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Help us welcome all the new teachers and administrative staff to the community by joining us for the BISD New Employee Luncheon!
Fashion Designs by Local Chamber Member Boutiques!
Come see what’s new!!
Listen in as Fire Chief Kenneth Freeman, and Police Chief Billy Cordell give updates on their departments accomplishments, and the service they provide to the community.
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This event will be held at:
2450 Sw Wilshire Blvd.
JUNE 21st, 2018
11:30am – 1pm
THANK YOU TO OUR TITLE SPONSOR
BAYLOR SCOTT & WHITE ALL SAINTS MEDICAL CENTER
THANK YOU TO OUR AFFILIATE SPONSOR
The 2018 Burleson Honey Tour Bike Ride participation has grown significantly the last few years, with over 1,500 riders this year!!!. It was a smoldering hot day, but thank you to ALL our volunteers who made sure every rider had hydration, fuel, and encouragement the whole 67 miles! We have an awesome group of volunteers, who put in endless, early morning and late night hours to make this all possible! We could not have done it without YOU!!
A SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OUR SPONSORS!
Community National Bank & Trust
Texas Health Neighborhood Care & Wellness Burleson
Baylor Emergency Medical Center
Huguley Medical Associates
Christian Brothers Automotive
City of Burleson
Woolard’s Custom Jewelry
Mansfield-Johnson Amateur Radio Service
Fort Worth Cycling & Fitness Center
Boy Scout Troop #11
Johnson County Sheriff’s Department
Burleson Police Department
A SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OUR REST STOP VOLUNTEERS!!
Rest Stop #1 – Rotary Club
Rest Stop #2 – Susie & Brad Woolsey
Rest Stop #3 – Mrs. Wanita Lovell
Rest Stop #4 – Grandview Chamber of Commerce
Rest Stop #5 – 5 Points Church
Rest Stop #6 – City of Alvarado
Rest Stop #7 – Kiwanis Club
Tamara Payne is a Connector, Community Builder, Communications Trainer, and Professional Speaker…Co-Founder of Ensemble Coworking, a collaborative business community and shared office space in the near southside of Fort Worth.
Friday, May 18th from 11:30am – 1pm
@ Honda of Burleson 632 N. Burleson Blvd.
Everyone $25 after May 16th
Tamara will guide you through a fun and collaborative connecting exercise that will demonstrate the power of a network along with sharing tips to finding your tribe!
PLAN YOUR VISIT
- Major credit cards are accepted by most vendors but it’s always helpful to carry cash; especially small bills.
- Coolers are allowed and encouraged during the hot summer months.
- Beat the crowds and get here early for the best selection and cooler temperatures.
- Be sure to walk through the entire market! Ask questions and get to know the vendors and where/how their items are grown, made and processed!
- Meats are available both fresh and frozen – be sure to bring an ice chest or cooler.
- Bring your own bags, boxes or baskets.
2017 Rising Star – GEEK OUT
2017 Shooting Star – Rooted Life Montessori
2017 Shining Star – First National Bank of Burleson
2017 Chairman of the Board – Craig Couch
2017 Ambassador of the Year – Jack Mattson
2017 A Cut Above – Audrey Gibson
2017 15 Year Service – Terri Perez
2017 5 Year Award – Tami King
2017 Diplomat of the Year – Mary Warren
Power of Heels 2017 Woman of the Year – Sheri Morrison
2017 Mary Slaney Spirit Award – Terri Perez
Event Chair Awards
2017 Honey Tour – Linda Molina
2017 Honey Tour – Bobby & Caryl Woolard
2017 Golf Tournament – Dan Taylor
Chamber Legacy Awards
2017 ATHENA Leadership Award – Mikala Hill
2017 Citizen of the Year Award – David Wardlaw
2017 Wellness Champion Award – City of Burleson Parks & Recreation
2017 Marzie Bartee Chamber Volunteer of the Year – Ruth Moor
2017 Civic Organization/Non-Profit of the Year – Crazy8 Ministries
THANK YOU to everyone who submitted a nomination.
Each February, the Burleson Chamber hosts an Annual Awards Luncheon. Three Chamber Member businesses are named as the Chamber’s STAR Small Businesses of the Year, and Chamber and community leaders will be honored for their volunteerism and service with the Chamber’s Legacy Awards.
