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Inside... Networking Means Business - pg. 4 E.T. Coalition Assembles for Session 83 - pg. 5 Small Business Development Perspectives - pg. 11 New and Improved E.T. Outdoor EXPO - pg. 14

January / February 2013 Vol. 7 No. 1


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*Clinical professional is defined as a physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.

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From the President What’s Keeping You Up at Night?

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ver the past few months more and more company owners and executives have shared they are concerned about their health care plans being in compliance under the new Affordable Care Act. As a result of these conversations your Chamber has decided to host monthly coffees to address the changes that have already taken place and those that are looming over us. The President’s Coffees will begin in January on the 2nd Friday of each month, 7:30 am at the Chamber. Each gathering will have a target audience based on company size and type. Fri., Jan. 11th, 7:30 am

Companies with 50 or less employees

Fri., Feb. 8th, 7:30 am

Companies with 51 or more employees

Fri., Mar. 8th, 7:30 am

Companies who hire seasonal employees

Contents From the President..........................3 Networking Means Business.............4 COVER STORY East Texas Coalition goes to Austin....5 Tourism 2012 in Review..................6 Leadership Training for Main Street...7 Ribbon Cuttings...............................8 Anniversaries and New Members.......9 Emerging Leaders 2012.................10 Small Business Perspectives...........11 Worksite Wellness Preview.............12 Business EXPO Preview.................12

For more information about the President’s Coffee or to RSVP please contact me at president@longviewtx.com or 903.237.4004.

Ambassadors par Excellence...........13

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East Texas Outdoor EXPO!..............14

Most recent changes of the Health Care Reform Bill include:

Chamber Events Calendar..............15

Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) Plans and issuers must start providing the SBC as follows: • Issuers must provide the SBC to health plans effective Sept. 23, 2012. • Plans and issuers must provide the SBC to participants and beneficiaries who enroll or re-enroll during an open enrollment period beginning with the first day of the first open enrollment period that begins on or after Sept. 23, 2012. • For participants who enroll in coverage other than through an open enrollment period (for example, newly eligible individuals and special enrollees), plans and issuers must provide the SBC beginning on the first day of the first plan year that begins on or after Sept. 23, 2012.

Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) Rebates • Fully insured plans may receive rebates in August 2012 if they qualify for a rebate from their issuers due to the medical loss ratio (MLR) rules requiring insurance companies to spend a certain percentage of premium dollars on health care. The rebates must be used for the benefit of the plan’s enrollees, which may include reducing enrollees’ premium payments.

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Providing Effective Networking Opportunities 2013 Officers Brad Tidwell

Citizens National Bank

Dr. Dale Lunsford

LeTourneau University

Jeremy DuMond

U.S. Steel Tubular Products

David McWhorter

Gans & Smith Insurance Company

Jill Bayless Berney

Longview Regional Medical Center

Tim Vaughn

TVaughn Builders LLC

Brett Lindig

SYSCO Food Services, LLC

Kelly Hall

Longview Chamber of Commerce

2013 Directors James Barron Barron’s

Kara Bolster STEMCO

Pat Britton

Eastman Chemical Company

David Hayes

Hayes RV Center

John Ray

Lively Cadillac GMC

Shelby Snell

Oleum Operating Company

Keith Honey

AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company

Darwin Winfield Atmos Energy

2013 Appointed Directors Lester Lucy BancorpSouth

Mayor Jay Dean City of Longview

Judge Bill Stoudt Gregg County

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etworking is one of the oldest ways to make connections and Chambers of Commerce are pros at creating programs and opportunities that connect people, communities and businesses for success. Networking is all about providing valuable member connections and access to other business leaders. It is a low cost way to build business relationships, generate leads, and learn valuable information. Relationships are built around trust and connections. Chambers provide high-quality, value-added opportunities for members to interact and foster profitable business relationships.

provide a risk free easy way for leaders to connect with each other and open doors.

