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Community news: Austin hosts small business workshop Tuesday


Banquet tables and individual tickets are available for the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce awards banquet.

Human service agency applications for funding from the city of San Marcos for 2017-18 are available.



Small business workshop Tuesday

The city of Austin’s Small and Minority Business Resources Department will host “Doing Business with the City of Austin” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the department’s office, 4201 Ed Bluestein Blvd.

The workshop will feature presentations on how the city uses vendor registration databases, tips from the department’s capital contracting office and a quick overview of the Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise program.

The department also will hold workshops from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and Feb. 28 covering an overview of certifications for minority- and women-owned and disadvantaged businesses.

— American-Statesman staff


Trees Division changes hours

The city of Austin Community Trees Division has made changes to its customer service hours and sign-in locations for tree-related business.

General information and walk-in help is available from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays on the first floor of the Development Assistance Center, 505 Barton Springs Road.

Tree ordinance application submittals, reviews and payment of fees are available from 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays on the center’s fourth floor. Visitors should sign in with the receptionist first.

— American-Statesman staff



Tickets on sale for banquet

Banquet tables and individual tickets are available for the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce awards banquet, which will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 31.

The celebration will be held at the Austin Marriott North, 2600 La Frontera Blvd.

The 49th annual banquet is a business-casual event with a full bar, social hour, dinner and awards. Individual tickets are $70, and tables of 10 are $600. Table reservations must be made by Jan. 12.

Limited sponsorships are still available.

For sponsorship descriptions and tickets:

— American-Statesman staff



City accepting funding applications

Human service agency applications for funding from the city of San Marcos for 2017-18 are available and due by Feb. 10.

Agencies may pick up an application from the Finance Department in the Municipal Building, 630 E. Hopkins St., or download from

The Human Services Advisory Board will review applications and make recommendations to the City Council in the spring. The City Council will decide allocations in its budget process, which will be concluded in September. Funding will be for the fiscal year from Oct. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30, 2018.

To participate, an agency must be a human services agency as defined by the San Marcos City Council, must be overseen by a board of directors, must provide services in the San Marcos area, establish that it is performing a needed service not provided by any other agency, execute an agency agreement with the city, have measurable goals, agree to undergo periodic program evaluations and have letters of support from community members.

For more information: 512-393-8170.

— American-Statesman staff


Repairs narrow Centerpoint Road

Repairs to a culvert will require that Centerpoint Road between Old Bastrop Highway and Anderson Acres Lane be narrowed to one lane beginning Monday.

Temporary traffic signals will control traffic for both directions. If weather holds, the project is expected to be completed by Feb. 6.

The Hays County Transportation Department asks all travelers to drive carefully along this stretch of road and to watch for signs.

— American-Statesman staff


World War II veteran Don Hidler of Oatmeal turned 92 on Dec. 27.

World War II veteran Tom Mason of Austin turned 90 on Dec. 28.

World War II veteran Alton O. Pathschke of Giddings turned 94 on Dec. 28.

World War II veteran Bill Williams of Lakeway turned 90 on Dec. 31.

World War II veteran the Rev. Charles “Chuck” Huffman of Austin turned 91 on Monday.

World War II veteran Robert E. Hale of Round Rock turned 92 on Tuesday.

World War II veteran Ed Davis of Austin turned 88 on Saturday.

World War II veteran Henry Behrens of Sun City turned 90 on Sunday.

We print birthdays for local World War II veterans on Sundays as space allows. Email the name, birth date and current hometown to

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