A new bank organized by many local business owners, began and was called Lake Cities State Bank. After discussions among local business owners and pushed by the president of the bank Jack D. Hedge, an informal meeting was held to discuss starting a community chamber just for the four Lake Cities.
The East Texas Chamber of Commerce provided assistance, including a chamber handbook and step-by-step instructions on setting up a chamber. Meetings continued at the Hickory Creek office of local attorney and bank board member Bill Stokes. Membership grew slowly and was aided by The Lake Cities Sun, a community newspaper that started publishing in October of 1974. After much hard work and perseverance most businesses and community officials were members of the Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce.