October, November, December, 2010 Quarterly Newsletter
The San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce's final Quarterly Newsletter for the 2010 year.
San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce October, November, December 2010 Quarterly Newsletter Ribbon Cutting for the 2010 San Marcos Business Expo Photo courtesy Michelle Mehrens Rivers Wanted Photography IN THIS ISSUE 1 Fall Awards Gala 10 Business Expo 3 Community News 11 Business News 6 Members in the News 13 7 Schedule of Upcoming Events Education Fair & Speed Networking Recap 8 New Members & Member Renewals 14 Member-to-Member Discount Program one hundred eighth annual Friday, November 12, 2010 Scan this QR code with your smartphoneâ€™s barcode scanner to visit the mobile version of our Google Place Page. San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce - Focused on Business one hundred October, November, December 2010 Quarterly Newsletter eighth annual Presenting Sponsor The 2010 Fall Awards Gala, presented by Cavender’s Boot City, was held on Friday, November 12, 2010 at the Embassy Suites San Marcos-Hotel, Spa & Conference Center, 1001 McCarty Lane. After Party Sponsor Diamond Sponsor Platinum Sponsors Central Texas Medical Center City of San Marcos Mariposa Apartment Homes McCoy’s Building Supply - Corporate Office Seton Family of Hospitals We would like to give a special thank you to the following people: Clay DeStefano, Master of Ceremonies Tabitha Walsh, Special Events Committee Chair Ryan Patrick-Perkins, Gala Co-Chair Lisa Tanksley, Gala Co-Chair Brandee Otto, Gala Auction Coordinator Special Events Committee Members Michelle Mehrens, Rivers Wanted Photography Maxine Shaffer, The Floral Studio Little Guys Movers C&J Greenhouse Winner 2010 Business of the Year 1-20 Employees - Classic Cuts Winner 2010 Business of the Year 20+ Employees - Cavender’s Boot City Awards This year’s award recipients: Business of the Year (1-20) Classic Cuts Business of the Year (21+) Cavender’s Boot City SOAR Business of the Year State Farm Insurance Green Business of the Year (1-20) Cool Mint Café Green Business of the Year (21+) Central Texas Medical Center Non Profit of the Year Hays County Food Bank Emerging Business of the Year Phoenix Rising Bakery Ambassador of the Year Mitsie Benton Community Inspiration Kristy Stark San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce - Focused on Business Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitor Bureau President Search in Progress Rebecca Ybarra-Ramirez Executive Director Robert Watts Executive Vice President Charlotte Wattigny Communications Manager Eric Bonar Communications Manager Denise Pardo Tourism Services Manager Margaret Lindsey Membership Sales Director Katy Kelsey Marketing Coordinator Joel Davis Bookkeeper Clayton Caraway Sports Tourism Manager October, November, December 2010 Quarterly Newsletter 2009-2010 Board of Directors Chairman Chair-Elect Immediate Past Chair Treasurer Secretary Past Chair, Vice Chair Vice Chair Director Director Director Director Director Director Director Director Earl Studdard Dan Stauffer Joel Williams Frank Leonardis Brenda Damron John Schott Clay DeStefano Michelle Carswell Denise Collazo Joe Gomez Dr. Lane Lee John Martin Chuck Nash Jeff Stover Stan Woody Eselda Rodriguez Receptionist 2009-2010 Committees & Chairs Ambassador Club Business Development Education Government Affairs Leads Group I Leads Group II Leads Group III Natural Resources Special Events The newsletter was created by Amanda Flores, Communications Intern-San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce. Please send any corrections to Eric Bonar, Communications Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org Connie Ulmer Frank Leonardis Frederick Rucker Denise Collazo Dawn Kiger Karrie Mikle Shayne Guillot Clay DeStefano Tabitha Walsh San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce - Focused on Business October, November, December 2010 Quarterly Newsletter Community News San Marcos Elects New Mayor - Daniel Guerrero Guide The To Everything San Marcos Daniel Guerrero was elected Mayor of San Marcos, Texas on November 2, 2010 and took the oath of office on November 15, 2010. He previously served on the San Marcos City Council from May 2004 to November 2008. During his tenure, Daniel was appointed by his colleagues to serve as the Deputy Mayor Pro Tem and twice as the Mayor Pro Tem. A native of San Marcos, Mayor Guerrero is a graduate of San Marcos High School and has an undergraduate degree in Mass Communications from Texas State University - San Marcos. He earned a masters degree in Organizational Leadership and Ethics from St. Edward's University and has multiple certifications from Austin Community College. Community & Visitors Guide 2011 A Publication of the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce and The San Marcos Daily Record San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce/San Marcos Daily Record - The Guide to Everything San Marcos The San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce was pleased to announce the recent partnership with the San Marcos Daily Record to publish The Guide to Everything San Marcos, a full-color chamber magazine/membership directory for 2011. This publication is the only magazine-style guide to San Marcos endorsed and distributed by the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce. Beautiful, full-color community magazines 3 are a popular item for our newcomers, potential commerical relocation candidates, visitors and even our lifelong residents. More than 15,000 magazines were printed and are available, which is double the number of magazines previously published. Donâ€™t miss out on your Guide to Everything San Marcos. If you have not yet received your membership directory, come by the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce to get yours today. In addition to his service to the City Council, Guerrero has served as the chairperson for the San Marcos/Hays County EMS Board, Hays Central Appraisal District Board and as secretary for the Minority Tourism Development Board. He has also served as the chairperson for the San Marcos Census Complete County Committee and secretary for the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Education Committee. Mayor Guerrero is currently a member of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, San Marcos Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Greater San Marcos Rotary Club, LULAC Council #654, Knights of Columbus and the Leadership San Marcos Alumni Association. Beyond the Mayorâ€™s leadership and civic activities, Mayor Guerrero is the Executive Director for the San Marcos Education Foundation, a non-profit organization which supports the teachers and students of the San Marcos CISD through fundraising and performance recognition initiatives. Mayor Guerrero is an avid sports fan, live music enthusiast and physical fitness advocate. He enjoys following San Antonio Spurs basketball, Grupo Fantasma (his favorite live band), working out and spending time with his three rescued dogs (Summer, Millie and Pepper). San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce - Focused on Business Introducing Our New Brand October, November, December 2010 Quarterly Newsletter survey, in-depth interviews and input from key community stakeholders and the public. That research influenced creative development of the logo and tagline. The task force reviewed numerous concepts before agreeing on the final recommendation before being presented to the City Council. In addition to the research and creative work, the consultants are also providing a launch plan, marketing and communications plan, and a brand standards guide for