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. 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!
The November luncheon was sponsored by the City of Excelsior Springs. The event was catered by Kris Bishop of the Excelsior Springs Golf Course 19th Hole Restaurant.
Speaking on behalf of the Excelsior Springs Police Department “Shop with a Cop” program was Sergeant Mike Lewis. The program was initiated in 2013 under the direction of then Police Chief John McGovern. The program is designed to help children in need during the holiday season by allowing them to shop for gifts for family members, get necessities such as socks, shoes, etc., for themselves and then pick out an item for fun for themselves. The program serves students K-2nd grade. Business members, civic groups and individuals have helped to make the Shop with a Cop program successful by donating money and time. “If you are interested in help us, we are a small department and other persons are needed to partner with kids,” said Lewis. “We are expecting 25 students this year, our biggest year yet.” The outing will start at the Community Center, children will ride the Chamber trolley bus to WalMart (via police escort), shop, then return to the Community Center for pizza! “We are not actively looking for donations, but I assure you, it goes to a good cause,” Lewis said. For more information or to volunteer, contact the Police Department at 816-630-2000.
City of Excelsior Springs Fire Chief Paul Tribble reported to the luncheon attendees on the newly designated Public Protection Rating, which will take effect on January 1, 2018. The Public Protection Classification program, also known as ISO, is used to establish appropriate fire insurance premiums for residential and commercial properties. In July of this year, the local fire department, police department, public works and other city departments gathered new statistics for a review. Prior ISO rating for the city was 5 and for county was 10. “When I became fire chief in 2014, I set a goal of lowering the ISO rating from 5 to 3. The city’s new ISO rating will be 2.” said Tribble. Also, the new county rating will go from 10 to 8. This is great news for the residents and businesses of Excelsior Springs and persons are encouraged to call their insurance representatives after January 1, 2018, when the new rating will be in place. For more information about the Public Protecting Rating, contact the Fire Department at 816-630-3000.
The November Business of the Month was the Excelsior Springs Educational Foundation. Courtney Cole, ESEF Director, gave a brief history of the foundation. She provided an example of how a local business, Community Bank of Missouri, reached out to the school system to provide job training for a local youth. A business program was developed, with the student interviewing and receiving the job. Her continued education was in the world of finance and she is still employed at the bank today. Cole introduced Tim Pence, of Community Bank, and ESHS graduate Bekkah Creason, who benefited from the program. Cole encourages other businesses who are interested in this program to reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. To read more about what the foundation does, visit the Business of the Month page.
Courtney Cole, Director
Sergeant Mike Lewis
Fire Chief Paul Tribble