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Your Chamber At Work - June 12, 2017


They took a boat ride on the river to see the state of our levees and bridges. They toured KCI Airport – both the level where passengers arrive and depart, and the lower level with its fraying infrastructure. They met with executives from Garmin and Cerner and Honeywell to hear those companies’ successful efforts to build the kind of workforce they need; with Truman Medical Center to better understand the effects the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) will have on essential hospitals; with companies doing business internationally on the importance of free trade; and there was a robust give and take about tax and regulatory reform with representatives from AT&T, UMB, and H&R Block.
The “they” I’m referring to are the 27 staff members from our local delegations on Capitol Hill – both Senators and Representatives. These are the folks who research and help prepare their bosses for key issues and legislation. Many in the group had not been to Kansas City previously, so it was also an exercise in showing them our issues and challenges firsthand.
We call it “Spotlight KC” – shining a spotlight on our community and its needs. What we heard again and again from the staff members is that we need to keep telling the business story – letting them know how public policy impacts business, and what public policy could do for business.
It was a whirlwind but impactful three days.

Calling all small and diverse businesses that are looking to engage in and solidify connections with Kansas City's leading organizations. Don’t miss this fast-approaching Greater Kansas City Chamber event offering valuable insight into certification and connections within the business world.
On June 16, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, the KC Chamber will host a Small and Diverse Business Procurement event. Taking place at Union Station in the Chamber's Board Room, this event allows Chamber members to gain new insights and make valuable connections within the region’s procurement pipeline. The event is exclusively for small and diverse businesses from the KC region. Suppliers will have the opportunity to hear from and meet face-to-face with Kansas City's leading purchasing officers such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Burns and McDonnell, DST Systems, and more. There will also be a panel of experts from the Women’s Business Center sharing best-practices in certifying a business. Guests will also hear from small businesses that successfully navigated the certification process and secured corporate contracts.
The cost to attend for guests and advanced non-members is $10, and is free to advanced members. For more detailed information and to sign up for this exclusive event, click here. For inquiries, contact Greg Valdovino at (816)374-5494, or email him at A special thanks to presenting Sponsor Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City; event sponsors Burns & McDonnell and DST Systems; and partner sponsor Women's Business Center.
Looking for a hip, new place to grab a beautifully crafted beverage? Look no further. Located in the heart of the Crossroads Arts District is Lifted Spirits Distillery, the newest distillery, cocktail bar, and event space in the area – and the site of our next Business After Hours.
On June 14, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Lifted Spirits Distillery will host the Chamber’s Business After Hours. Located in what was once a late 1800's stable, with horses dedicated to delivering bread all around Kansas City, is this unique distillery where you can now enjoy an expertly-crafted cocktail while touring the distillery with one of the founders. Invite your company’s event planning team to see the space for future corporate happy hour parties and events. Bring plenty of business cards to hand out! There will be a chance to win door prizes including tickets to distillery events and more.
To reserve your spot, click here. Cost to attend is $5 for Chamber members, and $25 for non-members. This includes 1 drink ticket and appetizers provided by Brancato's Catering. There will be a cash bar open throughout the evening, and on-street parking will be available to guests. For more information, contact Tayler Hammersmith at (816) 374-5480 or email her at Special thanks to sponsors  MazumaSprint, and University Health and our Business After Hours sponsors CommunityAmerica Credit UnionHCA Midwest HealthHNTB, and the Kansas City Star.
Are you wondering how the economy, both here and abroad, is fairing under the new administration? Let the KC Chamber and Waddell & Reed fill you in!
On June 29, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., expert presenters Phil Sanders, CEO and CIO of Waddell & Reed Financial; Derek Hamilton, Senior Vice President and Global Economist of Ivy Investment Management Company and Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company; and Frank Lenk, Director of Research Services with Mid-America Regional Council, will provide their insights into this ever-changing landscape.
The presentation will take place in the KC Chamber's Board Room in Union Station. For online registration, limited to members only, click here. For more information, contact Tiffany Friend at (816) 374-5432, or email her at Parking is available in the four story parking garage west of Union Station. Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, Waddell & Reed.
Can you think of a strong individual in your life “who has achieved the highest level of professional excellence, devoted time and energy to the community, and, especially, opened the doors of leadership opportunity to women”? If so, he or she could be in the running for the Chamber’s ATHENA Award.
The ATHENA Award, presented annually by the KC Chamber since 2001, was created by the Lansing, Michigan, Chamber of Commerce in 1982. Today, the ATHENA Award program includes more than 375 U.S. cities and has recognized more than 2,600 women and men for their accomplishments, community service, and opening pathways for others. Another award, the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award, is presented internationally to emerging female and male leaders across professional sectors for exemplary leadership.
All nominations are due by June 23, and will not be accepted after this date. To nominate an individual for the ATHENA Award, click here. To nominate a young woman or man for the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award, click here. For more information on the award qualifications and the process, click here or contact Morgan Moravec at (816) 374-5489 or email her at Thanks to 2017 Presenting Sponsors KPMG and Bank Midwest;  2017 ATHENA Leadership Award Leadership Sponsor American Century Investments; 2017 ATHENA Leadership Award Service Sponsors Arvest Bank, DST Systems, Sprint; and finally,  to 2017 ATHENA Leadership Award Emerging Sponsors Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, CBIZ|MHM, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, FleishmanHillard, Garmin International Inc., Hallmark Cards, Henderson Engineers, JE Dunn Construction Group, McCown Gordon Construction, LLC, PNC Bank, Saint Luke's Health System, Southwest Airlines, State Street, UMB Financial Corp, and Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc.