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George & Cynthia Mitchell Memorial Causeway Dedication

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 20, 2016
CONTACT: M.J. Naschke (409) 771-4373

George & Cynthia Mitchell Memorial Causeway Dedication

GALVESTON, TX – The I-45 Causeway linking Galveston Island to the mainland will officially be named the George and Cynthia Mitchell Memorial Causeway on Tuesday, October 25.

State Senator Larry Taylor, State Representative Wayne Faircloth, former Senator A.R. “Babe” Schwartz and the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce will preside at the dedication honoring the Mitchells.

George P. Mitchell, and his wife, Cynthia Woods Mitchell, were pacesetters in the restoration movement on Galveston Island, and in the tourism industry launching Galveston into the national spotlight. In addition to restoring landmark properties including the Hotel Galvez, numerous downtown historic buildings, and the development of the west end, Pirate’s Beach and Pirates Cove, the couple revived Mardi Gras! Galveston, that continues to draw thousands of visitors to the Island. A wildcatter by trade, George Mitchell was a visionary in all respects, and Cynthia Mitchell dedicated her life and talents to accomplish extraordinary feats in restoration and preservation.

The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, led by Gina Spagnola, was instrumental in making the causeway dedication a reality. Supporters rallied to the cause and raised the necessary support for this deserving cause. Born on the Island, George Mitchell had a deep love for Galveston and a lifetime commitment to its progress. It is with deep appreciation and admiration, that the State of Texas has named the entrance to Galveston the George and Cynthia Mitchell Memorial Causeway.

SUMMARY

WHAT: Dedication and unveiling of the George and Cynthia Mitchell Memorial Causeway
WHEN: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Media: 4 pm – Tremont House, Davidson Ballroom
WHO: State Senator Larry Taylor
State Representative Wayne Faircloth
A.R. ‘Babe’ Schwartz
Gina Spagnola, President & CEO, Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce
City Officials
Mitchell Family

WHERE: Official sign location – I 45 Causeway
Dedication: Tremont House Davidson Ballroom
2300 Mechanic St. , Galveston

WHY: In honor of George and Cynthia Mitchell for their extraordinary contributions to the City of Galveston.

Governor’s Office Of Small Business Assistance Awards Funding To 10 Small Business Service Providers

Governor Greg Abbot

For Immediate Distribution | August 18, 2016 | (512) 463-1826

Governor’s Office Of Small Business Assistance Awards Funding To 10 Small Business Service Providers

AUSTIN — The Governor’s Office of Small Business Assistance (OSBA) announced today that it has awarded approximately $100,000 in grant funding to ten nonprofit organizations from across the state for projects promoting the development and success of small businesses in underserved markets.

Through the Office of the Governor’s joint small business initiative with the Texas Workforce Commission, the Governor’s Small Business Service Provider Grant Program offers these grants to Texas-based small business service providers to further enhance and diversify projects and activities benefiting the State’s small and historically underutilized businesses (HUBs).

Each of the selected recipients will receive a $10,000 grant to help implement new training programs, create opportunities for small businesses to obtain funding, and develop, publish and distribute useful small business-specific information. This funding will also enable small business service providers a greater degree of flexibility and creativity in their portfolio of offerings to small businesses across all communities.

The recipients of the 2016 OSBA Service Provider Grant Program include:

  • County of Webb will use the grant towards funding its Webb County Small Business Service Assistance Program, which provides educational workshops to local small businesses and entrepreneurs.
  • East Montgomery County Improvement District will apply the funds towards the Growth of East Montgomery County project, a series of educational seminars covering a wide range of small business related topics.
  • Galveston Chamber of Commerce will utilize the funds toward its Spanish Language Business Development Workshops for bilingual, Spanish-speaking business owners within the regional chamber’s area.
  • Katy Area Economic Development Council will strengthen its Katy Area Manufacturing Industry Training & Services Project for manufacturers and supply chain firms in the region.
  • PeopleFund dedicates the grant to its Underserved Small Business Education and Training Program, which targets Spanish-speaking owners of family-operated businesses in the Rio Grande Valley.
  • Plan Empower Grow will utilize grant funds towards conducting the North Central Texas Small Business Conference, which will provide resources and services to the minority, veteran and disabled community.
  • Prairie View A&M University will use the grant to strengthen its Businesses in Development (BID) Academy Workshops which provides continuing education to small and historically underutilized businesses (HUBs).
  • San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside plans to use funds for the development of the Promise Zone to Entrepreneurship Conference targeting current and prospective business owners.
  • Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s grant will be used to help accelerate their expansion of existing programs and services that assist small businesses and startups through 11 counties in the Coastal Bend area.
  • Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce will develop a City-wide Customer Service Training for Businesses program, providing free services to representatives from any business in the Weslaco area.

