WEEKLY WRAP UP for Friday, Sept. 20, 2019

Eye Associates of Central Texas was the people's choice winner at the recent Taylor Chamber's East WilCo Business Expo and Job Fair.

Agora Community Connections was deemed the most original booth at the Sept. 14 Business Expo and Job Fair.

2nd Street Commercial Kitchen won the distinction of most enthusiastic booth at the Expo.

A message from your Chamber

     A HUGE amount of gratitude goes out to the exhibitors and almost 1000 people who came to the 2019 East WilCo Business Expo and Job Fair last Saturday.
     We began the day with posting of the colors by local Boy Scouts and, what a day it was! Food, games and more than 60 awards and door prizes valued at more than $1,500.
    The Expo is a great way to learn about area businesses and for those businesses to meet face-to-face with the public to let them know what they have to offer. The following businesses were involved...
 2nd St. Commercial Kitchen          A Veteran Storage                 ACE Dental
Agora Community Connection       Ancira's Salsa                         Taylor Police Dept.
                  Baylor Scott & White                       Boys & Girls Club                 Burow Chiropractic
                  Camp Bow Wow                                Cinderella's Closet               City National Bank
                  City of Taylor                                     Curb Side Coffee House     Eye Associates of Central Tx
                  Ewald Kubota                                    Fire Department                 Green Man Massage
                  Good Life                                           Holiday Inn Express & Suites
                  Improved Image Laser Spa             Karuna Therapies                Leaf Filter
                  Literacy Council                                Lions Club                             Mary Kay Cosmetics
                  Mighty Fortress Electric                  Modern Woodmen             Moody Museum
                  Mondel Homes                                 New York Life                       Old Taylor High
                  Pecan Manor B&B                            Shepherd's Heart Food Pantry
                   Sirloin Stockade                               St. Mary's Catholic School
                   St. Paul Lutheran Church                S&D Plumbing                    Taylor Dental & Braces
                   Taylor Glass & Mirror                     Taylor Press                          TEE Foundation
                  Texas A&M University                     Texas Beer Company          Top Hat Chimney Sweeps
                  United Way                                       US Health Advisors             WilCo Democrats
                  WilCo Expo                                       Williamson County Equipment
                  WilCo Republican Party                 Williamson Museum

Celebrate our town tonight!
    Many things in this world are dividing our communities.  Let's come together as a community to support and cheer on our students.  The Team Taylor Tailgate party is a chance for networking and getting to know others in the community.
     Business leaders and residents are urged to celebrate our hometown at a community tailgate
 party 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in the Duck Stadium parking lot. 
    Come join Team Taylor and cheer on the Ducks at the first home game of the season!
    To learn more and join the fun, contact Karen Farley at  klbfarley@gmail.com or 512-560-9802) or Moppy Miller at  mmiller@taylorisd.org  or 512-352-6361.

Director of the Month
    The Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce has selected Denise Solbach as its Director of the Month.
    Denise is an assistant cashier in the accounting/audit department with City National Bank of Taylor. Her 22-year career at City National was preceded by 10 years in the banking industry.
Solbach has been on the Taylor Chamber's board of directors for two years and chairs the Programs and Services committee which includes the Chamber's monthly luncheons, Ambassador, awards and training programs.
    "Programs and services speak to the heart of the Chamber -- its members," Denise said. "Our connection with area businesses and being a partner in their success is what the Chamber is all about."
She and her husband Ron have lived in Taylor 32 years. They have four children and four grandchildren.

Open house
    The renovations are nearly complete! Join us 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21,  to tour this beautifully renovated building that has been built out to house EIGHT beautiful Live/Work lofts and one designated retail space. This space still features original hardwoods, large open windows, and as many of the original characteristics as they could possibly maintain! This unique concept is one you shouldn't miss seeing. 
Chamber News & Calendar 

Business of the Month
The Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce recognized Friends of the Moody Museum as its business of the month for outstanding service to the Chamber and the Community. Friends of the Moody was nominated for its commitment to keep history alive at the museum through recent additions of story-telling and music events that delight and charm the community. The group was selected for this honor by the Chamber Ambassadors. To nominate a business of the month, email info@taylorchamber.org