STAR Small Business of the Year Awards
In keeping with our mission to promote local business, the Burleson Chamber is proud to recognize members who represent innovation, entrepreneurship and best business practices through the BACC STAR Small Business of the Year awards.
There are three STAR Award categories:
- Rising STAR: Start-up company (in business less than 3 years; buy-out of existing company excluded)
- Shooting STAR: 1-10 Employees (in business three or more years)
- Shining STAR: 11-50 Employees (in business three or more years)
Winners of the BACC STAR Small Business of the Year Awards are selected for best business practices as selected by an independent panel of judges.
Chamber Legacy Awards
The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to a woman in our community who demonstrates excellence, creativity, and initiative in her business or profession. Provides valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community. Actively assists women in realizing their full leadership potential.
Wellness Champion Award: *New* This award is presented to an individual or business, in good standing with the Chamber, that significantly impacts the health and wellness of their employees and/or the residents of Johnson County by their efforts and initiatives.
Marzie Bartee Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award: Marzie Bartee is a woman who has been a vital part of the Burleson community by participating, volunteering, and working quietly behind the scenes whenever she saw a need. The Marzie Bartee Volunteer of the Year Award is presented each year to a Burleson Chamber member who contributes and participates in Chamber and community events. This is someone who acts as an “unsung hero” by contributing their time and energy in the spirit of Marzie Bartee.
Citizen of the Year Award: The Citizen of the Year award recognizes a citizen of Burleson who has contributed to the community in an outstanding way personally, through the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce or another service organization over the past year. While the previous year is the most relevant to this award, contributions made during previous years may also be considered.
Civic Organization/Non-Profit of the Year: The recipient of this award is a civic organization or non-profit that provides a valuable service by devoting time and energy to improving the quality of life for those in the Burleson area. This may be an organization that provides financial, emotional, and/or spiritual support to the citizens of our community.
Women tend to wear their hearts on their sleeves which can be detrimental to business. Learning how to manage emotions effectively and interpret messages correctly allows us to take control of our communication. Learn how to be an effective communicator, a dynamic presenter, and an inspiring leader, all in one session!
Come listen to Dr. Stevie Dawn, Founder and CEO of Stevie Dawn Inspires, LLC and hear what she has to say about communicating, and our emotions.
Friday, January 26th, 2018
11:30 – 1pm @ First United Methodist Church
(590 McAlister, Burleson)
Do you know of a local leader, tireless Chamber volunteer or worthy local non-profit that is deserving of recognition for their efforts for our community? If the answer is YES – the time to nominate candidates for the Chamber Legacy awards is NOW!
There are four Award Categories:
- Marzie Bartee Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award
- Citizen of the Year Award
- Civic Organization/Non-Profit of the Year
- ATHENA Leadership Award
Our 2017 Award Winners were Dr. Bret Jimerson, Burleson Independent School District, Citizen of the Year; Kelly Qualls, Individual Member / Chamber Volunteer, Marzie Bartee Chamber Volunteer of the Year; The Burleson Rotary Club, Non-Profit of the Year, and Cheyanne Davis, ATHENA Leadership Award.
Award nominees must be members in good standing with the Burleson Chamber. Submissions are due by January 30, 2018 and will be honored at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Luncheon on February 15, 2018.
Start your 2018 Business and Chamber Year on the right note by attending the Chamber’s 5th Annual State of the City on January 18, 2018.
Burleson Mayor Ken Shetter will present this popular annual address at the Chamber’s Winter Quarterly Meeting beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Victory Family Church. Members and community leaders will learn about Burleson’s most recent accomplishments and our city’s continued plans for future success. Members will hear about the beneficial impact of growth in our city.
Mayor Shetter will speak about more than the latest news, sharing his vision to maintain the Burleson lifestyle that appeals to current residents and the newcomers to our community. A closely-held goal of our city leaders is the continued deliberate pursuit to build the best city in the state for business and for families.
Ken Shetter was elected Mayor in June 2004 during his second term on Burleson’s City Council. Born and raised in Burleson, he 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 President of One Safe Place, a non-profit corporation which develops and supports effective crime prevention and crime reduction programs and provides a framework for collaboration among Tarrant County’s public safety and crime prevention network.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Reservations are available on our Events Page.
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.
Chamber members will elect five new Directors to replace current members who have served their duly-elected terms: Devohn Pugh, Your New Neighborhood; Jason Bagley, Truck Along Equipment Sales; Lisa Schwarz, Crazy 8 Ministries; Mary Warren, Keller Williams Realty;
Russ Richardson, Community National Bank.
Board elections will be held in mid-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 Andy Pickens or any of the current Board members to discuss the nomination process and the responsibilities of the Chamber Board of Directors.
BACC By-Laws state that the Nominating Committee shall notify the membership with the slate of nominees, an e-mail was sent out to membership yesterday December 7th, 2017. Additional names of candidates for directors can be nominated by PETITION bearing the signatures of at least 5 qualified members of the chamber. Such petition shall be filed with the Nominating Committee within five (5) days after notice has been given of the list of those nominated. The determination of the Nominating Committee as to the legality of the petition shall be final. If no petition is filed within the designated period, the nominations shall be closed and the nominated slate of candidates shall be considered for election by the membership during December.
After five (5) days, and if no other nominations by petition are received, nominations shall close at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 and we will proceed with voting. You will also be provided a short bio and photo of each nominee. All voting will be online, and you will be notified when voting opens.
The immensely popular Hard Eight BBQ has selected Burleson to be home to their fifth location.
“We love the Burleson area and the economic development department found us a great location, right along I-35,” said Hard Eight BBQ owner, Vicki Nivens.
Hard Eight BBQ bills itself as a one-of-a-kind eating experience where patrons receive their food fresh, hot and directly from the person who prepared it. The restaurant began in Stephenville, TX in 2003 by the late Phillip Nivens and his wife Vicki, along with his son-in-law Chad Decker and wife Carie.
“Burleson is known for its hometown atmosphere and as we continue to get bigger it is more important to us to recruit companies and businesses that fit the values of what a hometown is,” said Alex Philips, economic development manager. “Hard Eight BBQ has those same values with families and the community being first on the list and it is with the utmost excitement that we get to welcome Hard Eight BBQ to the Burleson community. Vicki Nivens, Chad Decker and the whole team at Hard Eight have been awesome to work with through this process.”
The proposed 12,000 square foot restaurant is projected to employ between 50 – 60 employees and will be located at 220 N. Burleson Blvd, right next to the current Stampede Harley-Davidson dealership. Burleson City Council approved an economic development incentive package during their regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 13 for a sales tax rebate up to $450,000 or ten years, whichever occurs first. Construction is expected to start in March 2018 with a projected opening date of January 2019.
The Chamber’s Annual Golf Tournament will take place on Friday, October 6, 2017 at Hidden Creek Golf Course.
“Planning for the Chamber’s 2017 Annual Golf Tournament is well underway,” says Tournament Chairman Dan Taylor. This is Taylor’s first year to serve as the Tournament Chairman.
Sponsorships begin at $1,000 and include many marketing and advertising benefits as well as a foursome. Foursomes will cost $600. Title Sponsors for the 2017 Golf Tournament are Texas Health Resources Burleson | Huguley and KWS Manufacturing.
Players will enjoy lunch catered by Fresco’s Cocina Mexicana, and an end-of-tournament patio party will feature live music, food, and the awarding of golf and raffle prizes. Participants will enjoy competing in four Hole-In-One contests, closest to the pin, longest drive, and other activities out on the course.
“Each year, our tournament continues to grow,” continued Taylor. “It’s a great networking opportunity for Chamber members, while having a fun day of golf too.”
Proceeds from the Golf Tournament support the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce. This event will sell out quickly. For more information on how to participate, contact the Chamber offices.
Interested in sponsoring? Contact Andy Pickens at email@example.com or call (817) 295-6121.
Thanks to our Title Sponsors:
Chamber members and community leaders will hear a “State of the State” update at the Burleson Chamber’s upcoming Fall Quarterly Meeting. The Quarterly will take place on Thursday, October 19th. State Representative DeWayne Burns and Senator Brian Birdwell will present the State of the State address beginning at 11:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Burleson.
Members will hear a brief session update for Texas State District 58 from our local State Representative DeWayne Burns and Senator Brian Birdwell.
Republican DeWayne Burns was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2014 and is currently serving his first term in office. Raised in southwest Johnson County, he grew up on a small farm near the Bosque County line and the Brazos River. A Cleburne native, Representative Burns began his career with a stint at the Texas Grain and Feed Association before being hired as a legislative analyst for State Representatives Arlene Wohlgemuth and Gary Walker during the 74th legislative session. Later, he moved to the Texas Department of Agriculture under then-Commissioner Rick Perry where he was ultimately promoted to Coordinator for Special Issues in the department’s Intergovernmental Affairs Division.
