Students of success: HEB Chamber Luncheon for May Honor’s Leadership HEB Graduates

Charolete DavisOur May membership luncheon will honor this year’s graduates of the Leadership HEB program. Class member Charolete Davis with Century 21 Mike Bowman, Inc. will speak, along with special remarks from Euless Mayor Linda Martin. Learn about the many benefits of participating in the Leadership HEB program from those who know it best!

Thursday, May 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

First United Methodist Church of Hurst, 521 W. Pipeline, Hurst, 76054

Networking begins at 11, buffet opens at 11:30. Catering by Chef Tyler.

Members: $20 advance registration, $25 at the door. Future members: $35.

No-shows will be billed. Business showcase tables available for $45.

Sponsored by Benenati Law Firm, PC.



Connor ChristianConner Christian, a graduate of the YEA! Angleton Chamber, TX class, has just received a patent for his Rubber Boot Buddy, a business started through YEA!.

Conner graduated from the inaugural YEA! Angleton class when he was just 13 years old. Conner was selected as the National Winner for the YEA! Saunders Scholars Competition in 2013!

“Many adults go through that process and aren’t successful, and it’s pretty cool to have a 15-year-old kid that started his business when he was 13 who has been able to do that,” said Beth Journeay, President and CEO of the Greater Angleton Chamber of Commerce.

Conner was approved for the patent on his Rubber Boot Buddy, which is an aluminum rod that can be installed in the bed of a pickup truck to help organize and hold boots. The product is available for sale in several retail locations in the Angleton, TX area, as well as online.

The patent process took three years to complete, said Conner’s mother, Sandi Christian. The teenage business owner hired a patent attorney, who helped him present his case to the U.S. patent examiner, Sandi Christian said.

“He’s got a couple of manufacturers who are making his product for him because he can’t keep up with the demand,” Sandi Christian said.

Congratulations Conner! The full article is available here.

HEB Chamber names Elaine Dillard of Shaw Insurance the Chamber Ambassador of the Quarter

Elaine Dillard - Ambassador of the Quarter 1Q16During it’s April monthly membership luncheon, the HEB Chamber of Commerce recognized Elaine Dillard of the Shaw Insurance Agency as our Chamber Ambassador of the Quarter. Elaine is truly a role model for our ambassadors. Not only does she attend almost every ribbon-cutting and luncheon, but she also actively encourages other members to attend our events. A couple of weeks ago, she volunteered her time to help out with the fundraiser for one of our members, the Clubhouse for Special Needs. She is always professional, helpful and warm. Additionally, she was recently elected chair of the Ambassador Group.

Darryl Day of Day Real Estate Named HEB Chamber Member of the Month for March, 2016

DarrylDay4_PRINTDarryl Day with Day Real Estate was announced as the HEB Chamber’s March Member of the Month during the recent luncheon held at the Hurst Conference Center.  Darryl has been very active in the Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!).  He taught two of the ten-week sections, teaching the students a variety of business development skills. plans and presentations for the recently held Investor Panel. Additionally, he regularly conducts a workshop on business referrals.


Shred It Event-Euless-KellerWHAT:           A peak season for identity thieves is tax time: old tax records and other expired documents are being discarded and your identity is ripe for the picking. Those old files, records and documents may be useless to you, but they provide valuable information to thieves waiting to steal your identity. Don’t just throw your identity out with the trash—help safeguard against identity theft with proper shredding and disposal of your sensitive documents at Frost’s Shred event. Shred-It shredding company will be on-hand to professionally shred and dispose of your documents and records at this free event that is open to the public. To add a sweet note to the event, sweet treats will be available to enjoy as your documents are safely destroyed.

What should be shredded to help protect against identity theft? Any document that has identifying information on it that ties to financial accounts or contains personal information such as account or loan numbers, birth dates, social security numbers, your mother’s maiden name or any online passwords; investment records and statements; bank statements and canceled checks; paycheck stubs or pay statements; ATM, credit card and debit card receipts; credit card statements; utility bills and other household receipts; insurance policies; loan agreements; and information regarding tax returns. Old driver’s licenses, passports, expired insurance cards—even mailing labels from magazines:  if it can help a thief assume your identity, it needs to be properly disposed of. If you are unsure that a document needs to be shredded, don’t take chances—shred it.

Proper information disposal isn’t just for personal information—it impacts businesses as well. Many types of documents eventually outlive their purpose, and holding onto them too long puts businesses at risk of a security breach and non-compliance with current privacy legislation. Frost is proud to offer businesses the opportunity to participate in Frost Shred too. Financial records, such as expense reports, depreciation records, payroll records, sales reports, inventory lists, production reports, invoices, time cards, payroll reports and more, including personnel files and anything that can identify you, your employees or your customers, should be treated with care. Guidelines regarding record retention are important to follow, but once you’re ready to dispose of sensitive records or documents, be sure to securely shred them in a trusted manner.

WHEN:            Friday, April 22nd from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

WHERE:         Euless Financial Center, 350 Westpark Way, Euless, TX 76040

All events are free and open to the public.

