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    Oct 9, 2018

    Rowlett Chamber Announces New Chamber Awards & Recognition Program

    Rowlett, Texas – The Rowlett Chamber of Commerce has overhauled its Chamber Awards and Recognition Program with its members in mind. Starting in January 2019, members will see a new slate of awards that are tailored to the Chamber members, that recognize success and outstanding performance, and that promote the business community in Rowlett.

    Chamber Board Chair, Whitney Laning stated “We could not be more excited about this new initiative and hope our members will like the new look and feel of our awards as much as we do.”

    The Chamber will be rolling the awards program out gradually starting with those presented at the Annual Awards Banquet in January.

    “We know that our members have a story to tell about their business success, and we want to hear it. Many of the awards for the Banquet ask for member participation by completing an application. And for the first time at the Chamber we will be having outside professionals participate in evaluating the applications. This new approach to soliciting and rating applications allow us to be more objective and fair to our members,” said Chamber President Michael Gallops

    Specifics about the awards being solicited for the Annual Awards Banquet will be available on the Chamber website soon. The Chamber asks members to consider completing an application and being recognized for the great things you are doing.

    The first of the new awards to be rolled out include:

    • Community Impact – Business
    • Community Impact – Non-Profit
    • Customer Service Excellence
    • Entrepreneur Trailblazer
    • Workforce Bridge Builder

    To be considered for an award, members must complete an application and email it, along with their business logo and any supporting documentation, to Michael Gallops at michael@rowlettchamber.com by Friday, November 2, 2018. Applications are available online at http://www.rowlettchamber.com starting Friday, October 12, 2018.

    Awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet to be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Hyatt Place, Garland. The top three nominees will be notified by Chamber staff.


    Sep 25, 2018

    Workforce Training

    Leadership Series

    The Rowlett Chamber of Commerce

    Partners with Eastfield College to Provide Workforce Training


    Rowlett, Texas – The Rowlett Chamber of Commerce recently announced a partnership with Eastfield College to provide Workforce Training for local employers and their employees.

    After completing a survey of its membership, the Chamber recognized the increasing need for a trained workforce, so they reached out to Eastfield College. With a respected corporate training and workforce program, the college made perfect sense. Janet Foreman, the Corporate Solutions Account Manager at the college, also serves on the Chamber’s Board of Directors and was happy to help develop the program.

    Michael Gallops, President/CEO of the Rowlett Chamber said, ““The Eastfield partnership is just another level of helping our members develop their business by providing another opportunity for business owners, managers, and employees to come in and educate themselves or send their employees or staff for education.”

    In the membership survey the members emphasized the need for training in sales skills, personal development, soft skills, and other business-related skills. The first series of courses offers some of that with a 6 part Leadership Series.

    The courses are:

    • Effective Communication
    • Customer Service
    • Accountability
    • Time Management/Organizational Skills
    • Critical Thinking
    • Critical & Difficult Conversations

    There is a nominal fee to cover the cost of each course and a discount for pre-registering for all 6 classes. Each of the 4 hour classes will be held at the Rowlett Chamber office and Continuing Education certificates will be awarded for completion of the training sessions. Classes are open to anyone who wishes to take them.

    Dates, times and registration information can be found on the Chamber’s website at http://www.rowlettchamber.com/workforce-training.


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