Metroplex earns EPA top honor

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency named Metroplex Hospital the winner of the hospital category in 2013 Energy Star National Building Competition.

According to Energy Star measurements, Metroplex Hospital reduced its energy consumption by 14.7 percent with an energy cost savings of $239,360 during the competition period.

“We are excited by the enthusiasm and commitment of our team here at Metroplex and look forward to seeing more savings in the future from our efforts,” said Tom Riddle, Metroplex director of facilities management.

The competition included more than 3,200 buildings in all 50 states, representing different categories of commercial buildings, including retail stores, schools, offices, banks and health care facilities.

National Banks host Heights Coffee Connection

The National Banks of Central Texas in Killeen is hosting the Harker Heights Coffee Connection from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The bank is at 4103 E. Central Texas Expressway, Killeen.

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

Resource Center host Q&A forum

The Central Texas Business Resource Center will host a question-and-answer forum from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at 300 Cheyenne Drive, Killeen.

The forum will help potential and existing entrepreneurs and business managers learn more about the center’s programs and other available community resources.

Discussions will include developing a business concept into a successful small-business venture.

Killeen chamber holds networking power hour

The Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce will have its networking power hour from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Noodles & Company, 3007 E. Central Texas Expressway, Killeen.

The program is similar to speed dating for businesses and is designed to introduce a professional to 30 new business contacts in 60 minutes.

It is free for chamber investors and $10 for nonmembers. Refreshments are provided.

Register at least one day in advance by calling 254-526-9551. Please limit attendees to two people per business.

Heights chamber mixer Thursday at Fuddruckers

Fuddruckers of Killeen is hosting the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Mixer from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 2301 E. Central Texas Expressway, suite 106.

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

Luvida Care Solutions joins Killeen chamber

The Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting for Luvida Care Solutions at 11 a.m. Thursday at 2400 Piazza Drive, Belton.

Luvida Care Solutions is a residential living facility for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Go to

Cove EDC, chamber plan lunch workshop

Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation and the Chamber of Commerce will host the May Lunch & Learn from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Friday at 210 S. First St., Copperas Cove.

This month’s topic is insurance and business.

Call 254-547-7874.

Beauty supply shop to open at Fort Hood

The 360 Beauty Supply will open its second store at Fort Hood in Building 500004 on Clear Creek Road with a grand opening at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Solix opens in downtown Killeen

Solix and the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce celebrated the company opening a facility at 402 E. Avenue D, Killeen, last month.

Solix, a Parsippany, N.J.-based company, is a leading provider of program administration, eligibility determination and customer care services to government agencies and businesses throughout the United States.

It will operate call center and other customer-engagement services from the Killeen location, which has the potential for 175 employees.

“We’re pleased to offer our customers in Texas outstanding service through our new center in Killeen,” said Tom Clarke, Solix Vice President of Commercial Programs. Go to

SBA disaster loans available to Texas small businesses

Small, nonfarm businesses in 249 Texas counties and several other counties in other states are eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration.

“These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought that occurred from April 1 to Oct. 31, 2013, in the ... Texas counties,” said Tanya N. Garfield, DSBA’s director of Disaster Field Operations Center-West.

Bell, Coryell, Lampasas and Williamson counties were named in the list of qualifying Texas counties.

Small, nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for up to $2 million.

Farming or ranching operations are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Those operations should contact the Farm Services Agency about the U. S. Department of Agriculture.

Compiled by Mason W. Canales

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