Friday Facts: October 14
Friday Facts

Gladstone FD Will See Chiefs Up Close: Big game this Sunday at Arrowhead as our Chiefs take on the Buffalo Bills. Before Patrick Mahomes can throw a pass or Chris Jones gets a bogus penalty called on him, the Gladstone Fire Department Color Guard will present the colors. According to a Gladstone press release, Marc Wachter, Tim Schmuke, David McGee and Travis Wessel were instrumental in getting the department chosen.

EDC In the News: KSHB-TV did a nice feature about our 587 project on Tuesday. You can see the report by clicking here.

Local Election Information: This week the Courier Tribune did a question and answer for both the Presiding Commissioner and Eastern At-Large seats. Here is the link to the CT update this week. The newspaper will also be hosting a candidate forum this Wednesday, October 19th at 7PM at the Woodneath Library 8900 NE Flintlock Rd in Kansas City. This will provide you a great opportunity to hear the positions of the candidates and also see the newly remodeled facility. We urge you to click here to see your November 8th ballot. The beauty of a Democracy is that we will all be able to vote the way we feel best fits our beliefs. All we ask that you come prepared after looking into the candidates and issues.

Plogging Weekend: Enjoy the fall foliage while cleaning Gladstone, Liberty and North Kansas City this weekend. Plogging is a Swedish concept that combines picking up litter and jogging (you can walk too) to promote health and wellness for individuals while cleaning up your community on October 16th at 8:00 a.m.  For more information or to register click here.

Northland Neighborhoods, Inc. is hosting the Kansas City Health Department for a vaccine clinic from 2-5PM on November 10th and December 8th. They will administer Tdap, COVID and the flu vaccines. Please call 816-454-2000 with any questions.

Things To Do in Clay: 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:

This Weekend: Worlds of Fun’sGreat Pumpkin Festthrough October

This week: Carolyn’s Pumpkin Patch until October 31st

This Weekend: Smithville High presents “Our Town” by Thorton Wilder at 7PM Fri-Sat

This Weekend: Worlds of Fun’s Haunt Fridays and Saturdays

Tomorrow: Blue Sparrow Landscape’s Fall Festival Celebration Oct 15th 10- 4PM, 107 N Industrial Park Rd.

Sunday: Gladstone, Liberty and North Kansas City Ploggathon Oct 16th at 8AM. For more information click here.

This week: MCC Maple Woods presents Honk & Howl October 19th from 5-7PM

This week: Cocktails and Collaboration October 20th 5-7PM at i-Werx 1520 Clay NKCMO

Excelsior Springs Hospital Annual Gala October 27th at 6PM at the Elms Hotel

Northland Health Care Access’ Bonne Sante’ Auction Gala October 27th 5:30 Argosy

North Kansas City’s Trunk-or-Treat in the Park October 28th 6-8PM at Macken Park

KC Parks Great Kansas City Cleanup October 29th various times and locations

UAW 249’s Trunk or Treat October 29th 6-8PM 6040 NE Hwy 69 Pleasant Valley

Northland Chamber’s Annual Auction November 17th

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.”

The Doniphan Leadership Institute’s spring 2023 cohort is 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.

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 5.877% for ten years, 6.586% for 20 years and 6.654% 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 davids@clayedc.com

Frances Sheffield, EDFP Loan Officer francess@clayedc.com

Julie Lewis, Business Retention Specialist juliel@clayedc.com

Ethen Pineda, Loan Officer EthenP@clayedc.com

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

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