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Karina Ramírez: Conference aimed at professional women set

Julie Hersh, author of Struck by Living, Elizabeth Lions, trainer, speaker and author of Recession Proof Yourself and Cindy Kleckner, registered and licensed dietician and author of Hypertension Cookbook for Dummies, will be the featured speakers at the Women in Commerce Fall 2012 Conference scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at Texas Woman’s University’s Hubbard Hall, 304 Administration Drive.  

The theme for the conference will be “Finding Your Center,” aimed to help professional women and chamber members gain practical application for work and life balance in addition to forming new relationships, according to a news release. The conference will also include an early holiday marketplace. 

Event title sponsors are Texas Woman’s University School of Management and Sally Beauty Supply, and perspective level sponsor is Bookkeeper Girl Inc.

The cost to attend, with registration, is $40 for Denton Chamber members and $50 for non-members, $20 for students with college identification and $350 for table sponsorships, or $60 at the door.

To register, visit

The Women in Commerce is a Denton Chamber of Commerce initiative that promotes and supports the professional development of women in order to strengthen and enhance the Denton business community. 

For more information, e-mail

Two weeks ago, a new precision sheet metal fabrication company opened an office in Denton.

Woodinville, Wash.-based NIC Global provides turn-key mechanical and electromechanical assembly, expert sheet metal fabrication and global sourcing of metal and plastic components.

“We provide products to great customers such as Philips, PACCAR [Kenworth & Peterbilt], Siemens, GE, Medtronic and Leviton to name a few,” said Walter Smart, recruiting and training manager representing the Washington/Tennessee/Ohio/Texas region in a Sept. 10 statement.

Smart said the Denton office is the first location for his company in the North Texas area. He is already looking to add another Denton location in hopes to “build a strong workforce to help us become a dependable and quality-driven supplier in the region.”

Once fully staffed, the company is expected to employ approximately 50 employees, Smart said.

The company is located at 2361 North Masch Branch Road, Suite 523.

In addition to Denton, the NIC Global has manufacturing facilities in Gallatin, Tenn., and Chillicothe, Ohio.

For more information, visit, an equity-based crowdfunding website is providing a challenge for small business owners.

Since the beginning of the month, the Miami-based firm has asked small businesses that are creating jobs across the country to sign up and participate in The Small Business Challenge contest. Participants can win up to $50,000 in cash and also get marketing resources to help grow their businesses.

Business owners need to submit their information to, demonstrating how winning the prize will help them create more employment opportunities, and gather 100 votes from their supporters through social media and e-mail campaigns.

Businesses with less than 100 employees, as well as entrepreneurs with startup ideas, are eligible to apply. The winner will receive $25,000 in cash and advertising support, while the second- and third-place winners will be awarded $15,000 and $10,000, respectively.

The submission, nomination and voting are under way and will continue through Oct. 31. After the voting period, 25 businesses will be selected to the next phase of the contest until winners are announced Nov. 9. Inc. is sponsoring the Small Business Challenge in conjunction with XM HM&M Radio as part of its efforts to raise awareness about Equity Based Crowdfunding, a practice legalized when the JOBS Act of 2012 was signed into law in April.

For more information, visit

With fall officially here, it seems the perfect time to offer a review of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 2013 edition.

Available at stores and online at, the booklet has long been a tradition among farmers who’ve used it to plant crops, pick up a few new recipes and sit back and enjoy the short and often funny tales.

In this year’s edition, the usual information ranges from dates for meteor showers in the coming year to predictions for weather across the U.S. — a popular part of the annual edition. This year, stories focus on 50 kitchen tricks and tips for saving time, 25 secrets for a hefty harvest, how to use common household items for minor aches and pains, relaxation techniques and more.

The almanac predicts North Texas will have a cooler, snowy winter followed by a cooler, wetter summer.

Other oddities in the edition include an explanation of all the hockey penalties, as well as definitions of what to call groups of animals, such as a kindle of kittens or a pod of seals.

So, on a fall day as the daylight time shortens and you’re wondering what to call a group of giraffes, the Farmer’s Almanac will offer the answer. (Answer: herd, corps or troop.)


Coming up

The Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce will play host to a morning coffee starting at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday at Lake Dallas Independent School District Central Services, 104 Swisher Road in Lake Dallas.

For more information, call 940-497-4039 or e-mail

The Lewisville Morning Rotary will sponsor a Back­stage BBQ Bash fundraiser during Lewisville Western Days from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the back lot of Repairs Unlimited, 124 N. Mill St. (corner of Church and Mill).

The event is the group’s single fundraiser to help gather funds to support area charities and organizations.

The bash will include barbecue from Chasin’ Tail BBQ, beer and beverages and an auction. The Josh Abbott Band is scheduled to play on the main stage that evening.

Cost is $50.

For more information, visit

Now through Oct. 22, PJ’s Party Supply & Rentals will sponsor the annual “Collecting Costumes for Charity” benefiting the D.C. Broncos organization.

Individuals can drop off clean, gently used costumes to the store located at 5800 N. Interstate 35, Suite 503. All costumes need to be complete, with accessories placed inside a zip-top plastic bag or pinned to the costume.

Store owner June Schiada said individuals who donate will receive a $10 off coupon with a purchase of $25 or more. 

For more information, call 940-384-7789.

Terry L. Clower, director of the Center for Economic Development and Research at the University of North Texas, will address the members of the Women Business Owners of Denton County at their monthly luncheon scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Oct. 2.

Clower’s presentation, “Economic and Demographic Projections for Denton,” will provide an overview of the economic forecast and growth for the Denton County area. Areas covered will include education, population projections, outlook of key industries and a review of major developments and projects.

Cost to attend is $20 for members and $25 for guests.

Deadline to register is Thursday at After Thursday, the cost will be $25 for members and $30 for guests.


Staff writer Dawn Cobb contributed to this report.

Karina Ramírez can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is