Seguin Economic Development Corporation
Why Local Small Businesses Survive and Thrive
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"Whether it's large or small, we are here to support business," says Terry Trevino, Director of Economic Development.

Since 1994, the Seguin Economic Development Corporation has worked to promote Seguin as a premiere destination for businesses looking to expand or relocate. Our pro-business focus includes primary job recruitment, attracting national retail chains, residential development, retention and expansion of current businesses, infrastructure improvements and small business development.

Seguin maintains a growing, robust economy that continues to diversify as more and more businesses choose Seguin as their home. In Seguin, small businesses continues to prosper due to a variety of factors including our excellent geographic location, our highly-skilled workforce, our low tax burden, our reasonable cost of living, and our pro-business community.

As national retail chains and major manufacturers continue to emerge in Seguin's market, we find it crucial to stress the import role small business plays in our local economy.

While small businesses may not generate as much money as large corporations, they are a critical component of and major contributor to the strength of the national, state and local economy. These small businesses have continued to be a prominent source of bringing growth and innovation into our community. Many of our local small businesses have historically proven to possess the ability to respond and adapt quickly to changing economic climates. This is due to various factors, the most obvious being their tendency to maintain a customer-oriented mindset. With national major manufacturers and national retail chains continuing to enter our local market, Seguin's small businesses have maintained competitive advantage by offering more personalized service and customizing their products or services to meet local customer's needs.

SEDC Board member and 21 year local small business owner, Andrew Koenig can attest to this. As local Branch Owner of Raymond James Financial, Koenig has proven to operate a successful and sustainable business. "When owning a small business, I believe there are three key components to success; developing authentic, personal relationships with your client, being supportive and being available and accessible to your client."

Since conception, the Seguin Economic Development Corporation has been a small business advocate. We provide support to local business owners through various outlets such as providing free small business advising, allocating marketing and advertising dollars for small businesses and serving as members of both local Chambers of Commerce.

The Seguin Economic Development Corporation provides financial support to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Texas San Antonio, to provide business owners with free, confidential business counseling right here in Seguin. Through SBDC, we also are able to provide your business access to workshops designed for small business owners, plus valuable research resources and a professional referral network. Find some of the upcoming small business workshops in our area listed below. To schedule a meeting with our SBDC Manager Larry New, please call (830) 214-6535 or email larry.new@utsa.edu.

As a small business owner it is crucial to be informed. The Seguin Economic Development Corporation maintains a strong social media presence in order to spread the word and inform citizens about what's happening in Seguin's vibrant business community. Connect with us and share information about your business on Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In.

Small businesses play a critical role in our local economy. Starting and operating a small business is a big decision with a lot of risk. However, the Seguin Economic Development Corporation is standing by to make that leap a little less daunting.

Consider the Seguin Economic Development Corporation staff your liaison in operating a small business. If you have any questions regarding future business plans, or how to meet the most efficient outcome on a project you are planning, give us a call. We are here to support your business.

Start Smart - La Vernia

Date: Apr 28, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am 

Registration Deadline: 4/28/2016 11:00 AM (CDT) - 28 places remaining  

Fee: None  

Location: 13849 US Hwy 87 , La Vernia TX 78121-5848

Description:  The SBDC business advisors will present the basics of starting a new business and help answer your start-up questions. Topics discussed in this workshop include: evaluating your business idea, business legal structure and name, local, state and federal resources & requirements and business start-up costs.


The Business Plan - New Braunfels
Date: May 10, 2016 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Registration Deadline: 5/10/2016 6:00 PM (CDT) - 20 places remaining
Fee: None
Location: 390 S Seguin Ave, New Braunfels TX 78130-5121
Description:  At this workshop, SBDC's experienced instructors will teach you the components of a business plan using an interactive format in a computer lab setting. Walk away from this workshop with the start of a business plan written specifically for your business, an electronic template and resources to guide you through the process! Topics discussed in this workshop include: business plan basics, feasibility process, business plan structure, and financial analysis.


The Business Plan - La Vernia
Date: May 26, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm
Registration Deadline: 5/26/2016 11:00 AM (CDT) - 30 places remaining
Fee: None
Location: 13849 US Hwy. 87, La Vernia TX 78121-5848 
Description:  At this workshop, SBDC's experienced instructors will teach you the components of a business plan using an interactive format in a computer lab setting. Walk away from this workshop with the start of a business plan written specifically for your business, an electronic template and resources to guide you through the process! Topics discussed in this workshop include: business plan basics, feasibility process, business plan structure, and financial analysis.

Register for the FREE workshops listed above, here:  http://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/events?centerid=2
Choose Local Florists This Mother's Day 
Seguin Small Business Highlight
#ShopLocal #ShopSeguin in 2016


It is that time of the year again when; by tradition, we honor those very important women who have held such a special place in our heart. While we certainly love and cherish our mothers year round, Mother's day is a day for remembering mom with a little extra love and pampering. 

