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Mike Allen & Julie Doane Named Dancing with the Chamber Stars Champions! On Friday, October 28, 2011, over 300 people attended the Chamber luncheon to cheer on eight couples at the first Dancing with the Chamber Stars event. Mike Allen, Cornerstone Financial Group and Julie Doane, Missouri Central Credit Union were named the 2011 champions. Together this dancing duo raised the most money for the Lee’s Summit Chamber Educational Fund. All together the dancers raised $12,645 for the fund. “Ecstatic doesn’t even begin to explain how thrilled I am with the success of our first Dancing with the Chamber Stars event,” said Phyllis Balagna with Steppin’ Out - The Studio and 2011 Education Committee chair. “We are so lucky to have such a caring community, from the dancers to all those that pledged money. These funds will allow our chamber to continue to provide high school scholarships.” Each spring the Lee’s Summit Chamber’s Education Committee awards $1000

scholarships to four high school seniors. One scholarship winner is selected from each of the three Lee’s Summit high schools, and one is selected from a school outside of the district. One of the parents of each recipient must be a full-time employee of a Chamber member business. When asked what being named Dancing with the Chamber Stars Champions meant to the winners, here’s what they had to say: “It was great to be a part of this event that brought together our great community to raise funds to help support our schools,” said the dancing duo of Mike and Julie. “Although we may not be able to raise all the moves, we can certainly raise some moolah!” Ryan Rostine, Longview Farm Elementary and Laura Maxwell, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District won a special prize for being the judges’ favorite.


2011 BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS Lynn Hinkle, Chair Great Southern Bank Diane Forte, Chair-Elect Dean’s Trophies, Shirts & Awards Damond Boatwright, Treasurer Lee’s Summit Medical Center Mark Parrish, Chair Emeritis Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys VICE CHAIRS Melinda Hadley-deBoer, Membership Development The Culture Coaches Geoff Hill, Community Development Aircraft Electronics Association Carolyn McKnight, Economic Development University of Central Missouri BOARD MEMBERS John Beaudoin Lee’s Summit Journal Bill Baird Infinity Realty Michael Blau Farmers Insurance & Financial Services Carole Culbertson Culbertson Properties Management, LLC Vicky Cundiff Turf’s Up-Weed Man Julie Doane Missouri Central Credit Union Bob Glaser Summit Bank of Kansas City Rodney McBride John Knox Village Jane Monroe Embrace the Grape Beverage Catering Dr. Emmanuel Ngomsi All World Languages & Cultures Robert Pendland CE2L-Certified Energy/Environmental Labs Debbie Starke Eastland Community Foundation Joe Stasi Saint Luke’s East-Lee’s Summit Deborah Swank Kansas City Power & Light Jeffrey Williams Heritage Companies EX-OFFICIO Steve Arbo City of Lee’s Summit Carl Chinnery, Legal Counsel Chinnery, Evans & Nail, PC Dr. Fred Grogan MCC-Longview Dr. David McGehee R-7 School District Mayor Randy Rhoads City of Lee’s Summit CHAMBER STAFF Nancy Bruns, President Mark Dickey, Vice President Gina Seibel, Director of Communications Chrissy Symes, Director of Special Events Cathy Young, Director of Member Services Kathy LeChien, Administrative Assistant Nedra Hoover, Bookkeeper Marilyn Pemberton, Part-time Assistant

Entrepreneurs in Motion Breakfast to Feature Keynote Presentation from Boulevard Brewery Founder The Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce is highlighting the spirit of entrepreneurship by hosting the Fifth Annual Entrepreneurs in Motion Breakfast. The event is set for Tuesday, November 15, from 7:45-10 a.m. at the University of Central Missouri, 850 NW Chipman Road, Door #54. Come meet and listen to one of Kansas City’s most successful entrepreneurs, John McDonald, founder and president of Boulevard Brewing Company. McDonald will provide an inspirational/motivational presentation about his story of building a very successful business the trials, tribulations, barriers, and overcoming them. Learn what skills and values he

found helpful in growing a successful business. Participants will enjoy a breakfast buffet, a keynote presentation (including a question and answer session with McDonald) and networking. The cost to attend this event is $25 for members. Interested parties can register online at The Entrepreneurs in Motion Breakfast is sponsored by HSMC Certified Public Accountants, LLC, Kansas City Power & Light and Sprint. This event is a partnership with Global Entrepreneurship Week which boasts nearly 58,000 events throughout the world, involving nearly 11 million people.

