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Published by Pasadena Chamber, 2020-04-08 17:24:04

Chambergram April 2020: COVID-19 Issue

Chambergram April 2020: COVID-19 Issue

April 2020

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

Pasadena is a community built of people who always
come together to offer a helping hand, even in the midst
of a crisis.

Message From COVID-19 Information Community Relief
the President & CEO & Resources Effort

Message from the Pasadena A compilation of available resources A Chamber-driven effort that
Chamber President & CEO, for our community from trusted partners connects those who need resources
Cristina Womack with those who have the supplies

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In This Issue...

3 - Message From the President & CEO
4 - Welcome New Members
5 - Ribbon Cuttings
6 - Diamond & Platinum Partners
7 - Platinum Member Spotlight
8 - Weekly Webinar Series
9 - Business Honor Roll
10 - Discover Pasadena
11 - Virtual Coffee & Conversation
12 - COVID-19 Information & Resources
13 - Small Business Financial Loans
14 - Pasadena Food Pantry Resources
15 - Pasadena Chamber Restaurants Serving You
16 - Pasadena Major Food Retailers
17 - Pasadena Community Relief Effort
18 - Contact Your Chamber

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Cristina Womack

Chamber Members, Partners & Friends, We are very excited to present our next webinar, titled
As your voice for business, we know that COVID-19 is “Leading Through Adversity,” on Wedneday, April 15th,
impacting your organization in some way, and many from 12pm-1pm, in partnership with Texas Railroad
of you have shared that you are looking for ways to Commissioner Ryan Sitton. This hour-long live, interactive
help and offer assistance in this unprecedented time of webinar will feature a keynote presentation from Ryan
uncertainty. regarding COVID-19’s disruption to Southeast Texas’ major
industries and how it is having an impact on the current
In a time like this, it is vital to remember that the very economy. If you are interested in joining us, please CLICK
existence of Chambers of Commerce is to promote HERE.
business and commerce for the benefit of economic
development and prosperity for our communities. We Small Business Financial Resources
know that challenging times are ahead, and we want Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Stimulus
to encourage all Chamber members to remember to (CARES) Act approved by Congress, additional resources
patronize local businesses and remember to shop local are available to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19.
during this unparalleled event. Your Pasadena Chamber encourages all Chamber
members and businesses to act quickly in applying for
At the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, while we financial loans, as many have caps for funding and will be
aren’t busy planning for our annual events, we are available on a first come, first serve basis. We understand
still pushing to connect our community to valuable it is a lot of information and are working to provide
educational resources and continue to network with you updates as quickly as possible. To view the most
one another, just in a new, interactive virtual setting. As accurate, up to date information on financial resources
of now, there are two ways to do so; first, you can join us that are available to you, please CLICK HERE.
for one of our weekly Virtual Coffee and Conversations.
These are typically held on Fridays, with the exception Lastly, one of the many benefits you receive as a
of the one scheduled for this week on Thursday, April Chamber member is unlimited social media postings to
9th at 3pm, due to the Good Friday holiday. During this our following of over 5,500 across all of our social media
virtual networking event, which is only open to Pasadena platforms. In these unprecedented times, we encourage
Chamber members, each attendee gets a few minutes you to utilize this benefit to help spread awareness of your
to speak to the group, let us know how you/your business business or organization.
is doing, any needs you may have, or just to say hello! If
you are interested in joining us at our next Virtual Coffee & On behalf of myself, the board of directors and staff, we
Conversation, please CLICK HERE. are thinking of you all and are here for any needs you
may have. Please reach out to us if you have any needs
We have also began hosting a series of weekly webinars that we can help fulfill.
with valuable topics in a timely manner that might not be
covered from other regional organziations. Cristina Womack

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Chamber of Commerce

4334 Fairmont Pkwy.
Pasadena, TX 77504

Executive Board NOT A MEMBER YET?

Melinda Torrison - Chairman, Become a chamber member today! As a
Meador Staffing Services member you’ll have access to our marketing

Ken Phelps – Past Chair, Phelps Insurance benefits, exciting events & more!
Alix Fox - Chairman Elect,
Qualified Properties Join the Pasadena Chamber
Josh Campos, Frost Bank
Salvador Serrano, The Serrano Agency
Dr. Allatia Harris, San Jacinto College Crown Castle
Laura Jones
Ryan Taylor, T & T Construction (877) 486-9377
Board of Directors

Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Mustansir “Mus” Abbas, PostNet Veronica Reyes
Chris Bezdek, CommunityBank of Texas (713) 354-7036
Milea Cosby, PinnacleART
Josiah De La Garza, HCA Houston NoBn-rPonrzoefiMt Oermgbaenrisza&tions

