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Galveston Regional Chamber to Honor Young Entrepreneurs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2016
CONTACT: M.J. Naschke (409) 762-3930

Galveston Regional Chamber to Honor Young Entrepreneurs

GALVESTON, TX – The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce will honor the recipients of the First Annual George P. Mitchell Regional Entrepreneurs of the Year at an awards celebration, Friday, June 10, 7 – 10 pm, at the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort.

The George P. Mitchell Regional Entrepreneurs of the Year program was developed to acknowledge outstanding achievement by area businesses.

Dennis BrydFarley GirlsThis year’s recipients are Ryanne Duzich Culberson and Rosmond Duzich Thormahlen, owners of Farley Girls; and Dennis Byrd, CEO of Island Famous. These talented entrepreneurs, who built their hospitality companies from the ground up, have shown exemplary business acumen and have earned solid reputations in the community for quality product and exceptional service.

The first of its kind in Texas, the Ball High School IncubaTOR Program offers students the opportunity to collaborate in a technology driven workspace to create a business service or product. Members of the professional business community serve as problem solving mentors and offer guidance for the teams to pitch their business concepts to a board of investors at the end of the year for real funding. The GISD program partners with the Galveston Educational Foundation and the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce to broaden the student’s business education and networking opportunities.

Carl Jacob, Jr. , IncubaTOR winnersCera FarringerCera Farringer and Carl Jacob, Jr. , IncubaTOR winners, developed their company, Social Blender, as members of the Ball High School program. Social Blender is a unique application that effectively combines multiple social media platforms into one convenient feed designed to save time, simplify usage and add overall convenience. The team created an investment package to launch the company as part of the overall program.

Lemonade Day Galveston County is part of a national program for youth of all ages designed to introduce entrepreneurs to building their own business through a lemonade stand. Students learn to set a goal, make a plan and to work toward success. The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, led by President Gina Spagnola, registered 1,000 students county-wide, who built and manned their own lemonade stands, drafted business plans, and completed final reports. Regional businesses sponsored the program, hosted lemonade stands, and served as mentors to the young entrepreneurs.

“Lemonade Day is an amazing program that introduces kids to business in a way that they can understand and builds their self esteem for future ventures. It is also one of the most gratifying projects that the Chamber, as an advocate for small business has the opportunity to offer. We are most grateful to the businesses and mentors that make Lemonade Day such a success,” stated Spagnola.

Winners of Lemonade Day Galveston County 2016 are Trysten Pearson and Nathaniel Twohatchett, both students at Odyssey Academy, Galveston Campus. Serving as their community mentor was Leonard Woolsey, publisher of The Galveston County Daily News. The name of their business was ‘Shaken Lemonade – On the Rocks’; their goal is to raise Epilepsy awareness around the world and their dream is to establish a Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit in Galveston County. The Lemonade Day barons raised $1,500 that they plan to contribute to the Epilepsy Foundation Texas – Houston and UTMB’s Epilepsy Fund.

The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce has been promoting and advocating for business and community development since 1845; the first Chamber of Commerce in the State of Texas. Members are kept informed of activity and opportunities in the regional business community, are offered educational seminars and workshops designed to enhance business skills, and valuable connections with potential new customers and clients. Members are represented at all levels of government through ongoing pro-active business legislation and are a partner in shaping the future of the business community.

The George P. Mitchell Regional Entrepreneurs of the Year Awards, presented by the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, honoring Ryanne Duzich Culberson , Rosmond Duzich Thormahlen, Dennis Byrd, Cera Farringer, Carl Jacob, Jr., Trysten Pearson and Nathaniel Twohatchett, is Friday, June 10, 7 – 10 pm, at the Galveston Island Convention Center. The event includes award presentations and dinner. Business attire.

Tickets to the event are $100 Chamber members, $150 Future Members, Reserved table of 10, $1500. Complimentary Parking. For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.galvestonchamber.com or call (409) 763-5326.

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Advocacy. The Business Advocacy Committee shall be charged with the primary responsibility to promote a positive and pro-active business environment in the Galveston area through the following activities:

  1. Developing and supporting local governmental action which promotes a strong business climate and job growth opportunities.
  2. Opposing local governmental action which inhibits a strong business climate and diminishes job growth opportunities.
  3. Establishing productive relationships between business interests and public officials.
  4. Providing forums to inform public officials and candidates for public office on issues impacting the business community.
  5. Providing forums to educate the membership on issues impacting the business community.
  6. Communicating official Chamber positions to the appropriate public officials prior to their action on the issue.
  7. Identifying and supporting individuals to serve on public Commissions and Boards.
  8. Endeavoring to hold public officials accountable for their actions and the resulting impact on the business community. This may be accomplished by the circulation of public official voting records to the Chamber membership on any issue on which the Chamber has communicated an official position.

Advocacy Committee meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, in conjunction with Legislative Affairs, 8:00 am, in the Chamber Board Room.

Comite de Negocios (Spanish Businesses Committee). This committee's mission is to advocate and act as a liaison for the hispanic owned business community within the region.

The Comite de Negocios meets the 2nd Monday of every month, 8:00 am, in the Chamber Board Room.

C-Crewe. The C-Crewe’s objective is to engage professionals under forty in the Galveston business community, as well as the Chamber of Commerce.

C-Crewe meets the 2nd Friday of every month, 10:00 am, at various locations.

Doolin Maritime Career Pathways. As a committee of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, the Doolin Maritime Pathways Crew is a coalition of educators, organizations, and businesses that promote local workforce development for the maritime industry.

The Doolin Maritime Career Pathways Committee meets the 3rd Friday of every month, 7:30 am, in the Chamber Board Room.

Education. The mission of this committee is to enhance the quality, accessibility, choice, and usefulness of education for all students, and to support the economic, social, and political viability of Galveston Island.

Education Committee meets the 1st Friday of every month, 7:30am, various locations.

Executive Committee. This committee meets the 2nd Friday of every month, 8:00 am, Chamber offices.

Golf Tournament. The Golf Tournament is a fundraiser for the Chamber.

This committee meets monthly beginning in May, with the exact scheduled to be determined at that time.

Legislative Affairs. The mission for this committee is to advocate through the Legislature for member businesses, providing a voice to not only the State, but at a National level as well.

This committee meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 8:00 am, in the Chamber Board Room.

Lemonade Day. Lemonade Day Galveston County, which is an initiative of the Galveston Regional Chamber’s Education Committee, empowers today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. Youth of all ages – from pre-K through high school, across Galveston County can register.

Lemonade Day Committee meets the 1st Friday of every month, 10:00 am, Chamber Board Room.

Membership Development. This committee is tasked with growing and retaining the membership base, through continual review of membership levels and benefits, and listening to the members, their requests, and requirements.

This committee meets the 1st Thursday of every month, 2:00 pm, Chamber offices.

Pelican Island and Galveston Channel Advocacy. This committees mission is promoting and advocating for existing and future land owners and businesses on Pelican Island and the Port of Galveston and its tenants.

This committee meets the 2nd Monday of every month, 11:30 am, at various member locations.

Women’s Conference. The mission of this committee is to give women in the region an opportunity to come together, share and learn from each other.

Women’s Conference Committee meets the 1st Thursday of every month, 3:00 pm in the Chamber Board Room.

Work Force Development. The mission of this committee is to identify skill sets that match employment opportunities in the Galveston Region.

Work Force Development Committee meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month, 9:00 am in the Chamber Board Room.

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