American Turkic Business Council Newsletter, June 2016

June 27, 2016 • Continue Reading »

ATBC & TTACC Private Business Networking Dinner Series

dinner seriesAs part of the holy month of Ramadan, the American Turkic Business Council & Texas Turkish American Chamber of Commerce hosted three private business networking dinners for the friends and members of the council. As this is a very special month awaited by many with great excitement, a very important tradition is to host friends and family to break fast together. To be a part of this tradition, ATBC & TTACC hosted these dinners with a business twist so that attendees can both network and enjoy the company of each other in a more social setting. The dinners that took place at Nazif’s Turkish Grille provided a great setting with delicious Turkish food enjoyed by all the guests.

ATBC & TTACC 2016 Business Seminar:
Searching for the Right Business to Invest in the US

The American Turkic Business Council & Texas Turkish American Chamber of Commerce, hosted two business seminar events titled “Searching for the Right Business to invest in the U.S.” in both Houston and Dallas.

business seminar 2The Dallas event that took place on May 22nd, 2016, proudly hosted three keynote speakers with various areas of expertise so that attendees can compile the most useful information based on their situations. Our speakers were Ms. Rochelle O’Brien, a Business broker focusing on purchasing businesses, preparing SBA loan packages, and developing marketing plans, Ms. Anne Bar, a business broker providing opportunities in existing and new franchises, and finally Ms. Ann Badmus, an immigration attorney that provided employment and business related immigration matters and investor visas.

The ATBC & TTACC HQ office in Houston hosted the second leg of the seminar on June 16th, 2016 at the Turquoise Center. As with the Dallas seminar, the event in Houston targeted to provide information for new comers in regards to the right way to find and invest in businesses in the US as well as handling legal issues. The keynote speakers of the seminar included Ms. Wilka Toppins, an immigration lawyer, and Ms. Marcia Bowron, a business broker.

Upcoming Events

Time/Location/Event Topics Coming Soon!

Riaz Siddiqi

Riaz Siddiqi of Denham Capital

Event Date: August 17th

Mr. Riaz Siddiqi is the Founder and Managing Partner at Denham Capital. With more than 32 years of experience in the energy and asset management fields, Mr. Siddiqi plays an active role in not only the business arena but is also involved in several public service causes. Currently, Mr. Siddiqi is a member of the Investment Committee and Valuation Committee at Denham Capital, as well as serving on the Board of Directors of Denham investee companies Gradient Resources and Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd.

Javaid Anwar

Javaid Anwar of Midland energy

Event Date: September 20th

Often referred to as a man with vision, Mr. Javaid Anwar formed Midland Energy Inc., in 1984 and Petroplex Energy Inc, the following year after leaving his job at Cabot Petroleum. After putting himself through college at the University of Wyoming, Mr. Anwar had first hand experience with the deep recession of the oil business. With his goals and mindset, even when during tough times, he never gave up on his dream or his companies. Mr. Anwar, is not only passionate about running a successful business, but is also referred to as being a very generous person who donates to causes and organizations he believes will benefit the society.


U.S. Representative Pete Olson

Event Date: October TBD

U.S. Representative Peter (“Pete”) Olson currently serves the Texas 22nd congressional district since 2009. Upon completing his undergraduate studies at Rice University, Representative Olson continued his education by enrolling in the University of Texas at Austin law school. After his completion of law school, he joined the United States Navy. Representative Olson is an active member on the committee of Energy and Commerce, which is one of the oldest standing committees of the U.S. House of Representatives.

It’s Finally Here!

American Turkic Business Journal

american-turkic-journalATBC & TTACC is proud to announce the publication of the fourth issue of the American Turkic Business Journal.

With it’s Oklahoman theme, the fourth issue houses a wide range of articles that will certainly peak your interest. You can find articles written by Oklahoma Mayor Mick Cormett, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar, and many others.

You can access all four editions of the journal from our website at

Editorial: Deliver flood money: Congress should speed up funding for Houston’s critical flood control projects

June 12, 2016 • Continue Reading »


Key excerpts:

