Welcome Back Bobcats kits for businesses available Aug. 1

By Kim Porterfield
University News Service
July 31, 2008

San Marcos area businesses can receive free “Welcome Back Bobcats!” kits through a partnership among both area chambers and Texas State University.

The kits are free for local businesses and contain valuable information about marketing to Texas State students.

“Texas State University enhances the quality of life in San Marcos in many ways. The campus contributes to the natural beauty of the city, and its presence as an academic center attracts students, visitors and industrial clients,” said Phyllis Snodgrass, president of the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce. “The university helps the local economy to grow and insulates it from severe economic impacts,” she added.

“We are proud to partner with Texas State University to make students feel more welcome and a part of the San Marcos community. Although they may not be permanent residents, student make significant contributions while they are here, thorough spending, volunteerism and as employees,” said Richard Garza, president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “Texas State students spend $206.9 million every year in Hays County, according to the latest economic impact study,” he noted.

Both chamber officials believe that if students are made to feel more welcome in San Marcos, they will take greater pride and responsibility as citizens during their tenure as residents.

Included in the free packet are an 11x17 color poster, calendar of major fall Texas State events to help with marketing planning, and other tips on showing “Bobcat Pride.”

The packets are sponsored through an annual collaboration among the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce, the San Marcos Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Texas State University Office of Community Relations.

A limited number of packets are available at both chamber offices. You may also get a kit at the Office of Community Relations, River House, or by emailing communityrelations@txstate.edu or calling (512) 245-9645.