Volume 120420 | December 4, 2020
Your weekly news & updates
Join us for a virtual banquet
“We want to show that we, as a community, are greater than the situation. We want to rise above this pandemic and we need your help."
Deborah Parker,
of Citizens National Bank, Banquet Chair
Plans for the 2021 Taylor Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet are well underway with plans for an amazing on-line event to celebrate Taylor and the people and businesses that make us great.
We hope that sponsors and other businesses will gather in small groups to watch the banquet on the night of Tuesday, January 19. We will be serving meals (delivery available for sponsors) from 5-6 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Sponsor benefits include a link on our website, opportunities for a pre-banquet teaser filmed by your business to be shared on the Chamber's Facebook page (and yours!), an opportunity for a video about your business during the event and much more!
We hope that you will participate.
CLICK HERE for information about the various levels of sponsorship.
Thanks to the following for already jumping onboard
  • Baylor Scott and White Hospital
  • Citizens National Bank
  • S&D Plumbing
Member celebrations
Chamber Ambassadors are busy catching up on their Customer Service and Business of the Month awards. This week Ambassadors awarded Northview Christian Church the title of September Business of the month for their willingness to donate the facilities to host a fundraiser for the family of a Taylor police officer.
Information & Education
Facebook training
Members of the Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce are invited to watch the webinar
Establish Your Online Advertising Strategy with Facebook
The training is part of your Chamber membership and part of the Taylor Chamber's membership in the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Access that training by clicking HERE. For more small business resources from Facebook, click HERE.
Call for nominations...
Who should be named Taylor Citizen of the Year and Woman of the Year?
Taylor Area Businesswomen and the Rotary Club of Taylor are seeking nominations for Woman and Citizen of the year.
Click HERE to download the Woman of the Year nomination form and HERE for the Citizen of the Year form.
The Chamber's Advocacy Committee urges you to let our elected federal representatives know that small businesses need help immediately to help them survive the latest wave of Covid-19.
Please call or email them TODAY!
Rep. John Carter 202-225-3864 Click to email
Senator John Cornyn 202-224-2934 Click to email
Senator Ted Cruz 202-224-5922 Click to email
To learn more about what this kind of assistance means to the community, click HERE.
The Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce will have its annual membership meeting at noon Monday, Dec. 21, via Zoom. Details about that meeting will be sent out closer to the date.
The presentation will include highlights from the year and conversations with what our members would like to see in 2021 and beyond.
Pease take a moment to give us your approval or suggestions for new board members and officers. You can do that HERE.
Superintendent search
The Chamber board met with the firm searching for the new Taylor ISD superintendent several months ago. While it is not directly involved in the search process, the Chamber Advocacy committee encourages you to stay engaged and aware of what is going on in the process.
TISD has a survey asking what YOU want in a new superintendent. You can express your opinions here.
The application period is closed and the board will review applications on Dec. 14 with interviews scheduled Jan. 4-5 and finals on Jan. 9.
The TISD Board of Trustees hopes to name a lone finalist on that date followed by a 21-day required waiting period anticipating the new superintendent will start Feb. 1.
City Strategic planning
The City of Taylor continues work on its Comprehensive Plan. You can find information on past and future meetings by clicking HERE
The City's consultant team is working on data collection and analysis related to the following components of the plan: existing conditions, population and demographics, transportation, future land use and housing. This work has been ongoing since September and they will be preparing drafts for the City to begin reviewing in late December and early January.
The next public engagement activity will be in late January or early February and will be focused on reviewing two different land use scenarios and receiving feedback on how the community wants to grow in the future.
Member announcements
Chili supper
Taylor Lions will host the 2021 Chili Supper 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Taylor SPJST Hall on FM619. Tickets are on sale now for $10 to-go only. All profits support Lions’ efforts toward local glasses & vision testing, summer camp scholarships in Kerrville for medically disadvantaged children, and other charitable needs.
Adopt a Senior

Here’s what we do-

1 We locate 6-7 Nursing Homes/ Assisted Living Facilities in our area.

2 We find sponsors, YOU - to purchase one of these beautiful sets.

3 We package, wrap and deliver to nursing homes to be handed out on Christmas Day.

4 We pray for the recipients!!! This year has been especially challenging for Seniors in our community, limited to no visitors.
Depression and sadness are amplified this time of year. This simple yet beautiful and useful gift will remind our seniors that they are loved and not forgotten.

Our goal is to take care of 500 Seniors this year, we are down to 481 right now. 😍

Let me know if you’d like info to support as a individual or as a business.
Contact Theresa Pore at www.marykay.com/theresapore
or 512-507-4144
Tax volunteers needed
Volunteer tax preparers, translators and greeters for their free tax preparation services offered in Williamson County are needed. No prior experience needed. For details contact www.WilcoFreeTaxPrep.org or Ale at ale@unitedwaywilco.org. 512-827-2574