Guests will enjoy fall food, fun, a yummy fritatta and Thanksgiving trivia, in addition an abundance of door prizes like never before has been promised.

Join members on November 22 for Cartridge World - Lee’s Summit’s fall abundance celebration from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at 412 SW Ward Road.

CBH is a great way to rise and help your business shine. It's a good idea to bring plenty of business cards for these easygoing, unstructured sessions. RSVP online at under the Calendar of Events tab.

Members Making Waves TMC Welcomes a “New Baby” The new TMC Lakewood Family Birthplace is officially open. Designed to bring happy and healthy beginnings to young families in Eastern Jackson County, this facility is outfitted with the most technologically advanced equipment and offers modern amenities sought by today's savvy moms. Coupled with the high quality care, the TMC Lakewood Family Birthplace provides the optimal family-centered birthing services in a comfortable environment.

"Our patients, our caregivers and our supporters are pleased that this new facility is open and available to serve families in our community."

"The completion of the Lakewood Family Birthplace gives Truman Medical Center one of the most modern and technologically advanced labor and delivery units in the Kansas City metro area, right here in Eastern Jackson County," said Charlie Shields, TMC Lakewood Chief Operating Officer.

• Two new operating rooms • An upgraded four-bed patient triage area • A large nursery with a separate isolation area • Murphy beds for families • Personalized services (like facial

Conveniently located on the first floor of the hospital, easily accessible from the main entrance and the Emergency Department, the new 19,290 square-foot Lakewood Family Birthplace features:

massages) for mom • WiFi and flatscreen televisions This project was made possible thanks to contributions by generous donors and supporters. If you would like to tour the new TMC Lakewood Family Birthplace, please contact the Foundation office at 816.404.3430.

Monica’s School of Dance to Perform at Christmas in the Sky Monica’s School of Dance is excited to once again be performing at the annual Christmas in the Sky event. Christmas in the Sky is presented by the Jackson County Parks and Recreation and 99.7 The Point.

Christmas in the Sky includes the Fantastic Fireworks show synchronized to holiday music immediately following Monica’s show. For more information visit MonicaSchoolof or 816-246-6776.

This year’s event will be Wednesday, November 23. Stage shows will start at 5:30 p.m. at Longview Lake Beach.

Great Southern Bank Acquires 27 Bank Locations in Missouri Great Southern Bank, a subsidiary of Great Southern Bancorp, Inc. acquired Sun Security Bank on Oct. 7, 2011. Great Southern acquired 27 locations throughout 15 counties in central and southern Missouri and approximately $287 million of deposits from Sun Security. “We are excited to continue to grow our footprint across Missouri,” commented Lynn Hinkle, Regional Manager for Great Southern Bank. “We have served Missouri customers for

more than 88 years with a deep commitment to building winning relationships.” Headquartered in Springfield, Mo., Great Southern offers banking, investment, insurance and travel services. Great Southern operates two fullservice banking centers in the Lee’s Summit area with a total of 103 retail banking centers and more than 200 ATMs in Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas,

Iowa and Nebraska. Great Southern Bancorp is a public company and its common stock (ticker: GSBC) is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select stock exchange.

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Save the Date: December 7, 2011 Annual Holiday Reception Longview Mansion • 5–7 p.m. 3361 SW Longview Road, Lee’s Summit, MO Henry’s Antiques, Collectibles and Tea Room, 401 SE Douglas Street, invites you to stroll down Christmas Memory Lane on November 10 from 4:30–6 p.m. Meet new Chamber friends and exchange business cards while you enjoy holiday cocktails, mocktails and canapes prepared in their kitchen. Everyone who attends the event receives a 50 percent discount card good on any one item from Henry’s Antiques until the end of the year.

Please bring a nonperishable food item or a monetary donation to be given to Lee’s Summit Social Services. Adults only, please. Register online at under the Calendar of Events tab.

