The annual Bridge City Chamber of Commerce Banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8 in the Bridge City Community Center. Each year, the Chamber gives an award for Citizen of the Year and Business of the Year. Last year, Jamie Harrison received the Citizen of the Year award and the County Record and the Penny Record received Business of the Year.

This year’s Citizen of the Year award will be given to Pastor John W. Harrell, Pastor of United Pentecostal Church.

The Chamber has announced the three finalists for the Business of the Year Award for 2011.  Nominations of businesses that belong to the Chamber of Commerce were submitted by the community. The selection criteria included a substantiated history as an established business in the area, impact of the business on the local job market, indication of continued growth such as sales, innovativeness of product or service offered, response to adversity with methods utilized to solve them, and contribution of personal time and other resources to aid in the community. After careful consideration, the three businesses nominated to receive this award are Wayside Florist, Collision Clinic and Golden Triangle Family Care.

Wayside Florist, located at 160 Bland in Bridge City, will be celebrating 61 years in service to the community in 2012.  Owner, Linda Shinkle takes great pride in serving her community and puts her heart and soul in her work.  Customer satisfaction is her top priority whether it be providing for school functions, births, weddings or during difficult times of bereavement. This family owned and operated business is committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts backed by service that is friendly and prompt.
Because all their customers are important, their professional staff is dedicated to making a customer’s experience a pleasant one. Wayside Florist has also stepped up multiple times to help the chamber on various projects.

Collision Clinic, located at 2015 FM 408, has been in business in Bridge City for over 22 years. Owner, Jerald Smith started small and his business has continued to grow. Smith has the reputation of being fair, honest and going beyond expectations for his customers. He considers his customers as his friends. Smith’s business ethic speaks for itself. It doesn’t matter whether the repair is big or small, Smith strives for quality workmanship. He has repaired half the community’s vehicles whether it was business or personal. Smith has a community spirit, donating to various organizations and helping families in need. Smith and the Collision Clinic are outstanding members of the business community that works quietly behind the scenes to make the community a better place to live.

Golden Triangle Family Care, located at 615 W. Roundbunch Road in Bridge City, provides quality medical care for every member of your family.  Dr. Penning and Dr. Satir have been in the business of medicine for two decades and strive to offer well rounded care. Stephanie Hyden, FNPC specializes in women’s health and family medicine. Their staff is from this area and the majority of them have been with the practice in excess of five years. They offer a wide variety of services which include well visits, flu vaccinations, lab, x-ray, routine office visits and minor surgery. 

Dr. Chris Penning opened a medical practice in 1992 when he finished his internship at Doctors Hospital. The first location was at 995 W. Roundbunch in Bridge City the “old Granger Seafood Restaurant location,” then the office moved to 615 W. Roundbunch Rd. For a short while the office re-located to 220 E. Roundbunch while the 615 W. Roundbunch location was demolished and the current facility was constructed in 1995. Dr. Penning is married to Bethany and they have two children, Samantha and Jeffery. The Penning’s have lived in Bridge City since 1992.

Dr. Servet Satir was born in Augusta, Maine in 1965.  Dr. Satir is married to Beverly and they have two children Olivia and Micah. The Satir’s currently reside in West Orange and have since 1996. Dr. Satir joined Dr. Penning in 1998 when he also finished the residency program at Doctors Hospital in Groves. 

In 2008 Stephanie Hyden, RN FNP was added as a mid-level provider to meet the additional needs of our community.  

Both physicians are Board Certified in Family Practice and have very strong ties to our community. 

After hurricane Ike the clinic was somewhat damaged but despite the obstacles the doctors decided to re-open the practice as soon as possible to serve their community. So even with restoration crews underfoot Golden Triangle Family Care Center re-opened Sept. 29 just 16 days after the hurricane where they continue to address the needs of the Bridge City residents and those of the surrounding communities. 

The doctors and their staff enjoy being a part of this great town with its hardworking citizens. 
Tickets for the banquet are $20 and still available by contacting the Bridge City Chamber office at 409-735-5671.