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Organization name change prompts Southside business leaders to look further south


SAN ANTONIO – Predicting that further growth is inevitable, the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce changed its name after 40 years to the South Texas Business Partnership.

Its slogan, “All Roads Lead South,” speaks to its new perspective, said Connie Gonzalez, president of the organization. “It was time to expand and start really talking to our neighbours.”

At his gala earlier this month, the mayors of Castroville, Floresville and Somerset joined San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg in celebrating the rebranding of the chamber.

South Texas Business Partnership Gala. Courtesy of: South Texas Business Partnership (Copyright 2022 by KSAT – All rights reserved.)

While the south side of San Antonio remains its priority, Gonzalez said the partnership, including surrounding communities to the south and west, will ask, “How can we bring more economic development to this area of ​​San Antonio? ?

“I think collectively we all know we have a responsibility to do it right, to plan it well, and working together is going to make it happen,” STBP President and CEO Al Arreola said.

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Andrew Anguiano, the chamber’s former director of economic development, said he was surprised to learn that this had not been done so far.

Anguiano said the partnership don’t step on anyone’s toes.

Now a small maker of craft sodas, Anguiano said the partnership will try to make the most of San Antonio’s relationship with its neighboring communities.

He said the question would be, “How do we somehow connect our commonalities for economic prosperity?”

Anguiano said helping start and grow businesses can mean better wages for their employees, their families and the communities where they live.

“When you are able to connect these dots, you are able to create a more prosperous region,” he said.

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