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BBA elects new officers


Jim Barlow, president of the Bandera branch office of Hondo National Bank, has been elected as the new president of the Bandera Business Association.
The Bandera Business Association (BBA) is dedicated to the development of business, business services and marketing of Bandera businesses. The BBA works with the City of Bandera and assists the city in managing Hotel Occupancy Tax funds focused on drawing tourism to downtown Bandera.
The BBA funds the Cowboys on Main project; Bandera Market Days; business-related educational seminars; and the holiday lights on the courthouse lawn, Western Trail Heritage Park, the municipal building and the Trail of Lights project in Bandera City Park during the Christmas holidays. The BBA also produces Bandera Riverfest as a fundraiser for the organization.
Barlow will be joined by other new officers, including Vice President Ed Hodges of; Treasurer Margaret Paradee, owner of the Gingerbread House; and Secretary Linda James of the office of the Bandera County Attorney.
Expect some new and exciting plans for 2014, Barlow indicated recently. "The BBA is already working on a new nationally-sanctioned event that will be held in City Park in April," he said. "We have new marketing plans to promote our members individually through advertising at no cost to the members. Now is the perfect time to join the BBA."
Applications to join the BBA are available online at For more information contact Barlow at Hondo National Bank at 830-796-3333.