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December 2010

The Official Newsletter of the Lee's Summit Chamber

Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce

2011 ANNUAL DINNER What will YOU bring to the table?

Mark your calendar for the Lee’s Summit Chamber event of the year and plan to join us for an eclectic evening featuring an auction, awards and the new Tablescape Design Challenge! This year’s Annual Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, January 29 at 6 p.m. at the Pavilion at John Knox Village. Don’t miss your chance to get involved with the event in one of the following ways:

New this Year: Tablescape Design Challenge

This is your opportunity to gain recognition for your business and show your creative side by providing centerpieces for one of the guest tables at the event. Guests will vote on their favorite tablescape at the event, and the designers of the winning table will receive a free Chamber publicity package! Participation is free-of-charge. Applications to enter the challenge can be found online at The deadline to enter is Friday, January 7.

Donate to the Auction

If you would like to bring something to the table this year by donating an item for the auction, please contact Chrissy at You can donate a product or service from your own business, or purchase an item from another memberbusiness and donate that instead. By donating an item, you will not only receive recognition within the program and on the auction table, but you’ll be supporting the Chamber through this fundraiser. The deadline for contributions is Friday, January 21.

Entertainment Sponsor: $1000

Gain high visibility for your business when you step up to the plate as the official entertainment sponsor. This exclusive sponsorship receives recognition in the program, announcement from the podium, two seats to the dinner and a story in the Annual Dinner newspaper insert. This sponsorship is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For additional information about any of these opportunities, contact Chrissy at or 816-524-2424. Formal invitations with reply cards will be mailed by early January. P 816-524-2424 F 816-524-5246 220 SE Main, Lee's Summit, MO 64063

Thank You to Our Event Sponsor We create opportunities for business success through networking, advocacy, and business and professional development.

2010 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mark Parrish, Chair Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys Lynn Hinkle, Chair Elect Great Southern Bank Diane Forte, Secretary-Treasurer Dean's Trophies, Shirts & Awards Kurt Lutz, Chair Emeritis Hawthorn Bank Matt Baird, Community Development & Events Paradise Park, Inc. Damond Boatwright, Business & Economic Development Lee's Summit Medical Center Julie Doane, Membership Development Missouri Central Credit Union Michael Blau Farmers Insurance & Financial Services Carole Culbertson Culbertson Property Management, LLC Becky Freetly-Graber candid marketing agency Bob Glaser Summit Bank of Kansas City Steve Gouldsmith (in memory of) First Star Financial Group Melinda Hadley-deBoer The Culture Coaches Geoff Hill Paradise Park, Inc. Carolyn McKnight University of Central Missouri-Summit Center Jane Monroe Gomer's Fine Wine & Spirits Dr. Emmanuel Ngomsi All World Languages & Cultures, Inc. Robert Pendland Acceleration Dan Rexroth John Knox Village Alicia Ruhl Design Pfile Debbie Starke Eastland Community Foundation Jeffrey Williams Heritage Companies EX-OFFICIOS Mr. Steve Arbo City Manager Dr. Fred Grogan MCC - Longview Dr. David McGehee Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Randy Rhoads, Mayor City of Lee’s Summit COUNSEL Carl Chinnery Chinnery Evans & Nail, PC OFFICE STAFF Nancy Bruns - President Mark Dickey - Vice President Cathy Young - Director of Member Services Chrissy Symes - Director of Special Events Gina Seibel - Director of Communications Kathy LeChien - Administrative Assistant Nedra Hoover - Bookkeeper Marilyn Pemberton - Part-time Assistant

Who are You Calling Small? December 7, 2010 • 3:30–4:30 p.m. • John Knox Village, Manhattan Room Presenter: Paul Weber - Entrepreneur Advertising Group Sponsor: Morrow, Willnauer & Klosterman, Church L.L.C. How much can you learn about marketing your business in an hour? The answer: A lot, when you have a structured roadmap to follow. Paul Weber of EAG will lead you through the five steps that will help you improve your brand message, better target your customers, build greater awareness, increase sales and retain customers. Weber helps small businesses learn from the big-brands, introducing creative ideas that any size business can implement. Register for this free seminar online at under the Calendar of Events tab.

