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A New Look for the Civic Auction

By Carlton Tidwell | September 27, 2020

You may have heard by now that the 39th Annual Civic Auction will be completely online this year. After 39 years of successful in-person auctions, we had to make the difficult decision to switch formats for the safety of everyone involved. Our typical auction draws about 800 attendees and takes more than 100 volunteers to…

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Patience and Support Are Key as Another School Year Begins

By Carlton Tidwell | August 29, 2020

This week Terrell students began a new school year. As most things in 2020 have gone, it’s not the typical first day back to school. Some have opted for at-home learning. Others are returning to the classroom. Some are doing a combination of the two. Whatever method it is that your student(s) are participating in,…

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Versatility is Key for 2020 Civic Auction Planning

By Carlton Tidwell | August 1, 2020

It’s hard to believe that we just flipped the calendar to August 2020. August is always a very busy month for us at the Terrell Chamber of Commerce. A month where we begin to eagerly promote and hastily prepare for our annual Civic Auction, which takes place each October. The Civic Auction is the primary…

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Reflecting on my First Year at the Terrell Chamber

By Talana Morris | July 19, 2020

I started my job with the Terrell Chamber of Commerce on June 10, 2019. I was familiar with the Chamber and had worked with them in some capacity over the course of seven years in my contracted role with the City to promote events at Terrell Municipal Airport. When the opportunity arose to apply for…

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Welcome Back, Terrell

By Carlton Tidwell | May 23, 2020

Just a few weeks ago, Governor Abbott issued an executive order to begin reopening Texas. During Phase 1, restaurants, retailers, malls, theaters, museums and libraries could reopen at 25% capacity. Within a week, salons, barber shops and tanning salons were added to that list. Now we’ve entered Phase 2, which allows gyms, day care facilities,…

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Small Businesses Continue to Fight to Survive COVID-19

By Carlton Tidwell | April 25, 2020

Small businesses are the lifeline of our community. We like to constantly reiterate that 68 cents of every dollar spent in Terrell stays in Terrell. It’s a cyclical pattern – you spend your money at a local restaurant, they pay their employees who live in Terrell, those employees spend their money at the local grocery…

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Surviving COVID-19: Advice for Local Businesses

By Carlton Tidwell | March 28, 2020

What a whirlwind the last few weeks has been for our nation. We are all faced with unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We at the Chamber of Commerce have been in touch with many of our members and know first-hand they are all trying to figure out how to navigate through this.  We…

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Connecting Terrell

By Carlton Tidwell | February 29, 2020

In my December column I reflected on all the change that took place with the Chamber in 2019 and mentioned we have a lot of exciting things planned for 2020 that will allow us to better serve our members. In the fall we surveyed our members. We wanted to learn things from them like how…

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There is Much to Celebrate in Terrell

By Carlton Tidwell | February 1, 2020

In a couple of weeks, we will have the opportunity to honor local businesses and individuals who have made a positive impact on our community at our annual luncheon. The 112th Annual Membership Meeting & Industrial Recognition Luncheon will take place on Monday, February 17 at 11:30 a.m. at J.W. Long Elementary School. We are switching…

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2019: A Year of Change

By Carlton Tidwell | December 27, 2019

As 2019 comes to an end and I reflect upon the last 12 months, I recognize there is an underlying trend that can’t be ignored. This was a year of change for the Terrell Chamber of Commerce Convention Visitors Bureau and Terrell Economic Development Corporation. Change sometimes has a bad reputation, but it was welcome…

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