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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

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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 Chamber offices, 2228 Mechanic, Suite 101. All interested business owners are encouraged to attend.

Led by the SBDC, the February 24 workshop, titled “Taking your Business to the Next Level – Creating a Growth Business”, will begin at 9 am – 11 am. This workshop is especially important for small businesses who are striving for controlled and well planned expansion of their companies outreach and bottom line.

March 22, 9 am – 11 am, the workshop will present “Finance is the Language of your Business – Let’s Talk Numbers”. Attendees will understand the importance of a well designed business plan and how it relates to company stability.

April 26, 9 am – 11 am, “All About Marketing – Creating a Strategic Marketing Plan” will focus on the value of a solid marketing plan in a volatile market and how it can push you ahead of the competition toward a positive cash flow and sound bottom line.

The workshop series will be led by Carolann Peters, Business Advisor with the Galveston County Small Business Development Center, who holds a wealth of experience in sales, marketing, entrepreneurship and consulting.

The workshops, limited to 25 attendees, will be held at the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2228 Mechanic, Suite 101. Registration is free for Chamber members and $20 per workshop for non members; $45 for all three workshops. Registration is online at www.galvestonchamber.com through the calendar. For additional information call (409) 763-5326.

9th Annual Conference for Women Dedicated to Lyda Ann Thomas

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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 is Thursday, April 14, at Moody Gardens Convention Center.

Each year the Women’s Conference features speakers who address topics of concern to women and who epitomize the spirit of entrepreneurship in their selected fields. The 2016 conference is dedicated to Lyda Ann Thomas who serves as a role model for her lifetime commitment to family and community.

The mother of four grown children and grandmother of two, Thomas lived in New York City during the early years of her marriage from 1956 to 1972. Having attended the University of Texas at Austin and Columbia University, she served as manager of Direct Mail Marketing for Lord & Taylor, and then became Editorial Assistant at Harpers Bazaar Magazine before returning to Galveston.

Upon her return to Galveston, Thomas founded and managed Thomas & Company, an architectural and historical restoration company. She has also served as chairman of the Board of Mainland Center Hospital, created a half-way house for mentally disabled young men and women, and owned and operated Galveston Harbor Tours, an eco-tourism company which operated in Galveston Bay.

Elected to City Council in 1998, Thomas served the three-term limit. In 2004 she was elected Mayor of the City of Galveston, and re-elected in 2006. She worked tirelessly to make city government and city services more accessible to all citizens. Her calm example and strength of character displayed during Hurricanes Rita & Ike (2005 & 2008) captured the attention and respect of people around the nation and the world.

In recognition of her leadership, she received the BRAVO Award by the League of Women Voters and was selected as Public Elected Official of the Year in 2005. In 2006 she was named Galvestonian of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce; Hockaday Alumnus of the Year; and Citizen of the Year by the Galveston County Daily News in 2006. In 2007, she received the National Blueprint Best Practices Award from the National Council on Readiness & Preparedness.

Lyda Ann Thomas has spoken at hundreds of meetings and conferences, hosted by such eminent organizations as the Baker Institute, The Center for Houston’s Future, 2009 Leadership Texas, Houston Jr. Forum, Houston Executive Women’s Partnership, and a host of Rotary Clubs. In addition to disaster response and recovery, she is well-versed in topics relating to the regionalization of shoreline protection, high-speed rail, and closer partnering with the cities and ports along the upper Gulf Coast.

It is with honor that the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce dedicate the 2016 Conference Celebrating Women: Mind, Body, Spirit to Lyda Ann Thomas.

The 9th Annual Conference Celebrating Women: Mind, Body, Spirit, presented by the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce and UTMB Health, is Thursday, April 14, at Moody Gardens Convention Center, 8 am – 5 pm. Reservations are required. No tickets will be sold at the door. Admission is $150 per person and includes health and wellness programs, continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, beverages, complimentary happy hour, Women’s Expo and gift bag. Tables, sponsorships and vendor opportunities are available. Contact Christy Benson (409) 763-5326 or go to www.galvestonchamber.com.

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The Happiness Project

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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? Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, will let us in on the path to being happy at the 9th Annual Women’s Conference , Celebrating Women, Mind, Body , Spirit, Thursday, April 14, at Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston.

Presented by the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, the event is planned and organized by women, for women, and speakers address topics that are on the minds of today’s women. Presentations by noted authorities are designed to educate, excite and empower attendees to live a healthier and happier life. Sponsored by the Galveston Chamber and UTMB Health, speakers include author Gretchen Rubin, Jentry Kelley, founder of Jentry Kelley Cosmetics, and UTMB Health physicians Dr. Zehra Jaffery; Dr. Sukwan Jolley; and Dr. Juliet McKee. Serving as Mistress of Ceremony is Mia Gradney, KHOU TV,with radio personality Sara Pepper . A Women’s Expo featuring health and wellness products, jewelry, clothing and other merchandise for sale is located adjacent to the conference and will be open 7:30 am until 6 pm. A complimentary happy hour will be hosted at the conclusion of the conference in the Expo. Drawings will be announced throughout the day and the grand prize drawing will be announced in the Women’s Expo following conference programs.

This year’s Women’s Conference is dedicated to former Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas and community honorees are Pamela Watson, Susan Falgout, Mary Jo Naschke, and Ruth Rendon.

Keynote speaker Gretchen Rubin is the New York Times Bestselling Author of “The Happiness Project” , “Better Than Before”, and Happier at Home”; all blockbuster successes. Enormously popular with readers in print and online, more than two million copies of her books have been sold worldwide. Conference attendees will learn the rules for life that happy people know and how to design your personal program to aquire a happier tomorrow.

Makeup artist Jentry Kelley founded her own line of cosmetics in 2011. The company, Jentry Kelley Cosmetics, takes makeup to another level by providing education on application to achieve a younger, more polished look. Given that every woman acts as her own makeup stylist, Kelley coaches in techniques to enhance daily routines resulting in a 10 – 15 years younger appearance without a stylist on the payroll. Makeup tips you can apply at home on your own with professional results. Kelley will talk about the entrepreneurial spirit that led her from the University of Houston, with a degree in business management, to the Clinique counter at Dillard’s, to ultimately founding her own company in cosmetics which she has a passion for. Kelley will have a booth at the Women’s Expo to introduce her cosmetics line where stylists will be available for mini consultations.

For more information on the 9th Annual Women’s Conference, Celebrating Women: Mind, Body Spirit, go to www.galvestonchamber.com or call (409) 763-5326 to purchase tickets or tables. No tickets will be sold at the door. $150 per person includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, beverages, gift bag and drawings. All major credit cards are accepted.

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

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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

 LemonadeDay_GalvestonCountyGALVESTON, TX January 6, 2016 – Calling all Young Entrepreneurs! The 2016 Lemonade Day Galveston County Kick-Off and Step Up For Education Expo will take place on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 5 – 7:30 PM at Central Middle School Media Arts Academy, located at 3014 Sealy Street, Galveston. This event is free and open to families and students in the Galveston region.

 

The Step Up For Education Expo takes place from 5 – 6:30 PM and offers information about educational offerings and opportunities throughout our region, from schools and lessons to summer camps and fun activities. The Expo is open to all schools, businesses and organizations that serve families and students. Participation in the Expo is free but advanced registration is requested by emailing Gina Spagnola at gspagnola@galvestonchamber.com.

 

The Lemonade Day Kick Off Event will take place from 6:30 – 7:30 PM in the main auditorium with a program including great Lemonade Day Galveston County prizes, school performances and more.

 

Food and refreshing lemonade will be served in the school cafeteria. Students will be able to register for Lemonade Day Galveston County and pick up their backpacks, workbooks and t-shirts for the duration of the evening. Registration forms will be available but students must have a caring adult with them to sign up. Registration is free and food and refreshments will be served in the cafeteria.

 

“This is a chance to register your lemonade stand, pick up your backpack, workbook and t-shirt and find out more about great educational opportunities in our region,” said Gina M. Spagnola, President and CEO of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce and Lemonade Day Galveston County Director. “We want all schools, organizations and groups that lend a hand to education represented so that families can get a look at all there is to offer!”

 

The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce established an education committee in 2010 as a broad based community partnership.  The committee has united every educational institution both public and private on the island in an unprecedented alliance 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.  The Education Committee felt that Lemonade Day was the perfect collaboration of business and education to help achieve their goals, and with their support the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce purchased the licensing fee to bring Lemonade Day Galveston to our community in 2012.

 

The Galveston Regional Chamber rallies the business community to support producing the event with cash and in-kind sponsorship, and we involve the help of key local and regional media outlets to promote Lemonade Day Galveston County. However, our most effective promotional tool are the relationships we’ve created with the schools and youth organizations via the Chamber’s Education Committee. With their buy-in of the program, our Lemonade Day Galveston County team has performed countless kickoff events at area schools and youth organizations to spread the word about Lemonade Day Galveston County. These kickoff events combined with our annual Lemonade Day Kick-off event, Build a Stand…Spark a Dream event, Best Tasting Lemonade Contest, Spirit Night and Lemonade Day itself have exposed our Chamber to thousands people, most of who were not previously involved with our organization.

 

For complete information about Lemonade Day Galveston County, visit www.Galveston.Lemonadeday.org. To register your school, business or organization for the Step Up For Education Expo, email Gina Spagnola at gspagnola@galvestonchamber.com or call (409) 763-5326.

 

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About the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce is To Promote and Advocate for Business and Community Development.  Founded in 1845 it is Texas’ first chamber of commerce.  For more information about the Galveston Regional Chamber, visit them at the corner of 23rd and Mechanic in Historic Downtown Galveston.  You can also check them out at www.GalvestonChamber.com, like them on Facebook – www.facebook.com/GalvestonChamber, follow them on twitter – www.twitter.com/GalvChamber, share with them on instagram – www.instagram.com/GalvestonChamber and watch them on YouTube – www.youtube.com/GalvestonChamber.  Don’t forget to download MyChamberApp on your smart phone so you can access the Galveston Regional Chamber membership directory, upcoming event information and more anytime, anywhere

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick to Speak at Galveston Regional Chamber Annual Meeting and Gala

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Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick to Speak at Galveston Regional Chamber Annual Meeting and Gala

Lieutenant Governor to Commemorate Chamber’s 170 Years of Advocacy and Promoting for Business

 

GALVESTON, TX December 9, 2015 – The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce is honored to announce that Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick will speak at its 170th Annual Meeting and Gala on Friday, January 15th, 2016.

 

“When we set out to create an event ‘as big as Texas’ we knew we had to involve our local, state and federal elected officials,” said Gina M. Spagnola, President of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce. “We are so grateful that our Lieutenant Governor is joining us to commemorate 170 years of advocacy and promoting for Texas business.”

 

Dan Patrick was elected lieutenant governor of Texas in 2014, winning the general election by almost 20 points, including historic levels of support from female and Hispanic voters.

 

A principled and committed conservative, Lt. Gov. Patrick continues to lead the fight to secure the border, reduce property and business taxes, protect our Second Amendment, defend innocent life and address our state’s infrastructure challenges to ensure that Texas continues to flourish economically.

 

In his first term as lieutenant governor, he led the reform of the Texas Senate’s 21-vote rule, provided an unprecedented $800 million to help secure our Texas/Mexico border, and provided lasting property and business tax relief for homeowners and businesses. Under his leadership the Senate passed school accountability legislation and championed efforts to pass open carry and campus carry legislation into law.

 

Dan Patrick is a former Texas State Senator, a successful small-businessman and radio host. He is also a former TV anchor, sportscaster, musician, as well as an award-winning Christian author and movie producer. He has raised over $16 million for children with disabilities through his radio show and started the first seminary in a Texas prison to train long-serving inmates for the ministry.

 

Patrick has been married to his wife Jan, a former schoolteacher, for 40 years. Their son Ryan is a Harris County Criminal Court District Judge in Houston. Their daughter Shane is a registered nurse. He is also the proud grandfather of four grandchildren.

 

The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce is celebrating a very special occasion at this year’s Annual Meeting and Awards Gala: the 170th Anniversary of the Chamber, which was established in 1845 and is Texas’ first chamber of commerce. The Annual Meeting will celebrate “Texas,” and honor local, state and national leaders as well as the chamber’s 170 years of advocacy. The event will take place on Friday, January 15, 2016 at Moody Gardens in Galveston.

 

Tickets to the event are $125 for members, $150 for future members or a Big Tex Sponsorship table of 8 can be secured for $2,500. For additional information about sponsoring the event and securing tickets, please contact Elizabeth Rogers Alvarado, Director of Special Events, at ealvarado@galvestonchamber.com or (409) 763-5326.

 

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About the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce is To Promote and Advocate for Business and Community Development.  Founded in 1845 it is Texas’ first chamber of commerce.  For more information about the Galveston Regional Chamber, visit them at the corner of 23rd and Mechanic in Historic Downtown Galveston.  You can also check them out at www.GalvestonChamber.com, like them on Facebook – www.facebook.com/GalvestonChamber, follow them on twitter – www.twitter.com/GalvChamber, share with them on instagram – www.instagram.com/GalvestonChamber and watch them on YouTube – www.youtube.com/GalvestonChamber.  Don’t forget to download MyChamberApp on your smart phone so you can access the Galveston Regional Chamber membership directory, upcoming event information and more anytime, anywhere.  

 

Galveston Regional Chamber Launches Vivian Rose Hernandez Junior Ambassador Program

Galveston Regional Chamber Launches Vivian Rose Hernandez Junior Ambassador Program Chamber to Name Junior Ambassador Program After Innovation and Entrepreneurship Pathway Coordinator GALVESTON, TX November 24, 2015 – The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce will launch its latest educational and advocacy initiative at 9 AM on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Ball High School. TheContinue Reading

My Galveston Weekend Brings Awareness to Island Living September 5–7, 2015

Press Release My Galveston Weekend Brings Awareness to Island Living September 5–7, 2015 Campaign Celebration Highlights Positive Perceptions and Aims to Increase Population GALVESTON, TX September 2, 2015 – Galvestonians love their city so much they want to invite others to live here, too. My Galveston is a volunteer movement started by the C-Crewe, the Galveston RegionalContinue Reading

Ready to Tee Off? Network at the Best Business Golf Tournament in the Region!

Ready to Tee Off? Network at the Best Business Golf Tournament in the Region! Galveston Regional Chamber Golf Tournament Scheduled for September 14 at Moody Gardens Golf Course GALVESTON, TX July 14, 2015 – It is golf tournament time for the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce and this is your chance to network at oneContinue Reading

My Galveston Launches Website to Promote Island Living

My Galveston Launches Website to Promote Island Living MyGalveston.com Showcases Island for Potential Residents and Employees GALVESTON, TX July 6, 2015 –   MyGalveston.com is here. The site, developed by members of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce C-Crewe, a group of young professionals, aims to promote Galveston Island as a great place to live andContinue Reading

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