Razzoo’s donates funds to St. Jude

Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe in Harker Heights raised $1,787 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in October. It was one of eight locations that participated in the fundraising drive.

“Our guests donating money showed once again our guests’ warm support for Razzoo’s and this great charitable cause,” said Jeff Powell, CEO and president of Razzoo’s Inc. “Razzoo’s is committed to making a difference. Our employees and loyal dining guests stepped up to support St. Jude Children’s Hospital.”

— Mason Lerner

Killeen chamber events this week

The Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce plans three events this week:

  • A ribbon-cutting for Mattress Firm at 9:45 a.m. Thursday at 3007 Central Texas Expressway in Killeen.
  • The Greater Killeen Young Professionals monthly business lunch at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, 300 Cheyenne Drive in Killeen.
  • The Third Thursday Mixer at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas Clements Teen Center, 2900 E. Elms Road.

For more information on chamber events, go to www.killeenchamber.com.

— M. Clare Haefner

Heights chamber events this week

The Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce plans the following events:

  • The chamber will be closed Monday to observe Veterans Day.
  • Coffee Connection is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Meet Sam’s Club representatives at the Armed Services YMCA on Beeline in Harker Heights.
  • “Gearing Up Your Business for Tax Season” workshop presented by Ace It Tax Services is from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the chamber office. Lunch is $6.50. RSVP required. Call (254) 699-4999 or email gina@hhchamber.com.

— M. Clare Haefner

Free homebuyers seminar Saturday

The city of Killeen’s Community Development Division – HOME Program along with Felix and Rosa Galvez with Century 21 Diamond Realty will conduct a free first-time homebuyer seminar from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Killeen Arts and Activities Center in the Community Development Training Room (802 N. Second St., building E, next to Head Start).

Attendees will learn the pros and cons of homeownership, budgeting, goal setting, credit ratings, pre-approval and how to choose a mortgage lender and real estate agent, home inspections and warranties, making an offer, the closing process and responsibilities of home ownership.

Reserve a spot by 5 p.m. Friday. Call (254) 501-7842. Translators for Korean and Spanish languages are available with 72 hours notice.

— M. Clare Haefner

BBB offers tips to holiday job seekers

WACO — According to the National Retail Federation, retailers are expected to hire between 585,000 and 625,000 seasonal workers this holiday season. The Better Business Bureau recommends applicants apply early, research potential employers and be cautious of fraudulent job offerings:

Do research ahead of time. Find out which companies are offering seasonal employment opportunities, and whether that would be a place you would like to work. Then, use bbb.org to find additional information on the company including consumer complaints about the company, and other details.

Be suspicious of “too good to be true” job offers.

Work where you shop. Employers prefer applicants who know their products well.

  • Be available and flexible. Holiday hiring managers are drawn to candidates who will be available and have a flexible schedule. Seasonal employees will likely find themselves working long, inconvenient hours, and often on holidays.
  • Put your best foot forward. Job hunters need to dress their best and be prepared for the interview. This includes being familiar with the company’s brand and its products.

— M. Clare Haefner

Free job fair for veterans Thursday

The Texas Workforce Commission, in partnership with 28 local workforce development areas, will host statewide veterans job fairs on Thursday. Hiring Red, White & You! is a joint initiative supported by Gov. Rick Perry, Dr. “Red” Duke Jr., the Texas Veterans Commission and the Texas Workforce Commission to connect returning veterans with Texas employers.

“The knowledge and skills our veterans bring back from service are an important, and all too often untapped, resource for our communities” Perry said. “Every American owes a debt of gratitude to our veterans. That’s why we’re committed to meeting the needs of our communities through the talent and expertise of our service men and women.”

In Killeen, the fair for veterans and military spouses will be at the Fort Hood Community Events Center, Building 50012, Clear Creek Road from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

For more information, call Frank Minosky at (254) 200-2033 or email frankm@workforcelink.com.

For other job fair locations, go to www.texasworkforce.org and click on the link for Red, White & You.

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5 p.m. Wednesday.

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