Central Fort Bend Chamber Launches Fulshear Area Business Division
On Oct. 18, The Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance’s Board of Directors voted to approve the launch of the Chamber’s Fulshear Area Business Division.
The FABD will be comprised of businesses in the city limits of Fulshear and its immediate surrounding areas. The Division is designed to allow Fulshear-area businesses the opportunity to maintain their own distinct identity while at the same time allowing them the benefits of Chamber affiliation. The Division’s goal will be to increase regional awareness of what the growing Fulshear business community has to offer and to serve the needs of that business community as they arise.
“This is an exciting, major development for both the Central Fort Bend Chamber and the City of Fulshear,” said Chamber Member Relations Director Rachelle Kanak, who will be the Chamber’s liaison to the Division. “Working together, we will create a more vibrant commercial climate in an already growing community. The business community has a local, very present advocate in the Chamber, and we are pleased the businesses and the City of Fulshear have been so supportive of this development.”
The City of Fulshear first aligned itself with the Central Fort Bend Chamber in August of 2009, when it announced its Stakeholder status the same night the Chamber announced its name change from Rosenberg-Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce to its current title. Fulshear joined Richmond and Rosenberg as Stakeholder Cities.
“The City of Fulshear was excited this week about the direction the leadership at the CFBCA has taken,” said Fulshear Mayor Tommy Kuykendall. “Since bringing Fulshear in as a Stakeholder and rebranding the Chamber name to be more inclusive about three years ago, we have worked to develop a strong partnership. Fulshear's business community has grown and has embraced the value the Chamber brings to it. With the board's creation of the Fulshear Area Business Division, our businesses have more stake and vested interest in their future direction. I applaud the board's vision and willingness to continually adapt and change to accommodate our rapid growth and needs. I am confident we have a stellar future facing us if we can continue to bring value to the business community we have become known for.”
Since 2009, the Chamber has helped the City of Fulshear produce its annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and has helped with the promotion of its other annual events. Fulshear Economic Development Director Cheryl Stalinsky has become a linchpin, maintaining the connection between Fulshear and the Chamber. She serves on numerous Chamber committees and acts as an advocate for the Chamber to Fulshear-area businesses.
“Fulshear is honored to be an integral part of the Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance,” Stalinsky said. “I feel our Fulshear Area Business Division, made up of local businesses, will work hard to represent our community. For me, it’s a dream come true.”
The FABD becomes the Chamber’s third Division. Both the Hispanic Business Division and the Young Professionals Division were created in 2009.
For more information about the Fulshear Area Business Division or the Chamber, call 281.342.5464 or visit us online at www.cfbca.org.