Leawood Chamber of Commerce Member Memo — September 5, 2008

Upcoming events and news from around the Leawood area.

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Leawood Chamber Events

Membership Meeting - A Source for your Workforce

Sep. 16, 2008, 7:30am at Leawood South Country Club, 12700 Overbrook Rd., Leawood, 66209
Cost: $15 members (paid in advance), $17 non members.

Workforce Partnership is a non-profit organization that is responsible for building and maintaining a system for meeting the workforce development needs of jobseekers and employers throughout Johnson, Leavenworth, and Wyandotte counties. Working with a network of public and private organizations, this system provides a range of services

Scott Anglemyer, the Executive Director of Workforce Partnership, will be our guest speaker at this month's meeting. Scott has been in his position since September 2003. He is the first executive director of the organization, which was incorporated in April of that year.

Over breakfast, Scott will be sharing with us the services that Workforce Partnership provides and how they help businesses in the area.

The 2009 Board Elections will also take place at this meeting, so Chamber members, make sure a representative from your company attends and votes.

The reservation and cancellation deadline for this event is Thursday, September 11th by 5:00 pm. Sorry, we are unable to offer refunds for cancellations received after September 11th.

Please contact the Chamber office if you have any special dietary needs.

Register Online

Network with over 1,000 people at the Kansas Speedway

Sep. 26, 2008, 10:00am at Kansas Speedway, 400 Speedway Blvd., Kansas City, 66111
Cost: $35 which includes brunch

Network with business leaders from over 30 Kansas City area Chambers of Commerce at the Office Depot Chamber Day at the Kansas Speedway!

On Friday, September 26th, the Kansas Speedway will once again host a metro-wide event before the NASCAR O'Reilly Auto Parts Practice Day & Qualifying activities.

Don't miss the door prizes, great food and action on the track throughout the day. Plus, hear from Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series!

Event Day Schedule:

10:00 am Office Depot Chamber Day and Networking Begins in the NEW LOCATION: Hospitality Village overlooking Turns 1& 2
10:15 am Carl Edwards, N0. 99 Office Depot driver, speaks to the group followed by BRUNCH, more networking and door prizes
11:30 am NASCAR Practice Sessions
3:10 pm NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Qualifying
6:00 pm Midwest Ford Dealers presents SpeedFest (Autograph session in display area)

Tickets are $35 per person and must be paid in ADVANCE by September 12th. Those who purchase tickets by September 12th, will receive a parking pass for more convenient parking.

Contact the Chamber office at 913-498-1514 to confirm ticket availability. Ticket packages will be mailed the week of September 15th.

Register Online

Natural Body Spa and Shoppe Ribbon Cutting

Sep. 5, 2008, 4:00pm at Natural Body Spa and Shoppe, 4431 W. 119th Street, Leawood, 66209

Come join us in welcoming Natural Body Spa and Shoppe as a new member of the Leawood Chamber with a ribbon cutting ceremony! There will be a small reception following.

Natural Body Spa and Shoppe is located in the new One Nineteen development. They provide spa services including facials, manicures, waxing, pedicures and body treatments.

Morning Mingling

Sep. 9, 2008, 8:00am at Foo's Fabulous Frozen Custard, 3832 West 95th Street, (Ranchmart Shopping Center), Leawood, 66206 — Register Online
Cost: There is no cost to attend for Chamber members. Guests $5 at the door or call Chamber for guest pass

Join us at this fun Morning Mingling event, hosted by Foo's Fabulous Frozen Custard!

Leawood Chamber members, their guests, and 'future' Chamber members are invited to participate in some great Leawood Chamber networking. Our hosts, Foo's Fabulous Frozen Custard, will provide your morning pick me up along with some fantastic door prizes.

The registration deadline for this event is Friday, September 5th by 5:00 pm, so make your reservation today!

Grand Court Overland Park Ribbon Cutting and Open House

Sep. 11, 2008, 4:00pm at The Grand Court of Overland Park, 6101 W. 119th Street, Overland Park, 66209

Grand Court Overland Park is celebrating 20 years of excellence and service by hosting an open house for the public to get to know the community.

The open house celebration will feature a "Roaring 20s" theme and offer three bands, dancing, entertainment, food/drink and drawings for prizes, including a Branson Christmas trip for two and a $500 American Express gift card. The grand prize is a cruise for two to the Eastern Carribean for seven nights.

Visitors will also be able to take a tour of Grand Court Overland Park, and gain a first-hand view of the variety, styles and sizes of the private apartments and the community areas for socializing, dining and entertaining. Staff will be available to discuss options, programs offered such as Optimum Life® and answer any questions. In addition, visitors will learn more about the programs, outings and opportunities offered to residents. Special offers will be available during the open house to those interested in exploring move-in opportunities.

