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Joyous Holidays to Your Family from Ours!

December 2016

Charter M embers

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.

January 28, 2017 Stoney Creek Hotel Marcus Allen

former NFL Hall of Famer and Chief


Elite Sponsors: $5,000

• VIP Cocktail Party Sponsor with Marcus Allen from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. •  One room for the evening at Stoney Creek Lodge •  Inclusion in video montage during program •  Table (for 8) in preferred location; table guests invited to VIP reception with Marcus Allen •  Recognition from podium during program •  Two complimentary bottles of wine

Dinner Reception Sponsor: $3,750

• Reception Sponsor in Main Ballroom from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. •  Inclusion in video montage during program •  Table (for 8) for dinner; table guests invited to VIP reception with Marcus Allen •  Complimentary bottle of wine

Supporting Sponsors: $2,500

• Table (for 8) •  Complimentary bottle of wine •  Inclusion in video montage during program

Dessert Station Sponsors: $1,250

• Opportunity to serve as host or hostess at dessert station • Signage at dessert table

Table Sponsor: $1,250

• Table (for 8) •  Complimentary bottle of wine

Friends of the Chamber: $325

• Two seats at dinner •  Names/organization listed in program

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


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Sponsorship opportunities are available! Contact Amy Knipp at or 816-252-4745 ext. 8 for more information.

Marcus Allen



December Calendar of Events LEAD Alumni Holiday Luncheon 2



11:30 am - 1:00 pm Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 19900 E. Valley View Pkwy, Independence, MO 64055

Join us for fun, fellowship and prizes at the much anticipated and enjoyed LEAD Alumni Holiday luncheon.

My Place Hotel 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 20105 E. Valley View Parkway, Independence, MO 64057

Come celebrate the first My Place Hotel in our area and take a tour of the facility following the ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:15 am.

Business After Hours


Bingham-Waggoner Estate 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 313 W. Pacific Ave, Indep., MO 64050

Enjoy the festive atmosphere while networking at the holiday adorned Bingham-Waggoner Estate.


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11:30 am - 1:00 pm Ophelia’s Restaurant and Inn 201 N. Main Street, Indep. MO 64050

Join us in some holiday cheer during our membership luncheon at Ophelia’s on the Square. Sponsor


Relentless Photos-N-Booth 315-408-8928 Independence MO

Happy Hour Inc.

816-795-5335 19341 E US Highway 40 Independence, MO 64055-5488

Slim Chickens

816-373-0142 4641 S Cochise Court Independence, MO 64055

Twin Peaks

Laura’s Cleaning 4U LLC 816-726-2966

Empire Today, LLC. 847-583-3000 17610 E 39th St S Independence MO 64055

Eric Knipp Agency, Inc. 816-525-7889 651 NE Woods Chapel Rd Ste 101 Lee’s Summit, MO 64064

Way of Escape

816-795-7710 19821 E Jackson Dr Independence, MO 64057

816-844-9500 3010 S M 291 Highway Suites J and K Independence, MO 64057

Coming of Age KC

Cumulus Radio of Kansas City

(DBA SDM & Assocs. LLC) 816-694-3328

Old Chicago Independence 816-350-3559 4661 S Cochise Ct Independence, MO 64055

913-514-3071 5800 Foxridge Dr St 600 Mission, KS 66202

Protection 1 816-349-2909 14847 W 95th St Lenexa, KS 66215

December 2016


November Luncheon

Lamar Hunt Jr. motivated 127 members at our November monthly lunch. Mr. Hunt suggested that we read the book, “The Road Less Traveled�. He noted three points from the book: 1. That we are not teaching ourselves to delay instant gratification, 2. Life is hard, and 3. No matter what the work is, there is dignity in it.

Past Chair Luncheon

15 Past Chairs of the Independence Chamber Board came in for lunch and to hear about the 2016 Chamber. Many had not been in the building for years.


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Serving Eastern Jackson County Since 1958


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December 2016


Progressive Party


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December 2016


Ribbon Cutting Rosewood Health & Rehab at the Groves

November 1 1415 W. White Oak Independence, MO 64050

Diagnostic Imaging Centers November 9 4911 S. Arrowhead Drive Independence, MO 64055


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IPL Utilities Center

November 14 4911 S Arrowhead Dr, Independence, MO 64055

Chad Mitchell State Farm Agency November 17 14901 E. 42nd St South Independence, MO 64055

December 2016


The LEAD 2017 class day included visits and tours from half a dozen Independence Not for Profits. When the group visited Drumm Farm Center for Children, they got to see unusual sights and sounds. Note to you all: It is Brad Smith, Director of Drumm Farm giving the tour in the green house.

Cotton Sivils, Hillcrest Transitional Housing

“I joined the Independence Chamber of Commerce shortly after moving to Independence because I wanted to meet other business people and I wanted to support my community. I found so many ways to get involved and enjoy the benefits of membership. I’ve grown my business and developed great friendship.” Can you identify the individuals in this picture? Photo from our Annual Banquet in the 90s!


