HRBCC-42Greetings! It’s hard to believe that February is just around the corner—but it is. As the largest, pro-business, member-centric organization, we represent the interests of 873 businesses. Our members range from “Mom-and-Pop” shops, manufacturers, and nonprofits that create the safety net that improves our quality of life, to hospitals and health care organizations that heal and care for our loved ones. While all of them may have different business needs, they all share on one thing—they count on the Chamber to be their voice and their greatest advocate for economic growth opportunities. Since I accepted the role as the President/CEO in June, the board of directors, staff, and I have spent time meeting with members and listening to their needs. We hear you loud and clear! You want a return on your investment. That’s what we aim to do.

Over the next few months, we will re-launch events such as speed networking, the business-to- botana expo, and other new innovative programs and events. Also, we have expanded our list of collaborative partners to offer more professional development activities. Through Chamber University, we offer over 40 professional programs and workshops focused on helping business owners and nonprofit organizations grow and prosper their businesses and organizations. We invite you to take advantage of your membership by attending member orientation events, known as Chamber Connect. These events will help you learn how to enhance your membership directory and build your online presence, how to get involved and connected, and how to get access to key experts in areas such as marketing, social media, and human resources. Of course, everyone loves a great networking social, so we are pleased to partner with local corporations to bring you seasonal favorites such as the Charro Days Mixer and the Freedom Mixer in July.

There are numerous ways to get involved and stay connected. Join a committee! The Bienvenidos Committee welcomes new businesses to our city, our Governmental Affairs Committee keeps us connected with our state and federal legislators, and the International Trade and Logistics Committee works to improve trade relations and economic opportunities. The Transportation Committee advocates for traffic and mobility improvements, while the Small Business Development Committee keeps our members engaged by offering programs and events focused on using our “voice and influence” to leverage our collective resources to create a vibrant and sustainable local economy. If you want the Chamber to truly work for you—we invite you to get involved, increase your network of support, expand your expertise, and become a part of growing movement to make our business community more prosperous.

¡Adelante! Together—We are the Chamber!

Melinda Rodriguez