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SantaCaliGon Days Festival NEW Attraction!! Main Street 1849

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August 2017

Charter Members

The Independence Chamber of Commerce is grateful to our Charter members for their ongoing support, which allows us to offer programs and events that help our city and members grow and prosper.

August Luncheon Guest Speaker

Ken Kremer

KC Chiefs great, business owner and sports agent Ken played collegiate ball at Ball State where he started all 44 games, earning All Conference honors his junior and senior seasons. As a senior, he was the school’s most valuable player and the Mid-America Conference Player of the Year. Ken was inducted to the Ball State Hall of Fame and the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame. In 1979, his first year in Kansas City, Ken was chosen as the Chiefs’ 11th pick in the draft. He played defensive end and nose tackle for six seasons, leading the team in sacks in 1981. During the 1982 season, Kremer opened a sports bar called “Fuzzy’s” , which gained national exposure. He is currently working with former Chiefs lineman Tom Condon at CAA, representing professional athletes.

Tour Arrowhead Stadium

Immediately following the luncheon you can tour Arrowhead Stadium ($10 fee applies). See our website for more details.

Join us!

August 16th, 2017 11:30am-1:00pm Arrowhead Stadium


210 West Truman Road Independence, MO 64050 816-252-4745


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2017 L.E.A.D. Class

Developed by the Independence Chamber of Commerce, L.E.A.D. Independence aims to provide a network of informed leaders with a commitment to the continued growth and development of our City. L.E.A.D. Independence provides a road map for successful community involvement through interaction with key community leaders and the issues that make Independence distinctive.

lass c D A E L 8 1 0 2 e Th is for ming!

The LEAD Class of 2017 had 24 graduates! Here are some things they said at graduation: “I grew up in Independence and have lived here my whole life. I learned so much about the City in LEAD. This experience gave me a backstage look at Independence.” “I found the best thing about LEAD 2017 was meeting and making all these new friends. The networking, the stories, the field trips with the class was the best thing to me.”

More than 600 graduates from LEAD Independence would agree with these comments.

12 participants already registered!

The 2018 LEAD class will meet 9 times on the third Thursday of each month from September to May. The class that make up LEAD 2018 will choose what they study and what businesses and sites they will visit.

ONLINE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE! Visit and get more information or apply online. Or, if you like the personal touch, please call Trina Anderson at (816) 252-4745-Ext 1 or email her at



August Calendar of Events Monthly Membership Luncheon



Business After Hours

August 16, 2017 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Arrowhead Stadium

1 Arrowhead Drive Kansas City, MO 64129 Be sure to join us for the Monthly Membership Luncheon sponsored by Metropolitan Community College - Blue River when Ken Kremer former Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle will be speaking!

August 17, 2017 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Bass Pro Shops

18001 Bass Pro Drive Independence, MO 64055 Join us for a Business After Hours networking event with Bass Pro/Islamorada Fish Company. Enjoy a fantastic Happy Hour from 3- 6 pm, appetizers, and raffle drawings!

Eggs and Issues

August 18, 2017 8:00 am - 9:30 am Ennovation Center

Business Before Hours

August 18, 2017 8:00 am - 9:30 am Ennovation Center


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Speaker Series

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201 N. Forest Avenue Independence, MO 64050 You are invited to the Independence EDC for Annual State of the Schools Address. Join us for the opportunity to hear from the Superintendents: Dr. Jim Finley of the Blue Springs School District, Dr. Jason Snodgrass of the Fort Osage School District and Dr. Dale Herl of the Independence School District as they give an update on the exciting changes in their respective districts as they begin a new school year.

201 N. Forest Avenue Independence, MO 64050 Join us for Business Before Hours at Cable Dahmer Buick GMC Cadillac! Business Before Hours is a free event for our members. It gives you a chance to mingle and network before work. There will be coffee/juice and a continental breakfast provided.

August 24, 2017 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Independence Chamber of Commerce 210 W. Truman Road Independence, MO 64050

Join Debra Kunz, Founder of the Center for Deliberate GrowthÂŽ to gain new perspectives that can help you move yourself and your business forward. Debra will share the top three keys to creating intentional actions that will advance your business outcomes.



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Speed Leads

August 29, 2017 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Bass Pro

18001 Bass Pro Drive Independence, MO 64055 Speed Networking brings together business people from area businesses for an interactive and fun exchange of information.





Member News ORBITAL ATK ENTERS INTO LONG-TERM SUPPLY AGREEMENTS WITH PREMIER COMMERCIAL AMMUNITION SUPPLIERS July 12, 2017 -- Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced today that it has signed multiple, long-term agreements with premier commercial ammunition suppliers, valued in excess of $400 million over a three-year period. The agreements span from 2018 to 2020 and provide flexibility to optimize factory operations and best support customer needs and market demands.