Monthly Membership Luncheon • Dec. 17 MCC-Longview • 500 SW Longview Road 11:30-11:45 a.m. Networking • 11:45 a.m. Buffet Opens Get a chance to give a free one-minute commercial about your business! All attendees will have the opportunity to have their business card placed in a drawing and approximately 25-30 names will be drawn to give their commercial. Come share and learn about all the great members of the Chamber! Reservations can be made online at under the Calendar of Events tab, or by calling 816-524-2424. Deadline is December 15 at 5 p.m. Registration is required. Sponsored by Lee’s Summit CARES

$100 Million Business-Loan Program Hoping to break a nearly two-year-old standoff between lenders and prospective borrowers, the state of Missouri has joined forces with its largest bank to launch a $100 million business-loan program. The alliance with Commerce Bank will mean roughly $40 million in lending power in the Kansas City market, said Kevin Barth, regional president for Commerce. The rest of the money will be apportioned in St. Louis and elsewhere in the state. Commerce will act as lending agent for the low-interest loans issued through the Missouri Linked Deposit Program, which has authorized nearly $400 million in small business owners and agricultural loans since Governor Jay Nixon took office in January 2009.

Article courtesy of Ingram’s magazine

It’s the Festive Event of the Season! Hosted by the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce & Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council Wednesday, December 1, from 5–7 p.m. Longview Mansion, 3361 SW Longview Road Please bring a non-perishable food item or a monetary donation to be given to Lee’s Summit Social Services. Adults only, please.

Members Making Waves Don Kahan Motors Wins First Ethics in Business Award The Lee’s Summit Ethics Committee presented the first Lee’s Summit Ethics in Business Award at the November Chamber luncheon. This year’s recipient was Don Kahan Motors. Don Kahan is one of Lee’s Summit’s own philanthropists. He is one of the original financial supporters and an active member in the Business Sector of the Community of Character. He funded the publishing and the distribution of the book Character Connections. Kahan is on the board of Lee’s Summit

Social Services. Geneva High, director of Lee’s Summit Social Services states,“Don is always willing to help. I count on him for the very best advice. He always has input and puts a lot of thought into the help he gives. Those programs that he gives his time or donations to are quality programs. He is a very ethical person.”

Members of Lee’s Summit CARES, the Chamber, Eastland Community Foundation, Lee’s Summit Rotary, Human Asset Imaging Institute and MCC-Longview formed the Lee’s Summit Ethics Committee. The mission of the committee is to foster a culture of ethical and socially responsible business practices in Lee’s Summit.

Chamber Young Professionals Organize Costumes for a Cause Collection The Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals (YPs) invited the community to donate their gently used Halloween costumes. Each quarter the Chamber YPs complete a community service project. Three out of the four projects are done with member businesses, while one non-member project is selected to further increase the YPs outreach efforts. After speaking with

the staff at Operation Breakthrough, the planning committee loved the idea of a costume drive. Every October, Operation Breakthrough provides a Halloween costume to every enrolled child, which the children wear for special events at the center and then take home to wear for other Halloween events with their families. Since Halloween has come and gone, the group thought what better time to donate those old costumes? Costume donations were collected for two weeks at the following Lee’s Summit Chamber Member businesses:

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A Flip Zone/Shockwave Cheer, Great Southern Bank Lee’s Summit Hy-Vee stores Morehead Agency, LLC,

Four Member Banks Rank in the Top 10 in Volume for Small Business Loans Congratulations to the following four member banks for making the top 10 list in volume for small business loans in the Kansas City Area.

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#2 UMB Bank- $9.8 million #3 Summit Bank of Kansas City- $9.6 million #5 U.S. Bank, SBA Division- $6.3 million #7 Commerce Bank- $3.4 million

A complete list of the top 25 banks in the Kansas City area can be found in the November Issue of Ingram’s magazine.

