SXSW Interactive Discounted Badge Offer: A Chamber Exclusive!


Photo of SXSW taken by Nan Palmero and used by permission under the Creative Commons license.

Photo of SXSW taken by Nan Palmero and used by permission under the Creative Commons license.

The Chamber has once again negotiated a deal with SXSW Interactive for a members only group rate on 2015 Interactive badges.

Thousands of industry innovators from across the country and around the world attend the event, so SXSW Interactive is a great place to make essential business connections with the digital leaders of tomorrow. Don’t miss the chance to learn from SXSW Interactive’s great speakers: Geneieve Bell, David Chang, Bill Gurley, Robert Kirkman, Lawrence Lessig, Nilofer Merchant, Daniel Pink, and Eric Ries among others. SXSW Interactive also features an impressive Trade Show highlighting both promising startups and established industry leaders. Attending this event (March 13-17, 2015) can be the best business decision you make this year!

The Details.

  • The more members who purchase through the Chamber, the bigger the discount, so be sure and share this offer with your member peers.
  • Walk-up rate badges are priced at $1,295, so buying early at the Chamber discounted rate is a golden opportunity.
  • Remember, the final member price will be determined by the total number of members who express interest, so let us know ASAP.
  • The price per badge will range between $700-900; depending on the final group size.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this group rate, please let us know immediately by submitting this form.

Absolute deadline to take advantage of this group rate for SXSW Interactive 2015 is end of day Friday, December 12th. We will have the final price the week of October 27th and will be in contact again with a link to purchase your badges.

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Coffee with the Candidates: District 10

Did you miss our first Coffee with the Candidates event? Check out what you missed and don’t forget to join us for our remaining candidate forums.

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Small Business Procurement Fair is right around the corner!


Our annual Small Business Procurement Fair is designed to connect small businesses to large buyers. With the goal of facilitating the process of making connections, attendance to this event will open up opportunities to meet prospective buyers and contracting officers from large companies and government agencies to discuss business opportunities. Many attendees benefit from these connections, including 2013 event attendee Chelsea Miller of Freytag’s Florist, “The event on Wednesday was a huge success for me, and thank you so much to the chamber for hosting it!” Participating companies include Silicon Labs, eBay, PayPal, 3M, AISD, Seton, Capital Metro, Dell and more!

Not only will you get a chance to make favorable connections for your company, but there will also be a series of break-out sessions to be better informed about the procurement process. Zoe McDowell of Xplorastory found all of the classes she attended last year to be very helpful. Planned breakout sessions for this year include:

• “Show Me the Money!: SBA Access to Capital”, Lionel Davila, U.S. Small Business Administration
• “Top 10 List of Government Contracting”, Sean Smith, U.S. Small Business Administration
• “Pricing Government Proposals: Don’t Make These 5 Common Mistakes!”, Ronald S. Marta, CPA University of Houston SBDC
• “How to get a Contract and What to do once You Have It.”, Patti Winstanley, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
• …and more!

Jeff Wolfe, VP Install Sales for ONTILITY and 2013 attendee claimed that “This was the best event I’ve attended with the Chamber!” Make the most of your Chamber membership and don’t miss out on the pre-registration discounted price – Register today!

When: September 23rd, 2014
Time: 1:00-4:30pm
Where: Chamber Offices

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2014 Greater Austin Business Awards

The 2014 Greater Austin Business Awards, a competition organized by the Austin Chamber of Commerce to honor excellence in business in the Greater Austin region, was held Wednesday, August 27. The Awards recognize businesses and organizations for achievements, community contributions and milestones.

Click here to view a complete list of the winners!
Have a look back at the event through our Storify below:

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#ALSIceBucketChallenge — Accepted!

ALS ice bucket challenge


Last week, the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau nominated the Chamber to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. As many of you may have seen, people all over the globe are challenging each other to raise ALS awareness by pouring buckets of ice water on their heads and donating to research for the disease.

Watch us gladly accept the challenge in our video! We challenge all members to learn more and donate to


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