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The Hill Country’s premier business publication

Vol. 7, Issue 8 • August 2019

BusinessLin E D I T I O N

Shop & Save Make the most out of tax-free weekend

Kerrville: A hub of educational opportunities

Workforce Development Explore vocational training options

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CHAMBER BOARD OFFICERS Lisa Winters Chairwoman of the Board, Peterson Health Tim Rye Chairman-Elect, Peterson Medical Associates Mike Wittler First Vice Chairman, Kerrville Public Utility Board Gregg Appel Immediate Past Chairman of the Board, Centennial Bank Justin Foster Treasurer, Community First National Bank Tricia Byrom Secretary, Guadalupe Bank

CHAMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS Michael Anglin, ARTIFEX42 Brian Bowers, Centennial Bank Rose Bradshaw, So Fast Printing Allison Bueche, Kerrville Public Utility Board Shawna Fahrenthold, Alamo Colleges Clint Fiore, Texas Business Buyers LLC David Reast, Schreiner University Kerry Sutton, HCTC Sue Tiemann, Brinkman Preferred Properties

CHAMBER STAFF E. Walter “Walt” Koenig III President and CEO, Rachel London Vice President and COO, Theresa Metcalf Director of Finance and Human Resource, Angela North Membership Director, Jennifer Lord Receptionist,

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Chairman’s CORNER

Get ready to go back to school Second only to serving as your board chair and working now for Peterson Health, I cherish my tenure with Kerrville Independent School District. Working for the district as the public information specialist, coupled with the privilege of raising my children through the district, was priceless. From the second Rowdy and Rayne enrolled at Tom Daniels Elementary, through B.T. Wilson, then Hal Peterson Middle School, to the homestretch at Tivy High School, I woke up so grateful not for just the academic rigor and challenge, but the empowering love and support of all of the teachers. But it doesn’t stop there! An extended school family daily touches students, too. From food services staff to maintenance teams and amazing bus drivers who keep a watchful eye on our kids. To this day, I smile when I see a yellow school bus — I really do. There are more unsung heroes. Did you know that our school board members are volunteers? They don’t get paid, yet they are deeply invested in their elected positions. They put in countless hours of service and time away from their own busy careers and professions. They complete mountains of required training, spend time reading and researching school policies and best practices and avail themselves the welcomed contact and concerns of the public. What great community members. They have created a legacy of excellence, wanting only the very best for the kids, their families and their community. We are also blessed by organizations like the Kerrville Public School Foundation, the Tivy Athletic Booster Club, campus PTO’s throughout Kerr County and mentors who each week return to the kids they so deeply care about and hope to help. Thanks also to our higher institutions, Alamo Community College and Schreiner University. How lucky we are to have both that are so important to furthering the education of our youth. I’ve had the honor to work with both on many levels. As we prepare to go back to school, join me in keeping all of our educators, school personnel, students and families in our prayers. Remember your chamber is here to support you every step of the way!

Lisa Winters Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman of the Board, 2019

Table of CONTENTS Membership

Get to Know People & Places Events Leadership & Education You are cordially invited to attend the


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Table of contents 6 Ribbon cuttings at area businesses 8 Get ready to shop on tax-free weekend

8 Preparing for the school year

14 Adult education options

18 Chamber mixer recap 4 BusinessLink • August 2019

9 Vocational opportunities offered by Kerrville ISD 11 Sales tax holiday 12 Gil Salinas of KEDC on workforce development 17 Walt Keonig on developing entreprenuers 21 Save the date for digital marketing training 22 Events Calendar

Welcome, new members! Bronze

• Ciao Bella Boutique – Jenn Bledsoe 830-890-5391 • Color Street Nails- Jane Neuenschwander 210-260-2787 • LeafFilter North of Texas – Alyssa Manco 800-726-7703 ext. 1291 • Raising Cane’s – Chantel Romero 512-589-7694 • Renewal by Anderson – Amy Gutierrez 512-279-4375 • Zenith Digital Marketing – Alex Lord 830-377-0066


