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The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, with over 2,000 member businesses, is the second-largest chamber in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The Fort Worth Chamber has consistently been recognized as one of the nation’s top economic development organizations in the country. Through business-to-business marketing, educational events, economic development, workforce development and government advocacy, the Fort Worth Chamber assumes a leadership role in making Fort Worth, the 16th-largest city in the U.S., a premier location in which to live, work and do business.

In 1882, a group of businessmen gathered to discuss the promotion of business development and the interests of the local business community. What began as the Fort Worth Board of Trade then eventually became the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. In the early days, efforts included bringing the Texas & Pacific and the Santa Fe railroads to town. In 1896, the Chamber sponsored the first Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show, still one of the city's biggest attractions.

In its 130-year history, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce has had a hand in just about every major business development to occur in the city. From attracting packing companies in the early days to persuading TCU to relocate here, to organizing trade missions to China and Germany in recent years, the Chamber’s reach is still being felt.

The Chamber is a 501(c)6 membership association with more than 2,000 member businesses throughout North Texas (mostly in Tarrant County) and more than 4,500 individuals who participate in events, committees or leadership positions. About 90% are small business owners, and about 30% women-owned.

The Chamber’s core business functions are to recruit and to retain business, work with educational institutions to provide a skilled, educated workforce, and to provide resources for our membership of business owners and employees.

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Media Contact:

Andra Bennett, APR
Senior Director of Communications