(Seguin) -- The Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Seguin-Guadalupe County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are well known for the events that they put on in the community. Their well attended events include the Seguin Area Chamber's Showcase Seguin and the Hotshots Fish Fry Reunion, and the Hispanic chamber's Fiestas Juan Seguin and Power Luncheon.
The events are popular community attractions, so it's easy to think of those things when you think of the work of the chambers of commerce. But the chambers of commerce here in Seguin and those across the state, are really much more than that. That's one of the reasons why the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce is working to increase the awareness about the work that it does year round.
This is Chambers of Commerce Week across the state of Texas. Kendy Gravett, president of the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce says that chambers are organizations that support businesses in each community. She says they work hard through their committees and volunteers to try to make this community a better place to work and live. She says this year's designation of Chambers of Commerce Week helps to drive home that point.
"It's October 16-21 and it is a statewide recognition of the work that chambers do. We don't just cut ribbons and hand the shovel over for ground breakings. We're doing a lot more important work and we'd like to talk about that," said Gravett.
The Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce has a staff that oversees the day-to-day operation of the organization, but it also depends on its board of directors and committee members to make a difference in the community. If you can
think of a challenge or opportunity that the community is facing, there's a good chance that the chamber has a committee in place to help address that issue.
"Yes, we like to be the connection point. So that's why I think we're involved in so many things. We can get the word out to so many different people. Since we have over 630 members and within those members are a lot of people that are included. We can get the word out and (are) able to pull people together to rally towards a cause," said Gravett.
Even though this is a statewide honor, Seguin Mayor Don Keil also stepped up recently to make sure that the local chambers of commerce were recognized for the contributions that they make on behalf of the community.
"The mayor signed a proclamation this week at the mixer, our fabulous fair mixer and we will also be making a lot of member visits and recognizing some members along the way and things on Facebook post about some of the work
that's being done across the state for chambers," said Gravett.
Chambers can often be where you find the heartbeat of a community. Gravett says that's because chambers, so often have a really large group of volunteers that it can call on at any given time.
"The chamber of commerce isn't a building. It isn't government. What it is people coming together and working together towards a common cause," said Gravett.
To find out more about the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce, visit its website seguinchamber.com; or check out the Hispanic Chamber at seguinhispanicchambertx.com.