In July 2013, the Chamber published a print directory. We still distribute these today – with inserts of all NEW MEMBERS included – but admit it’s time for something new. The Burleson Star is in the process of printing a new glossy magazine to be called Community Guide, to be published annually and to include a listing of all Burleson Businesses with CHAMBER MEMBERS STARRED/HIGHLIGHTED in the list. The Community Guide will replace the 2013 Chamber Directories when they are complete as a supplement to our interactive, on-line directory found on our website. If you want to advertise in the print Community Guide, the Star is selling advertising right now. Call Dan Taylor at 817-295-0486.
The Chamber will present the “STATE OF EDUCATION” at its Spring Quarterly Luncheon on April 16th. Key note speakers for the event are Dr. Bret Jimerson, Superintended of the Burleson ISD, and Dr. Pamela Boehm, President of Hill College.
Dr. Jimerson and Dr. Boehm will each speak to the successes, vision and future plans for the BISD and Hill College respectively. The BISD is the largest employer in the City of Burleson, with 15 campuses, over 11,000 students and approximately 1500 employees. Hill College offers a local secondary education opportunity at its Burleson location in Old Town. The Burleson Hill College campus operates at full capacity with over 400 students.
The Spring Quarterly Meeting is sponsored by Texas Health Harris Methodist Outpatient Center in Burleson. Serving the Burleson, Joshua and Crowley Market, Texas Health OPC Burleson offers advanced outpatient services that includes preventative care, an 24/7 emergency department and a fitness center at its 8-acre, 53,000 square feet campus in Burleson. Affiliate sponsors are Atmos Energy, Hill College and Star Bank of Texas.
Each quarter, the Chamber hosts a Membership Meeting that educates its members and provide the opportunity for meeting new members and business. Click Here to RSVP Online.
Cindy Milrany, the first and only Chief Financial Officer of Freese and Nichols, Inc., will speak at the next Power of Heels Luncheon on Friday, March 27, 2015. Milrany will talk about her path to corporate leadership and managing the path to excellence and quality for one of the largest engineering firms in Texas. The Power of Heels is the women’s division of the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce.
In the 120-year history of Freese and Nichols, Cindy Milrany is the company’s first and only Chief Financial Officer. Appointed to the position in 1990, she oversees the company’s financial and project management systems. In addition to her role as CFO, Milrany also is Chief Administrative Officers, spearheading strategic and futures planning, as well as management of all corporate functions other than human resources and marketing.
Formed in 1984, Freese and Nichols is a national, award-winning engineering firm based in Fort Worth. The firm designs and delivers innovative engineering solutions for clients across the United States and is ranked as one of the Top 500 firms in the nation.
A graduate of Texas Christian University, Milrany leads Freese and Nichols’ 15-year continuous improvement effort, which led to the company being named a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. In 2002, Milrany was named CFO of the year for mid-size businesses in Fort Worth. She is past Chair of the Metropolitan Fort Worth YMCA Board of Directors.
The Power of Heels is the women’s division of the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce, committed to empowering women in business through professional and personal development and initiatives. The Power of Heels showcases women-owned and operated businesses, creates opportunities for women to connect, and promotes women in the workplace.
The March 27 Power of Heels meeting is presented by Title Sponsor Texas Health Huguley Hospital and will be held in the Amphitheater of Texas Health Huguley Hospital’s Fitness Center, located at 11801 South Freeway in Burleson. Doors open at 11:30 and the meeting concludes at 1:00. Tickets are $15 for Chamber Members, $20 for Non-Members and $20 for Late Registrations after March 25. To attend, reserve your ticket online or contact the Burleson Area Chamber at 817-295-6121.
Small business owners usually have wonderful ideas for starting their new enterprise. But one of their greatest concerns is usually not about their new business but about money. How and where can they find the funds to build and grow the business they have planned?
