The very first Chamber of Commerce was organized with that name in 1599, in Marseille, France. We were a bit slow on our side of the pond: the first American Chamber started in New York, almost two centuries later. And this year, your local Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce earned the prestigious designation of “Accredited with 5 Stars,” the pinnacle of recognition by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. No small feat, that: local chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars or 5-Stars and it can take months for a local chamber to meet the strict criteria for 5-Stars. U.S. Chamber Vice President Raymond P. Towle states, “When chambers of commerce earn the distinction of becoming Accredited, it is a mark of excellence for the organization, its staff, and its leadership.”
Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce President Lori Walker proudly points out, “The Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce is more than just a business organization; it’s a dynamic force that actively works to enhance the overall quality of life in our community.” Lori, who has led the local chamber since 2013, explains “Having been actively involved in various community boards and initiatives, I recognized the pivotal role that the Chamber plays in bringing together businesses, fostering economic growth, and creating an environment conducive to success. I saw this role as an opportunity to contribute to the flourishing development of Flower Mound, using my skills and experiences to enhance the Chamber’s mission. The five-star recognition reflects our commitment to business excellence and our dedication to the holistic well-being of Flower Mound and its residents.”
Becoming a Chamber of Commerce member, aside from structured membership costs, of course, means being encouraged to engage actively in various Chamber activities including networking events, business forums and community initiatives. The time spent taking part in these events is an investment in building relationships, expanding professional networks and keeping abreast of local business developments. President Lori Walker says her aim is to see “that the Chamber is committed to delivering tangible value to its members, ensuring that their investment contributes to the growth and success of their own business.” That 5-Star rating speaks volumes.