February 18, 2020
Brazos County Expo
Congratulations to our Best of 2019 Winners:
Overall Favorite........................................................ Caffe Capri
People's Choice............................................................. Dat Dog
Best Appetizer/Salad/Side................................. 3rd on Main
Best Entrée............................ Brazos - Proper Texas Kitchen
Best Dessert.......................................... Smallcakes Cupcakery
Best Beverage......................................................... Cocktails 4 U
Best Decor............................................................ C&J Barbeque
Friendliest......................................................... Chicken Express
Click here for a full list of participating restaurants! For more information or if your restaurant would like to participate, please call (979) 260-5200 or email email@example.com.
Held every fall, the Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet is a time to reflect on the past year and recognize outstanding Chamber volunteers including Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Ambassador of the Year.
Winners will be honored at the Annual Banquet on Monday, November 9, 2020.
Past Citizen of the Year Recipients:
|1987 - Ann Wiatt||1988 - Louis Newman||1989 - Bookman Peters||1990 - Perry Adkisson||1991 - Ronnie Hale|
|1992 - Bill Erwin||1993 - Reba Ragsdale||1994 - M.L. "Red" Cashion||1995 - Ron Schmidt||1996 - William S. Thornton|
|1997 - Mervin Peters||1998 - Mel Pruitt||1999 - Lynn Stuart||2000 - Travis B. Bryan, Jr.||2001 - Celia Goode-Haddock|
|2002- Sam Sharp||2003 - James Stegall||2004 - Sister Gretchen Kuntz||2005 - Rusleen Maurice||2006 - George L. Nelson|
|2007 - William R. Birdwell||2008 - Tom & Caroline McDonald||2009 - Stephanie Sale & Jim Singleton||2010 - J.J. Ramirez||2011 - David & Julia Gardner|
|2012 - Tim Bryan||2013 - Ben Hardeman||2014 - Randy & Brenda Sims||2015 - Chuck & Tedi Ellison||2016 - John E. Anderson|
|2017 - Judge Alvin W. Jones||2018 - Ben Downs||2019 - Randy French|
Past Volunteer of the Year Recipients:
|1987 - Reba Ragsdale||1988 - Cheryl Dean||1989 - Steve Aldrich||1990 - Lynn Stuart||1991 - Bill Erwin|
|1992 - Sylvia McMullen||1995 - Betty Ann Richter||1996 - Carol Wagner||1997 - Mark Sykes||1998 - Phyllis Davis|
|1999 - Claudia Pollard||2000 - Patricia Gerling||2001 - Patty Groff||2002 - Glen Brewer||2003 - Dawn Bowers|
|2004 - Pawan Mahimtura||2005 - Eric Wylie||2006 - J.C. "Cal" McNeill||2007 - Jarrod Hix||2008 - John Seigler|
|2009 - John Happ||2010 - Mike Conner||2011 - Tedi Ellison||2012 - Marty Cangelose||2013 - Jim Mazurkiewicz|
|2014 - Scott Simpson||2015 - Dave Ruesink||2016 - Sheree Boegner||2017 - Hans Hammond||2018 - Zach Etheridge|
|2019 - Debbie Holladay|
Business After Hours are held to provide an opportunity for Chamber members to network while allowing the Member sponsor a chance to address and/or showcase their facilities. Business After Hours are held monthly to bi-monthly, and generally on the third Thursday of the month (unless other arrangements are made). The Member sponsor and the Chamber representative will coordinate the event. The location for the event must be able to accommodate 300 to 400 guests and parking. If event is held at a location that is not the sponsor’s primary place of business, that location must also be a Chamber member. This event begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m.
Sponsoring a Business After Hours is $2,000.00 in total, with $1,000 deposit due with contract to reserve the date and $1,000 paid 30 days prior to the event. This covers the cost of printing, postage and all event promotion. The Member sponsor provides food and beverages for approximately 300-400 people, in addition to the Chamber fee. The sponsor is also responsible for providing at least 3 door prizes (but not to exceed 6) for the event.
