Category Archives for Chamber News

November 23 – November 7 at the Chamber

The Chamber office will be closing early on Wednesday, November 25 @ 12:30PM and remain closed through Friday, November 27 for Thanksgiving. We look forward to returning to our regularly scheduled events on Monday, November 30!

Next week at the Clear Lake Area Chamber

Stay up to date on all events and programs happening at the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce next week.

Executive Officers | Tuesday, November 17 @ 10:00AM | CLOSED GROUP

The Executive Committee of the Chamber is comprised of the 7 officers from the Board of Directors. They meet on a monthly basis to conduct the business of the Chamber.


Board of Directors Meeting | Tuesday, November 17 @ 11:30AM | CLOSED GROUP

The Board of Directors of the Chamber is comprised of 20 officers. They meet on a monthly basis to conduct the business of the Chamber.

ONE Clear Lake | Wednesday, November 18 @ 10:00AM | REGISTER

ONE Clear Lake (Organization for Nonprofit Engagmenet) is a monthly meeting to provide professional development and collaboration for nonprofit professionals. This month we will unpack our discussion about volunteerisum during COVID-19 from the October presentation with Volunteer Houston. Please RSVP by Tuesday, November 17 @ 5:00PM to receive the login information. Sponsored by: Frost Bank


New Member Orientation | Thursday, November 19 @ 8:30AM | REGISTER

Learn how to utilize your membership for maximum effectiveness though Chamber resources, programs and events, and cost-effective marketing opportunities, and start to build your business network by meeting Chamber leadership, staff, and other new members.

Diplomats Committee Annual Thanksgiving Lunch | Thursday, November 19 @ 11:30AM | REGISTER

The annual Thanksgiving lunch for the Diplomats Committee will be held at Lakewood Yacht Club. Tickets are on sale now. If you are interested in joining this committee, please register for the event and join us to learn more. Pre-paid reservations only.

Toastmasters International | Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Club | Friday, November 20 @ 8:00AM | REGISTER

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. The Chamber club meets every Friday morning and they love visitors. Register today and join us this Friday.

The Coffee Break Catch-Up | Friday, November 20 @ 9:30AM | REGISTER

This is your opportunity to network with other Chamber members every other Friday morning. Register by Friday, November 6 @ 8:00AM to receive the zoom login information. Sponsored by: Cottrell Realty

Interested in learning more about the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and our work in the community or becoming a member of the Chamber? Visit us online at www.ClearLakeArea.com.

From the Desk of the 2020/2021 Chairman of the Board

As if the COVID pandemic was not enough, 2020 has now delivered a disputed election fueled by a bitterly divided electorate. Given free reign the natural product of such is distrust and fear.

Fortunately, the closer you get to home and the Clear Lake Community the more stable things seem.  Family relations remain.  We can still rely on our coworkers.  Our customer and business relations are valued.  Our neighborhood and community organizations continue to perform their essential work and local government is still trusted. These things are the remedy for distrust and fear. They foster trust, caring and mutual support.

Make no mistake, your Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and its diverse membership are an essential part of the mortar that holds our local businesses and larger community together.  As businesses and neighbors we rely on, trust, care for and support each other. Let’s keep that in mind in the coming weeks and months and commit to working together to keep our local businesses strong and extend our membership ring and community relations outward. 

And remember – Buy into Bay Area!

Interested in learning more about the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and our work in the community or becoming a member of the Chamber? Visit us online at www.ClearLakeArea.com.

This week at the Chamber

Stay up to date on all events and programs happening at the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce next week.

Leadership Awards Luncheon | Tuesday, November 10 @ 11:00AM

In lieu of the Annual Chairman’s Ball this year, the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Leadership Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 10 at 11:00AM at South Shore Harbour Resort. Underwriter AMOCO Federal Credit Union.