print, web, broadcast and signage. The branding project was funded by the City Council with funds saved over several years from the Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund revenues. Photo Courtesy Don Anders September 7, 2010 WELCOME TO SAN MARCOS! The Branding Task Force displays a banner with the new San Marcos community brand approved by the San Marcos City Council which took effect Sept. 21. L-R are Mayor Pro Tem Kim Porterfield, City Council Member Chris Jones, Task Force Chair Pam Couch, Main Street Manager Kelly Franks, Associated Student Government President Melani Ferrari, San Marcos Daily Record Publisher Stan Woody, Mayor Susan Narvaiz and Past Chair of the Chamber of Commerce Joel Williams. Chamber President takes position with Texas Association of Business Adoption of the new brand was recommended by a nine-member Branding Task Force, appointed by the City Council in November of last year. Some of the goals for the brand are to: · Reposition San Marcos more effectively to compete for economic development and tourism · Strengthen the community’s appeal as an ideal location for residential, business and industrial development · Broaden the appeal of San Marcos for leisure and nature tourism and as a visitor destination · Introduce San Marcos as a host for amateur, youth, collegiate and recreational sports tournaments and tourism · Increase the awareness of San Marcos as a unique destination for corporate, association, social, military, educational, religious and fraternal meetings and events The project included extensive research of both San Marcos and cities from across the nation with similar attributes. The work also included an analysis of media and social media coverage, demographic and stakeholder research, an online “Phyllis Snodgrass has been an exceptional President of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce” said Earl Studdard, Chair of the Chamber and Owner of North Carolina Furniture Direct. “Her insight and leadership has directed the Chamber in a very successful manner during very difficult economic conditions. While in San Marcos, Mrs. Snodgrass has served on numerous local, regional, statewide and national boards and councils. “This is truly a golden opportunity for me to do something I absolutely love doing – work with communities and chambers to enhance the business climate for the state of Texas. TAB’s mission is to make Texas the best place to do business on the planet. I look forward to advancing that mission!” said Mrs. Snodgrass. “I am going to miss working with the many chamber constituents in San Marcos.” She added, “But I am going to continue to live in San Marcos and raise our family in this community.” “While we are thrilled for Phyllis and this advancement in her career, I admit that my heart sank when I first heard the news” said Dr. Patty Shafer, Superintendent of the San Marcos CISD. “Phyllis’ type of leadership included rolling up her sleeves and working on the front line of all endeavors, asking no more of others than what she herself was willing to commit. While we will miss her, the many programs she helped set in place will remain to continue her legacy.” The Branding Task Force has been at work since November 2009 to develop a new brand for marketing San Marcos for tourism, economic development, community organizations and special events. The new logo features the San Marcos name in a customized font in red, gradient blue and green letters. A shape of the state of Texas is included in the center of the “O.” The “M” is shaped like a waterfall, depicting Rio Vista Falls on the San Marcos River. The tagline “We’d love your company” represents the inviting qualities of one of the most popular tourist attractions in Texas , in the 5th fastest growing county in the nation. Director of Center for P-16 Initiatives at Texas State University-San Marcos. “One of the hallmarks of her leadership was to empower, inspire, and bring people together to work toward a common goal. On a personal level, Phyllis has a "can do" philosophy and positive attitude. She will be missed.” Day for Kids September 2, 2010 The San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce announced that Phyllis Snodgrass, former Chamber President, accepted a position with the State Chamber, Texas Association of Business (TAB), as Vice President, Chamber Relations. In that capacity she will also serve as the TAB liaison to the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE). Her start date with TAB was October 1, 2010. During her tenure in San Marcos, which began in January 2007, Phyllis increased membership, worked with Texas State University - San Marcos and San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District (SMCISD) to establish Seeking Opportunities Acheiving Results (SOAR), an educational collaborative, which brought FAFSA Workshops, the San Marcos Education Fair and the Early Readers Become Leaders Book Drive. She also developed the first Green Living Showcase and worked to improve and enhance numerous Chamber events and programs for the San Marcos business community. “Phyllis has impacted the City of San Marcos in so many positive ways” said Dr. Michelle Pope, MENTORING CHILDREN: Former Mayor Susan Narvaiz presents a proclamation to Daphne McDole for “Day for Kids” in recognition of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Texas ongoing Photo Courtesy Don Anders efforts to emphasize the importance of spending meaningful time with children. The annual observance was celebrated Saturday, Sept. 18. 4 San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce - Focused on Business Texas Pioneer Foundation Awards $50,000 Challenge Grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters October 11, 2010 The Texas Pioneer Foundation, a long-time supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), recently issued a $50,000 challenge grant to increase community support for one-to-one youth mentoring. The challenge grant will strengthen the already successful program. Last year, BBBS provided more than 4,000 hours of mentoring to nearly 100 youth in Hays County, and promised $24,000 in scholarships to Hays County youth pursuing higher education. Of the youth Economic Development Partners for Progress November 19, 2010 Over 400 people joined the Partners for Progress, a regional economic development public-private partnership in Hays-Caldwell Counties, as they launched a five-year comprehensive economic development strategy October, November, December 2010 Quarterly Newsletter mentored in 2009, 100 percent stayed in school, and 95 percent improved their academic performance. In addition, every one of the youth served avoided early parenting and juvenile delinquency. $15,000 commitment to BBBS. In addition, Joel Williams with BlueScope Buildings North America, Dr. Joanne Smith with Texas State University, and Rep. Patrick Rose serve in leadership positions with BBBS. BBBS achieved these results despite a lack of funding from local sources. BBBS mentoring services in Hays County cost approximately $125,000 per year, but prior to the challenge grant, BBBS had secured less than $25,000 from Hays County sources. The challenge grant will help change that. About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas (BBBS) “We are grateful for the continued support and confidence of the Texas Pioneer Foundation,” said BBBS’ CEO, Brent Fields. “They have provided tremendous support to BBBS, helping us go from start-up mode to where we are today. This is an amazing opportunity to galvanize support for the youth we serve.” BBBS has already seen significant response to this challenge opportunity, including John and Chloe Navarrette who joined the 2015 Society, a group of