Many business leaders prefer face-to-face networking opportunities because of the potential for higher quality relationships. People tend to prefer actually knowing and meeting who they intend to do business with and trust. In addition, running a business can be isolating and Chambers create opportunities for business owners/ CEOs to connect Your Chamber of and find answers/ Commerce is the solutions to only entity in your common business community that challenges specific represents businesses to their stage of of all sizes across all business.

industry spectrums. The availability of networkDepending on the ing opportunities is usually size of the company, cited by business leaders as networking needs may the top reason for joining vary. Some companies local Chambers. Members like the clout and are mixed on whether the advocacy that comes networking opportunities with connecting with provided by their Chamber met their expectations other business leaders. for business growth, but These programs and activities create connection points for like-minded business people to recognize, learn, create or act upon business opportunities. Forums both face-to-face and virtually allow business people to build new business relationships and generate business opportunities. Such programs

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many of those most satisfied with their Chamber say they joined for the networking but continued their membership because they discovered other benefits. Those who see value in networking with other business leaders to share ideas, stay informed, or for advocacy are much more positive toward their Chamber than those who are only interested

in immediate business leads. Chambers provide great ROI since networking is a costeffective method to generate new business over traditional advertising or public relations efforts. Business networking is a low-cost activity that involves more personal

commitment than company out of pocket investment.

Strategic Objectives of Networking • Make member businesses more competitive and profitable • Achieve higher levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty • Utilize new technologies and tools to enhance member connections • Leverage membership group to help businesses lower overhead • Position the Chamber as the Go To organization for business resources

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Representing the Interest of Business with Government SHOW UP for Longview in Austin

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he assemblage of delegates to represent Longview in the 2013 East Texas Coalition has begun. If you want to be part of the delegation representing Longview at the 83rd Legislative Session in Austin, please contact the Chamber soon. Registration forms and information can be found on the Chamber website at: www.longviewchamber.com or go directly to the page using http://bit.ly/83Austin. Let your voice be heard at this year’s East Texas Coalition event in Austin. Spaces are filling up to join Kilgore and Tyler as the Coalition meets with Texas Elected Officials February 25-26, 2013. This year’s event has been expanded to include

a full day of speakers on Monday, which will allow attendees to hear updates from many agencies including the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and

how the decisions being made in Austin impact Longview businesses. Another change to this year’s event is the location. Attendees will stay and attend all Monday meetings at the Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel on Congress Avenue, just four blocks from the State Capitol. According to Longview Chamber Business Advocacy Chairman, Jeremy DuMond, the event will “help broaden attendees understanding of how policies will affect every day business. It provides an opportunity for you to represent and lobby on behalf of your local business at the state level.”

Texas Association of Business. The updates presented will allow attendees to understand

This event would not be possible without the generous support of the Longview Economic Development Corporation and the following sponsors: Presenting Sponsor Martin Resource Management Corporation, Onsite Transportation Sponsor and Gold Sponsors AAON Coil Products U.S. Steel Tubular Products Inc.-Texas Operations Division East Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse City of Longview Please visit www. longviewchamber.com now to reserve your seat at the table and get important information about travel and lodging for this year’s event!

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Staff Kelly Hall

President 903-237-4004 president@longviewtx.com

Paul Anderson

Senior Vice President Communications Director 903-237-4041 lcvb@longviewtx.com

Elaine Reynolds

VP of Special Event Operations 903-237-4040 downtown@longviewtx.com

Leska Parker

Chief Operating Officer 903-237-4010 bmanager@longviewtx.com

Mary Whitton

Community Development Director 903-237-4003 programs@longviewtx.com

Diana Northcutt

Retail Development Coordinator 903-237-4029 development@longviewtx.com

Missy Tucker

Business Development & Special Events Director 903-237-4023 promotions@longviewtx.com

Kayla Cantey

Convention Meetings and Main Street Manager 903-753-3281 x215 meetings@longviewtx.com

Margie Harris

Tourism Services Manager 903-237-4021 info@longviewtx.com

Lisa Null

Membership Services Coordinator 903-237-4013 membership@longviewtx.com

Amanda Myers

Special Events Assistant 903-753-3281 x216 assistant@longviewtx.com

Carrie Fisher

Director of First Impressions 903-237-4000 info1@longviewtx.com

Kim Droege

Executive Director Keep Longview Beautiful 903-212-4552 klb@longviewtx.com

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Promoting the Community

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Tourism – 2012 Year in Review

