A monthly publication of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce. February 2010 Volume 12, No. 2
Feb. 3 _____ 7:30 a.m.
Chamber Board Meeting at
Dallas Telco Credit Union. “Annual Meeting and
Feb. 4 5:30—7:00 p.m. Awards Presentation”
NetConnect After 5 (NCA5)
“A Premier Networking Event” Thursday, Feb 11, 2010
Host: Evergreen Buffett 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
3200 W. Pleasant Run #300
Lancaster Recreation Center Grand Hall
Feb. 11 11:30 a.m.
Chamber Luncheon “Annual LUNCHEON
Awards” at Lancaster Recrea-
tion Center—Grand Hall.
Feb. 15 11:30 a.m. The Annual Awards Luncheon and Annual Chamber Meeting of the Lancaster Chamber of
Education Committee Meeting Commerce will take place on Thursday, February 11, 2010, at 11:30 a.m. in Grand Hall of the
at Bienvenidos Restaurant Lancaster Recreation Center. Companies and volunteers will be recognized for their meritori-
ous service in 2009. Awards to be presented are Small Business of the Year, Large Business
Feb. 16 4:00 p.m. of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Rocky Strickland Community Service Award. The
Tourism Committee meeting Golden Gaither Award, named after long-time area electric company leader and volunteer Jack
at Bienvenidos Restaurant. Gaither, is picked by the previous recipients. The first recipient, Margie Waldrop will intro-
duce other past recipients and share the criteria for the award.
Feb. 17 7:30 a.m..
Texas Scholars Presentation to This will also be the Chamber’s Annual Meeting, where the leaders for 2010 Divisions and
8th graders at Lancaster Middle committees report on their Business Plan or Program of Work. Chairman A. Z. Drones will
School. Prepared presentation.
share his vision for our Chamber for
Will be through by 10:00 a.m.
2009 NOMINEES 2010 and introduce his Vice Chairmen,
who will introduce their committee
Feb. 18 7-9 a.m.
Large Business: Bienvenidos Restaurant, chairs and teams.
Rise and Shine Breakfast
AMREP, LISD, Knight Waste
Tyler Street Christian Academy This exciting luncheon will be catered
in Oak Cliff Small Business: ABG Marketing, Roma’s by Outback Steakhouse who will bring
Italian Restaurant its outstanding steaks, potatoes and
salad for our enjoyment.
Feb. 26 7:30 a.m. Volunteer: Mike Ratcliff, Vivian Chastain
Better Business Breakfast at
“Introducing Microsoft 7” WINNERS FROM 2008
The luncheon runs from 11:30 a.m. to
March 10 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m., with tickets set for $18, and Sponsor Large Business: DART Transit Co.
Best Southwest Luncheon Tables of 8 at $160.
Small Business: Access Self Storage
with Dr. Ron Anderson,
Parkland Hospital Please call 972-227-2579 for reservations. Volunteer: Lynnette Taff
Hilton Garden Inn
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CHAIRMAN’S CORNER … Continued from previous box.
What will be our chamber’s ward, stay active, and continue to build on
course of action for February their momentum will be the winners in 2010.
and the remainder of 2010? …
Complete some of our current I hope you will be a part of that winning team.
projects, start new initiatives, By fully utilizing your Chamber Membership,
or just to maintain the momen- participating at every level, and meeting chal-
tum gathered in 2009? It is lenges head-on, our businesses will put them-
imperative we continue to meet these chal- selves in the best position for growing, thriv-
lenges with optimism, enthusiasm, and a posi- ing and prospering in 2010.
tive attitude. Moving forward will keeps us
strong. As I look forward to this year, I also look for-
ward to making the best of my Chamber
Companies will be forced to look at their busi- Membership and I hope you will too! If we do,
ness models a little different in 2010. The is- I know we can count on 2010 being a Great
sues related to the struggling economy and the Year! “
unknown effects of the changes in our health-
care system, will certainly affect all of us. Some A. Z. Drones, Board Chairman
owners and operators will see a need to cut Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
back or scale down. However, I believe that
the businesses and communities that push for-
Continued in next box ...
