In addition to holding fundraisers for the fire department and Special Olympics, the chamber sponsored a school board candidate debate before the February election.
The chamber has a website at deercreeknews.com, which Talbot runs.
Aside from activism, the chamber is primarily concerned with commerce.
Pattie Wilton, who owns Sweet Peace, a retail store in Edmond, said being a member has presented her business with good opportunities to advertise and build relationships.
And because there isn't a downtown area or many places to gather in Deer Creek, those relationships can be difficult to start.
Talbot said that is the most basic reason the chamber exists; to create a community with a school district rather than just being a school district.
As the community continues to grow, Ellenberg said, he wants the chamber to be a part of it.
“You can't stop the growth,” he said, “and we embrace it because we want the right kind of growth.”
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Deer Creek School District Chamber of Commerce
Dues are $100 a year for business with 10 or more employees, $60 for companies with two to nine employees and $25 for individuals. Individuals can join regardless of whether they own a business. Send dues to P.O. Box 31231, Edmond, OK 73003. For more information, call 471-7526 or email