A Message from the Chairman of the Board, Bob Davee:

As Ferris Bueller sagely noted, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t look around once in a while you could miss it” and looking around once in a while often takes deliberate effort. We necessarily focus on the immediate. We always have a business or employment task immediately at hand. Our family and personal relations constantly demand attention. And, as we serially address those tasks, we tend to lose sight of the larger changes around us. We don’t consciously take stock of where our larger community has been, we may not see where it is now, and we don’t deliberately look at where our Clear Lake community is going and where we want it to be.
If we did so, maybe we would notice that the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s service area no longer consists of large swathes of open acreage and just opening housing developments. Although NASA remains central to our identity it is now surrounded by thousands of well-established businesses employing thousands and serving many more. In short, perhaps Clear Lake is moving from a developing to a mature community and maybe, as champions for business success and the quality of life for our community, the strategic planning cycle that your Chamber of Commerce is now entering should stop, look around and take stock of these things.
In short, I would encourage all the Chamber’s members to join in as the Chamber begins preparing a new strategic plan. Give us your perspective on the Clear Lake community and share your thoughts on how we can use the Chamber’s collective resources to lead our now established community to where we want it to be for many years to come.

Texas WORKS: Reinforcing Knowledge and Skills (TXWORKS) Internship Program

The THECB TXWORKS Employer Application is now open and accepting employer applicants.

THECB TXWORKS is seeking employers ready to take the challenge and strengthen Texas college and university students’ career readiness by offering paid internships through Texas WORKS: Reinforcing Knowledge and Skills (TXWORKS) Internship Program. For the 2021-2022 year, the State will fund $10 of the internship earned hourly wage. Selected employers will match the State’s internship earned hourly wage contribution by an equal amount. As a result, employers will pay students minimum of $20 per hour.

Program Implementation Year 2021-2022 includes all the following internship periods: Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022.

The employer application submission closes on April 9th.

TXWORKS Program Overview & Participation Guide 0.01 provides: 

  • Application steps and deadline (includes link to electronic application and certification document).
  • Amount of funding available for reimbursement per employer agreement.
  • Reimbursement process for earned hourly wages of interns.
  • Participation criteria, requirements, and expectations of employers.
  • Eligibility criteria, the application process, and outcomes for students.

For information on applying for the internship or about the program visit www.highered.texas.gov/txworks

5,000 Houston-Area Teachers Get Vaccinated by Memorial Hermann

Last week, thousands of Houston area teachers got the opportunity to line up and receive the first doses of their COVID-19 vaccine, thanks in part to Memorial Hermann.

The drive through clinic at Sugar Lands Smart Financial Center was specifically geared for teachers, had a turn out of over 5,000 that Sunday. The following day another 5,000 were able to receive their vaccines, a great thing being offered in order for educators and staff to feel safe in and out of the classroom. With the rising question of the hopes for teachers/schools with the accessibility of the vaccine being so available now, Noel J. Cardenas, Senior Vice President & Chief Executive Officer for Memorial Hermann Southeast and Pearland Hospitals stated that, “The work teachers do for our community is indispensable, and it will be Memorial Hermann’s privilege to help ensure that they stay as healthy and protected as possible. By vaccinating our teachers, it allows our children to return to the classroom without putting educators at risk.”

Our educators certainly deserve all of the praise in the world for their dedication and sacrifice throughout the pandemic. With summer around the corner and children itching for warmer days, teachers and staff will certainly be able to have a little relief once their vaccinations are complete. Educators are now eligible for the vaccine in the state of Texas. For more information on receiving the vaccine through Memorial Hermann, you can visit their website here for more information. Galveston County residents can join the waiting list here.

 

 

 

 

Week Eight Legislative Update

Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order lifting most COVID-19 restrictions took effect this past week. In the Legislature, lawmakers filed bills ahead of the constitutional filing deadline on Friday, and House Speaker Dade Phelan announced priorities for state electric grid reform following last months Winter Storm.

Speaker Phelan Unveils Electric Grid Priorities:

House Speaker Phelan unveiled priority legislation to address the electric grid and problems exposed by Winter Storm Uri. Seven separate bills will be filed with reforms ranging from consumer protections to improving electric grid resiliency.

