Chamber of Commerce Week

Sep 18, 2020




We would like to take the opportunity to say, “THANK YOU” and show our appreciation to the business community. The Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce clearly is defined by creating a stronger economy and forging deep professional relationships within the business organizations, local community, and the region. All Chambers across the nation celebrate this week.   Even though there is a week set aside called “Chamber of Commerce Week” to recognize the business community, this is something we do on a daily basis. Meaning we promote local services, advocating for business community, design programs or committees like, internship programs, contractors’ group, census outreach, recognizing our emerging leaders, networking events, luncheons, education foundation and other business outreach. Our mission “The Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce is an organization of business and community representatives working together as a team to achieve a sound economic environment and quality of life for the entire community”. Our Board of Directors and the staff recognize that through these efforts, together we can create a stronger economy and a stronger community. Our doors are always open to listen and lend a helping hand to our business community and thank you again for being our member. Email success stories and joining information contact

Paige Snyder, IOM

Membership Director    


Success Stories

Sep 18, 2020

Success Stories

As the lead for the Chamber’s Mentoring Program, I have the privilege of working with interns from Lamar State College Port Arthur, Texas Workforce Solutions, and other workforce experience entities.

One of our greatest success stories here at the chamber has been a young lady named Miss. Paola Celis.

Paola came to us from The University of Texas at Austin where she is currently working on her Honors Bachelor of Science in Biology Degree as well as obtaining her certificate in the Business of Healthcare.

She is currently working with the local Home to Texas program, sponsored by the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission, where she has worked with a research team to perform community-based interviews, survey distribution, and other methods of research to help with economic development in the area.

“The past 9 weeks with Joe and Raquel have certainly been filled with some of the most rewarding experiences for me due to the knowledge, insight, and skills they have helped me acquire. They have both done amazing jobs of adjusting to the changing situation caused by Covid-19 and have not missed a beat on continuing to provide excellent mentorship at this time of uncertainty, something which I am very thankful for.” – Paola Celis

Paola always radiated positivity and had a passion for going above and beyond on each task given to her. During her time as our intern, Paola mentored her fellow program participants and worked to instill the same knowledge she had acquired into each of them. I am especially pleased at how Paola became more outspoken and confident in herself and her work as we progressed through the program. I saw the growth personally and am excited for how she will apply it in her future projects.

Paola also took full advantage of the exposure to employment and career advancement advice given to her by us at the chamber. She was able to participate in resume building, work on her Human Resources skills, and learn about the work environment through Myers-Briggs exams which will carry her forward in a professional environment.

It was my honor to have Paola as an intern here at the Chamber and we wish her the absolute best in her future endeavors.


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Blue-Ribbon Worthy

Sep 18, 2020



The community gathered along with Ms. Pat Avery and Ms. Paige Snyder of the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce, blue ribbons and gold scissors were on standby to celebrate a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Venue at Belle Oaks. The event space is beautifully placed on 40 lush acres with a 20,000 square foot event venue that can entertain up to 600 plus guests. The space has an outdoor covered pavilion with beautifully landscaped grounds, spacious parking, prep kitchen, bridal and groom dressing rooms along with a full bar and sitting room. Many were in attendance to visit local vendors, stroll the grounds while eating and enjoying a cold beverage. I had the privilege of eating a slice of red velvet cake which was an end to a perfect day. This is a wonderful way to pay tribute to a member of the Chamber, which is blue-ribbon worthy. For more information view online at or call the Chamber for additional questions at 409.963.1107 Ext. 3.

Paige Snyder, IOM

Member Director

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