Feb., 2010 – February is the month featuring Valentine’s Day, ramped up their 2010 meetings, including Ambassadors Fun-
Love, Black History Month, and the Lancaster Chamber’s Group, Education Committee, NCA5 Networking Team,
Annual Awards Luncheon! … This year we will be presenting Shop Members First Committee, and Auction-Gala Commit-
several awards to deserving businesses and individuals, such as tee. … We had 21 attend the first Better Business Breakfast
Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Vol- of the year on January 22nd, with Jeff Wallace/Express Tax
unteer of the Year, the Rocky Strickland Community Ser- bringing a program on “Tax Tips for Small Businesses”, hosted
vice Award, and perhaps The Golden Gaither Award. … The by Bienvenidos Restaurant.
Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon will
be held in Grand Hall of the Recreation Center on Feb-
ruary 11, 2010. Outback Steakhouse is our caterer and “If you do what you’ve always
will bring us those delicious steaks, potatoes and salad!
done, You’ll get what you’ve
“If you don’t know where you -- TONY ROBBINS
are going, you might wind
up someplace else.”
- YOGI BERRA In February we’ll resume our Business Retention and Expan-
sion Program (BREP) with a visit with a large, local manufac-
turing, commercial or retail entity in Lancaster. … The BREP
The Mayor’s “State of the City” address on January 14, 2010 team consists of the mayor, city manager, economic develop-
got our Lancaster Chamber Luncheons off to a great start as 120 ment director and chamber president, who meet with the head of
listened to Mayor Marcus Knight and ate Dallas Ave Diner’s the large business being visited. … Our Manufacturing and
food. … The Mayor said he was not sure if the people came to
hear him speak, or for the food. … Our Chamber committees (See AROUND … Continued on page 3)
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Mayor’s Comments – Lancaster Connection
It’s February and Love is in the air. Happy Valentine’s 2010 Board of
Day to everyone! The Love I’m referring to however is Directors
Love for Lancaster. I’d like to recap some of the issues I * A. Z. Drones
discuss at last month’s “State of the City” address. Our Atmos Energy
community will benefit from improved information tech-
nology as a result of our new IT manager. This staff person * Karen McClary
Edward Jones Investments
is already hard at work on projects to improve services city Chair Elect
wide, and particularly at our Library. Lancaster continues * Vivian Chastain
to move forward on major road projects, to include plans to Bienvenidos Restaurant
repave ALL of Houston School Rd from north to south.
Mayor Marcus Knight Additionally, our Hike and Bike trail is near completion, * Melody Stillings
and this trail will connect several neighborhoods, schools, Treasurer
and parks. Lancaster will also benefit from a new amphitheater, extended walk- * Joe Johnson
ing trails and outdoor exercise equipment at Community Park this summer. President
Work on the Downtown Beautification project will commence this year, and our
newly renovated Visitors Center will be open for business any day! I’m just Frank Bentley
scratching the surface, but there are a myriad of great things happening in Lan-
caster. Don’t you Love it! Kenneth Govan
Marcus Knight, Mayor
City of Lancaster Access Self Storage
Knight Waste Services
AROUND … Continued from page 2
Lancaster Outreach Center
Logistics Roundtable quarterly meetings will resume on Friday, February 26, 2010, hosted by Katina Potts
ONCOR’s SOSF plant on Hwy 342 in Lancaster. Mike Rourke, plant manager at Brenntag Maid 2 Serve U
Southwest will be coordinating these meetings for 2010. … This is a great opportunity for all
the plant managers, owners, or presidents to meet together to discuss their own agendas. … DART Transit Company
Thanks to Chuck Luke, AMREP, for coordinating this program in 2008-09 and to Cassandra
Mitchell at LEDC for bringing sandwiches. Margie Waldrop
Profile Commercial Properties
* Dr. Bill Wells
Cedar Valley College
Doug Hunt (Access Self Storage) and Vivian Chastain (Bienvenidos Restaurant) are chairing Ex-Officio Members
this year’s Auction-Gala on April 24, 2010, which promises to be a fantastic event! … If you
Rickey Childers, City Manager
want to be a part of something big, give Doug or Vivian a call. … City of Lancaster
From the “Where are they now department”, I ran into Paul Sermas at Chubby’s Restau- Dr. Dana Marable
rant in Duncanville the other day – standing behind that podium just as he had done for years at
Paul’s Porterhouse on Composite Dr. in the old restaurant row off I-35E. … Seems as though John Polewski
he is teaching a class in culinary arts at a Dallas County Community College, and his class team Polewski & Assocs.
