One needn’t be a pirate on the Joplin Space Chamber of Commerce Enterprise Expo — there’s loads of booty available on the thirtieth annual version of the occasion.
“Joplin Expo Marks the Spot; Discover your Treasure in Joplin” is the theme of this yr’s occasion being placed on within the pavilion on the Downstream On line casino Resort.
“Now we have over 110 exhibitors this yr, and we’re utterly offered out,” mentioned Erin Slifka, advertising and public info supervisor for the chamber. The occasion was open from midday to 7:30 pm Tuesday for enterprise and chamber guests.
Until a forecast winter storm causes cancellation Wednesday, the expo will probably be open to the general public from 10 am to 2 pm Admission is $5; kids 5 and youthful will probably be admitted free.
“It’s a nice time for individuals to study concerning the new companies which have entered the native market,” Slifka mentioned of group day.
Treasure chests with sweet, ink pens, rubber duckies, ice scrapers, sun shades and all types of different plunder have been free for the taking, no swords or cannon hearth wanted. Jack Sparrow, or his stand-in of him, patrolled the decks as guests loaded luggage with the spoils or performed video games for prizes.
“Each exhibitor has one thing totally different and distinctive occurring of their sales space, however that is actually an awesome alternative for members of the Joplin Space Chamber of Commerce to return and showcase their assets and new service traces and join with members of the group to allow them to study a number of the companies we have now on this space,” Slifka mentioned.
A kind of companies, Stokes Training Providers and Stokes Robotics of Carl Junction, demonstrated the robots which might be obtainable for schooling, regulation enforcement and safety functions.
“These robots can have curriculum for colleges. For those who needed to, you would put them in school rooms for college students to study programming and robotics, or they are often programmed to go up and down the halls” for safety, mentioned Gavin Philliber, of the enterprise. Additionally they can be utilized for regulation enforcement functions comparable to patrolling and looking out jails, jail cells and different premises.
Mike Wakefield, of Binky Man at 315 S. Cox Ave., displayed merchandise that embody display printed shirts. The 14-year-old enterprise may also present embroidered merchandise, together with shirts and hats. The expo “has been actually good” at connecting him to potential clients, Wakefield mentioned.
TPC (The Payroll Firm), primarily based in Springfield, has come to the Joplin Expo for a number of years to attach with enterprise operators who want to outsource payroll and human assets companies.
“We assist corporations from as small as one worker to as massive as 2,000 or 3,000 staff,” firm consultant Austin Linton mentioned. “One of many issues it helps with is the tax course of. We take all of the taxes and deal with these ourselves so that every one the danger and all of the compliance points is off your plate and onto ours.”
Native hospitals and quite a few different well being care suppliers, banks, those that present spa and wonder companies, contractors and residential service corporations, and even junk elimination companies, can be found on the expo to offer details about how they will help space residents and companies .
Instructional establishments comparable to Kansas Metropolis College are additionally represented on the present.
“That is all the time a enjoyable time for us to return out and combine with the enterprise group and listen to about some nice issues which might be occurring within the enterprise group,” mentioned Haley Reardon, supervisor of promoting and communications for the KCU-Joplin campus. KCU operates an osteopathic medical faculty right here and is nearing completion of a dental faculty.
Development of the dental faculty subsequent to the medical faculty at 2901 St. John’s Blvd. is about 90% full. Set up of apparatus will probably be accomplished this spring, and the primary class of 80 dental college students will begin faculty in July, Reardon mentioned.
Freeman Well being System, which co-sponsors the expo with Downstream On line casino, is offering employees and data on 16 companies supplied by the system and its hospitals. These embody an allergy physician, bariatric surgical procedure companies, the hospital auxiliary for individuals to volunteer, sleep medication and Well being Necessities, a retailer that gives sturdy medical tools to the general public, mentioned the hospital’s Rikki Smith.
“The Joplin expo is known as a place the place companies can come and work with one another but in addition current themselves to the general public,” Smith mentioned. “For me, as a businessman, I get to make connections right here and see lots of people in a single place. I won’t see this many individuals at another time of the yr. For the individuals of the group who come, they might study companies they did not even know existed.”