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Support Small Business Saturday on November 26

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By Terry Hagerty – Contributing writer/photographer

Across the nation, Small Business Saturday on November 26 will be a day to celebrate and support small businesses “and all they do for their communities,” according to the Small Business Administration. And Bastrop is pulling out the stops for that date, officials say.

An informative talk on the BEDC

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By Terry Hagerty – Contributing writer/photographer

Executive Director Shawn Kirkpatrick gave an enlightening talk on the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation’s mission and some current projects at a Bastrop Chamber of Commerce in early November. Kirkpatrick said the greatest amount of BEDC resources are committed to ‘Type A’ businesses , which he listed as biotechnology and life sciences, manufacturing, IT and computer technology, hospitality and retail, and ‘targets of opportunity’. He said the focus is on the attraction, retention and expansion of those businesses.

Businesses tackle disasters

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Terry Hagerty (Contributing Writer/Photographer)

It’s a startling statistic – 80% of businesses affected by major disruptions either never reopen, or close within 18 months. Area business owners were equipped with tools to counteract those alarming statistics during a Disaster Preparedness Workshop held Sept. 28 at the Bastrop Convention Center.

Helping businesses recover from disasters

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By Terry Hagerty – Contributing writer

How to rebound your business when disaster strikes will be the subject of a workshop on Sept. 28 at the Bastrop Convention Center.

“We want small business owners to have the tools they need to be prepared in case of a disaster; unfortunately disasters are a reality in today’s world,” said Bastrop Chamber of Commerce President Becki Womble.

Rivers Bend at Pecan Park blossoms

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Terry Hagerty - Contributing Writer

Work is progressing at an impressive pace at Rivers Bend at Pecan Park, a combined residential/commercial development astride the Colorado River.

"An Evening with the SBDC"

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By Terry Hagerty – Contributing writer/photographer

Community leaders got an in-depth look at how the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of Texas State University assists start-up and existing small business owners during a presentation June 16 at the Bastrop Convention Center. The event was hosted by the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation and the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce.

Career Day informs students

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Terry Hagerty (Contributing Writer/Photographer)

The Bastrop Youth Career Day held May 18 provided local high school students with valuable tips from professionals on pursuing careers, along with some extra encouragement to “go after your goals.” Representatives from nearly 50 businesses, governmental agencies and nonprofits set up impressive displays and information booths for Bastrop High School and Cedar Creek High School students at the half-day event at the Wilhelm Center for the Performing Arts. Students had the opportunity t</body></html>

Bastrop’s small businesses find community support

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By Terry Hagerty – Contributing writer/photographer

Shoppers and shop owners intermingling on a recent First Friday Art Walk in downtown Bastrop are indicative of the strong support of small businesses in this community. As May is tabbed Small Business Month, people interviewed by the BEDC spoke of the importance of maintaining the economic wellbeing of Bastrop’s small businesses. (The U.S.

SteamFest 2016

BTXN went to STEAM Fest at Bastrop High School and talked to some of the presenters about their specialties. Check it out! 

 

Bastrop High School Auto Tech Program

The Bastrop High School Auto Tech Program has received accreditation from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). This provides students the opportunity to attain several ASE certifications prior to graduating high school, and gives them valuable experience and resources in pursuing a career in the automotive industry. 

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