"We invite everyone into our home to see all that we have to offer including our golf course, outdoor patio and pool - all nestled within our large, park-like campus," said Kevin Putnam, executive director of Grand Court Overland Park. "We are both proud and thrilled to celebrate 20 years of providing high quality service for seniors in Overland Park. We are pleased to be a part of the greater Overland Park area, and look forward to many more years of service and care."

To kick off the festivities, Members of Leawood, Overland Park, and Olathe Chamber of Commerces will perform a ribbon cutting at the golf course onsite at 4 p.m. to re-open the six-hole course.

Contact Anne Miles for further information at 913-345-9339 or 913-221-5026.

Leawood Community Events

Setting Up and Running an Advisory Board Workshop

Sep. 11, 2008, 11:00am at Enterprise Center of Johnson County, 8527 Bluejacket St., Lenexa, 66214
Contact: Jayne Vehlewald – jvehlewald@ecjc.com 913-438-2282
Cost: Call for event cost. Weblink: http://www.ecjc.com

This workshop covers why your business might be a good candidate to have an advisory board, how you set one up, how you compensate the board members, what the ideal board member looks like and how to develop a strategy to recruit them. Tips and suggestions will be included to help ensure that you are ready to manage advisory board meetings and gain the outcomes you are looking for. It will cover what is required for a successful meeting and what information you should provide to your board members.

This workshop will be presented by the Astra Group, a Johnson County human resource firm specializing in outsourced business solutions.

To register - Sign up online at http://www.ecjc.com, or call 913-438-2282, or email jvehlewald@ecjc.com.

Jasper's Lunch Benefits Marillac

Sep. 13, 2008, 10:30am at Jasper's, 1201 W. 103rd Street, Kansas City, 64114
Contact: Stacie Cordell – rsvp@marillac.org 816-508-3280
Cost: Call 816-508-3280 for cost information Weblink: http://www.marillac.org

Mark your calendars! Enjoy lunch at Jasper's while they are on-the-air live from the kitchen for their radio show! There is a donation admission fee for lunch that will be included in Marillac's 2008 Enchanted Evening Gala & Auction, with all proceeds benefiting the children of Marillac.

The RSVP deadline is Wednesday, September 10th. To RSVP or for donation information, call (816) 508-3280 or email rsvp@marillac.org.

Marillac is a private, not-for-profit agency providing psychiatric treatment of children and adolescents (boys & girls, ages 6-17) coping with severe emotional and behavioral issues. With you at our side, we will not give up on any child.

Meet KU Basketball Coach Bill Self!

Sep. 13, 2008, 11:00am at Tide Dry Cleaners,

Meet KU Basketball Coach Bill Self on Saturday, September 13th, from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM and celebrate the opening of the new Tide Dry Cleaners with a free, open-to-the-public afternoon of fun-filled, outdoor festivities. Bring family and friends to enjoy prizes, including “free dry cleaning for a year,” free food, activities for the kids, including face painting and balloon making, music, and a raffle featuring free services and gifts from Parkway Plaza Retailers. 

Tide Dry Cleaners located in Parkway Plaza:

135th & Roe
13420 Roe Avenue
Leawood, KS
The celebration will take place from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM....Don't miss the fun!


News & Announcements

On the Border Offers Discount to Chamber Members!

On the Border is offering a special discount to all Leawood Chamber members!

Call On the Border Catering and receive 10% off any catering order in the month of September! 

For menus and pricing, please call On the Border Catering's office at 888-OTB-CATR or call Connie Amos at 816-916-2271.

TimesTwoKC Helps Local Parents Stretch Back-to-School Budgets

TimesTwoKC, a semi-annual children’s consignment sale, invites Kansas City parents to clean out their children’s closets of items that no longer fit, and replace them with affordable brand new and gently used items.

The fall sale is coming to the Overland Park Convention Center, September 16-18. Consigners sell items including clothing, baby equipment, strollers, and nursery furniture.

Items should be priced, tagged, and delivered to the Overland Park Convention Center on Sunday, September 14 from 3:00pm to 9:00pm and Monday, September 15 from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

Consigners and volunteers can register online at http://www.timestwokc.com.

The event is open to the public Tuesday, September 16 from 9:00am to 8:00pm, Wednesday, September 17 from 9:00am to 8:00pm, and Thursday, September 18 from 9:00am to 1:00pm with many items half price. 

