Marty Douglas

Alvarado Chamber of Commerce President Marty Douglas updates members on the events and activities they will conduct this year on Thursday at the Alvarado ISD Administration Building.



The Alvarado Chamber of Commerce conducted its first monthly luncheon of the year on Thursday, and President Marty Douglas said they’re looking to expand membership and host more events.

As a chamber, Douglas said their goal is to promote local businesses, while also maintaining a good relationship with the city and school district.

“Our mission is to create networking opportunities for you as our business community and to provide outlets to be able for you to promote and advertise your business,” he said.

They conduct their luncheons the first Thursday of each month, he said, and want members to learn something from their guest speakers.

“We want them to be a value for you personally and professionally,” he said. “We don’t want to waste your time. We want to have people that will come in and speak into you, speak into your business and have you walk away with information.”

As well as continuing their current projects like ribbon cuttings and after hour socials, he said they are looking to add more events throughout the year.

Some possibilities include hosting a business expo, music festival and bringing back the chamber’s yearly awards banquet and ambassador program.

We need participation from all chamber members, he said. In order to help businesses, they need to know what they need. 

They plan to add more local businesses into the chamber this year, as well as new busineses coming into the city, he said.

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