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Pleasanton Business Reception and Fireside Chat

(Pleasanton, Texas – March 11, 2019) The City of Pleasanton will hold a Business Reception and Fireside Chat on March 19, at 6 p.m., at the Pleasanton Civic Center Meeting Room.  All businesses are invited to participate and bring business promotional items to share.  The city is seeking input from businesses as we continue preparation for future business workshops.

“The city has held nine workshops since last summer and we are eager to hear directly from our business owners on how we can better serve them as we try to create a more supportive environment for economic development,” says Pleasanton City Manager Johnny Huizar.  “Our business & economic development consultants have engaged multiple state and federal agencies, including several public and private sector economic development support groups through the city’s workshop series.  We are committed to assisting local businesses wherever we can,” adds Huizar. 

Call 210.960.4340, ext. 102 or email for additional information and to RSVP.           

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Pleasanton Business Merchandising Workshop

(Pleasanton, TX – March 11, 2019) The City of Pleasanton will hold a Business Merchandising Workshop on March 21, at 11:30 a.m., at the Pleasanton Civic Center.  Ms. Kimberly Wiley of Threads Custom Embroidery & More will lead this month’s business workshop. 

This workshop will focus on promotional branded items for small businesses, such as; embroidered or printed shirts, caps, key chains, pens, cups, etc. 

Threads Custom Embroidery & More is a leading promotional company in Atascosa County and provides a variety of marketing services to businesses and government agencies throughout the region. 

Complementary lunch and marketing promotional samples will be provided to workshop participants.  “Branding for small businesses is extremely important for name recognition and promotion,” says Business & Economic Development Consultant Janice M. Gonzalez.  “We are very pleased that Threads Custom Embroidery & More is going to present and sponsor this month’s workshop and we encourage all business owners in Pleasanton and the surrounding communities to attend and get the latest information on marketing swag merchandise,” adds Gonzalez. 

For more information and to RSVP, please contact 210.960.4340, ext. 102 or email  


Finance Wellness March 28

                                                                              Plesanton Financial Wellness Workshop

(Pleasanton, TX – March 4, 2019) The City of Pleasanton will hold its first Financial Wellness Workshop on March 28, 2019, at 11:30 a.m., at the Pleasanton Civic Center.  This workshop is open to all area residents.

Certified Financial Planner Preston Hastings of Primerica Investments will share important tips and strategies to assist individuals and business owners in evaluating current and future financial readiness.

Primerica is a leading financial planning company and provides various products and services that helps develop tailored security and retirement portfolios for its customers.

“We are looking forward to offering this workshop opportunity to small business owners and their employees, especially since most small businesses are limited in their ability to offer full-fledged retirement packages, such as, 401ks,” says EMC President & CEO Ernie Gonzalez.  For more information and to register for this workshop, please contact or call 210.960.4340, ext. 102.   



2020 Census Community Meeting

(Pleasanton, TX – March 4, 2019)
The City of Pleasanton will hold a 2020 Census Community Meeting on March 28, at 6 p.m., at the Pleasanton Civic Center. 

Richard Castanon, Partnership Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau and Janice Gonzalez with EMC Strategy Group will conduct a presentation and field questions about the city’s strategy to create awareness about the 2020 Census.  This community meeting is open to all Atascosa residents and local government officials.    

The city is currently developing a Pleasanton Complete Count Committee (CCC), which will assist in the city’s Census Awareness Campaign.  The city is also seeking volunteers to serve in a variety of capacities before and during the 2020 Census.  Members of nonprofits, civic organizations, and religious groups are strongly encouraged to participate.   

“The city recognizes the importance of having an accurate count of our residents, especially given the tremendous amount resources at stake,” says Pleasanton City Manager Johnny Huizar.  “We are working with the mayor city council, EMC Strategy Group, and the U.S. Census Bureau to plan, and execute our campaign,” adds Huizar.  

Census results impact federal funding, federal programs, federal and state legislative representation, and transportation dollars.  Other examples of local federal impact include funding for: education, infrastructure, economic development, support for small businesses, farming subsidies, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineer projects.  Simply put, an accurate count ensures that a community gets its fair share of federal dollars.  

For more information contact 210.960.4340, ext. 101 or email