• Paradise Park, Inc. • Rejuvenate Mind Body Wellness Center

• Steppin’ Out – The Studio The YPs were able to several costumes and will be delivering them during their day of service at Operation Breakthrough on December 2. The Lee’s Summit Chamber Young Professionals group was founded in 2007 to provide increased networking opportunities, personal and professional development, civic engagement and lasting relationships for Chamber members between the ages of 21-35. For additional information regarding the Young Professionals contact Gina at gseibel@lschamber or 816-524-2424.

PSC to Hold Public Hearing in Lee’s Summit The Missouri Public Service Comission will host a public hearing in Lee’s Summit on the proposed KCP&L electric rate increases. The hearing will be on December 8 at Lee’s Summit North High School, 901 NE Douglas Street, at 5:30 p.m. If you wish to comment or need further information, you may contact the Office of the Public Counsel, P.O. Box 2230, Jefferson City, MO 65102-2230; telephone 1-866-922-2959; email or the Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, MO 65102; telephone 1-800-392-4211; email

Have news about you or your business that you would like to share? Send press releases and photos for consideration to

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS Berry Jennings State Farm Insurance L & K Realty Lee’s Summit Medical Center John Knox Village Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport ABI Corporation Comcast Cable MO. Division of Workforce Development Talley’s T.G. Auto Body, Inc. Summit East Plaza Apartments Gale Communities, Inc. McDonald’s – PBI Industries, Inc. Sean Murray Missouri Central Credit Union ServiceMark Telecom L.L.C. SecurityOne Services, Inc. Space Center Kansas City, Inc. Excel Bank Nine Moons Gallery Spilker McKeone & Nelson P.C. Home Builders Association Hess Roofing Company Hy-Vee, Inc.-East Lee’s Summit Honda Ross Miller Cleaners Super 8 Motel Cameron’s, Inc. Comfort Inn & Suites A & D Heating & Cooling American Foodservice

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Environmental Specialists, Inc. The Filling Station BBQ Restaurant Flooring & More Concepts Julia Hampton C.P.A., P.C. Insurance & Benefits Group, L.L.C. Kansas City Neurology Associates Lee’s Summit Cares Lee’s Summit Community Christian School Rotary Club of Lee’s Summit Fender Family Dentistry First Community Bank Hutton Glass Products, Inc. Lee’s Summit Sunrise Rotary Our Lady of the Presentation Early Childhood Center Show-Me Presentation Resources Randy’s Lakeview Nursery & Stone Summit Computer Solutions Institute on Life Transition Janet L. Sanders, Attorney James D. Schuette, D.D.S., P.C. State Farm Insurance-Owens Union Bank Wells Fargo Home Mortgage The Manor Homes of Arborwalk Columbia College – Kansas City Design Pfile Equity Bank Haynes Benefits P.C. Nash & Franciskato Law Firm

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Integrity Home Care Rejuvenate Chiropractic Center Edward Jones Investments – Anne Pedersen, CFP® KC Admin Service LaserCycle LK Communications, L.L.C. National Research Center for College & University Admissions Rejuvenate Mind Body Wellness Center Summit Shoe Service, L.L.C. American Duct Cleaning, Inc. Coffee News Lee’s Summit Embrace the Grape Beverage Catering James Engle Custom Homes Get It Done Consulting - Your HR Solutions Partner Hays Companies of Kansas City Steven C. Krueger Legal Services L.L.C. Lee’s Summit Family Care Lintecum & Nickell P.C. Midwest ADP, Inc. Ms. VBA L.L.C. Realty Executives of Kansas City – Tim & Jana Allen Roxberry Juice Co. Vital Signs

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Citizens Academy Gives Residents Opportunity to Learn About City Government In an effort to promote understanding of local government and to foster future community leaders, the city of Lee’s Summit created a Citizens Academy for residents of Lee’s Summit. The program is a goal of the Local Government Key Performance Area of the City’s strategic planning process, Lee’s Summit 360°: Charting Tomorrow. The Citizens Academy is free and open to Lee’s Summit residents who want to gain better insight into the operations of City government and to prepare for greater involvement in the community’s leadership. The Citizens Academy is meant to complement leadership training programs and academies already offered in the community, such as Leadership Lee’s Summit, a program of the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce; the Citizens Police Academy presented by the Lee’s Summit Police Department; and

