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  • 05 Apr 2012 3:02 PM | Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM (Administrator)

    We had a great question today from one of our members and thought we would provide a little help to get your ready for tax season.

    Businesses get requests many time throughout the year from churches, non-profits and other legitimate organizations for donations to be used for auctions, prizes, raffles and gifts.  That small business owner is responsible for keeping up with the donations to these organizations for tax purposes.  All legitimate non-profits and churches are issued a tax id number that identifies them to the IRS.  As a small business owner, you may want to require that those organizations requesting a donation provide a W-9 with the tax payer id number. This gives the small business owner a record to put in to their files to prove that they gave a legitimate donation.

    All legitimate organizations will gladly give a copy of the flyer, advertisement, W-9 and business card for the files.  All small business owners need to be aware of the potential for scams. Always ask for as much information as possible.

    We have included some additional information for your benefit. 

    Qualified organizations

    In order to qualify as a legitimate deduction, contributions must be made to a legitimate, public charity. Public charities include organizations such as religious organizations, educational institutions, governmental agencies, publicly supported organizations, and private foundations.

    Most legitimate charitable organizations – particularly publicly-supported organizations, educational institutions, and private foundations – operate under a federally-approved designation, e.g. a 501(c)(3). A 501(c)(3) designation ensures that the charity is genuine and that it is accountable to rules that regulate nonprofit activity. It's a good idea to ask whether the organization has obtained a 501(c)(3) designation before you contribute. If they haven't, then the deductibility of your donation may be in jeopardy, not to mention the fact that the organization may not be as legitimate as they seem.

    Cause-related Marketing

    Strictly speaking, cause-related marketing does not necessarily qualify as a charitable deduction for tax purposes. However, it does qualify as a marketing expense deduction which is just as good. Even better, it can be a way to stimulate sales for your business.

    Here's how it works: Suppose your own a donut shop. In an effort to do something good for the community, you agree to team up with a local nonprofit to help them raise funds for their annual giving campaign. To do this, you decide to advertise that 10% of the proceeds from every donut sold will be given to the nonprofit to help them achieve their fundraising goal.

    The benefits of cause-related marketing are two-fold. First, your business plays an important role in raising funds for a cause you believe in. In addition, your store gets a boost in sales from customers who also sympathize with the nonprofit's cause. Even though they might normally buy donuts from the competition, if they believe in the nonprofit's cause they will give you their business – both now and in the future.



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  • 03 Apr 2012 9:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We have the Martin Luther Lutheran Church Walk In Coffee on the schedule for Tuesday, April 3rd from 10am-1:30pm. We hope you will come out to support the ladies.  They always have wonderful homemade sandwiches, salads and desserts.  We will see you there!

    Also, 290 Grind is open for business. Stop by between 6am and 4pm to try out their wonderful pastries, smoothies, coffee, sandwiches and salads.  Ashley Johns, Executive Chef has developed some fantastic flavors for your enjoyment.

  • 02 Apr 2012 10:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    290 Grind opened their doors this morning, April 2nd at 6AM.  They will be serving a full menu with coffee, smoothies, pastries, sandwiches and more!

    We hope you will stop by to give Ashley and all the 290 Grind staff a big grin!  We are glad to have them open in Downtown Giddings.

  • 28 Mar 2012 10:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Spring has Sprung!  As is always the case, we have been so busy with all the great activities that are going on that we may have failed to tell you about some other upcoming events & activities that need to be added to your calendar!

    •·       March 29, Thursday: Social Media Workshop from 2-4pm at Citizens National Bank Community Room.

    •·       March 31, Saturday: Spring Fling Arts & Crafts Show and City Wide Garage Sale in Downtown Giddings from 10am to 5pm.  Sign up for door prizes at the Chamber table, visit the Union Station Transportation Museum and Sterling Theater.

    •·       April 2, Monday: Country Music Monday ~ Lone Star Opry is held at Giddings High School Cafetorium, on highway 77 north of

    Giddings. Admission $5.00. Food available and parking assistance. Entertainers for the evening are: Rick Cavender, Ken Brothers, Sally Carlson, Cay Windham, and Brett and Silva Neal. Brett and Silva are transplants from California to Austin and have been quickly become a part of the Austin Music Scene. They have been invited to participate in a number of gigs, are daily adding to their schedule, and assembling a line-up of top notch Austin musicians, have cut a number of studio tracks. Silva says, “Our goal is to get out there and continue to connect with people who love the kind of music as much as we do, and for that we couldn’t be in a better place.”

    •·       April 3, Tuesday: Walk In Coffee at Martin Luther Lutheran Church from 9am to 1pm in the Fellowship Hall. Great food made with love!

    •·       April 3, Tuesday: 290 Grind Coffee House will open their doors.  Check out the assorted pastries, Royers Pies, coffee, espresso,smoothies and sandwiches.


    •·       April 14, Saturday: Lee County Clean Up Day 

    We want to welcome our newest members to the Chamber of Commerce family –

    KasperTonn’s Collectibles & More located on Hwy 77 South,  890 S. Main, selling antiques, vintage jewelry and collectibles. Ray Sanders, owner.

    China Buffett located at 1199 E. Austin, next to El Charro T. Full service restaurant with a huge selection. Guo De Chen, owner.

    Looking for new customers?  Plan an Open House, Business Breakfast or Chamber Mixer! Call us for more details. Let us help you reach your next customer with the many tools we have here at the Chamber.

    See you in the neighborhood!

  • 27 Mar 2012 10:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    We are having a busy week!  The sunshine has encouraged the trees, flowers and shrubs to emerge victorious from the winter sleep.  Stop and smell the flowers every chance you get.  We are grateful daily for all the blessing that we receive.

    •·       Tuesday – BBQ on Bun Luncheon from 11am to 1pm at First Presbyterian Church in Cherry Hall, sponsored by the Lee County Heritage Society.   We look forward to seeing you there!

    •·       Thursday – Social Media workshop for small business owners.  Get more customers through your facebook, LinkedIN and other places.  Free from 2-4pm at Citizens National Bank Community Room. You still have time to register! Call 542-3455.

    •·       Saturday – Spring Fling Arts & Crafts Show and City Wide Garage Sale from 10am to 5pm in the Downtown Landmark Parking lot behind City Meat Market.

    See you in the neighborhood!

  • 13 Feb 2012 5:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    We are actively preparing for the Spring Fling Arts & Crafts Show on March 31st.  Join us in welcoming Spring and bringing another great shopping experience to our community.  Notice the great price of the booth space and the increase in size.  We hope this will encourage you come and bring your awesome products and fabulous salesmanship!  We look forward to seeing you again.

    This year we are adding a new element to our program.  We are encouraging our community members to hold their annual Garage Sales at this time. We will have a concurrent article and ad with the newspaper that connects our events.  This is also the weekend before Round Top weekend, so we can expect many outside vendors coming in looking for sales.

    Please let us know ASAP if you are interested. Booth space is limited to the downtown area.  We DO NOT have any indoor booth space.

    Thank you for your continued support!

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Giddings Chamber of Commerce
183 E. Hempstead
Giddings, TX 78942
Located in the Lee County Museum, off the Courthouse Square

Contact:  (979) 542-3455
Chamber email:  chambergiddings@gmail.com
Tourism email:  giddingschamber@gmail.com

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