H-E-B to launch their in-store jewelry boutique, Mia’s Mirror, tomorrow at H-E-B Plus! 281/Evans

H-E-B will host a ribbon cutting for the Grand Opening of their new, in-store jewelry boutique called Mia’s Mirror at the H-E-B Plus! store on 281/Evans tomorrow, Thursday, November 1, at 9 am.

Mia’s Mirror is designed to make the usual grocery shopping trip more pleasurable by offering an “escape” where women can treat themselves to fun, inexpensive accessories. Mia’s Mirror, whose name borrows the Italian word for “my,” features 10 different fashion collections and opens to the public tomorrow.

San Antonio’s largest food drive collects frozen turkeys at the annual Turkey Round-Up

Security Service Federal Credit Union (FCU) has partnered with the San Antonio Food Bank for the 10th consecutive year to host the annual Holiday Turkey Round-Up.  The one-day, 12-hour event is held during the Food 4 SA Campaign and collects Thanksgiving turkeys to put on the plates of hungry families across Southwest Texas. Security Service volunteers will collect frozen turkeys, canned goods and cash for the San Antonio Food Bank on Saturday, November 17 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at two Security Service FCU locations:  1604/Bandera (9253 N. Loop 1604 W) and De Zavala (12707 IH-10 W).

“San Antonio is an incredibly giving city and we’re looking to make this year’s campaign the most successful yet,” said David Reynolds, president and chief executive officer for Security Service FCU.  “With just a $10 donation, the Food Bank can buy a turkey for a family in need this Thanksgiving.  Anything you can give will help make a difference.”

During the month of November, individuals can drop off nonperishable food and monetary donations at any one of the 26 Security Service FCU service centers in San Antonio, Boerne, Pleasanton, Castroville, Schertz and New Braunfels. The goal of this year’s campaign is to collect one million pounds of food.

Donations can be made online at safoodbank.org.  Progress can be tracked by following the food drive on Twitter (twitter.com/safoodbank) and Facebook (facebook.com/safoodbank).

Visit www.ssfcu.org/locations to find a Security Service FCU location near you.

Follow along on twitter.com/safoodbank and facebook.com/safoodbank

The City of San Antonio will host the NetWORKS IT event October 24

The City of San Antonio will host the NetWORKS IT event this October to develop local small/ minority/ woman-owned business enterprises (S/M/WBEs) engaged in the Information Technology (IT) industry. This event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, at Geekdom, 112 E. Pecan Street, San Antonio, Texas.

NetWORKS will bridge the gap between S/M/WBEs in IT and established technology firms and buyers. Specifically, we seek to foster the development of our local IT Firms by providing instruction and resources on how to become certified and authorized dealers, licensed vendors, distributors, and/or service providers of name brand high end technologies.

In addition, we plan to help our local businesses connect with large IT companies and manufacturers to bridge the gap between the products/services offered, and those emerging in the industry. This will be accomplished through informational seminars as well as break-out sessions with purchasing agencies and private companies detailing the specifics on how to do business with them.

Given that the Department of Information Resources’ (DIR) Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Cooperative Contracts pose a significant opportunity for our local S/M/WBEs, we will also include a seminar detailing how to participate as a vendor on DIR Cooperative Contracts.

Availability is limited, so register today – time slots with CISCO, Hewlett Packard (HP), Hitachi, and IBM representatives will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Fill out the web registration form at: http://cosaedd.wordpress.com/small-business-office/city-of-san-antonio-networks/

Contact Edson Ives Zavala at edson.zavala@sanantonio.gov, or (210) 207-3962 if you have any questions.


