Your Chamber at Work - September 7, 2021




We’ve just finished the Labor Day weekend, but another celebration is coming up starting this Friday, September 10 – Welcoming Week, a week devoted to bringing together neighbors of all backgrounds and affirming the importance of being a welcoming community.

That’s also the goal of the KC Chamber’s Welcoming Plan, a roadmap that, when achieved, will make our region a welcoming place for immigrants, refugees, and all diverse peoples. The plan was put together over 18 months by a coalition of 40 organizations and convened by the KC Chamber.

We’re celebrating Welcoming Week with our first-ever Taco Royale this Friday, September 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fifteen restaurants are participating and will be providing a taco of their choice to attendees as you explore Central Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas. (Can you eat 15 tacos in six hours?)

Admission is $30 and you’ll get a bracelet identifying you as a Taco Royale participant. Registration will be located at Bethany Park, 1120 Central Avenue in KCK. Come hungry!

And on the subject of being a welcoming community: hundreds of Afghan refugees will soon be relocating to our area. The federal government will provide each with a stipend of just over $1000 to get started. Many are coming with just the clothes on their backs, and local refugee aid organizations are strapped for money to help them.

If you are interested in assisting with the resettling of Afghan refugees and helping them adjust to our community, please connect with KC Chamber’s Welcoming Plan team at or, or reach out to any of our community partners including:

And thank you.


Join the KC Chamber and friends for Neighborhood Networking, Friday, September 17 at Menlo’s Crossroads location at 1901 McGee. This small business provides technology solutions for school and civic organizations. They’ve been growing like crazy since winning the Mr. K Award in 2016. Doors open at 8:30 am. It’s free for KC Chamber members, and $15 for non-members. Register here. Menlo and Unbound are Neighborhood Networking event sponsors for 2021. The KC Chamber’s overall networking sponsors for the year are Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Delta Dental, and Mazuma.


he Healthy KC Networking Forum is back, this time focusing on gratitude and appreciation in action. Join Healthy KC with Cleveland University–Kansas City, in Overland Park at our first back-in-person Networking Forum on September 22, 7:30 to 9 a.m. Dr. Michelle Robin moderates a panel discussing what role gratitude plays in a successful workplace, how to care for the community-at-large, and more. Register online. Thanks to our Overall Presenting Sponsor Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, and Premier Sponsor Lockton.


Supply chain issues have affected everything from toys to school lunches to both GM and Ford plants in KC, and more. Learn what we can expect moving forward and which products and services could bounce back sooner at World Trade Center Kansas City’s annual premier event, Go Global KC, September 23, 7 to 9 a.m. at Summit Tech Academy, 110 NW Technology Parkway in Lee’s Summit. Tickets are $50 per person. We name the 2021 Economic Development Agency of the Year and the 2021 Service Provider of the Year, plus take part in breakout sessions with World Trade Centers from Canada, Gibraltar, Philippines, Mexico, and more. Thanks to Presenting Sponsors Global Prep Squad and University of Central Missouri and our Keynote Presenting Sponsor Black & Veatch Corporation.


Grow your workforce and connect with veterans, the University of Central Missouri invites you to their Hire a Vet Fair, Tuesday November 9, 1 to 3 p.m. at UCM’s Elliott Union Ballroom on the Warrensburg Campus. Veterans bring high level technical expertise and unsurpassed “soft skills” to any workplace. Connect with UCM veterans, current service members, and dependents. Businesses looking to participate can contact Joni Porter at UCM’s Career Services at or (660) 543-4389.