The Sprint Festival Plaza at Union Station will be filled with Small Business Award Candidate display tables from 5-7 p.m. for big-time networking. This is the place where you can meet decision-makers from some of the region’s best and brightest small companies.
The Candidates Showcase is the first public event of the Small Business Celebration. The applicants for the Small Business of the Year receive a display table to showcase their products and services. The Candidates Showcase attracts between 600-800 people each year. Cocktails and appetizers are provided.
Members tell us that this event is one of the most valuable networking experiences that we provide. One member business owner told us that he met the company that became his largest customer ever at the 2014 Showcase. Advance registration for the Candidate Showcase is $15 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members. Walk-in registration is $20 for Chamber members and $30 for non-members. Registration includes appetizers, beverages and parking validation.
Thank you to the following companies that are giving extra support to the KC Chamber's small business efforts. Overall Small Business Sponsors for 2017 are Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
, and KCP&L
. Executive Level Sponsor is Google
. Partner Level Sponsors include Arvest Bank
, and Union Station
. Associate Level Sponsors include American Century Investments
, Bank of Blue Valley
, CommunityAmerica Credit Union
, Kansas City Chiefs
, Staples Advantage
, and US Bank
. The March 29 Candidates' Showcase Presenting Sponsor is Bank Midwest
. Top 10 Announcement Reception will be presented by Enterprise Bank & Trust
. Commerce Bank
is the Presenting Sponsor of the Top 10 CEO Panel Breakfast, and Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
is the Awards Luncheon Presenting Sponsor this year. The Kansas City Star
is Print Media Sponsor for the KC Chamber's Small Business Celebration.
Complimentary parking in the four story Union Station Parking Garage located off Pershing Road and Broadway on the west side of Union Station. Handicap parking is available in the parking lot located directly in front of Union Station.