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Our Chamber, our members and our neighborhoods are in constant motion!  This News section of our site is designed to help us all keep abreast of what's new in East Dallas.  Members are welcome to contribute their own press clippings, as well!

  • 16 Jun 2016 6:58 PM | Anonymous

    The June 21 Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, presented by the Economic Growth &  Development Committee, will feature one of everyone's favorite subjects: Food!  A panel made up of East Dallas restaurant owners will be moderated by Matt Tobin of Goodfriend Burger House.  The panelists are Greg Watson of Dugg Burger, James St. Peter of Hypnotic Donuts,  Andrew Savoie of Resident Taqueria, Mark Wooton of Garden Café and Marc Cassell of 20 Feet.  The program promises to be a lively discussion of the surprises of opening a restaurant, what make East Dallas a special place to do so, and how the businesses impact our economic growth.  The door prizes will include gift certificates from the panelists. 

    11:30 a.m. Networking/12:00 p.m. Program

    Lakewood Country Club
    1912 Abrams Road

     $30 for members / $35 for Guests

    Register: www.eastdallaschamber.com

    Hosted by the Economic Growth &
    Development Committee

    Thank you to our sponsor

    Republic Title - Lakewood

  • 16 Jun 2016 10:01 AM | Anonymous

    After a decade of planting seeds and helping them grow, Veritex Bank’s Women in
    Business Summer Internship Program Celebrates its 10th anniversary. With the thriving growth and success of the Women in Business Summer Internship Program, founder Darlene Ellison, Sr. Vice President and Community Development Executive at Veritex Bank, is thrilled to embark on the 10th year of this empowering and productive project in the Dallas community. The Women in Business Summer Internship Program is a local effort that connects college-aged women with female entrepreneurs or executives in the community who mentor and coach their respective interns to become successful, skillful and productive in the workplace. After realizing the prevalence of talented female mentors in the community via her Women in Business Networking Socials, the lack of entrepreneurial internship opportunities available to a large number of college-aged women and her own experience as a graduate of SMU Cox School of Business, Ellison created a solution to fill a void in the Dallas community. Her Program teaches interns not only about industry-specific jobs but also about relevant life skills that yield successful and happy, albeit busy professional women.

    “I wanted to show young women in the community that they did not need to ‘fit in a box’ of expectations, when it comes to their summer internships or their professional choices after college” said Ellison, who makes it a priority to teach them that it is possible to balance extracurricular activities, personal wellbeing and summer obligations, while still enjoying an amazing career. The internship is not only flexible, but also paid, providing these young women the opportunity to learn valuable skills from their mentors while still earning a nice summer income. In addition to their summer placements that range from part-time to full-time, interns are also treated to a mid-summer “Lunch-N-Learn” thrown by Ellison and Veritex Bank that allows them to hear “nuggets of wisdom” from former interns, successful businesswomen and Veritex Bank’s HR Director about topics such as résumés, interviews and social media presence.

    The program commenced in 2007 with just three interns, and has expanded to a robust 14 interns in just a decade due to such rave reviews from intern and mentor participants. These interns and mentors are found by word of mouth and by utilizing local media resources in the community. The young women hired in the program are entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year of colleges from across the country, yet reside in the Dallas community during the summer. The mentors are coached by Ellison to not only offer a “summer job” but, in addition, to foster a relationship with their intern that serves to teach and empower her as she contemplates her “what’s next” after college.

    Several young women from the White Rock/Lakewood/East Dallas area have participated in the WIB Summer Internship Program, including Alexandra Kish, Caroline Martinez, Mary Katherine O’Rourke, Addie, Sarah & Mary Delph, Emily Vecella, Erin Florence, Katie Spurgin, Alexa Calvin and Claire Musselman, just to name a few. In fact, the Program’s first intern in 2007 was East Dallas native Evie Crabb Krimm, and this year is the first year that two former interns are now serving as Mentors in the program – Lauren Valek Farris and Kiley Trent, also both from East Dallas.

