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IN THIS ISSUE Page 2 :: Luncheon at the K Page 3 :: First Responders Breakfast Page 4 :: Calendar of Events Page 6 :: LEAD Page 7 :: SantaCaliGon Page 8 :: 36th Annual Golf Classic Page 9 :: Seminar Recap Page 10 :: Ribbon Cutting Page 11 :: Member News Legislative Briefing Page 12 :: Anniversaries New Members

THIS MONTH April 7, 2016

Business After Hours Terra Health and Wellness Market 4:30 - 6:00 pm

April 12, 2016

April 21, 2016 • 1:00 - 6:00 pm Silverstein Eye Centers Arena 19100 East Valley View Parkway

Booth spaces are still available for the 2016 Eastern Jackson County Business Expo. With every exhibitor personally inviting their 50 best customers, the quality of leads at this event is second to none. So, save yourself the time you don’t have, hundreds of sales calls, thousands of ad dollars, and get face-to-face with your potential customers. Reserve your booth space today at

5 More Ways to Participate in the 2016 Eastern Jackson County Business Expo:

KC Source Link Traveling Office Hours at the Chamber Independence Chamber of Commerce 1:00 - 4:00 pm

1. Sponsor the Expo - check out available sponsorships at

April 15, 2016

2. Advertise on the Arena Ribbon for $100

Monthly Legislative Briefing Independence Chamber of Commerce 8:00 - 9:00 am

April 21, 2016

Monthly Membership Luncheon Silverstein Eye Centers Arena 11:30 - 1:00 pm

April 21, 2016

3. Provide a $50+ Raffle Prize or Gift Basket for the Expo Luncheon 4. Register for the Expo Luncheon 5. Attend the Expo!

Questions? Contact Alex Colley at, 816-252-4745 ext. 4 or visit

2016 Eastern Jackson County Business Expo Silverstein Eye Centers Arena 1:00 - 6:00 pm

April 27, 2016

Small Business Seminar Independence Chamber of Commerce 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Our Business is Business

Luncheon at the K On March 16, we held our Monthly Membership Luncheon at the Kauffman Stadium. Toby Cook, VP of Community Affairs & Publicity for the Royals, gave an enthusiastic presentation to the 160 attendees on the excitement of the last year and the potential of the 2016-2017 season. Thank you to all who attended and made it another fantastic luncheon.

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First Responders

Recognition & Awards Breakfast

For the 4th year in a row, the Truman Memorial Building was packed with members of the business community and the Independence public safety family. The occasion? To honor and celebrate some of the most heroic acts of the past year. Winners of the awards include Fire Captain John Van Sittert, who won the award for Heroism, Officer Jeff Nunn, who received the award for Dedication, Charley Atkison, EMT, Courtney Hale, Paramedic, and Andrew Kahananui, EMT collectively won the award for Community Service and Officer Brian Flavin, won the Bravery Award.

Thank you to our sponsors!


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Calendar of Events

Business Afters Hours

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, 19800 E Jackson Dr, Independence, MO 64057 We hope you can make it to this month’s Business After Hours event at Terra Health & Wellness Market. Terra is a locally-owned grocer with produce, a salad/soup bar and tea/coffee eatery. Unwind at the end of your day and strengthen your professional contacts at the same time. You can’t beat this networking opportunity with its social atmosphere and quality contacts.

KC Source Link Travelling Office Hours at the Chamber

Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 1:00 - 4:00 pm Independence Chamber of Commerce, 210 West Truman Road, Indep., MO 64050 Spring has sprung—and KC Source Link’s breath of fresh air Network Builder Jenny Miller is headed to our neighborhood on April 12. She brings deep knowledge of Kansas City’s business resources, all to better serve you, right where you live and work. Grab a chair with Jenny and get your burning small business questions answered. She will come equipped with the knowledge and connections to help you start and grow your business. Ask her the following: • How to find funding for your business • Where you can get help writing a business plan • Coworking • Networking • Workforce development • What licenses your business needs in your community • All the programs—free and fee—that can help your business grow • And more!

Jenny Miller, Network Builder KC Source Link

It’ll be like having 240+ small business experts in your pocket—without the awkwardness or spatial challenges of actually having 240+ people in your pocket. No appointments will be necessary and all services are free! Stop by when it’s convienent for you!

Monthly Legislative Briefing

Friday, April 15, 2016, 8:00 - 9:00 am, Independence Chamber, 210 West Truman Road, Indep. MO 64050 Join us to listen to our state legislators talk about the progress of bills moving through the House and Senate.