New Board of Directors Orientation | Wednesday, November 11 @ 11:00AM | INVITE ONLY

The Chamber looks forward to welcoming our new leadership for the 2020/2021 year with an onboarding session for our new Board of Directors. Meeting will be held at the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

Ribbon Cutting – Assistance League of Bay Area Resale Shop | Thursday, November 12 @ 10:00AM

Join us as we celebrate our member, Assistance League of Bay Area with a ribbon cutting! Due to new safety protocols we are limited the number of attendees at our ribbon cuttings. Reservations are required to attend. Click here to register.

Virtual Speed Networking | Thursday, November 12 @ 3:30PM

Speed Networking is going virtual! Take this opportunity to meet and build relationships with your fellow Chamber members. Come prepared with your 2 minute elevator pitch and we will do the rest. Please make your reservations by Thursday, November 12 @ 12:00PM to receive zoom login information. Click here to register.

See What’s Happening Next Week

Stay up to date on all events and programs happening at the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce next week.

Business Development Seminar | Tuesday, November 3 @ 8:30AM

Want updates on what current construction is working on or what new developments are happening in the Clear Lake Area? Join us for our monthly Business Development Seminar as we hear from Barbara Cutsinger of Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP).

This event is being offered both in-person and virtually so make sure you RSVP for the option you want.

In-person attendees, there are limited spots so make sure you RSVP TODAY to ensure yours! Coffee provided by Main Event. Click here to register.

Young Professionals Happy Hour | Wednesday, November 4 @ 4:00PM

Have you been missing Young Professionals? Well we sure have and we are RE-IGNITING with a Young Professionals Happy Hour.

The Young Professionals committee is RE-ENGAGED and RE-ENERGIZED and committed to providing value, access, and engagement through multiple program opportunities this year. We want to hear your thoughts, so bring your vision for #YP2021.  

Due to safety precautions, we have limited availability. RSVP by Tuesday, November 3 @ 12:00PM. Registrations are first come first serve. Click here to register.

Ribbon Cutting – Woodhouse Day Spa | Thursday, November 5 @ 4:00PM

Join us as we celebrate our member, Woodhouse Day Spa with a ribbon cutting! Due to new safety protocols we are limited the number of attendees at our ribbon cuttings. Reservations are required to attend. Click here to register.

The Coffee Break Catch-Up | Friday, November 6 @ 9:30AM

Grab a cup of coffee and get ready to introduce yourself, your business, share tips, chat and have some fun. This is your opportunity to network with other Chamber members every other Friday morning. It’s just 30 minutes, so don’t miss it! Register by Friday, November 6 @ 8:00AM to receive the zoom login information. Click here to register.

Ribbon Cutting – Hilton Houston NASA | Friday, November 6 @ 12:00PM

Join us as we celebrate our member, Hilton Houston NASA with a ribbon cutting! Due to new safety protocols we are limited the number of attendees at our ribbon cuttings. Reservations are required to attend. Click here to register.

Member Halloween Deals

Halloween is almost here and we want you to make the most out of your upcoming holiday weekend plans. What better way to do that than to #BuyIntoBayArea? Read below and take advantage of some of these scary good member deals!

Axe Masters Texas

If you book a Halloween Axe Party for this Saturday, October 31, Axe Masters Texas is offering 10% OFF for all in costume!!!!

Call 281-724-1123 to book or visit www.axemasterstx.com.

Bravo Party Shop

Well, the image says it all, 30% OFF all costumes! Go TODAY and grab all of your costume and Halloween Party needs!

Check out all Bravo’s product here.

Woodhouse Day Spa – Baybrook Mall

Halloween is just another excuse to look your Boo-tiful Best! Visit us this week for a Halloween inspired spook-tacular spa day!

Witch’s Glow – $350
Warm Spiced Mud Wrap
80min Restore & Firm MicroDerm
Harvest Glow Pedicure

Woodhouse Beauty Spell – $300
The Pure HydraFacial
Shrink-to-Fit Body Treatment

Moonlight Magic – $200
Illuminating Facial
Lavender & Seaweed Pedicure

Plus, complimentary nail art with any mani or pedi all week long!

Call 832-835-5050 to book today.

Courtyard by Marriott

$85 A Night when you call and ask for the Neighborhood Holiday Rate from 10/29/2020 through 11/1/2020.

