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The Central Fort Bend Chamber welcomed Sherwin – Williams at their newest location in Fort Bend County located at 20400 Southwest Freeway in Richmond, TX. Staff and guests took part in the ceremony and enjoyed fun, networking, joined in on ribbon cutting photos and learned of the services and products available.

The Sherwin – Williams Company first opened its doors in 1866, recently celebrating their 150th anniversary.  Since then, it has grown into the largest producer of paints and coatings in the United States and around the world, having over 4,000 neighborhood stores across North America. Customers can expect industry – leading innovation paired with product made to perform with excellence.  Sherwin – Williams offers a variety of services such as: ProDiscounts, Contractor Support, RRP Certification Sessions & Supplies, a Sprayer Maintenance & Repairs Service Center offering new equipment, parts and accessories, repairs, rental programs and much more. With the first EPA-registered paint with the power to kill bacteria, the first cleanable flat finish, and the launching of their color selection system, it is no wonder Sherwin – Williams continues to have great success. The Central Fort Bend Chamber is excited to see Sherwin – Williams grow within the community.

 

For more information, visit their website at: http://www.sherwin-williams.com.

 

The Central Fort Bend Chamber is a 105 year old non-profit membership organization dedicated to creating a strong local economy where businesses can prosper. The Central Fort Bend Chamber advocates for over 1,000 local businesses led by a volunteer board of directors who are dedicated to sustaining Fort Bend County’s quality of life, and keeping our community and economy vibrant.

 

For more information on the Chamber or its programs, call 281-342-5464 or visit www.CFBCA.org.

Today, the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management was present to help welcome members of the Texas Congressional Delegation to Harris County’s NRG Stadium. The delegation, led by U.S. Representative Michael McCaul, who is Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, was briefed and offered a tour of the stadium where Super Bowl 51 will be played on Sunday, February 5th.

“Harris County is working with local, state and federal partners to plan and prepare for all the events leading up to the Super Bowl,” said Francisco Sanchez with the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. “Our goal is to create a safe and enjoyable experience for both residents and out-of- town visitors.”

NRG Stadium is owned by Harris County and has a seating capacity of about 80,000. It is the home of the Houston Texans, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Texas Bowl, and many other events. The stadium served as the host facility for Super Bowl 38 in 2004.

The Harris County Emergency Operations Center is currently activated at Level 1 (Maximum Readiness) through February 6th. More than 60 local, state, and federal partners are monitoring all Super Bowl 51 activities and events leading up to game day.

The Regional Joint Information Center (JIC) at Houston TranStar is also activated to assist media with traffic and transportation public information. Emergency management and transportation partners have been working to answer questions related to traffic and transportation management, as well as associated public safety issues at NRG Park.

Stripes Convenient Stores held their Grand Opening for their new location in Missouri City at 3818 Cartwright Rd which added 30 new jobs to the community.  Guests arrived and were greeted by Stripes Convenient Stores’ smiling staff and sampled tacos provided by Laredo Taco Company.  The first 200 guests also received a Stripes refillable mug and other small giveaways.

The Stripe Store features delicious food offered by Laredo Taco Company with a dining area that seats 28, and an outdoor patio that seats 20. The store also includes 16 Sunoco Branded Fuel dispensers to add a quick in and out service to commuters. Ken Rowland, Regional Directional Manager stated, “We are so very excited to add our third location to Missouri City”.   Stripes Convenient Stores presented a $1000 check to Fort Bend ISD as an investment to the community, allowing Stripes Convenient Stores to continue with their “Giving” tradition when a new store opens its doors.  To date, over $25 Million dollars has been raised and sewed back into helping children’s health and education causes.  The Grand Opening concluded with a ribbon cutting certificate given to Eddie Rowe, General Manager of the Stripes Convenient Store by Central Fort Bend Chamber Ambassador, Mark Smith stating, “On behalf of the Central Fort Bend Chamber, we wish you the best and we are excited for the success that is to come”.

For more information, please visit http://www.stripesstores.com.

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In honor of local Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, John D. Norsworthy, Sr., with the Behind the Badge Charities spoke to over 80 members of the Central Fort Bend Chamber at the OakBend Medical Center in Richmond, TX.

Behind the Badge Charities originated in January 2011 due to the line of duty death of Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, Jon “J.D.” Norsworthy.  The primary focus of Behind the Badge is to provide assistance to first responders (peace officers, fire fighters, local correction officers, 9-1-1 emergency communications professionals, probation officers, and emergency medical technicians) in Fort Bend County who suffer from injuries, illness and/or death.  Mr. Norsworthy shared that “the Charity has assisted approximately 80 families and also offers scholarships to current or honorable retired peace officer family members, who have recently graduated high school or are currently attending college”.  Details about the upcoming Boots and Badges Gala being held at George Ranch on February 11, 2017 were also mentioned to the group.  “The Gala serves as a capital fundraiser for the Behind the Badge Organization helping raise money for those who help us”.  John concluded his presentation in saying, “thank you for supporting and standing behind a very good organization”.

