Skills Development Fund

Gain access to grants through the Skills Development Fund for worker training in Georgetown

1. Covid19 Skills Development Fund grant

XYCarb received approximately $16,500 and trained 11 employees through the Covid19 Skills Development Fund grant awarded through Austin Regional Manufacturing Association (ARMA)/Capital Area Workforce Board in 2020.

2. Manufacturing Consortium grant

AirBorn participated in the Manufacturing Consortium grant in 2020. Austin Community College (ACC) provided 2,620 hours of training valued at $77,500 to train assemblers and industrial engineering technicians at no cost to AirBorn. Some of the classes included Blueprint Reading, Electromechanical Systems, Fundamentals of Pneumatics & Schematics, Microsoft Excel/PowerPoint/Word, and Safety in the Manufacturing Environment.

3. Pursuit of Advanced Training in High-Demand Skills (PATHS) For Texas

PATHS is a statewide initiative currently available at no cost to businesses to train employees.  It is funded by the Walmart Foundation and is aimed at upskilling job seekers and workers in frontline retail and other customer-facing positions to achieve advancement and promotional success, enhance career progressions, and provide greater economic mobility. PATHS provides industry recognized training opportunities throughout Williamson County designed to meet the needs of businesses who want to provide training opportunities for employees and to job seekers who want to create and enhance career pathways for advancement opportunities.

Training opportunities include:

  • Retail Industry Fundamentals
  • Customer Conflict Prevention
  • Customer Sales & Service
  • Healthcare Careers
  • Information Technology Tracks
  • Industry Credentials

For more information, please contact:
Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area
Craig Henry, Business Solutions Consultant
(512) 244-2207 ext 1049
craig.henry@ruralcapital.net

Georgetown Small Business Week

The annual Georgetown Small Business week celebrations were held the first week in May in conjunction with National Small Business Week. The week-long celebrations included educational workshops, held daily, designed to help business owners and managers with a variety of different topics relevant to small businesses. Workshop offerings included Employee Training & Retention, 5 Ways to Grow Your Business, Digital Marketing, Innovate and Reallocate, and concluded with 7 Steps to Fiscal Fitness. Workshops were offered in a hybrid format of in-person or online depending on the business’s preference. The week concluded with an ice cream social and networking with other small businesses in Georgetown.

Business Climate Survey Results

Economic Development Business Climate Survey 2021

Thank you to all who responded to the first Economic Development Business Climate Survey.  The survey was conducted from January 14, 2021 to February 12, 2021 to gather feedback from Georgetown businesses.  There was a total of 96 responses.  Congratulations to the winners of the raffle for respondents: Bert Brady, John Galaviz, Michael Valencia.  Your prize will be mailed to you.

The general industry representation of respondents was spread among Retail trade 21%; Other services 13.7%; Financial & Insurance 12.6% ; Manufacturing 10.5%;  Healthcare 10.5%,  Restaurant 7%; Construction 6%, Professional & Scientific 4%, and the combination of Agriculture/Educational Services/Hospitality/Arts & Entertainment/Real Estate/Wholesale comprising 14.7%.

Overall, most businesses indicated that they are open as usual (71%), with another 24% indicating they are open on a limited basis.  While supply chain disruptions did not apply to or did not affect most respondents, 32% indicated that they did have supply chain disruptions but have recovered.  The impact on workforce  decisions over the last 6 months related to COVID was balanced between 52% saying they had no additional cuts to employee hours or wages compared to 40% saying there were cuts to hours or wages.  Most said there were no additional layoffs over the last 6 months due to COVID at 69% compared to 23%  indicating there were additional layoffs.  The majority (58%) of businesses reported revenue declines.  Interestingly, a large majority of business are planning to hire new part time or temporary employees 43%, or new fulltime employees 42% over the next 6 months.  Some employers are concerned about the ability to hire workers back 31%, but the majority are not concerned 45%.  When asked about 6 categories of concern in the upcoming year:

(Maintaining adequate cash flow: Incurring excessive debt: Collecting payables from customers: Getting adequate credit from suppliers: Maintaining solvency: Paying back loans / forgiveness of PPP loan), overall respondents were not overly concerned about these issues with the larger percentage of responses in the Not concerned at all.  The category where there was a larger proportion being somewhat concerned was in maintaining adequate cash flow 39%.

We appreciate your sharing what else you would like the City and Eco Dev to know that would help you continue to operate and grow your business in Georgetown.  While the comments were diverse in nature there were some clusters including Downtown/The Square related and Ease/eliminate COVID restrictions.  We will reach out to businesses indicating that it was okay to do so to.

