Wharton Chamber of Commerce 99th Annual Banquet




Samuel Golden, a Wharton native who has made his mark on the financial world, will be the guest speaker at the 99th Annual Banquet of the Wharton Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. The banquet will be Tuesday, March 20, at the Wharton Civic Center. The social hour will be at 6 pm and the banquet will follow at 7. Golden is managing director and senior advisor of Alvarez & Marsal Financial Industry Advisory Services in Houston. He also is the founder of A&M’s Financial Industry practice and served as the chief executive officer of this business prior to transitioning to his current position on January 1, 2017. With nearly 34 years of executive leadership experience in the financial services industry, he focuses on guiding financial institutions through complex and challenging economic periods. Before joining A&M, Golden served with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the regulator and administrator of the National Banking Industry, in a variety of leadership roles. As OCC’s first ombudsman, he pioneered and provided leadership of OCC’s National Bank Appeals process. He began his career as a National Bank Examiner. During the financial downturn of the late 1980s and early 1990s, he led examinations of some of the largest and most complex troubled banking institutions in the country. The chamber’s banquet invitations will be mailed soon. You can already reserve silver and gold tables. A portion of banquet proceeds will go to the Wharton Chamber Small Business Relief Fund, which is helping small businesses overcome damage from Hurricane Harvey.

This years winners are as follows:

Business of the Year – H-E-B store 233 represented by Scott Lovejoy
Volunteer of the Year – Stephanie Konvicka
Educator of the Year – Tina Herrington

Congrats to you all!

Business Breakfast – Hiring & Keeping the Right People

The City of Wharton Survey

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060 Loan Program

The program, called the Wharton 060 Loan Program, is specially for Wharton businesses damaged by the flooding. “We want to do everything so our impacted business regain ground, succeed and remain a vital part of our economy,” said Marshall Frances, president of Wharton Economic Development Corp., or WEDC. “The Wharton Chamber Small Business Relief Fund is the perfect partner for this program,” Frances added. Business and Community Lenders of Texas has set aside $1 mill. in relief loan money to be distributed locally in amounts no greater than $100,000. The businesses will have to be approved for credit to comply with the lending standards of BCL of Texas. The Wharton Chamber Small Business Relief Fund and WEDC are partnering to get this relief to the Wharton community, but, beyond the debt payment, will have no input into the judgment of loan approval. “We are happy to be getting a tool on the streets of Wharton that will assist our flood impacted businesses, said Chad Odom,
WEDC executive director. “We are blessed to have BCL of Texas as a partner to assist in our recovery.” The loan application can be found at Odom noted that BCL of Texas — at the invitation of WEDCO and the Wharton Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture — has already assisted in bringing more than $250,000 in grants to the Wharton community. “The fundraising will be ongoing and we hope to have more grants going forward,” said Ron Sanders, president of the Chamber Small Business Relief Fund. “WEDCO made this commitment in good faith to our local impacted businesses in the hopes that the Chamber Relief Fund could find additional funding.” The additional funding can be used as a match for […]

SBA Disaster Assistance Available in Texas



To date, SBA has approved over $2,462,000 in disaster recovery loans for 26 homes and 5 businesses. Statewide, we have approved over $784,000,000. We encourage any business, private non-profit organization, homeowner and renter that was affected by Hurricane Harvey to apply before the October 24, 2017 application deadline.

The Small Business Administration provides low-interest, long-term disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private, non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters to repair or replace uninsured/underinsured disaster damaged property. We also offer Economic Injury Disaster loans for businesses that may or may not have sustained any damage, but have experienced a downturn in business because of the disaster.

We recommend that residents and businesses first file their insurance claims and register with FEMA online at Please do not wait for your insurance and FEMA to settle before applying for SBA assistance! SBA may be able to get your money to you sooner than your insurance, and we will work with FEMA and your insurance to make certain that no double-payments occur.

This declaration is for damages received during Hurricane Harvey that occurred between Aug. 23 and Sept. 15, 2017.  The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is Oct. 24, 2017 – less than 30 days away. The deadline to return economic injury applications is May 25, 2018.