• Hill Country Christian Counseling Center – Brenda Fudge 830-257-3009


• Safeguard Business Systems – Justin Wagner 404-402-1109

Thank you, returning members! Bronze • Ag Pro • Apache Rifle Works • Arms of Hope • BCI Custom Homes • Buck Valley Ranch • Bumdoodlers Lunch Company • Business Brokers of Texas, Inc • Christian Men’s Job Corp • Coldwell Banker - Bob Moore • D W Electric Co. • Edward Jones - Grant Mein • El Sombrero de Jalisco Restaurant • Fox Tank Company • G and G Consulting • Hill Country Crisis Council • Hill Country Dental Associates • Hill Country Distillers, LLC • Hill Country Smiles • Kerr-Konnect • Kerr Country Pump • Kerrville Pentecostals • Klemme’s River Run Lodge • League of Women Voters • Leslie, Craig L., Attorney at Law • Mayfield Paper Company • Midway Wrecker Service • Natives of Texas • Peak Fitness

• Ranch Radio Group • Reichenau, Jerry Construction Co., Inc. • Risinger, Brad A., D.D.S., M.S.D. • River Oaks Framing Co., LLC • River Oaks Shopping Center • Schmidt, Arthur Construction Co., LLC • Sidney Baker Luxury Apartments • Society of St Vincent de Paul • Spears Mobile Homes, Inc. • Stuff Safe Secure Storage • Sunbelt Securities • Taco Casa • Taylor Properties • Texas Public Radio/KTXI FM 90.1 • The Botanical Shoppe • The Science Mill • T-N-S & Sign Engraving Co. • Vick Insurance • Vordenbaum Engineering • Wilson Asset Management, Inc. Silver • Bark Avenue Pet Spa • Cuerna Vaca Cabins on Johnson Creek • Dean Mitchell Masonry • Dietert Center • Equitech-Bio, Inc. • Gipson Real Estate Services, LLC • Hill Country Safety Training • McCoy’s Building Supply Center • Ranchers ATV and Tractor, LLC • Rustic Elegance, LLC. Gold • Another Closet Self Storage • Bosworth Company, The • Buddy’s Septic & Water Well Service, LLC • Hill Country Youth Ranch • Raphael Community Free Clinic • Realty Executives - Jaylynn Perkins • W Gynecology and Women’s Wellness Platinum • Douville, Goldman & Associates, PLLC • Kerrville Public Utility Board • Precision Dermatology, PA • Windstream Communication Platinum • Camp Stewart for Boys, Inc. • Precision Dentistry and Implants of Kerrville • Robert Glossop Jr. Individual • Murr, Andy

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Membership Ribbon cuttings

Home Simple Goods Home Simple Goods celebrated its grand opening and new chamber membership on July 23. Business partners Christina Lincoln and Wendi Ryland offer fresh, modern furnishings with a mix of new and vintage pieces. They also will open a location in Fredericksburg. They are accepting consultations. For information, visit www., 223 Earl Garrett St., or call 830-307-9798.

Prime Capital Investment Advisors - Central Texas Prime Capital Investment Advisors celebrated its new chamber membership on July 9. The financial services business offers a collaborative approach personalized to each of its client’s goals. For information, contact Wyatt Schrepfer at 830-816-5131.

Outreach & Education Programs Community Projects


Classroom Activities

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Hill Country Arts Foundation The Hill Country Arts Foundation celebrated its 60th anniversary with a ribbon cutting timed with a theater reunion and exhibit of artists. For information about the HCAF, visit 120 Point Theatre Road, or

El Sol De Mexico The Chamber of Commerce helped El Sol De Mexico, 1028 Water St., celebrate its grand reopening. The restaurant welcomes walk-ins and is a good place for kids and family. They offer take out and catering and indoor and outdoor seating. For information, call 830-257-9777.

