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 Casino Night

Saturday, October 22
Odessa Country Club
7:30 p.m.
$25 entry fee
 
Sponsorship opportunities 

$5,000 Platinum Sponsor 
$1,000 High Roller
$500 All-In Sponsor
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Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings
J. Patterson 
Friday, Sept. 9
11:30 a.m.
1551 JPS Parkway

6th Annual 
Basin BBQ Blowout


October 6, 2016
Downtown Odessa

TICKETS AVAILABLE
Purchase tickets @ Odessa Chamber of Commerce
700 N. Grant Suite 200 (inside the Bank of America)
by the Chet Johnson Band


Join us for Business After Hours starting again in November!


Odessa Jackalopes
Ector County Coliseum
November 15, 2016
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Chamber Retreat for 2016-2017 Leadership Odessa Class
September 10th & 11th
The members of the 2016-2017 Leadership Odessa class are: Melissa Aguirre, Odessa Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau; Staci Ashley, ECISD; Grace Barrera, Odessa Family YMCA; Tiffany Bentley, Lone Star State Bank; Seth Blackstone, AmeriPride Linen & Apparel Service; Cori Branscum, City of Odessa Parks & Recreation; Heather Bulman, Medical Center Health Systems; Heather Buske, Heather Buske State Farm Insurance; Chance Cerda, Permian Basin Rehab Center; Veronica Contreras, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at the Permian Basin; Raevyn Cotton, Willis Permian Movers; Ashley Cox, CVA Adverting & Marketing; Kelby Davis, Junior League of Odessa; Sylvia Espinoza, Ector County Attorney's Office; Nastasha Garcia, Grandview Veterinary Clinic; Suzan Gentry, Pilot Club of Odessa; Logan Hargrove, SouthWest Bank; Julian Hernandez, Engineered Pipeline Systems; Kayley Howard, Saulsbury Industries, Inc.; Howard Marks, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin; Haley Howey, Downtown Odessa, Inc.; Sri Konduru, Saulsbury Industries, Inc.; Kristi Mann, Sims & Guess Realtors; Al Mata, Odessa Fire Rescue; Jimmy Matthews, Saulsbury Industries, Inc.; Ryan McGuire, Young Professionals of Odessa; Cheryl McQueen, Medical Center Health Systems; Mona Mickle, Odessa Regional Medical Center; Rebecca Muniz, City of Odessa; Kyle Newton, LCA; Blanca Nieto, Blanca Y. Nieto State Farm Insurance; Dillon Noel, First Basin Credit Union; Sandy Ochoa, Harmony Home Children's Advocacy Center; Gladys Olivas, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; Ryan Patton, Odessa Regional Medical Center; Sheila Perry, Ellen Noel Art Museum; Colin Profit, First United Methodist Church; Vanessa Ramirez, City of Odessa; Eddie Richards, JC Roberts Construction Company, Inc.; Amanda Rowan, LCA; Katherine Sanchez, Permian Basin Community Centers for MHMR; Sara Shier, Betenbough Homes; Michelle Stewart, Odessa Physical Therapy; Madison Tate, Odessa Chamber of Commerce; Jason Valenzuela, Goosehead Insurance, The Valenzuela Agency; and Edward Vasquez, RRC Power & Energy.
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Chamber Welcomes Back a Familiar Face

The Odessa Chamber of Commerce has welcomed back a familiar face, Wesley Burnett, as the new director of Economic Development. 

Prior to rejoining the Chamber, Burnett served as the director of Andrews' economic development corporation. Before that, Wesley held a position with the Odessa Chamber of Commerce for nearly 7 years, serving as the director of business retention and expansion, a role that is now filled by various staff positions. Chamber CEO Renee Earls said officials recruited Burnett after 10 individuals applied for this position.

"He has done a really nice job for them in economic development," said Earls. "You can see how the city has really grown over there."

