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August 2nd, 2009
Businesses offered Welcome Back Bobcat kits

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Welcome Back Bobcat kits are being offered as a free aid to local businesses starting Aug. 1.

Local business leaders say the student marketplace is a key to keeping the economy in San Marcos on firm ground.

The kits, designed to help local merchants welcome the student market, are the product of a collaboration between San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce, the San Marcos Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Texas State University Office of Community Relations.

“Texas State University enhances the quality of life in San Marcos in many ways,” said San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce (SMACC) President Phyllis Snodgrass. “The campus contributes to the natural beauty of the city, and its presence as an academic center attracts students, visitors and industrial clients. The university helps the local economy to grow and insulates it from severe economic impacts.”

Said Leonard Cantu, President of the San Marcos Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SMHCC), “We are proud to partner with Texas State University to make students feel more welcome and a part of the San Marcos community. Although they may not be permanent residents, student make significant contributions while they are here, thorough spending, volunteerism and as employees. Texas State students spend $206.9 million every year in Hays County, according to the latest economic impact study.”

The kits contain information about marketing to Texas State students as well as a poster for use in storefronts and business lobbies. Also included is a calendar of fall Texas State events and tips on showing “Bobcat Pride.”

The chamber officials believe that if students are made to feel more welcome, they will take greater pride in the city and be more responsible citizens of San Marcos during their tenure as residents.

A limited number of packets are available at the offices of both chambers. They are also available at the Office of Community Relations, River House and online by emailing communityrelations@txstate.edu. For more information call (512) 245-9645.

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