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Brian Birdwell is a native Texan, decorated military veteran and lifelong conservative Republican currently representing Texas Senate District 22. Born in Fort Worth, Brian is a graduate of Lamar University in Beaumont, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he earned a Master of Public Administration degree. Brian was first elected to the Texas State Senate in a June 2010 special election, and has since been re-elected by his constituents three times, averaging more than 85 percent of votes cast. In his four legislative sessions (2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017) Brian consistently received critical acclaim and top ratings from numerous pro-life, pro-business and conservative organizations, including Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texas Eagle Forum, Texas State Rifle Association/National Rifle Association, Texas Association of Business, Young Conservatives of Texas, Texas Alliance for Life, Texas Right to Life, Americans for Prosperity, Concerned Women for America, Texas Heritage Alliance and Texas Conservative Coalition, among others.
Purchase Tickets Online or call the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce at (817) 295-6121.
Chamber members and community leaders will hear a “CEO Forecast” for Burleson and North Texas at the Burleson Chamber’s upcoming Summer Quarterly Meeting. The Quarterly will take place on Thursday, June 15th at Nazarene Christian Academy and is sponsored by Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center Fort Worth.
The Summer Quarterly Meeting will offer a unique format with several community leaders slated to participate. Alex Philips, Economic Development Manager for the City of Burleson, will present an update on economic development news for our city. Philips is part of a team that recruits new business and serves as a resource for existing Burleson businesses to be more successful. A goal of the Economic Development team is to create more primary jobs in Burleson so citizens have the opportunity to work close to home. Philips has worked for the City of Burleson for 10 years.
Philips will also moderate a conversation about the current and future business climate in Burleson and North Texas with the CEOs and owners of three local companies in the Chamber’s Annual CEO Forecast. This year’s CEOs represent the best of small business success in Burleson.
Carolyn Burns is the owner of Advanced Total Kar Kare. She originally opened a single Kwik Kar franchise in 2008. In 2015 she entered into a partnership to form Advanced Total Kar Kare. They have acquired nine additional shops in the last 14 months, three in Burleson and one each in Fort Worth, Aledo, Hudson Oaks, Mineral Wells, Cedar Hill and two in Arlington.
Prior to her venture as a business owner, Burns served as Vice President of Operations for Beverly Enterprises, the owner of a chain of nursing homes and assisted living centers in the United States.
Kurt Jaeger is the Owner of City Market, Burleson’s home town grocery store. He purchased the iconic Bransom’s grocery store in 2003 and today offers a full line of quality groceries, prepared meals and catering options, specialty bakery items, cards and gifts, and an extensive selection of wine, with an emphasis on local vendors and suppliers such as Lost Oak and Sunset Wineries, Sunday Dinner Catering and many more. A 44 year veteran of the grocery industry, Kurt purchased his first store in 1987. Kurt serves on the Board of Directors for Home Bank and was the Chambers 2008 Citizen of the Year.
Bobby Woolard is the owner of Woolard’s Custom Jewelers. Woolards Jewelers was founded in 1973 by the Woolard family, with the first store opening in downtown Fort Worth. The business moved to Burleson in 1979 and joined the Chamber the same year. Bobby and Caryl Woolard purchased Woolards Jewelers from his parents in 1993.
In 2015, Woolard’s doubled the size of their store and purchased a 3-D printer. This 3-D printer allows Bobby’s hand carved molds to be replicated in-house and on a much greater scale, opening a lot of wholesale and broad scope opportunities. Woolard’s Customs Jewelers was the Chamber’s 2015 Shining Star Small Business of the Year.
Title Sponsor Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center Fort Worth has been providing quality medical care to Fort Worth and the surrounding communities since 1906.
The Affiliate Sponsor Frost Bank was founded in 1868 and today has 126 branches across the state of Texas, with 22 branches near Burleson and Fort Worth.
Each quarter, the Chamber hosts a Membership Meeting that educates its members and provides the opportunity for meeting new members and businesses. The 2017 Summer Quarterly takes place at Nazarene Christian Academy at 2001 E Main St, Crowley, TX 76036. Doors open at 11:00 AM, lunch is served at 11:30 and the meeting concludes at 1:00. Tickets are $20 for Chamber members, $25 for Non-Members and $25 Late Registration after June 13. For more information or to reserve your ticket online, visit the Chamber’s website at burlesonchamber.com.
