Young Entrepreneurs & Professionals

To get your Young Entrepreneurs & Professionals membership, or if you have any questions about the program, email Chris O’Dell at

The Young Entrepreneurs & Professionals program is presented by

The Lake Houston Young Entrepreneurs and Professionals program (YEP) is centered around a quality group of diverse young professionals working together to showcase Lake Houston as a great place to live, work and play. YEP focuses on three pillars of programming: social and networking events, professional development and YEP in Action, providing its members with opportunities to get in front of and build relationships with local community and business leaders while building contacts among peers. Not only does YEP give young professionals a voice – it gives them an outlet for affecting change in the Lake Houston community. YEP seeks to work hand-in-hand with current community and business leaders to learn from their experiences and to create a young professional-friendly atmosphere. 

Three Pillars of YEP Programming: Social and Networking, Professional Development and YEP in Action
Social and Networking will cover events such as mixers, luncheons and other fun events for the group, where you can get to know a large number of young professionals across different industries and make new contacts.
Professional Development will allow you to interact with local CEOs or brush up on professional skills during scheduled events.
YEP in Action events and programs will inform our membership about local elections and issues, and learn about various boards and committees that help our community.

Annual YEP Membership dues provides you free access to all YEP Events through the year:
January – YEP After Hours – The Big YEPowski
February – Professional Development
April – YEP in Action
June – YEP After Hours
August – YEP in Action
September – Professional Development
October – Annual Recruiting/Anniversary Event
November – YEP After Hours

YEPPIES (Young Entrepreneurs & Professionals Awards)
Help recognize the next generation of local business leaders when the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce hosts this event to honor the best and brightest young entrepreneurs and professionals from the Lake Houston Area. This formal celebration, known as the YEPPIES created out of the dynamic Young Entrepreneurs and Professionals program will honor the year’s Top 4 Under 40 recipients, Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Young Professional of the Year Award and more. The event will include a cocktail reception ahead of the awards ceremony. This event is not exclusive to young professionals as family, friends and coworkers are welcome and encouraged to attend to honor the awardees.
***Admission to this event IS NOT included in the price of YEP Membership. However, YEP Members receive $5 off  the price of their reservation.

Is there an age requirement? YEP is open to anyone aged 21 to 45
Do I have to live and work in Lake Houston? You don’t have to work or live in the Lake Houston Area region to be a member.
Do I have to be a Chamber Member to join YEP? No. However, Chamber members do receive a discounted YEP membership rate.
Is my membership transferable? No. Each membership is assigned to one person.

Memberships are $50 for Chamber members and $75 for non-members.