You find out the answers to this question at the Burleson Areas Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn meeting on March 6th. Tim Holtkamp, Business Advisor with the McLennan Small Business Development Center, will cover several topics on how to get your small business financed, including information on SBA loans, traditional bank loans, crowd source funding and other likely sources of funding.
Holtkamp will detail what small business owners need to prepare in order to maximize their chances of obtaining financing. With his years of experience in the finance industry, Holtkamp can also provide a behind-the-scene view of what financers feel is important when reviewing documents and determining whether or not a business receives funding.
If you have ever considered trying to obtain financing for your small business, this is a seminar that will provide you the information you need to get started.
The meeting begins at 11:30 AM on Friday, March 6th at the Honda of Burleson Community Room. Cost is $15.00 for Chamber members ($20.00 for Non-Members) and lunch is included. RSVP ONLINE TODAY
Holtkamp holds a BBA in Finance from Tarleton State University. He started Holtkamp Land & Mortgage along with several other businesses in the Waco area, and serves as a charter board member of both Waco Community Development and Faith Works. A true Texan, he raises Santa Gertrudis cattle on his family ranch in Robinson.
The McLennan Small Business Development Center serves a seven county region, including Johnson County, and is Central Texas’ premier resource for growing and developing businesses. The McLennan SBDC connects entrepreneurs to success by offering expert business counseling, value-added relationships and meaningful knowledge.
The Chamber will host its Annual Award Luncheon on Thursday, February 19th at First United Methodist Church. Three businesses will be named as the Chamber’s STAR Small Business of the Year winners, and Chamber and community leaders will be honored for their volunteerism and service with the Chamber’s Legacy awards.
Attendees will be entertained and enlightened by our Keynote Presentation “Three Everyday Steps for an Extraordinary Life,” with Craig Couch of Couch & Russell Financial Group serving as our speaker. Craig is an accomplished and humorous presenter who also serves as a director for the non-profit, Pathways Core Training and as the newly-elected Vice-Chair Elect of the Chamber’s 2015 Board of Directors.
In its third year, the STAR Small Business of the Year recipients come from unique business areas, but share a common trait: a commitment to entrepreneurial, marketing and management excellence. The three categories are Rising Star (in Business 3 Years of Less); Shooting Star (1 – 10 Employees); and Shining Star (11 – 50 Employees).
The Chamber’s legacy awards include the ATHENA Leadership Award, the Non-Profit of the Year, Chamber Volunteer of the Year and Citizen of the Year, along with the top contributors to the Chamber’s Ambassador and Diplomat service organizations.
Title Sponsor for the event is Couch & Russell Financial Group. The three Star Award Sponsors are Citizens National Bank of Texas, H-E-B and Justice IT Consulting.
“Our Awards Luncheon embraces several distinct principles,” said Sherri Sechrist, president of the Burleson Chamber. “First, members will enjoy hearing Craig’s presentation on creating an extraordinary life. It’s exciting to recognize our members who exemplify the best of small business practices in our community. And finally, it’s always with gratitude that we honor members of the chamber who continually demonstrate commitment and service to our organization and the community at large.”
Sharen Wilson, the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney, will speak at the first 2015 meeting of the Power of Heels on Friday, January 30, 2015. The Power of Heels is the women’s division of the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce. Sharen Wilson took her oath of office on January 1, 2015, and is the first female District Attorney to lead Tarrant County’s largest law firm. This will be one of Wilson’s first public speaking events in her role as DA.
Sharen Wilson served as the Judge of Criminal District Court No.1 in Tarrant County for 23 years until September 2013, when she retired to run for Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney. As Judge, Sharen spearheaded the award-winning docket management system for the criminal district courts that resulted in expedited trials. She also led in the effort to update the jury summons process to an electronic assignment process, saving taxpayers $50,000 last year alone.
Before serving as a Tarrant Judge, Sharen was an assistant district attorney and private practice attorney. She is a board certified specialist in Criminal Law and currently chairs the Criminal Law Specialization exam committee for the State of Texas. She is an adjunct professor at Texas Christian University.
