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 The Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Mexico

to honor the Webber Family of Pharmacies at the

35th Annual Commerce and Industry Dinner

 (Mexico, MO: August 20th, 2019) The Webber Family of Pharmacies began October 8th, 1976 when Larry and Laurann Webber opened their first pharmacy, Webber Pharmacy, at Summit Medical Park. For 43 years, the Webbers and sons, Justin and Brendan, have remained true not only to managing the prescription needs of the community but also being civic servants and supporters of many organizations.

Webber Pharmacy’s original location expanded in 1985 and then relocated to 1101 West Monroe on January 1, 2014. The Webbers purchased The Medicine Shoppe in June of 1994.  Laurann Webber was a pharmacist and managed that store for many years.  In 2010 the Webbers purchased the assets of The Drive In Pharmacy and moved the Medicine Shoppe to that location with the new name of Jackson Street Drug, A Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy. Finally, in 2017 the Webber Family of Pharmacies opened Parkway Pharmacy at 340 Kelley Pkwy in Mexico.

Over the past 43 years, the Webbers have gone from two employees to twenty-six with an annual payroll of $1.16 million. Mr. Webber recalled filling 17 prescriptions on opening day in 1976.  The three pharmacies combined filled over 145,000 in 2018. The team now has five fulltime pharmacists, Debbie Abbott, Kathy Wall, Kim Ekern, Robyn Phipps and Garf Thomas.

Throughout the years, The Webber Family of Pharmacies has maintained a business model focused on serving both the customer and the community in which they live.

In addition to the Commerce and Industry Award, the four previous quarterly Excellence in Business recipients, Janet’s Dance Studio, Pratts on Monroe, First State Community Bank, and Callaway Fields will be recognized and one of them will be named the E Warner Williams Business Service Award winner.

The event will be at Heritage Fields on October 8th. The social begins at 6:00, dinner will be at 6:30 with the award presentation to follow. The tickets are $35.00. Call the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce for Reservations, the deadline is October 1st.


Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce                                                                                                                                                    573.581.2765 

Plans Underway for Fourth Annual Tyronn Lue Community Day of Service

(Mexico, Missouri: August 20, 2019) In recognition of Mexico Native and former Head Coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers Tyronn Lue, the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce has announced plans for the fourth Community Day Of Service in his honor.  The event will be Friday, September 27, 2019.

It is our hope that the whole community will seek a way to be involved.  Businesses, churches and organizations are asked to register events with the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce to ensure that they are documented for Coach Lue. In the past three years about 25 organizations as well as all Mexico Public School Students participated. Projects range from special one day projects, kicking off annual campaigns, collection drives, and community beautification.

Chamber President Brian Haeffner remarked, “The Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce is excited and honored to help organize the 4th Annual Tyronn Lue Community Day of Service. Coach Lue and his achievements are an inspiration to residents of Mexico and the surrounding area. His ongoing support of the Mexico community sets an example for community service. The Tyronn Lue Community Day of Service allows us to extend and honor his work. The Chamber appreciates all the businesses, organizations, and individuals participating in the Day of Service, helping to improve the quality of life in our community and to show Coach Lue our appreciation for his efforts. Thank you to everyone who lends a hand”!

To highlight and document the activities the chamber encourages the community to share pictures and commentary on the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.  For social media posts please use the hashtag #TyLueServes19.  Businesses and churches are encouraged to celebrate the event on their marquees. 

For more information or to register an event contact the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce, 573.581.2765 . 


For Immediate Release
July 2, 2019
Nikki Leach

Graphitti Certified By the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
[MEXICO, MO]—July 2, 2019—GRAPHITTI, a business specializing in screen printing and embroidery is proud to announce national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

“Graphitti has always been female owned,” stated Nikki Leach, “We now have the certification that will open doors to expand revenue opportunities when working with corporations and government institutes.”

WBENC’s national standard of certification is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.
By including women-owned businesses among their suppliers, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier diversity programs.

To learn more about Graphitti, please visit
About Graphitti: Graphitti opened its doors in 1992, with a single 4-head printer and a spot dryer. Now, Nikki operates out of her 4,000 square foot cornerstone location just off the square in Mexico, Missouri with her service offering including not only screen printing; but embroidery, vinyl and digital graphic transfers, trophies, plaques and offset printing offerings.

About WBENC: Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation’s leader in women’s business development and the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with more than 13,000 certified Women’s Business Enterprises, 14 national Regional Partner Organizations, and over 300 Corporate Members. More than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands as well as many states, cities, and other entities accept WBENC Certification. For more information, visit


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