he Longview Convention & Visitors Bureau had a very busy and productive year promoting tourism in Longview. The Convention Sales team attended Southwest Showcase in Austin in January promoting our Vineyards and Wineries to attract small market meetings. Tourism Services participated in Travel Shows in Katy and Fort Worth. In April staff attended the Texas Travel Industry Association’s Travel Counselors Conference in Waco. The Longview Convention & Visitors Bureau participated in Tourism Week promotions in May at both the Waskom and Texarkana Travel Information Centers. The Texas Travel Industry’s Tourism College was held on the campus of Texas Woman’s University in Denton the third week of May with Margie Harris attending her first year of this three-year program. The CVB attended the Texas Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau Annual Conference in Killeen in the month of August where they were able to gain valuable information on current trends CVBs are using to promote their destinations. Margie Harris attended the State Fair of Texas in September to promote Longview in the Texas Historic Commission’s booth while Elaine Reynolds participated in the Team Texas booth at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Our newest staff member, Kayla Cantey, hit the ground running (literally) by attending the Small Market Meetings Conference in Jacksonville, Florida where she and Cindy Smith from Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex met individually with meeting planners from all over the southwest. New this year, we started a Geocache Contest to promote our attractions in Longview. The contest was launched in conjunction with the publication of the annual “Uniquely Longview”. The CVB also hosted three Real East Texas Friendly Hospitality Training Tours which included a comprehensive customer service training program and a tour of our local attractions on a luxury motor coach.

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2012 was a very successful year in tourism as the Convention & Visitors Bureau serviced over 37 groups with 3,300 Welcome Bags and meeting services which resulted in at least 2,788 room nights. The CVB also mailed approximately 17,459 Longview Visitors Guides to potential visitors and distributed 15,000 brochures to Texas Visitor Information Centers. Our newly remodeled Visitors Center had more than 476 people come in for tourist information during the year, an increase of approximately 1,107% over last year. The Convention and Visitors Bureau wants to assist you in your meeting planning needs or to help you successfully bring your association or group to Longview for a meeting, retreat, conference or convention. Call Kayla at 903-752-3281 X 215 or go to www. visitlongviewtexas.com. Follow us on Facebook www. facebook.com/VisitLongview and Twitter @VisitLongviewTx

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Developing Community Leaders Main Street Managers Gather for Training

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ne of the reasons the Texas Main Street Program is so successful is the support that is provided to Main Street Cities by the Texas Main Street Office. The Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) is part of the Community Heritage Development Division of the Texas Historical Commission. The TMSP is the state coordinating program that operates in affiliation with the National Main Street Center of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 1981, following a pilot project of the national center that studied ways to address the decline of America’s downtowns, the TMSP became one of the first six state coordinating programs in the nation. In 2007 Longview applied for recertification in the Texas Main Street Program through the Chamber’s Downtown Development Division and the One Hundred Acres of Heritage. Longview was the first Urban Main Street City in 1987. In 1994, Longview withdrew from the TMSP. Longview received recertification in 2008 with Paul Anderson, Senior Vice President serving as the Main Street Manager and Elaine Reynolds, Vice President as program director. In 2012 Kayla Cantey was hired to take on the responsibilities of Longview Main Street Manager. Kayla Cantey will be attending Texas Main Street Managers winter

training this January. The winter training is a required training for all new Main Street Managers and for continuing Managers as well. Managers new to the program received one and a half days of intensive orientation and training in the state program. They are joined by the rest of the program manager for two more days of training. The Training will be held January 28th to February 1st in Llano, TX located about an hour Northwest of Austin. Each year the training is held in a different Main Street City. The annual meeting for all managers begins on Wednesday afternoon and goes through Friday noon. The keynote speaker will be from the CLUE Group (Community Land Use and Economics Group) and will address Market Analysis and how this can be beneficial to both small and large cities. The rest of the week, managers will learn from local projects in Llano (such as their Texas Capital Fund project along the river next to downtown, their restoration efforts for the historic Red Top Jail, the Main Street operation of the LanTex Theater, and more), as well as attend sessions on Main Street design issues and other topics. Wednesday evening, the cities that achieved National Recognition will be announced.

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Milestones and Ribbon Cuttings

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Anniversaries and New Members January

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YEARS First Baptist Church

YEARS Gibson Sales LP Lifebridge Christian Center Stone Works Target Marketing Inc

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McCoy’s Building Supply Center Mundt Music of Longview LLC

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Drug and Alcohol Testing Compliance Services Perry D Reed & Company PC Suzanne Cook and Company

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YEARS Cassity Jones Lumber Building Materials

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YEARS AT & T Mobility Longview 2020 Forum

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Longview Mall

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Texas Bank and Trust Company

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YEARS Burger King/Sertex of Longview Inc

