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Your Chamber At Work - March 6, 2017


A shout-out to the Chamber’s Centurions for a terrific task force on transportation infrastructure. I was on the panel discussing KCI Airport, led by architect Bob Berkebile, along with Pat Klein (KCMO Aviation Department), Chris Migneron (HNTB), and Amy Jordan Wooden (AJW Consulting). The Centurions’ conclusion from our presentation:  yes, KCI is incredibly convenient, but it needs to be transformed (while keeping the convenience).
Each month, the Centurions host an all-day session on an important local issue. Their next task force is on law and order, featuring KCMO Police Chief Darryl Forte and a tour of the new crime lab.
Centurions is a terrific program, providing a deeper understanding of our community, opportunities for service, and connections that last a lifetime. The recruiting season for next year’s class is already underway, with the application set to go online in mid-March. If you’re interested in finding out more, there’s a Centurions information session scheduled for March 8 from noon to 1:00 p.m. at Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate, 3740 West 106th Street, Leawood.


Unwind after work and make some new connections on March 29 at the KC Chamber’s Small Business Celebration Candidates’ Showcase. From 5-7 p.m. in the Sprint Festival Plaza at Union Station, you can browse the tabletop exhibits of more than 100 companies vying for Small Business of the Year and our specialty awards. The cost to attend this premier networking event is $15 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members if paid in advance, or $20/$30 at the door. Registration includes appetizers, beverages and parking validation. This event is presented by Bank Midwest. 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 Showcase.
Register online for this event to expedite your check-in!  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. 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. The Kansas City Star is Print Media Sponsor for the KC Chamber's Small Business Celebration.


University Health is Truman Medical Centers’ outpatient specialty and surgical center designed with business and the busy professional in mind. University Health offers 12 specialty clinics including dermatology, pain management, orthopedics and sports medicine, medical imaging, primary care, and more, all staffed by the academic physicians of UMKC Medical School. You can meet physicians, nurse practitioners and clinicians and network with other business leaders from 5-7 p.m. at 2101 Charlotte. The cost is $5 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members. Admission includes 2 drink tickets and appetizers. You can register online now!
Thank you to the KC Chamber’s 2017 Networking Sponsors: MazumaSprint, and University Health. Business After Hours sponsors include CommunityAmerica Credit Union, HCA Midwest Health, HNTB, and the Kansas City Star.

Get inside information about how political strategists in both parties assess the landscape under President Trump and Congress. Mark Halperin, author, editor and contributor to MSNBC’s Morning Joe, will provide his assessment on April 28. Start your day with the KC Chamber and Polsinelli at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza for breakfast and no-holds-barred commentary from 7:30 to 9 a.m.  
The cost to attend this event is $40 for KC Chamber members and $55 for non-members. Public Policy Council members may receive up to two complimentary seats upon reservation by calling (816) 374-5406. Online registration is available. This event is part of the KC Chamber and Polsinelli Public Policy Up Close Speaker Series. Watch for additional events in this series focused on keeping area businesses up-to-date on the issues and policy trends that impact our region and the nation.


Resilient KC, a partnership of the KC Chamber’s Healthy KC initiative and Trauma Matters KC, is going to offer a family-friendly resource fair for the community to help residents of Greater Kansas City understand and overcome adversities, traumas, tragedies, and significant sources of stress. You’ll also see plenty of early childhood education resources. The fair will take place at Arrowhead Stadium, 1 Arrowhead Dr, on Saturday, May 13 starting at 10 a.m. Registration for this event is not necessary, but paid booth sponsorships are available for resource providers if you’re interested… see the form online here.  Don’t forget to take the Resilient KC ACEs survey here if you have not yet, to learn how resilient you are to your own toxic stress. Please encourage others to take the survey as well, as this aggregate of (anonymous) data will aid in planning strategies to help our community become more resilient.