BIG IDEA COMPETITION: FEB. 1 in HASKELL

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? Do you have an idea for a business? Would you like to win $15,000 to help launch your big idea? If so, we have an event you need to attend.

The ACU Springboard Competition 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. It’s like a mini Shark Tank for rural Texas.

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The competition includes three phases, each designed to help your team move to the next milestone.  The phases include…

  1. Initial Elevator Pitch (Done in Haskell on February 1, 2018)
  2. Training Workshop and Mentoring to create a business model
  3. Business Model Competition, ending in the top 3 teams presenting at the Springboard Community Lunch in April  for a chance to win $15,000

Get started today by registering for the Haskell elevator pitch event held on February 1, 2018. 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 to help pursue your big idea.

At the Development Corporation of Haskell (DCOH), we know opportunities like these are few and far between; therefore, we do not want you to miss this opportunity to turn your big idea into a reality. No idea is too small or too big to compete. You do not have to have all the details figured out initially. You just have to come with your idea.  To register, call or email the DCOH at 940-864-3424.

The DCOH would also like to help you with additional business resources on launching your big idea or expanding your business. We can help you further develop your idea, help you get resources together and also help with workforce issues.  We can also put you in touch with other partners around the region who can help you with business planning, financing and more. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 864-3424.

 

Job Posting: Marketing Support Coordinator

Job Title: Marketing Support Coordinator

Reports To: Kristi Stevens – Marketing Project Manager

Job Location: Biozyme/Encore Visions, Haskell, TX

The Marketing Support Coordinator should have excellent customer service skills, be comfortable being part of a team in a fast-paced environment, and be outcome-oriented. The ability to multi-task while managing administrative support for many areas of the marketing team is essential in this role. The Marketing Support Coordinator should be resourceful, a good problem solver and organized. Assuring a steady completion of workload in a timely manner is key to success in this role.

ACCOUNTABILITIES

• Assist the Marketing Project Manager with all internal agency work including, but not limited to, gathering details for projects, follow up on proofs, pulling mailing lists, ordering and corresponding with printers, sending follow up surveys, notating accounts in Back Office and rewarding points to dealers for activities completed.

• Assist the Marketing Project Manager with social media including, but not limited to, scheduling pre-approved content, promoting posts, customer care and data collection for reports.

• Assist the Marketing Project Manager and Sales Support Coordinator with literature and apparel inventory and ordering

• Aid in keeping the team on track with all open projects and offering assistance in any way needed to keep moving forward.

• Clearly communicate the status of any open projects personally assigned with the Marketing Project Manager and ensure we are meeting time and quality expectations.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

• Required Education – A bachelor’s degree in marketing or related area

• Required Work Experience – 5+ years of experience

• Competencies (Preferred):

o Problem Solving Skills, Strong Communication Skills, Planning & Organizational Skills

• Required Skills

o Exemplary attention to detail, leadership, organizational, multi-tasking, problem solving, interpersonal, communication and analytical skills

o Ability to effectively work as a part of a team and team building skills.

o Uncompromising integrity.

o Ability to respect and follow direction of superior.

This job description is intended to be a tool to describe the primary purposes of the job and the key responsibilities. The job description may not be inclusive of all duties and assignments. Job duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted, and/or revised at the discretion of management. This is a description of the way this position is designed to be performed and does not address the potential for accommodation, which would be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Email resumes to kstevens@biozymeinc.com.

Sip, Shop & Stroll

By Jimi Coplen

Get ready for a fun evening out in downtown Haskell on December 7, 2017, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center along with the Development Corporation of Haskell will be hosting a Sip, Shop and Stroll holiday event. Businesses will be open late for your shopping pleasure. There will be live entertainment and several drawings for Haskell Dollars. There will also be a friendly, ugly sweater competition.

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The Sip, Shop and Stroll event will consist of businesses providing refreshments as you stroll through the downtown and shop. Every twenty dollars spent on this night enters shoppers into drawings for a total of $200 Haskell Dollars. Receipts can be shown at the COC office and a ticket will be given for each $20 spent. Shoppers must be present to win, and a winner will be drawn every 30 minutes.

Also, there will be an ugly sweater contest. If you would like to play along, simply wear your ugliest sweater and check in at the COC office. Someone will take your photo and a panel of judges will decide who in fact is wearing the ugliest sweater. All entries must be entered by 6:30 p.m. and the winner will be picked at 6:45 p.m. The grand prize will be $50 in Haskell Dollars.

If you are a business with no storefront and would like to participate in the event, a space can be provided for you to set up in downtown. You will need to bring your own table. If you have a storefront and would like to extend your hours for this event, please let us know as well. We will be putting a list together of all participating businesses. There is a $10 fee for non-chamber members to participate.  You do not have to be located on the square to participate.

Make plans to join us Thursday night, December 7, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. for a fun-filled, holiday event. For more information call the COC at 864-2477 or the DCOH at 864-3424.

