Downtown business guide available

Business owners with an interest in operating downtown have the support of the Main Street Uvalde Program, according to program manager Susan Rios. Rios has offered several tips for entrepreneurs in the form of a handout available at the Uvalde Convention and Visitors Bureau, 300 E. Main St.

Rios said owners need to register the name of their business, which can be done by filling out a “Doing Business As” form. The form can be obtained at the Uvalde County Courthouse from the Uvalde County Clerk’s office, located at 100 N. Getty St. For more information, call 830-278-6614.

Business owners need a Texas tax permit if they sell or lease tangible personal property or sell taxable services in Texas. For more information or to apply for a permit, visit www.comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/permit.

Uvalde Board of Realtors, 830-591-1500, can point business owners in the right direction for available property.

The city of Uvalde has several requirements that impact selected sites for businesses whether they be within the Main Street district or not. Rios encourages business owners to first speak to the city of Uvalde planning and development office, 101 E. Main St.

Building permits will need to be obtained if the owner plans to remodel an existing building or build a new facility. A certificate of occupancy is also required. The city will also need to approve signage design prior to purchase.

A food inspection and permit are a must for food vendors and can be obtained by contacting Marcella Zamarripa, Texas Department of State Health Services, at 830-591-4389.

Business owners seeking guidance can contact Small Business Development Center at Sul Ross Rio Grande College, 830-758-5024; Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce, 80-278-3361; or Uvalde Area Development Foundation, 830-278-3216.

To speak to Rios, call 830-278-4115 or email her at mainstreet@visituvalde.com.

About Main Street

Uvalde Main Street engages public and private partners in preserving and marketing the unique charm of downtown Uvalde through historic preservation and innovative reinvestments in the heart of the community.

The program uses the National Main Street Center’s four-point approach of economic restructuring, design, organization and promotion.

The Texas Main Street Program provides design assistance to official Main Street cities. These services are offered to individual building and business owners within the designated Main Street District at no charge. Services provided range from facade rendering to investment tax credit assistance.

The Main Street Program of the Texas Historical Commission provides economic development assistance to participating Main Street cities. These services are offered to building and property owners as well as developers exploring investment opportunities within the designate main street district at no charge.

KRUBIO@ulnnow.com, 830-278-3335

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