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  • 12 Apr 2011 3:28 PM | Anonymous

    Ozanam will be holding their annual Plant Sale on Friday, April 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The event will be held at the greenhouse located on Ozanam's maid campus at 421 E. 137th Street, Kansas City, Missouri.  Choose from a wide variety of houseplants, herbs, annuals, perennials, flowering baskets, vegetables and other decorative items for your garden.  All plants are grown by the children and proceeds go to benefit the Horticultural Therapy Program at Ozanam.  For questions or more information contact Ozanam at 816-508-3600 or visit their website at


  • 12 Apr 2011 3:22 PM | Anonymous
    On Tuesday, April 19, 2011 the Missouri Division of Workforce Development is co-sponsoring a seminar entitled "When Fireworks Are Not Fun: Dealing with difficult employees and psychological Issues in the workplace".  The seminar will be begin with breakfast at 7:30 and the presentation from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. and will be held at the Marriott Country Club Plaza.  The cost is $25 per person and includes breakfast  For questions or to RSVP contact Deb Fuhrman at or 913-829-9460 by Friday, April 15th.
  • 14 Mar 2011 4:25 PM | Anonymous

    DeVry University invites you to recruit your next employee at the DeVry University Kansas City Spring 2011 Career Fair:

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011
    11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    DeVry University
    11224 Holmes Road
    Kansas City, MO 64131

    DeVry University's Career Fair is a terrific opportunity to meet with students and graduates who are eager to learn about your company and, perhaps, become your newest employees!  All students and alumni of DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management are invited to attend the event and could be seeking various types of degree-related positions.

    Please follow the link to to fill out the registration form to reserve your space by March 18th.

    Registration is required to guarantee your company a table space and inclusion in the Participant Directory that is provided to students and alumni. There is NO COST to attend this event! FREE luncheon will be provided for all employers.

    If you have questions or would like information about becoming a Career Fair sponsor, contact Shelley Wales at 816-943-7463 or via email at

  • 14 Mar 2011 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    Avila University’s Advantage Program recently announced it is now approved by Project Management Institute to become a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) effective Jan. 1, 2011.


    PMI R.E.P.s are educational organizations that have demonstrated that they are capable of providing world-class effective project management training.  Through PMI’s rigorous quality criteria for course content, instructor qualification, and instructional design, R.E.P.s provide the project management training necessary to earn and to maintain Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Program Management Professional (PgMP)® and other PMI professional credentials.


    Avila University’s Advantage program is a unique and innovative approach to adult education in Kansas City that recognizes the working student’s need for value, professional assistance, convenience and timely results. The Project Management Certificate (PMC) program is 13 credit hours and five classes, all online. It is an elective component of the Master of Arts in Management and specifically created to prepare students to successfully pass the PMI exam for PM certification.


    “We are pleased that Avila University’s Advantage program is now recognized as a PMI Registered Education Provider,” said Steve Iliff, dean, School of Professional Studies, Avila University.  “This designation is one more way the university continues to set itself apart from the competition and advance the expertise of our students by providing high quality educational opportunities.”


    “PMI’s recent survey of training providers shows that 80 percent of organizations seeking suppliers of project management training strongly prefer to work with PMI R.E.P.s. They view their affiliation with PMI, as the leading standard-setting professional association for project management, as a stamp of quality on the training services they purchase,” said Edwin Andrews, Ph.D., director of academic and educational programs and services at PMI. “Organizations want to protect their investment in project management training, and they know that a PMI R.E.P. delivers such training in a cost-effective and efficient manner.”


    Currently, there are more than 1,400 R.E.P.s in more than 70 countries. These organizations include commercial training providers that design complete educational systems, academic institutions, internal training offices at corporations and government agencies.

  • 11 Feb 2011 10:54 AM | Anonymous

    Marriott International, Inc. is proud to announce that the 149-room Courtyard by Marriott Kansas City South, located at 500 East 105th Street, has completed a major renovation of its lobby. The hotel will now feature the brand’s new Refreshing Business lobby concept, designed to give travelers the flexibility to work and socialize however they choose while on the road.

    “From day one, Courtyard has prided itself as a brand that listens to what travelers want from a hotel,” said Janis Milham, vice president, Global Brand Manager, Courtyard by Marriott.   “Guests want more control and choice with services and amenities that create a healthy balance between working and relaxing. We redefined the Courtyard lobby so it invites guests to get out of their rooms to work, socialize or for entertainment, whether traveling alone or with colleagues.” 


