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Chamber News for January 2020
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Monthly Business Luncheon
Wednesday, January 15 @ Liberty Center (Liberty City Hall)
1829 Sam Houston Street
Noon - 1 p.m. (serving begins @ 11:45 a.m.)
Guest speaker
Deputy Josh Cummins
Training Coordinator
Liberty County Sheriff's Department

Deputy Cummins will explain what citizens need to do to survive an attack similar to the recent incident at the White Settlement Church.

“We will discuss ways to be prepared and what to do. We encourage the 'ADD' method. ADD stands for 'Avoid, Deny and Defend'. We want you to try and Avoid the attacker and Deny them access to you. In the event that you are unable to Avoid or Deny then it is time to Defend.”
Catered by
Where There's Smoke There's Flavor, LLC
Cynthia Polley Worley (President)

Baked potato with choice of meat-chopped beef or pork with all the "fixings",
dessert, tea or water.
Cost: $12
Registration is needed by 12 noon - Monday, January 13.
You can register for the luncheon in one of three ways:
  • Via e-mail to chamberadmin@imsday (specify the number of persons in your group).
  • Via telephone at 936.336.5736.
  • Online using the Events Calendar (look for the green "Register Now" button next to the event).
ANNUAL CHAMBER AWARDS BANQUET COMING UP
The 44th Annual Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet is set for Tuesday, February 25th, 6:30 p.m. at the Dayton Community Center.

This year we are pleased to have Frank Jordan serving as Master of Ceremonies. Outgoing Directors for 2019 will be honored and the recipients of the 2019 Citizen of the Year Award for Dayton and for Liberty will be revealed. More information will be announced at a later date.

Chamber members are invited to participate in sponsoring this very special occasion. There are several levels of sponsorship to choose from, which include recognition of you or your business, and seating at or near the front of the speaker's platform to highlight your business or organization. Please contact the Chamber (936.336.5736) for information on sponsorship levels.

Individual tickets may be purchased for $40.00 each or a table of ten may be purchased for $350.00. The reservation form is available for download at the link below, or from our website (libertydaytonchamber.com) under Forms & Documents.

TEXAS CONFERENCE FOR EMPLOYERS
The Texas Conference for Employers (formerly known as the Texas Business Conference) will be held on January 24, 2020 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott in The Woodlands, Texas. The conference is ideal for employers, small businesses, entrepreneurs, HR professionals, business owners and anyone who manages employees. The conference will help you avoid costly pitfalls when operating your business.

Topics on the agenda will include Texas employment law and the basics of hiring; federal and Texas wage and hour laws; the unemployment claim and appeal process; independent contractors; and employee policy handbooks. Continuing education certificates will be available to those who attend the conference.

The registration fee for the one-day conference is $175 which includes material, parking and refreshments. To register go online to www.texasworkforce.org/tbc. For more information call 512.463.6389.
NEWS FROM THE CITY OF LIBERTY
Submitted by: Chris Jarmon, CPM
Assistant City Manager - Economic & Community Development,
City of Liberty, TX

In August of last year, the Liberty City Council approved adding a junior discount and military discount at the Liberty Municipal Golf Course. The junior discount applies to anyone seventeen (17) years of age or younger and the military discount applies to any active duty, reserve or military veteran. The updated fees for the Liberty Municipal Golf Course can be found below:
GRAND PARKWAY CONSTRUCTION UPDATES
Segment H (SH 99 near IH 59/69 in New Caney to FM 1413 in Dayton)
  • Crews continue to work on the main lanes/frontage roads and utilities.
  • In 2020, crews will focus their efforts on crossing SH-99 over IH-69.
  • At loop 494 near New Caney ISD, crews are anticipating that bridge beams will be set in January 2020.
Segment I-1 (FM 1413 in Dayton to SH 146 in Mont Belvieu)
  • Crews recently placed concrete beams on the bridge that will travel over FM 1413 in Dayton, TX.
  • Bridge crossings within segment I-1 will become more visible to the general public in 2020.
  • The construction of frontage roads, main lanes, and drainage infrastructure will continue.
Segment I-2 (West of Hwy 146 in Mont Belvieu to SH 99 in Baytown)
  • Over 80% of the Cedar Bayou lift bridge has been removed. Crews anticipate work to resume through January 2020.
  • In 2020, GPI will focus its efforts on crossing SH-99 over IH-10.
  • Frontage road ramps are currently being constructed.
  • Crews continue to work on main lanes, frontage roads, & drainage.

CREDIT FREEZES
Thanks to a new law from 2018, freezing your credit is now free in all states. In this day and age ,we highly recommend that if you are not actively applying for a loan, freeze your credit. Children are also the number one target of identity theft. We recommend you freeze your child's credit until they are 18 years of age. Visit Equifax, TransUnion or Experian to freeze your credit today.
Texas First Bank
2019 Bank Notes Newsletter

JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT TEXAS FIRST BANK
We're looking for bright, motivated individuals to join our family. If you know of someone looking for a job, please encourage them to take a look at our website and apply. www.texasfirst.bank/about-us/careers.html.
Texas First Bank
2019 Bank Notes Newsletter
Coushatta Bus Trip
The next trip to Coushatta Resort & Casino in Kinder, La. is Thursday, January 16th. The cost is $15. For reservations contact Eliza Guidry at 936.402.0340. More information on the bus trip can be found at the Chamber website.

* Seats are still available as of "press time" (Jan. 10). *
Our monthly Chamber radio show, highlighting the latest news and information from the Chamber, can be heard on the third Thursday of the month during the KSHN.COM Partyline program.

