Great minds think alike
What do you like to talk about with like-minded individuals … business? Industry innovations? How to enhance your sales and networking strategy? In St. Joseph, you’ll find industry associations and networking groups to keep the conversations going.
The Midland Empire Home Builders Association is a local non-profit that recognizes leadership in the home building industry. Members participate in professional learning activities, professional development, community initiatives and networking throughout the year. The organization is an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders. St. Joseph is also home to a Women in Construction organization, offering monthly meetings and activities.
The Northwest Missouri Ministerial Alliance brings leaders of the faith community together for addressing challenges and opportunities. Representing a diverse list of faiths, the group promotes shared resources and participates in many community initiatives.
Make your mark in St. Joseph — there are a hundred ways. Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, the LEAD group meets regularly to explore learning opportunities, community service and networking among young professionals. Leadership St. Joseph, an initiative of the St. Joseph United Way, has a long history of yearly leadership classes that tackle community challenges together, across many work disciplines and many generations. St. Joseph business and community members also participate in Leadership Northwest Missouri, bringing together individuals from across several counties in the region. The Community Alliance of Saint Joseph brings leaders and executives together who share a vision for progress. This group meets monthly.
The Human Resources Management Association of Northwest Missouri has an office in St. Joseph, Mo. This organization offers meetings, trainings and certification information, volunteer opportunities and more for professionals in the human resources field.
Mark your calendar for your next networking opportunity. (There are plenty to choose from. Here are just a few.) Circle of Influence is a group of small business professionals who exchange direct client referrals and leads. The group also provides a forum to discuss commonly-shared business challenges. If you’re a morning person, the Diplomats Club (hosted by the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce) meets for breakfast once per month at an area business. Guest speakers, networking and community volunteer opportunities throughout the year strengthen this group’s ties to the community. Have the need, the need for speed? Go to the Chamber’s Speed Networking Event, held twice a year. Hosted by Northwest Missouri State University’s Small Business and Technology Development Center and the Chamber, the Women in Leadership group meets to share information on topics for business owners, managers and employees.