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NKC First

Presidents Level Sponsors


MAY-JUN 2013

Issue 128

406 Armour rd, suite 240, NKC, MO 64116

Codes and Construction Constructing a new building or upgrading or expanding an older building gives an exciting boost to any neighborhood. In a separate article you can see that the Business Council wants to recognize these activities in the business community. However, every construction project in a municipality needs to abide by certain codes and procedures. For the first-time business owner these procedures may seem like nightmares if a step is missed or if communication isn’t clear. The Codes Department of the City of North Kansas City has responded to our request to try to make understanding the process as easy as possible. Please refer to the insert with this newsletter for the “funny paper simple” description of processes that need to be followed, the inspections that need to be made and the reasons for these inspections. Whether you are building a new building or working on an older building the guide should help. Beyond that, there is the promise of the Codes Department that they welcome your call so they can clarify anything that may not be as clear as you would like. Call 274-6006.


North Kansas City Business Recognition Program The last day of May is the last day to apply to be recognized as recent new businesses or for building expansion, refurbishing or beautification projects. Qualifying North Kansas City businesses will be recognized at the August 22 Monthly Membership Luncheon for their efforts in beautifying and increasing the economic vitality of North Kansas City. Through a joint effort by the North Kansas City Business Council and the City of North Kansas City, recognition will be given for three types of business investments: 1) New Businesses, 2) Expansion or Renovation and 3) Beautification. The intent of this program is to recognize and support investment, new development and beautification projects which benefit and enhance the North Kansas City business community. Nominations can come either from the business themselves or from others who have noticed the significance of projects at North Kansas City businesses. Either refer to the insert in this newsletter or go to for specific details and the application form to be submitted to the North Kansas City Business Council office at 406 Armour Rd, Suite 240 or to Recognition will be given in the form of press releases, recognition at the program on August 22, 2013, website and Facebook recognition (North Kansas City Business Council and City of North Kansas City), window cling “seal of excellence” for all successful nominees and a plaque for “The Mayor’s Choice” of the most outstanding beautification project.

Farmer’s Market Opens Friday, May 3

The month of May means it is Farmer’s Market season again. Come support your vendor friends at the North Kansas City Farmer’s Market beginning Friday, May 3. The location is Caboose Park, at the southeast corner of Armour and Howell. The market opens at 7 a.m. and stays open until 1:30. This gives North Kansas City workers time to either shop before work, while on a break or during the lunch hour to get fresh produce, eggs, honey and bread products. You can also enjoy a free cup of coffee provided by First Watch. The Edwards Farm, with many faithful local customers, will be in their seventh year in this market – the same number of years the North Kansas City Farmer’s Market has been in existence. This year, for the first time in this market, customers using SNAP/EBT debit cards will be able to use their cards to get “Farmer’s Market Money” to buy fresh products. They will also have a double-value bonus opportunity (swipe the card

for $5 and get $10 to spend) because of the Beans & Greens program. That program was created in 2010 as a joint effort by the Menorah Legacy Foundation, Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture, the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City, the Kansas Rural Center, the Family Conservancy, City Market, KC Healthy Kids and the Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition.

(New) Member Orientation

Mickey Finn Scholarship Golf Classic

There is still time to sign up a team for the Mickey Finn Scholarship Golf Classic, Thursday, June 6, at Tiffany Greens Golf Course. This will be the 17th year for this popular golf tournament which funds three $1,000 scholarships for worthy North Kansas City High School seniors. The afternoon of golf will be followed by a buffet dinner catered by Smokin’ Guns BBQ at which prizes will be given for two competitive flights as well as numerous golf-related raffle and door prize items. Contact the Business Council office at 4727700 or to sign up a team or to have your business identified as a hole sponsor.

The first Member Orientation sessions were held April 23 at First Watch in the morning and April 25 at Innovative Networks in the afternoon. Future sessions are scheduled for May 13 and June 10 at First Watch (mornings) and May 16 and June 20 at the American Inn (afternoons). These sessions are an attempt to support your business by acquainting you with the services the Business Council provides as well as all the advertising and networking opportunities available to members.