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Diversified Credit Systems

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Jason’s Deli

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County Court at Law Judge Becky Simpson Boon Shaver Echols Coleman & Goolsby PLLC – Mark Boon East Texas Christian School Heaton Eye Associates

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Edge Office Products/ Longview Office Jim Neuman & Associates PC – Jim Neuman Jim Neuman & Associates PC – Johnnie Tyler

Welcome New Members Austin Finance Company Mike Flood 315 Spur 63 Ste 104 Longview, TX 75601 (903) 686-9963

Citizens National Bank – Downtown Jackie Moseley 201 N. Green Street Longview, TX 75601 (903) 234-1055

Coghlan Crowson LLP Stayton Worthington P O Box 2665 Longview, TX 75606-2665 (903) 758-5543

Coghlan Crowson LLP James T. Carroll IV

P O Box 2665 Longview, TX 75606-2665 (903) 758-5543

Coghlan Crowson LLP Joshua Swain

P O Box 2665 Longview, TX 75606 (903) 758-5543

Coghlan Crowson LLP Kristen Ishihara

P O Box 2665 Longview, TX 75606-2665 (903) 758-5543 WW www.LongviewChamber.com

Coghlan Crowson LLP Michael E. Starr

P O Box 2665 Longview, TX 75606-2665 (903) 758-5543

Coghlan Crowon LLP Mitch Motley

P O Box 2665 Longview, TX 75606-2665 (903) 758-5543

Coghlan Crowson LLP Rickey L. Faulkner

P O Box 2665 Longview, TX 75605-2665 (903 758-5543

Coghlan Crowson LLP Sharon Wright

P O Box 2665 Longview, TX 75605-2665 (903) 758-5543

Guaranty Bond Bank

Ryan Hamilton 2393 HG Moseley #3 Ste 100 Longview, TX 75604 (903) 653-4820

Gym Box

Brian Parker 1230 River Bend Dr St 218 Dallas, TX 75247 (903) 215-8611

Happy Baby Secrets PLLC

Lorie Cox 1011 W Loop 281 Ste 9 Longview, TX 75604 (903) 981-3206

Paul Roberson

P O Box 1174 Hughes Springs, TX 75656 (903) 946-2450

Texas Farm Bureau

Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Longview Gordon Northcutt P O Box 1608 Longview, TX 75606 (903) 935-7898

Obie Baker 718 Glencrest Ln Ste A Longview, TX 75601 (903) 757-7597

That Girl’s Boutique

The Floor Team

David Delorme 1410 Bentley Diana, TX 75640 (903) 663-4620

Karrie Traylor 100 Tall Pines Ave Ste 6 Longview, TX 75605 (903) 212-4475

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Developing Community Leaders EMERGING LEADERS LUNCHEON CULMINATES 2012 The first annual Emerging Leaders Luncheon ended 2012 with a celebration recognizing three outstanding leaders under the age of 40. Texas Bank and Trust Officer Gene Jordan, who served as master of ceremonies, introduced each of the honorees and recognized them for their outstanding service in their jobs and in the community. Each honoree completed an extensive application as part of the submission process.

Cliff Hale

The Luncheon was sponsored by LeTourneau University. Cliff Hale, Citizens National Bank; Jennifer Ware, Good Shepherd Medical Center; and Michael Tubb, Gans & Smith Insurance were profiled at the awards ceremony in video presentations featuring comments from themselves, co-workers and people familiar with their volunteer work. Congratulations to our three Emerging Leaders!

Jennifer Ware

Citizens National Bank

Good Shepherd Medical Center

Michael Tubb

Gans & Smith Insurance

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Strengthening our Local Economy Lending a Hand to Small Business Mr. Chow Luis Licerio 3012 W Marshall Longview, TX 75604 (903) 530-6453

“The Longview market is affordable place to do business. I joined an LCOC to network and be involved in the community. The ambassadors that attended the ribbon cutting were previous customers that still come out to eat.” u

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Mr. Chow is out to break the stereotype of Chinese Food or cheap take out; they want to do something different, a fast casual sit down restaurant with fresh ingredients.

“Since joining the Chamber I have had the opportunity to meet more small business owners in the area, it has brought more business and allowed me to cater to more customers in the area. It has notified me of educational classes that help improve my business, and it has also helped me to get more involved in activities in the community. I am really glad I joined the Chamber because the individuals work closely with you and want to see you succeed. “ u

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Sweets By Bradley Eric Bradley P O Box 484 Kilgore, TX 75662 (903) 808-1499

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Sweets By Bradley is dedicated to providing quality catering at a very reasonable price. Some of their specialty items include: cream cheese pound cake, made in several flavors, peanut butter pie, and brisket.

