Membership Service Division
Membership Development conducts an organized membership campaign to increase the number of members to strengthen the organization and enhance the Voice of Business.
The Ambassador Committee works to retain existing members including personal visits and other efforts to increase the Chamber’s visibility. The committee hosts First Thursday Business After Hours and ribbon cuttings, and greets at Chamber functions.
Public Affairs Division
Legislative Advocacy Committee works to strengthen the Chamber as the Voice of Business by providing policy recommendations on local, state and national legislation, and publicizes policy decisions for the entire membership and appropriate legislators. The committee also hosts Candidates and Issue Forums for the Community on local and regional elections to bring the issues and/or candidates to the voters so that they may make informed decisions on elections.
Community Development Division
The Crime Prevention and Safety Committee promotes and assists in continued efforts to make Baytown as safe as possible. The committee is a liaison between law enforcement, fire, emergency medical service, emergency management and business. The committee was instrumental in getting the 1/8 percent Crime Control Prevention District and 1/8 percent Fire Control Prevention EMS District sales taxes passed initially and again on the renewal of the district five years later. These two districts have made it possible to purchase new capital equipment without relying on property tax or bond programs, and put more officers on the street through the Hot Spot and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement units that monitor the increasing heavy truck traffic on the truck routes.
The annual Baytown Business Expo gives Baytown businesses opportunities to exhibit goods and services to prospective buyers and to educate the public on business in Baytown.
Seminars and Workshops are offered to the membership throughout the year ranging from brown bag lunch employment related topics to half day customer services and motivational workshops.
This group promotes liaisons between the business and educational communities by sponsoring programs like Partners In Education, Capitol Scholars, Texas Scholars and others that bring about interaction between education and business. In addition, it chooses six graduating high school students (two from each of the three high schools) and gives them $2,000 scholarships to Lee College.
The PIE Committee is a subcommittee with Partners In Education participants. It reviews programs with a goal of continual growth and improvement. Their main purpose is to have business partners in the classrooms to mentor and tutor the students in the district. The participants have also been instrumental in undertaking new projects throughout the years, such as Cards For Troops through Congressman Ted Poe’s office with a continual growth in the number of Christmas cards they collect for Service Men and Women each year which surpasses 120,000 cards annually.
Special Events Division
Golf Tournament volunteers work to develop fundraisers that assist in stabilizing the finances and rebuilding the operating reserves of the Chamber. In addition, it evaluates the feasibility of an annual event that would bring positive recognition to Baytownand gives the opportunity for networking away from a formal setting.
Epicurean Evening volunteers assist with the annual tasting exposition for area restaurants, giving them opportunities to share menu items with the public and business community, and promoting their dining and catering services.
Dues Evaluation participants review the current investment schedule and determine if it is truly a fair-share formula that meets the needs of the Chamber.
Nominating and By-Laws members develop and implement guidelines for the nomination of directors and the executive committee that ensures continuity of Chamber leadership.