Always looking to collaborate as a greater community, the Waxahachie Chamber remains the leading and largest chamber of commerce in Ellis County.

Having turned its sights this month toward member connections and visits this month, ensuring that the organization is deeply serving its members during these uncertain times, the chamber board and staff will host its annual strategic planning meeting this week to lay out new vision and strategies to support local business for the rest of 2020 and into 2021.

The chamber will be hosting its quarterly Off-the-Clock networking mixer event at Cassaro Winery and Vineyard on Thursday, July 23, from 4-6 p.m., and has opened the event up to the Midlothian and Red Oak chambers as well.

“We are hopeful this event will provide a way for everyone to stay connected and we will be observing social distancing, requiring masks and hosting the event outdoors for further precaution,” explains Heidi Hood, the chamber’s marketing manager. “We want to make a way for businesses to grow through COVID-19.”

The chamber recently celebrated the opening of Vineyard Home Health, new Community Leader Chamber members, this quarter. In an interview, Jake Hibbard speaks of his experience as a chamber member:

When did you start your business in Ellis County?

“In late 2019, the vision for Vineyard Home Health was born. In early 2020, about the time COVID-19 started to disrupt our lives, Vineyard officially formed.”

Why did you choose to open your business in Ellis County?

“I live in Waxahachie – ‘A Place in your Heart.’ I opened the business to support the aging community in Ellis County and beyond.”

What is your favorite part about what you do?

“Discharge day! It sparks joy in my heart every time a patient gets well and doesn’t need us anymore. It means that we’ve impacted their lives for the better and improved the quality.”

What do you love most about the Waxahachie Chamber?

“Connecting to other business owners and the plentiful resources given freely to us by the chamber.”

If you have yet to enroll for chamber membership, you can enroll online at waxahachiechamber.com.

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