WCC in the Picayune September 2017

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September 07, 2017

Golf is good for business.
The 15th Annual Westlake Golf Classic is only a few short weeks away.  Tee time is noon on Monday, Oct. 2nd at Falconhead Golf Club.  It is a four-person scramble and all funds raised provide the Chamber with resources for programs such as professional development workshops, speakers, and community outreach programs.

The Westlake Chamber is, at its heart, an organization representing Westlake area businesses and golf is a great business tool.   According to a PGA.com, executives who play golf make 17% more than those who don’t.   They also said an estimated 90% of Fortune 500 CEO’s play golf and that 54% of business professionals see golf as the perfect networking tool as opposed to only 8% who selected football. 

And it’s not just a networking tool, it’s a way to learn things about another person you wouldn’t learn in a traditional business setting.   Do they break rules or are they a rule follower?  How do they handle their emotions when they hit a bad shot?  Are they patient or are they looking for the quick reward?  A round of golf also gives you hours of quality face time with someone, whether that be a potential client or a co-worker.   You can use that time to bond, learn things about them or learn things about yourself. 
If you haven’t played in the Westlake Golf Classic, join us this year.  Bring your clients and colleagues.  Registration information can be found on our website.

The Chamber is also pleased to announce the launch of Leadership Westlake.  The purpose of the program is to develop a pool of qualified, highly motivated individuals who are interested in expanding their leadership skills, deepening their sense of civic responsibility, and becoming more involved in their community as a whole and is open to anyone in the Westlake area.  

The inaugural program will run January 2018 through May 2018 with future programs running September to May.  After an initial overnight Leadership Retreat there will be five full day sessions each on the 4th Thursday of the month. 

One day will focus on the Local Economy with participants visiting local businesses to meet with the leaders that created successful organizations, and learn the “secrets of their success”.  Another day’s program will focus on Education with participants meeting leaders of the education community in Eanes School district, private schools, and non-traditional schools to understand local education issues.  

Non-profit leaders will speak about the issues that face those organizations and learn about the roles community leaders play in their success.  Later, participants will meet with Government Officials at the City, County, and State level to understand more about issues facing local entities today.  The last program will feature leaders in Medical practices and Emergency services organizations.

Applications for the inaugural class are now being accepted and approved participants will be notified on Oct. 15th.  The retreat kicks off on January 18th and the first full day of programming will be January 25, 2018.

Susan Difani, Executive Director
Westlake Chamber of Commerce             
The Chamber would like to welcome our newest members Junkluggers, Stewart Title, Wild Birds Unlimited, Bryan Law Firm, Lake Hills Montessori Bee Cave, and Dream Vacations.
We would also like to thank Fastframe & The Westlake Gallery, Westlake Hills Vision Center, Glasheen, Valles, and Inderman, LP, and Twin Realty Group for their continued support of the Westlake Chamber.
Thank you to the Westlake Chamber of Commerce Partners Benchmark Bank, Austin’s Granduca Hotel, and Northstar Bank, a branch of Independent Bank, for their contributions throughout the year. 
We’d also like to thank our Diamond and Gold Members for their continued support.  Our Diamond Members are Austin Plastic Surgery Institute, Baylor Scott & White Health, BB&T Branch Banking & Trust, Hand and Stone Massage & Facial Spa, Kerbey Lane Café, Merry Maids, Seton Family of Doctors plus Express Care, The Hills Dental Spa, and Tumble Tech. 
Gold Members are American Bank, Brain Balance, Bright Horizons, Dr. Jennifer L. Warren, MD, PLLC, Independence Title Company, Prosperity Bank, Rapidfire Technologies, Results Physiotherapy, Southside Bank, Synergy Dance Studio, Tide Dry Cleaners, Westlake Hills Vision Center, and VIK Complete Care.
Upcoming Events for the Westlake Chamber of Commerce
Event Details & Registration Details Online at www.westlakechamber.com or by calling 512.327.3088.
Tuesday, September 12th 11:30 am- 1:00 pm
Business Builder Lunch
Texas Land & Cattle
Tuesday, September 19th 11:30am – 1:00pm
Westlake Community Luncheon about National Night Out featuring Sherriff Sally Hernandez
Lost Creek Country Club
Thursday, September 21st 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
New Member Orientation
Chamber office
Thursday, September 28th 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Business After Hours
BB&T Bank Westlake
Monday, October 2nd 12:00pm
15th Annual Westlake Golf Classic
Falconhead Golf Club

Susan Difani, Executive Director
info@westlakechamber.com, (512) 327-3088

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101 Westlake Drive, Austin, TX 78746 – (512) 327-3088 – info@westlakechamber.com