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Join the North San Antonio Chamber
for the 46th Annual Gala
Saturday, February 1
La Cantera Resort & Spa

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reserve your tables today!
North SA Chamber Welcomes its 2020 Council Chairs:
Business & Workforce Development Council
Chair: Aaron Asel, Audit Partner | Asel & Associates, PLLC
Vice-Chair: Karen Bryant, Group Vice President | CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System
Chairman's Council
Chair: Trey Dawson, Sr. Vice President | Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc.
Finance Council
Chair: Ken Raymie, President/CEO | Generations FCU
Vice-Chair: Charles Houston, AVP/Commercial Lending | Frost Bank
Government Affairs Council
Chair: Rob Killen, Partner/Attorney | Kaufman & Killen, Inc.
Vice-Chair: Danny Zimmerman, Executive Principal & CFO | Cleary Zimmermann Engineers
Infrastructure Council
Chair: Joe Irizarry, Sr. Vice President, CM | Raba Kistner , Inc.
Vice-Chair: Jeremy Wyndham, Transportation Engineer | Jacobs
Leadership & Professional Development Council
Chair: Melodye Tomsu, Business Development Manager | SpawGlass Contractors, Inc.
Vice-Chair: Lisa Pinto, Vice President PR & Corporate Communications | SWBC
Membership Council
Chair: Alan Kramer, EVP Commercial Banking Manager | The Bank of San Antonio
Vice-Chair: Chris Cheever, Sr. Vice President, Private Banking | Broadway Bank
Technology Council
Chair: Cathi Mitchel-Beecroft, Director | Deacon Recruiting, Inc.
Vice-Chair: Luis Berumen, VP, Innovation & Technology | Bartlett Cocke General Contractors
Small Business Council
Chair: Lisa Fullerton, President/CEO | A Novel Idea, LLC
Vice-Chair: Cristina Randell, President/CEO | My Education Solutions
North SA Chamber Welcomes its Newest Board Members:
Mr. Chris Corso, Director of Client Development | Joeris General Contractors, LTD
Mrs. Amanda Garcia, Vice President of Partner Relations | Visit San Antonio
Mr. Chris Sherman, Senior VP Relationship Manager | Wells Fargo Commercial Banking
Mr. Scott Willeford, Director of Technology Services | DOCUmation, LLC
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. 
The trial on the merits was held on, Dec 11 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. The City appealed this decision on January 2.  We will keep members informed of any updates through this newsletter.
In response to the court's November 22 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.

USMCA Update and Call to Action
Senate Commerce Committee expected to vote week of January 15 on USMCA trade agreement
On December 10, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and his Canadian and Mexican counterparts signed a 27-page protocol of amendment to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in Mexico City. This protocol was the outcome of several months of negotiations to address concerns about the agreement’s provisions relating to enforcement, labor, the environment, and intellectual property protections for biopharmaceuticals. The Canadian government also supported the protocol.
Senate negotiations on USMCA are ongoing. The Senate Finance Committee passed USMCA out of committee, 25-3 on Jan 7. The Senate Commerce Committee is expected to vote the week of Jan. 15 with the package to President Trump’s desk by mid-February.
Click to learn more: USMCA Coalition
With the support of nearly 700 organizations, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent an updated coalition letter to Capitol Hill this afternoon encouraging Congressional approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). View
2020 Elections Important Dates
· February 3: Iowa caucuses | Last day to register to vote
· February 4: State of the Union
· February 18: Early Voting Begins
· February 28: Early Voting Ends
· March 3: Super Tuesday | Election Day
· July 13 - 16: Democratic National Convention
· August 24 - 27: Republican National Convention
· October 5 - November 13: House recess
· October 12 - November 6: Senate recess
· November 3: Election Day
Meet SAWS Engineering & Construction Leadership
at the 2020 Capital Improvement Program Outlook Meeting on January 16.
RSVP: marisol.robles@saws.org
Calling Out for New Members!
Join the North SA Chamber!

2020 Ambassadors!

For questions, contact Erica Myrick at membership@northsachamber.com
December Celebrated Ribbon Cuttings:
Ribbon Cutting held on December 6, 2019

Ribbon Cutting held on December 11, 2019
January Ribbon Cuttings:
Ribbon Cutting to be held on
January 29, 2020 at 4:30 pm
Ribbon Cutting to be held on
January 31, 2020 at 11 am
February Ribbon Cutting:
North Stone Oak
Ribbon Cutting to be held on
February 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Member Announcements
IBC Bank Chairman Named Co-Chair of Trade Policy Working Group of Prestigious U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue
IBC Bank Chairman and CEO Dennis E. Nixon, was recently named co-chair with his Mexican counterpart, of the U.S, Chamber’s Trade Policy Working group of the U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue.
North SA Chamber Board Member Named President of AGC San Antonio
Board Member and Technology Council Vice-Chair, Luis Berumen, VP for Innovation and Technology with Bartlett Cocke General Contractors was named President of Associated General Contractors-San Antonio’s Board.
VIA Reimagined Tele-Town Hall
SAMCo | State of Freight Infrastructure in Our Region
Scheduled for March 5 • Omni Colonnade
SAMCo | State of Transit Scheduled for March 27 • Witte Museum
Lime Leaving San Antonio
Lime: The Path Forward at Lime
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB): Final DOL Joint-Employer Rule Provides Much-Needed Clarity for Small Business Owners
In response to the United States Department of Labor’s final rule that simplifies and updates its regulations that determine joint-employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act, NFIB issued a statement from Karen Harned, Executive Director of the NFIB Small Business Legal Center.
Small Business Job Creation Remains Steady in December
Small business owners continued to hire employees, add new positions, and raise compensation in December, ending 2019 on a strong note, according to NFIB’s monthly jobs report.
2020 North SA Chamber Leadership Lab
We are currently taking applications for the 2020 Leadership Lab class. Contact Heather Barrett at hbarrett@northsachamber.com for more information.
Deadline – January 31, 2020
Innovative Leadership
We are currently taking applications for the 2020 Innovative Leadership class. Contact Heather Barrett at hbarrett@northsachamber.com for more information.
Deadline – January 31, 2020
Tuesday, January 21 • 5-7 pm

Thursday, January 23 • 8 - 9:30 am
San Antonio Petroleum Club

Government Affairs Council Meeting – February 4 • NSAC Board Room
 Infrastructure Council Meeting – February 12 • NSAC Board Room
CFO Forum: Economic Update – February 13 • Omni Colonnade
North San Antonio Chamber Golf Tournament – March 30 • La Cantera
CIO/Tech Breakfast – March 26 • Petroleum Club
Attention Small Business Owners!
The City wants to hear from you.
City of San Antonio begins the 2020 Unified Development Code Process
The Unified Development Code (UDC) amendment process takes place once every 5 years. Amendments may be submitted for consideration and recommendation through various boards and commissions to UDCAmendments@sanantonio.gov  by May 1, 2020. To learn more about the 2020 UDC process review the Fact Sheet, or visit the 2020 UDC website.
Development Services is hosting its second free and open to the public DSD Academy focused on the 2020 UDC process on Jan. 18, 2020 at 9 a.m. at the One Stop, 1901 S. Alamo, 78204. Register today. 
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.