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October 2012 Volume 1 Issue 1

Business Initiative In This Issue

Member Notes Kudos to Matt Condon, Athletic & Rehabilitation Center (ARC), on being named a 2012 Rainmaker for Kansas City by Ingram’s Magazine. Thank you to South Kansas City Rotary Club for the work that they did for the Grandview Historical Society’s Depot new paint job.

Kudos to Bank Midwest’s parent, NBH Holdings Corporation made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. Congratulations!! Grandview High School Blue & Gold Brigade Marching Band took first place in the Class 4A Field Show competition on Saturday, September 22nd at the 2012 Carrollton Band Day. Thank you to St. Joseph Medical Center for hosting the Candidates Forum for the South KC & Grandview Chamber’s.

12500 S. 71 Highway, Ste. 100 Grandview, MO 64030 816.761.6505 816.763.8460 Fax

Staffing Changes

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Advocate Wins Awards

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Mega Chamber Office Party

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Ribbon Cuttings

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Grand Summit Apts Phase II

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Calendar of Events

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2012 Annual Dinner Celebrating Our Chamber Olympians


oin us on Thursday, October 4th, at the Armacost Car Museum as we recognize the Olympic efforts of Grandview Chamber Board and Committee members! Enjoy the unique car collection at the Armacost Museum, a cash bar, dinner catered by Affordable Elegance, and an evening of business celebration and thanks.

Thursday, October 4th 5:30—6:30 Cocktail Reception 6:30—8:00 Dinner & Program Armacost Museum 4200 E. 135th Street Grandview, MO 64030

$30 per person The Chamber's own Bob Costas, Jeremy Wood with Cinematic Visions, Reserved Table of Eight $250 will narrate our Chamber Olympians feats and follies as we televise their aim for the gold in various Olympic challenges. We invite you to watch, laugh and cheer on our Chamber Olympians as we recognize the Chamber and EDC's accomplishments for the 2011-2012 year and pass the torch to our 2012-2013 leadership.

Presented by the Grandview Chamber & Economic Development Council, Gold Sponsors McDonald's, Axtell & Co. Commercial RE, and Jackson County Public Water District #1, and Silver Sponsors Crews Jewelry, Quality Air Solutions, and KCP&L. 1

Contact Cheryl Berberich-Nolen to secure your reservation. 816.761.6505

2012 LEADERSHIP EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Mike Simmons, Chairman Aaron Martin, Chair Elect Sage Beauchamp, Treasurer & Secretary

Allen Meyer, Vice Chair Membership

Mark Long, Vice Chair EDC Sandy Kessinger, Past Chair

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Don Armacost, Jr. (Ex Officio) Mark Assenmacher Jim Brosnahan Dr. Christa Dawson Virgie Dillard Dan Hartman Ailene Hartz Leonard Jones (Ex Officio) Todd Krass Merley McMurry Carolyn Pope (Ex Officio) Madeline Romious Cory Smith Dr. Ralph Teran Jeff Westergard Ty Yano

OFFICE STAFF Kim Curtis President

Cheryl Berberich Nolen Member Services/ Events Manager

Chamber to Bid Farewell to Brincefield and Berberich-Nolen


t the Annual Celebration Dinner on Thursday, October 4 th, the Chamber will not only recognize the efforts of our Board and volunteer s– they will also bid good-bye to two great, long-time staff members--Office & Publications Manager Angela Brincefield and Membership & Events Manager Cheryl Berberich-Nolen. “I am both proud and sad to see these two great employees leave the Chamber. With the support of our Board and members, we made a great team and accomplished so much for the betterment of Grandview in the last six years. They will be missed, but I know they will do great things in their new positions,” says Kim Curtis, President. Angela, who recently completed her Master’s Degree, has accepted a position as an Administrator Manager in Human Resources at DST Systems. In her new role, Angela will be in charge of setting up division budgets and managing a staff of administrative assistants and interns. October 4 th will be her last day at the Chamber. “I greatly appreciate the support, encouragement and opportunities that Kim and the Board have provided me over the past six years. I will leave the Chamber with sadness at the loss of dear friends and colleagues, but am excited for the new opportunity that awaits me,” says Brincefield. Cheryl was offered and accepted a newly-created position with JobOne as a Business Account Executive. In her new position, Cheryl will travel the metro area using her relationship-building and sales skills to further the work of this not-for-profit that provides jobs for the developmentally disabled. She will continue to work in the Grandview area as well and has agreed to volunteer for the Music on Main event. “I want to thank you all so much for the five plus wonderful years at the Chamber that have allowed me to grow. I have worked alongside excellent colleagues, developed many lasting friendships and have had so many opportunities to develop in my career.” Cheryl’s last day will be October 10th. Moving forward, Curtis and the Board have agreed to hire Rachel Casey, Casey Communications Group, on a contract basis during the interim. Casey will join the Chamber on October 15th. Curtis and the Board will also hold a Strategic Planning Session in the next two weeks to map out a plan for the next three years, hiring options, and determine how to improve benefits for Chamber staff. If you have any questions please contact Kim Curtis at 816.761.6505 or email at .


