Noel Com­merce Pos­si­bil­i­ties Con­sid­ered

McDonald County Press - - COUNTY - Sally Car­roll

Re­porters from a Mis­souri on­line busi­ness pub­li­ca­tion is re­search­ing busi­ness startup op­por­tu­ni­ties in Noel and the sup­port a lo­cal cham­ber of com­merce can lend.

Mis­souri Busi­ness Alert re­porter Kyle LaHu­cik re­cently con­tacted the McDon­ald County Cham­ber of Com­merce about the type of sup­port it can give to new busi­nesses.

LaHuick and a team of re­porters from Columbia vis­ited with cham­ber of­fi­cials in late Oc­to­ber to gather in­for­ma­tion. The team is ex­plor­ing busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties across the state and look­ing at Noel in par­tic­u­lar.

In an in­tro­duc­tory let­ter sent to the cham­ber, LaHuick said the team is mea­sur­ing the con­di­tions for start­ing and grow­ing new busi­nesses in town, con­sid­er­ing six com­po­nents of the com­mu­nity that af­fect es­tab­lish­ment and growth of early-stage busi­nesses.

One of the com­po­nents is sup­port or­ga­ni­za­tions like the Cham­ber, he wrote.

Cham­ber ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Charla Brewer met with the team at the cham­ber’s satel­lite of­fice in An­der­son, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion re­leased by the Cham­ber. Dur­ing their time in McDon­ald County, the team of re­porters in­ter­viewed Brewer, vis­ited the McDon­ald County His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum and saw sev­eral places in Noel.

The team chose Noel for sev­eral rea­sons and will be shar­ing in­for­ma­tion in the fu­ture, ac­cord­ing to Brewer.

In the mean­time, the team is ask­ing for in­put from res­i­dents. It is hoped that a short sur­vey, on the Cham­ber’s Face­book page, will help to gather ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion.

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