“That one single day in Abilene…”

Signature Events

March 11, 2024
Staff Reports

It’s no secret that one of my favorite former Abilenians is the legendary Charlie Dromgoole. You know, that guy who was the CEO of the Abilene Chamber long before I was ever thought of? As I’m sure you’ve heard, Charlie had a legendary impact on our community.

One of the great stories that Charlie shared with me during one of our many conversations went something like this: “After I left Abilene, somebody asked me about Business Expo,” Charlie said. “They could not believe how big of an event it is, and they asked me to tell them about it.”

I looked Charlie square in the eye and said, “so what did you tell them?”

“I told them,” he said, “that if you’re in business in Abilene, Texas, or the region that surrounds it, you WILL be at the Business Expo on that one single day.”

Well dang, Charlie! I’ve never heard it stated that perfectly before.

Charlie makes a great point. Everybody who’s anybody in business in the greater Abilene area will no doubt be at the Abilene Convention Center for the 2024 Business Expo Wednesday, March 27. The show opens at 9:30 am to members who are ready to celebrate the day with a Ribbon Cutting, and at 10:00 am we'll open the doors to the public.

Not only are we expecting nearly one million visitors to the Expo (okay, so maybe that’s a slight over exaggeration), but some of the best businesses in the Big Country will be there, showing off what they do. There will also be entertainment, a Live Auction sponsored by Penn National Security Services, networking and so much more.

The Expo is FREE to our members and is presented by Optimum, Fat Matt Roofing, and Affordacare Urgent Care Clinic. Non-members can enter for $5.00 in advance, or $10 at the door.

Then – get this, immediately following Expo on that same one single day in Abilene, we will wrap up with the massive Business After Hours – Expo Edition in the lobby at the Convention Center. If you’re interested in having your business blasted in front of over 100 attendees, donate an item to this year’s Live Auction here. Live Auction is sponsored by Penn National Security.

You can bid, buy and go home the hero of your household or your business! And in doing so, you support the Chamber’s ability to pursue its mission on behalf of the Abilene business community.

Business After Hours is sponsored by First Bank Texas.

Want more information? Visit the homepage of our website and look for Business Expo under the events tab. Or, call us at 325-677-7241.

As Charlie says, this is the “one single day in Abilene” that the entire business community comes together to do their thing.

We’ll be there – will you?