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Fire Ops 101 presented by the Lee’s Summit Fire Department. The Citizens Academy, held once a year, will consist of seven sessions, from 8:15 a.m.–noon, twice a month on Saturdays at various City facilities. The first class will be January 8 and the last class will be April 2, 2011. The program is interactive, with participants working on either a development or redevelopment project that will eventually be presented to a mock City Council for approval. City staff will work with the participants throughout the program to answer questions and guide them through the municipal process. If you are interested in participating in the Citizens Academy, download the application from the City’s website, by clicking the “Main” site

and looking for the “News” box. You may also pick up an application in the City Clerk’s Office in Lee’s Summit City Hall, 220 SE Green Street.

Chamber to Offer Online Sustainable Business Designation Chamber members will soon have the opportunity to identify themselves as a “sustainable” business on the Chamber’s online directory. For a $25 one-time processing and posting expense, the Chamber will include the insignia above the member business listing as a way to inform associates and customers of their green business practice. What qualifies as a sustainable business? Well, it’s a relatively easy set of standards. A business must, at a

minimum, do one of the following:

• Institute energy conservation

measures within the office environment and/or operations of the business. • Build and/or retrofit energyconscious upgrades into the physical structure. • Provide energy conservation consulting/construction-related services. • Develop, manufacture, distribute and/or sell energy conservation products. “This is a great opportunity for our members to be recognized for their contributions and efforts in becoming a smart, efficient and ultimately sustainable business,” said Rick

Kuhl, chairman of the Chamber’s Business Sustainability Committee. “Environmental awareness and stewardship is important to consumers, as well as members doing business with members. In the next few weeks, Chamber members will receive an inquiry with an accompanying application to sign-up as a designated sustainable business. Once approved, the Web directory listing will receive its sustainable business insignia. For additional information please contact Mark Dickey, mdickey@ or 816-524-2424. A service of the Chamber’s Business Sustainability Committee

Lee’s Summit Chamber Community Health Fair The Chamber, in conjunction with Legacy Park Birthday Bash, will host a Community Health Fair on January 8 from 9 a.m.–noon at Legacy Park Community Center, 901 NE Bluestem Road. This event is free and open to the public. The Health Fair consists of health information and free screenings from area hospitals and medical businesses. Screenings include blood sugar, blood

pressure, bone density, cholesterol, diabetes, nutrition, posture, visual acuity and much more.

and more. For more information on the Health Fair, call 816-524-2424, and for all other events, call 816-969-1500

Legacy Park Community Center will be open to the public free of charge from 7 a.m.–5 p.m., for its birthday celebration, all courtesy of the Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation Department. Enjoy open swim, gym and play! The event will also include special guests, entertainment, snacks

Call Presence... What is it? Call presence, it’s a buzz word in the world of telecom today. Have you heard of it? If not, you probably haven’t upgraded your telecommunications system in the last few years. Call presence allows co-workers to view your current availability. Prior to presence, staff would look on the phone terminal to see if their co-worker’s phone extension was occupied. Call presence does that. In addition, call presence has the capability to give you much more information. You can have icons which appear next to each person’s extension and name. These icons give information about where that party is or what they

are doing. For example if you’re on vacation, coworkers might see a bright colored umbrella next to your name reminding them that your at the beach or somewhere wonderful. You could hover over the icon and get more detail, (Expected return date of December 10, 8 a.m.) Call presence let’s you know if the party you are trying to reach is in a meeting, sick, gone for the day, available, not available or on the phone. You can even take it as far as knowing that the party you are trying to reach is in the office, but not currently at their desk. When the person uses their phone or keyboard the presence changes to show that they are in the office and at

their desk. With the growing demand to stay connected, users can change their presence when out of the office via a smart phone. For example, if someone is in a taxi and has time to talk they can change their presence to available and set calls to forward to their cell or put in a note saying “try me on my cell”. Want to learn more? Inquire within the Technology Linkedin Group at by Kyle Batts -ShopT1Service, Inc. a service of the Lee’s Summit Chamber’s Technology Committee

