1 September Board of Directors Chairman KURT PODESZWA Camp For All First Vice Chair LIZ HOPKINS Hopkins Distributing and Stella Designs & Solutions Second Vice Chairman WESLEY BRINKMEYER Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative Secretary MICHAEL GROVES The Artex Group Treasurer JIM BAKER Brenham Fitness Centers Immediate Past Chairman BRICE MILLIORN Edward Jones Investments BARRY BRASS Kwik Kopy Business Center KERRI HAMILTON First Baptist Church School DEBBIE HAVERS RR Donnelley JOEL ROMO American Heart Association RICKY BOEKER City of Brenham-Fire Chief TAILGATE scores again The sixth annual Tailgate event was hosted by the Washington County Chamber on August 29, and the crowd was loving it at Silver Wings. Football rivalries were in full gear. Delicious food was everywhere, thanks to Design II Catering, plus plenty of cold drinks. There was a silent auction with almost 100 items, plus ten Big Board packages that had people clamoring to take the lead. Brenham and Burton High School cheerleaders added to the festivities by serving food to sponsor tables. The evening was topped off by great music and dancing. See TAILGATE, Page 2 COY FONTENOT Kruse Village MICHAEL HAYWOOD Mission Brenham JUDI HOUSTON Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union RENEE MUELLER Washington County Attorney MICHAEL WATTS Brenham ISD Brenham High School DENNIS CROWSON Blinn College COREY HARMON Chase Investment Services Corp. ASH PATEL Best Western Inn Brenham GRACIE SLATTERY Brenham Clinic TIFFANY WINKLES Blue Bell Creameries Ladies, Get ready to have some fun! Would you like to spend a fun evening with friends checking out dozens of booths filled with jewelry, clothes, handmade crafts, luxury soaps and lotions, travel getaways, gold and silver buying, food samples from area restaurants, and much more? If that sounds good, then plan to pick up a few tickets for you and your girlfriends for this brand new Washington County event to be held on Tuesday, October 29. Members were mailed information about how to get involved in mid-august. There are sponsorship opportunities and exhibit spaces available. Full details are posted on under Chamber Happenings. Exhibit spaces are only $35, and sponsorships start at $100. Not only will this be a fun event, it can provide great exposure for your products or services in front of a crowd of decision-making ladies! Send an to to have details sent directly to your in-box, or call the Chamber at (979) to get more information. The Champion Sponsor was Brenham Chrysler Jeep Dodge. BUSINESS AFTER HOURS washington county s favorite networking event sponsored by Texas Home Health 526 W. Main St., Brenham Thursday, Sept. 26 from 5-7 p.m. Enjoy great networking and refreshments. Bring plenty of business cards to share with other members. Free for Chamber members and all employees. Special beverages provided by Mike Hopkins Distributing. Learn more about Texas Home Health at
2 Page 2 Chamber Works September 2013 Ribbon Cuttings Mission Brenham Mike Haywood - Executive Director 305 E. Academy St., Brenham (979) Event chairman Liz Hopkins said: Thanks to all the Chamber Board members who helped to pull off this event. It was a ton of fun. We beat our fundraising goal, and more importantly, we ve heard from everyone that they had a good time. The Blue Blazers and staff deserve a huge round of applause for working hard, but making sure the crowd had fun. The Chamber would like to thank the following sponsors for their participation. Receiving so much support for this fifth annual event helped to ensure its success: CHAMPION SPONSOR SUPER BOWL SPONSORS Blinn College Brenham National Bank TOUCHDOWN SPONSORS Bluebonnet Electric Blue Bell Creameries Brenham Abstract & Title Brenham Collision Center Coldwell Banker-Properties Unlimited 1st Step Dog Training & Grooming, LLC Alex Aldama - Owner 1401 S. Day St., Brenham (979) TAILGATE (Continued from Page 1) Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Valmont Industries FIELD GOAL SPONSORS Appel Ford Ballard & Fleetwood BBVA Compass Brenham Artex Brenham Clinic/College Station Med Brenham ISD Brenham Nursing & Rehabilitation Camp For All Chappell Hill Chamber of Commerce Commerce Street Businesses Dixie Street Storage Don & Mary Wilhelm Edward Jones Investments-Brice Milliorn Germania Insurance Hodde Real Estate Hollis Energy Resources Services Kruse Village Kwik Kopy Business Center Memorial Oaks Chapel MIC Group Mike Hopkins Distributing Money Makeover Team Personnel Services Searchers Realty Matt Janner - Owner 3960 Bluebonnet Blvd., Brenham (979) RE/MAX Advantage Renee Mueller, County Attorney Sam Kuver Agency-Allstate Scott & White Hospital-Brenham Seidel Schroeder & Company Stanpac USA Texas Ag Finance The Gerke Law Firm Van Dyke Rankin Washington County Abstract The Tailgate event would not have been such a great success without the donations of so many valuable items from local businesses and the Chamber Board members. The Chamber sends a big thank you to all of the donors listed below, and to those who bid on these great items! BIG BOARD PACKAGES: Wine Lovers Package Donated by: Home Depot & Chamber Board Members Cajun Fishing Trip Donated by: Appel Ford, Citizens State Bank and Stanpac USA See TAILGATE, Page 3 GROUP BUYING POWER Chamber members can now get major savings on credit card payment processing. Learn about our new member benefit program. Contact Will Watson at (979)
3 Chamber Works September 2013 Page 3 TAILGATE (Continued from Page 2) Bus Ride & Dinner for 40 to Cubs Away Football Game Donated by: Thielemann Construction, Stegent-Thielemann Plumbing, Durham Transportation Create Your Own Flavor Experience & VIP Tour Donated by: Blue Bell Creameries Dinner with the Docs Donated by: Dr. Donald Draehn, Doug & Gracie Slattery, Dr. & Mrs. William Loesch Dinner Party in Chappell Hill for 8 Donated by: Bevers Kitchen Private Party at Horsehoe Junction for 12 Donated by: Horseshoe Junction Family Fun Park Countryplace Cottage BBQ Party Donated by: Nathan s BBQ and Countryplace Cottage B&B Downtown Luncheon for 20 Donated by: Must Be Heaven Backyard Makeover Outdoor Furnishings Donated by: Kruse Village SILENT AUCTION: Basket of Salon Products Absolutely Fabulous Salon & Spa Soothing Set with Accupuncture Aesthetic & Acupuncture Clinic of Texas Youthful You Gift Basket with Radiesse (dermal filler) Aesthetic & Acupuncture Clinic of Texas Yeti Cooler Allied Ace Hardware Hand-Carved Cross with Turquoise Inset Annie s House - Chappell Hill One Night Stay at Ant Street Inn Ant Street Inn Kendra Korthauer and Debbie Havers peruse the silent auction. Waxahachie Getaway with Golf for Two, Blanket, Festival Tickets & More Ant Street Inn & Waxahachie Chamber Two Night Stay at Best Western Inn-Brenham Best Western Inn Hampton Bay 52 Ceiling Fan BJ Electric Blinn Buccaneer Sports Package Blinn College Athletic Dept Country Store Gift Basket Blue Bell Creameries See TAILGATE, Page 4 PJ Ellison won the Wine Lovers package, pictured here with friends from Coldwell Banker-Properties Unlimited. Thank you to our Chairman s Circle members... Brenham National Bank Brenham Clinic Thank you to our Presidential Level members... of Brenham Bluebonnet Electric Metropolitan Water Company, L.P. Brenham Brenham
4 Page 4 Chamber Works September 2013 Framed Come and Take It Flag Bluebonnet Electric Maize Passes - Four Family Packs Brazos Valley Maize $100 in VISA Gift Cards Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union One Round of Golf for Four Players including Two Carts Brenham Country Club TAILGATE (Continued from Page 3) Apple ipad Mini Edward Jones Investments -Brice Milliorn Reserved Table at Chappell Hill Chamber Annual Banquet Chappell Hill Chamber For The Love of Texas Photography Book Washington-on-the-Brazos Park Association Ernest Koepf, Liz Hopkins-Event Chair, Nina Hopkins and Mike Hopkins Jr.. Mike won the diamond necklace in the raffle. MC Coy Fontenot presents Brice Milliorn with the Spirit Award! One-Year Fitness Center Membership and One Year Tanning Brenham Fitness Center Brenham Cubs Wreath Brenham Floral Two Reserved Seats for 2013 Cub Football Season Brenham ISD Sideline Pass and Locker Room Speech Access Brenham ISD - Coach Glen West Large Framed Texas Map Brenham National Bank Ceramic Football Planter with Snacks Brenham Nursing & Rehabilitation Two Gift Certificates for Photography Classes and One Photo Session Commercial or Family Brenham Portrait Gallery Gourmet Gift Basket with Briannas Briannas Fine Salad Dressing Flag Flown over U.S. Capitol U.S. Congressman Michael McCaul Margarita Mixers and $50 Dining Certificates Chili s Restaurant Cub Spirit Basket Creatively Yours Marble Book Ends Day Star Christian $100 Gift Certificate at Discount Trees Discount Trees of Brenham Washington County Fair Gift Basket Dixie Street Storage Costa 580 Fisherman s Sunglasses Dr. Garral Tiaden, OD Two weeks of Dog Training and one full Grooming 1st Step Dog Training & Grooming See TAILGATE, Page 9 BLUE BLAZER Spotlight Christy Schlottmann Houston-born, raised in Huntsville, Christy attended Sam Houston State University. She moved to Brenham