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November 2012

Business Initiative

Thank Yous Thank you to JobOne for hosting the recent Board Strategic Planning Session and providing breakfast. Also, thank you to our Annual Meeting Sponsors: Armacost Car Museum Axtell & Company Commercial Real Estate Crews Jewelry Jackson County Water District #1 KCP&L Quality Air Solutions

12500 S. 71 Highway, Ste. 100 Grandview, MO 64030 816-761-6505 816-763-8460 fax

Chamber Olympians, officers, directors and staff at Annual Dinner at the Armacost Museum Oct. 4.

New Chamber and EDC Directors, Officers Announced The Grandview Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council introduced its new slate of officers and directors for the 2012-2013 year at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting on October 4, 2012.   Members of the 2012-2013 Executive Committee whose terms began October 1 include Mike Simmons, Quality Air Solutions, Chairman of the Board; Aaron Martin, JobOne, Chair-Elect; Allen Meyer, McGilley & George, Vice President of Membership; Mark Long, Zimmer Real Estate Service, Vice Chair of Economic Development, Sage Beauchamp, Glad Heart Realty, Secretary/

Treasurer; and Sandy Kessinger, Bank Midwest, Past Chair.   Beauchamp and Long were elected to their first three-year term after serving one year appointments. Meyer and Simmons were elected to their second threeyear term.   The new slate of directors also includes two new one-year appointments to the board: Dr. Christa Dawson, Premier Eyecare & Eyewear; and Merley McMurray, KCP&L.   Two retiring directors were recognized for their contributions and included Andrew Fischer, Jones, Lang, LaSalle; and David Hatton, True Value.

2012 Leadership Executive Committee Mike Simmons, Chairman Aaron Martin, Chair Elect Sage Beauchamp, Treasurer   & Secretary Allen Meyer, Vice Chair  Membership Mark Long, Vice Chair EDC Sandy Kessinger, Past Chair Board of Directors Don Armacost, Jr. (Ex. Officio) Mark Assenmacher Jim Broshahan Dr. Christa Dawson Virgia Dillard Don Hartman Ailene Hartz Leonard Jones (Ex. Officio) Todd Krass Merley McMurry Carolyn Pope (Ex. Officio) Madeline Romius Cory Smith Dr. Ralph Teran Jeff Westergard Ty Yano Office Staff Kim Curtis President Cheryl Berberich-Nolen Vice President

Chamber Updates Government Affairs Committee Plans for Year

It’s that time of year when the joint Government Affairs Committees of the Grandview and South Kansas City Chambers gear up to begin their work for the year. The first informational/organizational meeting is 8 - 9:30 am, Friday Nov. 2 at St. Joseph Medical Center Community Room.   The Chamber is looking for members intersted in serving on this committee and impacting our state and federal legislative process. Below is a brief description of committee responsibilities: • Research, develop educate and recommend issue positions to the Chamber Board of Directors. • Poll members to establish the legislative concerns and opinions of the Chamber membership. • Host a minimum of four Legislative Breakfasts with local, state and federal government officials to explore critical issues. • Advocate issue positions in the interest of the Chamber within philosophical guidelines set by the Chamber’s Board of Directors. • Annually develop a legislative prioirites list to reflect the concerns and opioins of the membership. • Educate and inform members and the general public about critical issues and communicate Chamber positions on business and community issues. • Host public forums on issues

The More Things Change... Cheryl Berberich-Nolen Remains at Chamber

Grandview Chamber membership and events manager Cheryl Berberich-Nolen was set to leave the Chamber for a new position, but a change of heart led to a change of plans. Cheryl decided to stay at the Chamber, leaving the staffing gap after the departure of Angela Brincefield not quite so large.   “The Board and I are pleased that Cheryl has such a passion for our community, members and programs, said Chamber president Kim Curtis. “We are fortunate to have her remain with the Chamber.”   Cheryl has received a promotion to Vice President of membership and events and is usually the first voice new and potential members hear at the Chamber.

Gov’t Affairs Committee cont.

and for candidates. • Establish positive, interactive relationships with organizations and elected officials. • Assist in organizing a trip to Jefferson City to meet with state elected officials. • Assist in planning a Washington DC Fly-In to give members an opportunity to meet with federal government officials on issues important to our community.

If interested, please contact Kim Curtis at or 816761-6505.