On Thursday, April 20th, the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce will host its Spring Quarterly Meeting to hear updates on the future of education in the Burleson and Johnson County area. Keynote speakers for the event are Dr. Bret Jimerson, Superintendent of Burleson ISD, and Dr. Pamela Boehm, President of Hill College.
Burleson ISD is the largest employer in the City of Burleson, with a tradition of providing an excellent education with highly-qualified teachers passionate and dedicated to student success. They have 17 schools serving more than 11,800 students. BISD employs approximately 1,500 staff members with 60% serving as classroom instructional employees.
Hill College provides high quality comprehensive educational programs and services. The college enhances the educational, cultural, and economic development of its service area and assists both individuals and the community to prepare for a more productive life. They have three campuses providing secondary education opportunities; Hill County Campus in Hillsboro and Johnson County campuses in Burleson’s Old Town and a rapidly expanding Career Technical and Workforce Education Campus in Cleburne.
Dr. Jimerson will highlight BISD’s recent curriculum and program updates. Dr. Boehm will present the latest on Hill College’s new programs, industry and university partnerships.
Our Spring Quarterly Title Sponsor is Texas Health Neighborhood Care & Wellness Burleson. They have a 53,000 square foot outpatient facility that services the Burleson, Joshua and Crowley communities. From pediatric to senior care, their experienced employees and physicians on the medical staff provide advanced care and innovative treatments in a comfortable environment, right in your backyard. And as a part of the largest health care network in North Texas, they can connect patients to the most appropriate level of care quickly and seamlessly.
Affiliate Sponsor is Frost Bank, First Financial Bank Burleson and EECU are Venue and Décor Sponsors, respectively. Additional sponsorships are available. Please contact David Hill, if interested. Purchase your tickets online or contact the Burleson Chamber for more information.
The Power of Heels is excited to host Sherri Sechrist, author and retired president of the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce, as Keynote Speaker of the March 31st luncheon. The Power of Heels is the women’s division of the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce.
Sechrist’ presentation, “Move Your Mountain” is a testimony to overcoming adversity, finding your life purpose and achieving your goals. In Sherri’s case, this was her path to becoming a writer of Christian fiction for women.
Sherri is the author of two novels in the series titled “And Also Some Women.” “Twelfth Year” and its companion “The Sin of the Mother” are stories about two different New Testament women. Deeply steeped in research, Sherri uses a contemporary voice to fictionalize what life might have been like for women at the time of Christ. The third book in the series is in progress.
“Today’s world is vastly different from that of life at 30AD,” says Sherri. “However, I am a firm believer that women today are not that different from women of the Bible. Our society and circumstances are changed, but we have not evolved into a new species. Women then and now fell in love, fought with husbands, spoiled and paddled their children, laughed with their friends… just as we do today. My books are an attempt to bring the New Testament women to life in a way that is real and meaningful way for us today.”
Sherri’s books are available on the Amazon website, and she will also have books available for purchase at the Power of Heels meeting.
Sherri has been writing all her life, but began writing fiction in 2009. She retired last year from her role as President of the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce. Prior to the Chamber, Sherri enjoyed a career in sales and marketing, working as the Texas-Louisiana Marketing Manager for Gemaire, a national distributor of HVAC supplies; VP of Marketing for Fort Worth homebuilder Cheldan Homes; and ten years in commercial real estate with the Sundance Square office towers in downtown Fort Worth. Except for two frenetic years of teaching school early in her career, she counts her years at the Burleson Chamber as both most memorable.
Since 1994, Sechrist and husband Steve have made their home in Burleson.
The March 31st Power of Heels Luncheon will be held at Pathway Church, located at 325 NW Renfro St. in Burleson. Doors open at 11:15; meeting to begin promptly at 11:50 and will conclude at 1:00 PM. Title Sponsor for the event is Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South. Huguley Medical Associates, Party Warehouse and H-E-B are Venue, Décor and Sweet Sponsors, respectively. Tickets are $20 for Chamber members, $25 for Non-Members and $25 for all tickets purchased after Wednesday, March 29. To attend, reserve your ticket online or contact the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce at 817-295-6121.