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McMurry University Begin a Yearlong Centennial with 99th Convocation Thursday, Sept. 22

  • McMurry University announces that its Fall 2022 Convocation will be held Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. in Radford Auditorium featuring speaker Scott Dueser, chairman, president and CEO of First Financial Bankshares, Inc. This 99th convocation is special as it kicks off McMurry’s yearlong Centennial Celebration.


Local Audiology Clinic Launches ‘Hearing Health Awareness Month’ in Response to the FDA’s Ruling on Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids

  • Holland Hearing Center announces September as local ‘Hearing Health Awareness Month’
  • The objective is to raise awareness for the importance of regular hearing testing (with hearing loss statistically impacting 1 in 5 people)
  • The FDA finalized their ruling on over-the-counter (OTC) hearing devices on August 18th with suggestions that devices will be available in store as soon as October.
  • Holland Hearing Center shares why a hearing examination is a critical first step to help solve the hearing loss crisis


Chamber Member News

Lifespark Homes to Host an Open House

Lifespark Homes will be hosting an Open House on Saturday September 3rd 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Two different Tiny Homes will be available for tour – The Dakota Model 392 sq. ft., 1bed/1bath and the Micro Pod 160 sq. ft. efficiency tiny home will be on display. Everyone is invited to tour the tiny homes, meet the owners and enjoy some refreshments and baked goods from McKay’s Bakery. Hope to see you all Saturday! 101 N. Hays Rd. Clyde, TX



Prep Academy Dance Studio LLC Opens Enrollment for Dance, Cheer, and Gymnastics School Year Classes

Starting September 6th dance, cheer and gymnastics classes starting at ages 9 months and up will be offered! There will be classes available for beginners and intermediate students starting at $56 monthly. The studio also offers multi class and sibling discounts. Register online now at prepacademyabilene.com or call the studio at 325-301-2863.


American Red Cross – Big Country Chapter Seeking Volunteers for Homes Made Safer Event

The American Red Cross- Big Country Chapter is seeking groups of volunteers from the business community to help install smoke alarms in Abilene. Contact Robyn at 325-725-9552


Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas Awarded 1.2 Million Grant from U.S. Department of Education

Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas is excited to announce that we will receive approximately $1.2 million over a three-year period from the U.S. Department of Education to improve postsecondary enrollment and completion among rural students in career pathways that lead to employment in high demand, high wage careers.

TSTC will hold a two-day OSHA 10 class for open enrollment in the West Texas area!-

The course will cover safety protocol, electrical safety, PPE, and other OSHA compliance information. Tuition cost is $250 per student.

  • TSTC Abilene Campus – 650 E HWY 80 (Room 109)
    • August 24/25 – 8am – 5pm


Prep Academy Dance Studio LLC to Host Last Summer Dance Camps!

We have two summer dance camps left at Prep Academy! One is a “Chillin like a Villian” Dance Party for ages 5-9 on Monday, August 1 from 9 am-12 pm. The cost is $25 and $10 to register. The second camp is a “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” Preschool camp for ages 2-3 on Tuesday, August 9-Thursday, August 11 from 10-11 am. The cost is $45 and $10 to register. Register online with the link or call us at 325-301-2863. Mention the chamber memo and receive FREE registration. Bring a friend or sign up more than one kiddo and get 10% off!


Grain Theory to Host Downtown Bhttp://hello@prepacademyabilene.comlock Party

Join Grain Theory and friends to embrace the Abilene summer, listen to live music, shop the vendor market, eat street food, drink delicious beer, experience live art, and support neighboring businesses! Bring your family, friends, lawn chairs, and come hang out Downtown Abilene.


TTUHSC Announces the Julia Jones Matthews Schools of Population and Public Health

The Julia Jones Matthews School of Population and Public Health officially will reside on the TTUHSC Abilene, Texas, campus, offer students and researchers a collaborative educational experience, emphasizing research and use of large data sets to understand needs in health care delivery.


