“What is the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce?”
The Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce prides itself on being one of the most recommended Chambers in the region. The focus centralized around uniting business, industry and professional individuals to improve the economy and build a more vibrant and prosperous community. The Chamber’s strength lies in its membership, enabling them to accomplish collectively what no one could do individually.
Our Mission: To lead the community enhancing economic vitality, to be an advocate for the business community and improve the quality of life in the Neosho area.
Our Vision: Be the premier membership-based organization helping member businesses & organizations flourish and grow, encouraging new & quality economic growth, & branding the region as a destination to live, work and play.
What does it do?
The scope of Chamber activities is unlimited in its variety of services, depending on the needs of the community and the desire and ability of the Chamber to carry them out. The Chamber is an information agency, maintaining up to date community and industrial information and economic development data to answer inquiries of all types, whether they be a personal interview, telephone or by mail.
The Chamber represents and promotes the area’s economy, and encourages business and industrial investments, broadening the tax base and providing employment. To business prospects and newcomers, the Chamber represents Neosho’s “front door” and serves as its goodwill ambassador.
The Chamber’s main objectives are to promote local business, recruit new business and industry to the area and to aid the expansion of existing business and industry. There is a place in the Chamber of Commerce for all who share the desire to improve conditions under which business is conducted. The Chamber’s focus is on making the Neosho area a better place in which to live, to work, and do business!
(The Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce is funded primarily by membership investments, which are paid on an annual basis. These investments are not a donation but are considered an investment; they are tax deductible as a legitimate business expense.)
Benefits of Membership
Publicity/Exposure -- All members are listed both alphabetically and categorically in the Chamber’s online membership directory. The directory is available all the time on our chamber website www.neoshocc.com. Also, all new members are encouraged to have a New Member Welcome at their place of business to introduce themselves to the community and other Chamber members. The local news media frequently covers these events. We also offer publicity through press releases on our website and promotion of events.
Networking -- There are numerous opportunities for our members to meet one another. We believe that people like doing business with people they know. The second Friday of every month, a member hosts “Second Friday Coffee” and once a quarter a different member hosts “Business After Hours” at their place of business. There is no charge to attend these events and all members are invited. These are both great opportunities to meet and greet each other, exchange business cards and enjoy the fellowship in a relaxed atmosphere. Also, the Chamber holds a general membership luncheon once a quarter, an Annual Banquet dinner each November, numerous ribbon cuttings, and other networking opportunities throughout the year.
Group Health Insurance Option -- We have partnered with the Missouri Chamber Federation and are now able to offer our small business members with 2-50 employees an option for group health insurance. Many of our businesses have been able to use this resource to not only offer their employees insurance but to save substantially on their costs.
Social Media -- The Chamber is very active on social media and works hard to help our members obtain positive interaction and exposure by sharing interesting posts, featuring new members, spotlighting existing members and staying visible to the community.
Job Postings -- The Chamber offers free job postings on our website for all of our members. These job postings are easily shareable on social media and have been an effective tool for many of our members, to not only get more applicants but quality applicants.
Education -- The Chamber often coordinates educational workshops or seminars. Members have access to them at little or no cost. The Chamber always encourages suggestions for possible topics or programs. We also love partnering with our local schools, colleges and universities.
Referrals -- We receive dozens of calls per week from people who need referrals. We refer ONLY our members. We also offer a free web link from our website to any member’s site.
Weekly Newsletter/Weekend Update -- Members can stay “in the know” about the community and fellow chamber members by signing up to receive our 2 weekly email updates to our members about upcoming events and activities in the chamber and the community. These include our Weekly Newsletter sent out each Monday and our Wildcat Weekend Update, sent out each Friday. Members who have events or specials are encourages to send us flyers to be included in these publications.
Chamber Information Center: The Chamber office is a welcome center for the community and has space to allow our members to display brochures and business cards.
Neosho Chamber Marketplace -- Chamber members can post special promotions, sales, member-to-member deals, or available business opportunities on the Chamber Website.
Meeting Space -- Chamber Members have free access to 3 separate meeting spaces located inside the Hale McGinty Business Center.
