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Chamber News July 2010
Posted 07 - 01 - 2010

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"Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not;

a sense of humor to console him for what he is.”  - Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)




The Power of Email Marketing for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

Build the relationships that are the key to your business success with easy, inexpensive and highly effective email marketing! Explore the basics of what email marketing is, why it works so well and how to use it in your business planning and marketing strategy to achieve special goals.

Workshop is 1 – 3 p.m., Tuesday, July 27 at Hotel Fredonia and is presented by Amy Tinsley, regional development director for Constant Contact, Inc. Workshop will cover:

Email marketing best practices;

Tips and strategies for getting and keeping high quality prospects, customers and members;

Increasing deliverability and open rates and how to avoid spam;

Examples of successful email campaigns.

Who should attend? Information is suitable for all experience levels. Anyone interested in learning more about email marketing should attend. Registration required, and a registration form is available in this mailing packet and at Registration fees are $25 for Chamber members and $49 for non-Chamber members. Seating is limited - register today!


Three B’s at after business hours event:  barbecue, bed and breakfast

Harlon and Alfreddie Brooks invite all to Alive After Five on Thursday, July 22. The event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. at Harlon’s Barbecue at the Link, 603 Old Tyler Rd., with food, refreshing beverages and announcements beginning at 6 p.m. Later, guests may mosey over and tour Brooks Cypress House Bed and Breakfast.

“We’ll have gift certificates for both businesses as door prizes,” Manager Christine Crain said. “Dinners at Harlon’s and a night’s stay at the Brooks Cypress House. Winners may want to invite family and friends in for a delicious dinner or a stay at the bed and breakfast, or treat themselves.”

Alive After Five is a casual, come-and-go, after-work event that gives every Chamber member a chance to meet and greet others in business – and pass out those business cards! Everyone attending has a chance to win great door prizes. All Chamber members are entered in the $600 cash drawing, but you must be present to win.


SFA arts celebration at luncheon

Arts Information Director Sylvia Bierschenk, SFA College of Fine Arts, will present “50th Anniversary of the University Series” at Fourth Friday Luncheon, noon - 1 p.m., July 23, in the Hotel Fredonia Banita Ballroom.

“Luncheon guests will get a preview of the guest artists appearing on the University Series’ Season 50 and will learn more about the impact the programming has in our community,” Bierschenk said. “Plus, we’ll award some really nice door prizes.”

The luncheon serves as the Chamber’s monthly membership meeting. Attendee registration is required by July 22. Please call 560-5533, or fax in a registration form, 560-3920. Lunch is $16 at the door. Online registration and payment is also available -




Event calendar

For more information about the following events and more community activities, please see the online community event calendar at Post your events, too!

July 4        Independence Day. Chamber office closed July 5.

July 10      Discover Nacogdoches registration deadline for businesses. Formerly known as Nacogdoches Treasure Hunt, this is the event that encourages SFA students to visit your business during the fall semester. Register and/or donate prizes so students will discover your business!

July 15      Leadership Nacogdoches registration deadline for applicants.

July 15      Ribbon Cutting - Xerographix East Texas, Inc., 4 p.m., 424 North St. Owner Scott Waller, (936) 569-1992. Celebrating 25th anniversary with Open House 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., catered by Shelley’s Bakery & Café.

July 22      Alive After Five at Harlon’s Barbecue at the Link, Brooks Cypress House Bed and Breakfast, 5:30 - 7 p.m., 603 Old Tyler Rd.

July 23      Meet & Greet SFA Parents, 2 p.m., City parking lot at Mound and Main St.

July 23      Fourth Friday Luncheon “50th Anniversary of the University Series,” presented by Sylvia Bierschenk, noon - 1 p.m., at Hotel Fredonia Banita Ballroom.

July 27      “The Power of Email Marketing for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs” presented by Amy Tinsley, regional development director for Constant Contact, Inc. 1 – 3 p.m., at Hotel Fredonia.

July 28      Ribbon Cutting - Covenant Church of Nacogdoches, 4:45 p.m. 342 N. University Dr. Paster Jan Pate, (903)721-3556, New church and Chamber member. Come-and-go reception following ceremony with refreshments and building tours. All are invited to join the song and praise service at 6:45 p.m.

July 30      Meet & Greet SFA Parents, 2 p.m., City parking lot at Mound and Main St.

Aug. 19     QuickBooks® seminar “Do’s, Don’ts & How-Do-I’s” presented by Lois Jackson, a staff accountant with Axley & Rode, LLP in Nacogdoches and a certified QuickBooks® Advanced Pro-Advisor, with years of training experience. Registration is required and space is limited. Form included in this mailing and at

Sept. 28     89th Annual Chamber Meeting and Banquet. The 2010 Citizen of the Year and business excellence award recipients will be honored, and the 2010-11 Chamber Board of Directors will be inducted.


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