The Western St. Charles (WSCC) Chamber of Commerce got its start on July 23, 2012, when the memberships of the Wentzville Chamber and the Lake Saint Louis/Dardenne Prairie Area Chamber merged. The city of Flint Hill was added as its fourth representative city in 2018.
Today, with more than 700 members, it’s a dynamic group and a vital resource for consumers who are looking for companies, products and services they can trust.
Served by a 19-member board and three full-time staff members, the WSCC Chamber places importance on assisting chamber members in growing their businesses, working with local community organizations to promote our area, and strengthening the Western St. Charles County region.
“The Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce has a very strong membership that is making a difference every day for the businesses and communities they serve,” said President and CEO Tony Mathews.
While the WSCC Chamber primarily represents businesses in western St. Charles County, its mission is to enhance the quality countywide. One of the ways the WSCC Chamber does this is to stay abreast of state, local and federal legislation that could have an impact on the area’s economic development. Additionally, the WSCC Chamber hosts Legislative Lunches for its members and guests.
Its Continued Business Education Seminars provide businesses with the tools they need to succeed, especially in the areas of individual and corporate growth.
On the second Thursday of each month from 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m., WSCC Chamber members gather for its General Membership Meetings to network and learn from community members and their chamber peers. Locations and guest speakers change from month-to-month but the details can always be found on the events calendar at gowscc.com. Members and guests are welcome, but advance registration is required.
In addition to general membership meetings, the WSCC Chamber hosts Morning Meetups and Happy Hours that give its members additional opportunities to network with and learn from each other.
On Aug. 26 and again on Aug. 27, the WSCC Chamber will present its 11th Annual Dinner Theater Murder Mystery, “Dead Air,” written by Lee Mueller. Community and WSCC Chamber members are invited to join in the mad-capped mystery. Tickets are $35 per person and include dinner, drinks and dessert with a side of deadly humor. The dinner shows take place at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.) at the Pitman Reception Center in Wentzville.
Next month, the WSCC Chamber hosts its annual Taste of the County event from 5-7 p.m. on Sept. 1 at Dardenne Prairie City Hall, 2032 Hanley Road.
“Everyone’s favorite local restaurants and some hidden gems get together to feature the best item on their menu,” Mathews said. “Guests can purchase a ticket for $20 (per person) to get unlimited food and drink samples, along with music and a whole lot of fun!”
On Oct. 20, it’s the Annual Trunk-Or-Treat event. “This is one of our biggest community events. We host it at B&B Theatre in Wentzville. And for any business that is looking for a FANG-tastic way to promote themselves to the community, this is a fa-BOO-las event to be involved in,” Mathews teased. “Seriously, businesses can rent a “trunk space” or purchase event sponsorships to hand out candy to the trunk-or-treaters and business information to their accompanying adults.”
Local companies strengthen the community and the community strengthens local businesses.
“We’re building stronger together,” Mathews said. “These events encourage our businesses and the community to connect.”