We are excited to announce the last phase of live events starting August 2021

Join us and connect with other members at the Heights Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Connection.  Breakfast Connection will be held the second Thursday of each month at the Sheraton Houston Brookhollow at 3000 North Loop West, Houston, TX 77092. Our program begins at 7 am but guests are welcome to come in earlier to take advantage [...]

2021-06-30T06:00:42-05:00June 30th, 2021|Chamber News|

Letter from President: Call for Board nominations

It is my pleasure to announce that we are opening the call for nominations for the Greater Heights Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The opportunity to serve our membership, while rewarding, is a commitment.  Beyond the monthly Board meetings, we are empowered with the responsibility to guide the Chamber on behalf of each and [...]

2021-05-21T06:29:42-05:00May 19th, 2021|Chamber News|

FEMA assistance from the recent winter storm

As you may already know, the registration period to apply for FEMA assistance from the recent winter storm will end soon, on April 20th. In an attempt to reach as many affected residents as possible, I am forwarding you flyers regarding registration. Flyers are available in many languages so, if you have residents that speak [...]

2021-04-14T05:14:22-05:00April 14th, 2021|Chamber News|

Terry Bryant Honors Nurses Through Giveaway

The accident & injury law firm of Terry Bryant will be giving away $600 to 10 Houston nurses randomly selected from a list of nominees submitted by members of our community. Though the past year has been challenging for everyone living through the COVID-19 pandemic, few groups have been asked to do more than nurses. [...]

2021-04-14T04:45:59-05:00April 13th, 2021|Chamber News|

Time could be right for price increase

Back in the early 2000s I worked for a company that was owned by a private equity firm. The private equity firm had lots of businesses in America and the owners hoped they all would flourish and make money. The private equity folks were located in New York City and they had a building full [...]

2021-04-12T06:05:28-05:00April 12th, 2021|Chamber News|

2021 Scholarship Winners

  Congratulations to our 2021 Scholarship Winners and Students preparing to serve our country and defend our freedom!  We wish you much success in your future endeavors. Thank you to our amazing sponsors: Primeway Federal Credit Union Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Adams Insurance Service Members Trust of the Southwest Credit Union SendOutCards Reynold and Assoc. [...]

2021-04-14T04:47:08-05:00April 8th, 2021|Chamber News|

Small business marketing always starts with content

Marketing a small business has never been harder than it is today. Survey after survey shows the cost and understanding of modern-day digital and social media marketing has consumed business owners unlike ever before. Why? Digital marketing used to be so easy. You posted to social media, had a decent website, and if you invested just a little time [...]

2021-04-05T09:24:52-05:00April 5th, 2021|Chamber News|

Small business marketing costs more than ever

In Part 1 of this series on small business marketing, we laid out the evidence that easy marketing tools on digital and social media do not mean digital and social media marketing is easy. It’s not. Don’t believe a single person who tells you otherwise. Even when that 20-something down the street tells you social media is [...]

2021-03-29T10:51:10-05:00March 29th, 2021|Chamber News|

Tax Day for individuals extended to May 17: Treasury, IRS extend filing and payment deadline

IR-2021-59, March 17, 2021 WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced today that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year will be automatically extended from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. The IRS will be providing formal guidance in the coming days. “This continues [...]

2021-03-25T05:07:26-05:00March 23rd, 2021|Chamber News|

Experienced business owners cautious in 2021

There is no better teacher than experience. One of the exciting components of this year’s McElvy Partners Small Business Sentiment Survey is that experienced business owners took the time to respond – 86 percent of those surveyed have been in business more than four years. When we surveyed, we asked these businesses to tell us [...]

2021-03-23T04:22:24-05:00March 23rd, 2021|Chamber News|

Agreement will extend PPP through May

  Big news out of Washington, D.C., Thursday as a bipartisan group of Senators and House members have introduced legislation that would extend PPP for small businesses by two months. According to a report from Politico, House Small Business Chair Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) announced an agreement to extend the deadline until [...]

2021-03-18T06:09:19-05:00March 18th, 2021|Chamber News|

Announcing the Governor’s Small Business Resource Portal!

Dear Texas Small Business Owners & Economic Development Partners, The Office of Small Business Assistance is excited to announce the official launch of the Governor's Small Business Resource Portal! Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or an established business owner, the portal will provide you with the most relevant resources and contacts to help you [...]

2021-03-18T04:27:21-05:00March 18th, 2021|Chamber News|

Small businesses not sure what to expect in 2021

Small businesses are uncertain about the rest of 2021, weary of spending money, increasing marketing expenditures or adding new employees to the payroll. Even still, these business owners are optimistic that customers and revenue will grow. Those are the key findings from a survey of 124 small businesses that are clients of McElvy Partners, a [...]

2021-03-12T06:26:08-06:00March 12th, 2021|Chamber News|

Enormous PPP changes for self-employed; some left behind

The Small Business Administration and U.S. Treasury have made another major change to the government’s stimulus plan for small businesses: the PPP changes for self-employed will allow a much bigger forgivable loan. In a clarification to PPP, called an “Interim Final Rule,” Treasury changed the way available loans can be calculated for any business that [...]

2021-03-09T10:13:18-06:00March 9th, 2021|Chamber News|

Play Local: Loft 18

Check out our Play Local series for Buy Local Heights. Today we feature Loft 18. EAT. DRINK. GOLF! "Interactive sports bar & lounge” - featuring 5 Full Swing golf & multi-sport simulators, All American style Dishes, Bar, dining, lounge areas, biggest indoor TV screen, games & more!

