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512 Main Street (P.O. Box 350) Belton, Missouri 64012 Phone 816-331-2420 Fax: 816-331-8736 Volume 35, No 1 E-mail: Website: Executive Director, Terri McEneany Asst. to Director, Kay Stanbarger

Hello Everyone, I would like to start by wishing everyone success this year. For those of you who do not know me, my name is Tom O’Connor. I am General Manager at Carpet for Less, and I am proud to have been with that company for 26 years. I am honored to serve the Chamber as President for 2009 and hope to continue the tradition of excellence set by my predecessors. I feel we have an excellent Board of Directors with varied backgrounds and experiences and together we can take the Belton Chamber and business community to the next level. We are fortunate to have such an outstanding Chamber in our community but it is important that we continue to move forward and grow- to serve our community, to build our own businesses and to attract new business to the Belton area. What does the Chamber do? To continue to improve the Chamber, we need to understand what the Chamber does; it’s one of the most often asked questions. According to our By-Laws, Article I, Section 3 states, “The mission of the Belton Chamber of Commerce is to create opportunities for business success through networking, advocacy, and business and professional development.” In this issue of our newsletter, I’d like to address Networking opportunities. potential members as guests. I believe there is no better opportunity to promote my business than when I get a chance to explain to someone IN PERSON what my business provides.

Membership Luncheons
Another regular networking opportunity that the Belton Chamber of Commerce provides is the General Membership Luncheon. These are held on the second Tuesday of each month, with networking and sign-in beginning at 11:30 a.m., and lunch being served at noon. The meeting and/or guest presentation starts about 12:25 p.m. and is over by 1:00 p.m. Reservation through the Chamber Office are requested by the Friday before the meeting. We are currently using the dining hall at Carnegie Village to host our luncheons, and the cost is $12 per person, paid by check or cash at the door. This is another wonderful opportunity to network and promote your business.

Special Events
Some other events are the Belton Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament in spring, August Steak Fry and Christmas Party & Silent Auction. We also participate in other community events such as Belton Community Days and the Pumpkin Fest in October. While some events have become know as fund-raisers for the Chamber, all provide wonderful opportunities to network and get to know other members. We are lucky to have a chamber that provides so many ways for us to promote and grow our businesses; all we have to do is show up and take advantage of those opportunities. Hundreds of new customers! Being positive about the potential we have before us is optimistic, but the reality is that all of our businesses have faced some tough economic times and are likely to face more in the coming year. What better time for us to all group together and support each other? The Belton Chamber of Commerce has more than 300 members. The way I see it, that’s 300 people I have the opportunity to call CUSTOMERS, and that number doesn’t include the people that they may know! If you have not attended one of our networking events, I encourage you to do so. If you are already attending regularly, I encourage you to invite someone you know who is not. Your participation will make us a stronger chamber, and I am certain it will also benefit your business. Tom O’Connor, President Belton Chamber of Commerce 1

First Friday Coffee and Business After Hours
Each month, the Belton Chamber of Commerce organizes at least three networking opportunities open to all member businesses, their employees and guests. The first Friday of every month is the First Friday Coffee, typically from 7:30-9:00 a.m. The third or fourth Thursday of every month (usually the third Thursday) is an After Hours event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. These two informal events are hosted by one of our members, usually at their business but sometimes at a local restaurant. The Chamber office sends out reminder emails each week to give the specific location and dates of all upcoming events. There is no cost to attend either of these, and the host always provides a nice spread of food and beverage- whether home–baked pastries and flavored coffee or a catered appetizer offering. No reservations are needed for the Coffee or After Hours. At these events, the host has the opportunity to showcase their business, and those attending have a chance to network and introduce themselves to other members who may not be aware of the services that they provide. These events are always well attended, but we would love to see even more of our regular and non-regular members attend- and bring

Teresa McRoy 313 Main Belton MO 64012 816-331-5597 Angels On Call is a Thrift Store to benefit Senior Citizens and Teenagers in the Belton area. Please call to donate items. They are in need of shelving, if you have shelving you would like to donate please call Teresa.

