEY HOUSTON AT POST OAK MOTORS For unparalleled automotive performance and craftsmanship, choose a handcrafted luxury model that will stand the test of time. Our customers come from across the region (The Woodlands, Galveston, Sugarland) to shop with us. Discover the finest automobiles from the world’s leading luxury brands at Post Oak Motors Houston, Rolls Royce Houston, Bugatti Houston, Bentley Houston and Karma Houston. postoakmotors.com

HOUSTON METHODIST THE WOODLANDS HOSPITAL Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital is a brand-new, full-service, acute care hospital serving The Woodlands and communities in Montgomery County and the north Houston region. At Houston Methodist The Woodlands, you’ll find many of the same exceptional programs and services as our flagship hospital in the Texas Medical Center, including cancer care, cardiology, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, sports medicine, surgery services and women’s health. houstonmethodist.org/thewoodlands

CHEVRON PHILLIPS CHEMICAL COMPANY We are committed to conducting our business in a sound, responsible manner consistent with the highest standards and principles of our industry, our leadership, our employees and our public. Our mission and value statements help us maintain our focus — both as individuals and as a company. cpchem.com

THE HOWARD HUGHES CORPORATION Hidden within a wooded oasis, The Woodlands, one of the top master planned communities in the nation, fosters the best in family life, career opportunities and neighborhood involvement. Come experience The Woodlands…and call it home! thewoodlands.com

CHI ST. LUKE’S HEALTH— THE WOODLANDS HOSPITAL CHI St. Luke’s Health–The Woodlands Hospital offers leading-edge treatments and services to our community in North Harris and Montgomery counties. The Woodlands Hospital provides expertise in a broad range of services, including heart care, neurology, and sports medicine. chistlukeshealth.org/ woodlands-hospital CONSOLIDATED COMMUNICATIONS Consolidated Communications is dedicated to turning technology into solutions, connecting people and enriching how our customers work and live. We pride ourselves on delivering a better experience by putting our customers’ needs first; building a stronger community through employee volunteerism and company giving; and evolving and innovating to meet and exceed the needs and expectations of our customers. consolidated.com 6

ENTERGY TEXAS, INC. Entergy Texas, Inc. provides clean, reliable and affordable power to Southeast Texas. The company traces its roots to Gulf States Utilities, which merged with New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. in 1994. Following the merger, the company’s operations in Texas became known as Entergy Texas. entergy-texas.com

LONE STAR COLLEGE Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and workforce training to 95,000 students each semester. Lone Star College is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, PH.D., serves as chancellor of Lone Star College, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of $3.1 billion. lonestar.edu MD ANDERSON CANCER CENTER— THE WOODLANDS For more than 75 years, MD Anderson has provided an unparalleled level of cancer care, and with multiple locations around Houston, our experience and services extend into your neighbor-hood. Our patients have convenient, comfortable access to world-class cancer care in their community, close to where they live and work. MD Anderson provides medical oncology, radiation oncology and surgical oncology services along with a range of supportive programs at all of its Greater Houston area locations. mdanderson.org/about-md-anderson/ourlocations/the-woodlands.html


MEMORIAL HERMANN THE WOODLANDS MEDICAL CENTER Since 1985, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center has been continually recognized for delivering a higher level of care. It is a trauma center and is still the first and only hospital in Montgomery County to be granted Magnet® status for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Memorial Hermann The Woodlands is a 351-private bed, fullservice, comprehensive, acute care facility that brings together the ultimate in healthcare technology, expertise and healing for families in south Montgomery County, north Harris County and surrounding communities. memorialhermann.org/thewoodlands PETROLEUM WHOLESALE Full service Petroleum Company offering branded and wholesale gasoline & diesel and retail convenience stores and travel centers in the Southwestern U.S. The company is a private supporter of many charitable and philanthropic causes but is most passionate about animal rescue and adoption. petroleumwholesale.com PLANET FORD LINCOLN Planet Lincoln Ford on I-45 in Spring is leading the luxury revolution by pre-discounting every vehicle with today’s actual market price Trust, transparency, selection and great service. planetlincoln.com RICHMOND REALTY GROUP - RE/MAX THE WOODLANDS & SPRING Richmond Realty RE/ MAX The Woodlands and Spring, is a Residential and Commercial Real Estate Company. Rooted Locally. Rich in Community, Zach Richmond brings a wealth of knowledge about the community and the industry. Joining Zach, Realtor Marlys Mulkey’s expertise includes marketing, listing/selling at all price points and transaction negotiation. Contact Zach Today! richmondrealtytx.com SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY For more than 130 years, Sam Houston State University has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, “The measure of a life is its service,” echoes across SHSU’s six colleges and beyond campus through student research, creative endeavors, learning, volunteering and more. shsu.edu STIBBS & CO. P.C., ATTORNEYS Stibbs & Co. in Spring, Texas, is an established business law firm serving the greater Houston area with a unique mix of experience, know-ledge, and industry savvy to help you through even the toughest challenge. stibbsco.com

THE WOODLANDS AREA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership is your link to a highly-successful business climate located in The Woodlands, Texas in South Montgomery County. Our organization can help your existing company grow or help move your company, employees and families to a dynamic community where you can live, work and grow. edpartnership.net THE WOODLANDS TOWNSHIP/VISIT THE WOODLANDS The Woodlands Township is the govern-mental service provider for residents and businesses, providing enhanced law enforcement services, fire protection, environmental services, parks and recreation, economic development and more. The Township staff and publicly elected Board of Directors are committed to public safety and exceptional levels of customer service. Together, they responsibly fulfill the governance needs of the community while promoting the economic development of The Woodlands and providing services that enhance property values. thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov The important work accomplished by The Woodlands Area Chamber every year is supported by the additional financial investments made by some of our community’s leading businesses.

