Big Things Come from Small Business

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In a city like Garland, it’s easy to assume that small-town values like small business support get lost in the shuffle of 230,000 residents; but fortunately for this community, that’s simply not the case. Our small businesses are vibrant, varied and essential to the growth and sustainability of our community, and the reasons why might be a little bit bigger than you think.

It’s likely that when you hear the phrase, “small business,” your favorite little boutique, restaurant or coffee shop immediately comes to mind. The personalized services, warm welcomes and unique flavors of a small business make it special, memorable and irreplaceable. After 120 years serving the community alongside these very businesses, the Garland Chamber of Commerce has observed yet another important and equally valuable facet of small businesses – quite simply, it’s their owners.

We’ve found that more often than not, small business owners are also in the business of giving back to their community. Whether through leadership on a City Commission, volunteerism in a local organization or even by serving as an elected official, we’ve had the honor of getting to know many business owners who see the immense value in contributing to the overall well-being of the community that supports their business dreams. Regardless of title or recognition, each has taken the prominent role of a humble, dedicated servant for a cause that benefits us all.

In honor of National Small Business Week May 1-7, we want to once again highlight three small business owners that were featured in the Profiles of Prominence section of the 2016 Garland Guide. The individuals you’ll read about here have incredible stories of passion and perseverance as they’ve grown not only as business owners, but as community leaders as well. To these and others who have seen a need and taken the lead, we salute you. Your impact extends far beyond the welcoming doorway of your business and out into a community that continues to thrive as a result of your commitment to inspiring positive change in Garland, Texas.

Robert Selders

Fitness is often thought of in the context of meeting weight-loss goals, being able to run a 5K, or maybe playing a sport. Society tends to view fitness from a strictly physical perspective, but for one Garland business owner, it’s a much more global concept.
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Marisol Trevizo

Life is filled with opportunity. At every turn of events, in every circumstance and in every time of need, life is filled with opportunity. But for Marisol Trevizo, the opportunity to serve her community doesn’t end when life does. In fact, for her, it just begins.
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Jan Furtick

Joyful, creative and full of life – these may not be the adjectives you’re used to hearing for the introduction of a leader, but for “Jolly Jan” Furtick, there’s really no other way to begin.
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Celebrate Small Business Week with Us

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