RENEWALS Pfizer Global Supply 38 L & K Realty 35 William Luther, D.D.S. 33 Diamond Muffler & Brake, Inc. 31 Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport 30 Coffelt Land Title, Inc. 22 Stemlock, Inc. 22 Summit Litho, Inc. 21 UMB Bank-Rice Road 21 Integral Construction 20 Services, Inc. Sean Murray 19 RC Energy 16 SecurityOne Services, Inc. 16 Diodes FabTech, Inc. 15 Hy-Vee, Inc.-West 15 Excel Bank 13 Lewis Law Office, P.C. 13 Nine Moons Gallery 13 FreeStyle Graphics 12 Mid-America Trade Adjustment 12 Kastle Grinding, L.L.C. 11 University of Central 11 Missouri-Summit Center Professional Cleaning 10 Adams Pointe Conference Center 9 Alterra Bank 9 B & L Plumbing Service, Inc. 9 Bill & Hillory Baird- 9 Platinum Realty Bliss Associates, L.L.C. 9 Chipman Road Animal Clinic 9 Consolidated Services, Inc. 9 Flooring & More Concepts 9 Julia E. Hampton-Olinger, 9 CPA, PC Harmon Floor Covering, Inc. 9 Langsford Development Co. 9 Marian’s Kids 9

Plaas Associates, Inc. 9 Rotary Club of Lee’s Summit 9 Summit Christian Academy 9 Summit Endodontics 9 Summit Solutions, Inc. 9 Celebration Party Rentals, Inc. 8 Emerald Printing & Design, Inc. 8 Fender Family Dentistry 8 Lee’s Summit Social Services 8 Lee’s Summit Sunrise Rotary Club 8 Marshall’s Lawn Service, Inc. 8 Our Lady of the Presentation 8 Early Childhood Center Schmidt, Cornish & Smith, 8 C.P.A.’s Silverstein Eye Centers 8 The Portable Chef 8 US Bank-Douglas 8 Lysaght and Lynn Entertainment 7 Great Southern Bank-Ward Road 6 Lee’s Summit Symphony 6 Orchestra Williams Spurgeon Kuhl & 6 Freshnock Architects Akira Spa & Salon, L.L.C. 5 Columbia College-Kansas City 5 Jason’s Deli 5 Legal Center for New 5 Families LLC St. Mary’s Medical Center 5 Children’s Mercy Hospitals 4 and Clinics Drayton W. Riley State 4 Farm Agency The Kiernan Companies 4 Constable Sanitation 3 Lee’s Summit Total Auto Care 3 Midwest Bankruptcy Litigation 3 Center, LLC

SipVine, Inc. 3 Trudy Beard CPA PC 3 Altieri, Kelly & Symonds LLC 2 American Duct Cleaning, Inc. 2 Benefit Brokers, L.L.C. 2 Country Club Bank 2 Great Southern Bank- 2 Todd George Lee’s Summit Downtown 2 Rotary Club Servpro of Lee’s Summit 2 State Representative Kevin 2 McManus Staybridge Suites Kansas 2 City-Independence Verizon Wireless-Wireless Zone 2 Vital Signs 2 Arrowhead Yacht Club 1 Buckle 1 Eagle Fluid Power, Inc. 1 Emerick & Company, CPA’s 1 Family Care at Arbor Walk 1 Family Health Specialists of 1 Lee’s Summit Focus Media 1 Home Instead Senior Care 1 Hubbard & Ardebili, LLC-Ardebili 1 Hubbard & Ardebili, LLC 1 -Hubbard J. Bean’s Restaurant & 1 Gathering Place Mid-Continent Public Library- 1 Colbern Road Branch Mid-West CAD 1 Midwest Sleep Specialists, LLC 1 Midwest Tinting, Inc. 1 Professional Anesthetic Care, Inc. 1 Sideways Smiles Photography, LLC 1 Vibe Marketing Group 1

Chamber Members Lend a Hand in Joplin, Mo. On Tuesday, October 18 over 60 Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce members traveled to Joplin for a day of service. Chamber members were greeted by staff from the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. After a brief tour of the devastated area, it was time for the work to begin. Volunteers helped with various projects including archiving photos, organizing a warehouse pantry, assembling care packages, painting and sheet rocking. Pictured to the right, the volunteers gathered for a group shot in front of a mural designed by the children of Joplin after the tornado.

A Moment with the Mayor

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Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads will once again meet with residents and business owners to chat about the City. “A Moment with the Mayor” will be Saturday, November 5, from 10 a.m.–Noon at the Lee’s Summit Animal Control, 1991 SE Hamblen Rd.

telephone numbers, (while supplies last) to those who stop by the facility.

