Bright Horizons – DCOH Update

The Development Corporation of Haskell (DCOH) has been busy with several projects lately. We recently hosted the Springboard Competition (Jan. 30), the Women’s Breakfast (Jan. 31), and took our Knox-Haskell Rural Leadership Group to Austin (Feb. 1-2). Along with those things, we have been responding to business recruitment leads and helping Keep Haskell Beautiful with their Governor’s Achievement award application.

The Spingboard Competition, put on by Abilene Christian University and sponsored by Workforce Solutions, held a regional competition in Haskell on January 30th. The goal was to find entrepreneurs and help them launch their business idea. We had three future businesses competing for a chance to advance and ultimately win $15,000. They each did a great job.

The second, quarterly Women’s Breakfast was held January 31st at the Women’s Space. There were 10-12 people in attendance. After breakfast we heard a great presentation by Kristi Stevens about Being Uniquely You. She gave us tips and tricks and how to stand out in your business and online marketing.

The Knox-Haskell Rural Leadership Group attended a trip to Austin to cover state government. This is one of the highlights of our program. The group met with several state agencies, learning about the various programs they offer to our community as well as how they could get involved with the agency. The group also met with their State Representatives – James Frank and Drew Springer. Additionally, the group toured the Governor’s Mansion as well as the Bob Bullock Museum.

The state of Texas regularly has businesses inquiring about expanding to Texas. The DCOH is actively responding to all business expansion leads that Haskell meets the requirements for. Haskell is fortunate enough to have resources such as land, buildings, incentives, and more that help us to be competitive. Unfortunately, some businesses require things we don’t have like rail service, but we work hard to promote the assets we do have and try to showcase Haskell’s opportunities.

The DCOH has also been active in helping Keep Haskell Beautiful apply for a $90,000 grant provided by Keep Texas Beautiful. This group has worked hard all year long to meet very specific requirements of this grant application. The DCOH (and many others) helped pull all this information together to provide a competitive grant application. This grant will help continue the efforts to make Haskell a better place to live and work.

The DCOH wants to thanks everyone who goes above and beyond to make Haskell what it is. We applaud you for your hard work and dedication. The DCOH will continue working hard for you! If you have any questions, please call us at 940-864-3424.

Bright Horizons – Quarterly Women’s Breakfast

On January 31st from 7:45-9:00 a.m. there will be a Women’s Breakfast at The Women’s Space in Haskell. There will be a light breakfast and a presentation by Kristi Stevens on Marketing Tips & Tricks. We know ladies are busy, so we invite you to come for all or part of the event.

The Development Corporation of Haskell (DCOH) and the Chamber of Commerce are dedicated to helping all businesses succeed in Haskell. However, we have singled out one group that we are focusing on quarterly – professional women.  Our goal is to provide value to these ladies with professional development, networking and even philanthropy.  We want to encourage these ladies to build relationships, build business and build community.

We hope through professional development, we can help businesses become stronger, be more solvent and even expand if they so choose.  Our short educational presentations are a way to get good information out to the right people.  We also want to let them know that the Chamber and the DCOH are here to help them.

Building relationships is still the best business model for building any business. Through the women’s breakfast, we want to provide a platform for ladies to network with one another. Many times we see the same people each day, run in the same circles and it is hard to meet people outside of that. This provides an avenue to do so. It also serves as a way to share ideas, cross-promotion and more.

Philanthropy – a big word that already describes the heart of most of the women in Haskell.  Through these quarterly events, we hope to encourage that volunteer spirit. As we build our skill set and we network with other people, we become more and more involved.  This leads to giving back and serving the community, which in turn builds relationships, business and so on.

Join us on January 31st at The Women’s Space for The Women’s Breakfast. For more information, contact the DCOH at 864-3424 or the Chamber at 864-2477.