Leawood Chamber of Commerce Member Memo — December 14, 2007

Upcoming events and news from around the Leawood area.

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Leawood Chamber Events

Mayor's State of the City Address

Jan. 15, 2008, 11:30am at The Lodge at Ironwoods Park, 147th and Mission Road, Leawood,
Cost: $30 for members, $35 for non-members Prepayment is required.

Don't miss the chance to hear Leawood Mayor Peggy Dunn address accomplishments, issues and concerns facing our Leawood community.

Join your neighbors and members of the Leawood Chamber of Commerce as we present the Mayor's State of the City Address and Luncheon.

The reservation deadline for this event is Thursday, January 10th by 5:00 p.m. Seating is limited, so make your reservation today.

Event Host Sponsors

CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. - Discover Vision Centers
National Bank of Kansas City - Saint Luke's South
Shawnee Mission Medical Center - Town & Country Bank

Register Online

Leawood Legislative Luncheon

Jan. 8, 2008, 12:00pm at Plaza III, the Steakhouse, 5020 w. 137th Street, Leawood, 66224 — Register Online
Cost: $22 for members, $25 for non-members. Prepayment is required.

Join us for lunch and conversation with Leawood's State Senator John Vratil and Representatives Pat Colloton and Kevin Yoder, before they head up to Topeka for the 2008 legislative session.

The Chamber will present Leawood's delegation with our 2008 Legislative Priorities, and then each elected official will give a short presentation on what they feel will be the hot issues in Topeka this session.

Presenting Sponsor: Discover Vision Centers

Morning Mingling

Jan. 8, 2008, 8:00am at Blue Valley Internal Medicine, 14215 Metcalf, Overland Park, 66223 — Register Online
Cost: There is no cost to attend for Chamber members. Guests $5 at the door or call Chamber for guest pass

Start off 2008 by attending the Leawood Chamber's first Morning Mingling, hosted by Blue Valley Internal Medicine!

Leawood Chamber members, their guests, and 'future' Chamber members are invited to join us for some great Leawood Chamber networking, coffee and a breakfast goodies. Attendees will also have the opportunity to win some great door prizes.

The registrations deadline for this event is Friday, January 4th by 5:00 pm, so use the link below to register today!

Leawood Community Events

Santa Is Coming to Bank of Blue Valley

Dec. 15, 2007, 9:00am at Bank of Blue Valley, 13401 Mission Road, Leawood,

Come join local school choirs for breakfast with Santa!

We will have a coloring contest, breakfast treats, and free pictures with Santa.

Bring the family for this fun event at your Leawood Bank of Blue Valley.

Come and Enjoy a Holiday Jazz Concert

Dec. 16, 2007, 6:00pm at The Lodge at Ironwoods Park, 147th & Mission Road, Leawood,
Contact: Town & Country Bank – (913) 239-0239
Cost: Admission Free with a donation to Harvesters Food Network.

This upbeat holiday concert is sure to thrill listeners with sounds that take them back to the roots of Kansas City Jazz. Whether you are a seasoned jazz fan or a first-timer, the Wild Women of Kansas City’s performance will put you in the holiday spirit.

Myra Taylor is the featured singer of the group. She recently celebrated her 90th birthday but still sings and jokes like a girl in her 20s. She got her start in the 18th & Vine district of Kansas City as a dancer and then as the featured vocalist with Harlan Leonard and the Rockets, one of the seminal music acts of the time. She has been performing since the late 1930s and has several national hits to her credit. A few years ago she returned to KC from LA to be closer to her family.

The Wild Women of Kansas City are now the area’s premiere jazz vocal group. Millie Edwards, Geneva Price, and Lori Tucker each have a 20 year performance history. This fun and sassy group harmonizes classic jazz, blues and original number. These “wild women” started performing together about 6 years ago as a way to get Myra out of the house; little did they know that it would lead them on this fantastic jour ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)

Does My Business Need a Blog?

Jan. 9, 2008, 11:45am at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, 66210
Cost: To enroll at no cost, please call registration at 913-469-2323. Register early, seating is limited to 22 people.

