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  1. Ambassadors Committee Meeting

    June 8 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  2. HYP Committee Meeting

    June 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  3. Ribbon Cutting for Dak & Bop (Cancelled)

    June 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Members Helping Members!

Has looking over the SBA loan options, the CARES Act, and the constant barrage of information about COVID-19 left you overwhelmed or frustrated?  Here at the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce, we can help!  Check out our Membership Directory to find the business professional that best fits your needs!

Welcome to the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce (GHACC) is a member-focused organization through which members can effectively develop their business and themselves. Since its founding in 1988, the hallmark of the Chamber has, and continues to be: “People do business with people they know, like, and trust.” Relationships developed in the Chamber become part of one’s business infrastructure. New friends can be found in the Chamber and some of those friendships will last a lifetime. Members can learn how to grow their markets, supply their business, mentor associates or even find a special mentor. GHACC works diligently to provide benefit to all members, be they new, or long-term.

This growing Chamber provides a forum into which its members’ businesses can fit together in an atmosphere of mutual benefit. Active participation provides multiple benefits including access to the entrepreneurs and management of business and organizations with differing viewpoints and methods that work. An abundance of activities provide networking occasions to create new business opportunities, obtain business referrals, join committees, have fun and enjoy a camaraderie unique to Heights Chamber members.

Just as the “Heights” is known for its uniqueness and historical Houston significance, the GHACC blends businesses, promotes “Buy Local First,” and has often been described as a “not so well kept secret for successfully serving its members.”

Chamber News

Please Spare a few Minutes for the 2020 Census

May 26th, 2020|

The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census be taken every 10 years to count all people-both citizens and non-citizens-living in the United States. Every household in the U.S. is asked to answer a short series of questions that will influence policymaking and planning for the next decade. April 1 is Census Day where the U.S. Census Bureau wants the nation to respond to the 2020 Census, either online, by phone or by mail telling the bureau where they live and other information about themselves and their families. With the advent of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the deadline for responses has been extended to mid-August. Feel free to use either the form previously mailed, by phone (by calling [...]

Business Building Relationship Skills

May 26th, 2020|

We hope that you have been able to schedule time to participate in the weekly Thursday Zoom meetings being conducted by the Chamber. These have been instrumental in helping to foster communications among members, finding answers or shared solutions to difficult questions, and maintaining the “family-like” hallmark of this Chamber. Certainly, these unusual circumstances and uncertainty have made business and social relationships increasingly difficult. The last Zoom meeting focused on the importance of networking and building mutually beneficial business relationships because that is an investment in the future. Business conditions are unlike any we have experienced before, so relying on your previous networking contact activities and relationships created through your participation in Chamber events can be [...]

Chamber Education Committee Update

May 21st, 2020|

In light of the coronavirus and the scrambling from all educators as well as the rest of society, this spring, The Education Committee focused on the annual scholarships and have plans to try and honor all teachers in the fall upon their return to schools.  The students entering the military also had to be put on a different type of recognition as the recruiters and counselors did not have up to date information.  This recognition is also planned for end of school, early summer.  It will be generic as we do not have names.  So, instead of having a partial list of teacher honorees displayed earlier, it was felt that working for an end of school [...]

Membership

Member Benefits

Why join the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce? If you own a business or are involved in the Houston Heights, being a member of the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce brings you numerous benefits.  Invest in your organization’s future and join the over 500 members that already are reaping the benefits.  To begin learning about membership benefits, attend a monthly Member Orientation Luncheon and begin to realize them immediately.

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Chamber Connections

Here is an unusual new business contact made at a recent ribbon cutting.  Ambassador Jordan Bailey of Sabo Tax & Accounting Services was speaking with Danielle Stewart of Historic Heights Living magazine. Jordan was holding the new member plaque for Daniel Wood Floors, which he was going to present later. Danielle saw the name on the plaque, wrote it down and said that she was looking for a flooring company. Truly a networking contact success and the Chamber at work.

Always good to hear from Jack Van Pelt, our resident jeweler. Jack proudly reports that Byron Rusk and the staff at Master Car Care have always helped him with his car repairs. In return, Byron has made purchases at JVP Jewelry.

Jan Stephenson of Jan M. Stephenson Designs has designed business cards for Jack Van Pelt as well as being a customer of his.

Tommie Vaughn Ford, long term member of the Chamber has provided Jack Van Pelt with so much automotive buying and vehicle servicing benefits he can’t even remember them all.

If you have a good example of members doing business with each other and would like to see it on the Chamber website, just email a short note with the details to communications@heightschamber.org.

Welcome New Members!

