• About the Chamber

  • STAFF:

    The Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce has small staff  of 1.5 people but a large responsibility.  There is a 15-member volunteer Board of Directors. Volunteers called Community Hosts man the office, Visitors Center and the Railroad Museum to greet our guests and support the Chamber work. Other volunteers round out the chamber workforce.


    The office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are working hard for our members and may be at a meeting or event, so if the office is closed, please feel free to leave a message on the board outside the door or leave a message at 512-237-2313.


    Promote Smithville area businesses and the City of Smithville to local residents and to attract tourism, facilitate and provide community services with recreational events (see EVENTS) and committee functions, provide information to visitors and newcomers, and promote benefits of Smithville to potential residents and businesses, including the film industry.  Yes, we do keep busy, and we love it.

    WHY SHOULD I JOIN? Download a Membership Application or apply online

    • Listing in the Business Directory by category with index by name
    • Complete, searchable listing in the website Business Directory with link to your business’ website
    • Opportunity to enjoy enhanced marketing on Chamber website
    • Networking opportunities throughout the year with Smithville Area Chamber members and with other Chambers in the county
    • Chance to stay “plugged in” to the Smithville area business community
    • Monthly newsletter mailed
    • Ability to vote for Smithville’s Citizen of the Year
    • Keep tri-fold brochures or business cards at the Chamber office
    • Opportunity to run co-op advertising with other similar businesses
    • A fun way to support the community during events with sponsorships AND promote your business!


    • Member of the Presidential Corridor Association    WEBSITE
    • Member of the I-10 Corridor Association     WEBSITE
    • Member of Texas Brazos Trail Association     WEBSITE
    • Member of Texas Independence Trail Association    WEBSITE
    • Member of Texas Yes! - Texas Department of Agriculture
    • Member of Texas Travel Industry Association    WEBSITE
    • Member of Texas Association of Business     WEBSITE
    • Member of Texas Downtown Association    WEBSITE
    • Member of Keep Texas Beautiful     WEBSITE
    • Member of Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives    WEBSITE
    • Member of Austin-Bastrop-Smithville River Corridor Project      WEBSITE
    • Texas Department of Agriculture Business Retention and Expansion Program
    • Member of Texas Film Commission     WEBSITE
    • Leadership Bastrop-Smithville-Elgin
    • B.E.S.T. - joint community promotions    WEBSITE
    • B.E.S.T. College Night
    • Lost Pines Artisans Alliance    WEBSITE

    In addition, our CHAMBER PRESIDENT has resided on these  NON-CHAMBER COMMITTEES:

    • LCRA Regional Council
    • Opportunity Bastrop County
    • Bastrop County Transportation Planning Committee
    • Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team (BCLTRT)
    • Jamboree Committee, Inc.
    • Building Good Citizens for Texas
    • Federal Correction Institution Community Advisory Committee
    • B.E.S.T. Leadership (Bastrop-Elgin-Smithville, Texas)
    • Friends of the Library Board
    • Railroad Museum Board
    • Save Central School Grassroots Committee
    • Texas Film Commission Traveling Guest Speaker
    • Smithville Community Network (retired board member)
    • 1-10 Corridor Association
    • Community Health Initiative
    • Smithville Noon Lions Club
    • Smithville Community Fund

    Your Chamber is represented at the following PROMOTIONAL EVENTS:

    • The State Fair of Texas
    • Fort Hood's Travel Expo
    • Lackland Air Force Base Vacation Expo
    • Texas Municipal League
    • Rodeo Houston
    • SXSW Trade Show
    • American Planning Association
    • Texas Travel Industry Association Travel Fair
    • Texas Dept. of Emergency Management Trade Show
    • Harris County Pct. 4 Travel Show

    Your Chamber participates in ADVERTISING to promote Smithville:

    • Highway 71 Billboard Projects
    • Hyatt Lost Pines Resort - Destination Hyatt Guest Guide
    • Austin Community Newspapers
    • Fayette County Record
    • Newspapers in the three county area
    • Postcards from Texas!
    • TxDOT Travel Centers
    • LCRA Events Calendar
    • Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative calendar
    • Texas Department of Transportation Calendars
    • Multiple Web site calendars and services
    • Cooperative Advertising opportunities - such as Parker's Antiques
    • A variety of magazines
    • City-Wide Garage Sale
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
  • Upcoming Events Upcoming Events