Our Chamber - Then & Now
The Marion Chamber of Commerce was founded by the Marion Rotary Club in 1922 as a method of combining all of the community and economic development functions into one organization. Articles of Incorporation for the Chamber were passed in 1967. Over the years, the Chamber has grown in membership and made great progress in laying the groundwork for business and industrial development in Marion. During the mid-1980’s, the organization published a brochure focusing on Marion’s major residential expansion and status as a model community that provided affordable, zero-lot-line housing. Needless to say, the Chamber has played a major role in the city’s considerable rise in population over the years.
Today’s Marion Chamber of Commerce has grown to over 200 members and serves as a valuable tool to our business community. We are committed to providing services to member businesses, improving quality of life and promoting Marion in the region as a great place for you, your family and your business. In 2012, the City of Marion officially contracted with the Marion Chamber to provide economic development services for the city.
The Chamber offers many benefits to its members including a listing on the Chamber website membership directory, Business After Hours, ribbon cuttings, educational seminars, and business referrals by the Chamber staff. We also host several fundraising events during the year that provide advertising opportunities through our sponsorship plans. The Chamber also provides relocation information to new and potential residents, as well as housing an information center where members can display their business literature. In addition, we strive to keep the community informed of upcoming events and important news via our website,social media, and weekly newsletter "Marion Matters".
The Chamber staff is happy to assist you with your questions and concerns. Please feel free to contact us.
2021 MCOC Board of Directors
John Hill, Chairman
Brian Welton, Vice-Chairman
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Crittenden
Chastity Johnston, Past Chairman
Ellen Steele Foote, Treasurer
Crittenden Co. Tax Collector
Etta Mae Horton, Secretary
Farm Bureau Insurance
Southland Casino Racing
The Merry Magnolia
Walmart Neighborhood Market
Your Chamber Staff
Director of Economic Development