The Houston Area Chamber of Commerce has been in operation since the 1950s.

The organization’s headquarters is inside the Visitors Center at U.S. 63 and Walnut Street, and its operation is overseen by an 11-member volunteer board of directors and current executive director, lifelong Houston resident Angie Quinlan.

The chamber’s long-standing mission statement is “The Houston Area Chamber of Commerce is a proud organization that is working hard to promote Houston and our local economy. All the promotions and activities of the chamber are based on the premise that it cares about the community, individuals and businesses.”

Quinlan can usually be found in her office at the Visitor Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Call 417-967-2220 or visit


Corporate business: $500 (mention in all chamber ads); Standard business: $100 (or $50 for new members); Non-profit organizations: $75; Individual: $40.

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