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Archive for August 2012

Center for Economic Opportunity Awarded $400,000

ABILENE,TX – The West Central Texas Centerfor Economic Opportunity has been awarded $400,000 to help individuals takesteps toward self-sufficiency as part of their Individual Development Account program.Grant monies of $200,000 were received from the Office of Community Services and matched by the Dodge Jones Foundation,Dian Graves Owen Foundation, and the Shelton Family Foundation. Community members…

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TAAACC “Fairway to Excellence” Corporate Golf Challenge

On September 13, 2012, TAAACC will be throwing a “Fairway to Excellence”Corporate Gold Tournament, starting at 12 Noon at the Teravista Golf Club inRound Rock, Texas. There will be both Team and Individual contests with Multiple SponsorshipLevels available. A BBQ Dinner will be provided, along with an Awards Program. To register visit www.tournevent.com.Payments are made…

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Fast Trac® New Venture™ Course Offers Assistance to Entrepreneurs and New Business Start-ups

ABILENE, TEXAS—The West TexasInnovation Network is sponsoring a “Fast Trac® New Venture™ Course beginning onAugust 8 — August 31st, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9:15a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The course is designed to help start a new business orlaunch a new business successfully. The class will be held at the AbilenePublic Library, 1214 N.…

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New Student Loan Legislation Halts Scheduled Rate Increase on Stafford Loans for One Year

On June 29, 2012, Congress approved legislation to stop theinterest rate on federal subsidized Stafford Loans from jumping to 6.8% from3.4% on July 1, 2012, for new college borrowers. The rate freeze is effectivefor one year. Background In 2007, Congress passed the College CostReduction and Access Act, which reduced the interest rates on subsidizedStafford Loans…

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Tips For Small Businesses To Survive And Thrive In A Tough Economy

Owning a small business is an uphill battle under the best of circumstances, and keeping afloat in a tough economy is even more challenging. From securing financing to grow to cutting costs, savvy business owners are finding creative ways to survive and thrive. Here are some ways small businesses nationwide have been negotiating tough economic…

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Proposed Fiscal Year 2013 budget unveiled

ABILENE, Texas –City Manager Larry Gilley has filed his proposed Fiscal Year 2012-2013 budget with the City Secretary’s Office. The FY 13 proposed General Fund budgetis $75,740,100 as compared to the FY 12 original budget of $71,577,560 which isan increase of 5.8 percent. The proposedbudget is available online on the City of Abilene website, http://www.abilenetx.com/,…

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Taylor County Historical Commission receives statewide award

TaylorCounty Historical Commission has received a 2011 Distinguished Service Awardfrom the Texas Historical Commission for the preservation and recognitionwork they have done. The awardrecognizes County Historical Commissions that work toward substantial preservationefforts that lead to a greater understanding of state and local history. Theseefforts also promote stewardship of our cultural and historic resources,encourage economic development…

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SUNDOWN AT THE BAY

Walkingbarefoot along the seascape bridge at night with aglowing orange sunset at a distance I feel thedampness while strolling under the lamplight Whilelistening to the sounds of ships arriving at dock.   Where thebeauty of wildlife can be heard in the stillness It issundown at the bay where the seagulls migrate In thiswarm climate of…

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