The Dexter Chamber of Commerce

is housed in a 61,000 square foot building which is owned by the Dexter Chamber of Commerce Development corporation. We have 9 tenants which includes our local college and some business incubators. We also offer a conference room for meetings. We have over 300 members that we can call family. Our office also serves as the Economic Development and Tourism coordinators. We strive to have a great working relationship with our Industries and help meet their needs. The Chamber is ran by 9 Board of Directors, Executive Director and an office manager.

Benefits of Membership

Why should I join the Chamber?


The Dexter Chamber is dedicated to promoting and increasing exposure to our members. We partner with several organizations throughout the year to create an atmosphere fun to live, shop and work.  Many of the events provide professional development and resource information for our members.

Ribbon Cuttings are a great way to quickly bring awareness to your business. This ceremony introduces you and your employees, along with your location, products and services to the community. Ribbon cutting ceremonies are available for those joining the Chamber for the first time, in celebration of a major business anniversary, or an expansion or renovation. Ribbon Cutting pictures are shared on the Chamber social media pages, in the Dexter Statesman and on ShowMe Times.

Every day the Chamber receives calls from individuals and businesses looking for potential vendors, and Chamber staff always recommend Chamber members only.

Chamber members have several opportunities to network with one another. We have monthly Business After Hours that are hosted by different members every second Tuesday of each month, we have two full membership luncheons in May and December, and we have an Annual Awards Event. At members request, we can host Lunch and Learns or Convo and Coffees or any other educational seminars.

A member only opportunity to participate in the Dexter Dollar program. We have gift certificates with participating members on the back that the public can buy for whatever occasions. When the participating merchant receives Dexter Dollars as payment, you can bring them to the Chamber office and we will fully reimburse your business.

Your name will be listed on our website at, receive weekly reminders or red alerts, discounted rate to use our meeting room, and you will be able to display business cards, brochures or other materials in our front foyer.

Schedule an appointment with Alisha Trammell, who would be happy to sign you up.  Fill out our online form and she will be in contact with you.  Contact information is, 573-624-7458, or

Membership Application

Member Directory

Leadership Program


“Developing Community Leaders for a bright future.”

Program Overview

Who we are?

Leadership Dexter 2020 is a leadership development program tailored after several other successful programs in other communities.  The Dexter Chamber of Commerce has designed the program to educate and motivate a diverse group of up-and-coming leaders in our community. Individuals who have a genuine interest in leadership, a desire to learn, and who want to become more involved in the future of the community are encouraged to participate in the Leadership Dexter Program.


The goal of the program is to assist all participants in becoming more familiar with the different areas of business, industry and services in the community.  The program also affords a great opportunity for networking with other community leaders.

What we’re doing?

Beginning in March 2020 the Leadership Dexter Program will consist of seven monthly sessions with the last session in November. Each morning sessions will be spent focusing on different areas of interest of the month’s chosen program.  The trips/meetings will consist of informational speakers, panel discussions, touring facilities, Q&A, etc.  The sessions will end with a luncheon, which is hosted by the chamber. The individuals met during the morning session tours will be invited and further input and Q&A on all topics reviewed and discussed before closing the session after lunch.

Leadership Dexter 2018 Application PDF – Click HERE

Program topics will be divided up into the following sessions:

  • Orientation, City Government and Services
  • Volunteer opportunities and Civic Organizations
  • Agricultural Industries & Businesses in Dexter & Surrounding Area
  • Healthcare in Dexter
  • Dexter School Systems & Other Learning Opportunities
  • Industrial – Small to Mid-Size
  • Industrial – Large Manufacturing

The Graduates will be recognized and will receive Plaques at the Chamber Annual Awards Event in 2018.

annual awards

Save The Date: Dexter Annual Awards Event

February 10, 2018
Doors Open:  5:00 p.m. – Event Begins:  6:00 p.m.
Location:  Dexter Elks Lodge
RSVP by January 26, 2018

For More Info: 573-624-7458
Tickets:  Individual – $35.00/Table of 6-$200./Table of 8-$265/Table of 10-$330

Nominations:  We are seeking nominations, please download PDF Applications below, deadline:  January 12, 2018

Categories:  Business of the year, Organization of the Year, Industry of the Year, Educator of the Year, Distinguished Citizen of the Year.

