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IN THIS ISSUE Page 2 :: Monthly Luncheon

Page 3 :: Business After Hours Page 4 :: Calendar of Events Page 6 :: LEAD Graduation

4th Annual

Picnic on the Lawn

Page 8 :: SantaCaliGon

Page 9 :: Legislative Briefing & Recap Page 10 :: Directory

Page 11 :: Member News

Page 12 :: Anniversaries & New Members

THIS MONTH June 2, 2016 Ribbon Cutting for Big Bob’s Outlet 10:45am - 1:00pm Ribbon Cutting at 11:00am June 3, 2016 36th Annual Chamber Golf Classic Winterstone Golf Course 7:00am Breakfast 8:00am Shotgun Start June 7, 2016 Speed Leads Drury Inn 4:00 - 5:30pm June 15, 2016 Monthly Membership Luncheon Kansas City Zoo 11:30am - 1:00pm June 16, 2016 Business After Hours Adam’s Mark Hotel 4:30 - 6:00pm June 17, 2016 Federal Legislative Briefing Blue Ridge Bank Board Room 8:00 - 9:15am June 22, 2016 Business Before Hours Hilton Garden Inn, Independence 7:30 - 9:00am June 23, 2016 Ribbon Cutting for University Health on the Go! 40 Hwy Hyvee 4:00 - 6:00pm

4th Annual Chamber Picnic on the Lawn Wednesday, June 29th, 11:30am - 1:30pm Chamber Lawn Summer is not complete without the annual Independence Chamber’s Picnic on the Lawn to celebrate member appreciation day. Over 100 Chamber members will gather on the south and west lawns of the Chamber that afternoon for food, games and friends. The annual “Picnic on the Lawn” event is the Chamber’s way of saying thank you to its members for their support and participation during the past year. June 29, 2016 Picnic on the Lawn Chamber Lawn 11:30am - 1:30pm June 30, 2016 Speaker Series: Speaker Series, Non-Traditional Advertising for Small Businesses Chamber Boardroom 3:30 - 4:30pm

All Independence Chamber members are invited to join the board and staff for a fun-filled, delicious, and complimentary mid-day experience. To register for the complimentary event, visit

Catered by Dickey’s Barbeque Pit

Monthly Membership Luncheon at the Truman Memorial Building At our luncheon last month Kurt Graham, Director of the Truman Library described the creative and new cutting edge exhibits and potentially new wing planned for the Truman Library. Thank you to the Truman Medical Center for sponsoring and Ophelia’s Restaurant for catering!

Thank you to our sponsor! Don’t miss the Ribbon Cutting for Univeristy Health on the Go! on June 23rd!



Business After Hours Sponsored by UMB Bank at Vivilore It was a gorgeous evening at Vivilore Restaurant for the crowd of members who made it out to Business After Hours on May 12th. Thank you to all who attended!

Huge thank you to UMB Bank for sponsoring the fantastic event!



Calendar of Events

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Big Bob’s Outlet! Thursday, June 2, 2016, 10:45am -1:00pm Big Bob’s Flooring Outlet, 17801 E 39th St.,Independence MO 64055 Join us in celebrating the new location of Big Bob’s Flooring Outlet! The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will commence at 11:00am and be followed by catered lunch.

Speed Leads! Tuesday, June 7,2016 Drury Inn, 20300 E 42nd St S, Independence, MO 64015 Speed Networking brings together business people from all different business areas for an active and fun exchange of information. Join us for this glorified playdate with your fellow Indep Chamber members!

Thank you to our sponsor!

Monthly Membership Luncheon Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 11:30am - 1:00pm Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Dr, Kansas City MO 64132

Thank you to our sponsor!

Join for lunch at the zoo! Our speaker will be Randy Wisthoff, CEO/Executive Director of the Kansas City Zoo and we will have a special guest join us for the day (it’s a penguin!). Your lunch ticket also includes admittance to the Zoo after lunch.

Business After Hours Thursday, June 16, 2016, 4:30pm - 6:00pm Adam’s Mark Hotel & CoCo Key Water Resort, 9103 E 39th St. Kansas City, MO 64133 The event will be held in the Executive Boardroom on the 15th floor featuring Kansas City’s best view of Kauffman Stadium. Beer, wine, and appetizers will be served. Door prizes will be given away including a Stay ‘n Play package and Cabana four pack.

Thank you to our sponsor!

Federal Legislative Briefing Friday, June 17, 2016, 8:00 - 9:15am Blue Ridge Bank & Trust Co., Independence, MO, 6th Floor This month’s Legislative Briefing will be held at Blue Ridge Bank & Trust Co. on Little Blue Parkway, in collaboration with Blue Spring Chamber of Commerce. The briefing is open to all Chamber members and will focus on topics of our U.S. Congress. Our representatives in Washington or their aides will be presenting.



