The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off their fifth annual Total Resource Campaign on January 27, 2015. Total Resource Campaigns (TRC’s) are gaining support and popularity across the country and have been embraced by Chamber Members, board leadership and staff because of the beneficial nature of the campaign.
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.
The Total Resource Campaign reviews and evaluates current Chamber programs and develops a menu of sponsorship opportunities tailored to fit any budget, big or small. Over a six-week period, beginning January 27th, 6 local volunteers will work with Chamber members to design an ideal sponsorship plan for the entire year. The TRC is designed to be fun and exciting for team members with rewards available throughout the campaign. The theme for this year's campaign is "2015 Total Resource Campaign….The SMART Choice!"
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, January 28th for one of their newest members, American Light & Power.
The retail electric provider offers service to residential and commercial customers.
"We would like to let all of the members know that we would be happy to help lower your commercial and residential electricity rates," said Cabot Rank, Vice President of Sales for American Light & Power. "We pride ourselves in providing the most competitive rates along with great customer service for all of our clients."
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, January 22nd for Experience Works, one of their newest members.
The Experience Works Senior Community Service Program provides paid community service assignments at local public and non-profit organizations, training, referral to needed services, and job search assistance. With these updated skills, participants use their community service training as a springboard to permanent jobs with local employers.
Program applicants must be age 55 or older to qualify, live in Brown County and the surrounding area, and make under a specified income.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will host their 3rd annual Brownwood Area Bridal Fair on Saturday, January 24th at the Depot Civic & Cultural Center in Brownwood.
The fair will host a variety of vendors and will be a 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. Photographers, florists, caterers, DJs, party rental, and venues as well as other businesses are just a few of the types of vendors that will be on hand during the event.
The bridal fair provides an opportunity for future brides to meet with businesses, all in one location, to help assist in planning the big day. Door prize drawings will be taking place throughout the day as well, including a grand prize drawing.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, January 13th for its newest member, Damsel in Defense.
They offer a line of self defense products including stun guns, pepper spray, home and car security products.
Their mission is to teach men, women and kids the importance of self defense and protecting themselves.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the Early Chamber of Commerce held a joint ribbon cutting on Friday, January 2nd to welcome Chick-fil-A and its new owner as a new member to both chambers.
New owner Brent Gooch recently moved to the area with his family to operate the restaurant. He said that he fell in love with Chick-fil-A's business model and ethics and their focus on customer service and community involvement. He worked for Chick-fil-A at local restaurants and for corporate for seven years before being selected to operate Chick-fil-A in Brown County.
Chick-fil-A is located in Heartland Mall located at 306 Early Blvd. For more information, visit their location or call 325-643-3910.
The Brownwood Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is working with local employers to help promote the many job openings in the Brownwood Area. The BEDC has created a job listings page on its website: www.brownwoodbusiness.com/jobs. The site lists job openings from multiple Brown County employers. The website also has postings from local staffing agencies and the Texas Workforce Commission. The goal for the job site is to provide a centralized place for a wide variety of job listings to make the job search easier for applicants and to connect people outside of the Brownwood Area to local job information.
“Brownwood is growing, and there are several hundred jobs available right now,” said Emily Crawford, Executive Director of the BEDC. “We encourage people who have been commuting out of Brownwood for work to see the local job openings and consider applying for them. We also hope the available jobs will draw more people to move to the area.” With an unemployment rate of 4.1%, a larger labor pool is needed.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Centennial Celebration on Monday, December 15th for the Brownwood Harvey House with a series of special events planned throughout the day.
"We are excited to mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Harvey House in Brownwood on December 15th," said Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ray Tipton. "The building which sits next to the Depot was originally part of a chain of restaurants owned by the Fred Harvey Company. The building now houses the Brownwood Chamber offices and the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions Museum."
The celebration day will feature tours of the building, the unveiling of a commemorative plaque and statue, a book signing and a showing of the documentary "Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound" at the Lyric Theatre. The Turtle Restaurant in downtown Brownwood will also be offering a Harvey House menu during lunch and dinner.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, Early Chamber of Commerce and the Brown County Republican Women's Club will host a joint luncheon on Friday, December 12th featuring state Representative Jim Keffer.
Representative Keffer will give an overview of the upcoming state legislative session.
The luncheon will be held at the Brownwood Country Club and costs $12 for the buffet lunch. The buffet opens at 11:30 AM and the program will begin at noon.
Attendees are asked to bring a donation (cash or toy) for the area Toys for Kids program.
In 1997, Keffer became the first Republican to ever represent District 60 and has won reelections ever since.
He currently serves as Chairman of the Texas House Committee on Energy Resources. He also serves on the House Natural Resources Committee, Redistricting Committee and Texas House Republican Caucus.