Long-term Chamber Member Antonio “Tony” Vega Passed Away

Antonio Vega, known to a multitude of Chamber members as “Tony,” and the owner and founder of Tony’s Mexican Restaurant, passed away in early July. His “Heights-Institution” restaurant opened in 1992 and became a valuable Chamber member in 2000. His restaurant is family owned and operated, and he will be sorely missed in the Heights [...]

2020-07-06T14:09:11+00:00July 6th, 2020|Chamber News, General News|

Board Nominations

Chamber Seeks Nominations for Board of Directors The GHACC is now accepting applications and nominations for its Board of Directors. If you are interested, or know of someone who would be a good Board Member, please submit your resume to President@heightschamber.org A standard Director’s term is 3 years, although occasionally there is an introductory 1 [...]

2020-06-23T11:40:05+00:00June 23rd, 2020|Chamber News, General News|

Business Building Relationship Skills

We hope that you have been able to schedule time to participate in the weekly Thursday Zoom meetings being conducted by the Chamber. These have been instrumental in helping to foster communications among members, finding answers or shared solutions to difficult questions, and maintaining the “family-like” hallmark of this Chamber. Certainly, these unusual circumstances and [...]

2020-06-12T10:20:14+00:00May 26th, 2020|Chamber News, General News|

Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner’s Office Donated Face Masks

Elizabeth Stinsman, Director of Community Assistance Department, and representing County Commissioner, Jack Cagle, has graciously donated 3,000 face masks to the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce for distribution to schools, businesses, and the community. The Chamber was recognized for its incredible outreach in providing responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stinsman stated: “It is because [...]

2020-05-19T10:02:56+00:00May 18th, 2020|Chamber News, General News|

In Memory of Norma Skowronek

The Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce extends its sympathies to the family of Norma Skowronek, a former member of the board of directors. Norma passed away on March 18, 2020 in the company of her loved ones. She was a true local community person, growing up in Houston, attended Waltrip High School, and recently [...]

2020-05-05T13:39:38+00:00May 5th, 2020|Chamber News, General News|

Former Chamber President Passes

The Greater Heights Area Chamber of commerce board of directors and staff mourn the passing of former president David Santana. David was elected as GHACC President and took office on March 17, 2008. When the announcement was made in the Chamber newsletter, LINKED, he said: “I look forward to working with the Chamber’s Board of Directors, [...]

2020-04-29T12:43:12+00:00April 29th, 2020|Chamber News, General News|

Coronavirus Update

Dear Chamber Members. With the uncertainty surrounding the on-going impact of the Coronavirus, your Chamber has been compelled to make decisions regarding pending and upcoming events, activities and administrative operations. The result of our decision, a decision shared with our fellow Chambers, is that for the next 4-weeks, all events will be cancelled. This decision [...]

2020-03-16T15:16:45+00:00March 16th, 2020|Chamber News, General News|

GHACC Annual Crawfish Festival

The Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Crawfish Festival in the Heights was held on March 7th at 411 West 20th street. Cooler than expected weather greeted festival attendees, but the crawfish, corn and potatoes were in abundance. Mudbug eaters along with those that favored hot dogs and sausage on a stick enjoyed the [...]

2020-03-11T09:21:08+00:00March 10th, 2020|Chamber News, General News|

Chamber Accepting Applications for 2020 Scholarship Program-Deadline is March 15th

The Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Scholarship Program for deserving high school students in the area. Each year, the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce awards scholarships to  outstanding high school seniors  in the area.  Those students are honored at a luncheon to be held in May.  [...]

2020-02-25T12:51:54+00:00February 24th, 2020|Chamber News, Education, General News|

Don’t Forget to Purchase Your Crawfish Bucks Before the March 1st Deadline!

The Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its annual Crawfish Festival in the Heights for March 7, 2020. The festival will be held at 411 West 20th Street, across from Heights Hospital and the hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This family fun event is one of the Chamber’s primary fund-raising projects [...]

2020-02-21T09:32:26+00:00February 20th, 2020|Chamber News, General News|

February Education Meeting Recap

Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee Meeting February 19, 2020 at Baptist Temple Today our meeting was filled with lots of success stories as our businesses and schools are partnering up and fulfilling the needs of students and their families. Tiffany Mensing with Space and Serenity helped to provide for family in need [...]

2020-02-20T14:29:31+00:00February 20th, 2020|Chamber News, Education, General News|

Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce Education Meeting January 15, 2020

Wednesday, we had a full meeting with returning businesses and schools along with new businesses and schools. It is exciting to see our committee continue to grow and build partnerships. April Petronella is working with The Leader to gain more exposure for our committee and the school needs and she is going to work with [...]

2020-01-17T09:46:18+00:00January 17th, 2020|Chamber News, Education|

Louie Gill Becomes Chamber President

The Chamber Board of Directors and members have welcomed Louie Gill as the new president of the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce. Gill brings extensive business and military credentials as he assumes the leadership of the more than 550-member Chamber. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Louie holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and [...]

2020-01-15T15:30:41+00:00January 15th, 2020|Chamber News|

Education Committee Values Contributors, Cites Needs and Seeks Additional Partnerships

Great Partnerships are being forged through the Education Committee; Tiffany Mensing with Space and Serenity gathered the Christmas and holiday supplies to help make Heights High School Winter Holiday Festival spirited. In the past, Hermann and Sons donated uniforms to Waltrip Ladies Soccer and this one act has led to increased interest as well as [...]

