April 1st, 2019

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly) - Apr 1 2019

Spotlight on Carthage (Weekly edition) - Week of April 1, 2019

Our mission: 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.

Our vision: To foster and facilitate the success of Carthage area businesses, so our community is financially healthy and the people living, working, and playing in Carthage can enjoy a higher quality of life.

All events are subject to delays or cancellations. Call ahead to confirm.

Spotlight Event

Social Media for Business Invitation

Wednesday, April 3, 9-11 a.m.

Carthage Chamber conference room, 402 S. Garrison

Join Neely to learn how to use social media for business! Limited to the first 15 RSVPs. Please RSVP to Neely at


Chamber News

Verizon Ribbon Cutting Invitation

Tuesday, April 2

10 a.m. ▪ 100 W. George Phelps

Please join the Chamber to celebrate the opening of Verizon Tuesday, April 2 at 10 a.m. at 100 W. George Phelps. Remember to drop your card in the fishbowl for your chance to win the 1st Quarter Prize valued at $100 from U.S. Bank. RSVP to Neely at


Emerging Leaders

Community Action Fair SAVE THE DATE

Monday, May 13

5-7 p.m. • Fair Acres Family YMCA, 2600 Grand Ave.

Presented by the Carthage Chamber of Commerce

Volunteer and Donor Event


Non-profit organizations and civic clubs will be on-hand to talk about:

What they do

How you can donate

Who can volunteer

How to get involved

Childcare for ages 10 & under provided by YMCA staff. Fee $2/child, pay at the door. Includes activities & snack.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417‑358‑2373 or


Maple Leaf News

53rd Maple Leaf Festival “Legacy of Maple Leaf”

The Maple Leaf Committee selected “Legacy of Maple Leaf” as the theme for the 2019 festival.  Watch for this theme to be incorporated in events, parade entries, and much more.  Submissions for the 2019 Maple Leaf Artwork Contest are due by Monday, April 1. For info, contact Mary Jo at 417‑358‑2373 or


Sponsorships are NOW OPEN for the 2019 Festival

Sponsorships are now available for the 53rd Annual Maple Leaf Festival and start at just $500. Sponsorships are now open to all Chamber and community members!  Final sponsor deadline is April 1.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417‑358‑2373 or


Promote Your October Event to TENS of Thousands

If you have an event that you’d like to promote to tens of thousands of residents and visitors during the month of October, list your event in the official 2019 Maple Leaf Festival brochure.

Completed applications AND fees are due no later than Monday, April 1 in order to be considered for the 2019 Maple Leaf Festival brochure.  A promotional fee of $50 for events sponsored by Chamber members and $100 for events sponsored by non-Chamber members is required for each submitted event.  Events submitted without the fee will NOT be published in the Maple Leaf Festival brochure.  For info, contact Mary Jo at 417‑358‑2373 or


Upcoming Chamber Events

Apr 1 ▪ Maple Leaf artwork, sponsorship, & events deadline

5 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison

For info, contact Mary Jo at 417‑358‑2373 or


April 2  ▪ Verizon ribbon cutting

10 a.m. ▪ 100 W. George Phelps Blvd.

For info, contact Neely at 417-358‑2373 or


April 3 ▪ Social Media for Business seminar

9:30 a.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison

For info, contact Neely at 417-358‑2373 or


April 4 ▪ Maple Leaf committee

4:00 p.m. ▪ Chamber office, 402 S. Garrison

For info, contact Mary Jo at 417-358‑2373 or


Member News

Front Page stores (Carthage, Joplin, and Neosho) are offering storewide savings of at least 60% off.  New arrivals and discount racks.  For info, call 417-359-9591.


Carthage Area United Way is currently looking for Citizen Review Team volunteers.  CRT volunteers meet with CAUW agencies and then present their opinions to the CAUW allocation committee.  Time requirement: 1-2 hours.  For info, call 417‑358‑2948.


The Friends of the Lee Library at Crowder College is currently taking donations for the annual book sale, scheduled for April 2‑4. If you have any books, DVDs, or audiobooks you are willing to part with, contact the library at 417-455-5775.


Apply to be a census taker at  For info, call 855-JOB-2020.


The Joplin Globe is starting a bi-weekly “Tiger Tuesday” page later this month. The piece will be in full color and will include weekly Chamber Events and local “Carthage Only” information & photos. Chamber members can advertise their businesses on the “Tiger Tuesday” page for as low as $25 weekly with a 13-week commitment. Please contact Samantha McDaniel 417‑627-7235 for more information.


Upcoming Member Events

Apr 1 ▪ Kids Day Out Daycamp

7 a.m.-6 p.m. ▪ Fair Acres Family YMCA, 2600 Grand Ave.

Y members $20/day, non-members $30. For info, call 417-358-1070.   


Apr 2-4 ▪ Annual Book Sale

8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. ▪ Crowder College Library, 601 Laclede, Neosho

Free and open to the public. For info, call 417‑455-5610.   


Apr 2 & 4 ▪ Community Education: Creative String Art

6-9 p.m. ▪ Carthage Tech Center, 609 S. River St.

Fee $35, open to the public.  For info, call 417-359-7095.


Apr 3, 17, 24 ▪ Storytime with Ms. Sherri (ages 0-8)

10 a.m. ▪ Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison

Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417-237-7040.


Apr 3 ▪ Spring Career Fair 2019

10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ▪ MSSU Athletic Cntr, 3950 Newman Rd., Joplin

Employer registration still open. For info, call 417-625-9343.   


Apr 5- May 19 ▪ “Conversations in Color” Connie Miller Painting Exhibit

Fri & Sat 12-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. ▪ artCentral, 1110 E. 13th St.

Free and open to the public, donations welcome.  Opening reception Apr 5, 6-8 p.m.  Underwritten by Schmidt Associates. For info, call 417‑358-4404. 


 Apr 6 ▪ Freeman 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run

7 a.m. ▪ Joplin Family YMCA, 3404 McIntosh Circle

5K $25, fun run free. For info, call 417-347-1111.


Apr 6 ▪ Walk with a Doc

9 a.m. ▪ Mercy Hospital Joplin, 100 Mercy Way

Free and open to the public.  For info, call 417‑556-2260.   


Apr 6 ▪ All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast

9 a.m. ▪ Shrine Crew Train Barn, 2114 W. Mound St.

Cost $7/person, open to the public.  For info, call 417‑317-0609.   


Apr 6 ▪ Vision Carthage Carthage in Bloom workday

9 a.m.-2 p.m. ▪ Jasper County Courthouse & Fair Acres Family YMCA

Open to the public. For info, call 417-793-6589.   


Apr 6 ▪ Yoga 4 Kids w/Stacey Stiles (ages 3-10)

11 a.m. ▪ Yoga 4U, 227 E. 3rd St.

$5/child, parents free w/child. For info, call 417-437-2389.   


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*Cancellations will be refunded ONLY IF cancellation is received more than 24 hours before start of event. Substitutions are allowed.

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