More than 70 representatives of businesses, industry and other organizations displayed samples of their products and services to a large crowd at the 25th Annual Business Expo Thursday at the Brownwood Coliseum.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the expo, which boasted representatives of services including financial, energy, health, home improvement and personal well-being.
One of the vendors at the expo, Linda Heitman, executive director of Brown County Home Solutions, asked those who stopped by her booth if they were familiar with the organization’s Legacy Village. The village is a community of “tiny homes” on the property of the former Avenue D Baptist Church in Brownwood and is intended to address the issue of homelessness.
Heitman said an “old-style barn raising” is planned for Sept. 21. The intent is to frame and side the village’s fifth tiny home in one day.
“Right now we are fund-raising to purchase the building supplies so we can have everything we need and get started on this fifth tiny home,” Heitman said.
“We have several contractors, and people can sign up to come and help. We’ll have all the supplies.”
Heitman said anyone who is interested in helping can call her at her office at 646-5939.
The organization has a new “text to give program,” Heitman said. Anyone who wants to donate for building supplies can text the word “legacy” and the number 5 to the phone number 44321, she said.
“And then you click the link to make your donation of any amount, and that will be used specifically for building supplies for the fifth tiny home,” Heitman said.
Plans are to eventually have 16 tiny homes. Three units are occupied, and a fourth unit is nearly complete.
“We’ve already selected our resident,” Heitman said. “He is a homeless veteran who has been helping to work on it.”
At the expo, Heitman said, she had two goals. “I’m letting people know about who we are and what our program is, and also about the fundraising for Unit 5 for the barn raising,” Heitman said.
She said her booth generated interest and donations from those who stopped to talk.