Chamber Connection


Working For You – What Your Membership Supports        

When it comes to reaping the rewards of membership, the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce packs a lot of resources and advantages into its yearly dues. From networking events to committees, members find that joining the Chamber brings in additional business, exposure and perks, not to mention the benefits members receive even if they never come to an event.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Division serves as the lead economic development agency for the community. In partnership with the City of St. Joseph and Buchanan County, all strides are made to recruit new businesses to St. Joseph and to retain the ones we have. It facilitates dialogue between businesses and the appropriate governmental agencies to address the challenges a company may be facing.

The Economic Development Division is funded through a community partnership for economic development,
with funds raised from both the public and private sectors. The Economic Development Investors Partnership includes the City of St. Joseph, Buchanan County and about 150 local businesses.

The division also recognizes what an important role both community and workforce development play in creating a community where people want to live and work, as well as where businesses wish to invest. Both are key components of a successful business attraction and retention strategy. As such, the division proactively facilitates this mission by implementing and supporting many initiatives designed to enhance quality of life and life-long learning. The Economic Development Division also partners to improve physical infrastructure and amenities, another key to growth.

MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

The Membership Services Division works to strengthen Chamber membership through effective retention and recruitment efforts. Also, this division provides networking and educational opportunities to members while increasing the visibility of the Chamber within the community.

Membership Services coordinates events such as the Annual Banquet; monthly Lunch & Learn seminars; the Chairman’s Breakfast; a New Executives Welcome; the Chamber Classic golf tournament; Economic Development Summit and a Small Business Summit. This division is also responsible for fun, networking events like Business Mixers and Parties on the Parkway.

The Total Resource Campaign also is organized by Membership staff. The Total Resource Campaign is a program that raises funds through sponsorships of Chamber publications, events and programs.

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Staff works to foster relations with the various levels of government, and to represent the business community in addressing legislative issues. Government policies directly affect business, so the Chamber speaks out on behalf of the business community. The Chamber monitors a wide variety of issues and focuses on a number of key areas. The Chamber’s advocacy ranges from formal testimony to informal discussions with key elected officials.

ADMINISTRATION

The Administration Division provides coordination and direction of all organizational resources, financial services and building management and administers the computer system.

Within the Administration Division is the Communications Department, which is responsible for the management, planning and dissemination of Chamber publications and marketing. These publications include Connections, the monthly membership newsletter; press releases; event invitations; advertisements; and web content for the Chamber’s websites, saintjoseph.com, choosestjoseph.com and uncommonlife.info and social media content creation and management.

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Housed in the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Missouri State University’s Small Business Development Center is available to assist individuals and businesses with issues involving start-up, expansion, purchase, sale, marketing, financial analysis and almost any other issue that presents itself to current or potential small business owners. The services provided by the SBDC are free of charge and are not associated with Chamber membership.

ST. JOSEPH REGIONAL PORT AUTHORITY

The Port of St. Joseph is an intermodal port owned by the St. Joseph Regional Port Authority and operated by Transport 360 that serves the agricultural and industrial markets of Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas. The port is conveniently located at the foot of the U.S. Highway 36 bridge into Kansas, with easy access to interstates 29 and 35 serving Northwest Missouri.

It offers full intermodal capabilities of barge, rail and truck. In addition to cargo transfer, the port can provide direct delivery of materials, or outside storage, for wire and other products. The Port Authority is governed by a seven-member board and is administered by an executive director housed in the Chamber office. To contact Transport 360 about Port needs, find them under Transportation in the member listings.

ST. JOSEPH COMMUNITY ALLIANCE

The St. Joseph Community Alliance promotes a shared vision for the community through collective input from citizens. Its director is a part of the Chamber staff and is responsible for implementing the Imagine St. Joseph 2040 plan, coordinating government relations/advocacy and executing a community survey.

The St. Joseph Community Alliance is made up of the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce, the City of St. Joseph, Buchanan County, the School District of St. Joseph, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Mosaic Life Care, Missouri Western State University and the United Way of Greater St. Joseph.

2020 Board of Directors

Chairman
Sarah DeGarmo
Rise By Design

Chair-Elect
Bill Severn
News-Press NOW

Secretary/Treasurer
Brett Carolus
Hillyard Companies

President/CEO
R. Patt Lilly
St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce

Directors

Ashley Albers
Nor-Am Cold Storage

Col. Ed Black
139th Airlift Wing Missouri Air National Guard

Jody Carlson
Missouri American Water

Kelly Crawford
E.L. Crawford Construction, Inc.

Jennifer Kneib-Dixon
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation

Colby Edwards
Altec Industries, Inc.

Dr. Bernd Eichenmueller
Boehringer Ingelheim

Patti Eiman
First American Title

Kevin Kelly
LifeLine Foods, LLC

Carrie Koelzer
KCP&L

Bill McMurray
City of St. Joseph

Terri Modlin
Room 108

Ronan Molloy
Innovation Stockyard

Michael Pulido
Mosaic Life Care

Amy Ryan
Commerce Bank

Lee Sawyer
Buchanan County

Stet Schanze
Gray Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Martial Thevenot
Perka Building Frames by Business Logistics, Inc.

Don Tolly
Tolly & Associates, Inc.

Dr. Doug Van Zyl
School District of St. Joseph

Matthew Wilson
Missouri Western State University

Mark Woodbury
General Counsel
Polsinelli

JL Robertson
Immediate Past Chair
Rupp Funeral Home

Todd Joe
Diplomats Club Representative
John Joe Insurance

Chamber Staff

Kristie Arthur
Director of Workforce Development
arthur@saintjoseph.com
(816) 364-4113

Kristi Bailey
Director of Communications & Marketing
bailey@saintjoseph.com
(816) 364-4108

Deanna Greiner
Membership Specialist
greiner@saintjoseph.com
(816) 364-4103

Jennifer Humbert
Executive Assistant
humbert@saintjoseph.com
(816) 232-4461

Shannon Jobes
Vice President, Administration
jobes@saintjoseph.com
(816) 364-4111

Brad Lau
Vice President, Economic Development
blau@saintjoseph.com
(816) 364-4110

R. Patt Lilly
President & CEO
plilly@saintjoseph.com
(816) 232-4485

Natalie Redmond
Vice President, Membership
redmond@saintjoseph.com
(816) 364-4107