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Your Chamber At Work - February 6, 2017


The lists Kansas City continues to show up on are always interesting. A couple of the latest:  KC was named Number 1 for business growth in a national survey conducted by the Wendover Corporation. Fast Company named us Number 4 on the list of best cities for job hunters. And, ICYMI, The Washington Post called us “In” for 2017.
Meanwhile, the number 19 includes Missouri and Kansas. Two of 19 states that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act despite the lobbying efforts of your Chamber and other organizations.
We continue to advocate for expansion, and I’ll be testifying to that fact on Wednesday in Topeka, calling for expansion of KanCare (the Kansas version of Medicare). While the future of the ACA is under review right now in Washington, we need to make sure Kansas doesn’t lose a seat at the table to discuss replacement because the state failed to expand KanCare.
Kansas has already lost over $1.6 billion in taxes and fees paid by Kansans to support the ACA. Those dollars leave Kansas and go to Washington D.C. and other states. And the state will miss out on an estimated $2 billion in much-needed federal funds over the next five years.
My testimony is on behalf of HB 2064. If you agree, please let your legislator know.


One of the KC Chamber’s most exciting networking events of the year, our Candidates’ Showcase, is coming up at Union Station from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29. Companies vying for the Chamber’s Small Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Legacy Award, Diverse Small Business Award, and International Small Business Award will be in attendance, along with our sponsors and partners. Each company will have an “exhibit” table, where you can check out their products and learn about their services. It’s a great way to meet new companies, and the employees who are driving their growth. Bank Midwest will be the presenting sponsor of this year’s Candidates’ Showcase.
This event is $15 in advance for Chamber members and $25 for non-members; the cost is $20/$30 at the door.) Registration includes appetizers, beverages, and parking validation.  You can register online now. Overall Small Business Sponsors for 2017 are Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, and KCP&L. Partner Level Sponsors include Arvest BankDST, and Union Station. Associate Level Sponsors include CommunityAmerica Credit UnionKansas City ChiefsMazumaUMB, 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.


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. Get a tour of Sprint’s state of the art, award winning Executive Briefing Center, along with demonstrations of Sprint’s latest business solutions so you can bring the most up-to-date technology to your company.

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 MazumaSprint, and University Health.


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The Resilient KC ACEs survey will provide information about how Adverse Childhood Experiences can influence health, specifically in the Kansas City area. The survey can help prove connections between ACEs and health-related conditions, such as heart disease and depression. The survey will also be ranked in score for resiliency, which you can learn more about here, and the results will be anonymous.

Please take the survey here to participate. And encourage others as well. Resilient KC is a community-wide effort to build a trauma informed and resilient community – it’s a partnership between the KC Chamber’s Healthy KC initiative and Trauma Matters KC.