Texas City is pro-business. No doubt in my mind.
I have been with the city nearly six years and have never been in a city that works so hard with its businesses. And while it seems most cities work hard to promote the attraction of new, large industry and sometimes stay on good terms with the large employers within a City, Texas City embraces not only those industries that are here, but the small businesses that contribute so much to our lifestyle in Texas City.
The attitude in Texas City is when businesses are successful, the city is successful.
The city of Texas City has started to celebrate its small businesses twice a year. Once in the early winter with Small Business Tuesday just before Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday shopping season and now late in the summer with Small Business Week.
Texas City has found a way to promote small businesses in a fun way with a great incentive — a grand prize drawing with more than $1,500 in gifts including an iPad. Plus, a week of various activities to make it convenient and accessible for anyone to find out more about what small businesses are in Texas City.
Monday, attend the College of the Mainland’s Small Business Fair and find local businesses all in one location and door prizes, food and drinks will be available for free.
Tuesday night visit any of the businesses’ open houses — specials, wine tasting, food and festive atmosphere. Wednesday, several of the city’s best restaurants have specials that allow you a taste of the great food at a discount or with special samples. And lastly, Thursday, the main event: Casual shopping on 6th Street as several businesses are open until 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. and then move to the pre-party at the museum with complimentary Champagne, hors d’oeuvres and an acknowledgment of two outstanding small businesses that contribute to our city and showcasing the newest addition — a Civil War cannon.
The night gets really exciting when you walk the red carpet to the Showboat Theater to enjoy Texas City’s own Dancing with the Stars. Then finish the night with a visit to El Cubano Cigar and American Ice House for Drinks, food and music.
The city partners with the Chamber of Commerce, a great resource and friend of the city and local businesses. The city, also, partners with the local newspapers, and this year The Daily News has joined as a sponsor as well as provides assistance with advertising, promotions and editorials to help get the word out. College of the Mainland with its opportunities to assist small businesses has partnered with the city again as well as the Small Business Development Center. And of course, we have more than 60 businesses (up from about 40 last year) partnering with the city to showcase their excellent services and products.
The last partner is you. By joining us and celebrating the small businesses in Texas City, you actually help support your community, your neighbor, your local charities and your way of life. Help make Texas City a success and support the Texas City small businesses. Go to Facebook at Facebook.com/cityoftexascity or the city’s website at www.texas-city-tx.org to find out more details, participating businesses and schedules.
Nick Finan is executive director of management services for the city of Texas City.