The Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce is organized to create a better understanding and appreciation of the importance of competitive enterprise. Additionally, the Chamber is responsible for promoting the economic health of Fort Madison by supporting the business community as directed by our membership.

Our organization has been an integral part of the community for over 100 years. Fort Madison is a town that exudes progress while maintaining a glorious past, old-fashioned values, a strong work ethic, and a quality of life that is hard to surpass. Several of our businesses and attractions have been in existence for more than a century, many of which have been owned by generations of the same family.

  • Mission: The mission of the Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce is to grow the Fort Madison economy by strengthening and growing existing businesses.

We look forward to being a part of your success and helping you MOVE FORWARD.

Eric VanAusdall, Chamber Chair

The Ambassadors are the “welcome wagon” extension of the Chamber. From welcoming new businesses to celebrating existing businesses, this group keeps their hand on the pulse of changes in our businesses. The group also provides volunteer assistance at many community events including the Chamber’s annual golf outing.

The Ambassador Club Welcomes Velocity Dance and Tumbling to Downtown Fort Madison.


Meet our Ambassadors:

Carol Arnold (Scotts Miracle-Gro)
Rachel Benda (The Kensington)
Steve Eschman (Albers Insurance Agency)
Kaitlyn Essing (Fort Madison Community Hospital)
Jamie Fish (Fort Madison Bank & Trust)
Lavonne Fogle (Casebine Community Credit Union)
Cassie Gilbert (Fort Madison Main Street)
Tim Gobble (Fort Madison Partners)
Carrie Green (Fort Madison Community Hospital Foundation)
Cindy Greer (The Kensington)
Maggie Guzman(Fort Madison Partners)
Angela King (TEAM Staffing)
Mike King (Two Rivers Insurance)
Michelle Kirkham (Universal Therapy Group)
Thomas Klann (State Farm)
Jerry Koering (Group Benefit Partners)
Matt Lafrenz (Country Financial)
Michelle McGhghy (Fort Madison Community Hospital)
Justin Menke (Pilot Grove Savings Bank)
Katelyn Orth (International Eye Care)
Justin Pieper (Group Benefit Partners)
Ashley Rickelman (MidWest One Bank)
Jessica Shaw (Sunnybrook Assisted Living)
Elisabeth Stevenson (The Atlas Steak and Smokehouse)
Chad Ward (Lee County Bank and Trust)
Ryan Wilson (Fort Madison Family YMCA)

Interested in becoming an Ambassador? Please download this form and submit to the Chamber office, or via fax 319-372-6404. Dues for the Ambassadors are $55 per year and are prorated if you join mid-year. Please also note, that your employer must be a Chamber member in good standing for you to be eligible to serve as an Ambassador.

Ambassador Membership Application 2018


Business Women Connect brings women of diverse occupations together to foster both personal and professional growth through leadership, education and networking support. The topics and speakers vary with each session, and the luncheon meetings are open to all females who work or live in the greater Fort Madison area; Chamber members receive discounted luncheon pricing.


Meetings give women that need opportunities to learn and expand their network of business contacts while challenging them to find qualities within themselves to further develop. They share their experiences and expertise with others; guiding, inspiring, & problem solving while dining with business acquaintances and friends.

The BWC Steering Committee seeks to find the most qualified and dynamic speakers on each topic that will generate increased interest in the program. We look forward to welcoming new attendees to each event, giving us additional fresh ideas and thoughts as we plan for the future.

Join us on the following dates at 12:00 pm at The Atlas Steak and Smokehouse:
February 8th, April 12th, June 14th, August 9th, and October 11th

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Contact us as or 319-372-5471 to learn more.


The Lee County Leadership Program is requesting applications for emerging leaders to participate in the class of 2017! The program will train accepted applicants in community-based leadership skills.

The Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce is a proud partner of the Lee County Leadership program! Working closely with the Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach-Lee County, and Southeastern Community College, a leadership program was devised that addresses the needs of both our business community and the general public.

The Lee County Leadership Program will utilize research-based curriculum focusing on four core leadership skill sets.

  • Understanding community leadership and your community
  • Identifying issues and framing ideas
  • Building social capital
  • Mobilizing resources for community action

Throughout the process, participants will use their learned skills to implement projects for the better of the communities in Lee County. Class sessions will rotate around the various communities in Lee County and will include speakers that will provide examples of leadership. Both rural areas and towns will be showcased. Be a part of something big!

Lee County Leadership Brochure 2017-2018

Lee County Leadership Program Application class of 2018

Young professionals have a lot on their plates. New jobs, new responsibilities and new opportunities abound but the list doesn’t stop there. Fort Madison Young Professionals was designed to help our 21 – 39 year old population navigate through this time of life; offering support, encouragement and friendship among those in similar life and work situations.

FMYP welcomes individuals from all career fields; employed, unemployed, or under-employed. They gather together to promote personal and professional development opportunities through networking events, Lunch ‘n Learn Series and service opportunities. Meet new people, make new friends, identify common interests, and begin building that ever important professional network and have fun doing it!

If you are:

  • 21 – 39 years of age
  • Live or work in the greater Fort Madison area
  • Want to make connections with peers
  • Offer and/or receive support, encouragement and friendship

Join us on the following dates at 12:00 pm at The Atlas Steak and Smokehouse:
March 9th, May 11th, July 13th, September 14th, and November 9th

Join us for socials on these dates:
March 15th from 5:30-8pm at The Baxter Sports Complex
June 21st - TBA
August 16th - TBA
November 1st - Food Drive - TBA

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Contact us as or 319-372-5471 to learn more.