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By Team GSMP | Jan 30, 2018

You know you want to start your own business, but where do you start? The Greater San Marcos Partnership and The San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce are excited to bring you, BizTalks, a free talk series which is open to the public and targeted to local entrepreneurs. Lead by successful business owners in our area, we highlight the hardships they have faced and share tips for helping you get started! 

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By Team GSMP | Nov 26, 2017

Merely hours after Thanksgiving, crowds of turkey-stuffed shoppers head to their favorite retailers to get best-of-year holiday savings. This has been a long standing tradition for American shoppers, but how did it really get its start?

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By Christian Duran | Nov 20, 2017

As hard as it may be to believe, we are approaching the 10-year milestone of the start of the Great Recession, which the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) dates as beginning in December 2007 and ending in June 2009. Widely recognized as the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression on both a national and global scale, the recession contributed to the loss of approximately 8.7 million jobs and a contraction of 5.1% of GDP in the U.S. between February 2008 and 2010. (U.S. Department of Labor). U... Read More

By Team GSMP | Nov 13, 2017

Across the country, people will gather for Veterans Day events to celebrate the millions of men and women who have served in the United States military. Originally coined as “Armistice Day”, the date November 11th was symbolically “intended to observe the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, which marked the armistice of World War I," Congress declared Armistice Daya legal holiday nearly 20 years later. In 1954 the name was changed to Veterans Day, following a national campaign to have the day honor all... Read More

By Team GSMP | Sep 12, 2017

Chris Duran has been Team GSMP's Research Analyst since Spring 2016. In that time, he's been a key team member within RFI responses, out-of-market recruitment trip preparations, public relations efforts, and more! Chris is a two-time Texas State University Bobcat, earning both his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University. An Austin native, Chris can usually be found mining data and drinking coffee here at the GSMP office. In his free time, Chris is an active volunteer for many causes and has had a big... Read More

By Adriana Cruz | Jul 12, 2017

Hard to believe that we are halfway through 2017!

I hope you have taken some time this season to relax with your family and friends, enjoy the sunshine, have a burger, and soak up these warm summer evenings in Texas.

This time of the year especially, I enjoy reflecting on the pride I feel for our nation, state, and local communities. Whether it’s the local celebrations of national pride or fireworks from the 4th of July or the fact that July is the usual time for the Central Texas advocacy trip to... Read More

By Team GSMP | Jul 11, 2017

Sal joined Team GSMP in spring 2016 as our Marketing Specialist - Graphic Designer. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest region of Corvallis, OR, Sal has adjusted to our warm Texas summers nicely. He enjoys the outdoors, the river, and playing soccer through Austin Sport & Social Club. He's also been instrumental in leading expansion efforts of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. to Texas State University. 

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By Team GSMP | Jun 13, 2017

We're diving into summer by talking to Laurie Hartz, GSMP's Economic Development Coordinator and Investor Relations Manager. Laurie studied at the University of Arizona and began her work in the tourism industry at the Flagstaff Convention & Visitor Bureau working primarily with tour operators bringing groups to nearby Sedona and Grand Canyon.

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By Adriana Cruz | Jun 13, 2017

Regionalism is an important topic in economic development that we talk about every day at our office. Communities are stronger when they’re supporting each other and working together, especially when it comes to state and federal advocacy. Later this month, I am excited to once again join a delegation of regional leaders from the Austin MSA traveling to Washington D.C. as a part of the Austin Chamber’s annual advocacy trip to represent the needs of Hays and Caldwell Counties.

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By Adriana Cruz | Jun 5, 2017
This week, I’m taking off to Mexico City with Texas State University, who is establishing its first international alumni chapter in the history of the University. Mexico is a country with deep ties to Texas and to Texas State University. So, in the spirit of this trip, I’m taking a look at why international business is critical to the Texas economy.   Read More

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