Volume 080621 | Aug. 6, 2021
Your weekly news & updates
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.
11 a.m.-noon, Thursday, Aug.19

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.
In this session we’ll show you how to:
  • Create or claim your Business Profile on Google 
  • Manage your business info across Google Search and Maps
  • Use Google My Business to connect with potential customers
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.
Information & Education
Ribbon Cutting
Burke's Outlet Store Manager Laverne Bell cut the ribbon and celebrated the opening of the store and its membership in the Taylor Chamber. After the ribbon cutting on Aug. 30, Chamber Ambassadors did some shopping to celebrate on their own. The store is located at 3100 N Main St Suite 101 Suite 101. It is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.
Chamber News and Community Calendar
Tell Taylor about your business...
Don't miss this exciting and fun way to meet new people and recruit them as new customers, clients, employees, volunteers or donors.
The 2021 Business Expo and Job Fair is set for Saturday, Sept. 11 at the WilCo Expo Center and it is shaping up as an exciting event for exhibitors and those who attend.
Monday, Aug. 9, is the LAST DAY to register and get the Early Bird Price. After that, prices go up but you can still register until Sept. 3.
To learn more about having a booth, click HERE. If you still need more information, call us at 512-352-6364 or email info@taylorchamber.org
  • Saturday, Aug, 7, 3p.m.--Business of the Month--Texas Beer Company 201 N. Main St.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 11, noon--Advocacy: Zoom
  • Thursday, Aug. 12, 1:30 p.m.--Tourism: Zoom
  • Saturday, Aug. 14: 2nd Saturday shopping event
  • Saturday, Aug. 14: Michele's Hot Peeps Cross Country Race, Murphy Park
  • Monday, Aug.16, noon--Luncheon: State Demographer Lloyd Potter will speak at the Holiday Inn Express. Catered by Monarcas and sponsored by RTS Connect. Click HERE to register!
  • Wednesday, Aug. 18, noon--Programs & Services: Chamber
  • Thursday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m. -- Music on Main in Heritage Square featuring Cactus Lee
  • Wednesday, Aug. 25, noon--Ambassador Meeting: Chamber
  • Thursday, Aug. 26, 8 a.m.--Funding: Holiday Inn Express
  • Wednesday, Sept. 1, noon-- Membership: Chamber
  • Thursday, Sept. 2, 8 a.m.--Finance: Zoom
  • Monday, Sept. 6, 10 a.m.--Marketing & Communication: Chamber
  • Wednesday, Sept. 8, noon--Advocacy: Zoom
  • Thursday, Sept. 9, 1:30 p.m.--Tourism--Chamber
  • Sept. 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Business Expo and Job Fair at the WilCo Expo Center. For information on how to sponsor this event, click HERE. Of, if you are interested in showcasing your business with just a booth, find information HERE.

For information on joining these or any Chamber meeting or committee, email info@taylorchamber.org.
Deadline to register for luncheon is Aug. 11
“Most of a demographer’s work is about solving human problems,” Lloyd Potter, Texas State Demographer
Join us for our luncheon Monday, Aug. 16, to hear from State Demographer Lloyd Potter.
Potter first spoke to our Chamber in 2017 and was so intriguing, people have asked for him to come back.
More than a decade has passed since former Texas Gov. Rick Perry named UTSA demography professor Lloyd Potter the state demographer, an action that also made the university home to the Texas Demographic Center. 
Over the years, Potter has provided officials with population estimates and projections to inform policy while continuing his research on health- and equity-related demographic trends in Texas. These have included identifying accurate statistics regarding educational attainment, obesity and diabetes rates, health care access, water access and affordability, housing rates, property values, household income, transportation demands and energy consumption.
​ This luncheon begins promptly at noon on Monday, Aug. 16, at ​Holiday Inn Express Inn & Suites, 180 Carlos G Parker Blvd NW, Taylor, TX 76574
Monarcas Mexican Restaurant will cater.
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 is doing or riding in. (The ducks on the sewer cover is NOT this week's duck. Keep looking)
Member Announcements
Portal Painting project
Do you have a talent for painting?
The Taylor Arts Board has started its Portal Project to add color, character and just plain fun to the elevated manhole covers on the hike and bike trail off Burkett Street, from 9th Street down to 4th Street.
The canvas is empty and waiting for your creativity. You don't have to be a professional painter. Maybe, you have an idea that would use stencils or handprints, don't miss this opportunity.
To learn more about how to contribute your talents to this project click 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.

Blood Drive
Baylor Scott & White is facing a blood shortage. Please consider scheduling an appointment at BSWblood.com to give blood between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 305 Mallard Lane.
Deliver Meals On Wheels!
Meals On Wheels in Taylor is in serious need of people who can deliver on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Routes are well-organized and, once you have run them once, take an hour or less to complete.
Call LT Williams at (512) 352-5539 to sign up. Please help if you are able!
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.
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.
  • 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.