Individuals are encouraged to stop by the community center to chat oneon-one and to enjoy complimentary coffee and fruit. The Mayor will distribute free water bottles and magnets containing the City’s

For more information about “A Moment with the Mayor,” contact the City’s Administration Department at 816-969-1010.

“I am excited to have an opportunity to sit down with the residents of our community to say hello and to address their questions about the City,” said Mayor Rhoads.

Chamber Monthly Membership Luncheon • Nov. 18 Learning About Our Nonprofit Members 11:30 a.m. • Unity • 1901 NW Blue Pkway

Come learn about all the wonderful work our nonprofit members are doing for our community. This luncheon also features the announcement of this year’s Ethics in Business award winner. Reservations can be made online at under the Chamber Events tab, or by calling 816.524.2424. Deadline to RSVP is November 16 at noon. Registration is required. Sponsor: Eastland Community Foundation

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Amedisys Vanessa Scavuzzo 100 NE MISSOURI ROAD, #202 LEE’S SUMMIT, MO 64086 (816) 524-7355 F: (816) 524-7354 E: American Funding Solutions LLC Kimberly Deveney 601 NW JEFFERSON #6 BLUE SPRINGS, MO 64014 (816) 224-6201 F: (714) 384-7561 E: Custom Engineering, Inc. Joseph T. Davis 12760 EAST US HIGHWAY 40 INDEPENDENCE, MO 64055-5927 (816) 350-1473 F: (816) 350-1579 E: Drury Inn & Suites Trisha Bach 20300 E 42ND STREET S BLUE SPRINGS, MO 64015 (816) 795-9393 F: (855) 655-4253 E: Gregory’s Sunday Brunch & Event Space Dee-Dee Stokes 401 W PINE STREET RAYMORE, MO 64083 (816) 318-4734 F: (816) 322-7564 E: Independence Women’s Clinic Jamie Molt 19550 E 39th STREET, SUITE 300 INDEPENDENCE, MO 64057 (816) 478-0220 Fax: (816) 795-3456

Juicehead Media Owen Cole 200 NE MISSOURI ROAD LEE’S SUMMIT, MO 64086 (816) 251-4675 E: Kansas City Taxi LLC dba 10/10 Taxi Nancy Cipolla 1300 LYDIA KANSAS CITY, MO 64106 (816) 512-5582 F: (816) 512-5521 E: Know The Difference, LLC Barbara Walton, Ph.D. 2651 NW LEE’S SUMMIT ROAD LEE’S SUMMIT, MO 64064 (816) 456-6380 E: Maid for Mutts Melinda Kluck 2417 SE 7TH STREET LEE’S SUMMIT, MO 64063 (816) 589-8058 E: Peoples Bank Home Loans Cindy Morgan 204 NW McNARY COURT LEE’S SUMMIT, MO 64086 (816) 347-0554 F: (816) 347-0858 E: Phoenix Specialties Co., Inc. John Marek 18220 E 18TH TERRACE COURT SOUTH INDEPENDENCE, MO 64057 (816) 833-0332 F: (816) 461-0241 E:

Jeanine Rann (816) 510-7260 E: Signature Behavioral Healthcare Gloria Nepote 4031 NE LAKEWOOD WAY, #100 LEE’S SUMMIT, MO 64064 (816) 795-1445 F: (816) 795-1212 E: Spectrum Home Services Margo & Chris Mathewson 217 NW BIRCH LEE’S SUMMIT, MO 64064 (816) 701-6505 F: (816) 350-3170 E: Summit Fair Dental Care Luke Wolniak, DDS 691 NW BLUE PARKWAY LEE’S SUMMIT, MO 64086 (816) 525-2056 F: (816) 525-3890 E: Turf etc. - Authorized SYNLawn Supplier Angela Grego 1314 SW MARKET STREET LEE’S SUMMIT, MO 64081 (816) 886-2747 F: (816) 272-5938 E: The UPS Store Matt Splichal 923 NE WOODS CHAPEL ROAD LEE’S SUMMIT, MO 64064 (816) 524-2245 E:

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Chamber members joined The Lodge, 3753 SW Raintree Drive, for a ribbon cutting celebration.

