Volume 21 | August 16, 2019
August Chamber News
Chamber Inaugural Education Series Launches!
We are proud to announce the Chamber Inaugural Education Series , sponsored by Amegy Bank . The Education Series will include four (4) workshops focused on topics designed to help business owners support business growth. The first workshop will be held on September 5 at Amegy Bank Tower. Our speaker will be Chamber member Tom Jackobs , with The Impact Pilot, presenting "How to Use Your Personal Story to Grow Your Business.”  Learn more about the workshop and register.  Space is limited, so register TODAY! Check out Tom's recent " Chamber Chat " on the Chamber blog.
 
Thank you to our generous Silver level corporate partner, Amegy Bank , for sponsoring the Chamber's Inaugural Education Series. Amegy Bank has been a tremendous supporter of the Chamber and the LGBTQ & Allied business community. Amegy Bank was the first corporate partner to support the Chamber and we are proud to continue our strong partnership. Thank you Amegy Bank!
Welcome our Newest Corporate Partner!
We are excited to announce Maggiano’s Little Italy – Post Oak as our newest corporate partner.  Maggiano’s has been a dedicated member of the Chamber since 2018 and recently increased its support to Corporate Partnership, which ultimately expands the Chamber and Maggiano's commitment on our strong relations to bring more value to our members. If you need a fabulous space for your next event, reach out to the team at Maggiano’s Little Italy – Post Oak.
Welcome New Members
The Chamber is proud to welcome our newest members who joined in recent weeks. Thank you for supporting the Chamber!

Not a member yet? Now is a great time to join the Chamber! Check out membership benefits and levels.
Thank you Renewing Members
Member Benefit Highlight - AlphaGraphics Sugar Land
The Chamber is proud to continue partnering with our print sponsor, AlphaGraphics Sugar Land, to offer special savings to our members, who receive special discounts on an expansive array of printing and related services at AlphaGraphics Sugar Land.

Chamber members receive 15% off of posters and banners, 15% off printing services, 15% off logo design and a FREE box of 250 business cards. Plus much more. Check out the fully array of offers exclusively for Chamber members via the link.
Apply Now for the Bank of America Small and Diverse Business Education Fund Scholarship!
The Bank of America Small & Diverse Business Education Fund Scholarship is designed to provide targeted training and development support to certified small and diverse business owners. The scholarship, sponsored by Bank of America and funded through the generosity of Bank of America’s vendors, is managed and administered by Communities Foundation of Texas. Scholarship recipients will be given the opportunity to further enhance the business operations functions within their companies and position them to become better able to compete for increased business.
 
For the 2019 cycle, 50 scholarships of up to $10,000 each will be awarded by the Small & Diverse Business Education Fund Scholarship Selection Committee. Applying is an easy online process; visit the scholarship website beginning August 5, click the "Apply Here" button at the bottom of the page and complete the basic information on your company, the program you would like to attend, and share how that program will enhance your business.
 
Scholarship Application Key Dates
  • Monday, August 5, 2019: Online applications become available
  • Friday, October 25, 2019: Online application period closes; no applications for the 2019 cycle will be accepted after midnight (CST) on this date
  • By Friday, November 29, 2019: Applicants will be notified by this date as to whether or not they are a recipient of a scholarship
 
Where to Apply
 
For more information on eligibility, awards and applying for the Small & Diverse Business Education Fund Scholarship, please visit the scholarship website.
 
This scholarship opportunity is another great way our corporate partner, Bank of America is supporting the Chamber and small & diverse businesses!
Did You Catch the Event Photos for July? 
Thank you to our corporate partner Amegy Bank for hosting and sponsoring our July Brewing Up Business, during which we announced the new Chamber Inaugural Education Series Amegy is generously sponsoring. The Educational Series will kick-off in the fall with a variety of topics to help support Chamber members to grow their businesses. Check out the event photos from the July Brewing Up Business event.
Thank you to our corporate partner, East West Bank , for sponsoring the July Lunch & Learn to present information on the SBA Loan Program. East West Bank is a SBA Preferred Lender. The presentation, given by Paul Cheong, First Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager SBA-Texas Region, focused on SBA Solutions for Small Businesses. Check out the event photos .
We announced our newest corporate partnership with Maggiano’s Little Italy – Post Oak at the July Happy Hour. Thank you to Maggiano’s for sponsoring the July Happy Hour. 
We had a great Power Hour this month with Chamber member and sponsor, Cyber One Solutions .  The Cyber One Solutions team shared key information about managed IT Services and how to determine if this approach is right for your business. Thank to Brian, Cody and Tyler for an informative presentation!
Check out all of the photos from the July Power Hour and Happy Hour. Be sure and tag yourself in the event photos!
Register for these upcoming events!
 

For more events, check out the Chamber’s event calendar.

 Do you want to get in front of Chamber members and showcase your brand? Sponsoring is a great opportunity to raise your brand visibility and support the Chamber. Win-win!  Learn more about sponsoring a Chamber event and complete the sponsorship form. 
Congratulations to our newest LGBTBE® certified members!
Congratulations to the following Chamber members who have received their LGBTBE ® certification!
 
 
Learn more about the how your business can become  LGBTBE   ®  certified.
The Chamber is the leading regional advocate for the economic and civic interests of the LGBTQ business community. Now is a great time to be part of one of the fastest growing chambers in the region. Chamber membership is comprised of a wide array of entrepreneurs, executives, small businesses, and Fortune 500 firms. Visit the Chamber website and learn more about membership benefits and levels.
Member Spotlights
We love hearing about the recognition our chamber members receive in the community! 
Chamber member, Tony Fernandez, with Bridge Solutions Home Health & In-Home Care, is recognized as one of the 50 for 50 Alumni at the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work. In honor of the GCSW's 50th Anniversary, the college is recognizing 50 GCSW alumni nominated by the GCSW community who embody the school’s social justice vision. Congratulations Tony on this distinct honor! Read more.
We are so proud of Chamber board member, Jonathan Marrs, on receiving his U.S. Citizenship last month. Jon is the Counsel and Head of Trade & Investment, with Chamber member, British Consulate Houston, Jon is also part of the Chamber’s Founding Leadership Council. Congrats, Jon!
Congratulations to Chamber Member, Fran Watson, Attorney at Law, on her appointment as a Municipal Court Associate Judge with the City of Houston. Way to go Judge Watson! Your Chamber family is proud of YOU!
Congratulations to Chamber member, ActionCOACH, on celebrating its 10th anniversary! Way to go!
Do you have some good news to share? From time to time, the Chamber highlights significant accomplishments, big milestones and other good news about our members. Please submit your news via the Chamber website.
Silver Corporate Partners
Bronze Corporate Partners
Founding Members
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