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This weekend on Community Crossroads learn all about Main Street Goliad's Hometown Freedom Festival. Be prepared to get wet. The fire department will have a soaker for the children. And you can beat the heat with a watermelon contest and a giant inflatable water slide. The highlight of the event is an auction showcasing hand-painted rocking chairs. It's a Community Picnic you don't want to miss. It's July 4, 2018 in Downtown Goliad from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Main Street Goliad wants to thank these fine sponsors: Aztec Ford, Grace Funeral Home, Wallace Saage, Square Gallery, New Image Salon, Tia's on the Square, Highway Garage, Mustang Cantina, Goliad County Farm Bureau, Dr. Raymond Starr and The Carriage House. 

You'll meet artist Richie Vios. His DeLeon Plaza 360 is on exhibit at the J & J Gallery at the Victoria Art League Building through July 10, 2018.

Explore Victoria Texas has a contest underway through July 20th. Each Friday at 11 a.m. catch clues on their Facebook page. The first person to find a hand-painted rock wins a prize.

“We are very excited to offer this great promotional contest to Victoria visitors and residents" said Joel Novosad, Director of the Victoria Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Not only will this present itself as a fun way to promote our family attractions for summer, but everyone can learn more about Victoria's fascinating history and explore our community.”

The Explore Victoria Painted Rock Quest is for everyone. Call 361-485-3118 or click here. You can visit their Visitor Center at 700 N. Main St. Suite 101. 

Finally, the University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center is a federally and state-funded program that offers assistance to small business owners and entrepreneurs in an 11-county area.

The UHV SBDC’s mission is to help the Texas economy grow one business at a time. The center accomplishes this by offering small business owners many no-cost services, including counseling, workshops and online training.

The center has certified advisors who work confidentially to help business owners with the issues involved in starting and running a business. These issues include financing, accounting, marketing, managing, loan packaging and valuation for those planning on selling a business. Counseling services and workshops are offered at no cost. Workshops cover a variety of topics from starting a business to management techniques, online presence, marketing, business planning and more. 

There are times when fees are charged for workshops to cover extra costs such as purchasing lunch, materials or location fees if the session is held outside of the center’s office.

Trainings are offered during the summer, including a free workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 27 in the UHV University North Multi-Purpose Room, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. Introduction to Lean Operations will cover the fundamentals of waste identification, process flow and customer demand. Additionally, an Advanced QuickBooks 2018 Series will be from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday and Thursday starting Aug. 7 and 9 and ending Aug. 28 and 30 at the UHV SBDC offices in Laurent Tower, 1908 N. Laurent St., Suite 400. The workshop will provide a hands-on approach to controlling inventory, creating a business plan, budgeting and making projections. Participants can choose to attend one or several of the classes for $100 a course with preregistration, or the entire series for $375. 

Monday Morning Leadership is a training program designed to help participants develop key leadership principles if they wish to become managers or refresh their management skills. It will focus on topics that include time management, accepting responsibility and the integrity of trust. It also will take place at the UHV SBDC offices and will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 29. The cost to attend is $75 with preregistration.

Several other events also are being offered, and more information is available at www.uhvsbdc.com.

The UHV SBDC is a valuable resource for area small business owners and entrepreneurs. To talk to a business advisor or attend a workshop, contact the UHVSBDC at 361-485-4485 or sbdc@uhv.edu.

Next week, meet Omar "Omie" Mendoza. He's an Alice native and vocalist for the band M-Dos. His single Te Amo, featuring Stephanie Lynn is number one in several areas recently. 

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