Economic Development Council News Business Solutions Showcase 8 - 10 am, Nov. 13, as part of Global Entrepreneur Week, at BMO Harris (formerly M&I Bank) off Hwy 40 in Independence. Showcase includes: Open House to network and share information on small businesses start up and growing businesses in respective communities. And two mini-seminars: 8:30 - 9 am: “Start Me Up” Valerie Jennings Hippie Chow (coffee talk on how she started her food business) 9:15 - 9:45 am: “Guerrilla Marketing for Succe$$!” Chris Steinlage, LPBC Aspire Business Development Frankie Franks Coffee Cakes and coffee with be served. RSVP by Nov. 5 through: http://ejcdabss11-13-12.   ______________ Industry Round Table: Your Workforce of Tomorrow: What we need to do today 11:30 am -1 pm, Nov. 13, Legends of Asia, 1853 State Hwy 7, Blue Springs http://ejcdaindustry11-2012. This event is for industry representatives only.

Member Updates Welcome New Chamber Members Southeast Enterprises Megan Gurera 6701 Booth Street Kansas City, MO 64133 816-353-2704 Fritz’s Meats & Superior Sausage Eric Beckner 10326 Stateline Road Leawood, KS 66206 913-381-4618 AXA Advisors Austin Brashears 7400 W. 110th Street Suite 700 Overland Park, KS 66210 816-714-8384 Turners German American Hall Richard Swenson 512 Bong Ave. Belton, MO 64012 816-322-4202 Concentra, Inc. Ingrid McGlone 12220 A South Blue Ridge Blvd. Grandview, MO 64030 816-763-1855 Express Employment Brad Collins 8423 Wornall Road Kansas City, MO 64104 816-994-6894

Morning Connections at City Public Works

Join us 8 - 9 am, Nov. 14 for the Morning Connections networking program at the City of Grandview Public Works Maintenance Facility, 7000 E. 139th St., at the corner of 139th and Winchester.   Parking will be tight so please plan to park in the lot on Winchester.   This is a free event but RSVPs to are requested.

Cartwright Tree Care

Please join us for a grand opening at 1 and ribbon-cutting at 1:30 pm, Friday Nov. 9 for Cartwright Tree Care at 13128 Fifth St. Guests are welcome to tour their new facility and hear about their services. For more information call the Chamber office at 761-6505 or email Cheryl at

Belton Regional Opens New Departments Congratulations to Todd Krass, CEO, and the staff of Belton Regional Medical Center. The hospital opened its new emergency and surgery departments with a ribbon-cutting and open house Oct. 23.

Holiday Activities GAP Needs Toys for All Ages, Warm Stuff

Holiday Open House with Chamber Honors GAP’s 20 Years

Friends of Grandview Assistance Program and Chamber members are invited to help the city’s human services agency honor its 20 years of serving the low-income residents of Grandview and the Grandview C-4 school district.   Hosted at the Chamber offices 4:30 to 6:30 pm, Tues. Nov. 27, hors d’oeuvres and holiday cheer will be provided. RSVP to Kim Curtis at

Every year, Grandview Assistance Program (GAP) provides the opportunity for their clients - lowincome families who live within the Grandview school district and the City of Grandview - to shop for their holiday needs. Each family/ individual also receives fixings for their holiday dinner.   To do this, GAP needs donations! Any donations of unwrapped new toys, new or gently used coats, gloves and hats, food or cash, may be dropped off at GAP, 1121 Main, 9 am – noon and 1 – 3 pm, Monday – Friday, or call GAP at 816-761-1919. Items are needed by Dec. 7. Some suggested items are: • Preschoolers: Baby dolls, Tonka toys, Fisher-Price toys, Playskool Toys, Mega Bloks, My Little Pony

• Ages 6 – 11: Radio-controlled vehicles, Barbie dolls, baby dolls, craft sets, Star Wars toys, Transformers, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, etc. • Pre-Teens & Teenagers: Portable CD players, cosmetic sets (both men & women’s), craft sets • (scrapbooking, jewelry making, etc), sports equipment (skateboards, footballs, basketballs, scooters), handheld electronic games, Star War items, radio controlled vehicles, hair straighteners, etc. • Coats, gloves/mittens, hats and scarves • Blankets, towels, bed linens Visit for more information. GAP is a 501(c)3, all contributions are tax-deductible.

Bulbs Burned Out? Don’t Pitch, Recycle

New Chamber member Southeast Enterprises can help you clear out your attic or basement while keeping old holiday lights out of landfills. Plan to bring no-longer-working holiday lights to area Walmarts Nov. 17 through Jan. 13 for Southeast Enterprises to recycle. The goal is to collect and recycle 104,000 pounds of lights, while also providing challenging work for more than 160 employees with developmental disabilities. Visit for more information.

Neveah’s Holiday Celebration

All are invited to join member Neveah at 824 Main St. for their holiday celebration 6 - 9 pm, Thurs. Nov. 29. There will be glamour tips, “sensory” experiences, light refreshments and shopping available.

