Introducing the Plano Chamber App!

 

We are proud to announce the launch of the new Plano Chamber App, which is now available on iTunes and Google Play.

The app provides Plano Chamber members and Plano residents with access to Chamber resources on the go, including special interest push groups, hot deals and discounts, access to media such as the Plano Pulse podcast, and more!

Exclusive sponsorship opportunities are available now, CLICK HERE for more information.

Welcome New December 2018 Members!


The Plano Chamber was thrilled to welcome 11 new business members in the month of November. Learn more about each member business and the services they offer by clicking the links below.

Membership Thank You

Baits Accounting, Tax, & Consulting
Beauti Science Med Spa
Charlin Health Services
Mark Hoffmann Realtor With EXP Realty
MCI Dallas
Mi Cocina – Lakeside
Mi Cocina – Shops At Legacy
Mr. Parcel Tollway
New York Life – Ivan Wong
Owens Home Furnishings
Shipley Do-Nuts Plano

Are you interested in learning more about the Plano Chamber of Commerce and what your business can gain from joining the Plano Chamber? CLICK HERE for information about member benefits, services, and programs or contact membership@planochamber.org.

Don’t forget to visit the Plano Chamber Business Directory the next time you are looking for products, services, or a fun night out with friends! Remember to support local businesses and Shop Plano First.

Welcome New November 2018 Members!


The Plano Chamber was thrilled to welcome 17 new business members in the month of November. Learn more about each member business and the services they offer by clicking the links below.

Membership Thank You

Ari Menswear
Fresh Food Connect
Gencore
H&J Construction
Home2 Suites By Hilton Plano Legacy West
Hunter Foot & Ankle Associates, PLLC
Iconma – Plano
Ikon Mortgage, Inc.
Johnny Rodriguez The Salon Legacy West
Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial
North Texas Commission
Olivella’s
Phoenix Roofing And Construction
Power Full Color Envelopes
Smile Doctors Braces – Plano
The Style Signature
Wework – Legacy North

Are you interested in learning more about the Plano Chamber of Commerce and what your business can gain from joining the Plano Chamber? CLICK HERE for information about member benefits, services, and programs or contact Kara Goodson, Membership Development Manager, at karag@planochamber.org.

Don’t forget to visit the Plano Chamber Business Directory the next time you are looking for products, services, or a fun night out with friends! Remember to support local businesses and Shop Plano First.

Welcome New October 2018 Members!


The Plano Chamber was thrilled to welcome 36 new business members in the month of October. Learn more about each member business and the services they offer by clicking the links below.

Membership Thank You

Accel at Willow Bend Rehab and Skilled Nursing
Accel Rehabilitation Hospital of Plano
Adams Exteriors
Behavioral Sciences Research Press Inc.
Cafe Intermezzo
Cityline.Church
Dallas Running Co.
DFW Wound Care Center – Plano
Dogness Group LLC
Emler Swim School
Flash Garage Door Service
Forever Fit
Frisco Hall
Instant Imprints
Inter Logistics Group LLC
Inter Vivos
Jung Dental Implant Center Of Plano
Live Oak Pharmacy
Lovepacs – Plano
Marketing Brainology
MidSouth Bank*
Moxie’s Grill & Bar
Neon Cycle + Strength
Nugen Contractors LLC
Oak Point Park Nature & Retreat Center*
Plano Family Dental
Price Enterprises, Inc.
Sam’s Club #4743
Serendipity Labs
Shark Club Sports Bar and Grill
Solution Designers Inc.
Susan Smith Designs
The Village at Mapleshade Assisted Living
Tokyo Harbor
Uptown Millennial Realty, LLC
Williamson Music 1st LLC

Are you interested in learning more about the Plano Chamber of Commerce and what your business can gain from joining the Plano Chamber? CLICK HERE for information about member benefits, services, and programs or contact Kara Goodson, Membership Development Manager, at karag@planochamber.org.

