It is so good to see so many of you returning from summer trips! We have had record attendance at our recent events thanks to you and your enthusiastic commitment.
Leadership is an important theme this fall. The Chamber's Young Professionals are hosting a Power Conference that is designed to enhance their leadership skills and make new connections. Also, it is time to select new Chamber Board members (see below). Committee leadership is also needed and it is a good time to indicate your interest.
The September 13th Membership Luncheon at Raveneaux Country Club is almost full and we will be closing off registration by Monday. Of course, no walk-ins will be allowed due to space limitations.
Just Cause Houston is a cooperative initiative of churches, faith-based ministries, and local businesses and organizations that are committed to addressing God's passion for justice in their respective communities and beyond. Read more!
Community Tribute to Jackie Burke
On November 19, 2012, Jackie Burke will be honored for his dedication to golf and our Champions community. This 'Community tribute to Jackie Burke' will begin with a golf clinic given by golf pros and end with a dinner and presentation on Jackie's life and career. His contribution towards promoting amateur golf, his teaching philosophy of the game, and his creation of a championship golf course has put our area on the map. Our community has also benefitted from his support of the Lone Star College System, the Cypress Creek Cultural Arts organizations, and numerous area charities. Read more about sponsorship opportunities and how you can be a part by clicking here.
CCEMS Golf Classic
This year, all proceeds will benefit the CCEMS Scholarship Program. Monies will provide financial support for those individuals pursuing certifications in the field of EMS. Read more and sign up by clicking here.
Membership Momentum Month!
September is Membership Momentum Month! Look for great info on how to help your Chamber continue to grow and improve by referring and encouraging those great community businesses you know to become a Chamber member just like you! For more information on how to participate, contact Sandy Barton or Alyssa Wilson at the Chamber office, 281-440-4160. If you would like to get a refresher on your benefits click here for a link to the new membership levels!
Quality of Life Directory Ad Sales begin
The Chamber Directory Sales Campaign for the 2013 Chamber Directory and Quality of Life Guide begins in September. The directory provides an outstanding "members only" opportunity to advertise in a directory that is widely used throughout our community.
Awesome 2012 ad pricing continues for 2013! Contact ad exec, Larry Palmer, to get your business in front of potential customers. Call Larry at the Chamber beginning September 4 or on his cell, 713-703-4462, or email him at Larry@PalmerPubications.net
We also want to make sure your information is correct in our Directory - and on our Web site! Please take a moment to review your business information on the site to ensure your business information is correct. If you find you need to make changes, please login to the "member login" section of the Home Page or call Sandy Barton, 281-440-4160.
Our very own Steve Fenley, Artisitic Director for the Texas Repertory Theatre was recently honored in the Houston Press as a finalist for Best Artistic Director. Make sure you check out Texas Repertory Theaters new show "Leading Ladies"
Remembering Ricardo Peduzzi
Mr. Ricardo Peduzzi, Executive Director and co-founder of the Brazil-Texas Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Mayor's International Trade and Development Council for the Americas, passed away on August 29, 2012. Mr. Peduzzi was a terrific local leader, an exemplary Houstonian, and a neighbor to our chamber. He will be greatly missed.
Board of Director Elections
Each year, several members of our Board of Directors fulfill their terms and new Board members are identified. Our Chamber members have an opportunity to submit qualified individuals in addition to or instead of those who make up the 2013 Board slate. These nominations by petition must be submitted no later than October 1, 2012. To read the excerpt from our By-Laws that addresses these nominations, Click here.
If there are no additions or substitutions for the Board slate, these three candidates will automatically be elected to the Board with terms that start January 1, 2013.
Lone Star College
Wednesday, August 29, Homeaid Houston and contest winner Kristina Urban presented the key of the Minute Maid Playhouse to Mikey Moore. Mikey is a 14 year old die-hard Astros fan. He is a five year veteran of the Astros Buddy Program and he plays Little League Challengers Baseball. Kristina was touched by Mikey's enthusiasm for baseball, his love of the Astros and the fact that he's tried for the past 5 years to win the playhouse. As a matter of fact, on the day of the drawing, Mikey told his mom that the playhouse had his name on it. Little did he know that it actually did!
Even though Mikey's family knew the Playhouse was being donated to Mikey, they decided to wait until last night to tell Mikey he had won. He was extremely happy to hear the news and can't wait until the Playhouse is delivered to his home and he can play inside! Salty Thomason of Pella Windows & Doors chaired the Playhouse Project, is on the Board of Homeaid Houston and is a member of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce.
Young Professionals Power Conference
Are you a Young Professional?
Are you looking to Network, refine your Professional Skills and learn practical steps to succeed in the competitive business world? If so you need to be a part of the 2012 YP Power Conference.
This event will take place on November 9th at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital from 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Hear conference Keynote Speaker Rory Aplanalp of Aplanalp & Associates and Professional Session SpeakerLinda Stiles of Linda Stiles & Associates. The Conference will include an Executive Round table with Area CEO's & Executives, a Wine and Networking Social and Powerful sessions to refine and enhance your professional repertoire.
Reservation includes lunch, snacks and Wine tasting. $45 before November 1st and $60 beginning November 2nd. Click here to purchase your ticket.
Trevor Smith, Harris County Attorney's Office Provides Update
The Government Affairs Committee hosts Trevor Smith on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 8:30 am at the Chamber. Trevor has been the lead attorney for Harris County in the development of a Sexually Oriented Business regulation. The Houston Northwest Chamber, law enforcement and our elected officials came together to fashion this regulation that should enable us to change the face of the area...for the better.
Save the Date: Economic Outlook Forum Slated for March 22, 2013
The most significant annual economic event in northwest Harris County is "Northwest Houston Works", an economic outlook forum that brings together key leaders to discover and strategize our community's future economic health. The event will bring together experts in health, education and economic development to deliver a day full of important developments in our area. More details to come!
We are securing sponsors for this exciting event and invite you to be among those identifed as 'Economic Development Supporters'. Click HERE for more information.
Get your CreekFest Raffle Tickets!
Get your Raffle Tickets! The Chamber Foundation Board members will be selling raffle tickets from now until CreekFest on Saturday, October 13th and throughout the festival for the chance to win and IPAD 3, a flat screen TV, A BBQ grill, an Adirondack chair and more. Tickets are 1 for $5 or 5 for $20. You do not have to be present to win!
The Foundation is a 501 (C) 3 non-profit corporation whose purpose is to support community projects in northwest Harris County. From Green Medians to Green Sides to scholarship programs, the Foundation has been at the forefront.
Hobbs to Anyways Save the Date
NEW! Community Arts Calendar
Looking for local entertainment this week? Scheduling an event? Use the Chamber Community Calendar accessible right on the homepage. Anyone can post an event, even non-Chamber members.
Bookmark the link below for up to date information about local art attractions.