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Published by Pasadena Chamber, 2020-05-08 14:16:16

Chambergram May 2020

Chambergram May 2020

MAY 2020

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

Operation: Stock The Shelves Raises $50K &
Truckloads of Food For Pasadena Food Pantries

Upcoming Virtual COVID-19 Information Community Relief
Events & Resources Effort

YOUR Pasadena Chamber is hosting A compilation of available resources A Chamber-driven effort that
several virtual events to keep you for our community from trusted partners connects those who need resources
connected & engaged with those who have the supplies

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In This Issue...

3 - Message From the President & CEO
4 - Welcome New Members
5 - Webinar: State of Pasadena Healthcare
6 - Diamond & Platinum Partners
7 - Diamond Member Spotlight
8 - Virtual Membership 101
9 - Business Honor Roll
10 - Operation: Stock the Shelves
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 Produce Distribution Schedule
17 - Pasadena Community Relief Effort
18 - Small Business Educational Resources
19 - Rent Payment Assistance
20 - Contact Your Chamber

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Cristina Womack

Chamber Members, Partners & Friends, Operation: Stock The Shelves
These past several weeks have been different and difficult It has been a little over a week since we held Operation:
for many of us here in Pasadena and , as your voice Stock the Shelves, however we are still buzzing with
for business, we want you to know that we are still here excitement over its success. You can read more about
working hard for you! the details of the event later in the magazine, but we
want you to know that if you are still looking to engage
In a time like this, it is vital to remember that the very and help us in our effort to keep our Pasadena food
existence of Chambers of Commerce is to promote pantries stocked, you can always bring your non-
business and commerce for the benefit of economic perishable food items by the Chamber Monday - Friday,
development and prosperity for our communities. We from 8-5, and we will be sure to deliver them directly to
know that challenging times are ahead, and we want the food pantries. I want to extend a huge thank you
to encourage all Chamber members to remember to to the City of Pasadena, the Pasadena EDC and all the
patronize local businesses and remember to shop local Pasadena churches who made this such a huge success.
during this unparalleled event.
Small Business Financial Resources
We have been hosting a series of webinars with valuable Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Stimulus
topics in a timely manner that might not be covered (CARES) Act approved by Congress, additional resources
from other regional organziations. We are extremely are available to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19.
excited about the upcoming webinar, State of Pasadena Your Pasadena Chamber encourages all Chamber
Healthcare, coming up on Wednesdsay, May 13th. Our members and businesses to act quickly in applying for
talented panel of speakers includes: Jeanna Bamburg, financial loans, as many have caps for funding and will be
CEO of HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast, Steven available on a first come, first serve basis. We understand
Foster, President & CEO of CHI St Lukes Patients Medical it is a lot of information and are working to provide
Center, Dr. Tommy Hysler, Chief Medical Officer at the you updates as quickly as possible. To view the most
Houston Area Safety Council, Dr. Victor Simms, Chief of accurate, up to date information on financial resources
Internal Medicine at Kelsey-Seybold, and John Sweitzer, that are available to you, please CLICK HERE.
CEO at Pasadena Health Center. Moderated by myself
and Chairman of the Board, Melinda Torrison, we will be On behalf of myself, the board of directors and staff, we
discussing the Pasadena healthcare system and how the are thinking of you all and are here for any needs you
providers and hospitals are adapting to COVID-19. We may have. Please reach out to us if you have any needs
will hear information and updates specific to Pasadena that we can help fulfill.
medical facilities in the public, private and occupational
medicine sectors. We have opened these webinars to Cristina Womack
both members and non-members in an effort to spread
this valuable information throughout the community.
CLICK HERE to register for this webinar.

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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

Ryan Taylor, T & T Construction

Board of Directors Bronze

The Park @ Bay Area
Tama Brantley-McEwen
Mustansir “Mus” Abbas, PostNet
Chris Bezdek, CommunityBank of Texas (713) 542-4834
Milea Cosby, PinnacleART
Josiah De La Garza, HCA Houston Non-Profit Organizations

Healthcare Southeast Sister in Recovery
Steven Foster, FACHE, CHI St. Lukes Health - (SIR House)

Patients Medical Center Kathryn Curtice
Stacy Gillaspey, Communities In Schools (713) 695-4545
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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Diamond Partners

Platinum Partners

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Diamond Member Spotlight

Chevron Pasadena Refinery Donates $50K Tim Sutherland joined by Steven Foster (CHI St. Luke’s Patients Medical Center President), Rafael
Martinez (Pasadena Health Center), Jeanna Bamburg (HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast
in Gas Cards to Essential Workers
CEO); Melinda Torrison and Cristina Womack (Pasadena Chamber of Commerce). Tim Suther-
Tim Sutherland, General Manager of Chevron Pasadena land joined by Steven Foster (CHI St. Luke’s Patients Medical Center President), Rafael Martinez
Refinery, handed $50,000 (in $100 gas cards) to Pasadena
Independent School District (PISD), HCA Houston Healthcare (Pasadena Health Center), Jeanna Bamburg (HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast CEO);
Southeast, CHI St. Luke’s Patients Medical Center and Melinda Torrison and Cristina Womack (Pasadena Chamber of Commerce).
Pasadena Health Center. These organizations will use the gas
cards to help meet workforce and community fuel needs.

• Pasadena ISD continues to provide meals to 300,000
students every week. This is made possible through 500
hourly employees in the food service department across
10 schools working in shifts and putting themselves at risk to
provide meals for students.