Balance Diet Lisa Nobles 1913 Judson Rd. Longview, TX 75605 (903)663-5900

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BalanceDiet can help your small business. Last year, Lisa Nobles met Shellye Olofelter, HR Director for BorgWarner at a HR Alliance meeting. Since Dec. 2011 BorgWarner has seen a dramatic decrease in employee medical claims and absenteeism since joining BalanceDiet. BalanceDiet is much more than simply a weight loss brand, it’s a celebration of food, healthy living, and a balanced, active lifestyle.

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Promoting the Community SAVE THE DATES FEB 13 & APRIL 30, 2013

Worksite Wellness: Creating a Healthy Bottom Line

Presented by Good Shepherd Medical Center

The Good Shepherd Medical Center and the Longview Chamber of Commerce invite you to attend Worksite Wellness: Creating a Healthy Bottom Line. This luncheon is designed for decision makers who want to address rising healthcare spending and employee health. Learn why wellness matters, the future of health policy and what employers can do to reduce costs and be a part of the solution.

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2013

BUSINESS

EXPO 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 Maude Cobb

•Over 80 Businesses exhibiting products and

services Full afternoon of professional development programing including HR, Technology, Marketing and Leadership Trainings Largest comprehensive business to business expo in East Texas

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Pinecrest Country Club RSVP by January 23, 2013 $45 per person (includes copy of Zero Trends by Dr. Edginton) Dee W. Edginton, PhD: Professor in the Division of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan, Director of the Health Management Research Center and a Research Scientist in the School of Public Health. Dr. Edginton interest is in how individual health promotion, worksite wellness activities and programs within organizations impact health care cost containment, productivity and human resource development. Katie W. Mahoney, JD, MHA: Executive Director of Health Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Mahoney has more than 13 years of health care experience. She is responsible for developing, advocating and publicizing the Chamber’s policy on health and works with members of Congress, the administration and regulatory agencies to promote the organization’s health policy. Sponsored by:

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Presented by Longview Economic Development Corporation Sponsored in part by Computerland Network Technologies and Copeland Group Insurance

Business After Hours from 4:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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Providing Effective Networking Opportunities

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ur team of Ambassadors are a very important part of the Chamber. As goodwill representatives they are often the face or the Chamber’s brand. Ambassadors are selected on the basis of their interest, dependability, integrity, energy, and communication skills. Ambassadors utilize those skills and provide a communication link between our membership and the Chamber staff, and between the Longview community and the Chamber. The Ambassadors role includes promoting and selling memberships, encouraging participation in Chamber functions, greeting members at events, and helping with other goodwill acts for the Chamber. Ambassadors assist the Chamber with events including luncheons, workshops, special appearances and receptions for elected officials. The Ambassadors also fill key roles in major events like the East Texas Outdoor EXPO in January and the Business EXPO in May. With a membership of almost 1200 and goals to add more, it is difficult for the staff of the Chamber to make annual calls and visits to our members. An Ambassador welcomes new Chamber of Commerce members by delivering the new-member packets and developing relationships making it possible for each member to receive personal contact. Lisa Null, Membership Services Coordinator for the Chamber helps organize and conduct the many ribbon cuttings.

The Chamber’s credibility is closely linked to the credibility of our Ambassadors. Selection of these important volunteers is very important as is the responsibility that each one carries out their Ambassador responsibilities in a professional manner. While attending functions and calling on members, they develop a long and varied list of contacts and information that proves helpful as they do business in our community. Serving as an Ambassador provides a greater level of visibility and promotion than standard Chamber membership. Ambassadors receive recognition throughout the year in a variety of different ways: • Listing on the Ambassador page of the Chamber’s Website. • Introduction and recognition at Chamber events at which they volunteer. • Recognition at the Annual Installation & Ambassador Recognition Dinner. • Opportunity to be named Ambassador of the Month and featured in an issue of Longview Progress Report. • Opportunity to be recognized as Ambassador of Year (determined by a point system that allocates points for performance and attendance) and presented with a plaque at the Annual Banquet in January.

