Call to Action – Support Smart Planning

The Plano Chamber has spent months reviewing the Envision Oak Point Plan, talking to business members located in that corridor, attending public sessions and Planning & Zoning meetings, and reviewing the document and changes made as a result of input. After thoughtful consideration, the Plano Chamber Board of Directors expressed support for the plan and we would like to encourage local citizens and business owners to support the plan, as well.

Envision Oak Point is a long-term, strategic plan to ensure that the inevitable development of that area is cohesive, in line with the existing and surrounding communities vision for green spaces, social hubs and recreation opportunities, and provides a variety of housing options for students, seniors, young families and more.  Projections show this plan will boost job growth in the area, allow opportunities for additional transportation hubs, and result in an overall positive economic impact of more than $5.6 billion.

Click Here to view the plan.

CALL TO ACTION: Please email your council members TODAY at mayor@plano.gov and citycouncil@plano.gov. You can also sign a card of support and choose to speak, along with the Plano Chamber, at City Council on Monday, July 23rd at 7:00pm. Get there early in order to get a card in.  Talking points on the key highlights of the plan are provided to use in communicating with council.

The Recap: A Blog By SK Kiero

Hello! My name is Shawin “S.K.” Kiero and I’m the 2018 Special Projects Intern at the Plano Chamber Of Commerce. I couldn’t be more thankful to the Chamber for selecting me, as well to Cigna for sponsoring my internship. During my eight week journey I will be posting three blogs describing my experiences as the Special Projects Intern.

The Interview

My journey with the Chamber began April 20, 2018 – the day of my interview. My interviewers were Ariel O’Brien and Katie Gimenez. They asked about my interests, my personal life, and why they should select me. I answered every question to the best of my ability while remaining honest. After my interview, I felt confident that I had received the internship and wrote thank you letters to Ariel and Katie, my two interviewers. I had to wait for the official letter that I received the internship.  As my friends started to receive their intern acceptation letters, I started to worry about my intern status. Two hours after my first friend received his letter, mine finally came. I was ecstatic and could not contain my excitement for the internship.  After I officially accepted the internship, I began the wait for June 11, my first day.

My thank you email to Ariel O’Brien after my interview.

Week 1

On Monday, June 11, I walked into the Plano Chamber of Commerce building for the first time. The first co-worker I saw was Catherine Riggle (Programs Manager) who was very nice and welcoming to me. Once I arrived to the cubicles, I met Ariel O’Brian (Programs Director) and Katie Gimenez (Marketing and Communications Director) again, as well as Jamee Jolly (President/CEO) who I had first met a week earlier. All three welcomed me kindly into their office spaces and introduced me to the rest of my co-workers: Ryan Minter (Programs Manager), Catherine Riggle (Programs Manger), Jennifer Ruhman (Finance and Operations Director), Judy Webster (Member Services and Business Center Coordinator), and Tracy Bartholomew (Director of Membership Development). Everyone was very nice and made me feel welcomed. They even gifted me with a beautiful gift basket of my favorite things.

My lovely welcome basket

Afterwards, there was staff meeting. During the meeting, I learned everyone’s role in the Chamber and the task they’re assigned. Later in the day, Ryan, Katie, Judy, and Tracy took me to an amazing Italian restaurant where I learned more about them and the kind of lives they have. While my first day didn’t have too many tasks, I felt tired nevertheless. But as I was driving home, I had this indescribable sense of joy. This joy was not because I was leaving work, but from the knowledge that it was the first day of a great summer.

On Tuesday, I filmed an introduction video with Tracy Bartholomew. I was extremely nervous and I couldn’t keep my eyes straight to save my life. Overall, it was a very fun and entertaining video. We later posted the video on Facebook and it received 92 likes and 1,400 views. It made me feel like a part of the team.

During the rest of the week I attended two more meetings with Jamee as she meet with local business leaders, as well as the board of the Chamber. During the meetings, I observed how Jamee would create a comfortable environment through refreshments and friendly interaction. This was key to her meetings going well as everyone was felt welcomed to voice their opinions. During the week I also observed how all my co-workers were kind and respectful to each other creating a very positive environment.

