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New year, new Central Texas Lots to see and do just minutes from Hewitt

Get connected in Hewitt Networking builds relationships and trust

Allen Samuels gives back to communities Local dealership believes in much more than car sales Hewitt Chamber Express | 1

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Locals Love Us Business After Hours The Pavilion at the Carleen Bright Arboretum 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.


Heartis Waco Business After Hours 5317 Speegleville Road 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.


Luncheon: How to Pick a Professional Services Firm | DiamondBack’s 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.


Behind the Scenes Breakfast Tour: Domtar 2101 Texas Central Parkway in Waco 8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.


Greater Hewitt Chamber 40th Anniversary Banquet | Waco Convention Center Brazos Ballroom | Doors open at 5:30 p.m.


Luncheon: Prioritizing Your Time to Make More of It | Venue TBD 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.


P&E Mechanical Ribbon Cutting & Business After Hours 5279 N. State Hwy 6 | 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.


Hewitt’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Educators Credit Union & Hewitt Florist Hewitt Park | 10:00 a.m. sharp




Woodway’s Sweet Memories Father & Daughter Dance | Carleen Bright Arboretum 9001 Bosque Blvd. in Woodway | 6:30–9:00 p.m. Tickets $25 each by reservation only


Champions Salon Business After Hours 6706 Woodway Drive in Woodway 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.


GHC Membership Orientation Carter BloodCare | 206 Archway Drive in Woodway | 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m. | Free


Luncheon: Tech Tools & Tips for Working Smarter | Hampton Inn & Suites Waco South 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.


Breakfast Workshop Leadership Series by Dr. Michael Godfrey | Carter BloodCare 206 Archway Drive in Waco 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. | Free for GHC members


D1 Sports Training Ribbon Cutting 5100 Franklin Ave., Suite B in Waco 5:00 p.m.

Maximize Your Membership Benefits with Alissa Cady, Greater Hewitt Chamber Executive Director Small Business Resources at Hewitt Public Library with Kayla Pecina, Hewitt Public Library Supervisor Economic Impact Report: Oil & Energy with Dr. David Oualaalou, founder of Global Perspective Consulting

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©2018 Greater Hewitt Chamber of Commerce • Mention of commercial products, processes, or services in the Hewitt Express cannot be construed as an endorsement by the Greater Hewitt Chamber of Commerce • Design Kim Giles, • Cover photo Aaron Jetelina, WTXmedia

Message from the President Adam Price 2018 Greater Hewitt Chamber President, Better Business Bureau


ery few places have the feel of Hewitt, Texas, but we just don’t refer to ourselves as Hewitt. It’s most often called “Greater Hewitt.” Just look at the collaboration between the public service areas of Hewitt, Woodway and Waco and you’ll understand the special place we work, live and play. Many residents don’t know where city limits of one community ends and a new one begins, and that’s okay. That's a testament to the term “Greater Hewitt.” Often when families choose a place to lay down roots, the quality of the local school district is crucial. We are blessed to have one of the best in Central Texas in Midway ISD. Beyond its schools, Greater Hewitt has seen a tremendous amount of growth in recent years due to its record of safety, quality of life and support of local businesses. Throughout the year, our City and Chamber work together to focus on continual improvement—a place that is already one of the best places to live in Texas.

Our future is bright in the Heart of Texas. The Greater Hewitt area is expected to continue its tremendous growth path for the foreseeable future. Housing, industry and retail continue to grow the tax base and positive economic trends. When it comes to local Chambers of Commerce, it’s hard to compare to Greater Hewitt’s. Annually, the Greater Hewitt Chamber has awarded $10,000 to worthy high school seniors—all of whom attained academic excellence, with many who were handcuffed with personal financial hurdles. Our City and Chamber are dedicated to providing fun and safe events for all to be involved. Whether it's the Nacho Daddy Car Show & Concert, Dog Days Canine Event, or the Greater Hewitt Express Golf Classic, there is a plethora of activities from which to choose (and that doesn’t include many of the Hewitt Public Library’s programs and activities). Visit our website at to learn more about the Chamber and this city we are so honored to serve. Here is to expecting 2018 to be our best year yet!

