Membership Benefit: Advocacy

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As a business professional, advocacy can make a difference between taking extra time to get something accomplished to streamlining the process. The Chamber staff has worked to build relationships within our community since 1895, so its staff can effectively assist you with various business needs and issues.

If you are looking to build or expand in Garland, we would recommend a pre-submittal meeting. Paul Mayer, CEO of the Garland Chamber, can help you meet with the planning department and get an overview of all the steps necessary to operate your business in the new location. Paul has advocated the most for the Garland Chamber membership in his 30 years as CEO. He has testified at City Council meetings to approve expansions, new builds, and transportation initiatives. Paul is an advocate for all business.

The Legislative Affairs committee of the Garland Chamber in conjunction with the City of Garland advocated in state legislature sessions to support IH-635E funding and construction. Karina Olivares, President of the Garland Chamber, oversees the Legislative committees and events. Through the initiative, Karina is in contact with the local and elected officials of Garland. You need to know who is representing you in your district? Reach out to Karina and she can help you get connected.

Ferah Tex-Med Kitchen joined the Garland Chamber and wanted to expand their business into catering. They reached out to Liza Ceniceros of the Garland Chamber staff and she made the introduction to the Atrium at Granville Arts Center. Through the introduction, Ferah is now an approved caterer for the Atrium and it helped grow their catering business in the process.

If there is a situation where the Garland Chamber is not able to advocate, the staff is able to connect you to a business or individual with the answers. The Garland Chamber has helped connect local businesses for 125 years. During that time, the Chamber has also built relationships within its membership to continue building member to member relationships.

Alexander Helgar is the definition of The Connecting Source. When you join the Garland Chamber of Commerce, the first step is a meeting with Director of Business & Membership Development. Alexander can find out what a business needs and refer them to the right business. If you are looking for a CPA, the Chamber will refer CPA’s that specialize in your type or size of business.

Ric Guerrero is the newest member of the Garland Chamber team and is already a great asset. His previous employer is Richland College – Garland Campus, so when a member is looking to connect with Richland or any DCCCD college for workforce training, Ric knows who to contact to refer your business to the right person.

There are always many questions about permits and what marketing strategies a growing business can implement in the City of Garland, and Andrea Tamez with the Garland Chamber staff is the person to reach out to. The Garland Chamber has meetings with different city departments to communicate up-to-date information, and Andrea can help you keep updated with new regulations.

When a business doesn’t know who to talk to for the answers it needs, the Chamber can help.

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