Chambers of commerce become involved in a multitude of activities that enhance the local business climate — directly or indirectly — in numerous ways. But few projects speak more directly to their mission than events such as the one the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will host Thursday at the Brownwood Coliseum.

Its 13th annual Business Showcase will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Several new features have been added this year, and those plans have been well-received. It will be a full house with dozens of booths reserved from a wide variety of businesses, many of them relatively new to the community. Visitors rarely go to this annual event without coming away having discovered a new product or service that has become available locally. That means shoppers will not need to travel miles from home to obtain it.

With the busy holiday shopping season only a few weeks away now, chamber members are using the showcase as an opportunity to remind Brown County residents not only of the vast selection available from local retailers, but also of the economic benefits buying goods and services locally generates. Not only do those purchases sustain and create jobs right here at home, but they also make it possible for local businesses to continue to support your favorite charities and organizations. Plus, the sales taxes collected remain at home to benefit hometown governments.

The theme of the showcase, and of the entire year for the Brownwood Chamber, is “Takin’ Care of Business.” A visit to the coliseum Thursday will be well worth the $2 price of admission. There will be a lot to see, and it’s a reminder to shoppers that there’s a lot of options when it comes to shopping locally.

Brownwood Bulletin