United Way of Brazoria County (UWBC) is excited to announce the formation of Small Business | Big Impact, a leadership circle of local business owners dedicated to serving the community where we all live, work, and play. Small businesses play a critical role in maintaining a thriving local economy, and their partnership is equally critical to the success of UWBC, as we fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community.
Small Business | Big Impact focuses on connecting small business owners who understand we can find sustaining solutions to our community’s toughest challenges through partnerships and the efficient mobilization of resources: time, talent, and treasure.
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The Small Business | Big Impact 2018 Founding Members
M&M Plumbing, Inc.
In the spirit of this partnership, please join us in welcoming M&M Plumbing, Inc. as the founding member of the Small Business | Big Impact.
Owner, Michael Newton, is no stranger to meeting the needs of the community.
M&M Plumbing, Inc. has been in business since 2008, and their crew offers 25+ years of reliable experience. M&M Plumbing, Inc. is also a proud member of the 100 Club of Brazoria County, which supports the families of first responders who have given their lives in the line of duty. Mr. Newton was also quick to lend a hand to those in need during Hurricane Harvey, emptying out his own freezers to feed local families affected by the disaster.
Thank you, M&M Plumbing, Inc. and Michael Newton, for founding our circle of service-minded local business leaders and for unleashing the power local business has to change our community.
If you are ever in need of M&M Plumbing, Inc's expertise, you can get a professional response within one hour by calling 281-830-0367. They are here to serve Galveston County, Brazoria County, and the southern Harris County.
Empower Youth Sports Magazine, EYS.
Please help us to welcome Empower Youth Sports Magazine, EYS as the latest member and Media Sponsor of Small Business | Big Impact.
Raquel Freeman, Publisher of Empower Youth Sports Magazine, EYS moved to Pearland in April 2016 with her husband and two children. Her family has always been involved with athletics, and she naturally started looking into what sports organizations would be a good fit for her children and their family. What Raquel found was an overwhelming number of organizations and leagues with no helpful tools to navigate through the process of deciding which ones would be the best fit for them.
On realizing the opportunity she had in front of her, Raquel launched Empower Youth Sports Magazine, EYS to share the information that she had learned along the way, to connect children and families with the right organizations for them, to support the vitality of sports organizations in the Pearland area, to salute the participation and accomplishments of young athletes.
“Sportsmanship builds character, and sound character leads children to become advocates and public servants as well as businesses owners, executives, and overall responsible adults, ” affirms Raquel, EYS owner and publisher.
Raquel’s dream is not only to connect the community through athletics, but to facilitate the growth of the next generation of advocates, leaders, and community-minded young people. Raquel and the work of Empower Youth Sports Magazine, EYS is being featured in an upcoming publication of the Brazoria County Alliance for Children (BCAC), to provide resources that may inform children, families, and coaches on how to best support children and families that have been affected by child abuse.
Thank you, Empower Youth Sports Magazine, EYS, and Raquel Freeman, for joining our circle of service-minded local business leaders and for unleashing the power local business has to change our community.
If you are interested in seeing or receiving a copy of Empower Youth Sports Magazine, EYS - visit their website, EYS Magazine.
Urban Eve, BleuRoots Salons
Jennifer Culverhouse, owner of Urban Eve, BleuRoots Salons, moved with her family to Brazoria County in 2001. Her husband, Jason Culverhouse, originally transferred to the area to work in the Houston oil industry, but their family wanted to build a life outside of the city. They found a little spot on the map called Lake Jackson, and it ended up being a great fit. Her favorite things about living in this area are the people, the relationships, and generosity.
Jennifer cannot remember a time in her life when she was not involved in entrepreneurial activities. She vividly remembers organizing her Grandmother's garage sales were the highlight of her childhood summers.
"I have also always been so passionate about the bursary industry and fashion... I can't think of anything in the entire world I would have done differently with my career choice," says Jennifer. The most rewarding aspects of being an entrepreneur for her are the people and the relationships. She thoroughly enjoys watching her team grow, developing into successful business leaders themselves.
Giving back is one of the top 3 core values of Urban Eve, BleuRoots Salons. The salons donate 1% of gross sales to local and global causes. In addition to running a fleet of salons, Jennifer is the founder of the nonprofit, FreeRoots. FreeRoots provides vocational training for women who are at risk of or have been rescued from sex trafficking. Teams of stylists from Urban Eve, BleuRoots Salons travel to Mumbai, India twice a year and serve at Freedom Place in Houston monthly to support the vocational education of women.
This new partnership with United Way of Brazoria County through membership with Small Business | Big Impact is a natural extension of the cause-driven work already ingrained in the Urban Eve, BleuRoots culture. Jennifer explains, "The impact United Way is making is huge, and we are so grateful to get to be a part of that."
