A Moment at Bank of America

By Dr. Sheila Pope

On Saturday, February 9th, I went to the Bank of America to open my first campaign bank account. All of my donations must be separate from my personal account. I made an appointment for Saturday at 9:30 am. Yet it took some time to be waited on by an agent.

While I waited, a Pearland resident came in and sat down and we started to talk. She actually spoke with my daughter first. I listened then I joined the conversation. As we talked she said she recognized me. I said I was running for a seat on Pearland’s City Council. We talked about her desires for Pearland, working from home, and being single mothers. I told her I wanted to make sure I made

Pearland residents aware of resources in Pearland.

I shared with her information about the Homeowners Assistant Program. They have millions of dollars to help Brazoria County residents. I learned about the program while attending the Governmental Relations Meeting. Her uncle, who lives in Brookside Village lost everything during Harvey. She got the information and said she would share it. We made the most of our time waiting. I felt good that I did what I wanted to do. I want to let Pearland residents know about the resources that are available to them. When I finished, I opened up my account. I enjoyed my moments at the Bank of America.

Pearland Day in Austin

By Dr. Sheila Pope

I am excited to announce I am going to Austin to speak with representatives on February 27 & 28 with Pearland Chamber of Commerce for Pearland Day in Austin. I will rock my scarf and bring my television show!

I hope to see State Representatives Shawn Thierry, Ron Reynolds, Senfronia Thompson, Senator Borris Miles, and Dr. Alma Allen when I visit. We are going to speak with representatives/senators on:
Higher Education
Human Services
Public Education
Business & Industry

The scarf is beautiful.

Thank You, Mr. Kevin Murphy

By Dr. Sheila Pope

I was nervous to enter the unknown territory but God had a friendly face immediately greet me as I walked in the luncheon. Kevin Murphy, Vice President & General Counsel at Triad Retail Construction,Inc was fantastic. Although Kevin has an awesome job and serves on the Board of Directors of the Pearland Chamber of Commerce ( I did not that fact until I saw him sitting at the table with other Board Members), he is Darcy Bryan-Wilson’ husband in my world.

I have known Kevin and his family for years. I supported him as he ran for State Representative for Brazoria County in 2008. I was serving as a Precinct Chair then. I am still a Brazoria County Precinct Chair today. His wife, Darcy Bryan-Wilson, is a community leader and power mom like myself. Kevin gave me directions and made Novella Bean and me feel at home and welcomed. Rochelle, Chamber Ambassador, also gave me a hug and saved us a seat at her table. I was so happy God had those two in the place.

Meeting My State Representative: Ed Thompson

By Dr. Pope

I had the honor to speak with and attend the Governmental Relations Committee meeting with my state representative, State Representative Ed Thompson. He actually remembered me from the days when he sold me insurance. His agents always offer customers a can of coke when you come to his insurance office. Small things matter in business!

Today, he took a photo with me. More important, I learned he attends meetings and provides very detailed updates to the community he represents. He has been a member of Pearland School Board and Pearland City Council. He has a wealth of wisdom. I look forward to learning from him as I serve on the Governmental Relations Committee with the Pearland Chamber of Commerce.

My First Governmental Committee Meeting

By Dr. Sheila Pope

Today, I attended my first Pearland Chamber of Commerce Governmental Relations Committee Meeting. I decided to serve on this committee because it provides me with tons of great information to share with other Pearland citizens. When I am elected to serve on the Pearland City Council, I will be able to bring a great deal of perspective from the business community to the council. More importantly, I will be able to share what I learn with the people who need to be aware of services various governmental agencies provide. If I do not get elected, I am still going to serve on this committee and share what I learn with the community.

My service and dedication to the committee are personal. I found out there are millions of dollars available to help people in Pearland to get their homes repaired through the Homeowners Assistance Program. I will share on a separate post. I am glad Jere Gnadar suggested this committee!

Attending My First “State of the City” Luncheon!

Me and Mayor of Pearland, Tom Reid

ttending State of the City!

I attended my first “State of the City” presented by Mayor Tom Reid. If you are an entrepreneur, I am going to encourage you to invest in your local chamber of commerce. Previously, I did not join my local chamber because of their meeting were during the day and I was working full-time and doing business part-time. However today, I am a full-time entrepreneur and I can attend their events and serve on various committees. While attending the luncheon, I saw a major benefit in making the financial investment in myself as a business owner and community leader.

Small business owners play a major role in generating revenue for their local city government and communities. We need to recognize our importance to our communities and we need to work with other business owners and local and state politicians. I invited my Campaign Field Director, Novella Bean to attend the luncheon and we both learned a great deal about Pearland’s history and its current movers and shakers.

More important, the luncheon was filled with hundreds of business owners, city council members, and state representatives. State Representative Ed Thompson attended the luncheon. I purchased insurance from him before he became a city council member and a state representative. I want to encourage businesswomen to join their local chamber of commerce and get active in their communities. I am leading by example.

Joining the Pearland Chamber of Commerce

Next-Level of Business

I went to the Pearland Chamber of Commerce to take the next step to reach my next level in business and service in Pearland. I believe strongly in networking. I created my Facebook group Boss Ladies Professional Network and Boss Ladies because I know the value of working with like-minded people.

As I move forward in my campaign to become a member of Pearland City Council, I am realizing, I am being stretched to plug into areas in Pearland that I have not utilized. I want to lead by example. I am pro small business. I believe more women should own businesses and have more say into how small business are supported in Pearland. I am taking the leap to take my business to its next level. I hope this move encourages others to do so. Gabrielle Serges Gafford and Darcy Bryan-Wilson, thank you for encouragement.