Resource center offers course in obtaining startup funds Tuesday

The Central Texas Business Resource Center will host a Bankrolling Your Business workshop from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at 300 Cheyenne Road, Killeen.

Attendees will learn about funding sources available for businesses, including grants, loans, and other sources, and how to qualify for the funding.

There is no cost to attend the workshop.

AAF-Central Texas hears from development groups, inducts new leaders

American Advertising Federation-Central Texas members will hear from Belton, Copperas Cove, Killeen and Temple economic development corporation representatives Friday at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton.

Representatives will talk about past, current and future projects and how they work to bring businesses to the area.

The group also will induct its 2014-2015 Board of Directors:

  • President: Margo Moreno
  • 1st Vice: Sherry Hoffpaiur
  • 2nd Vice: Kaylah Johnson
  • Treasurer: Russ Nelson
  • Chairperson: Andrea Howard
  • Board members: Krista Kasper and Tanida Mullen

Register by June 4 at

CenturyLink, community participate in national food drive in June

CenturyLink Inc. will hold its annual CenturyLink Backpack Buddies Feed the Children Food Drive starting Monday through June 13 at hundreds of company locations across the country.

As part of this effort, CenturyLink is inviting Killeen area community members to join employees in supporting the Killeen Food Center and the Nolanville Food Pantry.

Those who want to help support the drive can bring canned and dried foods to the CenturyLink Killeen store, 902 W. Central Texas Expressway.

The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation pledged to match donations made during the drive at $1 per pound of food up to 1 million pounds nationwide.

In 2013, the drive brought in 8.54 million pounds of food to 200 food banks across the country.

In the Killeen area, 10,058 pounds of food, to include monetary donations, food items, and the Foundation contribution, were collected to benefit the two centers.

Heights chamber ambassadors meet Wednesday morning

Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will meet from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at 552 East Farm-to-Market 2410 Suite B. The ambassadors are a group of chamber members who welcome businesses to the community and make sure the chamber is meeting the needs of its members.

Killeen chamber offers networking power hour

Sam’s Club will host the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce’s Networking Power Hour from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at 600 W. Central Texas Expressway.

The power hour is a program compared to speed dating for businesses. It is designed to introduce participants to 30 new business contacts in 60 minutes.

All participants will have the chance to introduce themselves, talk about their business and hand out marketing materials to other local professionals who are eager to form business connections.

The event is free for chamber investors, $10 for nonmembers, and refreshments will be provided.

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

Young professionals hold monthly social

The Greater Killeen Young Professionals will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Dirty Harry’s, 206 W. Veterans Memorial Blvd., Harker Heights.

The monthly social provides the area’s young professionals a chance to meet, network and form lasting personal and professional relationships. No RSVP is required, and the event is free for members and $5 for nonmembers.

Dirty Harry’s is the first smoke-free bar on Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Harker Heights.

There will be karaoke, food and drinks.

Harker Heights chamber vision class starts Friday

The Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce will hold its Vision XXI class Friday at the Harker Heights Activities Center, 400 Indian Trail.

Vision XXI is a class that teaches professionals, business owners and residents about the greater Central Texas area.

The class has already had enrollment and ends in August. To join a future Vision program, call the chamber at 254-699-4999.

Local Spherion Franchise owner earns annual award

Spherion Staffing Services, a recruiting, staffing and workforce solutions provider, honored Vicki Koon, owner of Spherion offices in Waco, Temple/Killeen, Corpus Christi, Pharr and McAllen as its 2014 Franchise Owner of the Year.

Koon also received a President’s Award, which is given to six owners who created consistent revenue and gross profit growth over the past three years.

Of these winners, one individual is recognized as the Owner of the Year. The award winner embodies the dedication to sales and customer service excellence that is critical to consistently build, maintain and advance profitable growth on a yearly basis.

“Business success at Spherion is built on hard work, discipline and dedication to our clients, our staff and our communities,” said Sandy Mazur, division president of Spherion.

“Vicki personifies this type of discipline and drive for consistent and profitable growth in today’s marketplace and is actively involved in every phase of her business operations.”

Koon has worked with Spherion for 34 years.

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

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