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS All State Mechanical, Inc. Robert Rimel 12604 N 6TH STREET GRANDVIEW, MO 64030 (816) 765-2233 Fax: (816) 765-2260

Kansas City Master Companies, Inc. Chris Muehlbach 13501 ARRINGTON ROAD GRANDVIEW, MO 64030-2882 (816) 763-1500 Fax: (816) 763-2867

Executive Lending Group, L.L.C. Sherri Moriarty 6 SW 2ND STREET, #107 LEE’S SUMMIT, MO 64063 (816) 554-6669 Fax: (816) 554-6670

Mid America Coach, Inc. Peter Beren 8809 EAST 350 HIGHWAY RAYTOWN, MO 64133 (816) 734-5000 Fax: (816) 734-5090

Fatboy Electric Ben Stallings 11517 HICKMAN MILLS DRIVE KANSAS CITY, MO 64134 (816) 861-6600 Fax: (816) 861-6606

Miller Lawn & Landscape Brett Miller PO BOX 1005 LEE’S SUMMIT, MO 64063 (816) 737-8733 Fax:

Global Verge Inc. Mark Petschel 200 NE MISSOURI ROAD, #202 LEE’S SUMMIT, MO 64086 (816) 875-3213 Fax: (816) 817-0522

OxiArmor, Inc. - Anti-Microbial Services Mike King 1284 NE SLOAN STREET LEE’S SUMMIT, MO 64086 (816) 554-0900 Fax: (816) 554-0900

GM Peters Insurance Chris Francka 11 N WATER STREET LIBERTY, MO 64068 (816) 781-4922 Fax: (816) 781-8050

Pardun Family Chiropractic, P.C. Michael Pardun, D.C. 3650 SW US 40 HIGHWAY BLUE SPRINGS, MO 64015 (816) 229-8777 Fax: (816) 229-8798

Hometown Insurance Agency, L.L.C. Janice Jacoby 20101 E JACKSON DRIVE, SUITE B INDEPENDENCE, MO 64057 (816) 795-7200 Fax: (816) 533-7105

Primary Care Plus Kristy Surratt, RN, BSN, MA 2741 NE MCBAINE DRIVE, #A LEE’S SUMMIT, MO 64064 (816) 994-1000 Fax: (816) 994-1001

For a complete list of members, visit

Pro Deo Youth Center Andrew & Kylie Ewing PO BOX 6742 LEE’S SUMMIT, MO 64064 (816) 246-0203 Suchman, Kelly D.D.S., P.C. Kelly Suchman 209 NW BLUE PARKWAY LEE’S SUMMIT, MO 64063 (816) 246-5444 Fax: (816) 246-0311 Y.E.S! Kids Fitness Michael S. Cardinale 1251 NE RICE ROAD LEE’S SUMMIT, MO 64086 (816) 695-7827 Fax: (816) 246-0068

KINDNESS Lee’s Summit Cares Character Trait of the Month To act humanely, be considerate of others • I listen fully to people to understand their message. • I do my best to see things from someone else’s perspective. • I give advice when asked. • I adjust my approach to the emotional state of others. • I am kind to my colleagues and friends. • I value people even when I disagree with them. • I feel valued in my workplace. To learn more about the Lee’s Summit Community of Character initiative visit


Rumors Steakhouse celebrated a ribbon cutting with Chamber members at 4835 NE Lakewood Way.

Noe’s Jewelry, Inc. held a ribbon cutting celebration at 512 SE 291 Highway.

Home Instead Senior Care and Chamber members celebrated a ribbon cutting at 233 SE Main Street.

