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Pleasanton Tax Workshop

Small Business Accounting Workshop

(Pleasanton, TX – November 29, 2018) The City of Pleasanton will hold a Small Business Accounting Workshop in partnership with H & R Block on December 13, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Pleasanton Civic Center. 
There are many tax incentives designated for small businesses that help minimize tax liabilities, which can positively impact a business’ bottom line.  Each year hundreds of thousands of businesses fail to take advantage of tax incentives and deductions that strain cashflow that can be used to help expand business development and grow revenue.
Accountants and accounting service providers, like H & R Block, offer valuable tax advice and preparation services to small businesses at competitive rates.  Year-end finance reconciliation it vital to small businesses as they prepare for 2018 tax filing deadline on April 15, 2019.  This December workshop aims to assist local business owners capture every allowable tax deduction.    
“I am very pleased that the City of Pleasanton is offering this important workshop for our area small businesses,” says Pleasanton City Manager Johnny Huizar.  “The city is fully committed to arming our local business owners with the tools to be successful and grow their businesses,” adds Huizar.
On average, small businesses make up over 80% of a community’s businesses and are the primary job creators and driving force for local economic development.   
The City of Pleasanton launched its business workshops last summer and has scheduled workshops aimed at supporting and growing local businesses. 
To register for this Small Business Accounting Workshop or for small business assistance, please contact or call 210.960.4340, ext. 102.          


Collaborative Business Workshop November 8, 2018 

Pleasanton To Hold Collaborative Business Workshop

(Pleasanton, TX – October 22, 2018) The City of Pleasanton and the Office of State Representative Ryan Guillen will hold a Collaborative Small Business Workshop in partnership with the Texas Comptroller’s Office and the Texas Secretary of State on November 8, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m., at Coastal Bend College-Pleasanton. 

The workshop will offer regional businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs the requirements to formally registering businesses through the State of Texas.   The Texas Secretary of State (SOS) is charged with the governance of business registration in the State.  The SOS offers many support services for businesses from filing information, to business start-up services, and training and educational resources.  Representatives from the SOS will be on hand to provide support to all business owners. 

The Collaborative Small Business Workshop will feature a presentation from the Texas Comptroller’s Office.  The Comptroller’s Office serves as the tax collector, purchaser, treasurer, accountant, and revenue estimator for the State of Texas.  The Comptroller’s Office offers a variety of free services to assist businesses to meet all required revenue reporting procedures for the State of Texas. 

There are different reporting requirements that apply to certain types of businesses, which have specific revenue reporting and payment procedures.  Representatives from the Comptroller’s Office will present the most current filing requirements and be available to address questions from workshop participants. 

“We are happy to partner with State Representative Ryan Guillen and welcome representatives from the Secretary of State and Comptroller’s Office,” says Pleasanton City Manager Johnny Huizar.  “The City of Pleasanton is committed to assisting all businesses stay in compliance with proper business registration and revenue reporting procedures, which will help businesses avoid late fees and fines,” adds Huizar. 

The City of Pleasanton will also conduct a Business Tax Workshop in December, which will inform business owners on the various tax breaks available to minimize tax liabilities to the State and Federal Government. 

“There are many tax write-offs and incentives that business owners overlook every filing year, which is really hurting their bottom.  We want to make sure that businesses aren’t overpaying and exposing themselves to large tax bills that can be minimized by using the tax code,” says EMC Owner and Founder Janice M. Gonzalez.

Please contact at or 210.960.4340, ext. 102 to RSVP.  


Pleasanton To Hold Part Two of Marketing & Branding Workshop

(Pleasanton, TX – September 13, 2018) The City of Pleasanton will hold a Part Two of its Marketing & Branding Workshop on September 19, 2018, at 11:30 a.m., at the Pleasanton Civic Center.  The city held Part One of this workshop late last month.  Workshop Presenters include: Sarah Segura, Owner of UPS Store 4617, and Ernie Gonzalez, President & CEO for EMC Strategy Group.    
The workshop will include key marketing tips to expand small business operations with various budgets.  This workshop will also create awareness of the wide-range of marketing resources and strategies available for small businesses, some of which are free to the public. 
“We are seeing a very positive response on the information and support that the city is offering to our local businesses,” says Pleasanton City Manager Johnny Huizar. “We are committed to supporting our business owners and encourage all residents to shop local,” adds Huizar.
Many leading business experts agree that marketing is a one of the most vital tools to business development and that businesses that invest wisely either through paid advertisement, brand protection, and conducting full flown marketing campaigns experience very positive growth that offset marketing expenditures. 
This is the sixth workshop held by the City of Pleasanton since May.  Past workshops have included: General Services Administration, University of Texas at San Antonio Office of Economic Development, Small Business Administration, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, and the United States Air Force. 
Please contact or call 210.960.4340, ext. 102 to register for this free workshop.    