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Independence Civic Council (ICC) The ICC met again on March 1 at the Independence Chamber of Commerce. It voted to support two proposals set before them: Public Safety police tax initiative for $3,000, and a $3,000 grant for the Economic Development CounOn April 5th, we are encouraging citizens of Independence to vote yes for cil’s current tech-start up project. There the renewal of the 1/8 cent Police Sales Tax. This ballot measure would extend the current sales tax 12 years at the same rate. Not only is this is not are still limited funds left in the ICC coffers for additional funding requests a tax increase, it is crucial to our city’s safety. this year, in the event that such a For more information, visit proposal should be presented. April 2016 :: THE CHAMBER VIEW


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Monthly Membership Luncheon

April 21, 2016, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E Valley View Pkwy, Indep., MO 64055 Be sure to join us for the Monthly Membership Luncheon along with the Eastern Jackson County Business Expo. Your luncheon ticket gets you in the the Expo Hall at 1:00 pm! Our speaker this month is Mary B. Lucas. Mary is the author of “Lunchmeat & Life Lessons: Sharing a Butcher’s Wisdom,” the critically acclaimed best seller she wrote as a tribute to her late father. Mary lives in Mission Hills, Kansas. She has more than 25 years of experience in the employment and workforce management industry and has successfully coached many professionals to reach goals, enhance working relationships and improve team performance.

Presentation Description

Mary offers advice from the smartest man she ever knew—her father. A butcher by trade, he was the greatest executive and career coach she ever encountered. Using her acclaimed book, Lunchmeat & Life Lessons: Sharing a Butcher’s Wisdom, as a springboard, Mary shares what she learned from her father as well as from her own career in the people business. Mary provides real world examples of how her father’s lessons resonate today. No matter what you do for a living, this presentation will help you learn to inspire and bring out the best in yourself and others. By doing that, you can create a more rewarding and positive environment wherever you are.

Reservations must be made by Monday, April 18. Refunds can not be given after April 18 due to the cost of the meal.

Eastern Jackson County Business Expo

April 21, 2016, 1:00 - 6:00 pm, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 19100 E Valley View Pkwy, Indep., MO 64055 Thursday, April 21, 2016 will find some of the most successful and dynamic companies operating throughout Eastern Jackson County on the main floor of the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena for the Eastern Jackson County Business Expo. From 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm that day, dozens of the most recognizable business names in Missouri’s second largest county will be displaying, explaining, and demonstrating their products and services for the representatives of their fellow businesses in Eastern Jackson County and hundreds of qualified potential customers/clients.

Register at or contact for details.

Thank you to our sponsor!

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LEAD :: 2016 Educational Day

On March 17, the 2016 LEAD group spent its monthly gathering focused on education in our city, beginning with a Leadership Session with Pat Turner in the Chamber Boardroom. The class then toured the Metropolitan Community College, Business & Technology Campus and were blown away with the technology and skills the students there are graduating with. During lunch, the group had a chance to listen to a representative from Big Brothers & Big Sisters and how they are involved in the education of atrisk youth. The group then had the opportunity to learn the ins and out of the Academies of ISD and Project Rise and ended the day with a presentation from the National Education Association. With two more classes to go, the 2016 LEAD class is almost ready to graduate in May!

QUOTE OF THE MONTH “Look at a day when you are satisfied at the end. It’s not a day where you lounge around doing nothing. It’s when you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it.” Margret Thatcher

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Vendor contracts for the 2016 SantaCaliGon Days Festival are now available online at www. or at the Chamber office. For information about the festival or a contract, visit or contact Kelsey Edwards at or 816-252-4745 ext. 0.


This year, sponsorships for the SantaCaliGon Days Festival are being built based on the needs of the sponsor. If you’d like to take advantage of an audience of 300,000, and have a sponsorship catered to your needs, be sure to contact Lois McDonald with the Chamber at 816-252-4745 ext. 2 or

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Questions? Contact Trina Anderson at or 816-252-4745 ext. 1.

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Seminar Recap Big thank you to Kim Beer for presenting to us on how to best set yourself up for success at expos and tradeshows. The attendees gained great insight into promoting their booth space at the event, booth setup and follow-up afterwards.

Some of the key points Kim left us with: 1. You are there to talk to and educate attendees on your products/services, so have your elevator speech down! 2. Keep all your promotional material waist up, so attendees don’t miss anything. 3. Keep your printed materials well stocked - attendees don’t like to take the last of something 4. Have fun and be a good booth neighbor!

