Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Opening of Christian Women's Job Corps' New Location

christianwomenjobcorpsThe Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Tuesday for the Heart of Texas Christian Women's Job Corps to celebrate their new location.

The organization recently relocated from the Family Services Center to 2410 Coggin Avenue thanks to a generous gift from Brownwood resident Mette Lundsgaard.

Lundsgaard recently purchased and donated the building to the Christian Women's Job Corps.

"We love Mette, we have loved Mette for a long time," said director Patricia Boland. "Mette has returned that love and she is the lady who felt it in her heart to donate this facility to us and spent her time and resources to redo it to meet the needs that we have here, and already we have been blessed through that."

The Heart of Texas Christian Women’s Job Corps exists to minister to women by providing a vast array of life and job skills training including Bible study, computer skills, nutrition, mentoring, and many more.

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Brownwood Fitness Celebrates New Ownership with Ribbon Cutting

brownwoodfitness450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, February 14th at Brownwood Fitness Center to recognize the new owners Jody and Shane Easley.

Brownwood Fitness Center is a full service gym offering group fitness classes, personal training, weights, tanning, and more, with 24 hour access.

For more information about Brownwood Fitness, contact them at (325) 641-3488 or visit their location at 104 Center Avenue in downtown Brownwood.

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First Week Prizes Awarded in Brownwood Chamber TRC Program

rewardsweek1 450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce announced volunteer reward earners after closing out the first week of the Total Resource Campaign.

Warren Yehl of Brownwood Regional Medical Center and Karina Daniel of Howard Payne University tied for the top producer spot for the week earning a $325 reward check each. Lisa Tipton from BrownwoodNews.com came in third for the week earning a $200 reward.

During the Chamber’s Total Resource Campaign (TRC), volunteers are selling sponsorship opportunities to local businesses for events and promotions offered through the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce. The TRC is designed to give Chamber members an array of opportunities to become more involved with the organization in new ways through greater public awareness of Chamber programs, projects, and events. Over a seven-week period which began February 12, dozens of volunteers have been working in teams to help businesses design customized sponsorship plans for the entire year.  The most successful teams will win weekly prizes.

Other volunteers earning reward money during the first week of the TRC include Brett Vanoverbeke, 3M Company; Daniel Hutson, Council Finance; Kim Peterson, City of Brownwood and Louise Sharp, Howard Payne University.

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Ribbon Cutting for People Smart Tools

peopleskillsThe Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, February 6th to welcome People Smart Tools as new members to the chamber.

People Smart Tools is a management consulting company that specializes in helping people work well with people. Owners and managers use them when they know they are not getting the best out of their team. They can help select, develop, and retain outstanding employees who are fully engaged.

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Tickets Now Available for Ranger College Rodeo

Rodeo PostersmallerRanger College is hosting the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Rodeo for the first time ever in Brownwood.   Over 400 college students from west Texas and eastern New Mexico will participate in the event on February 28, March 1 and 2 at the Earl Q. Wilson rodeo arena.

Rodeo events such as bull riding, goat tying, barrel racing, steer wrestling, and more will be featured as students work to show their skills.

As an added bonus, Bad Company Rodeo is providing stock for the event.

Tickets are available at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, Wendlee Broadcasting, KOXE, Scott's Western Wear, and Citizens National Bank. Tickets are $8 each for adults and $5 for kids. Box seats are also available.   The gates open at 6 PM and events begin at 7:30 PM each night.

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Brownwood Chamber Kicks Off 2013 Total Resource Campaign

kickoffThe Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off their 2013 Total Resource Campaign (TRC) on Tuesday at Humphrey Pete's restaurant. Two teams of volunteers will now begin selling sponsorship opportunities to area business owners to not only help promote local business, but to support the Chamber of Commerce projects and activities.

The two teams are being led by Priscilla Monson and Robert Porter who took the TRC theme of "Lights, Camera, Take Action" to heart as they dressed up at Dolly Parton and the Lone Ranger at the kickoff event. Although the costumes were fun and inspiring to their team members, the captains take the campaign seriously.

"Remember that this is all to support the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce," said Monson. "If we promote the Chamber, everyone does well."

The TRC is designed to give Chamber members numerous opportunities to become more involved with the Chamber on various levels through greater public awareness of Chamber programs, projects and events. In addition, the TRC makes it easier for businesses to budget for the coming year and helps improve the efficiency of Chamber-sponsored events.

Volunteers will be contacting local businesses during the seven-week campaign looking for support for these sponsorship opportunities.   Volunteers earn prizes as they work through the campaign with an extra bonus for the team that sells the most.

Monson told all of the volunteers at the kickoff that connecting businesses to sponsorship opportunities is easier than they might think.

"We are really selling the programs of the Brownwood Chamber and that makes it easy," she said.

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Ribbon Cutting for Parker Home Solutions

parkerhome450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, January 17th for their newest member, Parker Home Solutions.

Josh Parker has over 10 years experience in home improvement services. He and his wife are focused on a one-call solution for everyday home projects or small repairs.

For more information about Parker Home Solutions and their "handyman" services, call Josh at (325) 998-4144.

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The 108th Annual Chamber Banquet Set for April 11; Community Award Nominations Being Accepted

LOGOpatch250Every member of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraged to attend the Annual Banquet on April 11, 2013. The celebration will be held in the Coliseum with the Reception at 6:30 PM, dinner at 7 PM and the awards presentation slated to begin about 7:30 PM.

According to Chamber CEO Laura Terhune, “The Outgoing Chairman of the Board (Eric McNeese) and I want every member to make plans now to attend this annual celebration.” Terhune continued, “The components of the banquet will be very similar to last year’s successful event: a Reception will be followed by the Banquet and concluding with Awards Presentations.”

Community Service Awards will include the following: Good Neighbors, Community Partner, Business of the Year, Man and Woman of the Year and the Groner Pitts “Lifetime of Service” Award.

Terhune noted, “The committee received positive feedback on the décor and layout incorporated several years ago which features a smaller “center” stage for the actual awards presentations as well as round VIP tables. She concluded, “Whatever the layout, the evening promises to be an exciting celebration.”

The sponsors of the 2013 Annual Banquet will be sold through the Chamber’s Total Resource Campaign and will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information about sponsoring the banquet or corporate reserved VIP tables, see a Team Member of the Total Resource Campaign. Individual ticket prices will be $40 per person and can be purchased at the Chamber starting March 1.

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Brownwood Area Bridal Fair Set for Saturday, February 16

WeddingGirlcropped12The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lehnis Railroad Museum will host the Brownwood Area Bridal Fair on Saturday, February 16th.

The fair will be an invaluable resource for soon-to-be brides in planning their special day. Vendors will showcase their products and services and will be available with tips, techniques, and ideas for the perfect wedding. A style show will feature some of the latest looks in wedding attire for the entire family.

Vendors at the show will include photographers, florists, caterers, DJs, party rental, and venues as well as other businesses that will enhance any wedding.

The bridal fair provides an opportunity for future brides to meet face to face with businesses that can assist in planning the big day, all in one location, saving time and gas. Door prize drawings will be taking place throughout the day as well.

Future husbands are welcome to attend and enjoy the "man cave" if they need a break from wedding planning.

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