Chamber Snapshot | 2018 Goals • Increase value provided to large area employers

• Increase visitor traffic to City of Hewitt

Establish Industrial Relations Committee to strengthen relationships with large employers; identify needs and ways Chamber can meet them

Continue to grow and promote events through targeted marketing

Provide opportunities for community engagement/ volunteering and possibly host a job fair Offer brown bag luncheons with featured speakers to larger companies’ employees—targeted message to benefit staff • Increase membership retention Start offering webinars for those unable to attend Chamber events

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Increase social media engagement and video marketing Continue to grow publication and rack card distribution along I-35 corridor






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Action Fire Pros | GENCO Federal Credit Union | First Central Credit Union Right At Home | American Guaranty Title Mr. Electric | Jack of All Trades Stoney Brook Senior Living The First National Bank of Central Texas The UPS Store & Print Shop


Barnett Contracting | Five Star Painting of Waco | Community Bank & Trust Loaded Sound, Stage & Lighting Northern & Nye Printing & Office Supplies Vanessa’s Boutique


Baylor Club | By Design | GTR Vacations Hewitt Florist | Waco Hippodrome Hewitt Chamber Express | 5

New Year,

Fun Things to See & Do in the Greater Hewitt/Waco area

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Photo by Aaron Jetelina, WTXmedia

New Central Texas LAURA BEATY


avorite travel locations are often cities that have an energy, a personality unique to themselves. New York City is known for its fast pace, blend of various cultures and simultaneous focus on innovation and history; New Orleans offers Southern hospitality with French and Spanish influences; Austin keeps things weird with a cool arts and music scene and an emphasis on supporting local establishments. Thanks to the efforts of dedicated, hardworking and ambitious Central Texans over the past decade and before, greater Waco has developed an identity all its own—one that is attracting people from across the U.S., and even from around the globe. From Waco’s long-time favorites like Clay Pot Restaurant and Common Grounds, to the extraordinarily successful Magnolia Market at the Silos, to the new East Riverwalk by McLane Stadium, now is the perfect time to get acquainted—or reacquainted—with all of the wonderful things the greater Hewitt and Waco areas have to offer.

DINE Alpha Omega Grill & Bakery Healthy Mediterranean inspired dishes and fresh baked goods Cajun Craft Bringing Waco the best of Cajun and Creole foods. Clay Pot Restaurant Fresh, traditional Vietnamese dishes Coach’s XXX Smoke Masters of BBQ. Kings of crazy good food. The perfect sanctuary for sports, beer, and BBQ. Common Grounds A charming coffee house and live music venue famous for its signature Cowboy coffee Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits Offering a unique coffee and alcohol experience in Waco Hecho en Waco An upscale restaurant specializing in fine Mexican cuisine from interior Mexico Heritage Creamery Ice cream shop sourcing local ingredients to produce exciting and delicious treats for the Waco community. Jake’s Texas Tea House A family restaurant with a unique theme, Jake’s features premium food, beer and entertainment. Lula Jane’s Enjoy coffee and the baked goods made from scratch, in-house, with the best ingredients. Continued on next page... Photos courtesy of Waco Convention and Visitors Bureau Hewitt Chamber Express | 7


NEW YEAR, NEW CENTRAL TEXAS continued Moroso Wood Fired Pizzeria The MOROSO menu offers a variety of pizzas and other Italian dishes based on family recipes and chef/owner Dan’s experience as a chef in Europe. Oh My Juice Oh My Juice (OMJ) offers cold-pressed and freshly-made juice, smoothies, salads, acai bowls and more. Pie Peddlers Pies fresh-baked every day with old-fashioned goodness available as whole pies, by the slice or as a mini pie. Pinewood Coffee Bar Quality coffee meets quality service. Portofino Italian Restaurant Homemade Italian food at a great price. Schmaltz’s Offering soups, salads and oven-toasted sandwiches made with artisan bread baked fresh every day. Stone Hearth Indian Café Fast-casual Indian restaurant providing bold, unique and exotic Indian dishes. Vitek’s BBQ Famous for The Gut Pak—a decadent combination of Fritos corn chips, hand-chopped brisket, sausage, bean, pickles, onions and jalapeños piled high. Hungry yet?