in 2002 after she met her husband James Schlottmann, an employee of Blue Bell Creameries for over 20 years. They have two sons, C.J. (14) and Connor (7). Christy just took a new position with Allstate Insurance-Sam Kuver Agency as Sales Agent. She was previously employed at Express Employment Professionals as the Marketing Representative. Christy is very active in the community serving as a Blue Blazer for over a year and in the Rotary Club of Washington County where she just became a Paul Harris member. She loves to spend time with her husband and boys, be it camping by the lake, or cheering on one of her sons at their many activities. Jolene Curtis Texas AgFinance Tiffany Compton-Falk Hodde Real Estate Company JOYCE DICKSCHAT Brenham National Bank JOHANNA FATHEREE RE/MAX Advantage Wendy Frazier BBVA Compass Pam Green RE/MAX Advantage EDDIE HARRISON Individual Member Jared Hartman Seidel, Schroeder & Company Blue Blazers Tammy Jaster City of Brenham- Blue Bell Aquatic Center FLORENCE JULIAN Blue Bell Creameries BRICE MILLIORN Edward Jones Investments Linda Pipes Individual Member Christy Schlottmann Express Employment Professionals RANDY WEIDEMANN Van Dyke Rankin & Company Barbara Wilganowski Spherion Staffing
5 Chamber Works September 2013 Page 5 Leadership Communication Understanding different leadership and communication styles was the focus of Leadership Washington County s August session. Dick Hammond from Leadership on the Move led the day-long workshop. The day was full of activities to teach effective leadership and communication skills. The class was led through several exercises to determine their current styles of leadership and areas in which they wanted to focus on for growth. Throughout the day class members were reminded that leadership is proactive and effective leaders challenge the process, inspire a shared vision, enable others to act, model the way, and encourage the heart. Chamber-CVB staff member Judy Hyman is part of the new Leadership class. She stated that her favorite part of this session was when everyone stood in a circle with a rope on the floor that was tied end-to-end and coiled into itself so several circles were formed. Then one by one each participant stepped forward and grabbed a piece of the rope that was across from where they were standing. As everyone stepped back to reform the circle, the rope became more and more tangled. The challenge was to keep your hand on the rope all times and untangle the rope so a large circle was formed. As she explained, Almost immediately, about 5 class members emerged as the person giving directions. That was too many people to follow, so some members decided to let only 2 class members give directions. This exercise also reminded me that each of us give and receive instructions differently and that what a person hears is not necessarily what is always intended, so we definitely need to remember that when trying to communicate with others. Leadership Washington County is a program of the Washington County Chamber aimed at educating and motivating current and future leaders. The next session will be a Team- Building Retreat on Sept. 26th and will be facilitated by Camp For All Director Kurt Podeszwa. Class members Sassy Susan Myers and Kindness Kelvin Raven write notes of encouragement on cards that are taped to each other s back. Jumping James Meyer, Courageous Kelli Shomaker, Helpful Harris Kubos, Sassy Susan Myers and Enthusiastic Emily Bolenbarr concentrate during a team building exercise. The marbles represented wisdom and the exercise illustrated how giving others wisdom is more rewarding than imparting it to yourself. Leadership participants Daytime David Eldridge and Smiling Sam Sommer introduce each other to the class. The group works together to untangle a rope so that it becomes a circle while keeping one hand on the rope at all times. The group works together to build a star out of the rope. Success! Leadership Class of 2014 kneeling from left to right: Communicating Christina Koehn, Jammin James Baker, Enthusiastic Emily Bolenbarr, Smarty Mari Hinostroza-Perry, Jokin Jill Wallace, Bright Becky Ballard, Kindness Kelvin Raven. Standing left to right: Helpful Harris Kubos, Cheerful Cheri Baker, Joining Jessicah Holloway, Jazzy Judy Hyman, Generous Jeff Weesner, Joyous James Pontiff, Happy Hannah Roemer, Smiling Sam Sommer, Silly Sara Byars, Brave Bridgette Schulze, Bold Brice Milliorn, Courageous Kelli Shomaker, Crazy Kurt Alfred, Positive Pam Muegge, Sassy Susan Myers, Perky Patsy Bartkowiak, Jumping James Meyer, Daytime David Eldridge.