Call to book your room today at 281-333-0220 or visit their website, Marriott.com/HOUCS.

We are loving these deals! Make sure you don’t miss out and go #BuyIntoBayArea today.

Interested in promoting your brand with #BuyIntoBayArea? Join the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce today!

5 Things You Should Know about PPP Forgiveness

The SBA has released more information about PPP forgiveness.  Here are 5 things you should know:

1. The majority of PPP borrowers in the region are eligible for a simplified loan forgiveness application. Earlier in October, the SBA and Treasury released a simpler forgiveness application for PPP loans of $50,000 or less. 

2. The estimated time to complete the simplified PPP loan forgiveness form application (loans $50,000 or less) can be as little as 15 minutes. 

3. Businesses still need to document PPP loan money was spent on eligible expenses. Since a key part of forgiveness for PPP loans is using the money for eligible expenses, borrowers still need to provide documentation with the forgiveness application.

4. Borrowers apply for PPP loan forgiveness through their lender, not the SBA. Borrowers can download PPP loan forgiveness applications from https://www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection and submit those and other required information to the lender that provided them with a PPP loan. 

5. SBA Resource Partners are available to help borrowers through the forgiveness process. The SBA Resource Partner Network – which includes the Small Business Development Center, SCORE Mentors, and the Women’s Business Center – provide one-on-one business advising and technical assistance to small businesses at no- or low-cost.

The SBA is providing PPP Loan Forgiveness Overview and Q&A Webinars. 

October 26  |  11:00am CST  |  JOIN HERE
October 28  |  11:00am CST  |  JOIN HERE
October 30  |  11:00am CST  |  JOIN HERE

If you have additional questions, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Coaches are available for consultation at the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Office next Tuesday, November 3.  Email Chamber@ClearLakeArea.com to schedule your appointment.  

Texas Chamber of Commerce Week

Every year, for a week in October, an awareness campaign is conducted to highlight the achievements and role of local chambers of commerce. This year, Texas Governor Greg Abbott proclaimed that Texas Chamber of Commerce Week would be Monday, October 19 through Friday, October 23. Read the full proclamation below.

“Texas has become an economic power thanks to the ingenuity and hard work of its residents, who are entrepreneurs and innovators seeking to carve out better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. In many cases, Texans’ dreams become reality due to the help of local chambers of commerce.

Local chambers of commerce distinguish themselves through their promotion of local communities, projects, and small businesses. By promoting local businesses, chambers of commerce help foster job creation, improve education, and develop local infrastructure. These organizations have laid the foundation of economic success and prosperity for many communities, and their work continues to build a better future for all Texans.

Every year, for a week in October, an awareness campaign is conducted to highlight the achievements and role of local chambers of commerce. I encourage all Texans to join me in recognizing and commending these hardworking individuals for their many contributions to the Lone Star State.

Therefore, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim October 19-23, 2020, to be, Chamber of Commerce Week.”

The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce was able to celebrate Texas Chamber of Commerce Week with a surprise visit from Senator Larry Taylor at our Board of Directors meeting as he presented this proclamation to our Chairman of the Board and Leadership team.

We at the chamber want to thank all of our members. Your constant support and partnership with this chamber is one of the many ways we are able to continuing to serve you and this community. Together we are ‘Champions for Business Success and Quality of Life in our Community’.

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

Interested in learning more about the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and our work in the community or becoming a member of the Chamber? Visit us online at www.ClearLakeArea.com.

Leadership Clear Lake Class #4

As Leadership Clear Lake Class #4 prepares to embark on a life-changing journey, please consider investing in yourself or an employee by applying today.

“There are so many great leaders in our country helping to run businesses, non-profits, faith-based organizations, youth sports leagues and so many more endeavors that are integral to creating a quality of life that our founding fathers could only dream of.  Yet as we approach another major federal election, I can’t help but wonder why some of these amazing leaders don’t rise to the top positions of our government.

That said, I’ve always taken comfort in the fact that, regardless of who sits in Congress or the Oval Office, no one has more control over my future than I do.  And while my ability to affect change at the federal level is somewhat limited, to say the least, I have been fortunate enough to see how outstanding leaders – both past and present – have worked together to make the Clear Lake community one of the finest on the planet.

Leadership development has always been critical for communities, businesses, churches and non-profit organizations; but it has perhaps never been as important as it is now.  Whether facing the Great Depression, World Wars, hurricanes or global pandemics; the fundamentals of leadership remain the same.

When I was asked several years ago to help create a curriculum for what is now known as Leadership Clear Lake, I was no expert in leadership.  I had not written any books.  I did not manage a team at work.  I had never even taken a leadership class.  But through life experiences, particularly those learned on the soccer field (I’m a soccer nerd in case you didn’t know), I knew many of the principles of leadership – teamwork, leading by example, sacrifice for others, etc.

With the help of the Chamber staff and so many wonderful volunteers, we kicked off the first Leadership Clear Lake class in 2014.  Ron Klinger, our facilitator, helped the inaugural class reflect on our previous life experiences, our personality types and our principles to realize a unique leadership style that will help us not only improve our own lots in life, but more importantly, to help others achieve success.  Helping others is how communities prosper.  A rising tide lifts all boats, and how appropriate is that adage for a community that boasts one of the largest recreational marine industries in the nation?

Leadership Clear Lake was created to ensure that our fine community has a pipeline of leaders ready to face the challenges of tomorrow.  This fits in well with the Chamber’s mission to be “champions of business success and quality of life in our community.” 

As Leadership Clear Lake Class #4 prepares to embark on a life-changing journey, please consider investing in yourself or an employee by applying today.”

Yours in leadership,

J.P. Morris, Dean of Leadership Clear Lake | Texas Citizens Bank

Interested in learning more? Visit the Leadership Clear Lake page.

Breaking the Cycle!

In honor of National Savings Day, we recruited the help of a local financial advisor and member, Scott Stillman with LPL Financial, to share some tips to help you save for your future.

“78% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck – CareerBuilder Jan 11, 2019

“Poor people try to figure out where their money went. Wealthy people tell their money where to go.” -author unknown.

Budgeting is not a dirty word. Budgeting is not cutting back. Budgeting is telling your money where to go; 2-3 minutes a day, 20-30 minutes a month, thousands of little decisions a year with intention. Most millionaires do a monthly budget.

Why are you reading this? Do you want to break the cycle? Get out of debt? Save emergency cash?

Where are you?

Start by evaluating where you are now by tracking your current income and expenses. Writing down your monthly income and expenses helps you visualize where your money is going. Include a line item for discretionary purchases. Just writing it down may help you pause when deciding whether to buy those extras. Determine your net worth by subtracting your liabilities (what you owe) from your assets (what you own).

Make Changes

Set some goals that will help you achieve better financial health. Make them realistic and hold yourself accountable. For example, if you have more credit card debt than you’d like, set a goal of paying it off by a certain date. If your savings are slim, set a goal of saving enough money to cover six months’ worth of expenses within three years. Check your progress six months from now. If you’re on track, give yourself a small reward. If you are not progressing as fast as you’d hoped, make the necessary changes.

The key to change is becoming aware of where change is needed. Whether you need to pay off debt, save for emergencies or build up your retirement savings, you should make it a habit to save regularly. If you pay yourself first by contributing to your 401(k) plan or a savings account, you may be less tempted to spend on unnecessary purchases. Visualize your goal; that will encourage you to keep saving.

Keep Going

It can be hard to change habits. With proper motivation and periodic progress reviews, though, you can do it. Can you drive your car a year or two longer? Can you dine out less often? As you see your savings build with your thoughtful spending choices, you’ll be encouraged to continue.

My favorite budgeting app is (you need a budget) YNAB.com. Whatever you use, do something! There is just something that happens to most people psychologically when they budget. Most people end up having a better standard of living and spending less money. 

Remember, you are ultimately in control of your financial health. Make it happen.”

Scott Stillman, CFP®, CLU®  | Scottsplan.com

Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC

If you need help planning for your financial future, we have several financial advisors that are members of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Here is our online directory with more information.