Gov. Greg Abbott designated Oct. 15-19 as Chamber of Commerce Week in Texas to recognize the positive efforts and influence in our communities of statewide chambers of commerce.

Since 1913, the Lubbock Chamber, serving our hometown as a catalyst for business growth; a convener of leaders and influencers; and a champion for a stronger community, provides a unified voice of business by actively advocating for a pro-jobs, pro-growth, pro-business climate. The strength of the Chamber lies within our business membership and serves as a huge resource for Lubbock.

By leading business-to-business exchange opportunities, we fortify business relations and interactions among all economic players and our members benefit from a broad range of activities that enhance the visibility and reputation of their business. The Chamber has always taken the lead to celebrate the best qualities of Lubbock and make our residents proud of where we live.

Our Chamber is deeply involved in many important aspects of Lubbock’s economic success and volunteer business leaders seek to provide community leadership and innovation. The Board of Directors established additional values of integrity, collaboration and a member focus to ensure we return the investment to our business partners.

Today, the Chamber continues the work of our founders – helping Lubbock grow and prosper. We are the voice of business, provide business support efforts with network development and educational opportunities, and we produce what other organizations sell.

The Chamber was founded on the idea that the power of small businesses is mighty when they unite and join forces. A perfect example of representing our member business interests is the recent decision our Board of Directors made to expand employee benefit coverage options with Association Health Plans. The West Texas Employer Health Plan will provide huge support for our business members with 2-50 employees in Lubbock and the 33 counties in our region and gives small businesses the buying power and flexibility of larger businesses. The Lubbock Chamber was the first in the country to create this new Association Health Plan for our members.

Our involvement with transportation and agriculture issues along with providing leadership and young professional programs ensures successful commerce in Lubbock and the surrounding region. The Chamber collaborates with the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance and other partners to provide entrepreneurship skills to middle and high school students, who actually create their own businesses, create jobs and help grow the local economy.

These activities on behalf of our membership reflects the mission and intent of the Chamber Board of Directors to strengthen, promote and serve Lubbock’s business community.

Thanks to our members and the Board led by Chairman Cory Powell, the Lubbock Chamber serves as a solutions business by building connections and strives to make Lubbock the best city in the nation to work, live, play and learn. A continuing primary focus of these efforts is giving Lubbock businesses the power to grow.

As the largest business federation on the South Plains, the Chamber represents almost 1,900 job creators who employ 79,000 workers, and account for $2 billion in annual household earnings in Lubbock and West Texas, all without tax dollars. As an investor and partner with the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, businesses and their employees have a direct opportunity to collaborate and contribute to Lubbock’s future.


Eddie McBride is president/CEO of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce.