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New Partnership Members in October

Published Nov 06, 2019 by Julia McGowen

Buffalo Bayou in Houston

The Greater Houston Partnership welcomed 16 new member companies in the month of October. The Partnership works to connect companies with resources, information and networking opportunities to help increase business while also providing a platform to influence the direction of the region. 

New members joining in the month of October include:

Sterling Associates: A Houston-based firm that provides fundraising, marketing, communications, research services and management consulting to non-profit organizations. Website

Hilltop Securities, Inc.: Hilltop Securities helps advance the financial opportunities of communities, businesses, and individuals alike. They provide services in public finance, capital markets, wealth management, structured finance and securities lending. 

Fifth Third Bank: Fifth Third Bank's financial professionals provide commercial services and solutions to power your business forward. Their capital markets professionals understand markets, how to raise capital, expand and improve operations, and structure financing. Website

Miraculum Inc.: Miraculum Inc. produces a proprietary blend of innovative, cutting edge, sustainable & eco-friendly products that prevent and actively fight most types of fires. Additionally, Miraculum doesn't transfer heat and have a cooling effect, Miraculum’s unique formula saves on water; 7 gallons of BIRKA Wildfire is equivalent to 67 gallons of water (ratio 9.57). Website

Next Level Urgent Care: Next Level Urgent Care is a physician-lead healthcare company providing high quality acute care in 15 urgent care locations and six onsite employee health clinics in the Greater Houston area. Juliet Breeze, MD is the CEO. They were most recently named one of the Best Places in Houston to work. Website

Special Olympics Texas: Special Olympics is a global organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion among people with and without intellectual disabilities. Website

EYP: EYP is the leading architecture and engineering firm developing new ideas and design solutions with mission-driven clients in higher education, government, healthcare, and science & technology. EYP is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. Website

Cokinos|Young: Cokinos is a full-service law firm for any corporate needs that may arise both in the public and private sectors. Website

Texas Southern University – Thurgood Marshall School of Law: Thurgood Marshall School of Law expands opportunities for the undeserved in the legal profession and prepares a diverse group of students for leadership roles in the legal profession, business and government. Website

Resicom, Inc.: Resicom, Inc. is a General Contracting Construction company facilitating construction of civil and underground utilities for public entities. Website

Nino Corporate Lodging: Apartment locating; residential leasing; home sales throughout Houston and surrounding areas; nationwide corporate housing: Houston's oldest and most respected short and long-term leasing company. Website

Houston Marriott South: The Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport provides accommodations for sleeping rooms and meeting space for events and meetings. Just moments away from prominent locales, such as the University of Houston and NRG Park. Website

Studio Brand Collective: A Houston Branding agency that specializes in creating brands in the health, beauty, and restaurant industry. SBC offers many services to each industry such as Branding, Advertising, Brand development, and Editorial consulting for each business. Website

Industrious: Coworking space provider with an on-site management team. Networking and event space. Industrious is the largest premium flexible workspace provider in the U.S. with over 84 locations in more than 45 cities. Website

WGI: WGI is a national design and professional services firm leading in technology-based solutions for the public infrastructure and real estate development. Their professional services include Civil, Transportation, Structural, MEP, and Subsurface Utility Engineering, Surveying and Mapping, Landscape Architecture, Land Planning, Environmental Services and more. Website

Teach for America: Teach for America recruits outstanding and diverse leaders to become TFA "corps members." Corps members commit to teaching for two years in a low-income community, where they're employed by local schools and confront both the challenges and joys of expanding opportunities for children. Since 1991, Teach For America Houston has worked alongside partners throughout Houston to create opportunities for children in our most underserved communities. Website

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