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Building Business Is Our Business

Building Business

OUR MISSION:
PROVIDE RESOUCES TO MAXIMIZE BUSINESS

THE PLANO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Since its inception by a group of local business leaders in 1946, the Plano Chamber of Commerce has worked tirelessly to promote local economic growth, foster business-friendly public policies and serve our members through exceptional programs, benefits and services. It is our mission to provide resources to maximize business performance through advocacy, education and networking. As a proponent of North Texas business development, the Plano Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to encouraging the sustained growth of each of its members.

ADVOCACY
We provide focused, effective support for issues and policies that reflect the Chamber’s vision and principles through quarterly issue panels, candidate forums and a public policy committee.

Public Policy Committee – The committee sponsors numerous informative programs including Meet the Candidates forums, DART tours, city and PISD/public education discussions and dialogue with local congressional leaders. This committee encourages legislation that will have a positive impact on our business community.

Collin County Days – Partnering with other Collin County Chambers of Commerce, every other year during the Texas Legislative Session, the Plano Chamber of Commerce organizes an Austin trip for members and local elected officials to meet with legislators, learn about current issues and network with the business community and elected officials.

EDUCATION
We offer business skills, learning opportunities and entrepreneurial training through seminars and focused interest groups.

Leadership Plano – Spanning nine months from September to May, Leadership Plano is designed to increase individual and community leadership skills. The class will examine specific aspects of the community such as education, area government, local business and economic development, health and human services, as well as the criminal justice system and the arts.

Women’s Division – The Plano Chamber of Commerce Women’s Division promotes women in business through our monthly networking and educational luncheons and professional development programs. Women’s Division provides a platform to support and encourage women in business and to provide a voice within the Chamber for women’s business issues.

Business Development Committee – The Business Development Committee provides a practical, yet high-level educational program, Success in Business. On a monthly basis, Success in Business is held at the Chamber office and features a curriculum focused on helping you be more successful in your business. Whether it is an update on the latest in social media or a training seminar on how to communicate more effectively with those in the workplace, the Business Development Committee delivers an engaging program for business professionals at all levels.

Young Professionals of Plano – Young Professionals of Plano (YPP) is a professional development organization designed to provide young professionals with opportunities and resources to maximize professional and personal growth. One of the newest divisions of the Plano Chamber of Commerce, YPP targets young professionals 25-40 years of age.

Southeast Plano Business Alliance: NEW Chamber Program! – In the fall of 2009, a small group of businesses joined forces to improve business opportunities through local relationships. The mission is simple: SEPBA is an alliance of businesses unified to improving business opportunities, developing local relationships and positively impacting our community and the environment.

NETWORKING
We schedule weekly, monthly and quarterly meetings and events to engage business owners, encourage communication and foster referrals.

Weekly
Friday Morning Business Interchange – Members give a 30-second commercial to promote their business to other Chamber members. Attendees boost the ability to grow their referral business through Business Interchange – THE CHAMBER WORKS!

Monthly
• Business After Hours
– Sponsored by a Chamber member, business leaders gather to dine on great food and drink, as well as build valuable business relationships.

Monthly Success In Business Seminars – This educational luncheon features an informative and entertaining guest speaker teaching members ways to improve on the overall success of themselves and their business.

• Women’s Division Luncheon & After Hours Events – The Chamber promotes women in business through monthly networking luncheons, after hours events and professional development programs.

Quarterly
• Power Networking
– Members give a one-minute commercial during four rounds of networking, being able to reach more people in a short amount of time.

• Plano First Quarterly Luncheon Series – The Plano Chamber of Commerce is pleased to launch the Plano First Quarterly Luncheon Series. Focused on issues vital to Plano area businesses, this event provides a premier opportunity to enhance awareness of key community and state issues, be on the forefront of business opportunity and network with key business leaders.

Annually
• Annual Golf Tournament
– Enjoy fresh air, impressive scenery and networking on the greens. Held annually each spring, the Plano Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament offers a fun, interactive opportunity to get to know both fellow Chamber members and prospective customers.

Best of Plano – Once each year, the Plano Chamber of Commerce recognizes excellence among its members and the community during the Best of Plano awards events. Honoring the year’s top business award recipients for their accomplishments and selfless contributions, the Chamber recognizes the area’s most enterprising businesses and most influential business leaders. Honors bestowed during the event include the ATHENA Award, Small Business Person of the Year Award, Business Executive of the Year Award, Fred Moses Minority Business Development Award, Citizen of the Year Award, Community Partner of the Year Award, Outstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year and Rookie of the Year. Special recognition is given to the Police Officer, and Fire-Fighter.

CHAMBER FACTS

• 1,000+ business and community memberships

• Weekly networking meetings that average 60+ attendees

• Monthly Business After Hours that average 80+ attendees

• Monthly Women’s Division luncheons that average 80+ attendees

• E-Newsletter distribution to over 6,000 business contacts bi-weekly

• Over 4,000 unique visitors each month on Chamber website

• Membership Directory distribution of 9,000 annually

• Approximately 5,300 walk-ins, 5,500 phone inquiries and 1,700 information packets distributed annually

• More than 2,800 referrals annually

• Member-to-Member discounts, just for being a member investor

To help us continue our legacy of positive impact on the Plano area, please consider becoming a member today or learn how you can become more involved.

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