Your Chamber at Work - December 7, 2020


The community spread of COVID-19 is raging across our region and the nation, with someone dying from the disease every minute. While new vaccines provide hope, we’re still in a dangerous slog with months to come before vaccinations can be widely implemented.

Please join me and the Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) from our regional health systems for an update on the crisis health care providers are currently facing. Local hospitals are at capacity – what does the strain on their systems mean for our community now and what can we expect in the coming months?

The good news is that vaccines are on the horizon, but how will they be distributed and when? The CMOs will discuss that as well.

The CMO event is free and will be held virtually on Tuesday, December 8 at 12 p.m. Click here to register.

Information is power. I hope you’ll join us tomorrow as we hear from those on the front line.



Join the KC Chamber’s Executive Women’s Leadership Council, Small Business Programming, and some of KC’s strongest women advocates, influencers and disruptors for Women Together: Power of Community and Sisterhood, Tuesday, December 15, 3 to 4:15 p.m. Lauren Conaway of InnovateHER will moderate a panel of KC women to discuss the immeasurable personal and professional impact of joining or creating your own sisterhood. Register here for this free event. Participants include Klassie Alcine of KC Common Good, Allison Berey of M:CALIBRATE, Thalia Cherry of Cherry Co., Julie Pierce of Henderson Engineers, Sherry Turner of OneKC for Women, and Kelly Wilson of Weave Gotcha Covered.


As Greater Kansas City continues to balance our region’s economy and community health needs, safe transportation to and from the workplace is key for Kansas Citians who still need to get to work. The KC Chamber has partnered with Mid-America Regional Council, RideKC, and the Full Employment Council to create the Safe Commute Guide. This was created to help employers in navigating the risks and best practices for Greater KC’s transportation options. Download a copy now to share with your team.


BuildKCI and United Way of Greater Kansas City have partnered for a unique opportunity to leave your mark on the new KCI single terminal and help Kansas Citians at the same time. When you donate to United Way and help support their COVID-19 Recovery Fund, your name will be added to one of the last steel beams to be installed in the new KCI terminal later this month. Donations must be received by noon on December 11. A minimum $25 donation is suggested, but all donations are welcome. To donate and learn more about the partnership, click here.


The need for blood donations remains critical, but you can help the Community Blood Center this week. Register now to donate blood Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday! The Kansas City Royals are hosting a community blood drive at Kauffman Stadium Friday, December 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register here. All donors will receive a Royals t-shirt! If you can’t make it Friday, Starlight Theatre is hosting a two-day blood drive Wednesday, December 9 and Thursday, December 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are strongly encouraged and can be made online here. Just enter group code: EG9Z. Masks are required.