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October 9th, 2008
New Business and More Jobs for San Marcos

Despite the Nation’s economic crisis, San Marcos adds a new business and several jobs for the community. Aloha Dental opened its doors September 30, and had a ribbon cutting ceremony October 9, 2008. The San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Susan Narvaiz, and Councilman Chris Jones were among those in attendance for the ceremony.”This dental clinic is going to open its doors to all community members,” said Narvaiz. “This is the type of business we want in San Marcos. It’s directly related to becoming the ‘small business capital of Texas.'”

Doctor of Dental Surgery Mark Whitney Jumper II owns Aloha Dental and said currently there are seven employees and predicts more are to come in the near future.

“We plan on getting another Doctor and two assistants as our business grows,” said Jumper. “We’re locally owned, not corporate. We are a community family clinic.” Jumper said he has seen a positive response from the community. He said everyday has been full business since the clinic’s opening.

“I believe they wouldn’t have come here if we weren’t growing,” said Narvaiz.

Dental Assistant Elena Duran said residents now have more options. “This is needed in San Marcos,” said Duran. “This type of practice is needed to keep people from going to Austin or San Antonio.”

Aloha Dental serves both adults and children, and they accept Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and most insurances. An Aloha Dental flyer states they offer, “Friendly, compassionate care, competitive pricing, short wait times, the latest in dental technology, 9 dental operatories, [and] a large children’s dental facility with flat screen TV’s.”

“It’s really easy to wake up in the morning and come to work,” said Duran. “I have a good feeling in my heart when I leave work; I’ve done something good for the community.”

by: Andy Sevilla
News Section Editor

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4 thoughts on “New Business and More Jobs for San Marcos

  1. This is GREAT for San Marcos and you have an awsome staff. Best of luck and remember to tell everyone to SMILE! If I was living in the area I would go to this clinic. Like Duran said “This type of practice is needed to keep people from going to Austin or San Antonio.”


  2. Finally some good news in the midst of a discouraging National economic disturbance. This whole thing is crazy, a global depression may not be too far away. YIKES!

  3. This is great. I come from Lubbock, Texas, a cookie cutter city. Its a place full of big box stores and big chains. Now, don’t get me wrong. Big chains can bring in money to a local economy, and I think that being against big business all together is not good economics, but at the same time, it is nice to be in a place (ive been in San Marcos 4 years now) where small businesses can still thrive. Now, we must do everything we can to keep it that way. Offering incentives through tax breaks etc is great, but we must tell the rest of the state that we’re here. San Marcos needs to put together a massive campaign to pitch ourselves to future entrepreneurs across Texas that we are the small business capital of Texas. Then we will see the base of small businesses we have continue to flourish for generations to come.

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