Business briefs for Aug. 24, 2010

Learn@Lunch event set in Independence

Independence Economic Development is offering “Productivity for Business Owners” this week, part of its Learn@Lunch program.

It’s from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Staybridge Suites, 19400 E. 39th St., Independence. The presenter is Shawn Kinkade of Aspire Business Development. The cost is $30, with a $5 discount for Independence EDC investors. Call 816-252-5777 or send an e-mail to to sign up.

Future Learn@Lunch programs include:

First Impressions, Sept. 16. Hands-on Linkedin Boot Camp, Sept. 29 4 Levels of Business Dress, Oct. 14 5 Things Every Business Owner Should Know, Oct. 27 Social and Business Etiquette, Nov. 11

Fazoli’s digs in

Fazoli’s plans to double its presence in the Kansas City area.

The quick-service Italian food chain already has restaurants in Independence, Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit, plus three on the Kansas side of the state line, and it plans to add seven more locations.

It has also just wrapped up what it called an extreme makeover of its area restaurants and made changes that include a revamped menu, meals delivered to the table, and real plates, silverware and glassware – not Styrofoam, plastic and paper.

Career expo planned

The Eastern Jackson County Development Alliance plans to hold a career expo.

It is from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 7 in a storefront at the The Pavilions at the Hartman Heritage development on Jackson Drive in Independence. The cost to participate is $15 without a table cover (bring your own) or $25 with a table cover.

To register, call Independence Economic Development at 816-252-5777 or send an e-mail to

Taste of the World tickets go on sale

Tickets are on sale for the Grain Valley Chamber of Commerce “Taste of the World” event, which is Oct. 8.

The masters of ceremony are KMBC 9 chief meteorologist Bryan Busby from 7 to 8 p.m. and then Mayor Mike Todd from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Vendors include BT’s Sports Bar and Grill, That Catering Company, Lammert’s Cheesecake, Whiskey Tango, Ronnoco Coffee and Bates City BBQ.

 Tickets are $10 now and $15 at the door. The chamber is at 713 Main St., Grain Valley. Or call 816-847-2627.