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Eyes on H-E-B: Expo on Friday is a home run for businesses and consumers

H-E-B chamber members Tom Hingst, Kim Mock, Darryl Day, Bill Ferguson at an earlier Expo.
H-E-B chamber members Tom Hingst, Kim Mock, Darryl Day, Bill Ferguson at an earlier Expo. Courtesy photo

Our fast-paced, busy lives typically mean we don’t have time to explore all the local businesses right in our own communities. Cure that problem by attending Expo on Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hurst Conference Center.

More than 90 exhibitors will have booths set up for you to see all kinds of products and learn about services offered by local companies. Under one roof, you can conveniently stop in to see your favorites or discover dozens of new ones.

Expo is uniquely blended to appeal to both the individual consumer and to local companies that desire to network with other companies. Exhibitors return year after year because they say Expo “is devoted to helping your business grow.” And attendance has grown each year because of the hundreds of consumers who also enjoy the event.

The H-E-B Chamber of Commerce and the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Economic Development Foundation host the event.

The event “is a great place to find out what goods and services are available in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford area, sample food from a variety of restaurants and network with business owners,” said chamber President Mary Frazior.

Attendees will stroll through the facility and visit with representatives from Wells Fargo, Bell Helicopter Textron, Charter Business, Forest Ridge Funeral Home, Holiday Inn, Minuteman Press, Big Frog Custom T-shirts and More, Workforce Solutions, North East Mall and Six Flags Over Texas, just to randomly name just a few.

Don’t miss the impressive display of beautiful cars from Novak Motors, and be sure to sample complimentary tastings from Miz G’s House of Pies, Texas Roadhouse, and Miguelito’s Mexican Restaurant. And for those thinking about tackling a few projects at the house, don’t forget to visit the home improvement aisle.

Admission is $10 per person ($5 with a Star-Telegram Press Pass). Purchase online in advance at www.HEB.org or at the door. Call the chamber office at 817-283-1521 with questions.

Euless calling all volunteers to help with hometown food bank

Generous folks from Euless Parks and Community Services are organizing volunteers to assist 6 Stones with its food bank.

The department’s employees and volunteers “are thrilled and honored to give back to our community by volunteering at the 6 Stones Missions Network,” said Jerry Poteet, special events and volunteer coordinator. “We trust that our volunteers’ efforts will go a long way to help those in need here in Euless and the H-E-B area.”

The agency’s New Hope Center serves about 300 people a week meeting emergency needs for food, clothing and other resources.

Suzanne Hendrickson, Euless recreation manager, said the hometown food bank project is an annual event, usually during spring break. “It’s a way to teach the importance of community service. In fact, kids from our own Spring Break Camp will be participating in the event.”

To sign up, contact Poteet at 817-685-1449 or jpoteet@eulesstx.gov. Learn more about the center at www.6stones.org/newhope, or contact Cody Bettis cbettis@6stones.org.

‘Shark Tank’ H-E-B Style

Students from the H-E-B Young Entrepreneurs Academy will take the stage to present their business plans before a panel of local leaders of industry and a public audience on March 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Buinger Center, 1849 Central Drive in Bedford.

Seven students in grades 8 through 12, dressed in their young professional best, will represent five businesses and social movements from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy and will have six minutes to pitch their business plans to a panel of prominent local members of the business community.

YEA is a yearlong class where students “develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors, and actually launch and run their own real, legal, fully formed companies and social movements.”

Craig Backus, program manager for YEA, described the investor panel event as “Shark Tank meets The Apprentice meets American Idol.” Backus said representatives from local companies will decide how much funds each student business or social movement will receive after the panel judges the merit of the presentations.

The student with the most compelling business presentation will have the opportunity to compete at the regional event in Phoenix on May 15.

One business group will advance to the YEA national scholarship competition and a chance to apply to be on the ABC television show Shark Tank. It will also win a trip to attend America’s Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C.

Investor panelists are: Chamber of Commerce Chairman Michael Land, school Superintendent Steve Chapman, YEA Chairman Michael Delgado, Debbie Paganelli from Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless Bedford, Steve Ward of Steve Ward Insurance and Alicia McGlinchey of the Hurst-Euless Bedford ISD Education Foundation. The emcee will be Michael Sherrod, the William M. Dickey Entrepreneur in Residence at TCU.

Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. Contact Backus at 817-600-5701. More details at goo.gl/uYfvKJ.

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