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2021: A False Start If you are like me, you could not wait for 2021 to get here! After the 2020 we had we all figured it could only get better, right? Perhaps we were a little too eager and got off to a false start. Or maybe it wasn’t us…maybe our opponent (pandemic or…

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2020: The Year that Made Us Stronger Almost a year ago I wrote a column called “2019: A Year of Change,” which reflected on the many changes we experienced internally at the Chamber last year. If you had told me then that all of those changes in 2019 wouldn’t hold a candle to 2020 and…

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3 Small Business Lessons to Learn During COVID

3 Small Business Lessons to Learn During COVID This has certainly been a weird year. As we begin to adjust to our new reality, there are some things you could be doing in your business that may help you out in the post-COVID time. We can’t say it will ever be a return to normal.…

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The holiday season is here! With that comes different festivities, including some longstanding traditions as well as some new options to celebrate the season while being safe and supporting local businesses. One annual Christmas event that Terrell residents look forward to each year is the Stanley Ballard Senior Christmas Parade. We plan to move forward…

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Patience and Support Are Key as Another School Year Begins 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.…

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Reflecting on my First Year at the Terrell Chamber 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…

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Welcome Back, Terrell 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,…

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Small Businesses Continue to Fight to Survive COVID-19 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…

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Surviving COVID-19: Advice for Local Businesses 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…

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