“The Power of Heels is dedicated to helping women business owners and professionals to succeed and be inspired by the success of others,” says Jennifer Huffman, chair of the 2015 Power of Heels and a Financial Executive for Couch and Russell Financial Group. “Our first speaker is certain to be a dynamic and encouraging speaker. It’s a great way to kick off what will certainly be a great year for the Power of Heels.”
The January 30th Power of Heels meeting will be held at NorthPointe Church, located at 2450 SW Wilshire Blvd. in Burleson, Doors open at 11:30 AM and the meeting concludes at 1:00. Tickets are $15 for Chamber members, $20 for Non-Members and $20 at the door. To attend, reserve your ticket online or contact the Burleson Area Chamber at 817-295-6121.
Named as the 12th largest Chamber of Commerce in North Texas in 2014 by the Fort Worth
Business Press, the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce serves as an advocate for its members and works to support, encourage and promote local business in Burleson and the North Texas region. The Power of Heels is committed to empowering women in business through professional and personal development and initiatives. The Power of Heels showcases women-owned and operated businesses, creates opportunities for women to connect, and promotes women in the workplace.
Chamber members and community leaders will begin the New Year hearing about Burleson’s recent accomplishments and continued plans for future success when Mayor Ken Shetter presents his Annual “STATE OF THE CITY” Address at the Chamber’s Winter Quarterly Meeting on January 15, 2015.
Burleson continues to be a prime relocation target for new businesses and residents alike. From job creation to an increased tax base, members will hear about the beneficial impact of growth in our city, highlighting recent achievements.
Mayor Shetter will share how city leadership strives to maintain the Burleson lifestyle that appeals to current residents and the newcomers to our community. He will share the vision that Burleson city leaders have for 2015 and beyond to continue building the best city for our families.
“I am looking forward to discussing a great year and an even more prosperous future for the City of Burleson,” says Mayor Shetter. “The STATE OF THE CITY address is an important opportunity for all of us to hear about and work toward a shared vision for this great community.”
Ken Shetter was elected mayor in June 2004 during his second term on Burleson’s City Council. Born and raised in Burleson, Mayor Shetter holds an undergraduate and law degree from Baylor University and a Master degree from the American University in Washington D.C. In addition to serving as mayor of Burleson, Shetter is the Executive Director of Safe City Commission, Inc., a non-profit corporation which develops and supports effective crime prevention and crime reduction programs and provides a framework for collaboration among Tarrant’s County’s public safety and crime prevention network.
Title Sponsor for the Winter Quarterly Meeting is long-time Chamber supporter Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South. Texas Health Huguley has served the residents of Johnson and south Tarrant Counties since 1977 and recently broke ground on a new six-story hospital building. Affiliate sponsors are Atmos Energy, Citizens National Bank of Texas and Hill College @ Burleson.
The meeting will begin at 11:30 AM on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Victory Family Church, 455 NW John Jones Drive in Burleson. The cost is $20.00 for Chamber members and $25.00 for non-members.
In keeping with the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce mission to promote local business, the Chamber is proud to recognize our members who represent the innovation and entrepreneurship through the BACC STAR Small Business of the Year awards. The 2015 Annual Chamber Award Luncheon will be presented by Title Sponsor Couch & Russell Financial Group on Thursday, February 19. Craig Couch will deliver the keynote presentation.
STAR Small Business of the Year Awards
Recognizing the best in small business management, innovation, and entrepreneurship in our vibrant, growing Burleson community.
Applications due by January 16, 2015. DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM
Rising Star Start-up company (in business less than 3 years)
Shooting Star 1-10 Employees (in business three or more years)
Shining Star 11-50 Employees (in business three or more years)
Superstar 51-150 Employees (in business three or more years)
Winners of the BACC STAR Small Business of the Year Awards will be selected for best business practices as selected by an independent panel of judges.
