Nonprofit Showcase
NOVEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 1
Making An Impact!

Because of COVID our member Nonprofits have not been able to host their usual fundraisers and donation drives. They are sorely lacking in meeting their budgets and in gathering resources to help local families during the holidays.

In an attempt to help, the Kearney Chamber will host its first virtual Nonprofit Showcase, presented by D'Creamery, November 1 through December 1 at https://www.kearneychamber.org/nonprofit-showcase/.

This virtual showcase has been designed to highlight the extraordinary work of our member not-for-profits, and to provide an opportunity for all community members to learn more about the needs within these area organizations and to easily connect with them.

To garner community interest, visitors to the showcase will have the opportunity to register to win $100 Chamber Cash and will be asked to vote for their favorite participating charity, the winner of which will be awarded a $500 grant.

The event kicks-off on November 1st and will conclude on December 1st, the National Day of Giving, otherwise known as Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. We hope the community will give generously.

Holiday Giveaway Sponsors Needed
Reach more customers this holiday season during the
2nd Annual #ShopLocalKearney Holiday Giveaway.

Last year's campaign was a huge success thanks to:
  • 18 incredible sponsors, who gave-away 42 gift cards via the Shop Local Kearney Facebook page
  • 43 local residents who turned in more than $22,000 in receipts for a total of 205 entries
  • 500+ Likes on the @ShopLocalKearney Facebook page.

We are now seeking merchant partners to join us for our 2nd Annual efforts to encourage community members to shop local for the holidays!
Here's what it takes to get involved:
  • $100 Investment
  • Two $25 Gift Cards (or Chamber Cash)
  • A commitment to share campaign flyers and posts to further the #ShopLocalKearney message and maximize reach and engagement.
Here's what you'll get:
  • We'll promote your business, encouraging customers to shop at your location and enter to win!
  • Logo recognition on event flyer and all event promotions
  • Logo recognition on Holiday Giveaway webpage
  • Logo recognition in the Chamber Chat e-newsletter
  • One (1) exclusive Facebook contest @ShopLocalKearney, promoting your business and giving away $50 worth of gift cards

The #ShopLocalKearney Holiday Giveaway will run November 20-December 20. Deadline to signup is October 30.
Join these 2020 Merchant Partners:
Stitch Of The Time Spirit Shop, Hunan Garden, Betty's Place, Platte-Clay Fuels, Hidden Valley Funeral Homes of Kearney, Bea's Flowers & Gifts, D'Creamery, State Farm Agent Tracy Tucker, State Farm Agent Stella Spiking, Stables, and Academy Bank.
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We empower communities and energize life with safe and reliable energy.

Our full-service website provides 24 x 7 x 365 customer service and emergency dispatchers are available 24 x 7 for round-the-clock service and repairs. A real-time outage map on the website allows co-op members to check on the outages and the anticipated restoration time.

Our Facebook page provides co-op updates and is used to communicate with members during storm outages. Platte-Clay ranks high in customer satisfaction with its members.
Member Announcements & Events
Ready to order your Halloween sign? It's simple and fast. 
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Offer good while supplies last. Offer Expires 10/23. Orders must be picked up at our store location. Shipping is not available for this product. If your email is already in our system, click Forgot password at checkout so you can create a password. Or simply create a login with a different email account.
Trunk or Treat at Kearney West Shopping Center - 10/25

The businesses in the Kearney West Shopping Center along with the Kansas City Northland Jeepers, are hosting a Trunk or Treat for the community! Stop by for treats AND look for the best decorated Jeep!

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Firehouse Halloween Blast - 10/31

Join us this year as we do something a little different! Come and see our haunted house throughout our building! We will also have our usual free hot dogs and vendors outside! You aren't going to want to miss this!

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Advertise in the Kearney High School Clipper Yearbook.

Here are just a few of the benefits of purchasing advertising in the Clipper Yearbook:
  • This ad offers your business a place in KHS history, because yearbooks are a record of the school year.
  • A chance to promote your business to KHS students, parents and community members.
  • An opportunity to show your business’ support of the Clipper yearbook and Kearney Schools.
Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we are opting to reach out to you electronically, but we are just a phone call or email away to assist with meeting your advertising needs.

For pricing, sizes, samples and other details please visit our online order form. If you order online before Oct. 31, use the coupon code "10OFF" and SAVE 10 percent! Please place your order by Nov. 25, 2020.

We can't wait to work with you to meet your advertising needs, and we thank you for supporting the KHS students on The Clipper Yearbook staff!
Become a Real World Learning Business Partner with KSD.
Opportunity #1:
The Kearney School District school board recently approved Transeo for the district. This software will allow for business partners to register to be a part of our district's Real World Learning initiative. Partners can choose to be as heavily involved as hosting an intern or just moderately involved as a mock interview volunteer or virtual guest speaker. 
 
