Mike Copeland: Dave Campbell Award; Big Frog franchise; Endorsements of student-athletes; Sales Tax Exemption | Local business news

On August 23, someone will receive the Dave Campbell Award, named after the legendary sports journalist who founded Texas Football magazine. Campbell died in December at the age of 96 after a brief illness.

Friday is the deadline to nominate someone. A submission form is available on the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce website, wacochamber.com.

“Nominees must demonstrate a significant positive impact on the football community at all levels, but also go above and beyond by volunteering their personal time to give back to the community,” reads a press release.

The winner will be named at the chamber’s annual launch luncheon at the Baylor Club at McLane Stadium. Speakers include Baylor head football coach Dave Aranda and former Dallas Cowboys great Ed “Too Tall” Jones.

Big Frog franchise

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Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More, a Florida-based company with 100 franchise stores, launched an advertising campaign aimed at veterans. Men and women who wore the uniform are eligible for a 20% discount on the purchase of a franchise and enjoy a royalty waiver for one year.

“Financial incentives could total more than $15,000 for qualified veterans or first responders, depending on store location,” according to a press release.

He says the initiative aims to triple the number of veterans with Big Frog franchises. Steve Haas, who owns a Big Frog store in the Central Texas Marketplace, is featured prominently in the campaign.

“We are very fortunate to be involved in so many different aspects of the community, including helping a high school senior who was homeless,” said Haas, a US Marine Corps veteran. “We were able to get him his cap, his dress and invitations that allowed him to go on stage with his classmates.”

Sales tax exemption

Shoppers next weekend can save money on school supplies and clothing as Texas again sponsors a back-to-school sales tax holiday Friday through Sunday. State law exempts sales tax on qualifying items, including clothing, shoes, backpacks, and school supplies priced under $100.

That’s about $8 in savings on every $100 spent.

“With inflation driving up prices on just about everything, this sales tax exemption gives Texas families a little relief to manage the costs associated with getting kids back to school,” Comptroller Glenn Hegar said in A press release.

TexasTaxHoliday.org, the site of a comptroller’s office, lists details about eligible items.

Student-athlete endorsements

The NCAA’s new policy allowing student-athletes to earn money on their name, image and likeness while studying has hit the college sports world like a forearm shiver, dividing fans and coaches in warring camps. University of Alabama football head coach Nick Saban a while ago accused Texas A&M University head coach Jimbo Fisher of using deals authorized by the new policy basically to buy A&M’s latest #1 ranked recruiting class.

The new policy, known as NIL, generally allows student-athletes to be paid for endorsements or personal appearances that were previously prohibited.

Startup Waco, 605 Austin Ave., announced its involvement with NIL through a program called GXG. A press release indicates that Baylor University athletes will receive full attention from GXG. GXG will “offer a suite of options for student-athletes,” intended to connect them with local businesses, nonprofits and entrepreneurs, according to the press release.

“We have witnessed how NIL has led to positive and negative outcomes across the country, and our approach is different,” Startup Waco CEO Jon Passavant said in the press release. “We aim to leverage this space as an avenue for more than just funds, but also as an innovative approach to student-athlete development and meaningful community engagement.”

Passavant said student-athletes have “important platforms and voices.” By combining these attributes with the business, “we believe we can have a significant impact on Waco’s continued economic development.”

Baylor Athletics Director Mack Rhoades released a statement of support for GXG, saying, “This innovative approach will help student-athletes learn valuable skills and build business relationships.”

Expansion of self-storage

Amy’s Attic continues to add self-storage units along South New Road near Cinemark, Topgolf and Main Event. He obtained four building permits with a combined value of nearly $400,000 to proceed with work on buildings two, three, four and five, according to information from the Associated General Contractors of America-Waco bulletin.

The construction of nearby apartments may have caught Amy’s attention, as well as NewQuest Properties’ plans to place a housing estate filled with rental homes behind the entertainment venue.

Zoning request

Residents of a certain age will remember Sam Jack McGlasson, a colorful real estate dealer who called downtown “brain dead” when he was on the Waco City Council. His commentary predated Magnolia Market’s arrival at Silos and Chip and Joanna Gaines by decades.

Noteworthy local Rick Sheldon bought a 21-acre lot on the southwest corner of Lake Shore Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from the McGlasson estate seven years ago. Now Sheldon is pursuing a zoning change there that would expand development opportunities.

Mike Anderson, a spokesman for Sheldon, would not discuss specifics. He said funders would consider anything that is allowed under the new zoning designation. This would include residential, multi-family, office and commercial. The zoning also allows for “community commercial”, described as the coexistence of quality commercial and multi-family residential.

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