Wilhelm Named Outstanding Supporter at Black Chamber of Commerce Dinner
Judy Wilhelm, Director of the Texas Tech University Small Business Development Center was named Outstanding Chamber Supporter of the year. Floyd Miller, Chamber Board Member said “Judy has an effervescent spirit, she is caring, compassionate, confident, and competent and community centered.” Wilhelm was surprised to receive the award but, was happy to receive it. Reverend Jeremy Jay and Mrs. Susan Petty play and sing and willingly help the other in a show of spirit that makes an enterprise work. They were a perfect introduction for Mr. Pervis Evans as the main speaker for Friday’s Black Chamber of Commerce dinner. Evans stated that he had been doing business in West Texas all his life. He started in the second grade with singing telegrams on the playground. By Fourth grade, he was offering counseling services for a dime but when he raised the price to twenty five cents, he went out of business. He said he was always selling something – for church, school and other organizations.The Rain will come. Dream, Believe and Inspire those around you and the rain will come. Anyone can dream but it takes vision and visionaries to risk and believe to make a business work. Many can identify problems but you have to dream big to solve them. And the difference between a dream and a goal is a plan well executed. Always go with those who believe in your dream but know you will almost always have to step out of your comfort zone and stretch yourself to make dreams work. There are sometimes internalized beliefs that hold you back so you must reach out to make true the dreams you have.The backdrop for Evans speech came from a book that his 9 year old son Jaden wrote the title of his book is The Rain.wrote. Evans concluded his speech by saying “We often honor veterans and public servants but we must also honor the go-getters who make our community strong”.