Homeowners, renters, businesses and private, non-profit organizations may apply online at Our customer service center is also available to answer questions at 800-659-2955. Applicants may also come in to a Disaster Recovery Center or a Business Recovery Center for person-to-person assistance in completing their applications. For a list of locations, visit SBA’s website at

For 3 ways to apply for assistance, please click here for the English version Three Ways to […]

Stay a day or two or three

Below are some of the great Day Trips that you can take when coming to Wharton. There are plenty of options to choose from or you can always plan your own custom trip that meets the things you are interested in.


9:30a.m. – Downtown Wharton

Visit Monterey Square, with its antique shops, coffee house, gift stores and the exquisite, historically-restored Wharton County Courthouse. Built in 1889, the courthouse was designed by noted architect Eugene Heiner and was brought back to its original glory in 2007 at a cost of $7.4 million.

The east side of the square is called the Burger Block, and includes the Burger Robertson Building, constructed in 1909, and the W. Roberts Building, constructed in 1919.

Don’t miss the murals. Completed by Texas artist Dayton Wodrich, they detail the county’s rich agricultural, religious and medicinal history.

Noon – Lunch Time

There’s a host of restaurants in the city, including some in the downtown area. For those craving some Tex-Mex, try Cuevos Mexican Restaurant, Los Cucos Mexican Restaurant, or Larry’s Mexican Restaurant, all located in the downtown area or nearby. There’s others, too — see our visitor’s guide. You can get one at the coffee shop or the chamber office, 225 N. Richmond Road.

1:30 p.m. – Morris Ranch Carriage House Museum

Among the meticulously restored and maintained carriages is the one that carried Vivien Leigh in the movie “Gone With the Wind.” Call ahead to make an appointment: 979-532-1862. The museum is located at 2110 CR 117, east of the city. There may be a fee.

3:00 p.m. – Back to town

For a late afternoon pick-me-up, try a specialty frappe or an iced tea at Milam Street Coffee (the kids might enjoy a scoop of […]

Texas Gulf Coast Antique and Junkin’ Trail


Introducing the new Texas Gulf Coast Antique & Junkin’ Trail!

Bohemian Rhapsody II
134 W. Milam St., Wharton, 832-434-8374. Email: Over 32 vendors! Everything from rustic, metal décor, painted furniture to chalk paints and knobs for you next project. Vintage & upcycled! Candles, jewelry and more. Open 10 a.m.– 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Sun.

JT’s This & That
232 W. Milam St., Wharton, 979-532-0977.
Vintage salt/pepper shakers, doors and windows, furniture, nik-naks and more! Open 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., by chance on Mon.

Milam Emporium
238 W. Milam St., Wharton, 979-531-3103.
Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Closed on Sundays.

Montgomery Gallery and Frame
110 S. Houston St., Wharton,979-532-3929.
Email: Vintage look, ready made, and custom made frames. Oil paintings restoration. Photo restoration. Frame restoration. Open 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.– 3 p.m. Sat., closed on Sun.

Glen Flora Emporium
103 S. Bridge Ave. Glen Flora, 979-677-3249.
Email: Dealers who rent space to sell their merchandise and consignments. On Facebook as “The Glen Flora Emporium.” Open 10 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 12 p.m.–5 p.m. Sun.

Burr Trading Company
411 CR 123, Wharton, 979-453-0860.
Website: Buying, selling and repurposing old things. We are in Wharton’s Bohemian Rhapsody II, the Glen Flora Emporium, Bar W Field and Warrenton. Personal picks by appointment! Find us on Facebook as Burr Trading Co.

Junk & Stuff
709 Main St., East Bernard, 281-450-6219.
Email: The store is mostly antiques and collectibles. Neons, beer signs, old truck doors, tailgates. One stop man cave store! Open Saturdays or by appointment.

The Birdhouse and Boutique
421 S. 17th St., West Columbia, 979-345-2560. Email: Open Mondays to Fridays 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. We use reclaimed wood hardware and build beautiful birdhouses and planters.

Carta Valley Market
229 E. […]