The Texas Treasure Business Award Program recognizes the accomplishments of Texas businesses that have provided employment opportunities and support to the state’s economy for at least 50 years. Created in 2005 by Senate Bill 920, authored by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio and sponsored by Rep. Charles "Doc” Anderson of Waco, the program pays tribute to the state’s well-established businesses and their exceptional historical contributions toward the state’s economic growth and prosperity.
Businesses can be nominated for this award by any elected state official or a business representative and must meet the following criteria:
- Have been in continuous for-profit operation in Texas for at least 50 years.
- Continue to operate the same or a very similar type of business as it did at least 50 years ago.
- Have a continuous record of employment for at least the past 50 years.
- Continue to operate as an independent, for-profit business (i.e., it cannot be operating as a subsidiary of or have been absorbed into another business)
- Maintain a good business relationship with the state.
Businesses that can also establish that they have been continuously owned by the same family or have operated continuously from a building that is at least 50 years old and have maintained its architectural integrity will receive additional recognition.
Award recipients and their sponsors will be honored by a presentation of a certificate in a suitable location determined by the recipient and the nominating party.
On January 23, 2013 at the State Capitol, six Texas businesses joined 35 others in receiving the Texas Treasure Business Award.
“It is a privilege to be able to recognize our long-established businesses that have remained committed to Texans for generations, while creating jobs and stimulating economic growth,” said Texas First Lady Anita Perry. “May this recognition serve to increase your success and productivity for many years to come.”
“The businesses recognized here today exemplify the reason a company remains successful year after year,” said Sen. Van de Putte. “Hard work, quality service, and resourcefulness go a long way in the Lone Star State and we’re pleased to recognize those traits.”
All 42 Texas Treasure Historic Businesses were recognized by resolutions in the Senate and House authored by Sen. Van de Putte and co-authored by Rep. José Menéndez and Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson respectively.
A new feature of the expanded program is the public display decal identifying awarded businesses as a Texas Treasure. Consumers will know that when they spot the familiar Texas Treasure business icon, they are doing business with a successful, Texas-owned-and-operated company that has long contributed to job growth in the state.