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Sitzes Self Storage chosen as a Finalist in the 2018 Texas Family Business of the Year Awards

Sitzes Self Storage has been chosen as a finalist in the 2018 Texas Family Business of the Year Awards. The finalist will be honored on Nov. 30 in Waco, Texas, with the winner being announced at a reception.

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Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas wins BIG at Texas Workforce Commission Annual State Conference

On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas received the Youth Inspiration & Career Awareness Award trophy and $100,000 prize for their 3, 2, 1… Careers in Action! Video Contest and Red Carpet Premiere initiative at the Texas Workforce Commission Annual State Conference in Houston.  The award recognizes initiatives throughout the State focused on supporting career awareness and exploration for young people.

The award winning Contest and Red Carpet Premiere initiative encouraged teachers to bring career exploration to the classroom through a region-wide video contest requiring students to create a video highlighting the pathway into a career of their choice. Students conducted interviews with employers, toured local places of business, researched various careers available to them after graduation, and stretched their creativity through video production. Top video submissions earned students and their teachers a ticket to the Red Carpet Premiere at the Historic Paramount Theatre in Abilene where they viewed a film screening of all top video submissions, connected with employers, and learned about careers in West Central Texas.

For more information about the Careers in Action! Video Contest & Red Carpet Premiere, click the link below.

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Bogie’s Downtown Deli to Expand Hours

Starting Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, Bogie’s Downtown Deli will expand business hours and will be open from 7:00am – 10:30am.

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Big Country Home Builders Association wins the “2018 Association of the Year”

This month, several board members of the Big Country Home Builders Association (BCHBA) attended the Texas Association of Home Builders “Excellence in Leadership” dinner in Austin Texas. During the 3-day event President of the BCHBA Jon Loudermilk along with fellow board members Gene Lantrip, Jeremy & Kristie McBrayer, Tommy Harendt, Don Faulkner, Aaron Waldrop and Executive Officer Terah Ward spent time discussing and planning various aspects of the industry and protecting home values in the Big Country.

To top off the week, the Big Country Home Builders Association was voted the “2018 Association of The Year.” The “Of the Year” awards are given annually to recognize exemplary service and leadership contributions to the homebuilding industry by its members for their local and statewide accomplishments. Competing against 29 other state associations, the BCHBA received this high honor of recognition. Several accomplishments that were noted included raising over $25,000 for local nonprofits in Abilene, 40% increase in membership numbers, and for raising over 500% of their goal for HOMEPAC which protects Homebuilders against government regulation and costly increases. The BCHBA would also like to congratulate, long time Board Member and HBA supporter, Gene Lantrip, owner of Lantrip’s Custom Homes for being recognized as the Texas Association of Builders – “2018 Developer of the year”.

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