WASTE CONNECTIONS, INC. An integrated solid waste services company that provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services in exclusive and secondary markets. Serving more than two million residential, commercial and industrial customers from a network of operations in 29 states and providing intermodal services for container movement in the Pacific Northwest. wasteconnections.com WOODFOREST NATIONAL BANK For over 35 years Woodforest National Bank® has successfully stood among the strongest community banks in the nation, proudly offering outstanding quality customer service since 1980. Woodforest offers both consumer and small business products and services. woodforest.com WRIGHT BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. Based in Houston, Wright Business Technologies has been helping local companies reach their potential by managing their information technology, computers and IT equipment for over 25 years. Let us help your business be more profitable, be better prepared for a disaster or just have everything work all the time. Give us a call and get a free technology evaluation of your business. wrighttechnologies.com OCTOBER 2020

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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

MICHAEL HARDY, Military Solutions TOPIC: DoD Skillbridge – Hire military Veterans for FREE

APRIL WALTER, The Strong Firm, P.C. TOPIC: Practical Guidance for Employee Handbooks, Agreements, and UI Benefit Claims

ROBIN FORET,Seltzer, Chadwick, Soefje, & Ladik, PLLC TOPIC: FLSA During COVID 19

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

PROF. JAMIE BELINNE, University of Houston TOPIC: The Care and Feeding of Your Young Employee ZACH WOLFE, Fleckman & McGlynn, PLLC TOPIC: Departing Employee Issues in the Pandemic Era

JACK MERINAR, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC TOPIC: OSHA/COVID

H. JULIAN FRACHTMAN TOPIC: Pregnancy Discrimination

LEE WINKELMAN, Hopkins, Centrich, Winkelman, and Drucker, PLLC TOPIC: FLSA Update

HALEY PAUL, Stibbs & Co. Attorneys

IN-HOUSE COUNSEL/HR PANEL:

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION PANEL:

KENDRA PAUL, HUNTSMAN DAVID COMEAUX, McKesson Corporation BEN PAUL, Maverick Natural Resources

CAROLYN GRAY, Zircon Consulting JERONIMO VALDEZ, Valdez & Washington, LLP WENDEL WASHINGTON, Valdez & Washington, LLP

STEPHANIE JOHN, Chevron Phillips Chemical (Moderator)

LEE WINKELMAN, Hopkins, Centrich, Winkelman, and Drucker, PLLC (Moderator)

Effective Collaboration between HR and Legal

Diversity In Employment

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Restaurant Month

JANUARY 4 – 31, 2021

TASTE “AROUND” THE TOWN Participating restaurants will offer “tastes” of some of their signature dishes as well as off menu items to all ticketed guests. It is a perfect way to try the outstanding dishes you have come to love at Taste of the Town as well as experiencing new and exciting menu items while supporting our local restaurants that have been so badly hit by the pandemic.

Sponsorship Opportunitites 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 GOURMET CHEF | $2,500 | 30 Tickets VALET | $3,000 | 50 Tickets at all restaurants • Signage Invitation for (2) to VIP/ Media Kick-Off event • at valet stand and ability to have valet’s put • Signage a marketing item 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 Restaurant Participation: $250 Sponsorships Available.

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THE GOLF TRAILS OF THE WOODLANDS Monday, October 26 10AM • Shotgun Start SPORTS-THEMED FORMAT LUNCH, AWARDS & PRIZES Team packages begin at $700 Individual players are $200 Chamber members can drop off promo items to be included in player bags at no cost before October 19.

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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

SPONSOR / REGISTER CONTACT:

woodlandschambergolf.com

Jennifer.coyle@woodlandschamber.org


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Essential Career Advice For Ambitious Young Professionals

Credit: Andy Molinsky, Forbes.com

You probably know Daniel Pink best as a leading management thinker and best-selling author of books like To Sell is Human, When, and A Whole New Mind, but what you probably didn’t know about Dan is that writing, for him, really started out as a side gig instead of his main job, which was in politics. From the time Dan was in college, he was writing articles, essays, and columns in his spare time. And it was only decades later that he realized his side hustle, which he loved, could eventually become a full time gig for him. Inspired by this story, here’s advice he’d have for young professionals looking to make a difference and achieve their own early career success.

Q: What misconceptions do you think college students have about entering the professional world? A: That life in general, and careers in particular, are linear. In fact, I’m not even sure they’re two-dimensional. They’re more like a Salvador Dali painting overlaid on a three-dimensional game of poker. Or something like that. Put another way, the path your life takes is rarely obvious at the outset. Sometimes it makes sense only retrospectively. And sometimes even then it doesn’t make sense.

