Between The Trees Business Talk

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Welcome to the pilot episode of the Between the Trees podcast from The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce. In this episode, hear from J.J. Hollie, president and CEO at The Woodlands Area Chamber, and Lauren Joerg, director of marketing and communications at The Chamber, as they introduce the podcast and discuss the upcoming Economic Outlook Conference and Whistle Stop Tour.
Go behind the scenes (and between the trees) with business and community leaders shaping The Woodlands area. On this episode JJ Hollie, President of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce sits down with Melissa Bochat to talk about, Business, Upcoming Events and of Course the Economic Outlook Conference on Feb 21st.
With early voting for the March 3 primary underway, our latest “Between the Trees” episode features Steve Leakey, co-founder and president of the Voter Awareness Council (VAC), a local nonprofit organization established by a number of Montgomery County residents designed to help encourage and equip citizens to vote. Totally nonpartisan and unbiased, VAC’s mission is to inform and educate citizens on our local elections, improve the overall voting experience and increase voter turnout.
It could be argued that water is our most precious resource. Without it, we would not be able to support the population and businesses in The Woodlands and surrounding areas. There is increasing discussion on how water is managed, both in terms of floods and droughts. On this episode of “Between the Trees: Business Talk,” San Jacinto River Authority General Manager Jace Houston and Director of Communications and Public Affairs Heather Ramsey Cook join Chamber President J.J. Hollie to talk about the planning and implementation of specific water resources and water related projects within the authority’s service area.
Executive Director Miguel Lopez shares how the Lone Star College Small Business Development Center provides business advising, access to training, tools and resources to help small businesses start, grow, expand and succeed at no cost to entrepreneurs and business owners.
On this episode of Between The Trees Business Talk JJ Hollie sits across from Gordy Bunch, Chairman of The Woodlands Township and then with Bruce Rieser, Vice Chairman of The Woodlands Township to talk about the state of The Woodlands during Coronavirus - COVID-19.
The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce President J.J. Hollie visits with Montgomery County Judge Mark J. Keough to discuss COVID-19 and its effect on The Woodlands area residents and businesses.
U.S. Representative for Texas's 8th Congressional District Kevin Brady joins The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce President J.J. Hollie to help explain how the federal government is responding to the coronavirus pandemic. He will discuss what Congress has passed, what Congress is going to do next and what the Administration has done to help Americans fight this global pandemic.
Hear the latest information from the SBA to help small businesses with their economic recovery from the effects of the Coronavirus. Charles Abell, economic development specialist and public information officer with the U.S. Small Business Administration Houston District Office, will give information on how to apply and where you can get additional help with preparing for and applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
The small business rescue fund set up by Congress exhausted its $350 billion funding capacity on Thursday morning, 04-16-20, with Congress deadlocked on how to allocate more money for the popular Paycheck Protection Program. The SBA said Thursday, 04-16-20, it will be unable to accept new loan applications while funding is tapped out and that it will not enroll additional lenders into the program. The agency said it approved more than 1.6 millions loans so far. Meet Ray Sanders, executive vice president of Woodforest National Bank, as he provides an update on federal programs and aid for small business coronavirus assistance.
Join The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce President J.J. Hollie and three attorneys from The Woodlands Bar Association for a discussion about employment law considerations for businesses and employers during COVID-19. MCLE and State Bar College Credit: 1 hour; Course ID: 174084112 Lee Winkelman Managing Member Hopkins Centrich Winkelman & Drucker PLLC Topic: Employer’s rights and obligations under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Learning Objectives: Identify employers covered by the FFCRA and discuss Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family Medical Leave requirements under the FFCRA Discuss employers' rights to tax credits under the FFCRA and other miscellaneous FFCRA requirements, such as visible signage concerning employee rights under the FFCRA. Consider best practices for employers to implement the new leave requirements. About Lee Winkelman: Lee Winkelman represents employers in employment-related legal matters. He works to finds unique business solutions to his clients' legal problems through risk-mitigating employment policies, procedures, and agreements. Winkelman also regularly represents employers in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Department of Labor (DOL) investigations as well as in disputes before judges, juries, and arbitrators. He has substantial experience drafting covenants not to compete and litigating departing-employee cases involving trade-secret misappropriation and other unfair competition claims. Mr. Winkelman has also served as outside general counsel for several companies, advising them on day-to-day legal matters. Mr. Winkelman is a managing member at Hopkins Centrich Winkelman & Drucker PLLC in The Woodlands, Texas. Leigh Freeman Principal Leigh K. Freeman, Attorney at Law PLLC Topic: Considerations for Employers Implementing Layoffs, Furloughs and Pay Reductions During the COVID-19 Crisis Learning Objectives: Discuss general considerations and notice requirements of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) during COVID-19 Examine best practices for severance agreements including requirements for older workers under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) / Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA) Consider implications of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES”) provisions to layoffs, furloughs and pay reductions About Leigh Freeman: Leigh Freeman is the principal of Leigh K. Freeman, attorney at law PLLC located in The Woodlands TX. She has represented businesses and individuals in a wide variety of fields including real estate, franchises, oilfield services, medical, IT, financial services, and energy, to name a few. The firm’s primary area of practice is corporate and transactional law, including employment-related matters. The firm acts as outside general counsel for privately held businesses and nonprofit organizations in The Woodlands, the greater Houston area, and throughout the State of Texas. Haley Paul Associate Attorney Stibbs & Co., P.C., Attorneys Topics: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Considerations when Responding to COVID-19, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines for Maintaining a Safe Work Environment Learning Objectives: Discuss employer responsibilities under the ADA and how to respond to requests for accommodation due to COVID-19 concerns. Examine OSHA and CDC guidance for protecting workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19 Identify legally permissible methods for screening for COVID-19 in the workplace About Haley Paul: Haley Paul represents clients in a variety of labor and employment matters. Haley has successfully represented a number of employers during investigations by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Review Board, and state agencies, such as the Texas Workforce Commission. She has successfully defended employers in a number of state and federal cases, including discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, sex, age, and disability; wage and hour collective actions, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and similar state wage and hour laws; and failure to accommodate and disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Haley has both defended and enforced trade secrets claims and employee restrictive covenants. She has extensive experience drafting employee handbooks, employment agreements (including arbitration and severance agreements), and performing trainings and seminars for clients.”