CAFÉ 113
Jennifer Smith 113 Wyoming St. Pleasant Hill, MO 64080 816-387-3113

Nate & Allee’s has closed on North Scott but you can still enjoy their great food at Café` 113 in Pleasant Hill and visit with Jennifer, Sheila & Megan!

Chris Mills 311 E. Clinton St. Clinton MO 64735 816-884-3464

Servpro of Cass County provides fire and water restoration, carpet cleaning, duct cleaning, mold remediation and more.

1314 E. North Avenue Belton MO 64012 816-331-7600 The Locker Room Family Sports Grill has added a new Italian menu to the previous menu. , Cass County Commission- Bob Huston, Assessor- Sharon Shores Auditor- Pam Shipley, Collector- Jacqueline Cook, Judge Div. IMike Wagner, Judge Div. II- Dan Olsen, Judge Div. V- Kelly Elliott, Circuit Clerk- Janet Burlingame, County Clerk- Gary Mallory, Presiding Commissioner- Brian Baker, Associate Commissioner- Bill Cook, Associate Commissioner- Teresa Hensley, Prosecutor- Melody Folsom , Public Admin.- Sandy Gregory, Recorder of Deeds- Dwight Diehl, Sheriff- Steve Cheslik, Treasurer

Gary Mallory 102 East Wall Harrisonville MO 64701

John Griffith--Owner 8314 E. 171st St Belton MO 64012 816-318-4335

Chartroose Caboose has Hot Philly Steaks & Other sandwiches. They Deliver!

Ed Bestgen 836 N. Scott Belton MO 64012 816-322-1166

OF CASS COUNTY Chris Mills 311 E. Clinton St. Clinton, MO 64735 Bob Hardin 816-322-2222 202 E. North Avenue Belton, MO 64012 Membership Meeting Sponsor for March 2009 2


Membership Meeting Sponsor February 2009

Membership Meeting SponsorshipIf you would like to tell fifty or more people about your business, take advantage of this opportunity. For the price of $200.00 meeting sponsor will receive:  A reserved table at the meeting for you and your guests.  An opportunity to introduce people at your table.  One free lunch  Five to Seven minutes to tell about your business.  Distribute literature at the meeting  A business card size ad in the Chamber Newsletter. Reservations are currently available for April, May, September, October and November. Please call Kay at the Chamber office, 331-2420, to schedule your date. Newsletter AdvertisingBeginning in April 2009 the chamber will offer advertising in the Chamber Newsletter.  Full Page ad (or insert) is $100.00  Half Page ad is $50.00  Business card size ad $25.00 You will need to provide the chamber with art work in email format. Your information and payment will be due the Friday before the last week of the month. The Chamber Newsletter will be emailed, available at the chamber office, at networking events, and on the chamber website. Contact Kay at the Chamber Office, 331-2420 for additional information. Mass Email ProgramMass Email services are now being offered for the purpose of promoting your business. You will provide the Chamber with the information you would like distributed. The information will be reviewed by members of the Board, after approval and prepayment, it will be emailed to all Chamber members. The first mailing will be free. Members will be limited to five additional mailings per fiscal year at a cost of $50.00 each. Please contact Kay at the Chamber Office, 331-2420, for additional information.


Tom O’Connor, President Carpet For Less (816)331-5857 Julie Molendorp, 1st Vice-President Instant Certified Appraisals (816) 804-9875 William Sterling, 2nd Vice President Jose` Peppers (816) 331-4949 Peggy Dryden, Secretary (816) 331-2255 Brenda Slivinski, Treasurer HyVee Belton MO 64012 (816) 318-0400 Bob Hardin, Ambassador Allen Bank and Trust Company (816) 322-2222 Renee Kerckhoff, Past President Rudroff Heating & Air Conditioning (816) 331-4347 Leslie Brock, Special Events Belton School District (816) 331-5038 Al Hoag, Legislative City Councilman, Ward 3 (816) 322-2071 Bill Keeney, Membership Keller Williams Realty (816) 892-3500 Vicki Daniels, Community Awareness The Star Herald (816) 331-5353 Art Ruiz, BCED Representative (816)331-4449


Terri McEneany, Executive Director (816)331-2420 Kay Stanbarger, Assistant Director (816) 331-2420 3


FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE 7:30- 9:00 a.m.
February 6 Calvary Bible College & Theological Seminar--Randy Grimm Belton Education Foundation Heather McFarland Northern Cass Resource Center Terri Milbourn Lifequest Chruch 1400 North Scott Cass County Government Officials @ Carnegie Village CALL TO SCHEDULE A COFFEE Bel Ray Sunrise Lions @ Eagles Landing

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS 5:30- 7:30 p.m.
February 19 Chartroose Caboose @ The Chamber Office. The Locker Room Carnegie Village

March 6

March 19 April 16

April 3

May 21 June 18 July 16

May 1

June 5

August 20 September 17 October 19 November 19

July 3 August 7

September 4 CALL TO SCHEDULE A COFFEE Call to schedule an event at your business. October 2 Carnegie Village MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON HELD AT CARNEGIE VILLAGE SCHEDULED SPEAKERS 2009 February 10 Rick Dawson Heart N Hand Ministries Mayor Jim Odom Historical Society To be Announced

November 6 CALL TO SCHEDULE A COFFEE December No First Friday Coffee

March 14 May 1, 2 May 15 May 16 June 18, 19, 20 August 6 October 9, 10 December 11 St. Patricks Day Parade Heritage Bar B Que Contest Chamber Golf Tournament City Wide Garage Sale Belton Community Days Belton Chamber Steak Fry Pumpkin Fest Christmas Cocktails Country Keepsakes Tearoom $20 per person March 10 April 14 May 12

June, July August No Luncheon August 6 September 8 October 13 STEAK FRY To Be Announced To Be Announced

November 10 To Be Announced December (Christmas Cocktails/No Meeting)


Belton Chamber of Commerce
Ninth Annual Golf Tournament May 15th, 2009
Eagles’ Landing Golf Course
Registration & Lunch: Tee-Off: Dinner & Awards: 10:30 A.M. 12:00 Noon Following Play

Prizes for two flights amounts to be determined

Gold Sponsor - $3,000 *
Special Recognition on tournament banner as a Gold Sponsor Prominently featured on all marketing materials and advertising Logo on Eagles Landing scoreboard for one year Complimentary Hole Sponsorship

Two four-person teams

Silver Sponsor - $1,500 **
Recognition as a Silver Sponsor of the tournament Featured on all marketing materials and advertising Name on Eagles Landing scoreboard for one year Complimentary Cart sponsorship One four-person team

Bronze Sponsor - $1000 ***
Recognition as a Bronze Sponsor of the tournament Featured on all marketing materials and advertising One four-person team


well as team participation. John Condra Team Sponsorship ($500) reported on the status of the Covers entry fees for one four-person team – includes lunch, dinner, water and beer. Chamber’s Candidate Beverage ($300) Forum on Oct Cart (2 Carts Available) 7th at the Wallace Park Repeated exposure throughout tournament with beverage cart featuring your business name/logo. Community HoleThe One Game In ($250) Center. format of the event was Sponsor buys insurance to cover designated prize for a Hole In One game. Cost varies by prize value. discussed Hole the Sponsor ($200) among Board as well Golf ball shaped sign features your business name. Every player will see your sign. as rules of the event and what Golf Cart Sponsor ($100) the protocol for the question Golf cart sign displays your business name. and answer periodDoor be. will Prize Donation ($25 or more suggested value) Robert Mayo motioned to have Mitch Call soon—331-2420 Streit Limited number of Gold Sponsorship levels available call both These opportunities will go fast! candidates and Limited number of Silver Sponsorship levels available Terri McEneany, Director define the rules as originally Kay Stanbarger, Assistant Unlimited Bronze Sponsorship levels agreed upon by both candidates, David Martin seconded. David Martin reported on the Soap Box Derby project and announced that an informal committee consisting of himself, Mike Sanders and Mayor Pinkepank, was formed to research land development and other issues vital to the success of this event. The Board agreed to have the committee move forward. Bud Elkins reported he was celebrating his 80th birthday and the Board sang “Happy Birthday” with vim and vigor. Happy Birthday Bud!! Chris Ruiz reported on the Ambassador Club. They have invited new members