Chamber Focus | July 2021

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FRIDAY, July 2, 2021



Elementary Student heading to National Leadership Forum Temple Chamber of Commerce Staff


Friday, August 6, 2021 Job Fair - 3:00 - 6:00 pm Free Community Event - 6:00 - 9:30 pm

Members of the Temple Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors pose for a photo with Benjamin Hall, his parents, and Western Hills Elementary Principal Tiffany Vestal following a special presentation.

The Temple Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors had a special presentation at their June meeting by an exceptional young Temple leader, Benjamin Hall.

to attend the program this July. The Temple Chamber of Commerce contributed through their community development foundation, Temple Futures.

Benjamin, who is a third grader at Temple Independent School District’s Western Hills Elementary, was nominated to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Academy this summer.

During Benjamin’s presentation, he thanked the Temple Chamber Board, shared more about himself, what he is looking forward to during the program, and his other summer plans.

The National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM Academy is a unique learning experience for bright, forward-thinking elementary school students. During the six-day program, the participants learn by doing handson simulations and workshops. They will build and program a robot, investigate and solve crimes using math and science-based forensics, explore different careers in the medical field, and build leadership skills. The expense of the program was an obstacle, but with an outpouring of community support, Benjamin will be able

Benjamin will be ten years old this fall, is on the “A” Honor Roll, and is a leader in both the Garden Club and Honor Choir at Western Hills Elementary. He is also involved with his youth program at church. Benjamin is most excited about building and programming a robot and remote control car, doing experiments and learning new math strategies all while making new friends and representing his school at the National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM Academy.

FRIDAY, July 2, 2021


June Renewing Chamber Members 2TP Services AC Electrical Services LLC Accent Real Estate Services AFC Urgent Care Alton D. Thiele, P.C. Altrusa International, Inc. Amedisys Hospice Ariza Temple L.M. Armstrong Construction Atmos Energy Baird, Crews, Schiller & Whitaker, PC BCC General Contractor Bell County Beer Dist. Assn. Bell New Line Management, LLC Belton Christian Youth Center Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Texas Realty Beronio Wealth Planning Solutions Bickels Contracting & Painting Biggie-Mini Self Storage Inc. Bill Stokes Bird Creek Burger Co. Bluebonnet Health Services Body of Christ Community Clinic Burger King Burger King/Ampler Burgers, LLC E.R. Carpenter L.P. Carter Bloodcare Centex Printing, Inc. Central Texas 4C, Inc. (Head Start) Christian Brothers Automotive - Temple Clearvista Financial Coley Group, Inc. Comprehensive Engineering Solutions, Inc. Cooper & Bright Plumbing Cornerstone Automotive Cory Herring Homes Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home Cyclone Corral BBQ DB Fuller Homes Ecolab Edward Jones/David Boothby & Cody Fenoglio, Financial Advisors

Emerson Construction Company, Inc. Family Pet Clinic Fast Signs Temple Fikes Wholesale, Inc./CEFCO Food Stores First Baptist Church Temple First Christian Church GoGo’s Treatery Gunter Financial Services - Raymond James H5B3 Hampton Inn Harvest Church Heart of Texas Goodwill Industries, Inc. Heartland Resources, Inc. Hill Country Transit District (The HOP) Holiday Inn Express Temple Medical Center InHouse Systems, Inc. J.C. Wall Construction Inc. Jaynes, Reitmeier, Boyd & Therrell, P.C. Jon Burrows Jupe Feeds, Inc. K&W Insurance Agency Kabler Automotive Keene Roofing Inc. Kiwanis Club of Temple Lastovica Jewelers Lighthouse IT, Inc. Matous Construction, Ltd. MB Land McLane Group Morris & Pursley Financial Plan Neal Architectural Group, Inc. Panel Specialists, Inc. PaperGraphics Printing Pendley Party Productions, Inc. Pignetti’s Pizza PieRos Ponders Auto & Fleet Service Popelka Paint Contracting, Inc. Primrose School of Temple Pro Star Rental Purifoy & Company Quick Inc. Land Surveying Ralph Wilson Youth Club

Rebath of Central Texas Rexel Electrical & Datacom Supplies Rodney Dunn Co., Inc./Rodney Dunn Rosa’s Cafe & Tortilla Factory Rotary Club of Temple Secrest Law Firm Security Bank Temple Smile at the World Orthodontics Smile Doctors Braces Spherion Staffing Services Spradley Properties Standards Home Health & Hospice Stellar Homes Stoney Brook of Belton Temple Bible Church Temple EMS Temple ISD Temple Machine Shop Temple Professional Firefighters Temple Towing Inc Temple Veterinary Hospital Temple Welding & Industrial Supply, Inc. Tenroc Ranch Texas A&M University - Central Texas The Wood Group of Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation Topstone Treno Pizzeria & Taproom Tri-Supply U-Haul Moving & Storage of South General Bruce Drive U-Haul Moving & Storage of Temple Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children Viron International, Inc. Vista Real Estate Wells Fargo Advisors Wendy R. Wolfe Wildwood Apartment Homes Wisener’s Auto Clinic LLC Zonda Education

First Friday is Tonight - July 2, 2021 City of Temple

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FRIDAY, July 2, 2021

Summer Sizzle 2021

The Temple Chamber of Commerce is excited to present Summer Sizzle in the Santa Fe Plaza on Friday, August 6, 2021. Summer Sizzle is a free community event that will kick-off with a job fair in the afternoon followed by an evening of live music, food trucks, an outdoor market, and fun for the entire family! The Summer Sizzle Job Fair, presented in partnership with Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, will take place from 3:00 – 6:00 pm in the Workforce Solutions of Central Texas office suite at the Santa Fe Business Center, 201 Santa Fe Way, Ste. 101, in Temple. Featured employers for the job fair include: Datamars, Inc., Pactiv, Reynolds Consumer Products, and Wilsonart. The evening fun will run from 6:00 – 9:30 pm in the Santa Fe Plaza, 301 Santa Fe Way in Temple. Food trucks and vendors for the outdoor market will be setup along Santa Fe Way and in the plaza. Live music by the Three4One Band will begin at 7:30 pm on stage in the plaza greens. Lawn chairs or blankets are welcome to use while enjoying the music. Visit for more information.

June New Chamber Members Bell Tower Apartments Lannae Evans 3506 S. Fifth St. Temple, TX 76502 (254) 228-0641 Apartments Bizzare Market Stop Artealure “Tea” Sauk 1301 S. 45th Street Temple, TX 76504 (254) 899-5079 Gift Shops Miracles and Mane, Inc. Stevie Minner 600 Indian Trail, Suite 103 Harker Heights, TX 76548 (254) 312-7010 Medical Equipment

MPH Health Alliance Nicholas Leschke 2700 Shell Road Georgetown, TX 78628 Assisted Living Facilities Temple IV Drip Health and Wellness Clinic Marilyn Omomen, APRN, AGNP-BC 1005 Marlandwood Road, Ste. 116 Temple, TX 76502 (254) 624-2735 Health & Wellness

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CUTTING Bizzare Market Stop A unique variety store that offers everything! Gifts, Decor, Furniture, Clothing and more... Booth rental available!

Artealure “Tea” Sauk 1301 S. 45th St. Temple, TX 76504

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Family Promise of East Bell County: The Promise House Groundbreaking On Tuesday, June 29, Family Promise of East Bell County broke ground on the Promise House, Phase I of the new Family Promise Campus. Phase I of the new campus includes a new 6,500 sq. ft. building that will double the organization’s capacity to serve children and parents who are homeless. Family Promise of East Bell County is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower families experiencing homelessness to achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.

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CUTTING The Starting Place Birth & Wellness Center The Starting Place Birth and Wellness Center is located in Temple, TX, and Port au Prince, Haiti. They are committed to offering excellent midwifery care and support to growing families in Bell County, Texas, and surrounding areas.

Tara Livesay & Bethany “KJ” Johnson 720 N. Third St. Temple, TX 76501

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Temple IV Drip Health & Wellness Clinic Temple IV Drip is the health and wellness center with IV infusions PERSONALIZED for you! They pride themselves in providing high quality natural vitamins, free of toxins, compounded in the United States by certified 503 pharmacies directly regulated by the FDA. Wellness starts with a body that is in balance. Micronutrient deficiencies may result from malabsorption or inadequate intake which impedes our immunity and makes the body prone to diseases. IV nutrients are loaded with essential electrolytes, vitamins, amino-acids and antioxidants designed to promote health and well-being.

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FRIDAY, July 2, 2021

Teaching Hospital named No. 2 in the U.S. as New Physicians welcomed to Temple Temple Chamber of Commerce Staff

Members of the Temple Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and leadership from Baylor Scott & White Health pose for a photo after a special presentation June 24, 2021. Pictured Left to Right, Jessica Walker, Claire Hartman, Dr. Christian Cable, Shannon Gowan, Drayton McLane III, Mike Pilkington, Dr. Mike Averitt, and Rick Kasberg Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple is the No. 2 major teaching hospital in the country by being named to the 2021 Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list. The Temple Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors celebrated the national recognition with an award presentation on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at the Mayborn Convention Center in Temple. Fortune and IBM Watson Health annually rank the very best hospitals and health systems in the country. Researchers from IBM Watson Health evaluated the 2,675 eligible non-federal U.S. hospitals on various performance indicators in the following categories: clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, patient experience, financial health, and community health. “Temple is a BIG player in the training of new doctors,” noted Rod Henry, Temple Chamber President. “We are thrilled that Baylor Scott & White Medical Center

- Temple received this national recognition to accompany the 100+ years of history and legacy as a Central Texas economic engine.” The award presentation also served as the official kick-off to the Temple Chamber’s 11th Annual Baylor Scott & White Health Community Showcase. “No one else goes to the extent Temple does in welcoming our new resident physicians upon their arrival to the community. Between the annual Showcase, now in its 11th year, and the street banners, Temple is second to none when it comes to rolling out the blue carpet of welcome to our new arrivals and their families,” noted Henry. The Baylor Scott & White Community Showcase provides new resident physicians, fellows, senior staff, and their families an opportunity to meet and explore their new community. It is a trade show setting where Temple Chamber Member exhibitors introduce their business and services to our newest residents.

11th Baylor Scott & White Health Community Showcase. Event sponsor the City of Temple (left), Attendees (center), event sponsor First United Bank & Trust (right)


FRIDAY, July 2, 2021

Fighting An Untold Epidemic – One At-Home Kit At a Time

Temple Health & Bioscience District

the user but require the patient to send it back for third-party lab testing. Our concept is easier, faster, and more affordable.”

Similar to a pregnancy test, the ama biotech test delivers an at-home readout so patients can immediately understand which infections they may be carrying. Delivered at an affordable cost, these tests are designed with the at-risk population of sexually active women ages 15 to 24 in mind. Cost is increasingly becoming a barrier to health knowledge and care, with 70 percent of women in a research study showing a desire to be tested for STDs three times annually; most insurance only covers one annual test. The ama biotech test empowers women to take stock of their health in a safe, comfortable environment – their own home. If the test indicates an infection, patients can then take the readout to their physician and discuss the next steps from there. Many STDs are bacterial infections, meaning they can be treated and in fact cured, with antibiotics, thwarting the long-term health effects left when these complications are left undetected or treated. Mia Mihailovic, Paul Amador, and Sam Mihelic, co-founders of ama biotech, housed at Temple Health & Bioscience District in Temple, Texas

From DNA testing and risk-screening to kits that can detect early signs of serious complications like colon cancer, at-home health diagnostics are one of the latest innovations sparked by an increased demand in patient access to easy, affordable healthcare. Just last week, Amazon released its own FDA-approved COVID-19 test kit for direct sale to consumers. To meet the demand for fast, accurate results and address one of healthcare’s most marginalized communities, one Temple Health and Bioscience District (THBD) tenant company is addressing the sexually transmitted disease (STD) epidemic head-on.

“Information is power,” says Mihailovic. “We aren’t here to judge anyone but to give people the knowledge they need to take care of themselves.”

In addition to identifying STDs, the ama biotech kit may help detect two other serious health issues that impact women: bacterial vaginosis (BV) and STD antimicrobial resistance. “We realize that there may be another sort of market,” says Mihailovic, “for women suffering from extremely common problems. Some individuals are simply more susceptible to complications like BV.”

Mia Mihailovic, Paul Amador, and Sam Mihelic are the engineers, and coincidentally best friends, behind ama biotech, a medical diagnostic company committed to delivering at-home STD testing kits to women. Born from a desire to help inform populations about their own health and increase access to needed screenings, the trio took inspiration from Amador’s last name to mark their research.

Antimicrobial resistance, defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as, “The ability of bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi to resist medicines,” is identified by the organization as a Top 10 threat to global health, that would increase human’s susceptibility to common illnesses. For example, due to its developed resistance to numerous antibiotics, gonorrhea (a bacterial STD) can now only be treated with one class of recommended antibiotics. As STD antimicrobial resistance continues to grow, it will be critical to diagnose rapidly to appropriately treat these infections the first time.

“In many languages and cultures,” explains Mihailovic, “‘ama’ is a root word for love. We want to make a point-of-caring diagnostic, especially for women, a population largely underrepresented in healthcare research. That’s what love and this tool mean to us.”

