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Word From The Chairman

On behalf of the board of directors, thank you for your membership and involvement with the North SA Chamber. Since the beginning of the year we have welcomed more than 80 new members and refocused our energies on orienting new members and facilitating participation across the organization. In doing so, we have initiated a personalized welcome for all new members at monthly Networking Breakfasts, personal calls from Membership Committee members, an email series detailing visibility opportunities, and most recently, we have added a new staff member to help navigate new members into involvement that best matches individual focus areas. Christabel Cook is the North SA Chamber’s new Marketing & Membership Services Coordinator and she is available to help connect you to chamber resources.

Government Affairs

On May 1st, the North SA Chamber was honored to host U.S. Senator Ted Cruz for a Small Business Roundtable discussion at the chamber office. A dozen business owners had the opportunity to ask their Senator direct questions and express their concerns over topics including tax reform, government contracting availability for small businesses and health care reform – among many others. We thank Sen. Cruz for asking the North SA Chamber to host the discussion and we were pleased to provide our members the opportunity to have their voices heard before their elected official.

More recently, our Government Affairs committee gained insight on the issues of higher education funding, downtown development, health care and justice.

UTSA Director of External Affairs Albert Carrisalez reviewed the State’s changing role in higher education funding. He explained that up until the 1970s, public universities relied heavily on the legislature for funding. Today, State funds are only about 17% of UTSA’s budget. UTSA been a responsible steward and has been successful in raising private funds from the community for many of their capital building and research funding needs. The university is now seeking approximately $46M from the State to build a new science building to replace their existing 37 year-old obsolete building. The university asks for your support before the legislature to support SB 16 for revenue bonds.

We were also joined by Director of Center City Development Lori Houston. As a direct result of SA2020 vision planning, Houston’s department was created to facilitate redevelopment of our inner city and downtown core and her team is focused on creating more housing and retail opportunities. Here’s a quick synopsis of our downtown economic impact. Downtown is home to an $11B tourism industry – the city core’s anchor, 65K employees representing $2.4B in wages, and 3.4K households accommodating 18K downtown and surrounding area residents. Overall, this has a $6B economic impact on San Antonio. Additionally, Center City is working to mitigate the regulatory challenges to development in downtown, reviewing and amending the Universal Development Code annually and offering incentivized development. If your business is part of a new development or redevelopment project in downtown or the surrounding area, please seek out Center City Development to help facilitate meetings with city departments.

Finally County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson reviewed the County’s focus areas in transportation, healthcare, neighborhood revitalization, jail population reduction, resource recovery — recycling, and energy consumption reduction. Overall, approximately 62% of County revenue comes from property taxes and the County focuses 80% of their efforts on health and justice. Commissioner Adkisson explained that as property values have increased, the County has been diligent to maintain or lower tax rates. The County works with the State, Texas Workforce Commission and nearly 40 nonprofits to correct offenders re-entering society in an effort to reduce re-offenses and volume in Bexar County jail. On the heath front, Commissioner Adkisson says the University Health System is focused on clinical treatment versus emergency, reactive care. The UHS is moving to a leadership role in diabetes control to lessen the costly care that can result from lack of preventative treatment. Read more...

Brad Rollins

Dahill, President
2013 North Chamber Chairman of the Board

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Chairman's Council Spotlight

CPS Energy pay performance

A recent story in the San Antonio Express-News trumpeted this astounding figure: the pay for senior executives at CPS Energy has “soared” by 58 percent since 2010. A wider look at the data shows, however, tells a much different story. Executive pay has increased dramatically since 2010, because… Read more.

Global and National Economic Outlook

The US recovery is slow going—more true of GDP than jobs—but new developments point to faster growth in 2013, once the disruptions from payroll tax hikes and sequester cuts pass. That expectation (not the Fed’s actions) surely is what has powered the stock market into record territory… Read more.

Wesolowski Recognized as Grassroots Champion

The American Hospital Association, in partnership with the Texas Hospital Association awarded Jaime Wesolowski, president and chief executive officer of Methodist Healthcare System in San Antonio, with the American Hospital Association Grassroots Champions Award. As a 2013 Grassroots Champion… Read more.

When personal service counts:
SSFCU remodels multiple branches at member request

The trend in banking these days is self-service…more kiosks, Internet banking, mobile apps. But Security Service Federal Credit Union members are speaking loud and clear. They want on-site, personal service, not necessarily the integration of bricks and clicks. Before video tellers were all the rage… Read more.

Did you know spending money on new lighting
can actually make you money?

Thanks to advanced lighting technologies such as LED technology, there has never been a better time to upgrade your facility or building and get it paid for by using other people’s money and the power of leverage while potentially putting cash in your company’s pocket immediately. High-efficiency upgrades can save your business lots of money while improving the light quality and output in… Read more.

