Odessa Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year

The Odessa Chamber of Commerce is excited to finally be able to celebrate the 2020 recipients of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Business Hall of Fame. This event was meant to be help in April of 2020 but due to COVID, it had to be pushed to a later date.

The 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year recipient is Mike Withrow, owner of Basin Abstract & Title. Basin Abstract & Title is a title insurance company that serves residential and commercial buyers and sellers through Ector County.

The 2020 Business Hall of Fame recipients are Phil Fouche, owner of ReXco, Roy Gillean, owner of The Legendary Barn Door Steakhouse, Rodney Hurt, owner of Rodney Hurt Insurance Services, and Ron Kirby, owner of Ron Kirby, CPA.

When: Thursday, June 3, 2021
Where: Odessa Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Time: 8:00 AM

The Odessa Chamber of Commerce Chamber Challenge

The Odessa Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament! This is a two day tournament full of fun and is completely full both days with teams.

When: Thursday and Friday, 5/6 & 5/7
Where: Ratliff Ranch Golf Links

The Odessa Chamber of Commerce releases their 2019-2020 Annual Report

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Buy the Basin-The Basin is Open for Business!



They say everything comes back around and dusting off the original “Buy the Basin” Campaign is a great example!  Started in the early 1990’s, Buy the Basin was a joint campaign headed up by the Odessa and Midland Chambers of Commerce.  At the time, it encouraged everyone in the Permian Basin to buy locally when possible.  On-line shopping didn’t even exist at that time, but many people headed to Dallas or Lubbock to do their shopping.  This awareness campaign shined a light on the importance of keeping those dollars local, resulting in increased jobs and sales tax dollars.


Fast forward to the 21st century…the message has changed a bit as we deal with Amazon and on-line shopping options from around the world.  However, one thing that has stayed constant is that for every dollar that is spent in the Basin, additional jobs are created!   According to The Perryman Group, a new job would be created in the Permian Basin if everyone in the area would spend as little as 49¢ at a local store or 23¢ at a local restaurant.


The Buy the Basin campaign stresses the importance of locally-owned and managed businesses and how they positively affect the local economy, adding jobs for our residents and keeping businesses open.  Buying local directly impacts our economy, reinvesting those sales tax dollars back into our community in regards to healthcare, education, roads, infrastructure and more


The Odessa and Midland Chambers are grateful for the support of Medical Center Health System, Odessa Development Corporation, Midland County, City of Midland, VisitMidland and Midland Development Corporation in helping fund this campaign.  Several area Chambers of Commerce are also supporting the initiative as well, including Andrews, Artesia, Big Spring, Carlsbad, Hobbs, Monahans, and Seminole.


We want the community to consider local options when shopping in stores or buying online.  In fact, this may be more convenient than national online options considering the long waits for shipping right now, and many local companies are able to provide products the same day.  Buy the Basin isn’t just aimed at retail consumers and restaurant goers.  We also want businesses to consider purchasing from their neighbors before going out of the area for needed goods and services. 


So before you click “purchase” on your computer, make sure you are buying from one of our many local businesses in Odessa or the Basin.  Better yet, go visit one of these local storefronts.  Afterall, these are the same sponsors of our non-profit organizations, student events and local sports teams.  They are the same ones you go to when asking for a community donation.  The least we can do now is support them over an out-of-town store or on-line vendor.


Help us spread the word about Buy the Basin by visiting for logos and messages as well as follow us on social media.  Buy the Basin…the Buck Stays Here!


Renee’ Earls

Odessa Chamber of Commerce President/CEO

700 N. Grant, Suite 200

Odessa, Texas  79761          432-332-9111

2019-2020 Leadership Odessa Class Graduates

On June 13th, the class of 2019-2020 Leadership Odessa graduated! These hard-working individuals from a variety of sectors, including education, medical, small business, law enforcement, banking, hospitality, non-profits, etc. completed this 9-month long program. During their time they explored Odessa, discovered and learned different leadership skills, and gave back to the Odessa community.

The Leadership Odessa program is open to anyone who currently lives or works in Odessa, and whose organization is a Chamber Member. If you are new to Odessa, it’s the quickest way to get plugged into the community.
Although overseen by the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Odessa is essentially a participant-run program. The previous year’s graduates put their new leadership skills to work immediately, organizing into committees, and facilitating the incoming class activities. This passing of the leadership torch has been working beautifully since the program’s founding in 1978.
This was the 43rd class and had 52 participants who graduated. This was also graduation that will go down in history. Due to COVID-19, this was a drive-by style graduation at the Connection Christian Church located.

Odessa Chamber hosts mixer at MCH Center for Health & Wellness

Medical Center Health System hosted the Odessa Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Business After Hours event on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm at the MCH Center for Health & Wellness.

For many, the event served as an introduction to MCHS’s new President & CEO, Rick Napper.

Napper and the MCHS team visited with guests and served heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts to those in attendance.

The Odessa Chamber provided refreshments and door prizes, many of which were donated by MCHS and other local Chamber members.

Follow the Odessa Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming events on Facebook and visit Medical Center Health System online here.

Unveiling held for Chris Kyle Memorial Highway

On Tuesday morning the unveiling ceremony for the Chris Kyle Memorial Highway was held at the Chris Kyle Memorial Plaza.

Several local and state leaders were in attendance including State Rep. Brooks Landgraf and Taya Kyle, widow of Chris, who spoke to the crowd.

Senator Kel Seliger and members of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce were also at the event.

In 2017 Rep. Landgraf filed a bill to have State Highway 191 in Ector County named in honor of Chris Kyle on the fourth anniversary of his death.

The Chris Kyle Memorial Plaza can be found along the Highway 191 frontage road heading east near MCH Mission Fitness.

New Odessa Downtown Hotel & Conference Center making progress

Downtown Odessa will soon be home to the more than 200-room, full-service Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, which is currently under construction at 5th Street at Texas Avenue in the core of downtown.

The public/private partnership between the City of Odessa and local hotel investors is an investment of $77 million in Downtown Odessa.

The state-of-the-art conference center boasts 78,271 square feet of conference space, including a grand ballroom and junior ballroom. The project includes an open air plaza facing 5th Street, 300 car parking garage, and the renovation of the historic Ector Theater.

The project is expected to be completed and open in Summer 2019.