Photo: From left are Polly Etta Sunda with Axley & Rode, LLP, Andrew Shipp with Shipp Law Firm, and C. Wayne Mitchell with the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce. All are involved in the Chamber's Overtime Rules workshop set for Oct. 19. (Photo by Kelly Daniel)
Chamber Offers Overtime Rules Workshop During Chamber of Commerce Week
By Kelly Daniel, Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce
The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce is holding a workshop explaining a new federal law impacting overtime rules that is expected to affect many local businesses.
In addition, attendees will learn the duties test for exemption, the updated salary threshold and strategies for compliance from presenters Andrew Shipp, Esq., Shipp Law Firm, and Polly Etta Sunda, P.C., CPA, Axley & Rode, L.L.P.
"The committee decided to create and hold this workshop because we believed this topic is of critical importance to our members, and many of our members either weren't aware of the changes, or were looking for help in responding to these changes," Shipp said. "A business owner would want to attend to gain a deeper understanding of the overtime exemption rules, and have an opportunity to learn strategies for compliance, as well as ask us questions particular to their own unique business situation."
The workshop is from 8:30 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19 at Commercial Bank of Texas, 215 Main St., in the second floor meeting room. For Nacogdoches County Chamber members, there is no charge to attend. Non-members may attend for $10.
"Understanding the changes and being prepared before the December first effective date is important for all employers. Even if they are not currently effected by the rules, they may be in the future," Sunda said. "Attendees may also learn that they are currently not in compliance and will have the opportunity to get clarification on how to correct the issue."
The #Overtime Rules workshop is a product of the Chamber's Small Business Development committee, a part of the Business Development Division chaired by Grady Cashion, Oncor Electric Delivery. The Small Business Development committee has produced two previous workshops - teaching effective ways to use social media in business and training for proper phone and email communication. The committee plans to continue the workshops that address topics of concern raised by local businesses.
The workshop is also one of a series of events the Nacogdoches County Chamber has planned for Texas Chamber of Commerce Week.
Governor Greg Abbott signed a proclamation designating Oct. 17 through 21 as Chamber of Commerce Week. The document states "local chambers of commerce have distinguished themselves through their promotion of local communities and projects," and that "these organizations have literally laid the foundation for many communities, contributing to a better future for all Texans."
Since its formation in 1920, the Nacogdoches County Chamber board of directors and volunteers have worked for the membership and taken active roles in the community's progress.
"The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, a proud 4-star accredited Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to be one of the Chambers in the Great State of Texas celebrating Chamber of Commerce week!" said C. Wayne Mitchell, Chamber President & CEO. "Chamber of Commerce members are working to secure great jobs, a healthy business climate and strong communities. We salute the hundreds of Nacogdoches County Chamber members that contribute so much time and resources to make Nacogdoches a great place to live and do business!"
Included in the State's Chamber-focused week, the Nacogdoches County Chamber will hole the Alive After Five hosted by FROGS Sports Bar & Grill and The Lumberyard Nightclub. The business-after-hours event is open to all and no registration is required. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the business location, 1507 North St. Guests are encouraged to bring business cards to make the most of the valuable networking opportunity. All attending will learn the variety of venue options and catering services from the FROGS owners Andy and Jessica Teel and General Manager Bric Alverson. Chamber members can enjoy the benefits of attending an Alive After Five each month with different hosting businesses. The event is part of the Chamber's Membership Services Division chaired by Ray Mitchum, M&S Pharmacy.
During Chamber of Commerce Week, the Leadership Nacogdoches 2016-27 class will attend the Community Services session with session leaders Kathy Strong and Nancy Jones-Berry and sponsored by Community Title. The LN program is in the Chamber's Community Development Division chaired by Ted Smith, SFA Athletics Development. The first class formed in 1982, and participants explore a number of areas, industries and government bodies in the County and after graduation, are poised to serve in positions of leadership. LN co-chairs are Charlotte Ashcraft, Commercial Bank of Texas, and Paul Smith III, Roy Blake Insurance Agency.
