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Letter From the Frisco Chamber Board Chair

In marriage, the 50th year is called a “golden anniversary,” and 2020 is that golden milestone for the Frisco Chamber.

My first introduction to this organization was in the spring of 2013. We parked on Main Street and walked through the front doors to get information about the local business community and inquire about joining. Roz Righetti greeted us with a smile and a mint. Not long after, we were in the middle of a warm and informative meeting that gave me great confidence in starting a business in this city. 

We officially became Chamber members and moved our family here. Early on, I was given great advice to plug in and get involved. That is exactly what I did by volunteering to serve on a committee planning the annual golf tournament. Little did I know the return on that investment of time and membership dues would pay dividends for years to come. I still have and cherish many of the friendships and business partnerships developed through serving on that committee.

People often ask for an explanation of what the Chamber does. The Chamber is committed to meeting the needs and providing value to companies of all sizes, which means the answer to that question is a little different for everyone and evolves as a company grows and as our city matures.

This Chamber has certainly evolved since it was founded in 1970. We still provide the opportunity for connections and networking, but the Chamber of today is equally focused on advocacy at the local, state, and national levels. We have grown our workforce development programs like the Young Entrepreneurs Academy and Leadership Frisco and, most recently, developed the Frisco Chamber of Commerce Foundation in order to give those programs proper support.

It is impossible to say what the next 50 years will look like for the city or this Chamber, but I have the utmost confidence that through continued strategic partnerships and a dedication to never settling for ‘good enough’ or even ‘#1 Place to Live’ the possibilities are limitless.

On this golden anniversary, it seems appropriate that it will be the first year the Chamber gets to operate under the honor of a five-star designation. Five gold stars! Those were hard earned by Tony Felker and his team. I am incredibly proud to get to serve as their Board Chair during this ‘golden year.’ 

And it is my pleasure to welcome you to this incredible city. If you are coming as a business owner or a new resident, get ready to fall in love. The spirit of innovation and endless opportunity is nothing short of addictive. Let us know how we can help you plug in and, more importantly, let us know your ideas for the next 50!

Christal Howard

Community Impact Newspaper Publisher

2020 Frisco Chamber Chair of the Board

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