2019-12-20T10:01:39+00:00December 20th, 2019|Chamber News, Education|

Chamber Annual “Economic Forecast” Luncheon on January 30

One of the most highly anticipated Chamber events takes place on January 30 and that is the Economic Forecast Luncheon. The presentation features Dr. Bill Gilmer, Director of Regional Forecasting at the University of Houston’s Bauer Commerce. Dr. Gilmer’s forecast and projections provide a guide for planning and business operations in 2020. His analyses factor [...]

2019-12-02T10:44:35+00:00December 2nd, 2019|Chamber News, General News|

Chamber Education Committee Blends Business and Education

The Chamber’s Education Committee, chaired by Cindy Reibenstein with co-chair Willie Diefenbach-Jones, has created a very successful union involving Chamber members and leaders from area schools. Monthly meetings bring out diverse groups whose collective emphasis is to assist, support, and provide much needed aid in multiple activity areas for school leaders, students, families and the [...]

2019-11-25T11:14:32+00:00November 25th, 2019|Chamber News, Education|

Holiday Shopping Reminder

Yes, we know the turkey and pumpkin pie are memories, so many individuals have and will be turning their thoughts to gift buying. So, in the spirit of helping, we ask that you keep the local merchants in mind when shopping for products or services. The Chamber’s “Buy Local First” initiative promotes businesses many of [...]

2019-12-02T11:12:00+00:00November 12th, 2019|Chamber News|

Chamber Proudly Recognizes November Anniversaries

Anniversaries are very special and the Chamber takes pride in recognizing an important date for our members. Whether it is your first or twenty-fifth, it signifies members that consistently value the benefits of being in a progressive organization. Your Chamber provides opportunity. The opportunity to build recognition among a network of fellow businesses that can [...]

2019-11-07T12:03:15+00:00November 7th, 2019|Chamber News|

2020 Print Directory Advertising on Sale Now

The annual printed directory of members is a prime way to keep your advertising message before not only Chamber members, but the community as well. Published for more than 17 years, this pocket-sized directory is a reference guide for products and services offered by Chamber members. The directory has a 365-day life, so your ad [...]

2019-10-01T10:09:35+00:00October 1st, 2019|Chamber News|

2019 Gala Returned to the 70’s

Reliving the “Disco” days was readily on display at the Chamber’s Gala celebrating Dee Farino’s two years of service as Chairman.  With a theme of “Chamber 54,” members and guests dressed in vintage disco costumes enjoyed cocktails during the opening reception and took opportunities to view an array of exclusive silent auction items. Bidding was [...]

2019-09-25T13:23:33+00:00September 24th, 2019|Chamber News|

Pre-Gala Party Showed Off Fashions

 Chamber members, staffers, Yellow Rose Derby Girls and professional models all took part in the Gala Pre-Party held on Tuesday, August 20 at Eureka Brewery. Donning period costumes and clothing from the disco (1970’s era) it truly was a return to that Disco era, complete with bell-bottoms, peace signs, tie-dye, wigs, and capes. It all [...]

2019-08-22T11:42:47+00:00August 22nd, 2019|Chamber News|

2019-2020 Chamber Board

In accordance with the by-laws, a nominating committee was appointed in June by the Board of Directors.  The committee presented nominees for Board approval in July. The slate of nomicees will be presented to the membership at the annual member meeting on September 12th which is the Breakfast Connection.  All members are invited to attend. [...]

2019-08-08T14:17:05+00:00August 8th, 2019|Chamber News|

Memorial Hermann Health System Earns 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

HOUSTON (June 10, 2019) – Memorial Hermann Health System is proud to announce that it has once again received the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership and superior contributions to ENERGY STAR. This is the sixth time Memorial Hermann has been recognized with this award. “I applaud the [...]

2019-06-10T12:27:55+00:00June 10th, 2019|Chamber News|

New Feature: Chamber Connections!

A primary benefit of being a member of the Chamber is the opportunity to build business and personal relationships through attendance at events and effective networking.  These benefits can translate into business for each, referrals for each, and similar beneficial activities.  This new feature will incorporate comments and suggestions from members for inclusion in the [...]

2019-05-07T13:33:15+00:00May 6th, 2019|Chamber News|

Annual Education Luncheon May 21st!

Our annual Education Luncheon honors high school seniors who have been awarded Chamber scholarships as well as those area seniors who are entering the military.  We will also honor the Teacher of the Year, Staff Person of the Year, and Educator of the Year.  And we are pleased to welcome Jonathan Horton, two-time Olympic Gymnastics Champion [...]

2019-03-21T16:27:37+00:00March 6th, 2019|Chamber News, Education, General News|

Mayor Turner to Declare March 15th American Legion Centennial Day

MAYOR TURNER to declare March 15 AMERICAN LEGION CENTENNIAL DAY   HOUSTON - March 4, 2019 – The American Legion is turning 100 and American Legion Post 560 in Houston is planning to celebrate. The post, located in Garden Oaks, was chartered in 1946. The organization as a whole traces its roots to March 15-17, 1919, in Paris, France, [...]

2019-03-05T14:23:09+00:00March 5th, 2019|Chamber News|

Economic Forecast Luncheon

Please join us for Houston’s premiere annual business event!  Reserve your table and invite your clients to this valuable luncheon.  Dr. Luis Torres  will discuss business, employment, interest rates, energy, and real estate.  This is a critical event for all business leaders and will help you prepare for 2019 and beyond. Dr. Torres is an [...]

2018-11-28T13:50:26+00:00November 28th, 2018|Chamber News, General News|