About The Chamber

Our Mission Statement

To improve the overall business climate for our members and quality of life for the community through sponsorship of programs which promote civic and economic development, stimulate growth, and support relevant political action.

The Carthage Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit organization devoted to enhancing and supporting new and existing businesses in the community.

Since its incorporation in 1932, the Chamber has served as a mainstay for its members, uniting hundreds of businesses and professional firms, plus dozens of business-minded individuals to create a unified voice working to improve business and build a stronger community. The Carthage Chamber also focuses on creating jobs by stimulating economic growth, and promoting quality of life for the entire community. 

To further enhance the Chamber's mission, the Board of Directors formulates a Program of Work which details our goal-oriented projects each year.  Committees are then assigned these goals based on areas of interest.  Each committee contains a chairperson and several Chamber members to provide direction and assist in the committee's tasks. Call the Chamber at (417) 358-2373 or by email at info@carthagechamber.com for more information on how you can become involved in these dynamic committees.

Board of Directors

  • Steve Willis - Chairman
  • Roy Mason - Vice Chairman
  • Brian Schmidt - Treasurer
  • Susan Wendleton - Past Chairman
  • Kenney Arnold
  • Paul Eckels
  • Robert Goar
  • Dr. Jon Haffner
  • Tina Hallmark
  • Rodney Hinds
  • Elizabeth Simmons
  • Dr. Sean Smith

Board Liasons

  • Jim Benton - Carthage Ministerial Alliance
  • Wendi Douglas - Carthage CVB
  • Jason Shelfer - Carthage City Council

Ex-Officio Members

  • Chuck Bryant - Carthage Water & Electric
  • Tom Flanigan - Jasper Co. Commission
  • Tom Short - City Administrator

Chamber Staff

  • Mark J. Elliff - President & CEO Economic Development City of Carthage
  • Mary Jo Little - Director of Finance & Operations
  • Neely Myers - Director of Membership & Marketing