Young Professionals

in North Kansas City

The first event of the Young Professionals organization formed by the North Kansas City Business Council was held Thursday, April 18, at the Screenland Armour Theatre. More than 50 young professionals who work, live or play in North Kansas City attended the event. In addition to food, drink and conversation the group was given tours of the beautifully refurbished theatre and the Armour Loft event center upstairs. Cerner Corporation is the title sponsor for North Kansas City YP events this year. Other sponsors for this event were Country Club Bank, sipVine Digital Phone Solutions and Heartland Technology Solutions. Ryan Coppess, loan officer at the

North Kansas City branch of Country Club Bank as well as a Business Council Board member and officer, is leading the effort to form the YP focus and set up appropriate events and activities. Future activities will include helping with the 5K run at the North Kansas City School District’s Centennial event on Saturday, May 4, as well as future events similar to the Screenland Armour Theatre event. If you are a young professional 40 or under or have employees who would be interested, please contact Jennifer at the North Kansas City for additional information or view future e-mail messages or Facebook for information.

New Business Council Members Blue Chip Athletics Gonz Medina Cinder Block Brewing Company Bryce Schaffter Dillingham Communications Jane Quigley—publishes NORTH magazine

Express Employment Professionals Jerry Hickey—to open in May Jack Miller Kia/Isuzu Melissa and Dale Overfelt Kansas City SmokeShack BBQ Glenn Yeager

There are so many recent improvements in the North Kansas City Business Council website and the member database system we use that even if you have been a member for a few years there are lots of helpful features you will want to know about. Please go to the Business Council website to check the schedule, choose a session and contact to let her know that you, or a member of your staff, want to attend.

New Board Member & Officers Tom Hershewe, owner of Thomas J. Hershewe, CPA was elected as a new member of the Board of Directors of the North Kansas City Business Council. Tom has been an active volunteer with the Business Council. He also coordinated the North Kansas City Centennial’s 5K run and walk last year. Business Council officers for this year are: President – Mike Hayes, ProPrint Digital; Vice-President – Brian Hughes, Leisure World Pool & Hearth; Secretary – Chris Parker, BankLiberty; Treasurer – Ryan Coppess, Country Club Bank; and Immediate Past President – Tom Furdek, Ingredion.

Comments from the Executive Director, Rich Groves

Coincidentally, the month of April marked the end of long-time service to the City of North Kansas City by Bill Biggerstaff and Jeff Samborski. Mayor Biggerstaff has served the City since 1965 – first as a fireman, then as a policeman working his way up to Police Chief. Included in that climb and education was certification by the FBI Academy. Later, he was elected to serve on the City Council and most recently as Mayor.

Rich Groves

Jeff Samborski has been an employee of the City most of his professional career, since 1989 when he was hired as Economic Development/Public Relations Coordinator. Most recently Jeff was the City’s Economic Development Manager. In addition to a Masters degree in Public Administration, Jeff earned designation as a Certified Economic Developer.

Both of these gentlemen have deep North Kansas City roots. Both live in North Kansas City. Both have devoted their best energies for many years to serving the best interests of North Kansas City. “Thank you” to both of them for their service. And best wishes for the future. Also in April we learned of the passing of long-time business leader Clyde Ellis, owner of Seeburg Mufflers. He and his business were consistent supporters of the North Kansas City Business Council and Northland Festivals. He was selected as Grand Marshall of the 2008 Snake Saturday parade.

Recent Monthly Membership Luncheons

Northland Advanced Career Studies

The concept is becoming reality. After several months of fact-finding and planning by an Advisory Committee, the Northland Advanced Career Studies program (Northland Access) is now an official organization with a Board of Directors. The Board has set an aggressive timeline to select a Director to lead the program and to hire instructors. Plans are moving forward to offer elective courses this Fall for high school juniors and seniors in the career strands of Advanced Manufacturing/Engineering, Information Technology and Healthcare. The Advisory Group consisted of Superintendents from six Northland school districts (North Kansas City, Park Hill, Liberty, Kearney, Smithville and Platte County R-3), business leaders from Ford, Cerner and North Kansas City Hospital as well as representatives from Mid-Continent Public Library, Metropolitan Community College, Clay County EDC and the North Kansas City Business Council. The curriculum of the classes is being driven by what business owners and managers say they need. An important component of the program will be active team-based problem solving by students focusing on actual business projects defined by participating businesses.

