WEEKLY WRAP UP for Friday, August 23, 2019

A message from your Chamber

    You've probably hear 100 million times that you should shop local. But do you know why?
    When you shop local, a portion of the sales tax goes to the City to help pave our streets and run our parks, police and fire departments and all other City services.  That happens every time you eat at a local restaurant, use a local service provider and shop at a local store. When you shop in another town, that town gets the benefit. When you buy online, you are sending your money out of any community (except what the delivery driver makes).
    It doesn't matter whether it's a local independent store or an in-town chain outlet. Money spent in Taylor, at businesses in Taylor, benefits our community. I know there are reasons to go outside of Taylor. There are some things you just can't find here. But, really, those things are few and far between.
    Here are some things to think about when you are making decisions about where to buy.

What happens when you "shop Taylor"
  • More of your money stays in Taylor's  economy
  • You embrace what makes Taylor unique. You don't want your house to look like everyone else's in the U.S. So why would you want Taylor to look that way?
  • You create local jobs. Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for your neighbors. When you shop locally, you help create jobs for teachers, firemen, police officers, and many other essential professions.
  • You help the environment. Buying from a locally owned business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging.
  • You nurture community. Local business owners know you, and you know them. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains. That helps your kids play sports, your 
  • You conserve your tax dollars. Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify Taylor. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong- in Taylor!
  • You create more choice. Taylor-owned businesses pick the items and products they sell based on what they know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wid­er array of unique products because they buy for their own individual markets.
  • You take advantage of their expertiseYou are their friends and neighbors, and locally owned businesses have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. They're passionate about what they do. Why not take advantage of it?
  • You invested in entrepreneurship. Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business en­sures a strong community.
  • You made your community a destination. The more interesting and unique you community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!

     So, when you wonder what you can do to help our community, or improve our roads and, make the most of your tax dollars, remember to SHOP TAYLOR.



Does anyone you know want to attend a military academy?
    The Annual Service Academy Forum is an opportunity for students, parents, and educators to learn more about the U.S. military academy application process. If you're a high school student interested in attending a military academy, start preparing now by attending this forum hosted by US Representative John Carter! If you need additional information click here.


Chamber News & Calendar 

 Customer Service of the Month 

 Chamber Ambassadors recognized Darcy Newton with Skyline Laundry as the August recipient of the Customer Service of the Month award.   Darcy was nominated by a customer who forgot her clothes in the dryer. When she realized it, she learned that Darcy had  found them, folded them, and set them aside for her. Darcy represents the thoughtful customer service that is indicative of great Taylor businesses like Skyline Laundry. If you'd like to nominate someone for this award, send the name of the employee and of the company along with your story to us here.

 Welcome to our new members!!

  St. Patrick's of Texas                                                                Red Cap Cigar Lounge
 197 S. Edmond St. Taylor                                                                         215 N. Main St. Taylor
 512-595-5154                                                                                             Tues -Thurs. noon- 9 pm 
 www.stpats.com                                                                                         Fri-Sat 10 am to 10 pm

 Join our Ambassadors for lunch at noon Wednesday!

 Chamber Calendar
  • Wednesday, Aug. 28, noon -- Ambassadors: Gatti's
  • Thursday, Aug. 29, 3:30-7 p.m. -- Ribbon cutting, Networking After Hours & Tours: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 180 Carlos G. Parker, NW -- They plan to have music, food, beer, wine and lots of fun.
  • Thursday, Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m. -- Funding: Chamber board room        
  • Friday, Aug. 30, noon --  Ribbon Cutting: Red Cap Cigar Lounge, 215 N Main 
  • Monday, Sept. 2 -- Office closed: Labor Day
  • Wednesday, Sept. 4, noon -- Advocacy: Chamber
  • Thursday, Sept. 5, 8 a.m. -- Finance: Chamber
  • Friday, Sept. 6: Office closed for staff to attend mental health awareness training
  • Monday, Sept. 9, 5:15 p.m. -- Board meeting: location TBD
  • Tuesday, Sept. 10, 4 p.m. -- Tourism: Chamber
  • Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. -- East WilCo BUSINESS EXPO & JOB FAIR, 5350 Bill Pickett Trail. FREE ADMISSION
  • Monday, Sept. 16, noon -- Luncheon: District 52 Rep. James Talarico is our speaker at Sirloin Stockade
  • Wednesday, Sept. 18, noon -- Programs and Services: Chamber
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26, noon -- Ambassadors: Gatti's
  • Thursday, Sept. 26, 7:30 a.m. -- Funding: Chamber
  • Thursday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. -- Ribbon Cutting for US Health Advisors at the Chamber

Member News and Events

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 here.

Day of Caring
   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 s tart 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.

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  August schedule click here. September's 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