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!
Sponsors of the July Chamber Luncheon were Westlake Ace Hardware and Excelsior Springs Mid-Continent Public Library. Bill Westerheide,Excelsior Springs Store Manager, invited everyone to Westlake’s Customer Appreciation Day, Friday, August 2 at the Excelsior Springs store, 157A Crown Hill Road. Bill introduced John Sanders, Westlake Business Development Manager, to talk about customer support services for businesses that are less known. Westlake commercial accounts have a dedicated account representative who provides personalized service for all your business supply needs. Supplies include plumbing and HVAC, paint, lighting, and much more. Businesses who take advantage of the Westlake commercial accounts have access to online store catalog with special prices, providing savings over retail purchasing. “We try to find solutions for you and delivery is free,” said John. “We would love to talk to you about providing a property audit of your business; talk to you about your business needs. Anyone can be a supplier. We want to be the best partner for you.”
Stephen Chalmers, Excelsior Springs Mid-Continent Public Library branch manager, introduced Susan Ray. Susan talked about the completed renovation of Excelsior Springs library, part of MCPL’s 5-year Capital Improvement Plan, funded through the passage of Proposition L by voters in 2016 and invited anyone who had not yet seen the renovations to come out. Susan said that this fall, the library is partnering with Excelsior Springs School District to provide digital library cards to students K-12. The program will allow library staff to work with school teachers and school library staff in training to help students access online resources through MCPL databases. (Train the teacher.) Library staff are also available to go into the classrooms to provide demos, for example, a history class could receive instruction on how to use databases that provide history resources. MCPL is also planning to participate in parent/teacher nights. “We have over 250 free databases,” said Susan. Referring to the limited resources of school systems, she said, “The online learning resources through MCPL is one less thing they have to pay for.”
This month, lunch was catered by Golf Hill Grille, with the dollar donation benefiting the Veteran Outreach Ministry.
Chamber Business of the Month was the Dubious Claims Brewing Company. Neil Wilkerson, owner, shared what led him to become a microbrewer. “My previous job allowed me to travel. I would visit breweries and got good at cloning the beers that I like,” Neil said. “I brewed beers with friends and, finally, talked with my wife, Christy, about wanting to do this.” The couple first looked at locating in the Kearney area, but was unable to rely on consistency in the water. About the same time, Jim and Daphne Bowman of the Willow Spring Mercantile were urging the Wilkersons to come to Excelsior Springs. “Here we are,” said Neil. “This is an amazing town.” Dubious Claims has become a favorite local gathering spot and provides food and entertainment, as well as quality crafted brews. Neil said to look for their new community project, Pint for a Pint, which will be a Community Blood Drive later this year. He was joined by his two brew masters, Tarin and Michael, who are preparing to release two new beers, a Belgian and a cream ale. The business believes in recycling everything that they can. The spent grains go to a local farmer. For more about Dubious Claims, click here.
It’s $5 was welcomed as a new Chamber member. Owned by Feleceia Cole, the discount store is a favorite for bargain hunters. “It’s so nice to see people who really appreciate us being here,” she said. On Saturday and Sunday, each item in the store is priced at $5. On Monday, customers can buy 2 items for $5; on Tuesday 3 items for $5; on Wednesday 4 items for $5; and on Thursday 5 items for $5. Everything goes on Friday when shoppers can purchase remaining store items 10 for $5. But shop early in the week to get the best deals! Feleceia sees the store as an opportunity to give back. Her unique purchasing enables her to make donations and partner with other local business to provide good deals for everyone. The store is located at 1218 N. Jesse James Road. For more information, check out the store’s Facebook page, or call 816-848-5020.
Chamber Spotlight for the month was MLIS Computers. Ty Merrick, local IT specialist, spoke about the IT benefits his company offers in-home and in-business. He works with clients to develop protection packages with anti-virus protection and hardware monitoring for those doing business online. “We offer backup services starting for as little as 60-cents per gigabyte,” Ty said. He said the company has a unique philosophy. “I don’t want to be an expense for your business. I want to be an asset. I want to build a relationship with you,” Ty said. MLIS offers free consultation to evaluate your IT needs (a $95 value). To contact Ty, visit his Facebook page, call 816-607-3350 or send an email.