Upcoming Events

  1. Get Jazzed! A Benefit Concert for ProDeo, CASA, and Lee’s Summit Social Services

    December 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  2. Brew:30 1Q

    January 23, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

April Calendar



Women’s Employment Network Annual Luncheon

The annual Women’s Employment Network Luncheon brings together supporters, volunteers and professionals to celebrate the brave women in our community who have worked to overcome great obstacles. Funds raised through the luncheon will help ensure women in the community receive the training and support they need. Sheraton Crown Center, 2345 McGee St., Kansas City, Mo. 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m. $75.
INFORMATION/REGISTRATION » (816) 595-1297 or nlevy@kcwen.org


KC SmartPort Annual Industry Briefing

This event will feature a panel of experts from the e-commerce industry discussing national trends and why the Kansas City region is a good choice for e-commerce fulfillment facilities. Kansas City Convention Center, Bartle Hall Ballroom 2103, Kansas City, Mo. 7:30–9:30 a.m. $75.
INFORMATION/REGISTRATION »(816) 374-5640 or robben@kcsmartport.com


KCK Community College Innovation Summit

Join Kansas City Kansas Community College for its annual Innovation Summit. This event will connect, engage and grow the innovators and entrepreneurs in our community. KCKCC, Jewell Center, Upper Level, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. $10.

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION » (913) 288-7210 or www.kckcc.edu


Shawnee Chamber Coffee

Join the Shawnee Chamber and local businesses for networking. Reece & Nichols Realtors – West Office, 7070 Renner Road, Shawnee. 8:30–9:30 a.m.
INFORMATION/REGISTRATION » (913) 631-6545 or events.shawneekschamber.com


Northeast JoCo Chamber Coffee & Conversation

Make time for coffee and networking before work. Kansas City Autism Training Center, 4805 W. 67th St., Prairie Village. 8–9 a.m. Free.

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION » (913) 262-2141 or www.nejcchamber.com

KCK Women’s Chamber’s Annual Spring Membership Event

Learn all about the Women’s Chamber of Commerce while enjoying food, networking and goodies. Cork House, Fifth and Armstrong, Kansas City, Kan. 5 p.m. Free.

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION » btnewbyks@gmail.com

Kansas Sales, Compensating Use and Unemployment Taxes for Construction Contractors

This seminar, designed for construction contractors and subcontractors, will cover how sales tax applies to materials and labor, project exemption certificates, sales tax returns and billing. Kansas Small Business Development Center, JCCC, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park. 1:30–4 p.m. $15.

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION » (913) 469-8500 or ksbdc@jccc.edu


Starting a Business: Success Right from the Start

This seminar will provide an overview of government requirements, business organization forms and other useful information. Kansas Small Business Development Center, JCCC, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park. 6–9:30 p.m. $30.

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION » (913) 469-8500 or ksbdc@jccc.edu


Building a Website, the Quick and Easy Way

This class will show you some of the least expensive user-friendly tools for developing a website that will impress potential clients. Students will learn how to get a domain name, construct a site and build their brands. Atterbury Student Success Center, Room 238, 5000 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Mo. 10 a.m.–Noon. $10.

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION » (816) 235-1407 or commu@umkc.edu


Introduction to Government Contracting

The Kansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center presents information on getting started in the government contracting arena. Kansas Small Business Development Center, JCCC, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park. 9:30 a.m.–Noon. Free.

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION » (913) 469-8500 or ksbdc@jccc.edu

Winning Federal Research Grants: SBIR/STTR Workshop

This introductory seminar explains how to win SBIR and STTR grants that provide research and development funds for small businesses. You will learn how to find grants, how to apply for them and how to gain funding for your growing technology business. Lunch included. UMKC SBTDC, 4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, Mo. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. $35.

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION » (816)235-6063 or umkcsbtdc@umkc.edu

Lenexa Chamber Luncheon: The State of the Kansas Economy

The April luncheon will feature Stan Ahlerich, executive director of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors. DoubleTree by Hilton, 10100 College Blvd., Overland Park. 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION » (913) 888-1414 or staff@lenexa.org


Olathe Chamber Coffee

Join the Olathe Chamber for one of the metro’s largest weekly networking events. Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park St., Olathe. 9–11 a.m. Free.

