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Mathew David is the new president of the Katy Business Association. His two-year term started Jan. 22 on the seven-member board of directors.
The nonprofit association incorporated in 1984. Its mission is “Unify all business to work toward a common goal, that of an economic revitalization of the Business District, create a strong unified voice that represents the business interests when communicating with city officials and government agencies.”
The association meets monthly at area restaurants, hosts ribbon-cutting ceremonies and supports an annual campaign to benefit nonprofits. In 2019, it had about 85 members.
Mathew is a second-generation Farmers Insurance Agent who has more than 15 years of experience in the insurance business. He studied business administration at Sam Houston State University.
Married with two daughters, he and his family enjoy camping, fishing and boating.
How long have you been a member of the Katy Business Association? How long have you been on the association’s board?
I’ve been a member since 2015. I was elected to the KBA board in 2016.
Having attended luncheon meetings, it seems like a close-knit group where everyone knows everyone else. Why is membership important to you?
It is a great way to help promote small businesses. At times, we as small business owners can feel all alone. The KBA is a great way to get connected with other business owners.
What are your association goals for the upcoming term?
To help promote small businesses. Increase our community involvement, Provide updates of changes happening around Katy, Provide ways to volunteer to give back to the community. Give back to local charities.
What challenges do you see ahead for the City of Katy? How can the KBA help meet those challenges?
The Greater Katy Area is growing larger every year and it’s easy for businesses to feel overwhelmed and lost in the shuffle. KBA makes it easy to plug in and find out what is going on the community, develop a system of support, and opportunities to connect and give back to strengthen our community.
Does the Katy Business Association differ from a chamber of commerce? How so?
We are very similar to a chamber of commerce in our desire to see business thrive, and all board members are volunteers. However, we have no paid staff, and our annual membership dues are the lowest of all the Chambers, making the Katy Business Association a great first step on the road to community involvement.
Our smaller, low-cost meetings provide a comfortable setting for those looking to connect with business owners of all sizes. We have board members that try to go to as many other organizational meetings in town as possible to stay connected with everyone as each brings a unique asset to our growing area, and we want to support each other.
The KBA has members from as far away as Sealy, Magnolia and southeast Houston. Why is Katy so attractive to these far-flung businesses?
I believe many aspects attract these businesses to Katy. I do believe one of the reasons is the small town feel Katy provides.
Membership in KBA is primarily composed of small businesses. What sort of benefits does the organization provide?
Katy Business Association, Inc. (KBA) networking opportunities for you to meet potential new clients and to expand your business contacts
Online Directory including categorical and alphabetical listings of all KBA members, and a link to their websites and social media if provided
Participation in KBA-sponsored events
Discounted monthly luncheons/general meetings that provide an informal opportunity to meet, talk, learn and swap business leads
Membership sticker to let others know you are a part of the KBA
One free e-blast per year ($75 value)
New member spotlight
Social media posting of your events, specials and news
As Houston continues to encroach on the east end of Katy and growth continues on the west, do you see this growth as a good thing for the city and its small business community?
I believe that growth is good and brings us more opportunities
You’re a member of Anglers Anonymous? What is that?
Anglers Anonymous is a family and veteran owned local Katy,Texas business furnishing specialized fishing tackle and repair services to Texas saltwater anglers. They believe in supporting other family-owned and Texas-based companies. A lot of the fishing tackle they have is made by other Texas anglers. It’s a great place to find lures and tackle that you will not find in your big box stores. They are a local business supporting Texas entrepreneurs,
Your wife says you’re a good fisherman. What do you like to catch?
I enjoy fishing along the Texas Coast. It is a hobby my father and I have enjoyed doing together my entire life. It is a great way to spend time with the entire family.