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Your Chamber At Work - January 23, 2017


The inaugural festivities are over, the new Congress is in session, and the KC Chamber is hard at work on our 2017 Federal Affairs agenda as well as looking at regional infrastructure projects requiring federal funding.
Over the next few weeks, we have several sessions planned to get our members’ input on federal issues ranging from infrastructure, transportation, and regulatory reform to banking and federal tax policy. Our World Trade Center investors are weighing in on trade policy; our Superintendents Forum is looking at education policy, and our Energy & Environment Committee is looking at energy policy. The Chamber’s Federal Affairs Committee, with guidance from our Public Policy Council, will create a draft agenda, which is expected to be approved by the Board at its February meeting. To share your thoughts on federal issues to include in the agenda, please contact me.
Meanwhile, we’re talking with a number of area governments and organizations like Port KC and the KC Industrial Council about shovel-ready infrastructure projects in the region that could be funded if President Trump’s proposed infrastructure bill comes to pass. As we learned from Dallas officials on our recent Leadership Exchange trip, if dollars suddenly appear, those cities with projects ready to go are more likely to receive funding. Kansas City needs to be ready if and when that happens. The Chamber will work with our partners to support KC projects.


If your KC-based small business has been having a good run, with increasing revenues, happy camper employees, and a generous streak of philanthropy, then you should definitely apply for the KC Chamber’s Small Business Awards. Chamber members who were nominated for Small Business of the Year can apply for the 2017 Mr. K Award, named for Kansas City icon Ewing Kauffman.
There is no nomination required for the other four awards! Legacy of Kansas City Award is exclusively for companies in business more than 15 years. Diverse Small Business of the Year Award is for minority-owned, woman-owned, veteran-owned, service disabled veteran-owned, or LGBT-owned companies that make diversity a high priority in their business culture. Entrepreneur of the Year Award will be given to a fast-growing company making its mark in KC after having been in business for less than 3 years. And the International Small Business of the Year will be helping to grow KC’s global footprint.
There is one application for all awards, and it can be found online here. For more information, please contact Laura Dryden, the Chamber’s Small Business Manager, at (816) 374-5444. The KC Chamber’s Small Business Celebration is a huge success each year thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Overall Small Business Sponsors for 2017 are Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, and KCP&L. Partner Level Sponsors include Arvest Bank, DST, and Union Station. Associate Level Sponsors include CommunityAmerica Credit Union, Kansas City Chiefs, Mazuma, UMB, 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. Thanks to all!


Sprint and the KC Chamber invite you to Morning Schmooze at the Sprint Campus in Overland Park on February 17, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Meet Kansas City business professionals in the unique setting of the Winter Garden, and hear more about how Sprint is investing in the Kansas City community in an effort to benefit all local businesses. Get a tour of Sprint’s state of the art, award winning Executive Briefing Center, along with demonstrations of Sprint’s latest and greatest business solutions so you can bring the most up-to-date technology to your business.
Morning Schmooze is free morning networking for KC Chamber members and $15 for non-members. Online registration is available now. The Sprint Campus is located at 6220 Sprint Parkway in Overland Park. Please park in Garage P, which is directly south of the Executive Briefing Center. Limited spaces are available on the first floor of Parking Garage P, marked Sprint Executive Briefing Guest Parking. Ample parking is available on 2nd and 3rd floors of Parking Garage P. Here are directions to get you to the Sprint Campus, and a Sprint Campus Map to help while you’re there. Morning Schmooze is sponsored by Ruckus Creative Group. The KC Chamber’s 2017 Networking Sponsors include Mazuma, Sprint, and University Health.


If you’ve got spring basketball fever, you’ll want to join the KC Chamber and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) on February 23 for networking at the NAIA National Office downtown at 1200 Grand. There will be plenty of basketball talk from 5-7 p.m., and you’ll hear plans for this treasured Kansas City event. Guests will have opportunity to win tickets and event VIP passes. The tournament is March 15-21 at Municipal Auditorium.  Business After Hours is $5 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members, which includes appetizers and two drink tickets. Parking will be available at the Town Pavilion Garage, just bring your parking ticket with you to registration and we’ll validate.
Please register online to let us know you’re coming! Networking sponsors for 2017 include MazumaSprint, and University Health.


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