Our Purpose: Preserve and improve the economic prosperity of the Joplin region.
Economic Development-Affiliated Organizations:
The list below includes affiliated organizations, subsidiary corporations, joint ventures and long range programs directly related to the Chamber but not included in division activities.
Joplin stands strong with a business foundation that is comprised of a skilled labor force, easy transportation access, reasonable operating costs and local government that is pro-business.
These assets are what assure a strong economic development plan gets successful results. With a daytime population of more than 240,000, Joplin is a magnet for the surrounding area. About 62% of the available labor pool in the area has at least some college experience and almost 93% of potential employees have a high school diploma. Many have technical skill training beyond high school. Open to new possibilities, nearly 90% of workers say they are willing to work outside of their primary field of employment for the right opportunities. To match the skills and talents of the workforce and to determine a targeted approach to future growth, the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce recently commissioned a study by Taimerica Management Company. The study results identified four business sectors to target as a way of expanding the area's already diversified economic base. These sectors are: distributions centers, administrative office operations, commercial machinery repair and custom computer programming. These sectors join Joplin's commitment to its existing firms in food processing, fabricated metals, transportation equipment, plastics and packaging technologies, customer service centers and retail. What makes Joplin so attractive for new businesses as well as our existing firms? According to Taimerica's survey of 65 area companies, key factors include major transportation access; a skilled, available and willing workforce; low operating costs and taxes and a quality of living that comes from being a hub city in a market of nearly 500,000.
The purpose of the JCC is to:
The JCC will operate within the identified census tracts for low to moderate income as defined by the Department of HUD – more generally described as 26th St. North to about C St. and from Maiden Lane East to Connecticut Ave.
The minimum and maximum loan amounts are $5,000 and $50,000.
Use of Loan Funds
Applications available at all participating institutions and the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce office.
The Joplin region is comprised of Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas and Northeast Oklahoma, where you'll find seven counties working together to make your business expansion or new location successful and profitable.
A business and technology incubator is an economic development tool designed to accelerate the growth and success of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services. An incubator's main goal is to produce successful firms that will leave the program financially viable and freestanding.
Create a positive environment for developing, supporting and promoting entrepreneurs; with an emphasis on those pursuing innovative technology.
Joplin Capital Corporation
Gap financing for small business loans.
Small Business & Technology Development Center-MSSU
Local training classes and confidential counseling for existing businesses and entrepreneurs.