Bicycle World Design House Waco Fox and Gray Gourmet Gallery Hey Sugar Honey’s Home + Style JDH Iron Designs Junky Monkey Junque in the Trunk LaSalle Shoppes Laverty’s Antiques & Furnishings Magnolia Market Mainstream Boutique Roots Boutique Shades of Shabby Sironia Spice Village The Findery Waco Downtown Farmers Market Waco Running Company Whimsicality Boutique Wine Shoppe

PLAY Art on Elm Avenue Backyard Bar, Stage & Grill Balcones Distilling Bear Habitat Brazos Theatre Cultivate 7twelve Dancing Bear Pub Cameron Park East Riverwalk Hewitt Park Kissing Tree Vineyards Klassy Glass Wine Bar McLane Stadium Tours McLennan Community College Theatre Painting With a Twist Pura Vida Paddle Valley Mills Vineyards Waco Civic Theatre Waco Hippodrome Theatre Waco Jazz Orchestra Waco Mammoth National Monument Waco Paddle Company Waco River Safari & Tours Waco Symphony Waco Winery & Vineyards Waco Winery Tasting Room/Rooftop Patio Warren Park Waco Escape Room

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For a complete list of where to stay, shop and play in Central Texas, visit Hewitt Chamber Express | 9

It’s more than just car sales at

Allen Samuels BOB LAUCK


nvesting in the community and planning with a longterm perspective. Mr. Allen Samuels knew that when giving with a long-term perspective, success would naturally occur in the not-too-distant future.

Baylor University, as well as the Hewitt, Waco, Hispanic and African-American Chambers of Commerce. A huge variety of other clubs and organizations also benefit from sponsorships from Allen Samuels every year.

At the Allen Samuels Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram dealership in Waco, General Manager Ted Teague is a big believer in this philosophy. That’s why his mission is supporting people, organizations and charities as well as personal involvement in the Chamber of Commerce.

Allen Samuels Holdings currently has dealerships in Texas, as well as two other states. Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram franchises are located in Waco and Aransas Pass; Hutchinson, Kansas and Oxford, Mississippi. Mr. Samuels also owns the Alfa Romeo Fiat store in Waco, the Chevrolet

“Many of our customers are invested in volunteering and supporting their own organizations” said Teague. “They’re our friends and neighbors and we’re all involved together. It’s our calling to step forward and help out,” he added. Through the years, the dealership has been among the biggest buyers at the McLennan County Junior Livestock Sale of Champions. The dealership also proudly supports the Waco Symphony, Academic All Stars, Waco and Midway ISD Scholarships, MCC and

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By bidding and buying students’ animals, literally hundreds of FFA members not only pay for their projects, the extra proceeds help fund their educational scholarships.


Buick GMC dealership in Hearne, the Allen Samuels Direct Pre-Owned Superstore in the D/FW area and the recently-purchased the Volkswagen franchise in Edmond, Oklahoma. With this many dealerships—plus exclusive relationships with other dealers and auctions across America—Teague says customers receive a remarkable advantage. They can shop thousands of vehicles (new or pre-owned) and have them delivered right to their door. As Waco continues to prosper, residents are seeing a bright future. Greater Waco is among the hottest real estate markets in the country. There are incredible plans for new housing and amazing new businesses with good jobs. Add the explosive growth of Downtown Waco, “Many of our customers are invested in volunteering and with that, Teague is excited and supporting their own organizations. They’re our by Allen Samuels’ continued friends and neighbors, and we’re all involved together. community involvement in the future. It’s our calling to step forward and help out.” For decades, Allen Samuels has extended the well-known invitation, “Come by… Let’s be friends!” It continues to stand today, and it’s the way his dealerships will continue to do business. Visit the Allen Samuels Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram dealership at the intersection of Highways 84 and 6, visit them online at, or give them a call at (254) 776-1000. Hewitt Chamber Express | 11





