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San Marcos Chamber of Commerce PO Box 2310 San Marcos, Texas 78667-2310

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May, 2009 Monthly Newsletter

Permit No. 152 San Marcos, Texas 78666-2310

city manager’s update BUSINESS AFTER-HOURS MIXER

WHEN: Thursday, May 21, 2009 WHERE: bath junkie, 3941 S. IH 35, Suite 112 TIME: 5:30 p.m. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A STAR TO BE PAMPERED LIKE ONE! COME OUT TO BATH JUNKIE FOR AN EVENING OF PAMPERING WITH CUSTOM BLENDED BATH PRODUCTS, MAKE UP TIPS AND OTHER SPA TREATMENTS. WHEN: Thursday, May 14, 2009 WHERE: San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, TX TIMES: 7:00 a.m. - Registration & Networking 7:05 a.m. - Breakfast Line Opens 7:30 a.m. - Program Begins COST: Early Bird Price: $10.00 if you RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 8th; $12.50 after May 8th City Manager, Rick Menchaca, will give a presentation on his accomplishments in his first year with the City, and what he hops to accomplish in the next year.


Chamber Staff

2008-2009 Board of Directors

Phyllis Snodgrass President

Chairman Chair-Elect Past Chair Treasurer Secretary Vice Chair Vice Chair Directors

Robert Watts Executive Vice President Eric Bonar Communications Manager Margaret Lindsey Membership Sales Director Joel Davis Bookkeeper

P.O. Box 2310 202 North C.M. Allen Pkwy. San Marcos, TX 78667 512.393.5900 (o) 512.393.5912 (f)

Moriah Eberhart Front Desk Manager Caroline Giles Part-time Receptionist

Convention & Visitor Bureau Rebecca Ybarra-Ramirez Director Angela Boland Tourism Promotion Coordinator Viola Sowell Group Tours Coordinator Lauren Davis Administrative Assistant

Economic Development San Marcos Amy Madison Director Rosemarry Lucio-Suniga Research Assistant

Dan Roy Joel Williams John Schott Earl Studdard Brenda Damron Michael Heintze Clay DeStefano Michelle Carswell Kay Wilson Chuck Nash Fraye Stokes Denise Collazo Joe Gomez Donna Hill Frank Leonardis Dan Stauffer

2008-2009 Committees Ambassadors Club Chair: Randy Bryan Vice Chair: Mitsie Benton Business Development Chair: Gloria Andrade-Merrell Education Chair: Rick Bell Vice Chair: Theresa Knight Golf Fest Chair: Bill Pennington Government Affairs Chair: Don Garrett Vice Chair: Wayne Becak Leads Groups Wednesday Chair: Ryan Patrick Perkins Vice Chair: Darlena Basham Treasurer: Tim Snodgrass Thursday Chair: Jason Lemley Vice Chair: Connie Ulmer Treasurer: Steven Forrester Natural Resources Chair: Clay DeStefano Special Events Chair: Kristy Stark Vice Chair: Margaret Ennis Secretary: Tracy Herman

Dale Carnegie® Breakfast Seminar

Coaching for High Performance

Dale Carnegie® Breakfast Seminar MAY 6, 2009 7:30AM—9:30AM Saltgrass Steakhouse 221 Sessoms Drive


San Marcos, Texas

Finding high performers is a challenge. Coaching people to higher levels of performance is even more challenging! In this breakfast seminar we will examine how to make sure you have all of the right people in the right positions performing at an optimum level.

