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Northland Voice The

a publication of the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce

volume 20 • issue 9

What’s Inside

September 2012

Missouri Governor as Special Guest for Annual Joint Luncheon

Business After Hours Cascone’s Restaurant & Lounge September 5 | 5pm-7pm ●●● Monthly Luncheon: Annual Joint Luncheon Embassy Suites September 18 | 12:Noon ●●● Networking Breakfast Bridge View Hall North Kansas City September 26 | 7:30am

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will be our keynote speaker There will also be an announcement from Len at the Annual Joint Luncheon, Tuesday, September 18th. Deluca, Director of Ford Commercial Trucks, to give an This is an annual event held in conjunction with Platte update of the Ford’s F-150. Thank you to Ford Motor County Economic Development Council and Clay County Company for sponsoring the Joint Luncheon. Economic Development Council. To register please contact the Northland Regional The luncheon will be held at Embassy Suites-KCI Chamber of Commerce 816/455-9911 or register with registration at 11am and program beginning at online at Seating is limited and 11:30am. Lunch is $30/per person or you may reserve a reservations are strongly encouraged. table of 10 for $350/table of 10.

Legislative Priority Hearings Hosted by Legislative Affairs Committee Thank you Antioch Printing for printing this month’s newsletter in full color. Antioch has donated this service to the Chamber to show our members one example of the services they provide. Thank You!

Businesses, civic organizations, public officials, individuals and other community members seeking Chamber support for local, state and/or federal legislative issues are invited to appear before the Legislative Affairs Committee, Wednesday, September 19 between 1pm-4:30pm at the NRCC office. If you are interested in presenting you must contact the Chamber office to schedule a time. Each presenter will be giving a fifteen-minute time period to speak to the committee. The Legislative Affairs Committee, with the approval from the Board of Directors, will determine which issues to include in our 2013 Legislative Priorities. Issues included will be based on the impact to the Northland’s business climate and quality of life. Contact the NRCC office, 816/455-9911 or, to schedule today.

Membership Mission Statement To enhance the business community, economic growth and quality of life in the Northland.

2012 Officers

Chair Louise Welborn, Northland Community Foundation

Welcome to our New Chamber Members!

Dressbarn Andrea Lantz 9050 NW Skyview Avenue Kansas City, MO 64154 (816) 584-8547

National Bank of Kansas City Brandon Pratt 9750 N Ash Avenue Kansas City, MO 64157 (816) 262-0135 Fax (816) 407-7039

Past Chair Thelma Crawford, S & T Consultant, LLC Chair Elect Dave Mecklenburg, CEK Insurance Treasurer Chris Byrd, Christopher W. Byrd, P.C.

Division Chairs Business Development Rosemary Salerno Zona Rosa

Governmental Affairs Sabin Yanez Cook, Flatt & Strobel Engineers Leadership Bruce Cramer Cramer Capital Management Membership Services Tony Reinhart Ford Motor Company


Chamber President Sheila Tracy Vice President Karla Martinez Events & Communication Coordinator Brianna Hernandez Administrative Coordinator Heather Phillips - Mon-Wed Mary Vogel - Wed-Fri

Thank you for renewing your

Chamber investment this month.

Al J. Mueller Construction Co. AT&T Baker University Colorado Technical University Edwards McDowell Inc. Embassy Landscape Group, Inc Emery Sapp & Sons (ESS) FASTSIGNS HNTB Corporation Jim’s Disposal Services

Konica Minolta McCown Gordon Construction, LLC Molly Maid of North Kansas City North Kansas City Schools S&T Consultant LLC Specturm Station, Inc Trezo Mare Restaurant UMKC Northland Weatherby Lake Improvement Company Westland Landscape Co, Inc

Networking Breakfast Join us for a morning of great business connections and food!

Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce

634 NW Englewood Rd Kansas City MO 64118 Phone 816/455-9911 Fax 816/455-9933 Email The Northland Voice is a monthly publication of the Northland Regional Chamber. Notification of articles, information and advertising is due in the Chamber office by the 10th of the month for the following month’s edition. We reserve the right to edit or rewrite material submitted. Submit any suggestions, comments or questions to Brianna Hernandez at 816/455-9911 or

Buy one entry for $15 and receive one for half off.* A $30 value for $22.50 Wednesday, September 26 Bridge View Hall | NKC 7:30am-8:30am Bring plenty of business cards! *For Chamber members only

September 2012

Chamber News Welcome 2013 Leadership Northland Class

Congratulations to the 2013 Leadership Northland Class. With a class overnight retreat and Session 1 under their belts, this class has already hit the ground running. They had an opportunity to meet with past alumni and heard from great presenters about this unique program. Thanks to Citi for sponsoring the kick-off reception and to UMB for sponsoring the Session 1 lunch. We would like to invite everyone to come and meet the bright faces of the 2013 Class during the September 5th Business After Hours at Cascone’s Restaurant & Lounge, 5pm-7pm.

Leadership Northland Class of 2013

Kathy Ayers, Wisdom 4 Life Coaching LLC Ken Clark, Media Services Dan Clemens, North Kansas City Schools Jennifer Corum, Park Hill School District Shelie Daniel, MoDOT Doug DeLisser, Insperity Workforce Optimization Bruce Gollnick, Citi Jay Hodges, City of Kansas City, MO Angela Hunt, Grantham University

Jerry Husman, North Kansas City Hospital Will London, Zona Rosa Sarah Martin, Hays Companies Mike McKeen, Briarcliff Development Company Claudia Mekins, MCC-Maple Woods Michelle Murdock, Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa Ben Pepper, Citizens Bank & Trust David Phillips, Vocational Services, Inc. Patrice Pitts, Black on Burlington Donna Resz, City of Riverside

Another Successful Chamber Connection

It has been a “NRCC month and a half” for me and my home-based business. First thumb up to Chamber member CommunityAmerica Credit Union who assisted me in re-financing my home to HALF the original interest rate, and bent over backwards to get my Home Equity Line of Credit open. Next, Chamber member Dyllan Construction quoted me a great price to assist getting new windows and replace siding on the house. If two thumbs up were not enough, I need another hand for another thumb! While Dyllan Construction was starting work on my home, where my office is located, I had a swarm of the largest Yellow-Jacket Hornets I have ever seen take nest under my front steps. Being that I am one of the 4-9 % of the population that one sting sends me to the hospital, I didn’t want the hard workers of Dyllan being stung. So I called Pete’s Pest Control. Cat showed up and shooed me into the house as she donned her apparatus to start the mass killing of those little beasties. A special Thumb up (Ok, now I need to start borrowing more hands) to Steve with Dyllan Construction, as he had to disconnect my air conditioning to replace the siding, and when re-connected it did not start up when the temperature outside was 105 degrees. Steve went into overdrive, and while testing wires with his meter he was calling hotels for my better half and our four dogs to stay at (It was so hot in the house the fire detectors on my home alarm system started going off). So hats off (several of them), and many thumbs up to these fellow Chamber members for doing all they do! -David Parker, Parker BCS

Missy Rockers, CommunityAmerica Credit Union Rod Schultz, Harley-Davidson Motor Company Heather Sicks, Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP Janeel Smith, eyeSmith Vicki Sutcliffe, AAS Restoration Jeff Thorn, Olsson Associates Jayme Uden, Park University Tina Zubeck, Platte County R-3 School District

Thank You! Thank you to the NRCC membership for your support in passing questions 1 & 2 on the August 7th ballot! We look forward to the improvement of the quality of life in the Northland!