Healthcare Southeast Agri-Serve Houston Gulf Coast Bldg. &
Steven Foster, FACHE, CHI St. Lukes Health - Nolan Allen Construction Trades Council
(281) 471-7500
Patients Medical Center Nena Hernandez
Stacy Gillaspey, Communities In Schools (832) 473-2822
Cheri Hutcherson, Ameraflex
Dr. Tommy Hysler, Houston Area

Safety Council
Chad Jennings, Chevron Phillips Chemical

Samuel Jimenez, McDonald’s
Deborah Moseley, The Bridge Over

Troubled Waters
Margie Pena, BakerRipley
Jeffrey Reich-Hale, Jelvin’s Candy Shoppe
Ruben Villareal, Alleluya Broadcasting
Linda Wischnewsky, Bayway Auto Group

Ex-Officio Directors

Dwayne Busby, U of H Clear Lake
Nelson Espitia, Harris Co. Precinct 2
Pedro Garcia, Port of Houston Authority

David Gressett, Kaneka
Rick Guerrero, Pasadena EDC
Dr. Sandra Hughes, Texas Chiropractic College
Dr. DeeAnn Powell, Pasadena ISD
Herman Williams, Qualified Properties

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Welcome to all who have recently joined the Pasadena

Chamber of Commerce! Welcome to our family!

Balance FizziCo

Follow them on Facebook @ balancefizzico

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Diamond Partners

Platinum Partners

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Diamond Member Spotlight

Chevron Phillips - Pasadena Helps Feed Shelter
During “Stay Home” Orders

Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Pasadena Plastics Complex
provided lunch today to 96 people at The Bridge Over
Troubled Waters, a shelter for women and children
escaping domestic violence, homelessness, and sexual

There are 89 women and children currently staying inside
the shelter and seven staff members who volunteered to
self-quarantine with them.

Not only did CPChem’s donation provide food for the
shelter, but it also helped support a local restaurant,
Southern Komfort Kitchen, that is limited to carry-out and
delivery business during the coronavirus crisis.

The Independent, Locally Owned Alternative
For Owner Managed Businesses

© Copyright 2018 Texas Citizens Bank, N.A. All rights reserved.

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Business Honor Roll

We applaud these individuals, organizations, and firms that have renewed their financial
commitment to the growth of our community through their continued investment in the
chamber. We appreciate each and every one of you.

5-10 years 21-25 years

Allegiance Bank Grand View Funeral Home & Memorial Park
Dairy Queen John O. Harris Interest LO

Guidry’s Cajun Kitchen 26-50 years
Mower’s Inc
Gray-Chem Inc
Pasadena Community Ministries Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union
SouthComm Publishing and Target Marketing, Inc.
IBI Group
The Serrano Insurance Agency Inframark
Troop Industrial T & T Construction

Waters Edge Venue 50 + years

11-15 years Chevron Pasadena Refinery

Herman Williams, Associate Agent

16-20 years

Carter’s Country
First Baptist Christian Academy

Pasadena Lions Club
Project Joy and Hope for Texas

Project Surveillance Inc
Shell Federal Credit Union - Fairmont

Visit to find out how YOU can become a member of our Chamber!

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Discover Pasadena: Pasadena Cares
Episode Now Available

WHATEVER YOUR FINANCIAL GOALS ... We know that the COVID-19 crisis has been difficult for everyone in
our community on some level. To continue our mission to promote
We’ll help you reach them. the positive stories that come out of Pasadena, we have produced
this special episode that highlights some of the amazing ways our
As your needs change, so do your goals. Get financial guidance and community has come together to help one another during this
difficult time.
access to these products and services: Also featured in this episode is a special message from Pasadena
Chamber President & CEO, Cristina Womack, who provides some
• Life and disability insurance • Charitable giving solutions valuable resources for our community.
If you’ve got a positive story to share, please email it to
• Retirement options • Brokerage account services [email protected] (Please include pictures if available)
Thank you to our sponsors for this month: Pasadena Economic
• Annuities • Education funding Development Corporation, Miles A/C Service, Ham, Langston &
Brezina, LLP, & Silver Sycamore
• Mutual funds

Together we’ll create a financial strategy that reflects your goals
and values.

Jerry Roth
Wealth Advisor

James A Guthrie Thrivent was named one of
FIC the “World’s Most Ethical
Financial Associate Companies” by Ethisphere
Institute from 2012–2019.

17450 El Camino Real, Houston, TX 77058

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP® and Make sure you subscribe to the Pasadena Chamber YouTube Channel
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ in the U.S. to view all upcoming videos. If you are interested in becoming a
“World’s Most Ethical Companies” and “Ethisphere” names and marks are registered trademarks sponsor, please contact [email protected]
of Ethisphere LLC. For details, visit
products issued by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Not available in all states. Securities and
investment advisory services offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc., a registered
investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC, and a subsidiary of Thrivent. Licensed agent/
producer of Thrivent. Registered representative of Thrivent Investment Management, Inc. Advisory
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At the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, we realize that you may be inundated with news and resources as it
relates to the COVID-19 crisis we are all currently going through. Because of that, we have dedicated this issue of
Chambgram to placing all the resources that are available to you in one place.
We are also keeping our website updated daily with all the latest news and resources. CLICK HERE to view our
COVID-19 webpage.

