The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1962 by the merger of the Seabrook and Kemah Chambers of Commerce. In 1964, the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce merged with the League City Chamber of Commerce. The Clear Lake Area Chamber became the 11th chamber in Texas and the 214th in the nation to achieve accreditation with the Chamber of Commerce of the United States.
The Clear Lake Area Chamber is one of the most active and aggressive volunteer organizations in the community. Chamber Board Members, Committee Chairmen, volunteers and the Chamber staff wear a variety of "hats" in their efforts to stimulate and retain the business community, attract new business, maintain a high quality of life for residents and appeal to visitors and tourists.
Who We Serve
The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes the defined "Clear Lake Area" as its service territory. This composite community includes Clear Lake City, Clear Lake Shores, El Lago, Kemah, League City, Nassau Bay, Seabrook, Taylor Lake Village, Webster and parts of Houston and Pasadena.
What Are Our Objectives?
The objectives of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce are:
- to promote the cultural, educational, civic, commercial, industrial and general development of the Clear Lake Area.
- to aid in the development of all legitimate enterprise designed for the betterment of the area.
- to stand and to work for community harmony.
The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce observes all local, state, and federal laws which apply to a nonprofit organization as defined in section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Chamber is not a political organization, but will concern itself with governmental affairs when the best interests of the Clear Lake Area are involved.
How We Are Organized
The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is headed by a 21-member Board of Directors elected by the general membership to establish policy, outline goals and direct the efforts of the organization. Board members serve three-year staggered terms with seven elected each year and seven retiring each year. It is the responsibility of the Board to see that the Chamber's annual Program of Work is implemented in an effective manner and that the organization is adequately financed to carry out these goals through its equitable business investment schedule.
Chamber member companies are asked to serve in one of eight strategic divisions, each of which are headed by a committee chairman. These divisions include: Area Promotions, Business Development, Diplomats, Education, Legislative and Public Affairs, Marine Industry, Member Services, and Tourism.
Participating and non-participating members comprise the organizations. Both member firms that actively participate in the Chamber - either on the Board or through committees - and member firms that do not take an active role in the organization are critical to the success of the organization. Even though a member may be inactive, the membership is important in that it affords the finances for those who do not have time to serve.
Each September, the Chamber holds its annual planning conference. The conference serves as a basis for establishing objectives for the following year. Following Board of Director approval, this Program of Work is implemented.