Time to Register Neighborhoods for 2015 National Night Out

NNOLogo 400Neighbors throughout Brown County are being invited to join forces for the 2015 National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event on Tuesday, October 6th.

Coordinators of the local NNO event are currently looking for block captains to organize small gatherings in neighborhoods in Brown County. These gatherings will be a rallying point where neighbors can meet each other, visit with law enforcement officials, and send a message to potential criminals.

This is the 6th year for the local National Night Out effort and participation has grown every year.

From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on October 6th, residents in neighborhoods throughout Brown County are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Many neighborhoods throughout the area will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, visits from police, contests, and other activities.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Representatives from the Brownwood Police Department, Brown County Sheriff's Office, Early Police Department, Bangs Police Department, area fire departments, and city officials will travel around Brownwood, Early, Bangs and Brown County during the event to visit these gatherings and speak to those in attendance.

For more information or to register as a block captain, contact the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce at 325-646-9535 or the Early Chamber of Commerce at 325-649-9300.

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Brownwood Business Expo Set for September 3rd

2015ExpoLogoThe Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for this year's Brownwood Business Expo which is set for September 3rd at the Brownwood Coliseum.   This year will mark the 21st anniversary of the event with over 70 business vendors scheduled to participate in various lines of trade from banking, insurance and energy to home health services and personal well being.

The show will open at 10:00 AM on Thursday, September 3rd at the Brownwood Coliseum and will feature well-known, established businesses as well as some of the newest in the Brownwood area.

Admission is only $2 and complimentary passes are available for a limited time at the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce office. All visitors to the show will have the opportunity to win booth prizes from each of the exhibitors. Those who participate in the “Bingo” game may enter to win one of the Grand Door Prizes.

For the 9th year, the “Taste of Brownwood” returns to offer the community an opportunity to sample favorite recipes from local restaurants and caterers. From 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, showcase visitors can visit our “Taste of Brownwood” exhibitors and sample some of their most popular dishes. Each visitor will receive 4 free Taste of Brownwood tickets with the $2 admission fee. Those who choose to enter with a complimentary pass will need to purchase Taste of Brownwood tickets at the door the day of the show.

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Concert Tickets Now On Sale For Feels Like Home Celebration

Turner KrackercomboimageConcert tickets for the 2015 Brownwood Feels Like Home Celebration main stage are now on sale.

This year's concert will feature the dual headliners of Josh Turner and Uncle Kracker on Saturday, September 19th, the second day of the three-day festival.

Advance concert tickets will be available for $25 each and can be purchased at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, KOXE, Heartland Mall, Wendlee Broadcasting or online at CelebrateBrownwood.com.  

A limited number of preferred seating tickets will be available later in August.

The Brownwood Feels Like Home Celebration is a community-wide festival held September 18-20th in Brownwood, Texas featuring a variety of competitions, attractions, music, and food in addition to the main concert. This year's festival marks the 15th year of the event.  

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Ribbon Cutting for Tractor Supply

TractorSupply450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, July 15th to welcome Tractor Supply as their newest member.

Tractor Supply is the operator of a rural lifestyle retail stores across the country. They supply unique products to support rural lifestyle, from welders and generators to animal care products and men and women's work wear. They also offer pet supplies, animal feed, power tools, riding mowers, lawn and garden products and more.

Their Brownwood store is located at 315 East Commerce or they can be reached online at www.tractorsupply.com.

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Ribbon Cutting for Down Home Digital

DownHome450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Down Home Digital on Tuesday, July 14th.

Business owner, Amanda Coers started the business to provide online marketing, website design and maintenance, photography, graphic design, and social media management services to help businesses establish an online presence.

They can be contacted online at www.downhomedigital.net or at (325) 200-1169.

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Business to Business Showcase Set for July 21st


Business to Business Showcase &
Welcome Reception for

New 3M Plant Manager and BEDC Director

When: Tuesday, July 21st from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

What: Business to Business Showcase: Professional Services

Where: The Depot – 600 E. Depot

Ask a Professional! Now’s your chance to talk with the professionals! Whether its technology and communication questions, financial solutions for your business, or ways to make your business run smoothly and more efficiently, this Business to Business Showcase has the answers!

Chamber members are invited to attend the second event in our Business to Business Showcase series on Tuesday, July 21st that will feature businesses that can provide professional services to you and your organization or business. There is often no need to go outside of our community for many of the services and products that your business needs and uses. We will have a diverse group of companies on hand to share with you how they can help save you time and money by keeping your dollars local and reinvesting back into the community by contracting and working with local people and businesses, such as yours, for their product and service needs!

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Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Holds Ribbon Cutting for Pecan Valley Genealogical Society

Genealogical RC 450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, June 10th to welcome the Pecan Valley Genealogical Society to its membership.

This local History and Genealogy Library, a branch of the Brownwood Public Library, provides the community with genealogical, literary and educational services that promote and stimulate interest in history through family research. They assist visitors with family research, conduct educational programs and disseminate information to the public pointing out the importance of history, tradition, family knowledge and pride. The Pecan Valley Genealogical Society collection is comprised of local, regional, and national genealogical data that is available to assist the public with research, as well as preserve genealogical data and vital public records of Brown County and the surrounding areas.

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Ribbon Cutting for Nova Franchise Services

Nova 450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, June 3rd for their newest member, Nova Franchise Service.

James and Brandi Johnson with Nova Franchise Services provide free franchise consulting services to assist their clients who are interested in a franchise opportunity. They represent over 500 franchises and assist individuals with starting a business by walking them through the decision process, financing issues and other start-up issues.

For more information about their services, call 325-939-8457 or visit their website at www.novafranchising.com.

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Jimmie Deen Named Rodeo Parade Grand Marshal

GrandMarshal2015 300The Brown County Fair Association announces that Jimmie Deen will be the 52nd annual Brown County Rodeo Parade grand marshal.

Deen, a Brownwood native, has been involved with the Fair Association and rodeo for 45 years.  He has worked in a wide variety of positions from plumber, janitor, cook, board member to president.  He served 6 terms as president and 9 three-year terms on the fair board.  He began helping with the rodeo in 1970 and his first fair board term began in 1980.  Deen puts in an average 250 hours a year for the fair and rodeo.  

Jimmie began his association with the youth fair as a young man showing sheep.  After graduating from Brownwood High School, he attended Texas A & M University and graduated with an engineering degree.  After college, he worked for Ross Company in Early. He later went to work at 3M Brownwood and retired in 2014.  

Jimmie has been married to Linda Edgar Deen, Brown County’s first rodeo queen, for 44 years.  They have three sons, Brad and wife Leslie of Waxahachie, Cody and wife Annalyn of Early, and Adam of Colorado City.  They have five grandchildren, Kaitlyn and William of Waxahachie and Hayden, Hannah, and Hudson of Early.  All of Jimmie’s and Linda’s sons were active in the youth fair and now Hayden, Hannah, and Hudson intend to carry on the Deen tradition.  

The 52nd annual Brown County Rodeo Parade will travel through Downtown Brownwood and feature a wide assortment of entries. The parade will start Saturday, June 6th at 10 AM.

Awards will be presented for best in-town float, best out of town float, riding club awards, best decorated vehicles, best antique vehicles, best horse drawn vehicles, and best bikes/unicycle.

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