The Laredo Chamber of Commerce Committees are formed by a group of Chamber member volunteers who work to promote participation in Chamber events and activities, to recruit and retain Chamber members and to represent the Chamber at related functions. Their support and commitment contributes to the success of Chamber projects and events.

Committee members participate at scheduled events throughout the year. These events include Ribbon Cuttings/Grand Opening Celebrations, Customer Service Seminars, Annual Awards Banquet and Business After Hours/Power Breakfasts.

If you would like to become an active representative of the Chamber on behalf of your organization, please contact our office at (956) 722-9895.

BIENVENIDOS COMMITTEE / CHAMBER AMBASSADORS

This committee consists of a group of over 25 selected business representatives that conduct groundbreaking or ribbon cutting ceremonies for any business opening, expanding or moving to a new location.

Mission: To welcome new members to the Laredo Chamber of Commerce by fostering a business friendly environment at Chamber events and grand opening ceremonies. Activities and responsibilities of the Committee include the following:

  1. Monthly committee meetings to go over the schedule of events
  2. Attend Ribbon Cutting / Groundbreaking Ceremonies
  3. Active participation at the Annual Business Expo for new members
  4. Participation as master of ceremonies

For more information about the Chamber Ambassadors or to schedule a ribbon cutting or groundbreaking ceremony, contact Cindy Gonzalez, cindy@laredochamber.com .

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

The Business Development Committee is responsible for the promotion of professional development practices among Chamber Members.

Mission: To develop an annual Business Development Seminar Program that consists of a series of 12 professional development oriented workshops offered at no cost to all Chamber members. To constantly deliver tips and techniques of exceptional service to Chamber Members; fostering positive image among all Laredo residents.

The committee may contact members via email to promote the advancement of principles and techniques necessary to maintain favorable relations with their customers. Activities and responsibilities of the committee include the following:

1) Facilitate workshops on a monthly basis
2) Organize the Annual 5 Star Service Awards
3) Attend monthly meetings to discuss new ideas regarding Customer Service Seminars & Programs
4) Volunteer for on-site customer service training as per members request

EDUCATION COMMITTEE

The Education Committee promotes continuing education and connects industry needs with educational programs to ensure a skilled workforce for our community.

Mission: To identify, develop and implement the Laredo Scholars student programs that are beneficial for our business community through volunteerism by business leaders.

Activities and responsibilities include:

  1. Volunteer for on-site Laredo Scholars presentations to students of both school districts.
  2. Attend monthly meetings to identify new areas of improvement.
  3. Promote Laredo Scholars by contacting school officials to schedule presentations.
  4. Organize and participate at the annual School Bell Awards honoring local teachers with the golden bell award.

LEADERSHIP LAREDO

Leadership Laredo was established in 1986 under the auspices of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce through the collaborative efforts of Leadership Texas Alumni. Leadership Laredo continues to be a non-profit program aimed at challenging Laredo’s best to take an active role in shaping the future of our community.

Mission: To identify proven leaders and nurture local individuals with leadership potential. To expose leaders to the working of our urban system and enable them to broaden their knowledge beyond their particular fields of expertise and improve lines of communication among present and future leaders.

COLA BLANCA COMMITTEE

Over the last 26 years, the Cola Blanca Big Buck Contest has risen to become one of the best recognized hunting contests in the state. With support of Webb County and the City of Laredo, members of the Laredo Chamber’s Cola Blanca Committee travel across the state to participate in hunting trade shows and promotional events. Cola Blanca ads appear regularly in Texas and regional magazines and television broadcasts.

Ranch leases, retail stores, hunting stores, outfitters, hotels, restaurants, even welding shops, all benefit because of the economic impact generated by local and out of town hunting enthusiasts.

For more information about the Cola Blanca Big Buck Contest visit www.colablanca.com or contact Melissa Salinas, melissa@laredochamber.com .

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE

The Legislative Committee was formed in 2015-2016 in line with Chairman Mario Pena’s initiative for the Chamber to become more involved in the local political process as stated in the Chamber’s mission statement.  Participation in the committee is open to any member of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce in good standing.

Mission:  To be a politically proactive force to ensure the success of the Laredo metropolitan area, particularly regarding issues that affect the local business community.

During its first year of operation, the Legislative Committee joined efforts of the Moving Laredo Forward group to increase citizens’ participation in local government.  It collaborated in the drafting and promoting passage of amendments to the City Charter in support of –

  1. adopting a hybrid form of government for the election of City Council – i.e., 4 City Council members representative of and elected by voters of geographical districts and 4 City Council members elected at large; and
  2. providing the Mayor with some additional responsibilities.

The Legislative Committee was instrumental in the collection of over 10,000 signatures to allow for placement of the proposed amendments on the ballot.

SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE

Mission: To support local business owners with workforce and business development through education, community involvement, and exposure.    

Vision: The Small Business Committee accomplishes its mission by coordinating educational events and networking expositions, and rewarding success.   

The Small Business Committee organizes the Distinguished Business Awards Ceremony, hosted annually by the Laredo Chamber of Commerce with the support of the Laredo Morning Times. The selection of the honoree is based on an adaptation of the criteria used by the U.S. Small Business Administration for their annual awards. The committee also assists in the coordination of other Chamber activities and programs such as the Small Business Saturday Campaign and the B2B Small Business Expo.