The Garland Chamber and its Mission to You

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Chamber of Commerce have been around for a long time with different purposes. Some cities have a chamber and its purpose is to inform the community of city activities. Some chambers focus solely on economic development. Some have 100 members and others have 1000+. All chambers were started because the community needed an organization that filled a gap. So, what is the purpose of the Garland Chamber?

The Garland Chamber’s mission states, “As servant leaders, the Garland Chamber is the trusted unifying source for sustainable business growth.” What does that mean for you? The Garland Chamber started as a club for business owners to discuss their issues and find solutions, and this was 126 years ago.  As the Chamber evolved, it partnered with the City of Garland and Garland Independent School District to create a smooth pipeline for workforce and city resources available to businesses. As growth continue within the organization, the Chamber also partnered with SBA’s program, SBDC (Small Business Development Center) to provide free counseling services to all businesses in Garland. This pushed the Garland Chamber closer to meeting its mission.

To this day, the Garland Chamber staff continues to work hard to help new businesses entering the city, to advocate for your business with its partners, to inform manufacturers of programs to train their employees, to provide opportunities to market your business, and providing many more resources to help grow your business.

Do you have to be a member to take advantage of the resources? No. The Garland Chamber has many resources that are free, such as business counseling through SBDC, and inexpensive monthly networking opportunities at $15 for nonmembers. However, joining the Chamber comes with more benefits that might align with your company’s goals and objectives. If you are interested in learning more about how the Garland Chamber can customize benefits for you, visit the Why Join?. 

The mission of the Garland Chamber is to help you find growth in Garland. Click on the links below to see how the Garland Chamber can help you further in growing your business.

5-Star Accreditation

Membership Benefit: Advocacy

Small Business Resources

DCMA (Dallas County Manufacturers Association)

Why Join?


The Garland Chamber staff is the biggest resources for the organization. Find the right staff person to contact below.

Paul Mayer, CEO

Long-Term Strategy, Advocacy, Partner Relations

Karina Olivares, President

Legislative Affairs, Chamber Operations


Ric Guerrero, Director of Business Retention

Dallas County Manufacturers Association (DCMA), Workforce


Liza Ceniceros, Project Director

Annual Events, Women’s Business E-nitiative


Alexander Helgar, Director of Business and Membership Development

Chamber Membership, Benefits, Business Strategies


Andrea Hernandez, Marketing and Small Business Coordinator

Marketing, Small Business Resources


Diane Whitlock, Office Manager

Certificates of Origin, Leadership Garland, Youth Leadership Garland

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