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Word From The Chairman

In August, the North SA Chamber offered our members the opportunity to hear first-hand from Mayor Julián Castro, recognized USAA CEO Maj. Gen. Joe Robles with the Gov. Dolph Briscoe Jr. Salute to Excellence Award and partnered with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber to inform our members of important economic trends at the Mid-Year Economic Report.

As both of our Chambers endeavor to advance business and economic development in San Antonio, it has truly been a pleasure to work with the Hispanic Chamber CEO, Ramiro Cavasos, and their board toward our common goal to serve business. A big part of that, of course, is to serve as an advocate for business and provide our members a collective voice before their elected officials. We came together at the joint chamber City Council Meet & Greet, hosted by Frost, and our boards visited with the newest and returning Council members, as well as Mayor Castro.

I want to thank Frost for their demonstrated support of business and downtown redevelopment, as well as Government Affairs Council Chair and 2015 Chair-elect, Rob Killen, for his volunteer leadership and help in coordinating this event, and for his efforts to keep our members informed of the important issues that face our community and their businesses. Additionally, on behalf of our board of directors and membership, we thank our elected officials for their public service and the work they do on behalf of our citizens and businesses.

MPO Public Meetings

The North SA Chamber has a demonstrated commitment to keeping San Antonio moving. As you may know, according to the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), “By 2040, the San Antonio metro area will have nearly 1.5 million new residents raising the region’s population to over 3.4 million people.” That’s approximately one million or more cars added to our roadways in the next 25 years. The MPO conducts careful deliberation to ensure that major transportation projects are planned with public feedback. To address future transportation needs, we currently have a 25-year metropolitan transportation plan (MTP) that programs approximately $12 billion in transportation funding through year 2035. The MPO is now working on “Mobility 2040” which must be approved by December 2014. Area residents are invited to review plans and provide input on Mobility 2040’s vision and goals at a series of public meetings. Click here for the schedule.

Calendar of Events

We have a number of events coming up and hope you’ll join us.

The Business Technology Series features UTSA’s Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security, Ray Simms, and is scheduled for Wednesday, September 25, starting at 7:15 a.m. at the Petroleum Club. Learn how to Maximize Security and Control Costs with cyber hygiene, wireless security and online commerce.

The Enterprising Women’s Conference will be Tuesday, October 1, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Omni Hotel Colonnade. Featured speaker will be author and trainer Jennifer Webb, Magic Communications, and the luncheon program from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. will feature the ATHENA Leadership Awards® presentation. Congratulations to the finalists and we’re excited to reveal the award recipients at the luncheon.

Additionally, learn about the latest digital trends at On the Horizon on Wednesday, October 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Oak Hills Country Club. Hear from IT and cyber security specialists about digital fraud and how to avoid cyber break-ins.

You can register for these and all of the North SA Chamber events here.

Thank you for all you do to keep Bexar County strong and I hope to see you soon.

Brad Rollins

Dahill, President
2013 North Chamber Chairman of the Board

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Chairman's Council Spotlight

CPS Energy seeks rate increase

CPS Energy will ask the San Antonio City Council to approve a 4.75 percent rate in October. If approved, the new increase would go into effect Feb. 1 of next year, and boost the average residential customer's bill by $5.19. CPS Energy last raised rates in 2010. Last year, CPS Energy was able to forego a previously planned rate increase by aggressively reducing costs, increasing efficiency… Read more.

Why integrity is more important than ever

These days, you hear a lot of people talking about the virtue of integrity. I just wish we could see more of it in the world. Granted, there are plenty of individuals and businesses that embrace strong principles—trust, honesty, loyalty—and won’t let money, power, influence or anything else keep them from doing the right thing. Trouble is, they don’t get the press that some others get when they… Read more.

H-E-B lives “Helping Here” motto

September has certainly seen H-E-B living up to its motto of “Helping Here” in the San Antonio community. Between the generosity of H-E-B customers and Partners, San Antonio has been injected with the H-E-B spirit of giving in the month of September through multiple state-wide company initiatives. At the beginning of the month, donations totaling over $540,000 were made to over 20 food banks… Read more.

Global data center services provider CyrusOne
launches virtual San Antonio data center tour

Global data center services provider CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE) is pleased to announce it has launched on its website a virtual tour of its San Antonio data center. CyrusOne’s 107,000-square-foot San Antonio data center was the first enterprise-class multi-tenant facility brought to the San Antonio… Read more.

