Community events that help local small businesses stay open

Bryan, Texas – With several events taking place this summer in the city of Bryan, a local small business and food truck share how these community events are keeping their business going.

Many small businesses have had a hit in 2020, and places like Raging Bull Street Tacos are making a comeback.

Mike Marks owns the food truck and said he had to sell parts of his business, like his trailer, because he couldn’t make ends meet.

“We provided services for canceled events,” Marks said. “We had some gigs that we were able to go to and we went, but it was deserted. I mean, we might have sold a board or two and it cost a lot to get everything up and running because the event is different, but it was a disaster, to be honest, why we had to give up work for a while .”

Abigail Noel of Destination Bryan looks to the events the city is hosting to help small businesses gain traction.

“Literally everything we do contributes to our small business in Bryan, Texas and this is something we take very seriously and are proud of,” said Abigail Noel, Director of PR/Communications for Destination Bryan. “We’re really keen to focus on how our efforts can generate revenue for these local business owners.”

According to the city of Bryan, in 2020, there were 68 food truck businesses, in 2021 there were 79, and today, there are 87.

Mike said that cooking and community service is his reason for returning to work.

“It’s my great passion to be here,” Marks said. “I love working with the community. All our stuff is sourced locally, from the meat to the produce, even our T-shirts, all our stuff, because we want to be part of the community. That’s one of the biggest things for me.”

Noel said it’s the small, local businesses that make the community.

Noel said. “It’s what we’ve built our entire brand core around, are the stories of these local businesses, the people who run them, their business history and what they do.”

For Marx to return, he realized that inflation would affect his list prices.

“We had to take into account gas prices, and everything was inflated,” Marks said. “Because we get everything locally, the meat is a little bit higher, production is a little bit higher, and gas is definitely higher than in 2020. When we came back and had to make our menu, of course we had to increase prices.”

While 2020 may have forced Marx to close his company, he dreams of expansion.

“A year or two from now, I want to have a second, third, or Northgate location,” Marks said. “This is the dream.”

Marks said his goal now is simply to stay afloat until 2022 and continue serving the community.

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