Commerce Chamber of Commerce

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Nicolas Henderson, Flickr, Creative Common

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says new members have joined the Chamber Board of Directors, and Velvete Womack has been elected the new chamber president.  Paul says the Chamber's website received 20,000 hits over the holidays, many from businesses around the country looking to relocate to Northeast Texas.  The website now features 174 photos from last fall's Bois D'Arc Bash, and photos from future events will also be made available.  The chamber's annual banquet is set for Thursday, March 3.

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Jennifer Morrow, Flickr, Creative Commons

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says, after many delays, the chamber is ready to install three LED message signs at strategic locations around the city.  The chamber raised more than $80,000 for the signs, which Voss says will help to keep citizens of Commerce much better informed about emergencies and regular events taking place in the city.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the theme of the Bois D'Arc Christmas Celebration in Commerce Saturday is "A Gingerbread Christmas."  The event begins at 2 p.m. on the downtown square and includes live music, vendors, Santa photos, children's movies and the annual Christmas parade at 7 p.m.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses plans for Small Business Saturday, November 28th, and for the Bois D'Arc Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 5th.  Also joining the conversation is Wyman Williams.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the city of Commerce should enforce codes on vacant downtown buildings.  Voss recently spoke to the City Council about the issue, and will go before the council again soon to discuss the situation.  He says, as an example, he was nearly hit in the head by a falling brick from a vacant building recently.

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Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, is one of the organizers of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce Health Fair at the A.C.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says National Night Out will be observed in front of the Commerce Police Department headquarters from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, October 6) and on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus.  The event allows citizens to meet members of the police department and for neighbors to meet each other.

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Paul Voss, the manager of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, says the 30th annual Bois D'Arc Bash in Commerce may be the biggest yet, with Hannah Kirby, star of "The Voice," scheduled to appear on Saturday night, September 26 on the square.  Paul says the Bash -- which celebrates the native bois d'arc tree -- was the brainchild of ET English professor Dr. Fred Tarpley, along with Jim Conrad, Jerry Lytle and Rick Vanderpool.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses the Commerce Police Department's CHAOS Kids summer program, in which children perform community service projects in the community.  About 35-40 children and young teens are refinishing park benches in downtown Commerce, and also helped to clean debris from the Fourth of July fireworks show that settled at the Oak Manor Nursing Home.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says Hannah Kirby of Sulphur Springs, who gained fame on the NBC television program "The Voice," will headline the annual Bois d' Arc Bash.  She'll perform on the downtown square Saturday night, September 26.  Paul says Polara Industries, a new local manufacturing company, is taking applications for employment at the Texas Workforce Commission office in Greenville.

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Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss announces plans for the Independence Day celebration, including a large fireworks display, on Friday at the Eddie Moore Sports Complex and Bicenntennial Park near the intersection of Highway 11 and Farm Road 3218.  Paul also discusses the recent ribbon cutting for a new attraction at the Northeast Texas Children's Museum.

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Northeast Texas Children's Museum

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says ribbon cuttings have taken place recently for the Dos Laredos Mexican restaurant and the Fine Finds antique and resale store in downtown Commerce, and a ribbon cutting in planned Sunday, June 28 for the new youth building at Cross Trails Cowboy Church west of Commerce off Highway 11.

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Northeast Texas Children's Museum

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses a new industry that will locate in Commerce, Polara Engineering of California.  Voss says Polara has been interviewing prospective employees.  He expects the company with employ 20-30 people in the first year of operation.  The company is an electronics manufacturing company that builds traffic control systems, among other products.  And Paul says the new LED message boards that will inform Commerce citizens about events in the community will be

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses the opening of the new Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center in Commerce.  An open house is planned for Sunday afternoon, and the facility on Highway 24 near the southern city limits of Commerce will be open for business on Monday.  Paul also discusses plans for a new amphitheater in downtown Commerce, near the current Farmers Market on Bonham Alley.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses plans for the "Bois D'Arc Spring Car Show" in downtown Commerce on Saturday.  Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the event will feature 40 or more classifications of cars.  And Paul discusses the very successful "Cleaner, Greener Bois D'Arc Capital" community-wide cleanup event that happened on April 11.

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