To learn more about the Governor’s Office of Small Business Assistance and the Service Provider Grant Program, visit https://texaswideopenforbusiness.com/small-business/division-services.

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3rd Annual DOOLIN MARITIME CAREERS CAMP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 31 – August 6, 2016
CONTACT: Gina Spagnola; gspagnola@galvestonchamber.com or (409) 763-5326

3rd Annual DOOLIN MARITIME CAREERS CAMP

GALVESTON, TX The Doolin Maritime Careers Camp, a weeklong residential camp, July 31 thru August 6, 2016, is now accepting applications for students that are rising 8th to 10th grades. The camp is free of charge. Deadline for applications is July 20, 2016.

A program of the Doolin Maritime Committee of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Texas A & M University at Galveston, the Careers Camp is designed to increase awareness, generate enthusiasm, and to introduce basic skills for maritime careers. Students will reside on campus in Texas A & M University Galveston student housing for the weeklong program.

Camp activities may include visiting a cruise ship; driving a virtual ship into New York Harbor, experience breathing through SCUBA equipment in a pool, tour the Galveston Ship Channel by boat, a welding/soldering experiment; a firsthand look at the United States Coast Guard Customs security systems; see life aboard an oil rig; guide a remotely operated vehicle, or go sailing. Students will be introduced to the numerous jobs available along the Gulf Coast, and will receive shirts, a back pack, all materials needed for the camp and meals.

The Doolin Maritime Careers Camp is sponsored by Shell Oil and supported by the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, T & T Salvage, United States Coast Guard, Port of Galveston, BaySmart Galveston, G & H Towing, Rolls-Royce, Galveston College, Odyssey Academy, Mills Shirley Law Firm and Texas A&M University at Galveston.

There is no admission fee to attend the camp, but students must complete an application, submit it by July , and commit to attend the full week. Limited space available.
Contact Gina Spagnola. gspagnola@galvestonchamber.com (409) 763-5326
Applications are available at www.galvestonchamber.com/DoolinCareersCamp

Lunch and a Big Shot of Life with “The Exercise Doctor”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 13, 2016
CONTACT: M.J. Naschke (409) 762-3930

Lunch and a Big Shot of Life with “The Exercise Doctor”

GALVESTON, TX – The Health and Wellness Committee of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Fitness Expo, Lunch and A Big Shot of Life with Bobby Whisnand, “The Exercise Doctor”, Thursday, July 7, 11:00 am – 1 pm, at the San Luis Hotel Ballroom.

Bobby Whisnand, author, Personal Trainer, exercise therapy specialist, and sports nutritionist, is the keynote speaker at the inaugural Health & Wellness Committee luncheon.

What is it that the American Heart Association, Southwest Airlines, Texas Instruments, Frito Lay and Texas Health’s National Convention have in common? They have all invited fitness expert Bobby Whisnand to speak to their companies about the importance of exercise and fitness to the overall health of their perspective companies. His presentation correlating personal fitness and the inner workings of a company in terms of gaining and developing mobility, is one of the reasons he is such a popular speaker in the corporate world.

Having given over 500 presentations to hospitals, physician groups, national organizations and conferences, he is a popular, charismatic speaker whose message motivates his audiences to invest in their health. Bobby puts the heart at the center each of his keynote presentations. With topics like, “Live Your Life in Dog Years” and “Honor The Commitment”, he teaches everyone how to stay young¸ manage stress, and to take care of the longest, most important relationship any of us will ever have; the relationship with our hearts.

Lunch and a Big Shot of Life with "The Exercise Doctor"Internationally certified as a Specialist in Exercise Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Sports Nutrition, and a Cooper Clinic Certified personal trainer for more than 21 years, Whisnand is endorsed by the American Heart Association, Dallas Division, and over 100 surgeons and physical therapists who currently prescribe his It’s All Heart fitness program to their patients.

Bobby Whisnand has completed more than 6,000 individual evaluations for bariatric pre and post operations, fitness evaluations for Arthroscopic Surgery and Medicine, Sports Medicine, Physical Rehabilitation and Fitness Design, Functional Movement of the Athlete, and Health and Rehabilitation.

As a personal trainer, he has developed and monitored fitness programs for individuals, athletes, groups, corporations, special needs children, and has developed off season programs for high school and college athletes.

Founder and owner of the It’s All Heart program, he speaks on behalf of the American Heart Association, Dallas Division, and coached Special Olympics for 7 years.

