Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Others recognize hard work in hometown

By the Advocate Editorial Board
July 18, 2013 at 2:18 a.m.

Victoria is a growing city. Our economy is prospering in many different areas, and we're not the only ones who see it.

Our hometown will be featured in two national business magazines. The June issue of Business World Magazine contains a 14-page story focusing on a Best of Texas economic case study which will, in part, highlight Victoria and focus on the city's goals, recent investments and developments, as well as the collaborative approach of our hometown business community.

Another magazine, Southern Business & Development, will feature Victoria twice in its "11th Annual Top Ten" issue. The magazine recognizes Victoria as having one of the top 10 oil and gas markets and also recognized Victoria College as one of the top 10 outstanding southern community colleges for workforce training.

We are proud to see our city receive such recognition from these prestigious magazines. Our community has grown and prospered, much thanks to the boom brought on by Eagle Ford Shale traffic and other wise investments by our city's businesses and leadership. From attracting Caterpillar to investing in the Victoria College Emerging Technology Center and more, our community has made a solid commitment to push forward and invest in future prosperity.

We see that commitment in events such as the free monthly roundtable meetings at the University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center. Thursday's roundtable was titled "Back of an Envelope Business Plan" and focused on making the process of writing business plans less daunting. Bruce Bassett-Powell, a furniture executive and SCORE mentor, moderates the roundtables and encourages attendees to take part in the informal, interactive discussion.

We applaud groups such as the SBDC and leaders like Bassett-Powell for their work encouraging current and potential small businesses and the people who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs. Investing in and starting a small business is a difficult process that requires a large amount of commitment and dedication. We are glad to see the economy in Victoria prospering through so many successful businesses. We encourage these entrepreneurs and others interested in starting a business to attend these roundtables and any other training opportunities available.

Ultimately, our economy is prospering and receiving this recognition because of the people who chose to open businesses and worked to make them successful. We applaud each of you for your ongoing efforts to succeed. Our hometown economy is strong because of your hard work, and we thank you for it. Keep up the good work, and we will see this prosperity continue for years to come.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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