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omen in Business Champion - Patricia Vice
HCC Sweeps the SBA Awards Winning Five of Eight Honors

HCC SBA Award Winners

We congratulate and celebrate five graduates of the HCC Goldman Sachs 10,0000 Small Businesses program for winning 2014 Small Business Administration awards given on June 12 at the JW Marriott Galleria.

Abe Gonzalez – Minority Champion

Patricia Vice – Women in Business Champion

Carrie Reese – Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Bruce McMordie & Kathleen McMordie- Entrepreneurial Success

Dr. Nawab Baloch – Small Business Person of the Year

All were honored for their business success and for giving back to the community personally and through their businesses. 

pecial Thanks to HCC Newspring BPC Ambassadors


Abe Gonzalez and Pat Vice

We give special thanks to Abe Gonzalez and Pat Vice who have also participated in the HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition!

Minority Champion, Abe Gonzalez and RPC Global were acknowledged for working with local entities to provide used computer products to the community, for donating computers to those in need and for hosting electronics recycling collections.  At HCC, Abe serves in the HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition and the Young Entrepreneurs Academy as mentor.  He is also an ambassador for both programs.    

Women in Business Champion, Pat Vice and Texas Security Shredding schedule 25 Saturday Shred Days to raise money for non-profit organizations. She also collaborates to deliver “Shred for the Cure,” which gives $5 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation Houston Affiliate for each pink bin of shredding processed.  In addition to growing her business through participation in the HCC Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, Pat and a team of her employees also embraced the training and mentoring provided in the 2013 HCC Newspring BPC.  She is now as an ambassador for both initiatives.

Abe and Pat are shining examples of successful small business owners who embrace opportunities in multiple HCC entrepreneurial initiatives as venues for learning, growth and community service! Thanks for being great ambassadors of HCC programs!

Patricia Vice, owner of Texas Security Shredding received recognition as the 2014 Women in Business Champion of the Year.

Texas Security Shredding began operations in 2009 and Pat Vice acknowledges the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Businesses Program in the development of her growth plan and the connections with other small businesses. The business has WBEA and HUB designations that provide Pat Vice a network to build relationships with other women owners.

Under her leadership, Texas Security Shredding schedules 25 Saturday Shred Days to raise money for non-profit organizations including the Salvation Army, local ministries, and the American Business Women’s Association. Working with another small business, a “Shred for the Cure” event was developed which provides $5 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation Houston Affiliate for each pink bin of shredding processed.

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 The Event is today:  Friday, February 8, 2013 – 11:30 a.m. – 1:-30 p.m. - Omni Houston Westside Hotel

 HOUSTON – FEBRUARY 8, 2013 – At today’s luncheon, the Houston West Chamber of Commerce proudly announced the winners of the prestigious 15th Annual Economic Development Summit and Star Awards Luncheon. As outstanding businesses in West Houston who have achieved mighty and bold accomplishments, they normally go unnoticed. In their quest for creating business, these companies are having a positive influence in the community and bringing employees and positive economic shifts to West Houston. 

 Houston West Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, Jeannie Bollinger, says “this event was established five years before I came to the Chamber, so it is solely supported by the membership of the Chamber.”  Andi Maceo of Cole Commercial Realty and chair of the Star Awards Committee states West Houston continues to be the epicenter of economic growth for Harris County and the businesses honored here.”  

The 15th Annual Star Award Winners are listed  below:                                                                                                                                             

Newly Opened Business with 1-10 Employees 
Three Brothers Bakery – Janice Jucker

Newly Opened Business with 11-99 Employees
Excel Midstream Solutions - Greg Rudichuk

Newly Opened with 100+ Employees
        Members Choice Credit Union - Steve Gilman

Spring Branch Community Health Center – Marlen Trujillo

Existing Business with 1-10 Employees
Texas Security Shredding - Pat Vice

Existing Business 11-30 Employees  
Shipley Do-Nuts - Mike Simon

Existing Business 31-99 Employees  
       Josephine’s Day Spa & Salon – Vivian Yeh

Existing Business with 100+ Employees
        Willis Group LLC – Adam Gould

Young Entrepreneur - Ms. Courtney Stephens, QED Energy Associates

Pillar Award - Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center - Keith Alexander

Impact Award - Midway Companies - Jonathan Brinsden

Hall of Fame Inductees – Amegy Bank and Memorial Assistance Ministries

Amegy Bank of Texas - Steve Peters

Memorial Assistance Ministries - Martha Macris

The Pillar Award is presented to Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital for its sizable investment in West Houston and its long-standing commitment to the Houston West Chamber of Commerce.  The 33-story Memorial Hermann Tower includes Women’s Memorial Hermann and Children’s Memorial Hermann – Houston’s first dedicated women’s and children’s facilities outside of the Texas Medical Center.  Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital is also home to one of the most advanced cardiovascular care facilities in the nation, the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute, Sleep Center, Wound Care Center, Digestive Health Center, and Imaging Center.

