In addition to the work that happens in our Councils and Committees, much of the Chamber's work focuses on advancing initiatives that are designed to push our community forward.
Best Place for Working Parents
The San Antonio Chamber is proud to lead San Antonio's participation in the Best Place for Working Parents® initiative. Businesses are invited to take a short business self-assessment to see if their workplace earns a Best Place for Working Parents designation based on the availability of direct benefits for parent workers, such as parental leave, paid time off, and nursing benefits, as well as ease of employment with workplace cultural practices, such as flexible hours, onsite childcare, and the ability to work remotely from home. Companies with sufficient family-friendly policies in place are eligible for a designation as a Best Place for Working Parents™, which comes with a digital badge to use on their website, social media, and in print.
Leadership San Antonio
LSA was created in 1975 by the Chamber to help identify and develop community leaders and is now considered the premier program for existing and emerging leaders in the Bexar County and surrounding areas. The program, one of the first of its kind in Texas, has graduated more than 2000 participants and focuses on delivering these leaders an opportunity to develop an understanding of the promise and challenges of our community. The program goes beyond personal and professional development and, as its goal, educates and informs these leaders in the vital areas affecting San Antonio, as well as encouraging Chamber Business involvement and Community advocacy.
San Antonio Foundation for Free Enterprise
The San Antonio Foundation for Free Enterprise is a 501(c)(3) organization that fosters economic and community prosperity for our region.
We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future. To achieve our mission, we raise and render financial support for community projects. As identified through Chamber’s strategic objectives, the Foundation supports education and workforce development, redevelopment and revitalization, community planning and general well-being initiatives.
Healthcare and Bioscience Industry Support
The healthcare and bioscience industry continues to be one of San Antonio’s largest industries with an annual economic impact near $43 billion. The industry employs almost 200,000 people, every one in five local area workers. The healthcare and bioscience community has added over 50,000 in the last decade and continues to be a leader in innovation and research across Texas and the nation.