Your Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce is 5-Star Accredited by the United States Chamber of Commerce for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures and positive impact on the community. Local chambers of commerce are accredited for a period of five years. Your Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce has been accredited since 1983, and our current accreditation is valid through 2017.
Local chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars or 5-Stars by the U.S. Chamber. The final determination is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members.
Of the 7,077 chambers in the United States, 204 are accredited. These elite chambers represent the top three percent of all chambers in the U.S. Sixteen chambers are accredited. Thirty chambers are 3-Star, 73 chambers are 4-Star and 82 chambers, or 41 percent, are 5-Star.
Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement. In order to receive accreditation, a Chamber must meet minimum standards in its operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, communications and technology. This extensive self-review can take three to six months to complete and is a joint effort between staff and more than 40 volunteers. Volunteers give unique insight into Chamber programs, events and services. It is their valuable input that helps form new programs and enhances existing programs to meet the ever-changing needs of our Membership.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation, representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector and region. Your Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a 5-Star Chamber to best serve the needs of you, our Members!
Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation: Promote charitable endeavors that fall within the mission of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, with special emphasis on supporting charitable, cultural and educational programs and projects through which the community’s quality of life is enhanced.
Joplin Business and Industrial Development Corporation: Provide a continuing revenue source to support the economic development efforts in the Joplin area, and to finance and market the speculative shell building. Board members are elected from contributors to JBIDC.
Joplin Capital Corporation: Furnish small business loans and/or equity for projects that could not be financed through conventional means.
Joplin Industrial Development Authority: Administer the issuance of industrial revenue bonds within the incorporated limits of the City of Joplin. Continue development and marketing of the Crossroads Business Park and maintenance of Joplin-Webb City Industrial Park.
Jasper County Industrial Development Authority: Administers the issuance of industrial revenue bonds throughout Jasper County with the exception of the area covered by the Joplin Industrial Development Authority.
Missouri I-49 Coalition: Encourages and supports funding levels at both state and federal level to upgrade US 71 to Interstate 49.
Joplin Regional Partnership: The Alliance is a regional economic development organization that markets 11 cities in southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas for the purposes of business attraction.