Clay County COVID-19 Recovery
Face Masks and Coverings

On Sunday, July 19, Clay County began requiring face masks and coverings to be worn in all indoor areas of public accommodation. This decision was made due to the  rapid increase  in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations of Clay County residents in recent weeks.

The goal of the mask mandate is to reduce the spread of germs that cause COVID-19, infecting more and more Clay County residents every day. Face masks and coverings have been  proven  to limit the spread of these germs. By increasing the use of face masks, we hope to see a reduction in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.


Member Announcements & Events
We are so very excited to partner with Nuts and Bolts!

Please help us STUFF THE TRUCK on August 8th from 8:00 to 4:00 at Price Chopper in Kearney.
We are hoping to be in our Forever Home in September. Please help us fill those shelves.  


Donation Matching Opportunity!
A generous donor, just like you, is matching every donation we receive between now and September 1st! Up to $35,000 in Total Matched Funds.
Mark your calendar for Thursday, August 6th and Friday, August 7th, times to be determined, for Kearney School District's annual Back to School Resource Fair . Families are also welcome to "shop" for gently-used clothing during those times. The Fair will be held at Hawthorne Elementary at 1815 S. Jefferson.

The beginning of the school year is fast approaching! We are in full swing of planning and organizing our Back to School Resource Fair. The resource fair helps us to ensure all students have what they need on the very first day of school! We already have 135 students registered! Our Back to School Resource Fair provides school supplies, hygiene kits, gently used clothing, information about community resources and even underwear! Every year this is only possible because of the help of so many community partners like you. Many of you have already reached out and have started collecting items. If you haven't and would be interested in helping there is still time. Here are the ways we'd like to invite your organization to be part of the 2020 Back to School Resource Fair—
  • Would you share information about the Resource Fair? We would be glad to bring flyers for you to distribute or share a paragraph for use in a newsletter. Here's the link for people to register: Register for the Fair
  • Could you hold a supply drive or make a donation to our project? Some groups have chosen to collect supplies all summer and others concentrate on a particular date or event. If you are interested, we will identify a couple of items for you to focus on. If you’d rather make a monetary donation, we’d be happy to do the shopping for you!
  • Would you ask people to save their gently used clothes and donate them to the Resource Fair when we begin collecting? Here’s a paragraph you could use to ask for help—
  • Cleaning out your closets? The Kearney school counselors and social workers will be collecting new and gently used clothes and distributing them during the Back to School Resource Fair on August 6th & 7th . We need clothes in all sizes—from youth small to adult XXL. We are especially looking for Bulldog gear. Clothes and shoes may be dropped off at Hawthorne Elementary August 3rd-5th between 9:00 and 3:00.  
  • Do you have people in your organization that like to volunteer? We need lots of volunteers to organize and distribute the clothes we collect. This link allows volunteers to let us know they are interested: Volunteer Registration

We are so thankful for the amazing support we receive from this community and our list of community partners for the Resource Fair continues to grow every year. We’d love to add your name to the list! 
Thanks for considering this request! Take care and please let us know if you have any questions. 
Sincerely, 
KSD Counselors & Social Workers
Liberty Hospital receives three national awards for customer experience and financial management

Liberty Hospital’s Revenue Cycle Division received three national awards recognizing excellence in customer experience and financial management.

Healthcare Financial Management Association's (HFMA) 2020 MAP Award for High Performance in Revenue Cycle. Liberty Hospital is among 23 health providers in the nation to receive this recognition for innovative revenue cycle practices, and it is the only one in Missouri to earn this distinction. MAP stands for  measure  performance,  apply  evidence-based strategies for improvement and  perform  to the highest standards to improve financial results and patient satisfaction. The award was presented July 17 during a virtual session of the HFMA Annual Conference. Click  here for comments about this award  from HFMA’s president and CEO.
 
Healthcare Business Insight’s 2019 Revenue Cycle Award .
Liberty Hospital was one of only four hospitals in the nation to receive the honor. It is based on analysis of the hospital's outcomes across key performance indicators within the revenue cycle.

Adopter of the HFMA's Patient Financial Communication Best Practices.
Demonstrating that it follows nearly 100 best practices in financial interactions with patients, Liberty Hospital joins a select group of healthcare providers that have received this first-of-its-kind national recognition.

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Tiger Bowl Update
It’s here! Our Fall League Schedule.
Because of the unusual times that we are now living in, all of our Leagues will start after the Labor Day Holiday. We hope everyone stays safe, healthy and able to join us.
Stan Betz

40' X50' building for rent give me a call 816 630 1200 glad to work with you for your business 33 high way 2 miles North of Kearney

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Chamber Opportunities
DEADLINE: Mon., August 10 @ Noon
Drop off your goodie bag items at the Chamber Office, located at 455 Sam Barr Dr., Suite 103,
between the hours of 9am-3pm, or bring them with you to the  August 5 Chamber Luncheon.
Lets fill the bags full!

