6th Annual Spring Business Showcase Set to “Rock the Red Carpet” April 4th

SpringShowLogoJPG1 Brownwood Don’t miss the 6th Annual Spring Business Showcase – presented by Affiliated Bank and Higginbotham’s - ACE!

The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce has expanded the show this year to offer the best show yet! The doors will open at 10:00 AM on Thursday, April 6th at the Brownwood Coliseum with an expanded offering of vendors, exhibitors, fashion shows, and fun. In the past, the spring business show focused mostly on seasonal activities such as outdoor recreation, gardening, and home improvements. This year to allow better exposure for all participants, the show has been moved to Thursday and includes businesses of every type.

The theme for 2013 is “Rock the Red Carpet” and will host over 60 vendors with booths decked out to reveal their favorite movie of all time! As you plan your day at the Expo, don’t miss out on the Fashion Shows beginning at 11:00 AM with Bon Worth, 2:00 PM Maurices and 3:00 PM Dazzling Diva’s!

Door prizes will be given out each hour, compliments of participating vendors and at the end of the day; visitors who play Expo BINGO will be eligible to win one of the GRAND DOOR PRIZES!   Visitors to the show who complete a BINGO card will be eligible to win a 32” Flat Screen TV from Aaron’s Sales & Lease, a Wooden Patio Set from Bob’s Fuels or a handmade Rocking Chair from McMillian Rustic Furniture.

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Chamber Total Resource Campaign Wraps Up with Record Total

top3The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce wrapped up their 3rd annual Total Resource Campaign on March 26th and far exceeded the $100,000 goal for the year.

Volunteers working in two teams sold more than $118,000 in sponsorship for the chamber.   The team Saving Private Porter led by Robert Porter of Porter Insurance sold $69,925 and the Producers led by Priscilla Monson of West Central Texas Valuation Services sold $49,379.

Kim Peterson of the Lehnis Railroad Museum was the top volunteer with $32,185 in sales. Edda Ratliff earned second place with $15,170 in sales while Warren Yehl from Brownwood Regional Medical Center was third with $10,935.

The Total Resource Campaign helps chamber members take advantage of sponsorship opportunities in a unique way. During the seven week campaign, volunteers sold sponsorships to local businesses for events, programs, and publications offered by the chamber.

The TRC is designed to give Chamber members an array of opportunities to become more involved in the organization through greater public awareness of chamber programs, projects and events.

Thanks to all of the volunteers who participated in this year's campaign making it a great success.

Pictured from left to right are the top three volunteers from this year's campaign.

Top Volunteers

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Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Prestige Hardwood

prestigehardwood450 Brownwood TX The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Prestige Hardwood, their newest member, on Thursday, March 14th.

Owner Ed Golden and his staff are professionals with many years of custom wood flooring experience. They specialize in installation of wood flooring and custom finishing of wood floors.

Ed and his crew recently refinished the hardwood floors in the historic Harvey House at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce offices.

For more information about Prestige Hardwood, call 325-646-5505.

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Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Opening of Christian Women's Job Corps' New Location

christianwomenjobcorpsThe Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Tuesday for the Heart of Texas Christian Women's Job Corps to celebrate their new location.

The organization recently relocated from the Family Services Center to 2410 Coggin Avenue thanks to a generous gift from Brownwood resident Mette Lundsgaard.

Lundsgaard recently purchased and donated the building to the Christian Women's Job Corps.

"We love Mette, we have loved Mette for a long time," said director Patricia Boland. "Mette has returned that love and she is the lady who felt it in her heart to donate this facility to us and spent her time and resources to redo it to meet the needs that we have here, and already we have been blessed through that."

The Heart of Texas Christian Women’s Job Corps exists to minister to women by providing a vast array of life and job skills training including Bible study, computer skills, nutrition, mentoring, and many more.

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Brownwood Fitness Celebrates New Ownership with Ribbon Cutting

brownwoodfitness450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, February 14th at Brownwood Fitness Center to recognize the new owners Jody and Shane Easley.

Brownwood Fitness Center is a full service gym offering group fitness classes, personal training, weights, tanning, and more, with 24 hour access.

For more information about Brownwood Fitness, contact them at (325) 641-3488 or visit their location at 104 Center Avenue in downtown Brownwood.

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First Week Prizes Awarded in Brownwood Chamber TRC Program

rewardsweek1 450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce announced volunteer reward earners after closing out the first week of the Total Resource Campaign.

Warren Yehl of Brownwood Regional Medical Center and Karina Daniel of Howard Payne University tied for the top producer spot for the week earning a $325 reward check each. Lisa Tipton from BrownwoodNews.com came in third for the week earning a $200 reward.

During the Chamber’s Total Resource Campaign (TRC), volunteers are selling sponsorship opportunities to local businesses for events and promotions offered through the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce. The TRC is designed to give Chamber members an array of opportunities to become more involved with the organization in new ways through greater public awareness of Chamber programs, projects, and events. Over a seven-week period which began February 12, dozens of volunteers have been working in teams to help businesses design customized sponsorship plans for the entire year.  The most successful teams will win weekly prizes.

Other volunteers earning reward money during the first week of the TRC include Brett Vanoverbeke, 3M Company; Daniel Hutson, Council Finance; Kim Peterson, City of Brownwood and Louise Sharp, Howard Payne University.

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Ribbon Cutting for People Smart Tools

peopleskillsThe Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, February 6th to welcome People Smart Tools as new members to the chamber.

People Smart Tools is a management consulting company that specializes in helping people work well with people. Owners and managers use them when they know they are not getting the best out of their team. They can help select, develop, and retain outstanding employees who are fully engaged.

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Tickets Now Available for Ranger College Rodeo

Rodeo PostersmallerRanger College is hosting the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Rodeo for the first time ever in Brownwood.   Over 400 college students from west Texas and eastern New Mexico will participate in the event on February 28, March 1 and 2 at the Earl Q. Wilson rodeo arena.

Rodeo events such as bull riding, goat tying, barrel racing, steer wrestling, and more will be featured as students work to show their skills.

As an added bonus, Bad Company Rodeo is providing stock for the event.

Tickets are available at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, Wendlee Broadcasting, KOXE, Scott's Western Wear, and Citizens National Bank. Tickets are $8 each for adults and $5 for kids. Box seats are also available.   The gates open at 6 PM and events begin at 7:30 PM each night.

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Brownwood Chamber Kicks Off 2013 Total Resource Campaign

kickoffThe Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off their 2013 Total Resource Campaign (TRC) on Tuesday at Humphrey Pete's restaurant. Two teams of volunteers will now begin selling sponsorship opportunities to area business owners to not only help promote local business, but to support the Chamber of Commerce projects and activities.

The two teams are being led by Priscilla Monson and Robert Porter who took the TRC theme of "Lights, Camera, Take Action" to heart as they dressed up at Dolly Parton and the Lone Ranger at the kickoff event. Although the costumes were fun and inspiring to their team members, the captains take the campaign seriously.

"Remember that this is all to support the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce," said Monson. "If we promote the Chamber, everyone does well."

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.

Volunteers will be contacting local businesses during the seven-week campaign looking for support for these sponsorship opportunities.   Volunteers earn prizes as they work through the campaign with an extra bonus for the team that sells the most.

Monson told all of the volunteers at the kickoff that connecting businesses to sponsorship opportunities is easier than they might think.

"We are really selling the programs of the Brownwood Chamber and that makes it easy," she said.

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