Welcome New October 2020 Members!

The Plano Chamber was thrilled to welcome 16 new business members in the month of October. Learn more about each member business and the services they offer by clicking the links below.

1 Stop Pool & Spa Store
Alair Homes
Asana Distribution LLC
Club Z Tutoring
Condimentum Latino LLC
Edward Jones – Sean Kemery
Flirty Girl Lash Studio
Getmcare LLC Agency
Graff Foot Ankle & Wound Care
Higgins Family Law Group
Merrill Lynch – Alan Zee
Perfect Homes Team By Ready Real Estate
Profile By Sanford
PZP Bizconnect
Rubaroc
Walton CPA PC

Are you interested in learning more about the Plano Chamber of Commerce and what your business can gain from joining the Plano Chamber? CLICK HERE for information about member benefits, services, and programs or contact membership@planochamber.org.

Don’t forget to visit the Plano Chamber Business Directory the next time you are looking for products, services, or a fun night out with friends! Remember to support local businesses and Shop Plano First.

Welcome New September 2020 Members!

The Plano Chamber was thrilled to welcome 10 new business members in the month of September. Learn more about each member business and the services they offer by clicking the links below.

BioPure Plano / Frisco
Glazer Financial Network
Lane Gorman Trubitt, LLC
Mama’s Daughter’s Diner
Mayer LLP
Presto Courier, LLC
Red Mountain Weight Loss
Underwood Law Office, Inc.
Upwork
VR Local Global Corporation

Are you interested in learning more about the Plano Chamber of Commerce and what your business can gain from joining the Plano Chamber? CLICK HERE for information about member benefits, services, and programs or contact membership@planochamber.org.

Don’t forget to visit the Plano Chamber Business Directory the next time you are looking for products, services, or a fun night out with friends! Remember to support local businesses and Shop Plano First.

Welcome New Summer 2020 Members!

The Plano Chamber was thrilled to welcome 10 new business members in the months of July and August. Learn more about each member business and the services they offer by clicking the links below.

Athletico Physical Therapy
Costco Business Center Warehouse
Echo Home Loans LLC
Fetterman Investments
Kid Capital Funding, LLC
Office Clean America
Pena Property Management
Ryan LLC
Shine Window Care
Simpatico Systems, LLC

Are you interested in learning more about the Plano Chamber of Commerce and what your business can gain from joining the Plano Chamber? CLICK HERE for information about member benefits, services, and programs or contact membership@planochamber.org.

Don’t forget to visit the Plano Chamber Business Directory the next time you are looking for products, services, or a fun night out with friends! Remember to support local businesses and Shop Plano First.

Business Bulletin – August 19, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber publishes updates as the Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

August 19, 2020

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Business Bulletin – August 10, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber publishes updates as the Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

August 10, 2020

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  • President Donald Trump has signed executive orders to extend economic relief after lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on a new stimulus package.  The orders include extending enhanced unemployment benefits and the federal eviction moratorium, imposing a payroll tax holiday and further suspending federal student loan payments.

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Business Bulletin – August 3, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber publishes updates as the Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

August 3, 2020

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  • Congress continues to negotiate over the next Coronavirus Relief bill, as the extra $600 a week in unemployment insurance expires.  Republicans and Democrats are at odds over the continuation of those payments and their size, as well as assistance to local governments to prevent mass layoffs and more.

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  • A small bright spot:  Texas sales tax exceeded expectations in July, with numbers showing a 4.3% increase over July 2019 collections.  The Texas Comptroller has warned the legislature to expect a significant budget shortfall when they reconvene in January.
  • TEA advised school districts, following a letter of guidance from AG Ken Paxton, that a local public health official may not direct the closure of schools as a preemptive measure but only in response to a flareup or identified COVID cases.  State leadership also indicated that AG Paxton’s letter clarified that local school districts must be involved in the decisions of when to open and close schools.

Business Bulletin – July 27, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates on Mondays and Thursdays as the Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

July 27, 2020

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Outbreak Dancing – Lesson 1

 

Lesson I: The Beauty of Zoom (amongst other things)
By Olivia McCoy

Salutations! My name is Olivia McCoy and I am this year’s Plano Chamber of Commerce Summer Intern through the Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program. However, outside of the office, I am a rising senior at Plano East Senior High School in the International Baccalaureate Programme, lover of local cuisine and homecooked meals, occasional flutist, environmentalist, and intense historical and scientific researcher. I am incredibly thankful for this opportunity especially considering the circumstances of our changing world. Yes, you heard me, “our changing world”.

When I left school for Spring Break earlier this year, I had no idea that I would not be stepping foot on campus until Mid-July. Not only did I leave behind my half-finished science fair project, teary goodbyes to amazing teachers, but I also left the remains of my Junior Year in the hands of a deadly virus that has turned both my world and the real world upside down.

While being quarantined with my parents and lovely dog, Sophie had presented its many challenges, I now had to navigate new methods of communication for both schoolwork and summer activities. In fact, when I had my internship interview through Zoom it was only about my second week of using the software and to say I was a little confused about how to mute and unmute myself is an understatement (yes, that problem even happens to us high-schoolers).

