Is the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce a ‘typical’ chamber?
Yes, in the sense that it works to grow its member businesses and to advocate on behalf of business interests in the public policy arena. No, in that it represents a broad geographical area rather than one municipality or small portion of the metro area.
It is not typical of most local chambers in that it is not directly involved in either the economic development or convention/visitors functions. Those efforts are handled by two separate organizations: the Kansas City Area Development Council and the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Greater Kansas City.
How many businesses are served by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce?
Approximately 8,000 companies belong to the Greater Kansas City Chamber, representing approximately 400,000 employees. While nearly all of the area’s largest employers are members of The Chamber, approximately 90% of Chamber members are defined as small businesses (250 or fewer employees). The counties we serve are: Jackson, Clay, Platte, Ray, Cass, Lafayette in Missouri; and Johnson, Wyandotte, Leavenworth, Douglas, Miami in Kansas.
What geographic area does The Chamber serve?
The Chamber represents businesses and organizations in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area including 11 counties in Kansas and Missouri.
When was The Chamber founded?
In 1887. It was originally known as the “Commercial Club,” adopting the name “Chamber of Commerce” in 1916.