WEEKLY WRAP UP for Friday, Feb. 7, 2020

A message from your Chamber
    It's almost time! Forms for the 2020 Decennial Census will arrive in Taylor mailboxes in early March so we need to get ready!
    You probably already know how important the upcoming census is. It's so important that it is in Article 1 Section 2 of the US Constitution. It determines our representation in both the State and National Capitols. But there are other ways that a good count can help Taylor.
  • The federal government uses census numbers to allocate more than $675 billion in federal funds annually for community programs and services, such as education programs, housing and community development, health care services for the elderly and job training.
  • State, local and tribal governments use census information for planning and allocating funds for new school construction, libraries, highway safety and public transportation systems, new roads and bridges, location of police and fire departments and many other projects.
  • Community organizations use census information to develop social service programs, community action projects, senior lunch programs and child care centers.
    Businesses even use the data collected by the census.
    When planning a new business or deciding whether to hire more staff, entrepreneurs and big chains alike must answer key questions.
    Among them: Who are my potential customers? How many live in the area? How many similar businesses are already operating nearby? How much are those competitors paying their employees?
    And they use census data as the primary resource for that information.
    That's why it's important to respond to the  2020 Census . Responses could lead to more jobs and new businesses in Taylor. Businesses use population statistics to help decide where to add jobs or open new stores, offices or other businesses in communities across the country. It could mean the difference in whether they do business in Taylor or elsewhere.  

    The first and most important way is to answer the nine questions when you get them (there are only nine!) and, of course, encourage your friends and family to do the same.
   This year's census can be completed online and you should get that information in the mail. If you or someone you know doesn't have a computer, you can use them free of charge at the Taylor Public Library, 801 Vance. St.

Annual report
          Thank you to all of you who are members of the Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce. Last year was amazing thanks to your support and the volunteers who represent you.
    Our 2019 Annual Report was presented at the Banquet in January but I wanted you all to have a copy so you can join us in being proud of the work that you have helped us accomplish. 
   Primary among them was receiving Accreditation with Four Stars from the US Chamber of Commerce. We are the ONLY Accredited Chamber in Williamson County and one of only 39 in the state. Your Chamber is among the top 3% of Chambers of Commerce nationwide!
    Getting there wasn't just a matter of filling out some forms. We had to provide documentation -- almost 400 pages of it -- to prove that we deserved it.
    And we could not have done it without you. Thank you.
    Please let me know at president@taylorchamber.org if you have questions, concerns or suggestions about what you want from your Chamber. We are still developing our plan of work for 2020 and your ideas are welcome and encouraged. 
   To see the 2019 Annual Report, Click Here.

CARTS is speaker at next Chamber luncheon
    On Monday, Feb 24, Dana Platt, the Community Services Director for CARTS (Capitol Area Rural Transportation System)  will present exciting information on CARTS future plans in Taylor.
    The meeting will begin at noon at Holiday Inn Express, 180 NW Carlos Parker Blvd, and will feature Luigi's Italian Restaurant as the caterer. The program includes lunch for $15 per person.     Reservations must be made in advance either on the Chamber's website or by calling 512-352-6364 in order to ensure we have food for everyone. If necessary, reservations may be cancelled if done by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18. 
    Click HERE to register for the meeting. We hope to see you there!
    Monthly meeting sponsorships are available for $100 (a $130 value) and will include two lunches, time to talk about your business and advertising on table tents and in all related marketing materials. Call us at 512-352-6364 to learn more.

WilCo Rodeo & Fair slogan contest
    Calling all witty, punny, and creative wordsmiths!
    Every fair and rodeo across the nation dedicates a theme for each year's event. So to kick off the inaugural Fair & Rodeo, we are holding a contest for the citizens of Williamson County to input ideas for the theme and slogan for the Fair & Rodeo!
    Williamson County has a rich history and cherished traditions dating back to the first settlers of Texas. The slogan and the theme would bridge the past into the present and looking towards the future. We are looking for a slogan that shows what makes Williamson County unique and a perfect place to make memories with family and friends.