The week will end with a Chamber celebration. In September, the Chamber's foundation purchased the building at 2516 North St. from BancorpSouth, and all are invited to join the Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 1:15 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21 at the Chamber. The volunteers and sponsors that made the facility purchase possible will be honored at the event. All Ribbon Cutting events are sponsored by Nacogdoches Floral Co., Express Employment Professionals, The Daily Sentinel and Handler Insurance.
Oct. 17 - 21 Chamber of Commerce Week. Get to know your Chamber of Commerce! The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce invites the community to learn more about its mission, vision and operation.
Oct. 18 Education committee meets, 3:30 p.m. at the Chamber.
Oct. 19 #OVERTIME RULES workshop, 8:30 a.m. at Commercial Bank of Texas, 215 E. Main St. Learn how the new overtime rules impact business, who is exempt, the salary threshold and strategies for compliance with presenters, Polly Etta Sunda, P.C., CPA, Axley & Rode, LLP, and Andrew Shipp, Esq., Shipp Law Firm. Sponsored by Nacogdoches E.D.C.
Oct. 20 Executive Board meets, 7:45 a.m. at the Chamber.
Oct. 20 Leadership Nacogdoches Community Services session, 8:30 a.m. at the Nacogdoches Treatment Center, 119 Hughes St. with session leaders Kathy Strong and Nancy Jones. All LN 2016-17 class members should attend. Sponsored by Community Title.
Oct. 20 TRC Reward Session #3, presented by FROGS Sports Bar & Grill, noon to 1 p.m. at the Chamber. All TRC volunteers are invited to attend.
Oct. 20 Alive After Five hosted by FROGS Sports Bar & Grill, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 1507 North St.
Oct. 21 *Ribbon Cutting - Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, 1:15 p.m. at 2516 North St. Contact the Chamber (936) 560-5533. ALL Chamber members are celebrating the purchase of the building. The sponsors and volunteers that made "owning our own building" a reality will be recognized!
Oct. 27 Board of Directors meets, 7:45 a.m. at the Chamber.
Oct. 27 TRC Reward Session #4 presented by Clear Springs Restaurant / Auntie Pasta's, noon to 1 p.m. at the Chamber. All TRC volunteers are invited to attend.
Oct. 28 Fourth Friday Luncheon presented by Nacogdoches I.S.D., noon to 1 p.m. at Austin Hall, 4603 North St. Guest speaker is N.I.S.D. Interim Superintendent Sandra Dowdy. RSVP required by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26. Gold sponsor is Tutor Doctor.
Nov. 1 Membership 101hosted by Whataburger. Learn about Chamber member benefits. Enjoy a business-after-hours mixer at the restaurant, 2617 North St., with tasty treats and door prizes. Welcome the newest members to the Chamber, meet Chamber leaders and make new business contacts!
Nov. 3 TRC Reward Session #5, noon to 1 p.m. at the Chamber. All TRC volunteers are invited to attend.
Nov. 3 Alive After Five hosted by M&S Pharmacy, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 917 E. Austin St.
Nov. 4 Chairman's Circle committee meets, 8 a.m. at the Chamber.
Nov. 8 SFA-Chamber Connection committee meets, 8:30 a.m. at the SFA Alumni Assoc.
Nov. 8 Government Affairs committee meets, 4 p.m. at the Chamber.
Nov. 10 TRC Reward Session #6, noon to 1 p.m. at the Chamber. All TRC volunteers are invited to attend.
Nov. 15 Education committee meets, 3:30 p.m. at the Chamber.
Nov. 17 Leadership Nacogdoches Education session, 8:30 a.m. with session leader Robin Dawley. All LN 2016-17 class members should attend.
Nov. 17 TRC Victory Celebration, 5 to 7 p.m. presented by FROGS Sports Bar &Grill, 1507 North St.
For more information about these events and more community activities, please see the online community event calendar at nacogdoches.org. Post your events, too!
*Ambassador committee is sponsored by Handler Insurance.