September 2012

Chamber News

Save the Date:

Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Auction

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November 7 | Argosy Casino | 5pm Silent auction with Business After Hours & live auction immediately following. Hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres provided by Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the NRCC Scholarship Fund which are awarded to Northland High School Seniors at the Education Banquet. To donate or for questions please contact or 816/455-9911

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From the Divisional Chair Governmantal Affairs Division:

Sabin Yanez, Cook, Flatt & Strobel Engineers The Governmental Affairs Division has been very busy this summer, advocating for the interests of NRCC members. In June, a group of 20 members made our annual trip to Washington D.C. to meet with our Congressional leaders and discuss issues most critical to Chamber members. Discussions centered around the topics of transportation funding, health care reform, small business and economic development. Our Legislative Committee remained in close communication with State and local elected officials by hosting monthly luncheon forums for members. These luncheons provided members to be kept up to date on the most current changes taking place in government locally. The Planning and Development Committee has dedicated time to establishing infrastructure project priorities for the Northland. These priorities have been shared with local governments and the Missouri Highway & Transportation Commission at their June meeting here in Kansas City. Kansas City, Missouri priorities will be presented to the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PIAC Committee in August. Our Parks & Recreation Committee has also worked to identify the most pressing parks needs in the Northland, and as a part of this effort, the Chamber supported the 1/2 cent sales tax in Kansas City to aid in improving funding in an area so important to Northlandersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; quality of life. 

September 2012

Ribbon Cuttings / Around the Northland

Gillis Center Welcome & congratulations to Gillis Center for joining

the Chamber and for providing services for children and families in the Northland! Their Northland location is in the Human Resource Center on the MCC Campus.

The Gardens at Barry Road Congratulations to The Gardens at Barry Road on the completion of their new Memory Care Unit. The 32-bed unit is available to serve the Northland community.

Get Updated Chamber Information at Your Finger Tips! search for us in your app store: northland chamber Best of the Northland

Celebrating 22 Years of What People in the Northland Love: Favorites North of the River

As Northlanders we take a sense of pride to what our communities have to offer. If you receive the Liberty Tribue, Gladstone Dispatch or The Kearney Courier, then Best of the Northland is nothing new. For those of us who do not, this is an annual event which members of our community are able to vote on their favorite places in the Northland. We are proud of our members who have won in their category and happy that they have made a great impact in our community! Voting begins in May and winners announced in July. Congratulations to our following members: Insurance Agent: Hospital: Oil/Lube Shop: Lawn Service: Golf Course: Mark Tomes, CEK North Kansas City Hospital Jiffy Lube Perfect Turf & Landscape Shoal Creek Golf Course Insurance Optometrist: Parochial/Private School: Grocery Store: Casino: Charitable Organization/ Daniel Pate, Discover Oakhill Day School Hy-Vee Ameristar Nonprofit: Vision Centers University/College: Thrift Store: Barbecue: Hillcrest Transitional Orthodontist: Willam Jewell College Hillcrest Thrift Stores Smokehouse Housing Ed Kavanaugh Home Exteriors Credit Union: Steak House: Apartment Complex: In-Home Care: Company: CommunityAmerica Hereford House Barrewoods Apartments Interim HealthCare Kent Mohler Exteriors Credit Union Bakery: Assisted Living Complex: Place to Purchase Lawn & Place to Bowl: Hy-Vee The Gardens at Barry Road Auto Body/Collision Repair: Garden Equipment: Gladstone Bowl Salad Bar: CARSTAR Loweâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hy-Vee


September 2012

Around the Northland Harley-Davidson Plant Celebrates 15 Years This year’s event takes on special significance as it marks 15 years since Harley-Davidson Motor Company began construction on its facility in the Northland. The FULL BOAR Harley-Davidson Factory Open House is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7 and 8, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the company’s Kansas City facility, 11401 N. Congress Ave. Admission is free. The FULL BOAR Open House features some truly exciting attractions for motorcycle enthusiasts of all ages: • Self-guided Harley-Davidson factory tours that allow visitors of all ages to see where Harley-Davidson dreams are made • Demo rides on the compete lineup of new 2013 HarleyDavidson motorcycles (valid motorcycle license required) • The incredible Globe of Death motorcycle stunt show featuring the world famous Ives Brothers (three shows daily) • Food and merchandise vendors, live music, a kids’ play area with giant inflatables and more One lucky person will win a new 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two motorcycle. Raffle tickets are $5 each at the event, with all proceeds benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The live drawing is at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. You do not need to be present to win.

