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.

 Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Criteria


DEADLINE to Nominate: Wednesday, February 20, 2013


 Feels Like Home “Good Neighbor” Award: Recipient will receive commendation for his or her community service as a volunteer. An unsung hero in our community who volunteers his or her time and talents to make Brownwood an outstanding place to live through service, community, charitable, church or other organizations.

Volunteer of the Year: A member who has unselfishly given of their time and talents to assist in the Chamber’s events, programs and activities. Recipient may be a Chamber Ambassador or Board Member.

Business of the Year: 1) Supporting Chamber programs, events and activities; 2) Demonstrating “excellence” in their business practices; 3) Providing or supporting community involvement at the corporate and/or employee level.

Small Business (1 to 10 employees)

Medium Business (11 to 50 employees)

Large Business (51+ employees)


Community Partner Award: A non-profit organization, or governmental entity that has worked diligently to make the Brownwood Area a better place for us to live, play and work. This award can be for a specific achievement or for years of partnership.

Professional of the Year: A person who has performed their job at the highest level—going above and beyond in raising the practices, performance, productivity and/or impact of their organization on the community. May be employed by a non-profit organization or publicly-funded entity.

Man or Woman of the Year: A man/woman who has excelled in their community service. A single recipient (in each category) who has made a significant contribution to the quality of life in our community. He/She may be from any area of life: arts, business, civic, education, home and family, health, media, historic and from a public, private or governmental group. He/She may work behind the scenes or may be a person who is in the public eye. These individuals may be cited for an individual accomplishment, or for a series of accomplishments over a longer period of time—particularly within the past year.

Groner Pitts “Lifetime of Service” Award: Our “Citizen of the Year.” A person who has made an extraordinary contribution, touching the lives of the people of the Brownwood area with a selfless spirit of service and giving more to our community (over the years) than he or she could ever expect to get back. Brownwood’s highest honor in recognition of long-term community service.


Chamber Fax: 325.643.6686

Download Business Nomination Form

Download Citizen Nomination Form