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!
The first Chamber Luncheon of the year was sponsored by The Excelsior Springs Job Corps Center. The opening was led by the Job Corps ROTC cadets presentation of flags, followed by a prayer from Pastor Mike Boudreaux. Samantha Kilgore, Excelsior Springs Job Corps Community Relations Director, welcomed attendees and introduced Chef Charles Woods and his Culinary Arts students, who had prepared a meal of sandwiches, pasta salad, and homemade cheesecake. Kilgore informed those in attendance that “amazing things are happening up on the hill.”
A new partnership between the Job Corps and the Excelsior Springs School District will help provide specialized training to local school students. The program is designed for high school students to attend school curriculum during their morning hours and transfer to afternoon classes at the Job Corps Center for job skills training. The Job Corps offers hands-on training in the fields of transportation, healthcare, culinary arts, welding, masonry, and carpentry. It is the only Job Corps in the nation to offer a ROTC program. Culinary Arts students then talked a little about themselves and their goals at Job Corps.
Kilgore said, “We appreciate the opportunity to be here and serve you. We look forward to growing with the community.” Read more
The January Member Spotlight featured the Excelsior Springs Senior Center. Director Jeff Barge talked about the state-of-the-art facility that houses the Senior Center, offering hot meals and programs for persons 60 years of age and older. Coming from a job in Independence, Barge said when he first visited the Excelsior Springs site he was shocked to see how busy it was. “I pulled in — no parking spaces,” Barge said. “What a jewel you have in the Community Center. You may not realize it but 40% of members don’t live in the city limits. This is a modern facility, a fresh, alive place to be. A magnet that is drawing the area into Excelsior Springs.” The Senior Center, operated under the Parks & Recreation Department, focuses on three key areas: Exercise, Nutrition, and Socializing. There are 30 to 60 seniors participating in meals every day at the Center and as many as 300 regular seniors participate in programming.
“We really wouldn’t be able to provide the services that we do without help from volunteers,” said Barge. “Anyone who wants to take part in putting a small on a senior’s face is needed. Any business who would like to partner as a sponsor of an event, activity or holiday meals is needed. We need a technology guru to help show our seniors how to better use their phones or a laptop.” Persons who can provide services can contact Jeff Barge at the Community Center, 500 Tiger Drive or visit the website for contact information.
Look Who’s New introduced new member Dana Placher, owner of The Farmhouse, 100 E. Broadway. Speaking of Excelsior Springs, Placher said, “I love how much it has grown in the five years since we have been in business.” Placher’s shop specializes in locally made items, which she designs and hand crafts. Shoppers can find clothing, lighted home decor, candles, signs, gnome decor and more. Equally exciting, Placher offers workshops so that individuals can design and make their own decor items, including laser cut items. You can take one of the workshops offered at her location (see schedule on Facebook) or contact her about bringing a workshop to you!
“I encourage you to shop with small businesses,” Placher said. She is a member of the Women’s Small Businesses of Missouri organization.