Successes of 2013-2014 program year expected to continue into new year

As the 2013-2014 program year wraps up, the Denton Chamber of Commerce reflects on recent initiatives, milestone events and new membership participation.

Without the involvement from chamber members, none of the 2013-2014 events would have been possible. Luncheons, mixers, ribbon cutting ceremonies are some of the events members are able to enjoy on a monthly basis.

A new milestone for the chamber included the first annual Career Planning Fair. Denton Chamber of Commerce President Chuck Carpenter said working with Denton ISD and several major area employers for this event was an enriching experience.

Keynote speaker Joey Hawkins providing advice on how to manage a business

Students attending the first annual Career Planning Fair

“One of the key components of retaining an overall quality of life for our community is for all local citizens to be employed,” Carpenter said. “The Career Fair focused on directing Denton ISD students toward current and potential local jobs, and expanded the chamber’s program to actually benefit some of our larger members.”

Click here to watch video from the first annual Career Planning Fair

By welcoming these student’s teacher into the 2013-2014 school year, the New Teacher Orientation was another event where the chamber actively worked with Denton ISD. The Chamber looks to continuing its strong alliance with the school district for years to come.

Women in Commerce had two successful events this program year including the Red, White and Jazz wine tasting event and the annual Fall Luncheon.

Caroline Moran is on the board for Women in Commerce and business solutions director for GSATi. She says WINC initiatives generate more revenue and support women owned businesses in their communities.

“I have enjoyed building relationships with like-minded women who are passionate about the development of women business owners who share their knowledge in their given fields,” Moran said.

Women in Commerce Fall Luncheon. Left to Right: Caroline Moran, Caroline Corporon, Valerie Freeman, Chuck Carpenter, Sharon Venable, Courtney Kennedy

Moran is also a member of the LEAD program, which is made up of chamber volunteers representing the Chamber in the community. Their successes for the past program year can be seen through their efforts in the host, outreach and welcome coalitions.

2013-2014 Lead delegates

New members are encouraged to  apply for the LEAD program for the 2014-2015 program year.

New members like Timothy Smith have been enjoying their membership benefits. Since Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial joined the chamber September 2013, Smith has been to several events including Business Networking Lunches and Membership Mixers at which he has connected with various members of the business community.

“The mixers are always a blast,” Smith said. “You meet everyone. From the big community leaders of Denton to the guys who are fresh and new to the community. These relationships are significant to me in both my financial practice and personal life.”

Timothy Smith networking with members in February’s Business Networking Luncheon

Because the chamber has made a bigger push towards social media promotion, it has provided a means for rapid dissemination of information about events such as the membership mixers Smith has enjoyed.

Chamber Membership and Program Director Angelica Del Rosal says the 2013-2014 marketing committee as well as the Chamber’s talented interns, are to thank for the significant headway in the area of social media.

“With the group’s collective contributions, we have expanded our reach to include not only Facebook and Twitter, but also the content-rich Chamber blog and have increased access to business via LinkedIn,” Del Rosal said.

by: Brianna Vela

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