Happy Holidays from your 
North San Antonio Chamber! 
We wish you a happy and safe holiday, and that the holiday spirit will be with you and your family throughout the New Year. Because of you, our members, we were able to celebrate many triumphs and successes in 2019. We look forward to working with, serving, and advocating for you in 2020!  
Please note that our Chamber Office will be closed for the Holidays, December 23 – January 1, returning on January 2.
It's Going Down! 2020 Super Gala
Saturday, February 1, 2020
at La Cantera Resort & Spa
Register Now to Secure your sponsorship and
reserve your tables today!
North San Antonio Chamber 46th Annual Gala will be in honor of our incoming Chairman of the Board, David Pope, Texas Capital Bank, and the 2020 Board of Directors, with a special presentation of the 2020 San Antonian of the Year Award to Bruce Bugg, Chairman of both the Texas Transportation Commission and the Bank of San Antonio!
UPDATE: San Antonio Safe & Sick Leave Ordinance Temporarily Halted
San Antonio Safe & Sick Leave Ordinance
On Nov. 22, Judge Peter Sakai of the 225th District Court granted a Temporary Injunction, halting the City of San Antonio’s Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance which was to go into effect on December 1, 2019. A trial on the ordinance’s merits was scheduled for December 11th
In response to the court's November 22nd Injunction, Councilwoman Ana Sandoval submitted a Council Consideration Request (CCR) to City Council. The CCR includes the following for the Council to consider: 
  1. Requirement of compliance with Sick and Safe leave policy that meets or exceeds the requirements set forth in the Ordinance as adopted on Oct 17 for entities that receive operational funding from the City, including City-created non-profits, and establishment of a program to ensure compliance;
  2. Exploring adoption of a similar policy by CPS Energy and SAWS; and 
  3. Development of a Sick and Safe Leave Benefits Policy Outreach and Technical Assistance Program to encourage and assist San Antonio area employers in implementing a voluntary sick and safe leave policy in the workplace.  The details of the CCR can be found here:
UPDATE: The trial on the merits was held Dec 11th and Judge Sakai upheld the temporary injunction order, thereby staying the Safe & Sick Leave Ordinance from going into effect until after a trial date set for September 2020.
House Democrats and The White House
Have a Deal to Move Forward with
USMCA Trade Agreement
With the support of nearly 700 organizations, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent an updated USMCA Coalition letter to Capitol Hill encouraging Congressional approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). 
UPDATE: The House voted as expected on December 19.  The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) passed 385-41 in the U.S. House of Representatives last night. We are pleased to see this bill passed and we are appreciative to all those who advocated for its passage. Included in the bill is $250 million in funding for the North American Development Bank, headquartered here in San Antonio.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the Senate will take up the agreement in the new year. Your continued support and advocacy is critical.

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
What is the Pro-Business Voting Record of the
86th Texas Legislators? 
“The 86th Texas Legislature had a pro-business agenda thanks to the efforts of Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Dennis Bonnen. This session we saw a breakthrough on two big issues: school finance and property tax reform. 
The scorecard ranks all Texas legislators on their pro-business voting record during the 86th Legislative Session. Texas Association of Business tracks and reports how each state legislator voted on business legislation. This scorecard allows Texas Association of Business' members to determine which lawmakers are fighting for businesses, jobs, and paychecks.”
You can expect the latest updates to the North SA Chamber City Council
Scorecard January 2020
City Manager Announcement of New Airport Director
and Other Staff Updates
City of San Antonio, Office of the City Manager announced the new Director for San Antonio Airports, Assistant Director for the San Antonio Airport, and Director for Economic Development Department (EDD). Please see City Manager Announcement here.

NSAC December Ribbon Cuttings:
Ribbon Cutting held on December 6, 2019
Ribbon Cutting held on December 11, 2019
January Ribbon Cutting:
Ribbon Cutting to be held on
January 31, 2020 at 11 am
Congratulations to Elva Adams
on her new position as Senior Vice President/Small Business Lending manager with North SA Chamber Member,
Elva Pai Adams joins Jefferson Bank as a Senior Vice President/ Small Business Lending Manager. Adams will develop and tailor financing solutions for small business owners and will work closely with key resource partners to promote economic development in our community. She brings 22 years of commercial banking experience and was the past recipient of SABJ 40 under 40 as well as Financial Service Champion of the year awarded by US Small Business Administration.
Elva Pai Adams - Senior Vice President, Small Business Lending Manager at Jefferson Bank
Winston's 30th Annual Learning Symposium
January 24, 2020 
Winston's 30th Annual Learning Symposium:
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. Learn more.
Highlights from NSAC 2020 Economic Outlook
The North San Antonio Chamber held its 2020 Economic Outlook, with renowned economist Dr. Ray Perryman, on December 4th at the Omni Colonnade.
Special thanks to our Title Sponsor Amegy Bank for an engaging and often-times humorous economic report.
Listen to The Perryman Report on the Texas State Network for a brief summary of the economic outlook for Texas. 
Despite the slowing of the Texas economy because of shortages in workforce, and other factors, Texas continues to out-perform the U.S. economy significantly. Looking for growth output of 4% each year for the next five years and see gains in jobs at over 250,000 to 300,000 jobs per year.
Following are some important highlights from this well-attended, informative event:
• $1 dollar out of every $6 dollars that leaves the U.S. every day is from Texas.
• Of all the new energy produced in the world, 75% of it is from Texas.
• 80% of people raised in Texas stay in Texas.
• 94% of Texans looking for a new home, are looking in Texas.

The North Chamber is seeking a diverse group of bright and dedicated individuals to participate in the Leadership Lab program. Interested individuals must complete an application and submit it by the January 31. Applicants will be selected for participation by Leadership Lab alumni. You can find more information here or contact Heather Barrett at hbarrett@northsachamber.com
for more information.
Deadline – January 31, 2020
Today’s changing economic environment requires leaders who can make unconventional connections, identify problems from new perspectives, and foster a culture of innovation. You will explore the what and why of innovative leadership. This program is designed to give leaders the necessary knowledge and skills to connect innovation with results.  Ideal candidates include Vice Presidents, Directors, Operational Transformation Leaders, Business Owners, Project Managers, People Managers and North SA Chamber Leadership Lab Alumni.
We are currently taking applications for the 2020 Innovative Leadership class. You can find more information here or contact Heather Barrett at hbarrett@northsachamber.com for more information.
Deadline – January 31, 2020

Tuesday, January 14 • 7 - 9 am
Tuesday, January 21 • 7 - 9 am

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.
SA to DC 2020
For decades, San Antonio business, military and community leaders have advocated on behalf of the needs of this great city and its residents together in Washington, DC.
We invite you to be a part of this community tradition and join us for our 42nd Annual SA to DC trip scheduled for 
February 3 – 6, 2020.