Learning that I had gotten a summer internship in the midst of a global pandemic not only made me acquire a new set of skills in Zoom, but also made me realize that the heart of Plano business and the Chamber really hold our community together. We are all learning as we go how to make use of difficult times and I believe that turning a negative into a positive is the best way to go about problem-solving.

As a firm believer in life-long learning, I believe that every experience gives us knowledge for the future and that as we grow in both ourselves and in others, we change for the better. Starting an internship in the summer of social distancing hasn’t been easy, but I believe the learning experiences I’ve garnered these past few weeks will prepare me for the future of our changing world.

After a few weeks of attending zooms from home of Chamber events (I finally figured out how to use the mute/unmute button), my first day in the office proved to be a bit of a challenge. Walking up the stairs to the office would’ve put me out of breath normally, however, combined with my lovely mask it felt as if I had trekked a mountain. I soon learned that the elevation wasn’t the only thing similar to a mountain as I slowly began to freeze to death in my new intern cubicle. I hadn’t brought a blanket and as I met everyone in the office, and learned more about the software I would be using, each minute I became closer and closer to resembling a popsicle. Thankfully, I received a blanket from a coworker and continued about my day. Brainstorming in person and bouncing ideas off of one another was my favorite part of being in the office because despite Zoom’s many great qualities there’s just something about bonding in person that your webcam can’t do just yet (I’m sure Apple will find a way to eventually though).

The next few days (equipped with my own cardigan) I attended events that had originally been planned for in-person but were now virtual through Zoom. I believe the Chamber staff has done an incredible job of shifting to virtual events quickly given how fast everything has changed on us. It was really interesting to see how everything just “clicked” together (haha) and listening to the perspectives of different types of businesses affected by COVID really made me change my way of thinking in terms of the local economy and public policy of our city. I especially enjoyed sitting in on the virtual public policy meeting, as well! I gained so much insight into the intricacies that go into our local community!

As I continue my journey through my internship these next few weeks and learn as much as I can about our changing world, the Plano Chamber, and local business, I would love to share my tips, tricks, and) secrets with you! Navigating a changing world can be difficult, but not impossible. By the end of it all, I’m sure we will be Outbreak Dancing!

Business Bulletin – July 14, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates on Mondays and Thursdays as the Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

July 14, 2020

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  • Plano ISD released a draft plan for starting classes this fall.  The plan includes a number of new safety protocols, including face masks and health screenings.  While the district will be holding in-person instruction for those that choose to return, they will also offer a virtual option for students who do not.  Families have until July 16th to choose whether they will continue virtual learning or return to campuses.

Five Questions with Russel Dubree, Lifeblue

5 Questions with Russel Dubree of Lifeblue
by Kathy Marcum, Membership Development Manager

Lifeblue is a full service digital media company that moved their corporate HQ to Plano in early 2019.  As one of only four Certified B Corporations in the Dallas area, Lifeblue has made a commitment to themselves, their customers and the public to balance profits with purpose.  Russel Dubree, Chief Operating Officer of Lifeblue, took some time recently to speak with me about life at Lifeblue.

How is Lifeblue navigating the quarantine? Are you working from home?

We’ve been fortunate enough to navigate quarantine quite well given the nature of our work being already in a digital environment. We started working from home in early March and focused a lot of effort to maintain a lot of our culture and work processes and also adapt to the rapid change occurring with our clients. The only thing we couldn’t duplicate for folks was the cold brew coffee machine. It is sorely missed.

What has been the best and worst thing about working from home?

I think the best thing for us has been the fact that communication has actually increased in a lot of different ways. People are updating each other more on their goals, commitments, and what they are working on. The downside is that we are a highly collaborative and close knit culture that we believe enhances the quality of our work and while we have found different means to do this in a remote environment, it has proven more difficult than if we were in an office environment.

Culture is such a big part of your company’s story. How have you engaged your staff while working separately? 

Our team has done a great job adapting quickly to this. We’ve started Trivia Tuesdays during lunch, having virtual happy hours on Fridays, keeping track of and being consistent with our 1-1 meetings, and just reaching out to see how folks are doing. In addition we created a “task force team” called Team Compass of a few team members who are proactive in evaluating our needs and opportunities to better enhance our culture within the COVID crisis and beyond.

What did you want to be when you grew up and is that what you became?

Not to date myself, but I definitely did not intend to be a founder of a digital agency growing up as that wouldn’t have been a conceivable option. I think I started somewhere along the lines of paramedic following in the footsteps of my father, to a chef, and finally an Air Force pilot as I finished high school and on into college.

What is the first thing you plan to do once restrictions are fully lifted?

Tex-Mex takeout has been the biggest disappointment during quarantine, I look forward to sitting on a patio with a margarita and eating my heart out in chips and salsa. My wife wants to go to New York to see a Broadway show. I suppose we’ll have to do both.

Learn more about Lifeblue at their website.