Christmas time is here and the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to contribute to the holiday spirit and quality of living in Waxahachie.

Over the years, strengthening business and enhancing community have both emerged as key principles of our mission and this Christmas season we celebrate enhancing community.

From the Waxahachie Junior Service League Christmas Market to Bethlehem Revisited to the Downtown Merchants Cocoa Stroll to the Nutcracker ballet, the Waxahachie Chamber is proud to play a supportive role in promoting so much of the community that holds our quaint little town together.

Always true to its three pillars (connections, partnerships and education), the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce has developed several new programs on the horizon for 2020 as well.

As you may have read in last week’s Chamber Corner, the Chamber has deployed a member engagement manager to connect members to their benefits and ensure that the Chamber is serving its members well. Membership benefits have been updated to greater relevance and more complete service in 2020.

Additional new programs include:

1) The Referral Program - providing a credit amount to Chamber members for referring new business owners in the community to become Chamber members.

2) The Loyalty Program – rewarding members of 20 years or more.

3) The Ambassador Program – developing even deeper connections and caring for its members.

The Chamber has redesigned networking events for 2020. From Speed Lead Lunch networking and Lunch & Earn education, to quarterly Coffee Connections and Off-the-Clocks, there are now ample opportunities for everyone to network within the Chamber.

Providing opportunity for local businesses to connect with the local, state and federal government, Chamber 12@12 Luncheons solidify the city’s understanding of local business and vice versa. Legislative updates such as “Capital Connections” with state reps, “Power Hour” with county reps and “Community Coffee” with the city and Waxahachie ISD are also a part of the Chamber’s deep investment into the success of businesses in Waxahachie.

The Waxahachie Chamber will continue to provide ample opportunity for continued education for local business leaders through the Leadership Waxahachie class, monthly Lunch & Earn opportunities, workforce development and other programs in the making.

Finally, just in time for Christmas, the Waxahachie Chamber is launching its very first online networking community to create opportunity for creating those meaningful partnerships, connections and education for its members.

The Chamber is as strong as the bond amongst its members and that community will play a key role in strengthening business and enhancing community in Waxahachie going forward.

Heidi Hood, the chamber’s member engagement manager, speaks of this new opportunity when she says, “Not only will this be one of the most valuable local online networking communities but it will give every single one of our members the chance to know and be known in their community. Whether you can make it any of our networking events or not, now you will always have the online support of your fellow Chamber family members.”

With so much on the horizon and so many ways to get plugged in, Chamber membership really has become more relevant than ever. Here’s a story from one of our newest members:

Arthelia and Elmo Harris and family started their business in Waxahachie on Sept. 22, 2018. They chose Ellis County to put down their roots because they loved the small-town feel, with sidewalk traffic and a healthy community. The Harrises really love the people they meet on a regular basis in downtown Waxahachie. Asked what she loves about the Waxahachie Chamber, Arthelia says, “We believe the Chamber wants to see each business succeed.”

Mark your calendars for these upcoming Chamber events:

LUNCH & EARN WORKSHOP – Dec. 11 from noon-1:30 p.m. at the Chamber

GROWTH CLUB WORKSHOP – Dec. 17 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Chamber

OFF THE CLOCK MIXER – Dec. 19 from 4-6 p.m. at Copy & Ship Resources

WOMEN’S HEALTH FAIR – Jan. 9 from 4-6 p.m. at the Chamber

Learn more about these upcoming events at waxahachiechamber.com.

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