Events All Around, LLC
Jessica Haviland, owner of Events All Around, LLC, is a life-long Brazoria County resident. She was born and raised here and loves how her work touches many lives across our community. Her business, Events All Around, LLC, was established in 2008 and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
Jessica is driven to support community needs. Events All Around will typically sponsor 15-20 nonprofit events each year. Additionally, they offer 10% off to nonprofit organizations in need of event supplies and donate 4-5 Cinema Packages to live-auction charitable events annually.
This year has been even more active for Jessica and her business because of the effects of Hurricane Harvey on our community. Events All Around, LLC was a key sponsor of Rayzur's 9th Annual Best Batch Crawfish Cookoff just a few weekends ago. This year, this beloved local event is donating the proceeds of the event to the Brazoria County Long-Term Recovery Committee to support the survivors of Hurricane Harvey through the Brazoria County Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund. Events All Around LLC was also a key sponsor of the Harvey Relief Donations Drop-off Site at the Brazos Mall last September, providing the tents, tables, and other supplies needed to host the event. That donation site brought in 13,552 donated relief items and over $10,000 in recovery donations that went out to local nonprofits working directly with survivors.
Jessica and Events All Around, LLC have a long-standing relationship with United Way of Brazoria County. Just last year the two organizations partnered to produce The Big Bounce, an Inflatables 5K Fun Run at the Freeport Municipal Park in Freeport, Texas. When asked about what she anticipates as a new Small Business | Big Impact member, Jessica says, "United Way of Brazoria County will be the vehicle we use moving forward to focus our charitable efforts and community impact."
Damian & Associates, Inc.
This fully-licensed civil engineering and surveying firm has been family-owned and operated since 1991, serving surrounding municipalities and industry from their Freeport office. Over the years, the business has grown, expanding to include pipeline design, mapping, and integrity management services for midstream oil & gas pipeline operations.
And through their years of success, Damian & Associates, Inc. have held their Freeport roots close. Founded, by Celestino Damian, well-loved father of current President, Phillip Damian, D&A has moved locations only once, from their humble beginnings in the spare offices of Freeport’s First Assembly of God to just down the road on N. Avenue J. Each year, D&A dedicates their time and expertise to laying out the soccer fields for the athletes of the Angleton Soccer Club, and two scholarships are offered annually to the students of Brazosport High School and Brazoswood High School in Celestino’s name.
Damian & Associates, Inc. view their commitment to the community as an honor and choosing to become a Small Business | Big Impact member is one of many ways they are revitalizing their investment in the place where we live, work and play. D&A also collaborates with the Brazosport College Small Business Development Center to further strengthen their economic contributions to the communities in which they do business.
Thank you, Damian & Associates and Phillip Damian, for joining the Small Business | Big Impact philanthropic circle of service-minded local business leaders.
Further information on the services offered by Damian & Associates can be found on their website, damianassociates.net, or by calling their office at (979) 233-7177.
United Way of Brazoria County is excited to announce that the Brazos Mall has just become one of our Small Business | Big Impact members. The Brazos Mall has been a Brazosport area staple since opening in 1976. Since then, its combination of locally owned and national retailers has created a lively and vibrant community hub.
Patty Sayes, General Manager of Brazos Mall, loves how deeply ingrained the mall is in our community and how much they give back. “It’s a part of who we are,” she says. Not only is the mall a place to shop with family and friends, but it is also a resource for the community. The Brazos Mall has a great relationship with the Salvation Army and hosts an annual Adopt an Angel Tree at Christmas time. The mall also has a 20-year relationship with the Brazoria County SPCA. Holding at least 3 community events every week, year-round, the Brazos Mall hosts bake sales and blood drives. The mall also hosts Trick or Treat on Halloween for kids, Kids Day, Senior Fest, Health Fares and Military Wives and Moms events. One of their goals is to “be a shopping center and a center for the community”
After 9/11, the Brazos Mall started Fill-A-Box for a soldier and won the International Council of Shopping Centers MAXI award for community service. The mall also participates in the “Adopt a Ship” program, sending Christmas stockings and Valentine’s Day packages to every soldier on their sponsored ship, which benefits around 250 soldiers each holiday. The Brazos Mall has received special recognition from the Navy for their “Adopt a Ship” efforts.
The Brazos Mall also answers the call when disaster strikes, Following Hurricane Katrina, the mall filled two 18 wheelers of relief items for Katrina survivors. To help the tornado survivors in Oklahoma, they built a house in the middle of the mall for a card drive, donating the proceeds to American Red Cross. And immediately following Hurricane Harvey, the Brazos Mall teamed up with United Way of Brazoria County, the Brazosport Ministerial Alliance, The Dow Chemical Company Dow Texas Operations, Events All Around, and The Facts to bring a centralized donations drop-off site to benefit Brazoria County residents recovering from the impacts of Hurricane Harvey. That effort raised over 13,000 relief items for local residents.
