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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I join the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce?
How much does it cost to be a member of the Galveston Regional Chamber?
How can the Chamber help me grow my business?
What types of businesses benefit from being a member?
What kind of events does your chamber organize?
Is the Galveston Regional Chamber affiliated with the City of Galveston?
How is your organization funded?
Are there committees that I can get involved with?

Why should I join the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce?

When you join the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, you are joining more than 850 other businesses to create a voice for the business community that carries weight. If you surveyed a sample of our membership about why they joined the chamber, rest assured you will receive a multitude of answers. Some businesses find their biggest return on investment from our networking events, others from our marketing opportunities. However, we are confident you will find that all of our members benefit from the advocacy efforts of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce. No other organization is dedicated to monitoring legislation that could impact your ability to do business in Galveston like the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce. We fiercely defend the interests of the Galveston business community, so that you can be concerned with what you do best: running your business.

Schedule a meeting today by contacting our office at gcc@galvestonchamber.com or (409) 763-5326 to find out more about how we can help your business and how you can become part of THE voice for business in Galveston.

How much does it cost to be a member of the Galveston Regional Chamber?

The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce operates with a tiered membership system with 5 different investment levels. This structure allows your business to decide which investment is right for you. For an annual investment of $325, you can become a member of our chamber. For major economic drivers in the community, we suggest our Trustee level membership which allows you to customize your membership benefits. For more details on the benefits and costs associated with our five levels, please click here.

How can the chamber help me grow my business?

Our organization has been committed to promoting and advocating for business since 1845. And after all this time, we are still finding new ways for our members to market their business to potential customers and clients. The chamber promotes our members via our website, a smart phone application, and printed publications such as our Membership Directory / Galveston Island Relocation & Visitors Guide.

We also have programs that allow our members to distribute their marketing materials to businesses and the community. Our Welcome Bag program grants Chamber members an opportunity to get their information in front of businesses at ribbon cutting ceremonies. Members are also welcome to furnish their business cards, brochures and more to be displayed in our Visitors Center which services thousands of people every year. Furthermore, we organize multiple events throughout the year to help our members make new connections. The majority of these events are free to our members, so even the smallest of businesses can take advantage of these occasions.

Schedule a meeting today by contacting our office at gcc@galvestonchamber.com or (409) 763-5326 for a consultation on which chamber programs will help you achieve your individual goals.

What types of businesses benefit from being a member?

Businesses of all shapes and sizes benefit from membership with the Galveston Regional Chamber. Every industry, from tourism to manufacturing and from sole proprietorships to major corporations, is represented in our membership. We cater to our diverse customer base by offering a wide variety of services and programs. Schedule an appointment today by contacting our office at gcc@galvestonchamber.com or (409) 763-5326 to discuss how to personalize your benefits package to best meet your unique needs.

What kind of events does your chamber organize?

The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce organizes a variety of different events each year including our Annual Meeting, monthly After-5 Business Mixers, monthly Good Morning Galveston! events, Golf Tournament, Women’s Conference, Lemonade Day Galveston, educational seminars, industry tours, business roundtable events, hot-topic luncheons, ribbon cutting ceremonies and more! Several of these events are helpful in educating our members about important issues and they are all designed to help you make connections. Check the Chamber Calendar to find out about upcoming events.

Is the Galveston Regional Chamber affiliated with the City of Galveston?

The Galveston Regional Chamber maintains a positive working relationship with the City of Galveston as well as the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. However, our Chamber operates solely on the annual investments made by our members along with money we raise through special events. We do not receive funding from any public entity, which allows us the freedom of advocating for the Galveston business community without influence from agencies whose primary concern may not be protecting the business community.

How is your organization funded?

Membership is the lifeblood of our organization. We operate solely on the investments of our members along with money raised through special events. This arrangement permits our chamber to only be concerned with serving our members rather than pleasing outside agencies to ensure future funding.

Are there committees that I can get involved with?

