Brownwood Chamber and SBDC Offer Microsoft Excel Workshop June 27th

ExcelWorkshopThe Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the America's Small Business Development Center are offering a business workshop for Microsoft Excel on Tuesday June 27, 2017 from 11:30 am-1:00 pm at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce.

This workshop is geared for those new to Microsoft Excel or those who want to freshen up their skills. The workshop will begin with the ABC’s of the spreadsheet program and progress to learn some of the advanced features to make financial tasks less time-consuming. At this hands-on interactive workshop (BYOL - Bring Your Own Laptop), attendees will learn how to create, edit, format and print spreadsheets that focus on the business owner’s needs. Some of the features being taught will include, information entry (data, text), cut, copy, paste, paste special, formatting (cells, columns, rows), cell references (general, absolute), basic formulas (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), naming sheet tabs, printing challenges (title, headers, footers, margins), spreadsheet templates (balance sheets, profit & loss, cash flow report, loan amortization) and more.

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Brownwood Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Carter Healthcare

Carter 600The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 15th for Carter Healthcare.

Carter Healthcare offers a wide range of services for their patient's home healthcare needs. They have been in business for 28 years and currently have 62 locations in 7 states.

Carter Healthcare is a JCAHO accredited home health agency, and their facility received The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval - an internationally recognized symbol of quality.

There local staff is bilingual and longtime residents of Brownwood. Call Nancy Williams at 325-430-1297 or 325-203-4791 for more information.

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Public Invited to Heart Center Business After Hours June 15th

The Heart CenterThe Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will host their June Business After Hours event on Thursday, June 15th for the Heart Center at Brownwood Regional Medical Center, located at 1501 Burnet Drive in Brownwood.   The event will be held from 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM.

Tours of the newly equipped Heart Center will be available. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with Dr. Sanjeev Ravipudi, Cardiologist-Central Texas Heart & Vascular, while unwinding with refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres.

The open house style event is open to the public.

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Chambers Host Ribbon Cutting for Spirit of Texas Winery

SOTW RC 600The Brownwood and Early Chambers of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting on Friday, June 9th for Spirit of Texas Winery.

The new winery opened in April of this year and offers a selection of wines that can be enjoyed in their tasting room or outside on the patio. They also offer cheese and meat trays, but customers are welcome to bring their own food as well. They frequently offer special events and live music to add to the atmosphere.

Spirit of Texas Winery is located at 6037 County Road 291 between Early & Zephyr (just off of US Highway 183/ 84.  

For more information about Spirit of Texas Winery, call (325) 455-3232 or visit their page on Facebook.

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Brownwood Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for That Crane Store

ThatCraneStore600The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, May 30th for That Crane Store.

That Crane Store a main street boutique, originally opened in the west Texas town of Crane on August 5, 2016. At the beginning of the new year, after a surge of online orders from Brown County residents, Amanda Scott and her family decided to move the boutique to Brownwood to better serve their growing customer base. Since opening the doors on March 1, 2017, Amanda said that the young boutique has grown new wings and taken off with record setting sales.

In addition to popular lines of boutique clothing, shoes, accessories, custom t-shirts, they also carry J. Forks Designs-unique natural turquoise jewelry, LuBella Candle Company, Shabby Chick Natural Cleaning Supplies, and now offers in-house embroidery with the addition of Wilson & Co. Embroidery.

Amanda her husband Colt, daughters Paizlee and Blakely said "we want to thank each and every customer for their constant support and for making the decision to relocate an easy one!"

They are located at 112 W. Anderson and are open Tuesday-Friday 10 am -6 pm and Saturday 10 am -4 pm. They can be found on Facebook or call 325-642-9240 for more information.

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State Representative Mike Lang to Speak at Brownwood Chamber Luncheon June 16th

MikeLangThe Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its next monthly luncheon on Friday, June16th featuring State Representative Mike Lang, who will give an overview of the Texas 85th legislative session that recently ended.   Lang will outline new laws passed this session and what they mean for Texas and Brown County.

The luncheon will be held Friday, June 16th at Howard Payne University (note location change) Bullion Suites of the Mabee University Center - 1219 Fisk Ave.  Parking lots will be available on the east and north side of the building.     The luncheon will be held from 11:30 AM to 1 PM.  Cost is $14 for the lunch payable to HPU.   Payment for the luncheon can be made in advance with HPU at this link:

The luncheon is sponsored by Bruner Auto Group.

Mike Lang was elected in 2016 as Texas House Representative for District 60. However, this is not his first time serving Texas and its people.

After graduating from Texas Christian University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, Rep. Lang served his community for over 30 years in law enforcement, including being elected as the Constable for Hood County in 2013. His loving wife, Katie, even ran for an elected position and continues to hold public office as Hood County’s County Clerk.

During his service in law enforcement, Mike earned numerous awards, including the Congressman’s Medal of Valor and the Purple Heart National Law Enforcement Citation. Mike has led a respected and distinguished career, but his commitment to bettering the lives of Texans is far from over. With his extensive service as a law enforcement officer and as a Constable, Mike understands that to be an effective leader you must be a servant of the people.

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Brownwood Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Affordacare

Affordacare600The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, May 25th for Affordacare.

Affordacare is an Urgent Care Clinic that provides medical care, extended hours, on-site x-rays and accepts most major insurance. They provide treatment for illnesses, minor injuries, immunizations, sports and DOT physicals. Affordacare uses Quest and LabCorp for their lab testing. Chris Sutton, RN-FNP is a full time provider and is a graduate of Brownwood High School.

Patients can go online to and reserve an appointment and will receive a text alert when it is time for the appointment.

They are located at 801 Early Blvd., in Early and are open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm or call 325-430-0000 for more information.

Pictured are employees of Affordacare along with the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors.

Railroad Museum Hosts Joint Chamber Ribbon Cutting for New Exhibit

Lehnis600The Brownwood and Early Chambers of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, May 23rd for the opening of the Lehnis Railroad Museum’s new permanent exhibit, “Working on the Railroad."

The exhibit occupies the large foyer of the museum and creates an area that introduces the visitor to the world of railroads. Under the 40-foot high ceiling, the exhibit includes displays, a video, and a hands-on interactive. It will be a permanent exhibit at the museum and was made possible by a grant from the Cen-Tex Rural Rail Transportation District and a donation from Mr. Bob Lambert.

The Cen-Tex group was formed in 1990 by the state of Texas to preserve, protect, and promote railroads, and covers a five-county area. Lambert has been a long-time friend of the Lehnis Museum and supports its efforts to educate and entertain visitors with various facets of railroading.

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Brownwood Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Hendrick Surgery Center

Hendrick600The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for the new Hendrick Surgery Center in Brownwood.

On Friday, May 12, Hendrick Health System celebrated the completion of a new Hendrick Surgery Center in Brownwood with a ribbon cutting and Open House. Brownwood Mayor Stephen Haynes, Dr. James Fowler, Hendrick Trustee Paul Waldrop  and Hendrick CEO Tim Lancaster spoke to a crowd of more than 200 people. Tours of the facility were offered. 

The surgery center is a joint venture with Abilene and Brownwood physicians and is located at is located at 2401 Crockett Dr., and will offer same-day surgery for specialties including otolaryngology (ENT), gastroenterology, orthopedics, podiatry, urology, gynecology, ophthalmology, pain management and plastic surgery.

Outpatient surgery centers, also known as ambulatory surgery centers, provide a low cost alternative to hospital-based, low risk outpatient procedures. 

The 13,400 square-foot facility includes three operating rooms and 13 pre-op/recovery rooms.

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