Political Memorabilia Exhibit on Display at Park University Park University is marking the election year with an exhibit of political memorabilia in the McAfee Memorial Library on the University’s Parkville Campus. The exhibit is on display through Friday, Nov. 30. The collection, one of the more popular exhibits at Park, is on display every four years and is assembled by Carolyn Elwess, University archivist. Among the more historic items are a Herbert Hoover button, a Richard Nixon bumper sticker signed by Julie and Trisha Nixon, a collection from the 1993 inauguration of Bill Clinton and Al Gore, and items from the 1976 Republican Convention held in Kansas City, Mo. “The collection is truly bipartisan and is not meant to promote or to malign any one party,” Elwess said. “The display is definitely eclectic and always provides some surprises. The creativity exhibited is quite diverse.”Admissision is free. Contact Park University for hours of operation.

Senior Helpers & Alzheimer’s Foundation of America C.A.R.E. Senior Helpers is an in-home care company dedicated to keeping all seniors independent. Bringing to northland - the local affiliate office of Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) - a national non-profit advocacy organization. Together they will focus on educating and supporting our community on providing optimal care to our Alzheimer friends and their families. The AFA is a leading national nonprofit advocacy organization focused on providing optimal care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses (dementias), and their families. AFA’s main focus is on care issues affecting the millions of Americans who are challenged each day to cope with this disease—both individuals with the disease, their caregivers, other family members and healthcare professionals. For more information please contact Senior Helpers at 816/455-9300.

Google Fiber: Where is Your Fiberhood? When Google announced that they wanted to provide a community with Internet access more than 100 times faster than what most Americans enjoy today, we asked who was interested in working with us. More than 1,100 cities raised their hands, and those of you in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri won us over with your enthusiasm for better, faster web connections. Here’s why: Google Fiber works better when communities are connected together. So we’ve divided Kansas City into small communities we call “fiberhoods.” Instillations will begin only where there’s enough interest, and we’ll install sooner in fiberhoods where there’s more interest. You can check out your fiberhood’s pre-registration goal, as well as a real-time status update of all Kansas City fiberhoods on our rankings page, The rally lasts for six weeks and ends on September 9. When you participate, not only will you help bring Google Fiber to your home, you’ll also help bring it to your community—if your fiberhood reaches its pre-registration goal, we’ll also connect community buildings like schools, libraries and hospitals with free Gigabit Internet. The first pre-registration phase includes homes in Kansas City, KS. and homes in Central Kansas City, MO. But we are definitely committed to serving homes in North and South Kansas City, MO. in our second pre-registration phase. Residents should stay tuned to and this blog for more information.


September 2012

Join Us For NRC Business After Hours at

Cascone’s Italian Restaurant Wednesday, 5-7pm WednesdaySeptember September5th, 7th from from 5-7pm

Proud to be a Northland Tradition for Over 55 Years 3733 North Oak Traffic Way Kansas City, MO 64116 (816) 454-7977 ● ●


Chairman’s Club

September 2012

Monday 3

Labor Day - Office Closed

Wednesday 5 12:Noon Education Committee 5pm-7pm Business After Hours Cascone’s Restaurant & Lounge 3737 N Oak Trafficway Thursday 6 11:30am Ambassadors Committee - RSVP Nick & Jake’s 6325 Lewis Street-Parkville

Friday 7 7:30am

Executive Committee

Monday 10 12:Noon Auction Committee Tuesday 11 7:30am

Board Meeting

Thursday 13 7:30am

Planning & Development Committee

8am-5pm Leadership Northland-Session 2

Tuesday 18 11:30am Monthly Luncheon: Joint Luncheon - RSVP Wednesday 19 1pm Legislative Priority Hearing Thursday 20 8am 11:30am 4:30pm

