Chamber Connection Newsletter


June 2016
Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
Ribbon Cuttings & Grand Openings
Aiken Tan Opens Location in Center


The Shelby County Chamber Ambassadors welcomed owner of Aiken Tan, Ben Burns, with a grand opening and new member ribbon cutting at their new location at 706 Southview Circle. Pam Phelps, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, introduced Burns to everyone present and he introduced family members present for the ribbon cutting including: wife, Shellie; niece, Emma; mother-in-law, Delma and her twin sister, Thelma; uncle, Benny Russell; son, Keaton; granddaughter, Skylar; and daughter Candice.
Burns stated, "What we have here is a tanning facility, it's all self-automated for a do it yourself tan." When the customer comes in and signs up with us we give them a six digit code for the door, which gives them 24-hour access to the facility and in the facility here we have three brand new 12-minute tanning beds."
Meg Camp, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador President, spoke on behalf of the Ambassadors and she stated the ambassadors are available to help share the news and she thanked Burns for expanding into the Center area.
For more information please 
contact them at 936-590-2338.

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or
Chamber Welcomes
Lulus Accesorios


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors welcomed Lulu's Accesorios owner, Maria Medrano, with a Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting in May. Lulus is located at 516 Shelbyville St. and is open Monday - Sunday
from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Pam Phelps, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, welcomed everyone, thanked them for attending and introduced them to owner, Maria Medrano. Acting as translators were Brenda Morales, Cline Family Medicine, and Rebeca Medrano, Maria Medrano's daughter.  Congratulations and best wishes for success were given.

On behalf of her mother, Medrano explained its been ten years since her mother began selling from a catalog and she had gotten to the point that a store front was necessary for her business, rather than her home, or having to take clothes to a location. She said, "It has been a dream of her mother to own a store location for a long time and it is a great accomplishment."
Meg Camp, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador President, welcomed Medrano and let her know the Ambassadors are ready and willing to help in any way they can.
For more information please contact them at 936-427-2017 or visit them on facebook.

Member News
General Shelters Celebrates 75,000th Building


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Board of Directors joined owner of General Shelters of Texas, James Campbell, and his family in celebrating the 75,000th manufactured building built at the Center, Texas plant. David Koonce, President/CEO of General Shelters, welcomed everyone in attendance and said "It's great to be in a community that's got so much support."

James Campbell & David Koonce
In 1973 James Campbell made a courageous decision to go into the mobile home business and after that didn't work out, he decided he'd build mobile offices and storage buildings and what you see here today is from that vision he had in 1973."
Koonce said Campbell can't be thanked enough for what he has done for the employees of General Shelters and the community. With an annual payroll of $3.4 million there are many who depend on General Shelters.

L to R: Shorty AGuilar,
 Terry Lunsford, David Ebank
Recognition was given by Koonce to his wife, Angela; brother-in-law, Rick Campbell; nephews Cameron McElroy and Colin McElroy. He also recognized the executive staff of General Shelters.
"We couldn't do it without accounting staff, builders, plant managers. All of y'all have all contributed to the success of us completing our 75,000th building. We've got several key employees that have been here with us for over 35 years, I'd like to mention them. We've got David Eubank, whose been here nearly 38 years, Shorty Aguilar nearly 38 years, and Terry Lunsford 35 years," said Koonce.

Jim Sawyer & James Campbell
Jim Sawyer, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce President, presented a plaque to James Campbell commemorating the 75000th building built by General Shelters of Texas.
"On behalf of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, thank you all for coming today. We have a plaque for you, David and the Campbell Family, for General Shelters of Texas and 75,000 buildings. Congratulations to all of you, and we thank you for the work you do in this community and what you mean to this community, especially you Mr. Campbell, everyone in this room thanks you all," said Sawyer.
For more information contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 598.3682 or see their facebook page.
Chamber Event
Chamber's Inaugural Golf Classic
Tournament brings prize for a
Hole in One
The Shelby County  Chamber of Commerce Inaugural Golf Classic, presented by Shelby Savings Bank, will be held on Monday, June 6 at the Center Country Club located on Hwy 96 N.

The golf classic will be an excellent opportunity to network and fellowship in a relaxed atmosphere with fellow Chamber members and potential business associates.  The outing is a way to market your business or organization as well as treat a client or customer to a great day of golf.

Tee time will be 12:30 p.m. with a four-person scramble format.  Registration fee is $500 for a four man team or $125 for individual with lunch and beverages served.  If registering as a individual you will be placed with others.  Click here for entry registration form.

Gold sponsors for the event are Texas Quick Care and Hope Medical and the Award sponsor is
State Representative Chris Paddie.

For more information please contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682 or email to


Member News
New Changes at  
The Little Fox Marketplace
The Little Fox Marketplace owners, Ben and Tracie Galindo, have announced new changes for their store. This spring, they added a selection of their products on Amazon. Listings on the marketplace as well as their shops on Etsy and Big Commerce have allowed their customers -- both local and national -- to shop online as well as in the store.
Several vendors were added and they blended with their existing vendors and artisans - all supplying a constantly changing inventory of unique boutique, art, and hand-crafted items.
The T-shirt Shop has expanded. They specialize in medium to large orders including businesses, teams, schools, and family reunions. Designs are available using custom artwork, logo, or pictures, as well as stock images.
This Summer, they will renovate and improve the front of their building to conform to the Main Street Project vision. They will focus on the brick, awning, and windows. As they endeavor to support local businesses, they welcome local contractors to make suggestions and provide estimates at As the exterior of the store is transformed, they will also be making several changes on the inside.
In order to make all of these changes and keep their customers safe in the process, they will be closed temporarily beginning June 1st. During this time, their online stores will still be available. T-shirt orders may also be made by leaving a phone message or by contacting them via e-mail or Facebook.
The Galindo family thanks all of their customers that have been with them during the exciting first three years. They welcome  comments and suggestions via email. Updates on the renovation projects will be provided on their Facebook page. They look forward to showing all of the improvements in person in late summer.
For more information please contact them at 936-590-4422, e-mail at or visit their facebook page. For online shopping go to &
Submitted by Tracie Galindo


Member News
The Imaging Center of Shelby County
Offers MRI Services
The Imaging Center of Shelby County, next to the Center Emergency Department located at Hwy 96 S and Loop 500 announces MRI services are now available at the Center location.

Please call 936.568.3450 to schedule an appointment.

Submitted by: Raegan Best, MBA
Manager, Corporate and Community Relations
Nacogdoches Medical Center
4920 N.E. Stallings Dr. Nacogdoches, TX  75965
Junior Chamber Corner
Center Middle School 
 Junior Chamber of Commerce
Helps with F. L. Moffett Field Days

Center Middle School's Junior Chamber of Commerce members and school sponsor, Gladys Andrews, spent two days helping out the staff during F. L. Moffett Field Days. 


JCC members were very busy at various stations set up for the students' participation.  This is one of the JCC members favorite events during the school year.  The eighth graders enjoy the day as much as the Pre-K and Kindergarten students.

More Photos

For more information on the Chamber of Commerce JCC program please contact the Chamber 


First Responders' Appreciation Lunch
First Responders Appreciation Lunch
Presented by McAdams Propane


Center Independent School District and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors hosted the First Responders Appreciation Lunch, presented by McAdams Propane,  on May 25 at the Windham Civic Center.

First Responders, including police officers, department of public safety officers, constables, Sheriff Deputies, firemen, medics, Game Wardens and law enforcement officials were the honored guests.


Public servants and peace officers carry a responsibility for maintaining order, enforcing the law and protecting the lives and property of our citizens.   Often, service involves personal sacrifices and even personal danger.


The appreciation lunch recognizes the contribution law enforcement makes to the community. Sponsoring the event were Specter, Inc., Raymond Construction and Spartan Structures.

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or
Photos courtesy of The Light & Champion 
Member News
 Shelby County Cruisers
Car Show Slated for Saturday, June 25


  Proceeds help support area high school scholarship funds. 

For more information please call:

Visit their  FACEBOOK or email at
Member Spotlight
Chicken Express
Opens in Center

Chicken Express owners, Steve and Selena Windham, opened their doors and had a record day of sales.  They have been open now for over 30 days and still have a steady stream of customers.  Their employees are fast and efficient 

and expedite orders quickly.


Chicken Express is located at 323 Tenaha St. and are open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.  They have a selection of items on the menu from fish, chicken, chicken tenders and hot wings.  They have several sides including fried pickles, cheese sticks and corn nuggets. With their single servings for one to family size orders, which can accommodate any size family, and a catering service that can feed a small army,  Chicken Express  works to meet the needs of the customer.

For more information or to place an order contact them at 936-598-9100.  Go to for a complete menu.

Mission Statement


Mission Statement


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is organized to promote and advance economic enrichment and development, tourism, and the social and civic interest of Shelby County and adjoining areas.     



Chamber News

Wayfinding Maps at Chamber Office

The Tourism Committee of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the publication of a Wayfinding Map for Center.  The map highlights points of interest and hotels/motels in the area.  The Chamber has distributed them to high traffic traveler locations according to Tourism Chairman, Andi Foster.   


For more information or to get maps please
 contact the Chamber office
 at 936-598-3682 or email
To view map click here.


Chamber News
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce wants to keep its members connected to clients, customers and contacts by linking  websites or facebook pages via the Chamber website, E-newsletter and all social media.
Please take a moment to check the member listing on the Chamber website and provide the Chamber with any changes that need to be made or if a website is now available please send link to
Need Your News

Need Your News 


As a chamber member you can submit articles for the monthly Chamber e-newsletter or the Chamber Chatter e-blast.  Chamber Chatter is sent throughout each month as news is received. 


Did your company or someone in your company receive an award?  Do you have news you would like to share with other members?  Have helpful tips to pass along to the membership?  If you do email 


Articles can be submitted through out the month to be included in the newsletter.  The Chamber also invites you to friend Shelby County Chamber on Facebook where you can send us your announcements as well.

Chamber Connection
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For Your Information
For the month of May the Chamber office fielded 143 inquires  by telephone, correspondence, email and in person. 86 local calls, 28 out-of-town calls, 7 special event, 1 emails and correspondence, 21 in office visitors for brochures, maps, phone books and tours, 1,706 website visits and 4,179 page views.
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events 

Chamber Golf Classic
Monday, June 6
Center Country Club
1:30 p.m.
Presented by:
Shelby Savings Bank

Re-Location Ribbon Cutting

Austin Finance
Thursday, June 9
10:00 a.m.
854 Hurst St. Ste. 110

 Chamber Board Meeting
Monday, June 13
Windham Civic Center
Sponsored by:
Morrison Insurance

Shelby County Cruisers
Spring Fling Car Show
Saturday, June 25
Wulf Center Parking Lot
10:00 a.m. til 2:00 p.m.

Timpson Frontier Days
Thursday, June 30
Runs through
Sunday, July 3
Downtown Timpson




New Members
Children's Dental Clinic
128 Nacogdoches St.
Center, Texas
Thomas Youngblood, DDS


 Members Renewing Their Investment
Classic Nails
National Bank

Lake Country Inn




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Center, Texas 75935


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