The Fort Stockton Chamber of Commerce supports and strives to enhance the economic prosperity of local business, with the aim of improving the quality of life for Fort Stockton residents, businesses and organizations. Our goal is to further the interests of businesses. The Chamber of Commerce is an organization of members who are investing their time and money in community development programs – working together to improve the economic, civic, and cultural wellbeing of the area.
We promote collaboration and assist local businesses by providing training on many business aspects, providing business services, and helping businesses connect with other businesses inside and outside the area. We strive to provide services that are beneficial to the community organization and to its members as a whole.
Network Development Opportunities
Information sharing, ribbon cuttings, committee meetings, and other special events provide numerous opportunities to connect with potential clients and vendors.
Being a member of the Fort Stockton Chamber highlights the importance you place on your business image. It also highlights to the community that you are actively involved in making Fort Stockton a better place to live, work, and conduct business.
We “grow our own” with the Youth Leadership and Leadership Fort Stockton programs, which put local teens and local business people, respectively, through an intense deep dive into the history and infrastructure of Fort Stockton and the local area.
We arrange local events, such as the Glitz and the Chamber Banquet, to create networking opportunities for individuals and organizations, as well as taking time to celebrate our unique aspects as a city.
We also work with local historical organizations to preserve and defend the history of Fort Stockton.
To get involved, contact the Chamber Director, who will provide more information on Board nominations, and Division participation
Business Development and Retention Division
President Elect and Division Vice President – Purpose: To oversee and direct the business development and job creation activities of the Chamber, in accordance with the Economic Development Plan adopted by the Fort Stockton Economic Development Corporation.
New membership recruitment and retention – Chairperson, Executive Vice President – Will work on a monthly recruitment plan for non-members of the Chamber. They will also work on packets of information to give the non-members and also with a monthly visitation list to be given to the board and ambassadors.
Membership Services – Chairperson, Vice President – This committee will work on offering business services to membership: seminars, publicity, and others
Website/Master Community Calendar/Newspaper Page/Publicity – Chairperson – Will work on updating and promoting the website www.fortstockton.org. They will also be researching ways in which the site can be structured to better benefit the local businesses. The site will also host a master community calendar for special events information.
Hospitality Training – Chairperson, Arna McCorkle – Will work with local businesses to set up hospitality training sessions to help teach hospitality to employees.
Community and Special Events Division
Division Vice President – Purpose: To ensure channeling the resources of the Chamber of Commerce toward continued efforts in enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Fort Stockton.
Glitz – Chairperson, Co-Chairs – This committee will promote shopping local by sponsoring a fashion show that includes clothing as well as food, hair & nail fashion, and accessories.
IHMSA – Chairperson – This committee will focus on having special entertainment during the weeklong tournament. We will coordinate a social, banquet, and work with Historic Fort Stockton on entertainment.
Live at Zero Stone Park – Chairperson – This committee will work with the sponsoring organization and get bands, publicity and location worked out for this summer event. This is totally sponsored by another organization.
Banquet – The committee will host an annual banquet for the membership. The banquet will allow the chamber a chance to recognize their volunteers and membership.
Christmas Parade – Chairperson, Chamber Staff – Will organize with help of the Ambassadors.
Organizational Development Division
Arna McCorkle, Executive Vice President – Purpose: To place a strong emphasis on service and communications to the entire membership and pursue efforts to increase the total members of the Fort Stockton Chamber of Commerce.
After Hour Social – Chamber Staff – Will sponsor 1 “After Hour” social events for the membership. This will give the membership a chance to network with other members.
Business Spotlight – Chairperson: Ambassadors – Will honor different businesses each month by presenting them with a certificate to display at their business. The business will be listed in the Spotlight section of the Chamber website, and in each email newsletter during the month. Businesses selected for the Spotlight will be notified prior to the Spotlight month so they may elect to have sales, specials, and/or Business After Hours events during their month of Spotlight.
Christmas Open House/Art Show/Silent Auction – Chamber Staff – Will host an open house for all Chamber members and the community; along with an art show and silent auction to benefit of the Santa Hawg Joy Run.
Youth Leadership Fort Stockton – Chairperson, Arna McCorkle, Co-Chair – The committee will continue to sponsor a Leadership program for seniors at Fort Stockton High School. They will continue to look at program enhancements for this program. The division may seek input form leadership-training providers to help enhance the program. Local leaders of Fort Stockton will be asked to help educate the future leaders.
Leadership Fort Stockton/Leadership Alumni – Chairperson – The committee will work with the Leadership Alumni to continue to promote improvements and attendance in “Leadership Fort Stockton” training. This training is to be provided under the auspices of this division.
Ambassadors – Boss Ambassador – The division will be under the direction of the boss ambassador. They will work on utilizing the ambassadors for membership recruitment and retention, and public relations.