The Impact Award was presented to Midway Companies, a privately-owned, Houston-based real estate development and investment firm, perhaps best known for its development of CityCentre.  Located on I-10 at Beltway 8, CityCentre has become the “go to” address for upscale shopping, dining and urban residential living in West Houston.  Midway is currently building CityCentre Three and Four, two new mixed-use buildings.  The ground floor of each building is reserved for retail and the upper stories will accommodate Class A offices.

The Pillar Award and Impact Award are not given every year.  They are only presented when the Star Award committee deems that a business has achieved that distinction.  Past Pillar Award winners include: West Houston Medical Center, Westchase District, West Houston Association, HCC, Metro National, Amegy Bank and Granite Properties.  We have not given a Pillar Award since 2008.

The Impact Award has only been give four times previously:  TxDOT (2005), Harris County Precinct 3 (2009), West Houston Medical Center (2010) and Wolff Companies (2011). 

The Hall of Fame was created this year to honor past Star Award winners who continue to excel.  By placing them in the Hall of Fame, they have achieved an elite status and will no longer be judged in the individual categoriesAmegy Bank of Texas is a past winner of the Star Award, a past winner of the Pillar Award, and a consistent business presence in West Houston. Amegy Bank entered Houston 23 years ago with one location, 50 million dollars in assets, and a small team of dedicated bankers. Today, Amegy Bank has more than 13 billion dollars in assets and two thousand employees who work across more than 60 branches in the Greater Houston area.

 Each year, Amegy donates more than a million dollars to area charities.  In 2012, they financially supported 20 nonprofit organizations in West Houston.  Plus, bank employees volunteer at area community events and serve with West Houston organizations. Amegy Bank has adopted Hollibrook Elementary in the Spring Branch area.  Last year, bankers taught lessons on the importance of saving to second grade students on “Teach Children to Save Day” and they spoke about what it means to be a banker to fifth graders on Career Day.  They sponsored the Kindergarten and fourth grade classes in the annual citywide Lemonade Day where students learn how to be successful entrepreneurs while building and operating a lemonade stand.  And they held financial literacy workshops for parents of Hollibrook students.

 We have a second Hall of Fame inductee this afternoon.  Let’s congratulate Memorial Assistance Ministries and its executive director Martha Macris.

Since 1983, Memorial Assistance Ministries has helped families and individuals who find themselves in temporary crisis to meet their basic needs, maintain self-sufficiency and avoid homelessness. Whether they’re seeking employment, financial assistance, language fluency, educational opportunities, household items, clothing, social services, or medical care, MAM answers the call to provide assistance.  In 2012 alone, they provided more than 300-thousand dollars for rent assistance, 75-thousand dollars for utility assistance, and 140-thousand dollars for school clothing and supplies.  They disbursed 20-thousand dollars for eye exams and glasses, 12-thousand dollars in transportation vouchers and saw more than 100 students graduate from their ESL program.  They do all this with 19 full-time and six part-time employees, plus more than 400 volunteers who regularly serve at Memorial Assistance Ministries.  Each year, MAM works to tailor services to community needs, often resulting in expansions or enhancements.  In 2012, they completed a fully-funded 4-million dollars facility expansion designed to help people move from needing assistance to developing the skills necessary to become self-sufficient.  By every measure, MAM is a “star performer,” growing to serve the ever expanding needs of the west Houston community and a deserving member of the Star Award Hall of Fame.

Another factor for the success of the past 15 years is the support of our sponsors.  Rocketing us to fame are our presenting sponsors:  The Omni Houston Westside, Spring Branch District and Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus and Frost Bank.  Jet fuel is provided by our media sponsor   Houston Business Journal.  The Cannon Sponsors are EXCEL Midstream Solutions, West Houston Medical Center, H-E-B, and Methodist Hospital West Campus.  The Dynamite Sponsors are Cole Commercial Realty, Cadence Bank, Murray Resources, Blue Atlas Marketing, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Houston Community College-Northwest Campus, Amegy Bank, Martha Turner Properties, and Catch the Moment.  Firecracker Sponsors are Queen Moving & Storage, OFI, Inc., First Community Credit Union, Haynes and Boone, LLP, PJS Services, Members Choice Credit Union, Memorial Assistance Ministries, Facilities Electric, T.F. Hudgins, Inc., Midway Companies, C&J Energy, The Bergaila Companies, Shipley Do-Nuts, Spring Branch Community Health Center, CenterPoint Energy, Tradition Bank, Westpark Communications, Haynes Whaley Associates, Inc., Century Cancer Centers, and Evolution by Design, and Storyteller Promotions.

 The Houston West Chamber of Commerce is a business advocacy organization dedicated to enhancing the economic growth and vitality of the West Houston business community through leadership and business development.  The Chamber currently has over 650 business members representing 45,000 employees.  For more information about the Chamber and its programs and how you can become a member, call 713-785-4922.