Chamber News

No Matter the Size of Your Bus, From a Minivan to a Passenger Train, Job One is Getting the Right People on Board.

28 November, 2018

In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins creates a memorable and lasting metaphor by comparing a business to a bus and its leader to a bus driver. He emphasizes that it's critical to continuously ask “First Who, Then What?”

Garland Chamber Awarded with 5-Star Accreditation

9 November, 2018

On Nov. 8, 2018 the United States Chamber of Commerce awarded the Garland Chamber of Commerce with 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.

Garland Chamber Announces Small Business Health Plan

6 November, 2018

The Garland Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce new health insurance plan options for small business members. Made possible by Association Health Plan rules issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) in July 2018, the Chamber and its Affiliated partners established the North Texas Employer Health Plan Cooperative to offer health coverage advantages traditionally out of reach for small businesses.

5 Fundamentals for Entrepreneurs

5 November, 2018

More than 90% of Garland’s economy is composed of small businesses. Does that surprise you? According to the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, Texas ranks as the second-best policy climate for entrepreneurship and small business growth in the United States.

4 Basic Tips for Better Networking Results

27 September, 2018

How many times have you heard that you must network to grow your business? I’d venture to guess the answer is, “a lot.” But what is networking, really? Basically, it’s the art of connecting with others. Pretty straightforward, right? But it is not as easy as it sounds.

Congratulations to the Winners of the 34th Annual Partnership Golf Tournament

20 September, 2018

How to Improve Your Handwriting

28 August, 2018

What if your handwriting still looked exactly the way it did the first time you picked up a pencil? Maybe it does. Maybe that’s why you started reading this article. Your handwriting today may not be beautiful, but likely it’s legible, so maybe you, like me, just enjoy opportunities to take what’s acceptable and make it exceptional.

4 Keys to Maximizing Customer Service

7 August, 2018

Some may say that good customer service is a lost art in our technology-obsessed culture. Some may say that customer service is just a bunch of C.R.A.P. And what do I say? I actually agree with the second statement, but probably not in the way you think. Stick with me and I’ll explain…

3 Characteristics That Make Your Company Culture Attractive to Millennials

3 July, 2018

What do you think about when you hear the term, “Company culture”? Do you think of casual Fridays? Do you think of health benefits? A culture exists no matter which company you work with, and the connotation of the term is widely varied. Proactive companies work to incorporate a specific company culture that satisfies employees and attracts job seekers. For example, Google has a floor in their Googleplex that is a gym. They want to offer a worry-free environment for their employees. I mean, if you go to the gym on a regular basis, wouldn’t it be cool to go during your lunch break and not take time out of your morning or afternoon? With characteristics like these, Google has become one of the most sought out companies to work for.

4 Fundamental Leadership Skills

22 May, 2018

Developing leadership skills is an important and necessary process in today’s workplace. For most of us, there will be a point in your career when you’re going to be asked to take the lead in an initiative or be offered a higher position earlier than expected. As this new opportunity comes about, you may wonder, “What are some key leadership skills I need to form a strong foundation?” At the start of my career, I thought you had to be the industry expert to be eligible to lead. Though knowledge is useful, the reality is that you must have people skills. Here are the four fundamental skills I’ve learned during my time with the Chamber.

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