Member Spotlight

San Antonio businesses to benefit from EN Media Works 2013 Expo

If growing your business is important, then the EN Media Works Print and Online Marketing Show, is a must-attend event for you and your business. The free, interactive expo will be running from June 3 to 7 at Hilton San Antonio Airport. The marketing show will provide the information all business owners will need to keep up in the current economy… Read more.

$35-million Expansion/Renovation Under Way at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa

Project will double available function space, upgrade guestrooms and expand water park as part of 20th Anniversary Celebration in 2013
Woodbine Development Corporation today announced details of a $35-million expansion and renovation of its Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio. The project will essentially… Read more.

RABA KISTNER, Inc. Announces
the Acquisition of Project Control of Texas, Inc.

The Board of Directors of Raba Kistner, Inc. announced that as of April 29, the company has acquired San Antonio-based Project Control of Texas (PCT), Inc. Project Control will become a division of Raba Kistner Facilities, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raba Kistner, Inc., but will maintain its name while still performing… Read more.

Non-Profit Spotlight

Holy Trinity Catholic Church offers
banquet facilities, convenient Stone Oak location

Holy Trinity Banquet Hall is a place where people can come together to celebrate the gift of life. Attention to detail, clear guidelines and on-site management combine to provide an experience of festivity and hospitality. Each guest will leave with a feeling of true celebration and be eager to return… Read more.

Registration Open for Bexar County Games
Youth Competitions at New Facilities

Registration is open for track & field, soccer and swimming competitions that are part of the inaugural 2013 Bexar County Games presented by Ancira. Bexar County and San Antonio Sports, the area’s nonprofit sports commission, are co-hosting the 2013 Bexar County Games, a community-wide youth sports competition… Read more.

SIM® Class For Teachers And Speech-Language Pros at WSSA

trategic Instruction Model® courses have not been available readily to professionals in South Texas until now. The Winston School San Antonio offers three dates of professional development for Speech-Language Pathologists, teachers, and tutors… Read more.

Volunteer Spotlight

Bryan Guinn

Prism Technologies Group — eTech Newsletter Chair

About the Company: Prism Technologies Group enjoys more than 60 combined years of IT experience. Prism has made a name for itself in South Texas for delivering cost-justified, ROI-steeped IT solutions. Their approach is simple – Prism will not make a single recommendation without first… Read more.

Manish Kapoor

NuStar Energy L.P. — CIO Breakfast Chair

About the Company: NuStar Energy L.P. is one of the largest independent liquids terminal and pipeline operators in the nation. NuStar currently has 8,573 miles of pipeline; 87 terminal and storage facilities that store and distribute crude oil, refined products and specialty liquids… Read more.

Special Alert

NorthSAChamber to compete in #SocialMadness,
asking for your vote to name benefiting member charity

The North SA Chamber will enter into the Business Journal’s Social Madness competition, a one-of-a-kind competition that measures a company’s social media engagement. The competition pits companies with similarly sized social media followings against one another in week-long match-ups… Read more.


Upcoming Events

27th Annual Golf Tournament
Thursday, May 9
TPC San Antonio
7:30 am – 3:00 pm

Networking Breakfast
Tuesday, May 14
The Petroleum Club
7:00 am – 9:00 am

Ambassador Luncheon
Thursday, May 16
Hyatt Place Stone Oak
11:30 am

Supply Chain Management…
Leverage Sustainability
To Improve Your Value
As A Vendor

Wednesday, May 22
Hilton San Antonio - Airport
8:00 am – 1:00 pm

8th Annual
State of the County Address

Friday, May 24
Omni San Antonio Hotel
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

CFO Forum — Sourcing, Managing & Developing Today's Talent
Wednesday, June 5
Oak Hills Country Club
11:10 am – 2:00 pm

Small Business How 2 Series
Thursday, June 6
Hilton San Antonio - Airport
8:00 am – 10:00 am

Networking Breakfast
Tuesday, June 11
The Petroleum Club
7:00 am – 9:00 am

BusTechSeries — Accounting Software & Your Business
Wednesday, June 12
The Petroleum Club
7:15 am – 9:00 am

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Upcoming Events

Employment Law Update: Wage and Hour Litigation
March 2013

Employment Law Update: Current Issues & Hot Topics
March 2013

Employment Law Update: Immigration
March 2013

Employment Law Update: Social Media
March 2013

Employment Law Update: FMLA
March 2013

Employment Law Update: Health Care Reform
March 2013

CIO Panel & Innotech Conference
April 2013

Small Business Roundtable with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz
May 2013

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Action Pawn
Angel Staffing, Inc.
Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum
C3 Creating Catalyst for Change
Cadence Bank
City of San Antonio - Metropolitan Health District
Clark Construction Group, LLC
Greater Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council
IronEdge Group
Linda Gunter Medical
Martin & Drought, P.C.
Signal 88 Security of San Antonio
Tech Quarry
The Concierge Touch
The Melting Pot
Volt Workforce Solutions

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