Host Your Next Meeting in Haskell

If any of you follow the DCOH & Chamber Facebook page – Haskell Texas USA – you may have noticed that we have been focusing on places to meet in Haskell. As locals, we sometimes forget what is in our own backyard and how we can utilize those venues to drive our local economy. We can all agree that we want a stronger economy, right?

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When a group comes to Haskell, they sleep in our motels, eat at our restaurants, buy our gas and shop at our retail stores.  People want to spend money when they are out of town. They multi-task while they are here and run errands, pick up a gift, and fill up their tanks before they head home. We all do this when we visit a different town. That is why it is important to remember Haskell when scheduling meetings and events.

Think about this: Do you belong to a regional organization of any kind?  Do you belong to a club? Does that group get together and meet? Is your family planning a family reunion this year? The next time they are looking for a location, speak up about all the great spots we have in Haskell. From small events to large ones, Haskell can accommodate almost any group size. Here are some of the meeting spaces available in Haskell:

  • Civic Center
  • Country Club
  • Macias Ballroom
  • The Women’s Space
  • First Bank Texas Meeting Room
  • The Hospital Education Room (Meetings must be heathcare related.)
  • American Legion Hall
  • Church fellowship halls

Can you believe we have that many places to host a meeting or event? They have everything you need, including tables, chairs, AV equipment and sound systems. Many of them also have kitchens available.

Even if your group is small, every dollar counts in small communities. It makes a difference. Also, if you put together packets for your group, check in with the DCOH or the Chamber of Commerce for maps, booklets, etc. Also, some of the local businesses have marketing giveaways they will give you to fill your packets.

If you would like to bring a group to Haskell or put on an event, but you are not sure how to get started, stop by the DCOH office and let us help you. To get more information about our meeting spaces, visit www.haskelltexasusa.com/ or call us at 864-3424.

DCOH Happenings

By Jimi Coplen

The Development Corporation of Haskell (DCOH) has been busy this time of year. It is the end of our fiscal year as well as the beginning of our next year. This means budgets, paperwork and tidying up details from the end of the year.

Texas Representative Drew Springer will be holding a Town Hall meeting on October 3 from 2-3 p.m. at the First Bank Texas meeting room. This is a great time to get an update from the legislative session and hear about issues facing our state. Rep. Springer is always great to talk with and we enjoy having him in Haskell. I hope you can attend.

We are also gearing up for our fourth year of the Knox-Haskell Rural Leadership Program. That starts next week October 6. We have a good group of individuals, and we are excited to kick off the new year.

We also have the Possibilities Tour scheduled for October 21. we will be showcasing buildings in the downtown area that are available for sale or lease or just to showcase their revitalization efforts. You will be able to walk through these buildings, talk to owners and reminisce about days gone by. There are a lot of great buildings around our square with unlimited possibilities. We hope you will take time during homecoming to see these buildings. If you are a building owner and would like to showcase your building please call DCOH at 864-3424.

The cloud seeding program has been wrapped up for the year. This year we participated from May – August with great results. This project is split between the City of Haskell, Haskell County and the DCOH. It brings much relief to our farmers and ranchers and they contribute tremendously to our local economy. Below is a map of all the places that were seeded: http://haskelltexasusa.com/2017/09/cloud-seeding-map/

The DCOH office will be relocating. We will be next door to the Chamber of Commerce on the east side of the square. It will be about a month before move in, but we hope that when we do you will stop by and say hello.

 

Cloud Seeding Map

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Multi-County cloud seeding project that took place between May-August 2017. This is an effort between Haskell County, the City of Haskell and the Development Corporation of Haskell. Participating Counties were Haskell, Jones, Fisher, Nolan and Mitchell.

Yard of the Month -KHB

Christina Isbell, Keep Haskell Beautiful

Yard of the Month recognizes Haskell citizens who contribute to the overall aesthetics and health of our city by maintaining exceptionally clean and beautiful properties. Nominations for the program are open to the public January – December of each year, and one winning “Yard of the Month” is selected by KHB volunteer judges. A sign will be placed in the winner’s yard, along with photos on KHB website and Facebook page.

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HOLIDAY SEASON: In the months of October, November and December a Yard-of-the-Month award will be given based on holiday decorations and other seasonal presentations. This is usually for Halloween and Christmas/Hanukkah but may be awarded for Thanksgiving decorations.

Have you seen a yard that’s worthy of being honored as “Yard of the Month?”  To submit a nomination, send an email to keephaskellbeautiful@yahoo.com or call 940-207-1729. Winner’s for the following month will be selected on the third Monday of each month.

 

Leadership Project Helps Bring Digital Sign to Downtown

By Christina Isbell

In a joint effort between County Judge David Davis, the 2015-16 Knox-Haskell Rural Leadership Class and the West Central Texas Council of Governments (COG), Haskell has a new digital sign on the northwest corner of the downtown square. At the end of the 8-month class, the Haskell group, hosted by the Development Corporation of Haskell, encouraged the class to develop a community project. Members were Susan Jarred-Aycock, Jamie Ferguson, Nicole Buchanan, Jamie Jordan, Christina Isbell and Veronica Anderson.

“It was a great experience to be a part of a project for our county and the Leadership class and to work with a group to complete this service project,” Jarred-Aycock said.

