TEXAS CITY — Texas City’s Small Business Week is all about staying local.

The four-day event, which runs Aug. 4-7, focuses on small businesses in Texas City and provides a platform for them to reach out to new costumers, said Jenny Senter, vice president of the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce.

In its fourth year, the event began as a one-day business fair at College of the Mainland. But with the partnership of the city, the chamber and the Small Business Development Center, the event has expanded to include a day focusing on retailers, a day to highlight restaurants and a wrap-up party on Sixth Street.

“We are very blessed here to (have) major petrochemical companies in our communities, but small business, as everybody knows, are the backbone of all of our communities,” Senter said. “This is our way of trying to focus on the small businesses.”

It can be difficult for small businesses to afford advertising and get their name out to potential costumers, she said. So the purpose of the small business week is to give them a platform to do that, she said.

The week will begin with the small business fair at the College of the Mainland. That will be followed by a day for retailers to show off their wares while offering specials like discounts and wine tastings, Senter said.

Aug. 4 will focus on restaurants. Many will have special items on the menu for the day.

The event wraps up Aug. 7 with a reception at the Texas City Museum, 409 Sixth St., followed by a dance competition, modeled on the television show “Dancing with the Stars,” that will feature business owners and operators at the Showboat Theater, Senter said.

Finally, the after-party will spill out onto Sixth Street with the help of El Cubano Cigar factory and American Ice House, both on the renovated street, she said.

About 40 businesses participated last year, and Senter said she hoped more would sign up this year. The deadline for businesses to sign up is today, Senter said.

Senter said she can tell that the event has been successful when small businesses in other cities call, wanting to participate. But this is Texas City’s Small Business Week, and the focus will stay there, she said.

“I think that is a great way that our city tries to promote our small businesses,” she said.

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or chris.gonzalez@galvnews.com.


At a glance

WHAT: Texas City Small Business Week

WHEN: Aug. 4-7

Schedule:

Aug. 4: Small Business Fair at College of the Mainland

Aug. 5: Retailers will host open houses and wine tastings

Aug. 6: Restaurants will offer specials

Aug. 7: Reception at the Texas City Museum followed by “Dancing With The Stars” and then a party on Sixth Street. Tickets are $25. Contact the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce, 409-935-1408

CONTACT: To sign up, contact Justin Herter with the city of Texas City, 409-643-5916 or jherter@texas-city-tx.org

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