Chamber Radio for the week of Dec. 12

On The Air

In this week’s Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce internet radio business show, Tom Mullins with the Tyler Economic Development Council looks back on all the new businesses which have moved to the Tyler area and a look ahead to next year’s projected job growth. You can listen to all the details online at

“You’re in good hands with Allstate” and Flint, Texas, Allstate exclusive agent, Melissa Workman, wants to help East Texans find the solutions to their insurance needs. Workman said, “When you want to explore options for protecting your home, personal property, or financial future, I’m available to answer your questions. Insurance for your home, your car, and your life needs to be analyzed to make sure you get the very best coverage according to your budget.” Insurance is a very complex and often confusing to most people. Workman says she reviews her clients’ coverage on a regular basis to make necessary adjustments to fit her clients’ changing needs. You can learn more about the Melissa Workman Agency with Allstate Insurance online at and click on “Find An Agent” in Flint, Texas, or call 903-592-2222.

Taabs Ink is celebrating 37 years of service to Tyler area businesses. Bill Ellman, President, said, “We are a one-stop solution for startups and existing companies for all their branding needs, but we want to emphasize our core service and that’s printing. We just purchased two digital presses which are the highest state of the art machines that you can get.” He went on to say that this printing investment adds to all the critical services which Taabs Ink provides for companies to “brand their identity.” Ellman also emphasized new “high tech” promotional items which he recommends for businesses to give to their clients, like a solar power cell phone charger, or a “blue tooth item finder” which is connected to a cell phone. You can learn more online at or call 903-535-9911.

Zion Gear Company carries products that are “essentials for life & recreation”. Owner, Adam Thurmon, said, “It’s just common sense to have a few days of food and water stored which always gives peace of mind during power outages which can empty grocery stores and can even shut down city water supplies.” Zion Gear features the latest water filtration system for the home which can sit on a kitchen countertop and provide 6,000 gallons of highly purified water. It also carries a wide variety of dehydrated and freeze-dried storage foods for long term emergency preparedness. Zion Gear also has solar generators and associated products. Zion Gear is located in Lindale at 2533 S. Main, just north of the I-20 overpass on Hwy 69, adjacent to the restaurant, The Catch. You can learn more online at or call 903-881-5131.

The East Texas Communities Foundation is already planning for next year’s East Texas Giving Day, a day when East Texans can donate online to their favorite area charity. Kyle Penny, President of ETCF, said, “This past May, we brought in nearly $500,000 for area charitable organizations, which took place in a 24 hour period. We learned a lot of how to make this coming Giving Day, on April 25, even bigger and better.” The 2017 Giving Day kickoff is this week on December 13 at the Tyler Civic Theater from 2 to 4 p.m. Penny said, “You will learn about the new Giving Day marketing toolkit and also hear success stories from fellow non-protits.” You can learn more online at or call 903-533-0208.

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