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Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce 600 E. Depot PO Box 880 Brownwood, TX 76804
May 6, 2011 Volume 6, Issue 5
Your May 2011 Monthly Chamber Newsletter I NSIDE T HIS I SSUE PAGE 2 • Banquet recap PAGE 3 • Luncheon • New Member PAGE 4 • Indoor Outdoor Expo Winners PAGE 5 • Ribbon Cuttings PAGE 6 • Malone awarded scholarship • “Customer Service” PAGE 7 • Small Business Forum PAGE 8 • Have you seen them?
Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Phone: (325) 646-9535 Fax (325) 643-6686 membership @brownwoodchamber.org
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Chamber OPEN HOUSE Come Celebrate Travel and Tourism Week Everyone loves to celebrate and it is that time of year! The first full week of May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984. It was established as National Tourism Week when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1983 designating the week to be celebrated in May. In a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with “the appropriate ceremonies and activities.” Celebrations in communities across the nation collectively mark the event and the impact tourism has on our nation, state, and city. This year’s theme “Why Travel Matters” is possibly more relevant now than at any other time with legislation in session trying to balance a difficult budget. Travel is among the top 10 industries in the 48 states and D.C. in terms of employment and among the top 3 in the state of Texas. One in nine U.S. jobs depends on travel and tourism with travel spending directly supporting 526,000 jobs in the state of Texas. Those 526,000 jobs have earnings of $15.8 Billion. For Brown County, 610 jobs are dependent on travel and tourism generating over $13 Million in earnings. According to the Office of the Governor Total direct travel spending in Texas for 2009 reached $51.8 Billion and $42.2 Million for Brown County. The week of May 8 – May 15 is our week to show appreciation to those in the travel and tourism industry who work hard to make visitors feel welcome in our community. A tourism destination doesn’t just happen. It takes hard work and great folks willing to extend hospitality to those passing through our little town. It is always rewarding to hear our guests say how friendly everyone is and how Brownwood really does feel like home! Community members, chamber members, and travel industry professionals are invited to celebrate the local tourism industry at the Annual Chamber Open House on Thursday, May 12th from 4:00-5:30pm. Stop by and get a feel for the Hill Country.
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Brownwood Chamber Annual Banquet Presented by Landmark Life Insurance Company The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet was a huge success—sold out with more than 400 attendees. The evening began with a Reception sponsored by Armadillo Distributing and musical selections performed by members of the Lyric Performing Arts Company. The annual event celebrated the accomplishments of the year and acknowledged the many volunteers who make Brownwood a terrific place to live and work. Outgoing Board Members received plaques for their service on the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Gregg Rice, Past-Chairman of the Board reviewed highlights of the year before turning the gavel over to incoming Chairman Don Bostic. Emcee Rex Tackett kept the evening’s festivities moving along with his wit and humor.
Congratulations to the Recipients of Community Service Awards: • Good Neighbor: Joyce Leidig, sponsored by Mid-Tex Cellular • Good Neighbors: 2010 Brownwood Lions Football Team, sponsored by Jennifer Newton, Broker Associate Coldwell Banker – Realtor • Good Neighbor: Bettie Evans, sponsored by Insurance Specialists • Good Neighbor: Kirby Cabler, sponsored by Caring Family Network • Community Partner: Southside Church • Ambassador of the Year: Ray Garza, sponsored by Kyle Kirkland, DDS • Small Business of the Year: Ricardo’s Tortilla Bakery, sponsored by Jones Carpets • Medium Business of the Year: Waldrop Construction, sponsored by Ag-Mart • Large Business of the Year: 3M Company, sponsored by TexasBank • Professional of the Year: James Campbell, sponsored by Western Bank • Man of the Year: Bob Shipley, sponsored by BrownwoodNews.com • Woman of the Year: Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, sponsored by Auto Glass Magic • Groner Pitts "Lifetime of Service" Award: Leonard Underwood, sponsored by Dr. Robert Goodwin
