Es hora de mercado de negocios

August 6, 2018

It’s true!  It’s time for Business Mercado!

I always look forward to this time of year and to one of our community’s favorite events. It is a time of year when all of our members come together to put on a “really big shoe.”

For over 10 years, the Abilene Chamber has been the proud host of the Business Mercado, drawing nearly two thousand business and community members from all walks of life into one place to experience a wonderful showcase of some of the best products and services Abilene, Texas, has to offer.

It amazes me the number of hours and the number of diverse hands that work together to develop and execute all the Chamber’s incredible events, and that unity is present throughout all that we undertake each and every day.

Business Mercado 2018 will be held on Saturday, October 13 at the Abilene Convention Center, made possible by the following gracious sponsors:

Happy State Bank, Telemundo Abilene, Arrow Ford and more. Click here for a full list of sponsors and booth information.

Over the next few weeks, as we prepare for the end of our fiscal year and the year ahead, the Chamber has been closely examining the way we do things. Are we operating each day as efficiently as we can, with all of our members interests at heart, and getting the results our leadership expects?

Mercado is one example. Hosted by the Chamber’s Hispanic Business Council, this committee has met for more than a decade with the purpose of helping to bring more Hispanic-owned businesses into the Chamber’s membership.

After all, our organization’s legislative advocacy voice is only as strong as the number of companies we represent. And advocacy is central to what the Chamber does.

Our hope is that we can continue to involve ALL area businesses in the Chamber. Abilene needs and deserves a unified organization that represents ALL businesses, regardless of size, ethnicity or industry.

Our goal is that we continue to build on the solid record of working together, building our voice and making decisions that benefit our members in the most time and cost-efficient way possible.

As we prepare and execute Business Mercado, the first event of our new fiscal year, we’ll ask you for your input. Our Chamber is member-centric, and your voice matters – especially when it comes to setting priorities, executing strategy, impacting our members and delivering value.

One thing’s for sure – your Chamber is pretty good at stretching its resources.

I hope you’ll consider participating in one of the few family-friendly functions your Chamber undertakes each year, whether it’s as an exhibitor or an attendee. Business Mercado 2018 will be one of our best.

Thank you sincerely to all of our volunteers who are helping us to prepare another excellent event for our members. I look forward to seeing you at Business Mercado 2018!

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