Jackson County Advocate Wins Welcome!! State Accolades New Members


he Jackson County Advocate staff won several awards at the Missouri Press Association’s Better N e ws pa p e r C o n t e s t Aw a rd s Luncheon on Saturday, September 22. The list of awards included first place in Best Sports News Story or Package, Best Sports Feature Story, Best Coverage of Community/People/Lifestyles and Best Photo Illustration. The second place awards earned were for Best Front Page, Best Story About Religion, Best Story About History and Best Information Graphic. The staff also received an honorable mention award for Best Story About Education. Paul Thompson, Advocate’s Sports Editor, also received the Outstanding Young Journalist Award of Merit, which included a cash prize as well.

Pictured below is Phil Conger, MPA President, and publisher of the B e t h a n y R e pu bl i can - Cli pp e r , Andrea Wood, Gavin Wood and Paul Thompson.

63 Cousins Genealogy Annette Yvonne White 6500 E. 125th Street Grandview, MO 64030 816-529-8692

Cinematic Visions Jeremy Wood 15 SW 3rd Street Lee’s Summit, MO 64063 816-600-6300

Pacific Coast Business Services Article and photo reprinted with permission from the Jackson County Advocate. (Photo by Mary Wilson)

Judy Barrett 7612 E. 130th Court Grandview, MO 64030 816-701-6599 For a complete up-to-date list of Grandview Chamber members visit our website at:



Missouri Rhythm Area Officials Come Together for New Home Subdivision in Grandview Ribbon Cutting &

Press Conference


he new Norby Gardens subdivision opened in style last Friday, September 28 with a Grand Opening ribbon cutting celebration. (From left) Clifton James from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Grandview Mayor Steve Dennis, 5th District Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver II, and Bob Frost from the Builders Development Corporation were on hand to unveil the new subdivision.

New member, the Missouri Rhythm, a member of the American Basketball Association, held a ribbon cutting and press conference to introduce themselves to the Grandview community where they will be playing their home games inside the Grandview Assembly of God gymnasium. Visit their website at

"People want to own homes, and we've got to help people buy their homes," said Cleaver at the ceremony. "The people who move into these homes, you watch. Drive by and look at their lawns. That's what home ownership will do." Home buying assistance is available from the Federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

Octavia Wright, dba Threadz, has leased 1400 square feet of retail space from JPI Inc. in Grandview Station, 12036 Blue Ridge Blvd., Grandview, Missouri. The lease was negotiated by Greg Patterson of Greg Patterson & Associates, Inc.

Masonic Lodge of Grandview 102nd Installation of Officers


Grand Summit Apartments Begins Expansion


hase 2 at Grand Summit Apartments, also known as the Fairways at Grand Summit, will ultimately contain 456 additional apartment homes. When completed, the Grand Summit apartment development will contain 900 apartment homes in addition to the 18-hole golf course. The owner of the property, Lindsey Management, developed the first phase with 450 units, and currently manages the property. They are also the developers for the Phase 2 project and will also manage the new apartment units, as well as the golf course. Lindsey Management has

submitted their Site Plan and building plans to the City for review and approval. They have also submitted public infrastructure plans to the City and the Water District for review and approval, as they will be required to construct a portion of Bennington Avenue north from 155th Street, sanitary sewer lines, water lines and storm water drainage facilities. Nick Workman is coordinating with the developer’s architect to insure that they comply with the City’s code requirement for storm shelters. The developer’s plan is to acquire building permits as soon as approval is given for 300 apartments (25 buildings x 12 apartments per

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building) plus one clubhouse. The remaining 156 apartments would be constructed after an initial lease-up phase of the first 300 apartments. The rough estimated construction cost for the entire project is of $30,000,000.


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Don’t Miss These Events!  10/2/2012—Networking

Seminar: “Networking...It can be fun and profitable” @ St. Joseph Medical Center 3:00 pm 1000 Carondelet Dr., KCMO $10 members/$20 nonmembers  10/4/2012—Annual Dinner







2 3:00 pm Networking Seminar @ St. Joseph Med Center


4 5:30 pm Annual Dinner Celebration

5 Grandview’s Got Talent Tomorrow! 10/6/12

8 Office Closed Columbus Day


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17 16 3:30 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting

Morning Connections @ Holiday Inn Express

18 12:00 pm Board 19 of Directors Mtg 5:00 pm Mega Chamber Office Party & Metro Expo









Celebration @ Armacost Museum $30  10/7/12 - Historic Bus

Tour in Grandview— Grandview Historical Society 2:00 pm $15 Call 322-3736 for more information.  10/10/12— Morning

Connections @ Holiday Inn Express 8:00 –9:00 am 12801 S. 71 Hwy, Grandview, MO Free  10/18/2012—Mega

Chamber Office Party & Metro Expo @ The Kansas City Zoo 5:00—7:00 p.m. $15 per person

NOVEMBER 2012 Monday





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Morning Connections @


14 13 3:30 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting

15 12:00 pm Board of Directors Mtg




22 Happy Thanksgiving


 11/712— Morning

Connections @ 8:00 –9:00 am Free TBA


 11/29/12—EDC

Membership Luncheon— TBA—$20 26




Happy Thanksgiving

29 12:00 pm EDC 30 Luncheon

October 2012 Business Initiative Newsletter  

Monthly Grandview, Missouri Chamber of Commerce membership newsletter