Advertise in The Chamber View! Fill a space like this. Monthly, quarterly, and annual rates are available. For more information, contact Alex Colley at

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Ribbon Cutting at The Arc of the Ozarks On Tuesday, March 29, the Independence Chamber held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 19401 E Hwy 40 Ste 145, Independence, MO 64055, officially welcoming The Arc of the Ozarks to their new location in Independence. More than 30 Chamber members, staff of The Arc of the Ozarks and community members celebrated the opening.

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An Independence Chamber luncheon beats making cold-calls any day! That’s just one of the reasons I love being a member: amazing networking opportunities and genuine business connections. Now, with my husband Andrew growing his own business, Matchstick Websites, it only made sense to connect him to so many business leaders here in Easter Jackson County. For small business growth and community connections, I haven’t found a better resource. Kelly Lightfoot, Owner & Creative Director, Ampersand April 2016 :: THE CHAMBER VIEW


Member News Tuesday March 1, the Boys & Girls

In March, Blue Ridge Bank and Trust Co.

Vanesa Rodriguez as its youth of the

ployees. Adam Hubbard was promoted

Truman Medical Centers named

Club of Greater Kansas City named

announced the promotion of several em-

Sharon Freese as the new Chief Op-

year. She’s a sophomore at William

to Vice President of Commercial Lending.

She replaces Marsha Morgan who is

dence School District.

Business Loan program which focuses on


Lori A. Erickson, High Acuity Monitor-

credit approval process. Marla Mullen

Kara Schoff, of the Independence

received the Nurse Scientist Award at

Mullen works in the bank’s Risk Manage-

of the Year award on March 17 from

Chrisman High School in the Indepen-

Hubbard oversees the Bank’s FASTtrack

small business loans with a streamlined

erating Officer of Behavioral Health.

retired February 26 after 40+ years of

ing APR Nurse, of Children’s Mercy,

was promoted to Assistant Vice President.

School District, received the Teacher

the Cardiology 2016 conference.

ment department as Senior Auditor. Tara

Truman High School.

On March 8, the Van Horn High

Vice President. As Treasury Consultant,

Tim Micheal, of the Blue Springs

cert Choirs were awarded a “I” rating

mercial clients with their cash management

Administrator of the Year.

time in 15 years.

istrative efforts and expenses.

This page features member news each month. To have your news listed here, contact Alex at

Sturtevant was promoted to Assistant

School Varsity and Junior Varsity Con-

Sturtevant is responsible for assisting com-

at the state music contest - for the first

needs and with the reduction of their admin-

School District, received the MCCA

Monthly Legislative Briefing On March 11, we held our Monthly Legislative Briefing in the Independence Chamber Boardroom. Thank you to Representatives Ira Anders, John Rizzo and Rory Rowland for giving us a number of updates on current legislation.

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Anniversaries 1-4 years

Internet Design Pros R & K Auto Body LLC United Eastern Democrats Terra Health & Wellness Market Central Bank of Kansas City Heart of America Council BSA Blue Elk District Jackson County JE Dunn Construction Co Monelli’s Salon Planet Fitness The Weitz Company Vivilore County Beverage Company Inc. Community Blood Center Pepperwood Apartments

5-14 years

Midwest Public Risk R-G Federal Credit Union Town & Country Building Services

Associated Services in Insurance Inc Emerick & Company, CPAs Full Employment Council Inc./ Missouri Career Center Rehabilitation Center of Independence BankLiberty CommunityAmerica Credit Union McGrath Heating and Cooling LLC Winterstone Golf Course

25 + years

Blue Springs Family YMCA Burns & McDonnell Discover Vision Centers Scandinavia Place Mansion Apartments Community of Christ International Headquarters Graceland University Independence Campus Space Center Kansas City, Inc.

New Members Matchstick Websites

Carhartt Independence Center

16657 E. 23rd St. S. #216

18801 E 39th St


Independence, MO 64055 Zucca & Daughters & Sons Roofing Co., Inc 816-224-6515 PO BOX 904

Blue Springs, MO 64013 B2G Data


Blue Springs, MO


Independence, MO 64057 816-861-5444

2310 S Redwood Ave

Independence, MO 64057 ReeceNichols East

Our Business is Business

Members are the greatest asset of the Chamber. Please support the businesses listed on this page because they support and believe in our community. Core Purpose To provide leadership that builds a business community of excellence. Vision Statement The Independence Chamber of Commerce will be the premier business organization in Eastern Jackson County where public and private interests collaborate and are empowered. 210 West Truman Road Independence, MO 64050 Phone: 816-252-4745 Fax: 816.252.4917 iCHAMBER.BIZ


5000 NE Lakewood Way

Lees Summit, Missouri 64064

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For more information, contact Alex Colley at

Kelly Lightfoot 660.441.4888

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