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!
During May, incoming Board President Stephen Chalmers took up the reins of presiding over the luncheon meeting. Out-going Board President Brenda Smith, was presented a plaque from the Chamber by Director Tosha Jackson.
Mediacom Xtream was sponsor of the May luncheon. Steve Bennett, Services Director for Missouri and Kansas, addressed the attendees. A video that the company had made on behalf of the Excelsior Springs Christmas Committee was shown. “This is an example of what we do to support the community we are in,” Steve said. He desired the beginnings of the company 20 years ago in California. “We are now the fifth largest telecommunications company in the nation,” he said.
The company specializes in serving small to mid-size markets in communities like Excelsior Springs, where it has offices at 115 N. Industrial Park Rd. Mediacom serves customers in over 1,500 communities in 22 states. Steve spoke about the benefits of Mediacom’s 1 gig and high-speed Internet and how the company is looking to expand and make their products better in the future. For more about the company’s business plans, visit the website.
Mediacom provided the luncheon fare from Ventana Gourmet Grill. The dollar donation was used to benefit the Christmas Committee.
Chamber Business of the Month was the Roberts Robinson Chevy Buick GMC. Pennie Hollenback, BDC manager, pictured left, spoke on behalf of the dealership, which was established in 1950 by Ed Roberts Sr. in Bonner Springs, Kans. The company owns two dealerships in Excelsior Springs today. Pennie urged those looking for a vehicle to shop their wide selection. “If we don’t have what you are looking for here, one of our dealerships will have it. We will find you the right vehicle,” Pennie said. For more about Roberts Robison, click here.
The Member Spotlight focused on member Montague Custom Travel Design. Owned and managed by local resident Diane Montague, the company specializes in custom travel plans to personalize their clients trip. “I’m living a blessed life,” said Diane, pictured center above. Her motto is “you deserve a vacation.” She explained that you deserve a vacation because it’s good for your health, it provides you an opportunity to travel with family and reconnect with children and grandchildren (leave the electronics at home), and you can make new friends where you go.
New Chamber member spotlight for the month was Elements Destination Restaurant. The restaurant is owned and operated by Diane and Kurt Wolfe and is located on their family farm at Camden, which extends over 50 acres for a secluded dining experience. The restaurant features an open kitchen concept, so that diners can watch the cooking of meals, prepared by Kurt. “We have a five star rating in social media,” said Diane. “We grow what we can and use local products.” Diane says that the restaurant is open on Friday and Saturday evenings, and that reservations are recommended. They also host special events Sunday through Thursday and have special events for private parties. Their culinary cooking classes, such as Pasta 101, are popular with about 10 to 14 persons per class. Menus feature a four course meal, plus beer, wine and limited cocktails. “We are offering a 20% discount in recognition of first responders,” said Diane. First responders and a guest receive the discount through May.
Also at the Chamber luncheon, Board President Stephen Chalmers announced the selection of Elaina Lamley as the next Executive Director of the Chamber. Elaina is currently Director of Member Services for the Chamber, working on behalf of its business members.
Please join us in congratulating her on this new role!