Bobby Whisnand is the author of the motivational self help books “It’s All Heart”, “A Body to Die Far: The Painful Truth About Exercise”, and “12 Rounds: A Day to Day Guide to a Better Life” and is followed on Face book, Twitter, YouTube, and www.bobbywhisnand.com. Books will be available at the Fitness Expo for purchase and book signing.

The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce has been promoting and advocating for business and community development since 1845. The first Chamber established in the State of Texas, the Galveston Chamber represents more than 850 businesses in the region and welcomes new members. To join contact, gspagnola@galvestonchamber.com (409) 763-5326 or go to www.galvestonchamber.com.

The Fitness Expo opens at 11 am, luncheon and presentation 11:30 am – 1 pm, Thursday, July 7, San Luis Ballroom. Tickets include lunch, presentation and Fitness Expo ; $40 Chamber Members, $50 Future Chamber Members, Sponsor Table for 8, $500. www.galvestonchamber.com, Christy Benson (409) 763-5326.

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.

UTMB President Speaks to C-Crewe

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2016
CONTACT: M.J. Naschke (409) 762-3930

UTMB President Speaks to C-Crewe

GALVESTON, TX – Dr. David Callender, President, UTMB Health, was the invited speaker at the quarterly informative luncheon hosted by C-Crewe, a membership division of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The C-Crewe invites regional business professionals to participate in round table presentations and discussions on a regular basis in an effort to mentor young entrepreneurs and upperwardly mobile professionals in our community.

Callender explained his duties as President of UTMB Galveston and his role as Chairman of the Chamber as an advocate for business. Leading the future representing 800 members, he stated that part of the Chamber advocacy is to support business growth through necessary legislation to prevent small businesses being hindered. He stressed that engagement and involvement of Chamber members is important for community growth and that C-Crewe representation on each committee of the Chamber supports the direction the organization. My Galveston, an initiative of the C-Crewe that markets Galveston as a great place to live and work, was applauded by UTMB’s chief as an important outreach and promotional tool for building our population.

A question from the floor was how could the Chamber be more responsive to business? Callender’s response was through committee feedback, broader dialogue and more frequent communication. His tips for balanced leadership are strategic vision and performance management. An ongoing challenge is to balance life with work, and that sometimes you have to say no in order to schedule time for yourself.

“Learning to work within a system takes time and change occurs through transition. It takes time to form relationships, partnerships, and to build trust, and is possible through open discussion such as the quarterly round table forum hosted by C-Crewe.” Callender said the Chamber is committed to move forward and that the strength of the organization is based on engaging younger members. “C-Crewe is the future of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, you are our future, and I encourage you to stay involved and engaged for long term success.”

The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce “C-Crewe,” short for Chamber Crewe, was created in May 2010 to engage young professionals in the Galveston business community. This program provides opportunities for our young people to make business connections, learn from the business men and women who came before them and see the value and purpose of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce. These tasks are accomplished through a variety of events. For more information, or to join C-Crewe go to www.galvestonchamber.com www.facebook.com/ChamberCreweor www.facebook.com/ChamberCrewe. (409) 763-5326

Business Development Workshops

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 16, 2016 CONTACT: M.J. Naschke (409) 762-3930 Business Development Workshops GALVESTON, TX – The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with The Galveston Daily News and Galveston County Small Business Development Center, will present a series of business development workshops February 24, March 22, and April 26, at the ChamberContinue Reading

9th Annual Conference for Women Dedicated to Lyda Ann Thomas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 10, 2016 CONTACT: M.J. Naschke, (409) 762-3930 9th Annual Conference for Women Dedicated to Lyda Ann Thomas GALVESTON, TX – The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced that the 9th Annual Conference Celebrating Women: Mind, Body, Spirit will be dedicated to former Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas. The conference isContinue Reading

The Happiness Project

CONTACT: M.J. Naschke, (409) 762-3930 IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2016 The Happiness Project GALVESTON, TX – Just where does happiness lie in the big scheme of your life? We know that happy people are healthier and live longer, but is it achievable for those of us who want to de-stress, laugh and be happy? GretchenContinue Reading

Join us for the Lemonade Day Galveston County Kick Off and Step Up For Education Expo on Thursday, January 21, 2016

Press Release Join us for the Lemonade Day Galveston County Kick Off and Step Up For Education Expo on Thursday, January 21, 2016 Register for 2016 Lemonade Day Galveston County and Learn About Educational Opportunities in our Region  GALVESTON, TX January 6, 2016 – Calling all Young Entrepreneurs! The 2016 Lemonade Day Galveston County Kick-OffContinue Reading

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