State, County & City News

For the latest news and information from our state, county & city officials, please click the appropriate logo below.

For the latest news and information from our local educational institutions, please click the appropriate logo below.

Small Business LoansChambergram 13

Available Through The CARES Act


Economic Injury Disaster Loans Paycheck Protection Program

$10B Available $349B Available

EIDL’S are administered and ABOUT In the PPP, loans are backed by the
approved by the US Small Business SBA through local lenders
Administration (SBA)
ELIGIBILITY • Small businesses & non-profit
• Small businesses (<500 employees) organizations (<500 employees)
• Sole-proprieters
• Independent contractors • Sole-proprieters
• 501(c)6 organizations & more • Self-employed & freelance workers

• Maximum Granted: $2M FINANCING • Maximum Granted: Lesser
• Interest: 3.75% (2.75% for non-profits) KEEP IN MIND between 2.5X Payroll or $10M
• Duration: Up to 30 years
• Deferment options availble APPLY • Interest: 1% (subject to change)
• Duration: 2 year payback time
EIDL’S offer a bridge loan program of • Defer for 6-12 months
$10,000 to cover immediate costs and
is forgivable if certain criteria is met. • No personal or collateral guarantee
is required
HOW: Apply at
• Forgiveness granted if funds are
used on payroll & operating
expenses with 8 weeks of receiving

HOW: Apply with an SBA-approved
lending institution/bank


1. Both loans can be applied for (and granted) if funds cover different expenses
2. For fastest approval, be prepared to specify your economic loss due to COVID-19
3. Be aware of fraudulent schemes and only discuss finances with a trusted professional

Visit Us Online At

to get the latest COVID-19 updates & resources, and view details for
upcoming virtual events

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Food Resources

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Pasadena Community Relief Effort

Your Pasadena Chamber has been proactively engaging with retailers, senior living facilities and non-
profit organizations in order to understand what needs currently exist within our community and building a
platform that will allow us to more readily connect community needs with available resources while also
observing CDC guidelines for safety and social distancing.

We know that Pasadena shows up in times of need and we are committed to connecting our community together during this
difficult time. This page is for those organizations who need supplies, volunteers or financial assistance, as well as those who are
willing to donate supplies, financial assistance or act as a volunteer.


If your organization has a need, please fill out the form by CLICKING HERE. Once we receive your form, we will match you with
someone who has the means to fill your organizations need(s). That person will then be in direct contact with you to get your
need(s) met as soon as possible. Please fill out the form in its entirety so that we can accurately match your need(s).

If you have the means to donate supplies or financial assistance, or want to volunteer, please fill out the form by CLICKING
HERE. There are certain items in the form that you can “check off” if you have the means to donate those items. We will keep
this list updated multiple times a day to ensure its accuracy. Once we receive your form, we will match you with someone and
contact you directly with instructions on how to deliver your items to your match.

We also understand that there is a large demand for assistance in our community and are coordinating with all of our non-
profits, churches and others that are hosting their own collections and distribution points that desire to serve during this time.
Collectively we will be able to meet the needs for Pasadena. #connectingyourcommunity

*The Chamber will not be a drop off location, we will match you directly and provide you with specific instructions on how to
get your donations to the appropriate person.

Connection Made: Connection Made:

Pictured Above: 2 of our local food pantries were in need Pictured Above: A few members of the Outback Steak-
of portable cold storage in order to keep their food pantries house-Pasadena staff, led by Yolanda Marcano, reached
operating to serve those in need and thanks to Ice Express out early wanting to serve healthcare professionals working
both Sarah’s House and Sunset United Methodist Church were around the clock. Thanks to Outback for providing meals to
supplied with onsite storage! Thanks to the collaboration and HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast & CHI St. Luke’s Patients
brainstorming with several local pastors and food pantries
sharing their needs we were able to connect with Ice Express a Medical Center.
vendor of the Pasadena Livestock Show & Rodeo thru one of

their volunteers Bear Hebert.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Pasadena Community Relief Effort

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The Purpose of the Pasadena Chamber is to ADVOCATE & CONNECT
our community through SERVING & EDUCATING our members

Contact YOUR Chamber Staff

Cristina Womack Jamie Huffar Erin Webb
President/ CEO Director of Finance Director of
Marketing & Media
& Operations

Julianne Echavarria Elizabeth Cox
Events & Programs Member Relations

Coordinator Coordinator

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