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IN THIS ISSUE Page 2 :: Business Expo

Page 4 :: Calendar of Events Page 5 :: Safe the Date!

Page 6 :: New Membership Info Page 7 :: SantaCaliGon

Page 8 :: iMembership 101

Monthly Legislative Briefing

Page 9 :: Business After Hours: Terra

LEAD: Tourism Day

Page 10 :: Legislative Hearings Page 11 :: Member News

Upcoming Luncheons

New Members

Page 12 :: Anniversaries

36th Annual Chamber Golf Classic Friday, June 3, 2016 Winterstone Golf Course 7:00 am Breakfast 8:00 am Shotgun Start

Join us for the 36th Annual Chamber Golf Classic! Have some fun in the sun during one of the Chamber’s best opportunities to network with business leaders, clients and associates. Plus, participants will enjoy breakfast, lunch, games, prize drawings and more!

Early bird pricing ends on May 13th! Register today!

$500/ Team of four

$150/ Individual

Thank you so much to our sponsors!

THIS MONTH May 11, 2016 iMembership 101 Chamber Board Room 3:30-4:30 pm May 12, 2016 Business After Hours Vivilore 4:30-6:00 pm May 13, 2016 iMembership 101 Chamber Board Room 12:00 -1:00 pm May 18, 2016 Monthly Membership Luncheon Truman Memorial Building 11:30 am-1:00 pm May 20, 2016 Monthly Legislative Briefing Chamber Board Room 8:00-9:15 am

There are still some sponsorships available! $4,000: Presenting Sponsor $2,500: Awards Ceremony Sponsor SOLD $2,000: Gift Sponsor SOLD

$1,000: 50/50 Raffle Sponsor $500: Putting Green & Contest Sponsor $350: Hole Sponsor with a Game (Goofy Skirt, Marshmallow Shot, Vegas Hole) $500: Beverage Cart Sponsor $500: Drink Shack plus hole sponsorship $500: Snack Sponsor $250: Non-Contest Hole Sponsor Hole-In-One Hole Sponsor (Car) $100: Cart Sponsor (36 Available) Questions? Contact Trina Anderson at (816) 252-4745 ext. 1 or trina@iChamber.biz!


April 21, 2016 Silverstein Eye Centers Arena

April 21, 2016 • Silverstein Eye Centers Arena For the third year in a row, the Eastern Jackson County Business Expo was a huge success. With well over 1,000 attendees, almost 70 booths, 100’s of demonstrations and prizes and 8 Chambers of Commerce involved, the event just continues to grow.

Monthly Luncheon and 2016 Eastern Jackson Count Business Expo

& Monthly Membership Luncheon Thank you so much to our Media Sponsors:

Congratulations our contest winners! Speaks Family Legacy Chapels won the booth contest and will receive a free booth for the 2017 event. For the Ticket Return Contest, sponsored by Stewardship Captial, Contract Furnishings won first place, while Cruise Planners won second and BankLiberty won third. Want to get a head start and a discount on next year? Applications are now open for the 2017 Eastern Jackson County Business Expo! The tentative date is set for April 27, 2017, at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. Contact Alex at alex@iChamber.biz for details! Thank you to our Luncheon Sponsor:

And thank you to our Water and Coffee Stations sponsors:

Our Business is Business

Mary B Lucas, writer of Lunchmeat and Life Lessons, was our Business Expo Luncheon Speaker.

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Calendar of Events

Membership Directory

iMembership 101 Wednesday, May 11, 2016 3:30 - 4:40 pm or Friday, May 13, 12:00-1:00 pm Independence Chamber Board Room, 210 West Truman Road What does your membership with the Indep Chamber do for you? What should you be doing to maximize the benefits of membership? Whether you are a newbie to the Chamber or you just want to get a refresher on what the Chamber offers, join us for our iMembership 101 presentation!

Business After Hours Thursday, May 12, 2016, 4:30 - 6:00 pm Vivilore, 10815 E Winner Rd, Independence, MO 64052 You really can’t miss the opportunity to socialize, network and wind down with some of your favorite people in the gorgeous Vivilore Restaurant Courtyard on a spring evening. Already convinced? We thought so - see you there!

The 2016 Independence Chamber of Commerce Directory is on its way! We will be mailing out a copy to each member, along with the new Indep Chamber window cling. If you would like an additional copy, feel free to come by the Chamber to pick one up!

Independence

2016 Membership Directory

and Resource Guide

Missouri

QUOTE OF THE MONTH “Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” Henry Ford

2016 • Indepe ndence

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Save the Date!

Thank you to our sponsor!

Monthly Membership Luncheon Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 11:30 am-1:00 pm Truman Memorial Building, 416 W Maple Ave, Independence, MO 64050

Thank you to our sponsor!

