2018 Leadership Exchange Trip
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.
Speed Update Edition
Back by popular demand! Hear various community leaders share updates regarding the great things happening in Independence that you should know about. Community Leaders that will be speaking include: Andrew Boatright - Independence Power & Light Tom Lesnak - Independence Economic Development Council Cindi Rogers - Independence Square Association Tom Waters - Local Use Tax Presentation
March 21, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Stoney Creek Hotel 18011 Bass Pro Drive Independence, MO 64055
PRESENTING SPONSOR 210 West Truman Road Independence, MO 64050 816-252-4745 www.iChamber.biz
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Thursday, May 10th, 2018 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center Independence, MO EARLY REGISTRATION PRICING ENDS - MARCH 15TH, 2018
MEMBERS ONLY PAY $325! EXHIBITOR FEES:
Early Registration before March 15th, 2018 - (members) $325/booth space - (non-members) $400/booth space For-profit Business - $375/booth space Non-profits - $350/booth space Non-Members of Independence Chamber or EDC $450/booth space Electricity – $45 Facebook Live Ad - $25 Advertising on Video Screen - $50 Corner booth space - $50 Included with booth space: Exhibit Space – 10ft x 10ft Pipe & Drape One 8-foot skirted table (you may also bring your own table cover) Two chairs Wastebasket 50 invitations with admission ticket and registration code to email to clients. Table may be removed for pop-up exhibits.
For booth space and sponsorship opportunities contact: Mikealene Evans email@example.com 816.252.4745 - Ext. 4 or Jodi Krantz Jkrantz@iNedc.biz 816.463.3512 Online registration now open! ichamber.biz/expo Features of the day will include: Business Speakers Series
March Calendar of Events Public Policy Committee Meeting 7 Lunch & Learn 5
Healthcare Committee Meeting 9 First Responders Breakfast 12 Ribbon Cutting and Open House 13 Ambassadors Committee Meeting 14 Board Meeting 15 SCG Committee 16 Legislative Briefing 16 Marketing Committee Meeting 8
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March 5, 2018 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Independence Chamber of Commerce 210 W. Truman Road
March 7, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Independence Chamber of Commerce
210 W. Truman Road Considering buying your first home or selling your home? Beth Franklin with Keller Williams Real Estate will be coming to share tips with us about what you need to know about buying your first home or selling your home.
March 8, 2018 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Crossroads Hospice
14310 E. 42nd Street S #600
March 9, 2018 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Truman Memorial Building
416 W. Maple Avenue
Annually, the Independence Chamber recognizes our local first responders for the significant contributions they provide to the businesses and citizens in the city of Independence. This is an opportunity to hear their stories and honor their commitment.
March 12, 2018 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Centerpoint Medical Center Rehab & ICU 19600 E. 39th St. S. Youâ€™re invited to join us for a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration for the Rehabilitation Center at Centerpoint Medical Center and Intensive Care Unit. Light refreshments and tours are provided.
March 13, 2018 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Independence Chamber of Commerce 210 W. Truman Road
March 14, 2018 8:00 AM Independence Chamber of Commerce 210 W. Truman Road
March 15, 2018 5:30 PM Independence Chamber of Commerce 210 W. Truman Road
March 16, 2018 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM Independence Chamber of Commerce 210 W. Truman Road
March 16, 2018 9:30 AM Independence Chamber of Commerce 210 W. Truman Road
Small Business Committee Meeting 21 Monthly Membership Luncheon 20
Ribbon Cutting Business Before Hours Ground breaking Open House Breakfast Ribbon Cutting Job Fair Ribbon Cutting
March 20, 2018 9:00AM - 10:00 AM Independence Chamber of Commerce 210 W. Truman Road
March 21, 2018 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center
18011 Bass Pro Drive Hear various community leaders share updates regarding the great things happening in Independence that you should know about.
March 21, 2018 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Paramount Health Chiropractic
20100 E. Jackson Dr., Suite A Youâ€™re invited to join us as we welcome Paramount Health Chiropractic to Independence and celebrate their ribbon cutting and open house. Ribbon cutting will begin at 4:15 PM. Tours, raffle, food and networking following the ribbon cutting.
March 22, 2018 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM HEMCO Corporation
711 S. Powell Road
Please join us for our Business Before Hours at HEMCO Corporation as they celebrate their 60th Anniversary! Enjoy a continental breakfast, coffee/juice and tour of the facility!
March 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Independence Power & Light Solar Farm-Phase 2
2400 S. Maywood Ave. MC Powers in conjunction with City of Independence Power & Light and Gardner Capital Inc. invite you to the groundbreaking of Phase 2 for the Independence Power & Light Community Solar Farm.
March 27, 2018 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Independence Chamber of Commerce
210 W. Truman Road This breakfast is intended for non-members of the Chamber to come learn about the valuable opportunities the Independence Chamber offers to help enhance you and your business!
March 27, 2018 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM Healing Well Chiropractic
19101 E. Valley View Pkwy. Ste. J Join us as we welcome Healing Well Chiropractic to Independence and celebrate their Ribbon Cutting! Open House will begin at 4:00, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will begin at 4:30. Tours, raffle, food and networking following the ribbon cutting.