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Build relationships LAURA BEATY

What exactly is networking?


hen you hear the word “networking,” you may think of an aggressive salesperson working a room, but at its core, networking is about starting and building relationships. Doing business is a natural result of getting to know people— the more you get to know others and they get to know you, the more trust they’ll have in you, and the more likely they’ll also refer people to you. There are many networking opportunities anually in the greater Hewitt and Waco area. Attending at least one networking event per month is a great goal to keep you plugged in. Building relationships is also a lifelong pursuit that requires an open mind and conscious effort. Be active in your community—join civic groups, take leadership positions in volunteer organizations, take continuing education classes, volunteer on projects of special interest to you, or join a church. The stronger our relationships are, the stronger our communities and economies become, and the richer our lives are. People do need people, and we like to do business with those we like, know and trust. Here’s a few helpful tips.

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• Read event details to know what to expect, and to get to know the hosting organization. You can even review a list of its members to get a feeling for who will be in attendance.

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• If there is someone specific you want to connect with, look for mutual contacts and ask them to introduce you. Event hosts are often happy to make introductions.

• Bring business cards, have them easily accessible and hand them out generously. • Start with the end in mind. For example, set a goal to not leave until you’ve met at least three new people. • Have fun and don’t take yourself too seriously. See “Networking” on page 30... 14 | Hewitt Chamber Express Winter 2018

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Check Yourself Before Your Credit Wrecks Itself by Travis Rollins


here are a lot of things we should do that most of us simply don’t do. When the dentist asks if you’ve been flossing, do they honestly expect you to answer yes? Or, how often do you check your tire pressure? You’re supposed to check it fairly often, but realistically, do we? The same goes with regularly testing your smoke detectors. I have a smoke detector in my apartment, but off the top of my head, I probably couldn’t tell you where it’s located. Those are simple responsibilities that unfortunately go neglected all too often. And, by not addressing them for a long period of time, we can sometimes put ourselves in a bad spot. You Should Absolutely Check Your Credit Report I think we often view our credit report in the same vein as our tire pressure or smoke detectors. We think it’s not that important to check, when in reality, having good credit is critical to buying a home, as well as many other big-ticket purchases. In today’s world, a credit report isn’t just used for getting a loan. Insurance companies use them to calculate the rates they’ll charge customers. And, employers use them to help determine if an employee is responsible. A lot rides on your credit history. For this reason, it’s a good idea to review your credit report annually. What to Look for When Reviewing Your Report As it turns out, reviewing your credit report doesn’t involve glancing at your credit score. In fact, your credit score isn’t even on the actual report. On the report, you’ll see an itemized list of your loans, credit cards, etc., along with your payment history. If everything is accurate, it should confirm that no fraud, identity theft or unexpected activity has taken place. Your report also shows which companies have recently pulled your credit. Carefully review this list and


check for any companies that you can’t easily explain a connection. For instance, some companies will pre-qualify you for special offers, and if they already have access to your information, they may pull your credit report prior to sending you a “special offer” in the mail—never all that special, are they? By looking over the list, you can spot potential instances of identity theft. For example, if Herbie’s Cars recently pulled your credit report and you’ve never been to Herbie’s, then you could possibly have an identity theft problem. When looking at your payment history, keep in mind that companies can make mistakes. Even if you have a loan and pay it perfectly on time, companies can sometimes make an error on a payment posting date, which could incorrectly show an over 30-day late payment. If never corrected, it could continue to show a string of +30 day late payments, eventually resulting in an adverse impact to your credit score. If you think something is incorrect, you can file a dispute. Where to Obtain a Free Credit Report Under federal law, you have the right to obtain a free copy of your credit report from each of the three nationwide consumer reporting agencies once each year. You can get all three at one time, or you can space them out throughout the year. It’s your call. To get your free credit report, visit and select “Request Yours Now” from the navigation menu. You will need to enter information to verify your identity, like address, date of birth, and Social Security number. If you’d prefer to have your report mailed to you, call a toll-free number (1.877.322.8228) or mail a completed Annual Credit Report Request Form to: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281. Oh, and while you’re at it, you may want to check your tire pressure, too. Travis Rollins is a credit analyst at Central National Bank in Waco, Texas. 16 | Hewitt Chamber Express Winter 2018 Hewitt Chamber Express | 17

