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  • 22 Apr 2020 2:55 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    The warm weather and gentle rain is starting to really give the plants, flowers, and trees a good healthy glow. The pecan trees at the office have started dropping their twirlies and making a big mess, but that is where the yummy pecans come from. 

    We received a questionnaire for businesses from the Governor's office. They are seeking input for their Task Force. The questionnaire is on our Business Covid page of the website. Due by this Thursday.  Our input is needed to determine when we can open our businesses.

    We are excited to announce that Retail to go is rolling out on Friday.  Local retail stores will be open and can serve their customers on a curb side basis. It would be fun to have a yard sale or sidewalk sale to commemorate this day! Which gives me an opportunity to announce the first ever, HUGE plant sale at ALTMAN PLANTS this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We will be able to fill our little garden plots and stay busy this weekend.

    Big shoutout to Debbie Kinas for sprucing up our flower bed behind the Eleanor's Cottage. It was a blank slate that Debbie was able to brighten and give some cheer to us. We appreciate her hard work!

    We were also very interested to see how all of our local churches have embraced technology and creativity to have their members be able to enjoy Church! It's great to see our community continue to grow their relationship with God through this new fangled technology. 

    We are all learning new things and becoming more tech savvy! Keep up the good work! We need to keep cheering each other on...

    Plant Outlet Sale!!
    Giddings Facility – 1180 PR 2906
    Right off Hwy 290
    Credit cards accepted!!
    Hours Dependent on Availability and Weather
    All prices are final
    ****Limited time only****

  • 07 Apr 2020 10:48 AM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)


    We are starting to dig in the recipe books to find something new to cook for supper. It is interesting to see all the great dinner ideas on social media. We made Harlan's Burritos the other night and I had forgotten how much I loved that recipe. I believe more recipes will be attempted during our self quarantining. 

    We should produce a Quarantine Cookbook that has all the best recipes we discovered during these days at home. I have been part of two cookbooks in my life and I can tell you... it is a lot of work, but so worth it. 

    We are in the deep part of the 2020 Census and want to remind you that it is very important to complete your form. There are many ways to community will benefit from a complete census count. 

    The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That includes the following -

    • Roads
    • Schools
    • Public Libraries
    • Medical & Emergency Care
    • Representation at the State and Federal level
    • Firefighters 
    • Food for Families

    Census results affect planning and funding for healthcare—including programs such as Medicaid, Medicare Part B, State Children’s Health Insurance, and the prevention and treatment of substance abuse. 


    In other news, the SBA is providing lots of information to small businesses. We are posting the forms and press releases as we receive them on our front page of the website. We will continue to provide you with updates to all information.

    Thank you to our community volunteers as they provide leadership during this unusual time in our lives

    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

    Executive Director

  • 27 Mar 2020 10:44 AM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    Good morning

    We are happy to see the end of this week.  AND what a week it was...

    Our new normal is to work from home, and the creativity and ingenuity of small businesses has been heartwarming. Who knew that social distancing and self-quarantine would be so enlightening. This situation has taught us all to be more patient, be willing to learn new technologies, to think outside the box, or in this case throw out everything you ever knew and START FRESH!

    21st Century technology is for everyone, not just the kiddos. Ask Judge Fischer about learning how to Skype. Think of all of the retail businesses who have moved to an online format to sell items. What about the businesses willing to set up face to face appointments or personal shopping experiences? Even Brookshire Brothers is going to be able to do CURB SIDE SERVICE. 

    In two weeks our world has changed.  Is it better? Maybe so, Maybe no. Only time will tell, but I guarantee every business will look at their employees differently. Every business will be more accepting of the flexible, work from home model. Every business that had to lock their front doors to customers is sad because those daily visitors are what make us smile and feel connected.

    Tell your story... How are you being impacted by this corona virus challenge? How will you change doing business in the future? What have you learned in the past two weeks that you didn't know before?

    We learned that our website needed some TLC. Kelita is on the job making it a clearing house for information. The amount of information we have received is like drinking from a fire hose. So much at once and a lot of times conflicting. We are trying to vet the documents and send the most important information you need.

    We are here to help you. The community support has been amazing! Let's continue to work hard for the good of everyone. 

    Giddings is open for business, but you may want to call ahead, or make an appointment. Lots of our local restaurants have been doing great to-go specials and many fast food places have their apps which makes ordering ahead easy. Check out our restaurant list on the website. for times and phone numbers. 

    Thank you to all of our many local citizens who have stepped up to volunteer in so many ways to help make our community better! 

    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

    Executive Director

  • 18 Mar 2020 2:16 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    To Business Owners whose Business is Negatively Affected by the Virus

    Please share your story of economic loss from the COVID-19 (coronavirus) with both the Small Business Administration and with the Texas Travel Alliance TODAY.

    In order for Texas businesses to become eligible for emergency, low-interest bridge loans from the SBA to help you pay immediate costs such as your mortgage and payroll, a business from each of Texas’s 254 counties needs to show the SBA it has been negatively affected by the COVID-19 (coronavirus).

    Here is what you can do to help: please email this Economic Injury Worksheet to: 

    Additional information from the U.S. Small Business Administration about Economic Injury Disaster Loans can be found here.

