Seguin Economic Development Corporation

Annual Job Fair Creates Dozens of Local Job Opportunities 

Whether hoping for a fresh start or a new career, job seekers found a wealth of exciting opportunities at the 2016 Annual Seguin Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) Job Fair. On June 16th, a variety of employers filled the Seguin Coliseum, eager to hire for openings in a wide range of fields. 

In attendance at the SEDC Annual Job Fair, were 23 of Seguin's largest employers hiring for entry, intermediate and advanced-level positions in manufacturing, engineering, construction, medical, administrative/clerical, transportation, public safety, education, hotel hospitality and more. Some of the participating companies included Caterpillar Inc, Cavco, Guadalupe Regional Medical Center, Alamo Group (TX) Inc, City of Seguin, GVEC, Cone Bio Products, Hawkins Personnel, Park Plaza Hotel, Central States Manufacturing, Navarro ISD, Minigrip, CMC Steel, Tractor Supply Company, The Koehler Company, Tyson Foods and more. 

Approx imately 300 people attended the job fair, a number significantly higher than in previous years. Those who attended the job fair were not exclusively  Seguin and Guadalupe County residents. Based on the expanded marketing of the event, applicants traveled from various surrounding cities including San Antonio, Schertz, San Marcos, New Braunfels, Stockdale, Gonzales, Luling, Austin and more. Several retired members of the military visited the job fair as well.




Workforce Solutions Alamo was also in attendance to assist job seekers in registering with Work in Texas and completing job applications. "The 2016 Annual SEDC Job Fair was a success," said Michelle Martin, Business Solutions Representative with Workforce Solutions Alamo. "I was really pleased to see so many of Seguin's major employers take advantage of this opportunity to recruit local talent. In order for a Job Fair to be successful and truly represent the talent pool in our community, the participation of major employers is crucial." 
During the Job Fair, employers expressed vast satisfaction with the number of potential applications in attendance. Several said they felt confident they would be able to fill many of their positions based on applications they had received. 


"The 2016 Annual SEDC Job Fair was well organized and provided a great opportunity to meet local talent and network with other companies in the Seguin area," said Travis Bone, Human Resources Representative. "There was an excellent turnout at the event. Overall we were very pleased with the organization and execution of the event."


"This event is a true illustration of the Seguin Economic Development Corporation's mission- creating jobs," said Interim Director of Economic Development, Josh Schneuker. "By hosting an event that connects major employers with local job seekers, SEDC is able to have a direct, positive impact on the economic well-being of our community."


Pictured from left to right: Ashlynn Tovar, SEDC Analyst; Karlee Scheel, SEDC Specialist; Robert Haynes, SEDC Board President; Joshua Schneker, SEDC Interim Direct

D6 Promos- A Passion for Printing 
Seguin Small Business Highlight
#ShopLocal #ShopSeguin
Located in the heart of historic Downtown Seguin, D6 Promos offers Seguin businesses unique, creative, customized promotional products that allow businesses to set themselves apart from competition.


In April 2015, D6 Promos opened their doors at 501 N. Austin Street, with the mission of becoming Seguin's one stop shop for screen printing, embroidery, laser engraving, customized awards, vinyl graphics, car graphics, banners and business cards.

A little over a year later, owner Pam Hankins says they have accomplished that mission.



With an established client base, a portfolio of innovative products and a desire for growth, D6 Promos has become a family owned and operated, one stop promotional shop for all things business.

Prior to opening D6 Promos, Pam Hankins worked for a promotional company in Tennessee. Born and raised in Seguin, Hankins believed that she could run a similar business in her hometown.
After moving back to the area, Hankins began drawing up a business plan for what would soon become D6 Promos. "Once we had a plan, we began working out of our home establishing client relationships, slowly purchasing equipment, while continually looking for a building to move into," she said."At the start of 2015 we 
knew it was time to make the transition into a commercial building. We wanted to be in downtown Seguin,  but needed a large space, affordable payments and good parking. As opportunity for business continued to evolve, we continued our search for a building. A month or two later, we were driving through town and saw the tenant at 501 N. Austin St moving out of the building that would soon be home to D6 Promos."


