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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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Social Science Club of Terrell and the Importance of Giving Back

By Angie Cooper | November 22, 2019

As you’ve probably heard by now, the Social Science Club of Terrell’s annual Tour of Homes, “Christmas in a Small Town,” is scheduled for Saturday, December 7 from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. I’ve had the pleasure of serving as club president this year and have been so impressed with the dedication and spirit of service our…

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All In, All Done: The 38th Annual Civic Auction

By Carlton Tidwell | October 25, 2019

It’s a wrap! Another Civic Auction has come and gone, and it was a great success. Of course, it would not be possible without our wonderful sponsors, volunteers, donors, and supporters to whom we are very grateful.    We’re still crunching numbers, but it looks to be shaping up to be one of the best yet. You may ask,…

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Terrell Chamber of Commerce Makeover

By Talana Morris | September 14, 2019

If you haven’t been to the Terrell Chamber of Commerce Convention Visitors Bureau (CVB) office in a while, you will be in for a surprise the next time you visit. The unassuming exterior still looks the same with the green tin roof and the mirrored glass exterior, although you may notice a new ADA-compliant parking…

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Education and Sense of Place

By Carlton Tidwell | August 30, 2019

According to the U.S. Census data estimates earlier this year, Kaufman County ranks third in the nation in percentage of population growth from 2017 to 2018 for counties with more than 20,000 people. When families are looking for a place to call home, they aren’t just looking for a house in a nice neighborhood. They’re…

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