Calendar of Events, Cont.

Business Before Hours Wednesday, June 22, 7:30-9:00am Hilton Garden Inn, Independence, 19677 E Jackson Dr, Independence, MO 64057 Come check out the revamped Hilton Garden Inn and get your day started by networking with you fellow members. The morning will include a continental breakfast, coffee, and juice.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Truman Medical Center’s University Health on the Go! Thursday, June 23, 2016, 4:00 to 6:00pm Hy-Vee, 4545 S. Noland Rd, Independence MO 64055 Join us as Truman Medical Center launches University Health On the GO! This event will take place inside the Hy-Vee at 4545 S. Noland Rd. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony begins at 4:30pm.

4th Annual

Picnic on the Lawn

4th Annual Chamber Picnic on the Lawn Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 11:30am - 1:30pm Chamber Lawn, 210 W. Truman Rd., Independence, MO 64050 Join your fellow Chamber Members for our Member Appreciation Day! Free food, music and a great time will be had! Catered by Dickey’s Barbecue Pit!

Speaker Series, Non-Traditional Advertising for Small Businesses Thursday, June 30, 2016, 3:30 - 4:30pm Chamber of Commerce Boardroom, 210 W. Truman Rd., Independence, MO 64050 Presenters: Experts from the Square One Small Business Services at the Mid-Continent Public Library The next generation is here and they want what you have NOW! Why spend your hard earned dollars on ads in the paper, printed flyers and billboards when they just aren’t working. It’s time to change and adapt to get the best results possible. Are you ready?



L.E.A.D. Independence

L.E.A.D. 2016 Class except those in Europe or having a baby.

Health and Wellness Day and Graduation • May 19, 2016 On May 19th, the 2016 L.E.A.D. Class spent their final day on health and wellness. They took the opportunity to tour the developing Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health, the City of Independence’s Sermon Center and enjoyed lunch and a presentation on healthy eating habits at Terra Health & Wellness Market. The group ended their day at Main Event Entertainment with a “Clean Eating” presentation by Jillian Miranda, RD, LD, and last but not least, their graduation ceremony.


While every L.E.A.D. Independence class is unique, this one was especially memorable. In the 9 months of this 20-person class, 5 found new jobs, 3 moved out of Independence, 2 had babies, 2 sold their houses and one completed her doctoral degree (congratulations to Dr. Lynette Wheeler). So, out of 20 people, 10 had life changing events happen in the last 9 months!! That is just a little bit amazing. Congratulations to all 17 L.E.A.D. graduates and good luck!

“I’ve discovered my purpose is to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Participation in the Independence Chamber LEAD class of 2016 complimented my purpose. The connections and exposure to the Independence community were enriching.” Shelia Williams, DWD Workforce Coordinator, L.E.A.D. Class of 2016



L.E.A.D. Independence, Cont.

Sign Up Now for the 2016 - 2017 LEAD Independence Class Our 2016 L.E.A.D. Independence Class graduated on Friday, May 19 with a fun lunch and ceremony at Main Event Entertainment. That brings the total to 589 people that have graduated from L.E.A.D. Independence. The class members loved the networking within the class, with the speakers, and with the facilitators. The L.E.A.D. Class meets one day a month each month from September to May. It is a leadership, education, and development class. Bankers, assistant branch managers, CEOs of companies, insurance agents, Fire Chiefs, police detectives, lawyers, librarians, principals of schools, and office managers have all been through the class along with hundreds of others who wanted to know more about Independence. Contact Trina at for an application!




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Would you be interested in taking advantage of an audience of over 300,000? If so, be sure to contact Lois McDonald about being a SantaCaliGon sponsor! Contact Lois today at or 816-252-4745 ext. 2. SantaCaliGon is also an excellent opportunity to showcase your products as a commercial vendor to the huge crowd that visits each year. Consider exhibiting! Visit or contact Kelsey at or (816) 252-4745 ext. 7 with questions.



Legislative Briefing Recap We had 6 State Representatives join us last month to recap the 2016 Legislative Session. Among those were Ira Anders, Mike Cierpiot, Billy Kidd, Jeanie Lauer, John Rizzo, and Rory Rowland.

Legislative Hearings

REMINDER: Legislative Hearings July 18 • July 25 The Public Policy Committee has again set dates to receive recommendations for needed legislation or legislative changes from our membership and strategic partners. Testimony is being sought on issues that will or should be considered by the legislative bodies of the City of Independence, Jackson County, the Missouri General Assembly, and the United States Congress. Legislative Hearing Dates have been set for July 18th and July 25th Each scheduled hearing will last from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm and be held in the Chamber Boardroom. Presentations will be scheduled in 15-minute intervals beginning at 4:00 pm.

