Join the Chamber
Welcome to the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce!
As you prepare to make a decision to join the Chamber, we would like to tell you about us and what your dues support.
Much of what we do relates to the Mexico community - our job is to support the local business community and contribute to the improvement of our quality of life.
Information and Referral Service has become our largest program. Information and referral includes questions regarding the Mexico area, but when recommendations are sought for a specific type of business or service, Chamber member’s names and numbers are given preference.
As the tourism center for Mexico, we include many tourist requests in our referral service. We have also developed a relocation packet. While the Chamber mails literally hundreds of these packets each year, it is also available to members for distribution to prospective out-of-town employees. Our website provides information on demographics, tourism, and current events. Information and referral service is provided to residents, visitors, and out-of-town callers.
Mainstreet News, our monthly newsletter, keeps our membership informed not only about Chamber events and activities, but also keeps members and their employees abreast of what’s happening in the community. Our calendar insert with listings for the current and next month is the only master event calendar for Mexico.
To assist our members in the exchange of ideas and to become better acquainted with their fellow businesspeople, we have regular Business After Hours. Newcomers to Mexico are welcomed to the area with a visit from our “Hello Mexico” hostess. Members have the opportunity to introduce their goods and services to persons moving to Mexico through small welcome gifts and coupons.
Members may participate in the “Red Alert” Program through the Chamber. Working with the Mexico Department of Public Safety, retailers are immediately notified regarding fake, stolen, or lost checks, counterfeit bills, scam artists, etc. We also act as the “Better Business Bureau” for Mexico and the surrounding area.
Each year the Chamber sponsors a number of events to recognize businesses and individuals for their contributions to the community. We host the Commerce and Industry Appreciation Dinner, the Agricultural Appreciation Dinner, and the Annual
Meeting and Awards Banquet. We also present a quarterly Excellence in Business Award.
The Chamber Ambassadors help with public relations for the Chamber and local businesses. They assist with Grand Openings, Ribbon Cuttings, and Tours, and award First Dollar and Progress Awards.
Legislative Breakfast is held throughout the year with both state and national legislators invited to present their views on current affairs.
The Chamber, in cooperation with the City of Mexico, sponsors both the Adopt-A-Block program and the Adopt-A-Flower Bed program. We also sponsor the Farmers’ Market each Saturday from May through mid-October.
With the purchase in 1996 of the Chamber building, we have been able to broaden our services to members and the community. We act as a clearing house for the scheduling of special events. We serve as the official ticket agent for the Miss Missouri Scholarship Pageant, and most plays, dance recitals, and concerts. Registration forms for parades and contests are usually available at the Chamber, too. The Chamber building is host to a variety of meetings each week for our members and numerous other clubs and organizations. Please call the Chamber if you would like to reserve one of our two meeting rooms.
The Chamber works cooperatively with the business and professional community, the City of Mexico, Audrain County officials, the schools, churches, and clubs and organizations. We believe Mexico is a small town success story because of the team efforts of concerned citizens, governmental officials and staff, and the Chamber. We will continue to be a team player and will endeavor to keep our membership informed of what’s happening.
Chamber Governance: The Chamber is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of officers, divisional vice-presidents and twelve elected directors representing our membership. The Executive Committee consists of the President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Treasurer, and Vice President of Operations. The four divisional vice-presidents include: Operations, Community Betterment & Civic Affairs, Business Services and Economic Development. The Honorary Board, representing the county and city government, education, and health care, keep us abreast of relative events affecting Mexico. The professional staff includes the Executive Director and Administrative Assistant. The Hello Mexico representative and Volunteers are involved in the execution of Chamber activities and projects and also offer assistance to the staff.
Become a Chamber Member
To become a chamber member, you need to fill out a Chamber Membership Application
. You may submit your application by fax at 573-581-6226, in person, or by mail to:
Mexico Chamber of Commerce
100 W. Jackson St.
Mexico, MO 65265
Applications are approved by the full Chamber Board of Directors
on the second Wednesday of each month (except for August).