  • House Bill 10 by Representative Chris Paddie (R-Marshall) changes unaffiliated members of the ERCOT board into ones appointed by the governor. It also requires ERCOT board members reside in Texas and adds a new board position to represent consumer interests.
  • House Bill 11 by Representative Paddie requires weatherization for all electric utilities.
  • House Bill 12 by Representative Richard Raymond (D-Laredo) establishes a statewide public alert system for extreme weather events.
  • House Bill 13 by Representative Paddie aims to improve coordination and communication between state agencies and ERCOT during disasters.
  • House Bill 14 by Representative Craig Goldman (R-Fort Worth) mandates weatherization of natural gas pipeline infrastructure.
  • House Bill 16 by Representative Ana Hernandez (D-Houston) prohibits electricity plans for residential consumers tied to wholesale prices, like the ones which resulted in some Texans receiving bills of thousands of dollars.
  • House Bill 17 by Representative Joe Deshotel (D-Beaumont) aims to improve grid resiliency by prohibiting any ordinance or regulation which restricts electric utilities by the source of generated power.

Key Business Issues:

The deadline to file legislation is Friday, March 12. The following bills have been filed to address some of the most important business issues:

Education and Workforce Development:

  • Public Education – Both chamber’s budget proposals fully fund the investments made to public education in 2019.
  • Digital Divide – House Bill 5 by Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) and Senate Bill 5 by Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) are priority bills expected to garner strong support.
  • Workforce Development – House Bill 1247 by Representative JM Lozano (R-Kingsville) increases coordination between business and government. Senator Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) filed Senate Bill 1184 relating to Texas’s future workforce pipeline. Senate Bill 1102 by Senator Brandon Creighton (R – Conroe) establishes the Texas Reskilling and Upskilling through Education (TRUE) Initiative.

Health Care:

  • House Bill 4 by Representative Four Price (R-Amarillo) and Senate Bill 412 by Senator Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway) expands telemedicine, telehealth and technology-related health care services.

Energy:

  • The Partnership is working with the University of Houston for funding in Senate Bill 1 to establish a new carbon management research hub in Houston.
  • House Bill 1284 by Representative Chris Paddie (R-Marshall) and Senate Bill 450 by Senator Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) establishes the regulatory framework to facilitate the development of underground carbon injection and long term storage.
  • Eminent Domain – House Bill 902 by Representative DeWayne Burns (R-Cleburne) is being negotiated by industry and landowners.

Other Issues:

  • Flood Resilience – Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) and Representative Dennis Paul (R-Houston) have each filed multiple bills to establish a financing plan and local sponsor for the coastal barrier project. Those bills are Senate Bill 1160, Senate Bill 1222, House Bill 2390 and House Bill 3029.
  • Economic Development – House Bill 1556 by Representative Jim Murphy (R-Houston) and Senate Bill 1255 by Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) extend the Chapter 313 economic development program.
  • Transportation – Both chamber’s budget proposals maintain transportation funding at the current levels.
  • COVID Legal Liability Protections – House Bill 3 by Representative Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock) provides legal protections for businesses. Senator Hancock has authored Senate Bill 6. Governor Abbott has expressed his support for the issue.

 

To hear more on the first week of the 87th Texas Legislative Session or address any questions, please reach out to Taylor Landin (SVP, Chief Policy Officer) at publicpolicy@houston.org.

Click here to view the Partnership’s Executive Priorities.

Celebrating National Small Business Development Center Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today is National Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Day! We are grateful to have an SBDC office here at the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and two advisors ready and willing to serve our Chamber membership. Today, we want to celebrate them and all of their efforts within our community.

Herb Hildebrand, Director of the San Jacinto College SBDC, is a graduate of Baylor University with degrees in accounting (BBA) and law (JD). Current admissions: State Bar of Texas; U.S. Tax Court. Herb has more than 50 years of extensive and varied experience in business matters involving finance, banking, domestic and international taxation, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, employment, regulatory and environmental issues.

