SMALL BUSINESS FORUM SET FOR TUESDAY JUNE 12TH

  

Small business owners and managers throughout the region will want to block a half-day on Tuesday, June 12, for the fifth annual Small Business Forum to be held in Brenham at the Fireman’s Training Center from 8:30am-1:30pm.

Sponsored by Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, Brenham National Bank and Citizens State Bank, the annual forum provides a local opportunity to gain leading-edge knowledge and professional contacts to help businesses thrive.

It is being co-hosted by the Washington County, Navasota-Grimes County and Burleson County chambers. The keynote speaker during the Small Business of the Year luncheon will be Jeff Tobaben, CEO and Founding Partner of Evolve Performance Group. Tobaben’s mission is to empower companies to make data-driven decisions and execute on corporate strategies that positively impact business outcomes.

The highlight of the event will be the presentation of the Small Business of the Year Awards for 2018.  Last year, the 2017 honor was awarded to Independence Coffee and Del Sol Food Company.

Tickets to the Small Business Forum are $49 until June 7. Corporate Sponsor tables are available for $499, which includes tickets for 8 guests.  Individual tickets and tables can be purchased online at www.BrenhamTexas.com.

Full Press Release from the Washington County Chamber of Commerce:

 

Fifth Annual Small Business Forum to be Held June 12

Small business owners and managers throughout the region will want to block a half-day on Tuesday, June 12, for the fifth annual Small Business Forum to be held in Brenham at the Fireman’s Training Center from 8:30am-1:30pm.

Sponsored by Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, Brenham National Bank and Citizens State Bank, this annual forum provides a local opportunity to gain leading-edge knowledge and professional contacts to help businesses thrive.

It is being co-hosted by the Washington County, Navasota-Grimes County and Burleson County chambers. Attendees will hear from several powerful speakers who have been recruited by these three chambers.

The keynote speaker during the Small Business of the Year luncheon will be Jeff Tobaben, CEO and Founding Partner of Evolve Performance Group. Jeff’s mission is to empower companies to make data-driven decisions and execute on corporate strategies that positively impact business outcomes.

He devotes his time, expertise and unique approach to architect solutions that drive improved workplace conditions, reduced turnover, employee engagement, strengthened customer relationships, and sustainable financial performance.

Jeff’s broad experience in Human Capital Development began in the automotive industry where he specialized in adult learning programs for some of the world’s largest auto manufacturers and retailers. Tobaben was a pioneer in the automotive industry, continually challenging the status quo. Supported by research and intuition, he led a movement to change the management of customer and employee relationships.

His passion for improving employee and customer relationships drove him to start his own company focused on curriculum design, development and facilitation to support companies in their effort to improve the employee/customer experience.

Other speakers will be Matt Prochaska, President and CEO of Research Valley Partnership, the economic development team serving Brazos County, the City of Bryan, the City of College Station, and the Brazos Valley. Prochaska has over 25 years’ experience in industry and economic development.  He received both his Masters and Bachelor degrees from Texas A&M University with emphasis in international business development.

Congressman Kevin Brady’s office will speak on the new tax law changes and how that will impact small businesses. Rep. Brady authored and pushed through the recent changes. These changes include deductions for capital improvements and a 20% tax rebate on the first $300,000 of income. These laws have benefits specific to small businesses. Hear all the details at the June 12 forum.

Russell Dempsey, COO at Express Employment Professionals, and Michelle Taylor, Human Resource Consultant for Employer Flexible, will be part of a panel discussion on employee issues including trends in workforce training, policy manuals and handbooks.

David Hagy from Texas Central Partners will give an overview of the local economic impact of their proposed High Speed Rail from Houston to DFW. Texas Central Partners have proposed stops in Grimes County, which would create a center of commerce and an economic impact that would reach into all surrounding counties. Hagy will talk about this opportunity and the potential economic benefits, and give a better overall understanding of the project.

The highlight of the event will be the presentation of the Small Business of the Year Awards for 2018.  Last year, the 2017 honor was awarded to Independence Coffee and Del Sol Food Company. The 2016 winners were Kwik Kopy Business Center and Glasco & Company Landscaping. The 2015 winner was Home Sweet Farm Market & Biergarten, and in 2014 Brenham National Bank and RE/MAX Advantage were the winners.

This year, Johanna Fatheree of RE/MAX Advantage will be the MC of the 2018 forum.  She brings a passion for serving local residents and businesses, and said she is eager to congratulate this year’s award winners.

Tickets to the Small Business Forum are $49 until June 7 ($59 after). Corporate Sponsor tables are available for $499, which includes tickets for 8 guests plus your company name displayed at the event, online and on the printed program.  Individual tickets and tables can be purchased online at www.BrenhamTexas.com/pages/SmallBusinessForum.

Doors will open at 8 a.m. and the program begins at 8:30.  A delicious buffet lunch is included, and the forum will conclude by 1:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact the Chamber at (979) 836-3695 or events@brenhamtexas.com.

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