The first step that every business owner should take is to joining their local Chamber of Commerce

Here in Wichita Falls, our Chamber strives to build a strong community through economic development and business support.  Our number one goal is to ensure that every business in Wichita Falls is successful and experiencing growth.  The Chamber hosts regularly scheduled networking events on a weekly, monthly and annual basis where business owners can get to know each other, share leads and generate innovative ideas together.

 

Business Services & Membership Benefits

Staff Training & Quarterly BOSS Seminars

Business Owners Sharing Solutions (BOSS) is a seminar held quarterly that showcases a different topic related to businesses and their employees.

Topics have included:

• How to give amazing customer service

• How to deal with difficult people

• How to tell your story

• Networking

• Public Speaking

This program has been in place since 2016. Find out about our next event! Email our Director of Events now!

Events
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

Business After Hours Logo

One of our most popular events is the monthly Business After Hours (BAH). Typically held the third Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at a different location each month. There is usually food, drink, and plenty of friendly faces to network with. Average attendance is around 150 so be sure to bring some business cards and register for door prizes to be given away! All guests are encouraged to drop in $1 and a business card to be entered into drawings for door prizes. At the end of the BAH, half of the cash is given away in a drawing, while the other half goes into a cumulative pot. The cumulative pot winner is drawn from a bowl of every Chamber member, but they must be present to win. If the member isn’t present the pot rolls over until the next BAH.

WAKE UP WICHITA FALLS

Wake Up Wichita Falls Networking LogoSimilar to a Business After Hours in many ways, a Wake Up Wichita Falls is a monthly event with opportunities to network, great food, and door prizes. Wake Ups are from 8-9 a.m. to accommodate those whose schedules are more flexible in the mornings and has an attendance between 50-75. Like BAH, attendants are encouraged to drop in $1 and a business card to be eligible for door prizes.

RIBBON CUTTINGS

Ribbon cuttings can occur any time and day of the year!  These ribbon cuttings happen frequently, in which the public is typically invited to tour new facilities, sponsor events, learn about new businesses or businesses which are making major changes. Ribbon cuttings are a great way to get to know Wichita Falls Chamber members for those who are considering joining but haven’t yet, or for Chamber members to begin reaching out to those who are not involved in the Chamber.  Ribbon cuttings are only hosted for organizations who are Chamber members, but anyone is invited, whether they work in government, with the press or with another company that may have something to offer.  These events are open to the public, and offer a great way to network.  Make sure to bring your business cards!

LEADS GROUPS

Leads groups are small, industry exclusive networking groups.  Attendees are encouraged to give an elevator speech and talk about possible partnership opportunities, exchange business cards and come up with innovative ideas for generating business in the Wichita Falls area.

WICHITA FALLS ANNUAL MEETING

Each year the Chamber hosts its Annual Meeting to recognize key volunteers, thank our members, and gives us a great opportunity to recap the year and state our goals for the future. Attendance each year is over 300 members and their families!

ECONOMIC FORUM

Each year, the Chamber invites a speaker from around the country to discuss economic issues, opportunities, and general information.
Past speakers include Mike Randle, from Southern Business & Development magazine.

Looking for community events? See the Community Calendar at Choosewichitafalls.com.

Membership Retention

Our Membership Retention Director aims to ensure our members are getting the most out of their membership. The director will meet with you and discuss your needs, expectations and help facilitate a successful outcome. At the Wichita Falls Chamber, we strive to ensure each business is successful, getting the resources they need to meet their goals and growing their business.

Contact our Membership Retention Director today with any questions you may have regarding your company goals and how we can help!

Marketing Strategies

Our staff will help your business with training on specific marketing technologies, digital advertising, and more!

We will facilitate meetings with the right people to ensure you get the most out of your advertising dollars with quality services and do-it-yourself marketing.

This service includes:

• Facebook Advertising with Business Manager

• Google My Business

• Other Social Media advertising

• Marketing analysis

• Website evaluations

• Direct Mail & other print

• Email Marketing

• Much more!

Give us a call or email us and let us know about your marketing needs. We’ll work hard to get you set up for success and comfortable with the marketing machine.

Networking

The Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce and Industry brings you countless events throughout the year for networking, advertising your business, and keeping up to date with current issues. Check out our Calendar for the Chamber to see what’s happening this month, or even this week!

If you have any questions about Chamber events or would like to get involved by sponsoring, co-sponsoring or hosting an event, make sure to get in touch with us!

Research

Our Research Director is available to help you find the research you need to help grow your business, open a new business or move an existing business to Wichita Falls.

Some of the things you might ask for are:

• Wage Information

• Education Trends

• Age Breakdowns

• Specific Area Demographics

• Much more!

Our research department is responsible for keeping our Community Profile information up-to-date for site-selectors that are looking to expand or relocate to Wichita Falls. See it here.

Schedule a consultation today!

Business Retention & Expansion (BRE)

BRE is a core program of any economic development team. It’s designed to retain or keep existing business in a community and provide assistance for businesses to expand.

Business retention is applicable to all businesses in a community, from small mom-and-pop shops to large employers like manufacturers or headquarters.

Look to our BRE department to assist in the following areas:

• Assistance with issues that could force a company to fail and subsequently close

• Prevention of moving out of the community

• Business expansion to a larger property or to accommodate future operations

• Help with securing financing to purchase new equipment

• Locate and help with the training of new workers

Contact Travis Haggard today to answer any questions you may have.

Committees and Organizations within the Chamber

The Chamber offers even more networking opportunities with other programs and committees, including the Gold Coats, Leads Groups, Chairman’s Council and Executive Committee.

Gold Coat Ambassadors

One of the most enthusiastic, energetic, dedicated and actively engaged groups within the Chamber, these men and women serve the community by welcoming new businesses and attending Chamber functions!

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Leads Groups

Members are encouraged to attend leads groups or create their own leads group.  These groups are small and intimate, where members generate and share business leads with each other.

Chairman's Council

Our top investors receive extra benefits not currently available within lower tiers.  These investors are dedicated to ensuring the financial well-being of Wichita Falls, and are often engaged in executive functions and events.

Still have questions?

Call us now at (940) 723-2741 or email christina@wichitafallschamber.com for more information!