The Perryman Group Named Top Global Economic Analysis Firm by the International Trade Council
The International Trade Council selected The Perryman Group (TPG) to receive the "Go Global Award" as the 2019 outstanding global economic analysis firm from almost 4,000 nominations from five continents by a judging panel composed of International Trade Commissioners, corporate CEOs from around the world, and Ambassadors from numerous countries.

Please join us as we welcome Dr. Perryman
to San Antonio at our 36th Annual Economic Outlook
on Wed. Dec 4 at 8:30 a.m. Register Here
UPDATE: San Antonio Safe & Sick Leave Ordinance Temporarily Halted
Ordinance Was Scheduled to Go Into Effect Dec. 1
This morning, Friday, Nov. 22, the District Court for the 225th Circuit temporarily enjoined the City of San Antonio’s Safe and Sick Leave ordinance that was scheduled to go into effect December 1, 2019. The plaintiffs, which include several staffing firms, business groups, and local businesses are challenging the ordinance's legality in claiming that the ordinance violates the Texas Minimum Wage Act.
The court’s ruling means that, as of now, the ordinance will not go into effect Dec. 1. The North San Antonio Chamber is very pleased with this outcome, however, this case is still not over. The City of San Antonio or other defendants may appeal the court’s injunction next week and seek to reinstate the Dec. 1 effective date.
We will keep you informed as the case develops.

On Nov. 5, the North Chamber's Government Affairs Council welcomed special guests: State Representative Ray Lopez and State Representative Philip Cortez to provide an update from the 2019 Legislative Session and their interim priorities.
Next month, the Council will have San Antonio's District 6 Councilwoman Councilwoman Melissa Havrda and District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval. Each will provide an update regarding their districts and updates on the Safe and Sick Leave Ordinance.
U.S. Department of Labor New Overtime Rule
Beginning January 1, 2020, new FLSA overtime rule raises salary cut-off from $23,660 to $35,568
USMCA Update and Call to Action
According to the USMCA Coalition, "We enter a critical week, and we all need to redouble our efforts to impress on members of Congress (1) the urgent need for House action to vote on the agreement, and (2) the gaps between the Administration and House Democrats are bridgeable, and the path toward approval depends on a collaborative approach, but the time is now to reach an agreement." Please plan to increase in-District events, meetings, and contacts with Members of Congress over Thanksgiving week, which will be the last congressional in-District work period before the Congress recesses in December. Members need to hear directly from constituents and visit facilities in their Districts before heading back in December."
Click to learn more: USMCA Coalition
2019 Legislative Interim Charges
Texas Senate
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick released 116 Interim Charges to the Texas Senate on October 30 to study before the 2021 legislative session. 

You can find the Interim Charges here.

Texas House of Representatives

Texas Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen released interim committee charges for the 86th Legislature.

You can find the Interim Charges here.

October & November Celebrated Ribbon Cuttings
Winston's 30th Annual Learning Symposium
January 24, 2020 
Fostering Resilient Learners

San Antonio, TX (Thursday, November 7, 2019) – On Friday, January 24, 2020 The Winston School San Antonio is hosting its 30th Annual Learning Symposium, the region’s leading event of its kind, presenting the latest information and ideas on childhood learning, development and education.
Employer Round Table and Policy Discussions on Apprenticeship Programs with Urban Institute and Digital Creative Institute.
The North Chamber held two focused-round table discussions with the Urban Institute (UI) and Digital Creative Institute (DCI) on November 19, 2019:
1) Employer-focused discussion brought together local San Antonio employers interested in learning more about apprenticeships in tech occupations within
industries, such as Advanced Manufacturing, IT, Healthcare, FinTech, BioTech, banking, and business and marketing
2) Policy discussion involved some local San Antonio policy-makers and administrators with an interest in learning more about apprenticeships in tech occupations within industries, such as Advanced Manufacturing, IT, Healthcare, FinTech, BioTech, banking, and business and marketing. Both discussions will result in our chamber's efforts to help identify solutions to meeting our business member workforce needs.
(left to right) Sylvia O. Praesel, Coalition for Apprenticeship Partners in Economic Development; Brian Bieretz, Urban Institute (UI), Myca San Miguel, UI; Cristina Aldrete, North SA Chamber; Diana Elliott, UI; Bob Lerman, UI; Brad Voeller, Digital Creative Institute ( DCI); and Aurora Geis, DCI
Salute to Excellence
The North Chamber’s non-profit foundation Lead SA, honors San Antonio’s finest leaders and organizations for their contributions in the areas of community contribution, business achievement, leadership and philanthropy at our Salute to Excellence Luncheon. This year we recognized Christus Santa Rosa Health Care! Thank you for blessing San Antonio, and our surrounding communities, with 150 years of the highest quality and compassionate health care, cheers to another 150!
Christus Santa Rosa: Crystal Kohanke, Christine Keating, Rhonda Thompson, Dr. Charles Hankins, Cris Daskevich (Top Right); Christus Santa Rosa: Patty Toney, Crystal Kohanke, Dr. Charles Hankins, Cris Daskevich, Rhonda Thompson (Bottom Right); and North SA Chamber Membership Chair Alan Kramer and CEO & President Cristina Aldrete (Bottom Right)
Leadership Lab 2019 Graduation
Ceremony at the Omni Hotel November 22, 2019
2019 North SA Chamber, Chair Chris Monroe, and 2019 Leadership Development Chair Melodye Tomsu, congratulates 2019 Leadership Lab Graduates with special appreciation Diane Simpson for her Leadership Lab vision 20 years ago.

Saturday, February 1 at 6:00 pm
La Cantera Resort & Spa

Tuesday, December 10 • 4 - 7 pm
Walk-On's Bistreaux
2019 U.S. Federal Reserve System Survey
REMINDER: Your Organization Can Help Ensure the Voice of Small Business is Well Represented 
The UTSA Small Business Development Center is partnering with the Federal Reserve to conduct a Small Business Credit Survey. This survey highlights the experiences of small businesses and provides critical information that service providers, policymakers, and lenders use to improve programs for small business owners. It takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and the summary results will be shared with you.
The survey closes December 20, 2019. Take Survey
COSA Procurement Guide 
City of San Antonio releases the first Procurement Guide to help small business owners apply for City contracts
Check out the City of San Antonio's first-ever Annual Procurement Guide, the ultimate City contract planning tool for your small business in 2020.

Want to do business with the City? 
Register to learn about bidding opportunities and meet City staff and partners. 
Wednesday, December 3, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
YMCA at Walzem | 5538 Walzem Rd., 78218
You can find additional Small Business information and resources, including a calendar of events here. 
UT Health San Antonio continues to meet its mission of caring for the public’s health
Receives funding from UT to expand sites of care
Announced at its November 2019 meeting, The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved an $80 million allocation from the Permanent University Fund (PUF) Bond Proceeds for UT Health San Antonio to expand its sites of care to include the construction of a multi-specialty/research hospital in San Antonio.