Through the week I came more and more out of my shell and came to see everyone as more approachable. For example, Ryan was feeling ill on Tuesday so I had told him to drink boiled lemons with honey to help cure his cold. While at first he was reluctant, he would eventually try my method. To ensure he would have enough lemons for the remedy, I decided to bring him a bag of lemons to work to his surprise.

Ryan with his lemons

Overall, I would say my first week was a success; I met many wonderful people and attended many interesting events. I look forward to continuing my journey with the Chamber!

 

Welcome New June 2018 Members!

The Plano Chamber was thrilled to welcome 31 new business members in the month of June. Learn more about each member business and the services they offer by clicking the links below.

Membership Thank You

A Cut Above Hair Salon
Action Planners
Agape Resource & Assistance Center
American Technologies, Inc.
AMN Healthcare Inc. – Coppell, TX*
Atlantic-Crossing
Candlewood Suites Plano-Frisco
Conference USA
Cruise and Travel Guides Powered By Dream Vacations
Design Unto Others
Dough Society Pizza
Dough Pizzeria
EGI Consulting Business Solutions Group, LLC
Eureka Business Group
Golden Chick
Liberty Mutual – Corporate Campus*
McDonalds #21318 – The O’Reilly Group
Mike Graff
Preferred Technology Solutions
Prince of Peace Catholic School*
Resurrection Lutheran Church Preschool
Sip N Button
Solstice Senior Living
Tapping Knowledge/Texas Substance Abuse Education
The Alternative Board
The Storehouse of Collin County
Wells Fargo – Business Banking
Wells Fargo – Middle Market Banking
Whitley Penn – Dallas*
Whitley Penn – Fort Worth*
Whitley Penn – Legacy West*

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 Tracy Bartholomew, Director of Membership Development, at tracyb@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 MAY 2018 MEMBERS!

The Plano Chamber was thrilled to welcome 28 new business members in the month of May. Learn more about each member business and the services they offer by clicking the links below.

Membership Thank You

5K Technical Services
Abundant Solutions of Dallas – LLC
Acclivus
Advantage Storage – McDermott Square
Axium Solar
CMIT Solutions of Plano
DataBank
FutureGen Media
Goen’s Nerds, LLC
Granite Foundation Repair, Inc.
HelmsBriscoe
Henlee Senior Relocation Solutions
Humana – Doug Gilreath
IHM Business Group
Ked’s Artisan Ice Cream & Treats
Micah Peacock, Financial Advisor
North Dallas Indoor Digital Billboards
Paw Theory – Private Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Healthy Treats
Promotion Health, LLC
Quiroz Chiropractic
Savorite Southern Cuisine
Sky Investigations LLC
Smart Neuro Health & Wellness
Texas Best Construction, Inc.
Whirly Ball Laser Whirld – Plano
Xedious Technical Solutions
Yes Hair Salon

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 Tracy Bartholomew, Director of Membership Development, at tracyb@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 April 2018 Members!

The Plano Chamber was thrilled to welcome 39 new business members in the month of April. Learn more about each member business and the services they offer by clicking the links below.

Membership Thank You

AB Moving
AFLAC – Marcus Geisenhoff
Alkami Technology
Ameristars Best Care
Brixmor Property Group
Brooks Eye Associates
Buckaroo Pest Protection
Cariloop
Critical Start
Dallas Network Services
Eureka Ergonomic
Flexsin Technologies Inc
Freeman Law PLLC
Guaranty Bank & Trust
HospitalityFan Inc
Hotel Indigo Frisco
JKS By Design
Kilwins
Kolache Factory – Coit Rd.
Kolache Factory – W. Parker Rd.
Law Offices of Maria Tu, P.C.
Loza & Loza
Mattress Guys
McKinley Bridal
MEI Rigging and Crating
Microgen International LLC
Modern Acupuncture
Nest Burger
New York Life – Jatonne Burgess
Quaynor Legal Services, PLLC
Regevity Stem Cell Institute
Stellar Stream Solutions
Step Forward Coaching
Texas Timber Group
The Megan Victor Group
Timeless Luxury Watches
Venture X Plano – Legacy West
Verizon
Wick Phillips

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 Tracy Bartholomew, Director of Membership Development, at tracyb@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.