Ciao Bella Boutique On July 19, Ciao Bella Boutique celebrated its grand opening and new chamber membership. The business offers trendy styles at affordable prices for women and teen girls (sizes small to 3X). Visit 1444 Sidney Baker St., or online at


Learn what it takes to get your business past $250k in revenue with a Lunch & Learn interactive video presentation by Stephanie Scheller/UTSA of the Small Business Development Center. The session is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1p .m. Friday, Aug. 23, in the chamber conference room. RSVP to

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Useful tidbits Community info

Getting ready for school

Hal Peterson holds a student registration event in 2015. Times file photo

School officials help families prepare for 1st day Story by Ariel Lutnesky The first day of school is only a few more calendar squares away. That means it’s time to prep so that young scholars can start out as fresh and sharp as the tips of their pencils. Micah Wrase, school psychologist for the Kerrville Independent School District, said one of the important things to do for youths to get used to school is establishing a strong routine. The routines that need special attention? Mornings and evenings, Wrase said. Bit by bit, start adjusting wakeup times and bedtimes to get them to match school schedules. Lack of sleep is one of the most common issues Wrase said he’s seen. “It never fails — I’m on the elementary campuses during that first week of school and you’ve got these kids who haven’t been able

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to adjust to a different sleep pattern that’s better for them,” he said. “They are tired.” Medical preparation is important, too, said Wrase. Students who participate in sports may require getting an annual physical exam. Miranda Williams, licensed vocational nurse at Kerrville Pediatrics, said there are three ages that need to pay the doctor a visit specifically to get vaccinations: 4-yearolds need tetanus, polio and chicken pox shots; seventh-graders need tetanus and meningitis shots, and HPV shots are strongly recommended; and 16-year-olds need meningitis shots. “There’s a lot of flu, common colds and stuff like that during the flu season,” Williams said. “Don’t share food or drinks and wash your hands frequently.”

Flu season doesn’t start until later in the school year, but it doesn’t hurt to be extra cautious, she said. Flu shots are available in the beginning of October. But other than getting medically up-to-date, it’s important to get the mind academically warmed up and buzzing, Wrase said. That could be as simple as getting kids to journal about their lives. “A whole lot of English classes at the beginning of the year will ask the students to write about their summer,” Wrase said. “Maybe if they’re thinking about it, they’d feel more prepared and confident.” Journaling could also help ease the first-day anxieties kids may be going through, too. See School, page 13

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Kerrville ISD offers vocational training options We are excited to return to school for the 2019-20 school year. It is hard to imagine that this school year we will enter the next decade of this millennium. With our students’ futures in mind, we continuously evaluate the secondary academic programs we offer our students at Tivy High School. We are acutely aware that not every student desires to go to a university or other post-secondary institution after high school, and many will want to immediately join the workforce. With that in mind, we try to give both the collegebound and workforce-bound student opportunities to explore careers while still in high school. These different course offerings attempt to mirror many of the needs of the local and regional economy. For example, we have a robust Health Science program with two teachers and multiple courses. We offer a pathway for certified nurse assistants and provide Health Science I and II. The Health Science II course offers clinical rotations at Peterson Regional Medical Center for Tivy students, and the CNA program leads to a certification that can make a graduate immediately employable in a doctor’s office or clinic. Our automotive program offers students the opportunity to learn basic and advanced repair skills and several ASE certification levels. We have had a number of students earn ASE workforce certifications in engine performance and repair, suspension and steering, brakes, and electrical systems. Through our Ag Department last year, our Welding program certified 20 students in

“We are acutely aware that not every student desires to go to a university or other post-secondary institution after high school ... With that in mind, we try to give both the college-bound and workforcebound student opportunities to explore careers while still in high school.” — Mark Foust Kerrville ISD Superintendent

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Foust Continued from page 9 American Welding Society (AWS) Level 1. Also, we reinstituted our Construction Science program to provide students with exposure to trades that are much needed in our community. We hope to bridge the construction program with needs to build housing in our community and will be reaching out to local organizations for projects in the coming months. Finally, we had enormous success last school year with a new Internship Course for interested upperclassmen at Tivy High School. This course allowed students an intern opportunity at local businesses to job shadow and complete a capstone project that would both benefit the business and help our students grow. KISD had interns at KPUB, Wellborne Engineering, Davidson Freedle Espenhover & Overby,

Certified Public Accountants, and Kerrville Pediatrics, to name a few. This fall, with support from the Kerrville Public School Foundation, AOPA and the Kerrville Municipal Airport, we are beginning a new Aviation program at Tivy High School. This program will allow students to pursue the ground school portion of a private pilot license and to explore careers in the rapidly expanding aviation industry. KISD is one of only a handful of school districts in the state to embark on an aviation program.

