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Little Elm Chamber Hosts Casino Fundraiser!

The Little Elm Chamber of Commerce is excited to hold our second annual Casino Night Fundraiser on October 1, 2016 at Hula Hut of Little Elm from 6:00-10:00 pm. Everyone that attended last year had a great time and we are planning to make this one even better. Don’t miss out, space is limited.

The Little Elm Chamber of Commerce holds fundraisers to help fund various community events that we sponsor. Examples are The Daddy Daughter Dance, the Summer Concert Series and various local events that we donate to in order to help our community. Your participation in our events help us to continue to raise the bar and make our events bigger and better each year. Thank you so much for attending and being part of our night.

Tickets costs are $25 if purchased by 9/15 and $35 at the after. Tickets include playing chips, non-alcoholic beverages and a sampling of delicous food from Hula Hut. Additional playing chips can be purchased to raise your odds of winning some of our awesome prizes.

Roulette, Craps, and Blackjack will be played at the event. This event is strictly for entertainment purposes. All playing chips earned will be able to be used as raffle tickets to win door prizes.

To Purchase Tickets Click Here!

2016 Daddy Daughter Dance PR

On February 20, 2016 the Little Elm Chamber of Commerce held its annual Daddy Daughter Dance at the Little Elm Recreation Center. There were approximately 546 people in attendance that night. The night began with live performances by students of Pink Couch Studios of Little Elm. Their live performers brought a great treat to the attendees that arrived early to have photos taken and gave everyone a glimpse of the amazing talent we have in Little Elm. DJ Junior in the Mix from 106.1 Kiss FM kicked off the music at 6:30 and the night went on with dancing, games, photos and raffle prizes. Market Street of Frisco and Kroger in Little Elm were kind enough to donate cookies, drinks and supplies for all of our attendees. The dance was successful due to the large amount of volunteers we received from Little Elm High School Student Council, Ryan High School students and local little elm residents. The night ended with a shuttle service donated by Little Elm ISD so that the dads and daughters could make it safely to their cars. When asked about the outcome of the dance Executive Director Jennifer Olvera said, “Year over year we have seen improvement for the dance and this year is no exception. We could not be more proud of the event this year and we look forward to continue to serve our community many more years to come.” The Little Elm Chamber would also like to thank Coserv Electric for their continual sponsorship of the Chamber and all community events. Finally, we wish to extend a very special thank you to the Town of Little Elm for allowing us to host the event at the Rec Center and supplying us assistance to help set up the dance.


2015 Awards Banquet Recap

On January 19, 2016 the Little Elm Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards banquet at Hula Hut in Little Elm. Approximately 90 people attended the event to honor the 2015 award winners and nominees. The Little Elm Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Capital One Bank of Little Elm, CWD, CoServe & Recycle to Support for their generosity in sponsoring this year’s event.

Chairman, Jerod Ibarolle hosted the event this year recognizing the 2016 Board Members. Serving on the board along with Jerod for 2016 are Susan Vega, Erin Mudie, Jason Laumer, Luis Rios, Tasha Sheehan, Lexi Hill, Robin Travis & Lynn Hill.

The event gave out many awards to our local businesses. The winners announced were:

New Member of the Year Keep Little Elm Beautiful
Home Based Business of Year Little Elm Air Conditioning & Heat
Member of the Year Luis Rios
Community Partner of the Year Farrell’s Extreme Body Shaping
Retail Business of the Year Hula Hut


The Little Elm Chamber is honored to partner with the Little Elm ISD to recognize their teachers of the year as well. Superintendent Dr. Lowell Strike presented each principal for each school in the district and announced the winners from each school. Awards went to teachers Heidi Summers, Mary Anderson, Vanessa Griffin, Rochelle Manz, Kori Byrd, Callie Masai, Melissa Reed, Michelle Sparks, Tom Parker & Darryl Butler.

The banquet ended with the final award for a new category “Community Hero of the Year”. This award is for any town employee that has made a significant impact to our community aside from their normal duties. This year’s winner is Sandy Devauld. Sandy was recognized for her many hours of effort that she gives in organizing and executing the town’s community toy drive.

The Little Elm Chamber announced the upcoming event of their fundraiser Casino Night that will be held on October 1, 2016 at Hula Hut of Little Elm. For more information please contact the chamber office at 972-292-3777.





2012 Awards Banquet Recap

The Little Elm Chamber of Commerce recognized winners for Little Elm’s Police Officer, Firefighter, Teacher and Business of the Year Awards at the Tribute at the Colony on December 13, 2012. In attendance were several town representatives and town Department leaders including Fire Chief Florentino, Police Chief Rhodes, Town Manager Matt Mueller, Mayor David Hillock and Superintendent of schools for LEISD Lynne Leuthard.

