History & FAQs

Our history

April 9, 1919


A meeting was held to organize a Chamber of Commerce of New Braunfels. The purpose of the organization is to "promote the commercial resources of the city and to advocate for advanced methods in municipal affairs."

November 14, 1933


E.P. Nowotny was working to form the Junior Chamber of Commerce, also known as the Jaycees. The Chamber endorsed the new organization. 

May 19, 1936


The Sightseeing Bureau formed for the purpose of promoting the tourist business of New Braunfels. This was the forerunner to the Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Chamber has been the community's tourism marketing entity ever since. 



Several long-lasting Chamber awards were created including the Besserung award (1964), the Chair of the Board award (1967), and the Hall of Honor award (1967). The 


Economic development

The Chamber formed the New Braunfels Industrial Foundation which was active until 2005. This was the forerunner to today's Greater New Braunfels Economic Development Foundation. 



The Membership Meetings Committee established a new program called "Business After Hours." These membership mixers are held monthly and are still going strong!


Small business

The newly organized Small Business Council produced the first Business Trade Show. Today, the event is known as the Business Showcase and is put on annually by its own committee. 



The Chamber launched Leadership New Braunfels and the first class graduated in September of 1993. In 1998, the Youth Leadership New Braunfels program launched with a similar composition to the adult program.

May 1995

Economic development

New Braunfels voters passed a 1/2 cent sales tax. This is the forerunner to the New Braunfels Economic Development Corporation, also known as the 4B Board.


Hispanic Business Alliance

The Hispanic Business Alliance was formed under a Chamber division. The organization hosted its first ever Dia de los Muertos Festival as a community event in Downtown in October of 2016.


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