Military reservists eligible to apply for SBA loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest loans, up to $2 million, for people who were called to active duty.

Small businesses that suffered economic losses when the owner or a key employee was called up to active duty are eligible to apply for a Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan anytime from the date of notice of expected call-up and ending one year after the date of discharge or release.

The program was created to enable eligible small businesses to pay operating expenses they could have covered if the owner or key employee hadn’t been called to active duty.

“The absence of just one employee whose expertise is critical to the success of the company can pose significant challenges for a small business,” said SBA Acting Administrator Jeanne Hulit.

For more information about the loan and other veterans’ services offered by the SBA, go to

Harker Heights chamber welcomes tavern

The Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce is conducting a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Boondocks from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at 103 W. U.S. Highway 190, Nolanville.

Killeen chamber reminds people to register to vote

The Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Council reminds everyone the registration deadline for voting in the March primaries is Monday.

Residents can fill out a voter registration application online, print it and mail it to the voter registrar in their county of residence. Residents also can check or confirm if they are registered at the Texas Voter Information website, which also includes polling locations.

Killeen chamber requests swag for Hood Howdy

The Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce’s deadline to participate in Hood Howdy promotional item distribution is 5 p.m. Monday.

Chamber members can market their businesses to new residents of Fort Hood.

All chamber members are urged to participate by contributing 500 promotional items such as pens, fliers and key chains.

The items will be placed in goody bags distributed at Hood Howdy.

Nonmembers may contribute one item for a fee of $50.

Hood Howdy is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Club Hood.

Young Professionals to meet at Pluckers

The Greater Killeen Young Professionals club will host its February social at 6 p.m. Thursday at Pluckers.

The social gives the area’s young professionals a chance to meet, network, and form lasting personal and professional relationships in a relaxed, social setting.

New members or those interested in joining can meet the group before 6 p.m. for a reception.

They will have an opportunity to meet board members, committee chairs and staff and learn more about the club.

Appetizers will be provided. No RSVP is required.

The social is free for club members and $5 for non-members. Email

Center hosts customer service workshop

The Central Texas Business Resource Center hosts a workshop on ways to provide excellent customer service from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at 300 Cheyenne Drive in Killeen.

Workshop attendees will discuss the business rationale and economics of delivering outstanding customer service in small businesses. Registration for the class is ongoing. The cost is $25 per person.

Cove EDC hosts program about business laws

The Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation will hear a presentation by attorney Meredith A. Armstrong, president of M.A. Armstrong Law Firm.

Armstrong will discuss laws affecting businesses at noon Feb. 14 at 210 S. First St. Armstrong will look at types of business forms and how to convert an operation from doing business as a limited liability corporation.

Attendees also will learn how to maintain business entity status, protect valuable proprietary information and protect a brand. Call 254-547-7874.

Contact Mason W. Canales at ​ or (254) 501-7474

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