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Your Chamber At Work - April 17, 2017


Kansas City’s two biggest trading partners are Mexico and Canada – amounting to $3.2 billion in the year 2015 under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Trade with Mexico that year totaled $1.2 billion. The State of Missouri as a whole sent more than $2.5 billion worth of products to Mexico, while Kansas exported $1.8 billion to our southern neighbor.
President Trump, meanwhile, has called NAFTA “the worst trade deal ever,” and has promised to renegotiate the deal.
On April 19, the KC Chamber’s World Trade Center Kansas City will host the Director of the Trade and NAFTA Office from the Embassy of Mexico in Washington D.C. Director Kenneth Smith Ramos will discuss “Mexico, the Heartland, and NAFTA” and you’re invited.
The session with the Trade and NAFTA Director will be held on April 19 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the KC Chamber’s Board Room at Union Station. It should be an illuminating discussion and we hope you can attend.
Click here to register.

Congratulations to the Top 10 Small Businesses of 2017! They are:
  • Alpha Energy & Electric
  • Andrews McMeel Universal
  • BHC Rhodes
  • Bob Hamilton Plumbing
  • Code Koalas
  • Heritage Biologics
  • KC Restoration, LLC
  • Paleterias Tropicana
  • Pro Athlete, Inc.
  • Weave Gotcha Covered
Show your support for these high-growth companies and hear some best practices that you can take back to the office and implement in your own workplace. Attend the Top 10 CEO Panel Breakfast on May 4, from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott, 200 W. 12th St. Parking is available in the attached garage on McGee St. This event is presented by Commerce Bank. The cost to attend is $30 for KC Chamber members, and $40 for non-members, with tables of 10 available for $300/$400. Be sure to save the date for May 16, when one of the Top 10 will take home the Mr. K Award as Small Business of the Year.
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 BankDST, and Union Station. Associate Level Sponsors include American Century InvestmentsBank of Blue ValleyCommunityAmerica Credit UnionKansas City ChiefsMazumaStaples AdvantageUMB, and US Bank. The Candidates' Showcase Presenting Sponsor was Bank Midwest. Top 10 Announcement Reception was presented by Enterprise Bank & Trust.  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.
If you enjoy yoga, you’ll want to sign up for one of the free Healthy KC Yoga in the City sessions coming up on April 25 and May 23. The March session at Lead Bank reached capacity very quickly, so if you wish to participate, please register online. We’ll be throwing down our mats at Onelife Fitness in April, at 1261 Main, and Mosaic in May at 8800 NE 82nd Terrace in KCMO. The sessions are free but they tend to fill up quickly. Yoga in the City is a program of the Healthy KC initiative, a partnership between the KC Chamber, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, REACH Healthcare Foundation, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and the Kansas City Star. For more information, contact Madison Rich at (816) 374-5434 or email
Learn more about the Chamber’s Centurions Leadership Development Program at the next Centurions Information Session, hosted May 2 at Arrowhead Stadium, 1 Arrowhead Drive, from noon to 1 p.m. There you can meet current and alumni program participants and find out what is required. For more than 40 years, the Centurions program has helped build community awareness through the study of issues and opportunities that affect the metro area. Please RSVP ASAP, as info sessions fill up quickly and space is limited. For more information, contact Kasey Anderson at Thank you to Centurions sponsors Burns & McDonnell, H&R Block, and Hallmark.

Meet international trade professionals from right here in the metro area and discuss the merits of free trade with keynote speaker Howard Dean at the May 11 Go Global KC Luncheon. This World Trade Center Kansas City event is presented by Black & Veatch. Tickets are $100 each, with Tables of 10 for $1500. It will be held at The Gallery Event Space, 61 E. 14th St., Kansas City, MO  64105. Register online today! For more information, contact Ivry Karamitros, (816) 374-5457 or email