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Word From The Chairman

As you know, the North SA Chamber has a long history as an advocate for business-friendly initiatives and legislation, as well as infrastructure improvements. We work to consistently champion a pro-business agenda and endeavor to serve as a collective voice to represent our large and small business members in government policy and legislative issues, especially at the local and state levels.

Our board of directors, government affairs and infrastructure committees monitor and suggest necessary changes and/or improvements on a number of issues including infrastructure. Regularly the North SA Chamber board of directors takes positions of endorsement or opposition of such issues.

At the September 24th North SA Chamber board of directors meeting, board members heard from Cris Eugster, Group EVP at CPS Energy, regarding the CPS Energy proposed rate increase to be voted on and approved by City Council, and from our Government Affairs Council Chair, Rob Killen of Kauffman Killen, regarding the Proposed Texas Constitutional Amendments Nos. 3 and 6, which are on the ballot for the November 5th election. The North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce board of directors reviewed, held discussion, voted and endorsed each proposition.

CPS Energy Rate Adjustment2013

In late September CPS Energy was proposing a 4.75 percent rate increase – the first since 2010, to keep up with an expanding customer base and to upgrade existing infrastructure. The North SA Chamber understands that even with a rate increase CPS Energy’s rates still will be among the lowest in Texas, and our board believes it’s critical for economic development and business retention to provide efficient reliable power to keep our economy strong. Following our board meeting, City Council and the public have expressed concern over the utility’s bonus program, and chief executive Doyle Beneby has since announced a reduction in the proposed rate increase to 4.25 percent as well as a 50 percent reduction in employee bonus plans for years 2015 and 2016, thus making the rate increase more satisfactory to its detractors. City Council will vote on the rate adjustment at the November 7 Council meeting, and if approved, the new rates will take effect February 1, 2014.

Constitutional Amendment Election – November 5, 2013

Additionally, the North SA Chamber encourages our members and the community to vote “Yes” for the proposed Constitutional Amendment, No. 3 on the ballot, "The constitutional amendment to authorize a political subdivision of this state to extend the number of days that aircraft parts that are exempt from ad valorem taxation due to their location in this state for a temporary period may be located in this state for purposes of qualifying for the tax exemption." Texas is one of only 11 states to levy a property tax on inventory. Learn more at the Texas Association of Manufacturers’ website, or download the Proposition 3 Fact Sheet.

Furthermore, the North SA Chamber encourages our members and the community to vote “Yes” for the proposed Constitutional Amendment, No. 6 on the ballot, "The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan to ensure the availability of adequate water resources." Learn more at the H204Texas website, or download the Proposition 6 Fact Sheet.

Photo Identification

Remember, with the passing of Senate Bill 14, voters are now required to present an approved form of photo identification in order to vote in all Texas Elections. Visit VoteTexas.Gov for more information. Photo ID Required for Texas Voters Identificación con Foto se Requiere para Votantes Tejanos

On behalf of the North SA Chamber board of directors, we ask for your thoughtful consideration of these items and encourage you to exercise your civic rights by offering feedback to your City Council member and voting in the November 5th election. Thank you for all you do to keep San Antonio and Bexar County strong.

Brad Rollins

Dahill, President
2013 North Chamber Chairman of the Board

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Chairman's Council Spotlight

Council tentatively set to vote on CPS Energy
rate adjustment November 7

After months of rigorous analysis and back and forth with CPS Energy staff, the city of San Antonio’s chief financial officer recommended to the City Council Wednesday that it approve CPS Energy’s 4.25 percent rate increase request. Ben Gorzell told the council at its information session that CPS Energy staff had… Read more.

Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade is gearing up for the holidays and the many parties planned for the upcoming season

The Omni offers a variety of spaces and menus for everything from small gatherings to large corporate affairs. Enjoy a festive holiday lunch at Bolo's Restaurant featuring a diverse menu and the popular Pasta Bar (Monday through Friday) or plan a more intimate affair complete with a menu tailored for your group in… Read more.

