Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Wharton's Annual Holiday Parade

Wharton holds its annual Holiday Parade, hosted by the Wharton Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, On Tuesday November 20th,The square will "officially" be lit at 7p.m. signally the start of the 32rd annual Holiday Parade. The event actually kicks off at 5:45p.m., with performances in front of the Plaza Theatre by the Wharton Junior High School Choir, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Dancers and The Straigthway Group. The parade itself will start after the lighting of the square. It should be quite an event, with 50 entries signed up as of  Friday morning.

This year's theme is "A Nutcracker Christmas."

Shop Local

The windows of Wharton's downtown merchants will be shining this holiday season for Friday Night Lights.

No, this isn't about football. The name of the game is shopping.

Friday Night Lights on Monterey Square in downtown Wharton kicks off  Nov. 23rd  and will run every Friday with stores staying open late.

Shopper can check out the bargains from 5 to 8 p.m. through Dec. 21st.

There will be live music every Friday (excluding Nov. 23rd) and special activities on Nov. 30th.

Wharton Feast Of Sharing

The 26th Annual Thanksgiving Feast will be held on Thrusday November 22nd.in Wharton.All are invited to dine at the feast whether you come alone or bring the family.All meals are free to enjoy. In reality, the name doesn't matter. It's all about people making the effort to help others and spending time together on the day the nation has designated to give thanks.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Welcom To Wharton

Wharton, Texas , Being the most logistical HUB for activity specifically in the Southwest Houston Region and the Texas Gulf Coast serving the Southern portion of the United States and World. Wharton Economic Development Corporation has a variety of incentives and or options Houston proper cannot offer.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Grants for Non Profits in Wharton

Congratulation to the Just Do It Now's program ,'Yes We Can ' , Yes We Can is an intervention program for kids ages six to 17. The kids recieve tutoring, learn social skills, hear from motivational speakers and can get caught up on all areas of education needs to keep them in school and off the streets. The $60,000 grant  means  'Yes We Can ' will be able to continue to reach Wharton's most at - risk youth.

WEDC Business Grants

Another business gets a grant  from Wharton Economic Development Corporation , Victory in Jesus Recovery Center, John William was awarded  a grant for painting the exterior of the building .One job will be retained at the site. Those who are interested in learning more about the reimbursable grants through the Business Restoration Program can contact the Wharton office at 979-532-0999.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Business Grant

Another business recieved a grant from WEDC, Blue Moon Antiques, for help painting the exterior of the building and applying sealant. Two jobs will be retainded at the site.

Friday, September 28, 2012

WEDC Awards Grant Funding

Vineyard Cattle Co. Building owner Robert Garrett recieved a grant to help with painting the exterior of the building and repairing the roof. Three jobs will be retained at that site.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

WEDC Awards Funds

WEDC's Business Restoration Program. Awarded grants totaling $29,024.to local businesses. Anytime Fitness recieved a $5,000 grant to help pay for a monument sign and exterior building sign. Five jobs will be created at the newbusiness.

Monday, September 24, 2012

WEDC's Business Restoration Program

Businesses get $29K in grants. WEDC adwards funding for business . The largest grant went to Steven and Carolyn Wisnieski for assistance with infrastructrure that will help create new businesses and jobs. In Wharton.

Tech Tuesday

Tech Tuesday, an assistance program for basic computer skills and more, is from 3:00p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Wharton County Library, Central Branch, 1924 N.Fulton Street. Wharton. 532-8080

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Java Jam Benefit for WHS

Milam Street Cooffe Shop and the Wharton Java Jam Band extend a special invitation to Wharton's public school teachers to enjoy music and a pot-luck supper while raising much needed funds to renovate Wharton High School's weight room.

School kids have raised $6,000 with a car wash, so now we think a show of support from teachers and friends of teachers would be much welcomed.

Java Jam is normally held the fourth Friday of each month,but this month's event will be Sept. 20th so it won't conflict the the varsity football game on Friday night. You may call Milam Street Coffe Shop at 282-9771 for reservations or more information.
Dear Mr. 

