San Antonio, Texas


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The first Spanish expedition to arrive in this area of south-central Texas appeared on June 13th, which is the feast day for Saint Anthony of Padua.  Therefore, they decided to call their settlement ‘San Antonio,’ or “Saint Anthony” in Spanish.

Today, San Antonio is the seventh most populous city in the US and the second most populous city in the state of Texas, with a population of 1,409,019.  From the years 2000-2010, it was the fastest growing of the top 10 largest cities in the country.  According to the 2013 U.S. Census estimate, the Greater San Antonio metropolitan area has a population of over 2.27 million.

San Antonio ranked No.11 on Forbes Magazine’s list of the Best Places for Business and Careers in 2013.  The city was also ranked 9th best market for job growth.  It is home to six Fortune 500 companies including Tesoro Corp., Valero Energy Corp., USAA, Clear Channel Communications, NuStar Energy, and CST Brands, Inc..  San Antonio headquartered AT&T Inc. until 2008 when the company moved to Dallas.  San Antonio attracts over 20 million tourists each year, with the San Antonio Tourism Council and a research team from Trinity University estimating that the San Antonio tourism industry employs 94,000 citizens and has an economic impact of over $10.7 billion.

San Antonio has often been called “Alamo City”, referring to its greatest tourist attraction.  The Alamo Mission served as the backdrop for the most famous battle of the Texas Revolution between the Republic of Texas and President General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna’s Mexico.  The Battle of the Alamo raged for 13 days from February 23rd to March 6th of 1836.  All Texian defenders of the mission were killed.  But it served as a rallying cry for the Texas Revolution, culminating in the eventual Texian defeat of the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21st, 1836.

Other attractions in San Antonio include the Tower of the Americas, which is a 750-foot observation tower and restaurant in HemisFair Park.  Local architect O’Neil Ford built the tower in 1968 as the theme structure for the World’s Fair, HemisFair ’68.  It was the tallest observation tower in the US until 1996.  San Antonio also hosts the annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, ranked in the top five rodeos in the nation by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).

As for professional sports, San Antonio boasts the San Antonio Spurs, winners of 5 NBA championships (all since 1999).  The Spurs play in the AT&T Center, along with the WNBA’s San Antonio Stars and the American Hockey League’s San Antonio Rampage.  The Arena Football League’s San Antonio Talons, winner of 2 Arena Bowls, play in the Alamodome.  The NASL’s San Antonio Scorpions play in Toyota Field, and have one title to their name.

Do you own a small business in the greater San Antonio metropolitan area?  Are you considering owning a small business?  These resources may help you:

Apply for a Business License in San Antonio

Business in San Antonio

San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

Are you looking for a better way to advertise your small business?  Look for San Antonio business signs!

Get in touch with one of our authorized members:

Powergrafx Signs
5947 Culebra Rd
San Antonio, TX 78238

Xpress Signs
7042 Alamo Downs Parkway, Suite 250
San Antonio, Texas 78238

Fisk Custom Design
7238 Raintree Frst
San Antonio, TX. 78233