Burnett will replace previous director of Economic Development, Scott Jones, who resigned in May. With Burnett taking over leadership, he sees advantages that include nearby interstates and railways in a larger city, with a bigger team at the economic development department to help.

Congratulations Wesley, we are thrilled to have you back!
Chamber Hosts SBA Procurement Seminar

On August 25, 2016 our new President/CEO Renee Earls at the Odessa Chamber of Commerce entered into a Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).The objective of SAM is to work with the SBA to recruit and certify small businesses in the district, specifically to the contracting needs of our federal partners.

The SBA, in conjunction with the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, will vet and screen small businesses within Odessa that are interested in doing business with the federal government. In addition, the Odessa Chamber of Commerce will assist in identifying smaller, disadvantaged businesses for specific 8 (a) programs. These programs are designed to assist the businesses, and gain a foothold in government contracting.

To qualify, the small business must be owned and at least 51% controlled by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual. These individuals must be of of good character, as well as a U.S. citizen that exhibits potential for success.  Though it was not necessary to enter into an agreement with the Procurement Assistance Center, the Chamber did host a group of  small businesses  to learn  directly from a PAC
representative on how they may eligible to bid on State contracts. (www.nwtsbdc.org)

This is the second group that the Odessa Chamber of Commerce has hosted this year.  PAC is a part of the Regional Business Development Partnership of Texas Tech University and consist of six small business development center offices in North West Texas. They are a nonprofit, nationwide network who provide training and technical assistance on government contracting to area businesses. 

To learn more about Economic Development in Odessa, Texas visit. www.odessatex.com 
 
News
Odessa Chamber of Commerce to Honor Dick Gillham

Basin BBQ Blowout Returns October 5th & 6th
ECISD Approves Same Tax Rate as Last Year
Welcome New Members
Amma Ki Therapeutic Massage
319 W. 50th Street
Odessa, TX 79764

Blanca Y Nieto, State Farm Agency
414 N. Lee Ave.
Odessa, TX 79761

Convergint Technologies LLC
4500 N. East Loop 338, #4600
Odessa, TX 79762

CPL. Ray's Coffee House L.L.C.
3111 Faudree Rd., Suite A
Andrews, TX 79714

Crudefunders
1601 Elm St., Suite #4245
Dallas, TX 75201

Glasheen, Valles & Inderman, LLP
422 North Grant Ave
Odessa, TX 79761

J. Patterson
1551 JBS Pkwy
Odessa, TX 79761

K-Bar Waterwell & Electric
3220 Kermit Hwy
Odessa, TX 79764

La Quinta Inns Inc.
5001 E Business 20
Odessa, TX 79761

Midland Habitat for Humanity
305 E. Texas
Midland, TX 79702

Odessa Physical Therapy
4407 N. Grandview Ave
Odessa, TX 79762

Jim A. & Kathleen D. Rector
7100 Tobosa Ave.
Odessa, TX 79765

Western Heritage Homes
7100 Tobosa Ave
Odessa, TX 79768

Western Skies Realty
P.O. Box 13078
Odessa, TX 79768
Gold Member Anniversaries 
Brown Electric Company, 1964

Community National Bank, 2005

D & B Oil, Inc., 1984

Diamond Lanes, 2005

Hunt Advertising &
Consulting, Inc., 1996

Ingram Concrete LLC, 1994

Kirk Strahan Realty, LLC, 2014

Latigo Petroleum, 2001

Musketball Group, 2015

N.C. Sturgeon, Inc., 2001

Netswork US, LLC, 2012

Odessa Spring, Brake & Axle, Inc., 1991

PhyTEX Rehabilitation, 2006

Rig Works, Inc.,2005

Sherwood Christian Academy, 2001

Southwest Heritage Credit Union, 1988

Tilley Pressure Test, 2013
Odessa Chamber of Commerce | 432-332-9111 | madisont@odessachamber.com | http://www.odessachamber.com
700 North Grant
Suite 200
Odessa, TX 79761