UPDATED: Spring-Klein, Greater Tomball Area chambers of commerce discussing merger

The Spring-Klein Chamber of Commerce is in discussions to merge with the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce during the next few weeks, the SKCC board announced Nov. 10. SKCC membership would be absorbed by the Tomball chamber. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Spring-Klein Chamber of Commerce is in discussions to merge with the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce during the next few weeks, the SKCC board announced Nov. 10. SKCC membership would be absorbed by the Tomball chamber. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Spring-Klein Chamber of Commerce is in discussions to merge with the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce during the next few weeks, the SKCC board announced Nov. 10. SKCC membership would be absorbed by the Tomball chamber. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

Editor's note: This story previously incorrectly stated the merger announcement came from a press release from the Spring-Klein Chamber of Commerce. The announcement was made in an email sent to SKCC members Nov. 10. The two chambers are discussing a merger, but nothing is final as of publication. This story has been updated throughout to clarify and include comments from the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Spring-Klein Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce are in negotiations for a merger agreement, officials with the GTACC clarified Nov. 11. According to an email sent to SKCC members Nov. 10 from the SKCC board of directors, the process will take place “over the next few weeks."

TheSKCC serves businesses in the Spring and Klein communities, but loss of membership due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic was too much for the organization to survive alone, according to the email.

“Your chamber board has tirelessly pursued many avenues to keep our chamber independent,” the email stated. “Unfortunately our efforts ... could not overcome the number of members unable to continue their financial support in a seemingly never-ending pandemic.”

According to an email being sent to GTACC members Nov. 11, the Tomball chamber clarified it is in discussions about absorbing the SKCC membership; however, an agreement has not been finalized. A draft agreement states two board members from the SKCC will temporarily join the GTACC board to complete their term.



"Our goal is to help business members of the SKCC find a home in the GTACC, and we have no doubt our members will welcome them with open arms. We are excited about the opportunities this will bring to our business community and give you all an opportunity to expand your network and business prospects," the Nov. 11 email from the GTACC stated.

The draft agreement states SKCC members will become members of the GTACC upon the finalization of the merger. Further, the GTACC plans to continue serving the Spring and Klein communities by hosting quarterly networking breakfasts and one Friday luncheon in the Spring-Klein area, according to the draft agreement.

The draft agreement states no revenue will change hands, and the GTACC will continue serving the SKCC members as though they were Tomball businesses.

Bruce Hillegeist is serving as the GTACC’s president, while Tammy Whitaker is the president of the SKCC.

For more information about SKCC, click here. For more information about the GTACC, click here.

By Emily Lincke

Reporter, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Emily joined Community Impact Newspaper in August 2021 after working for a small town newspaper in El Campo, TX for two years. Before that, she interned and freelanced for the Houston Chronicle and worked as a freelance photographer and writer in the Houston area. A controversial fact about Emily is that she prefers sugar cookies over chocolate chip cookies. She graduated with a print journalism degree from the University of Houston in 2018.

By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.



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