investors who pledge a three-year, and celebrated early results from a $4 million campaign at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa and Conference Center this week. The regional economic development plan was facilitated last year by Market Street Services, a community and economic development Atlanta-based firm, to position the two county region for a wider diversity of quality jobs with higher wages and to create a better standard of living for all area residents. In July 2010, the Partners for Progress formed the Greater San Marcos Economic Development Corporation (EDC), a 501c6 nonprofit organization, to oversee the economic development plan and by mid-August this year, began a $4 million For 39 years, including three in Hays County, BBBS of Central Texas has matched children, ages 6–16, with supportive adult mentors who build friendships and offer encouragement and support to each child. BBBS is proven to improve children’s odds for succeeding in school, behaving nonviolently, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and breaking negative cycles. The organization depends on donations to help recruit volunteers and reach more children. Funding is used to conduct screening on volunteers to ensure child safety; and provide on-going support for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships. For more information on BBBS, visit www.bigmentoring.org. campaign to fund implementation of the plan over the next five years. To date, the Partners have raised $541,000 annually from the public sector, according to Perry Moore, Chair of Partners for Progress and Provost at Texas State University. The effort, he says, is now focused on matching public dollars with private investment to reach the $800,000 needed each year to provide additional capacity and resources for the region. For more information regarding the Greater San Marcos Economic Development Corporation, contact Eric Hensley, Executive Assistant at 512-393-5909, or visit their website at www.ecodevsanmarcos.org. Broadband - Entertainment - Voice CenturyLink Experience Center 208 S. Guadalupe St. San Marcos, TX 78666 512.754.5425 San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce - Focused on Business October, November, December 2010 Quarterly Newsletter Members in the News Texas State honors Navarrette with scholarship in his name The Graduate College at Texas State University-San Marcos will pay tribute to one of its supporters —John Navarrette of San Marcos — by establishing a Celebrity Classic scholarship in his honor. Navarrette, who has served on the Chartwells CenturyLink Celebrity Classic executive committee ever since the fundraiser moved to the Graduate College, is the South Texas District operations manager for the Celebrity Classic's name sponsor CenturyLink. He was responsible for the original name sponsor, then known as CenturyTel. Mike Willoughby, dean of the Graduate College at Texas State, said Navarrette's scholarship will be one of three named for individuals for their work on behalf of the Celebrity Classic, which has raised more than one million dollars in scholarship funds for graduate students. Existing scholarships recognize the contributions made by former Texas State President Jerome Supple and retired Chartwells resident manager Charles Blackwell. Navarrette joined San Marcos Telephone Company, the forerunner of CenturyLink, as an installer/repairman in 1975. He was promoted to supervisor of the installation and maintenance department in 1979 and to director of operations in 1987 after receiving his degree from what is now Texas State University. He was promoted to regional manager in 1994 and to district manager for Texas properties in 1998 and area operations manager for Texas markets in 1999 and acting general manager for Texas and Louisiana from 2000 to 2002 and again from May 2004 until May 2006. “John Navarrette is most deserving of having a scholarship named in his honor,” Willoughby said. “In addition to his many outstanding contributions to the Classic, he has given so much to Texas State and the San Marcos community. He exemplifies an extraordinary work ethic and impeccable character. I am confident he will be an inspiration to all students fortunate enough to receive the Navarrette Scholarship.” The first Navarrette Scholarship will be awarded for this fall, according to Willoughby. Cavendar’s Boot City - Joe A. Gomez III South/Central District Manager of the Year September 17, 2010 On Wednesday September 15, 2010 the annual Cavender’s Leadership Conference was concluded with the presentation of the yearly Award ceremony. This year Joe A. Gomez III, the Store Manager of the San Marcos location was presented with the 2010 “Sliver Star” Manager of the Year for the South/Central Texas District. This district includes stores from Waco, Temple, Austin, San Antonio, Victoria, Corpus Christi, McAllen and Brownsville. Joe has been with Cavender’s for sixteen years and a manager for eleven of those years. This is an award only given to four managers a year and is regarded as a very prestigious honor within the company. Mr. Gomez has also been honored with the 2005 Warren Hood Memorial Manager of the Year, which recognizes the top store manager for the entire company, and in 1999 received the Assistant Manager of the Year Award while in San Antonio. “It is unfortunate that there is only one name that can be put on the trophy… there is about twenty five other names that should be on this. My staff is wonderful, dedicated, and this is as much about them as it is about me.” Gomez said. He also noted “it is this kind of recognition that keeps us going strong every day. We want San Marcos to be the best in the company. And we will be.” The New Face Of Care At Central Texas Medical Center September 13, 2010 27 years ago, Hays Memorial built a new facility on Wonder World Drive in San Marcos. One year later the hospital joined the Adventist Health System and the name changed to Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC). That was the first of many exciting changes at CTMC’s Wonder World Drive campus and now, the hospital is currently undergoing a renovation that will give it a brand new look. A facelift of the hospital’s main first floor corridor is underway. It was put on hold during the hospital’s recent $35 million renovation and expansion. The changes include new porcelain tile flooring, wood columns, sconce lighting and paint. In the coming weeks, resurfacing of the original main structure will begin on the outside. “We’re remodeling the exterior of the original 1983 structure to better reflect the new, improved attitudes and service delivery that have evolved at CTMC these past few years,” said Clay DeStefano, administrative director for PR/Marketing. “The exterior facelift renovation will complement the recent 64,000 square foot expansion of our Women’s Center.” History will be made during the renovation as the Central Texas Medical Center sign which has been a fixture above the hospital for 27 years, comes down. Current CTMC associates who were employed when the hospital opened on September 4, 1983, will participate in a special photo opportunity prior to the removal of the sign. A new sign with a digital marquee will soon be located near the front entrance to the hospital. For information about the renovations and to see photos of the progress, please visit www.ctmc.org. The rendering above shows the plan for the transformation. CTMC is a 178-bed acute-care hospital providing a wide range of complex healthcare services in San Marcos, Texas, and neighboring communities. In late 2009, CTMC completed a $35 million expansion and renovation on a 64,000 sq ft Women’s Center that includes all private rooms, a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a new cardiac inpatient nursing unit with all private rooms. It also includes an on-site, high-risk delivery suite and a customized cesarean section suite. As part of Adventist Health System, CTMC brings a long tradition of Christian healthcare to San Marcos. Adventists opened their first health center in 1866 in Battle Creek, Michigan. Now with 37 hospitals located across the United States, the Adventist Health System is the largest not-for-profit Protestant hospital system in the country. 