For over 115 years, the Abilene Chamber of Commerce has served the Big Country. Our 1,300 member businesses, nearly 600 Young Professionals, 300 supporters of our beloved military and their families, and nearly 1,000 volunteer leaders conservatively contribute more than 65,000 hours annually, working to make our community the best Abilene it can be. If we monetize the hours our leaders contribute voluntarily, it totals more than $1.75 million in volunteer value applied to helping your business thrive. Thank you for your partnership, your ongoing support, and for being a tireless champion for our Chamber and our great city.


To develop and promote the economy and quality of life in the Abilene area.

Our Value Proposition

The Abilene Chamber helps businesses propel the regional economy through advocacy, talent development, connections and education.

Core Purpose

To create and sustain the very best environment for businesses to thrive, grow, add jobs and drive our economy.


We promote a positive business climate in Abilene and serve as the primary advocate for business growth. We’re a constructive partner in working with the government and education, but at our core, we’re a membership organization that provides services and programs to help businesses grow and thrive in our economy.

The short answer? In 1908. The long answer? The present Chamber of Commerce grew directly out of the “Abilene 25,000 Club” which was formed in 1908 with W.M. Lacy as president and O.P. Thomas as secretary.

The Chamber represents over 1,300 companies and 50,000 employees across the Big Country.

Doug Peters, President & CEO, Abilene Chamber

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Doug Peters, IOM, AP*

President & CEO