BEST Leadership Class Meets with Small Business Owners and Healthcare Professionals
The BEST Leadership Class met for its seventh monthly session at First National Bank community room in Smithville. Topics for the session were small business issues and healthcare services for the county. The class also participated in a facilitation planning exercise and took a mini-train tour to see local points of interest including a stop at Bone Spirits Distillery.
A panel of four business owners discussed “what small business owners need to know to avoid making big mistakes”. Panelists were Doug Berryann, owner of Doug’s Plumbing; Lisa Bargsley, owner of Sage Speaking LLC; Patti Winstanley, owner of Aztec Promotional Group; and Jeff Carter, Central Texas President for Prosperity Bank in Elgin, EDC board president & small business owner. The discussion was facilitated by Lee Harle, who is a facilitator for Harle Enterprises and owner of Bastrop River Company.
During the mini-train tour through downtown and residential areas, Smithville Chamber of Commerce Executive April Daniels served as tour guide giving insights to historic buildings and locations used for movie, commercial and video productions. The class also visited Bone Spirit Distillery to learn about the process and products of the company.
To prepare for the afternoon panel of healthcare professionals, the class divided into facilitation teams to compile questions about healthcare issues. The panel included Johnny Burns, CEO at Family Health Center of Bastrop; Rusty Wood, Operations Manager, Central Texas Division, Acadian Ambulance Services; and Jim Conditt, Director, Texas Area Health Education Center (AHEC) East, Capital Region. 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.
This year’s BEST Leadership Program began in September. The class of 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 Bastrop County. For information about submitting an application for the 2017-2018 BEST Leadership Program, contact the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce, 512-303-0558. BEST is the acronym for Bastrop-Elgin-Smithville-Texas.