Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce

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MISSION STATEMENT & WORK PLAN

Mission Statement

The mission of the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce (GCCC) is to market the products and services of its membership; to promote economic development through local and outside shopping and investment in the Cleveland Area Community; and to provide leadership, ideas and action to enhance the quality of life in the Cleveland Area Community.

Work Plan

Goal 1:Market the products and services of the GCCC membership

Goal 2:Develop and maintain an engaged membership and actively recruit new members so that action is taken by the membership on the Mission Statement and the Work Plan.

Goal 3:Communicate constantly with the membership and the community.

Goal 4:Cooperate with all community organizations, including the City of Cleveland, Cleveland ISD, Tarkington ISD and Liberty County, on activities which augment the GCCC Mission Statement and Work Plan.

Goal 5: Inspire and motivate people in the Cleveland Area Community to care about its past, present and future.

About Us

The Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, originally established in 1935 is a 501 C(6), non-profit organization for business people designed to advance the interest of its members. Memberships can be deducted as a necessary business expense, but not a charitable donation. The Chamber is NOT funded by local, state or federal tax dollars. It is funded by Memberships, Special Events, Sponsorships and Advertising.

BENEFITS OF CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP

Networking Opportunities

Our The GCCC receives 10,000 plus requests for information annually. As a member, your business will be given priority referrals when people ask about your industry.

The Chamber hosts a networking luncheon the first Thursday of each month providing good food and great opportunities to meet fellow members and their guests. Speaker topics are varied and usually center on business, government and community themes. Members are encouraged to bring brochures, business cards and literature about their business to display on our ‘Member Marketplace’ table. Sponsorship opportunities are available as well.

Our semi-annual Bowling Tournament is held in January and July each year. This is a fun evening of social networking. You can be part of a team or just come to be a “cheer leader” for your favorite team.

The GCCC Ambassadors meet monthly. This meeting is structured for those members of the Chamber who wish to assist in future growth and retention of membership and marketing opportunities for members. They are also mentors to new chamber members.

Our After-Hours Networking Reception is held quarterly. In addition to networking between businesses we recognize new members to the chamber that joined during the previous quarter. Each new member is provided a table to show their products or services to attending guests. They also have an opportunity to briefly speak about their business as we pass the mike around. Food and beverages are served.

The Annual Awards Banquet is held each February. It’s a celebration of those who have made significant contributions to our chamber and our community during the previous year. Awards presented include Ambassador of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year. We also recognize the previous Chairman of the Board and retiring board members.

Taste of Cleveland Business Exposition is held annually in April. Each vendor will offer food samples to individual attendees. This is a “fun with food” event allowing businesses to explain their products and services while attendees are enjoying their food samples.

Our Outdoor EXPO, which unfortunately was “Harvey’d (Hurricane Harvey) is a fun family event to be held in June 2018. Kid features include Catch and Release Fish Tank, Rock Climbing Wall, Archery for Kids, Laser Target Range, BB gun range, bounce houses and much more. In addition to boat and outdoor vehicle displays there’s lots of food. Our large list of vendors sell guns, knives, crafts and anything to do with outdoor fun.

Music Festival: This was a new community event for the Greater Cleveland Area which began in 2017. This year we plan to expand this “whole family” outing that will appeal to the entire family. In addition to bringing many visitors to the Cleveland area there will be many opportunities to showcase your business.

Marketing Opportunities

Our Chamber Directory/Cleveland Resource Guide is published annually featuring both Chamber members, as well as, local non-members businesses. This guide focuses on the attributes of Cleveland as a place to work, shop and live. It is distributed to all Chamber members/advertisers and is sent to anyone requesting information on the Cleveland area. Copies are also placed in local hotel rooms, real estate offices, title companies, city offices, area hotel lobbies, banks and places people are seeking information about Cleveland. There is also an online version linked to the Chamber website: www.clevelandtxchamber.com.

Our up-to-date website lists your business under either product or service category. The site offers “Member to Member” deals and a “Hot Deals” section.

Opportunities for sponsorships to get the name of your business out to your customers.

Email blasts to our database of sales, special discounts, promotional events and other activities of your business.

Exposure by name, category and by purchased advertising in the annual Resource Guide.

Business Development Resources

The GCCC works closely with the Small Business Development Center and WorkForce Solutions to provide help with business and marketing plans, personnel training and management, and other information and advice to develop your business.

Consider the GCCC your research source when you are looking for information about the Greater Cleveland Area.

LEADERSHIP

Executive Committee

President/Chairman

Melissa Lanier, Attorney

Chair Elect

Charlie Rice, Owner
Sears Hometown Store

Treasurer

Bobby Pennington, Finance Director, City of Cleveland

Secretary

Victoria Good, CBS Furniture

Past Chair

Carl Williamson, Pastor
Calvary Baptist Church

Vice President & COO

Jim Carson, Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce

Directors

Mike Cook, General Manager
McCoy’s Building Supply

Timothy Magee, Pastor
Cornerstone Church

Jean McAdams, Retired

LaNora Purvis, General Manager
Home of Amazing Grace

Mike Upshaw, Warden
Cleveland Correctional Center

Patti Foster, Administrator
Texas Emergency Hospital

Randy Peery, Owner
Roadhouse Randy DJ

Ex-Officio

Otis Cohn, Mayor
City of Cleveland

Kelly McDonald, City Manager
City of Cleveland

Brad Browder, President
Economic Development Corporation

Jay Knight, County Judge
Liberty County

Darrell Myers, Superintendent
CISD

Mark Keith, Superintendent
TISD

Staff

Jim Carson, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Wanda Meza, Executive Assistant