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Pearland Candidate Forum April 13


Pearland Chamber of Commerce to host Business Showcase and Taste of the Town



Last year’s Taste of the Town

The Pearland Chamber of Commerce is hosting their Business Showcase and Taste of the Town on April 7 from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, located at 2320 Hatfield Rd.  Exhibitors and attendees will enjoy a great experience with the theme, “Go on a Pearland Business Safari.” Our exhibitors will make it even more fun as they strive to be King of the Jungle. With approximately 1,200 attendees, the event increases the visibility and exposure for products and services in the Pearland area, and increases awareness on the importance of shopping local.

“We are excited being part of the fun, interactive and entertaining happenings at this year’s Pearland Chamber’s Business Showcase and Taste of the Town,” said Donna Coneley, Director of Business Development for Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. “Pearland is a growing, thriving community and this unique event definitely showcases our dynamic retail and commercial growth.”

Visit over 70 of Pearland’s premiere businesses in a fun and relaxed environment.  A five-dollar admission is an opportunity to win great prizes.  One ticket could win door prizes, giveaways and a grand prize.

Sue Flannigan with Berkeley Eye Center said, “This Business Showcase and Taste of the Town is like none other. We welcome all, and genuinely have fun along with the great food. This experience is one we wish to share with everyone.”

The first grand prize is a certificate for LASIK and $500 cash generously donated by Berkeley Eye Center. The second grand prize is $500 cash donated by A & A Cleaning Services.

Taste of the Town opens and begins serving at 5:00 p.m.  Participating restaurants will serve delicious and tasty entrees made especially for attendees. Participating merchants include Casa Ole, Dream Dinners, Floyd’s Cajun Seafood & Texas Steakhouse, HEB Plus!/HEB Pearland Market, Jet’s Pizza and Stadia Sports Grill.

Event tickets are $5, and may be purchased at the door on the day of the event or may be purchased at the Pearland Chamber of Commerce, which is located at 6117 Broadway.

For more information, visit www.PearlandTexasChamber.us.

Chamber presents “Making Wellness a Priority”



The Law Office of Mark Smith receives Business of the Month Award from Pearland Chamber


Mark SmithThe Law Office of Mark Smith, PLLC was awarded the February 2016 Business of the Month Award by the Pearland Chamber of Commerce. The business was founded in 2003 with the primary goal of helping people. Licensed attorneys provide high-quality legal services and business advice to small-businesses, entrepreneurs and non-profits. Offices are located at 1920 Country Place Parkway, Suite 350.

“I am honored to be selected as business of the month,” Mark Smith, founder of the firm, said. “The chamber has so many great businesses as members. I’m really overwhelmed that we were selected.”

Smith has been a licensed attorney in Texas since 1999. He has worked on both sides of the bar – representing plaintiffs in cases involving employment law, contract disputes, personal injury claims and other legal matters and businesses as general counsel.

Since 2004, Mark has represented Harris County Emergency Corps (“HCEC”, formerly Harris County Emergency Services District No. 1), a premier EMS agency in Southeast Texas. During that time, he served as Vice President of Administration and General Counsel for the organization of 200+ employees and volunteers and serving more than 400,000 residents of Harris County. Since returning to private practice, Mark has added a number of small businesses to his growing practice, including Manvel EMS, Angleton Area Emergency Medical Services, Inc., Art & Kustom Kreations, the Wellness Integration Center, Deep South Builders, LLC and more.

Smith is a native of Pearland, graduating from Pearland High School in 1990. As part of his commitment to Pearland, he provides a service through many of the area’s non-profit organizations including Pearland Rotary, the Pearland Foundation for the Performing and Visual Arts, Aggies Helping Others, the Outdoor Association for Texas Heroes (OATH), The 100 Club of Pearland and others.

“I feel like it’s very important to give back a little of my time to Pearland,” Smith said. “I really believe that to whom much is given, much is expected.”

The Law Office of Mark Smith styles themselves as old-fashioned lawyers for the 21st century. That means they have old-fashioned values and 21st century skills. Learn how The Law Office of Mark Smith, PLLC can help at www.jmsmithlaw.com.

Mayor Reid delivers State of the City address

56bfb8513466b.imageMayor Tom Reid delivered his annual State of the City address Thursday (Feb. 11) at First Church. Sponsored by the Pearland Chamber of Commerce, approximately 375 Chamber members, guests, citizens, City officials and state dignitaries were in attendance.

His presentation, called, “Building Momentum,” touched on the rapid growth of the city and how City departments have performed in handling that growth.

“Our rapid growth challenges us to continue strong management policies and controls to maintain fiscal stability and quality services with the lowest tax rate,” Mayor Reid said.

Pearland is now the third largest city by population in the Houston Gulf Coast Area, with approximately 139,300 residents in the City’s “footprint,” which includes the City itself as well as its Extra Territorial Jurisdictions (ETJs).