Q: What advice would you give to a young professional who experiences the “imposter syndrome”— the fear that they are not worthy, and couldn’t possibly be qualified to do the job or task that they’re attempting to do.   A: The people you encounter in professional environments are far less competent than you imagine. They’re just as flawed as you are. So, stop fretting and get to work.

Q: What’s an underrated or overlooked factor you think is critical for achieving early career success?   A: Ignoring what other people think. I used to be concerned about that. Then years ago I discovered what people actually think of me. The answer? They’re not thinking about me. They’re thinking about themselves.

Q: What specifically about your college experience has proven to be most helpful for your eventual career success? Is there anything you didn’t necessarily anticipate being helpful, but actually has been? A: Exposure to the arts. I used to think that paintings, sculpture, theater, and music were ornamental. Nice to have, but not all that important. That’s wrong. The arts are fundamental. They’re integral to the human experience and have the side benefit of equipping you with useful professional skills like perspective-taking and composition.

Q: What’s your very best advice for helping a student or young professional craft a career with a strong sense of meaning and purpose?   A: Think less and do more. We tend to believe that thought always precedes action—that the first step is to figure out your purpose or passion or whatever, and then use that as your guide. But the process often runs the other direction. Action precedes thought. Only by doing something can you figure out what you think. So, show up. Do the work. Make a contribution. Not in the future. Right now—in whatever you’re doing. Eventually the picture will become clearer. OCTOBER 2020

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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.


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he Fall 2020 semester at Lone Star College-Montgomery is in full swing. Classes began in an online format on Monday, August 24TH with limited face-to-face instruction on starting on Tuesday, September 8TH. Montgomery will welcome over 15,000 students in our 25TH anniversary year to associate degree and workforce programs. LSC-The University Center in The Woodlands is hosting the first cohort of students in Lone Star College’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The college continues to offer dual credit, continuing education, and corporate college offerings and is committed to maintaining the highest academic standards through innovation in the online and hybrid environments. While we are celebrating our past, we are even more excited about our future. We are excited to announce that LSC-

Montgomery was awarded not one, but two major grants in August and September. Montgomery was one of five LSC campuses to receive a Trio SSS award from the U.S. Department of Education. The $1.3 million grant will be used to fund the Advancement Initiative for Mavericks (AIM) program, providing support to lowincome, first-time-in-college students and students with disabilities. Within weeks of the Trio SSS award, LSC-Montgomery was awarded another Department of Education grant, the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions grant. This award is designed to expand educational opportunities for Hispanic students. We are very honored to have been awarded these grants as they will allow us to bring new educational opportunities to students. Construction started on our new Maverick Student Services and Conference Center on September 8. One half of the complex will house the

Maverick Assistance Center (MAC), admissions, advising, financial aid, and other essential student support services. The other part will be a fully functioning conference and meeting center able to host groups of up to 300 people. The scheduled completion date is in the s pring of 2022. While necessary safety precautions have eliminated many gatherings and events that usually mark the beginning of a new semester on campus, our creative and passionate faculty and staff are finding innovative ways to keep our Maverick spirit strong. Student Life created a number of fun on-campus and virtual events for our annual Welcome Week. LSC-Montgomery’s Visual and Performing Arts theatre, music, and dance performances are all going virtual for the fall with live-streamed programs. Don’t miss a bit of Montgomery Maverick news. Visit Lonestar.edu/ Montgomery-Presidents-Update to subscribe to the Maverick Minute. Go Mavericks! Dr. Rebecca Riley, President Lone Star College-Montgomery

Some Great conversations we’ve enjoyed on the podcast: Randy Johnson Montgomery County Hospital District

Missy Herndon President & CEO Interfaith of the Woodlands & Interfaith Clinic Co-Founder

Summer Day President & CEO Meals on Wheels Montgomery County

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CHAMBER EVENTS

OCTOBER 2020

woodlandschamber.org/calendar

THU, OCT 1 11:30-1PM

TUE, OCT 13 5:30-7:30PM

Volunteer Appreciation Drive-Up Luncheon

Business After Hours

Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Parish 26777 Glen Loch Dr. The Woodlands, TX 77381

National Museum of Funeral History 415 Barren Springs Houston, TX 77090

Reservations Required

TUE, OCT 20 8:30-9:30AM

WED, OCT 21 7:01AM-9AM

Discovery Day

Networking Breakfast

Reservations Required

$12/Members; Reservations Required

MON, OCT 26 9AM-4PM

TUE, OCT 27 5:30-7:30PM

Putt, Pass & Chip Golf Tournament

Meet the New Members

$200/Individual Player; $700/Team of Four

Reservations Required

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

The Golf Trails of The Woodlands – Panther Trail 2311 N. Millbend Dr. The Woodlands, TX 77380

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

Goode Company Restaurants 8865 Research Forest Dr. Shenandoah, TX 77380


CHAMBER EVENTS

NOVEMBER 2020

woodlandschamber.org/calendar

FRI, NOV 6 8AM-1PM

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

Employment Law Update – Virtual

Business After Hours

$150/Members; $175/NON-MEMBERS

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

Reservations Required

WED, NOV 18 7:01AM-9AM

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

$12/Members; Reservations Required

The Johnson Development Corp. – Woodforest 251 Central Pine Street Montgomery, TX 77316

Reservations Required

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

C.A.R.E.S 11:30am OCT 7 OCT 8 11:30am-12:30pm YPN BAC 8-9 am OCT 16 OCT 20 10-11am EOC EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE 10-11 am OCT 21 DIVERSITY INCLUSION COUNCIL 1-2 pm OCT 21 C.A.R.E.S 4pm NOV 4

woodlandschamber.org/teams

WEBINARS The Chamber is accepting applications from members that are interested in hosting a live or recorded webinar.

