Governor’s office sponsors ‘Texas – Wide Open for Business’ event in Victoria

Joe Harper

Neither rain, hail, sleet nor snow can stop Texas business.

The Texas Economic Development Division within Gov. Rick Perry’s office is partnering with the University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center and other SBDCs in the Southwest-Texas Border region to offer information affecting the state’s businesses. The “Texas – Wide Open for Business” event is scheduled for Oct. 28.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., attendees of the free seminar at the Victoria Country Club can get an update on the state of the Texas economy. The event also will feature critical information from the SBDC on how to prepare a business to weather a disaster and restart afterward. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.

“If a business doesn’t reopen within six days of a disaster, it probably won’t,” SBDC Director Joe Harper said. “A good business continuation plan is vital to the survival of any commercial enterprise.”

The information is of particular importance to small businesses because they make up the backbone of the state and national economies, Harper said.

“Anyone who has lived in Texas even a short amount of time knows how quickly the weather can change and how fast a disaster can come out of nowhere,” he said.

The event will include a pre-recorded message from Perry. While the event is free to the public, seating is limited. Those interested in attending are asked to reserve their tickets in advance. The first 50 to do so will receive a special gift at the event.

For more information, or to register for tickets, call SBDC training coordinator Jean Jurica at 361-575-8944, toll free at 877-895-7232, or e-mail her at

“Texas – Wide Open for Business” is an effort by the Texas Economic Development Division within the Office of the Governor to promote economic development in Texas and provide valuable information to companies looking to expand or relocate to the state.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

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