Making A Difference | Ambassador Service Project

Wrapping up two days of hard work! (top row, left to right) Matthew Walden, Misty Hoyt, Kevin Giles, Bob Kehr, Rob Hacker, Dmitri Maglalang, Ron Schoof, Ven Kurvari (bottom row, left to right) Mavis Everett, Christine Wunderlich, Shanette Eaden, Tracy Bartholomew

The Plano Chamber Ambassadors recently embraced a service project to assist one of our Chamber nonprofit members in need. Heritage Farmstead Museum, the premiere living history site interpreting the Texas Blackland Prairie region in North Texas, submitted a service project to Leadership Plano (LP) Class 35 requesting assistance with updates to their property. LP ultimately selected a different class project, so our Ambassador leadership team willingly stepped up to the plate to lend a helping hand.

Thank you for sharing your time with us! (left to right) JB Owen, Mo Nilforoushan, Krishna Murthy, Kalpana Murthy, and Kelly Walton!

Over 25 Ambassadors and LP class members arrived to complete the updates, which included sanding, painting, landscaping, and other organizational tasks. We even had some future Ambassadors join us to contribute their helping hands!

Big thanks to Rob Hacker, Hacker’s Painting, for donating your time, expertise and tools!

We would like to give special recognition to Rob Hacker with Hacker’s Painting as our true MVP of the Day. Most of our volunteers were self-proclaimed DIY novices, so Rob stepped up by not only spearheading the project details, but by also donating his time and personal business supplies for both project days. With his leadership and expertise, we were able to go above and beyond our original plan, paving the way for the Farmstead to host an incredible Community Egg Hunt the following weekend – where they hid over 2,000 eggs for Plano children to hunt!

We are so grateful for the Ambassadors who generously donated their time to support this project, which was made possible in partnership with Heritage Farmstead Museum and Leadership Plano. A special thank you to all of the representatives below, who helped make a difference in our community and bring the Chamber’s vision of “One Vision. One Voice.” to life. Scroll down to see more images from the project!

Ambassador/Volunteer Company Name
Bill Brock WHITE ROCK FILMS, LLC
Bob Kehr KEHR TECHNOLOGIES
Dmitri Maglalang DEXTER & COMPANY
Heather Tresner-Walden HYATT PLACE – DALLAS/GARLAND/RICHARDSON
Jamee Jolly PLANO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
JB Owen SERVPRO OF PLANO
Kalpana Murthy WSI DIGITAL MARKETING
Kelly Walton CORNERSTONE PROFESSIONAL PAYROLL SERVICES
Kevin Giles EMPLOYEE MONEY SOLUTIONS LLC
Krishna Murthy WSI DIGITAL MARKETING
Larry Flannery ARTA TRAVEL
Linda Roth YOUR IDEAL BODY
Maria Mott SIGNS BY TOMORROW
Marvin Jolly KELLER WILLIAMS – LOCATION DFW/ MARVIN JOLLY
Matthew Walden MERSATECH
Mavis Everett YOUR BRAND IS MY BUSINESS
Misty Hoyt PHOTOGRAPHY BY MISTY
Mo Nilforoushan TEAMLOGIC IT
Peggy Fenwick ALLSTATE INSURANCE – FENWICK AGENCY
Rob Hacker HACKER’S PAINTING
Ron Schoof CARPET DIRECT
Shanette Eaden CITY OF PLANO
Stephanie Kinnunen ENCIRCLE WEALTH ADVISORS
Ven Kurvari VEN KURVARI @ FINANCIAL ADVISORY SERVICES

 

Welcome New March 2018 Members!

The Plano Chamber was thrilled to welcome 24 new business members in the month of March. Learn more about each member business and the services they offer by clicking the links below.

Membership Thank You

Altice – Suddenlink
AMLI West Plano
Angela Miner
Camp Gladiator
Collin County Electrical
Cook Nguyen & Ressler, PLLC
Dance Vision Plano, LLC
ESRP
Farmer’s Insurance – The Isaacks Agency
Fogo De Chao – Legacy West
Imaging Spectrum, Inc.
Larkspur at Twin Creeks
Manara Academy
Mary Kay Cosmetics – Laurie Cole
The Montfort Group
Motel 6
O’Desi Aroma
Sentry Marketing Group
SMA Insurance Services
Spavia Day Spa
Spencer Fane LLP*
Texas Pool Foundation
Veterans Center of North Texas
Workout Anytime

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 Tracy Bartholomew, Director of Membership Development, at tracyb@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.

