April CERRG Leadership Class

The CERRG Leadership Class met for its seventh monthly session in the Roof Garden at the Connellee Hotel in Eastland. Topics for the session were small business issues and healthcare services for the county. The class also participated in a facilitation planning exercise and walking tour of downtown Eastland.

A panel of three small business owners and a senior consultant from the Texas Tech Small Business Development Center discussed “what small business owners need to know to avoid making big mistakes”. Panelists were SBDC Consultant Richard O’Shields; Sarah Sellers, owner of Marcia’s Creations in Cisco; Sam Williams, owner of Big S Company in Eastland and also a member of the CERRG Leadership class; and Dale Waddle, owner of Ranger Meat Company. The discussion was facilitated by Lee Harle, who is a facilitator for Harle Enterprises and also a small business owner, Bastrop River Company in Bastrop Texas.

As the class took a short walking tour through downtown Eastland, class member Carla Bradford gave an impromptu explanation of the history of buildings around the courthouse and pointed out opportunities for developing new businesses in locations around the square. The class visited H.V. O’Brien at the Eastland Telegram office to get a history lesson on Old Rip and take the “Old Rip Oath”.

To prepare for the afternoon panel of healthcare professionals, the class divided into facilitation teams to compile questions about healthcare issues. The panel included Veronica Aguirre with Big Country Area Health Education Center and Ted Matthews, Michele Cathey and Gena McCormick from Eastland Memorial Hospital. Class members asked questions of the panel to get a better understanding of the services, funding sources, state and federal programs, and staffing that make it possible to provide quality healthcare in the county.

The CERRG Leadership Program began in September. The class of young professionals from throughout the county meets one day a month for eight months. The final session is in May. The purpose of the county-wide program is to develop motivated, skilled and effective leaders who will contribute to the future growth and direction of Eastland County. For information about submitting an application for the 2017-2018 CERRG Leadership Program, contact the Eastland Chamber of Commerce office 254-629-2332. CERRG is the acronym for Cisco-Eastland-Ranger-Rising Star-Gorman.