As the community champion and advocate for business, the Waco Chamber leverages the talents and resources of its member businesses to improve economic opportunities for you and our community. The Waco Chamber is a voluntary association of businesses, professionals and individuals working together to build a healthy business environment, promote economic development and work effectively to improve the quality of life in the Greater Waco area.
The membership provides the basic leadership of the Chamber. The Board of Directors is elected by the membership to determine policies, set goals and direction. The day-to-day operations of the Chamber are handled by a professional manager. The Waco Chamber has a paid manager who is hired by the Board and who has the title President/CEO. Currently, the paid staff of the Chamber includes 20 full-time and one-plus interns at any given time.
The Waco Chamber helps businesses by advocating, connecting and supporting growth in Waco. The Chamber has evolved to build a stronger community by involving our members in the top local business, civic and social priorities.
With unique leadership opportunities, connections to local business leaders and business-building initiatives, the Waco Chamber helps create a climate of growth and success in which all companies - regardless of size or industry - can prosper. The Waco Chamber attracts business leaders from a range of businesses. This critical advantage provides members with an opportunity to connect to vital economic and community issues beyond their organizations, and to volunteer with other leaders to make a positive impact on the local business environment.
The Waco Chamber of Commerce has led or assisted in the initiation of:
- Waco’s highway network including Interstate 35
- Lake Whitney and Lake Waco
- The conversion of Bluebonnet Ordinance Plant to peacetime uses of agricultural research and manufacturing industry sites
- The transformation of James Connally Air Force Base into Texas State Technical College
- McLennan Community College
- The organization of the Baylor-Waco Foundation
- The Dr Pepper Museum and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame
- Attracting thousands of visitors to Waco events such as high school play-off games and Chamber-sponsored events like the Starburst Junior Golf Classic
- Attracting manufacturing plants to Waco
- Helping existing companies expand in Waco
Your membership connects you to important community issues and provides unique opportunities for individuals and businesses to make a difference.
The Chamber consists of approximately 1,500+ members including many of the most successful businesses, both large and small, in the Waco area. Members range from recently organized start-ups to the most established nation-wide companies.
Getting involved with the programs you care about connects you to the information and people that will unlock, clarify and increase the value of your membership.
Search our online business directory by business category, keyword or company name, or you may call the Chamber at 254-757-5600.
Leadership opportunities, business-building initiatives focused on the critical priorities of the community, and a network of relevant tools and information are provided to respond to your most pressing business needs.