Friday Facts: February 4
Friday Facts

Dawn Cramer, Vice President of Cramer Capital Management and a member of your EDC, was unanimously approved by the Missouri Senate as a member of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners on February 1st. The vote confirmed the nomination from Governor Mike Parson. The Kansas City Police Board consists of the Kansas City Mayor and four gubernatorial appointments.

Your EDC’s partner, William Jewell College is inviting the public to look at the stars. Maggie Sherer, PH.D., Professor of Physics and Chair of the Department of Physics, is planning to have an open house at the Pillsbury Observatory on the first Friday night each month through May. The first open house is this Friday, February 4, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, if the sky is clear, at the Pillsbury Observatory. The Jewell community and the public are invited to come up to the observatory during that time to observe the Orion Nebula through the 14-inch telescope.

Kyana Bowers of EDCKC has grant funds available to invest in promising social entrepreneurs with sustainable business models that create social, racial, and/or environmental change. The application deadline is March 30, 2022.  For more information click here.

The Northland Education and Business Alliance continues with our Career Speaker Series February 15th. Click here if you are interested in Health Science and here if you are thinking about a career in Human Services. If you are considering joining NEBA, our next membership meeting is March 1st. You can register here.

Metropolitan Community College Kansas City has a speakers’ series this month. On February 9th at 6:00PM Lyle Gibson will present on the History of Laws and its Impact on African Americans. On the 16th at 6:00 Dr. Warren Haynes will host Courageous Conversions and on the 23rd at 6:00 Dr. Crystal Johnson presents 2 Steps Forward 2 Steps Back: Historical Amnesia’s Impact on Social Progress.

The Doniphan Leadership Institute’s fall 2022 and spring 2023 cohorts are accepting registrations now. These tend to fill up very quickly. You can register or get more information here. The classes are offered through William Jewell’s Pryor Leadership Program.

The United States government has set up a website for free at-home COVID-19 tests. Each household is allowed up to four tests. Get more information and place your orders here.

Rich Groves, the Executive Director of the North Kanas City Business Council, became certified to facilitate the Jon Schallert Destination Creation training course.  The Destination Creation class runs February 14, 21, 28 and March 7, 14 and 21 for 2 hours each from 3 to 5 p.m. It will be ideally set up for hybrid training using the North Kansas City Fire Department training room which can hold up to 28 participants and a newly acquired Owl Pro camera/microphone. A “destination” business isn’t limited to customers within a small geographic region.  People will travel from far away for a destination business that has unique appeal.  Internet traffic, too, will rise when searchers discover something unique and special about a destination business. When your business becomes a destination, sales and profit can exceed what you originally considered possible. For more information or to register click here.

The Caesars Foundation of Harrah’s is now taking applications for donations. You can get more information here. You may remember that your EDC received a $5,000 grant towards our project with Sleep in Heavenly Peace where we built 50 beds and finished 30 others earlier this year. As our Chair Julie Sola pointed out at our Annual Meeting, there are 80 less kids sleeping on the floor right here in the Northland than there were a year ago.

Our Mid-Continent Public Libraries offer many classes including the Square One courses on how to operate a business. The website offers many opportunities, both virtual and in-person.

Your EDC wants to make sure you know of the great resources provided by our state that address job seekers, employers and our community. The information provided at is both relevant and timely. You can also reach them at 1-888-728-JOBS (5627).

Did you know that your EDC provides small business loans through our partnership with Midwest Small Business Financing? We want to put your business into buildings and purchase the required fixed assets. Our rates include the Small Business Administration fees and are currently 3.633% for ten years, 3.532% for 20 years and 3.659 for 25 years. Please contact us with any questions. You can read about upcoming SBA trainings and get more information about the SBA’s Resource Partner Training here.

Your EDC helps to sponsor weekly educational programs designed to engage, educate and accelerate communities of entrepreneurs and small business owners. Hosted in-person by iWerx, 1520 Clay Street, North Kansas City, MO 64116, Coffee Connect starts at 7:45 and the program begins at 8. To sign up or for more information click here.

Your EDC’s Friday Facts is your go-to read to see what is happening in our County. We want you to see Clay County while spending your disposable income right here:

Tonight: William Jewell’s Pillsbury Observatory takes a look at the Orion Nebula 7:00-9:00

This weekend: MCPL presents Brother John’s African Folktales Saturday at 10:30AM

This weekend: Excelsior Springs Chocolate Tour February 5th 11AM – 5 PM

This weekend: Northland Chamber’s Annual Banquet honoring Carol Suter February 5th 5:30 – 8:30

This week   Jazz at the Garrison 6:00 PM Monday at Liberty’s Corbin Theatre

This week   MCPL presents The Underground Railroad on the Western Frontier Feb 8th at 7:00PM

To Broadway With Loveday at Liberty’s Corbin TheatreFebruary 12th at 7:00

Liberty’s Let’s Wine About Winter February 19th 1PM – 5PM

Excelsior Springs’ Mardi Gras Murder Mystery February 19th at 6PM and 20th at 1:30PM

MCCKC presents A Raisin in the Sun Viewing and Discussion February 28th at 6:00PM

Smithville’s 1st Annual Crawfish Boil March 1st from 5:00 – 9:00

Excelsior Springs’ Sippin’ Into Spring March 26th from noon – 5PM

Click on the school of your choice to see their calendar of events. Excelsior Springs, Kearney, Smithville, Liberty, Liberty North, North Kansas City, Winnetonka, Oak Park, Staley, St. Pius, Kansas City Christian and Platte County R-3 (yes, part of their district is in Clay County).

The Northland Education and Business Alliance now has its own YouTube channel. This organization just continues to grow and get things right and your EDC is proud to be a part of it. Feel free to view the dozens of videos from various career opportunities right here in Clay County.

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