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

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What I Wish I Knew

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n October 5, Education for Tomorrow Alliance will release a new weekly podcast specifically designed for high school students called, “What I Wish I Knew.” Episodes feature emerging leaders, including several guests from the Chamber’s Young Professionals Network. EfTA Program Director and podcast host Corinne Coulter interviews guests about the steps they are taking to create the careers they envisioned for themselves and what they have learned along the way. “What I Wish I Knew” can be found at efta-us. org, or wherever listeners find their favorite podcasts.

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 Education for Tomorrow Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to access and strengthen local cultivating education and community partnerships that advance student education. Learn more about success. With innovative programs focused on career, leadership, and STEM preparation, EfTA is the portal through which business leaders can “What I Wish I Knew” and access and strengthen local education. To learn more, visit efta-us.org. more at efta-us.org.

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Community Relations Team New Year – New Name – Chamber’s C.A.R.E.S. Committee

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s the Community Relations Team moved into the new fiscal year, the team decided to review the team charter to see if who the team was formed to be twenty years ago, is who they are today. After much discussion, the team collaborated to come up with a new charter and new team name. Moving forward, CRT will be the Chamber’s C.A.R.E.S. Committee (CCC) – Community Actively Responding by Engaging in Service.

The Diplomat Team of the Month Cheers Team Honored in August

The Chamber honored the Cheers Team as the August 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.

OBJECTIVE: Ensure a constant commitment to a strong community presence.

SCOPE: Engage the Chamber community through participation with other nonproifts. The committee is open to all Chamber members and we encourage those that have a heart for giving back through community service to join us this year as we continue to support the Wonderful nonprofit organizations that shape our community. The Chamber’s C.A.R.E.S. Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in the Chamber Lakeshore Board Room.

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

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. Please 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!

The Diplomat of the Month David Lee, Edward Jones

We are thrilled to congratulate David Lee, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones on earning the honor of being named the Diplomat of the Month for August. This is David’s second month in a row that we honor him for his dedication and service to The Chamber. He cares about our members and wants to help them succeed in business and in The Chamber. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have someone like David helping with member engagement. Showing members the value of getting involved and how the connections you make with other members will help shape our business community. If you know David, please reach out to him to congratulate him. Congratulations, David!

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NEW MEMBERS

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COMMUNITY 1 TO 1 PRINTERS, LLC Mr. Axel Krayer (281) 821-4400 1to1printers.com

15031 Woodham Drive, Suite 370 Houston, TX 77073 Sponsored by Joe Lopez, LMG Marketing Group Inc. Hello from 1 To 1 Printers! We are an innovative, high quality commercial printing and signage company that delivers effective and creative marketing solutions to businesses all around the world: from business cards and catalogs to trade show displays and wall murals, we do it for you!

CODE CLEAN Mr. Brandon Ivy (855) 675-2633 codecleanteam.com 10904 Dauphine Street Willis, TX 77318

Code Clean provides sanitizing services using an electrostatic spray system to stop the spread of the Corona virus COVID-19, mold and bacteria on both hard and soft surfaces. Our concentrated disinfectant is an EPA registered cleaner, disinfectant, and deodorizer. It is safe for both your home and business. Twenty minutes post treatment, you can carry out your daily routine with peace of mind!

HOUSTON MEDICAL ER Dr. Huong Nguyen (281) 453-7777 houstonmedicaler.com 2306 Rayford Road

Spring, TX 77386

Our 24-hour ER is staffed with board-certified physicians, licensed nurses and trained staff. We aim to eliminate the usual wait time you’ll face at most emergency rooms. Houston Medical ER is a full-service, freestanding ER in Houston that is equipped to treat most minor and major medical emergencies for adults and children.

GENSLER Mr. Jonathan Shelledy (713) 844-0000 gensler.com/offices/houston 711 Louisiana Street, Suite 300 Houston, TX 77002 As a global architecture, design and planning firm, Gensler seeks to redefine what can be accomplished for clients through the Power of Design. With more than 3,500 active clients, we work across the global economy. Our clients are remarkably diverse: large and small, private and public, for-profit and nonprofit. We help them grow, sustain and transform: whatever it takes to embrace their future.

RAVEN MECHANICAL, LP Ms. Megan Chapa (281) 987-1618

1618 Buschong

Houston, Tx 77039

Raven Mechanical is a full service mechanical contractor specializing in Plumbing and HVAC service and construction. Raven Mechanical will strive to provide the highest level of service to its clientele, provide opportunities for growth to its employees, and maintain a leadership role in the industry.