The best kept secret is Wharton, Texas.  City of Wharton and the Wharton Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) are prepared to answer any issues for establishing residential, industrial and retail developments in our attainment community for the following reasons:

1.       The Intermodal Kansas City Southern Intermodal HUB is 9 ½ miles from Wharton and we are 60 miles from Port Freeport.  All major and private trucking firms travel Hwy 59 (future I-69) and will take advantage of the return.
2.       Logistically, Wharton offers small tracts certified by the Greater Houston Partnership within our 49 acres business park for development along Hwy 59.  The site has a gentle slope of less than a 1% grade in a suburban area for industrial use meeting all your utility requirements ( phase 3 electricity, gas line adjacent to site, City’s water and wastewater)  We have an environmental Phase I and soils test on this site.  A larger 580 acre tract is also available along the Kansas City Rail line.
3.       We have numerous tracts totalling 6,000 acres which are prime candidates for various forms of development.
4.       Our diverse community has employers from Taiwan, Italy, Bolivia and Brazil to name a few.
5.       Wharton, Texas is 56 miles southwest of downtown Houston.  Wharton is 1 ½ hour from Houston’s Bush or Hobby Airports.   Wharton Regional Airport welcomes commercial jets.

Please visit our web site www.whartonedc.com for a snapshot or summary of our economy.   Do not hesitate to call if you should have any questions.
David L. Schroeder
Executive Director

Monday, August 6, 2012

Company Relocation Services

Wharton Economic Develpoment Corporation takes action to expedite projects that will enhance the quaility of life and stimulate future development. Wharton Economic Development will act as a catalyst for problems that cross geo-polititcal boundaries in developing projects by providing maps: Traffic counts, Aerials, Customized maps, schedule meetings of introduction to leaders of our community ( elected officials and commissioners court ). Assistance with development, permits, incentives and utility infomation.Show avaliable sites and buildings along with local realtors list.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Tourism Wharton

Our unique Downtown Square, with many historic buildings, built around the turn of the last Century and is well known  for its restaurants, gift items and antique shops. After a day of shopping,touring and a great meal,enjoy a stay at our famous Tee Pee Motel.For a great evening of entertainment catch a play at the Plaza Theatre on Montery Square. For some great conversation stop bu the Coffee Shop and get the latest on all the news in Wharton and the World. If you like being on the water then look no further , The Riverfront Park is where you want to be. But if Museums and historical buildings are your thing , them check out the Wharton County Courthouse, Wharton County Museum, and the 20th Century Museum.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Business Seminar

The free seminar for citizens interested in starting or expanding small businesses has been changed to 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in Wharton on Saturday, Sept. 22nd. in the boardroom of the Wharton Economic Development Corporation, 1944 N.Fulton St. at the Wharton Civic Center. The date had orignially been set for Sept. 8tn.

Retire to Wharton

Wharton is the ideal place to live with affordable housing. Seniors enjoy their access to amenties like the Wharton County Junior College plays and musicals to stimulate minds and seasonal volleyball or baseball events. Other cultural or happenings include outstanding plays at the Plaza Theatre, playing golf or socializing at the Country Club. Pilots will be delighted to find a Regional airport conveniently located just off US Hwy. 59. Wharton is the perfect place to breathe the fresh air and see wide open sky in a less populated area. Just a wonderful place to call home.