The Chamber of Commerce staff will create, print and mail all invitations directly to all Chamber members while publicizing the event via radio, TV, and the weekly Chamber eNewsletter. The Chamber staff will also coordinate any arrangements with the establishment holding the event and provide nametags for the event.
Business After Hours 2020
January 9: Bryan College Station Toyota
January 30: Phillips Event Center
March 5: Brazos Valley Bridal Association
March 26: Allen Honda
April 16: The Ranch Harley-Davidson
May 21: Experience Bryan/College Station
June 18: Parc at Traditions
July 9: The Stella Hotel
July 30: Baylor Scott & White Health
August 20: The Physicians Centre Hospital
September 17: Sterling Auto Group
October 8: Brenham National Bank
October 29: Chrome: A Salon Experience
November 19: CHI St. Joseph Health
December 3: George Bush Presidential Library & Museum
If you are interested in learning more about Business After Hours, or if you would like to reserve a month, please contact Carrie Archer with any questions!
Every year on Chamber Day, teams of volunteers visit with local businesses in the Bryan/College Station area to show their thanks and support. Chamber Day provides volunteers the opportunity to visit with business owners to inquire more about businesses in our area and to learn what role the economy plays in affecting business performance. In the past, volunteers have been able to visit nearly 1,000 local businesses in one day!
This year Chamber Day will be held on March 26, 2020.
Contact Carrie Archer for more information.
Learn more about Chamber Day:
19th Annual Community Impact Awards Luncheon
The Community Impact Award program was started in 2003 to recognize Hispanic, African-American, Asian, American-Indian, Women, and/or Service Disabled Veteran business owners who have demonstrated a significant impact on our community.
To be eligible to win, businesses must:
- Be a member of the B/CS Chamber of Commerce
- Meet HUB Certification requirements of at least 51% minority ownership
- Have been in business for a minimum of three years
For information on the Texas A&M Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Certification click HERE.
Previous Community Impact Award Winners
Aggieland Roofing/Wind Dancer Retreat
Tricia Barksdale Designs
|Salim & Shireen Ismail
Texas Hotel Management
Magruder Custom Homes
|Dr. Monica Brown, D.D.S.||Erica & Terrance Murphey
|2018||Katy Jackson & Jennifer Ganter
Dixie Chicken/Chicken Oil Co.
|Kristi Fox Stasky
REALTOR® - Unlocked Realty Group, LLC at Century 21 Beal
|Joseph "Jody" Rodriguez
Rodriguez & Gimber, PLLC
Tradition Oil & Lube
1st Alliance Mortgage
Mitchell & Morgan, LLP
Trevino-Smith Funeral Home
HBi Office Solutions
House of Tires
Jacque's Toys & Books
|Laura Wagner, Leah Lucas & Cindy Atkinson
Celebrity Spa & Salon
|Jesse Montelongo, Jr.
Montelongo's Fine Jewelry
Bottom Line Bookkeeping
RDM Audio & Video
|2012||Ailene Ueckert, Beth Williamson & Kris Posten
United Solutions, MSO
|Chef Tai Lee
Chef Tai Restaurant Group
|2011||Lina Lawson & Tina Gandy
Twinz Co. Marketing
Sterling Auto Group
CHROME: A Salon Experience
Hernandez Law Firm
|2009||Renea DeWitt & Angelique Gammon
The InSite Group
Conlee-Garrett Moving & Storage
Walker & Walker
Briaud Finanical Planning
Richard and Bea Rodriguez & Tommy and Debbie Montalbano
Kenya Myers & Georgette Herring
Daniel Jarvis Home Health Services
Fries Financial Services
|2006||Cedric, Eric, Larry & Fred Payton
Everyday Life, Inc.
The Pharmacy Shop
|2005||Rodney & Carol McFadden
First Security Building Maintenance
|Terri Kahla Choice
Home Health Services
Awards & More
Curry Plumbing Company
University Title Company
Dixie Tire Company
Neutral Posture, Inc.
