The Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce staunchly advocates for the success of small and local businesses in our community. As the economy has revved back up, so has the Chamber. Since opening up to in-person events in May, the Chamber has hosted 1,100 local business leaders and community advocates at more than 20 networking events. Plus, ribbon cuttings are hosted around the community celebrating businesses that have opened or relocated. It’s a joy to see dozens of citizens light up around a small business owner’s dream.
The efforts the Chamber went through over the past 15 months to keep people connected online deserve to be recognized. They hosted hundreds of online networking events with thousands of attendees to allow businesses to connect online. They created a Facebook Live series with over 100 hours of content covering every topic from PPP loans to professional development to community updates. Prior to and during the State’s legislative session, the Chamber kept our collective voices heard in Austin by supporting those issues that might have a direct impact on our business communities. Chamber staff also personally called all 1,200+ business members to check-in and see how businesses were doing and inform them of the many new programs that were being implemented.
With this amount of enthusiasm comes an amazing group of business leaders that want to keep the momentum going. The Chamber boasts a diverse set of member groups with dedicated participants – Chamber Ambassadors, Women’s Alliance, Young Professionals, Asian Business Council, Latino Business Group and Veterans Business Council. These member groups, along with the Chamber Board of Directors, worked diligently as volunteers during the membership drive in June recruiting more than 125 local businesses to join the Chamber. Many of those new members are already taking advantage of the many benefits offered by the Chamber.
As a new Chamber member, or current one, you can get involved in the community while also growing your business. Whether it’s working with Partners in Education, a collaborative effort between the Arlington ISD and the Chamber, to impact the future leaders of our city, or joining one of our networking groups to expand your business reach, there’s something here for you. Many new members also find common ground through philanthropic projects or professional development provided by the Chamber. The Greater Arlington Chamber offers unique products, services and relationships for every business owner and leader throughout our communities.