Texas Small Town

Find the True Texas Experience of feeling at home in Wharton,Texas. Become a Pulitzer Prize winner and playwright like Horton Foote or have your children's education begin as it did with TV News Anchor Dan Rather. Both are internationally known and helped to carve the history books of our nation. Both individual have claimed Wharton as their hometown and you can be excited about living in Wharton because of our low cost of living and down home hospitality.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Small Business Seminar Set Sept.8th

Learn the is and outs about starting a business. A free seminar for citizens interested in starting or expanding their small business will be offered from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in Wharton on Saturday, Sept. 8th, in the boardroom of the Wharton Economic Development Corporation, 1944 N. Fulton St. at the Wharton Civic Center.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

UH-Costal Plains Small Business

UH-Costal Plains Small Business Center representative will be in Wharton July,24th from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. at the Wharton Economic Development Corp.office 1944 N.Fulton St. in Wharton, for an appointment call 979-320-4085

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Exelon Corporation

Exelon has been the top-ranked electric and gas utility on the FORTUNE 5OO for five years running.Exelon was the no. 1 ranked U.S. utility for the second year in a row on Forbes Magazine's 2011 listed of the world's 2,000 largest, most powerful public companies.Exelon was no.1 ranked U.S.electric utility on Platt's Top 250 Global Energy list in 2011. And we are honored that Exelon made Wharton thier home

Thursday, July 12, 2012

$6M approved for Interstate 69

Announcement planned on Interstate 69 projects,Texas Department of Transportation representative, along with local and state elected officials and regional and local transportation partners, were scheduled to meet in Victoria Friday afternoon to annouce details on three South Texas Interstate 69 projects approved for funding recently. Details of the announcement are not avaliable.

Grant Program Revived to Help Businesses

WEDC's Business Restoration Program is back in business after a hiatus. David Schroeder Executive Director of Wharton Economic Development Corporation said on Friday that the time is right to start it back up. Applications are avaliable by contacting WEDC's office at 532-0999 or by visiting the office at 1944 N.Fulton St. in the Wharton Civic Center. Applications can also be emailed, or can be found on WEDC's website http://www.wartonedc.com/. Applications will be addressed in the order recieved and are subject to WEDC board approval. The board meets on the third Monday of each month. In addition to the Business Restoration Program. a similar program is also available through the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC). The program called Downtown Public Spaces Improvement Program. Information about that program is also avaliable at the Wharton Economic Development Corporation offfice or website http://www.whartonedc.com/. We are excited in trying to get these programs to use in Wharton.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Stroke Clinic

The Council for Health Education and Development in conjunction with Houston -Galveston Area Council- Area Agency on Aging Elderly & Caregiver Support Services offers a stroke education class from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 14th, in the O'Quinn Room at the Wharton Civic Center,1924 N.Fulton St. in Wharton. Call for reservation by July 12th toll free at 1-877-747-1542.

Wharton, Texas Property Certified "Shovel Ready"

Through examination by engineers and guideline of the Greater Houston Partnership, Wharton's property is certified "Shovel Ready". A clear "pro-business" message to industrial prospects is the approch of the Wharton Economic Development Corporation. Having the site available for fast- tracking the construction for future manufacturing facilities is the Wharton's plan for business success and the Wharton Economic Development Corporation will go the extra mile to help companies establish operations and succeed in Wharton.

Juneteenth Celebration Thank You

A big thank you to James Simmons Jr. and our own Paul Kearney of Wharton from Wharton Economic Development Corporation.For the James Simons Jr. 3rd. Annual Juneteenth Celebration, that exceeded all expectation. And many thanks to all that came out to participate and support this event.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Nan Ya Corporation USA

Nan Ya Corporation USA was established in 1958 and by 1984 the company began Rigid PVC Film production in Wharton, Texas. Since it has established a solid base in plastic material and manufacturing, the Wharton facitlity has master the dowmstrem processing to consume the PVC resins and focus on production, Quality, and Shipping. The City of Wharton is honored to have this Corporation make Wharton their home.

