USAA makes World’s Most Admired Companies list

USAA was named to the World’s Most Admired Companies list, a report card on worldwide corporate reputations covering 57 industries and about 1,400 companies.

FORTUNE magazine only ranks the top 50 “All Stars.” Newly named companies like USAA aren’t eligible for the top 50, but USAA ranked No. 3 among the list of 17 eligible property and casualty insurance companies.

USAA scored the second highest in five of the nine criteria used to evaluate a company’s reputation: innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, quality of management and quality of products and services.

Resource center plans entrepreneur class

The Central Texas Business Resource Center will have a three-hour workshop on entrepreneurship at 9 a.m. Thursday at 300 Cheyenne in Killeen.

Attendees will be introduced to entrepreneurship under the current economic conditions and begin the planning process by identifying potential business ideas and determining the research needed for business viability.

The course is free, but registration is required at least one day in advance. Call 254-200-2001 or email

Killeen chamber offers builders academy

The Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce will conduct its March Business Builder Academy from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at One Santa Fe Plaza.

Attendees will learn how to build their own websites. Jonathan Packer, the chamber’s senior vice president of business development, will share resources for developing professional and cost-effective websites without having to hire a Web developer.

The course is free for Business Builders, Leadership members and Killeen 2.0 Investors, and $50 for other members and the public. Lunch will be provided.

To register, call Katie Rutecki at 254-526-9551.

Georgetown Realtor earns production awards

Rita Snyder with Keller Williams Realty in Georgetown recently received several 2013 Real Estate Production awards.

She earned No. 1 total units sold, No. 2 listing volume sold and No. 2 closed volume.

She also received a 5 Star Professional Award from a Texas Monthly Magazine Reader Poll.

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R.E.D.S. Corner Grill hosts morning coffee

R.E.D.S. Corner Grill will host the Harker Heights chamber’s Coffee Connection from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at 201 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 1480, Harker Heights.

Coffee Connection is a morning networking opportunity for professionals, community members and business owners.

Resource Center offers 12-week startup course

The Central Texas Business Resource Center offers the First Step Business Planning Program — a 12-week, hands-on entrepreneurial course about starting and running a business from March 17 to April 12. Classes meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday and Thursday at One Santa Fe Plaza, Killeen.

The cost of the program is $225, and all materials are provided. Register at 254-200-2001 or 300 Cheyenne Road, Killeen, Room 101. The deadline to register is Wednesday.

Physicians MedSpa holds open house

Metroplex Clinic Physicians MedSpa will have an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Ledger & Smith Building, Suite 203, at 2207 S. Clear Creek Road, Killeen.

Attendees will have the opportunity to talk to health care professionals about the latest anti-aging treatments and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures available. They also can learn about a wide offers a range of services from Botox to stretch mark reduction.

Cove EDC offers counseling sessions

A representative from the Small Business Development Center in Waco will be at the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation offices for one-on-one counseling sessions from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at 210 S. First St., Copperas Cove. Call 254-547-7874 for more information or to set up an appointment.

Heights chamber meets at Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn Killeen will host the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Mixer from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 300 E. Central Texas Expressway, Killeen.

The mixer is a networking opportunity for professionals, community members and businesses owners.

Cove chamber and EDC plan Lunch-N-Learn

The Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce and the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation will host a presentation by the M.A. Armstrong Law Firm on business contracts. The Lunch-N-Learn program is at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Copperas Cove Public Library, 501 S. Main St.

Meredith A. Armstrong, president and an attorney with the law firm, will speak about the basics of contract law, avoiding inadvertently entering into a contract, employee contracts and e-signatures.

Jim Wright Company changes website

Jim Wright Company, Killeen’s largest property management company, upgraded several software programs and websites to improve customer service to property owners and renters.

The software allows owners to immediately access information about their property, such as pictures, financial information and current status at anytime.

A new website also is in the process of being launched. The site will enhance the company’s online presence and make it easier and quicker to find and navigate.

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

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