Join us for our monthly networking luncheons!
Each month, our members are invited to a FREE networking luncheon on the third Wednesday of each month (except April). The luncheons are from 11:30am to 1:00pm and are held at the Montgomery Event Venue, except in December when we meet at the Elms Hotel and Spa for our holiday luncheon, pictured above. The luncheons are sponsored by various businesses and organizations in our community. Dollar donations are accepted at the door to benefit a local non-profit.
Each month a business card is drawn for the opportunity to be a featured Chamber business of the Month, so members are encouraged to bring their business cards and participate. The business selected will be featured on the Chamber website for a month, and will have the chance to talk briefly about their business. Plus, there are door prizes at each luncheon too. An average of 100-125 people attend, so it’s a great opportunity to meet other business people in our community!
Morgansites.com was the kickoff sponsor of the 2019 Chamber luncheons with a meal catered by Wabash BBQ in January. Morgansites is a family-owned and managed web site development company, which was founded by Kevin and Sonya Morgan. Now in its 18th year, the company has merged with Joe’s Datacenter of Kansas City, owned by son, Joe Morgan. Joe spoke to luncheon attendees about the newest service available through Morgansites … data protection and backup for workstations, servers and mobile devices.
In addition to giving examples of why and when backup services are needed, information on other services was made available in handouts. For Chamber members, Joe is offering a free trial of the Morgan Cloud Backup. He says it is a complete, easy-to-use and secure backup solution that not only backs up your data, but helps protect against ransomware attacks. To begin your free trial, visit MorganSites.com/Backup.
The Good Samaritan Center of Excelsior Springs was chosen to receive the dollar luncheon donations.
Chamber Business of the Month was the First United Methodist Church of Excelsior Springs. Pastor Laura Blevins talked about the founding of the church in 1884 and many activities that the church is involved with today in our community, including providing the Treehouse Preschool program, managing the Mighty Diapers ministry, and assisting other civic organizations with their needs. The church is now offering a new worship service, “The Spring”, at 9 a.m. on Sundays geared to younger, more active families. A traditional worship service is held at 10 a.m. For more about the church, click here.
Beginning with the January luncheon, the Chamber is now providing time during the program to provide a Look Who’s New member to speak, as well as a Member Spotlight for an additional member.
New Chamber member Atlas Saloon Brewery was represented by Keith Hudson, who talked about the different varieties of craft beer available and what’s coming in the near future. The brews are named after the mineral water wells and springs which made Excelsior Springs famous. The Atlas Saloon, located at 100 W. Broadway, is one of the oldest establishments in Excelsior Springs. Keith said that testing of the city’s regular water revealed that it is the best water for craft beer making due to its mineral content.
The Member Spotlight focused on specialty store Mind, Body and Soap. Owner Darla Miller-Maher talked about how her son helped her begin the business by creating a line of soaps and lotions for her to sell out of the home. The business is now in its 9th year at the historic storefront location of 105 W. Broadway. Darla talked about expanding her products to offer “well, everything” including clothes and jewelry. All of her homemade products use natural ingredients for personal care and can be safely used on face and for hair shampoo. The store is a great place to find unique gift-giving items.