Q1 2024 Recap

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Rockwall County Days

We are thrilled to share the highlights from our recent Rockwall County Days at the Texas Capitol in Austin, held from January 28 to January 30, 2024. This eventful trip was a fantastic opportunity for our members to engage with state leaders, explore key state departments, and strengthen our ties with the broader Texas community.
We kicked off our trip with a delightful dinner at Iron Cactus, sponsored by Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, where we were joined by State Senator Bob Hall and State Representative Justin Holland.
Monday, we captured memorable moments with Representative Justin Holland and Senator Bob Hall on the House and Senate floors, respectively.
Informative Sessions: Our day was packed with enlightening presentations from leaders such as Bryan Collier, Executive Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and Brooke Paup, Chairwoman of the Texas Water Development Board.
 In an effort to maximize our time in Austin, we had a Networking Lunch in the Legislative Conference Center, followed by engaging discussions with Texas Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham and other notable figures.
 Our final day began with an insightful breakfast session featuring Dr. David Yoskowitz of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Eric Beverly of the Sunset Advisory Commission, and Amanda Crawford of the Department of Information Resources.
This trip provided us with invaluable insights into the workings of our state government and the opportunity to discuss issues critical to our community’s growth and prosperity. The connections and knowledge gained will undoubtedly contribute to our ongoing efforts to advocate for and support our local businesses and community.
We are committed to building upon the relationships and knowledge acquired during this trip to continue advocating for the best interests of Rockwall County. Stay tuned for more updates and opportunities to engage in our government affairs initiatives.
Thank you to all our members who participated and made this trip a success. Your involvement is key to our community’s continued growth and prosperity.

Kicking Off our 95th Winning Season

The Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a dazzling and momentous 95th Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on February 29th, 2024 at the AmeriSports Rockwall. The event, themed “Leaders and Legends” marked a milestone year for the Chamber and brought together community leaders, legends, and dedicated partners for an unforgettable celebration.

Creating a unique blend of elegance and sporty spirit, AmeriSports was transformed into a vibrant hub of sequins and sneakers. Attendees embraced the theme with enthusiasm, showcasing their finest sequins and stylish sneakers as they gathered to honor outstanding Chamber community leaders.

The evening featured a dynamic program that highlighted the Chamber’s 95-year legacy of fostering business growth, community engagement, and collaboration. From recognizing milestone achievements to unveiling this year’s award recipients, the event showcased the remarkable contributions of businesses and individuals to the Rockwall community.

And the Winners are:

  • Best Practices in Community Involvement and Impact: All Care Comfort Solutions
  • Excellence in Customer Focus: Providence Place Bridal
  • Emerging Business of the Year: Rockhopper Apparel and Designs
  • Small Business Partner of the Year: Avidea Social
  • Medium Size Business Partner of the Year: Hanks Handyman Services
  • Large Partner Organization of the Year: Orthopedic Specialists of Dallas
  • Destination Partner of the Year: The Downing Bottles and Bites
  • Chairman’s Award: Jason Linscott, Texas Health Hospital – Rockwall
  • Chamber Partner of the Year: Chef Zach and Occasions at Stone River

Key sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor Frost Bank, played a pivotal role in making the event a resounding success. Their unwavering support underscores the strong partnerships that drive the Chamber’s initiatives and community impact.

The awards ceremony, led by an engaging emcee and vibrant walk-up music, added an extra layer of excitement. Winners were celebrated with flair, and the audience experienced the thrill of a sports-themed celebration right in the heart of Rockwall.

As the event concluded, Rockwall Chamber Board of Director Chairman, Shane Hollas, expressed their gratitude, saying, “What a great night! It was wonderful to see so many hard working business Leaders come together to celebrate 2023 successes. Congratulations to all the award winners. Thank you to all our sponsors for making the night happen. Our theme for 2024 is Attend, Engage, and Contribute. I look forward to seeing our partners attend events, engage with their peers, and contribute to helping each other achieve record success in 2024.”

Ribbon Cuttings

We celebrated 22 ribbon cuttings and welcomed 40 new Chamber partners in the first quarter of 2024. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the year will bring the business community! Congratulations to the following businesses on their ribbon cutting:

Agua De Vida Alkaline Water
Atrium Legal Group
Avilacare Senior Living
Awestruck Design Co

Coldwell Banker Realty – Jerry A. Cook
Cross Country Mortgage – William Branch
Harbor Town Title
Heart to Heart Hospice
Home Shine Professional Cleaning Services
Ideal Dental
Nexus Pain Care
Pillar to Post Home Inspectors
Pokey O’s
Republican Party of Rockwall
Rockwall Elite Healthcare
Rockwall Sports Center
Roofs by Peterson
Sugar Llamas Sweet

The Snack Fridge
Truly Title
Wade’s Landing
Ziglar Realty Mary Ann Juarez

Partnership Luncheons: Stay in the Know!

We had fantastic attendance at our Q1 Partnership Luncheons.

January- Policy Perspectives: Navigating Advocacy in North Texas with Christopher Lee, the Director of State Relations at the North Texas Commission

February – State of the Workforce & Talent Development. Special guests, Alison Belliveau of Dr. Gene Burton College & Career Academy, Bryan Daniel of the Texas Workforce Commission, Dr. Brent Donham of Texas A&M University-Commerce, and Doug Willis, Collin College Wylie & Farmersville Campuses.
March – Community Champions, a Non-Profit Showcase. Joined by representatives from Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Texas, East Trinity Masonic Lodge, Grace Clinic, Kiwanis, Lonestar Casa, Texas Valor Project, Soroptimist, and the JER Chilton YMCA.
These topics are designed for everyone doing business in the Rockwall Area. Monthly topics range from the State of Education in our local ISDs, AI in Business, to current events. This is where you need to be each month to not only remain up to date on what’s going on in your community and how it affects your business, but to also network with other professionals. We’d like to thank all of our speakers and volunteers for their time to bring updates to our community each month.

Affiliate Groups

Professional Women's Alliance

February – Rendezvous in Red Mixer

March – Living Life with Zest Luncheon

Young Professionals of Rockwall

February – Valentine’s Day Card Making and Giveback

Senior Services Alliance

January – New Year Mixer

February – Valentine’s Day Card Giveback

March – Spring Cleaning Drive

Rockwall Veterans Business Alliance

February – Meet up at El Dorado Cigars

Upcoming Signature Event

Rockwall ISD New Teacher & Employee Welcome Expo