Keri Schmidt

With a population of near 800,000, Fort Bend County is home to seventeen cities, small to large, each with its own unique flavor and outstanding characteristics.   We are a diverse community that is amazing, resilient, and creative and through good times and challenging times, remains connected though our strong sense of community.

Since being awarded 5-Star recognition in 2014 and again in 2019, the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce has continued to raise the bar on impacting the community, advocating for excellence and pushing for policies that help our businesses grow. Our local business climate is flourishing from the ground up.

At the Fort Bend Chamber, you will meet premier business leaders in the County that can provide networks and resources to take your business to the next level. Our success stories always include how involvement in our Chamber provides opportunities to network, further your career and stay up to date on community and industry news and build relationships.  The Fort Bend Chamber is a catalyst between business and community for achievement.

As the voice of business in Fort Bend County, the Chamber strives to understand the legislative issues important to our members.  Visit FortBendChamberVotes.com to access valuable information on legislative issues and connect with elected officials.  We have a commitment to our membership to advocate on behalf of business in Fort Bend County on local, state and federal issues.  Key to this effort is building and maintaining strong relationships with our local, state and federal elected officials.

For over 50 years, the Fort Bend Chamber has diligently fulfilled its mission as the advocate for excellence in Fort Bend County and beyond.  We create, enhance, support  and promote the thriving economic environment in which we work and live.  Whether it is through the Education Division, Infrastructure Planning, Governmental Relations, Community Resources, Business and Professional Development, Healthcare or Member Services we bring bottom-line value to our members.

Fort Bend Future is an initiative comprised of a technology advisory council where the business and education communities collaborate to cultivate, attract, and retain a tech-savvy workforce. We serve as a resource to advocate, educate and support this effort.  Visit FortBendFuture.com to learn more.

Graduates of our sought-after Fort Bend Leadership Forum program are serving in leadership positions throughout our community. Its sister program, the Excellence for Nonprofit Leadership builds organizational effectiveness within our philanthropic community.   High school students have the unique opportunity to experience how volunteerism and philanthropy coexist to serve the community in our Youth in Philanthropy program.

Our Diversity Action Team was formed to provide resources to our members on how to ensure their businesses understand the business case for diversity.  The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce values the importance of equipping our members with knowledge of diversity and inclusion within their organizations.

As a Fort Bend County resident, this is a just a snap shot of what you have access to, all right here in one of America’s most dynamic and fastest growing counties, where success is just around the Bend.

Keri Curtis Schmidt, CCE, IOM

President | CEO