The Smithville Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors held its yearly retreat “virtually” this calendar year on Saturday. The board talked about the 2020 yr and all of the numerous tasks and systems the chamber concluded or introduced. From dozens of on the internet podcasts in the new Chamber Chatter sequence, on line education, virtual luncheons, the once-a-year prospect forum and much more, the chamber labored difficult to proceed to serve its associates and the local community. The chamber worked tough to carry a little small business mini-grant plan to Smithville organizations impacted by the pandemic, started out a marketing and new music grant method and ongoing its façade grant method. The chamber released a internet site — shopinsmithville.com — re-intended its site at www.smithvilletx.org and launched Smithville’s first-ever community magazine “SMITHVILLE 78957.” The chamber also produced a digital on the net web page for Bastrop County MLK Day with other county and city leaders, created its on-line ECO/Picture FEST party and maintained an on the net useful resource page for COVID-19 facts.
On the lookout forward, the chamber board permitted its impending 2021 occasions calendar, introduced a 40-episode on the net teaching program and permitted a new www.visitsmithville.com website and online video sequence and authorised a Smithville Workforce Center prepare. It also agreed to resume in-human being chamber mixers in June 2021. The chamber is so fired up to go on functioning for the local community and its associates!
Ribbon slicing: Join the chamber for a ribbon slicing ceremony for The Vainness Room Salon and Barber Store on Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. at 1638 NE Loop 230, Ste. 2, in Smithville (guiding Born Again Emporium). The Vainness Home Salon and Barber Shop serves haircuts and hair colour to adult men, girls and small children. Owner Tracy Burns has 24 years’ encounter in Dallas, Los Angeles and now Smithville. The salon is open up Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ribbon chopping: Be part of the chamber for a ribbon cutting ceremony for Clint’s Liquor as it welcomes new owner Tiffany Reid at 104 NE Loop 230 on Feb. 18 at 5 p.m.
Coffee Chat: The chamber will hold its Espresso Chat method at Olde World Bakery, 112 Principal St., at 8 a.m. Feb. 10. The chamber will give a entire update on upcoming functions. This is an opportunity to chat with chamber Director April Daniels about your ideas and suggestions. Be part of them for a cup of coffee and a chat. The March 10 and April 14 Coffee Chats will be “Meet the Candidates” functions in which inhabitants will have a likelihood to meet up with candidates for City Council, mayor and college board.
Register: Be part of the chamber on-line as it continues its virtual coaching lessons. Register on line: https://www.smithvilletx.org/virtual-on line-lessons-2021
· Feb. 9, 1 p.m. – “Payroll Protection Plan, Financial loan Forgiveness and More”. Understand about the Payroll Safety Method, both Spherical 1 and Round 2 as effectively as loan forgiveness necessities and much more.
· Feb. 11, midday – “Now That You Have Your Event House, Let us Approach Your Initial Function.” The place do you get started? We will walk you by means of preparing your modest or significant-scale party from start out to complete.
The chamber is providing a sturdy digital training plan, totally free to any person fascinated. The class plan is readily available at www.smithvilletx.org/virtual-online-classes-2021/ where interested participants can sign up for lessons. The chamber thanks the Smithville General public Library and TSLAC (Texas Condition Library & Archives Commission) for serving to us make this programming readily available.
The Smithville Community Clinic celebrated the enlargement of its amenities at 300 Lynch St. with a ribbon slicing previous week. This team brings an amazing services to our local community – thank you for all you do!
The Initial Presbyterian Church of Smithville celebrated 150 several years this previous Sunday. The chamber was pleased to join and cut a ribbon on its future 150 a long time.
Welcome new chamber member B3 Professional, a privately held wellbeing care serious estate expense, administration and enhancement organization centered on the swift enlargement of Texas’ significant market place areas. It can be reached on-line at www.b3cre.com or phone 512-914-1615.
The Smithville Place Chamber of Commerce will be taking part in the Texas Section of Unexpected emergency Management’s immediate screening package software for modest enterprises. Connect with the at 512-237-2313 if your enterprise is fascinated in taking part in this method and to get much more information and facts. Supplies will be minimal.
COVID-19 vaccine: Bastrop County has released an on the net vaccination portal at https://COVAC.Info to be additional to the vaccine waiting around record or phone 866-268-2289. This site will place you on a waiting checklist for vaccine and, as it turns into readily available, you will be contacted for an appointment.
Volunteers required for COVID-19 Details Staff: Bastrop County is calling for volunteers to staff the strains of a community cell phone financial institution to remedy Bastrop County residents’ queries about the COVID-19 vaccine. Volunteers will be capable to team calls from their homes. Visit https://bastropcountyconnects.galaxydigital.com/person/login to volunteer.
Paycheck Safety Software and SBA-EIDL Loans: The Paycheck Security Program and EIDL financial loans have reopened for the next spherical of grants and financial loans. The chamber encourages you to contact your fiscal institution to see if your business enterprise is suitable and to apply for these programs for PPP funding of visit the SBA site to use for an EIDL personal loan at: www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-reduction-solutions/paycheck-defense-program An vital alter in the PPP mortgage incorporates a prerequisite that your enterprise present a 25% revenue reduction when comparing 2019 and 2020.
The chamber is functioning on a online video series highlighting Smithville as it begins operating on its new tourism location marketing site www.visitsmithville.com. It will be shooting videos all through February and March that spotlight the a lot of enjoyable issues to do in our town.
The chamber is generating a collection of direct mailers highlighting our numerous companies. We will be kicking off our mailers with Valentine’s Working day situations and offerings. If you would like your company involved in these immediate mailers, get in touch with the chamber at 512-237-2313.
Be confident to call the chamber if you would like anything incorporated in this column: 512-237-2313.
This write-up originally appeared on Austin American-Statesman: Chamber Chatter: Smithville chamber board retains retreat, charts study course for 2021