NEW Head Coach for KC Soul

On July 10th, a press conference was held at the Chamber to announce, Jan Handley as the NEW head coach of the KC Soul Basketball Team. The team, a member of the American Basketball Association, plays home games in the heart of Independence at the Truman Memorial Building. The season starts Nov 4th, and the last home game is Feb 24th. All home games start at 6pm. Ticket prices for adults are only $10.00 and students 12-under are only $5.00. Visit the website for more information

The supplier agreements focus primarily on 5.56mm and .223 caliber ammunition manufactured at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Missouri. Since 2000, Orbital ATK has produced more than 17 billion rounds of small-caliber ammunition at Lake City to support U.S. and allied warfighters around the globe as well as commercial customers. Orbital ATK’s Defense Systems Group, of which the Small Caliber Systems Division is a part, is an industry leader in providing innovative and affordable precision and strike weapons, advanced propulsion and hypersonics, missile components across air-, sea- and land-based systems, ammunition and related energetic products.


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For the 12th-consecutive year, J.D. Power recognized St. Louisbased Drury Hotels as ranking “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upper Midscale Hotel Chains” in its 2017 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM. Drury Hotels is the only hotel company to receive 12 consecutive J.D. Power awards for guest satisfaction.


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! r a e Y e th f o n e z i Cit

Brad Speaks named Citizen of the Year by Mayor Eileen Weir! Congratulations to Brad for his engaged leadership in our community! We appreciate his support of the Chamber and the programs he has led! Brad will be honored at the Truman Heartland Community Foundation Gala in September for his outstanding civic work.

Congrats, Trina & Kris! Congratulations to Trina Anderson and Kris Zerr for completing the William Jewell Doniphan program. This exclusive program is a six-month executive training program focused on leadership development and vision.



July Membership Luncheon


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July 19th, 2017 Our July luncheon was standing room only as our guest speaker, Ken McClain packed the house at Ophelia’s. Ken spoke about the gratifying journey he and his wife Cindy have been on since the opening of their first business 18 years ago on the Independence Square. Ken thanked the interins from Graceland University for helping with business efforts on the Square. Luncheon attendees left with a bottle of Polly’s Pop and a book mark with a quote from George Bernard Shaw called “A Splendid Torch”, the inspiration that spurs the McClains.



Chamber endorses smooth roads ahead!

The Independence Chamber Board of Directors voted to endorse a “YES” vote on Question 1 on August 8th. Residents will vote on the perpetual renewal of the City’s Streets Sales Tax. This is not a new tax and has been part of the City’s budget since 1998 when it was first approved. This is the primary source of funding for the City’s street Maintenance efforts and has accomplished the following: • • • •

Resurface 500+ miles of road Improve streets & intersections Replaced 18 bridges Leverage funds for state & federal transportation grants

STAY CONNECTED WITH THE CHAMBER Are you receiving our Emails? Have you experienced problems receiving our email newsletters or e-alerts? If so, it may have been mistakenly filtered out of your inbox. It may be because your IT department or your Internet service provider (ISP) is blocking the email, mistaking it for spam. To ensure that you receive newsletters, event related messages and updates, please contact your IT department and ask them to put us on your “whitelist”, “safe” or permitted email sender list. What is a “Whitelist” or “Safe Senders List”? Adding our sending domain to your list of accepted email senders (often referred to as a “whitelist”, “safe list”, or “list of privileged senders”) will ensure that you receive your newsletter(s) or other Chamber communications. Add the following email addresses to your “Safe Senders List,”: • • Questions? Contact the Chamber at (816) 252-4745.


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Speaker Series

Mary House with Cruise Planners was our guest speaker in July. Mary gave us many useful travel tips for both business and pleasure. Some of Mary’s tips include: mornings are the best time of the day to fly, consider purchasing travel insurance and know what it covers, make copies of passports, and how checking in online before your flight helps waiting in line. Mary also named the most popular desinations to travel, which included; Alaska, Cuba, Asia, Australia/ New Zealand, Panama Canal, Europe and the Caribbean. Contact Mary for questions regarding travel or to book your next vacation. Mary can be reached by email or by phone - 816-796-9400.

Young Professionals Our new Young Professionals group met for the first time on July 27, 2017, at Diamond Bowl. Mayor Weir spoke to the new group about being the future of Independence and told them how excited she was for a group like this to be started in our community. The first meeting was a brainstorming session that allowed the group to gain insight as to what Young Professionals in our area are looking for. The group was initiated to provide professional and social opportunities for the next generation of business and civic leaders. If you’re interested in learning more about Young Professionals or how to get involoved, please contact Kelsey Edwards - or (816) 252-4745.



NEW Attraction at SantaCaliGon!

Sharing Our Heritage: Main Street 1849 By Emily Crawford Independence Parks, Recreation & Tourism

The City of Independence Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is thrilled to be partnering with the Independence Chamber of Commerce to present a new attraction at the SantaCaliGon Days Festival affectionately titled “Main Street 1849.” Designed to celebrate the rich frontier history of Independence, “Main Street 1849” will bring to life the story of a time in our history where gold was on the mind of thousands and the streets of Independence were bustling with wagon trains arriving and


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preparing for their journey west. Come face to face with ancestors past and hear their stories of the dangers, struggles and rewards of pioneering new paths to progress. With the entry located at Lexington and Main Street, “Main Street 1849” will feature building facades resembling those in Independence around the 1849. R.J. Parish, Production Manager of the City Theater of Independence has been hard at work bringing history to life for the 2017 festival.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND September 1st-4th,2017 Children will learn about frontier living through demonstrations and hands-on activities at the local school house; or pan for gold at the gold mine. Write a letter home from the prairie utilizing Harvey Vaile’s Star Mail Route or pack a bag of Queen of the Pantry flour at the Waggoner-Gates Milling Company for your long wagon ride west. Try your hand at painting while learning about George Caleb Bingham and his famous Order Number 11 painting.