Frost is the banking, investments and insurance subsidiary of Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (NYSE: CFR), a financial holding company with $28.6 billion in assets at December 31, 2015. One of the 50 largest U.S. banks by asset size, Frost provides a full range of banking products, investment and brokerage services and insurance products to businesses and individuals in the Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Permian Basin, Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio regions. Founded in 1868, Frost has helped Texans with their financial needs during three centuries. For more information, visit


Hurst Jr. High School siblings win entrepreneur award

HEB Chamber Investor Panel selects students’ creative and practical business idea

Daniel and Maria Ghaly with Darryl Day, one of the program instructors. Inset photo: One of their designs.

Daniel and Maria Ghaly with Darryl Day, one of the program instructors. Inset photo: One of their designs.

BEDFORD, TX: Dress to Express, the business created by siblings Maria and Daniel Ghaly, was named the winner of the HEB Chamber of Commerce Investor Panel, held March 22 at the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District’s Gene A. Buinger Career & Technical Education Academy.

The Investor Panel invites students in junior high and high school to present business ideas and solicit funding from a panel of prospective investors, in a format similar to the popular TV show Shark Tank. The Investor Panel is part of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), run by the Chamber in collaboration with the HEB ISD.

Dress to Express creates personalized, weighted fashion accessories that attach to clothing with a magnet. The accessory can serve a variety of uses, helping hold down a dress on a windy day, protecting a bicycle rider’s pant leg or just serving as an attractive jewelry piece.

Maria is in the 9th grade at Hurst Jr. High School and Daniel is in the 7th. They are the children of Shereen Gendy and Maged Ghaly. In May, the siblings will travel to Rochester, NY, for the Saunders Scholars semifinal competition, where they will compete to advance to the finals, held in Washington, D.C.

Kimberly Ball, chairman of the HEB Chamber, major account manager with DOCUmation of North Texas and one of four panelists, said all of the students had great proposals, but that Dress to Express was exceptionally strong.

“Maria and Daniel really touched all the bases,” Ball said. “Their idea is marketable, costefficient, sustainable and fun. And the accessories look great, too. We all were very impressed with the creativity of their idea and how well they executed it.”

Eight other business ideas were presented to the panel, and each business received some funding.

In addition to Kimberly Ball, other panelists were: Steve Chapman, HEB school district superintendent for schools; Deborah Paganelli, president of Texas Health Hospital HEB and Steve Ward with Allstate-Steve Ward Insurance Agency in Bedford. Moderator for the program was Michael Delgado, D.D.S., the YEA! steering committee chair.

YEA! is a nationwide program launched in 2004 at the University of Rochester (NY). Over the course of nine months, participants learn how to write a business plan, obtain funding, launch the venture and market it. Instruction is supplemented with guest speakers, visits to local companies and mentoring. They also learn about web development, e-commerce and trade shows. The Chamber’s YEA! program is one of just six in Texas.

Mary Frazior, President and CEO of the Chamber, said the YEA! program is just one of the many ways the Chamber works to fulfill its mission of advancing business and strengthening communities.

“We believe the YEA! program is an investment in our future,” Frazior said. “By helping these young people learn entrepreneurial and leadership skills, we are helping ensure that our community continues to thrive in the years to come.”

Funding for the Investor Panel is provided by several local sponsors, including the HEB Economic Development Foundation, Texas Health HEB, Allstate-Steve Ward Insurance Agency, 6 Stones Mission Network, Delgado Orthodontics, First Financial Bank and Republic Services.

The Chamber will start accepting applications for the 2016-2017 YEA! program in May. To learn more, contact Linda Dibley at the Chamber, 817-283-1521 or visit List of all participants and business ideas:

Benjamin Benjadol, Central Jr. High School: American Geographic Conference

Maria and Daniel Ghaly, Hurst Jr. High School, Dress to Express David Herrera, Trinity

High School: Dream and Print 3D

Dev Jivanji, Central Jr. High: Worldly Feet

Tyler Kostopoulos and Daniel Stanev, Hurst Jr. High: StanKo Designs

Dylan McGinnis, Trinity High School: HEB Lawn & Windows

Ahmad Mohammad, Trinity High School: StickerFitz

Benjamin West, Trinity High School: All Washed Up!

Marshall Wimberly, L.D. Bell High School: Techmo Media Productions

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The Waterbury Republican-American recently released a video detailing the entrepreneurial journey with students in the YEA! Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. Months of preparation and mentoring all came together at the investor panel, where the winning business was Alexandra Maryanski’s business Repli-Pets, which creates custom pillowcases featuring an image of your favorite pet on it. Alexandra will be advancing to the Saunders Scholars Semifinals Competition in Rochester, NY on May 7th. Congratulations Alexandra!

Also interviewed by Monumental Events was 14-year-old Brayden Kelly. Brayden is a student in the YEA! Grand Junction, Colorado class. His business, Practical Tackle, was chosen to advance to the Saunders Scholars Semifinals Competition as well. The video can be viewed on the YEA Grand Junction’s Facebook page.

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