The Chamber’s Unique History

In May 2013, the Swansea Chamber of Commerce reached out to the former Fairview Heights Chamber of Commerce members with an invitation to join their Chamber and create a new combined Chamber of Commerce. The new group, the Metro-East Regional Chamber of Commerce, will serve businesses in Fairview Heights and Swansea as well as business members in surrounding communities.

This Chamber of Commerce was organized to provide its members with the services, information, marketing, and resources to sustain and support their businesses, as well as to create opportunities for a healthy economic and tax base in support of the Village of Swansea and City of Fairview Heights.

Additionally, the Chamber of Commerce will continue to encourage the development of transportation and communication facilities and the various resources of the area as well as advocating laws and regulations beneficial to businesses in general.

The Metro-East Regional Chamber of Commerce is non-partisan, non-sectarian, and shall take no part in or lend its support to the election or appointment of any candidate.

Member Benefits

The advantages of joining the Chamber are tangible and intangible, personal and professional.  Below are some of the most important reasons for membership:

Networking Opportunities
We are all aware that “who you know” is often as important as “what you know.”  As a member of the Metro-East Regional Chamber of Commerce, you will have endless opportunities to meet other members in order to promote your business and develop long-term relationships.  Listed below are some of our most popular events:

  • Monthly Business After Hours
  • Quarterly Luncheons with Guest Speakers
  • Golf Tournament
  • Serving on Chamber Committees Annual Dinner

Education & Training Resources
As partners in today’s global economy, we all understand the need for ongoing training.  With that in mind, the Metro-East Regional Chamber of Commerce offers a variety of ways for you to further your education while getting involved with the local business community.  Listed here are just a couple of avenues available to our members:

  • Professional Training Events
  • Quarterly Luncheons with Guest Speakers
  • SCORE Partnership Counseling

Business Service
As a Chamber member, you will be able to take advantage of an array of service designed specifically for business owners:

  • Statewide Drug-Free Illinois Workplace Program
  • Member-to-Member Benefits
  • Business Referrals
  • Advertising Opportunities in the weekly E-News Blast and on Website. Sponsorships for Business After Hours and Quarterly Luncheons

And There’s More!
Our services are far-reaching and encompass even more than meets the eye.  Listed below are some of the other benefits you will receive as a Chamber member:

  • Weekly Email Updates to Members
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
  • Listing and Business Link of Chamber Website
  • Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Groundbreaking Ceremonies
  • Grand Openings
  • Consistent Membership Growth

Ready to join the Metro East Regional Chamber?

Chamber Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Richard Erdmann
Erdmann Law Office

Vice President

Cindy Guthrie
Individual Member

Jeffrey Bullock
First Mid Bank & Trust

Board Members

Eartha Brown
E Brown’s Bakery

Tim Collins
Collins & Sons Flooring America

Chad Grubofski
Mr. Appliance


Michael Hagen
St. Clair Square

Zandra Harvey
Cut Rate Insurance

Amy Kempfer
Associated Bank



Jackie Lemmon
Bank of Belleville

Doug Wilks
Ameriprise Financial