Friday Facts: July 7
Friday Facts

More Fireworks: If you have not gotten your fireworks fix taken care of you are in luck. In celebration of their 50th anniversary Worlds of Fun continues their 50 Nights of Fire through August 12th. The display features an end of the day celebration featuring stirring pyrotechnics, state-of-the-art drone technology, a stirring musical soundtrack and a scrapbook of memories featuring some of the greatest moments of Worlds of Fun’s dedication to adventure and fun.

And One More Firework: Former Pleasant Valley City Councilman Loren Joneswanted his cremated remains launched in an aerial firework. The family will grant that wish on Sunday so if you see a large bottle rocket in the skies above Pleasant Valley, consider raising a glass.

Good Luck Ethen: A few weeks ago our loan officer, Ethen Pineda, got a fantastic job offer from a local regional bank to be their Small Business Administration loan supervisor. We could not match the offer. We are very pleased for Ethen and wish him well. This confirms that we made the right hire two years ago and that his new opportunity is lucky to have someone with the experience he gained from your EDC’s Midwest Small Business Finance. We hired Karina Guzman to learn the business about a month ago and we are excited to watch her grow as a loan officer. Please feel free to reach out to Karina for any building or equipment loans.

Weekend Day Trips in Clay: This week let’s go to the Shoal Creek Living History Museum in Kansas City’s Hodge Park. The museum has 21 structures with 17 authentic 19th century buildings dating back from 1807-1885. The historic log cabins and homes were relocated from surrounding counties to create a village setting. The grounds are open daily, dawn until dusk, and free of charge unless during a special event. The buildings are open during special events. You can enjoy self-guided tours by using the walking tour guide brochures which have building details and dates. Brochures are located at the front entrance off Barry Road at the information box, kiosk and mercantile front porch. Picnic under the large shade trees or venture out on the walking trails throughout Hodge Park. Catch a glimpse of the bison and visit the chickens (spring through the fall) in the coop behind the Stollings House. You can walk a trail from Barry Road to Shoal Creek Parkway. 

Coffee Connect: This Wednesday we are going to hear the story of Jan Jensen and learn all things about art. At Jan Jensen artists, they specialize in curating vivid and emotive work from Kansas City’s local artists and connecting them with the audience they never knew they had. Networking begins at 7:45 with the presentation at 8. We will meet in the North Kansas City iWerx 1520 Clay St.

Things To Do in Clay: Your EDC’s Friday Facts is your go-to read to see what is happening in our County. 

Tonight: Gladstones Linden Square presents One Night Stand July 7th 7PM

Tomorrow: Kearney’s Second Saturdays July 8th

Tomorrow: Excelsior Springs Movie in the Park featuring Superpets July 8th 8PM

Tomorrow: Historic Downtown Liberty’s presents KC Wide Open Block Party July 8th

Tomorrow: Screenland Armour Theatre’s outdoor movie this Saturday is Airheads

This week: Northland Neighborhoods Inc’s Muffins & a Movie presents Blackberry July 12th 9AM 

NKC’s Friday Night Concert July 14th 5:30 with Scotty & Deann & Carl Worden Band at Macken Park

Gladstone’s Linden Square presents Switch July 14th 7PM

Smithville’s Whiskey Walk and Summer Bash 2023 July 15th 3-7PM 107 E Main St.

Historic Downtown Liberty’s presents Beer Crawl July 15th 1-5PM

Excelsior Springs Chamber’s Third Saturday Wine Tours July 15th 10:30-5

Gladstones Linden Square presents JAM-Michael Jackson & Bruno Mars Tribute Band July 15th7PM

Multi Chamber After Hours Networking July 18th 4-6PM at Conrad’s in Liberty

Briarcliff Business Partners Alliance’s The Best Bite July 21st 4:30-8:30PM The Royal Room at Briarcliff Village

Gladstones Linden Square presents Puss in Boots: The Last Wish July 22nd 7:45PM

Northland Chamber’s Golf Tournament July 26th 8AM at Paradise Pointe Golf Complex Smithville

Historic Downtown Liberty’s presents Girls Night Out July 27th 4-8PM

Liberty’s Popcorn in the Park July 28th 6PM at Liberty Community Center featuring Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

North Kansas City’s Movie in the Park July 28th 9PM Puss in Boots: The Last Wish at Macken Park

Excelsior Springs’ Slightly off-Broadway Theatre presents Bye, Bye Birdie July 28th & 29th

Gladstone Theatre in the Park features Cinderella Aug 4th-6th 8PM at the Gladstone Amphitheater

Kearney Amphitheater presents The Phil Collins Experience Aug 19th at 7:30PM

Click on the high school of your choice to see their calendar of events. Excelsior SpringsKearneySmithvilleLiberty, Liberty NorthNorth Kansas CityWinnetonkaOak ParkStaleySt. Pius Northland Christian and Platte County R-3(yes, part of their district is in Clay County).

Farmers’ Markets: It’s that time of the year when the farmers’ markets start popping up. Here are the ones your EDC found in Clay County. KearneyLawsonSmithvilleGladstoneLibertyDowntown Liberty and Excelsior Springs. Simply click on the location for more information.

Clay County Visitors’ Guide: Our friends at the Courier Tribune created a Guide to Clay County for visitors and locals alike. If you are a subscriber and already got this then great. If not, here is a link to some super cool things to do right 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.

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 6.506% for ten years, 6.410% for 20 years and 6.320% 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.

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 of various career opportunities right here in Clay County.

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

Thanks, from your friends at the Clay County EDC

David Slater, Executive Director davids@clayedc.com

Julie Lewis, Business 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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