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These are some of the programs that give our students real-world exposure to local and regional occupations. We will continue to revise and develop our program offerings to meet the everchanging needs of our workforce and continue to reach out to local businesses and our community for support in these endeavors at Kerrville ISD. Mark Foust is the superintendent of Kerrville Independent School District.

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From school supplies, to clothes, to athletic gear, preparing kids to return to school can be an expensive proposition. Fortunately, Texas’ annual sales tax holiday in August can help with some of the costs. The sales tax holiday, set for Aug. 9-11 this year, eliminates sales tax on most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks (sold for less than $100), as long as the purchase is made from a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller conducting business in Texas. During this annual sales tax holiday, you can buy most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks (sold for less than $100) tax free from a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas. The Texas Comptroller’s office provides a list of qualifying items on its website at www.comptroller.

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KEDC’s Gil Salinas talks workforce Talent stagnation — That’s what many rural communities, and certain major metros, are facing in the next decade due to the exodus of their young talent. Very different from loss of population, talent stagnation is the result of brain drain and a particular city or region not being able to replenish the young talent with new recruits. Kerrville is not necessarily in that situation, but if we’re not careful, we could join the list of cities in that category. The strength of a city lies in its population base, the demographic, its young talent and workforce growth. Kerrville checks the boxes, except for workforce. Our growth, just under 1 percent, is not up to par with the rest of the nation, where U.S. metros have grown by an average of 6 percent since 2010. Allow me to explain why this is important in the world of economic development. Corporate executives want to see economic development organizations, such as mine, have a workforce strategy in place. They want to see the community have a plan which retains its talent and creates an environment where a workforce can flourish. Let’s look at it from a corporate executive’s point of view: They invest millions of dollars in relocating or expanding an operation into a select city, where capital investment, start-up costs and employee recruitment and training are pretty significant. They have to figure out a return on investment that is no more than 10 years out in order to avoid shutting down. Hence, economic development See Salinas, page 16

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Please join us in extending a word of “Thanks!” to these businesses for sponsoring the major events being held in 2019 by the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce. Because of their generosity and support, we will be able to continue to educate and serve our membership and community about shared opportunities, issues and challenges.


“The strength of a city lies in its population base, the demographic, its young talent and workforce growth. Kerrville checks the boxes, except for workforce. Our growth, just under 1 percent, is not up to par with the rest of the nation.“ — Gil Salinas Chief Operating Officer, Kerr Economic Development Corporation




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not prepared with school supplies for them or other things that are stressing us out, they’ll feel that too.”

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Wrase suggested having them list what they’re excited about and what they’re nervous about. “My experience with any kid, including my own, is that as they start to worry about stuff,” Wrase said. “Many times they tend to hold it in because they feel like maybe they shouldn’t be worried or it’s not normal, but it is quite typical to have that anxiety. ... They should know that they’re not alone in some of these things.” Sitting down with the students and asking them open-ended questions about their new school, grade and teachers, or maybe even going to scout out the new campus may also ease the stress. “Realize that our anxieties as parents oftentimes project onto our kids and they can sense that quite a bit,” Wrase said. “If we’re

School supply lists for each grade in KISD can be found at But there are some important things to consider purchasing that may not be on the list, such as back-up binders for when the first one breaks in the middle of the semester. “The kids are going class to class, they toss them on the desk, they fall on the ground,” Wrase said. “They’re packed with papers and they just rip. Literally just rip apart. Before you know it, the papers are everywhere and it’s a nightmare.” Kids with allergies requiring epipens should make sure they have epipens that won’t expire during the year, as well as an allergy action plan. The same goes for children with asthma, except with inhalers and an asthma action plan, Willams added.


