The Chamber's Role Connecting Businesses with Government

Feb 18, 2018

Government, everyone’s favorite topic. OK, maybe not, but it is an important topic and one we try to stay updated on.  

Part of the chamber’s service to the business community is to build relationships with local, state and federal elected and full-time government officials. Most of the time our businesses don’t need anything from the government, but when they do, it can be really impactful on their business. Whether it’s new regulation hindering them or new proposed legislation that would make it easier for them to add jobs, it’s important for us to be there when it counts.

To do this well, we maintain engagement with organizations such as the Missouri and U.S. Chambers, which provide important access. We also serve on statewide organizations such as the Missouri Economic Development Council and the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Missouri. And of course we maintain relationships directly with elected officials as well.

Here’s what we don’t do as a chamber. We don’t allow political candidates access to our members, including current elected officials campaigning for re-election. We believe our focus should be less on politics and more on policy and governing.

If your business is facing a critical issue with the Department of Natural Resources or you need to talk to someone with authority in the Missouri Secretary of State’s office, whatever it might be, reach out to us. I certainly can’t guarantee we will be able to solve the challenge, but I can guarantee we can put you in contact with the right people.