Friday, April 12, 2024

Southlake Businesses, We Want to Hear from You!

Your opportunity to provide feedback as a Southlake business is here! The 2023 Southlake Business Climate Survey launched today, Monday, July 24th!

All Southlake-based business owners, managers, presidents and CEOs are encouraged to participate in this survey and share their opinions about their experiences, today’s economic environment, City services and other business-related topics.

This is the 5th round of the survey, which first launched in 2019. The survey results and business owner comments have become an important and integral part of the City’s annual work planning, helping the City in determining what business programs are most beneficial for local businesses. For example, as a result of the 2022 Business Climate Survey, the City is launching a job board to help businesses of every size address staffing struggles and provide resources for business owners, one of the primary challenges identified by the 2022 survey.

Business representatives can take the survey online from their smartphones or computers. Knowing that time is one of the most valuable resources for businesses, the survey is intended to take no more than five minutes to complete. Business representatives may then choose to answer additional questions to assist the City further or simply submit their answers.

If you’re a business located in Southlake and would like to participate in this survey, follow this link or snap the QR-code at the bottom of the page. The survey closes Monday, September 4th.

If you have questions about the survey, the Office of Economic Development and Tourism is available at 817-748-8198 or by email at

Mayor Huffman and Special Guests Talk Shopping Small this Holiday Season

This week on Minute with the Mayor, Mayor John Huffman shows the importance of shopping small this holiday season with two special guests — Councilmember Amy Torres-Lepp and The Toy Maven Owner, Candace Williams.

“Shopping small” is a movement used to encourage customers to spend their money with local businesses that give back to the community, rather than with larger corporations. The trio spent time in the Shops of Southlake Toy Maven location discussing how the intentionality of your dollar can go farther than you think.

“We’re your friends. We’re your neighbors. We go to sporting events with the children, and when you support small businesses, you support local families.” said Councilmember Torres-Lepp.

Additionally, Mayor Huffman brought up how money spent in Southlake has financial benefits for the City as well. “Every dollar you spend here in Southlake — that’s retail dollars and tax dollars that come back to the General Fund,”  Mayor Huffman stated. The General Fund “accounts for all activity not specifically accounted for in other funds. It includes such operations as police, fire, engineering, planning, finance, and administration.”

This means that City-funded programs and projects are directly and positively impacted by consumer expenditures in Southlake.

Although there are great financial reasons to shop small, Williams said one of her favorite things about having a small business and working with the community is being able to interact face-to-face with customers and provide an experience unlike anything else. “It’s nice to watch kids come in and see the wonder on their face,” said Williams. “But when you come in here, our amazing staff will ask you questions: What is your child interested in? What do they love to do?”

This extra emphasis on customer service provides a personalized and attentive approach, making for a special memory every time.

While there are many places to choose from to spend your holiday dollars, please consider shopping locally. For a full list of businesses in Southlake, visit our Southlake Business Database. 

To watch this week’s episode of Minute with the Mayor, click below.