Our community is very blessed to be served by exceptional 1st Responders and a world-class health care system. These often unsung heroes save lives every day and are the first link in the chain of emergency care in our community. This special game gives the Chamber the opportunity to recognize the important role crime prevention, fire safety and other 1st Responders play in protecting our citizens and the positive impact they have on economic development in our community.
The game provides a time for all of us to honor the local fallen heroes from our area and provides financial support to the 100 Club which has helped several local families.
For more information on tickets or to purchase tickets please contact the Chamber of Commerce at (979) 260-5200.
Corporate Ticket Packages:
Gold Corporate Sponsor - $200
- includes 20 tickets (tickets valid for Bombers game immediately following)
- logo in program
- thank you & recognition during event
- logo in post event thank you ad
Silver Corporate Sponsor - $100
- includes 10 tickets (tickets valid for Bombers game immediately following)
- logo in program
- logo in post event thank you ad
Bronze Corporate Sponsor - $50
- includes 5 tickets
- logo in program
If you are a member of the Chamber of Commerce, you can purchase your Corporate ticket package online by using your Chamber account. If you do not have an online Chamber account or you are not a member of the Chamber of Commerce, please call (979) 260-5200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase your corporate ticket packages.
About the Event
Founders Night is a new tradition in Bryan/College Station. Designed to celebrate the establishment and development of our twin cities, Founders Night is a fun, mix and mingle event featuring great food, beverages, gaming, live music and much more! Meet or reunite with founding families, establish connections with local business owners, or simply interact with past, present, and future leadership of our ever-growing community.
Founders Night supports the Chamber's leadership programs. Leadership Brazos, Junior Leadership Brazos and the Leadership Brazos Alumni Association help us build future leaders to so we can continue our community's proud tradition of economic success.
What is Community Leadership Briefing?
Founded in 1995, the Inside Bryan/College Station: A Briefing by Community Leaders (formerly the Community Leadership Briefing) is a program sponsored by the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce. It is designed for new residents, key personnel or management level executives who are either new to the community or have recently increased their responsibilities in a local business or organization. The event is also open to anyone seeking an update on current community issues.
Why do we need Community Leadership Briefing?
the Inside Bryan/College Station: A Briefing by Community Leaders provides an overview of current issues and the vast resources and opportunities available in our community and encourages participants to choose an area of interest for active involvement.
How will this benefit me?
This program will familiarize you with the many facets of Bryan/College Station. You will have access to business, government and civic leaders, learn of current events affecting our community, and receive information about the interaction between our community entities and more.
What is the time commitment?
This is a one-day program offering a condensed format of the Leadership Brazos program. Leadership Brazos is a one-day-per-month nine-month program designed to promote and foster the development of community leaders. Topics are presented by key community leaders and include:
Glen Brewer, President & CEO, B/CS Chamber of Commerce
Warren Finch, Director, George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Roby Somerford, Station Manager, KAGS TV and Briefing Breakfast Sponsor
Mayor Pro Tem Greg Owens, City of Bryan
Mayor Karl Mooney, City of College Station
Kindra Fry, CEO, Experience Bryan College Station
Dr. Clark Ealy, Superintendent, College Station ISD
Dr. Christie Whitbeck, Superintendent, Bryan ISD
Dr. Matt Rush, Head of School, Allen Academy
Chad Wootton, Director of Community & Economic Development, TAMU
Leighton Schubert, Vice Chancellor, Public Affairs & Strategic Relations, Blinn College District
Jim Nelson, RELLIS Campus
Local & County Government:
Steve Aldrich, Commissioner, Brazos County
Joey Dunn, Deputy City Manager, Community Services, City of Bryan
Jeff Kersten, Assistant City Manager, City of College Station
Spencer Clements, Atlas Lakewalk
Phillip Ray, TAMU System
Dan Rudge, Executive Director, Metropolitan Planning Organization
Matt Prochaska, President/CEO, Brazos Valley Economic Development Corporation
Jason Jennings, President, Baylor Scott & White Health-College Station Region
Dr. Rustin Dakota Carter, Medical Director, Rock Prairie Behavioral Health
Theron Park, CEO, CHI St. Joseph Health System
Josh Gorbutt, News Director, KBTX and KWTX
Crystal Dupre, Publisher, The Eagle
Ben Downs, General Manager, Bryan Broadcasting
Sheriff Chris Kirk, Brazos County Sheriff's Office
Chief Eric Buske, Bryan Police Dept
Chief Scott McCollum, City of College Station
Chief Mike Ragan, Texas A&M University Police Department
Glen Brewer, President & CEO, B/CS Chamber of Commerce
Katerina Hall, Chair, Leadership Brazos Alumni Association
- Workforce Brazos Valley
2019 Federal Legislative Action Plan
2019 State Legislative Action Plan
The Transportation Committee works in conjunction with the Legislative Affairs Committee to make sure that our area's infrastructure is represented. They work to make sure that our area roads, railroads, airways and other modes of transportation are represented in local, state and federal government arenas.