Burleson Area Chamber Legacy Awards
Recognizing Chamber Members and Community Leaders for Service above Self with the Ambassador, Diplomat, Power of Heels, Marzie Bartee Volunteer, and Citizen of the Year Awards, the Civic Organization/Non-Profit of the Year Award and the ATHENA Leadership Award. Applications due by January 23, 2015.
The Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce will continue to offer opportunities for members to learn the latest sales, marketing and business management tips through its 2015 Lunch & Learn Series beginning on January 9th, 2015.
Karen Liz Albert, Marketing Director for Lillian Homes, will present “Getting Connected With LinkedIn,” a very simple yet effective tutorial on the why, how and when you should use LinkedIn to increase your professional circle of influencers.
Karen has more than 20 years of experience in business development, customer relations, consulting and professional training experience. She is a proven social media expert and speaker who can offer hands on experience on the strategic use of LinkedIn to help small business grow.
LinkedIn users will learn how to optimize their profile page to gain increased search engine exposure; how to strategically connect with the right LinkedIn professionals; and how to organize connections for ongoing and consistent communications.
The January 9th Lunch & Learn will be held in the Community Room at Honda of Burleson and is sponsored by Lillian custom Homes. Lunch is provided along with an opportunity to network and mingle with other Chamber members prior to the class start. Cost is $15.00 for Chamber members and $20.00 for non-members. Register to attend online or give us a call at (817) 295-6121.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and safe holiday season with friends and family. The Chamber will be closed starting at 2 PM on Wednesday, December 24th and will reopen on Monday, December 29th. The Chamber will also be closed for New Years Day, Thursday, January 1st.
Small Business Saturday was first observed on November 27, 2010 as an addition to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. Small Business Saturday is a registered trademark of American Express corporation and encourages shoppers to continue their holiday shopping on Saturday while visiting local small businesses. To view a listing of local Chamber Member businesses to shop this year, please check out our “Where to Shop” section of our Tourism Directory.
The Board of Directors of the Burleson Chamber of Commerce serves as the executive arm of our organization. Their primary focus is to define goals and objectives for the Chamber of Commerce that will best serve the interests of the true owners of the Chamber: its members.
Elected by the general membership, the Board of Directors represents a wide variety of companies, industries and organizations, and provides diverse business and community leadership experience to the Chamber.
In November, Chamber members will elect four new Directors to replace current members who have served their duly-elected terms: Alison Bradham, Justice Insurance (Past-Chair); Gregg Gammon, Gammon Financial PLLC; Dan Jones, Home Depot; and Brenda Staglik, Century 21/A-One Home Team.
Board elections will be held in early December by electronic vote. Directors are elected by the Chamber membership, with one vote per membership. Candidates must be Chamber members in good standing and with a history or Chamber, community and business leadership. If you are interested in serving or know of a Director candidate, contact Chamber President Sherri Sechrist or any of the current Board members to discuss the nomination process and the responsibilities of the Chamber Board of Directors.
Thought you missed your chance because the 2015 Burleson Chamber Golf Tournament is SOLD OUT? Good news! We have had four golf spots open up! Interested? The Golf Tournament is Friday, October 24th (this Friday). Call the Chamber at 817-295-6121 to reserve your spot!
The cost is $100 per player and includes your green fees and cart rental; lunch catered by Fresco’s Cocina Mexicana; Raffle Ticket; Two Beverage Tickets; and the After Golf Patio Party with food, beverages, live music and the awarding of tournament and raffle prizes.
This year’s Prize List is amazing! Cash Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams! There are four Holes-in-One offering two $10,000 prizes, a new Honda or a Ford Mustang; great golf prizes for the straightest drive and closest to the pin contests; a chipping contest; and over ninety RAFFLE prizes that range from golf equipment and gear to dinners around town to a gas grill and more. Plus, you can practice your game on the putting green or driving range pre-tournament.