Did you know? Your vote counts!

This November, Security Service Federal Credit Union reminds you to vote. Register now so your voice is heard.
Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt.… Read more.

Silver & Black Give Back Looks Ahead to the 2013-14 Spurs Season

The 2013-2014 Spurs season is upon us and the start of another season means Silver & Black Give Back is hard at work serving its mission of engaging young people to enrich their communities. Twenty student groups from across San Antonio will begin their Team Up Challenge projects this month. Past groups – including the Northside’s Jayci Derby – have made an astonishing impact… Read more.

SWBC wins Bronze – 2013 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Learning, Talent Management, and Sales and Marketing Awards

SWBC, a leader in innovative training, recently won a coveted Brandon Hall Group Bronze award for excellence in the Compliance Training category for their Security Awareness Training. “It is an honor to be recognized, especially for this particular category,” said Mandy Smith, Director of Training… Read more.

Member Spotlight

Capital Group associates help millions prepare for retirement…and invest in their own future

Capital Group, one of the world’s largest investment firms with more than $1 trillion in assets under management, helps millions of people around the world invest through pensions and retirement plan accounts. So, how do associates, whose job is helping others invest, plan for retirement? Capital associates likely… Read more.

For minor illnesses and injuries, urgent care may provide quicker,
more affordable alternative to emergency rooms

When people are sick or injured – whether bogged down by the flu or dealing with a sprained ankle – the last thing they want to do is wait to get better. Not realizing that there are other options, however, many patients go straight to hospital emergency rooms (ER), where the average wait time is nearly an hour and… Read more.

Water conservation success!

Ever wondered if it’s possible to save money, water and still have an aesthetically pleasing landscape? One glance at the North San Antonio Chamber Headquarters and the answer is a definite yes. In June 2011, the North SA Chamber participated in the Commercial Irrigation Design Rebate program. Together with SAWS staff, Chamber personnel… Read more.

St. Mary’s University unveils Mechanical Engineering Program

St. Mary’s University has established an undergraduate Mechanical Engineering program, which received Southern Association of Colleges and Schools approval in August. St. Mary’s is one of two institutions in San Antonio to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. What makes the St. Mary’s offering unique is its Catholic, liberal arts emphasis that… Read more.

Musi leads Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies

Nicolas Musi, M.D., a physician-scientist in the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, became director of the Health Science Center’s world-recognized Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, effective September 1. Dr. Musi, professor of medicine and a faculty physician with UT Medicine San Antonio, joined… Read more.

Non-Profit Spotlight

Alzheimer’s Association to hold Alzheimer’s
Educational Symposium in San Antonio

The Alzheimer’s Association will be hosting its 2013 Alzheimer’s Educational Symposium on Thursday, November 7th at The Whitley Center at the Oblate School of Theology from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Symposium will feature nationally recognized speakers and topics such as: frontotemporal lobar dementia, geriatricians vs. primary care, Alzheimer’s disease and co-morbidities… Read more.

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month

In the few moments that it will take you to read this message 5 people will have been diagnosed with epilepsy and 1 person will have died from an epilepsy related death. “Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy” (SUDEP) is responsible for 34% of the deaths in children who die of epilepsy related causes. For two-thirds of the people diagnosed with epilepsy and seizures… Read more.

Faith Family Clinic recognizes medical volunteers
and prepares for healthcare reform

Do you remember working without the benefit of medical insurance? For 394,000 people in San Antonio that is still a reality. Since 2009 Faith Family Clinic has provided affordable medical care to the working uninsured families in San Antonio. Much of our support has come through the generous contributions of our medical… Read more.

KIPP San Antonio celebrates the 2012-13 school year

In its inaugural year, KIPP Un Mundo Dual Language Academy began proving what is possible in kindergarten. At the end of the school year, 91 percent of kindergarten students were reading at or above grade level in their dominant language, with more than 50 percent reading above grade level. In addition, 96 percent of kindergarteners passed the End-of-Year Math Assessment, with 87 percent… Read more.