Join Us! Business After Hours Thursday, May 19th from 5-7 PM To be hosted by Dr Pepper Bottlers
Support these local Chamber Members. Davis-Morris Funeral Home PO Box 356 Brownwood, Texas 76804 325-646-5555
McCoys Building Supply Center Toni Hill 3605 Hwy 377 S Brownwood, Texas 76801 325-643-2658
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Chamber Luncheon—Two Celebrations: Leadership Brownwood Graduation AND Law Enforcement Appreciation Sponsored by WT Harris Company, Inc. The Brownwood Chamber’s Monthly Luncheon will be held on Friday, May 20 at Brownwood Country Club from 11:30 to 1:00. There will be two featured presentations: Graduation of the 2011 Class of Leadership Brownwood and Law Enforcement Appreciation. In September, seventeen business and community leaders began the Leadership Brownwood program with an all-day retreat and discussion of “leadership” based on the FISH! Philosophy. During this month’s Luncheon, the Class of 2011 will receive their graduation certificates. Each month since September, the Leadership Brownwood class has toured facilities and enjoyed specific topics on the Brownwood area such as: • History & Tourism in Brown County • Mental & Physical Health • Economic Development • Education in Brown County • Human Services • Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice The second half of the program will be presented by representatives from the Brownwood Police Department and Brown
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County Sheriff’s Office. Each of those departments was offered the opportunity to announce their Officer of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Investigator of the Year, or whatever awards may be appropriate for each agency. Other Law Enforcement officials will be recognized, such as District Judge and Attorney, County Judge and Attorney, Justices of the Peace, Constables and other agencies that serve and protect the citizens in Brown County. The Chamber’s Monthly Luncheon is open to Members and Guests. This month’s Sponsor is WT Harris Company, represented by Bryce Harris. He will tell the attendees about the company and introduce special guests. Our Door Prize Sponsors are: Home Depot, Longhorn Auto Sales, Sue’s Backyard, Weldon Wilson Electric and Brownwood Janitorial & Fire Extinguisher. The Cash Drawing stands at $475—winner take all if the Ace of Spades is drawn. The meal is served at 11:30 and the program begins at noon. The luncheon ends about 1 PM. Cost is $10 per person. RSVP is requested and the deadline is Wednesday, May 18 at 5 PM. For more information, or to RSVP, contact the Chamber at 325-646-9535 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. W Fireworks – Opening in Mid-May, Mr. W Fireworks will be the largest fireworks store in the Brownwood area! Stop by 2615 Belle Plain and see the new and air conditioned store full of all the fireworks you can imagine! For more information call Kenneth Whitley at 325-641-8666.
A Special THANKS to the following businesses that renewed their Membership in the month of April. We appreciate your continued support of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the Brownwood Community. 377 Villas of Brownwood Apartments Accu Screen Austin Avenue Pet Clinic Bangs Nursing Home Ben E. Keith Company BHCS – Brownwood Brown County Republican Brownwood Housing Authority Brownwood Municipal Police Association Brownwood Regional Medical Center CARE Nursing and Rehab
Center for Life Resources Choice Medical Supply Coca- Cola Comanche Electric Cooperative Comolli & Etheridge Demand Staff English Business Forms General Power and Light Goodwill Industries Grimsely Electric HCD Graham Investments Heart of Texas Baptist Encampment Heart of Texas Buckmasters
Heartland Funeral Home Howard Payne University IESI Insignia Krischke CPA, PC LaQuinta Inn & Suites Leland’s Little Dude Ranch Mid-Tex Federal Credit Union Oncor Prudential Ross Real Estate Pruett Construction Redstone Park Robert Hogue, MD Roberts & Petty
Rufus F. Hardin Museum Schwan’s Stanley Dodge Subway The Chatfield The Vicksburg Top Cut Lawn Care Trees Forever Nursery Tri-County Propane Verizon Communications Weakley- Watson True Value Hardware Weldon Wilson Electric
Building Partnerships for a better Community Aaron’s Sales & Lease Ownership 219 Early Blvd. Early, TX 76802 (325) 646-8023 Accu Screen 2201 Coggin Avenue Brownwood, TX 76801 (325) 646-7828 www.accuscreen.net Blaylock Funeral Home 1914 Indian Creek Road Brownwood, TX 769801 (325) 203-4027 Brownwood Bulletin 700 Carnegie Brownwood (325) 646-2541 www.brownwoodbulletin.com
