Building for Our Future: Gary & Cynthia Blankenship Business Center
Because our member businesses are growing and thriving, we’re looking toward the future. We continue to add value with continuing education, marketing our small businesses & building strong networks of a regional business community – creating an environment for all of our business to flourish. We are looking at more ways to recruit employees, facilitate people engagement and to give back to our community through involvement and promotion.
At our 2019 September Membership Luncheon, we shared a very special announcement with regards to this project. We have secured a naming sponsor for the new building! We are thrilled to announce our building naming sponsors: Gary and Cynthia Blankenship! Because of the generous donation of the Blankenships, the building will be the Gary and Cynthia Blankenship Business Center of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce. Please help us thank them. Gary and Cynthia started Bank of the West in 1985. Gary serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Cynthia is the Vice Chairman and Corporate President for Bank of the West. The Blankenships and Bank of the West have been huge community partners here in Grapevine, giving back in countless ways.
Chamber Event & Committee Growth
|10 Years Ago We Had:||Since 2009, We've Added:|
|750 Business Members||1,200 Business Members|
|2,484 Representatives||4,158 Representatives|
|Ambassadors **||The Network **|
|Women’s Division **||Senior Services Alliance **|
|Business Over Coffee **||Family Alliance|
|Business Builders||AMP’T (Young Pros) **|
|Economic Development **||Legislative Advisory|
|Leadership Grapevine **||Job Fairs (2)|
|Past Chairman’s Council|
|** Committees are too large to meet at Chamber facility in 2019|
Where are we going?
To a place designed around your needs.
- Centralized location.
- Plenty of parking.
- 4,000 square feet of which 2,500 will be dedicated to meeting space for committees and member businesses.
- A large, flexible educational space designed for interactions at all levels from one-on-one to group dynamics.
- A “home base” for members who need it.
- A space for businesses to concentrate or collaborate.
No matter what you’re looking for you can find it here:
- Workshops & Forums
- Connections to People & Resources
- Meeting Space
- Networking Opportunities
Our members want transformational knowledge, and we have a plan to deliver it in our new space. We have developed a people-intensive learning-focused plan with exciting, new programming to engage our members.
We will be delivering that plan in our new meeting space, just behind the chamber building at 200 Vine Street. This building will become the epicenter of learning and interaction for our more than 1,200 member businesses.
What’s the Ask?
You can make your support visible and your leadership clear. Put your name on the future, literally, by sponsoring a part of the Chamber. It’s an investment in yourself, your business and the future of our community.
- Receive exclusive placement.
- Share your company’s journey through signage.
- Enjoy advance reservations of meeting space.
- Position your company as a leader to other members and visitors.
Each of the donors at the above levels will be prominently displayed within the facility. Donations can be paid at one time or over a maximum of a three-year period via check, credit card or ACH payment through your bank on an agreed upon schedule (annually, bi-annual or monthly).
Capital Campaign Pledges (to date)
|Esparza's Mexicano Restaurante||MIG Real Estate||Phillip & Shelia Cunningham||Great Wolf Lodge|
|RaDonna & Marvin Hessel||LeAnn Brown||Law Office of Christopher P. Hamm||Classic Chevrolet, Inc. / Tom Durant|
|Panda Embroidery||State Representative Giovanni Capriglione||Stephanie & Bruno Rumbelow||Whitlock Building Services|
|Wise Guys Pizzeria||Ana & Charley Erwin||Janice & John Kane||LEGOLAND Discover Center/SEA LIFE Grapevine|
|The Salame Family||Chris & Traci Coy||Paul W. McCallum||Joe & Chris Szymaszek|
|Jan Ramsey, Realtor||John & Kristine Munaretto||Tyler & Casey Maxfield||Wright Construction Co., Inc.|
|Joe & Balla Wright||Trinity Commercial Construction||Kylan & Angela Hoss||Jason Ridley|
|C.W. Higgins||Leon & Tracy Leal||Shonda Schaefer, GRACE||Jonathan S. Chance|
|Grapevine Escape||Marcia Willett Allen & Texas Farm Bureau||Dottie DiiBon||Linda Broom - Transworld Business Advisors|
|B&H Office Solutions||Texas General Store||Jerry & Susan Pittman||Ross and Shannon Paterson|
|Judy Sherman, Cornerstone Wealth Strategies||Duff and Patrick O'Dell||Jennifer L. Stubbeman||Roy & Joan Stewart|
|Grapevine Mills||Independent Bank||Gayle Hall, CFEE||Blagg Tire & Service / Perry & Paula Leonard|
|In Memory of Helen & JT Lucas by Helen Jean Lucas||Cornerstone Staffing||Nichols Financial Group||Darla Denton - Devin Designs Florist|
|Grapevine Golf Cars - Terry Hundley||Bob Burrus & Family||Darlene & David Freed||Maykus Family|
|David and Jenifer Sutton||Gary & Cynthia Blankenship Business Center||Bruce W. Rider||John & Cindy Hood|
|Drs. Robin & Cindy Ryan||US Congressman Kenny Marchant||Brown Chiropractic Clinic||Impact Signs & Graphics|
|Home Care Assistance||The Ramos Agency||Grapevine Fairth Christian School||Hilton DFW Lakes|
|Grapevine Rotary Club||Covenant Church Colleyville||Sherry & Dave Custable TriVAN Roofing||J.E. Foust & Son Funeral Home|
|John T. Evans Co||Lifetime Benefits Insurance, LLP||Lara and Eric Hohweiler||AMP'T - Young Professionals|
|Boyle & Lowery, LLP||Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine||Box Insurance Agency|