HOUSTON – They started last week with a group of about 12 gathering to tell the good things about their business and their ideas for helping Houston grow.
The Houston Business Group held Live In The Park: Spring Kickoff to get people downtown and to get local business in the loop on activities planned by the HBG this year. The kickoff was 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 at the Master Gardener Mini Park next to Houston City Hall.
“We are here to help merchants,” said Gail Baird, HBG spokesman. “We want to hear what you want to do and I think we all want to see more businesses come to Houston. I want Houston to prosper.”
Last week’s gathering saw David Parker, of David’s One Stop in Houlka, speak to the group.
“I started in 1994 with the store and now we have a car lot and a small furniture factory,” said Parker. “We have worked hard and have tried to do it the right way. We’re just now beginning to see all that hard work pay off.”
Parker said he has repeatedly gone to other business people with problems and concerns. He said that advice and help has been the key to seeing his business grow.
“People just starting out don’t always know how to do it all and with a small business you have to do it all,” said Parker. “Having people you can talk to and having groups like the Houston Business Group can be the difference.”
The Houston Business Group was formed this winter as part of the Chickasaw Development Foundations’ effort to help existing businesses grow and attract new businesses to the community.
Plans are to host Live In The Park once a month. Light snacks and refreshments were served Tuesday. The HBG hopes to have entertainment at the next gathering.
“This event is open to the community and the Houston Business Group is looking for people to get involved,” said Baird. “We’ve got a few ideas and we’re looking for ideas. We are urging local business people to come to this event and talk to us about their ideas.”
The HBG has talked about developing signage that will point shoppers to the various commercial areas in Houston. They have also talked about linking with CDF’s effort to bring a event downtown each month of the year.
Baird said the events will feature a speaker who will talk business, but they will also open the microphone to existing merchants and let them tell about their business.
“We are going to give our local businesses a chance to tell us what they offer,” said Baird. “Everything this organization does will promote our community and local businesses.”
Baird said they are hoping for good weather and attendees can come and go at they like.
“We are urging business people to think about staying open that evening and maybe offering a special at their store,” said Baird. “We are also urging all businesses in Houston, Houlka and Woodland to come by, bring a friend or co-worker and just see what’s going on downtown.”
For more information on the Houston Business Group or Live In The Park call the Chickasaw Development Foundation at 456-2321 or drop by the the CDF office in Joe Brigance Park during regular business hours.