Minuteman Press of Humble owners receive the 2016 Small Business of the Year Award from Lone Star College-Kingwood at the 30th annual Small Business Awards Banquet. From left: Amos McDonald, vice chancellor of external affairs, Lone Star College; Dr. Katherine Persson, president, Lone Star College-Kingwood, who made the presentation; Darryal and Connie Chandler, Minuteman Press owners; and Dr. Stephen C. Head, chancellor, Lone Star College.

The Lone Star College Small Business Development Center Advisory Council named its six 2016 Small Business of the Year Award winners. The winners, one representing each of the six Lone Star Colleges, were announced at the SBDC Advisory Council’s 30th Annual Small Business of the Year Awards Banquet held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, Thursday, Nov. 18. The 2016 30th Annual Small Business of the Year award for the Kingwood area was given to Minuteman Press – Connie and Darryal Chandler. 

Sharlyn Threadgill and Craig Cannon welcomed guests at the grand opening and open house of Fall Creek Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center on Dec. 8. Threadgill is president of Momentum Skilled Services and owner of the center and Cannon is the administrator of the facility. Photo by John Crone

The public is invited to attend the ceremonial oath of office and investiture for the honorable Lincoln Goodwin, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, Place 1. The oath of office is to be administered by Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle Friday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m. at the Forum at Cypress Creek Christian Church, next to the Cypresswood Courthouse, 6823 Cypress Dr., Spring.

Staying Protected, part of a series of educational presentations about identity theft protection, will be presented by Jay Werner of Legal Shield Dec. 22 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Octavia Fields Library in Humble. Free.

BNI, the Humble Business Alliance, will meet Dec. 28, from 8-9:30 a.m. at Saltgrass Steakhouse, 20090 US-59. BNI provides a positive, supportive and structured environment to exchange quality business referrals. BNI is the largest business networking organization in the world. They offer members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and most importantly, business referrals. Last year members of BNI passed thousands of referrals, which generated more than $6 billion worth of business for each other. BNI is a business and professional referral organization that allows only one person from each profession to join a chapter.

The Humble Artesian League of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) Monthly Network Meeting will be Jan. 5, from 6-8 p.m. at the Kingwood Country Club. Reservations can be made online at abwahumble.org/mnm.html. Networking will begin at 6 p.m. with a three-course meal in the Magnolia Room. Women who are not members of ABWA are welcome to attend as guests: $28 for members by the Monday before the meeting; $32 for members at the door; and $35 for guests.

Woven, the Women of Vision Express Network, will meet Jan. 10, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the The Veranda, 2820 Chestnut Ridge Drive, Kingwood. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month at lunch. $20 for ABWA members with RSVP; $30 for non-members or ABWA members without RSVP. Visit abwawoven.org for more information.

Women Helping Women 2 Network (WHW2N) will meet Jan. 19, from 12-2 p.m. at Los Cucos Mexican Café, 23730 Highway 59 N., Kingwood. WHW2N is a community for women who want to network professionally and personally. The goal is to support one another by connecting and interacting in a positive environment. WHW2N has an active members-only online community, members-only resources on the website, weekly/monthly events and trainings, projects, and partnerships to help one another grow and prosper. Call Melinda Ray at 936-591-2507 for more information.

Join members of the Lake Houston Area Chamber at they celebrate 92 years with the installation of a new board chair and board of directors. The extravaganza is a celebration of the past year's outstanding volunteer leaders and accomplishments, featuring the presentation of the Dr. Haden McKay Citizen of the Year Award, Spirit of the Chamber Award and the Rising Star Award. The extravaganza honors the 2016 board and committee leaders. The event kicks off with an honoree reception allowing guests access to meet and mingle with the 2016 award winners. The event will be at The Overlook, 20114 Pinehurst in Atascocita Friday, Jan. 20, from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $60 per person; last day to register is Monday, Jan. 16, at 5 p.m. Visit www.lakehouston.org.

Creating a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly streetscape can make a community more vibrant, attracting new residents, businesses and investments. The Houston-Galveston Area Council’s new publication, “Instant Impact Guide: Temporary, Cost-Effective Ideas for More Vibrant Streets,” offers quick, temporary and low-cost projects that can help create active, walkable and bikeable places. Instant impact projects can help build momentum for more permanent projects by increasing public awareness and support. These projects are also a good way to test new ideas before designs and policies are finalized. The guide includes tips for planning an instant impact project, a toolbox of instant impact elements, and case studies demonstrating successful instant impact projects across the region and beyond. The guide is available for download at h-gac.com/go/instant-impact under the “Implementation and Planning Studies” tab. For more information or to request a printed copy, contact Cheryl Mergo at 713-993-4520.


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