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Texas REALTOR® To Watch

Virginia Ann PrazakSeven Texas REALTORS ® under the age of 40 were recently named REALTORS ® to Watch and were recognized for their excellence in leadership, community involvement, and sales in 2020, by the Texas REALTORS ® Young Professionals Network (YPN). Their accomplishments were honored on September 1, through a virtual celebration. Texarkana’s very own, Virginia Ann Prazak, of ERA Raffaelli Realtors was among the celebrated honorees. … For decades, Virginia Ann’s family has been deeply entrenched in the real estate business of Texarkana.

World Class Education

…we have a world class education network unheard of in a community our size. Texarkana has quietly become an exceptional college town.” —AR-TX REDI President & CEO, Rob Sitterley … Today, we exist in a paradigm of disruptive change brought upon by the world being more connected than ever.

Donnie Kelley

National Black Business Month Spotlight … Donnie Kelley … Elite Sports Training … Give a brief description of your business. … Elite Sports Training Program was designed to get the best out of the student-athlete to maximize their full athletic ability. … What is your company’s mission? … Elite’s mission is to give every kid an opportunity to get extra work and life lessons, and to give them premium training, at a price their parents don’t have to struggle to pay. … Why did you go into business for yourself?


Margaret Chisolm

National Black Business Month SpotlightMargaret Chisolm … Eye Envy Lash Bar … How did you get into the industry? … It all started while playing with my dolls’ hair as a little girl. Then, at 13, I did my friend’s hair. To my surprise, she gave me $20 for my service. It was then I knew I was at the first pivotal point in my newly found career. To actually have the ability to change an individual’s appearance and mental being simultaneously is incredibly awesome. Needless to say, I found my niche. As a result, I’m in my own creative space… Eye Envy!

Derrick McGary

National Black Business Month SpotlightDerrick McGary … Derrick McGary State Farm Insurance … Give a brief description of your business. … Derrick McGary State Farm provides insurance and financial services to help customers protect and grow their assets. We offer several insurance products such as auto, home, life, short- and long-term disability, and many more. Altogether, we offer over 100 products and services. … What is your company’s mission? … The State Farm mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams.

Monica Kelley

National Black Business Month SpotlightMonica Kelley … Snazzy Chics Boutique … Coldwell Banker Elite … Why did you go into business for yourself? … My daddy started his business when he left home at 12 years old. He was self-employed until he passed two years ago. I am a daddy’s girl. I have always wanted to be a full-time entrepreneur like my daddy. I knew exactly what I wanted to do, but timing is everything.

Charkeitha Washington

National Black Business Month SpotlightCharkeitha Washington … The Cookie Lady … Give us a brief description of your business and your company’s mission. … To be fully honest, my business is a reflection of who I am as a loving, God fearing woman. Baking has always been my pastime, and to share it with the world is my goal. The mission of my company is simply to put some love and sweetness back into the community and encourage our youth to be young entrepreneurs.

Sharmonique Johnson

National Black Business Month SpotlightSharmonique Johnson … Eden's Professional Cleaning … Give a brief description of your business. … Building and reconstruction projects are dirty work. When the construction is done, well... there’s a lot of dust and dirt and mess.

When The Markets Go Crazy

Kale Magness shares financial advice with Texarkana Monthly. … Right from the start, 2020 picked up right where 2019 left off. It appeared as if we would see a continuation of this unprecedented bull market. All indications pointed towards another good year for equities, maybe not as robust as 2019, but a good market for equities nonetheless. The economy was booming, record low unemployment, maximum employment with more jobs available than workers, a promising trade deal with China, a presidential election year, along with other very positive economic news and no recession in sight.

Community Relief

It’s like nothing business owners and operators have ever faced. … One week, we are amid an unprecedented boom, all cylinders running. The next week, stores and manufacturing plants shuttered and employees laid off. The coronavirus pandemic has shaken the world of commerce to its core. … Rallying to help local businesses recover, the Texarkana Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation was created. The Texarkana, USA Regional Chamber of Commerce and Ritter Communications with other community partners raised $75,000 to assist small businesses in the community.

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