For more information on our annual Federal Legislative Trip and our biennial State Legislative Trip, contact Rachel Nave at (979) 260-5200 or email@example.com.
Legislative Affairs Committee
Forms subcommittees focusing on local, state, and national issues; plans Chamber legislative trips to Austin and Washington DC; ensures Chamber presence at local council meetings to provide opportunities to be proactive on business-related issues; provides forums for candidate views on business issues; coordinates programs with area legislators. If you are interested in getting involved with the Legislative Affairs Committee, please contact Rachel Nave at (979) 260-5200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Member Orientation is designed for Members that have joined the Chamber any time within the last year, however, all Members are invited to attend. The Chamber will recognize all New Members in attendance and have New Member Packets available for pick up.
At the New Member orientation you will:
- Learn how The Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce effectively leads, advocates, and connects to promote business.
- Learn the benefits of your B/CS Chamber membership.
- Learn about Chamber events and how you can become involved.
- Meet B/CS Chamber staff.
- Make meaningful connections with other new members.
If you are interested in more information about this event or to RSVP, contact Carrie Archer or call (979) 260-5200.
Deluxe Ribbon Cutting Event
Deluxe Ribbon Cuttings are held to provide an opportunity for a Chamber member to showcase their recent membership in the Chamber, a new location, a new owner, renovation/remodel, business expansion or milestone anniversary (increments of 5 years). The Chamber only hosts one Deluxe Ribbon Cuttings per week (usually on a Wednesday). Most events take place from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Sponsoring a Deluxe Ribbon Cutting is $500.00 (add $100 for each additional business participating) payable with the signing of the DRC Agreement. This covers the cost of all event promotion. The Member sponsor provides food and beverages for approximately 40-50 people in addition to the Chamber fee. A member can host the event at their location, or any appropriate facility where the host facility is a Chamber Member, as well.
The Chamber of Commerce staff will create and email all invitations directly to all Chamber members while publicizing the event via radio and television, and the weekly Chamber e-newsletter. The Chamber will supply the ribbon, scissors and camera for the photo for the event and will be responsible for placing the ribbon-cutting photo in the Eagle.
Standard Ribbon Cutting Event
Standard Ribbon Cuttings are scheduled based on availability at 11:30 a.m. or 4:30 p.m. (other times must be approved in advance) and the ceremony lasts 30 minutes.
The Chamber of Commerce will bring the scissors, ribbon and camera for the ceremony. The Chamber will promote your event on our weekly eNewsletter, The Insider Report, on social media, and on any Chamber radio spots the week of your ribbon cutting and will submit your ribbon cutting photo to The Eagle one to two weeks after the event.
The Business may provide refreshments for guests (attendance ranging from 15-30 persons). There is a $100.00 fee for Standard Ribbon Cuttings.
Schedule at a glance:
April 1: Packet pick-up for all attendees.
April 2: Water Cooler 5K is here!
3:00 Attendees arrive. Booths are open
3:15 Group photograph is taken
3:50 Warm Up
4:00 Race Starts