Camelot Apartments 2001 Slayden Brownwood, TX 76801 (325) 643-4591 Depot Liquor 1001 Vine Brownwood, TX 76801 646-3500 Southside Village 2801 4th St. Brownwood, TX 76801 (325) 646-1749 www.southsidevillage.net
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4th Annual Indoor Outdoor Expo Offered Tons of Fun Presented by Home Depot On Saturday, April 9th, the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its 4th Annual Indoor Outdoor Exp. The show hosted quality exhibitors that specialize in everything from home remodeling and renovation to solar energy, a Dunking Booth, How-To Demonstrations as well as outdoor Archery Demo’s. Exhibitors featured this year include; Airtite Products, Andy’s Pest Troopers, Beds and More, Big Country Ford Lincoln Mercury, Bob’s Fuels Inc., Bruner Auto
Group, Century Graphics and Sign, Inc., Concho Valley Foundation Repair, Dubco Solar, Elliott Electric Supply, Fitness Fusion, Green Acres – i-Rent, Heart of Texas Kubota, Heartland Chiropractic, Hoffpauir Outdoor Superstore, Home Depot, Hook and Anchor Marine & Water Sports, Leland’s Portable Buildings, Linda’s Bling Bling, Mid-Tex Cellular, Nanny’s Best, Oncor, RE/MAX GOLDSTAR, State Farm Insurance, Sue’s Backyard and Victory Life Academy.
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Century Graphics and Signs Proud Winner of the “Best Newcomer” Award Pictured are Pam Busbee, Century Graphics and Signs, and Missi Malone, Director of Member Services for the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce
Sue’s Backyard Proud Winner of the “Best Overall Booth” Award
Sandy Avants proudly accepts a New Holland Model Tractor won at the 4th Annual Indoor Outdoor Expo
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Ribbon Cutting for Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers Brownwood Chamber Welcomes Airtite Products The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for AirTite Products to welcome them as new members. The ribbon cutting was held on Saturday, April 9th during the Chamber’s Indoor/Outdoor Expo at Airtite’s booth with Chamber ambassadors in attendance. Since 1984, Airtite has specialized in the manufacture of aluminum and vinyl windows as well as the replacement of windows, doors, and screens. They also custom fit windows of any size for any size opening when customers are remodeling or building new. Airtite Products is located at 4008 S. Treadaway in Abilene. Call them at (325) 672-5774 or visit their website http://www.airtiteproducts.com
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting event for their newest member, Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers. Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit organization governed by an elected board of directors and by a law enforcement coordinator working with the local law enforcement community. The purpose of Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers, Inc. is to reward members of the local area for confidential information regarding unsolved crimes in Brown, Coleman and Mills County, Texas. Crime Stoppers, Inc. receives funding for these rewards through donations from the community and probation fees through various agencies. Rewards are determined by established guidelines. Those with information that may help solve a Felony or a Class A Misdemeanor crime can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222TIPS (8477) and leave an anonymous tip for a reward up to $1000 if it leads to an arrest. Tips can also be left online at heartoftexascrimestoppers.org. Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers is the local title sponsor for this year’s National Night Out event which will take place on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011.
Chamber Welcomes Fitness Fusion The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for their newest member, Fitness Fusion, on Tuesday, April 5. Fitness Fusion is the newest Fitness Center/Pilates Studio in the Brownwood area. Classes offered include Pilates, Zumba, PiYo, Yoga and TurboKick. Visit them at 1516 Austin Avenue or call owner/instructor Susan Oliver at 325-642-8885 for more information and class availability. They are open Monday – Thursday 9am-7:30pm and Friday 9:30am-11am. Pictured from left to right: Diane Masey, Donnie Lappe, Ronnie Lappe, Gina Jameson, JeriAnn Alexander, Brittany Edwards, Anisha Hickey, Susan Oliver, Melissa Malett, Bill Slaymaker, LeeAnn Clawson, Marian Deans, Joyce Coffey, and Lorin Wolf.
