June 2018
The Edge eNewsletter
 for a community on the cutting edge!
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with Barbara Thomason

Dear Chamber & Community Friends,

There are times it is important to support a community member and now is one of those times. Steve Austin has had health challenges this year. Over the last year as he introduced us to his real estate business, he would say he is “looking for 5,000 friends” and he would generously invite those friends to lovely dinners at local fine restaurants. Steve is a class act. Now it is time for these 5,000 friends to show our caring and support to Steve. Email your thoughts, prayers for healing and well-wishing to Steve at steve@steveaustinrealtor.com over the next week.

We are at a critical point as a community in the mitigation of flooding in our future. Please note the articles within about this important topic.


Barbara Thomason, President
Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce
with Bobby Lieb

2018 is going to be the year Houston fully emerges from its economic downturn, and it appears to be doing so at full tilt. The Texas Workforce Commission’s most recent release of labor statistics posted Houston set an all-time record for April job growth, at 22,600 jobs, for a YTD net gain of 41,300 jobs. Unemployment dropped from 4.6% to 4.2%. This sets Houston’s employment at a record high of 3,097,500, an impressive comeback considering the energy industry shed 19,000 jobs and Houston suffered negative job growth in both 2015 and 2016.
These are not all Harvey related jobs either, because historically, hurricanes only affect the economy for about 6 months after the storm. This is Houston in full economic recovery, which is also evidenced by WTI Crude remaining at or above $60 bbl since the beginning of the year. This run is bringing confidence back into the energy sector which has added back 2,500 jobs in Houston so far this year.

This bodes well for northwest Houston for several reasons. One, if you were at the 2018 Economic Outlook Forum, you heard me say, “As goes Metro Houston, so goes Houston Northwest.” This rings true, as the Houston Northwest economy closely mirrors the metropolitan Houston economy. Two, northwest Houston area jobs are heavily weighted toward the energy sector in manufacturing, supply, and corporate office. Compound this recovery with the 1,700 jobs Exxon Mobil is bringing from Fort Worth to its campus at Springwoods Village this year, and I feel confident by the end of the year we will see positive economic impacts throughout many sectors of our local economy.
"Many of our members and residents have raised concerns about the status of the handicap ramp replacement and sidewalk installation project currently underway along Cypress Creek Parkway. The project appears to have stopped with many of the corners and sidewalk installations torn up and incomplete. So, we made some inquiries with the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), the agency responsible for Cypress Creek Parkway, and were able to speak with Phillip Garland, the recently assigned project engineer for this project, and as it so happens, a native of Northwest Houston..."
"On May 30, 2018, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Harris County Flood Control Executive Director Russ Poppe held a press conference to introduce the plans for the 2018 proposed bond projects. They plan to pursue a $2.5 billion flood infrastructure bond...It is important for the community to understand that Harris County does not have jurisdiction over the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs nor would it have responsibility for the creation of a third reservoir..."

Click below to keep reading, view the press conference in its entirety, and view the Harris County Flood Control Projects and Bond updates.
Cypress Creek Community residents and businesses may stay tuned to the Chamber’s website and social media for additional updates specific to the Cypress Creek watershed.
Editorial by Paul Eschenfelder
Cypress Creek Association - Stop the Flooding
"...Harvey was an exceptional storm...Let's not squander our hard-earned Harvey experience...Let's learn about our options, express our desires to our elected officials and make our Cypress Creek area resilient and flood resistant."

Hosted by the Cypress Creek Association at the
Northgate Country Club. Click here for the flyer.
We are delighted to continue adding to our growing Chamber membership. If you haven't met these new and returning members yet at a Chamber networking event, we encourage you to click on their names below and welcome them to the community!

We love celebrating our members and their accomplishments from new businesses to new ownership and everything in between! Congratulations to these May Ribbon Cuttings!

We hope you'll join us today at 12pm to celebrate with Deka Lash!