Don’t forget to visit the Plano Chamber Business Directory the next time you are looking for products, services, or a fun night out with friends! Remember to support local businesses and Shop Plano First.

WELCOME NEW SEPTEMBER 2018 MEMBERS!


The Plano Chamber was thrilled to welcome 35 new business members in the month of September. Learn more about each member business and the services they offer by clicking the links below.

Membership Thank You

3to1 Foundation
Aflac – Andrea Landon
All Storage
American Mortgage Company – NMLS #303719
Andrew’s Media Service
Assistance League, Collin County Chapter
AutoSpectrum, LLC
Avigilon – A Motorola Solutions Company
Bank Of England
Bravo CC, LLC
Burnham Road Kindercare Learning Center
Caring Transitions North Dallas Suburbs
Easley Law Group
Emergency Animal Hospital Of Collin County
Family Compass
Guild Mortgage Company
Hebron Kindercare Learning Center
Imperial Recruiting, LLC
Interface Financial Group
John O’Haugherty – Coldwell Banker Residential Realtor – Jo Homes
Kathleen Stokes – Voice Actor
Legacy Kindercare Learning Center
Legacy Landscaping
Movers Plus
Mudleaf Coffee
Negma Business Solutions
Perfect Group Of Businesses – Thakkar Development Group LLC
Praetorian Payments
Preston Meadow Kindercare Learning Center
Republic Finance, LLC
Siemens Fire & Security
Spectrum Reach*
Sweet Girl Photos
Whole Body Chiropractic
Williams Academy Of Jeet Kune Do And Self Defense

Are you interested in learning more about the Plano Chamber of Commerce and what your business can gain from joining the Plano Chamber? CLICK HERE for information about member benefits, services, and programs or contact Kara Goodson, Membership Development Manager, at karag@planochamber.org.

Don’t forget to visit the Plano Chamber Business Directory the next time you are looking for products, services, or a fun night out with friends! Remember to support local businesses and Shop Plano First.

Welcome New August 2018 Members!

The Plano Chamber was thrilled to welcome 36 new business members in the month of August. Learn more about each member business and the services they offer by clicking the links below.

Membership Thank You

AC Pros
Advanced Body Chiropractic
Alexa Indoor Plants, LLC
Apricot Lane Boutique – Legacy
Captain D’s
Catalyst Capital
Concannon Business Consulting
Corinthian IT Consulting
Craig Perry
Day Spa 15
Economics of Business Inc.
Firewheel Town Village
Gerlach & Willard Dental Associates
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites – Plano East
Junior Achievement Of Dallas
Link Staffing Services
Longhorn Charter Bus Plano
The Mailing Point
McDonald’s #25594 – The O’Reilly Group
McKinney Air Center At McKinney National Airport
MMTM, Inc.
National American University – Mesquite
New York Life – William Johnson
Patrick Doyle
Paul Quinn College
Plano Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center
Quilling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett & Moser, P.C.*
Rico Data Systems, Inc.
Roofing Solutions
Sunbelt Of Collin County, Richardson, & Garland, TX
Taste Of Thai Plano
Terracon Consultants
TJS Inspection & Handyman Solutions, LLC
TruBlue – Allen
Vein Clinics Of America
Your Local Answer

Are you interested in learning more about the Plano Chamber of Commerce and what your business can gain from joining the Plano Chamber? CLICK HERE for information about member benefits, services, and programs or contact Kara Goodson, Membership Development Manager, at karag@planochamber.org.

Don’t forget to visit the Plano Chamber Business Directory the next time you are looking for products, services, or a fun night out with friends! Remember to support local businesses and Shop Plano First.