When asked to describe a day in the life of the owner of D6 Promos, Hankins said, "busy and fun." She continued, "There's never a dull moment at D6 Promos. We are very thankful for every order we get and do not take things for granted! We work hard to get orde rs completed on time and go the extra mile to ensure that our clients have what they need, when they need it, and in the heat of it all we still have fun!"

A businesses continues to expand and relocate to Seguin, demand for promotional items and marketing materials continues to grow. In response to increasing demand, Hankins said that D6 Promos does their best to supply clients with innovative products that differentiate them from competition. "We are very fortunate to have two extremely creative Graphic Designers who stay up to date on the latest designs and trends, providing our clients with unique promotional items designed custom for their business," Hankins said. "There are so many different products that can be branded, and so many ways to print and decorate- we are always learning and trying something new."
Hankins said her favorite thing about owning a small business in Seguin is having the opportunity to work with family and establish "Real" relationships with clients. "It's not only about making a profit, it's also about making a difference in our community. We love the networking and support within Seguin and the camaraderie among the small business owners, it's amazing!" Hankins added that establishing a working relationship with the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce, the Seguin Main Street Program and the Seguin Economic Development Corporation has really been a great asset in growing her business.



"At first, the idea of starting a small business was a bit daunting and the amount of work needed to be done seemed endless. Looking back on it all- the late nights, the stress, the fear of failure-it was worth it." Hankins continued, "Here we are a little over a year later, and my family successfully operates a one stop promotional shop that designs creative, customized products that allow local businesses to thrive."


"My advice for som eone looking to open a small business in Seguin is to do your research, learn as much as you can, build relationships with other local small business owners and take advantage of the support local organizations offer that foster your business' growth - and above all, work hard!"
 
Staff Showcases Communities' Growth at International Retail Conference

The landscape of the Interstate 10, Highway 46 a nd Highway 123 corridors quickly change as the city of Seguin sees business expansion city-wide. With increased employment opportunities , new housing developments and increased traffic counts, the city's growth is apparent. Seguin has seen the pace of commercial development greatly increase in the past two years as many nationally known retailers enter, return and expanding  in the market.

Rapid growth has cultivated a prime local real estate market, with 1,750+ new single family rooftops planned - Seguin will soon become home to a substantial amount of people. The city's newly adopted 30,006 population figure will soon swell as more and more people choose to live, work and play in Seguin.

In response to the city's abundant growth, the Seguin Economic Development Corporation staff represented the city of Seguin at the annual International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) RECON Conference held May 22 through May 25, 2016. This conference is the retail industry's largest conven tion, with over 1,000 exhibitors covering 2 million square feet of exhibition space and over 36,000 registered attendees. In attendance at the conference were City Manager, Doug Faseler and Interim Economic Development Director, Josh Schneuker and Economic Development Specialist, Karlee Scheel.

Participation in the conference allowed the opportunity to interface with key decision makers of retailers, restaurants, developers, and brokers in order to gain intelligence about their expansion plans and market Seguin's retail opportunities. While in attendance, Seguin staff was able to meet face to face with over 30 key decision makers and showcase Seguin's abundant growth.

During the meetings staff marketed Seguin's retail opportunities by highlighting the Seguin's strong retail trade areas, the city's significant primary job creation over recent years, increased retail activity (sales tax, hotel occupancy tax), updated traffic counts and community draws such as the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center and Texas Lutheran University. In most cases, the contacts Seguin staff met with had a good working knowledge of Seguin and expressed interest in future projects.

Seguin staff returned from the conference with key industry contacts and valuable information on future growth plans. Moving forward, Seguin staff has devised an in-depth strategy for following up with these key decision makers in order to ensure that Seguin's growth is communicated clearly as these retailers, restaurants, developers, and brokers choose a home for their next business venture.



Contact Us:

Josh Schneuker
Interim 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