    The open, bright and contemporary new Courtyard hotel lobby welcomes guests with vivid contrasting colors, including blue, green, orange and red.  The traditional front desk has been replaced with separate welcome pedestals to create more personal and private interactions when guests check in.  This will allow staff to move about to show guests the lobby features and provide assistance.  Flexible seating options range from a communal table in the middle of the action, to more private media booths with high-definition televisions, to a more intimate, semi-enclosed lounge area.


    A signature element of the new lobby is the exclusive GoBoard® technology, a 52-inch LCD touch screen packed with local information, maps, weather, and news, business and sports headlines.  Guests can navigate using the touch screen to find restaurants, local attractions and directions.


    Guests can connect to free WiFi and there will be ample electrical outlets throughout the lobby to power digital devices.  The enlarged business library will feature several complimentary computer terminals along with a free printer and separate computer stations dedicated to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status.


    Dining has been completely redesigned with The Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect.; offering casual, flexible seating; easier access to food and higher quality, healthier menu options for breakfast; and light evening fare, including snacks, wine and beer so guests can unwind.  The MarketTM, a 24/7 shop for snacks, beverages and sundries, is always open for late-night cravings or the toothpaste you forgot to pack.


    Green has been Courtyard’s signature color since Marriott launched the brand 25 years ago.  Now it is even greener with the introduction of a guest recycling program for the environment. Receptacles for paper, glass, plastic and metal are conveniently located by side exits.


  • 08 Feb 2011 1:58 PM | Anonymous

    Mazuma Credit Union announces its first Small Business Administration Patriot Express Loan with HW Foods, LLC, an area business that used the loan to buy a Quizno’s franchise located in Merriam, Kansas.

    Mazuma is only one of a few financial institutions that can offer a SBA Patriot Express Loan. Originating and servicing SBA Express Loans since 2005, Mazuma decided to apply for approval to offer SBA Community Express and SBA Patriot Express Loans. Mazuma enjoys a strong re-payment history among current SBA recipients, one of the determining factors the SBA looks at when selecting financial institutions to offer their loans, such as the Patriot Express and Community Express loans.

    The loan is the first SBA Express Patriot Loan secured by Mazuma Credit Union. “This is a milestone in Mazuma’s business lending portfolio,” said Rob Givens, President/CEO of Mazuma. “Our Business Resources team is very knowledgeable about what types of loans are available for our business members, and it takes the extra steps needed to make sure the business can secure the type of loan that fits best in the business member’s philosophy.”

    The SBA Patriot Express Loan is a business loan that can be used to start or expand a small, veteran-owned business. “We develop a deep understanding of who our member is and what they offer to their customers. Once we know that, we can help the member secure the type of loan the business member needs,” said William Maher, Business Advocacy Officer at Mazuma.

    Woody Morris, proprietor of HW Foods, LLC, served in the National Guard for 12 years, which enabled him to qualify for the loan. “I started serving in the National Guard while I was a junior in high school, so that the National Guard would help pay for my college education. Now, I can still reap the benefits of serving our country through this SBA Patriot Express Loan Program,”

    said Morris.

    “Helping Members achieve their dreams of business ownership is a great benefit of my job,” said Maher. “I look forward to helping each business grow and prosper.”

    Morris said he plans on expanding his business. “I would like to open a second store by the end of 2011. I know Mazuma will help me find the right loan that allows me to continue to grow

    my business.”

  • 12 Jan 2011 11:29 AM | Anonymous

    Affordable Elegance Catering has been selected by KC Small Business Magazine, from over 1,000 nominations, as part of the 2011 class of 25 Under 25.  Each year the magazine honors twenty-five businesses with this award which recognizes companies with under twenty-five employees who have demonstrated a pattern of success as well as corporate, social and civic responsibility.  To be considered for the award companies must meet three basic requirements: 1) Have 25 or fewer full-time employees, 2) Operate a for-profit business for three or more years and 3) Be located in the Greater Kansas City area.  Companies are also judged on their financial stability, ability to overcome adversity and challenges, community involvement, distinguishing or defining characteristics and company vision. 

    This year's celebration marks the 10-year anniversary of the event and a black-tie gala celebration, "A Decade of Thinking Bigger", will be held on February 26, 2011 at the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center to honor the companies.

    Affordable Elegance is located in Raymore, Missouri and is owned by Dee-Dee and Greg Stokes.  They have been active members of the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce for over ten years and Dee-Dee currently serves on the Board of Directors and was the Chairman of the Board in 2010.