Education News Connecting Chamber Members and Grandview Students by “Career Jumping” “It’s kind of like speed dating” except students will be looking for career insights and inspiration instead of dates Nov. 16 at Grandview High School. Several Grandview Chamber members have been asked to share their career paths and expertise with freshmen at GHS during a morning of Career Jumping. A few students will meet just for a few minutes with one professional at a time. At the end, the students will have met with up to a dozen professionals in their interest areas to stimulate career interests and planning. The event is coordinated by PREPKC education consulting group. To sign up to share your career expertise or for more information, contact Kim Curtis at 816-761-6505.

Fire Up Your Brain: Trivia Night Nov. 8

All are invited to get together a team of eight and test your useless knowledge at Trivia Night, 6 pm, Nov. 8 at Grandview High School. Entry fee is $100 for the team, with door prizes, basket raffles and refreshments available beginning at 5 pm. This is a fundraiser for the Grandview Education Foundation which supports students scholarships and programs and teacher grants. Mark Alford from Fox 4 MCs this fun event that also showcases student talents. Donations of products and gift cards are also welcome. Visit www.grandviewed for team/donation form.

Grandview Student Opportunity

Grandview High School junior trumpeter Shawn Griddine has performed the national anthem for Music On Main the last two years and was a featured performer with Mark Pender at Truman Heritage Festival. Now Shawn has the opportunity to perform on a larger stage as part of the Drum Corps International travelling, competitive drum and band corps. Sponsorships and donations to help support his traveling and living expenses for three months next summer while the Drum Corps rehearses and competes would be greatly appreciated. Shawn can be reached at 816-929-5274 or

Chamber Calendar Nov. 2 Government Affairs Committee 8 - 9:30 am, St. Joseph Medical Center Community Rm Nov. 14 Morning Connections 8 - 9 am, City of Grandview Public Works 7000 E. 139th St. Nov. 16 Career Jumping 9 - 10:45 am, GHS Nov. 27 Chamber/GAP Holiday Open House 4:30 - 6:30 pm, Chamber offices

Community Calendar Nov. 8 Trivia Night 5 - 8 pm, GHS 15 Senior Thanksgiving Dinner 6 pm, ____ Nov. 15 - 17 Beauty and the Beast 7 pm, GHS Dec. 6 Christmas Tree Lighting 6:45 pm, City Hall

NOVEMBER 2012 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 1 2  8 am Government Affairs Comm.

5 6 7 8  6 pm 9  1, 1:30 pm Trivia Night Cartwright Tree Care

12 13  3:30 pm 14  8 am 15 Noon 16  10:45 am Executive Morning Board of Career

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19 20 21 22 23 Happy Happy

Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Office Closed

26 27  4:30 - 6:30 pm 28 29  6 - 9 pm 30 Chamber/GAP Nevaeh Open House Holiday Open House

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6  noon - 1:30 pm 7 8 - 9:30 am

Morning Connections Economic Development Government 4 pm All Stars Lunch Affairs Comm.

10 11 12  Noon 13  Noon 14

I-49 Ribbon-Cutting Pizza with the President

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20  Noon 21 Executive Committee Board of Directors Mtg.

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Merry Christmas 31

26 27 28 Office Closed

2012 Annual Report 2012 Leadership

Chair’s Message

Executive Committee

Sandy Kessinger, Chair   Bank Midwest Mike Simmons, Chair-Elect   Quality Air Solutions Allen Meyer, Vice Chair, Membership   McGilley & George Aaron Martin, Vice Chair, Economic Development   JobOne Mark Assenmacher, Sec./Treas.   Peterson Manufacturing Co. Todd Krass, Past Chair   Belton Regional Hospital

Board of Directors

Don Armacost, Jr. (Ex Officio)   Peterson Manufacturing Co. Sage Beauchamp   Glad Heart Realty Jim Brosnahan, UMB Virgie Dillard   MO Office Systems & Supplies Andrew Fischer   Jones, Lang, LaSalle Dan Hartman   Jackson County Water Dist. # 1 Ailene Hartz   Crystal Clear Enterprises, Inc. Dave Hatton, True Value Leonard Jones (Ex Officio)   City of Grandview Mark Long   Zimmer Real Estate Services Carolyn Pope (Ex Officio)   Crews Jewelry Madeline Romious, AT&T Cory Smith, City of Grandview Dr. Ralph Teran, Grandview C-4 Ty Yano, McDonald’s Jeff Westergard, IHOP-KC