2012 Ambassadors of the Month and Year

Angela Hanley February

Anne Rush January

Cindi Marie Lewis April

Troy Newman March May June July September

Chapin Miller June August October

Ambassador of 2012

Dave Carter November

Daniel Wiebracht December www.LongviewChamber.com

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Strengthening the Local Economy

East Texas Outdoor EXPO! New & Improved

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So New This Year, You Might Not Recognize it!

resented by Nichols Marine, the 2013 edition of the East Texas Outdoor EXPO is preparing to deliver something brand new and a show that is greatly improved.

Changes in the admission policy include new admission prices and the availability of weekend passes. Weekend passes can be pre purchased at participating locations.

All activities will be centrally located of the Maude Cobb Activity Center. For the past few years, the Outdoor EXPO - formerly known as the East Texas Boat, RV and Camping Expo - occupied the Maude Cobb Activity Center and the Fairgrounds exhibit hall. Buses transported visitors between the venues which had exhibits for RV’s, Camping, Fishing, and Outdoor Recreation.

Visit EastTexasOutdoorEXPO.com for a complete schedule of performers, exhibitor, maps and more.

The H&W Marine Outdoor Pavilion will have heated exhibit space. This new setting will be in front of Maude Cobb Activity Center and with units on display outside around it.

Contact Missy Saunders by email at promotions@longviewtx.com, or call her at 903-237-4000 Sponsored in part by FASTSIGNS.

Admission & Hours ABC Auto Parts Weekend Pass $8.00 Frank Addington Jr.

Inside the H&W Marine Pavilion will be the Plano Marine of East Texas Special Performance Stage. There will be special demonstrations going on throughout the three-day show. It is on the Plano Marine of East Texas Stage that Frank Addington Jr., otherwise known as “The Aspirin Buster” will demonstrate his skill as an instinctive archer. Addington is on the pro staff for Hoyt Archery and proudly uses and endorses Hoyt bows for his stage shows, bow hunting adventures, and backyard shooting.  Addington is also on the pro staff for Muzzy Broadheads.

Children 12 and under Free Visit us online to see where you can prepurchase your weekend pass EastTexasOutdoorEXPO.com. Times: Friday 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Clark Reehm

The EXPO has lined up fishing pros Clark Reehm, Lance Vick and Harold Allen to make presentations. You can check out the Fishing Angler Profiles at www.bassfan.com. Inside Maude Cobb Activity Center, The Hayes RV Center Kids Adventure Camp will give children a place to experience outdoor activities. The camp will include hands-on, educational activities from learning about fish and wildlife, food and nutrition to shooting sports. This is intended to change from the traditional carnival theme for children to outdoor recreation and education in a fun way. The camp will be organized in conjunction with the Gregg County 4-H Club and the Agriculture Extension Office.

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Lance Vick

Trail Cam Contest: Pictures of Bucks caught by trail cameras were submitted from OctoberDecember 31st. The top three pictures will be framed and on display at the EXPO for attendees to vote on. Prizes include S/W Kennels: one man guaranteed knife kill hog hunt, overnight accommodations for one in cabin on location, dinner and breakfast. Galen Logan Taxidermy: Voucher for your choice of a white tail shoulder mount or two duck mounts or a $500.00 credit toward taxidermy services of your choice. 

Harold Allen

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Calendar of Chamber Events January 2013

Events are at the Chamber Offices 410 N. Center Street unless otherwise noted.

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4:45 p.m.

Network Communications

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PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID PERMIT NO. 82 LONGVIEW, TX

410 N. Center Street Longview, TX 75601 903-237-4000 www.longviewtx.com

Minimal.To the Max. Single-Site™ da Vinci® Surgery A VIRTUALLY SCARLESS PROCEDURE Sometimes the biggest fear of surgery is the scar it will leave behind and the pain and recovery you will experience. Now, with new technology only available at Good Shepherd Medical Center, you have the option to have surgery that results in virtually no scar and a quick recovery. If you have been told you need gallbladder surgery, ask your doctor about Single-Site da Vinci Surgery at Good Shepherd. This procedure is performed through a single incision using state-ofthe-art precision instruments. Patients who choose Single-Site da Vinci Surgery experience a virtually scarless procedure since surgery is performed through only one incision in the navel (belly button), which dramatically limits visible scarring. The primary potential benefits of Single-Site da Vinci Surgery include: • • • • • •

Minimal scarring Minimal pain Low blood loss Fast recovery Short hospital stay High patient satisfaction

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE HEALTHY HOTLINE AT 903.315.GSHS


Longview Progress Report Jan-Feb 2013