    Veritex Community Bank, the presenting sponsor of the WIB Program, allows Ellison the opportunity to incorporate the work of managing this program into her daily schedule because it has become so successful and expansive. About one third of the year is spent planning and organizing the program, but when asked if she plans to continue in upcoming years, Ellison’s response is a simple, “I can’t imagine not running the program.”

    Ellison’s connection with the young women over the years has evolved into meaningful relationships that have transformed and grown tremendously. She has been an asset in their lives, having written over 25 job references and has even found some of the former interns their post-graduate jobs. “The most rewarding aspect of our Women in Business Internship Program for me is to have the opportunity to meet so many driven young women with such diverse backgrounds, talents, experiences, and dreams, and then to observe firsthand the growth that they experience personally and professionally via this program.  In fact, this year is our first to have a former WIB intern-turned-real-estate-entrepreneur actually serving as a mentor to one of our college students. After 10 years, probably the greatest blessing I have had from this Program is being able to stay engaged with so many of our former interns and to celebrate their successes. I have even attended a couple of weddings and held a couple of first-borns.”  


  • 12 Jun 2016 1:13 PM | Anonymous

    WHO: Professor Nick Chamberlain—10th degree black belt and founder/owner of 35-year-old Dallas based Chamberlain Studios who was recently honored by House Representative Ken Sheets for his dedication to the martial arts and community service.


    WHAT: A free interactive two-hour self-defense workshop and workout led by Professor Nick Chamberlain, the go-to self-defense expert. Participants will learn techniques to avoid dangerous situations, fend off potential assailants and general self-defense methods and mentalities. Attendees can ‘Break a Board for a Buck’ where they are taught how to break a wooden plank with their bare hand; each ‘buck’ benefits Genesis Women’s Shelter. 

    Complimentary children’s workshop (ages 4+) led by trained professionals available in neighboring room which includes martial arts exercises, engaging games and ‘stranger danger’ lessons. Dallas Police will be present with safety tips and a Q&A for all.

    Attendees are not required but encouraged to wear fitness attire and to bring a donation of cash or everyday household items to benefit Genesis. 

    WHEN: Saturday June 25th, 2016; 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm 

    WHERE: Chamberlain Studios of Self Defense, 2114 Kidwell Street, Dallas, TX 75214; 214.351.5367; www.dallaskenpo.com. 

    WHY: Chamberlain Studios wants to expand the way the public thinks about violence prevention, help tackle common fears and empower the community. Participants will leave with greater awareness, assertiveness, verbal confrontation skills, safety strategies and physical techniques to help prevent, escape, resist and survive violent assaults. 



  • 24 May 2016 7:06 PM | Anonymous


    Join the East Dallas Young Professionals for a speaker lunch at 11:30 on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Trinity Hall, located at 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas 75206.

    Brian and Shelby Helm will be reviewing the basics of financial wellness: budgeting (knowing how much money is coming in vs. out and where your money is going), insurance and retirement planning (explaining these in a more user-friendly way), college funds for children, etc.

    This will be a great refresher for many and a good reminder for any young professional on appropriate money management

    Trinity Hall always has a great menu for us with each meal at $10 after tax.

    We hope to see you all there!

  • 11 May 2016 8:36 AM | Anonymous


    Woodrow Wilson Alumni Fest on Saturday, May 14 will have pizza and beer at The Pour House at 1919  Skillman, raising funds for scholarships for Woodrow Wilson students. 

    $30 in advance $35 at the door - and the O's are playing!

    This will be fun - and supports a good cause.! 


  • 20 Apr 2016 9:59 PM | Anonymous
    Just announced - reception with artist John Henry on April 29 and then 2016 Spirit is Ageless Contest Awards Celebration at C. C. Young on April 30.