was working that Chubby’s for a certain number of weeks. … Then he moves to the new Bobby
Knight Pavilion in D’ville to open an eatery. … Steve Martin, D’ville’s chamber president,
obviously has been going to Paul’s Porterhouse longer than I have been, ‘cause Steve is rounder
and older than me. … That’s all for now folks! … And we’ll see you Denotes Members of
… Around and About!
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January 14, 2010
ONCOR was our luncheon sponsor this
month. Kenneth Govan talked about the job
that ONCOR does to “keep your lights on”.
Kenneth introduced Mayor Marcus Knight
who expounded on the great things Lancaster
has accomplished in the past year.
Kenneth Govan, ONCOR Mayor of Lancaster
Vivian Chastain, 2009 Board Chair, passes New member Stacey Copeland of Camp
the gavel to A. Z. Drones, 2010 Board Chair, BowWow was on hand to accept her mem-
while A.Z. presents Vivian with a token of bership plaque from A. Z. Drones. Camp
our appreciation for her hard work last year. BowWow is located at 519 E. Hwy. 67 in
Ricardo Pearson with
Telmark I.T. is a new
member. He is located in
DeSoto and can be
reached at 469-286-9243
Another new member is
Gary Rugoff with Promo-
He is located at 13510 TI
Blvd in Dallas. He can be
reached at 972-889-0303.
February 2010 I NFO R ME R PAGE 5
Carter Blood Care Promotional Merchandise.com
Joyce Keist Gary Rugoff
2205 Hwy. 121 13510 TI Blvd.
Bedford, TX 76021 Dallas, TX 75243
Organization Advertising Specialties
Ace Image Wear Telmark I.T.
Jerry Heathman Ricardo Pearson
9416 S. Central Expy. 620 Gardenia Street
Dallas, TX 75241 DeSoto, TX 75115
Uniforms & Linen Supply Telecommunications
36 Years 515 N. Cedar Ridge, Ste. 9 Investment Councselors
Hargrove Real Estate Duncanville, TX 75116
Mr. Clyde Hargrove 972-296-2856 4 Years
P. O. Box 907 Real Estate—Commercial Freese-Nichols
Lancaster, TX 75146 Mr. Mike Wayts
972-227-4718 8 Years 1701 N. Market St., Ste. 500
Real Estate Developer American Trophy & Awards Dallas, TX 75202
Mrs. Cherry Gray 214-217-2200
11 Years 221 N. Hampton Engineers
Red Bird Travel Plus DeSoto, TX 75115
Ms. Donna Johnson 72-223-4490 4 Years
320 Cooper Street Trophies & Plaques I.B.O.C.
Cedar Hill, TX 75104 Mr. Rickie Rush
972-291-9990 5 Years 7710 S. Westmoreland
Travel Agency Aurora Health & Chiropractic Dallas, TX 75237
Dr. Scott Moulton 972-572-4262
10 Years 3250 W. Pleasant Run, #130 Church
Polewski & Associates Lancaster, TX 75146
Mr. John Polewski 972-223-2233 2 Years
1229 E. Pleasant Run, Ste. 120 Chiropractor & Rehab George-McKenna Electric Contractors
DeSoto, TX 75115 David Hawkins
972-228-1716 4 Years 2319 East Grauwyler
Attorney DC Logistics Irving, TX 75061
Mr. Douglas Chaney 972-721-1950
10 Years 1709 I-45 South Electricians
Berne Academy Hutchins, TX 75141
Mr. Dennis Bolding 927-225-8882 1 Year
1311 Johns Ave. Distributors Holiday Inn Express
Lancaster, TX 75134 Ms. LaVida Davis
972-218-7373 4 Years 1310 E. Wintergreen Rd.