Business Spotlight

KJ Scientific is a woman-owned company and one of the original jewels of the Texas Life Science Collaboration Center (TLCC) located in Georgetown.  Headed by CEO, Dr. Karla Johanning the company is internationally recognized for their work in Advanced Environmental Testing in toxicology for risk assessment of chemicals.  They are the preferred testing lab of some of the largest fragrance materials  companies as well as household products industry. Most recently they established a subsidiary company- KJ Scientific Independent Testing Labs (KJ SCI-ITL), an ISO 17025 certified testing lab dedicated to HEMP & CBD testing.   Congratulations on this great accomplishment of being one of the few ISO certified testing labs in Texas so far!  KJ Scientific -ITL will be dedicated to HEMP & CBD testing for regulatory purposes here in Texas and are able to do business with other states that legalized Hemp. 

KJ SCI-ITL will be testing for the following primarily in HEMP but also in the oil extracted for CBD and final products for the consumers (tinctures, lotions, edibles etc…):

  • potency (CBD concentration, THC to make sure is below the allowable 0.3%)
  • metals
  • pesticides
  • terpenes (what gives odor and taste in plants)
  • residual solvents (alcohols used for extracting the CBD oil)
  • and eventually several types of mold and bacteria

a service fast, reliable, analysis of drinking water for lead and copper under the Texas Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). Using an EPA approved drinking water method, ION supports community water systems, non-transient non-community water systems, including public buildings, public and charter schools, homeowners, restaurants, food trucks, or any one who just wants to know if their water is safe to drink”. ION was established by chemist, Xavier Escobar in Georgetown in 2020 as a NELAP accredited Drinking Water certified lab co-located at the TLCC.

KJ Scientific has participated in the Business Retention & Expansion program for several years and we are excited by their growth potential and wish them continued success in Georgetown.

In the News

In the News

Q2 2021

Loram Technologies to build rail R&D center in Georgetown

A global rail maintenance and rail services company plans to start construction later this year in Georgetown…

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Georgetown Small Business Week

The week-long celebrations included educational workshops, held daily, designed to help business owners and managers with a variety of different topics relevant to small businesses…

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Skills Development Fund

PATHS (Pursuit of Advanced Training in High-Demand Skills) for Texas, is a statewide initiative funded by the Walmart Foundation aimed at upskilling…

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Georgetown High School Mural Collaboration in Downtown

Students at Georgetown High School plan to install a mural on the downtown building at 101 E. Seventh St. Now home to Tejas Meat Supply, the building formerly housed Georgetown Municipal Court…

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Q1 2021

NorthPark35 Breaks Ground

Titan Development Real Estate and the City of Georgetown broke ground on the first phase of the 146-acre NorthPark35 Class A industrial development at I-35 and SH 130 today…

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Artist Selected for Georgetown Animal Shelter Mural

Artist and muralist Jason Tetlak was selected to design and install the upcoming mural at the shelter…

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Hydrate opens in Downtown Georgetown

Hydrate will open a second location in Georgetown, at 711 S. Main Street later this month. When Chad Sitzmann started Hydrate in 2012, it had humble beginnings as a water store…

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Business Spotlight: KJ Scientific

KJ Scientific is a woman led company and one of the original jewels of the Texas Life Science Collaboration Center (TLCC) located in Georgetown. Headed by CEO, Karla Johanning…

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Business Climate Survey Results

Thank you to all who responded to the first Economic Development Business Climate Survey. The survey was conducted from January 14, 2021 to February 12, 2021 to gather feedback from Georgetown businesses…

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Hydrate opens in Downtown Georgetown

Hydrate will open a second location in Georgetown, at 711 S. Main Street later this month. When Chad Sitzmann started Hydrate in 2012, it had humble beginnings as a water store, formerly named H2O To Go, which opened in Georgetown in the 1980s. Chad recognized the need for more healthy options for the community and grew the business offerings to include smoothies, juices, kombucha, deli sandwiches and retail items. With his chiropractic office next door to the original Hydrate store, located at 2502 Williams Drive, the opportunity to help his clients and the greater community lead a healthy lifestyle helped drive the growth of Hydrate to have a diverse selection of health-focused items.

Not only does Hydrate still offer the same great-tasting healthy water they always have, but they also offer high pH water. Their smoothies are incredibly nourishing, and all of the fruits and vegetables used in the smoothies are washed in the same great high pH water to ensure they are free of any harmful residues. Many customers love the fresh juices and opt for a Hydrate juice plan to reboot and refresh. Hydrate is a great spot for a quick healthy bite too with their delicious sandwiches made to suit any dietary choices and lifestyle.

Stop into Hydrate’s original location now or visit the new location on the square soon!