Are you an aspiring entrepreneur in the Big Country? Would you like to win $15,000 to help you launch your big idea?
The Springboard program helps local entrepreneurs develop their business model at an early stage and get feedback on their business ideas from local investors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders.
The competition includes three phases, each designed to help your team move to the next milestone. The phases include…
- Initial Elevator Pitch (Done in Haskell on January 30, 2017
- Training Workshop and Mentoring to create a business model
- Business Model Competition, ending in the top 3 teams presenting at the Springboard Community Lunch on April 19, 2017, for a chance to win $15,000
Get started today by registering for the Haskell elevator pitch event held on January 30, 2017. All you have to do is share your idea in two minutes or less and get feedback from our judges. Your team could end up winning $15,000 in cash and in-kind resources for your idea. 2017 seems like months away, but it will be here before you know it, and we do not want you to miss this opportunity to turn your big idea into a reality. No idea is to small or to big to compete.To register, call or email the Chamber of Commerce at 940-864-2477.
For additional business resources on launching your big idea, contact the Development Corporation of Haskell at 940-864-3424. Also, for help with business plans, contact the Small Business Development Center in Abilene. For inspiring business podcasts, check out the Dream. Think. Do. podcast.
The City of Haskell will be honored with the “Community Achievement Award” at the 23rd Annual Texas Midwest Conference, Oct. 26th, at the Abilene Civic Center.
According to TMCN Executive Director Kathy Keane, “the award was developed as a way to encourage cities of all sizes in the region to be better prepared for future growth and economic development programs.” Criteria to qualify for the award include vision, pride, youth involvement, connectivity and assessment. The submitted application detailed Haskell’s community-wide plan (vision), beautification efforts (pride), student participation on local projects (youth involvement) and website (connectivity). Individuals from neighboring communities in the region were then assigned to visit the city to conduct a windshield tour of what a visitor sees and experiences when they come to town (assessment). Information from the windshield tour will be provided to local leaders when completed.
The Community Achievement Award will be presented during conference luncheon ceremonies. Haskell will receive the 2016 Award along with the community of Jacksboro.
Texas Midwest Community Network is a regional organization for community and economic development, regional tourism promotion, leadership education, and legislative awareness. It is an organization of “communities working together to accomplish what one community cannot do alone.” For more information about Texas Midwest Community Network visit www.tmcn.org.
TMCN Member cities are: Abilene, Albany, Anson, Aspermont, Baird, Ballinger, Brady, Breckenridge, Bronte, Brownwood, Buffalo Gap, Cisco, Clyde, Coleman, Colorado City, Comanche, Cross Plains, De Leon, Dublin, Early, Eastland, Eden, Goldthwaite, Gorman, Graham, Hamilton, Hamlin, Haskell, Hico, Jacksboro, Jayton, Knox City, Menard, Merkel, Miles, Munday, Ranger, Rising Star, Robert Lee, Rising Star, Roscoe, Rotan, San Saba, Santa Anna, Seymour, Snyder, Stamford, Sweetwater, Throckmorton, Tye, and Winters
If you are interested in attending the conference, please contact the DCOH Executive Director, Jimi Coplen at 864-3424.
By Christina Isbell, Keep Haskell Beautiful
Reasons for volunteering are almost endless. Probably the best reason of all is to help others by making a difference and giving back to the community. A great time to start making a difference in your community is at a young age.
This is why Keep Haskell Beautiful is offering a $500.00 scholarship(s) to a graduating student enrolled in a Haskell County school. Requirements to be eligible for the scholarship are 15 hours of community service during the student’s Junior and/or Senior year. Hours of community service must be documented with a signature. Volunteer hours with Keep Haskell Beautiful will be weighted more than other community service hours. This scholarship can be given to students planning to attend a College, Technological, or Vocational school. Scholarship applications are available in all Haskell County Schools and online by clicking here and are due May 1, 2017.
Community service projects open many doors. They benefit both college and professional resumes. Many college applications require you to have some type of community service. It also sets you up for additional scholarships and programs. Employers also look favorably upon volunteer experience and understand the skill-set it brings to the workplace.
You are not only giving back to your community while volunteering, but you are also learning new skills and sharpening old ones. You are honing your communication skills, developing leadership, learning teamwork, and time management skills.
Whether you want to do your part or make your mark, there are many great reasons to volunteer. And those that benefit from your help will just be happy you did it, no matter the reason. Please watch KHB Facebook page for more information on when community service opportunities are available.