Using this tool as the district's Career Readiness Coordinator, I will have the ability to manage our database of business partners and advisors, leveraging them into the student experience. This will allow all stakeholders to work toward our school board goal of providing all levels of work-based learning to every student, while ensuring students are safe and seamlessly track their engagement.
 
For those who would like to be involved, use the links below to register.
Opportunity #2:
The Real World Learning team at the Kauffman Foundation will be hosting a series of webinars that provide practical information on how your business can offer ‘Real World’ virtual experiences for high school students this school year. 
 
We hope that you will register and share with colleagues who would also benefit from learning more about the RWL initiative. 
 

Tuesday, November 17 at 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. - Register 
 

Each session will include a brief introduction to the initiative, presentation from school districts and businesses who are already doing this work, and details on how to get started. 
 
In an era that has brought many challenges for both businesses and educators, we hope you’ll consider offering students the opportunity to discover their passion with your business! 
We are once again providing Holiday meals for our neighbors in need. Each Holiday meal comes with a box of fixings: 
  • Green beans
  • Cream of Mushroom soup
  • Corn Muffin Mix
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Canned vegetable
  • Canned Sweet Potatoes
  • Box of Mashed Potatoes
  • Gravy

We need your help providing the meat and a pie. We will use Signup.com again this year to help keep us organized. Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
  1. Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/JewpHzP
  2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
  3. Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Suzanne Witthar
Coordinator, Kearney Food Pantry
816.903.4763
The Excelsior Chamber is partnering with Missouri Enterprises to provide a week of manufacturing workforce training with a guaranteed interview at the end of the week-long program for those who complete the week and earn their certificate. This program is FREE for anyone attending, minimum age is 18. Lunch is provided each day. The program will take place at the Excelsior Springs community center and class size will be limited to 20. This is a huge opportunity for someone looking to upgrade from a minimum wage based job to a manufacturing career. HR reps from Treehouse Pasta, Magna, Fiskars, and others will be on site Friday at the end of the program to conduct interviews. Our goal is to have job offers extended that afternoon to some (if not all) of the participants.

We are happy to extend this invitation to the Kearney community and those you know needing employment or a career change, or someone that just graduated high-school and is not interested in a 4-year degree. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for someone.

Class week is November 9-13. It is free to attend and lunch is provided each day. Interviews are guaranteed to those who complete the week. Register by calling the Chamber office: 816.630.6161 or email: info@exspgschamber.com.
Flu shots are now available at Summers Pharmacy!
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Missouri Chamber PAC releases Nov. 3 endorsements
The Missouri Chamber Political Action Committee has released its full slate of endorsements ahead of the November 3 General Election.

As Missouri seeks to rebound from the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical to elect leaders who are committed to rebuilding our economy and growing jobs in our state.
We encourage all of our members and all Missourians to continue to educate themselves about the candidates and ballot measures ahead of this November’s election.

On November 3, Missouri voters will also have the final say in how state legislative districts will be drawn. Read More about Amendment 3.
Received a PPP loan under $50,000?
Use this easier forgiveness application
If you took advantage of the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program with a loan of $50,000 or less, you can apply for loan forgiveness with this new, simpler form.
 
 
Free webinar on how to get PPP forgiveness: Oct. 27
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Sign the letter asking for protections from frivolous COVID-19 lawsuits:
Affordable coverage has arrived for Missouri small businesses. Learn more at

Chamber Meetings & Events
Mark Your Calendars:
October 26 – Non-Profit Forum
October 27 – Board Retreat
October 27 – Ribbon Cutting - Summers Pharmacy - 2pm
October 29 – Empowering Business Workshop - Financials
November 1 – Nonprofit Showcase (virtual) - thru Dec. 1
November 4 – Chamber Membership Luncheon
November 5 – Ribbon Cutting - Kearney Food Pantry - 9am
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.
Ribbon Cutting
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27
2:00pm
Join the Kearney Chamber of Commerce at a Ribbon Cutting for Summers Pharmacy.
This is an outdoor event. Masks are required.
Workshop - Finance
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29
11:00am-Noon
The Kearney Chamber is proud to produce a series of monthly Empowering Business Workshops.
Join us on Thursday, October 29, as Bill Litster guides us through "Financial Statements and Cash Flow Simplified - Finally!" 
This one hour workshop will show you how to understand and manage your cash flow and financial information…the easy way.
Chamber Luncheon
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Noon-1:00pm
Join us for our monthly Chamber Luncheon as Paradigm Direct, Fulfillment House, and Kearney Family Foundation presents Jamie Grayson - POAC Succeed Founder/CEO on "Humanizing the Conversation for Change" the first Wednesday of November from Noon-1:00pm at the First Baptist Church Activity Center in Kearney. Boxed lunch included. Registration is Required. Deadline to Register: 3pm, Monday, November 2.
Ribbon Cutting
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5
9:00am
Join the Kearney Chamber of Commerce at a Ribbon Cutting for Kearney Food Panty.
This is an outdoor event. Masks are required.
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