• Healthcare workers at CHI St. Luke’s Patients Medical Tim Sutherland
Center, HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast and joined by Dr.
Pasadena Health Center are on the frontline caring for DeeAnn Powell,
COVID-10 patients. Troy McCarley,
Melinda Torrison
and Cristina
Womack from
Chamber of

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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

Casa Palmas Bayway Lincoln Volvo
Hurricane Fence Inc Larry Wilson Attorneys
IWS Gas and Supply of Texas
Preserve at Baywood 26-50 years

Rolltex Shutters Apache Oil Co LP
State Representative Dennis Paul HD129 Cernosek Wrecker/Deer Park Paint & Body

The Serrano Insurance Agency First Baptist Church of Pasadena
Pinnacle Industries LTD
11-15 years Whataburger

Comcast Business
CommunityBank of Texas
Deer Park Family Clinic PA

Pasadena Fence Co
Sanyo Chemical Texas Inc

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

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Pictured: La Iglesia Del Pueblo &
North Pasadena Community Outreach

Operation: Stock The Shelves
A Huge Success!

WHATEVER YOUR FINANCIAL GOALS ... Sometimes, a casual conversation and a strong desire to make a
difference in the city in which you live, turns into something greater
We’ll help you reach them. than you ever thought possible. That’s exactly what happened
with Operation: Stock the Shelves. A conversation among the
As your needs change, so do your goals. Get financial guidance and food pantries sharing that there shelves were depleting and local
churches who wanted to meet the need. Less then one week later,
access to these products and services: the Pasadena Chamber, along with 18 other Pasadena churches,
hosted Operation: Stock the Shelves on Wednesday, April 29th.
• Life and disability insurance • Charitable giving solutions
The five food pantries, Pasadena Community Ministries, Salvation
• Retirement options • Brokerage account services Army, Sarah’s House, Sunset United Methodist Church and St. Peters
Episcopal Church, each received at least enough food to fill up two
• Annuities • Education funding trucks. In addition, more than $50,000 in financial donations from
local businesses and friends of the city of Pasadena was distributed.
• Mutual funds A huge thank you to the City of Pasadena, Pasadena EDC, Turner
Industries, MVP Security, participating churches and the many
Together we’ll create a financial strategy that reflects your goals volunteers who contributed to making this event such a success!
and values.
In speaking to some of the food pantries, one thing was unanimously
Jerry Roth made clear; Operation: Stock the Shelves made a huge difference
MBA, CFP®, FIC for them. A few that had been shut down were able to re-open and
Wealth Advisor keep residents of Pasadena fed. This is what it’s all about!

James A Guthrie Thrivent was named one of For more on this story, and to hear from some of the participating
FIC the “World’s Most Ethical churches and food pantry recipients, check out the promo video
Financial Associate Companies” by Ethisphere produced by the Pasadena Chamber by CLICKING HERE.
Institute from 2012–2019.
In addition, to view all the photos from Operation: Stock the Shelves,
17450 El Camino Real, Houston, TX 77058 you may view them on the Pasadena Chamber Facebook page by
281-461-6200 CLICKING HERE

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“World’s Most Ethical Companies” and “Ethisphere” names and marks are registered trademarks
of Ethisphere LLC. For details, visit
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investment advisory services offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc., a registered
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producer of Thrivent. Registered representative of Thrivent Investment Management, Inc. Advisory
services available through investment adviser representatives only. • 800-847-4836 20328 R12-19

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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.

LOAN Small Business LoansChambergram 13
Available Through The CARES Act


Paycheck Protection Program

In the PPP, loans are backed by the SBA through local lenders

ELIGIBILITY • Small businesses & non-profit organizations (<500 employees)
FINANCING • Sole-proprieters
KEEP IN MIND • Self-employed & freelance workers

APPLY • Maximum Granted: Lesser between 2.5X Payroll or $10M
• Interest: 1% (subject to change)
• Duration: 2 year payback time
• Defer for 6-12 months

• No personal or collateral guarantee is required
• Forgiveness granted if funds are used on payroll & operating expenses

within 8 weeks of receiving

HOW: Apply with an SBA-approved lending institution or bank.
CLICK HERE to find eligible PPP lenders

Have You Already Been Approved For A PPP Loan?

1. CLICK HERE to take a very brief survery to let us know about your experience and share any positive
experiences you had in the process.

2. CLICK HERE to participate in an upcoming PPP Loan Forgiveness webinar to undestand the official
guidance related to the loan forgiveness.

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 work to match
you with someone who has the means to fill your organizations need(s). We 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 each 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 #keeppasadenastrong

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Pasadena Community Relief Effort

Educational Resources



As Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced last week, we will gradually be re-opening Texas in phases, the first of which went
into affect on Friday, May 1st. This phased approach will hopefully prevent a second, stronger wave of COVID-19, while still
allowing Texas business owners to get back to work.
To help our members, we are sharing a guide created by our partners at Greater Houston Partnership.
CLICK HERE to view this report now.
The recommendations in this guide are based on the facts and data available at this time. They are intended to provide a
roadmap for our region’s industry sectors during a time of great uncertainty. These best practices are intended for general
information purposes only and not intended to be, nor should they be interpreted as, legal or entity-specific advice.
Included are federal guidelines for employers to re-open their businesses safely, best practices and a resource guide from
national, state and regional trade associations with industry-specific guidance for a safe re-opening.

In addition, the US Chamber of Commerce has put out a “Coronavirus Best Practices for Small Businesses that will allow you to
manage the situation for your employees and customers.
CLICK HERE to view.
Some key items included in this guide are how to prioritize critical operations, proper cleaning procedures in the workplace,
procedures for sick employees, teleworking policies, employee communication, and much more.
Both the Greater Houston Partnership and the US Chamber of Commerce are trusted partners of the Pasadena Chamber of

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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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