Volume 082021 | Aug. 20, 2021
Your weekly news & updates
Strong Towns Founder in Taylor Aug. 30
The City of Taylor will host author and founder of the Strong Towns movement, Charles Marohn, in the first stop on his Confessions book tour in a special event 6-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, from 6-8 p.m. at the Taylor Public Library. Mahron will give a presentation about the theme of his latest book, Confessions of a Recovering Engineer: Transportation for a Strong Town. 
Marohn kicked off the City of Taylor’s comprehensive planning process in the fall of 2020. His of Strong Towns organization has advocated for the new way of thinking about how we build cities that is the foundation for the City of Taylor's Comprehensive Plan that will be featured in public hearings later this month.
For detailed information about the City of Taylor’s Comprehensive Plan, click HERE.
Information & Education
Free training for local businesses
The Chamber is joining with our Google Partners to give Taylor businesses some training on how to use one of the most powerful free tools available for marketing your business.
8:30-10:45 a.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 28
Description: Showing up when customers are searching online is more important than ever. Ensure customers can find accurate, updated information about your local business on Google Search and Google Maps, no matter which device they use. In this workshop, you will learn how to create and manage a Google business profile from start to finish.
Learn how your business can be found online with Google. This workshop explains how Google Search works and how you can improve a website's visibility with Search Engine Optimization (SEO). The session
also introduces products like Google My Business, Google Trends, Search Console, Google Analytics,
Google Ads, and more.
Chamber News and Community Calendar
Customer Service Award
Chamber Ambassadors visited Austin TelCo FCU on Aug. 17 to present Branch Manager Connie Zycha with the August Customer Service of the Month Award. Her nomination letter told how she always helps with anything and you strives to satisfy her customers. You can find Connie in the ATFCU office at 3705 N. Main.
Employees of ALL Chamber-member businesses are eligible. Just give us the information and tell us YOUR story about outstanding customer service here.
Community events are underlined. Chamber events are bolded.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 25, noon--Ambassador Meeting: Chamber
  • Thursday, Aug. 26, 11 a.m. -- Facilities at the Chamber
  • Saturday, Aug. 28 10 a.m. -- Expo Job Seeker Resume and Interview Skills training FREE. Call 512352-6364 or email info@taylorchamber.org for details.
  • Monday, Aug. 30, 2 p.m. -- Online Training for Sept. 11 JOB FAIR company participants. Call 512-352-6364 to register
  • Monday, Aug. 30: Strong Towns event at the Taylor Public Library, 802 Vance
  • Wednesday, Sept. 1, noon-- Membership: Chamber
  • Thursday, Sept. 2, 9:30 a.m. --Governance: Zoom
  • Monday, Sept. 6, 10 a.m.--Marketing & Communication at the Chamber
  • Wednesday, Sept. 8, noon--Advocacy: Zoom
  • Thursday, Sept. 9, 8 a.m.--Finance: Zoom
  • Thursday, Sept. 9, 1:30 p.m.--Tourism--Chamber
  • Thursday, Sept. 9, 6 p.m. -- Libraries Transforming Communities public meeting at 801 Vance St.
  • Saturday, Sept. 11: 2nd Saturday shopping event
  • Saturday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Business Expo and Job Fair at the WilCo Expo Center. If you are interested in showcasing your business with a booth, find information HERE.
  • Saturday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m. -- Patriots Day Remembrance, Main Street Parade followed by ceremony
  • Monday, Sept. 13, 5:15 p.m. -- Chamber Board of Directors on Zoom
  • Wednesday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m. -- Programs & Services at the Chamber
  • Thursday, Sept 16, 6 p.m. -- Music on Main in Heritage Square featuring Chubby Knuckle Choir and Spooky Juke
  • Friday, Sept. 17 -- Homecoming
  • Saturday, Sept. 18 -- Kid Fish at Bull Branch Park, 904 Dellinger Dr. Free event for kids under 17. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with poles in the water 9 a.m.-noon Find more HERE.
  • Monday, Sept.20, noon--Luncheon: Jesse Ancira's Legislative Update at the Holiday Inn Express. Catered by and sponsored by Scott Morales Catering. Click HERE to register!
  • Tuesday, Sept. 28, 8:30 a.m. -- *SPECIAL TWO PART ONLINE WORKSHOP* Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps & Reach Customers Online with Google. Click HERE to register

For information on joining these or any Chamber meeting or committee, email info@taylorchamber.org.
Member Appreciation Contest
Chamber members, watch for the appearance of a duck in each weekly newsletter and send us an email with your business name describing what makes the duck unique and we will enter you in a monthly drawing for a FREE AD for four weeks in the next month's newsletter. Email info@taylorchamber.org your business name and describe what the duck (or ducks) are on or the logo that they are part of.
Welcome Rachael!
We are VERY excited to welcome Rachael Westerman as the new office manager here at the Chamber.
If you know her, you know her enthusiasm and joy for this town are unmatched. If you don't know her, you WILL.
Rachael's family made Taylor their home a little over six years ago. She has two kids in Taylor ISD, where she has been an active volunteer.
As a former retail manager, it is fitting that Rachael enjoys shopping local but also vacationing at the beach or islands.
 "I love this little Taylor community and look forward to being a part of it as it grows," she said.
Rachael is also a notary so we will be able to continue to offer those services free for employees of Chamber-member businesses and $5 for the public.
Come by and meet Rachael between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Chamber, 1519 N. Main St.
Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!
If you know someone who is looking for work, please share with them that the 2021 Business Expo and Job Fair on Saturday, Sept. 11, needs to be on their calendar. We have many great employers attending and jobs will be up for grabs at the WilCo Expo Center.
For businesses and non-profits, Friday, Sept. 3, is the LAST DAY to register for a booth. Click HERE. for information.
Member Announcements
Bicycling fundraiser
Lone Star Circle of Care's Mamma Jamma Ride will roll through Taylor Saturday, Sept. 18 with scores of cyclists to support the operation and administration of the Big Pink Bus, a mobile mammography unit. Click HERE to learn more.
Golf tournament
Taylor Lions Club will host a 4-Person Select-Shot Golf Tournament Saturday, Aug. 28 at Mustang Creek Golf Course in Taylor.
Registration and Breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
  To help them promote the fundraiser, please download THIS flier and post it at your business.
To register a team or learn how to sponsor, you can find all the information you need HERE.
Clay Shoot Fundraiser
Opportunities for Williamson & Burnet Counties is hosting a fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 27, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Reunion Ranch at 850 CR 255, Georgetown. Registration requires teams of five. To learn more, go online to www.owbc-tx.org or email development@owbc-tx.org. OWBC supports local Meals on Wheels and Headstart programs.
Boys & Girls Club fundraiser
Taylor's Boys & Girls Club will host an evening of music and food at the Black Sparrow Music Parlor at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29. Tickets are $35 each or $60 per couple. Click HERE to learn more. The Sparrow is at 113 W 2nd St.
Entertainment calendar
  •  WilCo EXPO: Click here to look at what's going on out at the Expo Center.
  •  SPJST Post 29: August's schedule is here. You can find September's schedule here and October's here.
  • Texas Beer Company: To keep up with everything going on at TBC, click here.
  • Red Cap Cigar Lounge: See their schedule here
  • Marshall's Tavern 2: Find out what's going on here.