6 Page 6 Chamber Works September 2013 AMMO TO GO Owners: Jason & Jennifer Smith 6360 FM 50 Phone: Ammunition Sales ARTS FOR RURAL TEXAS Executive Director: Jeanne Schilling 114 N. Live Oak (Physical Address) P O Box 33 (Mailing Address) Fayetteville, Texas Phone: Non Profit Clubs & Organizations ATLAS FOUNDATION REPAIR Manager: Kristin Sorenson 8945 Solon Road Houston, Texas Phone: Foundation Repair BHF GROUP, LLC Owner: Raymond Parr 395 HWY 114 West (Mailing Address) Southlake, Texas Phone: Contractors-Energy Conservation New Chamber Members BLAST-N-CAST TAXIDERMY Owner: Andy Randermann 2406 South Market Street Phone: Taxidermy CHAPPELL HILL CHOCOLATES Owner: Raymond Davis 5530 Larkspur Lane Chappell Hill, Texas Phone: Candy FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Darren Donaldson 2000 FM 389 Phone: Churches GAZEBO TERRACE SKILLED CARE & REHABILITATION Owners: David & Tom Jarnagin 1303 Hwy 290 East Phone: Nursing Homes SCENTSY ANDREA ANDY LAW Owner: Andrea Andy Law 105 Ava Drive Phone: Independent Sales SEARCHERS REALTY Owner: Matt Janner 3960 Bluebonnet Blvd. Phone: Real Estate TENTS OF BRENHAM Owners: Charles & Kim Mills P O Box 981 (Mailing Address) Brenham, Texas Phone: Tent Rental WASHINGTON COUNTY LANDSCAPES Owners: Lucas & Chris Ann Stroech P O Box 1599 (Mailing Address) Brenham, Texas Landscaping/Lawn Service/Materials YPO News YPO to host Painting with a Twist in Brenham The Young Professionals Organization (YPO) of Washington County will be hosting a Painting with a Twist event in Brenham for the first time. It will be held on Friday evening, Sept. 27, starting at 6:30pm in the Chamber Conference Room. It will last until 8:30pm. Reservations must be made in advance. The cost is $40 per person and includes the canvas, paint, brushes, supplies and all instruction to paint your own version of the painting: Whimsy Tree. Attendees are welcome to their own bring snacks and drinks, wine, beer, etc. To make a reservation for this event, contact Jared Krenek at or call the Chamber at You can also visit the company website to learn more about this fun activity: college-station/. PURPLE HOUSE ART GALLERY Owners: Alan & Frances Gerson 307 West Alamo Street Phone: Art Gallery AAA Self Storage - Brenham 6 years Argent Court of Brenham 15 years ATS Irrigation 28 years Brazos Belle Restaurant 19 years Brenham Cemetery Association 10 years Brenham ISD Superintendent-Sam Bell 18 years Cricket Cruise & Travel 5 years Day Star Christian Bookstore 26 years Dia - L - Ran Inc. 3 years Discount Trees of Brenham 23 years Endeavor Tank & Transport 8 years The Flower Market 2 years Grace Community Fellowship 4 years Heritage Society of Washington County 32 years High Hope Care Center of Brenham 1 year Jersey Barnyard 6 years Kenjura Tile 10 years Kruse Memorial Lutheran Village 23 years Ladco Construction Company 3 years Lavande-Lavender Farm 3 years Proud Members of... TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS TEXAS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXECUTIVES TEXAS ASSOC. OF CONVENTION & VISITOR BUREAUS U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Renewing Chamber Members August 1-31 Thanks to the following members for continuing your investment in the Chamber. You are long-term partners in our mission to promote and preserve this great community, and we appreciate your confidence in the Chamber s ability to promote your business. Maurices 4 years Miracle Farm 31 years Mr. Gus Mutscher 10 years Nueces Canyon Ranch 26 years Plumb Level 26 years Prairie Hill Farm 14 years Mr. & Mrs. Glen Prenzler 2 years Radio Shack 19 years Robert s Service Station & Grocery 14 years Bety Rothermel, County Clerk 15 years Round Top Festival Institute 12 years Sandy Hill Cabinet 3 years Shirts Caps And More 11 years Robert & Michele Smith 4 years South Texas Tack 2 years Stylecraft Builders 8 years Texas ENT & Allergy 5 years Washington County Farm Bureau 28 years Washington County Wildlife Society 3 years
7 Chamber Works September 2013 Page 7 Online Training for You and Your Business The Chamber is pleased to offer a new member benefit, thanks to a partnership with Coggno.com, the premier Internet source for thousands of online training courses. Members are now able to click a simple link on the Chamber website to find a selection of online training courses that are relevant to your needs. Categories include Human Resources, Compliance, Safety Training, Business Management and others that will prove useful to employees of every type of business. All of the online training options are available on-demand 24/7 and can be accessed at computer workstations, as well as from home computers, tablets, and even smart phones. When online training courses are purchased through the Chamber website, you can also access Coggno s state-of-the-art, proprietary Learning Management System that will allow you to keep track of employees progress in chosen coursework. This very valuable tool makes it easy for supervisors to distribute, monitor, and BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIR Seeking Memorabilia! The Washington County Fair is producing a documentary film about their unique status as the first county fair in Texas. If you have memorabilia and would like to be part of the documentary production project, the fair would love to hear from you. There will be a booth in the Commercial Exhibit building at this year s fair. Please bring photos, programs and stories to be documented. If you have any questions, please contact Roger Chambers at Be the next member in the Spotlight! Send submissions to Your Spotlight can be about a recent award, event, business expansion or new employee, or simply a couple paragraphs to increase community awareness about your products/services. ( words maximum) Marketing Our Community Across the State of Texas The Washington County CVB is a proud and active member of the following state and regional tourism industry associations: Texas Travel Industry Association Texas Assoc. of Convention & Visitors Bureaus Texas Hotel & Lodging Association Texas Society of Association Executives Texas Independence Trail Region I-10 Corridor Association Presidential Texas Central Texas Bluebonnet Travel Council American Bus Association South Central Motorcoach Association mentor employees in their chosen courses. Online training is a cost-effective alternative for expensive off-site seminars and training sessions. Not only will your employees not have to travel, they will gain knowledge and insight into important topics. They will be able to learn at their own pace and effectively retain that knowledge, while keeping up with day-to-day responsibilities. Washington County Adopt-A-Sign Partners To ensure the long-term care of the Welcome Sign monuments at the five entry points to Washington County, four landscaping companies from our community have volunteered to oversee their maintenance. Here are some more reasons to try online training: You only pay for the courses you need; Courses are extremely affordable, with discounts available for bulk purchases; Coursework for licensing renewal or other types of compliance can now be obtained online; and Management can easily track employee progress, and even award certificates of completion. All courses are written and developed by industry experts. You can take a sneak peek at them before purchasing them. Take advantage of this opportunity to build a more productive, skilled workforce. Visit today and take a look at the courses offered by clicking Online Training. Why Go to Business After Hours? The Chamber s Business After Hours networking events have always been outstanding events each month. Chances are if you want to see someone from the local business community, you will find them at Business After Hours. Many know the social benefits of attending. Many more are discovering the business benefits of attending. If you are not yet taking advantage of these networking opportunities, you should. Here are some tips for making the most of the opportunity: - Wear a name tag. If you don t have one from your place of business, the Chamber will have some blanks at the event for you to fill in and wear. Name tags help people to remember your name and the business you represent. (And some of us need more help than others in the memory department!) - Bring your business cards. Give one to everyone you meet. This gives people your direct contact information, so they can do business with you after the event. - Talk to people. Don t be shy! Initiate conversations with people you don t recognize. Let that be your conversation starter, Hello, I don t believe we ve met. Most people who attend are Chamber members, so you already have something in common. And most will be very willing to tell you about their business, so start by asking them what they do. - Donate a door prize. Another way to get recognition at the event is to contribute a door prize to be given away. Bring it to the Chamber before the event, or bring it with you tha night. Everyone loves to win some thing, and this is a great way to make a connection with others. - Get to know the host. Meet the business owner(s). Be sure to find the host and say hello. Take the tour o the property, if offered. Thank them for hosting the event. - Come early and stay late. The longer you are there, the more people you will get to meet and the more who will meet you. - Have fun! There is always grea food and drinks. Everyone has a good time at the Chamber s Business Afte Hours events. Make it a point to at tend. It may be your most importan business meeting of the month! Chamber News & Notes Get Noticed The ChamberWorks newsletter is published inside The Banner-Press on the first Thursday of the month. Chamber members have the opportunity to advertise in this newsletter. Rates start at only $25 per month. If you are looking for a new opportunity to advertise, just call Jane Hinze, Member Services Manager, at Another great way to promote your organization is through targeted s. The Chamber will forward your e-message to all members, as long as it meets certain criteria. For non-profits, it should not have a strong-sell for sponsorships or donations. The message should be newsworthy, typically about an upcoming event. For regular businesses, it should also be about upcoming special events, as long as there is no purchase required for the reader to experience the event. E-messages are sent a maximum of once per quarter per member during each calendar year. Precision Lawn Management U.S. 290 West Sign Designing Landscapes U.S. 290 East Sign Glasco & Company Landscaping Hwy. 36 North and South Signs Wise Landscaping Hwy. 105 Sign
