March 5, 2019
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Get on Track with Spring Break Library Activities for Every Age
Plano Independent School District spring break is March 11-15. Are you ready? All aboard for a Spring Break adventure with the Plano Public Library.

You don't have to spend a dime to keep the kiddos active this spring break. Whether your goal is to improve their math skills, keep them reading or to expand their creativity, we've got it all for free at the Plano Public Library. With five locations, one is sure to be nearby. CLICK HERE to learn more.
Smart Business Tips
7 Harsh Truths That Will Make You
a Better Manager (and Up Your
Leadership Skills)
Becoming a better  manager is a moving target, but one absolutely worth aiming at. If you want excellent  leadership skills, you can get there, but you have to know what to focus on.  Here are seven harsh truths about management that will help you hone your gaze onto what truly matters:

1. It's not about you anymore.  When you become a manager (or leader of any kind), it means it's not about you anymore. 

CLICK HERE to read more from  Inc.com.
Notes from the Chamber
In this episode of Plano Pulse, our hosts sit down with Kelle Marsalis, new Vice President at the Plano Chamber. Listen in to learn more about the Plano Chamber's newest addition, including her extensive Chamber background, what she's looking forward to tackling in her new position, and what keeps her busy when she's not at the office.   Plano Pulse is brought to you by our Presenting Sponsor, LegacyTexas

Proud to Partner with InvestEdTX
As you may know, the Plano Chamber has joined a growing number of non-profits, businesses, and community organizations working together for school finance reform in the upcoming legislative session, through a campaign called  InvestEdTX. We encourage you to join the  InvestEdTX campaign for state school finance reform by  texting INVESTEDTX to 52886, so that we can keep you updated throughout the legislative session and send you action alerts when we need your voice for important legislative votes on school finance. Your voice will help ensure lawmakers do right by our 5.4 million Texas students. Sign up at  InvestEdTX.org, and also follow the campaign on social media to help us make sure that education funding is the top priority.

2019 Plano Legislative Days Recap
Plano Legislative Days; a joint program of the City of Plano, Plano Independent School District, and Plano Chamber of Commerce, kicked off Wednesday, February 27th with the opening session featuring Ross Ramsey of the Texas Tribune. Guests of honor for dinner and reception included Senator Angela Paxton, Representative Jeff Leach, and Representative Matt Shaheen.  Thursday, February 28th, we were honored to welcome Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen to speak at our breakfast. Introduced by Rep. Jeff Leach, Speaker Bonnen talked about the House's focus on school finance reform and other priorities for the current legislative session. We also had the opportunity to hear from Commissioner Mike Morath of the Texas Education Agency.  At the Capitol, Judge Jeff Moseley, TAB CEO shared an update on economic development in Texas and how the TAB works to support businesses.  Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick addressed the group and took questions regarding the 86th Legislative Session.  After an issues-focused program, Governor Greg Abbott and the Plano Legislative Days delegation had a meet-and-greet and photo.
Check out the 2019 Plano Legislative Days agenda   HERE .

Plano Chamber 2018 Annual Report is Available Now
The Plano Chamber invites you to join us in a look back on another outstanding year of service to our local business community with our 2018 Annual Report. There are two ways to view! CLICK HERE to view the 2018 Annual Report as an online booklet (recommended). Or CLICK HERE to view as a PDF from the Plano Chamber's Document Library. 
Benefits of Membership
Drive Traffic to Your Business With Member-to-Member Discounts & Hot Deals 
Did you know that as a Plano Chamber member you can promote your company by offering discounts through our website? Discounts can be  member-to-member   only or  hot deals   available to the public. Sign in to your member portal to post or redeem deals today. 

 

 

 
Upcoming Events
Reclaim your productivity with a new plan for getting things done. You will walk away with a fresh perspective and actionable ideas.  Register by Friday March 1 at 1pm. 
Tuesday, March 5 | 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Plano Chamber of Commerce
 
Are you interested in public affairs and learning more about issues that affect your business? Join the Public Policy Committee for our monthly meeting as we work with all levels of government, local businesses, and partner organizations to confront challenges and address leading issues.
Wednesday, March 6 | 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | Plano Chamber of Commerce

Share all that your business has to offer and gain new insights during this this relaxed after hours event.  CLICK HERE to reserve your place!
Thursday, March 7 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Industrious Plano
 
Weekly early-morning networking worth getting up for! Powered by Swypit. 
Friday, March 8 | 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Plano Chamber of Commerce
Mark Your Calendar
Join the Young Professionals of Plano (YPP), ages 25-40, in March to make new contacts and mingle. Our host will provide first-class appetizers and a complimentary margarita. Make plans to join the fun! CLICK HERE to register. 
Tuesday, March 12 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Meso Maya

Learn how to become self-aware of biases and more importantly, what can be done about them at this month's luncheon.  CLICK HERE  to learn more about this opportunity. Registration Deadline: Friday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Gleneagles Country Club

Weekly early-morning networking worth getting up for! Powered by Swypit. 
Friday, March 15 | 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Plano Chamber of Commerce
 
Cyber Security For Your Small Business - tools, practices, and what you need to know to protect your business. $10 Member registration includes lunch option.  CLICK HERE  to reserve your place!
Monday, March 18 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Plano Chamber of Commerce

Join Collin County chambers of commerce, elected officials, community leaders, and business professionals in a two-day program in Austin during the 85th legislative session. Receive updates on the current session, advocate for Collin County, and impact potential legislation that affects local businesses.  CLICK HERE to register online today! 
March 26-27 | Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel | Austin, TX 

Today's Inspiration

Ribbon Cutting
Instant Imprints - Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, March 5 | 4:30 p.m. | 2411 Coit Rd., Ste. 140 | Plano, TX 75075

Plano Symphony Orchestra - Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, March 7 | 4:30 p.m. | 1635 Dorchester Dr. | Plano, TX 75075

New Member Welcome - Joint Ribbon Cutting
Friday, March 15 | 9:00 a.m. | 5400 Independence Pkwy., Suite #200 | Plano, TX 75023   
 
The Vested Group  - Ribbon Cutting
 
Tuesday, March 19 | 4:30 p.m. | 1001 18th St. | Plano, TX 75074 
 
McDermott Park - Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, March 21 | 4:30 p.m. | 8312 Angels Dr. | Plano, TX 75024        

 

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