Smithville Chamber of Commerce prepares to move to new downtown building

The Smithville Chamber of Commerce congratulates the winners of the 2021 Smithville Mayor, City Council and School Board elections. Thank you for your willingness to serve the community.

As many of you may know, we have just passed the second anniversary of the loss of our building to fire in 2019. The silver lining is our beautiful new building at the end of Main Street; official address: 106 NE First St. We were delighted to see the building take shape and can’t wait to start moving in. We will be closing the chamber May 19-21 to make the big move into the new building and help with the completion of the museum. Many thanks to Murphy’s Vintage for his incredible work in designing and installing the museum’s artifacts and to Dave Felker for managing the restoration of the artifacts. It was a touching trip and all the Board of Directors and House staff thank: Jack Page, Robert Tamble, Bennie Rooks, Scott Saunders, Joanna Morgan, Jill Strube, Brad Murphy, Angela Murphy, Kelly Holt, the Smithville Garden Club and many others for all they did to make the new facility a reality. Be sure to join us for the official opening ceremony on June 2 at 5 p.m. Among other things, we will hear from railroad historian Bruce Blalock who will tell us about the importance of the design and location of the new building.

Mark Your Calendar: Grand Opening / Ribbon Cut: June 2 at 5 p.m., 106 NE 1st St.

As you can see from the many events listed below, we largely report live and in-person events. Don’t forget to check our calendar online at www.smithvilletx.org.

While we continue to host several community events, we also continue our economic development work. We, in partnership with the City of Smithville, organize quarterly meetings on Parks and Trail Development, Business Retention, Expansion and Attraction as well as Texas Corridor 71, Housing and Development and embellishment of Main Street. We are also starting to plan for our Chamber Centennial Committee as we plan for the Chamber of Commerce centenary in 2023. And did you know that the chamber is actually 113 years old? The Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce began as the Smithville Trade Association in 1908. In 1923 the name was officially changed to the Smithville Chamber of Commerce and then to the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce in 2008. So, as we celebrate the chamber’s 100th anniversary in 2023, we want to remember and honor the Smithville business leaders who founded this extraordinary organization on the dawn of the 20th century in 1908.

Mark your calendars

Art and entertainment in the park: The chamber, in partnership with the city of Smithville, plans many activities all around Smithville in our various parks. Join us for geocaching, frisbee golf, hula-hooping, live music, live theater in the park, yoga, exercise classes and more! All classes are free thanks to a grant from the St. David’s Foundation. No need to register, come and have a good time. All ages are welcome.

  • May 8, 10 a.m .: Art in the Park: Learn to paint ceramic bowls at Keilberg Park.
  • May 22, 10 a.m .: Fun in the Park: Learn all about geocaching at MLK Park.
  • May 29, 10 a.m .: Have fun in the park: learn to hoola-hoop like a pro! MLK Park.
  • June 3, 4, 10, 11, 7 pm: Art in the Park: Live Game in the Park – “Wizard of Oz” – at James Long Railroad Park (at the end of Main Street) by Playhouse Smithville.
  • June 5, 10 a.m .: Art in the Park: Mosaic Class: Come make mosaic gum drop shaped pavers for Smitty’s Gumdrop Trail. Taught at MLK Park.
  • June 12, 10 a.m .: Garden fun: Come learn how to plant and pot at Community Gardens, 107 SW Second St.
  • June 19, 10 a.m .: Fun in the Park: Yoga in Keilberg Park.
  • June 23, 10 a.m .: Fun in the Park: Fitness in the grounds of MLK Park.
  • June 26, 10 a.m .: Fun in the Park: Disc golf in Riverbend Park.

Room breakfast: May 26 at 11 a.m. at the Smithville Rec Center. Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape will provide an update on “the state of the county”. Buy your tickets online at www.smithvilletx.org or call 512-237-2313. Many thanks to our lunch sponsor Aqua Water Supply Corporation.

Chamber mixer: Location: Groupe Ralph-Land, May 13, 5 to 7 p.m. at 300, rue Short. It will be an indoor / outdoor event with live music from Brianna Adams, burgers from Feed the Need.

BEST blender in the county: The Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville Rooms will host the BEST Countywide Mixer on May 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Spiderwood Studios, 140 Utley Road, Elgin. This event is open to any member of the Smithville, Bastrop or Elgin Chambers. Sponsorship opportunities are available, so call 512-237-2313 with questions.

Annual banquet: Join us on May 15 at 7 p.m. outside, downtown at Main and First streets. It will be both an awards banquet and a fundraiser as we complete construction of the new visitor center, museum and chamber offices. Buy your tickets online at www.smithvilletx.org or call 512-237-2313. The chamber thanks Kragh’s Jewelry for the magnificent Diamond, White Gold and Topaz Bracelets raffle prize and Doug’s Plumbing as the main sponsor of the banquet.

The chamber thanks Kragh's Jewelry for the magnificent raffle prize of diamonds, white gold and topaz bracelets for the annual banquet on May 15th.

Classes

  • Room 101: Find out all about the benefits of your membership. This course is ideal for new members or members who are unsure of how to use their many member benefits. Come to the bedroom on May 6 at noon as we resume our in-person training. Lunch will be offered to those who pre-registered before May 4th. Call 512-237-2313 or visit www.smithvilletx.org. This is a free course.
  • Create a Marketing Plan for Your Business: Taking the time to think about and plan your business marketing strategy will help you be more effective when it comes to advertising. Virtual course: May 11 at 6 p.m., register online for this free course at www.smithvilletx.org/virtual-online-classes-2021/

The Small Business Administration manages COVID-19 business relief programs. Be sure to visit their website for information on Payroll Protection Program Forgivable Loans, SBA-EIDL Loans, Restaurant Revitalization Fund, Grants to Closed Site Operators, and more. Online at: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options.

April Daniels is the Executive Director of the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at [email protected]

The Smithville Chamber of Commerce will move into its new building at 106 NE First St. this month.  It will host a grand opening and an inauguration ceremony on June 2.

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