Collin County DC Fly-In

The Plano Chamber of Commerce recently partnered with the Allen Fairview Chamber, Frisco Chamber, and McKinney Chamber to lead a delegation of business and community leaders to Washington, D.C. for two days of briefings, meetings, and programs.

The DC Fly-In delegation on a cold and snowy morning before heading to Capitol Hill.

On Tuesday, March 20, the participants sat in on briefings from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce discussing topics ranging from Association Health Plans to infrastructure to NAFTA. Kelly Pollitt, Chief Advocacy Officer with the National School Board Association, discussed challenges and opportunities facing public schools today.

Issue briefings at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Following the issue briefings, participants rode a shuttle to The Monocle Restaurant for a reception and dinner with Congressman Sam Johnson.

Plano Chamber Board Members Jeff Beckley, Lissa Smith, Amanda Rockow, and Matt Foster with Congressman Sam Johnson.

On Wednesday, March 21, attendees traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with Senator John Cornyn and Senator Ted Cruz. Both senators sat with the participants and discussed topics of importance to the Collin County region and business community. Special thanks to Senate Sponsor FedEx Office for supporting this inaugural D.C. Fly-In.

DC Fly-In delegation with Senator John Cornyn.
DC Fly-In delegation with Senator Ted Cruz.

 

Welcome New February 2018 Members!

The Plano Chamber was thrilled to welcome 26 new business members in the month of February. Learn more about each member business and the services they offer by clicking the links below.

Membership Thank You

Aloovi, LLC
Apex Air and Heat
Benedict’s
Bulla Gastrobar
Calloway’s Nursery
Chick-Fil-A at Spring Creek & 121
Direct Garage Doors
Executive Press
Fornida*
Genecov Orthodontics
Hawk Security Services
Home2 Suites By Hilton – Plano, Richardson
Hopkins-Laster Law Office
Legacy Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
Maintenance of America, Inc
Mixin’ Up Smiles – Cookies & More
One World Bank
Pinner HIO Chiropractic – Health Inside Out
Postal Link, LLC
Solartime USA, LLC
TacoDeli
Tech Check Medical Billing, LLC
The Huntington Urban Village, LLC
The McGowan Team
Tutor Doctor
Wisconsin’s Finest, Inc.

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 Tracy Bartholomew, Director of Membership Development, at tracyb@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.

The Impact of Voting

Early Voting is underway. Our business community is a significant voting bloc and we must make our collective voices heard on issues that impact our region.

When are the Primary Elections in 2018?

Early Voting is from February 20 through March 2. Election Day is Tuesday, March 6. Collin County registered voters can cast their ballots anywhere within the county, not just their precinct. In order to vote in the primaries, you do not have to be registered with a specific party (as is the case in other states).

Does My Vote Matter?

Yes! In 2016, the most recent presidential campaign year, only 31% of registered Collin County voters cast their vote in the primary election. During the last non-presidential primary in 2014, only 7.65% of registered Collin County voters voted in the primary election. Out of the 19 million eligible Texans to vote, only 1.9 million votes were cast (444,000 of which were in North Texas). It is critical that the business community increase their engagement to help ensure that our elected officials are committed to protecting and strengthening our pro-growth business climate that has led to economic vibrancy and a strong job market.

What Can I Do?

Encourage your family, friends, and colleagues to learn more about each candidate and vote not just in November, but during the primaries. Visit Collin County Votes for more details about candidates running in Collin County races and other resources. Visit VoteTexas.gov to look up voter information and view sample ballots.

Are My Current Elected Officials Supporting the Business Community?

View our 2017 Legislative Scorecard for an overview of the select issues tracked by the Plano Chamber last session and votes cast by the Plano delegation.

 

As the 2018 election season continues, the Plano Chamber will continue to update and enhance voter engagement tools, so our member companies and their employees can take full advantage of the resources available to them. In the meantime, please subscribe to our Advocacy & Public Policy mailing list and Take 10: Legislative Landscape newsletters to stay informed.

Thank you for your leadership and commitment to the betterment of our region.

Sincerely,

Jamee Jolly, CAE
President/CEO
Plano Chamber of Commerce