Police Officer of the Year Award

Detective Reid Rossman, Officer Tory Morgan, and Corporal Stoney Ward were submitted into the Board of Directors. Officer Tory Morgan was selected as the winner of the 2012 Police Officer of the Year Award. Officer Morgan has been with the Little Elm Police Department for almost 5 years. Officer Morgan’s normal assignment is School Resource Officer for LEISD. During the summer break Officer Morgan is assigned to the Detective Division. His investigation of the Burglary of a Building that occurred at Lakeview Grocery stands out above the rest of his investigations this past summer.  Officer Morgan was able to gather information via detective work and learned that the store would be burglarized again.  Additional officers were brought in and surveillance was set up at the store.  At approximately mid-night on July 26, 2012, two suspects came to the store in an attempt to burglarize it again.  However, Officer Morgan and other officers were able to capture the suspect and help save the store and its staff. Due to his diligence in this investigation, Officer Morgan was able to close two major cases with the arrest of this individual.

Firefighter of the Year Award

Jon-Michael Garza, Jeffrey Thompson, and Roger Konieczny were submitted into the Board of Directors. Jon-Michael Garza was selected as the winner for the 2012 Firefighter of the Year Award. Jon-Michael is a Field Training Officer for the Little Elm Fire Department. One call in particular demonstrated the results of Jon’s efforts and his ability to affectively train.  The Little Elm Fire Department was asked to assist the Oak Point Fire department with a major vehicle accident. Upon arrival one vehicle was on its side in a creek with three patients still in the vehicle.  One patient was deceased and another one was being treated by the Aubrey Fire Department.   Jon and his EMS intern started care on the third patient.  This patient was in critical condition and needed rapid medical attention to survive.  Jon evaluated and assisted his intern while he worked. The patient had to receive specialize skills that only a confident and well trained paramedic could give.   Due to Jon’s training his trainee was able to act quickly to save the patient.  Without the prior training that Jon had provided to his trainee the outcome of this incident would not have been the same.

Business of the Year Award

Each year the members of the Little Elm Chamber of Commerce submit businesses that they feel have reflected a positive impact to the public, strong leadership within the business community and community service. This year the award nominees were Capital One Bank of Little Elm, Don’t Let It Break, Little Elm EDC, State Farm-Marc Matney Agent and Waters Edge Café. The selection committee chose State Farm- Marc Matney as the 2012 Business of the Year Award winner. Marc Matney has been the Chairman of the Little Elm Chamber of Commerce for the past two years. He has attended numerous events for the Chamber and helped spearhead multiple initiatives to assist local non-profits. He was a sponsor for Woof Stock, the Music and Arts Festival, the Little Elm Chamber Golf Tournament and volunteered at Summer Rhythms, the Sweetheart Dance and the Meet the Candidates forum. His commitment to the Chamber and the town has resulted in numerous referrals, keeping business local to help promote and grow the town of Little Elm.

Teachers of the Year Award

For the first time the Little Elm Chamber was able to recognize the LEIS Teachers of the Year Award Winners, chosen by a nomination panel for the LEISD consisting of city leaders and Chamber of Commerce personnel. We are happy to announce that Adam Duc, Marina Matus de Garcia, Ronni Hardin, Beverly Jones-Purvis, Kevin Hamlin and Heidi Harrell were all recognized as Outstanding Teachers of the Year for the Little Elm Independent School District. Their commitment to the Little Elm students was recognized for Beverly Jones-Purvis & Kevin Hamlin as recipients of the Overall teacher of the year award.

Sponsors for the Little Elm Awards Banquet included Kroger of Little Elm, Atmos Energy, CoServ Electric, Capital One Bank of Little Elm, Quality Excavation, and the Little Elm EDC.




About the Little Elm Chamber of Commerce

The Little Elm Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 230 business enterprises, civic organizations, education institutions and individuals. Its mission is to provide leadership that will help create regional economic prosperity and success for its members in North Texas. For more information visit


Message from our Chairman -2013

Dear Chamber Members:

I want to begin by saying Thank You for your support of the Little Elm Chamber of Commerce. Your support and involvement has made this Chamber the effective voice of the local business community to our local and state officials. I am honored to serve as the Chairman of the Little Elm Area Chamber of Commerce for 2013.

As a resident of Little Elm I am looking forward to giving back to a community that has meant so much to me and my family. We have been residents as well as a small business owner in our “little” town on the lake for the past 12 years and I consider it a privilege to serve the community in this role. The opportunities in Little Elm that we all enjoy were made possible by the leaders that have come before us that shared a vision for growth in this community. I believe our charge this year is to continue that legacy of looking forward towards both the opportunities and the growth in front of our community and create a plan to tackle both. Joining me in this effort is our 2013 Board of Directors.

