Economic Development

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“City of Freer and U.S. Small Business Administration Team Up”


(Freer, TX – October 31, 2016) The City of Freer and the U.S. Small Business Administration held a Business & Economic Development Workshop on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at the Best Western.

This free workshop was held for aspiring business owners and current business owners.  SBA’s District Director Angela Burton and her team addressed detailed procedures on how to set up a business and discussed the registration process through the state and federal government.  The workshop highlighted free resources available by the state and federal government to help local business owners grow successful businesses.

The city’s Government Relations and Business & Economic Development Consulting Firm, EMC Strategy Group, organized the workshop and also conducted a marketing session on the effective use of social media and how to properly use company websites to promote products or services with minimal financial resources.

Attendees had the opportunity to get direct advice from the SBA’s business experts and also were given door prizes.  The next Business Development Workshop will be held on November 15 and will feature the USDA office of Rural Development.  This workshop is open to anyone wanting to start a business and current business owners. Click here for the USDA November 15 workshop: usda-freer-workshop-11-15-16

For more information, please visit under the City of Freer tab.  You may also contact or call 210.960.4340, ext. 102.

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August 15, 2016 – The City of Freer participated in the South Texas Business & Economic Development Forum, which was held on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.  The forum featured presentations from the Office of Governor Abbott, Small Business Administration (SBA) and Lifefund.  This forum served as the launch for a series of Business & Economic Development initiatives planned by EMC Strategy Group Owner Janice M. Gonzalez.  Janice previously served as the Business & Economic Development Director for the El Paso Chamber of Commerce.  Forum presenters included SBA District Director Angela Burton, Governor Abbott’s South Texas Director Leticia Flores and Liftfund Market Manager Laura Estrada.  Each of the presenters briefed city officials on their agency responsibilities and available resources to help strengthen local economic conditions.  EMC will plan and coordinate year-round Business & Economic Development workshops and training seminars on behalf of the City of Freer.  For more information contact Janice M. Gonzalez at 210.960.4340, ext. 102 or email

Own a business or interested in starting one? Visit the links below for resources.



Business Workshops

**October 26, 2016
US Small Business Administration – Speaker Angela Burton at 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Best Western

November 15, 2016
USDA – Speaker Roel Gomez at 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Best Western

December 13, 2016
Texas Workforce Commission – Speaker Sonia Valdez at 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Location TBD

**January 17, 2017
Texas Department of Agriculture – Speaker Nelda Garza at 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Location TBD

February 21, 2017
Business Awards Reception, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Location TBD

For more information contact or call 210.960.4340, ext. 101.