Grain Valley chamber luncheon

The Grain Valley Chamber of Commerce Janaury luncheon is on Jan. 8. It’s at 11:45 at the Community Center, 713 S. Main St. The topic is tax changes for 2012-13. Call the chamber at 816-847-2627 for more information.

Blue Springs business group

The Blue Springs Business Association meeting meets at 8 a.m. Jan. 10 at the Blue Springs School District administration building, 1801 N.W. Vesper St. Call Ken Billups Jr., 816-229-4100, for more information.

Government contracts seminar

A half-day seminar, “Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps,” is coming up.

It’s from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Mizzou Center, 1600 N.E. Coronado Drive, Blue Springs. It’s an overview offered by the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center, and it covers  local, state and federal registrations and certifications.
The cost is $50. To register, call Clint Doughterty at 816-279-1691

Learn how to start a Missouri business

A day-long seminar, “Starting and Managing a Business in Missouri,” is coming up.

It’s from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at the University of Central Missouri Summit Center, 850 N.W. Chipman Road, Lee’s Summit. It is facilitated by Kelly Dyer of the UCM Small Business and Technology Development Center.

The cost is $79, then $39.50 for each additional person (the price includes lunch). Call the Small Business and Technology Development Center at 660-543-4402, or send an email to, or go to for more information.