6 San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce - Focused on Business October, November, December 2010 Quarterly Newsletter Schedule of Upcoming Events* *Event dates, times and topics are subject to change. For more information, please visit the Chamber’s Online Community Calendar at www.sanmarcostexas.com/community_calendar.htm December 12/1 12/2 12/7 12/8 12/9 Leads Group III meeting; Natural Resources Committee meeting Leads Group I meeting; Education Committee meeting Ambassador Club meeting Leads Group II meeting Eggs & Issues Breakfast - Hays County Update; Business After-Hours Mixer CTMC 12/14 12/15 12/16 Special Events Committee meeting Leads Group III meeting Leads Group I meeting; Government Affairs Committee meeting Chamber Finance Committee meeting Chamber Board of Directors meeting 12/23 Eggs & Issues Breakfast - SMMA Overview (Tentative); Martin Luther King Day Chamber Offices Closed Chamber Finance Committee meeting Government Affairs Committee meeting; Leads Group I meeting 1/26 Leads Group II meeting; Leads Group III meeting Business After-Hours Mixer (Tentative) Valentine’s Day Chamber Finance Committee meeting Government Affairs Committee meeting; Leads Group I meeting 2/21 2/23 Leads Group II meeting; Leads Group III meeting 3/14-18 Spring Break 3/15 Chamber Finance Committee meeting 3/17 Saint Patrick’s Day; Government Affairs Committee meeting; Leads Group I meeting; Business After-Hours Mixer (Tentative) 3/23 12/21 12/22 12/24 12/25 12/29 12/31 Business Development Committee meeting Christmas Eve Chamber Offices Closed Christmas Day Chamber Offices Closed Leads Group III meeting New Year’s Eve January 1/4 1/5 1/6 1/11 1/12 Ambassador Club meeting Natural Resources Committee meeting Education Committee meeting; Leads Group I meeting SBDC - Training Seminar; Special Events Committee meeting Leads Group II meeting; Leads Group III meeting 1/13 1/17 1/18 1/20 1/27 Leads Group II meeting; Leads Group III meeting Chamber Board of Directors meeting Business Development Committee meeting; Business After-Hours Mixer (Tentative) February 2/1 2/2 2/3 2/4 2/8 Ambassador Club meeting Groundhog Day; Natural Resources Committee meeting Education Committee meeting; Leads Group I meeting Economic Outlook Luncheon SBDC - Training Seminar; Special Events Committee meeting 2/9 2/10 2/14 2/15 2/17 2/24 President’s Day Leads Group II meeting; Leads Group III meeting; Chamber Board of Directors meeting Business Development Committee meeting March 3/1 3/2 3/3 3/8 Ambasador Club meeting Natural Resources Committee meeting Eggs & Issues Breakfast - Current Issue (Tentative); Education Committee meeting; Leads Group I meeting SBDC - Training Seminar; Special Events Committee meeting 3/9 3/24 3/26 Leads Group II meeting; Leads Group III meeting; Chamber Board of Directors meeting Business Development Committee meeting Green Living Showcase San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce - Focused on Business October, November, December 2010 Quarterly Newsletter New Members - July, August, & September 2010 Austin Telco Federal Credit Union Financial Istitution Melanie Tipps 904 Bugg Lane San Marcos, TX 78666 512-302-5555 Breast Cancer Resource Center of Texas, Inc. Non-Profit Organization Desiree Forbes-Chegin 1301 Wonder World Drive San Marcos, TX 78666 512-753-3821 www.bcrc.org Brokar Insurance Advisers Insurance Scott Sherill P.O. Box 861 405 Filte Acres Wimberley TX 78676 512-466-1652 www.sherrill-ins.com Bug-A-Meister Pest Control Pest Control Services Brad Herbelin 828 Lakeview Boulevard New Braunfels, TX 78130 830-625-0461 www.bugmeister.com The Bunker Gun Store Firearms Christopher Wietting P.O. Box 311343 7870 Ranch Road 12 San Marcos, TX 78666 512-392-3836 www.thebunkerguns.com Century 21-The Excell Team Real Estate Debbie Austin-McDonald 3735 Lost Creek Boulevard Austin, TX 78735 512-787-5094 www.wesellsanmarcos.com Chartwells Catering Caterers Cristina Martinez P.O. Box 1374 700 Moore Street San Marcos, TX 78666 512-245-9930 Crystal Threads Retail Barbara Moellenberndt 155 S. LBJ San Marocs, TX 78666 512-392-3366 HC Services Electrical Contractors Mark Smith 1405 Oakwood Loop San Marcos, TX 78666 512-396-3838 Hill Country Payroll, LLC Payroll Services Cale Baese P.O. Box 311582 921 IH-35 South, Ste. 203 New Braunfels, TX 78130 830-629-0900 www.hillcountrypayroll.com Individuals Josie Garrott Direct Tools Factory Outlet Tools Erin Watkins 4015 Interstate 35 North, Ste. 1045 San Marcos, TX 78666 512-392-5223 EuroCafe & Market Restaurant Jay Abazi 350 N. Guadalupe, Ste. 130 San Marcos, TX 78666 512-392-6044 Lane Bryant Outlet Clothing - Factory Outlet Tiffinie Smith 3939 IH-35 South, Ste. 135 San Marcos, TX 78666 512-392-0695 Law Offices of Alex Aguirre M. Law Office Alex Aguirre 829 N. LBJ Dr., Ste. 207 San Marcos, TX 78666 512-396-8453 www.alexaguirrelaw.com My Energy Solutions Energy Consultants Anson Massey 3610 Blueridge Suites Garland, TX 75042 713-855-1604 Fast Copy & Printing Copying Service Michael Mottenry 145 S. LBJ Drive San Marcos, TX 78666 512-396-4744 Nutrishop San Marcos Nutrition Brett Hickey 1504 Aquarena Springs Drive San Marcos, TX 78666 512-667-6268 www.nutrishopsanmarcos.com Panhandler Pizza Restaurants Steve Swindell 102 Wonder World Dr., Ste. 401 San Marcos, TX 78666 512-878-2525 Seal Smart Home Maintenance & Repair Jesse Weaver 407 13th Street Monett, MO 65708 417-235-4227 Texas State University - Print & Mail Services Printing Services James Dorsey 1727 Ranch Road 12 San Marcos, TX 78666 512-245-1654 www.auxiliaryservices.txstate.edu TexHealth Central Texas Insurance Jim Rodriquez 4315 Guadalupe, Ste. 303 Austin, TX 78751 512-524-2618 Member Renewals - July, August, & September 2010 Air Evac Lifeteam Frederick Rucker Alpha Pure Water John Thomaides AlphaGraphics Nathan Mendenhall Anton Outfitters Paige Anton Bain Medina Bain, Inc. Carl Bain Baker-Aicklen & Associates, Inc. Steve Ramsey Barshop & Oles, Co. Pat Oles Baymont Inn & Suites Bob Patel Bearden Development Inc. Bud Turner Bob Kat & Son Small Engine Repair Todd Katzer Broaddus and Associates Brenda Jenkins Butler Manufacturing Joel Williams Dealers Electrical Supply Dale Jackson Furniture Restoration Place, Inc. Robert Moseley Hays Surgical Associates Dr. C. Erik Anderson Diamondback Landscaping & Lawn Richard Braun Garciaâ€™s Mexican Food Restaurant Selena Ybarra Heart of Texas Chorus Sam Tweedy Caring Center For Women Dr. A. Ray Jacobson Education Station/Scrapbook Depot Sam Brumley Gary Job Corps Community Dean Hoffman Caring Senior Service Cathy Trlica Edward Jones - Cody Dailey Cody Dailey Carma Texas Inc. Shaun Cranston Encino Pointe Apartments Corie Helms Gomillion Kester Zimmerman Inc. Frank Gomillion Central Texas LifeCare Terry Williams Eskimo Hut Craig Coleman Goodrich Corporation Bruce Tifft Imperial Garden Wann-Lung Chen Chicken Express Mark Williams ETA Computing Nathan Smith Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar Mary Jane Nalley ColorMix Graphics & Printing, LLC Carla Sisk Extreme Business Services Bill Sebesta Gruene Merchants Association Mary Jane Nalley ForrReal LTD. George Forrester Guadalupe Blanco River Authority Tommie Rhoad Individuals Iris Campbell Bill Damron