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August 14th, 2008
Small Business Development Center speaks to Kiwanis

The Kiwanis of San Marcos held their weekly meeting at Grin’s Restaurant at noon on Thursday. The group led by President Pam Cook as the group hosted speakers Larry P. Lucero, Director and San Juan Vasquez, Assistant Director of the Small Business Development Center at Texas State University, they were introduced by Jason Chesser of Wells Fargo Bank.

Lucero spoke to the group about the roles of the SBDC and its role in our community. The Texas State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) works with existing and startup small businesses to help them grow and compete in today’s global economy. SBDCs are available to provide assistance during every phase of the business life cycle. The improvements that result from our direct support of our client’s activities lead to job creation, investments, and economic growth for communities throughout central Texas.

The SBDC’s professional staff of counselors, trainers, and researchers provides comprehensive, confidential business counseling services that are at no cost to the client. The SBDC is funded in part by the U. S. Small Business Administration, Texas State University at San Marcos, and an extensive network of banks, chambers of commerce, and other economic development organizations. The Texas State University SBDC serves 12 counties within the 79 county service area of the South-West Texas Border SBDC regional office. This regional office, located in San Antonio, directs the activities of 10 satellite SBDC’s, located as far west as El Paso and as far east as Victoria.

Lucero told the group, “Our offices are dedicated to helping central Texas entrepreneurs and small businesses achieve their goals. Our team of experienced small business counselors provide many services and programs designed to help these individuals begin, improve, or grow their businesses. Our services include providing one-on-one counseling, assistance in writing business plans, various types of training, and help with marketing research. These services are provided free of charge, and are open to any US citizens or permanent residents interested in starting a for-profit business.”

San Juan Vasquez told that, “We cover twelve counties around Hays County and our services are free except a minimal charge for training seminars. We have over 40,000 small businesses registered in this area.”

They also discussed results from their programs such as in 2007 in this area 6,807 new jobs were created by the regional offices. Also FedEx, Hewlett-Packard, and Apple all got their starts from the Small Business Administration.

For more information on this group them by phone at 512-716-4800 or by electronic mail at

The group noted that September 18th at 6 p.m. they will hold their annual Installation Banquet at the Price Center. They also discussed special thanks to Candice Bethke from San Marcos Laser and Body Sculpting for her donations from the Mint Monday Party held each month at the Cool Mint Café in San Marcos. Bethke said, “San Marcos Laser and Body Sculpting are committed to give back to our community.”

Member Glen Rydl welcomed a special guest this week his granddaughter Darcey from College Station, Texas.

For information on joining the Kiwanis of San Marcos call President Pam Cook at 512-353-3383. The group meets every Thursday at noon at Grin’s Restaurant located at 802 North LBJ in San Marcos.

from Staff Reports


Candice Bethke presents a check to the Kiwanis for scholarship on behalf of the San Marcos Laser and Body Sculpting Center.

Jason Chesser of Wells Fargo welcomes Larry P. Lucero and San Juan Vasquez of the Small Business Development Center to their meeting this week.

Larry P. Lucero speaks to the group about the benefits of the Small Business Development Center.

McBride Wilson speaks to Pam Cook about the construction projects at the groups campground.

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