The input received from the public hearings forms the basis for the items or issues considered by the Chamber for inclusion in the Chamber’s 2017 Legislative Agenda. Items identified through this process will be explored, debated, and prioritized by the members of the Public Policy Committee during the early fall and forwarded to the Chamber Board of Directors for final consideration in November. The approved 2017 Legislative Agenda will be published and distributed to all members of the Chamber.

Members desiring to address the Public Policy Committee during one of the scheduled public hearings are asked to contact Lois McDonald at or 816-252-4745 (ext. 2) to secure a time slot on the agenda. June 2016 :: THE CHAMBER VIEW


Business Directory

$25 Invoice from MetroMedia Dear Chamber Member, You may have received what looks like a $25 invoice from MetroMedia referencing the Independence Chamber. Please note you are not obligated to pay this invoice. This is an opportunity for you to purchase a digital version the 2016 Independence Chamber Business Directory and have it accessible on your phone as an app. The letter notes this as a “Hyperlink Activation.” This is in reference to the app mentioned above. Your business is already listed on the Independence Chamber of Commerce’s website for free - once you join the Chamber, you are automatically placed on the online Business Directory and have the ability to get the directory on your phone via the MemberPlus app. We apologize for the way this is being handled. We did give MetroMedia permission to offer the app to our members if they would like to purchase it for $25. It is not required and the Chamber is not okay with it being offered to you disguised as an invoice. Please don’t pay, unless you want this app. We truly apologize for the confusion. If you have paid the $25 and do not want the app, please send us a note and we will work with MetroMedia to collect the $25 back for you. Thank you, The Independence Chamber of Commerce Staff

LEADERSHIP QUOTE OF THE MONTH “The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.” Faye Wattleton



Member News Kara Schoff, teacher at Truman High School in the Independence School District, was named Teacher of the Year and is now up for Missouri Teacher of the Year.

The Independence City Council named Jordan Ellena as the Management Analyst for the City of Independence effective April 25, 2016.

Linda Glasgow, teacher at Blue Spring School District, and Missouri Teacher of the Year in 2015, was selected as a Horace Mann Friend of Education on April 11.

On April 25th, Truman Medical Centers (TMC) and University Health (UH) welcomed Dermatologist Paul D. Reicherter, M.D. to the staff at UH.

Richard Matvichuk, head coach of the Missouri Mavericks, was named the inaugural recipient of the League’s Hockey Executive of the Year award. The award is determined by a vote of ECHL coaches.

Matt McLaughlin, water distribution/ engineering manager with the Independence Water Department has received the 2016 George Warren Fuller Award from the American Water Works Association.

Mr. Gwinn from Van Horn High School of the Independence School District was named the Kansas City Metro area teacher of the year for Industrial Arts.

On April 11, the Missouri Mavericks Hockey Team announced it’s player Ross Johnson as the first Mavs player to debut in the NHL. Tim Micheal, of the Blue Springs School District, received the MCCA Administrator of the Year. Randy Maglinger, Principal at Van Horn of the Independence School District, was named Exemplary New Principal of the Year by the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association (GKCPA).

On May 6th, the City of Independence announced The R.H. Johnson Company would be investing $34 million dollars in the MarketPlace Shopping Center at the intersection of Interstate 70 and Noland Road in Independence, MO.

Volunteers needed!

Todd Mackin, of the Missouri Mavericks, was promoted to Vice President of Sales on April 27th!

On May 20, Community Services League received the Excellence in Impact award from Nonprofit Connect.

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

When schools gleam, kids beam. Saturday, June 25, 2016 – 7:00am 2016 Project Shine schools:

Blackburn Elementary • Glendale Elementary • Luff Elementary Procter Elementary • William Southern Elementary

For more information visit or call 816.521.5300

TESTIMONIAL “I cannot say enough good things about the Independence Chamber. What a huge asset they are for our community. From the business development opportunities they offer to businesses; to leadership development training through the LEAD Program, they are a very dynamic organization. As a recent graduate of LEAD, I can tell you that the training we received impacts my life daily. What a great organization!” Jordan Ellena, Management Analyst, City of Independence



Anniversaries 1-5 Years

Grampa’s Cafe JobOne Evans and Steele Financial Services Archery Excellence by C.B.A. & You, Inc. Wear It’s @T Designs Little Johns Enterprises, Inc. Blue Springs Dentistry/My Kids Dentist Low T Center Custom Graphics Village Heights Community of Christ Sound Check Enterprises

5-14 years

Three Trails Animal Hospital

Distinct Business Solutions LLC Staybridge Suites East Side Baptist Church Government Employees Health Association Inc. Summit Media Solutions Eastland Trails Apartments Fears Case-Harmon & Associates, LLC Mirror Image Express Car Wash Better Business Bureau Berry’s Arctic Ice KCP&L Fairmount Plaza Apartments Aldi Inc. Carrabba’s Italian Grill Swope Health Independence

15-24 years

State Farm Insurance, Kim Downey Noble McDonald’s Restaurant - 3921 Bolger Road Corporate CopyPrint Custom Engineering Inc.