Registration starts at 11:00; lunch is served from 11:30 – 12:30, and the Shotgun Tournament starts at 1:00. Don’t miss the 2014 Chamber Golf Tournament! Call today if you can join us Friday! Thank you to our Title Sponsors, KWS Manufacturing, Texas Health Huguley Hospital FW South and Texas Health Harris Methodist Outpatient Center Burleson.
Two hundred Chamber members and guests turned out to hear local elected officials and leaders honor State Representative Rob Orr at the Chamber’s Fall Quarterly Meeting on October 16th. Orr will soon complete his fifth and final term as the District 58 State Representative, after choosing to not seek reelection earlier this year. The meeting was held at NorthPoint Baptist Church and Old Texas Brewing Company catered the luncheon. Audience members enjoyed laughter and entertaining stories as they heard from Senator Brian Birdwell, Johnson County Judge Roger Harmon, Sheriff Bob Alford, Mayor Ken Shetter, along with personal anecdotes from friends and family members.
In his ten years of service, Orr chaired and served on many committees and was warded many honors. He was instrumental in the efforts to finally open the Chisholm Trail Parkway toll road, a huge asset to Burleson and Johnson County. But Orr’s most cited legacy was his integrity, work ethic and his true commitment to always do what he felt was best for his constituents.
Orr will step down from office in January 2015 and return fulltime to his Burleson-based real estate business, Orr & Associates. We extend our thanks and congratulations to Rob for a job well-done!
Thank you again to Star Bank of Texas for your title sponsorship of the Fall Quarterly meeting and to our affiliate sponsors, Atmos Energy, Texas Health Huguley Hospital FW South, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Outpatient Center Burleson.
At its Fall Quarterly Member Luncheon on October 16th, the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Rob Orr Toast & Roast at 11:30 AM at Northpointe Church, located at 2450 SW Wilshire in Burleson. Chamber members and community members will gather to honor State Representative Rob Orr, who did not run for re-election and will step down in January, 2015 after ten years of service to Johnson and Bosque Counties.
Speakers will come from both sides of the legislative aisle and Rob’s life experiences to recognize his service. Elected officials who will participate include State Senator Brian Birdwell, Johnson County Judge Roger Harmon, Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford and Burleson Mayor Ken Shetter. Other toasts (or roasts) will be offered by Pastor Rick Owen of St. Matthew Cumberland Presbyterian – who coached BYA baseball with Rob for many years – and Rob’s lifelong friend, neighbor and Burleson resident LeeRay Davis of Dynamic Screen Printing. Kent Tucker, Vice President of Texas Health Huguley Hospital, will serve as the event emcee.
Since his initial election in 2005, Rob Orr has served in many legislative leadership capacities that have benefited not only Johnson and Bosque Counties but also Texans from all corners of our state. Rob currently serves on the Appropriations and the Business & Industry Committees and has been recognized by numerous entities for his pro-business, pro-Texas voting record and for his support of private property rights, especially in eminent domain issues.
A real estate businessman from Burleson, Rob has served as president of the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors, on the Board of Directors for the Texas and the National Associations of Realtors and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce. Orr is the Broker/Owner of Orr & Associates Real Estate in Burleson. He and his wife Pam, who is also a realtor, have five children, seven grandchildren – and the time of this article – with Grandchild #8 probably making their arrival in the world!
Thank you to Star Bank of Texas for your Title Sponsorship of this Fall’s Quarterly Meeting. Also, thank you to our Affiliate Sponsors: Atmos Energy, Texas Health Huguley Hospital and Texas Health Outpatient Center Burleson.
Tickets to the event are available online at www.burlesonchamber.com/calendar
When Inc. Magazine invites us to meet one of the 2014 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies in America, we only have to cross Wilshire to shake their hand. Old Pro Roofing not only clocked in at NUMBER 78 of 5,000 of the fastest growing companies this year, but also registered as the 2nd Fastest Construction Company, the 6th Fastest DFW and the 8th Fastest Texas Company to make the list. Kudos to Corey and Matt Aiken’s team of roofing pros for widening Burleson’s expanding circle of fame.