2021-03-04T04:50:26-06:00March 4th, 2021|Chamber News|

Your Heights Chamber of Commerce in the Community

As part of our community initiative, we have tools to help in the workplace and community. From self-care for employers,  mental health, and etiquette in the workplace we have literature available for you to share with your staff and customers. Bloom Where You're Planted COVID-19 and Mental Health Healthy Heights Mental Health Self Care Tips [...]

2021-02-12T07:04:49-06:00February 3rd, 2021|Chamber News|

Love Local: Federal American Grill

Don't miss our Love Local series for Buy Local Heights. The Federal American Grill is a modern dining experience featuring fresh, locally sourced food and genuine service. Their restaurant features a modern American menu comprised of local organic meat and produce, locally-sourced fish and seafood, and an extensive cured meat and charcuterie program, all served [...]

2021-02-03T10:18:47-06:00February 3rd, 2021|Chamber News|

Eat Local: Preslee’s – Southern Good Eatery

Check out our Eat Local series for Buy Local Heights. Preslee's - Southern Good Eatery is a restaurant & bar with a back patio & playground for kiddos, friendly pets, & fire pit lovers. If you're looking for a place that serves your favorite drinks, tasty southern food, entertainment for your family, or a space to [...]

2021-01-22T04:39:13-06:00January 22nd, 2021|Chamber News|

Eat Local: Tony’s Mexican Restaurant

Check out our Eat Local series for Buy Local Heights. Tony's Mexican Restaurant was established by owner Tony Vega with the first location opened in 1992 in the Heights area of Houston (Ella & 23rd), and recently opened the West location in Katy (I-10 & Barker Cypress). Both locations instantly hit it off, and are [...]

2021-01-19T13:13:19-06:00January 13th, 2021|Chamber News|

Eat Local: Clean Juice Heights

Check out our Eat Local series for Buy Local Heights. Clean Juice Heights is a locally owned, certified organic juice and smoothie bar providing quick access to organic, healthy food. The specialize in fresh juices, smoothies protein smoothies, acai bowls, avocado toast and organic, cold-pressed juice and juice cleanses. Organic is non-negotiable for them and [...]

2021-01-07T05:02:19-06:00January 7th, 2021|Chamber News|

A Year End Message from the President

For many of us, 2020 will be remembered as a year we’d just as soon forget.   COVID-19, a worldwide pandemic which continues to torment us to this day, will be a new subject in history books that our children’s children will learn from.   I recently thought “how can I ask our members to renew their [...]

2020-12-27T09:49:25-06:00December 27th, 2020|Chamber News|

Get More Exposure by Sponsoring an Event

Event sponsorships are the backbone of events and initiatives that your Heights Chamber of Commerce has each year. Our sponsors routinely say that they appreciate that they appreciate the exposure that their business or organization receives as a sponsor.  From our large community events like our annual Crawfish Festival in March to our Monthly Business [...]

2020-12-01T10:25:07-06:00December 1st, 2020|Chamber News|

Greater Heights College or Vocational Scholarship Application

GREATER HEIGHTS COLLEGE or VOCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE:  February 20, 2021 Eligibility: Any senior planning to attend college or vocational school in the fall. Be from one of the following area schools: Heights High, Waltrip, Northside, Washington, Scarborough, Lutheran North, St. Pius X, St. Thomas, YES (Central), KIPP (Central), Incarnate Word, Law Enforcement H.S., Memorial Hall, [...]

2020-11-18T10:50:37-06:00November 18th, 2020|Chamber News, Education|

“Adopt a Teacher” Program

Recognizing that continuing education online, in the classroom, or even both, represents a cause for growing concern among teachers whom must adapt to extraordinary teaching conditions. To aid teachers with much needed support in the midst of pandemic times, the GHACC is establishing an “Adopt a Teacher” program. The online program will pair up teachers, [...]

2020-10-11T10:42:12-05:00October 11th, 2020|Chamber News|

2020-2021 Board of Directors

  As we start our new fiscal year, we would like to introduce you to your new board of directors. The Board of Directors governs the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce and is responsible for all policy-making decisions. Board members often serve as liaisons to each of the committees. We would also like to thank [...]

2020-09-11T04:50:47-05:00September 11th, 2020|Chamber News|

Interim President, Dee Farino

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce (GHACC), it is my pleasure to announce our Interim President, Dee Farino. After Dee joined in 2005, she immediately became involved as an Ambassador, which eventually  led to joining and chairing numerous committees including Gala and Crawfish Festival.  Dee has [...]

2020-09-04T04:05:25-05:00September 4th, 2020|Chamber News|

Information Regarding School Re-openings

The advent of Covid-19 has clouded plans and operations for the 2020-2021 school year and with the beginning of school re-openings now scheduled, many questions have arisen. Governing the state’s educational system is the Texas Education Agency (TEA). On July 17, TEA released public health planning guidelines for the 2020-2021 year in order to prepare [...]

2020-07-20T12:04:30-05:00July 20th, 2020|Chamber News, Education|

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 [...]

2020-06-12T10:20:14-05:00May 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 [...]

2020-05-19T10:02:56-05:00May 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 [...]

2020-05-05T13:39:38-05:00May 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, [...]

2020-04-29T12:43:12-05:00April 29th, 2020|Chamber News, General News|