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104 E Industrial Blvd Early, Texas 76802 (325) 649-9317
Ribbon Cuttings
Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Foundation provides immediate, as well as, long term resources and support to individuals sustaining a catastrophic spinal cord injury through activities associated with high school football. On November 2, 2001, Chris Canales, a senior defensive back playing for San Marcos Baptist Academy, sustained a spinal cord injury during the fourth quarter of his final regular season game. Chris lay motionless on the field for 19 minutes. The next three weeks, Chris fought for his life. The following months he battled through rehabilitation trying to gain movement and learning how to function as a quadriplegic. Chris’ injury and the lack of any organized support system for families prompted his father, Eddie Canales, the Canales family, and former coach Mike Kipp to begin discussions about the desperate need for an organization for families who were forced to deal with the consequences of this devastating injury. In November of 2002, Chris and Eddie were in attendance at the Texas 3A State Championship football game in the Alamodome, in San Antonio. There they witnessed another spinal cord injury. This time it was Everman defensive back, Corey Fulbright. Chris turned to his Dad and said, “We need to go and help them. I know what he (Corey) is going to go through, and you know what the family will have to go through.” Inspired by the compassion of Chris, Eddie and Mike Kipp formed Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Foundation. Articles of Incorporation were filed in February of 2003, and a 501(C) 3 Tax exempt status was obtained in May of the same year. Through a grant written by Eddie & his dad, Coach Robert M. Canales, funds received helped kick-off its first year. Pictured above are Chris and Eddie Canales, Ronald Oswalt and members of the Early and Brownwood Chambers of Commerce.
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Ribbon Cutting held for Edward Jones, Financial Advisor, Zane Barnes. Edward Jones is located at 500 Early Blvd. Come see Zane for all you investing and retirement planning! As an Edward Jones financial advisor, I believe it’s important to invest my time to understand what you’re working toward before you invest your money. It’s also important to understand the level of risk you’re comfortable accepting when investing so we can balance it with the steps necessary to reach your long-term goals.
Whether you’re planning for retirement, saving for college for children or grandchildren, or just trying to protect the financial future of the ones you care for the most, we can work together to develop specific strategies to help you achieve your goals. We can also monitor your progress to help make sure you stay on track or determine if any adjustments need to be made. Throughout it all, we’re dedicated to providing you top-notch client service. Pictured below are Zane Barnes, Financial Advisor and Laura Hines, Senior Branch Office Administrator along with Board and Ambassador members of the Early Chamber of Commerce.
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Business Of The Month, Newsworthy
 Brian and Moira McCue are the owners of Spirit of Texas Winery. They were married right after college. Within that first year of marriage, Moira started teaching and they had their first son, Ben. About 4 years later their second son Conrad was born. Moira taught for over 30 years in several different districts throughout the state of Texas. Brian’s work led them from Houston, to Lubbock and finally to Round Rock. After working for more than 30 years apart, they decided to work together. In 2016, Moira retired from teaching and Brian left the credit union industry. Together, they decided to pursue a business in something they loved, wine. They looked all over the state for a location or to purchase an existing winery. When they saw the property in Early, TX, they knew they had found the right place! It’s right on the highway and the only winery in Brown County. Their tag line is ‘Come Relax & UnWINEd with Us!’ 
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Business Of The Month, Newsworthy
The Early Chamber of Commerce congratulates Bruner Auto Group for being named Large Business of the Month for August 2017.   Bruner Auto Group is your trusted Buick, Chevrolet, GMC dealership in Early and the reason why loyal customers keep coming back. From the time you enter their showroom when you service with us, you can expect to be treated like family, each and every visit. Bruner  offers an extensive inventory, as well as competitive lease specials, finance options and expert auto service. They are dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and being an integral part of the community. 
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Chamber Donations/Sponsorships, Monthly Lunch and Learns, Newsworthy
There has never been a better time to be prepared for an active shooter than now. Chief Mercer has presented on active shooter and workplace violence awareness at different venues across the state.     It is eerily uncommon to come across organizations that have active shooter response plans in their emergency management protocol. We are all typically given instruction on what to do in case of a fire, tornado, snow storm, and maybe even an earthquake among other emergencies; however, how many of us can say that we are confident in knowing what to do in the case of an active shooter?   Active shooter response has become, unfortunately, a necessary evil in today’s society. It is imperative that organizations know what to do if this very dangerous and rapidly evolving incident were to transpire.  Law enforcement officers and agencies are frequently requested by schools, businesses, and community members for direction and presentations on what they should do if confronted with an active shooter event. The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by ALERRT in 2004, provides strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event.  Make plans to attend this important educational session. Tickets are only $12!  The luncheon will be held at The Early Chamber of Commerce located at 104 E Industrial from 11:30am to 1:00pm.     Register Now
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Ambassador of the Month
Jennifer Furry was selected as July’s Ambassador of the month.  The Early Chamber of Commerce staff expressed their appreciation of the volunteer work that ambassadors do and for the support they give to the community. Jennifer is a graduate of Blanket High School and received her LVN license from Ranger College in Early. She was born and raised in this area and loves being a part of our community. Jennifer currently works in administration for CMS Health Care located here in Early. Through CMS Health Care she has been able to be a big part of the Early Chamber and our many activities. Jennifer states “The people in Early are very fun and easy going and a Blessing to work with.”  Thank you Jennifer for all you do for our community!
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Business Of The Month
Congratulations Victory Life Church for being selected as non-profit Business of the Month for June. Victory Life Church is committed to building healthy churches full of people who love God, love people, and serve both. Their mission is simply this: build healthy churches that are growing people in Christ.
They believe people grow when they are connected to a local community where they worship and serve God together.
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Business Of The Month
CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. PEPPER IN BROWNWOOD FOR BEING NAMED JUNE LARGE BUSINESS OF THE MONTH! A pharmacist named Charles Alderton created Dr Pepper in 1885. Alderton worked at a drugstore in Waco, Texas, owned by Wade Morrison. Legend has it that Morrison named it “Dr. Pepper” after the father of a young girl he was once in love with. Dr Pepper was created in Waco, Texas, in 1885 and, as such, is the oldest major soft drink brand in America.
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