United Way of Abilene Now Accepting Applications for Catalyst Grant

Catalyst Funding supports community efforts that strategically align investments with long-term solutions related to our focus areas of health, education, and financial stability.


  • Be a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, health or human service organization, or a governmental agency providing health and human services.
  • Provide services that benefit residents in the 19 counties served by United Way of Abilene.
  • Maintain a local, voluntary board of directors comprised of enough members to conduct business and provide quality oversight.


Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing Ranked #1 in the State of Texas

Nursing Schools Almanac released their 2022 rankings in the best US nursing schools and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing came in No. 1 in the state and No. 1 overall among schools in the Southwest. Among public US nursing schools, the School of Nursing ranked at No. 10 and No. 18 among all US nursing schools.

The Almanac looks at more than 3,000 schools through the same objective lens – publicly available data for each school.


SBDC to host, Planning for What You Can and Cannot Control Workshop

Risk Management for Small Business workshop will provide an overview of risk management and help participants understand how risk management can benefit their business.


My Emergency Room 24/7 to host Honoring Our Hometown Heroes event.

Military personnel, fire fighters, policemen, and teachers truly are Hometown Heroes. Help celebrate these heroes on May 27th from 11am – 2pm at My Emergency Room 24/7 (4438 South Clack St). The community is invited to attend. Food, ice cream, and activities will be provided.


Lone Star Ag Credit Invites You to Celebrate National Ag Day

Celebrate National Ag Day with Lone Star Ag Credit and Taylor County Farm Bureau at their food, fun, and family cookout on March 22nd from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Enjoy a burger and good company at Lone Star Ag Credit’s Abilene office located at 4449 Loop 322. RSVP by calling Denorah Torres with Taylor County Farm Bureau at (325)-692-1213.

Abilene Zoo hosts Wild Days

Wild Days returns to the Abilene Zoo for Spring Break, March 12-20. A WILD event featuring an all-new interactive show called the Wild Side LIVE! with our Animal Ambassadors. Plus, you get a chance to meet and chat with our dedicated Animal Care Specialist during daily Keeper Chats. This event is included in daily admission and all Zoo Membership levels.


The Leaf, in downtown Abilene, is recognized as the 4th Best Cigar Retailer in the Nation

Abilene’s own premium cigar and pipe tobacco shop lands among top 5 in the nation according to votes tallied through www.cigarscore.com. Since taking ownership of this Abilene staple, Cory Enderson and Jay Patterson have worked hard to provide a “big city” amenity to the Key City. Cory, Jay, and their amazing staff have climbed the ranks of popular cigar lounges across the country and have been voted number 4 in the country. “The nomination came as a surprise to me,” Jay commented. He went on to say; “I didn’t realize we were competing with other stores nation wide including online retailers. It’s a pretty big deal that our little Abilene shop made a national list. We definitely could not have done it without the staff we have, they are all customer-centric and very knowledgeable.”


Foster Care Simulation Hosted by Big Country Casa!

We at Big Country CASA believe our Abilene Community has the ability to grow in awareness and meet the needs of these children and families. As participants follow the child’s journey through the system, they will become more aware of the plight our children face. Upon the close of the simulation, participants will have a deeper knowledge and understanding of the child welfare system and recognize ways they can be a part of the solution; whether it’s becoming a foster parent, CASA volunteer, employed worker in the system or maybe the simple task of engaging a Sunday School class to collect socks for the children. Regardless of the participant’s ability, we all can be part of the solution.

The question being asked is “Could you survive a month in foster care?” The simulation involves several case scenarios where a child or sibling group is in care and the group consisting of the child, biological parents, foster parents, relatives, CASA Volunteer and 2INgage workers navigate meeting the needs of the child, systematic barriers, conflicting schedules and trauma, to reach a resolution.


Office & Retail Space for Lease!

Long Term – Short Term – Pop-Up . Traditional retail and non-retail use. Searching for office space, retail space, food use space, etc.? Look no further than Mall of Abilene! Click the link below to view our current available spaces for lease.


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