PALMVIEW – The City of Palmview has a new face; something new that City Manager Johnn Alaniz and Linda Sarabia think could help the city grow. The City of Palmview created a chamber of commerce last month.
Sarabia, the chamber board president, said businesses have been asking for a chamber. And now she has “taken the bull by the horns,” according to Alaniz.
The Palmview Chamber was officially organized last month, with the 11 board members as the only members. They are now looking bring in many more members soon by inviting local businesses to join.
Alaniz and Sarabia agreed that with the growth in the area, a chamber is needed to help the local businesses and bring major businesses to the area as well.
Even with the closeness to other area chambers such as Mission, the idea of creating a chamber has been in mind for a few years. Sarabia said she went to other chambers to get some insight on what she needed to do before launching the chamber. She said she was asked why have one in Palmview when Mission has one.
“It’s a different community,” said Sarabia. “We have different needs.”
Palmview has a lot of mom and pop businesses, said Sarabia. They are really good at what they do, but they don’t have all the tools they need to keep their businesses going. She wants to help these businesses by coming together as a community and equipping them with the tools they need to succeed.
We are going to have seminars and networking opportunities for the businesses of Palmview, said Sarabia. With the chamber they will be able to partner with the Small Business Development Center that will bring projects into the city to help the local businesses.
“We want to expose the businesses,” she said.
Many people in the city wear several hats and Alaniz was happy that Sarabia stepped up to take this challenge. “We’ve been blessed,” he said.
“It’s right up her alley,” said Alaniz. “She’s good at it. It has been good for us.”
The response has been good so far with businesses asking how they can join. The chamber finalized their membership package this week and is now accepting members.
This will improve our economy and bring more options to the city, said Sarabia.
Companies that are coming into the area will now have the chamber to call to find out more information about the area and visit with other businesses in the area before moving in.
Sarabia, a business owner herself, said she knows the struggle businesses face and is happy that there will now be a place businesses can gain more knowledge and tools they need to succeed.
The Palmview Board of Directors are Linda Sarabia, president; Joel Garcia, vice president; Eva Alaniz, treasurer; Jesse Vega, secretary; Fidel Trevino Jr., Sgt. In Arms; Leonel Lopez, Nereyda Cantu, Yvonne Trevino, Rick Perez, Benita Hernandez and Diana Garcia, board members and Ismael Cantu, business representative.
The city also has projects that are ongoing or are waiting for finalization of funding. Alaniz said they are waiting to see about the funding for a police substation, which will be built on the south side of the expressway and free up some room at the current city hall/public safety building for the chamber.
There are streets receiving makeovers, bridges that are expected to get makeovers soon as well and a sewer project in the works.
Alaniz said the city has grown from a $587,000 budget to a $4 million budget, which has helped get things done and spurred the growth in the area.
The city is also looking at annexing more areas into the city, making it even bigger.
“We’re getting to bigger and better things here in Palmview,” added Alaniz.
One of those things will be a magazine celebrating Palmview, providing information to residents and businesses in the area.
For more information about the chamber or the City of Palmview, call 583-9466 or visit the chamber’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PalmviewChamberOfCommerce.
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