Let’s Talk Business Roundtable Education Leaders Luncheon Ribbon Cutting: Courtyard by Marriott KC at Briarcliff 4000 N Mulberry Drive

Friday 21 12:Noon Legistlative Committee - RSVP Monday 24 12:Noon Leadership Committee Tuesday 25 7:30am

Parks & Recreation Committee


Ribbon Cutting: Chocolatier Stam [Zona Rosa] 8747 NW Prairie View Road

Wednesday 26 7:30am Networking Breakfast - RSVP Bridge View Hall-NKC Thursday 27 7:30am Planning & Development Committee *All meetings held at the Chamber office unless otherwise noted.

EXECUTIVE CLUB AT&T Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas City First Bank of Missouri

Hunt Midwest Enterprises Inc. JE Dunn Construction Co. City of Riverside Zona Rosa

pacesetters ADT Security Services, Inc. Bank of The West Bank of Weston Briarcliff Village Buffalo Wild Wings CARSTAR Curry Investment Company Embassy Suites Kansas CityInt’l Airport City of Gladstone Grainger Hilton Kansas City Airport Hy-Vee Food & Drug Store

JR & Co Inc Lathrop & Gage, L.C. M&I Bank Mail Print, Inc. MCC-Maple Woods Mid-Continent Public Library City of North Kansas City North Kansas City Schools Kindred Hospital Northland Park Hill School District Park University Patriots Bank Platte County, Missouri

Platte Valley Bank of Missouri Polsinelli Shughart, PC Port Authority of Kansas City Sprint UMB US Bank White Goss Bowers March Schulte & Weisenfels Williams Spurgeon Kuhl & Freshnock Architects YMCA of Greater Kansas City Your City Sampler

September Luncheon: Annual Joint Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon Sponsor: Ford Motor Company September Luncheon

Tuesday, September 18th • 11:30am • Embassy Suites-KCI $30/per-person


$350/table of 10

Name(s)______________________________________________________ Company_____________________________________________________ Credit Card #__________________________________________________ please include expiration date/four-digit code [AMX users] ______________ Return registrations & make check payable to NRCC | 634 NW Englewood Road | Kansas City, MO 64118 | Phone: 455.9911 | Fax: 455.9933

or RSVP on our website at Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance. $2 billing fee added to anyone needing invoiced.

Join Us: 2012 Annual Joint Luncheon Tuesday, September 18, 2012 11:30am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1:00pm [registration beginning at 11:00am] Embassy Suites KCI 7640 NW Tiffany Springs Pkwy Kansas City, MO 64153 Featuring Keynote Speaker: Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon To reserve your spot today, register online at or contact the NRCC office: 816/455-9911 or $30/individual | $350/reserve a table of 10 Reservations required by Tuesday, September 11 | Cancellations must be made by Noon, September 14 Name(s): ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ Company/Organization: ________________________________________ Address/City/State/Zip: _________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ Phone: _________________ Email: _______________________________ Number of Individuals: _____ @ $30/each

Number of Tables of 10: _____ @ $350/each

Make checks payable to: Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce 634 NW Englewood Road | Kansas City, MO 64118 Phone: 816/455-9911 | Fax: 816/455-9933 Thanks to our sponsor:

North Kansas City Schools

Centennial Kickoff Education Foundation Fall Breakfast 7:30 – 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 Harrah’s Hotel For ticket information or to pre-order your

Centennial Keepsakes contact (816) 413-5003 or

Centennial Keepsakes  Limited edition, hardcover history book in full color – 100 Years of Extraordinary Educational Experiences ($29.95)  Insulated drinking glass with district schools past and present ($5)  Long-sleeve NAVY Centennial T-shirts ($15-$18)  Short-sleeve KHAKI Centennial T-shirts ($10-$12)

Centennial Projects Proceeds from the Fall Breakfast and the sale of Centennial Keepsakes support:  100 x $100 mini-grants for teachers and staff  District-wide literacy initiative  Centennial Wall at 46th Street & Davidson Road

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