here's this month's news wrap-up from the Clay County EDC:

Missouri Lieutenant Governor To Address Joint Luncheon

Lt. Gov. Mike Parson will be the keynote speaker for the 2017 Joint Luncheon Oct. 12. Read More.

Don't Miss Out in 2017: Keystone Nominations Now Open!

Take a minute and nominate a project or development for the prestigious Keystone Awards. Read More.

Clay County Growth Trends Include Notable Numbers

As part of ongoing Strategic Initiative efforts, the EDC recently commissioned a study of growth and development. Some of the results are surprising, a few are staggering. Read More.

Clay County Moves Forward with University Effort

Clay County's quest to open a branch of Missouri University Science and Technology recently took another small but important step. Read More.

Small Businesses Can Learn to Compete with Giants

The EDC and Mid-Continent Public Library will hold their next Small Business Bootcamp this month with more vendors and an outstanding keynote speaker. Read More.

Clay County's Biggest Airport Turns 90

The Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport recently celebrated a birthday, one that has special meaning for Clay County. Read More.

Speaking of Birthdays: Ford Pickup Trucks Mark 100 Years!

Who would have thought that something that started in 1918 would be so important to the local economy today? Read More.

Saint Luke's Hospital Gains National Attention

With its Smithville location, the large hospital network recently earned honors in an annual national ranking. Read More.

Doniphan Leadership Institute Ready for Fall, Spring Cohorts

The executive leadership program is entering its 11th year with an increasingly relevant program for those who aspire to advanced leadership. Read More.

Clay Voters Approve Children's Program Funding

Expanded and improved services for children from birth to 18 in several areas will be targeted with the approved programs. Read More.

SBA Rates Offer Long-Term, Low Interest

If you're starting or expanding a business, SBA 504 loans are hard to beat for both borrowers and traditional lenders – especially when you work with the customer-friendly staff at Midwest Small Business Finance.

The July SBA 504 interest rates are 4.49 percent for the 20-year loan and 4.4.54 percent for the 10-year loan.

For further information, contact Midwest Small Business Finance at (816) 468-4989 or visit

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