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August 19, 2013

Business Confidential: A nationally recognized company designs the website for a car dealership, while another tomato-centric event is in the works

JACKSONVILLE — My trusty Google search uncovered a savory little Jacksonville business nugget this week.

Apparently, the team  at Carsforsale.com this month launched a website for Jacksonville dealership, Bill McRae Ford.

According to an online news release, “the new website offers the dealership simple, powerful and effective solutions to market online.”

This nifty new site includes – according to the news release – a full dealer website targeted to their specific market as well as “a mobile dealer website, optimized vehicle videos, integrated social media, eBay posting, Ad Template Builder, optimized inventory listings on the FreeClassifieds.com site and regional Carsforsale.com sites.”

Working with Carsforsale.com gives Bill MCRae Ford access to the national automotive  website with millions of vehicles for sale, reports show.

Protect the environment and your tax dollars

A new study indicates people who venture to the Lone Star State to hunt, fish, hike and camp support thousands of businesses and jobs – generating as much as $800 million dollars in tax revenue for the state each year, according to Janice Bezanson, executive director of the Texas Conservation Alliance.

“The basis of that tourism is the exceptional outdoors of the Texas Gulf Coast,” she said in an issued statement. “So, taking care of the natural environment isn't just a nice thing to do, it's an economic necessity.”

In counties along the Texas Gulf Coast, Bezanson said, “from one-fourth to one-third of all jobs are tourism-related.”

What? More tomato-related festivities?

Yep, the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce will host “Come Tailgate with us” at the Tomato Bowl. This will dovetail with the 15th annual Taste of Jacksonville from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Norman Activity Center, 526 E. Commerce.

These events take place before the Fightin’ Indians homecoming game. The annual events are designed to spotlight Jacksonville area restaurants and caterers. They provide an opportunity for local restaurants to showcase their establishment in a way that is fun for the whole family.  

In another Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce happening, the Adopt-A-School Committee is preparing for the upcoming school year. This means it's time for the “Gift Basket” drawing.

According to reports, this opportunity allows business, school, or individual to put together a gift basket full of goodies for donation to the Adopt-A-School Committee.

That committee will be selling tickets, and the gift baskets will be dispersed during the annual Taste of Jacksonville before the Fightin' Indian Homecoming game.

Proceeds from the drawing will go to Jacksonville ISD. Adopt-A-School Goody Baskets will be available during the Taste of Jacksonville. Participants do not have to be present to win. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce. Prices: $1 for one, $5 for six, $10 for 12.

For more information  contact Kayla Stephenson at the Chamber of Commerce at 903-586-2217 or coordinator@jacksonvilletexas.com.

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