SAVE THE DATE FOR SMALL BUSINESS WEEK! May 3-7, 2021
The Abilene Chamber of Commerce will be spotlighting the individuals and businesses who, through their independent entrepreneurial spirit, play a vital role in building the community and the economy. To be nominated is a reward in itself and a nomination serves as a great tribute to a company’s leadership and employees. All small business nominees and recipients will be recognized at the Salute to Small Business Luncheon.
Salute to Small Business Awards
Small Business Young Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by Lone Star Dry Goods
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 sponsored by Suddenlink Communications
Please help us honor our local businesses by NOMINATING HERE.
LIST OF PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS
Finalists will be announced at Business After Hours on April 15, 2021.
Activities for the Week
ECONOMIC REBOOT KICK-OFF: MON., MAY 3
It's been a long road for the Abilene business community, and we couldn't be prouder of how our community has come together to support each other. Help us as we pay tribute to the work you all have done over the past year with an Economic Reboot Ribbon Cutting Celebration! Join us on the corner of Cypress Street and 2nd at 3:30 pm as we put the last year of challenges behind us and celebrate what's the come!
Are you a business without a storefront? Let us help celebrate your business with a Ribbon Cutting during the Economic Reboot Ribbon Cutting thanks to our partner Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram! Click here to get more info.
SALUTE TO SMALL BUSINESS WEEK AWARDS LUNCHEON:
TUES., MAY 4 Join us for our annual Salute to Small Business Awards Luncheon where we honor and recognize the recipients of the 2021 Small Business Awards.
Tables and tickets here.
WAKE UP WEDNESDAY - SMALL BUSINESS WEEK EDITION: WED., MAY 5
Our regularly scheduled Wake Up Wednesday sponsored by First Financial Bank and America's SBDC at Texas Tech with a focus toward Small Businesses and Small Business week. Register here to win a $50 Keep It Local e-gift card.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP BOOTCAMP: THURS., MAY 6 sponsored by Perry Hunter Hall
You have the idea and the determination to make it happen, and we have the entrepreneurship resources to help you take your idea or business to the next level. Join us for the inaugural West Texas Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. Together with our community partners, we’ll help you gain the entrepreneurial mindset and relevant skills it takes to successfully launch or grow your business. A program of the Abilene Industrial Foundation in partnership with the Abilene Chamber of Commerce and Develop Abilene. Register here.
TRIBUTE TO SMALL BUSINESSES SOCIAL MEDIA DAY FRI., MAY 7
Engage with us on social media as we pay tribute to, honor, and share fun facts about why small businesses are so important to Abilene and our economy. Include #SmallBizWeek in your post so we can share!
Here at the Abilene Chamber, we’re committed to creating and providing an environment where you feel comfortable but also have the freedom to do business.
- To protect your health and the health of others, masks will be strongly encouraged and will be on-hand for those who do not have one.
- We’ll have multiple hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility as well as signage encouraging one way traffic at our larger events.
- Unsure of if the person you’re wanting to visit with is physically distancing? We’ll have colored bracelets on-hand to help you communicate to those around you which measures you are practicing. A red will mean no contact, yellow elbows only while still being cautious, blue hi-five and handshakes with frequent sanitizing.
It is our hope that with these principles, our partners will be able to resume networking while creating a safe space for yourself and those around you.