The Center for Business and Technology at Johnson County Community College is pleased to introduce its monthly Tech Series Lunch and Learns.  The Tech Series will encompass tech related topics important to businesses and consumers.

January's topic:

Does My Business Need a Blog? 
CRN 21902  

As a way of introducing local businesses to our new facilities located at the Regnier Center on the JCCC campus, the Center offers area chamber members free attendance at these seminars.  So come join us for a free lunch, free information, and the opportunity to network with your peers.

Lunch & Learns are located on the 2nd floor of the Regnier Center. Be sure to check the monitor the day of the seminar for the room location.

News & Announcements

Math Monkey Winter Savings!

Math Monkey of Leawood is in full swing this winter! They are proud to share this wonderful offer that is only available during the month of December.

Sign your little monkey up for the next session, which begins the week of January 28th, and find out how they can attend the rest of Math Monkey's current session at no additional charge. Call 913-897-MATH (6284) now for more information.

Donate toy for free Poinsettia!

Drop off any toy to benefit Toys for Tots at Renewal by Andersen's Showroom (off 75th St & I-35 on the West Frontage Road next to Fitness Gallery and Pump It Up).

As a THANK YOU for your donation, we're giving away 50 Beautiful Poinsettias! Showroom hours: M-F 8:30-5:30 Sat & Sun 10-4 Phone: 913-385-1300

Entree Vous Special to Benefit SAFEHOME

During the month of December, Entrée Vous will be sponsoring a food donation program benefiting SAFEHOME.

For each guest who purchases a full size entrée to donate to SAFEHOME, Entrée Vous will match it by donating a second entrée to SAFEHOME. (This offer is not valid with other "get one entrée free" promotions.)

Each full size entrée serves 4-6 people, so it is a great way to help support SAFEHOME during the holiday season. SAFEHOME is a shelter for women survivors of domestic violence, www.safehome-ks.org.

To view the Entrée Vous menu, please visit www.entreevous.com. Entrée Vous is located in the Ranch Mart Shopping Center at 95th Street & Mission Road in Leawood (Phone 913-642-2500).

B2B Cookie Winner

Our B2B cookie winner for November is Leon Vinci with the Johnson County Health Department!  By attending the Leawood Chamber's November 14th General Membership meeting and submitting his business card, Leon was automatically entered into a drawing for a dozen Blue Chip Cookies, compliments of Blue Chip Cookies in Town Center Plaza.

 Leon Vinci

Pictured:  Linda Murray & Leon Vinci

Xiphium Salon Opens New Location

Xiphium Salon celebrated the Grand Opening of its new location with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  The Leawood Chamber of Commerce assisted owner, Vilma Subel with the ceremony.

Xiphium is located at 10589 Mission Road and is a full service hair salon also featuring natural manicure and pedicure treatments. For additional information, contact Vilma Subel or visit www.xiphium.com.

Xiphium Ribbon Cutting

Pictured L to R in the front row (with Xiphium, unless otherwise noted): David Cox (Bank of Blue Valley), David Payne (New York Life), Jim Cogswell (Leawood Police), Robert Thompson (Smith Barney), Tom Subel, Vilma Subel, Jennifer Jecker (clockwork architecture + design), Brian Faust (Faust Construction), Margie Valentine (The Commerce Trust Company), & Shawn Kinkade (Aspire Business Development Inc.).

Member Profile

Aspire Business Development

Aspire Business Development works with successful small business owners across a variety of industries that are interested in becoming bigger, or better…or bigger and better!

Do you know a business owner (perhaps yourself?) that:

Perhaps Shawn Kinkade, owner of Aspire Business Development, can help them (or you…).  Aspire will assess your business with you, work with you to develop strategies and plans and most importantly help you take ACTION to improve the fundamentals of your business.

The starting point is generally the Business Effectiveness Analysis that includes a thorough financial benchmarking against other businesses in your industry and a 90 minute review and planning session.

From there, if it makes sense, they offer 1 on ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for complete profile)

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