Advantages of Chamber Membership

 

By Mary Jane Buerkle, IOM, Vice President of the Chamber’s Board of Directors

It’s been a very busy June and first and foremost, we want to thank everyone who had a hand in this year’s Wild Horse Prairie Days! We had a successful BBQ Cookoff and Cornhole Tournament for the Chamber, and we commend the City of Haskell and their staff for their efforts in implementing new events during the week. It was great to see so much activity happening in our community.

This month, we are renewing our focus on our membership. Our new Chamber Manager, Amanda Sosa, may be knocking on your door just to say hello, collect feedback, or even ask you to serve on a committee. Our board believes that collectively, businesses can gain much more from their membership by being involved with the Chamber beyond simply paying dues, and we look forward to creating those opportunities.

There are many advantages to being and/or becoming a member of the Haskell Chamber of Commerce.

Referrals: When someone calls the Haskell Chamber of Commerce, members are referred first. In our brochure, Chamber members are specially noted.

Visibility: You’re listed in our online business directory. When someone is new to town, or visiting, often the Chamber of Commerce website is one of the first they seek.

Business Credibility: Statistics show that consumers are more likely to think more favorably of and/or patronize a business that is a member of their local Chamber of Commerce.

Unique Marketing and Networking Opportunities: Being a member of the Chamber allows you to be a part of premier events and programs, which gives you the opportunity to network with other members and community leaders while promoting your business.

Business Advocacy: Your chamber of commerce is your local voice for business, ensuring that you have an advocate at the local, state, and national level. We can collaborate with other chambers of commerce across the state and nation to be even more effective on issues that matter to you and your business.

Community Support: Being a member of the Haskell Chamber of Commerce shows that you want to be a part of progress in Haskell and the surrounding areas. The more support we have, the more effective we all can be, both as an organization and as individual businesses.

To our current members – please know that we appreciate you and your support of the Chamber! If you have any questions about the Chamber or becoming a member, please call Amanda at 940-864-2477.

 

WHPD Trade Days Schedule

There are lots of events taking place the week of May 29th – June 2nd. Take a look below and join us for a great time in Haskell.

Farmer’s Market

The DCOH is helping an individual interested in opening a farmer’s market in Haskell. At this point we are only gauging interest to see if there would be enough growers to sell their goods. We realize this is seasonal and depends on many factors. However, if you are a gardener/grower and would like an outlet to sell your goods, please leave your name and email on the form below. We will email you if this project gets up and going.  Many have also expressed selling other items besides fruits and vegetables. If this is your interest, please join our list also.

On the form there is a line that says “Custom”. Please use this space to list the items you would hope to sell or leave it blank if you are unsure.

Thank you.

 

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Why Financials Are Important to Your Business

By Jimi Coplen, DCOH Executive Director

If you love what you do, but dislike the accounting side, keeping up with receipts, and doing the overall financials, take comfort in knowing you are not alone.  The least favorite part of many business owners’ jobs is the financials.

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Financials are important to all businesses, regardless of how big or how small. 

Even if you pay an accountant so you don’t have to worry with the numbers, it is important to understand them. It is crucial that you know how to read a financial statement, balance sheet, and profit and loss statement. It is also important to do a budget for your business and keep up with it throughout the year. Otherwise, how do you know the health of the business?

These documents are the road map to your business’ success. And, if you are in the market to purchase a business, it is important that a business owner be able to show you these documents. This will tell you if there is a market for the type of business you want to go into, if the business was profitable, what the costs of goods and services were for that business. You can’t get a good picture of the business climate without these documents.

QuickBooks is a standard accounting system used by most businesses. If it is set up correctly, it will run all important documents with the push of a button. You can write checks, reconcile bank statements, and send invoices with this software. If you have QuickBooks, but aren’t sure how to do these things, check with an accountant or come by the DCOH office. Also the Small Business Development Center in Abilene hosts classes from time to time on using this software.

The DCOH board and your local bank will require these documents if you wish to seek financial assistance for your business. These are important documents that no one in business should be without. They help you review your current situation and make plans for the future.

A great place to start your business plan process is at the www.score.org website. This website has a variety of templates for any business. You can also set up an appointment with the Small Business Development Center in Abilene for a thorough business plan. The DCOH staff is also here to help you work through these documents. For more information, give us a call at 940-864-3424 or visit our website at www.haskelltexasusa.com/edc.

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.

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

cloud seeding map

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.

Wild Horse Prairie Days 2017 – June 2-3

Summer is almost here and that means it is time for the 22nd Annual Wild Horse Prairie Days Rodeo and BBQ Cook-Off weekend! The rodeo and cook-off will both be held Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3.  See the flyers below for team line ups for the rodeo.

Rodeo Schedule 

Friday, June 2

9 a.m. – Team Roping

8 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Craft Show  (Civic Center)

12 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Project Show (Civic Center)

5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Chuckwagon Meal

7 p.m. – Ranch Rodeo

Saturday, June 3

9 a.m. – Ranch Horse Competition

10:30 a.m. – Ranch Horse Competition Finals (Awards at the Civic Center)

8 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Craft Show  (Civic Center)

12 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Project Show (Civic Center)

5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Chuckwagon Meal

7 p.m. – Ranch Rodeo

Sunday, June 4

9 a.m. – Barrel Racing

10:30 a.m. – Jeff Gore, Cowboy Preacher at God Loves You Ministries, westside of the downtown square.

BBQ Cook-Off & Cornhole Schedule

Last year was the first year the Haskell Chamber hosted the WHPD BBQ Cook-Off in conjunction with the rodeo and with the help of our event organizer, Tell Stevens, we hope to have an even better event this year.

This year the event will be brought to you by the Haskell Chamber of Commerce and Bailey Toliver Chevrolet. We are also adding several new categories and events to our cook-off including a kids steak competition on Friday night sponsored by Modern Way, cornhole tournaments on both Friday night and Saturday and a welcome event on Friday night. Here is the schedule of all the fun.

Friday, June 2

6 p.m. – Welcome event and cornhole tournament

7 p.m. – Kid’s Steak Competition sponsored by Modern Way (14 and under)

7 p.m. – Steak competition (15 and up)

Saturday, June 3

8 a.m. to 5 pm. – WHPD BBQ Cook-Off. Categories include Bloody Mary, Beans, Chicken, Ribs, Brisket. Turn in times will be throughout the day.

10 a.m. – Cornhole tournament

We will be looking for judges to help with all the categories for both Friday night and Saturday. If you would like to be a judge, please contact Tell Stevens at 2147-500-4506.

For more information about the cook-off and to see all entry fees and prizes, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/whpd.cookoff.  To sign up, fill out the form here.