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2021 Small Business Week

March 1, 2021Marshall Morris, First Financial Bank, 2020-2021 Chamber Chair

Perhaps the most important function of your Chamber of Commerce, the largest business advocacy organization in our region, is helping to navigate the challenges that are thrown at the business community.

“Challenge” has become a large part of our vocabulary over the last year. Between COVID and SNOVID – our small business community has shown grit and determination in navigating the many challenges that have been put in their path.

Sleepless nights, stressful days, more webinars than one ever thought possible, and constantly trying to see what else will be thrown their way.

That’s why this year’s Small Business Week is perhaps more important than ever before. It’s a time that we, as a community, pause to celebrate the job creators, the risk-takers and those whose bodies and minds are filled with the entrepreneurial spirit.

Hosted in-conjunction with National Small Business Week held this year from May 3-7, this local effort is designed to recognize and show appreciation for the men and women, who through their independent, entrepreneurial spirit, create the majority of jobs and shoulder the lion’s share of job growth in our region.

As Chairman, I invite you to join us in our celebration of success and the impact made by our small business members.

The highlight of our celebration will take place on Tuesday, May 4 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at 201 Mesquite Event Venue in Downtown Abilene. At that event, the Chamber will bestow four important peer recognition awards at the luncheon. The awards are:

  • Small Business Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Small Business Community Investment Award sponsored by First Financial Bank
  • Family-Owned Business of the Year sponsored by Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep Hyundai
  • New Business of the Year

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will award the following:

  • Small Business of the Year – SBDC
  • Woman-Owned Business of the Year – SBDC
  • Minority-Owned Business of the Year – SBDC

If you’re a small business, a risk-taker, a job creator or operate an enterprise which supports them, you won’t want to miss this event. To nominate a business or individual, click here.

Thank you to America’s SBDC at Texas Tech, Keep it Local driven by First Financial Bank and Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep Hyundai for supporting this event so we can highlight those who are creating jobs in our community.

More sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Stephanie Burke at sburke@abilenechamber.com or by phone at 325-677-7241.

The Chamber’s Board, our committees and your fellow members look forward to celebrating with you in May. In the meantime, thank you for your commitment to and investment in our great, growing community!

 

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