West Houston Economic Development Summit: Press Release



Misty Starks

832-759-2718 | pr@3brg.com




Houston, TX (Jan. 2, 2018) – The Houston West Chamber of Commerce will host the 7th annual West Houston Economic Development Summit (WHEDS), Friday, January 18, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Norris Conference Center. The Summit brings together hundreds of entrepreneurs, corporate executives and business professionals to learn about the economic forecast for the area and discuss key issues regarding the commercial outlook in West Houston.


Expert economist Dr. Ray Perryman of the Perryman Group returns for the second year to provide up-to-date economic forecasts. His report will include new dynamics on energy, finance, healthcare and real-estate for local companies. In addition to his presentation, there will also be a panel discussion with industry experts who will give context to Perryman’s findings and examine the business landscape in West Houston, Houston at-large, Texas and the U.S.


The West Houston Economic Development Summit will feature a business expo and a deep dive into four industries through workshop sessions:


Healthcare:   A Perspective on the Future of the Healthcare Landscape

Workforce:     Employment in a Diverse Society

Banking:        Access to Capital: Financing options for your business and growth

Marketing:     Kiss My Ads: Combining Video and Social Media to Boost Your Business


This event attracts over 400 business attendees, from the West Houston area covering Greenway Plaza to the Energy Corridor. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Call 713-785-4922 for more information or visit www.hwcoc.org .

Maximize Your Membership in 2019

Dear HWCOC Members & Friends,


In 2019, we would like for your business to truly thrive, so please find our recommendations on how you can maximize your membership below.


Rise and Grind and Morning Brew are the Chamber’s monthly morning networking sessions. These events are focused on net weaving and assisting attendees in developing and perfecting elevator speeches. Attendance is typically comprised of small business owners, local location managers, and independent entrepreneurs.


These can vary in size from 20 to 60 attendees. Some of these consist of open networking and others serve a very particular purpose. These are great for experienced networkers.

After Hours

Networking After Hours events are usually held on the third Thursday evening of every month. The relaxed atmosphere, breaking bread, and toasting spirits allows attendees to use their skills in networking to make connections.

Join a Committee

Currently, there are 12 committees at the HWCOC. The committees are formed when 5+ members come to together for a common goal. Some committees choose to organize events, and other create value for the members in different manners. Through committee-led work we are able to offer support for local businesses of all sizes that reflect the needs of their needs. Usually, we encourage our members to visit all committees before joining one. Committees require a commitment, and their members often dedicate a lot of time & effort. Learn more about committees.



Committee-led events typically offer day-of-the-event volunteer opportunities as well. Those opportunities can include working a registration desk at a Golf Tournament or assisting veterans with getting to their seats at a large event. Contact us to find out more.

Develop Professionally

With the assistance of Business Resource Committee and independent members, we are able to offer a variety of opportunities for professional development including monthly seminars and workshops including SEO411 Internet Marketing Class, Business Wellness Lunch & Learn, Business Growth Workshop and Coffee Talk. All of the seminars are complimentary for HWCOC members. Please refer to our online calendar for the most up to date information.

In September 2018, HWCOC hosted Disney Institute for the first time with their Business Excellence program. Please learn more about this fascinating workshop and stay tuned for information on our next event.

We offer a variety of marketing options to our members. Depending on the level of your membership, you are entitled to some complimentary options as well. You can learn more online, or call our office.

Schedule an eBlast

This marketing option is available to members in good standing. Wondering what is included with your membership? Platinum Partner – 5/year, Chairman’s Circle – 3/year, Business Builders – 1/year.

eBlast is a terrific opportunity to showcase your special offers or events. Our restaurant members utilize this to advertise private dining during high season, our realtors choose to include their sweetest listings, so there is room for creativity. You may schedule your eBlast online now.

Schedule a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

If you are a Business Builder Member or above, a complimentary ribbon cutting ceremony is included with your membership. A Ribbon Cutting is a terrific way to recognize a special event such as your Grand Opening, Special anniversary or completion of extensive remodeling. Schedule your ribbon cutting ceremony today.

We know that all businesses are different, and that is why HWCOC possesses a diverse portfolio of events and sponsorship opportunities. Our networking breakfast audience mostly consists of small business owners, local location managers, and independent entrepreneurs, and sponsorship opportunities start at $50. However, our largest event, West Houston Economic Development Summit mostly attracts C-level and middle management executives employed by industry leaders. Sponsorship opportunities for WHEDS are in a $1,000-15,000 range, and there are many opportunities that fall anywhere in between.


Please reach out to us to discuss your goals. Whether you are interested in increasing your corporate visibility or establishing yourself as an industry expert, we would be happy to assist you in achieving your business objectives through sponsorship. Please contact us.