About the Greater Hewitt Chamber of Commerce

What is a Chamber of Commerce?

A chamber is a local association formed to promote and protect the interests of the business community in a particular place.  Chambers have local businesses as members who elect a board of directors to set policy for the organization; the board then hires a director and staff to operate the chamber.  Each chamber operates separately but may form regional partnerships and/or join state, national and international bodies.

The Greater Hewitt Chamber has been serving Hewitt and its surrounding communities since 1978, and we work closely with the City of Hewitt on business, economic and community development.  The Greater Hewitt Chamber also works to promote tourism and serves as a visitor bureau for Hewitt.

Mission

The purpose of the Chamber shall be to promote an environment of goodwill and prosperity among the businesses, citizens and community organizations in the Greater Hewitt area. The organization will strive to foster, protect and promote the commercial, industrial, civic, agricultural and general interests of the Greater Hewitt community. While encouraging economic development the Chamber provides a business environment where everyone has the opportunity to build, network and promote their businesses. As of 2017, the chamber represents 440 members, over 18,000 jobs and 30 non-profit organizations in the greater Hewitt area.

Vision Statement

To be one of the highest performing chambers in service and community development in the state of Texas by continuing to provide quality information to members, attract visitors to the area through signature events and building positive rapport between the community and residents. To consistently seek community needs and opportunities to excel while evaluating the chamber’s services. The Chamber connects our members to leaders and legislators for providing relevant and up-to-date information for small business operations. Utilize access for resources available through the largest business networks in the nation.

Signature Events & Major Projects

Signature Events include:

  • Membership Banquet with awards
  • Nacho Daddy Car Show & Concert
  • Greater Hewitt Chamber Express Classic Golf Tournament
  • Creekside Spooktacular at Warren Park
  • Lead Explosion networking event with Women of Waco

Major Projects:

  • Promoting the City of Hewitt and our business members through print publications including award-winning annual Community Guide & Business Directory and quarterly Hewitt Express magazine
  • Greater Hewitt Chamber Scholarship Fund, which has awarded over $50,000 to local students since 2008
  • Ongoing networking/educational events geared toward enabling local business leaders to build relationships and refer business to one another
2017 Achievements
  • Hosted over 70 networking events including six educational programs
  • Raised $238,000, provided 350 volunteer hours and supported five partnered events
  • Signature Event Success: Annual Banquet (485 guests), Nacho Daddy’s Tex-Mex Fest & Color Run (2500+ attendance), Hewitt Express Golf Classic (sell out), increased attendance for Creekside Spooktacular (2,000+ attendance)
  • Established Quarterly Member Orientations (average attendance of 35)
  • Enhanced overall Marketing Plan with video, increased exposure and media outlet relationships
  • Annual Community Guide & Member Directory won first place in the Texas Chamber of Commerce Media Contest (second year in a row)
  • Doubled distribution of quarterly Hewitt Chamber magazine due to high demand
  • Attracted visitors and showcased greater Hewitt’s amenities through a Rack Card production and more user-friendly website
  • Grew membership by 7.5% to a total of 470 members and maintained 89% retention
  • Membership represents over 18,500 families and jobs in the local workforce
  • Provided $10,000 in Scholarships to local students
  • Supported policy issues to strengthen greater Hewitt/Waco region
2018 Goals

Increase value provided to large area employers                                                                             

  • Establish Industrial Relations committee to strengthen relationships with large employers; identify needs and ways Chamber can meet them
  • Provide opportunities for community engagement/volunteering and possibly host job fair
  • Offer brown bag luncheons with featured speakers to larger companies’ employees – targeted message to benefit staff

 

Increase Membership Retention

  • Start offering webinars for those unable to attend events
  • Increase member engagement through Ambassador Program
  • Implement Operation Thank You – day of member visits by chamber staff/volunteers

 

Increase visitor traffic to City of Hewitt

  • Continue to grow and promote events through targeted marketing
  • Increase social media engagement and video marketing
  • Continue to grow publication & rack card distribution along I35 corridor