Absolutely! The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce maintains several standing and ad hoc committees to harness the energy and input of motivated volunteers. Our Advocacy Committee is by far the most popular with a waiting list of people eager to serve. We also have committees engaged in topics such as governmental affairs, membership, education and more. Our newest is our Out-of-the-Box committee. They seek out fresh ideas and proactively look for ways to improve our chamber’s ability to meet our members’ evolving needs. Click here to find out more about the committees the Galveston Regional Chamber has to offer.

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Advocacy. The Business Advocacy Committee shall be charged with the primary responsibility to promote a positive and pro-active business environment in the Galveston area through the following activities:

  1. Developing and supporting local governmental action which promotes a strong business climate and job growth opportunities.
  2. Opposing local governmental action which inhibits a strong business climate and diminishes job growth opportunities.
  3. Establishing productive relationships between business interests and public officials.
  4. Providing forums to inform public officials and candidates for public office on issues impacting the business community.
  5. Providing forums to educate the membership on issues impacting the business community.
  6. Communicating official Chamber positions to the appropriate public officials prior to their action on the issue.
  7. Identifying and supporting individuals to serve on public Commissions and Boards.
  8. Endeavoring to hold public officials accountable for their actions and the resulting impact on the business community. This may be accomplished by the circulation of public official voting records to the Chamber membership on any issue on which the Chamber has communicated an official position.

Advocacy Committee meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, in conjunction with Legislative Affairs, 8:00 am, in the Chamber Board Room.

Comite de Negocios (Spanish Businesses Committee). This committee's mission is to advocate and act as a liaison for the hispanic owned business community within the region.

The Comite de Negocios meets the 2nd Monday of every month, 8:00 am, in the Chamber Board Room.

C-Crewe. The C-Crewe’s objective is to engage professionals under forty in the Galveston business community, as well as the Chamber of Commerce.

C-Crewe meets the 2nd Friday of every month, 10:00 am, at various locations.

Doolin Maritime Career Pathways. As a committee of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, the Doolin Maritime Pathways Crew is a coalition of educators, organizations, and businesses that promote local workforce development for the maritime industry.

The Doolin Maritime Career Pathways Committee meets the 3rd Friday of every month, 7:30 am, in the Chamber Board Room.

Education. The mission of this committee is to enhance the quality, accessibility, choice, and usefulness of education for all students, and to support the economic, social, and political viability of Galveston Island.

Education Committee meets the 1st Friday of every month, 7:30am, various locations.

Executive Committee. This committee meets the 2nd Friday of every month, 8:00 am, Chamber offices.

Golf Tournament. The Golf Tournament is a fundraiser for the Chamber.

This committee meets monthly beginning in May, with the exact scheduled to be determined at that time.

Legislative Affairs. The mission for this committee is to advocate through the Legislature for member businesses, providing a voice to not only the State, but at a National level as well.

This committee meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 8:00 am, in the Chamber Board Room.

Lemonade Day. Lemonade Day Galveston County, which is an initiative of the Galveston Regional Chamber’s Education Committee, empowers today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. Youth of all ages – from pre-K through high school, across Galveston County can register.

Lemonade Day Committee meets the 1st Friday of every month, 10:00 am, Chamber Board Room.

Membership Development. This committee is tasked with growing and retaining the membership base, through continual review of membership levels and benefits, and listening to the members, their requests, and requirements.

This committee meets the 1st Thursday of every month, 2:00 pm, Chamber offices.

Pelican Island and Galveston Channel Advocacy. This committees mission is promoting and advocating for existing and future land owners and businesses on Pelican Island and the Port of Galveston and its tenants.

This committee meets the 2nd Monday of every month, 11:30 am, at various member locations.

Women’s Conference. The mission of this committee is to give women in the region an opportunity to come together, share and learn from each other.

Women’s Conference Committee meets the 1st Thursday of every month, 3:00 pm in the Chamber Board Room.

Work Force Development. The mission of this committee is to identify skill sets that match employment opportunities in the Galveston Region.

Work Force Development Committee meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month, 9:00 am in the Chamber Board Room.