City of Plano Works on Budget

 

It’s tax time in Plano! On Monday, September 10, 2018, the Plano City Council’s budget process will culminate with a vote on the proposed tax rate of 46.03 cents per $100 assessed value.  This is a rate decrease from last year’s rate of 46.86.  While there has been some discussion regarding the effective tax rate of 44.05, we feel this rate would result in drastic cuts to public safety, libraries, and other important city services which would not be consistent with maintaining Plano’s standing as a “City of Excellence”. The tax rate that is currently being proposed (46.03 cents per $100 assessed value )– which was reached by taking the effective tax rate and adding in inflation and population growth – would reduce the proposed budget by $3.2 million, saving the average homeowner in Plano $24 a year. The cuts included in the $3.2 million savings from the originally proposed budget would impact economic development and the amount deposited in the city’s capital reserve each year.

The Plano Chamber advocates on behalf of Plano’s vibrant business community on issues that impact our members, including economic development, infrastructure and quality of life – three areas greatly impacted by our city’s tax rate and budget.

Now is the time to invest in maintaining our infrastructure and services. Our economy is strong and we want to ensure that our city services continue to support the quality of life we have come to expect.  Earlier this year, the City conducted a scientific citizens’ satisfaction survey.  The results showed that 90% of Plano residents are very satisfied or satisfied with the level of services and quality of life in Plano, and 75% of residents were in favor of keeping the current tax rate (46.86) in order to maintain those services.

As an organization, we support the proposed rate of 46.03, which includes over $3 million in cuts. As the following chart depicts, Plano will continue to have the lowest tax rate (net of homestead exemptions) of all major cities in the area. We feel this is the responsible and proper action council should take at this time.

Source: City of Plano

Source: City of Plano

The Plano Chamber is also working hard to address opportunities for meaningful tax reform beyond the rate reduction currently proposed by the city council.  More attention must be placed on the other 70% that is captured in homeowners’ property taxes each year through school taxes. Through an arcane and outdated “Robin Hood” school finance structure, we continue to see local school districts collect more tax revenue, but send more of that money back to Austin in recapture ($208 million this year alone for PISD and over $1.7 billion since 1991). This is where true reform can help make a difference to our business community, our students, and our citizens. We encourage you to engage in this process and learn more about the facts.

Additional Resources

Plano Chamber Hosts Information Session on School Finance

https://www.facebook.com/CollinCountyVotes2018/videos/2253470781360760/?t=29

Plano Pulse, Plano Chamber’s podcast on School Finance Reform

 

Welcome New July 2018 Members!

The Plano Chamber was thrilled to welcome 22 new business members in the month of July. Learn more about each member business and the services they offer by clicking the links below.

Membership Thank You

Alliance Dent Repair
Apple Spice
Dallas Graphics
DylanListed LLC
Fortress Solutions
Fortress UAV
Gradpath LLC
HR Fusion
Independence Dental
Industrious
JW Tax & Bookkeeping
Keller Williams – Ronna Webb
Metropolitan Escrow and Title, LLC
NIW Companies
Outerbridge Industries
Profile By Sanford
Sandman Signature Plano
Stewart Organization
Sweet Home Bath & Body
Tacodeli
Tek Leaders
TekConcierge

Are you interested in learning more about the Plano Chamber of Commerce and what your business can gain from joining the Plano Chamber? CLICK HERE for information about member benefits, services, and programs or contact Kara Goodson, Membership Development Manager, at karag@planochamber.org.

Don’t forget to visit the Plano Chamber Business Directory the next time you are looking for products, services, or a fun night out with friends! Remember to support local businesses and Shop Plano First.

Call to Action – Support Smart Planning

The Plano Chamber has spent months reviewing the Envision Oak Point Plan, talking to business members located in that corridor, attending public sessions and Planning & Zoning meetings, and reviewing the document and changes made as a result of input. After thoughtful consideration, the Plano Chamber Board of Directors expressed support for the plan and we would like to encourage local citizens and business owners to support the plan, as well.

Envision Oak Point is a long-term, strategic plan to ensure that the inevitable development of that area is cohesive, in line with the existing and surrounding communities vision for green spaces, social hubs and recreation opportunities, and provides a variety of housing options for students, seniors, young families and more.  Projections show this plan will boost job growth in the area, allow opportunities for additional transportation hubs, and result in an overall positive economic impact of more than $5.6 billion.

