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Business News April 2010

Houston Buyers Club. Jack Valinski becomes precinct chair and election judge. Houston Stonewall Young Democrats. National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and IBM. Carroll Clinic.

by Nancy Ford

Beautiful Music. Houston Buyers Club was the beneficiary of Houston Pride Band’s recent concert, Flights of Fancy. Houston Pride Band president Kiyona Corpening (r) presented HBC president Fred Walters with a donation of $1,100.

Precinct News. On March 11, Jack Valinski was sworn in as precinct chair and election judge of Democratic Precinct 0034 in Senate District 13, representing Montrose. Valinski, long known for his work with Pride Houston and Houston’s GLBT Caucus, also serves as an aide to At-Large Position 5 City Councilmember, Jolanda Jones. Jack replaces longtime Democratic Precinct 0034 chair Dennis Fetters, who resigned.

Youthful Leadership. On March 8 at Stag’s Head Pub, Houston Stonewall Young Democrats elected a new executive committee to lead the group. The following members were elected to represent the membership on the board in 2010: Robert Shipman, president; Shaun Nelson, vice president of political affairs; Hunter Cauble, vice president of community affairs; Brittani Williams, director of membership; David Page, secretary; Andrea Ward, treasurer; and Brad Pritchett, director of communications. “I am excited to work with the new board of HSYD to help continue building upon the successes we have had in past elections,” said Shipman. “We are ready to work hard for our endorsed candidates and help pro-equality Democrats make sweeping accomplishments in and around Houston.” houstonstonewallyd.org.

National Chamber Scholarship. The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and its first founding partner, IBM, have announced the expansion of the NGLCC/IBM Business Development Scholarship. The scholarship is designed to foster business development for eligible LGBT-owned businesses seeking certification for the first time by underwriting all or part of the cost of certification. “Corporate America wants to buy goods and services from LGBT businesses like they do from other diverse segments,” said Jeremy Fegley, certification specialist and manager of supplier diversity at the NGLCC. Getting certified allows LGBT businesses to be found, Fegley noted. nglcc.org.

Good Medicine. Dr. James Carroll, pictured here with clinic employees Mara Ortiz and Sandra Morales, has announced The Carroll Clinic is now open and accepting new clients. Offering comprehensive exams and screenings including blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and cholesterol, The Carroll Clinic also provides confidential testing and treatment for STDs “in a discreet, caring, and sensitive environment,” Dr. Carroll says. Board certified in internal medicine and a certified HIV specialist by the Academy of HIV Medicine, Dr. Carroll had previously practiced medicine with Legacy Community Health Services. 4101 Greenbriar St. • carrollclinic.com • 713/520-6360.

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