Metropolitan Methodist Hospital Beat Breast Cancer Lighting Ceremony

Part of Be Pink—Methodist Healthcare Breast Cancer Awareness 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, a campus of Methodist Hospital
1310 McCullough
Free and open to the public

Join Metropolitan Methodist Hospital as we celebrate breast cancer survivors and remember those who have lost their battle with the disease at our Beat Breast Cancer Lighting Ceremony on October 22.   This inspiring event will include information on breast cancer awareness and prevention, pink lemonade, pink ribbon cookies, entertainment and words of encouragement from breast cancer survivors.  The finale will be the illumination of Metropolitan Methodist Hospital in beautiful pink lights.  The lighting will remain for one week in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Also, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts who attend with an adult will receive a cancer awareness participation patch.

Metropolitan Methodist Hospital offers the first and only hospital-based breast care center in South Texas certified by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

This event is free but registration is encouraged. To register please call the Methodist Healthcare Healthline at 210-575-0355. For more information, please visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/MethodistHealthCareSanAntonio.

Add the North SA Chamber to your Marketing Toolkit

As the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce works to improve connectivity, we will continue to engage and promote members in our growing online communities and digital media. We have launched a new and improved www.northsachamber.com that features more member visibility via social communities. Learn how to amplify your involvement by visiting our website and exploring the new Marketing Toolkit.

Marketing Opportunities:

  • Reciprocating  “Like” and “Follow” for member company social media profiles
  • Member articles may be submitted for consideration for publication in the SustainAbility email newsletter
  • Member articles may be submitted for consideration for publication in the eTech News email newsletter
  • Leadership Lab participants & alumni member news may be submitted for consideration for publication in the Leadership Lab email newsletter

Active members are invited to submit news daily for consideration for publication in NorthSAChamber social media channels. Copy is subject to editing. The North San Antonio Chamber will consider business and professional announcements such as:

  • company anniversary, award, grand opening, office relocation, expansion, special event, community service, or public service announcement; and
  • personnel new hire, promotion, retirement, award or other career milestone.

Pure advertising promotions will not be posted.

Submit news to:

  • NorthSAChamber social media channels and Leadership Lab News to Marilyn White mwhite@northsachamber.com
  • eTech News and SustainAbility News to Debby Zucker dzucker@northsachamber.com
  • active members are also welcome to post appropriate content directly to the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Facebook page

Submittal formats:

Please provide text in the body of an email or in a Microsoft Word document and submit associated graphics as a separate .jpg attachment. Please do not fax news or submit scanned hard copies.

It’s our pleasure to serve you and we hope to see you very soon.

October 2012 Word from the Chairman

A friend of mine related a story about how he built his business. He was a successful engineer working as a partner in a firm in the corporate world; however, his dream was to be an entrepreneur. He followed his dream, resigned his position and bought into a partnership in a commercial janitorial business.

He sacrificed and gave all he had to make this small business a success. After three months, his dream turned into a late night of scrubbing toilets and wondering whether he had made the right decision.

His business partner observed him and said, “I know what you are thinking. You want to quit!” He continued, “You are wondering if you can get your old position back and how you can recoup your investment.”

My friend said, “That is exactly what I am thinking!”

The partner said, “I know that because I have been there. But tomorrow you need to get up and go sell.” He said, “You need to keep selling even if you don’t know how you are going to cover the contracts.”

The next morning my friend got up, put on his suit and began to sell. He never looked back and built his business into a multimillion dollar company.

Your story may be different than my friend, but the same in that we all could use perspective on how we are growing our business and career. Take the time to ask yourself, “Is what I’m doing going to grow my business?” As 2012 comes to a close and we wrap up another year, take a moment to identify what it will take for you and your business to grow to the next level in 2013. Are you heading in the right direction and doing those things everyday?

The North San Antonio Chamber, its staff, board and membership can be a voice for you and your business and a catalyst to help you get to the next level. I am consistently amazed at the resources provided to small and large businesses and their leadership. Take advantage, today!

The 2012 Leadership Lab class is graduating next month and nominations are being accepted for the 2013 class through November. You can find out more about this award-winning program and apply online. Our members send prospective leaders every year because they see the value of gaining perspective and building relationships. This trend will continue as we endeavor to train a new generation of leaders. Discover … Be Inspired … Succeed!

