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The Bryan Rotary Club/Newman 10 Business Performance Awards, in cooperation with the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce, recognizes and honors successful small businesses for their achievements and for the significant impact they have on the local economy.
Established in 1994 by the Bryan Rotary Club and patterned after the Inc. 500 program, a company must be an independent, privately held corporation, proprietorship or partnership that has been in business at least five years. The business must be located in Brazos County, have had sales of more than $50,000 but less than $25 million in fiscal 2006, and show a five-year sales history with an increase from fiscal 2009-2010.
1. Republic Landscapes
Brandon Spears, landscape contractor
Number of Employees: 7
Sales Growth 2008 – 2010: 476.08%
Location: 1511 Texas Avenue, Suite 230 College Station; (979) 775.9999
“Be prepared to run lean and mean for as long as it takes. Treat it like a long-term investment, not just a job replacement.” – Brandon Spears, Republic Landscapes
July 14-19: Urban Cowboy: The Musical Saddles Up at Miller Outdoor Theatre
Theatre Under the Stars presents the Texas Premiere
Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) will present Urban Cowboy: The Musical from July 14-19, 2011. This Houston-inspired, Tony-nominated story will mark TUTS’ 44th summer of free musicals at Miller Outdoor Theatre (6000 Hermann Park Drive). Based on the smash hit Paramount film starring John Travolta and Debra Winger, Urban Cowboy: The Musical tells the story of Bud, a new breed of cowboy who's lookin' for love in the biggest honky-tonk in the world, and his rollercoaster romance with local cowgirl Sissy. Their courtship plays out among a Texas-sized setting including oil fields, trailer parks and the infamous Pasadena bar and dance hall Gilley’s. Urban Cowboy: The Musical features romance, big country-dance breaks, a trademark mechanical bull and a song list people have been humming for decades in their pick-up trucks. The hootenanny score rocks a jukebox of country music tunesmiths including Clint Black and Charles Daniels. Dashed throughout the production are some of the most iconic country songs made popular by Garth Brooks, Lee Ann Womack, the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson and Sara Evans.
Sales are up, new employees are being hired, and credit is available despite many local businesses feeling the nation isn’t out of the recession yet according to survey results from the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Day.
The Chamber unofficially conducted the survey during “Chamber Day” on May 25, during which approximately 100 volunteers hit the streets in small groups and visited 595 businesses during that one day. The survey was delivered in a verbal question and answer type format.
Known for serving only the freshest, handcrafted foods, brothers Nathan and Wade Barkman, owners of The Republic restaurant in College Station, knew they couldn’t just come out with any beer. “It had to be over the top; better than everybody,” says Nathan. In addition to being the only brewer in the Brazos Valley and the smallest in Texas, it appears that Nathan Barkman is also the only accomplished founder of a brewery inside a fine dining atmosphere. With no book to read, nothing on Wikipedia and no one to turn to with questions, Barkman has been learning as he goes.
A longtime home brewer, Barkman always knew he wanted to have a commercial brewery. One of his oldest brewing memories happened in his garage during college.
If three years ago someone had told Audrianne Doucet she would be where she is right now, she would have laughed. As senior women’s and gender studies major at Texas A&M University, Doucet already had a full plate. Now her bowl is overflowing as owner of the newly opened Bryan frozen yogurt shop Project: Yogurt. Her business model includes donating 10 percent of profits to a rotating list of local charities.
Originally, Doucet wanted to study abroad, but her father only offered to pay for half of the trip. Brainstorming how to earn the other half of the needed funds and inspired by being raised by an entrepreneur father, she decided she wanted to open her own business.
After a long day of work, soccer practice and cooking dinner, most parents crash out as soon as the kids are tucked in bed. For Brice Milliorn, that’s just when his “second job” begins. A financial advisor with Edward Jones by day, Milliorn is a mobile application developer by night. “As they say, don’t quit your day job,” he notes, estimating he puts in 20 hours a week on his hobby-cum-business that has generated more than 900,000 downloads to date.
Milliorn graduated from Texas A&M University in 2002 with an Agribusiness degree but no computer background. When Apple started allowing outsiders to develop and submit apps, he originally considered it but then dropped the idea assuming it was beyond his capabilities.
Who doesn’t love a scoop of chilly ice cream on a hot summer day? For more than a century, Blue Bell Creameries has been creating and serving the tastiest of frozen delights out of the little creamery just down the road in Brenham.
On a hot summer day in 1907, local Brenham farmers established the Brenham Creamery Company and began making butter from excess cream brought in by other area farmers.
Magazines drive web searches more than any other medium, more than double internet advertising and social media, according to a simultaneous media study reported on the Magazine Publishers of America website. Magazine Publisher’s? On the web? Yes, indeed.
Never mind the doomsayers who keep announcing that print is dead: magazine subscriptions and single copy sales are up over the past two years and women in the 19 to 35 age group account for most of the buyers.
While I prefer my magazines in the paper rather than the online format, I also want to be able to get more info instantly when I read about a new place to eat or shop or visit. Which is why beginning this month you can now scan the QR (Quick Response) codes in many of Insite’s advertisers with your smart phone for instant information about specific products or services. It’s also why I think you’ll love Insite Magazine’s new online format that lets you scan all the stories and click through to the ones you want to read at the moment, while also being able to click through to the menus and websites for all the Eats & Treats venues and advertisers.
The Bryan Rotary Club/Anco Insurance Award for Lifetime Business Achievement is given to a mature company that has a sustained history of success and respect in its industry and that has significantly contributed to the quality of life in the community through the years. Anco Insurance is the underwriter of this award. Insite was one of 15 companies nominated for the 2011 award. The following is an excerpt of information considered during the judging process.
Q. What is The Insite Group?
A. The Insite Group is the parent company of Insite Printing & Graphic Services and Brazos Valley Insite Magazine. Managing partners are Kyle and Renea DeWitt, Class of '87; and Greg and Angelique Gammon, Class of '81.
Q.When was Insite founded?
A.Insite Magazine was launched by the Gammons in April of 1984. In 1997, Insite Publishing merged with Lang Printing, which was owned at that time by the DeWitts, to create The Insite Group L.P.
When it comes to maintaining an oldtimey atmosphere, Calvert is still a pioneer town in the Brazos Valley. Located just 30 miles north on Hwy. 6 between Bryan/College Station and Waco, Calvert is a city dedicated to evoking the same of air of prosperity and Southern hospitality on which it was founded back in 1868. For folks who would like to step back to that time, complete with period costumes, the Calvert Chamber of Commerce has two events tailor made for you.
The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will host the exhibit “Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity” through August 11. This beautiful collection explores the art of making kente cloth, its symbolism in the cultures of Africa, and its expression of identity in African American communities.
The brightly colored, geometrically patterned cloth called kente, made by the Asante (uh SAHN tee) peoples of Ghana and the Ewe (AY vay) peoples of Ghana and Togo, is the best known of all African textiles.