Schools Edward Jones & Co. DeSoto, TX 75115
Karen McClary 972-224-3100
8 Years 211 W. Pleasant Run #107 Hotel/Motel
Mote & Associates Lancaster, TX 75146
Mr. Bill Mote 972-227-7467
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MEMBER Tom Crain, Branch Manager
704 E. Wintergreen
Lancaster, TX 75134
Hello Lancaster. First off let me introduce myself. My name is Tom Crain and I am the Branch Manager for our facility located at
704 E. Wintergreen. Many of you may have driven past our facility and wondered just what does Brenntag do? In very simple
terms Brenntag is the world’s largest chemical distributor. We buy a multitude of chemicals in tank trucks, railcars, and intermodal
vessels and then repack those products into smaller containers that we then distribute to our end use customers. We are a full line
chemical distributors which means we cover every industry. Some of the industries we serve include oil and gas, paint and coatings,
cosmetics, food, water treatment, electronics, and many more. Our job is to ensure that we deliver the right product in the right
package with the right paperwork and to do it safely every time.
Safety is the single most important thing here at Brenntag. We believe we have a responsibility to operate safely at all times, not
only for our employees but also for the communities in which we operate. If we can’t do something safely then we will not do it,
plain and simple.
We are proud to be located in the city of Lancaster and appreciate the strong relationships we have with the Chamber of Commerce,
Police and Fire Departments, many of the local businesses, as well as the citizens of this strong community.
Should any of you ever have a need for our services I welcome you to contact us for more information. We can be reached at 972-
218-3500, on the web at http://www.brenntagsouthwest.com, or at LancasterCS@brenntag.com
Lastly I would like to say thank you to the City of Lancaster and to the Chamber for the opportunity to share a little bit about
Brenntag with you.
Census Bureau Opens
Office in Duncanville.
Claude Watson (Census 2010) presents Joe
Johnson (Lancaster Chamber) with Certifi-
cate of Appreciation for participating in the
Grand Opening of Dallas South office of
Census 2010. This office is located at 306 E.
Camp Wisdom in Duncanville.
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The objective of this promotion is to bring shoppers to the chamber member businesses in the Lancaster area.
Below is the information on the Shopper’s Card promotion:
1. Promotion will run from February 1 to December 31, 2010.
2. Cost to participating chamber members is $50.
3. Shopper card will be the same size as a normal credit card. It will be identified as a “Lancaster Chamber of
Commerce Shop Member’s First ‘Shopper Card’”. Each card will have its own serial number for tracking the
promotion and a Signature Panel.
4. Members will decide what discount/offering they can offer to the public when the card is presented at their
business. A Shopper Card can be used over and over, so members must present a discount(s)/offering(s)
they can absorb for the eleven month promotion. These discounts/offerings can be changed on a monthly
basis, if necessary. However, if a customer comes in asking for a previous discount offering, it should be hon-
ored with a same or equal value.
5. Members will receive the following for participating:
A supply of Shopper cards to sell to the public. Cards will sell for $10 each with the member and Chamber
each receiving $5 from the sale. This will allow participants to recover some of their cost of participating,
and perhaps even make money.
Their name and address on a flyer that will be circulated to the participating members. A plastic holder will
be placed in a location where customers may take a copy.
A listing on the Chamber’s www.shopmembersfirst.com website with the discount/offering. Again, this dis-
count/offering may be changed monthly. Members may purchase additional advertising on this website at a
discounted price. The public will be urged to check the website for current discounts.
A business listing (name of company only) in a full age ad announcing the promotion in The Best Southwest
Connection, February, 2010 issue. This direct mail marketing magazine will be mailed nad distributed to
over 35,000 households and businesses in the Southern Dallas Area.
6. Please contact the Chamber or Frank Bentley for more information. Frank can be reached at
email@example.com or 972-283-0150. Fax form to: 972-28-30226.
Name of Company/Contact ________________________________________________________________
Telephone: _______________________________ E-Mail: _____________________________________
Website: _________________________________ Offering: ____________________________________
February 2010 I NFO R ME R PAGE 8
Scheduled Meetings BETTER BUSINESS
1st Wednesday: Board of Directors (7:30 a.m.)
