The mission of the Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce is to promote commercial, industrial, and community growth and facilitate community cooperation through communication, education, and long range planning
Board of Directors
Our Chamber Board of Directors is made up of fifteen (15) community leaders. Along with working at their own businesses, they are willing to give of their time to help with the planning and execution of Chamber events, as well as give advice on the daily operation of the Chamber. Our 2016 Board of Directors are listed below.
Jackie Soptic (Chairperson), Gary Jordan (Past Chairperson), Rick Hull (2017 Chairperson), Amy Lewis (Treasurer), Marshall Austin, Ralph Boots, Kathi Brewer, Teresa Cross, Cale Gondringer, Jenn Hottes, Chuck Jones, Luke Scott, Dan Wiebers and Donita Youtsey.
The Chamber also has a group of Ambassadors that work very hard to help make our events happen. All of our Ambassadors are volunteers and all help, in one way or another, with every event we sponsor. We are so grateful to have a wonderful group of Ambassadors. They are listed below.
Sharon Barnett, Scott Blair, Chad Boyd, Carrie Lamm-Clark, Dr. Andy Cox, Linda Eads, Jeanie Griffin, Eric Hall (Chairperson), Sue Huffstutter, Emily Jones, Marlisa Klinginsmith, Diane Lowrey, Jeanette McBee, Kurt Mylenbusch, Bonita Price, Melissa Purkapile, Deanna Rutland, Cindy Soptic, Jeb Walker and Joy Wright.
Our Chamber staff consists of the Executive Director and Executive Assistant. They work together to plan and execute all Chamber events through hard work of their own as well as delegating tasks to board members and ambassadors.
The Chamber Executive Director is Debbie Carman. She began her duties with the Chamber in March 2011. Prior to being the Executive Director of the Chamber, she held the position of Director for the Trenton Downtown Improvement Association. She is a native of the area and is looking forward to continuous growth of the Chamber and making a difference both for our members and in the community.
Christy Farmer is the Chamber’s Executive Assistant. She has worked in the Chamber since May 2007. Prior to working at the Chamber, she lived in Oklahoma and worked as an office manager in the City Hall. She assists in all aspects of the daily operation of the Chamber as well as planning and execution of events. Christy is also the Contract Manager and Office Manager for the Trenton License Bureau, which is located in the back office of the Chamber building.
License Bureau Staff
The Chamber of Commerce is the contract agent for the Trenton License Office and has been for many, many years. Every four years, all 183 offices in the state of Missouri come up for bid. Interested persons or entities must submit lengthy business proposals as bids outlining their plan to run the office. We are happy to provide this service to our community and surrounding communities.
Daisy Zapien is our newest Customer Service Professional. She began her duties in the license office in February 2015. Daisy comes from Jamesport. Prior to that, she lived in Kansas City. She is very friendly and willing to help with whatever task is at hand.
Tara Ray is our other Customer Service Professional in the License Bureau. She has been with the office since February 2011. Tara moved to Trenton from Tennessee. Prior to working in the license bureau, she worked at Pamida (now Shopko). She is also very helpful with Chamber tasks when needed and is a very friendly and valuable employee.
Trenton is the seat of Grundy County. Our population today is 6,001. Industry, education, agriculture and retail trade currently make up the economic base of our lovely community.
Located just 96 miles northeast of Kansas City, Trenton lies in an ideal spot for trade and travel. U.S. Highway 65 bypasses the city’s east edge, and Highway 6 runs directly through the downtown area, travels through the Amish community of Jamesport, and meets Interstate 35 as it runs on its east-west course.
Evidence of the growth of Trenton in recent years includes new businesses, new homes, and the remodeling of existing structures. North Central Missouri College is involved in a major fundraising campaign for extensive renovation and expansion. Trenton is a city of solid and substantial growth. It is one of the most desirable and attractive small cities in the Midwest. To view the 2010 census results, you can visit this page: http://censusviewer.com/city/MO/Trenton.
Trenton’s major employers are listed below. If you’re looking for a job, you can also contact the Missouri Career Center here in Trenton by calling 660-359-5636 or visiting their website at jobs.mo.gov.
Employer Number of Employees
ConAgra Grocery Products 420
Modine Manufacturing 230
Wright Memorial Hospital 215
North Central Missouri College 183
Trenton R-IX School District 178
Sunnyview Nursing Home 170
Hy-Vee Food Store 115
City of Trenton / TMU 82
Hoffman & Reed 36
Trenton Coca-Cola Bottling, LLC 24