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Friendly residents lauded by holiday shoppers in Bastrop

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By Terry Hagerty – Contributing writer/photographer

With Christmas on the near horizon, an informal survey of shoppers – more than a few from out-of-town – found a marked appreciation by them for Bastrop stores and the “friendly” residents they said were making their shopping experience in Bastrop even more enjoyable.

Small Business Saturday thrives with strong turnout

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By Terry Hagerty – Contributing writer/photographer

Area residents and out-of-towners turned out in impressive numbers Saturday to help support local merchants during the annual Small Business Saturday. “I always shop locally – do all my Christmas shopping in downtown Bastrop,” said Alice Traufott, who held up a blouse she had purchased earlier at a Main Street store. “I have many gifts I bought around town.”

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>

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