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Have a question for an expert? Get it answered! Call 254.666.1200 or send an email to laura@ and your question may be featured in the next issue.

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Geriatric massage is tailored for elders to improve specific health conditions that are caused by aging, such as stiff muscles, limited mobility and chronic pain. Geriatric massage incorporates soothing, gentle strokes and mild stretching to help seniors: • Increase circulation • Reduce pain; release endorphins • Improve muscle tone and strength • Increase joint flexibility • Lower blood pressure • Reduce swelling • Support the immune system • Decrease stress, fear and anxiety • Deepen relaxation and breathing • Strengthen sense of well-being • Foster social interaction • Improve sleep

Ransomware is a class of computer malware infection that is rapidly becoming the most common way cyber-criminals attempt to “con” money from infected users. Recent forms of ransomware “encrypt” or lock access to an infected device’s files. Usually, locked files include Word documents, spreadsheets, pictures and databases. It can also encrypt files on your servers.

We’re all having to make tough choices due to rising costs and shrinking benefits. High-deductible health plans and healthcare sharing ministries are good options to reduce high monthly premiums. In case of a catastrophic health event, you will have peace of mind knowing that you have coverage. However, these may omit your primary healthcare. Office visits for illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions are not covered until high deductibles are met. Prescription coverage, lab tests and imaging may also be limited (or not included).

Geriatric massage therapists can adapt massage methods for those confined to a wheelchair or bed, or for those who are at the end of life. Seniors should consult with a physician to learn about massage that is most appropriate for their body. Right at Home of Central Texas is a leading provider of in-home care and assistance for seniors and adults with a disability. For more information about geriatric massage and our professional, compassionate home care, contact us at (254) 399-0788.

Once a device is infected, it is virtually impossible to access your files without a “key” from the hackers. Typically, a screen displays on the infected device listing a website link in order to pay a “ransom” to regain access to your files—varying from $200–$10,000. Even if you pay the ransom, there is no guarantee the key you were sent will work! These infections generally gain access to your device(s) via an infected website or email attachment. WB Computer Services’ technicians have extensive experience in helping companies protect their data from this and other threats. Call Wayne Bonner at (254) 523-4161 or email today to discuss how we can assist. WBCS can serve all of your technology needs.

An excellent solution is Direct Primary Care (DPC). For an affordable flat monthly fee, you receive highly personalized primary care services from your own private physician. Benefits include options for discounted prescriptions, labs and imaging services. DPC practices are limited in size to allow your physician to spend more quality time with you and offer more flexibility in scheduling. We provide comprehensive DPC benefits including 24/7 access to your physician. Call (254) 339-1360 to see if DPC is right for you, but hurry...our practice size is limited! Hewitt Chamber Express | 21

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Hewitt Happenings









1 The Behringer Group ribbon-cutting ceremony at Waco Running Company • 2 Beth Richards and Marcel van Es at the Sip n’ Shop hosted by the National Association for Female Executives and the Greater Hewitt Chamber • 3 Members visit after the Networking Luncheon with Robinson & McGregor Chambers • 4 Clay Pot Business After Hours & Ribbon Cutting • 5 Caritas’ Ann Owen and Midway ISD Superintendent George Kazanas at the Hewitt State of the City luncheon • 6 Small Biz Resource Workshop at Hewitt Public Library • 7 Social Media Cowboys Ribbon Cutting at The Backyard • 8 Signature Workshop Luncheon featuring Brian Townley and Tanner McElroy (with Suzi Pagel, Midway Education Foundation Director) 24 | Hewitt Chamber Express Winter 2018

Special thanks to Raising Cane’s on Hewitt Drive for sponsoring Greater Hewitt Chamber’s 2018 ribbon-cutting ceremonies.