  • “It used to be that Representatives could use an earmark to direct the Army Corps of Engineers to put politically important projects at the top of the list. Now discretion is largely left up to executive agencies.
  • “That’s why U.S. Rep. Al Green, a Democrat, proposed a bill that will authorize $311 million in supplemental disaster funds to be spent exclusively for flood control projects in the Houston area. That proposal, House Bill 5025, will set a 10-year deadline for spending these funds and already has 72 co-sponsors, including every Republican representative in the Houston delegation.”
  • “It hasn’t been tried since I’ve been in Congress that a group of members would come together on such a good, bipartisan basis,” Rep. Gene Green, a Democratic co-sponsor, told the editorial board.”
  • “The best thing that Houstonians can do to push the bill along is tell their friends and relatives across the country to encourage their own representatives to support the Tax Day Floods Supplemental Funding Act. Consider those phone calls and emails to be the thoughts and prayers that flood survivors really need.”
  • “Flood control is the sort of project where Congress is either going to pay now or pay later. Whether through FEMA spending, flood recovery or lost federal investments – floods cost Texas more than $3 billion last year, largely from damaged infrastructure – taxpayers will eventually bear a burden from these natural disasters. Paying for prevention up front will save us in the long run.”
  • “Until then, Al Green and Gene Green and their colleagues are working to help Houston at least get the money we need to prepare our city for the next big storm.”

Solid Waste Management Department Final Storm Debris Pick-Up Schedule

June 3, 2016 • Continue Reading »

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The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department has started the final collection pass for the Tax Day Storm 2016. The last day for collection will be Saturday, June 11, 2106 for ALL residents.

Items should be segregated into six (6) piles away from fire hydrants, mailboxes, power lines and other objects that will hamper safe pickup.

Debris separation piles:

  • Normal Household Trash – Normal household trash and bagged debris of any kind will not be picked up with debris as part of this program. You should continue to follow your normal garbage schedule.
  • Vegetative Debris – leaves (do not put in bags), logs, plants, tree branches.
  • Construction & Demolition Debris – building materials, carpet, drywall, furniture, lumber, mattresses and plumbing.
  • Appliances & White Goods – air conditioners, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers and water heaters.
  • Electronics – computers, radios, stereos, televisions, other devices with a cord.
  • Household Hazardous Waste – cleaning supplies, batteries, lawn chemical, oils, oil-based paints, stains and pesticides

For more information about the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department and its services, residents may check online at, like us on Facebook at, follow us on twitter @houstontrash or call 3-1-1, the City of Houston’s Customer Service Helpline.

The Solid Waste Management Department provides solid waste service to the citizens of Houston through the collection, disposal and recycling of discarded material in a manner that is safe, efficient, environmentally sound and cost-effective.

Questions or concerns contact:
Irma Reyes, Public Information Officer
(832) 393-0475 office

Hurricane Season is here. The City of Houston Offers Preparedness Tips

June 3, 2016 • Continue Reading »

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The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is reminding Houstonians that Hurricane Season starts June 1st and runs through November 30th. Houstonians should take steps to begin the process of preparing.

Storms like Alison, Ike and Carla have all impacted Houston at various times throughout the season, so it’s important to prepare now.

Steps to Prepare

OEM reminds Houstonians of the four emergency preparedness steps:

  1. Make an Emergency Plan

    Every Houston family should have an emergency plan that details where they will go in the event of an emergency. Those Houston families who live in a hurricane evacuation zone should know where they will go ahead of time and have an out-of-town contact to check-in with to make sure the family is able to communicate. A sample plan is available from

    Only those residents who either live in an evacuation zone, or who use a medical device which requires electricity to sustain their life should evacuate ahead of a storm. To find local evacuation zones, visit and click on “Hurricane Evacuation”. Houston residents who might need additional help in evacuating during a disaster can visit the OEM website to learn more about the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR), which is used by local agencies to identify those with disabilities and other needs, in an effort to provide better assistance to them ahead of, and after an emergency.

    Residents should also know their level of risk ahead of a storm. The Houston Storm Risk Calculator ( displays a map of hurricane risks from storm surge, flooding, wind and power outage down to the neighborhood level.

  2. Have an Emergency Supply Kit

    Houston residents should have what they need to be on their own for 5-7 days following a storm. This includes food, water, medications and individual needs such as medical devices or pet supplies. Additionally, its important to have tools, sturdy shoes and clothes to help in the immediate repair of your home following a storm.

  3. Be Informed

    Know where to go to get updated information, this includes local television and radio, as well as official websites such as:

  4. Know your Neighbors

    During disasters, having a community around you that can help is essential to making it through. Meet your neighbors, and build a plan that includes sharing resources, such as generators, chainsaws and tools to prepare for, and respond to a hurricane.

For more information helping your neighborhood get ready for hurricane season, visit

Need More Information?

The City’s Disaster Preparedness Guide, which is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic and Urdu to Houston residents and businesses free by calling 311 or visiting has a detailed list of what should be in your emergency kit, as well as the steps you should take to prepare your family ahead of a hurricane.


Small Business Export Workshop

May 19, 2016 • Continue Reading »

Thursday, June 9, 2016
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Small Business Development Center
2302 Fannin, Suite 200
Houston, TX 77002

Register Now!