Margaret Morris Enis Anita Fuller Dr. Leanne C. Heller, MD Donna Hill Janice Hooper Dr. Renicko Lindquist, DDS Edmund Longcope Gary McCaffrey Perry & Marianne Moore Marian Oles Gloria Salazar Jo Starr Rosina Valle John & Janace Wade Calvary Baptist Curch - San Marcos Ken Naquin Capital Area Rural Transportation System David Marsh Compass Point Media Samuel Fullman Cool Mint Cafe Suzanne Perkins Corridor Limousine Service Nathan Flaga Courtyard by Marriott New Braunfels Irma Adams Freese & Nichols Mike Nichols Frost Bank John Schott Frost Insurance Aaron Pratt Gateway Business Products Jimmy Johnson Gunnarson Outdoor Advertising Kim Gunnarson Happy Paws Pet Services Mitsie Benton Hawkins Personnel Group Jennifer Hawkins Heritage Association of San Marcos, Inc. Marianne Moore Highcrest Apartments & Townhomes Willie Dunstan Homes by Avi (Texas) L.P. Lety Hernandez 8 San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce - Focused on Business October, November, December 2010 Quarterly Newsletter Member Renewals Continued - July, August, & September 2010 Ingram Readymix Inc. Bruce Ingram Lolley & Associates Lance Lolley Pollock Companies Jane Pollock Warmke Sedona Staffing Susan Narvaiz The Cottage Guest House Lee Festervan Italian Garden John Zeneli Loomis Partners, Inc. Bill Burnett Post Oak Villas Jennifer Sherman The I.M.L. Group Pat Fernandez J. Robert Donnelly DDS, M.A.G.D. Dr. Robert Donnelly M&M Roofing, Siding & Windows Gary Loyd Pressed 4 Time John Gooch Sellman Enterprises Septic Services Craig Sellman J-co Janitorial Supply Company John Gibson Maintenance Management Gene Bagwell Pro-Tech Engineering Group, Inc. Marla Kessler Marshall Gas Controls Don Leggitt Rhino Graphics Mickey Day Matera Paper Company John Richardson River Bluff Cabin on the San Marcos River Francis Kimball Jimmy John’s Gary Gibson John Gannon, Inc. John Gannon Johnson Lake Management Malcom Johnson Matheus Lumber Frank Parrott River City Cleaning Company Lauri Bankston Jones & Carter, Inc. Jeffrey Brown McCoy’s Building Supply Headquarters Nancy Rodriguez K. Friese & Associates, Inc. Karen Friese Myers Construction Charlene Myers Riverview Apartments Elena Bosley KBR Nieves Alfaro North Carolina Furniture Direct Farm Club Earl Studdard Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Dave Ott Office Depot Aurora Ontiveros-Gordyn Safeguard Business Systems Robert Baker Outback Steakhouse Jeff Sprauer Sage Capital Bank Joe Kenworthy Ozona National Bank Steve Searle Sample Pest Control Jon Younger Pak Mail Judy Johnson San Marcos Area Bed & Breakfast Association Susan Schmidt Ker Homes Kenneth Ehlers KGNB AM 1420/KNTB FM 92.1 Staci Kurpach Klotz Associates, Inc. Scott Dukette KSA Engineers, Inc. Stephen Dorman KTSW FM 89.9 Daniel Schumacher La Vista Retirement Community Angie Squyers LBJ Museum of San Marcos, Inc. Bill Cunningham Leadership San Marcos Sharon Wigley Logan’s Roadhouse Baris Colak Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc. Waynbe Brassington Pavestone Company L.P. Dave Hasness PBS&J Thomas Lowe Pennington’s Cakes Stephen Horn Physicians Health Choice Patricia Camacho-Longoria Rivers Wanted Photography Michelle Mehrens San Marcos CISD Patty Shafer San Marcos Toyota Jim Stienke San Marcos Veterinary Clinic Dr. Julie House Second to None Upscale Resale Karlin Clark Seton Hays Foundation Gerald Hill Sign-Arts John Diaz Springtown Veterinary Hospital Dr. Dan Nowland Stone’s Trailers & Truck Covers, Inc. Wanda Thuente Sunset Bowling Lanes & Pro Shop Gary Gilbert The Lambs Rest Inn Judy Rothell The Law Offices of W. Bailey Barton, PLLC W. Bailey Barton The Palazzo Apartments Marsha Davis The Ruiz Financial Group, LLC Ruben Ruiz The UPS Store Bill Blocker TXI Hunter Cement Clifton Stapleton Sweet Events Michael Heckmann VF Factory Outlet Tim Hawkins T D Industries Bob Richards Viking Car Wash Mark Young TCOR Insurance Management Lisa Tanksley Vista Homes Tom Taber Ted Breihan Electric Company Michelle Breihan VistaCare Adam Currie Ted Miska Insurance Ted Miska Vitalogy Skincare & MedSpa Sonja Shelstad Texas Laparoendoscopic Surgery Carolyn Latham Volkert Integrity Contracting, Inc. Ken Volkert Texas Reds Steakhouse Troy Miller Wells Fargo Bank Don Nash Texas State University Bookstore John Root Wide-Lite Corporation John Campsmith Texas State University School of Journalism & Mass Communications Bruce Smith The Berry Co. Mark Evans Wimberley Glass Works Inc. Tim deJong Wonder World Cave and Park Buddy Mostyn Woodys Barbeque and Catering Michael Hernandez San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce - Focused on Business October, November, December 2010 Quarterly Newsletter 25th Annual San Marcos Chamber Business Expo When Was It? Wednesday, August 25 - 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Thursday, August 26 - 10:00AM - 5:00 PM City of San Marcos Conference Center www.sanmarcosbizexpo.com This trade show/mixer combination event celebrated its 25th year and was the premier networking event for 2010. Exhibitors were able to engage in face-to-face discussions with potential clients and members of the business community in order to generate qualified leads and gain exposure. There were over 1,500 in attendance and over 100 booths and exhibits representing a wide cross section of local and regional businesses! The 2010 Business Expo opened with a ribbon cutting and Sneak Peek Party the evening of August 25th. Food vendors provided samples of their offerings in a â€œTaste of San Marcosâ€? showing while exhibitors mixed and mingled with members. We believe the preview party was one of the best attended networking events of the year. Various workshops were offered during the Expo, free of charge, for exhibitors and Expo attendees. Sneak Peek Mixer Sponsors Name Badge Sponsor City of San Marcos Media & Exhibitor Hospitality Suite Sponsor Austin Community College Registration Booth Sonsor Prime Outlets - San Marcos Workshop Sponsors Workforce Solutions Texas State University - Small Business Development Center Exhibitor Breakfast Sponsor Promotions Sponsor 10 San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce - Focused on Business October, November, December 2010 Quarterly Newsletter Business News Juggling's a job skill; 5 tips tell you how to multitask By Michael Crom Executive Vice President, Gannett News Service Question: As the result of some recent downsizing within my company, I have gained several new responsibilities. With my increased workload, I am forced to do several different things at once. I am afraid that things may start to fall through the cracks, and I'll end up making a costly mistake. How I can juggle these tasks effectively? Answer: Many people have a difficult time multitasking. It is very important to consider which tactics will work best for you. Certain people need to block out time and work without distractions. Others are more effective and can thrive when dealing with tasks in real time. Some ways you can effectively multitask: 1. Think ahead. Plan each day, using a calendar or planner to create a schedule, and publicize your availability. 2. Don't overcommit. Stay in control of your day and learn to say no diplomatically and tactfully. Use call forwarding and disable the new e-mail alert on your computer when working on critical projects that demand your full concentration. 3. Keep a positive attitude and remain flexible. Expect the unexpected, stay calm, and exercise patience when things pop up. Rely on your past experiences to deal with the unexpected. 4. Practice. Switching tasks requires resetting our brain each time. If we practice, it can become more automatic and less stressful. 