Letter from the President
For decades, the Houston East End Chamber has been the leading voice developing, promoting, and advocating for East End businesses, while encouraging the advancement and economic growth in the community. This year we celebrate our 30th anniversary milestone year of supporting growing businesses and the East End community.
When the Chamber was founded in 1991, it was a group of professionals with a mission to connect businesses, support workforce development, become trusted advisors, and help business owners achieve their goals of growing and ultimately maximizing the vibrancy of the East End community.
As the East End and Houston continues to develop, we will continue to grow and evolve to ensure we are the premier catalyst for economic and community development.
One of the biggest changes I have observed during my years with the Chamber has been the growth in technology and the introduction of the various platforms available for networking and connection.
When I started here in 2010, we were transitioning from printed newsletters, sent faxes and of course some light emails. Today, we have a digital e-blast, multiple social media accounts, primary email communication, no faxes at all and texts!
The Chamber currently has more than 300 members and we work hard to keep our businesses informed of impacting topics by holding quarterly membership meetings for internal benefit information and holding many networking events to provide various connection opportunities.
The Chamber would not be where we are today without the countless volunteers, leaders and of course the amazing chamber staff this organization has had over the years; we are truly fortunate to have a great group of volunteers that help us deliver the programming that continually impacts our members and community. We are governed by a wonderful board of 25 directors which has a great mix of professional that can not only provide historical knowledge, but also provide guidance for future.
Our focus in 2021 is engagement and membership retention. We are also working on some new programs events to provide industry specific value. Above all else, we will continue to be the ‘go to’ organization for businesses and the entire East End community.
Again, I am grateful to everyone who has played a role in our Chamber’s success over the last three decades and am excited for what the future holds! I heard once that the key to shaping our future is to participate in the present so let us make this year count and let this decade be transformative!
Frances Castañeda Dyess