You cannot go wrong with a gift of flowers for Mother's Day. Flowers with their unexplainable beauty are the perfect symbols for the life-giving energy, love, and affection which perfectly describes motherhood. This Mother's day florists in Seguin, Texas are fully stocked with beautiful bouquets to express your affection. 

Dietz Flower Shop

Located at 969 E Kingsbury St in Seguin, Texas, Dietz has been in business since July 1966 and are expecting their next milestone of 50 years on July 1st of this year. Dietz provides bouquets, silk flowers, and tuxedo rentals. They can cater to all life events such as funerals, anniversaries, births, and birthdays. As part of a Mother's Day special, there will be several floral arrangements available from your classic dozens to your garden style based arrangements. Gift bundles will also be available. Items such as, a sterling silver necklace, earring set or a box of chocolates can be included to complete your gift. Dietz has been voted your number one florist in Seguin for 11 consecutive years by the Seguin Gazette and are ready to take on 2016! They are open Monday-Friday 8-5pm and Saturday's 9-1pm. 

Kolbe's Flower Shop
 
Located at 753 N Austin St in Seguin, Texas, has been in business since July 1964 owned by Alfred and Mary Kolbe. This July they will be in business for 53 years and are still family owned. Kolbe's specializes in providing mixed bouquets, plants, and have a fully stocked gift shop full of miscellaneous items to complete your gift. Kolbe's Flower Shop loves Mother's day and have expressed it is their busiest time of the year, even busier than Valentine's Day. They also offer a wide variety of snacks that you can request to be bundled with your gift as a sweet addition. Kolbe's Flower Shop is open Monday-Friday 8-5pm and Saturday's 8:30-12pm.
 
Viola's Flower Shop
 
Located at  745 N Hwy 123 Bypass, Viola's has been in business since 1971.  Viola's has grown from a tuxedo and dress shop, to a tuxedo rental and flower shop over the years. They specialize in flower arrangements, tuxedo rentals, invitations, plants, and have an abundance of gifts in store. Mother's Day being one of their busiest days to celebrate! Viola's offers complimentary boxes of chocolates if an arrangement is purchased. For 45 years Viola's has provided excellent customer service to the City of Seguin. They are open Monday-Friday 8-5pm and Saturday's 8-1pm.
 
Mother's Day is Sunday May 8th, so get a head start and order flowers for your mom before time runs out! You can pick up a breathtaking arrangement from your local florists in Seguin. Just call or go by the shop and I am sure they will have everything you need to make this year's Mother's day memorable. 


Unemployment Rate Continues to Improve in Seguin
February 2016 
Local Unemployment Rates
Unemployment rates in Seguin and Guadalupe County continue to fall. Citing figures released by Workforce Solutions Alamo, Seguin Economic Development Director Terry Trevino reported a local unemployment rate of 3.5 percent for March, the same reported for February.

"The local unemployment rate is a strong indicator of the jobs created over the past five years, either by recruiting new industry or expanding employment within our existing businesses," Trevino explained. "As the economy improves, these latest figures are a true indicator of our local people integrating into those newly created jobs. It is a perfect example of 'economic development' infusion into the community."

Comparing unemployment on a local level, Workforce Solutions Alamo combines Guadalupe County into an 8-county region including Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Kendall, Medina and Wilson counties.  At 3.5 percent, The City of Seguin unemployment rate registered lower than the overall jobless rate of 3.7 percent in March, for this 8-county region.

With unemployment numbers at 3.5 percent, the City of Seguin continues to fall below the overall unadjusted statewide average of 4.5 percent in March, up from 4.3 percent in February. Furthermore Seguin's unemployment is also well under the Nationwide, U.S. unadjusted unemployment reported at 5.1 percent in March, down from 5.2 reported in February.
Seguin, Texas is on the rise.
Check out this quick infographic for some of the latest data encompassing our community's growth!



Seguin, Texas Highlights: 
Seguin is the county seat of Guadalupe County, one of the fastest growing counties in Texas in the last decade.

Retail trade area of over 106,000 - Seguin continues to experience  growth
and success.

Seguin has the largest manufacturing jobs per capita in the State of Texas.

Strategically located in south-central Texas on Interstate 10, Seguin is just 30 minutes east of San Antonio, 20 minutes from Interstate 35, and 45 minutes to Austin. Seguin benefits from the completion of SH 130 - providing fast, direct access from north of Austin to Seguin.

Contact Us:

Terry Trevino
Director of Economic Development
ttrevino@seguintexas.gov
(830) 401-2476

Josh Schneuker
Assistant Director of Economic Development
jschneuker@seguintexas.gov
(830) 401-2415

Ashlynn Tovar
 Economic Development Analyst
atovar@seguintexas.gov
(830) 401-5005

Karlee Scheel
 EconomicDevelopment Specialist
kscheel@seguintexas.gov
(830) 386-2545

Seguin Economic Development Corporation
1-888-4-SEGUIN