  • 04 Jan 2011 10:33 AM | Anonymous

    Mazuma Credit Union teamed with NewsRadio 980 KMBZ to sponsor the Eighth Annual Coats for Kids campaign. The campaign raised more than $49,000 and collected more than 9,300 coats to children in need in area school districts.

    Donations of new or gently-used coats for the Coats for Kids campaign were accepted at all Mazuma Credit Union branches from November 8 through December 10, 2010. The Coats for Kids campaign then distributed the donated coats to the Hickman Mills, Independence, Kansas City Kansas, and Kansas City Missouri school districts, just in time for winter, and most of them, in time for Christmas. In addition, another 2,712 will be distributed in January for a total of 12,012 donated coats.

    Mazuma members contributed cash and more than 1,000 coats to the cause. “Mazuma takes pride in serving the children of Kansas City,” said Rob Givens, President of Mazuma Credit Union. “This year, our combined efforts surpassed last year’s contributions by 422 coats and nearly $17,000. It’s been a wonderful way to share in the holiday spirit by giving to those who need it most.”
    John Scholtes, President of the Sertoma Club of Kansas City, a major sponsor of the campaign, said, “The KMBZ Coats for Kids program is a great program that benefits so many children in the metro area in need. This year was great to see how many people believe in the cause and opened up their closets for coats and wallets to assist.”
    The cash donations were used to purchase new coats and were distributed with the used coats.

    Prior to distribution, the gently-used coats were dry cleaned by area cleaners who donated their services. Pride Cleaners, Arrow Fabricare Services and Excel Linen Supply worked around-the-clock to get the coats cleaned in time for distribution to the kids.

    Many people were on-hand to help with the final collection day of coats and cash on December 10. The finale was held at an area Harley-Davidson store, Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri. All of KMBZ local radio programs broadcasted live from Gail’s from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Gail Worth, owner of the store, has donated her space for the collected coats for several years. One corner of her store fills up with coats each year and this year it saw one of the largest piles of donated coats to date.

  • 19 Nov 2010 11:59 AM | Anonymous

    St. Joseph Medical Center has been named a top performer by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Premier health care alliance that rewards hospitals for delivering high quality care in five clinical areas: acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), pneumonia and hip and knee replacement.

    Based on the fifth-year results from the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration (HQID) project, St. Joseph received awards recognizing sustained levels of performance or improvement in caring for patients with AMI (heart attack) heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. It was also named a top performer in hip and knee replacement. St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs, Mo., the sister organization of St. Joseph, also earned the awards in the same categories.

    “It is exciting to see our associates’ and physicians’ hard work being recognized by these national organizations,” says Scott Kashman, CEO, St. Joseph Medical Center. “These awards are a reflection of the commitment to delivering the best care to our patients every day.”

    HQID is the first national project of its kind, designed to determine if economic incentives to hospitals are effective at improving the quality of inpatient care. Through the project, (which has been extended by CMS for an additional three years) Premier collects a set of more than 30 evidence-based clinical quality measures from about 225 hospitals across the country.

    Improvements in quality of care saved an estimated 6,500 acute myocardial infarction (AMI/heart attack) patients nationwide over five years, according to a Premier analysis of mortality rates at participating hospitals.

  • 17 Nov 2010 3:13 PM | Anonymous

    The corporate offices of H.W. Lochner, Inc. (Lochner) and Bucher, Willis and Ratliff Corp. (BWR) announced this week the merger of the two firms to operate as one entity under the Lochner name. Lochner will remain headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with the BWR offices now functioning as Lochner regional offices.

    “It’s a win-win for both firms,” commented Hal Lochner, Chairman at Lochner. “BWR gains entry into the national transportation market and mega projects, including alternative delivery projects involving public-private partnerships (P3s) and design-build, while Lochner gains both geographic and technical growth.”

    “Lochner’s strategic plan calls for growth, including diversification into new states and new market sectors. By adding Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas to our office network, our geographic reach has significantly expanded. BWR specialists in aviation, architecture, municipal engineering and urban planning similarly expand the technical skills we can offer to our clients,” stated Jim Bishop, Lochner President and CEO, who will continue to serve in that role after the merger.

    Collectively, the firm now employs over 560 civil and structural engineers, urban planners, environmental scientists, architects, design technicians and support specialists. Lochner now operates in 31 offices located in 18 states.

    “Both firms share the same goal of providing value and innovative solutions to our clients’ problems. With a comparable culture and commitment, it’s a good fit for both firms,” added Larry White, former CEO of BWR, who will now serve as Senior Vice President and Regional Team Leader for National Practices for Lochner. Mr. White also joins the Lochner Board of Directors.

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