Kauffman Center for Performing Arts

The Business Council’s March luncheon was not in North Kansas City for perhaps the first time ever. Instead, it was at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts in downtown Kansas City. Kauffman CEO Jane Chu gave an interesting presentation and then attendees were treated to a comprehensive tour of Kansas City’s world-class performance venue.

Missouri he has discovered by travelling every road in Missouri. He is author of a book called A Road Trip into American’s Hidden Heart – Traveling the Back Roads, Backwoods and Back Yards and has written the text for a Clay County insert in Missouri Life magazine’s June 2013 issue.

King of the Road

Named by Missouri Life magazine as “King of the Road”, John Robinson was the presenter at the April luncheon. He shared interesting insights about little-known tourist delights in

Business Council members tour the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts following the March lunchen.


The quality of applicants from North Kansas City High School for the Mickey Finn Scholarships was so outstanding this year that the Board of Directors approved awarding four scholarships this year instead of three. The winners of the Mickey Finn Scholarship Golf Classic scholarships for 2013 are: Yadira Lopez-Alvarado, Lasse Fuss, Cheyenne Meinershagen and Justin Schindlbeck. Yadira, with a 3.759 GPA, plans to pursue pre-law at Rockhurst and then go to law school at Creighton University.

Lasse, with a 3.95 GPA, plans to major in Economics and Business Administration at Truman State University and then pursue a career in the aviation field. Cheyenne, with a 3.719 GPA, plans to be a high school Biology and Chemistry teacher. She has been accepted at five schools but has not made a selection yet. Justin has a 3.435 GPA and plans to attend William Jewell College. He is currently a Cerner Scholar and has been selected to be a Cerner Business Apprentice for full-time work at Cerner this summer and part-time during the school year.

Executive Level Sponsors

Recent Event Hosts

Jason Crowley and his associates at Innovative Networks hosted the April 5 First Friday Coffee. Jim Chappell, owner of Chappell’s Restaurant & Sports Museum, and Barbara Griggs, Executive Director at Concerned Care, Inc., hosted the April 19 Business After Hours at Chappell’s in recognition of Developmental Disabilities Awareness month. Adam Roberts and Brent Miller at the Screenland Armour Theatre hosted the first North Kansas City Business Council Young Professionals gathering Thursday, April 18. NKC Business Council 406 Armour Road, Suite 240 North Kansas City, MO 64116

Thanks to Award Service Company

Thanks to the initiative of Award Service Company to offer to swap out our old multifunction copier, the Business Council now has a new Xerox ColorCube multi-function color copier, printer, fax, scanner which will allow us to be more productive and to offer additional services to our members. For instance, we can now effortlessly print front-and-back to save paper and offer pre-addressed envelopes as well as address labels or Excel downloads for members to purchase to do mailings. Award Service Company is the only North Kansas City-based warranty repair dealer for Xerox, Brother, and OkiData copier/printer The company sells an expansive inventory of printer, office and break room supplies as well as office equipment and office furniture. They also do recycling of computers, printers and other technology equipment. Owned and operated by the Lostal Family, Roger, Ann and Blake Lostal, Award Service Company has been in business in North Kansas City since 1989. They are located at 1534 Burlington. 816-741-7997 or save@

Calendar of events

Monthly Membership Luncheons May 23, 11:30 a.m. at Finnigan’s Banquet Venue—Learn about Clay County’s Work Ready Community Certification, ACT National Career Readiness Certificate, the Northland Advanced Career Studies Program and recognize 2013 Scholarship recipients. June 27, 11:30 a.m. at Finnigan’s Banquet Venue—Jim Cross, Sr VP-Development for CenterPoint Properties which is managing several very large Kansas City area construction projects.

First Friday Coffee and Business After Hours Schedule Fri, May 3, 7:30 a.m.—Ribbon-Cutting and First Friday Coffee at Jack Miller Kia/Isuzu, 2900 Burlington Wed, May 15, 4:30 p.m.—Ribbon-Cutting and Business After Hours for Northtowne Arts Coalition at the One-Ten Gallery, WSKF Architects, 110 Armour Rd There will not be a First Friday Coffee in June. Please plan to participate in the Thursday, June 6, Mickey Finn Scholarship Golf Classic instead. Wed, June 19—Morrill & Janes Bank ribbon cutting/Business After Hours at new location, 2301 Burlington (former Bank of America building)

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