1st Thursday: NCA5 Networking event (5:30 p.m.) Fourth Friday of Every Month
2nd Thursday: Chamber Member Luncheon at Lancas-
ter Recreation Center (except March, June, Sept, Dec. Presentation on Windows 7
when we meet with the Best Southwest cities).
Host & Sponsor: Microsoft
3rd Monday: Education Committee meeting at Bien-
venidos Restaurant (11:30 a.m.) Friday, February 26, 2010
3rd Tuesday: Chamber Tourism Committee at Bien- Bienvenidos Restaurant
venidos Restaurant (4:00 p.m.) 920 N. I-35E
3rd Friday: Ambassadors committee meeting at Roma’s Offered by the Chamber’s Small Business
Restaurant (11:30 a.m.) Committee.
4th Friday: Better Business Breakfast (7:30 a.m.) Breakfast is served at no cost—but RSVP
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!
The Lancaster ISD has asked us for volunteers
for the following:
NetConnect After 5
Science Fair Judges: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2020,
8:00 am.—11:00 a.m. at 422 S. Centre Street. “A Premier Networking Event”
Texas Scholars Presenters: Wednesday, Feb. 17, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010
2010, at the Lancaster Middle School, 7:30— 5:30—7:00 p.m.
9:45 a.m. This is given to 8th graders to impress Hosted by:
upon them the importance of continuing their Evergreen Buffet
education and taking the right courses in High 3200 W. Pleasant Run Rd. Ste. 300
School to prepare them for a better future. You Lancaster, Texas
will be assisted by a staff member and given a
prepared presentation. An instructor will go over Bring your business cards and a door
this with you that morning. prize. Everyone will get a chance to tell
us about their business.
To volunteer, please call Anita McPartland at If you are interested in hosting or spon-
972-218-1414. soring an NCA5 event this year, please
let the Chamber know.
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NETWORKING … come let others know
about your business ...
First Thursday of Each Month
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Profile Commercial Properties, Inc.
Commercial Real Estate Services
“Serving The Metroplex”
Sales * Leasing * Tenant/Buyer Representation
Real Estate Management
Margie Waldrop 972-227-3333
President/Broker fax 972-227-7177
110 E. First Street cell 469-644-2513
Lancaster, TX 75146 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
TOWN SQUARE REALTY
January’s NCA5 was at Bienvenidos
108 N. Dallas Avenue Restaurant. We had several new
Lancaster, TX 75146 guests who enjoyed hearing what the 1425 N. Dallas Avenue
Office: (972) 227-7010 Fax: (972) 227-6468 Chamber has to offer our members. P. O. Box 368 75146-0368
Lancaster, Texas 75134
Email: email@example.com (972) 227-2131
Fax: (972) 227-3704
Historic Homes, Horse Property, Country Life
Red Bird Travel Plus PATRICIA HAVARD, P.C.
CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT
DONNA M. JOHNSON
PATTY HAVARD, CPA
320 Cooper St. Cedar Hill, Texas 75104
(972) 291-9990 ext. 307 (972) 291-0354 (fax)
211 W. Pleasant Run, #115 (972) 227-6900
Info@redbirdtravel.com Lancaster, TX 75146 Fax (972) 227-6945
(972) 227-3342 Fax: (972) 227-6350
Like it never even happened.
Fire & Water—Cleanup & Restoration
Joe McKay Shaun Laurence 2319 East Grauwyler
Attorney At Law SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County
Customer Service Irving, Texas 75061
1846 Idlewild Lane
firstname.lastname@example.org 972.721.1950 Ext. 218 Lancaster, TX 75134
Mail Address: 211 W. Pleasant Run FAX 972.721.1966 972-227-0800
P. O. Box 985 Suite 111 RGClark8759@msn.com Fax: 972-228-8240
TECL #17875, B 1545 CELL 214.493.6614 Nextel 142*21*2823
Lancaster, TX 75146-0985 Lancaster, TX Independently Owned and Operated
972-227-9600 Club Sharon Giddings-Davis
469-323-5313 Cell Chief of Fun, Fast, Fitness
30 minutes + 3 days/week = an amazing you!
Mike and Linda Ratcliff Bluegrove Shopping Center
Managers (near Minyard Grocery Store)
1040 Cedar Valley Drive Fax: 972-224-4546
Lancaster, TX 75134 Penske: 972-224-4547 1450 W. Pleasant Run—148 email@example.com
Lancaster@access2dfwstorage.com Lancaster, TX 75146 www.curvesoflancaster.com
February 2010 I NFO R ME R Page 10
THE TEXAS TRIBUNE
Guest column: The 2010 Agenda: Business
By Bill Hammond
January 12, 2010
Implement an honest accountability system.
The current academic accountability system is reminiscent of
Enron in many ways. For example, the system rewards schools
for the academic performance that they expect to happen but
that has not yet actually occurred. This backwards process has
caused a false-positive spike in the number of schools rated
“Exemplary” or “Recognized,” now at 61%. This same system
also gives schools ratings such as “Academically Acceptable”
where 49% of the students can fail sections of the ‘Texas As-
sessment of Knowledge and Skills’. As if those statistics are
not outrageous enough, the Texas Education Agency, which
implements the education standards set by the Legislature, has
the audacity to claim that the Texas dropout rate is only 12%.
Everybody knows the number to be much greater. The current
education system will not allow Texas to remain globally com-
petitive If Texans were unflinchingly honest about how our
students are truly performing, we would be able to fully address
Unemployment trends are reversing and, thankfully, more of the scope of the issue. The ball is in the court of the Texas
our state’s employers are opening their doors to new employ- Education Agency to account for the real numbers.
ees. However, in order to restore jobs lost during the recession
and to prepare for those ready to enter the job market, Texas Foster a college-going culture. Our students must be en-
must create more than two million jobs in the next decade, ac- grained with the expectation that they will attain post-secondary
cording to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. That won’t be education while at the same time providing them with the infor-
easy, but the good news is that we are starting to make pro- mation and tools necessary to do so. The Texas Higher Educa-
gress. A key factor in Texas achieving this job growth target is tion Coordinating Board is already taking important steps in
having educated employees available to fill positions as they educating Texans about the financial options available for stu-
become available. dents and their families who worry about how they will pay for
A recent article in The Economist noted that while Texas enjoys
the best business climate in America, future problems related to Create a results-based higher education finance system.
education could erode that status dramatically. The Texas As- Texas must alter the funding formulas it uses for higher educa-
sociation of Business believes Texas must establish a long- tion and base them on the successful completion of courses, not
term goal of raising the education attainment of its workforce to simply classroom attendance. Adult basic education and reme-
a globally competitive level of 55 percent of the working age dial education must be funded along similar lines in order to
population (age 25-64) holding an associate degree or above by ensure that the money is being used in the production of results,
the year 2030. The business community pays for two-thirds of not just to support education bureaucracy. The biggest threat to
the cost of educating our children and will be the ultimate con- our business climate is a future workforce that is ill-prepared to
sumers of their knowledge when companies seek to fill jobs. meet the demands of an increasingly sophisticated job market.
As such, the Texas business community must step up to the If our students fall short of employer expectations, industries
plate as a critical friend of education by demanding first-class will simply leave Texas and go to a state that has a steady sup-
education and first-class results. Beyond the obvious economic ply of educated young adults prepared to fill their expectations.
imperative, a moral imperative exists that challenges the Texas Stakeholders must fight to heighten our education standards,
education system to produce stronger results. otherwise Texas, and its students, will be left behind. Address-
ing our education system must be priority number one in 2010.
In order to meet the target of restoring and creating more good-
paying jobs, the business community must engage at both the Bill Hammond is President and CEO of the Texas Association of Business, a
state and local level. To that end, we should all support three broad-based, bipartisan organization representing more than 3,000 small and
large businesses and 200 local chambers of commerce.
changes to our education system.
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SILVER PARTNERS BRONZE PARTNERS
Levine’s Dept. Store Hardscrabble Antiques
Access Self Storage Profile Commercial Properties
DART Transportation Town Square Realty
MCM Grandé Hotel Atmos Energy
Brenntag Southwest UNT—Dallas
Stinson Plumbing Bentwood Company
ServPro NW & SE
Allied Waste Services
The Allen Group