9 Ocean Nails Spa Ribbon Cutting • 10 The Sleep Shop Ribbon Cutting • 11 Curry-Holmes Insurance Ribbon Cutting • 12 Bridge Realty Ribbon Cutting • 13 Time Out Sitters Ribbon Cutting at the Hewitt Public Library • 14 Tranquil Body Care Ribbon Cutting 15 Greater Hewitt Chamber presented a check to the Hallelujah Food Pantry from a portion of the Spooktacular proceeds • 16 Champions Salon and Barber Ribbon Cutting • 17 Bryan Carter Farmer’s Insurance Ribbon Cutting • 18 Costume Contest winners at the ThirdAnnual Spooktacular presented by Regent Care and the City of Hewitt • 19 Window Genie of Waco Ribbon Cutting ceremony Hewitt Chamber Express | 25

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Independent Living at our Emerald Cottages Community is located across from the Central Texas Marketplace Shopping Center, Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Hospital/Clinic and is adjacent to the Arbor EMERALD COTTAGES House Assisted Living Facility. Spacious cottages are one-story, two The Lifestyle You Deserve bedrooms and two bathrooms with attached garage. We accommodate a broad range of senior living needs—from completely independent to higher levels of care...all on one campus! Visit or call (254) 230-1116 for information or to visit a Model #5C cottage.


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Time Out Sitters. Dependable. Available. Fun. Time Out Sitters is dedicated to providing the best service for your family. Date nights to sick kids, overnight trips to pet sitting, and church nurseries to corporate events, Time Out Sitters has you covered! Keeping your kids safe, entertained, and giving you the break you need. Our sitters come highly recommended and carefully curated to ensure the best care for your kiddos. From your kids to your home to your time away—this is your life we are talking about. We take that very seriously. Call (254) 535-2448 or visit us online at


We’ll represent you in the sale of your business, along with exit planning/strategies, transfer of ownership, valuation improvement plan ahead of sale, identifying areas for risk reduction, compliance improvement for lower insurance rates, operational gap-closer, customer service improvement, help with policies and procedures to run business better, training needs analysis & delivery, onboarding, unemployment tax claim reduction, recruiting support and benchmarking. Our goal is your success. Email either or, call (254) 523-7050, or visit www.



Rapoport Academy is a free, open enrollment public school serving Pre-K–12th grade. Rigorous, hands-on, relevant and innovative learning in small classes provides a curriculum that prepares graduates to be successful at top colleges and universities. T- STEM and Early College High School programs are built around science, technology, engineering and math with integration of the arts— allowing students to earn 60+ hours of transferable college credit with no cost for college tuition, books, fees, or transportation. Options include foreign language study in Spanish or German, robotics competition, engineering, design, forensics, sports, music and more. Visit, or call Bridget at (254) 218-9367.

Tranquil Body Care—Your Oasis of Well-being. Massage therapy is a good addition to your wellness program. We customize massages to meet the need of the individual. For maintenance of your current health condition, massage is recommended once a month. We offer packages and plans as low as $45/month. We do outcalls to places of business. Our hours are Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.– 9 p.m. We are located at 211 Sun Valley Blvd, Suite C in Hewitt. Claim your tranquil moment by booking online at, or call (254) 339-3629. Looking for ways to increase profits? Energy is a major expense for organizations, but most business-leaders are unaware of options available for reducing utility costs. For 30+ years, TriStem has helped commercial and industrial consumers save over $100 million in energy costs. We guide and help create an energy cost savings program tailored to your needs, helping cut costs and increase profits through competitive energy supply, bill audits, education and efficiency programs. For a complimentary analysis, call us at (254) 420-1200 or email A single discount store and the simple idea of selling more for less has grown into the largest retailer in the world. Each week, 260+ million customers and members visit our 11,695 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, we employ 2.3 million associates worldwide and are a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity—all part of our unwavering commitment to creating opportunities and bringing value to customers and communities around the world. Visit our store in Hewitt located at 733 Sun Valley Blvd. Hewitt Chamber Express | 27

VFW POST 6008 WELCOMES YOU TO HEWITT Serving Friday night meals for a minimal donation (call 254-666-6008 for meal specials) Hall rentals • Annual/Life memberships available Get on our email list for notification of special events VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES


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Your support helps to fund vision screenings for the community, scholarships for local students, food drives, service projects & more.

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NETWORKING continued from page 14 Helpful networking tips to boost your confidence:

Follow up

• Act confident Smile, make eye contact, stand up straight with shoulders back.

• Non-verbal communication Be aware of your body language and tone of voice.

• Dress for success Clean and professional (and don’t forget to wear a nametag).

It’s vital to continue to build the relationship, but do so individually. Don’t follow up by sending out a mass email to everyone you met at the event, as it can come across as disingenuous...even if you had good intentions. It’s always better to follow up in a way that shows you really were engaged when speaking to that person.

• Handwritten cards make a great impression. It shows • Handshakes should be firm (but not too firm) and last that you’ve taken extra effort. two to five seconds. • In your follow up note, set a time to visit one-on-one over coffee or lunch to get to know each other a bit Small Talk Hints better. People are usually flattered to be asked. • When you first walk in, approach others that are • Share your interests as the friendship develops, and alone or in small groups and ask if you can sit/stand maintain the relationship by staying in contact. with them. Introduce yourself (remember that every- one is there for the same reason—to connect.

• Focus on quality, not quantity when networking. • Icebreakers Give genuine compliments, ask questions about hometown, family, years at current employer, favorite part of their job, past work experiences, etc. • Use their name in conversation. •

Be a resource As you build relationships, find opportunities to help others succeed. Ask questions (‘What are you working on?’ or ‘How can I help?’). Provide value by finding ways to help make others more successful (common areas of interest are health, wealth and raising children). Be careful not to keep score. Relationships are about give and take, but keeping score can be damaging.

Be polite and sincere, but don’t be afraid to set boundaries—you teach people how to treat you. Stay positive, but be firm if “I’ve learned you feel someone is crossing a line.

• Don’t scan the room when someone is talking to you.

that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” —MAYA ANGELOU

If you need help, ask for it! The worst thing that can • Avoid gossip and/or complaining Positivity attracts, happen is that they’ll say no. Be a connector by finding and people like being around encouraging people. opportunities to introduce people to one another, and • Have a general knowledge of current/local events, have a positive mindset—if they succeed, you succeed. but avoid sensitive subjects like politics. Final thoughts • Don’t monopolize someone’s time or let others Once you become a master networker, really think about monopolize yours Know how to wrap up a conversa- the message you want to send when you’re interacting tion, and recognize when someone is doing the same). with people. Take time to reflect on your own brand, and • Be responsible with adult beverages. know your values and strengths. What do you bring to the table? What do you want people to think of when they hear your name? If you’d like to read more on the subject, check out Never Eat Alone, How to Win Friends & Influence People or The Art of Mingling. 30 | Hewitt Chamber Express Winter 2018


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LOOKING FOR NEW CUSTOMERS? They’re new to your neighborhood. They have money to spend. They need your business.

We open doors for you!

Contact your local Territory Sales Developer,

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Winter 2018 Hewitt Express Magazine  

Welcome to the new and improved Hewitt Express magazine! Check out the feature article for info on local dining, shopping and recreation and...

Winter 2018 Hewitt Express Magazine  

Welcome to the new and improved Hewitt Express magazine! Check out the feature article for info on local dining, shopping and recreation and...