January buzzing with projects, business expansions

What a busy month we’ve had so far! Whoever said things slow down in January didn’t understand the world of a rural chamber of commerce. We have worked hard on a variety of projects, including training the workforce, expanding new and existing businesses, welcoming several new members, and planning our annual Board of Directors retreat. , held this year at Rocking M Ranch. All this while also coordinating the annual awards banquet in February.

If you haven’t already, be sure to nominate Citizen of the Year, an award given to someone who has gone above and beyond in their efforts to serve the needs of Smithville residents. Email your nominations by January 31 to chamber@smithvilletx.org telling us who your nominee is and why you want to nominate them.

The chamber hosted board members from the Texas I-10 Corridor Alliance who came to Smithville for their board meeting. We took them on the Ann Powell Express for a tour of Smithville and ended our tour in front of Smitty the Gingerbread Man. Thank you for choosing Smithville for your organizational meeting!

Many thanks to the Bastrop Rotary Club for sponsoring the January Chamber Mixer last week. We had a great time hearing about the upcoming Bastrop Rotary Lost Pines BBQ, scheduled for May 27-28 at Riverbend Park in Smithville. Visit www.bastrorotary.com for more details.

The chamber was delighted to thank our many wonderful and generous volunteers last week at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, hosted at the Back Door Café. Many thanks to Rob Remlinger and his team for their hard work putting together a delicious meal. Special thanks to our hosts and community volunteers: Otilia Sanchez, Mary Jo Dolan, Renee Blaschke, Rita Brayley, Nancy Janecek, Shirley Brock, Liz Koch, Dennis Koch and our honorary volunteers Elaine Seidel and David Herrington. Thank you for all you do for the success of the Chamber!

The chamber would like to remind everyone that the annual Smithville Noon Lions Club/Smithville Volunteer Fire Department fry takes place on February 5th at the Smithville Rec Center. Tickets are $100 and you can get yours at the chamber of commerce or from any lion or fire department.

Mark your diaries

The January Quarterly Chamber Luncheon will be held January 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Our luncheon theme is “A Healthy Smithville”, where we will kick off a year of highlights from our many healthcare providers in Smithville. We will hear from several healthcare providers, including Jake Stinson of Towers Nursing Home, and our keynote speaker will be Jace Jones, Administrator of Ascension Seton Smithville Hospital. A big thank you to our lunch sponsor: Doug’s Plumbing.

Annual Chamber Banquet: The Annual Chamber Banquet will be held February 26 at 7 p.m. at the Smithville Rec Center. Tickets and sponsorships are available at www.smithvilletx.org. Many thanks to our title sponsor: Towers Nursing Home.

Visit Smithville 78957 Magazine: We’ve launched a beautiful new edition of our travel-focused Smithville 78957 magazine, which has doubled in size to 48 pages. We have delivered copies all over the city and are preparing packages for delivery to Bastrop, Elgin and La Grange next week, as well as mailings to our members, providing copies to all school district employees and putting them available to the public in the visitor center. Let us know if you would like copies for your business.

The 2022 Visitor’s Guide and Business Directory are underway! Be sure to contact us about an announcement in this publication. This publication has been a mainstay of Smithville and area businesses for decades. For more information on advertising space, contact our publishing manager Debbie Denny at 512-844-3930 or by email at: debbie@debbiedennymedia.com

The Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce is thrilled that our workforce initiative, the Smithville Workforce Training Center, has launched our second class of certified nursing students. We continue to enroll new students for CNA., HVAC, Plumbing and GED/ESL courses. We will also begin offering several other courses over the next 90 days, including Phlebotomy and Physician Assistant. If you would like to enroll in one of our courses, visit our website at smithvilleworkforcetrainingcenter.com or call us at 512-237-1108.

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