The Kearney School District will welcome a new cohort of teachers (and principals) this school year. So, let's extend a warm welcome and invite them to #ShopLocalKearney.
 
Your Kearney Chamber is hosting the New Teacher Luncheon on August 13 and will again present Chamber goodie bags on behalf of our members.
 
All Chamber Members are invited to share in this unique opportunity to promote your business and get your brand in their hands first  
by providing promotional items for 19 bags (examples include gift cards, coupons, promotional swag, mini-bottles of hand sanitizer, masks, office supplies, or anything a new teacher could use).
First Responder Appreciation

The Kearney Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in their June meeting, resolved to do something each month to demonstrate greater appreciation and community support for the Kearney Police Department and Kearney Fire & Rescue . Last week, Executive Director Stacie Bratcher delivered a care package of treats to the police department.

“At the Chamber, one of our pillars of purpose is to be a good community partner,” said Bratcher. “We wanted to extend that to the Kearney Police Department, it felt like a really good time to be able to say thank you to them for all they do to support and protect the businesses in the Kearney community.”
Treats were donated by Dan Lechner of Farmers Insurance in Kearney and CVS Pharmacy in Kearney.

If your business would like to contribute to the Chamber of Commerce monthly appreciation initiative , contact Stacie Bratcher at 816-628-4229 or email stacie@kearneychamber.org . ( KPGZ News - 102.7FM KPGZ-lp)
To continue our commitment for supporting local shopping, we would like to introduce you to the  #ShopLocalKearney  coupon 
book!  #ShopLocalKearney promotes shopping locally, supporting our local businesses, and keeping dollars working within our community. These coupons   are a  FREE  opportunity to continue to help your business succeed.
 
Our goal is to include at least 100 Kearney businesses in the #ShopLocalKearney  coupon 
book. Businesses will be selected to participate on a first-come, first-serve basis. The deadline is August 31st. These books will be valid from December 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021. The coupon books will be sold for $20 each, and offer over $1,500 worth of savings for a one-time use! 
 
Your business can utilize any combination of the following coupons, all for   FREE :
 
·      $5 off of a purchase of $25 or more
·      $10 off of a purchase of $50 or more
·      $25 off of a purchase of $100 or more
·      BOGO: Buy One, Get One Free (free item does not have to be the same).
 
We are excited about this new opportunity for you to engage your current and potential customers in Kearney while promoting your business for  FREE Members and non-members are welcome.

If you are interested in participating in the #ShopLocalKearney  coupon book, click the button below. For questions, contact Executive Director Stacie Bratcher at stacie@kearneychamber.org .
MO Chamber
Free: Punitive Damages Reform webinar

Too often the threat of large, unpredictable punitive damage awards has been used as a litigation club to force settlements unrelated to the merits of a case. Senate Bill 591, signed into law this year, promotes greater predictability and fairness with respect to punitive awards. But it will only help put a stop to outlandish punitive damages if properly implemented.
Defense attorneys must respond to any proposed attempts by plaintiff lawyers to circumvent or dilute the intended impact of the reform.
 
In this free webinar on Sept. 3, experts from Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. will delve in-depth into this critical new law and how it can best be applied to advance justice.
 
Watch free on demand: Economic Reset Webinar

COVID-19 has reset Missouri’s economy and we are all continuing to adjust to the new normal. As our state works toward a robust recovery, it is imperative that Missouri support and retain major companies while also finding ways to assist small businesses that are struggling to restart and survive. What contributions and acceleration tactics can Missouri deploy? Watch now for a frank discussion and deep dive into the latest data as we explore opportunities amid the disruption.
Your opinion: Please fill out this short survey!

The Missouri Chamber is working with the Missouri Department of Revenue to determine what types of regulatory and statutory changes to the state’s tax system businesses want to see.
 
This short survey will help policymakers determine the best path forward and input from the business community will be critical to these efforts.
 
Chamber Meetings & Events
Mark Your Calendars:
August 5 – Membership Luncheon at First Baptist Church
August 11 – Ambassador Committee
August 18 – Marketing Committee
August 18 – Executive Committee
August 25 – Finance Committee Meeting
August 25 – Board of Directors Meeting
August 31 – Nonprofit Forum

Visit the Chamber Calendar for more information on Chamber meetings and events. Due to the impact of COVID-19, Chamber events will look slightly different due to additional safety precautions that are being taken to ensure the safety of those in attendance. Details can be found within each event listing.
Chamber Membership Luncheon

Join us for our monthly Chamber Luncheon the first Wednesday of August from Noon-1:00pm at the First Baptist Church Activity Center in Kearney, MO. Registration is required. Deadline to register is 3pm, Monday, August 3.

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