Application Forms:

Please click a link below to fill out a form to submit a nomination.
Business Of The Year Award Application
Citizen Of the Year Award Application
Industry Of The Year Award Application
Educator Of The Year Award Application
Organization Of The Year Award Application

Organization Of The Year  – Past Award Recipients

1995 Dexter Memorial Hospital Auxiliary
1996 Dexter Community Betterment
1997 Friends of the Library
1998 Dexter Rotary Club
1999 Dexter Senior Center
2000 Dexter Bearcat Booster Club
2001 Heartland Quilters Guild
2002 Dexter Kiwanis
2003 Dexter Elks Lodge
2004 Dexter Eagles Aerie & Aux. 4062
2005 Girl Scouts–Cotton Boll Area Council
2006 Stoddard County Gospel Mission
2007 Missouri Southern Healthcare Aux.
2008 Dexter Senior Center – O.A.K.S.
2009 Dexter Lions Club
2010 Dexter Bearcat Booster Club
2011 Ben Kruse 18 FORE Life
2012 Kenady-Hanks American Legion Post #59
2013 Stoddard County Fair Board
2014 Stoddard County ARC
2015 Dexter Lions Club
2016 Historic Downtown Dexter Association

Educator Of The Year – Past Award Recipients
2009 Karen Pippins
2010 Mary Ruth Boone
2011 Jeannie L. Cato
2012 Jana Flannigan
2013 Melanie Stoelting/Debbie Essner
2014 Anita Joyner
2015 Laura Lee Stone
2016 Katrina Prance
2019 Peggy Potts
2020 Whitney Horton

Small Business Of The Year – Past Award Recipients

2010 D&S Drugs
2011 LeGrand’s Communications
2012 Smith’s Properties
2013 Young Real Estate LLC
2014 Corner Cottage
2015 Combined with Business in 2015

Distinguished Citizen – Past Award Recipient

2015 Sam Huey
2015 John W. Ringer
2016 Mary Ann Taylor
2018 Joe Weber
2020 Dee Loflin

Business Of The Year – Past Award Recipients

1991 Hickory Log Restaurant
1992 Joe Craig Photography
1993 McDonald’s Restaurant
1994 Daily Statesman/S. C. News
1995 Hudson Foods, Inc
1996 Allen Walker Construction
1997 Weber’s Ben Franklin
1998 Super Town & Country
1999 Plaza Tire
2000 Hubbard’s Jewelry
2001 Watkins & Sons Funeral Services
2002 County Wide Ins. & Real Estate
2003 Missouri Southern Healthcare
2004 First Midwest Bank
2005 Wal-Mart Super Center
2006 Williams Moving Company
2007 Dexter Implement Company
2008 Southern Bank
2009 Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home
2010 Heartland Furniture and Appliance
2011 Allen Christian Buick GMC
2012 Brown Construction Company, Inc.
2013 First Midwest Bank
2014 SoutheastHEALTH of Stoddard County
2015 The Loft
2016 Pizza Hut
2018 The Metro Gallery & The Powder Room Boutique
2020 SoutheastHEALTH of Stoddard County

Industry Of The Year – Past Award Recipients

2000 Elder Manufacturing, Inc.
2001 US Poly Enterprises, Inc.
2002 ArvinMeritor OE, LLC
2003 ArvinMeritor OE, LLC
2004 Holden Pallet Company, Inc.
2005 Allied Wastes Services
2006 Tyson Foods, Inc.
2007 Specialty Engineering Co.
2008 Bootheel Recycling
2009 Duley Machine Shop
2010 Holden Pallet Company
2011 U. S. Poly Enterprises
2012 Gateway Shoes
2013 Republic Services, Inc.
2014 Bootheel Recycling
2015 Tyson
2016 Faurecia
2018 Bootheel Tool and Machine
2020 Tyson Foods

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