FM 1960 Sidewalk & Ramps Update
Lunch & Learns Return
Celebrity Waiters at June Luncheon!
TRE for Klein ISD, June 16
Bond Election Proposed, Aug. 25
Cypress Creek Association Editorial
Bogies & Brushes - Golf & Paint
Member Spotlight
Prosperity Professional Services Staffing Agency
At Prosperity Professional Services we are a staffing agency built on two fundamental principles: client service and quality job candidates. Minority owned, woman CEO, our core values are integrity, loyalty, diversity, stability, and communication. We specialize in skilled labor, construction, general labor, medical, warehouse, clerical, administrative, customer service, industrial and many more. Come and join the Winning Team! Learn More
Tax Ratification Election (TRE) for Klein ISD
June 16th

The State of Texas has steadily decreased their share of funding for schools which places an increasing burden on property owners. Please watch the videos linked here to learn more and vote on June 16th !

Note: The Houston Northwest Chamber Board has submitted a letter of support to KISD and the Friends of KISD urging voters to vote YES in the TRE.
New Member Business Builder Breakfast
Each month we hold a breakfast to welcome our new members and provide details on Chamber membership benefits and how to utilize them, from your online profile and directory listing to sponsorship opportunities and ribbon cuttings! We'd like to thank our May Host: Comfort Inn & Suites Northwest .
Networking Breakfast
One of the benefits we offer to both Chamber members and the community are free networking opportunities like our Networking Breakfast and Business After Hours. We'd like to thank our May Networking Breakfast Host: David Villegas and the staff of Comfort Inn & Suites Northwest Houston at Beltway 8 . Thank you for organizing such a wonderful event!
We enjoyed the hospitality of Captain Kirk and Northgate Country Club this past month! Join us Thursday (June 7th) for the next free Business After Hours event! Details here .
In May, we had the opportunity to hear updates from Patrick Gant, P.E. with TxDOT, Houston District. Patrick gave us updates on the current FM 1960 Project and I-45 North Projects and how those impact our businesses and community. We are grateful to our Luncheon Sponsor: Southwestern Energy and to our Member Spotlight Table Sponsors: Hartman Income REIT, Inc. and LiftFund .

We hope you will join us June 14th for our next luncheon to hear updates from Lone Star College and enjoy a fun celebrity waiters event!
In May we were pleased to hear from Randall Ellis, METRO (pictured above, left with GAT Chair, Ron Crier) .

We look forward to our June meeting where we will hear from Michael Moore, Regional Vice President of External Affairs for Texas Central Partners, LLC on the high speed rail project. Learn more.
Discover NW Houston App
Bar-Z Mobile is developing the only Northwest Houston app for both visitors and community members and we are partnering with them to help you gain visibility! A basic listing is free ! A featured listing (pictured below) can really help you get attention and grow your business.
To learn more about how you can list your business, contact Bar-Z Mobile's zCivic consultant:

Peter Coulter
(281) 782-5262

Want to share your news or more information about your business with ~4600 business owners, community members, and public servants?

Contact us at (281) 440-4160
or click here !
This year we are partnering with Lone Star College's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to host five Lunch & Learn events. These events have limited seating and often sell out! To view the 2018 Lunch & Learn Calendar details, click here !
Our first Lunch & Learn of 2018 will be June 28th and we are looking forward to hearing from Beth Guide about SEO and Internet Marketing .

Cost: $20 for members; $25 for non-members. Purchase your seats online or by calling (281) 440-4160.
The Chamber provides free networking opportunities for Chamber members and non-chamber members. Our Business After Hours kicked off in May and we are looking forward to next Thursday's event at Hasta La Pasta.

Click here to RSVP and add the event to your calendar!
Our 22nd annual golf tournament is happening on September 10th at Northgate Country Club! If golfing's not your thing, we'll also have painting available thanks to Pinot's Palette!

Interested in sponsoring? Contact Kaley Frye: (281)-440-4160 or visit our shopping cart.

Join SBA Houston District Office Business Opportunity Specialists for a webinar about the SBA Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) Set-Aside Program. Find out about the program and the many tools available to help small businesses build and successfully compete in the federal sector. Webinars take place at 1:00PM (CST) on Thursdays from May 31 - September 20. Click here to learn more and register!
Today, June 1st, Bayou Land Conservancy will cut the ribbon on the 13-mile Spring Creek Nature Trail! They invite you to come out and view the trail and the amazing boardwalks and bridges built by their volunteers. Click here to view their many trails and preserves.
June 8, 2018 | 8:30am – 3:30pm
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