Membership at your local Chamber  of Commerce is usually filled with many benefits that are frequently underutilized. Most chambers offer opportunities to network, learn business tactics, and inexpensive marketing opportunities, and your Leander Chamber of Commerce is no different! The Leander Chamber of Commerce is filled with one-time and recurring meeting and classes that will inform and equip you for your growing business and over the next few weeks we will dive into some!

Part One: Networking

Most business folks who have been at it for a while will tell you that one of the best things you can do for any business is increase your network. Meeting with local businesses, competitors, and municipal employees can create partnerships and smooth transactions in ways that are hard to quantify but clearly felt when you experience them, and that is especially true when you are working and living in a small to medium size city. Leander, with a population of just over 50,000 people, is just such a city.

In spite of the population boom that the City of Leander is experiencing, it still operates very much as a small city. If you live in Leander you know, at any trip to the store you are likely to run into people you know. The same is true of the business community. Doing business in Leander means that you likely know the people who own the small businesses around you. But Leander is just big enough that you will probably need help as you begin networking.

The Chamber of Commerce has a reputation as a place that supports businesses and that is actually written into their mission statement:

The Leander Chamber of Commerce is a visible, proactive advocate and resource for its member employers and the Leander region. It is committed to advancing our region’s economic vitality and quality of life through the provision of strong leadership and through the formation of dynamic organizational and community partnerships.

The Chamber exists to foster economic growth and prosperity, and that mission hinges on the success of all businesses in Leander. One of the ways the Chamber supports its local business is through networking opportunities like the monthly Lunch and Learn.

Monthly Lunch and Learn

The Monthly Lunch and Learn occurs on the fourth Tuesday of every month and costs $15 for members and $20 for non-members which includes your lunch! Every month a different speaker will offer a chance to learn while you eat. Afterward, members gather to connect and grow. Who knows if the partner you need for supplies or marketing will be at the next meeting!

The July Lunch and Learn will be held on Tuesday, July 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Hill Country Bible Church Leander. More information and registration can be found here.

On alternating months, the Chamber of Commerce hosts the Power Networking Breakfasts and After Hours, each offering unique chances to grow your community and create relationships that will be mutually beneficial.

Power Networking Breakfast

Power Networking Breakfasts occur every other month on the odd months and costs $5 for members and $10 for non-members and includes a light breakfast. Every month you can hear updates from the Mayor and special guest and dedicated opportunities to network with the business community. These are great chances to hear how the City views new opportunities and how fellow business members are handling challenges that they are facing.

The July Power Networking Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, July 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Pat Bryson Municipal Hall. More information and registration can be found here.

After Hours

After Hours occur every other month on the even months and is FREE for members and $10 for non-members. The dates and locations of these events change, so stay tuned to the e-Newsletter for information, or head over to the events tab on the Leander Chamber of Commerce website. Drinks and appetizers are included.

The August After Hours will be held on Thursday, August 19, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at The Yellow House Foundation and will include a Ribbon Cutting. More information and registration can be found here.

We will continue this series with learning opportunities next week! Be sure to check back! What is the biggest benefit you have gotten through networking? Let us know in the comments!