Robert (Rob) Carlson, Business Advisor for the San Jacinto College SBDC, has extensive U.S. domestic and international business experience with corporations, universities and government agencies. He is also well versed and knowledgeable in general management, project and business development, relationship building, synthesizing, problem resolution, importing and exporting. Additionally, Rob is fluent in oral and written Japanese. Carlson is a graduate of Brigham Young University and holds his Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He also attained his Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

For those who may not know, Small Business Development Centers play a critical role in the success of small businesses. The SBDC network provides business advising, access to training, tools and resources to help small businesses in their start up process, expansion and continuing to succeed. SBDC’s also help navigate the uncertainty of the market, providing advice on compliance with government regulations, and being first responders when natural disasters require intensive and long-term consulting.

In these uncertain times, every SBDC across the United States and its territories has helped reshape, revamp and rebuild our communities by providing available resources when they were needed the most. “Whether the business is in an underserved or rural community, exporting, an accelerator, woman-owned or is in crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SBDCs have stood up to their reputation to be steadfast and a pillar of support in each state and region.” Said Herb Hildebrand, Director of the San Jacinto College Small Business Development Center.

The SBDC is one of Texas’ top business assistance programs with 14 centers from Lufkin to Lake Jackson, this sector of experts is here to help you succeed. In the Texas Gulf Coast Network, our SBDCs have phenomenal numbers with Clients Served: 5,127; New Businesses Started: 376; New Jobs Created: 6,058. To learn more about our regional impact check out the new America’s SBDC Annual Report at https://www.sbdcimpact.org/tx/gulf.

To learn more about SBDC nationwide impact check out the new America’s SBDC Annual Report at www.SBDCImpact.org

We feel fortunate to have these two experts as such important parts of our Chamber and we are thankful to the Small Business Development Center for providing a forefront for businesses to succeed and thrive in our community.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with an advisor or learning more about the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, email us at: chamber@clearlakearea.com

Surviving Spring Break with the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce – Next Generation

    With so much to see and do, the Bay Area is the perfect place for a “staycation” this Spring Break. Our amazing Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce – Next Generation team has gone out to local businesses in our area to show us a plethora of activities that are available right at our fingertips. From hitting the water with the Kayak Shack, lacing your skates up at Funcity Sk8 and knocking down some pins at Bowlero, you will be sure to find something fun and safe to do while you’re kickin’ it back this Spring Break.

     

     

    • Armand Bayou Nature Center: Spring is already coming to life at the Armand Bayou Nature Center, here in the Clear Lake Area. ABNC offers 5 miles of walking trails to experience the beauty and wonder of nature and their lush 2,500 acres provide habitats for over 370 species of wildlife. During Spring Break, they will be offering special programs for kids from 4-10 years old. These programs will go anywhere from 9AM-3PM and you can choose one day to come or multiple. Each day there will be different programs ranging from birds, reptiles, water, the forest etc. There will also be hikes, games, and demonstrations. There are also opportunities to take a charter tour on one of their pontoon boats or a guided night hike. These activities will be available during spring break and throughout the Summer. Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, ABNC is following all the CDC guidelines and kindly ask that their guests wear their masks in their core areas. Once families are on the trails and away from larger groups, they are more than welcome to take off their masks and enjoy nature. Spring is the perfect time to get up, come out and reconnect with nature.
    • Axe Masters: At Axe Masters Texas not only can you throw axe’s, but you also have the opportunity to smash stuff in their rage room. During Spring Break, you can expect extended hours from 2pm-10pm everyday along with their regular schedule on Thursday through Sunday.
      Axe Masters will also have a lot of specials going on. For a group of six or more they are offering a package that is $28.50 per person and includes 2.5 hours of throwing time, pizza, soft drinks and or water and they are offering a 10% off discount for college students all week long!
      Axe Masters is keeping their guests safe by having their trained coaches on standby that are teaching you physical safety with the axes’. They are also assuring that they continue to clean their facility daily and are following state and county mandates and guidelines.
      If you are trying to plan your Spring Break ahead of time, you can book your party by going to axemasterstx.com and use their booking system or simply call them at 281-724-1123 and they will happily book your party over the phone.
    • Bowlero: Pins are dropping and music is bumping at Bowlero this Spring Break. Bowlero is a hybrid bowling alley meets bar, meets restaurant, meets family fun entertainment center that is packed with something for everyone. Guests will be welcomed by a blacklight experience with good music, movies, TV shows and sports playing on the big screen. Bowlero will be opening a little earlier this Spring Break so families can come in before the crowds come through, making for some low-key family time before the college kids come out for the party atmosphere at night. Bowlero has deals and promotions going on including their Monday and Wednesday unlimited bowling special that is about $18 per person including the shoe rental. With this promotion you also get unlimited bowling from the time the special starts until midnight. Bowlero will also have half off games in their fully re-modeled arcade on Wednesdays. Bowlero is committed to keeping their guests safe this Spring Break by continuing with their mask policy for bowlers and making sure that there is plexiglass in between each bowling lane. They are also maintaining a high level of sanitation after a person leaves a lane by sanitizing bowling balls, shoes and seating. During Spring Break, visitors of Bowlero can expect to get what they always get, an electric night life with music, fun and good times.

