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Chamber Director Tosha Jackson, second from left, congratulated members of the Excelsior Springs Cultural Guild and new local Main Spring Art Gallery on receiving an 8th place award of $150 for their participation in Snake Saturday Parade. Members decorated the Chamber’s trolley and partnered with students from the Excelsior Springs Job Corps to represent Excelsior Springs, handing out candy and informational material about the community. Others pictured above from left are Stacey Hamby, Bob and Marilyn Gerdes, and Gerry Lemmons.
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!
Don’t Forget! There will be no monthly luncheon in April as we celebrate the Chamber during our Annual Chamber Dinner, Awards Ceremony, and Silent and Oral Auctions. Please make plans to join us April 19.
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Martha Buckman, Director of the Good Samaritan Center of Excelsior Springs, talked about Center projects and successful outcomes.
Jake Wimmer, Capital Improvement Project Manager for Mid-Continent Public Library informed attendees about the upcoming renovations at the Excelsior Springs branch location.
The March luncheon was sponsored by Good Samaritan Center of Excelsior Springs. The Center is dedicated to preventing homelessness and hunger by providing basic life needs and access to life skills. Director Martha Buckman provided the business community with information about programs and fundraising opportunities through event sponsorship. The Tortoise and Hare 5K Walk and Run will be held on April 7, followed by the Spring Scramble on May 4. Businesses who choose to help the Center by sponsoring events may be eligible for Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credits. For every $100 that a business provides, $50 of that can be taken off their Missouri state taxes. “NAP credits allows you to keep your tax dollars local,” said Martha. Examples of programs offered to local families include food help, rent/utility assistance, minor home repairs for senior homeowners, on-site classes for HiSet/GED, money management classes, after school Art Room, and more. For more information about the Center, call Martha at 816-630-2718 or visit the website.
The Chamber Business of the Month was also recognized during the luncheon. Stephen Chalmers, Manager of the local Mid-Continent Public Library, introduced Jake Wimmer, Capital Improvement Project Manager, to talk about the library’s upcoming remodeling. The remodeling was made possible by the passage of Proposition L in 2016. Excelsior Springs is in the first group of libraries to receive upgrades, including facade improvements, new HVAC, and ADA restrooms. “Renovations will begin some time in late spring or early summer,” said Jake. “We hope to be finished in 120 days or less.” During that time, the Excelsior Springs branch will continue to have a presence in town, working in partnership with the schools, preschools, and community center for outreach. There will be no disruption of the E-book services and other community spaces may be used as reading rooms during the renovation. “We want to provide as much library service as possible in town,” said Stephen. For more information about the library, check out the business feature.