Main Street 1849 Attractions and Activities:

Enjoy period music and performances at the traveling caravan stage or watch live blacksmith demonstrations while having an ice-cold root beer. Visitors beware, outlaws violating the rules will be placed behind old metal bars by the local marshal. (But not to worry, your family can bail you out with a wink and a smile.)

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Discover the rich history of Independence and SantaCaliGon Days Festival at the Jackson County Historical Society’s traveling exhibit featuring festival artifacts, historical photography and a history lesson on manifest destiny.

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Old Time Photo Booth Kettle Corn Root Beer One Room School House with activities for kids Log Cabin information booth Vaile Mansion Experience - Star Mail Route “Letters Home From the Prairie” Bingham Waggoner Estate Experience - Pack your flour or paint like Bingham Blacksmith Chuck wagon Camping Rest Area National Frontier Trails Museum - Pan for Gold Jackson County Historical Society Traveling History Exhibit Traveling Caravan Performance Stage Whisker Contest, Saturday, September 2 at 3PM Presented by 1740 Beard Balm



New Members

Avitus Group

19045 E. Valley View Parkway, Ste. K Independence, MO 64055 800.454.2446 ext 2070

Anniversaries 1-4 Years

DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING CENTERS, P.A. FedEx Office St. Mary’s Medical Center Los Cabos Mexican Grill & Cantina Best Western Truman Inn Edward Jones, Drew Hammer The Travel Store Contract Furnishings Inc. Sylvan Learning Center Lee’s Summit Missouri Dental Excellence 2+2 Staffing (LTTS Holdings) Liberty Tax Service City of Independence Tourism

5-14 Years

Cosentino’s Sun Fresh TNC Community Amore Bridal and Tuxedo LLC

15-24 Years

McDonald’s Restaurant - 18910 E US Highway 40 Kansas City Chiefs Football Club, Inc Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Jackson County Edward Jones, Craig Bolger American Medical Response

25+ Years

Truman Gardens Mugs Up Drive In Independence Economic Development Council

Partners in Primary Care 19401 E. 39th St. Independence, MO 64057 816-680-1331

EPIC Coffee 19206 E 50th Terr. S Independence, MO 64057 (816) 795-9988

LulaRoe, Amber Ballard 1121 N Spring St Independence, MO 64050 (816) 305-5687

Independence Rent-All Inc. 117 E College Independence, MO 64050 (816) 252-5200

45 Years of Family Fun!


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Tom Waters Chair of the Board Corporate CopyPrint

Jonathan Zerr Chair Elect Kapke & Willerth, LLC.

Dave Williams Past Chair of the Board Centerpoint Medical Center

Tom Weir Treasurer Blue Ridge Bank & Trust Co.

Board of Directors: Bob Glaser Community America Credit Union

Wes Cowan Space Center

Dr. Michael Banks Metropolitan Community College–Blue River

Julie Moreno The Examiner

Kim Deveney American Funding Solutions, LLC

Mike Sanders Humphrey, Farrington, & McClain, PC

Mary McNamara Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal Co.

Steve Graffeo Community of Christ

Cindy McClain McClain Enterprises, Inc.

Jon Ellis Paradise Park Dr. Karen Cox

Doug Williams Morgan Stanley

Sonci Bleckinger Central Bank of the Midwest

Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics

Beth Franklin Keller Williams Real Estate

Ron Finke Stewardship Capital

Terri Steele Evans & Steele Financial, LLC

Dr. Lynette Wheeler Truman Medical Center Lakewood

Ex Officio Members: Tom Lesnak Independence Council for Economic Development Zach Walker City of Independence

Chamber Team: Hap Graff, President & CEO, Ext. 5

Trina Anderson Director of Membership Services, Ext. 1 Lois McDonald Vice President of Community Development, Ext. 2

Dr. Jason Snodgrass Fort Osage School District Dr. Jim Finley Blue Springs School District

Kris Zerr Vice President & Director of Finance, Ext. 3 Mikealene Evans Director of Marketing & Communications, Ext. 4

Dr. Dale Herl Independence School District Hap Graff Independence Chamber of Commerce

Nedra Hoover, Ext. 6 Independence Chamber of Commerce Phone: (816) 252-4745

Kelsey Edwards, Events Planning & Academies of ISD Liaison, Ext. 0



210 West Truman Road Independence, MO 64050

Leadership Quote of the Month

“People with goals SUCCEED because they know where they’re going.” It’s as simple as that. ~Earl Nightingale

FOUND IN OUR ARCHIVES! Did you know that SantaCaliGon had a theme song? This is the original sheet music written for SantaCaliGon in 1940 written by Nelena Siegfried. 16

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