Connect – Educate – Advocate

You want your business to thrive, and so do we. When you join the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, you gain a dedicated partner who is working to help you – and the community – succeed.
Be part of it.

Connect

A new connection could lead to new business. Let us help you get antiquated with fellow businesses.

Educate

Every business has a different need or challenge to address. We seek to help educate, develop and inspire to make a real difference in the community.

Advocate

We believe that the business community needs a strong voice. We work with local, state and federal policymakers on issues to improve our region’s business climate so you can focus on what matters – your business.

 

Connect

Connect at events – With a wide range of social and professional events, the Abilene Chamber of Commerce offers more networking opportunities than any other organization in the city. Here are some of the opportunities where you can get plugged in:

  • Business Expo

  • Business Mercado

  • Texas Farm Ranch & Wildlife Expo

  • Chamber Annual Membership Meeting & Celebration

  • AYP After Five

  • World’s Largest Bar-B-Que

  • Ribbon Cuttings and Ground Breakings

  • Hispanic Business Council Monthly Networking Luncheons

  • Salute to Small Business Luncheon

  • Monthly Farm & Ranch Breakfast

  • Wake Up Wednesday

  • Business After Hours

For details about the events, click here.

Connect online – Don’t have the time to make it to an event? Keep up with all of the Chamber happening’s on social media.

“Like” us Facebook and tag us to share you business success.

Follow and tag us on Twitter to stay connected.

Follow us on Instagram and tag us in your photos for the chance to be featured.

Involvement Opportunities – Your business is why we exist. Engage and participate in the various committees we offer such as:

  • Abilene Young Professionals (additional investment)

  • Membership Committee

  • Business Council

  • Hispanic Business Council

  • Agriculture Committee

  • Government Affairs Council

  • Military Affairs (additional investment)

Educate

Promote your business – As you start on your business journey, count on us to be a steady ally as you grow. We offer numerous channels to promote your business, such as:

  • Abilene Chamber of Commerce Membership & Business Directory

  • Quarterly Connection

  • Website – link from member directory to member business 

  • Member Hosted Events

  • Community Guide

  • Weekly Connection – A weekly blast to all of our members put out every Monday

  • Newcomer/Relocation packets

  • Community/Area Map

  • Advertisement through events

  • Ribbon cutting/ground breaking ceremonies

Tools for Business – Expanding your business? Looking to hire new employees? Need a refresher on government requirements? In partnership with the Texas Tech University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), we offer the community Tools for Business. Everything you could need online to help your business succeed free of charge. Questions? Contact Judy and her team at the SBDC.

Enhanced Credibility – Your affiliation with us tells potential clients and customers something about you – the values you believe in and your support for the community. Add the Chamber logo to your website (get it here) and display your Abilene Chamber member sticker proudly for everyone to see. Need a new sticker? Contact Jennifer here.

Leadership Abilene – A nine-month masters course on all things Abilene. Check out more information here.

Chamber in 60 – A one hour informal meeting with Chamber President & CEO. Gain in-depth knowledge on your membership, meet the staff, and see how we’re always working on your behalf. Check out more information here.

Advocate

From economic development to regional tourism, the Abilene Chamber of Commerce is actively involved in issues that affect Abilene area businesses.

Local Level
We work closely with the City of Abilene to review local regulations and ordinances and advocate for the business community.

State Level
We review and monitor all bills presented to the legislature, particularly those that will impact the business community, and testify at committee hearings to support the Chamber’s position.

Regulatory Environment
We pursue incentives and regulations that enhance economic growth.

Legislative Collective
Hosted by the Government Affairs Committee, the purpose of the Legislative Collective is to educate, inform and promote Abilene’s elected representatives – our new State Representative, State Senators, U.S. Senators, and their staffs about the unique drivers of our regional economy. In partnership with local government, industry and organizational leaders in Abilene, we provide short, informative briefings on a range of topics to better prepare our elected leaders to represent and advocate for our unique interests in Austin and Washington, D.C.

Questions? Email Erica here.