     

    • Funcity Sk8: When you visit Funcity Sk8 this Spring Break, families will feel a sense of nostalgia in this florescent and lively atmosphere where you can expect the same Funcity you have since the 70’s. It is at Funcity where there is fun for kids of all ages. For those who are just learning how to skate, they offer a beginner skating area and classes for kids starting as young as age 2.
      At Funcity the music is always a priority. They encourage their guests to wear tie-dye considering their illuminating atmosphere. The folks at Funcity also love to get interactive with their customers by playing multitudes of games with them on the floor from a skate version of musical chairs to red light, green light. At Funcity they are keeping their guests safe during the pandemic by having all their employees wear facemasks. They are also sure to sanitize their building before and after every session.
      On Tuesday and Thursday nights during Spring Break, guests will enjoy half price admission along with their always $4 skate rental. On Saturday nights they have all you can eat pizzas from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Funcity also has 21 and over nights every Saturday from 9:30pm-1:00am. Here they have a full-service bar and gourmet menu that includes burgers and wings.
      Funcity offer’s great facilities for public and private parties, corporate and private events and so much more. At a skating rink like Funcity, there is so much fun to be had by everyone! If you are interested in booking one of these events you can visit their website at funcitysk8.com for more information or simply give them a call at (281)-332-4211 and one of their great managers will be happy to help you.
    • Kayak Shack: A hub for fun in Kemah, Kayak Shack rents and sells kayaks and paddleboards. They also sell everything from swimsuits, outdoor apparel and water sport goods. At the Kayak Shack, families can expect a family owned and operated business that prides themselves in taking care of you. Whether you are a kayak and paddle boarding expert or someone who is holding a paddle for the first time, the friendly folks at Kayak Shack are going to take their time with you, teach you the proper techniques and safety measures and do everything that they can to teach you what you need to know before you go out paddling. Kayak Shack’s paddling area has no fast-moving boats, and they are in a strict no wake zone so there is no fear of being run over. Their equipment and life vests are proudly Coast Guard approved and all equipment washed after every use. Catering to private parties, team building events and group events. Kayak Shack is offering two different party packages all year long. Their first package is for 10 people, who get private two-hour paddle time with the option to switch between paddleboard and kayak during their two-hour window. For a party you are more than welcome to bring your own cake and Kayak Shack will gladly provide pizzas from Center Court, along with drinks and ice. Their second package is for two people, this is a package with a two-hour paddle time but without the opportunity to switch between paddle board and kayak. With both packages, there is an option to add additional people if needed.
      Whether you are going out on the water in a large group or if it is just a few friends, you will be sure to have a good time out on the water no matter which package you choose from. For more information on packages, deals and reservations go to https://kayakshacktexas.com/
    • Kemah Boardwalk: When visiting Kemah Boardwalk this Spring Break, you can expect the same great place where the fun never stops. With something for the whole family, Kemah Boardwalk has rides, games, retail stores and an array of restaurants. Throughout the month of March, the boardwalk has an amazing three park deal going on. In a combination of three parks in one pass, visitors have access to the Aquarium in Downtown Houston, Galveston’s Historic Pleasure Pier and the Kemah Boardwalk where you will have unlimited visits from March 5th through the 21st for only $69.99. At the Boardwalk, there will be live music every day of Spring Break from 12PM-9PM. This will pair great with some warmer weather and a nice frozen margarita or an ice-cold beer. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Kemah Boardwalk is keeping its guests safe by continuing to use advanced sanitizing throughout their entire property and also sanitizing rides after every patron. At the boardwalk, they want to keep both their employees and their guests protected. With a wide collection of fun and activities, Kemah Boardwalk is a great destination for entertainment and family fun this Spring Break.
    • Lone Star Flight Museum: Spring Break is taking flight this year at Lone Star Flight Museum. General Doug Owens, President and CEO of the museum is a retired 3-star Air Force General who is assuring that spring break will be the perfect time for families to come out. With the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame in house, the museum grounds are fully open and offering free simulators, a hands-on pilot experience and many other S.T.E.M related activities. Their facility is also opening planes up to the public so that they can get a view, feel and vision of what it is like to be in one of these many historic pieces of aviation. The staff here is following CDC guidelines and taking extra precautions this Spring Break. Families can expect unique programs to be set up and will run from Saturday March 13th through Sunday March 21st at 11551 Aerospace Avenue, Houston, Texas 77034. For any questions regarding events or private parties, you can contact their event manager at (346)-708-2517.
    • Main Event: At Main Event, families can expect a lot of fun for people of all ages. Their facility offers everything from 28 lanes of bowling, 6 pool tables, laser tag, miniature golf and over 100 video and arcade games. For special deals and promotions during Spring Break, people can expect the Fun Pass that is $14.99 if purchased before noon and $19.99 after noon, both lasting all day. With their venue designed for families of all ages, their nightlife gets more exciting for adults with their full-service bar. Main Event is keeping their guests safe during the COVID-19 pandemic by having social distancing throughout the game room and on bowling lanes. The staff is also consistently going around and sanitizing all the games and bowling equipment. If you are looking for a place with fun and excitement this Spring Break, check out Main Event.

