It was the usual exchange of business cards and ideas, welcoming new members and receiving door prizes at this month’s Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce Business After-Hours Mixer on Jan. 10 at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen.

However, this mixer was set apart by the sharing of new and informative information from the world of technology courtesy of Keith Turner, Crawford-Bowers marketing manager.

He said technology is now infiltrating the funeral business via a new tool of the trade piloted in Killeen, Copperas Cove and Waco.

“Families who hold visitations can now use an electronic registration book,” Turner said, explaining that when a guest signs the book, it automatically sends a “thank you” email to the guest on behalf of the family. In addition, families get cards with their name and address already prepared for people they invite to the visitation.

Four new chamber members were introduced at the meeting, including Sidney Blevins of JP Credit Repair.

“It just took two meetings to convince me that I needed to join the chamber,” Blevins said. “I could clearly see opportunities to increase my name recognition and business. I’ve been warmly welcomed by these people.”

Robert Burns, campus instructional specialist at Eastern Hills Middle School, invited business leaders to participate as a college or career representative at the 2013 Killeen school district Career Expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the new KISD Career Center, 1320 Stagecoach Drive, Killeen.

“This is our first time to try this approach, but we think it will be easier on the business community because the kids will be brought to one central location,” Burns said.

The next After-Hours Mixer will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at Armed Services YMCA, 100 E. Beeline Drive.

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