Joe Freudenberger, Chief Executive Office at OakBend Medical Center addressed those in attendance sharing that “OakBend is the last remaining independent non-profit hospital in the Houston area”.  OakBend Medical Center offers a variety of programs that has direct benefits to its patients.  “We only provide superior quality care, and we hope that we will be your family’s choice”.  Mr. Freudenberger then thanked all who came out to honor local enforcement and for visiting their Richmond location.

For more information on Behind the Badge Charities, please visit www.behindthebadgecharities.org.

The Central Fort Bend Chamber is a 105 year old non-profit membership organization dedicated to creating a strong local economy where businesses can prosper. The Central Fort Bend Chamber advocates for over 1,000 local businesses led by a volunteer board of directors who are dedicated to sustaining Fort Bend County’s quality of life, and keeping our community and economy vibrant. 

For more information on the Chamber or its programs, call 281-342-5464 or visit www.CFBCA.org.

The state-of-the-art center is slated to open on Feb. 1

KATY – It’s just weeks away from the Feb. 1 grand opening of the new YMCA at Katy Main Street. As the final touches are put on the 41,000 square-foot facility, the YMCA of Greater Houston is inviting the public to preview the premises on designated days beginning Jan. 7.

Though still in the final stages of construction, the center will offer impressive glimpses into Katy’s new state-of-the-art YMCA, which features strength training and cardio equipment, group exercise rooms, a basketball gym, an outdoor heated swimming pool, child watch rooms, cycle studio and gathering areas where members can meet for coffee. It will offer health and wellness activities, aquatics, youth sports, after school care, summer day camp, summer sports clinics, teen programs, senior activities and more. 

Dates for preview tours are: Jan. 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Jan. 29 from 1 to 5 p.m.; and Jan. 30-31 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

After the center opens, anyone is welcome to tour the facility at any time.

Those who join before Feb. 1 will pay no join fee – a savings of up to $125. New members will receive citywide memberships that will give them access to the YMCA at Katy Main Street, 1350 Main St., the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch, 22807 Westheimer Pkwy., and all other YMCAs in the Greater Houston area.

The $12 million YMCA at Katy Main Street will accommodate the growing population of Katy, serving residents in west and north Katy and in neighboring communities. It is expected to receive more than 400,000 visits a year. It will provide approximately $250,000 in community assistance and program/membership scholarships and create more than 200 area jobs.

 

To apply for a membership before Feb. 1, go to https://search.ymcahouston.org/join or visit the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch or any YMCA in the Greater Houston area. Once the YMCA at Katy Main Street opens, membership applications can be taken at the new center.

By: John Glaser

Ever since Andy Dalton has left Texas to become the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback his homecomings have not been so kind. In his pro career Dalton has a total record of 1-4 record against the Texans and 1-2 when those games are played in Houston prior to the Bengals Christmas eve showdown with the Texans.

Dalton and the Bengals came into the game to be the spoilers and keep the Texans from winning the AFC South title after learning that the Tennessee Titans had lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Both teams struggled to move the ball in the first half with both teams combining for 12 punts and the Texans only putting up 34 total yards of offense. The Bengals looked to have a great opportunity to pull out a road victory after going in at halftime up 3-0 on a Randy Bullock field goal to close the first half.

The Texans finally were able to get some offense going after not being able to cross the 50-yard line in the first half and moved down the field to tie the game with a field goal of their own. A Nick Novak 25-yard field goal with 9:05 left in the 3rd quarter followed by a 22-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter which put the Texans up 6-3.

On the Bengals ensuing possession Dalton was picked off by Texans Quintin Demps who recorded his career-high fifth interception. After the interception, the Texans drive stalled and they gave the ball back over to the Bengals who took the lead after Dalton found Brandon LaFell on a short pass that resulted in an 86-yard touchdown making the score 10-6 Bengals with 11 minutes left I the game.

The Texans responded driving down the field and capping off the drive with a 24-yard touchdown run by Alfred Blue which was setup by a 21-yard catch by DeAndre Hopkins to put the Texans up 12-10 after the Texans Novak’s extra point was blocked.

Dalton would eventually drive the Bengals into field goal range late in the game setting up a 43-yard field goal attempt by former Texan Randy Bullock which sailed wide right as time expired clinching the victory, division title, and playoff berth for the Texans and leaving Dalton 1-5 against the Texans and 1-3 in his home town since he turned pro.

On Friday, December 2, 2016, the Central Fort Bend Chamber held its Annual Gala, a Winter Soiree.  Guests arrived in style and were greeted by Santa and Mrs. Claus, snow, Nutcrackers and enjoyed a full night of fun.  Awards were presented to the 2016 Distinctive Service Honorees, Jeff and Ann Council for their continuous service made within the community and Chamber. Jeff Council served as President of the Board for the Rosenberg-Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce in 1973, 1986 and 1987, with Ann serving as the first female Board Member since its inception.  The Councils continue to display great leadership within Fort Bend County. Jeff Haley with Si Environmental, LLC was also presented with an award for his excellent service as the Chamber’s 2016 Chairman of the Board.

The Gala featured photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a tree decorating contest, a silent and live auction filled with goodies for the whole family.  All who attending danced the night away to a live performance by The Killer Dueling Pianos.

Sponsors for the Gala consisted of: Legacy Ford as the Jingle Bell Rock Sponsor; Finnegan Auto Group as the Deck the Halls Sponsor; Johnson Development as the Here Comes Santa Claus Sponsor; and Safari Texas Ranch as the Joy to the World Sponsor.

Premium sponsors included: AccessHealth; CenterPoint Energy; McDonald & Wessendorff Insurance; OakBend Medical Center; Si Environmental, LLC; Texas State Technical College and Wharton County Junior College.

The Home for the Holidays Sponsors are: Classic Chevrolet, Dillon CPA’s PLLC, EHRA Engineering, Fort Bend Herald; Garcia – Martin & Martin P.C; Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council; GreenScape Associates, LLC; Gurecky Manufacturing Services; Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital; Norma Montalvo Petrosewicz P.C; Republic Services, Inc.; Sterling McCall Lexus; Thomas J. Crayton, CPA, LLC; Vincent Morales County Commissioner – Elect Precinct 1 and 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc..

The Central Fort Bend Chamber is a 105 year old non-profit membership organization dedicated to creating a strong local economy where businesses can prosper. The Central Fort Bend Chamber advocates for over 1,000 local businesses led by a volunteer board of directors who are dedicated to sustaining Fort Bend County’s quality of life, and keeping our community and economy vibrant.

For more information on the Chamber or its programs, call 281-342-5464 or visit www.CFBCA.org.

The Central Fort Bend Chamber hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for a member, Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum, on Thursday, December 8th. Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum was established in 2005 as a Rosenberg-based 501(c)3 non-profit/non-partisan corporation dedicated to the preservation of the Hispanos community and its diverse heritage by promoting a positive atmosphere through educational, social and civic events. Their main focus is raising funds for scholarships.

Business members attended the ribbon cutting ceremony to show their support and welcomed Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum and its Board of Directors to the Chamber family. The Board of Directors are Joe Vera, Lupe Uresti-Cabello, Janie Warstler, Linda Rubalcaba and Ray Aguilar who share the same values of improving all aspect of life in the community. Board of Director Joe Vera was presented a ribbon cutting certificate from Crista Rollock with Christa Rollock Insurance on behalf of the Chamber Ambassador Committee. Vera thanked the Chamber for the warm welcome and to all who support their cause. “We are glad to be a part of this community and to offer our services in support of higher education for all students,” says Vera.

The creation of the Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum was derived from a dream by the late Ernie Rodriguez who wanted to help provide better education for young students in the Fort Bend community. Vera says, “We are happy to extend our arms out to the community and Fort Bend County. With Ernie’s idea, we were able to form this organization and raise funds for over 175 scholarships in the county with the help of our partners. We’ve also issued a few scholarships in surrounding counties as well. We don’t turn away any student who wants to apply.”

Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum will be hosting its 3rd Annual Awards Banquet on March 9, 2017 at the Rosenberg Civic Center. “We are looking for assistance again this year to continue our commitment of opening the doors of higher education to students seeking scholarship opportunities,” says Board of Director Janie Warstler.

For more information, visit their website at: www.hispanicheritageforum.org

The Central Fort Bend Chamber is a 105 year old non-profit membership organization dedicated to creating a strong local economy where businesses can prosper. The Central Fort Bend Chamber advocates for over 1,000 local businesses led by a volunteer board of directors who are dedicated to sustaining Fort Bend County’s quality of life, and keeping our community and economy vibrant. 

For more information on the Chamber or its programs, call 281-342-5464 or visit www.CFBCA.org.

Omni Houston Hotel at Westside -13210 Katy Freeway (77079) 

HOUSTON – December 13, 2016 – The Houston West Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to be “In Business. For Business™” by partnering with the business community to promote economic growth and superior quality of life in West Houston communities. On Friday, February 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. over 550 top West Houston business executives will gather at the Omni Houston Hotel at Westside, where the Houston West Chamber is hosting the West Houston Economic Development Summit (WHEDS), hosted by Omni Hotels & Resorts and presented by Mercantil Commercebank.

Dr. Bill Gilmer, Director of the Institute for Regional Forecasting at the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business, will discuss his 2017 economic forecast for West Houston in the presentation, “Recession to Recovery: Picking Up the Pieces in West Houston”. Attendees will receive a copy of Dr. Gilmer’s forecast report, and hear results of the only proprietary survey of West Houston business leaders on their economic outlook for next year including plans for spending, hiring and allocating financial resources.

During the Summit, an elite group of Westside executives will participate in an economic panel offering personal views on how business segments are reacting to the present economic climate. The discussion will be moderated by Fox 26 business and consumer reporter Tom Zizka, and will include panelists: Paul O’Sullivan, SVP/CEO Memorial Hermann, Memorial City; Francisco Rivera, EVP, Texas Regional Manager, Mercantil Commercebank, Maria Moncada-Alaoui, Dealer Operator, General Manager BMW of West Houston; and Eli Gilbert, Vice President Director of Research, JLL.

Tickets must be purchased to attend WHEDS, and several levels of sponsorships are available. Call 713-785-4922 for more information, or visit https://www.HWCOC.ORG/WHEDS.