Keri Schmidt

The secret to success is just around the Bend…Fort Bend. With a population of over 800,000, Fort Bend County is home to seventeen cities, small to large, each with its own unique flavor and outstanding characteristics. A recent study published by Rice University identifies Fort Bend County as one of the fastest-growing counties in America and as the single most diverse county in the United States.

Our local business climate is flourishing from the ground up. At the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, we are proud to partner in this success ensuring that Fort Bend is the foremost location for economic development and business prosperity. In 2014, the United States Chamber of Commerce awarded the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce with 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. With 7,077 chambers in the United States, 207 of these are accredited with only 82 receiving a 5-Star designation.

At the Fort Bend Chamber, you can meet the premier business leaders in the County and have access to a multitude of opportunities to network, further your career, hear success stories, stay up to date on community and industry news and socialize. 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. Key to this effort is building and maintaining strong relationships with our local, state and federal elected officials.

For over 40 years, the Fort Bend Chamber has diligently fulfilled its mission as the advocate for business excellence in Fort Bend County. We create, enhance 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, Economic Development, Healthcare or Members Services we bring value to our members. Read the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce's 2017 Annual Report.

Graduates of our sought after Fort Bend Leadership Forum program are serving in leadership positions throughout our community. Its sister program, the Leadership Excellence for Nonprofits 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. Fort Bend Volunteers provides a county-wide calendar of events and a place for our community to serve. The Chamber Young Professionals Division will ensure that the Chamber is delivering value to the future leaders of Fort Bend County.

Through the Fort Bend Convention Visitors Services we provide our visitors and new residents resources that highlight the great amenities and attractions in Fort Bend County. Under the Chamber’s banner, the Farmers Market at Imperial operates year round and is the largest certified farmers market in Texas. Not to be outdone and celebrating its eleventh year, the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair attracts thousands of wine and food aficionados to our area each year.

As a Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce member, 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