Brownwood Business Showcase Set for September 4th

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The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for this year's Brownwood Business Showcase which is set for September 4th at the Brownwood Coliseum.   This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the event with over 75 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 4th at the Brownwood Coliseum and will feature well-known, established businesses as well as some of the newest in the Brownwood area.

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Time to Register Neighborhoods for National Night Out

NNOSigns 2014Neighbors throughout Brown County are being invited to join forces for the 2014 National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event on Tuesday, October 7th.

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.

From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on October 7th, 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.

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Missi Malone of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Graduates from Institute for Organization Management

MissiGraduationPic2014Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Missi Malone IOM, MBA, Director of Members Services of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from the program and has received the recognition of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

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Brownwood Chamber Launches Harvey House Centennial Club

HarveyHouse oldThe Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the opening of Harvey House in Brownwood.

The building currently houses the offices of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions Museum, but this historical location next to the Depot was originally a restaurant offering a fine dining experience.

Opened by the Fred Harvey Company in 1914, this Harvey House was a hub of activity through World War II.   The beautiful 2-story structure was renovated in the 1990's and donated to the city of Brownwood.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary, the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will be unveiling a plaque on December 15 of this year bearing the names of supporters through the Centennial Club.

To join the Harvey House Centennial Club and have a name inscribed on the plaque costs $100 and is limited to the first 100 participants. All funds raised will be put back into the preservation of the interior of the Harvey House.

Tours of the Harvey House are also available.

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Groundbreaking to be Held July 28th for United Supermarkets in Brownwood

UnitedLogoUnited Supermarkets will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, July 28th at 8:30 AM for their future location in Brownwood at 300 E. Commerce.

Representatives from United Supermarkets will be on hand to discuss their brand, the scope of the project and their timeline for completion.

Community leaders from the City of Brownwood, Brownwood Economic Development Corporation and the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will also speak during the event.

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Leadership Brownwood Registration Begins, Schedule Announced

leadershipBrownwood logoThe Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is now taking applications for the 2014/2015 class of Leadership Brownwood.

The program is dedicated to educating, developing and empowering current and future leaders for the community and motivating them to serve civic, charitable and business organizations. Spanning eight months starting in September, Leadership Brownwood is designed to increase individual and community leadership skills. The beginning retreat focuses on individual leadership styles and techniques and gives the participants and opportunity to get to know each other. Starting in October, the class then spends one day a month (typically 9 AM to 3 PM) examining specific aspects of the community such as education, area government, local business and economic development, health and human services, the criminal justice system and tourism.

Leadership Brownwood participants benefit from a broad-based education about the community in which they live and work, while developing valuable communications networks among civic, business and educational leaders. They also develop lasting friendships over the course of the year, and personal and professional skills that increase their effectiveness within their community and business environment. Businesses whose employees participate in Leadership Brownwood gain not only a knowledge of the inner workings of the city, but also personal skills that increase their effectiveness in their professional environment.

In the opening session, Dick Hammond, director of "Leadership on the Move," will facilitate class discussion of the Five Characteristics of an Effective Leader (Based on the book: The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes & Posner).

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Brownwood Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Maurices to Celebrate New Location

Maurices450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Maurices on Friday, June 27th to welcome them to their new location in Brownwood.

Now located at 519 C West Commerce in Commerce Square, Maurices gives customers a place to express their individuality and feel good about who they are. With styles that match the budget and the occasion – and sizes 1-24 – the fashions always fit.

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Walker Cancer Center Celebrates 20th Anniversary

WalkerCancerCenter450Brownwood Regional Medical Center officials, community and civic leaders and former patients gathered on June 26 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Walker Cancer Center in Brownwood.

The Brownwood and Early Chambers of Commerce held a joint ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the event and to display the newest upgrade of the Linear Accelerator.

The Walker Cancer Center was named in honor of a long time physician James B.N. Walker who practiced in Brownwood and surrounding area from 1934 until his retirement in 1968.

Walker Cancer Center is the only facility within an 80 mile radius that offers both Radiation & Medical Oncology services. After a recent upgrade to Linear Accelerator, IGRT or Image Guided Radiation Therapy is now offered. The upgrade provides a newer treatment service and the staff is pleased to be able to offer this to their patients.

Since 1994 Walker Cancer Center has provided over 24,000 Chemotherapy Treatments utilizing 6 Chemotherapy Suites and over 96,000 Radiation Treatments with the Linear Accelerator.

There are currently 18 staff members including  Radiation Oncologist – Allan Cass, MD who has practiced at BRMC Walker Cancer Center since July 2001 and & Medical/Hematology Oncologist- Victor Hirsch, MD who has been practiced at BRMC since February of this year.  Dr. Hirsch previously practiced at the Abilene Cancer Centers.

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Ribbon Cutting for Tiny Tots Trunk at New Location

TinyTots450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Tiny Tots Trunk on Friday, June 20th to welcome them to their new location in Brownwood.

Now located at 1208 Looney Street near Wal-Mart, Tiny Tots Trunk is a family owned specialty boutique for infants and toddlers to size 2T for boys and size 6/7 for girls. They also carry tween clothing for girls up to size 14-16.

Their new location offers expanded space for inventory through a variety of brands as well as custom-made items.

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