, Port Arthur, Texas

December 12, 2013

Mix & Mingle; Mid-County chambers gather for the holidays

Mary Meaux
The Port Arthur News

PORT NECHES — Chamber members had a chance to mingle and network while celebrating the holidays during the Mid-County Chambers’ Christmas Mixer on Wednesday.

The mood was festive and the Pompano Club was decked out with elegant yuletide decor as upwards of 150 people met for the annual event hosted by the Groves, Nederland and Port Neches chambers of commerce.

Linda Tait, director of the Small Business Development Center at Lamar State College-Port Arthur, said it’s a wonderful time of the year for businesses to get together and network. The event, she said, is also a good way for the business owners to meet other business owners from the neighboring communities because what happens in one city is felt in the other communities.

Jinni Akins, president/CEO of the Nederland Chamber of Commerce, said there were at least 70 RSVP’s from her chamber alone.

“This is one of my favorite events because all of the chambers get together,” Akins said. “It’s really fun to have all of the businesses together to network and celebrate the holidays.”

Debbie Plaia, executive director of the Port Neches Chamber of Commerce, said Wednesday’s event was probably one of the biggest turnouts they have had.

“I think people are ready to get out and celebrate the holidays,” Plaia said.

Ronnie Boneau, executive director of the Groves Chamber of Commerce, was also pleased with the turnout.

“I think we have good representation from each other chambers,” Boneau said. “It’s outstanding. And we’re all getting ready for 2014.”


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