     

    • Pump It Up: Jump into some fun this Spring Break at Pump It Up. At the place where “every day is a party” they have inflatables for children of all ages including adults and toddlers! Families can expect deals and promotions such as their private play date which is $50 for a private jump that includes two children plus $5 for each additional child. Pump It Up also offers private parties with packages that include pizza and cake or just jumping. The folks here are keeping guests safe by issuing sanitizing measures on all their equipment and they also have a company coming out that is deeply sanitizing all their surfaces. Pump It Up is a great place to bring the whole family and have some of that memorable Spring Break fun.

     

    • Topgolf: Families can expect the same great experience of high-level service, quality food and a great game at Topgolf in Webster this Spring Break. Every Tuesday is half price Tuesday, which means there is half price game play all day long, all year long! They also currently have their Coach & Play package going on that goes by 2×2, meaning you get two hours of lessons followed by two hours of game play with their director of instruction. For their guests who are over 21, they are rolling out a new limited time cocktail menu on March 15th. This menu includes a frozen pina colada, sparkling paloma and some fresh grapefruit offerings to quench that mid-game thirst.
      In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Topgolf’s main goal is their commitment to play safely. They have placed bay dividers and adjusted their capacity to 6 guests per bay. With their tee’s naturally 11 feet apart, there is plenty of room for swinging golf clubs and having some Spring Break fun.

    Congress Passes $1.9 Trillion Relief Package

    On March 10th, Congress passed a budget reconciliation bill that includes the “American Rescue Plan Act”. This bill will bring $1.9 trillion worth of COVID-19 relief to Americans within the coming weeks, and it is estimated that 85% of Americans will be eligible to receive these payments.

    For businesses, the ARPA includes various business tax provisions, including extending the excess business loss limitation for non-corporate taxpayers through 2026 tax year. Certain business credits, including the family and sick leave credit and the employee retention credit have been both clarified and expanded. The plan will also provide Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program grants and revitalization grants received by eligible restaurants, food trucks and similar businesses are not included in the gross income of the recipient. Like PPP loans, taxpayers can take deductions and capitalize assets paid with forgiven EIDL funds. The ARPA also expands the limitation on the deduction of compensation paid to certain individuals by publicly traded corporations. The definition of “covered employees” for which a corporation’s compensation deduction is limited has been expanded to include more highly compensated employees in the workplace.