Kim Curtis, President Cheryl Berberich-Nolen VP, Membership/ Events

12500 S. 71 Highway, Ste. 100 Grandview, MO 64030 816-761-6505 816-763-8460 fax

Sandy Kessinger Small Business Specialist Bank Midwest


It has been a privilege and an honor to serve as your Chairman of the Board during the 2011-2012 year. It is fulfilling to be engaged with a thriving organization, dedicated volunteers and a revitalizing community. That synergy spurred our members, board and staff to exceed the majority of our goals. Thank you for your support in making these impacts a reality: • Board and membership successfully lobbied in support of RED as the developer of record for the demolition and reconstruction of Truman Corners Shopping Center. • Hosted a first-ever Washington, DC Flyin with three area chambers to share member concerns with our federal legislators. • Successfully supported Grandview C-4 efforts for GHS Stadium Improvements and celebrated progress at an Open House. • Promoted Grandview’s positives through the expanded Music on Main — attended by 4500 people — and assisted City staff in planning and producing a rebranded Truman Heritage Festival. • Produced in-house an expanded Member Directory & Community Profile.

Member Breakdown by Employee Count

2011-2012 Revenues $230,874

2011-2012 Expenses $230,976

Shared Grandview’s benefits and support with 44 new investors, 218 personal business visits and 48 business assists regarding retention, expansion, workforce, marketing & related issues. Sandy Kessinger 2012 Chairman of the Board

By The Numbers • • • •

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263 Members 44 New Members 42 EDC Investors 18 Ribbon Cuttings & Ground Breakings 48 Business Assists 129 Volunteers 6 Signature Events, 9 Luncheons, 12 Morning Connections, 1 Breakfast, 2 Networking Programs, and 3 Seminars produced

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City of Grandview Grandview C-4 Schools Jackson County Water Supply District #1 Eastern Jack Development Alliance Eastland Community Foundation Full Employment Council KCADC MAKO--MO/AK/KS/OK Chambers Missouri Chamber U.S. Chamber & ACCE Grandview Education Foundation Grandview Assistance Program Grandview Centennial Planning Grandview Historical Society Grandview Non-Profit Group Grandview TIF Commission Jackson County Regional Transit Coalition ReDiscover Salvation Army Superintendent’s Community Advisory Council Wayside Waifs

Task Force Benchmarks 2012

Chamber All Stars—Brad Vancura, Executive Printing (Chair) • Hosted 14 Ribbon Cuttings for Missouri Office Systems & Supplies, Café Main, Aaron’s Rents, Encompass/Carondelet Medical Center, Mike’s Auto, Alber’s Pharmacy, ReadyArt, Cerny Assessments, Glad Heart Realty, Marketplace Justice, Village at Carroll Park, Joe Accurso Catering, and Missouri Rhythm Basketball. • Participated in a Ground Breaking for Wayside Waifs expansion. • Celebrated new infrastructure for Grandview’s Main Street, Belton Regional Hospital expansion, and installation of turf at Grandview High School. • Personally visited 91% of the membership during Operation Thank You. • 130+ members and prospects personally visited by staff. Government Relations—Merley McMurry, KCP&L (Chair) • Developed the 2012 Legislative Priorities with emphasis on Transportation and Economic Development. • Hosted 6 Legislative Breakfasts featuring state and local elected officials. • Sponsored a regional trip to Jefferson City (Grandview/South KC/Blue Springs) • Hosted a first-ever Washington, DD Fly-In to meet with federal legislators. Golf—Allen Meyer, McGilley & George Funeral Home (Chair) • Expanded on new golf tournament format including lunch and dinner. • Hosted a record 124 players for 25th Anniversary of the event. • Engaged 85 sponsors and 20 volunteers. Music On Main 2012—Guy Raynor, Sound Check Enterprises (Chair) • Produced 9th Annual signature community festival which brought in the largest crowd ever of 4,500 participants. • Upgraded the event with 5 live regional & national bands, 55 sponsors, 60 volunteers, 15 vendors, and an expanded Kids Zone with inflatables, • Final celebration for Grandview’s 100th Birthday and kick-off for new Main Street Economic Development Council—Aaron Martin, JobOne Chair) • Held 60 face-to-face meetings with area businesses and assisted 48 with various information including sales, marketing, incentives, growth, start-up, workforce and community involvement. • Sponsored 3 EDC luncheons featuring Honeywell, 150 Corridor Expansion, and Annual Business Recognition. • Participated in SIOR Development Day. • Co-hosted an Eastern Jackson County Manufacturers Roundtable. • Produced a new Eastern Jackson County/Grandview By the Numbers demographic report. Thank you to our Major EDC Investors: City of Grandview, Jackson County Water Supply District #1, KCP&L, Peterson Manufacturing Co. and Grandview C-4 Schools!

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