Klose Welding, West Electric and Haskell County helped to install the digital sign.

“We are excited to have been involved in the digital sign project,” said Patti Davis, Regional 9-1-1 Program Coordinator for West Central Texas Council of Governments. Public education efforts in public safety are an ongoing process, always evolving to accommodate new technologies.

According to the coordinator, the new digital sign is an additional approach that our Regional 9-1-1 Program will be utilizing to educate the citizens of Haskell County on the proper use of their 9-1-1 system. This collaborative project is a prime example of how the community and its leaders have come together to implement a tool that will be utilized by individuals and organizations throughout the county.

“It was our pleasure to enable the project to become a reality through the grant funds awarded to the County, especially in light of the big impact it will have on the communication of important messages to Haskell County residents,” she said.

Not only will the sign have 9-1-1 messages for the community, the sign also will be used for countywide events. To set up guidelines for the sign, Judge Davis will create a board of county personnel, Keep Haskell Beautiful/Leadership Program, the Chamber of Commerce and other citizens. To have future events included in the messages, citizens can contact the county judge’s office at 940-864-2661. Please have patience with the group as they learn to use the sign and software associated with it.

DCOH Needs Your Building for Possibilities Tour

Haskell Homecoming is slated for October 20-21. During this memorable weekend, the DCOH will be hosting a Possibilities Tour to showcase available buildings around town.  We would like for our visitors to be able to walk through buildings and think about the endless business possibilities available right here in Haskell.

In order to prepare for this event, we need realtors and building owners to participate with the DCOH and answer questions about cost, square footage, and showing their building during this time. If you are unable to show your building, we will help find people to do that for you. Also, don’t worry too much about how the space looks. We aren’t expecting every space to be in tip-top shape. But we will need some room for people to move around safely.pt-logoOur goal is to feature buildings that are for sale or lease; however, even if a building is not for sale, but an owner/manager would like to showcase it on the tour, we are happy to add them. An example would be someone who has done renovations, or changed up the space in some way that people who have ties to Haskell would enjoy seeing.

The tour is scheduled for Saturday afternoon (Oct. 21) from 2-5 p.m. We will create a map that people can pick up prior to going on the tour. We would also like some of our older population in town to be in each building to tell the stories about what was there before. These stories and history are the reason some people invest in these spaces. They love the back-story.

People love their hometown and many dream of coming back someday. We want to provide them with information to help them make that decision. Some will simply want to take a trip down memory lane, and that is also fantastic. They will tell their friends and help us generate some positive buzz about Haskell.

After the event we will have a gathering point with refreshments for a discussion about what people saw and envisioned in those spaces. We will also be sharing photos and articles after the event. We will continue to answer follow up questions that people have long after the weekend is over. We want to get people talking and dreaming about possibilities in these spaces.

We will have a meeting with interested parties in September to go over more details. If you have a building in Haskell that you would like to feature on the tour, please call the DCOH at 940-864-3424 to get on our list…even if you aren’t 100% decided, still get on our list. Also, if you would like to be a person who shares the history of a certain building, let us know. This is a going to be a fun event and a great opportunity to feature Haskell.

 

 

How Economic Development Works

By Jimi Coplen

Business recruitment is always something the DCOH is working on. In the past, the DCOH has been successful at a variety of different businesses that have been recruited to Haskell. Some have been successful and continue to be in business today. Some of the businesses have closed due to owners passing away. And, some businesses simply do not make it because being in business is hard work. Other businesses were so successful they were sold and moved to different locations. New business is part of the ebb and flow of all communities, and the DCOH continues to look for businesses to move, start-up or expand in Haskell.

One way the DCOH works is to identify gaps in the community. We look for things that are missing: retail gaps, service gaps, manufacturing gaps. For example, Haskell does not have an eye doctor, or optometrist. That is a gap, or a service that people drive out of Haskell to find. We then have to evaluate if that type of business could be supported in a community this size. Then, we have to find a market or people in that field, and show them that a gap exists here. Then, we must convince them that there is an opportunity in Haskell to start a business.  The process can be fun, but long and much patience is required!

Did you know that the old Monsanto building used to be owned by the DCOH, and it housed a small motor home manufacturer? This gentleman sold his company and went to work with his brother in Stephenville building horse trailers. The DCOH then recruited Delta Pine, a cotton breeding company, and sold the building to them. They later became Monsanto. When Monsanto opened their megacenter in Lubbock, it absorbed the Haskell research center, leaving the building for sale once again. With the help of the DCOH, it was most recently purchased by Steele Fire & Apparatus to expand their business. They are one of Texas’ leading manufacturers of brush trucks, tankers and skid units. We are proud to have them doing what they do in Haskell.

People do not always understand how economic development works. Through these articles, we hope to give you a glimpse into this world of business recruitment, retention and expansion. The DCOH is working for Haskell, and we hope to continue to do so for many years. If you know of anyone wanting to start or expand a business in Haskell, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 940-864-3424. As always, you can follow our Facebook page at haskelltexasusa.