The Brazos Mall has chosen to join Small Business | Big Impact because they believe that local businesses deserve recognition for their work in the community. With all that said, we are very proud to have the Brazos Mall as a 2018 founding member of Small Business | Big Impact.
Setpoint Integrated Solutions
United Way of Brazoria County is very excited that Setpoint Integrated Solutions has chosen to become a 2018 founding member of our Small Business | Big impact philanthropic leadership circle. Setpoint Integrated Solutions is an industry leader in process control. They support the power, refining, and chemical industries with best in class valve repair services, delivering process solutions for control, relief, and automated valve requirements, along with industrial equipment including liquid level measurement, pressure gauges, PLC’s, and more.
Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Setpoint Integrated Solutions is a subsidiary of Pon Holdings B.V. of the Netherlands. Founded in 1959, Setpoint Integrated Solutions has grown from a single location to 13 branches across the Gulf South. They cover territory in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida. The Richwood location supports plants in Freeport, Texas City, Bay City and South Houston.
With 29 local employees and growing, Setpoint Integrated Solutions has found great success in investing in their employees. They do not require industry experience because they are willing to train the right people for the job. In fact, 75% of their current employees began without specific industry experience.
Setpoint Integrated Solutions’ values are a Passion to Perform, Act Responsibly, Trust to Act, and Make it Fun. And they display these values both on the job and in the community. “We do and support as much as we can,” says Richwood Site Manager, Mike Agnew. Not only does the company believe in giving back to the community, Setpoint Integrated Solutions’ employees are given two paid volunteer days each year to give back themselves.
Setpoint Integrated Solutions have only been in their Richwood building for 13 months, and they are already making a huge impact on the community. Setpoint Integrated Solutions is a member of local Chambers of Commerce (Angleton, Brazosport). They also participate in community golf tournaments and sponsor the Brazoria County Fair Association.
Welcome, Setpoint Integrated Solutions, to Small Business | Big Impact. We are pleased to be able to provide you with access through your membership to like-minded local business leaders who value giving back to the community where we all live, work and play.
Lola Stardust Fine Art Studio & Gallery
We are pleased to announce Lola Stardust Fine Art Studio & Gallery as UWBC's newest Small Business | Big Impact member! Suzanne Lola or “Lola Stardust”, is a fine artist specializing in acrylic paints with a focus on pop-surrealism art and is open for commissions.
Suzanne said UWBC was her first thought when thinking about how to give back, "I love supporting my community and being able to give back is a pleasure and something I never thought I would be able to do."
After running her business out of her home for years, Suzanne thought it was about time to get her own space. Her studio opened in August 2018 and she hasn't looked back. Downtown Lake Jackson was the perfect spot for her studio and she fit right in.
Her love of art started at a young age and she remembers drawing things for classmates and how they always loved her art - some classmates even still have her art today! She offers everything from realistic portraits, pets, people, murals, window painting for businesses, signs for home or business, and more. Her creative mind can take on almost anything and everything, and she offers affordable pieces all at an exceptional quality.
Our warmest welcome, Lola Stardust, to Small Business | Big Impact. We are pleased to be able to provide you with access through your membership to like-minded local business leaders who value giving back to the community where we all live, work and play.
Neal Insurance Agency
We are pleased to welcome Neal Insurance Agency as our last founding member of United Way of Brazoria County's (UWBC) Small Business | Big Impact Program! Neal Insurance Agency serves the insurance needs of individuals, families, and provides protection for many kinds of businesses in the Brazoria County area. Neal Insurance Agency has been family owned and operated since 1953. Clyde W. Neal, Jr. joined his father in 1982 and has studied insurance coverage extensively.
Clyde has always been active in the community and a strong supporter of UWBC, so when he heard about the SBBI program he knew he had to join. Clyde sat on the United Way of Brazoria County Board for several years, and then was elected Board President for 1996-1997. "I have always been a longtime donor, volunteer, and supporter of the United Way of Brazoria County and the programs they support. Having an opportunity to give back more to my community through the SBBI program is another way to show my support for Brazoria County."
The agency's staff of seven are highly experienced in Windstorm, Hurricane and Flood insurance, which is so critical in our coastal area. They are your all-in-one solution for the most affordable, reliable insurance available today. Their relationships with multiple national and regional insurance carriers allow them to provide you with the most competitive rates.
Our warmest welcome, Neal Insurance Agency, to Small Business | Big Impact. We are pleased to be able to provide you with access through your membership to like-minded local business leaders who value giving back to the community where we all live, work and play.