Valero demonstrates generosity to community through United Way, Valero Texas Open/Benefit for Children Charity Award Breakfast

In recent weeks, Valero Energy Corporation has hosted two major events that have showcased the generosity of the company and its employees, as well as Valero’s commitment to the communities where it does business. The first event, on Thursday, Aug. 29, was the culmination of Valero’s annual United Way… Read more.

Member Spotlight

Boerne ISD names Bartlett Cocke General Contractors as construction manager at risk for all projects under the 2013 bond

The Boerne ISD Board of Trustees named Bartlett Cocke General Contractors as construction manager at risk for all projects to be addressed under the 2013 bond. Bartlett Cocke, based in San Antonio, is “one of the premier school construction companies in the state,” Boerne ISD project manager Jim Martin… Read more.

Thinking about applying for a small business loan?
Consider opportunities through SBA Lending

Whether they are starting a new business, expanding an existing one or simply need additional working capital, many business owners are utilizing credit to grow their businesses. There are many ways to structure financing, but one option that has grown in popularity in recent years is SBA… Read more.

BKD on the ground in Pennsylvania with Malin Bergquist

BKD, LLP, one of the country’s largest CPA and advisory firms, has acquired Pennsylvania-based accounting firm Malin Bergquist & Company, LLP. Malin Bergquist will officially join BKD on October 1, 2013. “Malin Bergquist and BKD are well-matched in many regards, starting with our cultural commonalities,” said BKD CEO Ted Dickman. “A shared focus on integrity… Read more.

Non-Profit Spotlight

Accion Texas names Harold Oliver to senior management post

Accion Texas Inc. – the nation’s largest microlender – announces the appointment of Harold Oliver as chief external affairs officer. With more than 20 years of experience in communications, government and corporate relations, economic and community development and legislative work, Oliver brings a wealth of experience to his new position. He oversees all legislative, communications and development… Read more.

The Building Owners and Managers Association San Antonio
serves real estate owners and managers

The Building Owners and Managers Association San Antonio (BOMA San Antonio) has been serving the needs of commercial real estate owners and managers since 1923. We are federated with BOMA International, BOMA Southwest Region and Texas BOMA. The San Antonio members are actively involved in… Read more.

Family Service Association of San Antonio, Texas Inc.
celebrates 110 years

For 110 years, Family Service has been empowering individuals and families to transform their lives and strengthen their community. What started as a simple means to lend a helping hand, evolved into an agency dedicated to helping children, seniors, and families through life transitions. Founded in 1903, it is the oldest family-serving agency in San Antonio. Family Service is a private… Read more.

Free Trade Alliance promotes foreign investment, international business

The Alliance brings together both public and private entities and coordinates the combined resources of its members and existing community assets for foreign direct investment promotion, export development, research and strategy facilitation and international business advocacy for… Read more.

New Goodwill store opens at Loop 1604 and Bulverde Road
with fun activities, giveaways

When the newest Goodwill store opens on the city’s North Side, it will kick off a celebration that includes do-it-yourself workshops on turning Goodwill finds into fashion and home décor treasures, along with great deals and giveaways. The new Goodwill store, located at 3730 North Loop 1604 East… Read more.

Respite Care of San Antonio celebrates 26 years of service
to families, children with special needs

Respite Care of San Antonio serves families caring for children with special needs, the only agency of its kind in San Antonio providing highly individualized care in a loving, home-like environment to children with developmental disabilities and complex medical diagnoses. To celebrate 26 years of the provision… Read more.

SAHA’S new $31 million Westside community to offer
additional housing options for families

On August 28, 2013, San Antonio’s Westside celebrated the groundbreaking of the third and final phase of the San Juan Redevelopment Plan, the San Antonio Housing Authority’s (SAHA) newest mixed-income community, located at 2002 S. Zarzamora. San Juan Homes, on the Westside of San Antonio… Read more.

Re-shoring: why U.S. manufacturers are bringing jobs back home

Great companies are forged in the harshest of economic climates. Inspired by challenges, they thrive through innovation and best practices, displaying the flexibility to respond to changing conditions. A trend that exemplifies this approach is re-shoring—the repatriation of manufacturing to America from offshore—which has been growing for about three years. Lean manufacturing… Read more.

