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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#GABA2014: Are you ready?



Austin, Texas is known for a number of different reasons: the state capitol, music festivals, food, traffic, innovation and quite frankly, being a little different. But, most importantly, it’s the place we call home. Every year we are proud to celebrate our business community through the Greater Austin Business Awards, and this year is no different. From Most Uniquely Austin, to Technology & Innovation, and even Non-Profits, every type of business plays an essential role in developing the amazing city we live in.

More than simply enjoying dinner during an entertaining awards ceremony, this is your chance to rise-up and give a toast to your favorite businesses in the community. If you couldn’t make it in 2013, the Greater Austin Business Awards are coming to you once again on August 27th, don’t miss out!

Follow us @AustinChamber for updated information and join our conversation — #GABA2014!

Reserve your table or tickets today!

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