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Beth Franklin Broker/Real Estate Consultant Keller Williams Real Estate

Member News

Examiner’s Best of Eastern Jackson County’s Reader’s Choice Awards. Congratulations to our Members! • Mary House – Best Travel Agent • Lunar Bowl – Best Bowling Alley • Summit Bank of KC - Best SBA Lender • Children’s Mercy – Best Urgent Care • Greg’s Tire – Best Auto Repar • Belfonte’s Mirror Image – Best Car Wash • Central Bank of Midwest – Best Bank • Planet Fitness – Best Health Club • Crossroads Hospice – Best Hospice Facility • The Fountains at Greenbriar – Best Senior Living • Reece Nichols East – Best Residential Real Estate Firm • State Farm – Best Insurance Company • Humphrey, Farrington and McClain, P.C. – Best Law Firm • Speaks Funeral Home – Best Funeral Home • Greg’s Lock and Key – Best Locksmith • Sunrise Montessori – Best Child Care • HyVee – Best Grocery Store • HyVee – Best Liquor Store • Intimate Designs – Best Women’s Lingerie

The Examiner took 11 awards, including three first-place awards, in the Missouri Press Foundations’s annual newspaper contest. Awards included: Best News Story for Jeff Fox’s reporting on a proposed trash station in River Bend, Fox’s Best Columnist-Humerous as well as Best ColumnistSerious, Best Front Page, Best Sports Pages and General Excellence.

April Raleigh Commercial Security Consultant 14847 W. 95th Street Lenexa, KS 66215 Phone: 816.349.2909 Email: We specialize in offering solutions for Residential & Commercial Security: Burglary, Fire, CCTV and Access Control for the Greater KC Area.

December 2016


America’s Newest and Best Economy Extended Stay Hotels





(816) 491-2598

20105 East Valley View Parkway Independence, MO 64057

• Toll Free (855) 200-5685 • Each franchise is independently owned and operated.

Anniversaries 1-4 Years

APEX Brew Wares Medley Smiles Top Hat Winery Allis Chalmers Industrial Park The Arc of the Ozarks Independence Square Advisory Board Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care Toppers Food Mart Inc Remax Elite, Realtors Diamond Bowl SureHosting Internet Solutions, Inc. First Federal Bank of Kansas City Fred Hahn Courthouse Exchange Restaurant & Lounge El Pico Mexican Restaurant Good Time Charlie’s Wild About Harry Mens Accessories & Furnishings


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5-14 Years

Hope House UpDog Yogurtini MetroMedia State Farm Insurance, Chad Mitchell Main Street Coffee House Studio on Main BeHereNow Cafe Verona Clinton’s Soda Fountain Gilbert Whitney & Co Ophelia’s Restaurant & Inn Primary Colors Square Pizza Ron Bruch Cornerstone Apartment Homes Intimate Designs HSMC Orizon, LLC

15-24 Years Gallagher Metzler Insurance Housing Authority of Independence Midwest Machine Co. Inc. 25+ Years 1st MidAmerica Credit Union Comcast Ted’s Trash Service Inc. Floyd R Brown Jr & Company


Brad Speaks Past Chair of the Board Speaks Family Legacy Chapels

Tom Weir Treasurer Blue Ridge Bank & Trust Co.

Dave Williams Chair of the Board Centerpoint Medical Center

Tom Waters Incoming Chair Corporate CopyPrint

Dr. Lynette Wheeler Truman Medical Center

Kim Downey Noble Kim Downey Noble State Farm Agent

Doug Williams Morgan Stanley

Dr. Karen Cox Children’s Marcy Hospitals and Clinics

Sonci Bleckinger Central Bank of the Midwest

Beth Franklin Keller Williams Real Estate

Ron Finke Stewardship Capital

Steve Potter Mid-Continent Public Library

Wes Cowan Kansas City Space Center

Kent Holiday Orbital ATK

Bob Glaser Summit Bank of Kansas City

Board of Directors:

Steve Graffeo Community of Christ Jonathan Zerr Kapke & Willerth, LLC.

Zach Walker City of Independence

Jon Ellis Paradise Park Kim Deveny American Funding Solutions LLC

Mary McNamara Julie Moreno Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal Company The Examiner

Ex Officio Members:

Tom Lesnak Independence Council for Economic Development

Dr. Michael Banks Metropolitan Community College-Blue River

Dr. Jason Snodgrass Fort Osage School District

Dr. Dale Herl Independence School District

Dr. Jim Finley Blue Springs School District

Hap Graff Independence Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Team: Hap Graff, President & CEO, ext. 5 Trina Anderson, Director of Membership Services, ext. 1 Amy Knipp, Director of Membership Events, ext. 8 Lois McDonald, Vice President of Community Development, ext. 2

Welcome back, Kelsey!

Steve Patton, Business Liaison to the Chamber, ext. 7

Kelsey Edwards is rejoining the Chamber staff as of November 28th. Kelsey

Kris Zerr, Director of Finance, ext. 3

Elementary Education/Special Education in December. Kelsey will continue

Mikealene Evans, Director of Marketing & Communications, ext. 4 Kelsey Edwards Academies of ISD Liaison

has been with us for a year and a half. She took a break starting in August

to do her student teaching. Kelsey will graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in to work on the Academies of ISD where she spent a 1,000 hours earlier in

the year matching businesses in Independence with students and teachers

from the Independence School District. Kelsey will also continue to work on Santa Cali Gon 2017, where she is a significant contact for vendors.

We are excited to have Kelsey’s joy and enthusiasm back at the Chamber.

December 2016


210 West Truman Road Independence, MO 64050


Quote of the Month

We are all meant to shine, as children do‌and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. Marianne Williamson

Merry Christmas from all of us at the Independence Chamber!

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The Independence Chamber of Commerce, December 2016