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Cover story Education

Becoming our best selves

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In this Kerrville Daily Times file photo Schreiner University students gather to look through telescopes on Eclipse Day.

Kerrville: A hub of higher ed opportunities Story by Nancy Foster In the words of Henry Ford, learning is an important part of life. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or at 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” Although this renowned founder of Ford Motor Company passed away in 1947, his advice still rings true today. People choose to learn for vastly different reasons. Some may be contemplating a new career, others strive to be on the cutting edge of their field and many just want to learn something new. Educational programs enrich lives, bolster confidence and provide the means to meet and interact with others with similar interests. In Kerrville, opportunities for learning are within easy reach, whether it be attending courses at a college or university, learning a new trade or mastering a new craft. There’s something out there to suit every age group, every interest and every budget.

Schreiner University Kerrville has the good fortune to be home to award-winning Schreiner University, and Toby Appleton in University Relations

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points out its diversity of academic programs. “Schreiner University is not only here to help all students interested in pursuing a college education but is also committed to life-long learning. Schreiner has opportunities for current high school students, those who already have their degree, and those who are simply seeking knowledge. Students interested in taking classes just for knowledge rather than credit may register as auditors and senior auditors on a space-available basis.” Contact Schreiner Admissions office at 830-792-7217, or go to, for a list of all on-campus lectures and cultural events.

Alamo Colleges At the Alamo Colleges District, Greater Kerrville Center at 1012 Barnett St., registration for fall sessions ends on Aug. 18, and classes begin Aug. 26. This center, the only non-private higher educational facility in the area, offers two dozen courses to choose from, including Art Appreciation, Texas Government, Texas History, College

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Vocational training Looking for a career change? Opportunities to learn a new trade can also be found in Kerrville. The BK Cosmo College of Cosmetology on 320 W. Water Street sees enrollees from all ages. New owners Kevin and Brandy Scoggins say they attract students from all over the Hill Country since theirs is the only school of its kind between San Angelo and San Antonio. They currently offer two full-time cosmetology programs that can be completed within a year. Placement assistance is provided for graduates. 830-896-2380

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Salinas Continued from page 12 about providing an adequate workforce for these companies, which in turn provides the companies an opportunity at reaching their ROI in order to be successful. For Kerrville, we need that young talent to replenish our retiring workforce. The good news is that the bulk of talent is being lost to the Austin-San Antonio metropolis. Not too far away, which puts us in a great position to recruit some of our Kerrville alums back to Kerrville. Perhaps they can expand an operation in our area or work remotely from our city for their clients in Austin and San Antonio. The KEDC is in the process of implementing such a strategy not only to avoid becoming a talent-stagnate city, but to take Kerrville to a different level. One where talent will be driving the growth of the area, which in turn will attract forward thinking companies to our city. More on our strategy in a later issue. Gil Salinas is the chief operating officer of the Kerrville Economic Development Corporation.

ABOUT kerr economic development corporation • KEDC is housed in the chamber of commerce building at 1700 Sidney Baker St., Suite 100. • KEDC targets five industry sectors in Kerr County, including avionics/aerospace, energy, advanced manufacturing, craft agriculture, and hotel & convention.

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Year of the Entrepreneur

The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Kerr Economic Development Corporation have declared 2019 as the “Year of the Entrepreneur.” A focus on entrepreneurship makes sense. From our very founding, Kerrville has had entrepreneurship deeply embedded within its DNA. Our founding families were all entrepreneurs. This entrepreneurial history continued with the establishment of hundreds of businesses, large and small. From the founding of the first H-E-B to James Avery Jewelry to Mooney Aircraft, entrepreneurship has been the backbone of Kerrville’s economy. The entrepreneurial spirit continues today. The fantastic membership growth experienced by the chamber has been almost exclusively driven by new businesses. The community also very much appreciates our entrepreneurial businesses. The Kerrville 2050 Comprehensive Plan identifies the fostering of entrepreneurial enterprises as a strategic objective. To this end, the chamber continues to support programs to provide mentorship, education and access to finance to support our local entrepreneurs. For the past several months, SCORE mentors have been serving our community and our local businesses. Formally known as the Service Corps of Retired Executives, SCORE provides mentorship and education services to both startups and existing businesses. SCORE is the nation’s largest network of volunteers, expert business mentors, with more than 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters. As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE has helped more than 11 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964. The entrepreneurs