Classic Contracting, held a ribbon cutting to show off their new location at 501 S Douglas Street.

Chamber members visited with Heater Chiropractic, 724 NW Commerce Road, at a ribbon cutting.

Clear / Laptop Squad, 1663 NE Douglas Street, hosts a ribbon cutting and open house.

Maurices held a ribbon cutting to show off their new Summit Fair location.

Chamber members joined Blue Agave Grill y Tequileria, 1469 SW Market St. for a ribbon cutting celebration and lunch.

NOVEMBER 2011 CALENDAR November 1 • 3:30–4:30 p.m., Recess for Success TOPIC: Discover Your Ideal Target Market PRESENTER: Kevin Dervin, Marketing Action Club LOCATION: John Knox Village - Manhattan Room

November 2 • 8 a.m., Technology Committee meeting, Depot • Noon, Ambassador Committee meeting, Depot • 5–7 p.m., Mega Chamber Office Party & Metro Expo LOCATION: The Pavilion at John Knox Village, 520 NW Murray Road SPONSORS: KCP&L (title sponsor) November 3 • 7:30 a.m., Health Care Committee meeting, Xtreme Family Fitness & Gymnastics • 8 a.m., Business Sustainability Committee meeting, Depot • 4 p.m., Ribbon Cutting, Turf etc.-Authorized SYNLawn Supplier, 1314 SW Market Street November 4 • 8 a.m., Council of Chairs meeting, Depot November 9 • 4:30–6:30 p.m., Ribbon Cutting/Open House - Discover Vision Centers, 425 NW Murrary Road November 10 • 7:30 a.m., Executive Committee meeting • 7:30 a.m., Visitors Council Committee meeting, Grider Home Group-Reece & Nichols Realtors, 1153 NE Rice Road • 4:30–6 p.m., Chamber After Hours, Henry’s Antiques, Collectibles & Tea Room, 401 SE Douglas Street November 15 • 8:30 a.m.–10 a.m., Entrepreneurs in Motion Breakfast PRESENTER: John McDonald, CEO, Boulevard Brewing Company LOCATION: University of Central Missouri, 850 NW Chipman Road, Door 54 SPONSORS: Sprint, KCP&L, HSMC Companies • 11:30 a.m., Business Development Council meeting, Depot • 4 p.m., Ribbon Cutting/Open House - Olinger Financial & Julia Hampton, CPA, 16 SE 3rd Street November 16 • 8 a.m., Education Committee meeting, Steppin’ Out - The Studio, 750 NW Main Street • Noon, Board of Directors meeting, Lee’s Summit Medical Center, 2100 SE Blue Pkwy November 17 • 8 a.m., Holiday Reception Task Force meeting, Depot • 4:30–6 p.m., Chamber Young Professionals Networking Event, Rejuvenate, 400 SW Longview Blvd, #160 (committee at 4 p.m.) • 5–8 p.m., Open House - PODS, 14101 Norby Street, Grandview, MO November 18 • 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: Chamber Member Non-Profit Presentations & Ethics Award SPONSOR: Eastland Community Foundation LOCATION: Unity, 1901 NW Blue Parkway November 22 • 7:30–8:30 a.m., Chamber Before Hours, Cartridge World-Lee’s Summit, 412 SW Ward Road. November 30 • Noon, Membership Committee meeting, Depot • 4–6 p.m., Ribbon Cutting - Strikerz Enternment Center, 18900 E. Valley View Parkway

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American Foodservice Great Southern Bank Humana Health Plans, Inc. Kansas City Power & Light Sprint


Bank of Lee’s Summit Discover Vision Centers DVA Enterprises, Inc. First Community Bank HSMC Companies John Knox Village Lee’s Summit Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep Metcalf Bank Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys Paradise Park, Inc. Saint Luke’s East – Lee’s Summit Summit Bank of Kansas City Truman Medical Center Lakewood University of Central Missouri


Allee & Company, CPA, LLC B Positively Promoting U, inc. Dean's Trophies, Shirts & Awards Excel Bank KC Metro Insurance Agency Lee’s Summit Journal Lee’s Summit Nissan Mazuma Credit Union Missouri Central Credit Union Parker Swearngin, LLP Pfizer Global Supply STS-Summit Technical Solutions, LLC Technology Plus, Inc. The Wilson Group, Inc. Wal-Mart

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