Girling Health Care Celebrates New Location The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, April 8th to celebrate the new location of Girling Health Care at 118 D Southpark Dr. in Brownwood Girling’s services range from skilled nursing care to rehabilitation (including physical therapy) to medical social workers. The company provides patients with a variety of skilled services, as well as any additional personal care services they may require. Girling Health Care is a subsidiary of Austin-based Harden Healthcare, which provides a continuum of healthcare services for seniors through its various companies. The service continuum includes home health, assisted living, skilled nursing, rehabilitation services, pharmacy services for long-term care facilities, specialized geriatric care, and hospice. For more information, contact Girling Health Care at 325-643-5525.
Ace’s Full Signs and Wraps Celebrates Membership The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Ace’s Full Signs & Wraps on April 13th to welcome them as a new member. Ace's Full Signs & Wraps offers custom designed signs, banners, vehicle wraps, and decals at affordable prices. For details about their products and services, call (325) 203-6503 or visit their location at 1100 Early Blvd. Hours are Monday Friday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Saturday 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.
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U.S. Chamber’s Institute Program Awards UPCOMING EVENTS Constant Contact Scholarship to Missi Malone A Four-Year Leadership Training Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce BROWNWOOD, TX—Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, announced today that Missi Malone of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce has been awarded a Constant Contact® scholarship to start the program. Given only to six chamber of commerce professionals across the country, the Constant Contact scholarships recognize individuals that exhibit excellent chamber management practices in several areas, including involvement in professional industry organizations, community involvement and demonstrated leadership. “The U.S. Chamber is proud to partner with Constant Contact and provide these dedicated chamber professionals the opportunity to attend Institute and educate them on how to better represent their members and expand their organizations’ influence,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, vice president of Institute for Organization Management at the U.S. Chamber. “We are pleased to help these talented individuals advance their careers and organizations, and we appreciate
Constant Contact’s contributions to the business community.” Since 1921, chambers of commerce and associations have used the U.S. Chamber’s Institute program as a training platform for the professional development of their top talent. Institute’s curriculum consists of four, weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Each week, participants receive training in leadership, advocacy, finance, membership, emerging technologies, and many other organization management competencies. Each of the Constant Contact scholarship recipients will attend one of Institute’s four sessions this summer. At the completion of the four-year curriculum, each of the recipients will receive the IOM Graduate Recognition, signifying
completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management and their commitment to the industry. To learn more about Institute for Organization Management, visit www.uschamber.com/institute. Constant Contact is revolutionizing the success formula for small organizations through affordable, easy-to-use Engagement Marketing™ tools that help create and grow customer relationships through email marketing, social media marketing, event marketing, and online surveys. For more information, visit www.constantcontact.com Institute is a 501(c) (3) affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
Brownwood Chamber to offer “Customer Service” Workshop Years ago you could abuse customers and they had no choice; there was nobody else doing your business. Today, things are very different. If you don't take care of your customers, somebody else is waiting, ready and willing to do it! Today your competitive advantage is the quality of your product or service. If you don't have a high quality product or service, you’re not even in the game! Your competitive edge today cannot be your price; someone can always undercut your price. The real competi-
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tive edge you have today is how you treat your customers. The one thing your competition can't take away from you is the relationship your people have with your customers. Join us in June for a FREE Seminar on this fun and interesting topic. The workshop will be held in the Bertrand Technology Solutions Meeting Room in the Brownwood Chamber office on Wednesday, June 1st from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. This will be set up like a "lunch and learn" workshop. From 11:30 to 12:00 you will have the
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opportunity to bring your lunch and network with other member participants. The session will begin promptly at 12:00 noon and will end promptly at 1:00 PM. All Chamber members may attend the workshop FREE of charge, non-members will need to pay a $25 fee to attend. If you are interested in participating in this session, register today by calling Missi Malone, Director of Member Services at 325-646-9535 or email at email@example.com.
Brownwood Country Club A great place to golf, swim, relax and socialize. Whether it’s making new friends or maybe all you want is a great meal in a beautiful setting then come to the Brownwood Country Club and enjoy some of the finest food and fellowship that a private club has to offer. Call today for information on membership.
