The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lake Houston program began its fifth year in September, with a new class of 23 emerging and existing community leaders.  Program participants include Jackie Barrett, Elisha Buster, Jim Carranza, Page Cherry, Dianne Crosley, Nikole Davis, Nici Esch, Angela Haydel, Trey Hill, Aaron Javener, Jennifer Jozwiak, Sandy LaClave, Shanna Lopez, Pam McNair, Marley Morris, Michael Prats, Carolina Redmond, Kelly Ryan, Nalini Shivraj, Geralyn Sullivan, Cody Sundbeck, Kelsie Thaler and Terry Vaughn. Leadership Lake Houston provides participants an opportunity to develop lasting relationships with Lake Houston leaders and their fellow classmates.



The public is invited to join in the fun at Holy Trinity Episcopal School's Annual Community Open House Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This event marks Holy Trinity Episcopal's 14th year serving northeast Houston's children Pre-K to high school. Community members are encouraged to attend this event to see the difference that Holy Trinity Episcopal School makes in the lives it touches. For more information and reservations, call 281-459-4323,



A ribbon cutting and open house will be held at Serenity Massage located in Town Center Park
40 North Main Street in Kingwood at 12 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. A light lunch will be served after the ribbon cutting.



The  Atascocita BizCom will meet Nov. 6 from 11 a.m. to noon at Atascocita High School. The meeting will feature speakers who will address issues or needs specific to their community and also allow time for questions and group discussion. BizCom meetings are followed with a networking lunch. Meetings are free to attend provided an RSVP to Christina O'Dell at 281-446-2128 has been made.



As winter arrives, so do the many threats that can result in business interruption. It could be flooding caused by frozen pipes that explode, or it may come on the heels of an ice storm that causes power outages due to downed electric lines. On top of all that, an influenza outbreak at one's business could cripple operations if key people get sick and have to stay home for days. Now is a good time to make a plan that will keep businesses operating, regardless of what the severe winter weather brings. The U.S. Small Business Administration has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies at its PrepareMyBusiness website. Visit preparemybusiness.org to download disaster planning tip sheets and to view archived webinars. The administration provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit sba.gov/disaster.


Those who get haircuts at one of the more than 1,200 Sport Clips across the country can “help a hero” at the same time by donating to the company’s Help A Hero program now through Nov. 11, Veterans Day. Sport Clips’ locations nationwide will have a collective goal of raising $600,000 for their annual fundraising program that provides scholarship money to veterans. Since 2007, the company has partnered with the VFW to support service members and recently created the “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” program to help service members and veterans in the next chapter of their lives. Each scholarship provides up to $5,000 of assistance to those who are pursuing an education at post-secondary institutions.
Sport Clips will hold “The Biggest Haircut Day of the Year” on Veterans Day, when each store will donate a dollar from every haircut service to the VFW-administered scholarship program.
Veteran recipient James Robak said of his Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship, “It will help out immensely since my GI Bill has been exhausted, and I still have a year left in my dietetics program. As a father of four, with ages spanning 14, 8, 7 and nearly 2; a wife that works full-time; and me being a full-time student; this couldn't have been a bigger blessing. It will really help take the edge off of the financial burden that a higher education carries, along with the benefits for a brighter future.”
For more information, visit SportClips.com.


The City of Houston is holding a Batteries, Oil, Paint (latex only) and Antifreeze mobile collection event Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9-1 p.m. at the Kingwood Metro Park & Ride, 3210 W. Lake Houston Parkway. The event is free, open to all City of Houston residents and will be held rain or shine. A valid Texas driver's license or other proof of residency will be required. Business waste will not be accepted. In addition to BOPA, residents may drop off scrap metal and large appliances. Residents may call the City of Houston Environmental Service Center South at 713-551-7355, check online at houstonsolidwaste.org or call 3-1-1, for more information.



The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the Haden E. McKay, MD Citizen of the Year Award. The recipient will be announced in early January and will be honored at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Extravaganza Jan. 23. The award recognizes selfless public service by an individual, performed by the recipient on his or her own time and not in the regular course of earning a living or advancing professionally. Anyone 21 years of age or older who lives in the Lake Houston Area is eligible. Nominations can be submitted online at LakeHouston.org or a form can be obtained by contacting the Chamber office at 281-319-8910. All nominations must be delivered to the Chamber no later than 5 p.m., Oct. 30, 2014. Return by completing an online application, fax to 281-446-7483, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail to Lake Houston Area Chamber, 110 West Main, Humble 77338.

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