New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Herald-Zeitung □Thursday, March 14, 1996 13^
By DAVID DEKUNDER
These days it is tough to start a small business, but businesses at Canyon Lake have a friend they can turn to for help and guidance.
That friend is Cynthia Arnold.
Arnold is a counselor for the UTSA Small Business Development Center in downtown San Antonio. The job of the development center is to advise small businesses in an 11-county area, which includes Comal County, New Braunfels and Canyon Lake, on areas relating to management skills, financing, marketing and international trade.
“We provide one on one confidentiality counseling to new and existing small business owners,” Arnold said. “The center’s goal is to improve small businesses, as it is stated in the center’s mission statement, through innovation, growth, increased productivity, expansion and analysis.”
For two years, Arnold has come to her office at Victoria Bank and Trust in Sattler and counseled people ready to open or expand their small businesses in the Canyon Lake area.
Arnold said counseling days are the second Thursday of each month from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Arnold works closely with the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce, which set ups her appointments for her.
“When I am at Canyon Lake, I usually see an average of three to four clients,” Arnold said. “It depends on how long I need to talk to them. I can usually'talk to them for one hour. But if it is a startup business it could take me two to three hours talking to them because I am only there once a month and we have to accomplish a lot of things in one visit.”
There are a lot of things a new business owner must consider before opening up a small business, Arnold said.
“Money, lease agreements, advertising, contracting bids, floor plans, traffic flow and putting it altogether,” Arnold said. “For existing small businesses, there are a number of factors they want to consider such as expansion, changing into something else, doing things faster or better and improving their profit margin.”
Since there is limited rental space and small amounts of commercial property at Canyon Lake, new small business owners need to take one thing into consideration before starting up a business, Arnold said.
“They need to make sure there is need for their business,” Arnold said.
Arnold credited the Canyon Lake Women in Business organization for its help in attracting small businesses to Canyon Lake.
“The Women In Business are a very dynamic factor because they are just team oriented for small business own
ers,” Arnold said. “They have done a good job with their marketing and promotions.”
Pat Knipe, Canyon Lake Women in Business vice president, said Arnold has been an asset to Canyon Lake small business owners.'
“She is really very helpful and knowledgeable,” Knipe said.
Arnold said the small business development center is a valuable source of information for small business owners.
“We have tons of materials and tremendous amount of resources,” Arnold said. “We have sample business plans, brochures and we are tied with the Internet with such universities as UT-Austin. We have a wonderful service for people to use.”
The Small Business Development Center is located a 1222 North Main, Suite 450 San Antonio 78212. Arnold can be reached at (210) 558-2460.
Counselor provides help to small businesses at lake
Seminar to teach landowners about conservation easements
By JOE G. TAYLOR
County Extension Agent
Landowners who want to make sure their property is protected for generations to come may want to learn more about conservation easements, an increasingly popular tool for protecting wildlife habitat, historic sites and other cultural and natural resources on private land.
Why must landowners take action, when many simply want to make sure their land stays as it is? One answer is estate taxes, which can be as high as 55 percent of the property’s fair market value, forcing heir to sell all or part of their land to pay the taxes. Also, future owners may be tempted by everincreasing property values to sell it for development or develop it themselves.
“A nagging concern for many conservation-minded Texas landowners today is the uncertain long-term future of rural land,” said Carolyn Scheffer of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
“Various social and economic forces are gradually grinding many of the family farms and ranches of Texas into every-smaller fragments.”
The upcoming workshop, “Maintaining Private Lands With Conservation Easements,” will bring together from across the state landowners, wildlife biologists, attorneys and other experts from groups like-the Texa& Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Wildlife Association, Conservation Fund, Land Trust Alliance, Trust for
Public Land and Nature Conservancy ofTexas.
The cost for the workshop is $45 for early registration by March 23 and $65 for late registration. It will be held April 11-12 at the Doubletree Hotel in Austin. Participation will be limited to the first 300 people on a first-come, first-served basis. To register or to receive more information, call Carolyn Scheffer with TPWD in Austin, telephone (512)389-3779.
By most definitions, a conservation easement is a legal agreement that permanently limits use of a piece of land to protect its conservation values. It allows landowners to continue to own and use the land and to sell it or pass it on to their heirs. While many easements are donated in perpetuity, there are cases where easements are granted for a specific period of time, such as 20 years.
When landowners donate conservation easements, they give up some of the rights associated with the land. For example, they might give up the right to build additional residences, while retaining the right to grow crops. Depending on the terms of the easement, future owners may also be bound by it.
Many conservation easements are donated, but landowners can in some cases make money by selling easements to. nonprofit groups like the ’ Ndhi^CoRservancy or to government agencies. For example, TPWD has committed to buy at least 1,000 acres in conservation easements near Bastrop to
protect habitat for the endangered Houston toad. These easements around Bastrop State Park could last from five years to perpetuity and will be funded through a “toad fee” that golfers will pay as part of the expansion of the park golf course.
