By ALYSE THOMPSON
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce is moving up the block.
After three years at 201 Broadway, the chamber now will take up residence at 307 Broadway starting Sept. 2.
Executive Director McKenzie Disselhorst said the chamber moved for a variety of reasons. She said the switch will make more funds available for additional programs, as well as allow another business to move into the chamber's former home -- a prime spot at Main and Broadway.
"I really hope the space that we're leaving will be occupied by a new business or a business that wants to expand," she said.
Disselhorst noted the additional funds would help the chamber move forward with new initiatives like the Women's Network Program, a young professionals organization, and some educational opportunities for business owners. She also said she was hopeful of bringing the Young Entrepreneurs Academy to Hannibal, a program that allows high school students to develop their own business ideas.
"They're bigger programs that I think will have a big impact in Hannibal," Disselhorst said.
The chamber closed Thursday and Friday to make the move.
"(The new) space is well-suited for the chamber, and we can serve our members well from this space," she said.
The Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce serves 375 member businesses and organizations.