July 2013 Word from the Chairman

Rollins_Brad-ChairmanAs we head into the dog days of summer, you can beat the heat at a number of North SA Chamber programs.

Upcoming Events
On Tuesday, July 30, the North SA Chamber will honor exceptional professionals at the Small Business Leaders Awards at the Oak Hills Country Club from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. I know you’ll join me in congratulating the 2013 finalists including: William Balthrope, Muzak; Dr. Dianna Burns-Banks, South Texas Center for Pediatric Care; Bill Carlisle, Jr., Evapocore, Inc. dba Carlisle Auto Air; Tommy Galligan, ServePro of Lackland Terrace/Timber Ridge; Jesse Garcia, Deltra Systems; John Garcia, Alpha Facilities Solutions; Amber Lenz, First Texan Realty; Dale Lewis, Trinity Title of Texas; Shelley Morkovsky, Morkovsky Law Firm, PLLC; Rashesh B. Rangrej, American Regional Center, LLC; and Brent H. Warrilow, CBI Group.

The Small Business Advocate of the Year Award will be presented to CPS Energy for their efforts in purchasing from small, minority and women owned businesses. And awards will also be presented in categories including Small Business Leader of the Year, Career Achievement, Business Achievement, Community Service, Employee Relations, New Business and Business Innovation.

Furthermore, we will honor Major General Josue “Joe” Robles, USAA, at the Salute to Excellence Luncheon on Thursday, August 1, at the Westin La Cantera Resort from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. I hope you’ll join us for this tribute to his incredible leadership and service.

Additionally, I invite you to attend the Mayor’s Vision for San Antonio on Tuesday, August 20, at the Oak Hills Country Club from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mayor Julián Castro will share his priorities for the City and it should be a great networking opportunity as well as an informative event for upcoming community initiatives.

Social Networking
The North SA Chamber knows our members are seeking information on doing business in the digital age. You won’t want to miss the How 2 Series or our newest program, Social U. Join us for the Small Business How 2 Series on Wednesday, August 21, for How 2 share social media content on Video/Photo platforms, Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter, at the Hilton San Antonio Airport. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program runs from 8 to 10 a.m.

Social U, a social media university for savvy digital marketers, will premiere on Wednesday, September 4, at Omni San Antonio Hotel – Colonnade, from 7:30 to 11 a.m. This brand new series will focus on innovation, taking existing marketing programs to the next level and measuring success. This program is designed to deliver continuing education for marketing and PR practitioners who work at the business of interactive marketing each day and is specially designed for non-profits, small to mid-sized business owners, executives or managers who are stakeholders in the profitability of marketing trends and tactics. Join us for instruction, discussion and networking among local thought, strategy and implementation leaders in social and digital media marketing.

Join the conversation online. Come “like” and “follow” the North SA Chamber on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter – it’s a great way to stay informed of member, community and chamber news. Want to get more visibility for your member business? Send the North SA Chamber you news and staff will share it to chamber social media channels and/or blog (based on membership level).

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