The Power of Heels’ next meeting is Friday, September 26th. Aimee Lynn Johnson, women’s program manager for Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz) will be discussing “Women, Money and Power.” The Title Sponsor is Couch and Russell Financial Group, and H-E-B Burleson is the meeting’s “Sweet Sponsor.” The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. at Turning Point Church located at 10700 Old Burleson Road, Fort Worth (2 miles north of Burleson at I-35W and Garden Acres).
Johnson is the women’s program manager for Allianz and leads research on the women’s market in the financial world, creating and maintaining relevant marketing resources for financial professionals and advising on strategies for this great market segment.
Please register online or by calling the chamber at (817) 295-6121.
The Power of Heels is the women’s division of the Burleson Chamber, committed to empowering women in business through professional and personal development and initiatives. The group hosts bi-monthly meetings that feature successful business leaders, panel discussions, networking opportunities and more.
Sponsored by Couch & Russell Financial Group
You can still RSVP ONLINE and attend tomorrow’s Thirsty for Business luncheon. Caryn FitzGerald will be presenting “GOALS: Going Outrageous, Ambitious and Limitless.” Nicknamed “The Manifesting Queen” for her ability to set an intention, focus and create it, Carolyn is an author, speaker, leadership trainer, mentor and coach. Sponsored by Charter Business and hosted by Lost Oak Winery.
Caryn specializes in sales and coaching in the network marketing industry. Her passion is assisting others in becoming Manifesting Kings and Queens, bringing their dreams to life!
We will cover:
- Compress time & learn the secrets to creating an income within the first 30-90 days in business
- Learn how to avoid the most common pitfalls in sales and marketing
- For support & encouragement
- As a mentor, to guide you towards the most powerful, life-changing, business-success material available
- To assist you in navigating the twists and turns in designing your life and/or building a business
RSVPs are preferred and will guarantee a seat. RSVP ONLINE NOW. Ticket price includes a commemorative 11 ounce wine glass, a glass of wine of your choice together with an educational presentation and lunch. The cost is $15 for Chamber members who RSVP and $20 for non-members and door payments. You may register online at www.burlesonchamber.com/calendar or by calling the chamber at (817) 295-6121.
Southern Oaks Golf Course will be hosting the Chamber’s upcoming Business After Hours Networking event on Tuesday, September 9 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Members will enjoy networking, finger foods and adult drinks in Southern Oaks beautiful, newly-refurbished welcoming clubhouse, overlooking the golf course. Business After Hours, also known as “BAH” happens on the second Tuesday of each month. Don’t miss out!
Want to host a Business After Hours at your location? We are now booking Business After Hours for December and all of 2015. Contact Sherri at the Chamber if you want to know how to bring 50 – 75 people to your business by hosting the Chamber’s monthly BUSINESS AFTER HOURS.
September means it’s time to start our great monthly training luncheons for Chamber members and friends in our community. We’re starting off with two great programs.
Our 1st Friday Lunch & Learn Small Business Management series starts September 5th: “Unleash the Power Within,” presented by Dragan Trajkovski, a Peak Performance Strategist with the Anthony Robbins Companies. Lunch & Learn begins at 11:30 a.m. in Honda of Burleson’s Community Room and is catered by Old Texas Brewing Company. Cost: $15.00. RSVP Online or call the Chamber at 817-295-6121. Thank you Lunch & Learn Sponsor Couch & Russell Financial Group!
Our 2nd Friday Thirsty for Business/Sales & Marketing luncheons start September 12th: GOALS” Going Outrageous, Ambitious and Limitless!” presented by Caryn FitzGerald, an author, speaker, leadership training and coach. Thirsty for Business begins at 11:30 a.m. at Lost Oak Winery, with a light catered lunch and glass of Lost Oak’s finest wine. Cost is $15.00. RSVP Online or call the Chamber at 817-295-6121. Thank you Thirsty for business Sponsor Charter Business!