Heights chamber office closing for New Year’s

The Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce’s office is closed Monday and Tuesday for New Year’s.

Open enrollment is ongoing for Vision XXI, starting in February.

For more information, call (254) 699-4999.

— Deb Moore

BRC to offer four January workshops

The Central Texas Business Resource Center is offering the following workshops in January:

  • Business Q&A Forum: Creating A New Business, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Jan. 8. The free forum will assist entrepreneurs, potential entrepreneurs and business managers learn more about BRC and the available community resources available. Discussion will revolve around what it takes to develop a business concept into a successful business venture.
  • Being Your Own Boss, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 15, cost is $25 per person. This workshop will discuss the fundamentals of starting your own business and how to prepare for self-employment. It includes a review of licenses and permits along with a Q&A session.
  • Writing a Successful Business Plan, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 22, cost is $25 per person. This workshop will discuss specific techniques to use in order to write a persuasive business plan. A workbook for preparing a business plan is included.
  • Basics of Opening a Restaurant, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 29, cost is $25 per person. This workshop will discuss the fundamentals and requirements involved in starting a new restaurant business venture.

Reserve your seat at least one day in advance. Call (254) 200-2001 or email dianed@workforcelink.com

All classes are conducted at the Killeen Workforce Center, 300 Cheyenne, Killeen.

— Deb Moore

U.S. survey finds increase in e-reading

NEW YORK — The tastes of the reading public are turning digital.

A Pew Internet Research Center survey released Thursday found that the percentage of Americans aged 16 and older who read an e-book grew from 16 percent in 2011 to 23 percent this year. Readers of traditional books dropped from 72 percent to 67 percent. Overall, those reading books of any kind dropped from 78 percent to 75 percent, a shift Pew called statistically insignificant.

Those owning an e-book device or tablet jumped from 18 percent to 33 percent, with much of that increase coming from last year’s holiday season, when millions received Kindles, Nooks and other e-readers as gifts.

Awareness that libraries offer digital texts grew from 24 percent to 31 percent.

The telephone survey of 2,252 people aged 16 and older was conducted from Oct. 15 to Nov. 10.

— The Associated Press

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