Chick’n Cone

Cruises by Toni

Florida Career College

Globe Life

Grafton Funding

Heritage Chase Corley

Houston Contemporary Dance Company

Houston Squeegue Pro

Institute of Contemporary Dance

Ipadel

Oak Fitness

Oaks Point Pediatric Dentistry

Post Oak Title

Pure Barre Heights

Revive Rx Pharmacy

Sears

Selective Search

Smith Insurance and Financial Services

Terry Bryant

The Greenhouse Day Spa

The Whimsy Artisan Boutique

Vanguard Spine and Support

Vey’s Painting and Refinishing

Vida Family Medicine

Ward Creative Communications

 

Testimonials

“Being a member of the Chamber has been so helpful to me in getting to know member’s businesses and services for both professional and personal needs. The opportunity to learn and build relationships with fellow members is so valuable. I’ve used many Chamber member’s services and many have secured mine as well. One I would like to recognize is the Hampton Inn and Suites on I-10. We reserved a block of rooms for our family and friends coming in from out of town for my daughter’s wedding. Thanks to fellow member Paige Cassel, they were so organized and on top of the reservations and welcoming. In fact, when the guests arrived, they received a welcome gift. Hampton Inn & Suites provided excellent service, and everyone was very happy with their stay there.”

 

Jan Stephenson
Jan M. Stephenson Designs

Here’s why being on a Chamber Committee expands my business connections.

“Joining other Chamber members on a committee establishes recognition of me for my business and service capabilities. With an opportunity to provide new ideas or input in the planning and staging of Chamber events, I have the occasion to meet and interact with fellow members in different fields. Working together provides an arena for me to expand my skills in areas where I may not have been involved before. Equally important is learning how vital collaboration can be to my future success. The Chamber offers a variety of committees, so there are many looking to grow and add new talent.”

 

Donna Torres
Greater Heights Business Solutions

Here’s why I put Noontime Networking on my Calendar Every Time.

“I know the Chamber monthly Breakfast Connection is a good networking opportunity but, as a working mom, early mornings can be hectic for me. The bi-monthly Noontime Networking sessions fit my schedule perfectly. I can have lunch, learn about a member’s business, and effectively network all in the course of time I would normally spend just going to lunch. Thanks to the Chamber for serving my needs.”

 

Danielle Stewart
Historic Heights Living Magazine

Member Spotlight

Kelly Simon

Corpus Christi, Texas was the starting point for this month’s member spotlight, Kelly Simon. Although born there, she grew up in Spring, Texas and began her academic studies at Klein High School. It’s hard to believe that Kelly did not really know what she wanted to do when she grew up, but boy-o-boy did she ultimately make up for it!

The work ethic grabbed Kelly early when in high school she worked at Leaps and Bounds, now a part of Discovery Zone, where she hosted kid’s birthday parties, did work in the kitchen and arcade, and this led to her becoming a shift manager. Humm, a management position! Maybe this propelled her to set out on earning a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Stephen F. Austin University and the University of Houston Downtown.

Armed with her degree, Kelly embarked on a diversity of jobs that saw her being a Front/End manager at Kroger, a high school color guard teacher for Klein High School, a bookkeeper for a MUD district and even an office manager for an oil and gas company. Finding little satisfaction in any of these, she said: “None of the jobs lasted very long and I always went back to bartending in between.” This offered some potential, however, as she eventually owned with friends, R Bar that is also a member of the Chamber.

Down deep, she had a desire to enter the real estate industry and wishes you would have done that sooner. Today she is a Broker/Owner/Realtor at Kelly Simon Properties. Kelly became a member of the Chamber in 2017 because as she commented: “I was looking for ways to network and be more involved in my Heights community.”

She speaks in glowing terms of her corporate and personal support for local non-profits and charities. Kelly works with Love and Rescue to raise money for their adoptable dogs, Make-A-Wish to grant wishes for kids, with the Houston Area Parkinson Society, and annually hosts a holiday drive for Toys for Tots and the Houston Food Bank.

The Simon family includes her husband, Matthew Simon, a theology teacher at St. Thomas High School who has been there for 19 years. In addition, the rescued poodle mix Bentley rounds out the household. Assuming that this “dynamo” has any spare time, she prefers to spend it hanging with the family in New Braunfels at the Guadalupe River. Always up for new challenges, she takes delight in working crossword puzzles. The Chamber is proud to spotlight Kelly Simon and recognize a consummate professional, immersed in her craft and at the same time sharing her time, energy and resources for the common good. Congratulations, Kelly, we applaud you for your success and for being a valued member of the Chamber.