  • Renewing Board Members – Jim Mitzel, Jennette Killingsworth, Shane Brown (Treasurer), Neil Blais (Vice Chairman),and Marc Matney
  • New Board Members – Jamie Deal (Secretary), Jerod Ibarolle, and Jason Laumer

I am excited about the future of Little Elm and the resulting growth that will benefit our members and our community at large. Please feel free to contact me at anytime with any ideas or opportunities to help grow our Chamber or increase the value to our members. Thank you for the opportunity to be your chairman. I look forward to an exciting 2013.




Lewis Novin


Little Elm Chamber of Commerce


Message from Our Chairman

Dear Chamber  Member,

 As we bring a  close to another very successful year for the Little Elm Chamber of Commerce, I  wanted to thank all of our Members for their support throughout the year. It’s  been a great run and our Board has done a great job in accomplishing all of the  goals that we set for ourselves in 2012.
In 2013 we’ll  see two new Board Members. I’d like to congratulate Jamie Deal with Texas Eagle  Title and Jerod Ibarolle with Edward Jones for being selected by their fellow  Chamber Members to represent them as our newest Board Members. Please thank them  for their commitment to help keep our Chamber moving in the right  direction.
In addition, Jim Mitzel with  VIP Lend and Neil Blais with Blais and Associates will begin their second terms  as Board Members in 2013. They’ll join Lewis Novin (Don’t Let IT Break),  Jennette Killingsworth (Little Elm EDC), Shane Brown (BB&T) and Shaun Lynch  (Grace Point Church) to round out our elected Board Members for 2013. Thank you  all for your continued dedication to the Chamber.
If you would like to help our  Board set and accomplish our goals in 2013, please commit to helping with one  event in the upcoming year. We will need help planning and organizing our  Sweetheart Dance in February and Summer Rhythms in June as well as other events  throughout the year. If interested, please reach out to Jennifer so we can get  those committees formed soon.
Also,I hope you can  join us at our Annual Banquet on December 13th where we will  honor our Police, Fire and Business of the Year as well as recognize LEISD’s  most outstanding teachers. Tickets are available online now and we expect the  event to sell out quickly.
Thanks again for your support  of the Little Elm Chamber
Marc Matney – Chairman

Networking Events – Changes

I wanted to send a quick note regarding some changes to the price for our Member Breakfasts and Luncheons.  Our Board recently voted to increase the luncheon price for non-members to $20.  Member lunch prices will remain $12 and we’re happy to let Member guests enjoy one lunch at the Member price with subsequent lunches costing $20 for the same guest.
Also, Chamber breakfasts that are sponsored and typically free to Members, will cost $5 for non-members.
Marc Matney – Chairman

Golf Tournament Sponsorship & Player Information

The Little Elm Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual golf tournament which will take place on Friday, October11,2013. This will consist of an afternoon of golf, food and fun for all that attend the event. Previous events have always been a success and have given the chamber an opportunity to give back to various Little Elm Charities.

We are also hoping to have several spectacular packages to Raffle. If you are able to help donate please send you donation direct to the address below, or contact me directly to schedule a pick-up. If you require any more information please do not hesitate to contact me at the Little Elm Chamber office or email

By supporting our Tournament, your company will receive visibility to over 100 attendees at the Golf Tournament and you will also be published as a sponsor at the awards banquet that night. Attached please find information to be a player or sponsor for our event. Thank you in advance for your support!


Jennifer Olvera
Executive Director
Little Elm Chamber of Commerce


Sweetheart Dance – Thank You!!

Dear Chamber Member,

I wanted to extend a sincere thank you to those that volunteered for this year’s Sweetheart Dance. The event was a great success and well received by those that attended but we could not have done it without the volunteers and sponsors that committed their time and donations. I’d like to recognize Pastor Shaun Lynch and the members of Grace Point Church for their overwhelming support on Saturday night. We had so many members that showed up to help with decorations and photos the night was much more enjoyable for all involved. Thank you very much!

Other volunteers I would like to thank:

  • Dr. Rakesh Lad – Healthsource Chiropractic
  • Jim Mitzell – VIP Lend
  • Lewis Novin – Don’t Let It Break
  • Larry Salerno – Retractable Technologies
  • Doug Peach – Town of Little Elm

Sponsors and Prize Donations:

  • Pick 6 Bar & Grill
  • Kroger Marketplace
  • Palio’s Pizza
  •  Baskin Robbins
  • VIP Lend (Jim Mitzell)
  • Papa Murphy’s
  • Mooyah Burgers
  • Little Elm Economic Development Corporation
  • Capital One
  • Healthcare Resources
  • Don’t Let it Break

Lastly, I’d like to thank our Executive Director, Jennifer Olvera, Jennette Killingsworth and Efren Olvera for their tireless effort to make sure things went smoothly this year. Hopefully we can build on this year’s dance and make it even bigger and better in 2013.

Marc Matney – Chairman
Little Elm Chamber of Commerce