5. Get over yourself. Learn to ask for help, delegate, empower, and let go of tasks that you don't have to do yourself. Keep the lines of communication open and be sure colleagues and team members are in the loop so they are better able to lighten your load. Make a Good Impression Over the Phone August 3, 2010 Andrew Pearce CEO Powwownow London For small businesses, a lot can transpire in a conference call: Deals get made, ideas are debated, and sensitive negotiations are conducted. Or worse: None of these things happen, because the people on the phone don’t know how to communicate energy, enthusiasm, and courtesy. Here are some tips to consider before you dial into your next conference call: 1. Start with the right service. If you’re hosting a conference call, use a quality conference service. Whichever service you choose, test it to be sure it portrays professionalism and sounds crisp and clear. 11 2. Use an agenda. You wouldn’t host a face-to-face meeting without an agenda, right? So why not use one for a conference call? Plan the discussion and goals in advance, just as you would for a meeting in the boardroom. 3. Don’t interrupt. Everyone’s contribution is equally important on a call, therefore it’s crucial to be a good listener, especially without visual cues. Wait your turn until the person speaking has finished. While serving as a resource to the Young Presidents’ Organization, an association of men and women who became company presidents before age 40, I saw time and again that successful managers are laser focused on their goals and attaining them. They are alert to events gathering over the horizon that could affect their companies. Unsuccessful managers, on the other hand, are endlessly putting out fires, darting from problem to problem, sleeplessly wondering, “Why didn’t I get anything done today?” 4. Keep it quiet. Your customers or colleagues shouldn’t wonder where your attention is focused. No matter where you’re dialing in from, remember to convey the same focus and attention to the discussion as you would in person. Deep within the onion’s core is perhaps the most important quality that successful business owners and leaders share—joy in taking an idea from inception to a living company. That spark is missing in unsuccessful managers. 5. Turn off e-mail, Facebook, and any other distractions. Dedication shows, whether face to face or via airwaves. The Five W’s of Marketing 6. Get out of your chair. Stand up when you’re talking on the phone. You’ll feel and sound more energetic, and that vigor will be conveyed to everyone on the call. Also, if you smile while speaking, your voice projects more clearly. Small Business Matters Managing for Success August 2010 Robert W. Goldfarb, President, Urban Directions, Inc. I’ve been advising managers and management teams throughout the world for 30 years and am endlessly peeling back the onion to learn why some companies succeed while others fail. Certainly, timing, luck, and the economy can shape a P&L, but at the onion’s core are reasons for success or failure that are far more personal. In successful companies, nothing is immune to debate, not even products and services upon which the company is built. At management meetings, “That could work” is heard, rather than “We tried that years ago and it flopped.” Exchanges between managers are passionate but respectful. No one who voices skepticism or an irreverent idea is made to feel stupid or disloyal to the organization. The freedom to suggest bold or opposing ideas is absent in unsuccessful companies. Management teams in such companies are so resistant to change that it’s risky for a member to express doubt or suggest a new approach. Even the most confident manager is reluctant to speak up when team members are quick to dismiss concerns or ideas with a smirk. Successful managers also know that a company, like the human body, has vital signs that measure its well-being. Doctors check your pulse, temperature, and blood pressure. Successful leaders have their own indicators: Are their products or services better than their competitors? Do they deliver on time? Do they create ideas and services that help customers stay ahead of their competitors? Do they, instead of someone in India, answer the telephone? By Steve McKee President, McKee Wallwork Cleveland You've heard of the Five W's: who, what, when, where, and why. They're the elements of information needed to get the full story, whether it's a journalist uncovering a scandal, a detective investigating a crime, or a customer service representative trying to resolve a complaint. There's even an old PR formula that uses the Five W's as a template for how to write a news release. Most of the time it doesn't matter in what order the information is gathered, as long as all five W's are ultimately addressed. The customer service rep's story may begin with who was offended, while the journalist may follow a lead based on what happened. The detective may start with where a crime was committed while details of who and what (not to mention when and why) are still sketchy. The Five W's are helpful in marketing planning as well. But unlike in other professions, the development of an effective marketing program requires that they be answered in a specific order: why, who, what, where, and when. The reasons may not be obvious, but by following this pathway you can avoid a great deal of confusion, trial and error, and blind alleys, preserving your company's precious time and resources. Many marketers instinctively begin with questions about what and where, as in "what" their advertising should say or "where" it should appear. That's what gets them into trouble. They may have some success putting their plans together by relying on intuition and experience, but both can be misleading in a rapidly changing marketing world. These days it's easy for anyone to become confused by (or fall prey to) the latest and greatest trends and tactics. FIRST, WHY MARKETING? Smart companies begin by asking "why"—why are we expending our limited resources in marketing? Why do we believe they're better invested here than in other aspects of our business? These questions, properly considered, force company leaders to clearly define their business and marketing objectives and confront their (often unrealized) assumptions before they get too far San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce - Focused on Business down the road. In some cases they may have unrealistic expectations of their marketing efforts. In others, they may be looking to advertising to solve a non-advertising problem. In still others they may be reflexively reacting to a competitor's moves, or to any one of a number of other marketplace or internal dynamics (see "Who's to Blame When Growth Stalls?"). Beginning with the "why" can be challenging, but starting here is critical to ensuring that your subsequent efforts are on target. The second question is "who"—who is essential to our achieving our goals? To whom should we be directing our message? Whose hearts and minds must we win in order to succeed? The answers to these questions should be derived from the business objectives identified above so that the target audience(s) for your effort are clearly related to them. For example, a marketing plan meant to generate significant new top-line revenue would likely focus on new customer attraction. An effort that's meant to enhance margins may concentrate on improving your brand's value equation among existing customers. And a plan to enhance your company's price/earnings ratio would focus on prospective investors and industry analysts as its primary target. The better any company defines its "who"—and the more it can know about their lifestyles, behaviors, attitudes, opinions, wants, and needs—the more effectively it can address the remaining three W's. BRANDING