Chamber members joined Buckle, for a ribbon cutting at 880 NW Blue Parkway at Summit Fair.

The Approach to a Healthy Body Dec. 14 • 7:30–8:30 a.m. John Knox Village -Courtyard B Presenter: Mike Mathis, KC Sports Lodge Sponsor: Heritage Companies

Any Lab Test Now held a ribbon cutting celebration at 32 NE Sycamore Street.

Physical fitness is an integral part of overall good health, and is attained through regular exercise, eating a balanced diet and getting the right amount of rest. Our ability to manage our hectic personal and professional schedules and our eating habits is critical to our happiness and wellbeing. Mike Mathis of the KC Sports Lodge will be on hand to assist you in managing your physical fitness and dieting through proven, long-standing techniques. Attend this seminar and get yourself on the right track for 2011. Register for this free seminar online at

DECEMBER 2010 December 1 • 8a.m., Technology Committee meeting, Depot • 5–7 p.m., Holiday Reception, Longview Mansion, 3361 SW Longview Road

Current Resident

December 2 • 7:30 a.m., Health Care Committee meeting, TMC Lakewood • 8 a.m., Business Sustainability Committee meeting, Depot • Noon, Ambassador Committee meeting, Depot December 3 • 1 p.m., Ribbon Cutting- Y.E.S! Kids Fitness, 1251 NE Rice Road December 7 • 3:30–4:30 p.m., Recess for Success, TOPIC: Who are You Calling Small? PRESENTER: Paul Weber-Entreprenuer Advertising Group SPONSOR: Morow, Willnauer & Klosterman, Church L.L.C. LOCATION: John Knox Village - Manhattan Room December 8 • Noon, Emerging Entrepreneurs Committee meeting, Depot December 9 • 7:30 a.m., Executive Committee meeting, Depot • 4:30–6 p.m., Business After Hours, Metcalf Bank, 609 NE M-291 Highway December 13 • 4 p.m., Annual Dinner Task Force meeting, Depot December 14 • 7:30–8:30, Wake Up to Success, TOPIC: The Approach to a Healthy Body PRESENTER: Mike Mathis, KC Sports Lodge. SPONSOR: Heritage Companies. LOCATION: John Knox Village - Courtyard B December 15 • 8 a.m., Education Committee meeting, Depot • Noon, Board of Directors meeting, Truman Medical Center Lakewood, 7900 Lee’s Summit Road December 16 • 4:30–6 p.m., Chamber Young Professionals Holiday Hurrah, Mingle, 209 SE Main Street. (planning committee meets at 4 p.m.) December 17 • 7:30 a.m., Governmental Relations Committee meeting, John Knox Village - Manhattan Room, Chipman Road & Jacob Drive • 11:30 a.m., Monthly Membership Luncheon, PROGRAM: Member Commercials. SPONSOR: Lee’s Summit Cares. LOCATION: MCC- Longview, 500 SW Longview Road December 21 • 11:30 a.m.,Business Development Council meeting, Depot December 24 • Chamber office closed December 31 • Chamber office closed

Business After Hours December 9, 2010 Metcalf Bank 609 NE M-291 Highway 4:30–6 p.m.


Great Southern Bank Humana Health Plan, Inc. KCP&L Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys


Bank of Lee’s Summit Discover Vision Centers DVA Enterprises, Inc. First Community Bank HSMC, Certified Public Accountants, PC John Knox Village Matt A. Niewald, D.D.S., L.L.C. Metcalf Bank Paradise Park, Inc. Summit Bank of Kansas City UCM-Summit Center


Allee & Company, CPA Avila University candid marketing & communications Dean’s Trophies, Shirts & Awards Encore Web Works, Inc. Excel Bank Hawthorn Bank KC Metro Insurance Agency Lee’s Summit Journal Mazuma Credit Union Missouri Central Credit Union New Age Graphics Parker Swearngin, LLC Pfizer Animal Health Robert Brooks Agency, American Family Technology Plus, Inc. The Culture Coaches The Wilson Group, Inc. Wal-Mart

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