RESTORE HYPERWELLNESS SPRING Dr. Huong Nguyen (832) 585-1022 restore.com 3550 Rayford Road, Suite 110

Spring, TX 77386

We are the passage for all things wellness. We make wellness affordable and accessible to everyone. Hyper Wellness is a lifestyle that improves the lives of our customers. We offer cryotherapy, hyperbaric oxygen, IV Drip, photobiomodulation, compression, stretch-base, infrared sauna, NAD+ and cryoskin therapies, hydrofacials and micronutrient testing. Restore your health. Do more of what you love.

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NEW MEMBERS

SOUTHERN TITLE Ms. Tammy Schroder (832) 694-3116 southerntitletx.com

4526 Research Forest Drive, Suite 200 The Woodlands, TX 77381 Sponsored by Danny Schroder; PlainsCapital Bank We are proud to say that we are a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise that combines more than 50 years of experience in the title and real estate industries, including 13 years of practice in real estate and construction law. We are conveniently located and accessible from all areas of South Montgomery and North Harris Counties. We simplify the often stressful and confusing closing transaction.

THE LANDING AT AUGUSTA WOODS Ms. Rhonda Leaks (346) 268-2001 springseniorliving.com 25640 Kuykendahl Road, Suite B

The Woodlands, TX 77375

We believe that Assisted Living is to be delivered in a dignified manner where privacy and choice are celebrated and practiced. Residents enjoy an active, engaging lifestyle that promotes wellness and independence. It is our goal to keep our residents linked to resources and opportunities that will fulfill their needs and interests. It can be different - let our talented team show you how!

U R ROYALTY Ms. Tasha Grissett (470) 360-9983 Coming Soon!

Coming soon, a beauty/nail salon where you are treated like Royalty! UR Royalty will offer all of the services you desire to feel beautiful, delivered with a pampering touch.

BUSINESS A7 INTERNATIONAL GROUP, LLC Mr. Omar Abugaber 26119 Interstate 45 North, Suite 207

(832) 585-0049 a7internationalgroup.com Spring, TX 77380 Sponsored by John Truman; Nebular Films

A7 International Group, LLC was constituted in August, 2013 to operate as a real estate holding and investment company. The Company’s core purpose is to acquire and hold prime commercial real estate, with the characteristic of seeking properties for potential clients. It is a priority for the company to have “A” class properties, with excellent location and space to develop high level projects.

HOMMATI #168 Mr. Wayne Rodieck (936) 228-9600 hommati.com/office/168 2300 Woodforest Pky., Suite 250 PMB 101

Montgomery, TX 77316

We help real estate agents generate up to 4 times more traffic on their listings with our services including: 3D Tours, Aerial Videos, Guided Tours, HD Photography, Floor Pans and Virtual Staging. Agents using our services see their listings sell up to 31% faster with an increase in selling price of up to 4-9%. We are committed to visually capturing homes using the most cutting-edge technology.

HOUSTON DYNAMO Mr. Matthew Menard (713) 276-7521 houstondynamo.com 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Suite 200

Houston, TX 77010

Major League Soccer club that has won two MLS Cup championships and four conference championships in its first seven seasons and qualified to represent the U.S. in international competition six times.

HOUSTON FURNITURE BANK Mr. Oli Mohammed (713) 842-9771 houstonfurniturebank.org 8220 Mosley Road

Houston, TX 77075

Our mission is to furnish hope by making empty houses homes. With the support of the industry partners and Houston and Surrounding Communities, we work with over 45 different social service partner agencies to provide essential furniture to families in need.

JLL Mr. Rip Reynolds (713) 888-4000 us.jll.com 1400 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 1100

Houston, TX 77056

We’re a world leader in real estate services, powered by an entrepreneurial spirit. We buy, build, occupy and invest in a variety of assets including industrial, commercial, retail, residential and hotel real estate. From tech startups to global firms, our clients span industries including banking, energy, healthcare, law, life sciences, manufacturing and technology.

KARA POWELL PHOTOGRAPHY Ms. Kara Powell (832) 573-3731 karapowellphotography.com

Serving The Woodlands and Surrounding Areas Sponsored by Tara Flannery; Tara Flannery Photography Kara Powell Photography specializes in capturing your growing family. We want your family portraits to be as unique as you are. Our goal is to create and provide you with artwork and albums to make you smile every day and remember this time in life. This is your story, and we are here to help you tell it and preserve it.

KATZ COFFEE Mr. Avi Katz (713) 864-3338 katzcoffee.com

2400 Karbach Street Houston, TX 77092 Sponsored by Joe Lopez; LMG Marketing All coffees are not created equal. Our roastmasters aspire to bring you the best flavors and aromas from high quality, hand-picked Arabica coffee beans. Each coffee is unique and delicious. Take a break from the mundane.

MEDIA PAYMENTS GROUP Mr. Chris Hartner (713) 724-7853 mediapaymentsgroup.com 2002 Timberloch Place

The Woodlands, TX 77380

Media Payment Group was formed for the sole purpose of creating and providing fully integrated business operating software and payment solutions. Our software solutions enable business owners, managers and entrepreneurs to operate their businesses at optimal efficiency. We build true partnerships with our clients by providing solutions that offer real value while prioritizing integrity.

