WEEKLY WRAP UP for Friday, August 9, 2019

The Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center was recognized by the Taylor City Council Aug. 8 with a proclamation congratulating the board and staff for their rating of Accredited with Four Stars from the US Chamber of Commerce.

A message from your Chamber
   It's BACK-TO-SCHOOL time! I hope you all are planning to enjoy the tax-free weekend by shopping IN TAYLOR
   During this annual sales tax holiday, you can buy most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks (sold for less than $100) tax free. I have been seeing some great items online from various downtown shops so shop local first this (and every) weekend.  The best part is that you can pick up some fabulous clothes and shoes for yourself, too, and enjoy them tax-free.
   Taylor's teachers are already back in their classrooms. Students will join them on Thursday, Aug. 15, except for Legacy Early College High School students who don't return to school until Monday, Aug. 19.
   Don't miss your opportunity to Meet the Ducks 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 out at the "Duck Pond" Taylor High School stadium. It's a fun, event that will get you and yours in that "Once A Duck, Always A Duck" spirit.
    Getting students ready for school doesn't start in the days before school starts. And, in Taylor, we recognize that. Thanks to work by the Rotary Club of Taylor and the United Way of Williamson County, local families can get their children on the right track from day 1 -- The Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
   This program is designed to foster a love of readying by providing one FREE age-appropriate book EACH MONTH mailed directly to the child's home from birth until their fifth birthday.
    If a child is signed up at birth, they'll receive 60 different books by the time they reach the age of five, when they officially age out. In each age group, two titles are bilingual (Spanish and English). 
    Almost every child of the same age will receive the same books each year, and many of the books come with discussion guides for parents or caregivers. The Imagination Library partners with the American Printing House for the Blind to provide books in Braille as well. 
   We have forms in English and Spanish at the Chamber of Commerce, 1519 N. Main, and you can get them from Taylor schools, too.
   Please spread the word! Literacy is an important project that benefits our entire community!


 We are in the final days for Early Bird pricing for the EXPO & JO B FAIR scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.
    It's a fact that people like to do business with people they know. The EAST WILCO BUSINESS EXPO AND JOB FAIR, gives you the time and the place to get in front of potential customers and tell them your story in a way that captivates them and allows you to turn them into customers.
 You should plan to be there!  Early birds registration is $179 for Chamber members and $221 for non-members. To take advantage of this price, registration and payment must be received by 5 p.m. Aug. 9.
    Other sponsors include platinum sponsors, Sirloin Stockade and Taylor Press; gold sponsor, Baylor Scott and White and silver sponsor, the Williamson County Republican Party.   Sponsorships offer prime booth locations, extra promotion and advertising and they are still available.
   Learn how to be a   sponsor or how to get in before the Sept. 4 deadline and secure your place in this wild adventure today! You can get more information  here or by calling us at 512-352-6364.

Chamber News & Calendar 

 Chamber Calendar
  • Monday, Aug. 12, 5:15 p.m. -- Board meeting; Sirloin Stockade
  • Tuesday, Aug. 13, 4 p.m. -- Tourism: Chamber board room, 1519 N Main
  • Monday, Aug. 19, noon -- Luncheon: Taylor City Manager Brian LaBorde is our speaker
  • Wednesday, Aug. 28, noon -- Ambassadors Luncheon
  • Thursday, Aug. 29, 3:30-6 p.m. -- Ribbon cutting, Networking After Hours & Tours: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 180 Carlos G. Parker, NW
  • Thursday, Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m. -- Funding: Chamber board room 

  • Friday, Aug. 30, noon--Ribbon Cutting: Red Cap Cigar Lounge, 215 N Main 

Member News and Events

Booth Boot Camp
   Lucky you! If you missed the instructional Booth Boot Camp, you get a second chance. Join us for a boot camp re-do at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the Chamber office, 1519 N. Main. Please register with Joanne at 512-352-6364 or info@taylorchamber.org  as seats are limited. 

Golf to help Boys & Girls

It's playtime at the Gym!
    Families are invited to the join in the fun with bricks and blocks 4-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 at the Gym, 409 W 9th St. Admission is $5 per child and adults (who must remain on site) are admitted free of charge.
    Kids will have access to a massive collection of Legos! With tens of thousands of Lego pieces to play with, your child can design and build creations as wild as their imaginations!
   No outside food or drinks will be allowed.  Concessions will be available, including beer & wine.

Diabetes classes
    WellMed will host Diabetes Basics Parts 1 and 2 on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce, 1519 N. Main St. Part 1 will run 10-11 a.m. and Part 2 will follow 11-11:30.

Art exhibits opening
    TAG at 120Art will open three art exhibits with a reception 6-9 pm. Thursday, Aug. 15, at 120 Second Street. The Back to Nature Show features local TAGAT120ART and Williamson County Artist Guild Artists in the 120ART Gallery; t he HerStory Exhibition featuring Helen Buck, Rhea and Neena on the Brickwall in the 120ART Gallery and  Manuel Miranda Art Exhibition featuring Manuel Miranda in the Estrada Garcia Gallery.
      All Shows end on Sept. 13.  To learn more about the gallery see their website at https://tagat120art.com/artat120gallery/

Women Build with Habitat for Humanity
    Women are encouraged to put their power to work and build homes for needy families. Williamson County Habitat is encouraging women to gather their friends to build 8 a.m. to noon on Sept. 10 and 14. Registration is $40 at  williamsonhabitat.org/women-build-september-2019/ 

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:   For th e July schedule, click here. You can find the August schedule 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