"The goal of coaching is the goal of good management: to make the most of an organization’s valuable resources."
-Harvard Business Review
Our members benefit from our trainings, seminars, coaching initiatives and by having access to our many partners. Collaborations with our partners and members raise the quality of networking and coaching that we provide.
Leadership El Paso (LEP) is the city’s premier leadership incubator. A yearlong community immersion course providing key decision makers and class participants with an outlet to pair candid discussion and creative ideas. Which establishes participants as active contributors to the El Paso community, while forging new partnerships and influential networks. Over the years, Leadership El Paso classes have dedicated their time and efforts to a class project. These projects have led to many thousands of dollars being raised for several organizations of need in our community. It also led to the creation of Junior Leadership, a program for high school juniors that follows much of the same curriculum of the adult leadership program.
Beneficiaries of various class projects include: El Paso Opportunity Center, Homerun for the Homeless, Child Crisis Center, El Paso Center of Children, and YWCA Sara McKnight TLC, One City One Need, Center Against Family Violence, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and many others.
The Women in Business Conference is focused on the advancement of local women in corporate leadership and entrepreneurship. The purpose of this initiative is to encourage and nurture the entrepreneurial spirit within our community, drive business performance to create a competitive advantage for local women in our corporate environment, and to transform local business women into outstanding leaders who can contribute more broadly to their firm’s ongoing success.
The next Women in Business Conference (BIGGER, BETTER, BOLDER) will be June 28th, 2019
Many small businesses that contract with Federal, State and local Governments are in need of an array of different small business certifications. The Chamber is here to assist you with those certifications. For more information, please call 915.534.0500.
Below is a list of various certifications that are available:
Disadvantaged Business Program: Helps small / disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy and gain access to the Federal procurement market.
Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUB Zone): Obtain HUB Zone certification which can help gain Federal Contracts based on employing staff that live in specially designated areas. Stimulating economic development and creating jobs in underutilized urban and rural communities.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE): Levels playing field for small minority and women-owned companies wanting to do business with TXDOT and other agencies receiving Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC): Certification for women-owned businesses, one of the most widely recognized and respected certifications in the nation. Acknowledged by thousands of large corporations and many Federal and Government agencies.
Historically Underutilized Business (HUB): Facilitates the participation of minority and women-owned businesses in State agency procurement opportunities.
Minority Business Enterprise (MBE): Certification for minority owned businesses, which frequently offers benefits in the business procurement process.
TRAINING AND SEMINARS
Training and Seminars Information will be updated soon
PARTNERS AND COLLABORATION
SERVICE CORPS OF RETIRED EXECUTIVES
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.
They are the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, with more than 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters. As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE has helped more than 10 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964.
To schedule an appointment with our local Chapter, please call 915.629.6700.
SBA provides small businesses with an array of financing for small businesses from the smallest needs in microlending - to substantial debt and equity investment capital. As well as free individual face-to-face, and internet counseling and low-cost training to nascent entrepreneurs and established small businesses.
The Small Business Development Center provides one-on-one business advising, technical assistance, training programs, advocacy, and research services.
The program is operated by state governments and hosted by universities and colleges under cooperative agreement.
The purpose of the program is to enhance the development of small business enterprises through their many services.
The Veterans Business Association is a non-profit association with the mission of growing member businesses, promoting the interests of veteran business owners, and becoming the voice of veteran owned businesses in a competitive community.
It has established programs and services that address the areas of legislative advocacy, business development, access to capital, and acts as a clearing house for referrals and information on Veteran and community issues.
VBA assists Veteran Business Owners in procurement programs available in the private and public sectors. The Veterans Business Association is building a network and interactive database of veteran owned businesses. They are building "Partnerships for Success" to promote greater economic participation in business at the local, state, and federal levels.
The VBA is now on a quest to build alliances with other organizations and improve opportunities for veterans business owners as we accelerate our participation in both the public and private sector.
Launched by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Chamber Foundation in March 2011, Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative geared towards combatting unemployment and underemployment among veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses by helping them find meaningful employment opportunities. Due to the synergistic relationship with Fort Bliss, the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce joined this effort and became the first Chamber in the nation to partner with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes events in 2014.
Junior Leadership El Paso is a local non-profit 501(c)3 and provides leadership training to local high school students by mentoring, encouraging, and instilling confidence. All while increasing awareness and appreciation of the many opportunities in the El Paso area.
Junior Leadership El Paso is an innovative program for area high school juniors who show interest and potential in becoming El Paso’s future leaders. Students receive hands-on education about El Paso’s issues, history, challenges, and opportunities. Participants tour the region and meet face-to-face with some of the area’s top movers and shakers in business, government, the arts, health care, and education, the military, and economic development. Over 120 high school Juniors submitted an application to participate in class 15.
JrLEP continues to fulfill its promise to be an innovative program for local students with the potential to become El Paso’s next generation of leaders.
It is sponsored by generous contributions from El Paso Electric, Hunt Companies, Inc., Andeavor, United Way, and Texas Gas Service.
Clickhere to view the list of Juniors selected to class 15.
ADVENTURE FOR YOUR
The Adventure for Your Future Conference engages sixth, seventh and eighth grade students and their parents in workshops designed to expose students to the world of science and medicine with the goals of: increasing student awareness of health science opportunities in El Paso, increasing student pursuit of math and science coursework, and encouraging parents to support their child’s pursuit of math and science activities. The conference attracts over 850 students and parents from across El Paso County and included over 25 workshops and 15 exhibitors.