    President Joe Biden and his team are expected to make their way across the country this week, expressing the benefits of the new COVID relief plan. Within the past few months, it has been foreshadowed that eligible individuals will receive a direct deposit of $1,400 for themselves and each of their dependents. This payment is subject to a phase out for taxpayers with adjusted gross income between $75,000 and $80,000 for individual taxpayers and $150,000 and $160,000 for married taxpayers filing a joint return. In addition to the COVID relief package, student loan forgiveness that would normally have been included in a filers gross income is not going to be taxable for loans that have been discharged after December 31, 2020 and before January 1, 2026.

    For more information on the COVID relief bill or checking the process of getting your payment, you can check the “Get My Payment” tool on the IRS.gov website starting Monday, March 15th.

    Information in this blog post have been referenced from: Whitley Penn

    Clear Lake Connections Podcast Episode 8 | Authentically NASA. Houston, THE home for astronauts

    Meet William Harris, the CEO of Space Center Houston – The Space City’s hub for all things science and space. Space Center Houston is the official visitors center of NASA Johnson Space Center and primarily an educational institution dedicated to the works and discoveries of space exploration. William shares Space Center Houston’s plans for youth and families over Spring Break and emphasizes all the minimalist ways they have created for kids to still have a fun and engaging learning experience at the Space Center.

     

    William also goes into detail on how his public health background was able to give him the upper hand when it came to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, stating “Being the CEO of an attraction such as this in a time like this was definitely something I knew how to gage and work through when it came to public safety.”

     

    Space Center Houston has so much to offer for a “staycation” this Spring Break. They currently have the largest collection of moonrocks from the Apollo 15,16 and 17 missions and a permanent exhibit discussing the Mission to Mars and the future it holds. Here you will also be able to interpret everything it takes to send humas to the red planet. Space Center Houston is also the only other facility in the United States to have a SpaceX rocket on display aside from the SpaceX headquarters in Los Angeles, California.

     

    With 250,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor facility containing artifacts the represent the past, present and future of space exploration, they are making sure to highlight the importance of space exploration all year round. Space Center Houston will be offering Summer Camps later this year for youth along with multiple events that they have planned to take place from March 12th-21st.

    This is an exciting year for space exploration and with a wealth of programs available at the institution and online, this is a dynamic science and space learning destination. For more information on Spring Break activities, registering for one of their upcoming Summer Camps please visit, spacecenter.org.

    If you are interested in learning more about the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, start here.

    Clear Lake Connections Episodes are released weekly.  Subscribe today wherever you listen to podcasts.

    Welcome New February Members!

    The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome our newest members from this past February! We are proud to have you be a part of this community and together we can continue to be, ‘Champions for Business Success and Quality of Life in Our Community.’

    Take a moment to connect with our new members below and support those that support our community.

    Ascher Building & Design

    Ascher Building and Design has a phenomenal 15+ year track record of executing government contracts and exuding extraordinary projects. They are a woman owned small business and have the ability to manage the logistics and financial capabilities of large scale projects. They specialize in Commercial and Residential Renovations along with Interior Design services.

    Cottrell For CCISD Board of Trustee At Large:

    Jonathan Cottrell is a local real estate agent and father of three that is currently running for CCISD School Board of Trustees Board At Large. His campaign is focusing on making sure that all children in the district have a future. Jonathan is an advocate for education and he is primarily focused on extending the knowledge of community growth and educational advocacy.

    CrossFit Asteria:

    CrossFit Asteria is a haven for people to seek to better themselves- body, mind, and soul. Crystal Starke’s facility is a beacon for help within the community of Seabrook and the surrounding area. By supporting the community in every way possible, every month they intentionally “Think Outside of the Box” and push their clients to meet their goals.

    With a new facility coming to the Clear Lake Area, H2O Physical Therapy and Rehab is a premier Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinic that has been offering both aquatic-based and land-based therapy and rehab. H2O has the largest indoor heated therapy pool in Galveston County and specializes in helping out with many diagnoses. They pride themselves in advocating for the benefits of aquatic therapy are more than willing to help you with an initial evaluation to help you return to enjoying an active lifestyle.