COST: $29


You will learn these 4 things: •

How to determine if you have the right person in the right role

How to create buy-in to new ideas and strategies

To provide “in the moment” feedback to improve performance

A proven coaching process


Co-Sponsored by:

APRIL 2009 NEW MEMBERS Country Inn & Suites Hotels/Motels Vic Patel 1560 IH-35 South San Marcos, TX 78666 512.392.8111

Dale Carnegie Training Business Consulting & Training David Wright 1717 N-IH 35, Suite 217 Round Rock, TX 78664 512.349.7000

True Vineyard Ministries, Inc. Non-Profit Organization Diana Wiley 317 West San Antonio Street San Marcos, TX 78666 512.392.7463

APRIL 2009 RENEWALS Your Continued Support of the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce is Greatly Appreciated. Company Head, Benjamin San Marcos Real Estate Wide-Lite Corporation Gilmore Companies San Marcos Area Board of Realtors Capital Farm Credit Sign-Arts Aquarena Center San Marcos Housing Authority Victory Cleaners B F I/ Allied Waste A+ Federal Credit Union San Marcos Flower Company Nick Icossipentarhos T.G. Canoe & Kayaks Aire Serv Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union Randall Morris & Associates Culligan Water Conditioning Hays-Caldwell Women's Center Pets and Moore The Verandah Apartments Arby's Papersmith Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Sagebrush Landscaping Wonderland School Westhill Paving, Inc. Century 21-The Excell Team Southwest Plumbing Inc. Second to None Upscale Resale Carquest Auto Parts

Date Joined 04/01/1978 04/01/1979 04/01/1980 04/01/1980 04/01/1980 04/01/1980 04/01/1982 04/01/1983 04/01/1983 04/01/1983 04/01/1983 04/01/1984 04/01/1985 04/01/1985 04/01/1986 04/19/1987 04/01/1988 04/01/1990 04/01/1990 04/01/1990 04/01/1992 04/01/1993 04/01/1994 04/01/1994 04/01/1996 04/01/1997 04/01/1998 04/01/1998 04/01/1998 04/01/1999 04/01/1999 04/01/1999 04/01/1999

Company Date Joined Guaranteed Appliances 04/01/1999 Transit Mix Concrete and Materials Company 04/01/1999 Texas State University-Community Relations 04/01/2000 Grande Communications, Inc. 04/05/2000 Wolf Creek Ranch 04/05/2000 Corridor Financial - Insurance & Investments 04/10/2000 San Marcos Police Department 04/16/2000 Gabriel & Son's Upholstery 04/01/2002 Ameritex Builders, Inc. 04/02/2002 Hart Properties-Rene Ruiz, Realtor 04/12/2002 Mary Kay Cosmetics - Trisha Taylor 04/01/2003 Sunset After School Program 04/25/2003 One Source Family Chiropractic 04/08/2004 Townwood Apartments 04/19/2004 San Marcos Toastmasters 04/22/2004 Danny Webber Realty & Lending Associates 04/02/2007 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas 04/12/2007 The Floral Studio 04/19/2007 The PEO Link 04/05/2008 Asian Garden 04/07/2008 Folding Chairs Plus 04/09/2008 Keith Mock Construction 04/09/2008 McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen 04/14/2008 Industry State Bank - Loan Production Office 04/14/2008 Wyndham Vacation Resorts 04/24/2008

Contact: Amy C. Madison, Executive Director, Economic Development San Marcos Office: 512.393.5907 Cell: 512.757.1810 Fax: 512.393.5912 For Immediate Release on Thursday, April 09, 2009

