In 1939, nine local businessmen decided it was time to reactivate the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce which had been dormant since its inception in 1917.
In December 2011, the memberships of both the St. Peters and St. Charles Chambers of Commerce voted to merge the two organizations. In March 2012, we officially became the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce.
Serving as volunteers, 17 Board of Directors set the policies for the Chamber. The Mayors or representatives form the Cities of St. Charles and St. Peters, a representative of St. Charles County Government, and the President & CEO all serve as an non-voting, ex-officio board members.
The administrative head of the Chamber is known as the President & CEO. He or she, and the professional support staff, are employed by the Chamber to handle its daily operations.
The Chamber is financed by each member's apportioned investment in the Chamber. Chamber membership should be viewed as an investment in the present and future of the individual company's and community's welfare. Membership is open to any firm or organization that has an interest in community improvement and in the prosperity of its own business or organization.
With membership come many tangible and intangible benefits such as committee work and helping to fulfill the Chamber's mission: We advocate for our business community by developing opportunities and partnerships that strengthen the economic prosperity and sustainability of our region.
Members receive the tangible benefits of customer referrals from the many inquiries which come to the Chamber office, the monthly newsletter (and its opportunities for advertising to the membership), and through committee work, Business After Hours events, and membership meetings.
It's been more than 80 years since those nine businessmen reactivated the Chamber of Commerce. Would they recognize us today? - Definitely!
Today's committed membership is the product of their early vision. Would they be proud of us? - Absolutely!
Click here to read an excerpt about the Chamber of Commerce from the book "Crossroads: A History of St. Charles County, Missouri" written by County Executive Steve Ehlmann. This excerpt was provided to the Chamber by County Executive Steve Ehlmann.
October 1939 - Founded
November 2002 - Moved to 2201 First Capitol Drive
November 2009 - Missouri Chamber of Commerce & Industry's 2009 Chamber of the Year
February 2012 - St. Charles and St. Peters Chambers merged
December 2017 - Voted Best of St. Charles County 2017 - Readers of St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Suburban Journal
June 2018 - Announced as finalist for ACCE Chamber of the Year
December 2018 - Voted Best of St. Charles County 2018 - Readers of St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Suburban Journal
January 2019 - Sold Office at 2201 First Capitol Drive
April 2019 - Purchased property at 3801 Harry S Truman Blvd.
December 2019 - Voted Best of St. Charles County 2019 - Readers of St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Suburban Journal