Business news from Eastern Jackson County
EDC to honor local employers
The Independence Economic Development Council presents its annual iNpact Awards this Friday.
It’s at 11 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 19677 E. Jackson Drive, Independence.
The awards are for companies that have added employees or made large capital investments in the last year. Also, there are awards for Small Business of the Year (fewer than 10 employees and 11 to 50 employees), Small Manufacturer of the Year, Large Manufacturer of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year.
For more information, call the EDC at 816-252-5777.
Local legislators to give an update
The Independence Chamber of Commerce holds its monthly legislative briefing this Friday.
It’s from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at the chamber office, 210 W. Truman Road. State legislators from Independence discuss issues in the Missouri General Assembly, and aides to members of Congress are usually on hand discuss issues in Congress. The event is free. Call the chamber at 816-252-4745 for more information.
State of the city reset in Blue Springs
The Blue Springs chamber of Commerce has rescheduled the state of the city speech by Mayor Carson Ross.
It’s at 11:30 a.m. April 15 at the Adams Point Conference Center, 1400 N.E. Coronado Drive. The buffet opens at 11:45, and the mayor speaks at noon.
That’s a Monday, not the usual Thursday for the chamber. The mayor’s speech was one of many events lost to the two heavy snowstorms last month.
The cost is $18 for chamber members and $23 for non-members. Call the chamber at 816-229-8558 for more information.
Chamber plans Day at the Capitol
The Independence Chamber of Commerce has rescheduled its Day at the State Capitol.
It’s March 28. A bus will leave the chamber, 210 W. Truman Road, at 5:30 a.m. It will leave Jefferson City on the return trip at 3 p.m. The chamber plans a breakfast reception at the Capitol, and those on the trip will meet with state leaders and learn more about state issues. The event originally was set for February but was postponed due to heavy snow.
Call the chamber at 816-252-4745 for more information.
Chamber CEO to outline priorities
Independence Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kim Kimbrough is the speaker at the chamber monthly luncheon. He is to discuss the chamber’s new programs and priorities.
The event is at noon March 20 at Ophelia’s restaurant at Main and Maple on the Square. The cost is $23. For more information, call the chamber at 816-252-4745
Candidate forum in Blue Springs set
Candidates for the Blue Springs City Council will field questions, and there will be remarks on the Blue Springs School District bond issue related to school safety and a city ballot issue related to water supplies at next week’s Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Page 2 of 3 - It’s March 21 at the Adams Point Conference Center, 1400 N.E. Coronado Drive. Registration is at 11:30, the buffet opens at 11:45, and the program is at noon. The cost is $18 for members, $23 for non-members. Call the chamber, 816-229-8558, for more information.
Learn how to win government work
A seminar, “Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps,” is offered next week in Blue Springs.
It’s from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 21 at the Mizzou Center, 1600 N.E. Coronado Drive. It’s an overview, with the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center, of winning government contracts, including local, state and federal registrations and certifications. The cost is $50.
To sign up, contact Clint Doughterty at 816-279-1691 or email@example.com
Blue Springs chamber headed for the capital
The Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce is holding its Day at the Capitol.
It’s on March 26. There will be coffee and doughnuts at Adams Dairy Bank, 651 N.E. Coronado drive, at 7 a.m. The bus leaves at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 7:30 p.m. Appointments are being scheduled with area legislators, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Missouri Department of Economic Development and others.
The cost, $50, includes breakfast snacks, lunch and a late afternoon reception.
For more information, call the chamber, 816-229-8558, or go to www.bluespringschamber.com/
Learn the resources the library can offer
The next Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce Power Hour is from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 26 at the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District training facility, 4715 West U.S. 40, Blue Springs.
The presentation, “The Best Dollar You Never Spent,” is by Jacqueline Reed of Mid-Continent Public Library. Discover how free resources at Mid-Continent Public Library can enrich your life personally and professionally from the comfort of your home or office. It’s free.
For more information, call the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, 816-229-8558, or go to www.bluespringschamber.com/
Business Showcase in Blue Springs set
The Blue Springs Community Business Showcase, postponed due to last month’s snow, has been rescheduled.
It’s from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 26 in the commons area at Blue Springs High School, 2000 N.W. Ashton Drive. The idea is to help people make connections or find a job. It’s free and open to the community.
To find out about getting a vendor’s table, send an email to Donna Best of the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org
Republicans oppose Medicaid proposal
Page 3 of 3 - JEFFERSON CITY – Two Missouri Republican leaders say they are opposed to an expiration date for Gov. Jay Nixon’s Medicaid expansion plan.
Nixon has proposed a “sunset” if the federal government were to retreat on its promise to pay 100 percent of the expanded program’s cost for three years. Another GOP senator has filed legislation to end the expansion after three years, when the state would start to pay its portion for the health care of an estimated 260,000 Missourians.
But Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer is opposing that option and says if the program expires after three years it would already have added money to the federal debt. House Speaker Tim Jones added that he thinks the sunset is unconstitutional.
Two House committees rejected Nixon’s proposal last week.
Bill puts limits on union activity
JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri House has endorsed legislation requiring labor unions to seek annual written consent to use fees paid by members for political contributions.
House members voted 93-62 to give the measure first-round approval Tuesday.
The sponsor, Springfield Republican Eric Burlison, says the bill would protect union members from contributing to causes they don’t support. House Democrats opposed the measure and said it hurts a union’s ability to represent its members.
Burlison’s bill exempts public safety unions unless an employee is required to be a member or pay fees as a condition of employment. In those instances, unions would be required to seek annual consent to spend fees on political activities.
The bill needs one more House vote before moving to the Senate.
Google to pay state $324,000
JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri will get about $324,000 from a multistate settlement with Google over its collection of emails, passwords and other sensitive information transmitted on unprotected wireless networks.
Attorney General Chris Koster said Tuesday that he had signed on to the $7 million settlement between Google and several dozen states.
The settlement ends an inquiry dating to 2010. Google revealed at the time that company cars taking street-level photos for its online mapping service also collected personal data transmitted over wireless networks that didn’t require passwords. Koster says Google agreed in the settlement to destroy all data collected from unsecured wireless networks and not to collect such information in the future.
Google didn’t acknowledge any wrongdoing in the settlement.