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Member Spotlight: Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, HEB Chamber 2015 Large Business of the Year

Working behind the scenes to make a difference

Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, is a law firm that thinks big — but not in the way you might expect.

Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson logoSince 1976, the firm has provided customized collection programs for the public sector. In other words, they help local governments nationwide collect on delinquent accounts, including taxes, traffic citations, court fines and tolls.
To some, that may create the perception of an uncaring law firm picking on people. But Linebarger doesn’t see it that way — quite the opposite.

Steve Meeks, managing partner, said the firm champions fairness.

“For example, we identify fraudulent and inaccurate homestead exemption claims,” he said.

“By pursuing these cases, we ensure that all homeowners pay their fair share. Collecting this revenue also helps government entities provide essential services and reduces the need for tax hikes.”

The firm also thinks big when it comes to community service. Linebarger Goggan has been recognized for its diversity efforts, and around the country, employees are involved in their local school districts, cities and county projects. In HEB, the firm actively supports the HEB ISD Education Foundation as well as the HEB Chamber.

“We know our collection work provides a valuable service,” Meeks said. “But the firm always want to contribute more. The Chamber is an important part of HEB, and we take pride in our membership. And we believe that supporting education is a great way to make a lasting, positive impact on the community.”

“Whether we are pursuing a delinquency case or supporting a local school, our focus is the same,” Meeks said. “We strive to be fair and help create a stronger community.”

For more information, visit the Linebarger Goggan website or call 800-262-7229.

MEET AMERICA’S NEXT TOP YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR

YEA Award WinngLast year, Maxx Stewart enrolled in the YEA! Tacoma-Pierce class at the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce at in hopes of turning his idea for revolutionizing the lacrosse industry into a reality.

Through YEA!, Maxx founded Spyder Grypz, a company that makes customizable grips for lacrosse sticks. His idea took him all the way to the eighth annual Saunders Scholars Finals Competition at America’s Small Business Summit in Washington, DC. At the event, he gave his pitch to an audience of hundreds along with six other finalist business groups. He was chosen as the winner of the competition, and was awarded with a prize package including a $30,000 college scholarship and national recognition of his business.

Congratulations to Maxx, and to all students in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Class of 2016!

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Recipe for Success at the HEB Chamber for June, 2016

Maura Harrell AflacMaura Harrell, an independent agent with Aflac, shows off our “Recipe for Success.” New Chamber members who attend at least five of our meetings or activities in the first 90 days after joining receive one free ad in the Chamber Connection, a $100 value. Maura’s ad will be appearing in an upcoming edition of the newsletter — it’s just one more benefit of membership.

Congratulations to Maura and welcome to the Chamber!

Applications are Ready for the HEB Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy Class of 2017

The Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) teaches real-life business skills to HEB ISD students in grades 7 to 12. At the conclusion of the program, students will have created a business plan and an actual, working business or social movement – they can even apply for startup funding. The YEA! program is a great way for young people to develop leadership skills while learning about the business world – to learn more, contact the Chamber at 817-283-1521. And be sure to share this announcement with other parents and youth!

APPLY TODAY FOR YEA!

Dr. Nate Hearne, Author, Set to Speak to AM Networkers on June 14

NateWebpictureDr. Nate Hearne, Author, Friday Night Lights: Untold Stories from Behind the Lights Set to Speak to AM Networkers on Tuesday, June 14.   Nate recently retired from HEB ISD.

Dr. Nathanial Hearne is the President and Founder of Made Up Minds and The Euless Loaves and Fishes Foundation. Through these organizations, Dr. Hearne provides training and programs to reach at-risk youth for the purpose of strengthening character, teaching leadership skills, and increasing school attendance. This helps set them up for success in life.

AM Networkers is one of the Leads Groups of the HEB Chamber that meets Tuesday mornings at 8:00 am at Raven’s Grille, Texas Star Conference Center.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Gary Fieldsend, via phone at 214-783-3216 or via e-mail at gary@fieldsendmarketing.com.

 

Young Entrepreneurs Present at HEB ISD School Board Meeting

Maria and Daniel Ghaly with Michael DelgadoWho ‘s that making a presentation to the HEB school district board? Why, it’s none other than Maria and Daniel Ghaly, winners of our recent Investor Panel, part of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. The siblings were at the May 23rd regular meeting to discuss their award-winning business idea, Dress to Express. With them is Dr. Michael Delgado, D.D.S., who was chair of the program steering committee.

Maria and Daniel recently traveled to Rochester, New York to compete in the semi-final stage of the Saunders Scholarship competition.  They performed well, and were great representatives of the State of Texas, and of the HEB Community.  The national finals competition is being held next week in Washington, DC, where the finalists will compete for substantial college scholarships and national exposure.  The list of finalists can be found here.

Congratulations again to Daniel and Maria; a new class is starting soon, to learn more, please contact the Chamber or apply now!

Announcement: Main St Bridge in Euless to Close Tomorrow

  • Drive Midtown IconPending inclement weather, we will be closing the Main St. bridge in Euless on Friday, June 3.
    • The file called “Main Street Bridge Detour Maps for Public” shows the long-term detour for when the bridge is down. This is the only closure that takes place this weekend.
    • Main St. bridge and the pedestrian bridge removals are then tentatively scheduled for the following weekend.
  • Tentatively on June 10, we will have several closures in effect to demolish the Main St. bridge and pedestrian bridge.
    • The filed attached called “Main St. bridge removal & full highway closure – the facts” lists out the work and all the anticipated closures for the weekend of June 10. They are phased closures. There will be all weekend closures of east and westbound SH 183 that will impact residents or businesses. “June 10 highway closures” shows the detours for that weekend.
    • Expect there to be delays along SH 183 during these weekend closures.

For the latest information, visit the Drive Midtown website or follow them on Twitter, @DriveMidtown.

HEB Chamber Member Spotlight: Affiliated Bank, 2015 Mid-size Business of the Year

Investing in the personal approach

The Affiliated Bank team includes, from left,  Theresa Tiller, Melinda Borroel, Dustin Perez,  Mark Piland and Teresa Jones.

The Affiliated Bank team includes, from left,
Theresa Tiller, Melinda Borroel, Dustin Perez,
Mark Piland and Teresa Jones.

Affiliated Bank is not your own personal financial institution — they just want it to feel that way.

Founded in 1958, Affiliated has four locations, including the Bedford facility, opened in 2000.  Affiliated offers business and consumer deposits, mortgage and business lending, online services and more. Affiliated also is a preferred SBA lender.

But while Affiliated is a full-service bank, Dustin Perez-Vitier, business development officer, said the real focus is on building relationships. “We sit down with every customer and find out what’s important to him or her,” he said. “We want to know how we can help them meet their personal needs.”

That personal touch starts with the staff: Affiliated is locally owned and independent. “We live in this community,” Perez-Vitier said. “When the loan committee reviews an application, in many instances, they can say, ‘I drive past that business every day, and they’re doing great.’ ”

Not surprisingly, Affiliated also is active in the community. They have supported the Boys & Girls Clubs, Cenikor, L.D. Bell High School, SafeHaven, Habitat for Humanity and other organizations, including the HEB Chamber.

“We think it’s important to be involved,” Perez-Vitier said. “We are committed to creating not just a better bank, but a stronger community as well.”

“There are banks on every corner, and setting yourself apart is hard,” Perez-Vitier said. “What we want to know is how our products can help you. And what we offer is a very personal experience.”

Affiliated Bank, 500 Harwood Road, Bedford. Call 817-285-6195 or email.

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