San Antonio Sports named as finalist in Aetna Voices of Health Campaign

San Antonio Sports announced that they are a finalist in the 2013 “Aetna Voices of Health” national campaign. Voting for the campaign takes place at and goes through October 13. San Antonio Sports is the only finalist from San Antonio. Aetna will award $30,000 to the group that gets the most online votes and $20,000 to the second-place finisher… Read more.

Love and Logic: a free community author presentation

Author Jim Fay (Parenting with Love and Logic) will speak to parents, grandparents, and foster parents about setting and enforcing behavior limits without screaming, threatening or negotiating with your child. The discussion will be hosted Thursday, September 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the St. George Episcopal School Sanctuary at 6900 West Avenue. Jim Fay is the co-founder of The Love and Logic… Read more.

TMI celebrates 120 years of service and success

On Aug. 23, students and faculty of TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas went back to school for the 120th time, starting the year with a traditional, university-style Convocation, including an academic procession in which all instructors and administrators participate. “We all think about our teachers,” said Headmaster John W. Cooper, Ph.D., in his welcome address. “As you reflect on your… Read more.

Workforce Solutions Alamo: Virtual Career Center

Workforce Solutions Alamo has teamed up with Alamo Colleges to bring the Alamo region the first ever virtual career and placement center. is not just a website, but a virtual 3D environment that offers visitors an experience that compares to visiting a “brick-and-mortar” WSA career center in person. It offers comprehensive services in a single… Read more.

Special Alert

North SA Chamber online Job Bank now open for business

As part of our continued effort to improve and update membership benefits to provide the most requested member services like coupons/special offers, visibility and referrals, the North SA Chamber is expanding our web services with a helpful online Job Bank. “With the delivery of an online job bank, North Chamber members have another important tool to assist in operating their businesses,” says board chairman Brad Rollins, Dahill… Read more.

We’re introducing a whole new way to think
about International Business in San Antonio!

In 2012 San Antonio was chosen by The Brookings Institution to participate in their Metropolitan Export Program to increase exports across the United States. Along with Chicago, San Diego, Los Angeles and eight other cities, San Antonio has developed a strategy… Read more.


Upcoming Events

Ambassador Lunch
Thursday, September 19
River City Seafood Grill
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

BTS: Maximize Security
& Control Costs

Wednesday, September 25
Petroleum Club of San Antonio
7:15 am – 9:00 am

Enterprising Women's Conference (Seminar & Exhibits )
Tuesday, October 1
Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade
7:30 am – 3:45 pm

Enterprising Women's Conference (Lunch Only)
Tuesday, October 1
Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

CFO Forum: Strategic Dev. &
Growth Along I35 Corridor

Thursday, October 3
Oak Hills Country Club
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Networking Breakfast
Tuesday, October 8
The Petroleum Club
7:00 am – 9:00 am

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Upcoming Events

Ground Breaking Autumn Leaves
August 2013

Grand Opening for Pixel Savvi
August 2013

Grand Opening Transition Care
August 2013

Grand Opening of Victory Medical Center
August 2013

Grand Opening of Ancira
August 2013

Grand Opening for Sam’s Club Stone Oak
August 2013

Grand Opening South Texas Sinus Institute
August 2013

City Council Meet and Greet with Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
August 2013

The Mayor's Vision for San Antonio
August 2013

Small Business Leaders Awards
August 2013

Lead SA: SustainAbility Series
September 2013

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Upcoming Events

ABG Development
Alamo PMI Chapter Inc
American Regional Center
AT&T Services, Inc.
Badeco, Inc.
Baldwin-Cox Agency
Blue Llama Storage
City of Helotes
Consultis of San Antonio, Inc
Contour Lase
Gambit Energy, Inc
Gates Mineral Company, Inc.
Golf San Antonio
GVS Ideal Management Group LLC
J.Dombi2 Consulting, LLC
JKR Site Control, LLC
Linbeck Group
Pixel Savvi LLC
Radiant Contracting Inc.
Request Investments & Realty
San Antonio Colon and Rectal Clinic
ServiceMaster Anytime Restoration
The Montessori School of San Antonio
The Nugget Company
The University of Texas at San Antonio - C I A S
TransitionCare Health Inc.
Trinity Title of Texas, LLC

Upcoming Events


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