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:
For information on applying for the internship or about the program visit www.highered.texas.gov/txworks
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.
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to view the Partnership’s Executive Priorities.
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: email@example.com
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.
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
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.
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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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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 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.
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.