Friday Facts: February 25
Friday Facts

Do you know where you are reading this Wednesday? Help Dr. Seuss celebrate his birthday by signing up with your local school to read to some kids on National Read Across America Day. Until the third-grade kids learn to read. After that you read to learn.

This week your EDC’s Board endorsed the Kearney School District’s $44 million zero-tax-rate-increase bond issue for April 5th. Under the direction of Board President Mark Kelly and Interim Superintendent Todd White, the district continues to show us reasons to support their goals. Preparing our young adults for the workforce is very important and the genesis of our Northland Education and Business Alliance (NEBA). The KSD plays a large role in NEBA and we are proud to have them as a partner. For more information, click here to see what our friends at Kearney’s own KPGZ News Radio report.

EDC Chair Julie Sola, Vice President and General Manager of Harrah’s Casino, pulled her Board together for a strategic planning session facilitated by iWerx’sBob Martin. We are planning the future of Clay County. If you want to share an idea please contact a staff member below or reach out to one of our Directors here.

Not mentioned in the local media, from what we were able to determine, was a front-page story in the Sunday St. Louis Post Dispatch by former three-term US Senator from Missouri John Danforth. He is seeking a center-right independent candidate to run for Senator Roy Blunt’s seat. You can read the story here.

This Tuesday is a chance to learn about a remarkable success story while having a fun time right here in Clay County. Join us for NEBA Networking at Nickel and Suede on Tuesday, March 1st from 3:30-5:30PM. Kilee Nickels, the CEO and Founder of Nickel & Suede, will talk about her business, her passion for community as well as her dedication to inspiring women to pursue their dreams! Rolling tours of the facility, drinks, and light appetizers will be provided. Please be sure to RSVP to

Clay County Presiding Commissioner Jerry Nolte, County Auditor Victor Hurlbert and County Assessor Tracy Baldwin have concerns about the county’s surtax and will be hosting a forum March 2nd’ at Coffee Connect. The tax on commercial property is $1.59 per $100 in assessed valuation in Clay County while the Missouri average sits at about $1.02. Coffee Connect is hosted every Wednesday at iWerx at 1520 Clay Street in North Kansas City. Networking begins at 7:45 with an hour-long program beginning at 8AM. 

Your EDC played a significant role in changing our county government last year. The county commission will soon include seven members rather than the current three. Filing for the newly created positions will take place until March 29th. For more information on how to be placed on the August 2nd ballot click here.

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 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.

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 both relevant and timely. You can also reach them at 1-888-728-JOBS (5627). The State of Missouri has resourceteams to assist businesses and community with getting connected to Mo Jobs resources. Contact Pam Harris, Missouri Department of Economic Development, or Allan Hedrick, Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development,

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, 3.915% for 20 years and 4.040 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:

Tomorrow: KC Police Athletic League Hold’em Tournament & Casino Fundraiser, Feb 26th 5:00-11:00PM

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

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

This week: Macbeth A Comedy of Terrors at MCC Maple Woods March 2 & 3 at 3:00 PM March 4 & 5 at 7:00PM

Next Friday morning: Northland Prevention Conference March 4th 9:00AM- 3:00PM. Information and registration here

North Kansas City’s Snake Saturday Parade March 12 at 11:00AM

Liberty Hospital’s Half Marathon and 5K  March 26th

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

Kearney Education Foundation Breakfast April 22nd at 7AM

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.

Your CCEDC is on the move. Click to join a committee, or to invest with us.

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