    HTeaO:

    Born in Texas in 2009, HTeaO has a desire to provide ultra-premium tea, water, and related products that are giving people healthy options in a fun, safe and clean environment. HTeaO prides themselves on providing the best quality iced tea money can buy in a retail environment. With a variety of flavors ranging from regular, mint and watermelon, the choices are endless at this local spot nestled on Bay Area Blvd in Webster.

    Kayak Shack:

    Located a few minutes from Kemah Boardwalk, Kayak Shack is specializing in kayak, jet ski and paddle board rentals, as well as guided and unguided adventure tours through Galveston Bay and other parts of the area. With anywhere from one to three hour rental windows, Kayak Shack also provides stand-up paddle board lessons and sunset and fireworks tours in the summer. With summer fun on the way, this is a great way to see about making memories and having some fun in the sun.

    McDonald’s – The Kades Corporation:

    Ken and Mady Kades, are local franchisee owners that have been in our community since 1982. Proudly pouring their hearts into one of Americas most renowned fast food chains, the Kades family is currently operating 53 restaurants in 3 markets in Waco, Beaumont and Houston. With constant opportunities for growth and advancement, the Kades Corporation is always looking for people to join their team.

    Monarch Pantry:

    Specializing in transforming the break room, Monarch Pantry is delivering innovative break room solutions that are keeping employees fueled with craft coffee, fresh fruit, better-for-you snacks and beverages that are giving people power throughout the work day. This prolific idea simplifies fast and local delivery and consistency. Monarch Pantry is also priding themselves on eco-friendly options that are helping companies reduce their carbon footprint and helping them meet their zero-waste goals.

    Pump It Up:

    Make your next party unforgettable with inflatable fun at Pump It Up. Located in Webster, this venue offers 100% private parties and tailors the perfect package so you get the party of your dreams. These party pro’s are there to help you every step of the way, keeping everything super simple and stress free. Also offering Open Jump, Drop off Programs and Group Events, Pump It Up is a hub for fun and memories!

    Snaju Development:

    This website development agency is curating simple and powerful platforms that are revamping how we see website advancement. Snaju Development is providing top notch services to their customers by proposing creative, fun and empowering UI/UX design and Software/Firmware integration support. Their designs are helping businesses tell amazing stories and are making it easier for you speak to your customers and support your growth with 100% made in-house projects.

    SWBC:

    SWBC is prevising insurance, mortgage and investment services to institutions, businesses and individuals across the United States. They are licensed to market and service a variety of financial products in all 50 states, and their products are offered through several subsidiary corporations. They have always strived to be a recognized leader and most trusted business partner in the financial services industry. Their Clear Lake office is a big part of our community and we love to see their constant accountability and teamwork.

    Village On The Park:

    Village on the Park is offering elegant Senior living with comfort and convenience right here in Friendswood, Texas. Their lush green lawns are surrounded by mature oak trees and offer flourishing independent living for their apartment homes. They offer many amenities from walking trails, chef prepared dining, fitness and wellness programs, library, beauty parlor and so much more, elevating for a new experience every day.

     

    If you would like to join this group of business and our other 800+ members in our mission to be “Champions for Business Success and Quality of Life in our Community,” visit ClearLakeArea.com for more information.

    Newest Chamber Staff Member!

    The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome the newest member of our staff, Ms. Nina Cortez!

    Nina is a graduate from Texas Tech University and will be our new Marketing and Communications Coordinator under President and CEO Cindy Harreld-DeWease.  We are very excited to have Nina as a part of our team and we are looking forward to all the new and innovative ideas she has in store for endorsing a pragmatic public image for our Chamber members and the local community.

    Already, Nina has a clear vision for the road ahead saying, “I am very excited to bring in a fresh perspective. My goal is to contribute, design and create new initiatives for special events, local growth and business development.” Along with the collaboration of the other Chamber staff, this will be an exciting new beginning not only for our team but also our community.

    We are looking forward to introducing Nina to our membership are elated to see the versatility and creativity she brings in this new position.

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