Heights chamber announces upcoming scheduled events

The board of directors meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the chamber boardroom.

A Leadership Luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Anderson Campus Center at Central Texas College in Killeen. Call 254-699-4999 for tickets. Cost is $20 per person and includes lunch.

Sam’s Club ribbon-cutting and grand opening is from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Sept. 26 in Harker Heights.

For more information on Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce events, call 254-699-4999.

Deb Moore

Center plans business seminars in September

The Central Texas Business Resource Center plans several workshops this month.

TECHNIQUES FOR PROMOTING YOUR BUSINESS: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday — This workshop will discuss specifics about how to market a business and budget for related costs. A workbook for preparing a marketing plan is included. Cost is $25.

BASICS OF OPENING A RESTAURANT: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 24 — This workshop will discuss the fundamentals and requirements involved in starting a new restaurant business. A Q&A session is included. Cost is $25.

Reserve your seat at least one day in advance. Call 254-200-2001 or email marcusc@workforcelink.com. All classes are conducted at the Killeen Workforce Center, 300 Cheyenne, Killeen TX 76542.

M. Clare Haefner

Watershed protection goal of USDA, Coca-Cola pact

CHICAGO — The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Coca-Cola signed a five-year agreement Friday to restore watersheds that have been damaged or altered by development, wildfires and agriculture as part of an initiative to slow runoff and replenish groundwater on federal lands.

Such efforts are increasingly important to corporations and farmers who rely on water and to tens of millions of people whose drinking water originates in the national forest system, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. But federal budget cuts and the wide scope of the problem have the USDA turning to partnerships with nonprofit groups and corporations for help.

The Associated Press

Hispanic-owned businesses double from 2002 to 2013

NEW YORK — The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in the U.S. is expected to nearly double this year from 2002.

That’s the finding of a study released Friday by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Geoscape, a company that provides demographics data.

The study, which analyzes U.S. census data and other information, projects there will be nearly 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the country in 2013, up from nearly 1.7 million in 2002.

The Associated Press

Bayer AG comes under investigation in China

BEIJING — The pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG confirmed Friday that it is being investigated in China for possible unfair competition, making it the latest foreign drug maker to come under scrutiny in the country. The Germany-based company said it is cooperating with the Chinese.

The Associated Press

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