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BBB Serving Southeast Texas to hold anniversary event for past Torch Award winners on Feb. 8

The 20th annual BBB Serving Southeast Texas Torch Awards is set for Thursday, Feb. 22, at Ford Park. The event was rescheduled from its previous date in September due to Hurricane Harvey.

Dubbed “Light Up The Night With Torch,” this year’s event will honor 20 years of past winners including nonprofits, small and large businesses.

“The Torch Awards is our premiere programming to recognize businesses for ethics and what they’re doing in the local market,” said Liz Fredrichs, president of the BBB Serving Southeast Texas.

New Motiva CEO talks company growth, potential expansion into chemicals

Motiva Enterprise’s new president and CEO was keynote speaker at the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce’s 118th Annual Banquet.

Brian Coffman replaced Dan Romasko as CEO and as speaker at the banquet. Greater Port Arthur Chamber President Bill McCoy said the Chamber had originally scheduled Romasko to speak at the event before the announcement was made that Coffman was taking over as CEO of the company.

Dale Champagne announces retirement at Beaumont Chamber’s 115th Birthday Celebration

In addition to celebrating 115 years of advocating for and supporting the Beaumont business community and sharing plans for 2018, the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday, Jan. 24, that a familiar face at the Chamber would be retiring.

After more than seven years at the Beaumont Chamber, Sales Membership Director Dale Champagne, 58, has retired.

Texas Coffee Co. copes with loss, moves forward with optimism

When Carlo Busceme III died suddenly and unexpectedly last September, the question arose, “What now?” for the Texas Coffee Company.

Carlo had been president of the Beaumont business for more than 18 years when in 1999, his cousins Joseph F. Fertitta Jr. and Donald P. Fertitta took over management of the company founded in 1921 and famously known for its Seaport and TexJoy products.

Although Joseph had extensive business management experience and Donald had a background in industrial sales, Carlo conveyed a message to his two cousins when they arrived.

LSC-O President Dr. Michael Shahan to retire in August

After nearly 24 years as the head of Lamar State College – Orange, Dr. Mike Shahan announced his plans to retire. Shahan said he plans to stay through the end of the fiscal year, making his last day at LSC-O Aug. 31, 2018.

Shahan’s time in the Lamar family started in 1977 as a history teacher at the Port Arthur campus. He moved up in rank there over the years and eventually became the Vice President of Academic Affairs. In 1994, he was moved to the Orange campus to serve as interim president. Shortly afterward, his title became permanent.

The Grill's multiple options under one roof perfect for romance or larger functions

Tucked away on Calder Avenue, The Grill by Arfeen, Smith & Payne is a charmingly diverse setting for a restaurant. It is a combination of ideas and atmospheres that blend seamlessly, and yet every section is distinct in its attitude and ambience.

“We are in this little nook here; it’s hard to find,” said Perry Celeste, general manager of The Grill, though this writer would argue that the location adds to the personality of the restaurant.

Pompano Club now Benton’s Up Front

The Pompano Club is no more. Hurricane Harvey caused nearly a foot of water to flood the establishment and shut it down.

“The Pompano Club was a private dining club. You had to be a member to come eat or you had to be with a member. We had dancing. We had a live band that played. It used to be every night and then we dropped it down to Thursdays and Saturdays and then we dropped it down to Saturdays,” said Sean Schneider, who has worked for the Pompano Club for more than 23 years.

Times change, however, and so does clientele.

Shipley Do-Nuts moving from 11th Street to College Street

Shipley Do-Nuts, which has conducted business at 550 S. 11th St. in Beaumont for the past 22 years, will be moving to a new location, across from H-E-B and past Whataburger and MedExpress Urgent Care on the eastbound side of College Street. Borath Bin, who owns both the 11th Street location and the Shipley in Vidor, said the new 2,400-square-foot donut shop is scheduled to open in the fall and should employ 12-16 workers. Bin said the current location does not include enough parking space for his customers, and he also hopes to pick up more traffic on the busier College Street.

5Point Credit Union gives to ACS for cancer research grant

Nearly 40 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime. That is a personal statistic for many local residents, including Relay For Life team members at 5Point Credit Union who were recently recognized for their fundraising efforts for The American Cancer Society (ACS).

In 2017, 5Point Credit Union raised $515,000 for the fight against cancer, ranking as the highest fundraising team for ACS in the nation.

Texas Tri-Agency partners promote Texas Internship Challenge to connect education with careers

Texas’ Tri-Agency partners today met in Austin with industry and education stakeholders to discuss expansion strategies for the “Texas Internship Challenge,” a statewide campaign to increase and promote internships for students in Texas.