March 28, 2018 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM MCC - Blue River Campus 20301 E 78 Hwy. (Arts & Science Bldg.) More than 50 employers participating. In collaboration with The Metropolitan Community College - Blue River, Independence Economic Development Council and Independence Chamber of Commerce. Open to the public.
March 29, 2018 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Lotus Key Homes 1220 W. Truman Rd
Yourâ€™re invited to join us as we welcome Lotus Key Homes to Independence and celebrate their Ribbon Cutting! Cocktails, food, raffle and networking.
February 15, 2018
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Education was the topic for the LEAD class 2018 this month. Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Dred Scott, gave us an overview of the Academies of ISD, a new career academies that the Independence School District has implemented, transforming the way students experience high school. The Academies Model was designed to motivate educators, employers, and community leaders to help prepare students to graduate from high school ready for college, the workforce, and life – prepared to compete successfully in the 21st century economy. We also heard from Academies business partner, Justin Durham, with Hollis + Miller. Justin shared how valuable partnership is in sharing their knowledge and expertise with students through Guest Speaking Opportunities, Advisory Panels, Job Shadows, Teacher Externships, and more. The group took a break for lunch at HiBoy and then toured the student ran stores on the Independence Square (also part of the academies program). To finish the day, the class toured the Fort Osage School District’s Career & Technology Center and heard from Independence School Board Member, Greg Finke.”
First Responders Awards Breakfast
Honoring the Men and Women that protect our city every day.
REGISTER TODAY! Friday, March 9, 2018 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Truman Memorial Building Annually, the Independence Chamber recognizes our local first responders for the significant contributions they provide to the businesses and citizens in the city of Independence.
This is an opportunity to hear their stories and honor their commitment.
MONTHLY HEALTHCARE SPOTLIGHT March is colon cancer awareness month. Colon cancer is the 2nd deadliest cancer amongst adults. Risk factors that would increase the risk of developing colon cancer include: personal or family history of colon cancer or polyps, smoking, diets high in red meats and processed meats, aging, and a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease. The best way to prevent colon cancer is a screening test to look for and remove polyps, the abnormal tissue that could develop into cancer. This test should be completed at the age of 50 unless there are other risk factors. Having a colonoscopy is the industry standard to screen your colon for polyps and to remove polyps if found. Contact your Primary Care Physician if you are at an increased risk for colon cancer and would like to have the screening test completed sooner. Source: The American Cancer Society
February Membership Luncheon February 21, 2018
Another full house at our monthly luncheon! County Executive, Frank White updated our members on several topics happening in Jackson County. Mr. White gave our members insight on the new Jail Task Force that he has assembled for recommendations related to the understaffing and overcrowding of the dentention center. Mr. White also enlighted the members about the beautiful county parks that many residents and visitors enjoy in our area each year. THANK YOU TO OUR LUNCHEON SPONSOR
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Save the Date!
EARLY BIRD TEAM PRICING & SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE To sign up or for more info contact Trina Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org or (816) 252-4745 - Ext. 1
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Friday, May 18, 2018 7:00 AM Registration & Breakfast 8:00 AM Shot-Gun Start WinterStone Golf Course 17101 E. Kentucky Road Independence, MO
CommunityAmerica Credit Union February 1st, 2018 3720 S. Noland Rd. Independence, MO 64055
Samâ€™s Club February 13th, 2018 17700 E. 39th Street Independence, MO 64055
Leadership Exchange Trip-St. Charles, Mo
Independence city officals and civic leaders went on a 2-day bus trip to St. Charles, Missouri to learn about new concepts and ideas that could be implemented in Independence. The bus tour started with a viewing of the New Town St. Charles community, which now has about 1,600 various sized residences. The tour gave the group a clearer vision of what New Town Harmony will resemble in Independence.
Independence Chamber Open House Breakfast Tuesday, March 27, 2018 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Independence Chamber of Commerce 210 W. Truman Road
Come learn about the valuable opportunities the Independence Chamber offers to help enhance you and your business! For reservations contact Trina Anderson (816) 252-4745 Ext. 1 Trina@iChamber.biz
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Farmers Market Groundbreaking
February 27, 2018 Many members of the community gathered for the Groundbreaking of the new Farmerâ€™s Market on the Independence Square. It will be located on the city-owned parking lot off Truman Road between Liberty and Osage streets. The Market will have an open-air structure separate from an enclosed structure that will have roller doors for open-air use and can be used as a year-round events space. The Independence Rotary presented a check for $312,000 in donations raised during their Mardi Gras celebration event to contribute to the project. The city has more than $800,000 in grants, tax credits and private funding slated for the project. The $3.3 million project will begin construction next week and is estimated to be completed by mid-summer 2018 prior to SantaCaliGon.
