Business Development Division
2020-2021 Vice Chairman Tyrone Curl
Chair Larissa Philpot, Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation
This team develops ways to help our businesses grow by raising public awareness, developing partnerships, and building coalitions and community support in Nacogdoches County.
This initiative encourages chamber members to do business with other Chamber members, supporting the businesses that put resources back into our community and sharing our vision for Nacogdoches County and East Texas. Don’t just make a purchase — make a choice!
Start every search for products and services with the Nacogdoches County Chamber's membership directory available in the hard copy Nacogdoches Guide and online - click here! Choose a member of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce. Chamber First!
Co-chairs Angela Shannon, Texas Farm Credit and Steele Wright, TFP Nutrition
This team supports and develops the agricultural industry. They aid in educating the public about the importance of agribusiness and coordinate the annual Agriculture Appreciation Banquet.
The Agriculture Appreciation & Awareness Banquet presented by TFP Nutrition recognizes Nacogdoches County agribusiness leaders and educators and celebrates the huge role agriculture plays in our economy. Click for information about the 2019 banquet including award honorees and scholarship recipients.
Advocacy & Government Affairs
Co-Chair Todd A Brown, Ph.D., Stephen F. Austin State University
Co-Chair Donna Finley, Casa Tomas & Austin Hall
This committee monitors state, local and federal issues that are important to the community. They host Nacogdoches/SFA Days in Austin and the Lone Star Legislative Summit in Nacogdoches and communicate with elected and appointed officials.
The Nacogdoches County Chamber believes it is important for business people to be aware of state and national issues that affect free enterprise. We monitor state issues through our membership in the Texas Association of Business (TAB) and national issues through our membership in the US Chamber of Commerce.
We are, however, completely independent of these organizations and do not necessarily endorse their positions. The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce is an independent nonprofit organization.
Shop Nac First
Shop Nac First raises the visibility and importance of buying local in our community. This campaign promotes local businesses and urges our residents to do their shopping and dining within Nacogdoches County. By shopping, dining, drinking, playing, and utilizing local services within our community, we can help Nacogdoches’ local businesses to remain unique, successful, and vibrant.
Chamber joins The Daily Sentinel in fight against tariff
The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce board of directors joined the Sentinel in the fight against a newsprint tariff by sending letters asking Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz to intervene. Photo: The Daily Sentinel Managing Editor Josh Edwards, left, stands with Rick Craig, publisher. (Photo by Tim Monzingo)
“The grassroots pressure to overturn the tariffs played a huge role in the final decision. We really appreciated the local chamber standing behind The Sentinel in this fight. Even though it was a national issue, we received support from State Sen. Robert Nichols and State Rep. Travis Clardy,” said Sentinel publisher Rick Craig. “The chamber’s advocacy in a business or organization’s behalf is just one of the many benefits that the chamber provides." Read more.