- La-Z-Boy Opportunity Center: Seating for up to 40, Smart Board, Wireless Internet, Big Screen T/Monitor, Video Conferencing
- Branco Conference Room: Seating for up 16, Smart Board
- CBT Conference Room: Seating for up to 8
Legislation -- The Chamber is an excellent source of information about legislative issues affecting our area. Acting as a liaison for business, the Chamber of Commerce has on-going contact with State Legislators and is often a sounding board for its members. An “Eggs & Issues” breakfast is also held to give members an opportunity to ask questions of their government representatives. As needed, a Chamber Day at the Capitol is planned for members to meet at the State Capitol and lobby legislators.
Missouri Chamber Federation – Our small business with less than 10 employees are automatically members of the Missouri Chamber Federation.
Community Involvement -- There are many Chamber committees that any employee of a Chamber member can attend and join. Participation is voluntary, but encouraged.
Recognition -- The Chamber recognizes members as Business/Employer of the Month, Business of the Year and Most Improved Business Location. Being a member of the Chamber enables your business or organization to be eligible for recognition.
Lists and Labels – Only Chamber members have access to the complete membership directory with contact names at no charge. Mailing labels are available for a minimal charge.
Lauri Lyerla, IOM
Lauri is a familiar face to most people in Neosho. She was born and raised a Wildcat. Working at a very young age in her family’s furniture store, Mills Park Centre, taught her the value of small business and community. Today, Lauri uses those same principles to enhance our member’s businesses and help them to think outside the box. She has lead the Chamber since 2014 and is a 2018 graduate from the Institute of Organizational Management. Lauri works to foster relationships between our organization and all of the area entities partnering together to make our town function to its full potential, including City Council, Newton County, Neosho Schools, Crowder College, Grow Neosho, & many more.
Lauri is married to her high school sweetheart, Brad and they have two children, Kennedy and Cade.
Ashley Siler, IOM
Director of Communication & Membership Development
We call Ashley, our Neosho transplant. Although she isn’t originally from Neosho- we think that black & gold have become her favorite colors. Ashley has lived in the 4 State area her whole life and been lucky enough to work in the education and health fields before coming to the chamber world. Through those experiences, she has gained a passion for encouraging people and connecting resources. Ashley joined the Chamber in 2014 and after 4 years of handling our busy event schedule, she has stepped into our Membership role to work more hands-on with our members, both existing and those who are searching for us. Events that pertain to our members will still fall under her responsibility, including our Leadership Events and member recognition. She also leads our Young Professionals Group, EPIC. Ashley graduated in 2019 from the Institute of Organizational Management.
Ashley and her husband, Nate stay very busy with their six kids, Ethan, Kadelyn, Eric, Conner, Jared, and Jayley.
Charity is our smiling face at the front desk and the joyful voice who answers the phone when you call our Chamber Office. She attended four years at Ozark Bible Institute and College, right here in Neosho, and decided to stay after graduation. We welcomed Charity to our team in 2018. She works hard to keep things organized in our busy office and is the first point of contact for many visitors coming to Neosho. Charity also serves our membership as the Non-profit Committee liaison and organizes several of our events throughout the year.
Charity and her husband, Eric met at Ozark Bible Institute and College and tied the knot the summer of 2018. They are expecting their first child this summer.
We welcomed Janel Wilder to the team in early 2019. As the Event Coordinator, she is the Neosho Area Chamber’s newest team member. With a strong background in Marketing and Customer Service, along with a colorful work history, Janel is quite resourceful. She has been a member of various Chambers in the past and spent 2 years serving on the Springfield Sports Commission’s Board of Directors. Janel loves meeting new people and enjoys connecting businesses & individuals that can help one another flourish in the community. She is active on social media and is often referred to as a “go-to” for local events, business referrals and questions about what’s coming up in the area. Janel was born and raised in Southwest Missouri and has strong family ties to the community. She enjoys giving back and believes in the importance of leaving things a little better than you found them. Janel’s dream is to bring a Boys & Girls Club to Neosho.
As a wife and mother of two, Janel spends most of her evenings and weekends at a ballfield in the 4-State area. When Janel isn’t cheering on her young Wildcats, she can be found enjoying a local event, meeting with like-minded, inspiring individuals to learn & grow, or spending time adventuring with her family. Janel loves to travel and has a passion for health & wellness.
President - Justin Carnahan
Vice President - Rachel Dobbs
2nd Vice President - Benjamin Coffey
Treasurer - Carrie Cline
Member at Large - Melissa Wright
Past President - Stuart Puckett