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About the Chamber

Today, the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce proudly represents the diverse and growing business community of Gillespie County just like it has for 103 years. Steeped in tradition, yet with an eye to the future, we strive to make Fredericksburg a great place to do business and a great place to live.

​Our collective strength allows us to promote business trade, provide valuable networking and education opportunities, monitor legislative issues and economic trends, and equip you with the resources needed in today’s ever-changing marketplace.

​We invite you to join the Chamber. But that is the easy part. The real value of your membership comes from getting involved, and we stand ready to help you do just that. We are convinced that you will quickly experience the benefits of becoming a part of our vibrant business community.

Why you should join

Communication

Education

Business Advocacy

New Contacts

Publicity & Exposure

Membership Application

Member Benefits Package

Contact

​830.997.5000

306 E. Austin St. Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Business Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Staff

Jim Mikula, President/CEO, jim@fbgtxchamber.org

Christie Bourquin, Executive Vice President, christie@fbgtxchamber.org

DeDe Threadgill, Director of Membership Engagement, dede@fbgtxchamber.org

Candice Weirich, Administrative Assistant, candice@fbgtxchamber.org

Board of Directors

The Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce is governed by a volunteer board of directors

who also assist with all chamber events and committees.

Chair, Greg Oehler, Owner/Broker-Texas Hills Realty

Vice Chair, Jay Mallinckrodt, Owner-Heartland Enterprises, Ltd.

Treasurer, Tammy Vollmar, Account Executive-Weaver Technologies

Secretary, Sarah Washburne, Co-Owner-Side Street Hospitality

Immediate Past Chair, Marilyn NcNabb, Unit Director-HEB

Ken Cooke, Publisher-Fredericksburg Standard

Clint Kotal, CEO-Methodist Hospital Hill Country

Kyle Kulda, Vice President-Arrowhead Bank

Julie Herbort, COO-Heath Family Brands

Atanacio "Tachi" Hinojosa, CEO-Central Texas Electric Cooperative

​Shelee Padgett, Director of Emerging Markets & Grower Leader Development-Sorghum Check-Off​

Steve Reily, Director of Development, Admiral Nimitz Foundation-National Museum of the Pacific War

Kathleen Yosko, Owner, Liebeskind​

 

Ambassadors

This group of more than 30 Chamber members consists of some of the first people newcomers meet. Wearing their signature red and extending a welcoming hand, ambassadors help facilitate all areas of Chamber programming, which includes ribbon cuttings, membership drives and volunteering at events.

 

Annual Banquet

In March, Chamber members and community leaders will gather to recognize some of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County’s most deserving individuals and businesses and celebrate the accomplishments of the Chamber and its members. Awards are given to honor individual members such as Outstanding Chamber Man & Woman.

Candidate Forum

Mark your calendar for a Candidate Forum hosted by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce Wednesday. April 10, 2024 from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Hill Country University Center, 2818 US 290 in Fredericksburg.

Economic Summit

Do you ponder our economic picture in 2025 and how it may impact your business? Are you curious about community developments? Would having a better understanding of tourism insights help you tweak your business model? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, the Chamber's State of the Burg Economic Summit is for you!

Fun After Five Mixers

Staged throughout the year, the Chamber hosts these laid-back mixers after normal business hours at various member locations. Both those already part of the Chamber or anyone considering joining are invited to discuss business and mingle over food and drinks.

Golf Tournament

Leadership Gillespie County

This group of community leaders is taken on a two-year journey of learning all there is to know about the goings-on of the area in which they live, do business, and have fun. During the first year, participants attend a retreat and nine educational sessions, followed by graduation. In the second year, graduates help recruit new participants for the next class, organize some of the functions which newbies will attend, and serve as their mentors.

Light The Night Christmas Parade

This beautifully illuminated night parade that has rolled down the city’s historic Main Street for over 30 years, and will again Friday, December 6, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. between the intersections of Washington and Bowie streets. Bring your lawn chairs and pick your favorite viewing location! Reserved bleacher seating facing the Marktplatz will be on sale this fall.

Lunch & Learn

Our Lunch & Learn series provides members an opportunity to learn about community and business subjects.

iOpener

As an offshoot of Leadership Gillespie County, the iOpener program is tailored toward high school students who want to become the leaders of tomorrow in the community. Throughout the course of a year, participants will attend monthly school-day sessions that cover a wide variety of topics such as leadership, communication, personal responsibility, decision-making, and more. Additionally, students are required to put these leadership disciplines to work through the implementation of a class project to benefit the community. Applications are open to all freshmen, sophomores and juniors attending Fredericksburg schools.

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