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.
Beverly Norris, curator of the Lehnis Railroad Museum, has been named Grand Marshal for this year's Spirit of Christmas Lighted Parade.
Norris has been a part of the museum since June of this year and is very active in the community. Norris was selected as Grand Marshal by the parade sponsor, Texas Rock Crusher Railway, to fit into the railroad theme of the parade.
Norris said she is privileged to work at the local museum and help preserve the history of the community. She said that the museum displays the extensive railroad collection of Martin and Frances Lehnis and offers a great family experience.
"There is something to interest all ages at the Lehnis Museum," Norris said. "We feature many family friendly activities and displays."
Norris also serves on the board of the Brown County Museum of History. She said that she is flattered to be chosen as Grand Marshal as a representative of the museums.
"I am excited to be a part of this event and hope to take this great opportunity and give back to the community," Norris said.
Brownwood's ice skating rink is returning for the third year in a row and will be open to the public starting Friday, November 28th and available through Saturday, December 6th during the 6th annual Christmas Under the Stars Festival.
The public is invited to ice skate on the synthetic ice rink which will be located in the parking lot of the Depot Complex at 600 E. Depot Street.
The rink will be open to the public during the following hours:
November 28th - 1 - 8 PM
November 29th - 11 AM - 8 PM
November 30th - 1-6 PM
December 1st through 5th - 3-8 PM
December 6th - 11 AM - 8 PM
Cost to skate is $2 per person for a 20 minute session and ice skates are available at no additional cost.