200 E. Vine
Grapevine, Texas 76051
The mission of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce is to promote business that adds value to our community.
Whether you’re looking to enhance your leadership role in the Grapevine business community or within your own organization, the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce provides a vast array of educational and networking experiences to enrich your professional life. Come and meet the community’s business professionals to help grow yourself and your business.
About the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1952, the mission of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce is to promote business that adds value to our community. A 501(c)6 non-profit business organization, the Chamber functions through working committees developed by those who invest in the organization, to further their business viability and to strengthen the community at large.
Focused on a diverse audience, the Chamber of Commerce also has many programs to help businesses grow and get connected to the community. Members invest their time and money in order to develop community and work together to improve the economic, civic and cultural well-being of Grapevine. The Chamber also works to improve community facilities, including streets, highways, parks, schools, marketing facilities and human resources. Additionally, the Chamber works with the City of Grapevine and GCISD to build a strong community and quality workforce for future generations.
Benefits of Joining the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce
- New Business Help
- Business Exposure
- Community Involvement
- Return on Investment
- Legislative Voice
- Economic Development
- Leadership Growth
The Chamber meets at the Grapevine Convention Center the second Thursday of each month for networking, lunch and to hear a professional speaker address timely business topics. Reservations are required and should be made by calling the office the Tuesday before the luncheon: 817 481-1522.
In addition, there are many other networking groups, business mixers, civic leadership opportunities, monthly economic development updates, community service events, and weekly ribbon cuttings to welcome new businesses to Grapevine.
2014 Community Award Winners
- D. E. Box Citizen of the Year: Janice Kane
- Business Hall of Fame: Classic Chevrolet/ The Thompson Group
- Member of the Year: GRACE
- Don Ramey Community Spirit Award: Duff O’Dell
- Ted Willhoite Legacy Award: Lou Hillman
- Chairman’s Award: Debbie Gill, Keller Williams and Walt Mills, Photos by Walt
- Women’s Division Woman of the Year: Carolyn Lease
You can find the Chamber Events Calendar here.
|Leadership||Board of Directors||Provides strong and progressive leadership for the Chamber that remains a recognized leader of the business community.|
|Community Awards||Each year, the Chamber honors community and Chamber members. 2015 Community Awards Nomination Form Due: December 11, 2015 by 5pm.|
|Leadership Grapevine||Offers an educational experience designed to develop an awareness of the city, its relationship with DFW Metroplex and to provide personal leadership training. Leadership Class 2015-2016 applications due July 31, 2015.|
|Executive Book Review||Meets every other month on the 2nd Wednesday, 8am at Bessie Mitchell House.|
|Legislation||Provides relevant updates and notifications on current legislation or actions of our elected officials. Allows our businesses to have a voice as part of the process.|
|By Laws & Policy Maintenance|
|Past Chairman’s Council|
|Best Practice Visits|
|Young Entrepreneurs Academy||Guides middle and high school students through the process of starting and operating their own real business or social movement.|
|Business Partnership||Economic Development Partnership||Meets every month on the 4th Wednesday, 8am at Grapevine City Hall.|
|Senior Services Alliance||Meets every month on the 2nd Wednesday, 9am at the Chamber office.|
|Women’s Division of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce||Women’s Division Luncheon is the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Check the Chamber calendar for details and location.|
|Ambassadors Committee||Meets every month on the 3rd Wednesday, 5:30pm at various locations. Check the Chamber calendar for details and location.|
|Networking / Business Connections||Organizes events, activities and committees to provide networking and marketing opportunities for Chamber member businesses.|
|Membership Luncheons, Business Mixers & Networking||Membership luncheons are held every month on the 2nd Thursday at 11:30am at the Grapevine Convention Center. Business After Hours Mixers are held twice monthly from 5:30pm-7:30pm at various locations.|
Networking Meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 8am, and the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 11:30am. Check the Chamber calendar for details and location.
|Membership Development||New Member Breakfast meets every other month on the 1st Wednesday, 8am at various locations. Check the Chamber calendar for details and location.|
|Christmas Season Activities||Each year, the Chamber hosts the Grapevine Parade of Lights on the 1st Thursday in December.|
|Business Retention||Assists in building strong partnerships through various programs and opportunities in the community.|
(Advancing Modern Professionals for Tomorrow)
|Designed for Chamber members age 21-39 interested in advanving their career by learning from senior executives. Meets every other month on a Monday at 11:30am at various locations. Check the Chamber calendar for dates.|
|Stewardship & Prosperity||Golf Classic Tournament||Provides members an opportunity to network in a relaxed and fun environment. October 5, 2015 is the 36th Annual Chamber Golf Classic.|
|Grapevine Festival Concession Trailer||The Chamber hosts a concession and beer booth each year at the major Grapevine events, including Main Street Days and Grapefest.|
|Financial Review Committee|
|Technology & Marketing||Works to strengthen the economic prosperity of the Chamber through technology and marketing.|
About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions; as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
U.S. Chamber Awards Grapevine Chamber of Commerce with 4-Star Accreditation
In 2013, the United States Chamber of Commerce awarded the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce with 4-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.
“Accreditation validates a Chamber as having programs that benefit their local economy and for positively influencing action in their community,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, U.S. Chamber Executive Director of Political Affairs and Federation Relations. “We applaud these organizations for advancing the principles of free enterprise.”
“As one of just 19 Chambers of Commerce accredited in Texas, out of 400 Chambers in the state, we are proud of where we are and committed to move from the top 3% in the nation to the top 2%,” said RaDonna Hessel, CEO of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce. 2013 is the first year the Grapevine Chamber has applied for accreditation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “It is exceptional for a Chamber to receive a 4-Star Accreditation in its first effort,” said Hessel. “Of course our ultimate goal is to become the sixth 5-Star Accredited Chamber in Texas; so the Chamber’s Board of Directors has already started work to reach that goal.”
Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes Chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement. In order to receive Accreditation, a Chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, and technology. This extensive self-review can take six to nine months to complete. Local Chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars, or 5-Stars. State Chambers are recognized as either Accredited State Chamber or Accredited State Chamber with Distinction. The final determination is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members.
“Our Chamber’s goals are to create strong leadership, business partnerships, stewardship and prosperity; and each goal helps in promoting businesses that add value to our community, which is the mission of the Grapevine Chamber,” said Hessel. “Building a strong business base ultimately benefits all of those who live, work and play in Grapevine.”
Visit the Chamber of Commerce website to learn more about the benefits of becoming a member and to access the event calendar. The website also provides a business directory search and information regarding relocation and economic development, local government, cost of living, lodging, shopping, dining, meeting facilities, and transportation.