Contest Rules:
  • Contest ends at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17.
  • Slogan must be five words or less.
  • No trademarked slogans or themes.
  • Must be 18 or older to enter.
  • Limit of three entries per person.
  • Entries must include a valid name, address, phone number, and email address. If all information is not included, entry will be omitted.
  • In the event that the same slogan is submitted by multiple individuals, the first submittal will be chosen first. All entries will be date and timestamped.
  • The Williamson County Fair Association is not responsible for any submissions not received for reasons due to, but not limited to, postal errors, server or internet failures, or programming errors.
  • No contact information or slogan ideas will be sold to a third party.
    Entries can be submitted through the online form until Feb. 17. Or mailed entries will be accepted at the Williamson County Expo Center at 219 Perry Mayfield, Leander, TX, 78641. Entries must be postmarked on or before Feb. 17.
    The Williamson County Fair Association Executive Board will vote to decide the top five entries. We will announce the top five entries on Williamson County Fair & Rodeo Facebook page for the public to vote on the winner. The winner will be announced on March 10 and receive two general admission tickets and parking passes for each day of the fair.

Chamber News & Calendar 

  • Monday, Feb. 10, 5:15 p.m. -- Board meeting: Sirloin Stockade
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11:30 a.m. -- Customer Service of the Month: Randy Vanous of Moose's Brake & Tune Up, 719 W. 2nd St.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11, 4 p.m. -- Tourism Committee: Chamber
  • Monday, Feb. 17 --CHAMBER CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19, noon -- Programs & Services: Noren Thermal Solutions, 205 Edmond St.
  • Thursday, Feb 20, noon and 3:30 -- Committee Chair Training: Chamber
  • Monday, Feb. 24, 11:15 a.m. -- Ambassadors meeting: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 
  • Monday, Feb. 24, noon -- Luncheon: Dana Platt from CARTS is the program with Luigi's Italian Restaurant  catering, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 180 NW Carlos G. Parker Blvd.
    RESERVATIONS NEEDED. Click here to sign up.
  • Thursday, Feb 27, 7:30 a.m. -- Funding Meeting: Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • Thursday, Feb 27, 11:30 a.m. -- Ribbon Cutting: Auto City Services  3509 E. 4th St. 
  • Thursday, March 5, 8 a.m. -- Finance Committee: Chamber
  • Monday, March 9, 5:15 p.m. -- Board meeting: Sirloin Stockade
  • Tuesday, March 10, 4 p.m. -- Tourism Committee: Chamber
  • Monday March 16, 11:15 a.m. -- Ambassador meeting--Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • Monday March 16, noon -- Luncheon: The State of our City with Brandt Rydell is the program with Masfajitas catering. Holiday Inn. RESERVATIONS NEEDED. Click here to sign up.
  • Friday March 27, 11:30 a.m. -- Ribbon Cutting: Northview Christian Church, 2900 N. Main St. 

Member News and Events

Support the TRA, win an RTV
  The Taylor Rodeo Association is raffling off an outdoor RTV package that includes a Kubota RTV-X114 4x4 and a trailer.

2020 Markets in Perspective
    The world has swung from optimistic to cautious amidst a slowdown in economic growth, geopolitical risks, and more. What's in store for financial markets in the first half of 2020? Join us for an insightful seminar discussing market themes we believe will define the beginning of 2020 and strategies that may best position you for success. The event is free of charge at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.12, at 109 W. 3rd St. For more information call Carol VanderDys at 512-352-6604.

First United Methodist Chili Supper
  Get your tickets now for a Chili dinner w/cornbread for $10 and dessert for a donation. Monday, February 17, 5-7 p.m. Pick up only. For more information call 512-352-2593.

Need Help with FAFSA or Scholarships?
    Temple College in Taylor is offering a workshop for FAFSA on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 5-7 p.m. RM 121. For more information on this or Scholarship applications call 512-352-2688

Ash Wednesday Service
    Wednesday, Feb. 26, First United Methodist Church will offer an "Ashes to go" service at noon and a service at 7 p.m. for more information call 512-352-2593.

Ballgowns & Bubbly
    Grab your bffs, coworkers, friends & neighbors and play dress-up for a good cause. For a $20 donation, you can help young people across our community look great for prom and other special events. This event puts you in the spotlight as it runs 2:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at Old Taylor High, 410 W. 7th room 214.
    Your donation allows you to peruse and try on gowns in the collection with the help of Cinderella's Closet's fairy godmothers. Pros will be there to help with your hair and make-up while you enjoy hors d'oeuvres and bubbling beverages. 
    Tickets are limited and available from any fairy godmother, online HERE, and, if there are any left, at the door.

Drink beer, build homes 
    Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County is hosting a craft beer festival and fundraiser 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Williamson County Expo Center.    Ticket sales are limited so  advance purchase is recommended. To purchase tickets or learn more, go to https://williamsonhabitat.org/hopsforhouses/ or call 512-8634344.

Entertainment calendar
    WilCo EXPO: Click here to look at what's going on out at the Expo Center.
    SPJST Post 29:   February's schedule is here.
    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