“We are well aware that outfitting children can be downright expensive — especially at full retail!” said Mary Manlove and Lauri Clapper, the mother-daughter team from Kansas City who founded TimesTwoKC. “We love the concept of consignment and wanted to bring it to the city we know and the people we love.” For more information, visit http://www.timestwokc.com or call (913) 909-9207.

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Five Creative Ways to Save Money on Your Corporate Holiday Party This Year

It's hard to believe, but the holiday season will be here before we know it!  

Don’t let a tighter budget stop you from rewarding your hardworking employees with a holiday event. Try some of these basic budget-saving tips from Kelly O'Hagan and the Overland Park Convention Center:

1. Who says holiday parties have to be at night? Having a fun and festive lunch will cut your expenses significantly.

2. Does the party have to be on Saturday? No, the other days of the week are less expensive. Plus, the holiday season is always packed full of activities. Your employees will most likely appreciate a less ‘prime time’ event.

3. Increase your buying power by booking more than one event at a time at the venue you choose.

4. Co-host a holiday event with one of your partners or suppliers.

5. Instead of dishing out for an entire meal, try hosting an evening appetizer celebration.

Chamber Day at Arrowhead Stadium

Join business leaders for a unique networking experience.  Plus, hear from a Chiefs Executive on the sports business industry.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to win great door prizes, including pre-game sideline passes, autographed memorabilia and Chiefs tickets! 

Schedule of Events:

9:30 am - Registration and Networking Begins
10:00 am - Chiefs Executive Speaker
10:30 am - Door Prize Drawing
Noon - Kickoff vs. The Bills

There are different Chamber Day packages for you to choose from.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.kcchiefs.com/register/chamberday or call 816-920-4817.  The deadline to order is Monday, November 10th!

Madeira Therapeutics Names David Tousley to Board of Advisors

Madeira Therapeutics, a new drug-development company specializing in pediatric pharmaceuticals, is pleased to announce the addition of David L. Tousley, MBA, CPA, to the Madeira Board of Advisors.  David Tousley is currently the Principal of Stratium Consulting Services, assisting companies with strategic and financial planning and management. 

Tousley will provide the Madeira Board of Advisors with over 25 years of business experience through his impressive professional achievements in all aspects of financial, pharmaceutical development and process management. Tousley is also a director of Immunogenetix Therapeutics, Inc. and Anavex Life Sciences Corp.

According to Madeira CEO Peter Joiner, “Dave is a superb addition to our Board; he brings expertise in corporate governance, finance and pediatric drug development.  Madeira has just completed its seed funding. Dave’s experience and financial contacts will enable us to promptly complete the next round of funding. We are fortunate to have him join the team.”

Prior to joining the Madeira Board of Advisors, Tousley also held president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer roles in airPharma, LLC; PediaMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; AVAX Technologies, Inc.; and Pasteur, Merieux, Connaught (known today as Sanofi-Pasteur).  He has managed in both the private and public company environment &nda ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)

Unraveling The Web 9/17 - Lunch Session with SPIDERtel

Don't miss your opportunity to lunch and learn at our upcoming "Unraveling The Web" lunch session, on Wednesday, September 17th. All business professionals are welcome to attend this session, where you can ask and learn about any web related issue. The SPIDERtel Web Solutions team will be available for Q&A on the subjects of web strategy, design, programming, search engine positioning, and virtually any other web related topic.

We're even catering a lunch by Grandma's Office Catering (a SPIDERtel client).

Thinking about getting a web site but don't know where to start? Have a web site that is not getting results? Wanting to understand how to implement new and better strategies? These sessions are a perfect opportunity to get objective answers and bounce ideas off of web solution experts.


When, Where and How Do I Signup? Our next lunch session is scheduled for Sept 17th. The session will begin promptly at 11:30am and will end at before 1pm, at SPIDERtel's Overland Park office. http://www.spidertel.com/about/directions.htm There are only a few lunch seats remaining, so be sure to sign up right away. (One person per company per session please.) You can also sign up to be notified for future sessions. http: ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)


On August 20th, Peoples Bank hosted "Dunk Your Favorite Banker" - a fun event raising money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Leawood Chamber's own, Terri Murphy, was an extremely good sport and took her turn in the dunk tank! The Chamber just happened to be on hand to capture the moment when she took the plunge!

Thanks to Peoples Bank and Terri for supporting such a terrific cause!

Terri Murphy - Dunk your favorite banker

While her co-worker cheers her on, Terri Murphy makes a splash!

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INFUSION was founded in 2002 as GraphicSource Creative Group.  Over the next few years their media team worked with an expanding client base to develop advanced internet-based software applications and custom web solutions for clients both locally and across the country.

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