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY HOME & OUTDOOR LIVING SHOW Mr. Tony Wood (832) 274-3944 texwoodvirtual.com 2617-C West Holcombe, Suite 444 Houston, TX 77025 Sponsored by Margie Taylor, Taylorized PR We have been producing successful Home & Garden shows over 20 years. Each location is filled with exhibitors who offer a variety of high-quality products & services. We produce 3 Home and Garden Show Events in Sugar Land, Cy-Fair & The Woodlands twice each year to serve local homeowners & home improvement companies in the geographical marketing area specific to each event.

PROVIDENT WEALTH ADVISORS, LLC Mr. Daniel Goodwin (281) 466-4843 providentwealthllc.com 25511 Budde Road, Suite 1302 The Woodlands, TX 77380 Comprehensive Financial, Investment, and Tax Planning, Life Insurance, 401K Rollovers, Home Mortgage. Building Better Retirement Plans with Innovative Financial, Tax & Distribution Planning Strategies.

SIRIUS VIDEO PRODUCTIONS Mr. Al Klimas (281) 419-0200 siriusvideo.com 26015 Oak Ridge Drive The Woodlands, TX 77380 Sirius Video serves the production needs of broadcast and corporate video producers nationwide. We provide a full range of location production equipment and services, including live streaming. We work with only the most experienced DP’s and soundmen. Whether your project calls for ‘’run and gun’’ ENG shooting, or several days of film style production, ‘’Attitude’’ is never part of the package.

THE BAM NETWORK Mr. John McKee (770) 670-3958 thebamnetwork.com Serving The Woodlands and Surrounding Area

The BAM Network is a digital marketing company promoting CEO’s, Influencers, Authors, and Mentors. At The BAM Network we will help you make the right connections you need to grow your business. If you are interested in being featured along side some of the most influential people please contact us for more information.

THE WOODLANDS LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE Ms. Tonya Butler (832) 326-0473 citylifestyle.com/thewoodlands Serving The Woodlands & Surrounding Area Sponsored by Margie Taylor, Taylorized PR A hyper-local magazine mailed directly to the most affluent homes each month. This publication contents feature: art, food + drink, home + design, travel, life + culture, wellness, style + beauty, community, non-profits and the great events and people that make The Woodlands so very special. Actively seeking new partners looking to grow their brand and presence in this sector with great ROI.

TOPCOAT NAIL BOUTIQUE Ms. Mandy Hoang (281) 292-7322 topcoat-nail-boutique.business.site 6700 Woodlands Parkway, Suite 180 The Woodlands, TX 77382 Modern nail salon that prides itself on service and cleanliness. Beautiful décor. Whatever your needs may be, get in touch with us today for more details about our products and services. We look forward to meeting you.

TOTAL FINISH FLOORS Mr. Lorenzo Bundrage (713) 666-2972 totalfinishfloors.com Serving The Woodlands & Surrounding Area

Are your stone floors, counters and showers looking a little dingy and dull? Turn to our licensed and experienced team for stone refinishing, restoration, polishing, and recoating to get your stone surfaces looking like new again. Our locally owned business is a member of the BBB and has been serving the area since 1997. Get a free estimate and 1-year labor warranty. 10% off for Veterans and Seniors.

UST MAX CENTER Ms. Carla Alsandor, Ph.D. (713) 522-7911 stthom.edu/MAXCenter 336 N. Main Street

Conroe, TX 77301

The University of St. Thomas established the UST MAX Center in Fall 2020. The micro-campus serves as a recruiting and marketing center for a wide variety of Associates degrees, Masters degrees, and Certificate programs designed to support the residents of Montgomery County and offered primarily online.

VIBRANT CHURCH Pastor Michael Scobey (630) 200-1695 2319 Timberloch Place

Spring, TX 77380

vibranthtx.com

Real people with a real passion to live Vibrant life in Jesus! Vibrant Church is a new life-giving church in The Woodlands. Our goal is to connect people with the life-changing love of Jesus and help them discover their God-given purpose and dream. Join us as we know God and follow Jesus fully, find freedom from our hurts and past, discover our God-given purpose and make a difference in the world.

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RENEWING COMMITMENTS EXECUTIVE INVESTORS Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center

PREMIER INVESTORS Naskila Gaming The Westin At The Woodlands Edward Jones – Steve Eggert, Financial Advisor

PROFESSIONAL INVESTORS The Woodlands Country Club – Tournament Course

COMMUNITY INVESTORS Jasper’s Restaurant Office Systems of Texas Planet Ford Lincoln Robert Half International – Office Team

The Blair Law Firm, P.C. The John Cooper School Vicki Fullerton – RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring Zanti Cucina Italiana

BUSINESS INVESTORS Alpha & Omega Services, Inc. Avion Wealth B.D. Griffin, County Attorney Boni’s Dance & Performing Arts Studio Brighton Academy Children’s Books on Wheels Christian Brothers Automotive Edward Jones – Richard L. Johnson, CFP(R) Frontrunner Consulting Group, Inc. Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen Houston Charter Bus Company La Quinta Inn The Woodlands North Leadership Montgomery County Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. Main Event Entertainment

Mid America Mortgage, Inc. National Charter Bus Houston PrimeLending Questar Construction. LLP Questco Companies Rotary Club / The Woodlands SHB Development, LLC Stilwell, Earl & Apostolakis LLP Tara Flannery Photography Texas Charter Bus Company The Nina Marino Realty Team – EXP Realty The Rose Trail Point at The Woodlands Winnie King, MD Aesthetics and Wellness Woodlands Wealth Builders