“The fantastic membership growth experienced by the chamber of commerce has been almost exclusively driven by new businesses.” — Walt Koenig CEO and President, Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce

See Koenig, page 21

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Chamber mixer From left, Marti Ashcraft, Michael Anglin, Allison Bueche, Justin Hamilton and Caitlin Probandt.

Good times, good signs Chamber members mix, mingle at TNS Engraving The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours Mixer was hosted by T-N-S Engraving & Sign Shop, located just off Water St., Kerrville. Tito Olvera is the owner and operator of the business that specializes in signs, banners, decals, vehicle wraps, awards, trophies and engraving. The July 22 mixer brought in friends, community members and other business owners. Food was catered by Buzzie’s BarB-Q and water provided by Water Tree, one of the chamber’s newest members. Guests enjoyed beverages in special cups created by Tito.

Zoe Van Dyke, Amanda Calderon, Pete Calderon and Zac Mulder.

The Membership Drawing for $1,800 was not won — so the amount will be $1,900 at the next mixer.

Mark your calendar The August Chamber mixer will be in conjunction with First Wine Share and Business Expo hosted at The Hill Country Youth Center, 3785 Highway 27 Kerrville. Admission is Free. Contact Angela North at 830-896-1155 for information. Story by Devin Sanchez, Photos by Valerie Tucker

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Patti and Jim Feagan.

Above: Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce’s two interns, Devin Sanchez and Sidney Blain.

Co-owners and employees at TNS Engraving & Sign Shop.

At right: Jesse Trevino and Leia Trevino.

At left: Jeff Talarico and Margie Jetton. Below: Caleb and Kaycee Schmerbeck.


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Koenig Continued from page 17 of Kerrville now have access to this incredible network of business experts. It’s very important to emphasize that all of the SCORE services are provided to business owners free of charge, and chamber membership isn’t required. More than a dozen local businesses are receiving SCORE mentorship and we are continuing to serve more businesses every day. There are two important ways you can support this undertaking. If you are an entrepreneur and need help to establish your business or to take your business to the next level, let us know. We will get you registered and begin the mentor matchmaking process and keep you aware of educational

Secondly, if you are an experienced business executive, either retired or active and want to help by being a mentor, instructor or subject matter expert, let us know. We will provide additional information on the requirements for becoming a certified mentor or guidance on how to become a program support professional. The Chamber and the KEDC want to leave our entrepreneurs with an important message. We admire your imagination, courage and efforts. Your success is important to our community and to our local economy. We are here to help in any way that we can. You don’t have to go it alone! Walt Koenig is the CEO and president of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce. He can be reached at 830-896-1155 or

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Rotary Club of Kerrville

The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Gardens, 520 Benson Driveh | 928-7774 or |

Inn of the Hills, 1001 Junction Highway | 512-787-7964 or |


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Kiwanis Club of Kerrville 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.

Kerrville Kroc Center, 201 Holdsworth Drive | 343-7327 or

Friends of the Library Book Sale



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Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library, 505 Water St. | 895-0592 or friendskerrville@

Kerrville Host Lions Club Noon–1 p.m.

Kerrville Farmers Market 4–7 p.m.

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Kerrville Kroc Center, 201 Holdsworth Drive | 512-779-4166 |

Kerrville Morning Rotary 6:45–8 a.m.



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Friday Wine share 6-7:30 p.m.

Ranch Radio Group, 3505 Fredericksburg Road | http://www.


Tuesday Coffee Talk with Monica Thomason

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Museum of Western Art, 1550 Bandera Highway, Kerrville | 896-2553 or or visit

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Chamber of Commerce | 896-1155 or angie@

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Family Free Day at the Museum of Western Art 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

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Texas Arts & Crafts Fair 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Weekends “Our Town” (play)

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