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!
Excelsior Springs Economic Development Director
The Blauvelt Law Firm
Blue Sparrow Lawn & Landscape
The November Chamber Luncheon was sponsored by the City of Excelsior Springs. Melinda Mehaffy, City Economic Development Director, presented information on the City’s 353 Tax Abatement Program, designed to bring revitalization to the downtown and eliminate blight. The program provides assistance to owners of residential and commercial properties. She explained that many of the downtown properties are not eligible for the program because of their tax exempt status, i.e., properties owned by the school system, city, churches, and non-profit organizations. Also, properties that are not considered blighted, such as the Downtown Villas project on Excelsior Street, are not eligible for a tax abatement. Eligible residential properties may receive up to 10 years in tax abatement, while commercial properties may receive a 15 year abatement. Melinda reported that in the first year of the program rollout, $5 million in improvements occurred in the downtown and provided space for six new businesses. Melinda also talked about layering incentives, including the Enhanced Enterprise Zone and the two Opportunity Zones within the city.
“The biggest problem with properties is water infiltration,” said Melinda. “Roofs are a major investment for individuals and we want to help you with that.” She provided an example of a local property owner who had to choose between making repairs to their roof or paying for their medication. The city was able to help the owner find a way to pay for the new roof through the 353 Tax Abatement Program and additional programs. She said that the city is working to hire a new position for a Neighborhood Specialist. That person would work one-on-one with residents who need help with the application process. “We want our citizens to have a good quality of life,” she added.
The Golf Course Grille provided the luncheon meal and the $1 donation went to the Excelsior Springs Shop With A Cop program.
The Blauvelt Law Firm was the Chamber’s Business of the Month. Janet Blauvelt practices transactional law, helping people with wills and estate planning, as well as providing assistance to small businesses. She encouraged those present to meet with their financial planner or banker to take a look at their existing beneficiaries on accounts such as 401Ks and insurance plans, as who you designate on these plans take precedence over your written will. Janet maintains two office locations, one in downtown Kansas City and one in Excelsior Springs at Marietta and Spring streets. She is offering Chamber members and their employees a 25% discount on services through the end of December. For more about the Blauvelt Law Firm , click here.
Jesse Harris, owner of Blue Sparrow Lawn & Landscape, was the November Business Spotlight. He and his family moved to Excelsior Springs three years ago, relocating their business from Fairway, Kans. “Your downtown is what drew my family and business here,” Jesse said. “We went to shops and had coffee and it sold us. Great work on downtown.” Blue Sparrow provides commercial grounds maintenance, landscaping and design, and snow removal for the North Kansas City area. The company is located on Industrial Park Road next to Recon Auto. They specialize in maintenance services for multi-housing units and businesses, however, will work with residential owners, too. “Our work is considered a blue collar job, but we try to bring a white collar service to our customers,” Jesse said. Give Jesse a call at 816-848-5044 to discuss your project.