Volume 102921 | Oct. 29, 2021
Your weekly news & updates
FUN took first place at A Shot in the Dark golf tournament
Well, who knew that a nighttime golf tournament could be so much fun?!?!?!?
We could not be happier with our first A Shot in the Dark tournament that was held Oct. 15 at Mustang Creek Golf Course. Our thanks to every player who came and golfed or whacked and hacked their way across the course. We hope you all had as much fun as we did!
And, of course, the staff at Mustang Creek Golf Course was amazing, jumping through all sorts of hoops to modify the course for nighttime play AND helping us with the math to figure out who all won.
It was a grand time and we are already planning next year's event for Nov. 18 with more ways for people to participate!
Thanks to our sponsors!
Eagle Bank, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, City National Bank, S&D Plumbing, Coppera, Noren Thermal Solutions, McCrory Timmerman Restoration Project, Bancorp South, Taylor Housing Authority, Judge Randall J. Pick, Hagler Investments, A Veteran Storage, Scott Morales Catering, HDR Engineering, Boys and Girls Club of East Williamson County, Citizens National Bank, Mallard Run Apartments, Plowman's Kitchen, RTS Connect, Julie Downs-Realtor, Mustang Creek Golf Course, Brown Distributing, Sirloin Stockade, Pest Patrol, Taylor Press, Teresa Schneider, Texas Farm Bureau, Summit Commercial, Farmers Insurance - Austin Brown and Austin Telco FCU.
Thanks to our committee!
Diana Phillips, chair; Zona Sweeney, Ryan Stiba, Rhonda Redden, Greg Redden and Austin Brown. They were an amazing team and pulled off a fun-filled event!
  • First place - John Garza's team
  • Second place - Eagle Bank team
  • Third place - Mallard Run Apartments' team
  • Longest drive - Lee Martinez
  • Best Team Theme - the Fauci Ouchies from Holiday Inn Express & Suites (with the Party Animals from Plowman's Kitchen receiving honorable mention)
  • Best Decorated Cart - A Veteran Storage
  • Best Bling -- the Hack O'lanterns from City National Bank
It's a hauntingly full weekend
Here is a quick list of events going on this weekend.
  • Pumpkin Patch at First United Methodist Church, 907 W. Lake, is open Friday 3 p.m. to dark, Saturday 9 a.m. to dark and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to dark.
  • Main Street Car Show (link) 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Downtown
  • Halloween in the Halls of Old Taylor High, 3-6 p.m. Saturday at 410 W. 7th St.
  • Spooktacular (Info)
  • Haunted Taylor tours -- Sold out
  • Halloween at the Texas Beer Company Oct. 31, at the production brewery (1331 W. 2nd St) there will be a pumpkin carving contest (5 p.m.), pumpkin smash and Halloween movie at 8:30. Costumes encouraged.
The labor market in the Rural Capital Area of Central Texas continued to improve in September 2021, with the unadjusted unemployment rate sliding down to 3.6 percent, after dropping to 3.9 percent in August, according to figures released today by the Texas Workforce Commission. The local economy added 5,923 jobs from August to September, with employment rising by 36,737 jobs year-to-year. The 3.6 percent unemployment rate in the nine-county Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) represented 21,285 residents seeking jobs. The region’s unemployment rate remained below Texas’ (4.9 percent) and the national (4.6 percent) rates, which both saw drops in September as well.
All counties within the Rural Capital Area region saw their unemployment rates decline in September.
To see the full release and additional September 2021 labor market data for each county click HERE.
Information & Education
Chamber News and Community Calendar
Community events are underlined. Chamber events are bolded.
  • Monday, Nov. 8, 5:15p.m. -- Chamber Board Meeting @ Holiday Inn Express Taylor
  • Monday, Nov. 15, noon -- Monthly Chamber Luncheon featuring an update on the CARTS NOW program. This luncheon is sponsored by McCrory Timmerman Project and will be catered by Plowman's Kitchen. REGISTER
  • Saturday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m. -- Music on Main features Grammy-award winning musician Joe Posada for a free concert in Heritage Square Park
  • Thursday, Nov. 18 -- Third Thursday Shopping
  • Tuesday, Nov. 23, 10:30a.m.-6 p.m. Baylor Scott & White Taylor Blood Drive SIGN UP
  • Thursday, Nov. 25 -- Thanksgiving

For information on joining these or any Chamber meeting or committee, email info@taylorchamber.org.
Join us at the Jan. 18 Banquet
The annual Chamber and Community Awards Banquet will be held Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the WilCo Expo Center.
Sponsorships are on sale now. To learn more, click HERE and HERE. Individual tickets will go on sale for $45 each on Dec. 1 at the Chamber and on its website.
To learn more, call the Chamber at 512-352-6364 or email info@taylorchamber.org.
Building a stronger future
Incoming Chamber Board Chair Cheryl Webster of Noren Thermal Solutions and President & CEO Tia Rae Stone attended the TCCE Chairman's Conference Oct. 21 in Georgetown. Cheryl has great plans to build on the momentum the Chamber has going and is planning an amazing 2022
Getting from Point A to Point B
Dana Platt, Community Outreach Director of Capital Area Rural Transportation System, better known as C.A.R.T.S., will be speaking at the November luncheon overview of the services offered to Williamson county, an update on the CARTS NOW program and where are we on the train platform downtown.
Thank you to our November luncheon sponsor, McCrory Timmerman Restoration Project
Member Appreciation
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 or ducks unique and we will enter you in a monthly drawing for a FREE AD for four weeks in the next month's newsletter.
Don't miss out on the visitor guide and membership directory
We are putting together the 2022 Visitor Guide and Chamber Directory.
This is the community’s primary resource for outreach for visitors and newcomers. We print and distribute more than 2000 annually.
Advertising in the guide is exclusive to Taylor Chamber members and we have sizes ranging from a quarter page to double-page spreads. Click HERE for prices. The deadline is Nov. 19 so let us know ASAP.
If you have questions, email info@taylorchamber.org or call 512-352-6364.
Member Announcements
Click HERE to learn more!
Who should be the 2021 Citizen of the Year?
The Taylor Rotary Club needs your help to determine the Outstanding Citizens of 2021.
To nominate someone for the award, complete THIS form and return it no later than Dec. 10, either by email to bgraypcb@sbcglobal.net or by mail to: Taylor Rotary Club, P.O. Box 289, Taylor, TX 76574.
This award may only be received once so if the person you are considering has received the award before, they are ineligible. HERE is a list of the Rotary Club's OCOTY winners since 1943.
The award will be presented at the Jan. 18 Chamber and Community Awards banquet.
Help plant a tree Nov. 13
The City of Taylor Tree Advisory Board will plant shade trees at the south end of Memorial Field at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. Holes will be pre-dug but bring shovels to help full them in as you help beautify Taylor and do a good deed for the earth.
Christmas Parade
If you are interested in learning more about the Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 4, and how to enter. Click HERE for the rules, HERE for information and HERE for an entry form.
Entertainment calendar
  •  WilCo EXPO: Click here to look at what's going on out at the Expo Center.
  •  SPJST Post 29: You can find October's schedule here and November'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.