Friday Facts: October 28
Friday Facts

NEBAthis Tuesday: Do you have an hour and a half each month to help develop our workforce? Your EDC hosts the Northland Education and Business Alliance the first Tuesday of every month at our office. Educators and businesses are put in the same room to help develop our workforce. Northland CAPS, career fairs, mock interviews, externships and internships are products of NEBA. This month’s guest speaker is Dr. Larry Rideaux, President of Maple Woods Community College. Lunch is provided at 11:45 with the meeting running from noon to 1. For more information, call our office.

While stuck in rush hour: If you missed the meeting on the I-29, I-35 and Highway 169 intersection there is information posted on the MoDOT page to direct you to a virtual meeting online as well as a survey to gather opinions. We can’t get improvement funding unless others know we have a problem.

Broadband expansion: The Mid-America Regional Council and the Missouri Office of Broadband Development are hosting two listening sessions in November to hear from local officials, residents and other stakeholders on the need for investment in broadband and digital access services in Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties. One meeting will take place Thursday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mid-Continent Public Library located at 1665 S. Withers Road in Liberty. State officials are seeking feedback on how Missouri should spend $500 million in new federal funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA); the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program; and the Digital Equity Act program. Read more here.

Global Entrepreneurship Week in Two Weeks: KCSourceLink will be hosting the Global Entrepreneurship Week right here in Clay County November 14th-20th. 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. The goal is 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.

Intern anyone? Can you think of a valuable project for your business or organization that would be a learning opportunity for an intern? Northland CAPS is currently looking to secure approximately 300 unpaid internships across every career industry for the spring semester. NCAPS interns report 10 hrs/week for 15 weeks beginning in mid-January. They work with businesses and organizations of all sizes and varieties, including small businesses. Please consider hosting one! To get started, you can complete this quick form. If you have questions, please contact Allison Clemens or Brett Kisker at

Local Election Information: Here is the link to the CT update this week. 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.

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:

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

Tonight: Kearney’s Halloween Blast Oct 28th 4-6PM in Lion’s Park

This Weekend: Worlds of Fun’sGreat Pumpkin Festthrough October

This Weekend: Liberty High School presents “Alice in Wonderland” October 28th & 29th at 7PM

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

This week:  Liberty’s Spooky Trail Hunt until October 31st

Until Nov 2: MCC Maple Woods presents Dia de los Muertos Mon-Fri 10AM-2PM at the Frederick Gallery HU 205

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

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

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

Tomorrow: Clay County Sheriff’s Office Trunk or Treat Oct 29 2-4PM at Mill and Missouri Streets

Tomorrow: Excelsior Springs’ Witch Way to the Wine Oct 29 noon-5 in Downtown Excelsior

Tomorrow: A Triumph of the Spirit-A Musical About Harriet Tubman Oct 29th at 2PM at Garrison Cultural Ctr

This week: Historic Downtown Liberty’s Trick or Treat Oct 31 at 5PM 118 N Main

This week: Excelsior Springs’ Downtown Trick or Treat Oct 31 4-6PM

This week: North Kansas City High School presents The Addams Family Nov 3rd-5th at 7PM

Briarcliff Trail Invasive Honeysuckle Removal Community Workday Nov 5th 9-noon

NNI’s Muffins & a Movie “The Mighty” Nov 9th 9AM contact or 816-454-2000

Liberty’s Veterans’ Day Celebration Nov 11th 6PM in the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre 1600 S Withers Rd.

Smithville’s Wine Walk & Christmas Market Nov 12 3-7PM Main Street District

Northland Chamber’s Annual Auction November 17th

MCC Maple Woods presents “Thurber Carnival” Nov 17-19 at 7PM in the Student Center

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).

META Marketing: Our friends at META Boost Studios wrapped up their Small Business Studio this week. Now that their in-person tour has concluded, their virtual program will continue through the end of year. It offers small businesses free on-demand access to educational training and marketing resources to help them grow their business online.Marketing assets can be accessed 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.

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

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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