Friday Facts: November 25
Friday Facts

Best Black Friday Deal Right Here: There are still dogs and cats available for adoption at the Maple Woods Veterinary Technology School. What a great Christmas present for both of you! Click here to see who is still in need of a new home.

Terminal Test Team? The Build KCI team is seeking applicants to volunteer to test the new terminal. Click here if you are interested in applying. The new terminal is amazing.

Wreath For a Veteran: December 17th is National Wreaths Across America Day when volunteers remember, honor and teach via a coordinated wreath-laying ceremony. At the same time veterans are acknowledged at Arlington National Cemetery, more than 3,400 additional locations in all 50 States, at sea and abroad will have grave sites decorated. To learn, volunteer or donate,  click here. Four cemeteries in Clay County, Terrace Park, Fairview, White Chapel and Fairview-New Hope are participating.

Liberty Hospital ranked safest in the Northland: For the third year in a row Liberty Hospital was ranked as the safest in the Northland by The Leapfrog Group. “This achievement is only possible with a smart, dedicated workforce, and I am tremendously proud of our team for putting patient safety first,” Raghu Adiga, MD, hospital president and CEO, said. “Receiving the highest score three times in a row is something few hospitals can claim, and I commend our team’s outstanding effort to achieve such standards and meet the need for premier healthcare in the Northland. ”Read the press release by clicking here

Small Business Grant: Apply for a grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development for your small business by clicking here.

Breakfast at Maple Woods Leads to Seven Scholarships: Dr. Larry Rideaux, President of Maple Woods Community College, announced seven $500 scholarships thanks to the generous support of Northland business partners and individual donors at last year’s Inaugural breakfast. Click here to attend the December 7th 7:30AM breakfast or contact Susan Chiappone at Susan.Chiappone@mcckc.edu .

KC Parks would like to get input and involvement in their upcoming Parks Trailhead Study. Click here to opine.

Look North and Keystone December 15th: Dave Horn, who led the effort to revitalize both the Antioch and Metro North Malls, will be honored with the Look North award at your EDC’s luncheon December 15th. Businesses in the Northland that have made a significant contribution to help build Clay County’s economy will also be recognized with a Keystone. Seats are $40 with tables of eight for $300. You can register here.

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 Week: North Kansas City Business Council’sThe Big Event” is Dec 1st 5:30-7:30 at Harrah’s.

Pleasant Valley’s Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Dec 2nd 5-7PM City Hall 6500 Royal St.

Smithville Chamber’s Candy Land Christmas Dec 3rd 1-5:30PM & Dec 9th 4-7PM in Downtown Smithville

Liberty’s Home Town Holidays- Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec 3rd 2-5 in Downtown Liberty

Pleasant Valley and Glenaire’s Santa on the Firetruck Dec 10th starting at 9AM

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).

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 info@northlandcaps.org.

Break Out the Green Tie: Smithville High School’s Green Tie Affair, an innovator showcase with entrepreneurial pitches and individual interviews will be December 8th from 8-11AM at the school. Click here to see how you can help build our workforce.

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

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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