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Chamber Programs & Events

List of Programs & Events
 
Annual Banquet This event celebrates the success of the Chamber and its volunteer leadership and contributions. The following annual awards are given: Bay Blazer of the Year, Business Builder of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Chamber Member of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Non-Profit Organization of the Year. There is a featured speaker, silent auction and raffle. It is held the last Monday in June. 
 
Aransas County Day in Austin (February) – This event gives members an opportunity to travel to Austin and schedule sessions with Texas Senators and Representatives to discuss the Chamber’s legislative agenda. We also incorporate a student representative from each school into the event. The students are honorary pages for the House and Senate Chambers for the day. A committee put this event together every other year. Signup to serve under "Get Involved."

Business Expo  - Opportunity for business members to showcase their business in a fun setting at Fulton Convention Center. This event is held the last Thursday in April. For more information on being a vendor inside or outside or to service on the Committee, call 361-729-6445.

Business Breakfasts – Last Wednesday (Call to Inquire) – The Small Business Council “Business Builders” develop morning breakfasts filled with networking and great speakers with topics based on the needs of the members. They are held at various locations. Meeting people and learning is a high priority. To serve on the Business Builders, go to "Getting Involved."

Business After Hours – Last Thursday of every month – This is a monthly mixer where businesses and non-profit organizations enjoy networking, food and fun. There is a casual speaker with a “Hot Topic” that pertains to something current and happening in the community. These events are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. As you walk up, there will be a chance for you to put your business card in a drawing for a chance to win prizes. They are held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the last Thursday of the month.

Business of the Month Award - Businesses complete an application, which is submitted to a committee. A weighted-matrix identifying what you are involved in, have you improved the look of your business and what impact you have had on the community, is used for selection. The business selected receives a plaque, and Business of the Month Banner at a ceremony. All monthly award winners then have a chance to win Small Business of the Year. This is announced at the Annual Banquet. 

Bay Blazers - The Bay Blazers Membership Team is made up of 15-20 members who attend ribbon cuttings, ground-breakings, meet monthly, bring in new members and host Business After Hours and Business Expo. They wear white shirts labeled with Bay Blazers across the back and the Chamber logo embroideried across the front. To become a Bay Blazer, go to "Get Involved" on this website and click "Bay Blazers."

Candidate & Issues Forums – Call to Inquire – This is a program, coordinated by the Leadership Aransas County Alumni Program, allowing members to meet and hear a fair and balanced forum of candidates running for political office as well as participate in impact issues of direct interest to our community. They are usually held in the evening prior to a particular election. Watch for dates and times.

Chamber Academy -   This is a 40-plus course schedule and curriculum that you can sign up to attend at any time. It is designed to assist small businesses, individuals or organizations. When you attend a course you earn valuable continuing education credits. When you attend 12 or more courses in the fiscal year Oct. 1-Sept. 30 you can receive a Continuing Education Certificate from Del Mar College. There are also onine courses. Click here.  

Chamber Luncheons – Second Tuesday (Except Summer) – Has an action-packed agenda of “hot topics” and happenings. A "Historic Member" of the month is announced. Spotlights of the community are featured. Everything is focused on informing our businesses and organizations on current activities and events. 

Chamber Holiday Luncheon - An annual event with an emphasis is on the spirit of giving in the Rockport-Fulton Area and the importance of shopping locally. It is held in November to celebrate the upcoming holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. It generally draws more than 250 people. 

Charmers - A volunteer greeter program of the Visitor Center. Mostly retired individuals who love to assist our visitors. Volunteers help anwer phones, stuff goodie bags and assist the staff. They have a lot of fun at their monthly half-day tour, training and luncheon. 

EDC - The Economic Development Council is an advisory board made up of elected officials, past chairmen of the board of the Chamber and key individuals in the community. They meet monthly on the first Monday to review new businesses, existing business expansions, job creation, vacant buildings, etc. 

HummerBird Celebration – (September) – This is an event created to increase the awareness of birding in the Rockport-Fulton area. The event is run by a committee of the Chamber. It involves coordinating a Hummer Home Tour Program, bus, boat and field trips to birding sites, a full program to educate the public on birding and an expo hall for local and out of town vendors. This event puts “heads in beds” during an ordinarily slow-period therefore impacting the economy for our businesses.

Leadership Aransas County - A leadership and community orientation program for business and organization leaders, formed in 1995. Providing a continuing source of business leaders by ensuring Leadership Aransas County participants receive  the necessary community information/orientation and leadership skills. 

Leadership Aransas County Alumni - A program for all the graduates of the Leadership Aransas County Program.  The group conducts socialand special activities throughout the year.

Lunch & Learn Series - The first Tuesday of the month features a learning session on a Small Business topic.  One of the courses of the Chamber Academy Program. Receive assistance from the Small Business Development Center. Call to reserve your seat today.

MBA Challenge – (Call to Inquire) – A program with a focused-approach named after the Springfield Rifle, where a committee works on attracting the meeting business to the Rockport-Fulton area Sunday through Thursday. A award is given to those who bring in the meeting business. The award ceremony is held during the May Chamber Luncheon.

New Member Orientations – Chamber Chat (Call to Inquire) – This is a luncheon held for new members. It is held each quarter. The new member receives a complimentary lunch and one hour focused on information about the Chamber and its benefits. 

Ribbon Cuttings, groundbreakings, openings, dedications –  Call to Inquire.

Rockport-Fulton Night at the Hooks Game (April) –  This is an annual event where our members caravan to Corpus Christi and literally dominate the night with someone from Rockport-Fulton involved in every aspect of the Corpus Christi Hooks Baseball Game. We have 400-500 people in attendance. Purchase tickets at the Chamber.

SBDC Tuesdays – (Call to Inquire) – A representative will be available to assist businesses and conduct workshops during the lunch hour.

Seafair – (October) – This event is a festival the Chamber took over in the year 2000. It is run by a committee of the Chamber and is held during an economically slow-period. It also provides an opportunity for many businesses and organizations to generate funds by being a vendor. (i.e. boat show, food booths, political party vendors, raffles, kayak demos, cooking demonstrations, bands, sponsorships, etc.) 

Tech Tuesdays – Third Tuesday of each month – Bring your lunch and listen as a presenter teaches you some new technical topic. This event is free but space is limited so call to reserve a seat or register online. This course is part of the Chamber Academy Program. 

Washington DC Fly-In – (June) – An opportunity for members to travel to Washington, DC and schedule sessions with US Senators and Representatives as well as staffs to discuss the Chamber’s legislative agenda.

Youth Leadership Council - A leadership and community orientation program for middle school student leaders. It provides a connection to our schools by ensuring our youth receive the necessary community information/orientation and leadership skills.