Thursday, August 22, 2019

Shop Small!

Constant Contact, the group email service, put out an excellent guide why you should shop where you live. It’s about doing a good thing for the right reasons and enjoy doing it! Here we go:

1. People love supporting people
As a customer, it feels great to know that you are helping real people, people you may know personally. 

2. The personal experience
As a business owner, customers love when you are able to tailor their experience. You have the ability to make each and every customer feel special when they do business with you. 

3. Quality 
The passion for your business means that you can strive for higher quality products. 

4. Job creation
Small businesses create two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. and employ over half of people in the workforce. 

5. Community support
As a small business, you typically go to other local businesses to buy materials and services to support your own business. You’re building relationships that help your community prosper. 

Shop Small, Wharton!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Four new board to join Wharton

Wharton Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture will have four new board members come Oct. 1.

Joining the board will be Lacy Border, Debra Evens, Richard Lockley, and Dr. David Tripulas.
They were elected by members of the chamber through mail-in ballots, with a deadline to vote at noon Thursday. A nominating committee selected the four candidates, and the chamber board ratified those nominees last month.
Border is owner of Flowers It is. Evans is first vice president of the First State Bank. Lockley is owner of Wharton Feed & Supply. Tripulas is a dentist at David Tripulas, DDS.
Retiring from the board will Chad Faucett, Melanie Carlson and Steven Roberts. Terms are three years.
Michael Limas, will begin his second year as chair of the board. Carry-over board members are Stacy Hoyt, Hudgins-Groover Real-Estate; Kaytee Cenko, K&D Design; Jacob Roberson, Roberson Air Conditioning; Cody Sweat, State Farm Insurance; Traci Knight, OakBend Medical Center; Fred Johnson, Boys and Girls Club of Wharton; and Laura Reyna, A&M Agrilife Extension Service.
            The Wharton Chamber is celebrating its 100thanniversary this year. Its mission continues to be an advocate for making Wharton a better place in which to learn, live and do business.
            It is planning four more events this year. The second Annual Party Under the Bridge will be Thursday, Oct. 24, at Dinosaur Park. The 11thAnnual Chamber Golf Tournament will be Saturday, Nov. 16. The 39thAnnual Christmas Holiday Parade will be Tuesday, Nov. 24. The Second Annual Snow at the Square will be Friday, Dec. 20, at the courthouse square.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Kolkhorst to speak at Oct. 18 Lunch and Learn

With so many issues facing Texas, you will want to attend the chamber’s next Lunch and Learn. The guest speaker is our state senator, Lois Kolkhorst. It will be on Friday, Oct. 18, at the Wharton Civic Center. It starts at noon and will be over by 1:30 pm.

Tickets are just $15 and can be purchased at the chamber office. It will include a catered lunch. It would not be possible without our sponsors — a big “thank you” goes to My Storehouse Mini Storage, InsuranceNet, H-E-B, the Wharton Journal-Spectator, Wharton County Junior College, and Exelon Generation.

As Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, Senator Kolkhorst sets public health policies, regulates physicians and licensed health professionals, and provides oversight to state agencies including the Health & Human Services Commission, Department of Family & Protective Services and the Texas Medical Board.

She has speerheaded improvements to maternal mortality rates, and has worked to toughen Texas medical privacy law. A frequent collaborator with CASA, she has sought ways to protect abused children and reform foster care. 

The District 18 senator, Kolkhorst has been serving on Senate Finance Committee, the Senate Committee on Water and Rural Affairs, the Texas Agriculture Policy Board, the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas Advisory Committee, and the Texas Windstorm Insurance Oversight Board. 

Please join us on Friday, Oct. 18.