YEA! Mentor Training Scheduled for November 20

YEAlogo gifMentors are needed to assist the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, and we invite you to support the students’ experience by becoming a YEA! Business Mentor. As a Business Mentor, you’ll have the opportunity to provide coaching, guidance, and direction to a business enterprise by helping the students develop and complete their business plan.

This mentoring experience, conducted at Gene A. Buinger Career & Technical Education Academy, will have a significant impact on the students’ ability to launch and run their own REAL, albeit modest, business or non-profit organizations.

YEA! Business Mentors commit to seven classroom visits, taking place from December 1, 2014 – February 2, 2015 from 4.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. and continued out-of-class support through email and phone through April 30, 2015. You’ll have the opportunity to assist your student group in the process of developing and writing a business plan and creating an investor presentation used to request funding. We also encourage you to share your business experiences with the groups over the course of your meetings. Previous students have indicated that hearing first-hand accounts from members of the business community make a  significant impact on what they are learning.

The YEA! Instructor will be providing instruction and guidance each class period before YEA! Business Mentors arrive to work with their individual student groups. Contact the YEA! Program Manager Craig Backus to sign up or get more information:, 817/600-5701

HEB Chamber Announces Winners of Stan the Man’s Chili Challenge

Best Overall Chili (will represent HEB Chamber in the Classic Chevrolet Chili Cook off on November 11) – BB&T Bank, Bobby Carr

Mildest Chili – Farmers Insurance, Christie Bradley

Most Unusual Chili – Carpet Connection, Wes Simmons

Spiciest Chili – Miguelito’s Mexican Restaurant & Lounge, Gabby Nevares

Best Team Spirit – Forest Ridge Funeral Home, Michael Land and David B. Medina

Pictures from the event are posted! Click here to see!


Texas Roadways feeling the crunchMore than 1,200 people are moving to Texas every day and the transportation infrastructure is not increasing enough to keep up with the demand. An estimated $5 billion more per year is needed to maintain the existing roads at current levels of congestion.  The continued economic success of Texas depends on a viable transportation system.  Proposition 1 is a constitutional amendment that would allow income from Texas’ oil and gas tax collections to go to the highway fund to be used for road maintenance and for building new roads without tolls. This would not raise the gas tax or other fees.  A vote for Proposition 1 is a vote for the continued economic growth of Texas.


Your vote countsMake plans to vote for your Congressman, State Leaders and area State Representatives and Senators.  Early Voting takes place at the following locations, dates and times:

  • Bedford Public Library, 2424 Forest Ridge
  • Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector
  • Hurst Recreation Center, 700 Mary Drive
  • For more voting locations, go to
  • Monday through Friday- October 20-24, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 25 – 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 26 – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Monday through Friday, October 27-31, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

HEB Chamber Announces Ambassador of the Quarter ~ Cindy Benke

Cindy Benke picCongratulations to the HEB Chamber’s Ambassador of the Quarter (2014 3rd QTR) Cindy Benke of Shield Awards and Promotions. She has been greeting at luncheons, attending and making presentations at ribbon cuttings, and helping members get involved. She is also our ambassador of the Year for 2014. Congratulations Cindy!

HEB Chamber Announces September Member of the Month ~ Karen Gilleland

Karen GillelandCongratulations to the HEB Chamber’s September Member of the Month: Karen Gilleland, of Shield Awards & Promotions – Karen has been on the Gala Committee for many years and she knows who to call to get things done.  This year, she also sold a huge number of Wish Bowl tickets.  Karen, thanks for everything you did to make the event a success!

HEB Chamber Elects New Directors

At the HEB Chamber’s October Luncheon, held on October 9, 2014; eight directors were elected to three-year terms beginning in January, 2015.  The eight directors are:

  • John Fletcher, Fletcher Consulting
  • Jeri Harwell, Republic Services
  • Linda Huggins, James B. Wright, DDS
  • John Humphreys, DBU Hurst-Colleyville
  • Rochelle Ross, A Simplified Space
  • Sandee Treptow, Reliant, an NRG company
  • Gale Wagner, Affiliated Bank
  • JJ Walker, Bell Helicopter, A Textron Company

HEB Chamber Announces August Member of the Month ~ Crissy Begin

Crissy BeginCongratulations to Crissy Begin of New Leaf Chiropractic for being named the HEB Chamber’s August Member of the Month.  Crissy and her husband joined the Chamber this year, and Crissy got involved with the Gala Committee, contacting people for auction items and sharing ideas.

She also was the decorator with a special flair – most of the baskets of wine in the silent auction? Crissy was the designer! She did a great job – thanks Crissy! And tell Curtis thanks for helping with the set up.

Construction may be over, but you can still save!

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Reconstruction through Hurst and Bedford may be complete, but you can still save!  It will take time for traffic and people to come back into the corridor.  Our businesses are still needing new customers, and you can be a part of this win-win.  Get a card to use to support the affected businesses and sign up to offer a discount or a special!  Click here for additional information.

Register to Vote!

Voting ButtonThe last day to register to vote for the November general election is Monday, October 6, 2014. If you have not registered yet you can visit to find where you can pick up an application or to print out an application. Also, remember that you must re-register to vote if you have moved to another county.

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