Chamber Coffee to take place at Edward Jones Investments

The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Chamber Coffee at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at Edward Jones Investments - Jason S. Blake, Financial Advisor, located at 301 E. Broadway in Sweetwater.Edward D. Jones and Company, now known as Edward Jones, was founded by Edward D. "Ed" Jones, Sr. in St. Louis, MO in 1922. Jason has been with Edward Jones and this office since August of 1998. He is assisted by BOAs (branch office administrators) Sherri Brazelton, who has been with the firm since July of 1996, and Sondra Williams, who has been with the firm since April of 2002.Jason has received several local awards, including the Readers' Choice award for Best Financial Advisor from 2008 through 2012, as well as Best Mortgage Company in 2008, 2010 and 2012.Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and through its affiliate in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm's 12,000 plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals--from college savings to retirement--and create long-term investment strategies that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today.Edward Jones got its start in 1922, when Edward D. Jones Sr. founded the firm that bears his name. In 1948, Edward D. "Ted" Jones Jr., son of the founder, returned to the family business after studying agriculture at the University of Missouri and working on Wall Street.In 1980, Ted Jones handed the reins of the firm to John Bachmann, who served as managing partner until December 2003. Douglas E. Hill, chief operating officer from 1998 through 2003 and managing partner in 2004 and 2005, continued the firm's tradition of bringing personal investment services to an ever-increasing number of individual investors in communities across the country.In 2006, Jim Weddle became only the fifth managing partner in the firm's history. Weddle has spent his entire career at Edward Jones, beginning as an intern in 1976.The Edward Jones philosophy is that service to the individual is of utmost importance. Its more than 12,000 financial advisors provide this personal brand of service by discussing clients' individual investment needs on a one-to-one basis. Having cultivated a previously untapped market of investors, Edward Jones financial advisors provide quality, long-term investment opportunities that provide a broad mix of municipal, government and corporate bonds; mutual funds; common stocks; and tax-advantages securities.The company has been recognized by J.D. Power and Associates (May 2012 and April 2013), "SmartMoney" and "ComputerWorld" (June 2012), InformationWeek 500 (September 2012), "REP" (December 2012), "Fortune" Magazine (January 2013), "Training" Magazine (February 2013), and "Fortune 500" (May 2013).Also, Edward Jones was ranked the No. 10 large company on the 2013 "Best Places to Work" list by "Texas Monthly".Edward Jones is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones interactive Web site is located at, and its recruiting Web site it