October 21, 2020

Chamber Chatter: Smithville economic development plan in the works – Opinion – Austin American-Statesman

The Smithville Chamber of Commerce has been working with the city of Smithville on a grant-funded project from the Texas Department of Agriculture. This project included seeking public input on economic development goals, business growth, community projects and more. The consultant took input from dozens of community members, community meetings and interested Economic Development Committee members and created an Economic Development Plan. The chamber will begin hosting groups who are interested in one of the following priority areas: housing development, development along the Texas 71 corridor, hotel and airport development, Smithville Industrial Park development, Downtown renaissance, and Colorado River and Gazley Creek access and trails. If you would like to work with the chamber on any of these priority areas, give us a call at 512-237-2313, attend our first organizational meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 9 a.m. (via Zoom) or email April Daniels at april.daniels@smithvilletx.org.

Member Spotlight: Grandma’s House Nursery & Florist, at 306 Gazley St., is ready for fall! It has pumpkins, millet, vegetables and herbs. Drop by and stock up on all your gardening needs.

Ribbon cuttings: Join us for the ribbon cutting of The Skin Boutique at its new location, 1509 Mary Nichols Road, at 5 p.m. Oct. 1.

We’re excited to see the new business Rio Social House getting ready for its grand opening in October. Be sure to join us as we help it celebrate with a ribbon cutting on Oct.9 at 6 p.m. at 501 Main St.

The chamber is hosting monthly online classes. In September we’re offering Building Your Own Website and Online Store and Canva for Your Business. Coming up after that will be Chamber 101 and Marketing Your Business on a Shoestring Budget. Be sure to visit our website at www.smithvilletx.org or call 512-237-2313 to register for these free classes.

Eco/Photo Fest: The chamber will be hosting our annual Eco/Photo Fest virtually this year. Beginning Oct. 10, Eco/Photo Fest will kick off a weeklong free virtual conference focusing on the connection between photographic instruction and relatable topics in the environment, ecological systems and eco-tourism. For details, call 512-237-2313 or visit our website at https://link.caltech.com/u/0efe7e62/LEg5LH3z6hG3Tp-Q5F7kRg?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.smithvilletx.org%2Feco-photo-fest-2020%2F

First Annual Golf Tournament sponsored by the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce, Smithville Noon Lion’s Club and the W. J. Nixon Masonic Lodge No. 421 AF&AM. Join us at ColoVista Golf Club on Oct. 16. Pro clinic at 11:30 a.m., shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. There will be lunch, drink tickets, prizes and more! Many thanks to our title sponsor: Scott Saunders, Farmers Insurance agent. Register online at www.smithvilletx.org or call the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce at 512-237-2313.

The chamber is hosting virtual luncheons every month through December. We encourage you to pick up lunch from a local restaurant and tune in for a great speaker. Register online at www.smithvilletx.org for the following luncheons, all at noon as follows: Sept. 30, Rep. John Cyrier; Oct. 28, Smithville City Manager Robert Tamble; Nov. 18, Judge Paul Pape; Dec. 16, Mayor Scott Saunders. We are hopeful we will be able to meet in person again soon but, until then, we invite you to receive your “State of …” updates virtually through this online series. Each luncheon will include a Q&A session and door prizes.

The chamber is asking business owners to join us for business roundtables in our Leadership Circle Series. We have scheduled these events for the following dates: Oct. 6 at 6 p.m., Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 7 at noon. Each roundtable is limited to 10 so register as soon as possible online at www.smithvilletx.org. These round tables are an opportunity for business owners to talk about the type of commercial growth they’d like to see in Smithville and discuss concerns and issues of interest to business owners. Call 512-237-2313 with questions. All meetings will be virtual.

Chamber podcast: Have you been following our chamber podcasts? This week we’ll hear from Bruce Blalock, local railroad historian. Follow our podcast, the Chamber Chatter, on Facebook or subscribe to our YouTube channel or Spotify or iTunes.

Playhouse Smithville presents a limited seating production of Shakespeare’s Comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing” directed by Playhouse Artistic Director john daniels, jr. (sic). Sam Blasco stars as Benedick the “benediction” and Cara Linsey as Beatrice, the “blessed.” As the play begins, they are lovers who’s only intimate interactions are their challenges of words and wit. Benedick, a confirmed bachelor, swears he will never marry and Beatrice is of the same mind, “unless men are made of some other metal.” Through a series of cons by well-meaning friends they are brought together while true love’s hero, played by Dani Houle, and Claudio, played by Dalton Williams, are torn apart by an evil con, master-minded by Borachio, Adriel Anderson, and the villain Don John portrayed with bile by Playhouse Technical Director Brandon Flippo. Steve Hiaght embodies the comic character Doggberry, the malapropping master constable, whose incompetent officers of the watch, featuring Brandy Royster and Jessica Avis, accidentally unravel the sinister plot. The show also features Sam Damon as Leonato and Kimber Dillon as Dona Petra. “Much Ado About Nothing,” Oct. 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Playhouse Smithville is observing “social politeness” and is only seating 30 members in the audience per show in this limited run. Pre-sale tickets are available at www.playhousesmithville.com.

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