The How 2 Access Capital seminar will be held Wednesday, November 7, and the Sustainability Series Fueling Your Success will be held Thursday, November 8, while our final Chairman’s Council Breakfast will feature the annual economic outlook presented by renowned economist, Dr. Ray Perryman, on Thursday, December 6.

We’ve added 231 members this year to our roll and have grown our net membership by 59! The North SA Chamber staff and Board of Directors will continue to find ways to keep your business strong. Even if you are not involved as much as you would like, rest assured that the North Chamber is working on your behalf everyday, every week and every year.

Remember to vote! Early voting starts Monday, October 22 through Friday, November 2, and Election Day is Tuesday, November 6!

Larry Anthis, Frost

USAA Real Estate Co. Affiliate Acquires 2.8 Million Square Foot Industrial Portfolio in Atlanta

A USAA Real Estate Co. affiliate recently acquired an industrial portfolio, consisting of three Class A bulk distribution warehouses located in major submarkets of Atlanta, Georgia.  The 2,798,488-square foot portfolio is 100% occupied by Home Depot USA, Inc., Owens Corning Insulating Systems, LLC and PETCO Animal Supplies Stores, Inc. Each building utilizes modern cross-dock distribution with ESFR sprinklers, T-5 lighting and spacious truck courts and storage.

“The Atlanta Industrial Portfolio offers a unique opportunity to acquire three premier quality distribution facilities within a core inland port market,” says USAA Real Estate Chairman and CEO Pat Duncan. “The portfolio complements USAA’s existing portfolio of industrial assets in Atlanta.”

The PETCO Distribution Center totals 506,200 square feet and is located in Braselton, Georgia, in Atlanta’s I-85 Northeast submarket. The Braselton center serves 10 states as the pet specialty retailer’s Southeast distribution hub.

Home Depot’s Distribution Center in McDonough, Georgia totals 1.2 million square feet. The Owens Corning Distribution Center, with more than 1 million square feet, is located adjacent to the company’s 500,000-square foot manufacturing plant in Fairburn, Georgia. Owens Corning Insulating Systems, LLC, a subsidiary of Owens Corning, Inc. distributes thermal and acoustical insulation products across the southeast U.S.

All of the buildings are located in the largest industrial submarkets in Atlanta and benefit from proximity to the Port of Savannah, one of the nation’s most active export sites.

USAA Real Estate Company, with approximately $12 billion in assets under management, provides co-investment, acquisition, build-to-suit and development services for corporate and institutional investors. The USAA portfolio consists of office, industrial, retail and hotel properties as well as investments in real estate operating companies. USAA Real Estate Company is a subsidiary of USAA, a leading financial services company, serving military families since 1922. For more information, visit www.usrealco.com.

Dahill Sponsors Marketing & Promotions Leadership Lab Session

Baby, its’ “chili” outside – at least for the participants of the North Chamber 2012 Leadership Lab “best class, ever.” It was a slightly chili day, Wednesday, October 10, when Lab participants gathered at Rio Cibolo Ranch for team building, entertainment and a good old fashioned chili cook off. The event soon concludes a nine-month award winning leadership series focusing on self-discovery, inspiration and success.

Criteria for the Chili Challenge involved the teams’ ability to study the elements of the product’s marketing mix, strategy, pricing, advertising and promotion using case studies. The end resulting in discovering personal branding and capitalizing on using the brand created to increase the circle of influence.

Judges for the competition included Leadership Lab alumni and supporters Maria Barrett of Padgett, Stratemann & Company; Marty Williams, Westin La Cantera; and Darryl Cook, Preferred Landscape and Design.

With over 52 companies represented, the North Chamber’s 2012 Leadership Lab will graduate 78 professionals. San Antonio’s up-and-coming business leaders from the corporate, non-profit and small business environments will graduate on Friday, November 30, 2012 at Oak Hills Country Club.

Dahill is proud to sponsor the series and we congratulate our own Leticia Vasquez, Joe Ramirez and Steve Flores for their participation in Lab 2012. They demonstrate strength in leadership, the ability to turn strategy into reality and the tenacity to communicate with power and purpose. Dahill – Proven Leadership. Powerful Results.

Applications for Leadership Lab 2013 are being accepted now through November of 2012.

It’s not too late to be a part of it! Learn more and apply today.

Business Technology Series

Craig Morrow
Möbius Partners

About the Company: San Antonio based Möbius Partners is an enterprise-level IT and Networking solutions provider of strategic services, technical expertise and sales support. They assess, architect, implement and manage IT and Networking solutions that improve performance, maximize the value of data center investments and prepare companies for future growth. In his role as Director of Networking, Craig is responsible for creating and executing the company’s strategy to develop and sell networking solutions and services.

About the Program: The Business Technology Series provides a great opportunity for business and technology leaders in the San Antonio area to network and learn about technology related topics. This series delivers the local experts and thought leaders who clarify the ever-changing role technology can have in enabling and growing our members’ businesses.

Personally Speaking: Möbius Partners has been a member of the chamber for many years. Möbius’ Stephen Noteboom was last year’s Series chair and is now working with the chamber to develop an internship program. “I’ve attended two Business Technology Breakfasts, and I’m looking forward to taking a more active role,” says Craig.

Metropolitan Methodist Hospital Announces Major Expansion

Officials of Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, a campus of Methodist Hospital, announced  plans for a $50 million expansion at a “skybreaking” ceremony.

San Antonio City Councilman Diego Bernal joined Greg Seiler, hospital chief executive officer, in ceremonies that included a traditional groundbreaking and a skybreaking with officials using sledgehammers to begin construction where the new structure will be connected to the existing building.

The Methodist expansion includes an 85,000-square-foot, seven story patient tower, which will house an intensive care unit (ICU) that can accommodate 48 ICU beds and that will house additional diagnostic and perioperative areas and a state-of-the art gastrointestinal lab.  These efforts are part of a continued investment by Methodist Healthcare to meet the needs of the growing center city population.

The expansion is expected to be completed by early 2014.  Earl Swensson Associates is project architecture with Skanska as project construction company.

“From the inception of the partnership between Methodist Healthcare Ministries and HCA, Methodist Healthcare has been dedicated and committed to meeting the health care needs of downtown San Antonio.  The Metropolitan Methodist Hospital campus has evolved and expanded over the years with the addition of a free-standing women’s pavilion, a major emergency department renovation, two additional medical office buildings and now a major expansion that includes the building of an ICU tower, housing much needed critical care beds.  Over the past six years, we have invested more than $105 million into Metropolitan Methodist Hospital and we envision more growth in the near future as the footprint of our center city expands,” said Seiler.

Metropolitan Methodist Hospital invested $50 million just six years ago with the addition of the Women’s Pavilion and an expanded emergency department, to better service the growing number of babies being delivered and the increased traffic in the emergency room.  In June Metropolitan Methodist Gateway opened, a three-story 35,500 square foot medical office building which has expanded the hospital campus footprint to Interstate 35.

Hospital administrators and board members are now considering the implications of the recent Christus Santa Rosa announcement to stop offering adult services at its downtown facility and how it may extend growth plans for Metropolitan Methodist Hospital.

Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, a campus of Methodist Hospital, is a 330-bed hospital that provides a complete range of health care services to residents of downtown San Antonio and the surrounding area, including Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills and Olmos Park.  The facility is accredited by the Joint Commission in stroke care and is designated as an accredited Chest Pain Center.  It is the only hospital in San Antonio with a Breast Center that staffs a certified breast patient navigator by the National Consortium of Breast Centers.   The hospital campus includes a free standing women’s pavilion, the only free standing facility in downtown San Antonio completely dedicated to the health of women and their newborn babies.   The hospital just expanded its campus by adding the new Metropolitan Methodist Gateway medical office building and is will break ground soon on a $50 million expansion,  to include a multi-story critical care tower and operating rooms.