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Your Chamber At Work - December 18, 2017


Exciting news – the KC Chamber’s Centurions program is expanding. Applications for the new spring class are open now.
Strengthening our region’s workforce and serving tomorrow’s members are two of the KC Chamber’s new strategic objectives, and Centurions has always been a signature program in developing new leadership. Expansion of Centurions allows us to enhance this work and expand the opportunities to more of the region’s emerging leaders.
The new Centurions cohort will have the same structure and service commitment as the current cohort, and the same opportunities to learn about community issues, to explore the many areas of our metro area, and to become more civically involved.
Leadership growth and development is both needed and in high demand. The annual selection of a new Centurions class is an agonizing process. We have to turn away too many promising people simply because there’s no room. This will allow us to provide more opportunities to Kansas City’s emerging leaders.
We know Centurions grows Kansas City’s future leaders. Over the 41 years of the program, Centurions have gone on to become federal judges, CEOs, nonprofit executives, and more. Centurions alumni are usually deeply connected to our community. They understand the importance of community service and civic leadership.
We need more of them.


In addition to their $8 billion contribution to KC’s economy, the new report shows that immigrants in Kansas City are more likely to be working age and are overrepresented in key industries like Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), and healthcare. (For the full report, click here.)

With President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA, more than 800,000 young people brought to the US by their families, will be at risk for deportation. The Chamber has called on the KC region’s two-state Congressional delegation to find a solution for those young Dreamers now facing an uncertain future. Chamber President & CEO Joe Reardon made the case in a guest editorial in The Kansas City Star.


January 19 is the KC Chamber’s Small Business Celebration Application Workshop. Don’t be intimidated by the application – bring your questions and get solid advice from a panel of past Mr. K Award winners, past Top 10 Small Businesses, and past judges. It’s the very best way to learn about the process, find out about the benefits, and get tips on the judges’ expectations (beyond the criteria). The January 19 workshop will be held in the KC Chamber Board Room at Union Station, 30 W Pershing Road, at 7:30 a.m. Please RSVP online or email Laura Dryden, Small Business Manager, with questions:
Thank you to the following companies that are giving extra support to the KC Chamber’s small business efforts. Overall Small Business Sponsors for 2018 are Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, and KCP&L. Showcase Presenting Sponsor is Bank Midwest. Top 10 Announcement Reception will be presented by Enterprise Bank & TrustCommerce 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. Partner Level Sponsors include DSTH&R Block, and Union Station. Associate Level Sponsors include UMB and US Bank. The Kansas City Star is Print Media Sponsor for the KC Chamber's Small Business Celebration.


Before the Healthy KC Workplace Wellness Certification Application opens again, you can learn more on January 9 about the companies that achieved certified status in 2017. More than 230 companies were classified from Honorable Mention to Platinum. Each one was scored on pillars of health including healthy eating, tobacco cessation, design/build, and more. At the January 9 Workplace Wellness Recognition Breakfast, the Healthy Vendor Expo will be open from 7:30-8:30 a.m. during registration and breakfast. The program of recognition will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The breakfast is $25 for KC Chamber members and $35 for non-members. Please register online.
Healthy KC is a partnership of the KC Chamber and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. Healthy KC sponsors include Blue KC; Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and REACH Healthcare Foundation; Mosaic Life Care and Shawnee Mission Health; DST and Saint Luke’s Health System; The Kansas City Star and KMBC Channel 9. Supporters include BNIM; Burns & McDonnell; CBIZ/MHM; Children’s Mercy; CommunityAmerica Credit Union; Garmin; HCA Midwest Health; KVC Health Systems; JE Dunn Construction; Staples Business Advantage; The University of Kansas; and Waddell & Reed.


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