Kurt Graham will present plans for the “new” Truman Library. He will talk about what is changing and what the Library is doing to encourage local residents and businesses to come visit. The Truman Memorial Building will be a great venue which will allow us to host all our new members that have joined through the membership blitz! We can’t wait to see all the new contacts and relationships you make!

Reservations must be made by Monday, May 16. Refunds can not be given after that date due to the cost of the meal.

Monthly Legislative Briefing Friday, May 20, 2016, 8:00-9:15 am Independence Chamber Board Room, 210 West Truman Road Join your fellow Chamber members for the Monthly Legislative Briefing. Attendees will hear from our State Legislators on what was accomplished in the 2016 season.

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New Membership Benefits Brochure & Membership Blitz

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Last month we revamped our Member Benefits Brochure to be easier to understand and communicate to others. We have hard copies at the Chamber office and would love to send you the digital version. Contact Alex at alex@iChamber.biz if you would like her to send you the brochure digitally. On April 21st, we kicked off a 2 week Membership Blitz. With 100% of the Board of Directors participating, along with our Ambassadors and staff as support, we are shooting for 30 new members by the end of the program. There are 10 teams of 5 members who are competing to see who can bring in the most new members. We will have an update for you next month! Interested in participating in the Membership Blitz? Contact Trina at trina@iChamber.biz!

Looking for an opportunity to showcase your products/services to an audience of over 300,000? Consider being a commercial vendor at SantaCaliGon days Festival! Visit www.santacaligon.com for all the details and to register! If you have questions on exhibiting, contact Kelsey Edwards at kelsey@iChamber.biz 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 lois@iChamber.biz.

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Business After Hours at Terra Health and Wellness Market

iMembership 101

April 7, 2016

19800 E Jackson Dr, Independence, MO

Terra Health and Wellness Market, a locally-owned health food store, hosted a fantastic Business After Hours event on April 7 with more than 30 members in attendance. If you haven’t had a chance to check out their incredible selection of locally sourced produce, high-quality vitamins, clean “Grad ‘N Go” deli, and so much more, you are missing out!

Beginning this month, the Indep Chamber will be offering a quarterly program on

how to best take advantage of your membership. For those of you who are new to

the Chamber, it will provide an overview of the Chamber’s offerings such as a list of

annual events, navigating the Chamber website and how to access and use your on-

line account. It is also a great refresher for any long time Chamber members (and will probably surprise you with our new offerings).

We will offer the program twice this month to accommodate for the anticipated attendance:

– Wednesday, May 11, 2016 3:30 - 4:40 pm – – Friday, May 13, 12:00-1:00 pm – Independence Chamber Board Room, 210 West Truman Road

Tourism Day • April 21, 2016 Monthly Legislative Briefing

The 2016 LEAD group is coming up on their last few classes! In April, they had the opportunity to tour several of Independence’s tourist attractions including the Vaile Mansion, the Three Trails Museum, and the Truman Library. As a part of their Truman Library adventure, the LEAD group also got to experience the White House Decision Center, a nationally recognized handson history lab where participants step into the roles of President Truman and his advisors, work with formerly classified primary source documents, and collaborate to tackle some of history’s greatest challenges. They ate lunch at one of the coolest restaurant attractions in town, A Little BBQ Joint, then wound up their day at the 2016 Eastern Jackson County Business Expo at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.

April 15, 2016

We had a full room for the Monthly Legislative Briefing on April 15. Our State Legislators, Ira Anders, Mike Ceirpiot, Billy Kid, John Rizzo, and Rory Rowland, reviewed many of the current legislation issues touching on education, gender neutral bathrooms, dog breed regulations, tax code changes, and workforce development.

Next month is Health & Wellness Day and their last class. Graduation will also be the same day so be on the lookout for graduation photos! May 2016 :: THE CHAMBER VIEW

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Legislative Hearings

Member News

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.

Two public hearings have been set for the following Mondays: July 18 • July 25 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. Members desiring to address the Public Policy Committee during one of the scheduled public hearings are asked to contact Lois McDonald at lois@iChamber.biz or 816-252-4745 (ext. 2) to secure a time slot on the agenda. 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.

Josh Robinson of the Missouri Mavericks was announced as the recipient of the Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Year award for the 2015-16 season.

Save the Date for the 4th Annual Chamber Picnic on the Lawn!

Wednesday, June 29

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

The Children’s Mercy Comprehensive Epilepsy Center has once again received Level 4 accreditation by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest-level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy. In addition, Children’s Mercy was honored to be recognized with a two-year accreditation - given to the top 10% of all epilepsy centers. It is the region’s ONLY Level 4 center devoted exclusively to pediatric epilepsy.

Independence Chamber Lawn

Join your fellow Chamber Members for free food, music and more!

Mark your calendar for these upcoming luncheons!

Blue Ridge Bank and Trust Co. welcomed Ken Smith to the bank as Vice President and Business Development Officer. As Business Development Officer, Smith will be responsible for acquiring new customers, calling on existing and prospective clients, growing revenue and deposits, presenting business products and services, and leveraging relationships with referral sources. Stephanie Smith, Director of Public Relations for the Fort Osage Public Schools, has been named the Missouri School Public Relations Association’s 2016 Professional of the Year at their annual Spring Conference held March 30 – April 1 at the Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark, Missouri.

For the 17th consecutive year, the City of Independence Power & Light has been recognized for its commitment to utility arboriculture when it was named to the 2016 Tree Line USA. Tree Line USA, a partnership between Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters, recognizes public and private utilities for pursuing practices that protect and enhance America’s urban trees. Tree Line USA promotes the dual goals of delivering safe and reliable electricity while maintaining healthy community forests.

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

TESTIMONIAL

May 18 • 11:30-1:00 pm: Truman Memorial Building June 15 • 11:30-1:00 pm: Kansas City Zoo July 20 • 11:30-1:00 pm: MCC-Blue River August 17 • 11:30-1:00 pm: Arrowhead Stadium September 21 • 11:30-1:00 pm: Ennovation Center

“Since 2009, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena has been a proud member of the Independence Chamber of Commerce. The business we acquire from attending networking events, luncheons and other events with the Chamber is endless. The membership directory is an excellent resource of businesses that we have been successfully partnering with to create edge of your seat experiences at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. We are thrilled to be involved with such a vibrant, connected and quality organization!” Sarah Wedel, Director of Corporate Sale, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena

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Anniversaries 1-4 Years

Bass Pro Shops McGilley and Sheil Funeral Home and Cremation Services MC Power Companies Applewood BBQ Trabon Managed Services FavTrip GFI Digital Alissa’s Flower and Interiors Christian Brothers Automotive Chili’s St. Luke’s Heath System A Little Bar-B-Q-Joint Englewood Church

5-14 years

AutoTek LLC Monterey Park Rehabilitation & Health Care Center Mid-Continent Public Library Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Reece & Nichols Realtors, Daniel O’Neill Ron Bruch American Funding Solutions LLC American Sweeping Inc Burd & Fletcher Co.

Elias, Opdahl & Bowen DDS PC Furry and Smith PC Northstar Technologies LLC Pepsi Beverages Company Pioneer Trails Adventures Premiere Outdoor Enterprises, Inc. Patty Schumacher Superior Bowen Asphalt Company LLC Wil-Stor Inc.

15-24 years

Smart Media USA/Register Receipt Advertising Curt’s Famous Meats All Seasons Party Rental Kansas City Royals Widick Marketing Rob’s Lawn Mowing Inc. ServiceMark Telecom Susquehanna Auto Clinic Landmark Dodge Chrysler Jeep Metropolitan Community College Blue River Child Abuse Prevention Association Control Service Company. Inc.

25 + years

Apollo Hair Systems of Independence Park University McDonald Auto Body Inc. McIntosh Heating & Cooling

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.

210 West Truman Road Independence, MO 64050 Phone: 816-252-4745 Fax: 816.252.4917 iCHAMBER.BIZ

New Members Sky Zone Lee’s Summit 816-457-0068 2801 NE McBaine Dr. Lee’s Summit, MO 64063

Twelve Blocks West 816-813-0340 10505 E Winner Rd Independence, MO 64052

Kansas City Home Medical Supply LLC 816-461-7676 16631 E 23rd St. Independence, MO 64055

Wireless Vision LLC -T-Mobile 816-461-5500 3501 S. Noland Road Independence , MO 64055

Minsky’s Pizza 816-478-8666 2551 S. 291 Hwy Independence, MO 64057 Summit Grill and Bar 816-795-7677 4835 NE Lakewood Way Lees Summit, MO 64064

Prepare the Way LLC/ Bulk Food International 816-550-3924 20904 E 50th Terr. Ct. S Blue Springs , MO 64015 Trudy Beard CPA PC 816-478-0915 17111 E US Hwy 40 Ste A Independence, MO 64055

Carhartt Independence Center 816-548-4961

18801 E 39th St

Independence, MO 64057 Truckmovers.com 816-861-5444

2310 S Redwood Ave

Independence, MO 64057 ReeceNichols East 816-809-9066

5000 NE Lakewood Way

Lees Summit, Missouri 64064

The Chamber View, May 2016  

The Independence Chamber of Commerce May, 2016 newsletter.

The Chamber View, May 2016  

The Independence Chamber of Commerce May, 2016 newsletter.

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