Conservation easements are flexible land protection tools. An easement on property containing rare wildlife habitat by prohibit any development, for example, while one on a working farms allows continued farming and the building of additional agricultural structures.
An easement can allow appropriate development and even permit son*, commercial use of the land. It may apply to just a portion of the property, and need not require public access. An easement must protect the land’s conservation values, but it can also be fashioned to meet the financial and personal needs of the landowner.
There can be significant tax advantages to conservation easements. By removing the land’s development potential, the easement lowers its market value, which in turn lowers its estate taxes. Placing an easement on a property can also result in property tax savings.
Under the Texas Conservation Easement Act, a landowner can write a legal agreement or easement to protect the productive, recreational, natural, scenic, archeological, historical, architectural and cultural values of real property.
Schultz wins SAR Region II Orations Contest
Jeffrey Schultz, a Junior at New Braunfels High School, is the winner of the sons of the American Revolution Orations Contest at the Region ll competition. The contest was held in New Braunfels on Feb. 17, 1996. The runner-up was Sarah Graham of San Antonio. Jeffrey is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Stephen E. Schultz of New Braunfels.
He will compete with four other Regional winners at the SAR State Convention in Galveston, March 9.
This contest is known as the Joseph S. Rumbaugh Oration Contest. It must be written by the student and presented from memory. The title is determined by the author. The content must deal with an event, a personality or document pertaining to the Revolutionary War and showing a relationship to today’s America.
The oration cannot be less than five nor more than six minutes in length. It must show an intelligent relationship between the past and the present. In
so doing it will demonstrate the free- Orations contest winner Jeffrey Schultz, ChalrmanJ6hn Lee and runner-
dom of opportunity as a basis of our up Sarah Graham,
national heritage, thereby placing a positive emphasis on the intent of our founding fathers.
This Histoncal Orations Contest was started by the Sons of the Amencan Revolution nationwide in 1945 as a scholarship event. In 1996, the National scholarship is $2,000, and the Texas Society Scholarship is $2,000 also.
Each state determines its own scholarship amount.
- John C. Lee
Focus on Family series continues
The Strong-Willed Child, a video from the Focus on the Family series by Dr. James Dobson, will be shown in two parts at the Carl Schurz Elementary School.
Part I will be presented Thursday night, March 14 at 7 p.m. in the Carl Schurz Library. Part II will be run at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28 in the library.
School-age children welcome, a video will be shown.
For information, call Linda at 620-7533.
Before your kids send their kites into the wild blue yonder, teach them about flying the friendly skies safely. A kite caught in power lines could cause severe shock or death. Find your kids a big, open area away from power lines to fly their kites, lf a kite snags a power line, stay away and call PEC or your local utility. Steer clear of danger and enjoy the flight.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL I
Bruno Schwab, of the Evening Rotary Club, watches as Larry Ormond, | of Ormand's Portable Welding, fixes the last tombstone damaged by vandals in September at Comal Cemetery. The damage was estimated at < more than $10,000.
■ Navy Ensign Ron W. Perry, son
of Sylvia I. Perry of New Braunfels, recently completed the Officer Indoctrination Course.
During the course a Officer Indoc-tnnation School, Naval Education and Training Center, Newport, Rhode Island, students are prepared for duty in the naval staff field corresponding to their civilian profession. The first five weeks of studies includes naval history and traditions, personnel administration, military law, close-order drill, and other general military subjects. During the final week, studies concentrate on the application of civilian professions within the Navy.
The 1986 graduate of New Braunfels High School joined the Navy in January 1987. Perry is a 1995 graduate of the University ofTexas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, with a BS degree.
■ Navy Petty Officer Second Class Raymond W. Champion, son of Edna L. Champion of New Braunfels, recently volunteered to spend a day with the children of Casa Speranta (House of Hope) Orphanage, a government sanctioned home for HIV-positive children in Constanta, Romania.
Champion was one of 30 sailors off the guided missile destroyer USS Scott, homeported in Norfolk, VA., who had the opportunity to spend time with these needy children.
Over a two-day period, the sailors chipped, patched and painted walls, and repaired appliances throughout the aging apartments. The children supervised the work, telling them what to fix.
Champion and his fellow sailors then presented the director of the orphanage with a tree, which wad dubbed the Tree of Hope, and placed in the children’s make-shift chapel.
USS Scott was scheduled to return
home to Norfolk last month.
Perry is a 1981 graduate of McAllen High School of McAllen, Texas. Ho joined the Navy in July 1987.
■ Air Force Airman Damien \V.-DeLozier has completed the airlift; electrical and environmental system^ apprentice course at Sheppard Alf, Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas. J
Students were taught the principles; of operation and troubleshooting of, typical aircraft electro-environmental; systems, subsystems, components.* winng, and soldering. Also included were the principles of aircraft management systems, use of test equipment and ground safety. DeLozier is the son of Sharon DeLozier of San Antonio, and nephew of John and Pam Welch of Canyon Lake. He graduated in 1993 from Smithson “Valley Higl^ School, Spring Branch.
Watch your tail.