ISSUES Next comes "what," as in what it is you need to offer your target audiences in order to accomplish your objectives. This, of course, encompasses a host of business decisions, from product to pricing, policy to packaging, and everything in between. But it is also where key branding issues are addressed, including positioning, differentiation, and a determination of the personality dimensions that are appropriate for both the brand and the task (see "Building a Better Brand"). To be sure, as market conditions and customer needs change, the "what" of your offering will be a continually evolving proposition. But by having a solid understanding of the "who" and "why" of your efforts, you'll be more likely to get, and keep, the "what" right. Finally, the last two W's can be addressed as you dive into the specifics of campaign planning. The questions now revolve around where and when the best places and times are to communicate your "what" to your "who" in service of your "why." At this stage you'll be required to make many tactical decisions, but if you've effectively addressed the first three W's you'll have the context and perspective you need to make the final two work as hard as possible on your behalf. In some ways the principles of marketing are simple, but their simplicity can be deceptive. Beneath them often lie hidden complexities that you ignore at your peril. The common way of citing the Five W's—who, what, when, where, and why—rolls off the tongue and is a great mnemonic device. But if you want to optimize your marketing efforts, think why, who, what, where, and when. The order makes all the difference. October, November, December 2010 Quarterly Newsletter What Does ‘Pro-Business’ Mean? By Seth Godin Author What makes a policy or a politician pro business? Some would tell you it includes: ● Lower or eliminate the minimum wage ● Eviscerate OSHA and other safety and pollution inspections ● Make it difficult for workers to easily switch jobs from one company or another ● Educate the public just enough for them to be compliant cogs in the factory system ● Fight transparency to employees, the public and investors ● Cut corporate taxes I think these are certainly pro-factory policies. All of them make it easier for the factory to be more efficient, to have more power over workers and to generate short-term profits. But “business” is no longer the same as “factory”. (Aside: Factories don't have to make stuff... they're any business that focuses on doing what it did yesterday, but cheaper and faster.) It turns out that factory thinking is part of a race to the bottom, to be the cheapest, the easiest place to pollute, the workforce that will take what it can get. It's not surprising that there's tension here. If you are working hard to cut prices and improve productivity, you might view labor as a cost, not an asset, and you might want as little hindrance as possible in the impact you have on the community. On the other hand, a business based on connection and innovation and flexibility may very well have a different take on it. I grew up not too far from the Love Canal. It’s a world famous toxic waste dump. While it helped the short tem profits of Hooker, the chemical company that dumped there, it’s not clear that looking the other way was a pro-business strategy. At some point, a healthy and fairly paid community is essential if you want to sell them something. The oil sands project in Alberta Canada is a factory-friendly effort. So was the lead excavation in Picher, OK. Creating systems that leverage the factory can often lead to financial success (in the short run). The problem is that the future doesn’t belong to efficient factories, because as we train people to look for the cheap, we race to the bottom--and someone else, somewhere else, will win that race. Perhaps we could see pro-business strategies looking more like this: ● Investing in training the workforce to solve interesting problems, so they can work at just about any job. ● Maintaining infrastructure, safety and civil rights so we can create a community where talented people and the entrepreneurs who hire them (two groups that can live wherever they choose) would choose to live there. ● Reward and celebrate the scientific process that leads to scalable breakthroughs, productivity and a stable path to the future. ● Spend community (our) money on services and infrastructure that help successful organizations and families thrive. Once you’ve seen how difficult it is to start a thriving business in a place without clean water, fast internet connections and a stable government of rational laws, it’s a lot harder to take what we’ve built for granted. Capital is selfish and it often seeks the highest possible short-term results. But capital isn’t driving our economy any longer, innovation by unique people is. And people aren’t so predictable. Linchpins are scarce. They can live where they choose, hire whom they want and build organizations filled with other linchpins. The race to the top will belong to communities that figure out how to avoid being the dumping ground for the organizational, social and physical pollution that factories create. San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce - Focused on Business October, November, December 2010 Quarterly Newsletter The third annual SOAR Education Fair was held at The San Marcos Conference Center on Saturday, October 9th from 10:00 AM -2:00 PM. The purpose of the Fair was to provide support and information for the San Marcos community for educational attainment in the community. The San Marcos Education Fair provided information on early childhood development; elementary, middle, and high schools in the area; college admission information and adult and continuing education opportunities. This year’s fair brought 56 booths and three activity stations where attendees could learn about the importance of educational attainment. This opportunity is one of the few chances that some families have for a “one stop shopping approach” to determine education initiatives in the community. The event allows us to reach out to underserved families to provide them with them with information about education in San Marcos. About SOAR Initiative SOAR is a collaboration of the San Marcos Educational Partners including Texas State University, San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District, the San Marcos Education Foundation, the San Marcos Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Austin Community College and the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce. Our mission is to provide opportunities to increase educational equity and academic achievement by closing the gaps for all San Marcos children through community engagement. Activities included an arts and crafts corner for career exploration, and a celebrity reading corner in which community members read to children. Joe Quioga, Agency Field Executive of State Farm stated, “State Farm is proud to help sponsor the San Marcos Educational Fair once again in 2010. Our agents are part of the San Marcos community and as such, we want to play an active role in the educational process.” Regional Speed Networking Recap When Was It? Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. San Marcos Conference Center at Embassy Suites 3101 South IH 35, San Marcos, TX Nearly 100 people gathered on Thursday, September 23rd A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors: to attend the first Regional Speed Networking event. This event was a partnership between the Dripping Springs, Kyle, Lockhart, San Marcos Area, San Marcos Hispanic, and Wimberley Chambers of Commerce to bring together Chamber members in the area to make it easier to meet and network with each other. For over an hour, attendees were able to give their "elevator speech" to nearly 50 different people! We would like to thank our sponsors who made it possible for this event to be free to our members. Bigelow Homes Broadway Bank Butler Manufacturing Central Texas Medical Center CenturyLink City of San Marcos Evergreen Southwest Frost Bank McCoy's Building Supply Priority Personnel, Inc. San Marcos Premium Outlets Stratford Company Tanger Outlet-San Marcos TCOR Insurance Management Time Warner Cable Wells Fargo Bank San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce - Focused on Business October, November, December 2010 Quarterly Newsletter Member-to-Member Discount Program Exclusive discounts for Chamber members and their employees! Member Name & Offering* Member Name & Offering* Member Name & Offering* AAMCO Transmission & Total Car Care $19.95 oil change (most cars); 10% off all repairs over $20 ABC Home & Commercial Services 10% off initial service for any annual contracts including pest control, rodent control & turf enrichment. Air Evac Lifeteam $40/year membership for a 1 member household; $45/year for a 2 member household; $50/year for a 3 or more member household Alpha Graphics 20% Off any print project AquaMesa Corporation 15% off offered services such as bookkeeping, clerical support, etc. Austin Extreme Graphics 10% discount on any banner, sign, or magnets Bada Bling 10% off any Consignment Purchase Bath Junkie Complimentary Hand Spa Treatment; Purchase a 4 oz. or 8 oz. Body Dessert and receive Signature Salt Scrub for 50% off or 15% off entire purchase of regular price merchandise Bizzy B’s Flowers 10% Off your purchase Booth Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center Initial Examination Fee waivered Bradzoil, Inc. 10% all services, excluding State Inspections Calli's Boutique 10% off regular merchandise Certified Carpet Cleaning, Inc. 15% off homes, office and retail carpet cleaning in Hays County Chili’s Grill & Bar Free Chips and Salsa Chuck Nash Auto Group 10% off any parts or service purchase (not valid with other coupons) 500 bonus points on rewards card for being a Chamber member. Contact Crystal for more information Conley Car Wash 10% off all services, Monday – Friday Cool Mint Café 15% discount on holiday gift baskets; FREE appetizer with purchase of entrée and beverage Craig O’s Pizza & Pastaria Free half-house or Caesar salad with any entrée purchase ($5.99 & above) Crystal Threads 15% off jewelry Culligan Water Conditioning Free Basic Installation Dermatology Laser Center & Spa 10% discount on all cosmetic services & products Diaz Martial Arts 4 Free weeks of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Boxing, Self Defense Program or Martial Arts with purchase of uniform Dixie Cream Donuts 2 Free fruit filled with each $5.00 purchase Econo Lodge 15% off of rack rates. Education Station Scrapbook Depot Buy One Friday Night Crop Bring a Friend for Free (one per month, $5 value) Ernie's Paint & Body Shop, Inc. 10% discount of repair bill up to $500 First United Methodist Church 4 Free Yoga Classes (Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) at the Church Activity Center The Floral Studio 10% off; can be called in or picked up Frank’s Automotive 10% off labor up to $100 Furr’s Family Dining Free Beverage with the purchase of a buffet Guaranteed Appliances 10% off any appliance purchase, part purchase or appliance repair; 10% off anything we do or sell Heartland Payment Systems 1/2 price on payroll, cost on gift & loyalty cards, cost plus merchant processing HH Fitness Initial month free to HH Fitness Bootcamps ($215 value) Hill Country RV Resort 10% discount on all rentals, cottages and RV sites for members or their families Hofmann’s Supply 15% off miller welders; 10% off PPG Automotive Paint Products Hot Spot Salon Free brow wax with other service Howard Johnson Extra 20% Discount on Room Rent. IBC Bank ½ off on opening deposit with Direct Deposit Integrity Blinds 10% off any order, not combined with any other discount IsAnZe Day Spa & Hair Co $5.00 off any service J & R Gymnastics $4.00 off Friday Night Fun! Call for 392-9882 for reservations J & S Solutions 15% off any service call (computer repair/network install) up to 2 hours, and $50.00 off your next service call for any referral. J-co Janitorial Supply Co. 1 can J-co Glass Cleaner with any order of $50; 1 can J-co Glass and 1 Honey Bowl with any order of $100 or more Josiesque Designs 10% Off Initial Website Design/Redesign KER Homes 2% Reduction in Final Bid Kuebler Waldrip Haus Bed and Breakfast $25.00 off of any 1 night reservation for 2 guests Little Guy Movers 10% off any move up to $1,000 Little Shoppe of Health 10% off on all items not on sale or stickered; no other discounts apply Los Cucos Mexican Café 20% Off Your Meal. Excludes Alcoholic Beverages. Not Valid with any other specials or discounts My Texas News 20% off first add purchase Neiman Marcus Last Call 20% off on a single item Pak Mail $5.00 off custom packaging Papersmith Janitorial & Foodservice Supply Free Floor Pad with any Floor Buffer Rental; Free Bowl Mop with Bolex Heavy-Duty Bowl Cleaner Purchase; 5% Off every purchase at www.papersmith.com with local delivery. Enter “smchamber” in Source Code at checkout. Prime Outlets – San Marcos Free Coupon Book, $7.00 value, worth hundreds in savings Ramada Limited 15% off Rack Rates River Bluff Cabin 10% Off Two-Night Reservations Rock Star Limo 15% discount on limousine rental- 2 hr. minimum Rosie’s Pizza FREE beverage with pizza purchase Saltgrass Steak House 10% off food and non-alcoholic beverages. Applies to Chamber tag members only. All applicable taxes apply. San Marcos Bluebonnet Lions Club Free lunch to first time visitors of Club meetings; meetings are held at noon on the 1st Tuesday of each month at the SM Activity Center Savannah Club Apartments 1 Bedroom $25 off, 2 Bedroom $30 off, 3 Bedroom $35 off each month’s rent Sean Patrick's Irish Pub 15% discount on food portion of bill w/proof of Chamber membership & purchase of any drink. Second To None 15% off one item in the store Seiko Additional 25% off total purchase. Discounts on top of current discount being offered in the store. Not to include final price items SERVPRO San Marcos/New Braunfels 10% off all services ($75 min charge still applies) Spa Botanica – Embassy Suites 20% off all services (gift certificates not included); 25% off all retail items Sylvan Learning Center of San Marcos No registration fee ($50 value) and 10% off tuition Tanger Outlet Center Free Tanger Coupon Book ($5 purchase value) with over $650 in added savings Texas Health & Racquet Club No enrollment, or FREE personal training Texas Manufacturing Asst. Center FREE 4-hour Business Assessment The Bug Master Exterminating $35 off Initial Pest Service, $75 off Rodent Control, $75 off Termite Control Tuttle Lumber Company 5% discount on non-sale Hardware items only Two P's Boutique 10% off regular merchandise Uncle Bob’s Self Storage 50% off 1st full month’s lease on storage space and FREE truck on move-in Veintec - Varicose Vein Clinic & Laser MedSpa 10% discount on all aesthetic (cosmetic) services & products Wayback Attic 10% off all items Wimberley Glass Works 10 % off purchases over $100 Woods Comfort Systems 15% off of any service call (excluding sales tax) World Gym No Enrollment Fee on Club Membership *Member-to-Member keytag must be presented at time of purchase. If you need a Member-to-Member keytag, please contact the Chamber at 512.393.5900 14 San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 2310 San Marcos, Texas 78667-2310 PRSRT STD U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 152 San Marcos, Texas 78666-2310 Address Label