Legislative Briefing February 16, 2018 During the February Legislative Briefing, local legislators reported on committee action and bills they are interested in following during the current session of the general assembly. Topics discussed included: the local use tax, expansion of broadband services, charter school legislation, medical marijuana, and a proposal of a gas tax to fund statewide transportation issues. More than one legislator commented on the recent national attention on Missouriâ€™s governor and the resultant lack of political activity in the capital. Each month, local representatives of government offer insight and the opportunity for Chamber members to interact with those who have been elected to serve us. See the calendar of events and join us for our monthly Legislative Briefings.
Welcome, new members! RDS Equipment, Inc. 3415 S Blue Ridge Cutoff Independence, MO 64055 (816) 221-8825
Happy Anniversary! 1-4 Years
Healing Well Chiropractic 19101 E Valley View Pkwy, Ste J Independence, MO 64055 (816) 795-0300 Quick Shine 1337 South Noland Road Independence, MO 64055 816-810-1932 ACS Services 5251 W. 116th Place, Suite 200 Leawood, KS 66211 913-248-8828 Rottler Pest Solutions 1100 Cambridge Cr Ste 900 Kansas City, KS 66103 (816) 746-1151 Health Care Advantage LLC 5590 Lauby Rd Suite #4 North Canton, Ohio 44720 1-800-313-7176 x 747
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Sprint Great Circle Collins Roofing Four Points by Sheraton Rachel House Pregnancy Centers Inc. Traci Plemons State Farm A Bright Plumbing Brent Lilly Agency PRMC (Preston Resource Management Corporation) Stilley Law Office, LLC Matchstick Websites Zucca & Daughters & Sons Roofing Co., Inc Truckmovers.com Carhartt Independence Center Eleven:12 Communications Studio Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Grace Church of Independence GOAD COMPANY One Community Hospice Palmer Place Leasing Office Kansas City Zoo Bayer Crop Science Vance & Associates, Inc. Cruise Planners Central Communications Credit Union DeLuccie and O’Hara Law Offices LLC Carmel Hills Healthcare and Rehabilitation/Genesis Orbital ATK, Inc. Orbital ATK, Inc: Lake City Army Family Housing Orbital ATK, Inc: Lake City Business Center Family Golf Park United Consumers Credit Union Hawthorn Bank- 39th St Hawthorn Bank- White Oak K Martin Kuny Attorney Show-Me Presentation Resources Super 8 Independence Independence Center Republic Services of Kansas City
Jonathan Zerr Chairman of the Board Kapke & Willerth, LLC.
Terri Steele Chair Elect Evans & Steele Financial, LLC
Ron Finke Treasurer Stewardship Capital
Tom Waters Past Chair of the Board Corporate Copy Print
Ex Officio Members: Zach Walker City of Independence
Dr. Jason Snodgrass Fort Osage School District
Dr. Dale Herl Independence School District
Dr. Jim Finley Blue Springs School District
Board of Directors:
Bob Glaser Community America Credit Union
Dr. Lynette Wheeler Truman Medical Center Lakewood
Julie Moreno The Examiner
Dr. Michael Banks Metropolitan Community Collegeâ€“Blue River
Wes Cowan Space Center
Laurie Dean Wiley Larkin-Dale at Waddell & Reed
Kim Deveney American Funding Solutions, LLC
Eric Knipp Eric Knipp Agency, Inc.
Steve Graffeo Community of Christ Beth Franklin Keller Williams Real Estate Cindy McClain McClain Enterprises, Inc. Sonci Bleckinger Central Bank of the Midwest
Chamber Team: Tom Lesnak Interim President & CEO
Trina Anderson Director of Membership Services trina@iChamber.biz, Ext. 1 Lois McDonald Vice President of Community Development lois@iChamber.biz, Ext. 2
Brad Speaks Speaks Family Legacy Chapels Whitney Watson Orbital ATK - Small Caliber Systems Dave Williams Centerpoint Medical Center Tom Weir Blue Ridge Bank & Trust
Kris Zerr Vice President & Director of Finance kris@iChamber.biz, Ext. 3 Mikealene Evans Director of Marketing & Communications mikealene@iChamber.biz, Ext. 4 Kelsey Edwards, Event Planning & Academies of ISD Liaison email@example.com, Ext. 0
Independence Chamber of Commerce Phone: (816) 252-4745
? E R I H This is an opportunity for you to showcase and fill ALL temporary, full-time or intern positions that are S E STRI ! U D available in your organization. E IN COM L E W Register online or contact Kelsey for more info -Â Kelsey@ichamber.biz or (816) 252-4745
Please register by March 14th, 2018
Leadership Quote of the Month
“Management is about persuading people to do things they do not want to do, while leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could.” ~ Steve Jobs ~
SPONSORSHIP of the SantaCaliGon Days Festival is a great way to promote your products and services!
Take advantage of the opportunity to advertise your business at the region’s oldest and largest festival. 16
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Your business can benefit from strategic marketing efforts and exposure to more than 300,000 festival attendees. Chamber staff will assist you in engaging festival-goers directly through on-site exhibitor space or with logo placement throughout the festival to help you reach your target audience. For more information contact Lois at firstname.lastname@example.org