The Baytown Chamber Today
Tracey S. Wheeler, IOM, President & CEO
The Baytown Chamber of Commerce is totally member-financed. The Chamber is not a part of government at any level nor do we receive any government monies. We are not a department of the City, County or State government. We are not a political body, a civic club or a professional society. Our total interest is in serving our volunteer business and professional membership and the community. The overall objective of the Baytown Chamber is to advance the general welfare and prosperity of the Baytown area, assure effective government at all levels and maintain a high climate for a sound expanding economy.
The Baytown Chamber is supported entirely by the members of the organization and from dollars raised by the organization. Membership Investments range from the “base” membership of $225 to investments of several thousand dollars. Just as the financial investments range from base to thousands of dollars, so do business firms range from the smallest neighborhood stores to the largest manufacturing plants and financial institutions.
The Chamber membership is composed of more than just business men and women. Among our members are professional people (physicians, dentists, cpa’s, attorneys, etc), retail, manufacturing, non profit organizations, individuals and more. This membership investment is not a contribution to the Chamber but a business investment and is tax deductible as a business investment. This investment offers a return which is the continued growth and prosperity of Baytown.
What are some of the reasons businesses join? Here are just a few – the opportunity to promote the civic and economic well-being of the community; the opportunity to meet fellow members who can send you valuable business; the opportunity to meet with local, state and federal elected officials; the opportunity to market your business to other business representatives in and around Baytown; the opportunity to participate in community development projects; and much more.
The Baytown Chamber develops publications and brochures to include a city profile, demographics on the community, city map, housing brochure, clubs and organizations, etc. Membership in the chamber offers advertising opportunities, business referrals, grand openings and ribbon cuttings and networking opportunities. We are the place that people come to or call when they don’t know where else to go.
Events coming up include the Baytown Business EXPO to be held on Thursday, October 4 at the Baytown Community Center. Tickets are available on our website complimentary but will be $5 at the door. This event features businesses exhibiting their goods and services. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the businesses in the Baytown area. Other events include a luncheon featuring Alan Hassenflu with Fidelis (the company who has purchased San Jacinto Mall). Alan will be with us to discuss the upcoming plans for the mall. This event will take place on Tuesday, September 18th, 11:30 at the Hilton Garden Inn. In October, we will have the opportunity to hear from Harris County Commissioner Jack Morman who will give us an update on Harris County. This program will be on Tuesday, October 16th, 11:30 also at the Hilton Garden Inn.
There is always much going on at your Chamber. To find out more, you can log onto our website at baytown.chamber.com. There is an interactive calendar to assist you in finding out when events are happening.