Nearly one-third of women ages 14 to 49 are estimated to carry BV, a non-STD inflammation that upsets the balance of natural microflora in the vagina. Like bacterial STDs, this condition is also treatable by a medical professional and early diagnosis can increase a patient’s comfort and overall self-care.

Asymptomatic infection, a concept made devastatingly popular by the COVID-19 pandemic, is particularly common for STDs in women. Unfortunately, long-term consequences of bacterial STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis can lead to serious problems such as pelvic inflammation, infertility, and cervical cancer. The effects of undetected STDs, coupled with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data that shows bacterial STDs are at a staggering all-time high for the sixth consecutive year, led Mihailovic and her colleagues to develop at-home diagnostics specifically designed for women to use on a regular basis.

At THBD, the team is hard at work developing a minimal process handling feature, making the product easier for at-home use.

“Our product is a completely at-home STD test for menstruating women,” says Mihailovic. “There are other STD tests on the market that send a testing kit to

“Not everyone has a centrifuge at home,” jokes Mihailovic, with a nod to THBD’s state-of-the-art laboratory equipment. “We have access to quantify the concentration of biomolecules and readings of these biotests that we could not have seen without these tools.” Stay tuned for more developments on the ama biotech team’s research and progress, as well as other tenant and biotechnology resource news at

FRIDAY, July 2, 2021


City to host 23rd Annual H-E-B Family Fun Fest & Fireworks Show City of Temple

Partial street closures will be in place to assist with traffic flow, as indicated on the map. There will be no pedestrian drop off location available. Parents should not drop off or leave minors unattended.

Parking is available in several lots as shown on the map. ADA permit parking is available in the lot on Research Loop on a first-come, first served basis. Guest parking will not be available at A+ Learning Academy or CEFCO. Vista Community Church will only be available for reserved and paid parking.

Those parking off site should be careful to not block driveways or impede traffic. Celebrate Independence Day at the 23rd Annual H-E-B All American Family Fun Fest & Fireworks Show.

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“This event has been a Temple tradition for more than two decades, and we’re excited to host it at Crossroads Park this year,” Senior Special Events Coordinator Holly Leiferman said. “We’ll have an afternoon full of fun activities capped off by the greatest fireworks show in Central Texas.” WHO: Temple Parks & Recreation WHAT: 23rd Annual H-E-B All American Family Fun Fest & Fireworks Show WHEN: Sunday, July 4, 2021, beginning at 4 p.m./Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. WHERE: Crossroads Park, 1020 Research Parkway The event is free and open to the public. Residents are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets. The park will open at 4 p.m. with music, vendors and other activities. The fireworks show will kick off at 9:30 p.m. The park will be accessible via the following entrances: • Airport Road and Hilliard Road • Adams Avenue and Hilliard Road • Westfield Boulevard and Prairie View Road

Keep Temple Beautiful Recognized as 2021 Gold Star Affiliate by Keep Texas Beautiful Tanya Gray, Keep Temple Beautiful

Keep Texas Beautiful formally recognized Gold Star communities during its 54th Annual Conference in June. Keep Texas Beautiful, a statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement non-profit organization, recently named Keep Temple Beautiful a Gold Star Affiliate, a designation granted to 70 affiliates out of nearly 400 affiliates. Gold Star recognition is the membership recognition highest status any community affiliate can achieve.

Gold Star Affiliates like Keep Temple Beautiful are educating and engaging community members, actively recruiting and managing volunteers, hosting cleanup and beautification events throughout their community and so much more. In 2020 alone, Keep Texas Beautiful affiliates engaged 20,917 volunteers who contributed 37,857 hours to collect 1 million pounds of waste and recyclables from Texas roadways, trails, and waterways.

In 2004, Keep Texas Beautiful introduced the concept of Gold Star recognition to reward those communities who sought to go above and beyond the established requirements. To remain in good standing, community affiliates must submit a report, pay dues, attend training, and participate in a KTB endorsed activity annually. To achieve Gold Star status, affiliates must share information on their mission and goals, answer questions about their economic development and diversity and inclusion practices or participate in the Beautify Texas Awards or Governor’s Community Achievement Awards programs and provide a letter of support from their community.

Keep Temple Beautiful successfully implements programs to clean up litter, reduce and recycle waste, educate local citizens, and beautify and enhance the local community. Everything we do is focused on mobilizing volunteers to act by providing them with tools, resources, and training. Our fieldwork includes research on best practices for litter reduction along with the development of community programs. For more information on Keep Temple Beautiful, visit or call (254) 493-4000. Follow us on Facebook at keeptemplebeautiful.

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