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Chick-fil-A Leadercast Ranger College Lake Brownwood State Park 15th Annual Open House Lake Brownwood State Park Mayfest Street Dance Downtown Bangs HPU Commencement Brownwood Coliseum Celebrate Jesus Parade and Festival Downtown Brownwood and Riverside Park Life Guard Training and Instructor Course American Red Cross BALOS presents Jim Witter – Piano Man Victory Life Auditorium Cross Timbers Health Clinic Golf Classic Par Country Club 13th Annual Legends Celebrate the Legends Banquet HPU Mabee Center Small Business Seminar HPU Mabee Center Dr Pepper Bottlers Business After Hours Dr Pepper Company – Milam Drive Chamber Monthly Luncheon Brownwood Country Club Christian Motorcycle Association State Rally Heart of Texas Baptist Encampment Buckmasters Annual Banquet Brownwood Coliseum Brownwood Regional Medical Center Project GraduationBlood Drive BRMC Annex Lyric Presents “Treasure Island” Children’s Play HPU Theatre
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Customer Service Workshop Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Heartland Rod Run Riverside Park Relay for Life Gordon Wood Stadium Johnny D and the Rocket 88’s Brownwood Coliseum Children’s Theartre Camp Dorothy McIntosh Fine Arts Center Brown County Rodeo Earl Q. Wilson Arena Lyric Presents “Steel Magnolia’s” Dorothy McIntosh Fine Arts Center Brown County Rodeo Parade Downtown Brownwood Brown County Rodeo Dance Brownwood Coliseum Chamber Monthly Luncheon Brownwood Country Club Juneteenth Celebration Cecil Holman Park & Bennie Houston Center BHS Classes of 76 & 81 Reunions Texas Tub Party Star of Texas Bed and Breakfast
First Saturday of Every Month is Family Day at the Lehnis Railroad Museum
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Governor’s Office Sponsors Small Business Forum in Brownwood Small business owners in Brownwood and the surrounding area are invited to attend the Governor’s Small Business Forum on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at Howard Payne University’s Mabee Center from 8am11:30am with breakfast being served at 7:30am. This special forum is designed to assist small business owners as they grow and expand their businesses in a tough economy. Brownwood was selected by the Office of the Governor to be included in this statewide series of businessbuilding events. The Governor’s Small Business Forums are designed to educate the Texas entrepreneur and small business community on workforce development, marketing, hiring and managing employees, and training and growth opportunities.
“Small businesses are an integral part of the engine that drives our state economy,” said Governor Rick Perry. "These forums will give small business owners essential tools to help their businesses succeed, provide jobs for Texans and strengthen the economies in their communities." The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will present information on money-saving tools, the $2 million Skills for Small Business Fund, the Texas Back to Work wage subsidy program, a new entrepreneurship program, and other programs available from state and federal workforce agencies. Those in attendance will also receive information about programs and assistance from the Small Business Development Center, USDA Rural Development, Texas
Department of Agriculture, Council Finance’s SBA 504 Loans, Brownwood Economic Development Corporation, and many more. Larry Ruggiano from the Office of the Governor will present Small Business Recognition Awards at the end of the event. Each presenter will have additional information available at booth spaces during the event. The Brownwood event is co-sponsored by the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Individuals interested in attending can register by calling the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce at 325-646-9535 or register online at BrownwoodChamber.org The registration fee is $10, which includes breakfast.
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What BIRDS have you spotted at YOUR house? Or do you know? Last weekend at the lake, all of these gorgeous little creatures were spotted near the dam: Painted Bunting..several male and female pairs, Cardinals, mourning dove, Lesser Goldfinch, Red House Finch, Brown Headed Cowbirds, American Robin, House Wren, Carolina Chickadee, Purple Martin, a variety of Hummingbirds, the Roadrunner, Black Vulture, & this doesn’t include the water birds or sparrows! At the Brownwood Store, we have several good books to help you identify birds, fish, butterflies, snakes, plants and wildflowers. And don’t forget to check out the great bird houses and feeders made by our local craftsman Wayne Stone! FYI: For you smart phone users, try downloading the Chirp USA app. It’s amazing what birds you can call up!
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