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Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce Gets It Right for the Greater Dallas Community

By S. Mathur

The Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce actually covers the three connected communities of Addison, Carrollton, and Farmers Branch. With a mission to "create economic prosperity for our members by providing programs, resources, and support that assist and benefit business, government and citizens resulting in a vibrant place to live and work," it seeks to make these towns thriving communities in their own right rather than merely suburbs of Dallas.

The core of its work is to help members create networks and to access resources, says Erin Carney, President of the Chamber: "Chamber membership increases your business exposure and assists business professionals at all levels in developing new contacts through our events such as our bi-monthly Connect Luncheons, quarterly General Membership Luncheons, Women's Business Forums and monthly Business After-Hours."

Carney believes that it is important for each town or region to have a Chamber of Commerce: "We serve as the voice for business in the communities we serve (Addison, Carrollton, and Farmers Branch). We do this through legislative advocacy, economic development partnerships, Leadership Metrocrest and annual educator's events to recognize our award-winning school districts and educators. We also work closely with the economic development departments of our communities as well as organizations impacting small businesses and entrepreneurs like the Addison Treehouse, SCORE, Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) and the Small Business Administration (SBA)."

Membership benefits include referrals, business counseling, promotional opportunities, special deals, workshops and leadership development programs. The Chamber of Commerce also plays a big role in introducing businesses to the community. A series of events through the year involves outreach to the community, says Carney: "In addition to our monthly networking events, we have several large, community-wide events that attract attendees from both the business community and residential community throughout our region. We have an Annual Awards Banquet in February, a Business Expo in April, our Educator's Breakfast for new teachers in August, a Women's Business Conference in September and our Mayors' Forum and Master's Golf Tournament in October."

The emphasis on supporting excellence in education is part of the commitment to creating communities where people want to live. Carney expresses the commitment to the community, saying that "The best part about our job is watching business succeed. Metrocrest Chamber programs are geared toward helping members improve the profitability of their businesses and engage in issues that impact the business environment in Addison, Carrollton, and Farmers Branch."

And the hard work does produce results. A staid Chamber of Commerce may seem an unlikely candidate for rave reviews on Facebook, but Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce supporters choose this forum to express their appreciation.

"Great organization. Great people. They provide excellent opportunities to grow and promote your business!"
"Wonderful avenue to meet others in the community. Thank you for all your hard work!".

Clearly, the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce gets it right.

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