LS Chamber Advocacy.

One Network. One Voice.

Advocacy is at the forefront of what we do. As the unified voice of the Lee’s Summit business community, we represent our members’ interests on issues that matter most.

By communicating the needs of local businesses to all levels of government, we influence policies, regulations, and decisions that are crucial to creating an environment that will help businesses thrive.

We Provide Legislative Advocacy

The Lee’s Summit Chamber remains actively engaged in, and committed to, representing the business community. Our Chamber partners continuously with all levels of government to promote business-friendly strategies for our members.

We monitor legislative and political affairs constantly, striving to provide you with pertinent information to assist you as you make day-to-day decisions that affect your business.

We Advocate for Your Priorities

The Lee’s Summit Chamber serves its members by creating a dynamic business environment prioritizing leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and success in the Lee’s Summit community.

We Host Annual Advocacy Events

Each year we provide important events to engage our members and the community in local legislative details. 

Advocacy Day | Feb/Mar

Members of the Chamber’s Legislative Committee, as well as the board of directors, are invited to join other
local chamber organizations for a day of advocacy in Jefferson City. Attendees meet with legislators and
committee chairs to discuss important topics such as education, economic development, transportation and
health care.

Meeting Details: February/March.

Contact: Matt Baird,

Candidate Forums | March

The Lee’s Summit Chamber hosts Candidate Forums on an as-needed basis before local municipal elections,
as well as general elections. These events give the public an opportunity to meet the candidates and also hear
their positions on certain issues so they can make an educated vote.

Meeting Details: Municipal Election forums are held in March for LS School Board and City Council candidates. Register here!

Legislative Day | April

Each year, the Chamber hops on the Amtrak for a full day in Jefferson City where members can meet with
legislators and state officials, tour the State Capitol, Governor’s Mansion and Supreme Court, and network
with other members.

Meeting Details: April. Seats are limited so register in advance. Register here!

Contact: Matt Baird,

Get Involved in Advocacy 

Join our committees that are hard at work. Meetings are open to Chamber Members. You can attend meetings to get informed, or get engaged with committee work.  Register to attend.

Join the Governmental Relations Committee

Chair: Rick Viar, Southern Bank
Staff: Matt Baird

Objective: Prepare legislation priorities for businesses by studying local, state, and federal legislative issues of interest to businesses. Plan an annual trip to Jefferson City to visit legislators, forums on special issues and elections, and local breakfast or luncheon meetings with the legislators during sessions.

Meeting Schedule: 7:30 a.m. Fourth Friday of the month. Location: Missouri Innovation Campus (Room B101).

Join the Legislative Committee | Coming Soon

Chair: Rick Smetana, University of Central Missouri – Lee’s Summit
Staff: Matt Baird

Objective: Coming Soon.

Meeting Schedule: Coming Soon.