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Please Welcome Our Newest Members!
Between February 6, 2012 – February 10, 2012 the following companies became members of the Austin Chamber of Commerce:

P=President's Advisory Board | C=Chairman's Advisory Board

Alliance Tech, Inc. [P] Saladworks
Stanley Security Solutions Drilling Info Inc. [P]
Rodgers Capital Inc. Timbertown Austin
Webcore Technologies Catholic Charities of Central Texas
K1 Speed Century Parmer Place Apartments
Austin Roofing Contractors Capital Wings [P]
The Doctors Management Company
Global Policy and Relations L.L.C. PrimePR
ChooseWhat Tech Ranch Austin [P]
Oak Hill Chiropractic Center  

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Austin Regional Clinic has named Dr. Gregory S. Sheff as Medical Director of Care Management and Clinical Integration for the primary and multi-specialty healthcare organization. Sheff was also named Senior Vice President and Medical Director for Managed Care with Covenant Management Systems, and serves as President and Chief Medical Officer of the Seton Health Alliance, a partnership with Seton Healthcare Family that has been named one of the 2012 Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations. Sheff, a family medicine physician, has been with ARC since 2005.

Anderson High School in North Austin is holding a FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) Qualifying Tournament on Saturday, February 18, 2012 from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM. A worldwide program through U.S. FIRST®, FTC is a hands-on robotics tournament where teams of high school students design, build, and program robots to compete in an alliance format with other teams. Participating teams will receive awards and eligibility to advance to the Regional Texas Championship in San Antonio.

The February 18th tournament is Presented by ARM and hosted by Anderson High School’s robotics team, AusTIN CANs, and by the STEM Council at Skillpoint Alliance. The 2011-12 Bowled Over!™ Season of FTC in Central Texas is made possible through funding by the Texas Workforce Commission. Governor Rick Perry and Texas Workforce Commissioners Andres Alcantar and Ronnie Congleton allocated $1 million dollars to expand statewide student participation in robotics education programs last November. Funds were dispersed through Dallas-based non-profit FIRST in Texas. Additional support for the Anderson tournament is provided by Presenting Sponsor, ARM.

Volunteer positions are still open for those interested in participating in the event. Volunteer duties include check-in, crowd control, hospitality, event breakdown and time-keeping. Those with a background in engineering, technical professions, or Human Resources are especially encouraged to participate as Judges. All volunteers receive breakfast, lunch, and a FIRST® Tech Challenge T-shirt.

For more information or to become a volunteer, please visit the Austin FTC Qualifier Page or contact Jessica Galfas, STEM Programs Coordinator at or call 512.323.6773 ext 115.

It's easy using eco-sustainable products to keep Austin and surrounding areas clean and green. We have eco-friendly gifts for many different companies including hospitals, culinary academies, realtors, charities, and waste management or recycling programs.

All Seasons Nursery has initiated a new program where every $10 of your eco-gifts purchase, we will provide 3 meals to hungry children.

Please visit our website at or call us at 800-637-4823 to explore our line.

With Earth Day fast approaching on April 22nd, now is the perfect time to show your support for Austin's environment with gifts that grow and help the children.

Express Employment Professionals Presents:
The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business (complimentary training webinar)

Turning an unhealthy company into a healthy one can change the lives of employees - and customers - in real, tangible ways, drastically transform an organization's bottom-line performance, and provide a massive competitive advantage. And for the leaders who spearhead these efforts, it can be one of the most meaningful and rewarding endeavors they will ever pursue.
On Thursday, March 8, Express Employment Professionals will host a webinar featuring leadership consultant, speaker, and New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni. Register now to learn more about organizational health and why it's so important to your business.

To register, visit:
You will receive a confirmation email upon registration.

About the Speaker:
Patrick Lencioni is the founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to providing organizations with ideas, products, and services that improve teamwork, clarity, and employee engagement. Lencioni is the author of six best-selling books with over 2.5 million copies sold. After six years in print, his book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team continues to be a fixture on national best-seller lists, and his book The Three signs of a Miserable Job became an instant best-seller in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and BusinessWeek.

Celebrate Leap Day by drumming with internationally recognized facilitator Nina Rodriguez at the Austin Community Drum Circle. Free event, all ages and skill levels welcome!

X8 Drums & Toca Percussion are co-sponsoring a community drum circle in downtown Austin TX on Leap Day, February 29th. Free event and instruments will be available on site. Location: VORTEX Repertory Company, 2307 Manor Road, Austin, Texas 78722. Time: 7-10pm

Call 1-800-771-9645 for more information or click here:

According to Travis County Health and Human Services, the estimated annual smoking-related health care and lost productivity cost in Texas is $4,501.60 per smoker. ACTIVE Life, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to making healthy the norm in Texas, helps reduce the burden of tobacco by providing free technical assistance with implementation of tobacco-free policies and movement towards national cancer prevention standards. In partnership with LIVE Tobacco-free Austin, over 30 local workplaces have gone tobacco-free. Additionally, ACTIVE Life’s website showcases employer efforts toward policies and programs that create healthy environments. Learn more at

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