Special Halloween and Christmas events to wrap up
successful 2013 season at Morgan’s Wonderland

Special events in celebration of Halloween and Christmas at Morgan’s Wonderland will cap a successful 2013 season, the fourth for the world’s first ultra-accessible, family-fun theme park specifically designed with special-needs individuals of all ages in mind but built for everyone to enjoy… Read more.

San Antonio Medical Foundation oversees stewardship
of the South Texas Medical Center

The University of Texas at San Antonio was recently commissioned to conduct an economic impact study of the South Texas Medical Center. Among their findings were that the STMC annually supported 45,686 jobs in Bexar County; produces an economic impact of $5.4 billion; creates $70.1 million in city and county taxes/fees and $ 64.1 million in state revenues… Read more.

St. George Episcopal Church & School
‘Seeds of the Future’ building project underway

St. George Episcopal Church & School’s $4 million dollar Seeds of the Future building project is underway. The project includes a new Education Building for the existing middle school and a new Leadership Center to house the church and school administrative teams. The Leadership Center will also add much needed conference rooms for reservation and use by the outside community… Read more.

SER Jobs for Progress of San Antonio provides
education, training, job development and placement

SER Jobs for Progress of San Antonio is a community based non-profit organization that has been providing education, training, job development and job placement services in Bexar County for over 40 years. Since 1998, SER has successfully operated the One-Stop Workforce Career Centers in the San Antonio area. SER has been recognized as one of the top performing workforce… Read more.

TMI appoints new board members

Two new members have joined the Board of Governors at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas. Patrick R. Garcia, a member of the school’s class of 1972, is president of Division Laundry and Cleaners. A previous president of the TMI Alumni… Daryl L. Lansdale Jr., the parent of two TMI students, is partner-in-charge of the San Antonio office of Norton Rose Fulbright and head of its Corporate and Securities practice. He is experienced in mergers and acquisition, securities… Read more.

Volunteer Spotlight

Lisa Kopecky — eESI

Enterprising Women’s Conference (EWC) Chair

About the Company: San Antonio-based eESI is an accredited PEO (Professional Employer Organization) providing human resources, payroll, benefits and risk management services to its clients throughout the nation. Lisa is responsible for eESI’s service operations and driving client… Read more.

Special Alert

Meeting space, business services available
to North SA Chamber members

As part of our continued effort to offer valuable membership benefits, the North SA Chamber is pleased to re-introduce business services including low-cost meeting space, notary public services and certificates of origin. Only members have exclusive access to low-cost… Read more.


Upcoming Events

On the Horizon
Wednesday, October 23
Oak Hills Country Club
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Ambassador Lunch
Wednesday, October 23
Oak Hills Country Club
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Technology Committee Meeting
Friday, November 8
Chamber Board Room
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Networking Breakfast
Tuesday, November 12
The Petroleum Club
7:00 am – 9:00 am

Small Business How 2 Series
Thursday, November 14
Hilton San Antonio - Airport
7:30 am – 10:00 am

Social U Event
Friday, December 6
Omni San Antonio Hotel
7:30 am – 11:00 am

Networking Breakfast
Tuesday, December 10
The Petroleum Club
7:00 am – 9:00 am

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Manrique Custom Visions Grand Opening
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Best Buy Mobile Grand Opening
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Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio Ground Breaking
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Goodwill Industries Grand Opening
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Social U Event
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Enterprising Women's Conference
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CFO Forum
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Athena Award Recipient:
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September 2013

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Principle Mortgage Partners, LLC
Alamo PMI Chapter Inc
Gibson Orthodontics PA
Lockton Companies, LLC
Anthony's Planet Pickup, Inc.
Eurasian Auto Repair
Briscoe Ranch, Inc.
Avenida Guadalupe Association
Robert Half International, Inc.
Babcock Medical Associates, P.A.
KIPP San Antonio
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Sendero Wealth Management
Mascola Esthetics
Venturity Financial Partners
Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio


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