Friday Facts: January 5
Friday Facts

Coffee Connect: Have you ever considered starting your own business and wanted to know more about the necessary resources? Or maybe you are ready to scale or accelerate your own company? Chante Keller, Network Navigator for KCSourceLink will be the presenter at this week’s Coffee Connect. Join us for free coffee and networking at 7:45 AM with the one-hour program beginning at 8AM. This week we will be at the North Kansas City iWerx 1520 Clay Street.

Eagle Days: Smithville Lake’s 28th Annual Eagle Days will take place on Saturday January 6th and Sunday the 7th. The Missouri Department of Conservation, the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Clay County Parks and Recreation Department are the hosts of this event. Eagle Days activities will take place from 9AM to 3:30 PM on Saturday and from 10:30AM to 3:30PM on Sunday in the Paradise Pointe Golf Course Clubhouse located at 18212 Golf Course Drive in Smithville. Events include live raptor showings at 9:30AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30PM and 2 PM on Saturday and 11AM, 12:30PM and 2PM on Sunday. Information booths will be located throughout the clubhouse as well as live raptor & turtle exhibits.

Puzzles For Inmates: Busy inmates are safe inmates, which is why the Clay County Sheriff’s Office is collecting card games and jigsaw puzzles for the Detention Center throughout the month of January. “The community responded so overwhelmingly to the first-ever paperback book and puzzle drive we did for the jail in January 2022, that when new needs arose, we decided to ask them for help again,” Sheriff Will Akin said.  Items can be dropped off any time in the Sheriff’s Office lobby at 12 S. Water Street, Liberty, Mo., through Jan. 31. Any organization or business that also would like to serve as a drop-off location can contact them.

High School Activities: As always, organized activities fall off during the winter which provides an excellent opportunity for you to click on your high school of choice below and take in a basketball game, wrestling match or other activity.

Homes For All: All of the MCC Maple Woods Vet Tech Program’s pet adoption pups found new homes before Christmas. Congratulations to all who found your new family members.

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

Smithville Lake’s Eagle Days Jan 6th 9AM-3:30PM & Jan 7th 10:30AM-3:30PM at Paradise Pointe Golf Complex

Downtown Excelsior Springs’ 18th Annual Chocolate Tour Feb 4th 11AM-5PM (this sells out fast)

Kearney Enrichment Council’s Wine and Chocolate Tour Feb 10th 4-7PM downtown Kearney

Clay County Comprehensive Plan: Do you have a vision for our County? The Comprehensive Plan is a long-range document that guides the County’s future growth and development, its priorities and its services. It is a road map of sorts that helps us visualize where we want to go as a county and the path to reach that destination. You can give your input by clicking here.

Trader Joe’s: Vote for a Trader Joe’s by clicking this link and please share.

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 msahlfeld@claycountymo.gov. 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).

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 7.872% for ten years, 7.569% for 20 years and 7.457% 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

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

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