Beginning Friday, May 1, Texas retailers and restaurants will be able to open for business at 25 percent capacity, per Governor Greg Abbott's announcement earlier this week. Ted Harris, senior general manager of The Woodlands Mall, and Jenny Taylor, general manager of Market Street - The Woodlands, discuss the impact in The Woodlands area on the latest episode of Between the Trees Business Talk.
In celebration of National Travel & Tourism Week, Nick Wolda, president of Visit The Woodlands, will share virtual experiences and unique ways for locals to support the hospitality industry.
Lone Star College is open for business! Hear the latest news from the chancellor. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D. was appointed as the fourth chancellor of Lone Star College in 2014 after a thirty-year history of high-level positions at LSC including President of Lone Star College-North Harris, Executive Vice Chancellor, acting Chief Executive Officer, interim President at Montgomery College and President of Kingwood College.
Join JJ Hollie of the Woodlands area Chamber of Commerce as he sits down with CISD's Superintendent Dr Null to get an update on CISD.
Montgomery County Update Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley Tune in to this week’s episode of Between the Trees, where Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley will discuss the state of Montgomery County. What does the county government do for the area? What are some transportation updates? How has COVID-19 impacted the community? What does Precinct 2 and the County have in the works? Those issues and much, much, more.
Between the Trees Business Talk: Helping Community During the Coronavirus Whether it’s giving children books to read, helping individuals fill out their taxes or educating the community about health initiatives, Rita Wiltz, executive director of the local nonprofit Children’s Books on Wheels, has dedicated her life’s work to helping others. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rita partnered with Meals on Wheels of Montgomery County to provide 150 hot lunches every weekday to residents of the Tamina community; organized community leaders to bring a free mobile testing site to Tamina (testing more than 700 individuals in three days); and issued books at every food distribution site throughout the county.
JJ Hollie is joined by the CEO of the Montgomery County Hospital District, MCHD, Randy Johnson and Chief of EMS, James Campbell to talk about Montgomery County’s response to COVID-19.
Meet Jennifer Landers the Executive Director of the Community Assistance Center and find out How local Charities are affected by the COVID-19 Crisis.
Missy Herndon, president and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands and Interfaith Community Clinic, joins JJ Hollie in our studio to talk about what Interfaith does for the Community.
Summer Day, president and CEO of Meals On Wheels Montgomery County, joins JJ Hollie to talk about the COVID-19 impact of Meals On Wheels in the Montgomery County Community.
Join JJ as he sits down with Lindy Johnson, the Director of Development of the Montgomery County Food Bank, to talk about how The Montgomery County Food Bank is An Essential Resource In Our Community.
JJ meets with Constable Ryan Gable of the Montgomery County Constable Precinct 3, to find out What does the Constable’s Office Does?
Legislative Priorities For The Upcoming Texas Legislative Session
Ritch Wheeler the Mayor of The City of Shenandoah joins JJ Hollie get updates from the City of Shenandoah.
JJ Hollie finds out about San Jacinto River Authority's role in Flood Management from Jace Houston.
Updates from the city of Oak Ridge North from its maybe Paul Bond.
Jeff Jones, President and General Manager of The Woodlands Township, will be joining JJ Hollie in the studio to talk about updated to The Woodlands Township
Jenny Carattini-Wright, Executive Director of the Woodlands Arts Council, joins JJ Hollie to talk about the virtual Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, Oct 17-18
Brett Perlman joins JJ to talk about the Center for Houston's Future.
Join JJ Hollie and Ted Harris, General Manger of The Woodlands Mall, to talk about the Holiday season and updated from The Woodlands Mall
Montgomery County Health Update
Meet Carl White, the President of the Montgomery County Texas NAACP unit #6304
Get an update on The Woodlands Township and Visiting the Woodlands from Nick Wolda,
Meet Lisa Gonzalez, President and CEO of HARC and find out, with JJ Holly, What HARC does?
Come meet Cameron Klepac, the Director of Marketing and Education for The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and get updates from the Pavilion with JJ Hollie.
Join JJ Hollie and James Noack, Montgomery County Commissioner Precinct 3, to talk about updates from Precinct 3
Join JJ Hollie and Eric Thiergood, partner at Kean Miller talk about the upcoming, 04/14/21, Economic Outlook Conference. Kean and Miller are Co-Presenting Sponsor.
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