Dedicated to developing local economic growth & community presence.

Galena Area Chamber of Commerce is the oldest Chamber of Commerce in all of Illinois. We formed on February 2, 1838 and have played a role in our business community ever since.  We hope to keep helping our businesses grow and thrive in our area for years to come.

The Galena Area Chamber of Commerce is a non for profit group that is dedicated to developing local economic growth and community presence. It revolves around the premise that business can help drive businesses. The GACC plans to achieve this goal through a multitude of outlets: membership services, business and networking events; marketing communication; community involvement and more.

The Galena Area Chamber of Commerce’s Mission Statement

To foster the economic and cultural welfare of our members, advocate for our business community, and encourage economic growth and innovation. 

Board of Directors

Kerry Shelke

Executive Director

Wendy Bade-Gilpin

Chair of GACC Board | Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages

Nathan Vondra


Matthew Blaum

Vice Chair of the Board | Blaum Bros. Distilling Co,

Jay Dickerson

Secretary of the Board | Galena Gazette

Caprinia Abt

Culver's of Galena

Nikkie Peebles

Illinois Bank & Trust

Christopher Allendorf

Jo-Carroll Energy

Denise Spielman

Galena History Museum

Tracy Bauer

Midwest Medical Center


Cindy Foley

The Workshop

Kathie Farlow

Annie Lloyd

Cathy West

UnPosed Photography

Maggie Truppa

Eagle Ridge

Britt White

Galena Cellars

Kimberly Howard

Mary Kay

Holly Bertucci

Illinois Bank & Trust

Lisa Radke

Choice Realty

Tiffany Highland

Belstar Media

Wendy Bade-Gilpin

Hawk Valley Retreat

Denise Spielman

Galena History Museum

Tiffany Brandt


Jerry Howard

Galena Area Chamber of Commerce

Carol Gebelt

Steamboat House

Patti Glasgow

US Bank

Ashley Sites

Illinois Bank & Trust

Dawn Freese

US Bank

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