Click Here to view the plan.

CALL TO ACTION: Please email your council members TODAY at mayor@plano.gov and citycouncil@plano.gov. You can also sign a card of support and choose to speak, along with the Plano Chamber, at City Council on Monday, July 23rd at 7:00pm. Get there early in order to get a card in.  Talking points on the key highlights of the plan are provided to use in communicating with council.

The Recap: A Blog By SK Kiero

Hello! My name is Shawin “S.K.” Kiero and I’m the 2018 Special Projects Intern at the Plano Chamber Of Commerce. I couldn’t be more thankful to the Chamber for selecting me, as well to Cigna for sponsoring my internship. During my eight week journey I will be posting three blogs describing my experiences as the Special Projects Intern.

The Interview

My journey with the Chamber began April 20, 2018 – the day of my interview. My interviewers were Ariel O’Brien and Katie Gimenez. They asked about my interests, my personal life, and why they should select me. I answered every question to the best of my ability while remaining honest. After my interview, I felt confident that I had received the internship and wrote thank you letters to Ariel and Katie, my two interviewers. I had to wait for the official letter that I received the internship.  As my friends started to receive their intern acceptation letters, I started to worry about my intern status. Two hours after my first friend received his letter, mine finally came. I was ecstatic and could not contain my excitement for the internship.  After I officially accepted the internship, I began the wait for June 11, my first day.

My thank you email to Ariel O’Brien after my interview.

Week 1

On Monday, June 11, I walked into the Plano Chamber of Commerce building for the first time. The first co-worker I saw was Catherine Riggle (Programs Manager) who was very nice and welcoming to me. Once I arrived to the cubicles, I met Ariel O’Brian (Programs Director) and Katie Gimenez (Marketing and Communications Director) again, as well as Jamee Jolly (President/CEO) who I had first met a week earlier. All three welcomed me kindly into their office spaces and introduced me to the rest of my co-workers: Ryan Minter (Programs Manager), Catherine Riggle (Programs Manger), Jennifer Ruhman (Finance and Operations Director), Judy Webster (Member Services and Business Center Coordinator), and Tracy Bartholomew (Director of Membership Development). Everyone was very nice and made me feel welcomed. They even gifted me with a beautiful gift basket of my favorite things.

My lovely welcome basket

Afterwards, there was staff meeting. During the meeting, I learned everyone’s role in the Chamber and the task they’re assigned. Later in the day, Ryan, Katie, Judy, and Tracy took me to an amazing Italian restaurant where I learned more about them and the kind of lives they have. While my first day didn’t have too many tasks, I felt tired nevertheless. But as I was driving home, I had this indescribable sense of joy. This joy was not because I was leaving work, but from the knowledge that it was the first day of a great summer.

On Tuesday, I filmed an introduction video with Tracy Bartholomew. I was extremely nervous and I couldn’t keep my eyes straight to save my life. Overall, it was a very fun and entertaining video. We later posted the video on Facebook and it received 92 likes and 1,400 views. It made me feel like a part of the team.

During the rest of the week I attended two more meetings with Jamee as she meet with local business leaders, as well as the board of the Chamber. During the meetings, I observed how Jamee would create a comfortable environment through refreshments and friendly interaction. This was key to her meetings going well as everyone was felt welcomed to voice their opinions. During the week I also observed how all my co-workers were kind and respectful to each other creating a very positive environment.

Through the week I came more and more out of my shell and came to see everyone as more approachable. For example, Ryan was feeling ill on Tuesday so I had told him to drink boiled lemons with honey to help cure his cold. While at first he was reluctant, he would eventually try my method. To ensure he would have enough lemons for the remedy, I decided to bring him a bag of lemons to work to his surprise.

Ryan with his lemons

Overall, I would say my first week was a success; I met many wonderful people and attended many interesting events. I look forward to continuing my journey with the Chamber!