To listen online, use the Simple Radio or TuneIn apps available for your smartphone, or visit kshn.com for audio, video, program schedules and further information.
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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Thank you for your membership and support of the Chamber!
Copeland Insurance Group
Dirk Blankenship (Agent)
11005 Shadow Creek Pkwy. #105
Pearland, TX 77584 | 713.582.6140
Personal, commercial and Medicare coverage
RIBBON CUTTINGS
TUESDAY, JANUARY 14 - 10 A.M.
Mayo & Poland, PLLC
Pi-Yi Mayo (Partner); Bryn A. Poland (Partner)
2114 Massey Tompkins Road | Baytown
Tel. 281.421.5774

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14 - 2 P.M.
Texas Seafood Restaurant
Sony Chhoun (Owner)
Stacy L. Garcia-Lingle (Manager)
2555 N. Main Street | Suite B | Liberty
Tel. 936.334.8866
Events
JANUARY EVENTS
14 - Tuesday
  • 10 a.m. Ribbon Cutting - Mayo & Poland, 2114 Massey Tompkins, Baytown.
  • 2 p.m. Ribbon Cutting - Texas Seafood Restaurant, 2555 N. Main, Liberty.
15 - Wednesday
  • Monthly Chamber Business Luncheon @ Liberty Center. 11:45 a.m.
18 - Saturday
  • Annual Men's Health Fair, 8 a.m. - Noon @ Liberty-Dayton Regional Medical Center. (See flyer above).
20 - Monday
  • Martin Luther King. Jr. Day. Chamber offices closed.
25 - Saturday
  • Annual Boots & Bullets fundraiser, 6 p.m. @ Dayton Community Center, benefiting Dayton Volunteer Fire Department. Information and reservations: John Coleman – 936.346.1584; Tammy Alexander – 936.641.0100; David Rodgers – 832.473.9880.
28 - Tuesday
  • Monthly Chamber Board of Directors Meeting, 5:00 p.m. @ FLNB Corner in Liberty - 1822 Sam Houston.
30 - Thursday
  • Medicare Plan Presentation, 5:30 p.m. @ 1801 Trinity in Liberty (Chamber conference room). (See flyer elsewhere in this newsletter).

(Events listed above are those occurring after the newsletter distribution date. Please visit our   online calendar   at libertydaytonchamber.com for additional events and updates added throughout the month).
ONGOING EVENTS
  • Liberty Faux Real Trade Days, 321 FM 563 in Liberty. 936.391.8600. Many vendors on hand with crafts, clothing, food, antiques and much more. Held on the weekend following the third Monday each month (except October and December).
  • Liberty Street Rally (Cars, Coffee & More) on the square in Downtown Liberty. Meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month (weather permitting), 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. See classic cars, hot rods, motorcycles and more.
  • Coffee with the Mayor. Held the third Thursday of each month (except for holidays or conflicting events). Citizens of Liberty are invited to have coffee with Mayor Carl Pickett and City Manager Tom Warner in the council chambers of City Hall. This is an opportunity to discuss ideas or projects or to voice any concerns citizens may wish to express. 936.336.3684.
On the radar...
  • February 25 (Tuesday) - 44th Annual Chamber Awards Banquet, 6:30 p.m. @ Dayton Community Center (see article elsewhere in this newsletter).
COMMERCIAL BUILDING AVAILABLE
Riverside Building - 422 Highway 90 in Liberty.
The only two story commercial office facility in the Liberty area offering full business services from 15 executive offices to Internet-ready. Also large Board Room, two kitchens plus a two story lobby and reception area. Ample paved parking and ready for immediate occupancy.
  • 6,480 square foot brick Commercial Building available for immediate occupancy on 2.55 acres, with additional acreage available.
  • 333 feet of U.S. Hwy 90 frontage, with Fort Worth as cross street and the Trinity River and Bridge 200 feet west with a high elevation – never flooded.
  • 15 large Executive Offices on two floors – all with exterior windows.
  • Single tenant sought, but subject to discussion. 1 year minimum lease.
Lease at $1.50 per sq. ft., or $9,720 per month with 1 month advance deposit. Lessee provides utilities, general maintenance and Lessee required insurance. Contact: Frank Jordan: 334-0514 weekdays or 334-5778 weekends. Email: fmjordan77575@yahoo.com.
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA HELD DECEMBER 13, 2019
As a Chamber of Commerce, we are honored each year to be part of the annual Wreaths Across America event at Sam's Distribution Center #6698 in Dayton. During December on National Wreaths Across America Day, wreath-laying ceremonies are coordinated at Arlington National Cemetery as well as more than 1,600 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad, honoring and remembering the men and women of our armed forces. The wreaths carried by the truck above were bound for the local ceremony at Houston National Cemetery. www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.
TEXAS BACK IN BUSINESS PROGRAM

Texas Back in Business is the Hurricane Harvey Relief Program for Texas small business. It is a job and economic development program, funded by Congress in 2018, designed to help small businesses damaged by Hurricane Harvey to recover.

Read more
texasbackinbusiness.com
86th LEGISLATURE UPDATE

A complete list of new bills from the 86th Texas Legislature, effective January 1, 2020.

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capitol.texas.gov
TxDPS - FEDERAL REAL ID ACT

Beginning October 1, 2020, only state-issued driver licenses and identification cards that are fully compliant with the REAL ID Act will be accepted for official federal government purposes...

Read more
www.dps.texas.gov
MICROSOFT WINDOWS 7 SUPPORT COMING TO AN END

The specific end of support day for Windows 7 will be January 14, 2020. After that, technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC will no longer be available for the product.

Read more
support.microsoft.com
Past issues of Chamber News can be accessed  here  on the Chamber website. Copies are kept online for a period of one year.

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