Mayor Reid took a moment to recognize senior City staff, including City Manager Clay Pearson, Deputy City Manager Jon Branson, Assistant City Manager Trent Epperson and Executive Manager of Development Services and Pearland Economic Development Corporation President Matt Buchanan.

The Mayor also recognized several City departments that received awards in 2015, including the Fire Marshal’s Office, the Finance, Communications, Community Development and Parks and Recreation Departments.

“We have a first class staff and because they are the cream of the crop. They are continually recognized for their efforts,” Reid said.

The Mayor also shared some little-known facts about “Pearland gems.” Koza’s was awarded a contract with New Era Cap Co. to produce the championship headwear for the 2015 World Series and the 2016 Super Bowl. Dr. Mario Garner, the new CEO of the Pearland Memorial Hermann Medical Complex, was recently named the Young Healthcare Executive of the Year by the American College of Healthcare Executives. Pearland’s Katie Garza earned the national title Mrs. United States 2015 in Las Vegas. The new Texas Secretary of State, Carlos Cascos, selected Pearland for his first stop on a tour of Texas cities to assess the economic status of the state. Pearland’s Coach John Turner hosted the 19th Texas Volleyball Invitational, the nation’s largest girl’s high school volleyball tournament.

Reid also mentioned a well-known, yet repeatable, fact: The Pearland Little League All Stars made their third trip in five years to the Little League World Series. They are currently ranked third best in the world and second best in the nation out of 7,000 American teams.

Moving to the financial side of things, Reid mentioned major economic developments that have moved or relocated to Pearland in the past year. Pearland Medical Center and MHI Compressor International have established roots in the City, and TOOL-FLO Manufacturing, Methodist Primary Care Group and Memorial Hermann Acute Care Hospital are expected to open their doors this year.

Mayor Reid finished his presentation by giving a “To-Do” list for the city, which included: Continuing to build a business environment that will attract high value residential, industrial, medical and retail developments; continuing to brand Pearland as a Destination City and plan for museums, cultural amenities, shopping and dining opportunities; continuing good stewardship of tax dollars with careful planning for infrastructure and services to manage the City’s rapid growth, quality of life and small town atmosphere; and continuing the City’s momentum and achievements over the past year, and move Pearland to the next level as a quality city of the future.

The Mayor’s State of the City address will be broadcast on Pearland TV (Comcast channel 16 and AT&T U-verse Ch. 99) daily at 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. beginning Feb. 29 until March 31.

For more information, visit PearlandTX.gov/StateOfTheCity.

Chamber’s Taste of the Town April 7

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Chamber Banquet Jan. 28


As a celebration of 2015’s successes, this upscale, “Back to the Future” themed evening will kickoff with a reception, followed by dinner, entertainment, and award presentations. Awards and recognition will be given to Ambassador, Business, Citizen, and Member of the Year, as well as to both new and outgoing members of the Board of Directors.

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Pearland Chamber Presents “Key Life Decisions”

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11th Annual Elected Officials Meet and Greet

The public is invited to the 11th Annual Elected Officials Meet and Greet sponsored by the Pearland Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, October 20 at The Commerce Center located at 6117 Broadway from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  As a constituent you are a key player at persuading a politician to see the interest of the community; therefore, take this opportunity to let your voice be heard in a casual atmosphere with your elected officials.

While it takes a little more time than writing a letter or an e-mail, meeting in person with your member of Congress, City Council, State Legislators or School Board Trustees is the most effective way to get that official’s attention and ensure that your issues make an impression.

Dr. Kris Schoeffler, Vice Chair of Governmental Relations, will be serving as Master of Ceremonies. This is the eleventh year for the Pearland Chamber of Commerce to provide a relaxed venue for the public to meet face to face with the local electorate.  We invite you to take advantage of this occasion.

If you plan to visit with an elected official during the event, follow these simple guidelines:

  • If you have an issue you want to discuss with an Elected Official, write a short statement about it and the result you would like to see.
  • If there is legislation involved, provide the relevant bill number.
  • Provide concrete examples of how the issue affects you, your business, and/or your employees.
  • Try to stick to only one issue, if possible.
  • State clearly the action you want the official to take. For example, vote for or against a specific action, item or bill, co-sponsor a bill, or sign a support letter.
  • Provide your business card or other contract information.
  • Obtain cards from staff attending the event.
  • One last reminder, if you present an issue with an Elected Official and you make a specific request, always write a thank-you letter to them for listening to you and state that you will follow up at an appropriate time.

Come and meet the officials who make the changes in your community. This is a golden opportunity to invest a fraction of your time to let your voice be heard.

The Pearland Chamber of Commerce is located in The Commerce Center, 6117 Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581. For more information call (281) 485 –3634.



Elected Officials Meet and Greet Oct. 20