  Chamber Calendar
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26, noon -- Ambassadors: Gatti's
  • Thursday, Sept. 26, 7:30 a.m. -- Funding: Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • Thursday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. -- Ribbon Cutting: US Health Advisors at the Chamber, 1519 N. Main. The event will include light snacks, beer andwine and door prizes. To learn more, call 512-992-6950
  • Monday, Oct. 7, noon -- Marketing & Communications: Chamber, 1519 N Main St.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9, noon -- Advocacy: Chamber, 1519 N. Main St.Tu
  • Thursday, Oct. 10, 8 a.m. -- Finance: Chamber, 1519 N. Main St.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15, 4 p.m. -- Tourism: Chamber, 1519 N. Main St.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15, 5:15 p.m. -- Chamber board: Sirloin Stockade
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16, noon -- Programs & Services: Chamber, 1519 N. Main St.
  • Monday, Oct. 21, noon --  Luncheon: Pct. 4 Commissioner Russ Boles is our speaker at Sirloin Stockade
  • Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 a.m. -- Funding: Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • Friday, Oct. 25, 11:30 am-- Ribbon Cutting:  2nd & Main Lofts, 100 E. 2nd St.
  • Friday, Oct. 25, 3 pm-- Ribbon Cutting: Phillips 76, 1702 N. Main
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30, noon--Ambassadors: Gatti's

Member News and Events
Kid Fish
   The City of Taylor will host Kid Fish 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 21, at Bull Branch Park, 904 Dellinger. Registration for youth under 17 years old is 8-9 a.m.
   A limited number of poles and bait are provided; participants may use their own fishing gear. 
Bull Branch Park Lake is generously stocked with catfish prior to the event, which increases children's odds of a memorable experience. 
    The event is free, and we hope that through participation in the event, kids gain an appreciation for the sport of fishing as well as awareness for the environment and its natural resources. 
Prizes and trophies will be awarded immediately following the final measuring and weigh-in of the fish.

BBQ Cookoff
    Next weekend, Taylor will be smoking with the 29th annual Taylor SPJST BBQ Cookoff.
    The fun starts Friday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. with a  free dance with music from Sterling Country.  The SPJST will serve its delicious burgers at 6 p.m.
   On Saturday, a youth club silent auction will run from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. 
    Judges are welcome to show up on Saturday and offer up their taste buds for a delicious good time.
     Taylor SPJST Hall  is at 5025 FM 619. For more information, contact  Jesse Pospisil at 512-826-7371  or  512-365-1110 or email him at jlpospisil@yahoo.com.

Show you care for Taylor
    United Way of Williamson County's Day of Caring is set for Friday, Sept. 27.
    The day will begin at 8 a.m. with a kickoff at the Round Rock Sports Center, 2400 Chisholm Trail. There, volunteers will start the day with breakfast tacos, a Day of Caring t-shirt,
raffle prizes, and a short program.
    From 9 a.m. until noon, Day of Caring projects will take place across the county. Sign up  here for a project in Taylor, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Hutto, Leander,  Liberty Hill, N. Austin or Round Rock.

Click here to learn more.

Run for a Good Life
    Good Life Taylor, Texas will host its annual fair and 5K Saturday, Oct. 12, at Bull Branch Park.
    The run begins at 8 a.m.  Early Bird registration ends Sept. 30 and costs $25. Registration is $30 after that and $35 on race day. Teams are encouraged to register by Sept. 30 for the team rate of $20 per person for a team of at least four. Pre-registration includes the run and a t-shirt.
    The Fair runs
 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes a free Kids K, a poultry petting zoo, chicken splat bingo and interactive displays. The free Super Epic Confetti Egg Battle is scheduled for 11 a.m.
   To register as a racer or vendor and to learn more go to  http://www.goodlifetaylor.com/

Washer & Horseshoe Tournament
     Toss some metal, win some prizes and help Taylor Lions support the Leader Dog program.
    The 21st annual Walter Gonzales Foundation Washer and Horseshoe Tournament will be Saturday, Oct. 19,  at the Taylor SPJST Hall, 5025 FM 619. Register under the tent from 8 to 10 a.m. It costs $20 per team and spectators are welcome. Food will be available.
     For tournament information, callthe Walter Gonzales Foundation:  J.J. Sanchez at 254-217-1993.  For Leader Dog / Lions Club information, call  Greg Teggeman at 512-925-9735.

 LifePark Center will host a family fall festival 10 a.m-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct.  19 at Heritage Square Park. The event will feature a bounce house, petting zoo, Zumba demonstration, farmers market and more. Learn more at  www.lifeparkcenter.com

Entertainment calendar
    WilCo EXPO: Click here to look at what's going on out at the Expo Center.
    American Legion:  Click here  or here for upcoming events.
    SPJST Post 29:    September's entertainment schedule is here. October's schedule is here.
    Taylor Station Bar: Click here for upcoming events.
    Texas Beer Company: To keep up with everything going on at TBC, click here.
    Marshall's Tavern: Marshall's events are here.
    The Loose Screw: See their events here.

Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center
1519 N. Main St.  Taylor TX 76574
512-352-6364          www.taylorchamber.org          president@taylorchamber.org