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY LAUNCHED Public Encouraged to Take Online Survey San Marcos, TX – Economic Development San Marcos (EDSM), together with partners in two counties, three cities, three educational facilities, a hospital and retail outlet company, has announced a seven-month process to deliver a long-term strategic community and economic development plan for the Greater San Marcos Area. “Our desire is to create a strong stakeholder partnership for economic development, one that will work together to develop long-term strategies to help our community grow and prosper. With this great partnership, we have exceeded our expectations,” said Mayor Susan Narvaiz. The regional group, Partners for Progress, contributed initial funding earlier this year to work with the City of San Marcos and hire Market Street Services, Inc., a community and economic development consulting firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. Partners for Progress includes the City of San Marcos, Economic Development San Marcos, San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, Hays County, Caldwell County, the City of Lockhart, the City of Luling, Prime Outlets, Texas State University-San Marcos, Central Texas Medical Center, San Marcos CISD, and Gary Job Corps. “Virtually every community across the county is facing a challenging economy. However, today’s uncertainty should not prevent local economic developers from planning for the future. The timing of this process is essential for Greater San Marcos to build its capacity to move its economy forward,” said Mac Holladay, Market Street CEO. Last week, the firm conducted a series of focus groups and individual interviews with over 150 local business, government, education and civic leaders. The entire business community and Greater San Marcos Area residents may also provide feedback through an online survey located at The survey link is located in homepage upper left corner. The survey results, combined with key demographic and market data, competitive assessment findings, a target business analysis and a workforce assessment, will be used to develop the first comprehensive plan for economic development in the Greater San Marcos Area. About Economic Development San Marcos Economic Development San Marcos is a public-private partnership between the City of San Marcos and the Greater San Marcos Chamber of Commerce that is responsible for creating new primary jobs through business retention, expansion, and recruitment. The organization has a 12member board that also oversees incentive requests and the economic development strategic plan for the city.


presents….. “Soaring to New Heights!” 25th Annual Auction Saturday, May 30, 2009 LBJ Student Center Ballroom Texas State University 6:30 PM Tickets $25 per person For more information, please contact: Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center PO Box 234, San Marcos, TX 78667-0234 512-396-3404 • Sponsorship Levels Eagle Sponsor ($2500) receives listing on large display banner the night of the event, 16 admission tickets, reservations for two tables with priority placement (MUST RSVP), a listing on the inside of the program, Eagle Sponsor listing in a thankyou ad, and table gift. Falcon Sponsor ($1000) receives 16 admission tickets, reservations for two tables (MUST RSVP), a listing on the inside of the program, Falcon Sponsor listing in a thank-you ad, and a table gift. Mockingbird Sponsor ($750) receives 10 admission tickets, reservations for one table (MUST RSVP), a listing on the inside of the program, Mockingbird Sponsor listing in a thank-you ad. Cardinal Sponsor ($500) receives 8 admission tickets, reservation for one table (MUST RSVP), a listing on the inside of the program, Cardinal Sponsor listing in a thank-you ad. Dove Sponsor ($300) receives 4 admission tickets, a listing on the inside of the program, Dove Sponsor listing in a thankyou ad. Hummingbird Sponsor ($150) receives 2 admission tickets, a listing inside of the program, and Hummingbird Sponsor listing in a thank-you ad. Proceeds from the auction are used to provide services to victims of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse in Hays and Caldwell counties.

RIBBON CUTTINGS Goodwill Job Center

Comfort Connection

Conley Express Lube

2019 Clovis Barker Rd. San Marcos, TX 78666 512.392.4663

The Vineyard Marketplace

1005 Highway 80 San Marcos, TX 78666 512.392.4020 1200 Thorpe Ln. San Marcos, TX 78666 512.805.7500

Wimberley Brewing Company & Brew Pub

Texas State Optical

317 West San Antonio Street San Marcos, TX 78666 512.392.8463 2406 Hunter Road, Suite 102 San Marcos, TX 78666 512.353.8932

9595 Ranch Road 12, Suite 13 Wimberley, TX 78676 512.847.3113

San Marcos Baptist Academy - Mafrige Fitness Center 2801 Ranch Road 12 San Marcos, TX 78666 512.353.2400

ROCKY RIVER GRILLE At the Embassy Suites San Marcos Hotel, Spa and Conference Center Introduces…

TUSCAN TUESDAY Beginning April 14, 2009, please join us every Tuesday from 11:00 – 1:30 p.m. for the

Pasta Bar Buffet $8.00* Pasta and ingredients of your choice plus Salad and Bread

Watch our Chefs in Action As we create An Italian Lunch just for you! Business Card Give-a-Way each week! You could win a great prize just for showing up! 1001 E. McCarty Lane


*Beverages, tax and gratuity not included. (Reservations not needed.)

