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Women Business Owners of Denton County met Tuesday at Los Toreros Restaurant. Board members are, from left: events chairwoman Laura Valerius of Just Between Friends, promotions chairwoman Wendy LeSage of Your New Neighborhood, membership chairwoman Molly Chance of Keller Williams Realty, facilities chairwoman Mardi Allen of Allen Coaching and Training, secretary Kathy Haenszel of AIA Insurance, and president Marjorie Diephouse of Marlandale LLC.
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Business women tackle challenge of speedy intro talks

If you think writing, memorizing and then presenting a 90-second elevator speech does the work when introducing yourself to others, try an improvised 60-second one.

Some members struggled and others knew exactly what to say during the Women Business Owners of Denton County’s first meeting of the year, held last week at Los Toreros Restaurant.

The Tuesday morning meeting drew nearly 30 women, whose businesses included graphic arts, writing, personal training, insurance, law and bookkeeping.

During the meeting, prize baskets were won by Jody Friberg of A Step Back in Time Carriage Service and Carmen Rivera-Worley, who recently stepped down as judge for the 16th District Court. The baskets contained movie tickets, books and other treats donated by Laura Valerius of Denton’s Just Between Friends, a children’s and maternity consignment sale. Valerius also hosted the networking meeting.

A group of women business owners started WBODC in 2004. WBODC regularly hosts Business Empowerment Training (BET) groups, which act as a sounding board for members.

For more information, visit http://wbodc.org.


DATCU now has a Junior Board of Directors.

Officials with the nonprofit credit union wanted to help local students develop leadership skills, share insight about the financial industry, and promote community service and volunteerism, according to a recent news release.

The junior board is made up of students nominated and selected by administrators from Denton, Guyer and Ryan high schools and Liberty Christian School.

For more information, visit www.datcu.org.


Academy Ltd. purchased a 7-acre land parcel within the Highlands Plaza development in Flower Mound, officials with Venture Commercial said. The company plans to open a new Academy Sports and Outdoors in the center, at FM407 and Chinn Chapel Road across from the Shops at Highland Village.

Highlands Plaza is being developed by Dallas-based Hermansen Land Development Inc. A small shop and Academy Sports are under construction and will be completed this fall.

Easley Waggoner Jr. of Venture Commercial, along with Lee Loftis of SRS Real Estate Partners and Frank Bullock, represented the seller. Ken and Scott Espensen of Espensen Commercial Realty represented the buyer, the release stated.


The city of Denton issued the following certificates of occupancy in January:

* Creative Assembly Systems, wholesale distribution fasteners, 2321 N. Masch Branch Road, No. 366

* Vacant/Shell, 4234 N. Interstate 35

* Hooters, restaurant, 985 S. I-35E


It is four days before Valentine’s Day. Do you know what you’re getting your loved one?

In its 2013 Valentine’s Day survey, the National Retail Federation found that consumers are giving a mix of traditional and nontraditional Valentine’s gifts. Just over half will buy candy, spending a total of $1.6 billion, while 36.6 percent plan to give flowers, spending a total of $1.9 billion.

The survey also found that 19.7 percent plan to spend on jewelry, followed by 15.6 percent buying clothing. Fifteen percent of gift givers plan to buy gift cards for loved ones, totaling $1.5 billion.

Pollster BIGinsight surveyed 5,815 consumers during Jan. 2-9. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.3 percentage points.



Carlos Montes, a senior master technician specializing in diesel repair with Denton’s Bill Utter Ford, recently won the 2012 Professional Technician Society Performance Challenge held by the Ford Motor Co.

Montes won a four-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Mich.

Montes joined Bill Utter Ford in May 2010.

Jeff Johnson, another technician at Bill Utter Ford, placed seventh in the Dallas region in the contest.

Bill Utter Ford is a family-owned and operated dealership at 4901 S. Interstate 35E.


Bill Doranski with Allstate announced his insurance agency recently celebrated 35 years of service.

Doranski began his career at Sears when it was located on University Drive, according to a news release. His son, Michael Doranski, is now a third-generation agent working with Doranski Insurance Agency.

Bill Doranski’s involvement in the community has included past terms as president of Denton Jaycees and board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters, according to the news release. He is a member of the Denton Kiwanis Club, and he graduated from the Leadership Denton program in 1988.

Doranski Insurance Agency is located at 2000 Denison St., Suite A. For more information, call 940-387-6289.


Coming up

Thad Finley of Hammerle Finley law firm will address attendees of the North Central Texas College Small Business Development Center during their monthly business breakfast meeting at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Denton Chamber of Commerce, 414 Parkway St.

Finley will discuss American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and how the latest decisions on Capitol Hill may impact businesses. For more information, call 940-380-1849 or visit www.nctc.edu/sbdc.


The Women’s Division of the Lewisville Chamber of Commerce will host a networking lunch at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at 2300 Highland Village Road, Suite 900, in Highland Village.

Cost is $30 for chamber members and $35 for potential members. For more information, call 972-436-9571 or info@lewisvillechamber.org.


Certified tax coach and tax strategist John Pollock will get members thinking and talking about their taxes at the next Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce meeting, at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Oakmont Country Club, 1901 Oakmont Drive in Corinth.

Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. For more information, e-mail melissa@lakecitieschamber.com.


The Denton League of United Latin American Citizens Council 4366 will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Ave. For more information, visit www.dentonlulac.com.

KARINA RAMíREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is kramirez@dentonrc.com.

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