    Sending in this form will not financially obligate your business in any way. When the declaration is granted for the SBA emergency loan program, applicants will receive information on how to apply for their loan.

    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

    Executive Director

  • 18 Mar 2020 2:09 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

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    In a world where news/entertainment/information is at our fingertips 24/7/366(leap year) we have been inundated with the coronavirus updates.  Some news stories are factual, many are not, and we are being told things that in some cases are not based in fact. 

    The information that is attached to this email is meant to help calm fears and provide a helpful guide. There is a wealth of information available to you online. I highly recommend checking the CDC website and the Texas Health and Human Services( websites.

    We are providing updates from the CDC, TDHS, Governor Abbott, SBA, and others who have information regarding the COVID 19. The safety of our community is of utmost importance at this time, therefore we are postponing the March 17th Casino Night event. We are going to schedule later in the year after we get the all clear from state and local officials.  As other event information becomes available we will pass it along to you. 

    We are maintaining communications with the US Chamber, SBA, Congressman McCaul's office, the CDC, and others.  

    Remember to Wash Your Hands!

    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

    Executive Director

  • 09 Mar 2020 12:25 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    We are happy to see the warm weather for 'Spring Break'! This is a nice change after several years of cold spring breaks. And of course the time change is already upon us and that just adds to our joy! Well for some it is a joy, for others a pain.  Time change is uncomfortable for a lot of us. 

    Finally, we are glad to announce for the Lee County Fair Association the entertainers for the upcoming Lee County Fair on May 14th through 16th...

    Friday, May 15th will feature Sam Riggs

    Saturday, May 16th will feature Pat Green

    Lee County Youth Fair Board members will have season passes available soon! Watch the Lee County Fair Association - Giddings, Texas  facebook page for announcements.

    We hope you have a wonderful weekend and happy SPRING BREAK! 

    Let us know if you have questions about our upcoming St. Patrick's Casino Night.

  • 28 Feb 2020 4:37 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    Today is the first day of the rest of your life! Make it a great day. 

    Heading out to the Lee County Jr. Livestock Show today to take a few pictures and to look at all the animals.  The parents and kids work so hard to prepare for this week. The words that come to mind are commitment, perseverance, preparation, and determination as the culmination of weeks and months of hard work come to an end. 

    This is what builds good employees, business owners, leaders, and citizens. All of those traits will come in handy in the future as they prepare for the job market and careers. 

    Thank you to every parent and student who makes the decision to raise animals or bake cakes or submit their art. The journey you are taking is worth it! Our community deserves the best and when we prepare our children for the future we all win!








  • 29 Jan 2020 5:45 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)


    The month of January is already nearing completion and we are glad to see the beautiful sunshine. The Chamber Cats move from sunbeam to sunbeam each day. Old Nicolas truly enjoys the sunshine coming through the front window of our office. The little gray Angel cat enjoys her outside time each day. 

    Happy Sweet 16 Nicolas!

    Did you notice the beautiful flowers that are posted at the front door by the porch? Altman Plants graciously donated the pansies and Lee County employee Travis Gunter moved the concrete planters and filled them with soil and pansies to make a beautiful, welcome porch area. We appreciate Altman Plants and Lee County for supporting the Chamber in this way.


    Finally, the Complete Census Count Committee is meeting to organize our community to ensure that we count everyone in Lee County. There are lots of good reason to complete a census form - 

    1. More representation in Washington, DC

    2. More money for highways

    3. More money for schools

    4. Companies use the data to determine where they will open their next store/office. (ex. Walmart, HEB, Amazon, Chick Fil A, etc.)

    Also, you will not receive a Census form if your mail is only delivered to a PO Box. 

    We look forward to Fabulous February which is just around the corner.

    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

    Executive Director

  • 06 Dec 2019 4:18 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    We are well into the Christmas Season and really loving all the Christmas music.  We love the decorations around town too. Check out all the lights on the Courthouse in the evening and it really shines.

    This weekend we will celebrate at the Courthouse with Santa but first stop by Andaman Southern Thai Cuisine at 4:30pm for their ribbon cutting. Todd and Chonthica Lackner are excited to welcome you their family restaurant. After the ribbon cutting you can sample some Thai cuisine favorites like the Bacon Fried Rice. 

    Next stop is the Lee County Courthouse for a visit from Santa. Check out all the fun activities that are available. 

    From the Courthouse to Blue Santa you will have a fun weekend.
  • 12 Nov 2019 12:06 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    Every night we take bets on whether the weather man/woman is going to get close to correct on the next days temperatures.  The term "climate change" literally means the weather is gonna change. 

    And we live in Texas! So it can change multiple times in a day and we know that having a coat, blanket, and flip flops in the car are a necessity. We are prepared for anything that may happen. Blue northers are probably the biggest extreme we face in Giddings.  And if you are like me, you look forward to it so that you can pull out the Big Pot and make soup, stew, or chicken and dumplings. 

    At our house we always make a huge pot of deer chili.  Ask daughter number 2 about chili at our house.  She still hates it today! That makes me smile a little bit. 


    Janda Monument Company joined the Chamber! We want to welcome Jacob Janda, owner to the Chamber family. We look forward to the open house and ribbon cutting on November 26th. More details to follow!

    Have a wonderful week, and stay warm!

    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

    Executive Director

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

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