First Texas City Small Business Fair draws crowd
Posted on: July 31, 2013
Nearly two dozen Texas City small businesses gathered to showcase their services at the first Texas City Small Business Fair, which College of the Mainland hosted.
With steaming samples from Coffee Connection, located at 9300 Emmett F. Lowry, Suite 222, and frequent door prizes of gift cards to local businesses, the 160 attendees got a taste of the city’s hidden treasures.
The event kicked off the Texas City Small Business Week, a collaboration of the Texas City Economic Development Office, the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce and local businesses to spotlight Texas City small businesses.
“Small businesses don’t have the finances to rent large venues. It’s a perfect fit for our community college to serve the small businesses of the community by hosting,” said COM assistant director of contract training Danny Bacot, who helped facilitate the event at COM. “We plan to do it every year going forward. It’ll just keep growing.”
At the event, attendees also entered their names into a drawing for the grand prize, a basket valued at more than $1,000 filled with champagne and other giveaways from area businesses. The winner will be drawn at the end of the Texas City Small Business Week, with a new event each day.
“It’s a full week. Each day the focus is on something different,” said Jenny Senter, vice president of the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce.
The week will culminate Thursday evening in a Style in the City Fashion Show. Beginning with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception at the Texas City Museum at 6:30 p.m., participants will walk the red carpet to the Showboat Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. for a dazzling display of clothing.
“It’ll be fun,” said Rachel Osteen of Sydney’s Boutique, one of the local retailers providing outfits for the event. “It’s not like a style show that’s been done here.”
Photo by Michael Durisseau/The Post