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Chamber News: March 2009
Posted 03 - 01 - 2009
“If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.”
– Lewis Carroll, 1832-1898

Go western at Chamber after hours event
R & K Distributors, Inc. and GAP Broadcasting - KYKS/KFOX/KTBQ/KSFA - will co-host the Alive After Five on Wednesday, Mar. 25, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Alive After Five kicks-off the Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo and Steer Show and will be held at the sky box in the Nacogdoches County Expo Center at 3805 N.W. Stallings Drive.

Guests will enjoy delicious food, refreshing drinks and great entertainment. Register for door prizes and take home some cool goodies! The reception is come-as-you-are, and gives every Chamber member a chance to meet and greet others in business.

All Chamber members are entered in the $1,000 cash drawing, but you must be present to win!

What is the progress of the biomass power plant project?
Fuel Procurement Manager Stephen McInnis will give a project update on what will be the nation's largest biomass power plant at the Fourth Friday Luncheon, noon to 1 p.m., Mar. 27 at Hotel Fredonia.

McInnis has the primary responsibility of securing fiber fuel supply contracts for the Nacogdoches Power project. His experience in and around fuel unloading and handling systems will also help ensure wood yard engineering designs appropriately match available fuel resources. Once Nacogdoches Power is operational, McInnis will be responsible for sourcing, pricing and logistics for fuel supply.

The information presented is vital for all local businesses, and the luncheon serves as the Chamber’s monthly membership meeting. We urge you to attend and stay on top of what is going on at the Chamber and around town. Attendee RSVPs are required by Thursday, March 26. Please call 560-5533, or fax in a form, 560-3920, available at Lunch is $16 at the door. All attending may enter the $50 drawing, and all Chamber members are entered in a $150 drawing, but you must be present to win. Drawings sponsored by First Bank & Trust East Texas.

Chamber events in pictures
View photos of Chamber events online. Go to and find the “Click to view Nacogdoches County Chamber event photos” link. Higher-resolution images are available. Contact Kelly Daniel,, with your photo requests.

Growing Chamber membership
In the March mail out packet is a listing of the Chamber members that joined during the December Chamber Event. Please review the list of businesses and insert the piece in the 2009 Official Nacogdoches Guide & Chamber Directory. More inserts are available at the Chamber office.

The following joined the Chamber between Jan. 1 and Feb. 25. Be sure to welcome all as new Chamber members.

Cash Now
Clarion Hotel
Classic Fare Catering
Cook's Landscaping
The Drawing Board Media
East Texas Timbretones
Edward Jones - Gregg Nichols
Arlis Hibbard, MD
The Journey
Nirvaana Medispa
Perry Properties Management Services
Pineywoods Financial Services
Ron Jones Custom Fishing Rods
Solar Stop
Unity Church of Christianity

Event calendar
Fri., Mar. 6 Ribbon Cutting - Fine Line exhibit, 5:45 p.m., Ed & Gwen Cole Art Center, 329 E. Main St. Contact: Ann Bondeson, 936-465-0357. Exhibit sponsored by Nacogdoches Community Collaborative, Burke Center, Nacogdoches County, Nacogdoches Medical Center, Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital and SFA School of Social Work.

Mon., Mar. 9 N.O.B.L.E. Banquet - 6:30 p.m., Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Wed., Mar. 11 Ribbon Cutting - Cash Now, 11:15 a.m., 1023 N. University, Ste. 5. Contact: Supervisor Missy King, 936-715-0441. New business and new Chamber member.

Thu., Mar. 12 Leadership Nacogdoches - Community Services for People with Disabilities. Session leaders: Kathy Strong and Nancy Jones Berry.

Thu., Mar. 12 Ribbon Cutting - McShan’s Country Store & Grill, 4:30 p.m., 9106 FM 2259 - 7 miles from loop on Woden Rd. Contact: Owner Annie McShan, 936-559-9646. New Chamber member.

Tue., Mar. 24 Spring Career Fair - 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., University Mall. Co-hosts: Workforce Solutions, NEDCO and Nacogdoches County Chamber.

Wed., Mar. 25 Alive After Five - PRCA Rodeo Kick-off, 5:30 -7 p.m.
Sky box in Nacogdoches County Expo Center at 3805 N.W. Stallings Dr.
Co-hosts: R&K Distributors, Inc. and GAP Broadcasting.

Thu., Mar. 26 Ribbon Cutting - Edward Jones, Gregg Nichols, 10:30 a.m., 777 Austin St. Contact: Gregg Nichols, financial advisor, 936-560-2702. Open House 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. New business and new Chamber member.

Fri., Mar. 27 Fourth Friday Luncheon - Nacogdoches Power, LLC - Project Update Presented by Fuel Procurement Manager Stephen McInnis, Noon – 1 p.m. Hotel Fredonia Banita Room.

Fri., Apr. 3 Ag Tour - 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., meet at Expo Center. Contact: County Extension Agent Ag/NR Chad Gulley, 936-560-7711.

Mon., Apr. 6 Eighth Annual Nacogdoches County Agriculture Appreciation and Awareness Banquet, 6 p.m., Hotel Fredonia.

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