Friday Facts: August 26
Friday Facts

Director Gets Buck’s Seat, Surtax Discussion and When Sports Are Innocent

Midwest Small Business Finance Board of Director Lisa McIntire’s volunteer work earned her the Buck O’Neil seat!  We are very proud for our friend with a huge heart, Lisa is the president of The Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City! Lisa was awarded the Buck O’Neil award which is a huge honor. “Ones positive impact on society, whose character, integrity and dignity are comparable to the qualities exhibited by O’Neil.” Lisa is a commercial banker but also full time rockstar for the Dream Factory with the help of many volunteers they continue to grant children’s Dream around Kansas City.
Congratulations Lisa!!!!

On November 8th Clay County voters will be asked to vote on reducing the commercial property surtax from $1.59 to $1.44 for every $100 of assessed valuation. The surtax was created in the 1980’s to replace an inventory tax which was a challenge to calculate yearly. The surtax proceeds, drawn only from businesses with buildings, is used to help fund schools, cities, libraries and other entities. The Platte County surtax rate is $0.36 while Jackson is at $1.44. Our friends at Northland Neighborhoods, Inc. are hosting a forum on Friday, September 2nd at noon featuring Presiding Commissioner Jerry Nolte, County Auditor Victor Hurlbert, North Kansas City Schools Superintendent Dan Clemens and a representative from the City of North Kansas City. If you intend to attend, please call 816-454-2000 to RSVP or you may join over the internet at

School is back in session and so starts the fall sports and other activities’ schedule. There is something pure and innocent about high school sports that allows for a pleasant night out with great weather. If you are looking for something to do, consider clicking on the school of your choice listed below to find out what is happening.

Our friends at Meta have created a program to boost the marketing of your business on Facebook and Instagram. META has created a toolkit with marketing assets that can be accessed HERE. The website to register is The free workshops will be held September 21st to 22nd.

Kansas City Parks has published their Fall 2022 Activity Guide. Take a look at it here.

This week lets visit the Historic Pharis Farm located just east of Liberty at 20611 EE Hwy Liberty, MO. Learn about the history of the farm, its establishment in 1842 by Daniel Bell, construction of the home, purchase of the land by Donald Pharis in 1927, Mr. Pharis’ efforts to raise awareness about soil and water conservation, his reconstruction of a log cabin, and its use by Donald and his wife Laura in educating children about farming practices of the past. He was the first farmer in Clay County to terrace his fields. He was a founding member of the Clay County Soil & Water Conservation District and assisted farmers throughout the Midwest. Only open during events, special occasions and scheduled tours. Call 816-736-8500 for more information.

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:

Today: Gladstone’s Linden Square’ featuring State Line DriveAugust 26th at 7:00

Tomorrow: Kearney’s Amphitheatre’s Tom Carey Appreciation NightGreat Balls of Fire 7:00

Tomorrow: Sunflower Saturday at the Big Shoal Farm August 27th from 10AM-4PM

Gladstone’s Linden Square’ featuring Funk Syndicate September 2ndth at 7:00

Kansas City’s Shoal Creek Reenactment Event Sept 3rd, 10AM-3PM

Shoal Creek Living History Museum

Excelsior Springs’ Second Fridays Sept 9th 

North Kansas City’s Friday Night Concert with Running With the Pack Sept 9th at 7PM at Macken Park

Gladstone’s Linden Square’ featuring Stolen Winnebagos September 9th at 7:00

Kearney’s Second Saturday September 10th

Gladstone’s Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum Pick’in on the Front Porch September 10th at 7PM

Liberty’s Corbin Theatre presents Jazz at the Garrison September 12th 6PM

Northland Neighborhoods Inc., Muffins & a Movie (Mr. and Mrs. Bridge) Sep 14th 9AM.

Excelsior Springs’ Downtown Excelsior Partnership Annual Dinner September 15th at 6PM

Gladstone’s Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum Big Shoal County Fair Sept 17th 10AM to 4PM

Smithville’s Old Fashioned Street Faire September 17th 10AM-6PM

Gladstone’s Fiesta on the Square September 17th 5-9PM at Linden Square

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).

KCSourceLink announced that the Global Entrepreneurship Week will be held right here in Clay County. The weeklong event that draws thousands to network, learn and grow will have its main events at iWerx in North Kansas City and surrounding locations from November 14th-20th. “The iWerx team is excited to be the base camp for GEWKC 2022,” says Bob Martin, founding partner of the iWerx family of coworking and enterprise development facilities. “The small businesses that have set up shop here have defined our character and made North Kansas City a destination for entertainment, culture and community,” says Adam Roberts, serial entrepreneur, owner of Screenland Armour Theatre and North Kansas City councilmember. “We hope to foster some of that entrepreneurial energy at GEWKC, as entrepreneurs and their champions connect to learn more about how to start, grow and accelerate businesses.”

Do you want to know what is going on in the Northland concerning economic development? The Parkville Chamber is hosting the directors of both the Platte and Clay County EDCs for their September 13th luncheon. For more information or to register, 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.

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 5.520% for ten years, 5.349% for 20 years and 5.419% 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.

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 investwith us.

Thanks, from your friends at the Clay County EDC

David Slater, Executive Director

Frances Sheffield, EDFP Loan Officer

Julie Lewis, Business Retention Specialist

Ethen Pineda, Loan Officer

7001 N. Locust, Suite B101 – Gladstone MO 64118 – (816)468-4989

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