Every now and then, the Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce will combine two events, hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony and a networking lunch at the same time. This was the case for the gathering held on Oct. 17.

JB Legacy BBQ opened its doors in Anna on June 23 before recently being welcomed into the Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Speaking about their business, owners Shane Lessner and Steve McCrann said the term ‘legacy’ is more than just part of the name.

“JB Legacy BBQ offers traditional Texas BBQ celebrating the rejuvenation of a three-generation family tradition in north Texas BBQ,” said McCrann. “Many locals might remember Johnnie’s Log Cabin which was an institution in Melissa and located on Route 1 or Highway 5 south of 121 where the building still stands. We offer delicious in-restaurant dining, take-out, and large party delivery and full-service catering for your next big or small event.”

While chamber members and guests were eating the wonderful BBQ — the scent permeating through the air upon arrival — Natalie Greenwell, director of the Center for Workforce and Economic Developmen, gave a 15-minute presentation. Greenwell informed the guests, who were almost all business owners, about a few grants that might be applicable to them.

Greenwell said the Skills for Small Business for Employers grant would be the most conducive for the current audience. This grant allows businesses with fewer than 100 employees, which are also paying unemployment insurance, to assist incumbent or newly hired employees to receive training, with specific training to help upgrade training.

Stephanie Gardner, a Wellness Advocate asked how many employees would be needed to qualify, to which Greenwell replied, “As long as the business is paying unemployment insurance and has up to 100 employees, full-time employees qualify.”

Executive Director of the Melissa Chamber of Commerce Bill Jones asked, “can a part-time employee receive a grant to further their training if the result of the training is a full-time position?”

Greenwell replied, “yes, if the result will be a full-time position.”