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Chamber News: May 2008
Posted 05 - 06 - 2008
“If you chase two rabbits, you lose them both.” - Gil Grissom

Robotic surgery technology exposed at after hours event
Meet the newest member of the Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital surgical team at the Alive After Five, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 8, in the hospital main entrance lobby - even if you can’t actually shake its hand! Get behind the controls for a first-hand look at how technology is changing the future of surgery.

Visit with the Memorial staff and enjoy delicious food and refreshments. Great door prizes will also be a part of this casual, come-as-you-are reception. All Chamber members are entered in the $1,000 cash drawing, but you must be present to win!

Alive After Five is an enjoyable, relaxing, after-work event that gives every Chamber member a chance to meet and greet others in business. This could be the ideal event to hold at your business.

Please call the Chamber office if you would like to know more about becoming a future Alive After Five host.

Ribbon cuttings are a hot topic
Friday, May 9, 2:30 p.m.
2801 North St.
Owners Pam and Joe Davis and Manager Mark Summers
New business - hot dogs, smoothies and things that make you smile

Wednesday, May 14, 11:30 a.m.
Professional Prosthetic Care
3316 N. University Dr., Ste. B
Owner Sherri Anderson
10th anniversary – Taco Bar for lunch

Thursday, May 15, 4:30 p.m.
Vital Fitness
3500 North St., Ste. 2
Owner Bill Forrest
New business and new Chamber member

Tuesday, May 20, 11:45 a.m.
American Cancer Society Resource Center
Medical Center - 4920 NE Stallings Dr.
C.E.O. Gary Stokes
Lunch served- parking available between hospital and surgery center

Wednesday, May 21, 5:00 p.m.
BodySculpture MediSpa
3226 N. University Dr., Ste. 300
Dr. Eduardo S. Tanahui, Dr. Edwin Emborgo, Dr. Josephine D. Chua
New business and new Chamber member

Thursday, May 22, 11:45 a.m.
The Healing Center of East Texas
407 E. Hospital St.
Cindy Hyde
County’s largest public Christian literature library

Fourth Friday event jumps to fifth Friday
The Fourth Friday Luncheon will be held on May 30 at noon in the Fredonia Banita Room. The tourists are coming! East Texas Tourism Association Executive Director Mary Ramos reveals the marketing strategies and opportunities she uses in promoting everything from Beaumont to the Red River. Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Melissa Sanford will tell all the ways we can all sell the Oldest Town in Texas.

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. Please call 560-5533, or fax in a form, 560-3920, available at Lunch is $15 at the door. Save two dollars by paying at the Chamber by Thursday, May 29.

Meet and greet new customers
The opportunity to get to know prospective new customers at “Meet and Greet SFA Parents” will take place this summer in downtown Nacogdoches. Why not take part in welcoming the folks who pay the way for all those nice SFA students? Since both parents and students will be purchasing products and services from our area, shouldn’t they be getting to know you?

Dates are June 10, 17 and 24 and July 22 and 29. Between 10 and 10:50 a.m. on those days, three busloads of parents will spill out on the downtown square. You can say “hello,” answer questions and maybe pass out a business card, brochure, coupon or goody bag to the parents. They are at the end of a long weekend of student orientation, so your friendly face can help sell them on Stephen F. Austin and Nacogdoches. Set up by 9:30 a.m. to be ready.

A registration form is available at on the Home page. Deadline to register is May 16.

’08 Blueberry Festival t-shirts and posters – great gifts and collectibles!
The 2008 Texas Blueberry Festival t-shirt will be available after May 12. T-shirt sizes range from youth to adult and this year, there are three colors of shirts – serene green, handsome tan and cool white. Choose your favorite or get them all.

Brighten up home or office with the official 2008 Texas Blueberry Festival poster. Yellow, green and blueberry blue make this one of the most colorful festival posters ever. Stop by the Chamber office or the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau for your blueberry gear.

Program builds community leaders
Since 1982, men and women of good character have improved their leadership and management skills and increased their knowledge of the community by taking part in Leadership Nacogdoches. The nine-month experience includes an overnight retreat at SFA Piney Woods Conservation Center, a three-day trip to Austin to visit the state legislature and monthly sessions that teach participants how our county is woven together and how they can make a difference.

A brochure and application may be found at and at the Chamber office. Deadline to apply for entry to the program is July 15.

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