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Hunt named Joplin Chamber’s Director for Entrepreneurship

The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Doug Hunt has been appointed as the Director of Entrepreneurship. 

After graduating from Missouri Southern State University in 1985, Hunt worked for 11 years in broadcast television, first at KSNF-TV and then at KODE-TV. Following this, he became vice president of Tri-State Motor Transit where he managed digital recruitment content.

From 1997 to 2013, Hunt served as CEO of his own small business, Sunrise Media Group, Inc. and later joined Farrell Construction, Inc. as vice president from 2014 to 2019. In 2019, he became an account executive with Sparklight Advertising before joining Employers Health & Safety, LLC. as vice president, where he specialized in business development and community engagement. 

Additionally, Hunt served on the Joplin City Council from 1990 to 1994 and received the Small Business of the Year Award in 2004. 

“Doug has a passion for small businesses. He will bring new energy to our team and cultivate a more robust entrepreneurial ecosystem,” says Toby Teeter, President and CEO of the Chamber. 

Hunt’s first day with the Chamber was October 1. As Director of Entrepreneurship, he will oversee the Chamber’s startup incubation programs at the Joseph Newman Innovation Center and Advanced Training and Technology Center while creating and sustaining programs that support local entrepreneurs. 

For more information, please contact Erin Slifka at or 417.624.4150.

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