8:30-9:00 Registration & Networking
9:00-9:10 Welcome Remarks
9:10-9:25 Marketing Your Products and Services Globally
9:30-9:45 SBA Export Loan Programs
9:45-10:00 Break
10:05-10:20 How You Can Get Your Loan Package or Get Assistance with
Your Export Loan
10:25-10:40 Getting Paid & Managing Risk
10:45-11:00 Moving Your Export Product from Port to its Destination
11:05-11:20 Is Your Product Ready for Export? Hear the process
11:25-11:40 Q&A and Networking
12:30 Workshop Adjourns

U.S. Small Business Administration will provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Sonia Maldonado (713) 773-6554. All SBA programs and services are provided on a nondiscriminatory basis.

SBA: Learn How to Access SBA Loan Programs and Services (Spanish)

May 19, 2016 • Continue Reading »

What does SBA offer to small business owners? SBA offers a variety of loan programs for very specific purposes. The programs are varied and the qualifications for each are specific. SBA can help guarantee a loan with a lender, third party lender, guarantee a bond, or help find venture capital.

Understanding how SBA works is the first step towards receiving assistance.

Thursday, June 2, 2016
9:30 am to 12 noon

U.S. Small Business Adminstration
IRS – Alliance Tower
8701 S. Gessner
12th Floor Conference Room #1206
Houston, TX 77074
Contact: Sonia Maldonado, Lender Relations Specialist, 713-773-6554

Registration is required. Limited seating.
Register now!

Accepting Applications for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Fall Class

May 17, 2016 • Continue Reading »

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Goldman Sachs is currently accepting applications for Cohort 17 for the Fall Session beginning September 2016.
The application deadline for the Fall Cohort is Tuesday June 21, 2016.

Super Bowl Business Connect program extends deadline to May 31

May 17, 2016 • Continue Reading »

Houston SuperbowlExperienced and motivated Houston business owners and entrepreneurs will be offered an opportunity to participate in the process to bid for contracts with the NFL’s Super Bowl LI contractors and special event producers, and the Houston Super Bowl Host committee. As a part of The Houston Super Bowl Host Committee’s commitment to offer economic opportunities to local businesses, Houston Super Bowl Host Committee will implement Business Connect, one of the NFL’s signature programs.

Business Connect is the NFL’s supplier diversity program designed to connect diverse, local businesses to contracting opportunities related to the Super Bowl. The program’s goal is to increase opportunities for qualified, experienced and certified local enterprises to conduct Super Bowl business, as well as to support individual business growth through networking events, educational and capacity-building programs.

Houston’s Business Connect initiative is a competitive program with opportunities running throughout the year and culminating during Super Bowl LI.

The Business Connect Program is open to businesses in the Greater Houston area that are certified in one or more of the following categories:

  • Minority-Owned Enterprise (MBE)
  • Woman-Owned Enterprise (WBE)
  • Disabled Veteran-Owned Enterprise (DVBE)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender-Owned Enterprise (LGBTE)

Participation in the Business Connect Program requires businesses to be at least 51% owned in one of the certification categories and have its organizational headquarters or an established office in the Greater Houston area. Additionally, businesses must be in operation for a minimum of three years at the time of application and provide goods and services in one or more of our requested Business Categories.

The following are some examples of the areas of need:

  • Audio Visual
  • Barricades
  • Catering, Restaurants, Food and Beverage
  • Entertainment
  • Equipment Rentals
  • Florist/Flowers
  • Furniture
  • Golf Carts
  • Signs and Banners
  • Tenting

Please complete a brief registration form to see if your business meets the qualifications for the Business Connect program. The process closes on May 31, 2016. Visit the link at

Northfield I & II Subdivision Newsletter, May 2016

May 15, 2016 • Continue Reading »

The May edition of the Northfield I & II Subdivision News is available for download. It contains 12 pages of community events and information that are occurring around the area. If you have community news that you would like to place in our newsletter, feel free to contact

Download the PDF

Super Bowl Business Connect program accepts applications until May 31

May 11, 2016 • Continue Reading »

The Houston Super Bowl Host Committee and the NFL continue to accept applications from Greater Houston area business owners interested in procuring goods and services for Super Bowl LI. Participation in the Business Connect program is open to certified businesses with 51% ownership by a minority, woman, disabled veteran or LGBT individual that have been in operation for 3 or more years and provide a good or service requested for Super Bowl LI events. For more information on the program, certification partners and to complete an application, please visit The application process will close on May 31, 2016.

The following are the areas of need:

  • Audio Visual
  • Barricades
  • Catering, Restaurants, Food and Beverage
  • Entertainment
  • Equipment Rentals
  • Florist/Flowers
  • Furniture
  • Golf Carts
  • Signs and Banners
  • Tenting