The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for its 2017-2018 Leadership Brownwood class.
Spanning eight months from September through April, Leadership Brownwood is designed to increase individual and community leadership skills. The beginning retreat, the first Wednesday in September, focuses on individual leadership styles and techniques. Starting in October and ending in April, the class then spends one day per month examining specific aspects of the community such as education, government, local business and economic development, health and human services, the criminal justice system, and tourism.
Leadership Brownwood began in the mid-80’s by the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce as a community leadership development program. 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.
The insights participants gain as they explore the inner workings of the community serves as a foundation for their long-term involvement in Brown County in a variety of leadership roles.
Tuition is $495 per person and includes transportation to tour sites, meals for each session, course materials, and class shirts.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 22nd for Lenzi Insurance Agency, LLC in Brownwood.
Upon the retirement of C.T. Ham's 40 years in this community, Kelli Lenzi took over the Farmers business and location on February 1, 2017. Lenzi Insurance Agency will continue the one-on-one service to their longtime customers and new households. Kelli's office offers Farmers products - auto, home, business, life, renters, motorcycle, umbrella and recreational vehicle insurance. She said that she wants her hometown communities to have the service, value, smart coverage option to protect their hard earned assets.
Business hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM at their location at 2800 Austin Avenue in Brownwood or visit their website at https://agents.farmers.com/tx/brownwood/Kelli Lenzi for more information.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the America's Small Business Development Center are offering a business workshop for Microsoft Excel on Tuesday June 27, 2017 from 11:30 am-1:00 pm at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce.
This workshop is geared for those new to Microsoft Excel or those who want to freshen up their skills. The workshop will begin with the ABC’s of the spreadsheet program and progress to learn some of the advanced features to make financial tasks less time-consuming. At this hands-on interactive workshop (BYOL - Bring Your Own Laptop), attendees will learn how to create, edit, format and print spreadsheets that focus on the business owner’s needs. Some of the features being taught will include, information entry (data, text), cut, copy, paste, paste special, formatting (cells, columns, rows), cell references (general, absolute), basic formulas (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), naming sheet tabs, printing challenges (title, headers, footers, margins), spreadsheet templates (balance sheets, profit & loss, cash flow report, loan amortization) and more.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 15th for Carter Healthcare.
Carter Healthcare offers a wide range of services for their patient's home healthcare needs. They have been in business for 28 years and currently have 62 locations in 7 states.
Carter Healthcare is a JCAHO accredited home health agency, and their facility received The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval - an internationally recognized symbol of quality.
There local staff is bilingual and longtime residents of Brownwood. Call Nancy Williams at 325-430-1297 or 325-203-4791 for more information.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will host their June Business After Hours event on Thursday, June 15th for the Heart Center at Brownwood Regional Medical Center, located at 1501 Burnet Drive in Brownwood. The event will be held from 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM.
Tours of the newly equipped Heart Center will be available. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with Dr. Sanjeev Ravipudi, Cardiologist-Central Texas Heart & Vascular, while unwinding with refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres.
The open house style event is open to the public.
The Brownwood and Early Chambers of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting on Friday, June 9th for Spirit of Texas Winery.
The new winery opened in April of this year and offers a selection of wines that can be enjoyed in their tasting room or outside on the patio. They also offer cheese and meat trays, but customers are welcome to bring their own food as well. They frequently offer special events and live music to add to the atmosphere.
Spirit of Texas Winery is located at 6037 County Road 291 between Early & Zephyr (just off of US Highway 183/ 84.
For more information about Spirit of Texas Winery, call (325) 455-3232 or visit their page on Facebook.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, May 30th for That Crane Store.
That Crane Store a main street boutique, originally opened in the west Texas town of Crane on August 5, 2016. At the beginning of the new year, after a surge of online orders from Brown County residents, Amanda Scott and her family decided to move the boutique to Brownwood to better serve their growing customer base. Since opening the doors on March 1, 2017, Amanda said that the young boutique has grown new wings and taken off with record setting sales.
In addition to popular lines of boutique clothing, shoes, accessories, custom t-shirts, they also carry J. Forks Designs-unique natural turquoise jewelry, LuBella Candle Company, Shabby Chick Natural Cleaning Supplies, and now offers in-house embroidery with the addition of Wilson & Co. Embroidery.
Amanda her husband Colt, daughters Paizlee and Blakely said "we want to thank each and every customer for their constant support and for making the decision to relocate an easy one!"
They are located at 112 W. Anderson and are open Tuesday-Friday 10 am -6 pm and Saturday 10 am -4 pm. They can be found on Facebook or call 325-642-9240 for more information.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its next monthly luncheon on Friday, June16th featuring State Representative Mike Lang, who will give an overview of the Texas 85th legislative session that recently ended. Lang will outline new laws passed this session and what they mean for Texas and Brown County.
The luncheon will be held Friday, June 16th at Howard Payne University (note location change) Bullion Suites of the Mabee University Center - 1219 Fisk Ave. Parking lots will be available on the east and north side of the building. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 AM to 1 PM. Cost is $14 for the lunch payable to HPU. Payment for the luncheon can be made in advance with HPU at this link: http://hputx.thankyou4caring.org/ChamberLunch.
The luncheon is sponsored by Bruner Auto Group.
Mike Lang was elected in 2016 as Texas House Representative for District 60. However, this is not his first time serving Texas and its people.
After graduating from Texas Christian University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, Rep. Lang served his community for over 30 years in law enforcement, including being elected as the Constable for Hood County in 2013. His loving wife, Katie, even ran for an elected position and continues to hold public office as Hood County’s County Clerk.
During his service in law enforcement, Mike earned numerous awards, including the Congressman’s Medal of Valor and the Purple Heart National Law Enforcement Citation. Mike has led a respected and distinguished career, but his commitment to bettering the lives of Texans is far from over. With his extensive service as a law enforcement officer and as a Constable, Mike understands that to be an effective leader you must be a servant of the people.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, May 25th for Affordacare.
Affordacare is an Urgent Care Clinic that provides medical care, extended hours, on-site x-rays and accepts most major insurance. They provide treatment for illnesses, minor injuries, immunizations, sports and DOT physicals. Affordacare uses Quest and LabCorp for their lab testing. Chris Sutton, RN-FNP is a full time provider and is a graduate of Brownwood High School.
Patients can go online to affordacare.com/early and reserve an appointment and will receive a text alert when it is time for the appointment.
They are located at 801 Early Blvd., in Early and are open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm or call 325-430-0000 for more information.
Pictured are employees of Affordacare along with the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors.