Your Chamber at Work - June 1, 2020


In the wake of weekend events, the KC Chamber, Kansas City Area Development Council, and Civic Council of Greater Kansas City jointly issued the following statement:

“The killing of George Floyd has saddened us all – just like the deaths of so many other African-American men and women before. The sadness and anger we are all feeling isn’t limited to the tragic deaths of these individuals, but also represents generations of systemic racism and inequity that have divided our country and our Kansas City community.

We stand with those in peaceful protest, and we condemn all acts of violence.

The injustice in too many parts of our society must be rectified and healed. The KC Chamber, Civic Council, and KCADC will continue our recent work toward inclusive prosperity, equity and a community that works for all.

We must rise together.”


Free guidance from small business experts. Free access to professional development websites. Free access to KC’s historic archives. Free access to early learning resources. All of this is possible with your library card. Join experts from the Kansas City Public Library for Your Library Card Means Business, Tuesday, June 2 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Register now and hear from their small business engagement specialist on resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs and learn how you can get free access to sites like Lynda, Ancestry, and so much more. Families with kids doing distance learning will also want to take advantage of early childhood education resources and tools. The Kansas City Public Library was named a 5-Star Library by Library Journal in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.


Nominations for the ATHENA Leadership Award are now open. ATHENA recognizes individuals who help women advance while excelling in their own profession and giving back to the community.  We know the landscape is very different this year, but it’s important to keep recognizing and honoring leaders in our community who continue to lift up others. Submit your nominations here for ATHENA and Young ATHENA in the link at the top of the page. We’ll announce the finalists later this summer, and the recipient in the fall. Thanks to our Presenting Sponsors Bank Midwest and KPMG for continued support of this award.


Apply today for the Champion of Diversity award. This prestigious award recognizes a regional business that serves a role model to others in the community to keep diversity and inclusion top of mind and permeating throughout their company culture. The 2019 recipient was Black & Veatch. The winners will be honored at the Chamber’s Power of Diversity Breakfast on July 29. The Chamber’s overall diversity sponsors are CommunityAmerica Credit Union, Evergy, Hallmark, and Sprint.