The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce has been working hard to better serve entrepreneurs and start-ups. Here are several recent improvements to Joplin’s entrepreneurial ecosystem:
We have developed new coworking spaces in the newly renovated Joseph Newman Innovation Center (NIC) and in the Advanced Training & Technology Center (ATTC). Starting at only $125 per month per desk, our coworking spaces are ideal for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and remote workers seeking community, collaboration, and learning. Coworking tenants get a desk in a shared, communal setting, with amenities such as free Internet access, JACC membership, and access to free educational programs, mentorships, and e-commerce meet-ups. For more information, contact Doug Hunt at the Chamber.
The Chamber’s new Mentorship Program is now open to entrepreneurs seeking mentors. Topics for discussion include professional growth, leadership development, time management, and how to leverage technologies.
Organized by the Chamber’s Professional Development Work Group, EdTalks are monthly educational series, which host local speakers who are experts in their fields. Topics cover a variety of subjects from networking and leadership to financial management and much more.
A series of informal monthly meetings hosted by various local businesses who actively sell products online. Participants share best practices and network with one another. Meetings are typically held on the second Thursday of each month at 8:00 am. Meetup locations vary, so sign up to receive notifications on each month’s location.
The Chamber, along with a group of business and community leaders, has launched a 1 Million Cups chapter in Joplin to educate, engage, and inspire our entrepreneurs. 1 Million Cups (1MC) is based on the notion that great ideas are discussed over a million cups of coffee. 1MC is not a pitch platform, nor is it a networking event. It’s simply a chance for one to two presenting entrepreneurs to tap into the knowledge and experience of the local community in a focused and encouraging environment.
Soon, the Chamber will co-launch an “Innovation District” in collaboration with the Downtown Joplin Alliance, Missouri Southern State University, and the Small Business Development Center to cross promote and provide workspaces, educational programs, pitch competitions, mentorships, and networking opportunities.
Joplin is already an amazing place to start a business. Collectively, these new initiatives activate and organize our supportive business community to better serve and champion each other.