JM Eagle Plastic Pipe Manufacturer

JM Eagle,World's largest plastic pipe manufacture is located here in Wharton, Texas. They are delivering life's essentials through the most eco - friendly pipe products on the market. JM Eagle is listed as being in the top 100 best companies to work for in the USA. The City of Wharton is honored that JM Eagle made Wharton their home.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Your Business Plan - " ROADMAP" To Higher Profits

Written business plans are often ingored at all costs by entreprenurs who prefer to let their idea " incubate" further in their mind. Putting words and numbers to it adds a stark reality to the process and a strong sense of commitment. However, learning to share the vision with others ( lenders, partners, investors, and key employees ) is one way to create " buy-in " and support along the critical path of achieving a profit during the startup or expansion process.
Potential new small business owners should arm themselves with all tools and equipment at their disposal. " Failing to plan is planning to fail" as has been often repeated.That certainly applies in running a business as well. Choosing not to plan is indeed a choice , but not a wise one. Even businesses that have succeeded beyond the first few years should do diligence on keeping their plan updated. What went right? What went wrong?
The University of Houston / Coastal Plains Small Business Development Center office serves clients in Wharton, Texas. We provide free, confidential business consulting services, assistance in writing your business planning, addressing marketing concerns, accessing capital for startups or expansions, commercializing your technology, and training on a multitude of topics.
The UH /CP SBDC is a business consulting and training center of the University of Houston Small Bussiness  Development Center Network. The UH SBDC  Network is a program of the UH -CT Bauer College of Bussiness and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Local funding partner for the UH /CP SBCD is the Wharton Economic Development Corporation. Contact us at (979) 320-4085 to schedule a face -to- face appointment. Our office in Wharton is located , at 1944 N. Fulton, with the Wharton Economic Development Corporation, in the Wharton Civic Center, Wharton, Texas.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Bank Blood Drive

First State Bank of Wharton will host a blood drive from 9:oo a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Thrusday July 19th, to schedule an appointment, visit giveblood.org log in at Digital Donor and enter sponsor code m582 or call Jo Helen Venglar at 532-0404

Job Search Seminars

A Free series of Job Search Skills Seminars at 2:00 p.m.at the Wharton County Library.They will be held on Thursdays July 5th, July 12th, July 19th and July 26th. presented by Bob Cook of Worhforce Solutins.

Free Legal Aid

Lone Star Legal Aid will hold a free Pro-Se Divorce Clinic at 10:00 a.m. Thursday July 5th, at the Wharton County Library, 1920 N.Fulton St. in Wharton. To register call 979-849-6464

Friday, June 29, 2012

Restaurants in Wharton

There is no shortage of restaurants in Wharton.We have a varisty of  eatery's in Wharton the best BBQ, Seafood and Steak,Mexican, Asian, and fast food.We are looking forward to welcoming 9er's back soon.There are more than 30 great restaruants in town.

SouthTexas Medical Clinics

Memorial Hermann acquires South Texas Medical Clinics (STMC), the largest , multi-specialty physician pratice in the Southwest region spanning three counties -Wharton, Matagorda, and Fort Bend. With roots that date back more than 60 years to the Outlar-Blair and Rugeley and Blasingame Clinics, two highly-regared rural medical pratices.The main and largest clinics in the South Texas Medical Clinic practice- based in Wharton. South Texas Medical has a full service Pharmacy and Optical Shop in the Wharton Clinic.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

!!!!! Celebration Time Come on !!!

The 13th Annual Wharton County Freedom Fest kicks off  Friday, June 29th and 30th, on the Historical downtown Wharton Monterey Square and Riverfront Park on the Colorado river.There will be lots of things to do even a little shopping.Friday kicks off with the Veteran'sPa,rade, Helicopter,rides,kids rides,a car show, photo concest and lots more. And don't forget the Fireworks Extravanganza on the Colorado River at dusk on Saturday.And please don't miss the grand Bar-B-Q cook off

Gulf Coast Medical Center

Gulf Coast Medical Center's Medical Laboratory and Caridopulmonary ABG Laboratory recieved accreditation by the College of American Pathologists, (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Job Search Seminars

A free series of Job Search skills Seminars.Will be held at the Wharton County Library, Central Branch. 1920 N. Fulton St. Wharton, The series start July 5th and continues July, 12th, July, 19th and July 26th. Call 532-8080 for more information.