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

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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

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 Health – The Woodlands 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

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 Occidental Petroleum Corporation

One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating Questback

Breakthrough Psychological Solutions, PLLC Buckalew Chevrolet, LP

Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC (CRI)

The Woodlands Christian Academy Valorem Insurance Group Sidecar Health

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

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

Sergio’s Landscaping

Sewell Automotive Companies Audi North Houston Sewell INFINITI of North Houston

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

Sunbelt Business Brokers

CLPF – Waterway Plaza, LLC Comcast Comcast Business

ComfortHome Caregivers, LLC Corporate Incentives, Inc. 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, Financial Advisor Edward Jones – David Lee, Financial Advisor

Entergy Texas, Inc. Entergy Business Development: Texas

The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership

Office Evolution – Conroe/Woodlands

PlainsCapital Bank – The Woodlands PlainsCapital Bank

Shenandoah Convention & Visitors Bureau City of Shenandoah

STRIKE

The Strong Firm P.C.

Naskila Gaming

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

Edward Jones – Keaton McDaniel, Financial Advisor Tiny Paws Rescue

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

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Boone’s Restoration

Bradbury Brothers – Cooling | Heating | Plumbing

Richmond Realty Group – RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Milagro Interactive Inc

Amerant Bank

Stephen F. Austin State University 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

Enterprise Holding Enterprise Car Sales • Enterprise Rent-A-Car

The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center Robard’s Steakhouse

Excelerate Energy LP

The Woodlands Township Visit The Woodlands

First Financial Bank – Conroe First Financial Bank – Creekside First Financial Bank – Grand Parkway Branch Gensler

Harvey Builders

Hyatt Centric The Woodlands Kean Miller

Keating Imports Keating Honda • Keating Nissan 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 Lubrizol

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 United Airlines

Veritex Community Bank

Vernier & Associates, PLLC

VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa

Madison Marquette

WC Construction Will Carter Band

Marsh & McLennan Agency

Woodlands Primary Healthcare – Javier Sosa, MD

Market Street

Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

McKesson Pharmaceutical Services and Solutions McKesson

Wiesner Buick-GMC-Hyundai

Wright Business Technologies, Inc.


RIBBON CUTTINGS

Breakthrough Psychological Solutions, PLLC

Office Pride of The Woodlands – Spring

Rooster Ridge Car Care The Woodlands / College Park

Rooster Ridge Car Care – The Woodlands

33219 Forest West Street Magnolia, TX 77354 Kara Smith (409) 344-3581 psychbreakthrough.com

4070 College Park Drive Conroe, TX 77384 Rissy Sutherland (936) 321-8404 roosterridgecarcare.com

The Chamber 9320 Lakeside Blvd., Suite 200 The Woodlands, TX 77381 Christopher Foreman (903) 245-3519 officepride.com/0354

10441 Kuykendahl Road The Woodlands, TX 77382 Rissy Sutherland (281) 681-9330 roosterridgecarcare.com

SCHEDULE YOUR RIBBON CUTTING The Chamber and its Diplomats will partner with you to host a ribbon cutting ceremony for your business. Ribbon cuttings are generally held on Fridays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at your location within a 12-mile radius of The Chamber Office. (All ribbon cuttings for business level members are held at The Chamber office). Once the ribbon cutting has taken place, we will post an official photo on our social media sites and publish it in our monthly Business Today magazine. Contact Cyndi Alvarado, Vice President of Membership at cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org to learn how. BUSINESS CONNECTIONS

Meet The New Members: Connecting Over Zoom

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he Chamber hosted the August Meet the New Members on Zoom. With over 50 members in attendance, we were introduced to seven 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: Patti Miranda, Automatic Data Processing; Chris Doyle, Chris Doyle Homes Group, REALTOR; Clotilde Eaker, Eaker Mediation Enterprise; Kara Powell, Kara Powell Photography; Heather Lamar, Rick Lamar Estate, LLC; Rich Hall, Rich Hall Group, LLC and Nicole Lawrence, Travel with Great Company. We hope you will all join us for the October 27TH Meet the New Members Reception at Goode Company Restaurants from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Reservations are required, and space is limited, so register today.

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BUSINESS BRIEFS ANNOUNCEMENTS Did you know RC Gallegos of RC’s NYC Pizza & Pasta, Inc. is on the US Pizza Team? Get Award-Winning Pizza in The Woodlands by dining in, delivery, or curbside at RC’s NYC Pizza and Pasta! It’s Gooood! rcsnycpizza.com.

