Friday Facts: October 13
Friday Facts

By David Slater, Executive Director  

Weather Ready to Turn: When’s the last time you attended a local high school sporting event? The weather is perfect this weekend for the outdoors and always just right inside an auditorium. Consider clicking on your alma mater or the local school below and have a fun night of cheap entertainment.

Look North Ticket Deadline Today: Please have your ticket order in today for your EDC’s Look North luncheon honoring Ora Reynolds October 27th at 11:30 at Harrah’s. Along with our sponsors, North Kansas City Hospital-Meritas Healthand NorthPoint Development at the gold-level and Hunt Midwest, Oak Hill DaySchoolThe Full Employment CouncilCBRE and Olsson at the silver level, we are excited to see the film production by our Northland CAPS students. The video will feature comments from Kansas City Chiefs President and CEO Clark Hunt. Tickets are $60 with a table of eight for $450. Information on sponsorships is available by calling your EDC at 816-468-4989 or For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Health Director to Retire: Clay County Director of Public Health, Gary Zaborac,is retiring after leading the Public Health Center for the past 20 years. Gary’s twenty years of service as health director mark the longest term of service by any director in CCPHC’s 70-year history. Gary will continue serving in his role through December 31, 2023. A celebration of Director Zaborac’s career will take place at Clay County Public Health Center on Thursday, Dec. 14 from 4-5:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. For more information click here.

NKCSD Mock Interviews: The North Kansas City School District is looking for volunteers to create some spare time to help their students to improve their interview skills. The interviews will be December 6th but the registration deadline is November 3rd. You can get more information here. You may register here.

Manufacturing Bootcamp: Missouri Enterprise in conjunction with the North Kansas City Business Council are presenting a four-day frontline leadership bootcamp. The Frontline Leader Development program is a four-session bootcamp designed to develop frontline workers into frontline leaders. This bootcamp takes you through the Foundation of Communication, helping leaders recognize the role of emotional intelligence, engaging the ‘head’ and the ‘heart’ to build and retain your workforce. For more information or to register email Jennifer at

North Kansas City Hospital Wired: The College of Healthcare InformationManagement Executives (CHIME) has released its Digital Health Most Wired Survey results for 2023 and certified North Kansas City Hospital and Meritas Health Level 9 achievement for Acute Care and Ambulatory Care. CHIME surveyed more than 55,000 healthcare facilities and has recognized NKCH and MH as a Most Wired organization for over a decade. Read more here.

Jewell Innovation: A significant financial gift to William Jewell College from alumni Mark and Karen Mathes and their family will fund the new Mathes Innovation Center opening on campus this month. This unique, full-service Center supports students and local founders from the moment of their business proposal through the investment process. Members will gain business and technological acumen while immersed in Jewell’s culture of critical thought and inquiry. Center staff will curate interested investors on behalf of the Mathes Innovation Centers’ members to create a true one stop shop. Read more here.

Coffee Connect: This Wednesday we will gather at iWerx, 1520 Clay in North Kansas City. Nic Termini of ActionCOACH will tell us how he helps develop driven and energetic entrepreneurs and leaders so they can increase profits. Networking begins at 7:45 with the presentation at 8.

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

Tomorrow: MCC Maple Woods Vet Tech’s Barkin’ In the Woods Oct 14th 1-5PM – the M80s

Tomorrow: Screenland Armour Theatre’s outdoor movie – Saturday The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tomorrow: Gladstone’s Big Shoal Farm’s Pumpkin Days 10AM-4PM Saturdays until they are gone

Tomorrow: Blue Sparrow Garden Center’s Fall Festival Celebration Oct 14th 10AM-4PM

Tomorrow: Watkins Mill’s presents Fall on the Farm Oct 14th noon-4PM

This Week: Worlds of Fun’s famous Haunt runs tonight through Oct 28th

This Week: Carolyn’s Pumpkin Patch opens through October 30th

This Week: Northland Health Care Access’ Bonne Sante’ Oct 19th at 5:30PM – Argosy Casino

Northland Therapeutic Riding Center’s Fundraising Gala Oct 20th – 6PM – Liberty’s Heritage Hall

Plogging in a town near you Oct 21st Click here for more information

Excelsior Springs Chamber’s Third Saturday Wine Tours  Oct 21st 10:30-5

Gladstone’s Big Shoal presents Cemetery Tour Oct 21st 7-8PM or 8:30-9:30PM

Excelsior Springs Community Center Fall Festival Oct 28th 6-8PM

Excelsior Springs’ Witch Way to the Wine Oct 28th 12-5PM Downtown Excelsior

Excelsior Springs Slightly Off Broadway Theatre – The Rocky Horror Show Nov 3rd & 4th

Visit Clay New Website: Clay County’s Tourism and Marketing Coordinator Megan Sahlfeld has updated the. Find things to do, places to stay and what’s new. If your event is not listed contact Megan at You can also follow on Facebook

Click on the high school of your choice to see their calendar of events. Excelsior SpringsKearneySmithvilleLiberty, Liberty NorthNorth Kansas CityWinnetonkaOak ParkStaleyOakhill Day SchoolSt. Pius Northland Christian, Lawson 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 7.614% for ten years, 7.061% for 20 years and 6.989% for 25 years. Please contact us with any questions. You can read about upcoming SBA trainings and get more informationabout 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.

Clay County EDC

David Slater, Executive Director

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

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