25 + years

McDonald’s Restaurant - 16235 E. 24 Highway Independence Adult & Community Education The Examiner

New Members Construction Management Group (913) 963-7915 28615 S State Route D Cleveland, MO 64734

Centerpoint Clinic of Blue Springs LLC (816) 229-8187 725 NW State Route 7 Blue Springs, MO 64014

Midwest Neurology Physicians (816) 350-4200 19550 E 39th St, Ste 200 Independence, MO 64057

Hope 180 (816) 709-3896 9710 East U.S. Highway 40 Independence, Missouri 64055

Centerpoint Internal Medicine (816) 795-9595 4911 S Arrowhead Ste 200 Independence, MO 64057

Stewart Title Company (816) 988-9206 700 NE R.D. Mize Road Ste 100 Blue Springs, Missouri 64014

Centerpoint Orthopedics (816) 795-6630 19550 E 39th St Ste 230A Independence, MO 64057

Midwest Sports Medicine Physicians/ Midwest Occupational Health and Wellness (816) 795-8200 19550 E 39th St Ste 230B Independence, MO 64057

Enhanced Surfaces (816) 895-2975 201 N Forest Ave Ste 223B Independence, MO 64050

Centerpoint Physicians Group (816) 373-0655 19550 E 39th St Ste 245/335 Independence, MO 64057

Holiday Inn Express & Suites (816) 795-8889 19901 E. Valley View Parkway Independence, MO 64057

Family Care of Eastern Jackson County (816) 229-8187 725 NW State Route 7 Blue Springs, MO 64014

Big Bob’s Flooring Outlet (816) 461-5000 17801 E 39th St Independence, MO 64055

Family Care of Independence (816) 503-3700 4721 S Cliff Ave Ste 200 Independence, MO 64055

Connect Hearing (816) 883-2669 4240 Blue Ridge Blvd Suite 200 Kansas City, MO 64133

Jackson County Neurosurgery (816) 833-0466 19550 E 39th St, Ste 105 Independence, MO 64057

Independence Meals on Wheels (816) 254-9566 409 North Liberty Avenue Independence, MO 64050

Jackson County Pulmonary Medical Group LLC (816) 478-8113 4911 S Arrowhead Ste 201 Independence, MO 64055

Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (816) 346-0257 1200 E. 18th Street Kansas City, MO 64108 Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence (816) 774-1247 14825 E 42nd St #202 Independence, MO 64055 RE/MAX Heritage (816) 463-3220 1900 NW South Outer Rd Blue Springs, MO 64015 Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors (Miller/Wiley Team) (816) 356-8200 x187 4200 Little Blue Parkway Ste 400 Independence, MO 64057

Midwest Geriatric Physicians (816) 795-7014 19550 E 39th St Ste 400B Independence, MO 64057 Midwest Heart and Vascular Specialists (816) 461-6837 19550 E 39th St Ste 210/220 Independence, MO 64057 Midwest Infectious Disease Specialists, LLC (816) 254-2552 19550 E 39th St, Ste 400 Independence, MO 64057 Midwest Maternal Fetal Medicine Physicians (816) 350-2024 19550 E 39th St Ste 335B Independence, MO 64057

Neurosurgery Associates of Jackson County (816) 350-4215 19550 E 39th St, Ste 200 Independence, MO 64057 Orthopedic Associates of Kansas City (816) 254-4800 19550 E 39th St Ste 400 Independence, MO 64057 Paragon Star LLC (816) 802-6800 801 NW Commerce Dr Lees Summit, MO 64086 Hawthorn Bed and Breakfast (816) 252-2607 1 Hawthrone Pl Independence, MO 64052 Legacy Touch, Inc. (816) 802-6800 801 NW Commerce Dr Lees Summit, Missouri 64086 B-Vogue Salon and Gallery (816) 833-7770 11100 E Winner Rd Independence, MO 64052 John Kimak (816) 824-4410 3516 S Mize Ridge Ct. Independence, MO 64057 Nancy C. Kimak (816) 288-3974 3516 S Mize Ridge Ct. Independence, MO 64057

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The Chamber View - June, 2016  

The Independence Chamber of Commerce June 2016 Newsletter.

The Chamber View - June, 2016  

The Independence Chamber of Commerce June 2016 Newsletter.