8 Page 8 Chamber Works September 2013 Chamber Member Benefit: Lower Your Credit Card Processing Fees Will Watson with Infintech will be at the Chamber office all day, Wednesday, September 18 to give you more information about this new member benefit program. He can also give you a FREE cost savings analysis on your business credit card BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Washington County Community Read Reception The Personal History of Rachel DuPree is this year s selection for the 5th annual Washington County Read. The Chicago Sun-Times called the book an eye-opening look at the little-explored area of a black frontier woman in the American West. There will be a reception with the author, Ann Weisgarber, on Tuesday, October 15 at 6:00 pm at Unity Theater in Downtown Brenham. The author will discuss and sign copies of the book. Unity Theater actors will give a performance read. The reception is free and open to everyone. For more information, call Lifetime Learning Brenham at (979) or visit Be the next member in the Spotlight! Send submissions to Your Spotlight can be about a recent award, event, business expansion or new employee, or simply a couple paragraphs to increase community awareness about your products/services. ( words maximum) processing fees in an effort to lower your costs. All you need to do is bring a recent credit card processing statement from your current provider. The chamber has partnered with Infintech to bring our members much lower rates through our combined group buying power. On average chamber members have seen their fees be reduced by 40%! With lower fees across the board, you get the savings that maximize your profits. Join some of the other chamber members that have already taken advantage of this great benefit. Call the chamber for more information. (979) or The Real Value of Joining the Chamber A recent national study reveals that membership in a local Chamber of Commerce can significantly boost a business image among consumers, as well as among other businesses. In a scientific survey of two thousand U.S. adults, The Shapiro Group, an Atlanta-based strategic consulting firm, found positive perceptions of Chamber members in a number of areas, including overall favorability, consumer awareness and reputation, and likelihood of future patronage. The study also showed that when respondents were told that a particular small business was a member of its local Chamber, they were 44 percent more likely to rate it favorably than study respondents who were not told of the Chamber affiliation. Respondents were also 63 percent more likely to want to purchase goods or services from a small business that is a Chamber member. Alex Trouteaud, Ph.D., senior strategist for The Schapiro Group, said There clearly is a feeling by respondents that Chamber membership is synonymous with quality and desirability. The positive impact of perceived Chamber membership is felt by big businesses too. For example, when consumers believed that a restaurant chain was a member of the local Chamber of Commerce, they were 40 percent more likely to eat at the franchise in the future. Jim Blasingame, small business expert and president of Small Business Network, said, Join your local Chamber, be an active participant in your Chamber s programs and be sure to let your customers and prospects know you re a proud Chamber supporter when they come in your business and when they see your marketing material. Washington County Chamber of Commerce Page Michel, President & CEO Jane Hinze, Member Services Manager Lu Hollander, CVB Adv. & PR Manager Jenny Mills, Visitor Center Manager Jana Schroeder, Visitor Center Assistant Megan McCoy, Communication Coordinator Judy Hyman, Group Mktg. & Services Coor. Cheryl Sevin, Bookkeeper Support Staff: Marge Runge, Jeanine Presswood and Darlene Denman. Chamber Members are Invited to Advertise in this Space Call or us for more details! (979) Photo Contest Alert Will this photo be chosen the 2013 winner of the A Slice of Life in Washington County photo contest? Or will you submit the perfect photo that tells a story about Washington County and becomes a postcard to promote the area? The contest runs all year long; the deadline for entries is Dec. 31. Entry forms can be picked up at the Visitor Center (115 W. Main) or Chamber (314 S. Austin), or accessed on the website at www. VisitBrenhamTexas.com. Keep your eyes open and camera handy for that perfect postcard shot!