Acquired by The J. Beard Real Estate Company, Woodgrove Business Park at FM 2978, a new 85,000-square-foot development of industrial warehouse and flex-office business space, will begin opening by the first quarter of 2021 south of the intersection of Woodlands Parkway and FM 2978 in Magnolia. jbeardcompany.com

Xerox Business Solutions Southwest offers PC and network infrastructure – IP voice and video communications – Information storage, disaster recovery and security – Cloud based IT services – Virtualization and remote network administration. Have you tasted the new Hand Spun Milkshakes at Citizen Grill? Chocolate, Pecan Fudge Brownie, Strawberry Cheesecake, Pecan Praline Bread Pudding, Vanilla, and Chocolate! Open weekdays 11am-9pm for both dine-in service or curbside takeout and 10am-9pm on weekends including brunch service 10am-2pm. Order online at ordering.app/citizensgrill or call (936) 320-0022. Rob Banzhaf, Managing Principal of Newcor Commercial Real Estate represented East Shore Salon and MedSpa at 207 E. Shore Drive in The Woodlands. Principal at Newcor, David Alexander, represented SUDS Car Wash and Lube at 4203 Davis St. in Conroe. Office Evolution offers flexible workspace that is close to home, with private offices and a great culture. Great place for privacy with a furnished space, kitchenette, and a conference room! You may be featured as our “Spotlight Member” in the media! Call to learn more about Office Evolution at 936-270-1150.

INSIDE Public Accounting recognized Haynie & Company as the Fastest Growing Firms 2020 and Top 200 Firms 2020. Our mission remains unchanged. Haynie & Company strives for a culture of trust, growth, family and service. We are here to build relationships and exceed expectations. Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center both have received certification from DNV GL Healthcare as Comprehensive Stroke Centers (CSC). CSC status is the highest level of care of all stroke certifications. Memorial Hermann Memorial City is the first hospital in West Houston to receive this designation.

Every Boneless Wing Monday get 16 Boneless Wings for $9.99 for take-out from 11am-11pm at Tailgators Pub and Grill 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. Go to tailgatorspub.com/menu or give us a call at (281)-259-5343.

COMMUNITY NEWS

The Howard Hughes Corporation® has announced the installation of a new, custom sculpture, Ibis, for Creekside Park® Village Green in The Woodlands® created by renowned artist, Pedro S. de Movellan. Ibis represents a modernistic approach to nature, adding to one of the largest outdoor art collections in the nation, which The Woodlands showcases in the community. 24

Houston Medical ER is a freestanding ER located at 2306 Rayford Rd. We have ER doctors/Nurses staffing the ER 24/7. We offer FREE COVID-19 testing for all residents (insureds and non-insureds) with rapid nasal 1 hour result, FDA authorized quidel testing/ PCR confirmation/ and antibody testing with FDA EUA healgen testing kits. VGXI, a Texas-based plasmid DNA CDMO, has just announced that it closed on the purchase of greenfield for a new, expanded manufacturing facility. In addition, the facility design is rapidly progressing with groundbreaking expected within the next few months and plans for phase 1 of the facility to be operational by January 2022. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion has opened its door for COVID-19 Antibody testing with Genalyte. Testing will be held by reservation only in The Pavilion Lounge, located inside the Event Center. Visitors can park in the Gold Lot next to the venue and parking garage which is accessible from Six Pines drive. Book appointments at genalytecovid19.com/houston.

NEW TO THE TEAM & PROMOTIONS Kean Miller, LLP, a 165-attorney full-service law firm in Texas and Louisiana, today announced the addition of Eric R. Thiergood, Sr. as a partner in its office in The Woodlands, Texas. Eric joins the Kean Miller team, having come from The Strong Firm P.C. in The Woodlands, and will be reuniting with longtime former colleague, Royce Lanning.

EDUCATION Lone Star College has purchased an additional 5,000 laptop computers to assist students taking classes this fall. LSC students will be able to check out the computers, much like a library book. “The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the digital divide and the urgency with which we must work toward a solution,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor. 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, annual fund and alumni. Entries were submitted from major colleges, universities and independent schools in a 5-state region.


BUSINESS BRIEFS GIVING BACK At Comforts of Home we are still doing Free Conference Calls every Third Wednesday of the month to check on seniors during the lockdown and offer and share resources. If you know of a senior that should be included, email Jamie@YourComfortsofHome.com (pictured). It is important to stay connected with seniors. Mosaics of Mercy consolidated our offices at the Magnolia Crossing development. Our new business and mailing address is 33300 Egypt Lane, Suite K100, Magnolia, TX 77354. We continue to provide our community with free assistance navigating mental health resources. We are also offering our mosaic workshops in-house or at your desired location. For more information, visit mosaicsofmercy.com

Join Meals on Wheels of Montgomery County at our annual clay shooting tournament to raise funds to help feed our local, homebound seniors! The Great Pumpkin Shoot is on Friday, October 30 at Blackwood Gun Club presented by SWBC Mortgage. Sign up to be on a team, shoot as an individual or sponsor! For more information Register here: mowmc.org/great-pumpkin-shoot/

Did you know Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County had their first Veteran Build Home complete for move in last month! The Veteran Build Home was sponsored by Momentum Title for the Linn Family. Sponsorships are needed to make dreams come true of home ownership by submitting a request: habitatmctx.org/get-involved/sponsorship/ Free vaccines for children continue October 6 and October 13 at the Sleepy Hollow Resource Center in collaboration with St. Christus and Children’s Books on Wheels. Ask about the FREE OSHA 30 or Confined Space certification for job placement. Call Rita Wiltz for an appointment (281) 844-7596 or additional information.

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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 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 TBD....................................................................................Office of Congressman Kevin Brady Mayor Ritch Wheeler ................................................................................. City of Shenandoah Nick Wolda..............................................................................................Visit The Woodlands

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