Calendar of Events* May

5/1 5/5

5/6 5/7 5/8 5/10 5/13 5/14 5/15 5/16 5/21

5/25 5/27


May Day Viva! Cinco de Mayo Celebration (1st-2nd) Cinco de Mayo Beginning of University Final Exams Ambassadors Club meeting HUB Certification Seminar Coaching for High Performance (Dale Carnegie) Education Committee meeting Leads Group meeting V.E. Day Mother’s Day Leads Group meeting Training Workshop - Managing Your Credit Score Eggs & Issues Breakfast - City Manager’s Update University Commencement Ceremonies Presdient’s 12 @ 12 University Commencement Ceremonies Government Affairs Committee meeting - Scott Gallagher, City Airport Manager Leads Group meeting Business After-Hours Mixer - bath junkie Memorial Day Natural Resources Committee meeting Leads Group meeting Training Workshop-Changes in Employers Obligations in Challenging Economic Times Chamber Board of Directors meeting Business Development Committee meeting

June 6/2 6/3 6/4 6/6 6/10 6/11 6/12 6/14 6/18 6/19 6/21 6/22 6/24 6/25

Ambassadors Club meeting Last day of School for SMCISD Education Committee meeting Leads Group meeting SMCISD High School Graduation Ceremony Leads Group meeting Chamber Luau President’s 12 @ 12 Flag Day Government Affairs Committee meeting - Dr. Patty Shafer Leads Group meeting Juneteenth Father’s Day First Day of Summer Natural Resources Committee meeting Leads Group meeting Chamber Board of Directors meeting Business Development Committee meeting

*For more information on these events, please visit the Chamber’s Online Community Calendar.

How Historically Underutilized Businesses can attract more business! The Essentials of HUB Certification Tuesday, May 5, 2009 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Your company’s status as a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) can be used to increase your business opportunities within the local community and state-wide! This seminar will provide you with valuable information and resources to help you obtain your HUB Certification with the State of Texas. Yolanda Strey, HUB Specialist in Texas State University’s HUB Outreach Program, will present the seminar. Ms. Strey will share her secrets for successfully obtaining and marketing your HUB Certification. She will also discuss: • Benefits of HUB Certification in obtaining contracts with government and other entities that have a supplier diversity program. • Qualifications and eligibility criteria for obtaining HUB Certification. • Secrets to completing your HUB Certification application and ensuring speedy processing. • How to make your HUB Certified business more visible to government agencies throughout the state. • Where to go for more information, resources, and assistance with HUB Certification. The Seminar will be held at the Chamber’s Board Room and costs $35 (includes lunch). To reserve a seat for the seminar or for more information, please contact the training coordinator: F.C. Caranikas, PhD, at the Texas State SBDC (phone–512.716.4820; email – Thank you!

aquarena plaza Aquarena Plaza. A unique lifestyle destination for San Marcos. A cozy oasis of eclectic shopping and diverse local dining, woven into the Hill Country landscape just moments from IH 35 and the Texas State University campus. Meet, relax, stroll and shop under majestic oaks and pecans. More than what you would expect to find, just what you hoped for. Pictures from April 24, 2009 Ground Breaking Ceremony

Subway, Hot Spots Locating, Vance J. Elliott Realty Group, Colloquium Bookstore and Crazy Good Yogurt are just a few businesses who will be located in our new business center.

For leasing information, please contact either: Vance Elliott Darrell David Vance J. Elliott Realty Group HighFLEX Ventures, LLC P.O. Box 1597 P.O. Box 312399 San Marcos, TX 78666 New Braunfels, TX 78131 512.353.3002 office 830.625.8554 office 512.393.1880 cell 830.832.2800 cell

2009 May Newsletter  
2009 May Newsletter  

The May, 2009 Newsletter I created for the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce.