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Judge Courtney Arkeen named 2015 ATHENA Award recipient

First Financial Bank presented the 2015 ATHENA award to 128th District Judge Courtney Arkeen during a breakfast held in her honor on Thursday, May 14, at the Brown Estate in Orange.

Judge Arkeen was appointed by former Gov. Rick Perry on April 13, 2011, ran unopposed and was elected as District Judge in 2012. She was the first female and first Republican Judge in Orange and surrounding counties.

Dollar General opens new store in Lumberton

Dollar General celebrated the opening of its new location at 1611 FM 3513 in Lumberton Saturday, May 16. The first 50 adult shoppers at the store received a $10 Dollar General gift card, and the first 200 shoppers received a Dollar General tote bag, among other giveaways.

Education First FCU breaks ground on $9 million headquarters

Education First Federal Credit Union is investing $9.1 million into a new administrative headquarters in Beaumont, an investment in the future of the company and in the Beaumont community, according to Education First President and CEO Jimmy Lackey.

Beaumont Chamber names new president

Regina Lindsey

Regina Lindsey has been named to succeed Jim Rich at the helm of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce. Lindsey was chief development officer and vice president of economic development for the Greenspoint District in Houston.

Nederland vet receives SBA award for Port Neches business

Brian Swindel and Beth Shapiro

Port Neches business owner Brian Swindel of Troop Industrial — a full line-stocking distributor of industrial fasteners, stud bolts, fittings, gaskets, and screws — received the Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year  award on Thursday, May 7, at the Small Business Awards at the JW Marriott, 5150 Westheimer Road, in Houston.

Winners are chosen by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce Volunteer Awards

Ivy Pate, Regional Vice President of Christus Health of Southeast Texas, receives the 29th annual ATHENA Award from Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce President Jim Rich and 2014 ATHENA Award winner Sheri Arnold.

The Beaumont Chamber of Commerce held its 2015 Volunteer and Member Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, May 14, at the Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza. The Business Journal was presenting sponsor of the event.

Many long-standing Chamber members were recognized, including some for more than a century of membership. Among those recognized for 112 years of membership included Claybar Kelly Watkins Funeral Home, ExxonMobil Refinery, Conn’s Inc., Centerpoint Energy, and Capital One Bank.

Beaumont/Port Arthur ranked No. 7 in Top 10 best places to start a business

Boulder, Colorado-based Grasshaven Outdoor sells canvas tepees, durable dinnerware and patterned picnic coolers — accessories for glamorous camping, or “glamping,” as founder Dawn Bitz calls it. Since she quit her corporate job to start the company in 2012, Bitz has been called the “Martha Stewart of camping” and the “camping style diva.” She got the idea for the business when she was planning a camping trip with her husband and kids but couldn’t find gear that was both stylish and functional.

Beaumont Foundation of America seeks applicants for Huntsman Scholarship

The Beaumont Foundation of America is seeking applicants for the Jon Huntsman Sr. Scholarship. The scholarship is for first-year students seeking an associate of applied science degree in process operating technology.

A good candidate for the scholarship will have financial need to attend college and be a first-generation college student. The committee may also consider class ranking, GPA, test scores, academic success, extracurricular activities and participation in leadership activities.

Masters of Hospitality gathering highlights economic benefits of travel industry

The Examiner Corporation, Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames, and businesses and organizations from throughout Southeast Texas joined forces Tuesday, May 5, to raise awareness regarding the importance of travel by participating in the Beaumont Bowl and Travel Rally at Crossroads Bowling Alley in Beaumont

LIT Utility Lineman Rodeo held in Silsbee

The Lamar Institute of Technology Utility Line Technology program held its annual Utility Lineman Rodeo Friday, May 8, at the Frank Robinson Center in Silsbee.