(Pleasanton, TX – September 7, 2018) The City of Pleasanton will host the “Ready to Work” Collaborative Career Fair in partnership with Coastal Bend College and Workforce Solutions Alamo, on October 4, 2018, at the Pleasanton Civic Center. 


The career fair will include several local, state, and federal government agencies, private sector companies, and several departments from Coastal Bend College.


Coastal Bend College will assist in conducting outreach to surrounding school districts and target high school juniors and seniors.


Area residents are encouraged to participate in this free career fair and bring several copies of their updated resumes to present to potential employers.   


The Pleasanton “Ready to Work” Collaborative Career Fair will include two sessions. 


High School Student Session (9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) 11th & 12th grade students. 

General Public Session (12 p.m. – 3 p.m.).


“We are very pleased to partner with Coastal Bend College and Workforce Solutions on this collaborative career fair,” says Pleasanton City Manager Johnny Huizar.  “This career fair will expose area residents to well-paying jobs that can lead to long-term careers,” adds Huizar. 


For more information, please contact or call 210.960.4340, ext. 102.



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Pleasanton Represented at Texas Rural Challenge

(Pleasanton, TX – July 24, 2018) The City of Pleasanton participated in the Texas Rural Challenge on July 16 – 17 in New Braunfels, Texas.  The city’s government relations consulting firm, EMC Strategy Group, LLC, served as one of the event sponsors for the two-day conference was hosted by the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development, Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, and the Small Business Development Center Network.   

The conference featured key addresses from Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos, Texas Workforce Commissioner on Labor Julian Alvarez, and Brian Daniels who serves as the Director for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.   The Texas Rural Challenge serves as a unique opportunity where the public and private sectors meet and exchange ideas on the best practices to strengthen economic development.   
Pleasanton representatives included: EMC Owner & Founder Janice M. Gonzalez, and EMC President & CEO Ernie Gonzalez. 

All speakers challenged communities to work together in the spirt of regionalism and collaborative efforts whenever possible to achieve greater economic development.  “Cities, counties, school districts, institutions of higher learning, and council of governments must work together and build partnerships that will strengthen the local and state economy,” said Secretary of State Rolando Pablos. 

The Pleasanton representatives participated in several breakout sessions, which included: Technology Adoption, Accessing Opportunities for Trade, Regional Approaches for Economic Growth, and Skilled Labor Force for Rural Texas.  The City of Pleasanton is working on several projects that addresses all the topics discussed during the conference.


Free Marketing Opportunity for Pleasanton Businesses & Nonprofits

(Pleasanton, TX – June 15, 2018) The City of Pleasanton, through its Business & Economic Development Consulting Firm, EMC Strategy Group, LLC, will offer FREE marketing services for any local resident seeking to promote and grow their business or nonprofit.

Services include: development a marketing strategy and marketing campaign, website development, social media development, and graphic design.  Participating businesses or nonprofits will be responsible for website hosting fees, which typically run between $10 - $25 dollars per month. 

Companies invest thousands of dollars for these marketing services, which can be difficult for small business or business start-ups to afford. 

“We are excited about offering these free marketing services to Pleasanton residents and I encourage our citizens to take advantage of this great opportunity,” says Johnny Huizar, Pleasanton City Manager. 

Please contact or call 210.960.4340, ext. 102 to schedule an appointment these business marketing services.   


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Two Local Businesses Begin City’s New Mentoring Program

(Pleasanton, TX – May 21, 2018) The City of Pleasanton is pleased to announce that two local business owners have begun the mentoring process as part of the city’s new Business Start-up Assistance Program last week.  The program was launched on May 16, 2018.

Pleasanton residents Elizabeth Benavides and Jessica Chiverton formerly registered their businesses through the IRS and will continue their registration process through the Texas Secretary of State’s Office and Texas Comptroller’s Office.  The city’s new business & economic development consultant, Janice M. Gonzalez of EMC Strategy Group, LLC, will provide the business mentoring services to Pleasanton residents as part of the new Business Start-up Services Program.
“I am really excited that our consultant registered two businesses on the first day of our new program,” says Johnny Huizar, Pleasanton City Manager. “This new program is going to help support our residents chase their dreams of becoming business owners,” adds Huizar.       
The city’s new assistance program will provide aspiring entrepreneurs one-on-one business mentoring and complete business start-up services to any resident of the City of Pleasanton.  Services will be offered through a scheduled consultation appointment at the Pleasanton Public Library every Wednesday and Friday.     
New business start-up services will include: registration through the Internal Revenue Service, Texas Secretary of State, Texas Comptroller’s Office, Systems for Award Management (SAM), and Dun & Bradstreet DUNS Number, which are all required when seeking local, state, and federal procurement opportunities.   The mentoring services will also include: business plan development, budget and finance, marketing and branding, and assistance in seeking business capital.  
For more information and to schedule an appointment for start-up services, please contact