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION » (913) 764-1050 or info@olathe.org

Blogging for Your Business
Mike Brown of the Brainzooming Group will show you how to develop interesting blog content. Enterprise Center of Johnson County, 8527 Bluejacket, Lenexa. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. $25 (includes lunch).

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION » (913) 438-2282 or sarah@ecjc.com

QuickBooks Intermediate

This workshop is designed for those with a working knowledge of QuickBooks Pro/Premier. The workshop will cover the more advanced features of the program, including customizing invoices, setting up budgets and much more. Kansas Small Business Development Center, JCCC, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park. 9 a.m.–Noon. $79.

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION » (913) 469-8500 or ksbdc@jccc.edu

SMCKC April Pro Luncheon

If you want to better understand Facebook ads, then sign up for the Social Media Club of KC’s April pro luncheon. Jason Harper, manager of interactive strategy at Summit Marketing, will share insights and knowledge he’s gained from being trained by the Facebook team. Barkley, 1740 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers.

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION » socialmediaclubkc.ning.com

Crowdsourcing Workshop

Explore how your company can utilize “the power of the crowd” to raise money, generate ideas and tackle problems. UMKC SBTDC, 4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, Mo. 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. $35.

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION » (816) 235-6063 or umkcsbtdc@umkc.edu

Unlocking the Dynamics of Effective Teams

Debra Kunz shares four vital dynamics that are critical for building your team, board or staff; developing trust; and increasing their productivity. Central Exchange Downtown, 1020 Central, Kansas City, Mo. Noon–1:15 p.m. $35.

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION » www.centralexchange.org


Lee’s Summit Chamber Before Hours

Budget Blinds, 6 S.W. Third Street, Lee’s Summit. 7:30–8:30 a.m.

OP Chamber Executive Leadership Series

This month’s featured speaker is Dr. Melinda Estes, president and CEO at Saint Luke’s Health System. DoubleTree, 10100 College Blvd., Overland Park. 7:30–9 a.m. $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers.

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION » (913) 491-3600 or anetson@opchamber.org


The First Steps to Starting a Business
Learn the essential first steps you must take so your new company will start strong. Topics will include regulatory compliance and sources of funding. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. $99.
INFORMATION/REGISTRATION » (816) 235-6063 or umkcsbtdc@umkc.edu

IRS Small Business Tax Workshop

Learn the basics of complying with IRS regulations, including business use of the home, self-employment tax, employee versus independent contractor, payroll taxes, and electronic filing (EFTPS).  Kansas Small Business Development Center, JCCC, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park. 1–5 p.m. $35.
INFORMATION/REGISTRATION » (913) 469-8500 or ksbdc@jccc.edu

Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast

Get a great breakfast and meet several new contacts before 8:30 a.m. Black on Burlington, 1327 Burlington, North Kansas City. 7:30–8:30 a.m. $15 for members, $18 for nonmembers.

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION » (816) 455-9911 or northland@northlandchamber.com


Negotiating Skills for
the Small Business Owner
Learn the techniques that will help you save money and close sales. Kansas Small Business Development, JCCC, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park. 6–8:30 p.m. $25.
INFORMATION/REGISTRATION » (913) 469-8500 or ksbdc@jccc.edu


SmartConnectKC Morning Coffee

Make time for networking—and coffee—with other small business owners. ej4, 1818 Wyandotte, Suite 200, Kansas City, Mo. 8:30–9:45 a.m. $10.

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION » (913) 492-5922 or www.kansaswbc.com


Got Money? Need Money? Conference

The country’s leading private lenders and real estate investors will converge in Kansas City for this two-day conference. Kansas City Convention Center, Grand Ballroom, Kansas City, Mo. $350.
INFORMATION/REGISTRATION » www.aapl-preima.com


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