  • 20 Apr 2016 12:57 PM | Anonymous

    The Pour House in Lakewood is hosting a benefit for the Woodrow Wilson Alumni Association on May 14 from 12-5 pm. Pizza from My Family's Pizza, beer and music by the O's! $30 in advance / $35 at the door. www.exchangeclubofeastdallas.org


  • 19 Apr 2016 6:19 AM | Anonymous

    IH 635 LBJ East From US 75 to IH 30 - Public Meeting
    Tuesday, April 19, 2016
    Public Meeting (Open House Format): 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Highlands Church of Christ - 10805 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, Texas 75238

    The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will hold a Public Meeting regarding the proposed IH 635 LBJ East Ultimate Project from US 75 to IH 30 in the cities of Dallas, Garland, and Mesquite, Dallas County, Texas. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at the Highland Oaks Church of Christ, 10805 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, Texas 75238. The meeting will be held in an open house format from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    The purpose of the public meeting is to present the proposed project to the public and receive comments. The project proposes improvements to IH 635 from east of US 75 to south of IH 30 and to IH 30 from west of Gus Thomasson Road to east of North Galloway Avenue. The proposed project would reconstruct IH 635 to providefive general-purpose lanes, two tolled-managed lanes, and two to three frontage road lanes in each direction from US 75 to near Royal Lane/Miller Road. From near Royal Lane/Miller Road to La Prada Drive, the proposed project would reconstruct IH 635 to provide five general-purpose lanes, two non-tolled express lanes, and two to three frontage road lanes in each direction. From La Prada Drive to south of IH 30, the project would reconstruct IH 635 to provide lane balance transitions between the general purpose lanes, proposed express lanes, and IH 30 interchange. Additionally, two to three frontage road lanes would be constructed in each direction from La Prada to Town East Boulevard. Improvements to IH 30 would include reconstructing the main lanes to provide at least three lanes in each direction through the IH 635 interchange with allowances provided for potential future managed/express lanes. Auxiliary lanes would also be constructed for the IH 635 interchange. The IH 30 improvements would include two to three lane frontage roads in each direction. Additionally, the proposed project includes the construction of multiple noise walls located along the project corridor, where reasonable and feasible.

  • 15 Apr 2016 10:27 AM | Anonymous

    The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce will host Dr. Lori Cook, Ph.D. who will present a program that is very timely: “Brain Health of our Kids: A Candid Discussion about Concussions”. 19-year-old McCann Utu, Jr. from Plano killed his mother, Stacy Fawcett, and his 17-year-old brother, Josiah Utu, last Friday before killing himself. McCann's uncle, Scott Fawcett, says the teen's personality changed after he suffered two head injuries while playing basketball at Plano We...st High School. His brain has been donated to the scientific community for concussion research.

    The program will be Tuesday, April 20 at the Lakewood Country Club, 1912 Abrams Road. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. and program and lunch at 12 p.m. Seats are $30 for Chamber members and $35 for guests. They are available online www.eastdallaschamber.com or by calling 214-649-1773.

    Dr. Lori Cook, Ph.D. is Director of Pediatric Brain Injury Programs at Center for BrainHealth. She is actively engaged in educating the public about concussions and concern which touches many families in and around East Dallas. She will talk about Brain Health with a focus on concussions – research, trends, how to stave off concussions, and how to look out for the symptoms of a concussion.

    Click to pay online

    Thank you to our sponsor

    Whole Foods Market-Lakewood


    Dr. Cook, a certified speech-language pathologist since 2003, specializes in conducting research and clinical cognitive-linguistic evaluations as well as interventions with children with neurologic communication disorders. Currently, Dr. Cook oversees the pediatric brain injury research programs at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas, including coordination of two studies involving specialized evaluation and cognitive intervention for children and adolescents with acquired brain injury.

    Dr. Cook has also served as site research coordinator for a National Institutes of Health-funded study investigating the long-term recovery of higher-level language skills as well as executive function abilities (e.g., self-regulation, planning, problem-solving) after brain injury, contributing to the development of new assessment and intervention tools. Additionally, she has been involved in studies examining working memory function and social cognition abilities during functional brain imaging (fMRI).

    Overall, her research is focused on understanding the rehabilitative effects of long-term follow-up care, with the hope of developing a successful format for identifying, monitoring, and maximizing the potential of children with acquired brain injuries in order to help them be successful in their home, school, and community environments.

    To learn more about Dr. Cook's work, click here.


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