Recent News

  • 05 Jul 2016 11:52 AM | Anonymous

    MarksNelson LLC accounting and consulting firm is pleased to announce the promotion of Adam Collyer, CPA from manager in the firm’s Assurance and Business Advisory Department, to partner.

    Collyer leads the Enterprise Resource Solutions team which provides Finance, Accounting and Enterprise Risk Management consulting services. He also specializes working with clients in the insurance industry administering attestation services to both life and health and P&C insurance companies.

    “Adam’s expertise, commitment, and innovation have a major impact on the firm and our clients,” said Managing Partner Mark Radetic. “We are honored to welcome him to the partner group, and we look forward to Adam’s leadership in the firm while he continues to deliver clients personalized services.”

    Collyer joined MarksNelson in 2011. Previously, he worked as senior manager at a Big Four accounting firm.

  • 13 Jun 2016 11:18 AM | Anonymous

    Kansas City, Missouri is hosting a great event on 21 September, it is the

    1st Annual Veterans Career and Resource Fair. This event will be held at

    Bartle Hall in KCMO and we are expecting at hundreds of companies and

    thousands of Veterans to attend. Not only will there be employers who are

    looking to take advantage of the unique skill sets our Veterans have, there

    will also be resources available to answer Veteran questions on everything

    from VA benefits to how to dress for an interview.

    If your company is interested in participating in Kansas City, Missouri's

    first big Veterans Event, just visit and click on

    the registration form. If you want your company to be even more involved

    please look at the Sponsorship form and help make this event truly

    meaningful and great. If you have any issues with the registration,

    sponsorship, or just have general questions you can call the KCMO Human

    Resources Office at 816-513-1903.

  • 13 Jun 2016 10:47 AM | Anonymous

    The University of Kansas Cancer Center is pairing local lifestyle experts with physicians to create a series of free events for women. The first is “Jeans/Genes” on June 28, 6-8:30 p.m. Local fashion expert Jennifer Niehouse will share tips on denim. Then genetic counselors will join Dr. Richard McKittrick to explain how knowing your family tree can help you proactively manage your health. Refreshments, door prizes and parting gifts. In the lobby of The University of Kansas Cancer Center – South, northwest of I-435 and Holmes Road at 1000 E. 101st. Terrace, Kansas City, MO, 64131. RSVP: 913-588-1227 or

  • 07 Jun 2016 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    Adult undergraduate and graduate programs will be the focus of an open house on Thursday, July 14 on the campus of Avila University. The Avila admission staff will be speaking with adults interested in furthering their education and careers from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm in the Whitfield Conference Center.

    Graduate representatives will be on hand from the departments of education, management, organizational development, psychology and MBA. In addition, undergraduate representatives will be available to discuss the business administration, corporate communication, healthcare management, human resources, psychology and RN to BSN programs.

    Avila University offers flexible and convenient scheduling, with most programs offering evening and online class options designed specifically to fit the needs of busy, working adults. Financial aid, tuition reimbursement and flexible payment options are available to those who qualify.

    Financial Aid and Career Services representatives will also be available at the event. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

    Avila University is located at the corner of 119th and Wornall Road in south Kansas City. The open house will be in the Whitfield Conference Center.

  • 26 May 2016 10:36 AM | Anonymous

    With summer right around the corner, it’s time to think about keeping children healthy while school is out. The Hickman Mills C-1 School District Nutrition Services team will serve breakfast, lunch and supper meals May 23 – June 20, Monday through Friday. Serving times vary by site; so we are asking parents to please check your building of choice to verify. There are no income or registration requirements, and any child under 18 may come eat for free.

    Summer 2016 serving sites are:

    • Ervin Early Learning Center
    • Dobbs Elementary
    • Burke Elementary
    • Ingels Elementary*
    • Smith-Hale Middle School (Breakfast and Lunch Only, no Supper)

    Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health & Senior Services partners with local organizations like the Hickman Mills C-1 School District, to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer. For more information about the national Summer Food Service Program, visit

    For additional information, including all site specific serving times, contact 816-316-7104 or visit our website at

  • 23 May 2016 12:37 PM | Anonymous

    St. Joseph Medical Center has earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

    To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.

    “Because getting stroke victims treated quickly is so critical, we have a saying "Time is brain",” says Kathleen Henderson, regional stroke manager for St. Joseph. “This recognition shows our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely. Patients can trust they are getting the stroke care they need.” As further evidence of the high-level of stroke care St. Joseph provides, it is also a Certified Primary Stroke Center through the Joint Commission.

    Research has shown there are benefits to patients treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get with the Guidelines protocols. The program puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide. Hospital care teams can be confident the care they’re providing is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines.

    According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the Number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

  • 26 Apr 2016 11:06 AM | Anonymous

    Almar Printing is a local, family-owned offset/digital printing company that is celebrating 50 successful years in the ever changing printing industry.

    In 1966 Sam Gromowsky combined the names of his Mother, Alice, with the name of his wife, Mary. Sam wrote “Almar Printing” on a shingle and opened the door of his one man operation in his basement. In 1969, Sam and Mary moved Almar to the Waldo area, and in 1980, the company moved to its present location at 7735 Wornall. While Sam and Mary are still active in the company, it is their youngest son, Steve Gromowsky that runs the business today. “Having been literally born into the business, it is very exciting to be able to share this milestone with my parents, and to have them both remain active in the company today. The customers and employees of Almar Printing are all part of our extended family, and we are so appreciative that they’ve let us have the last 50 years of success together. We are very blessed.”

    Through the years Almar has been able to obtain and keep many of their early customers. Our first customer is still an active customer to this day. It is our goal to continue that customer growth and retention in the future.

    Almar will be having a celebration on April 27th with family, customers and friends to enjoy this great milestone. *event not open to general public, contact Shelby Burris to arrange press access.

  • 07 Mar 2016 1:47 PM | Anonymous

    Neighborhood leaders, community volunteers and government employees who go above and beyond their required duties will be recognized at the first annual awards breakfast sponsored by the South Kansas City Alliance (SKCA) on May 24.

    A good neighbor award will be given to a neighborhood volunteer who has provided a high level of service to his or her neighborhood in south Kansas City for an extended period of time. Awards also will be given for lifetime service to the area, good corporate citizenship, and outstanding community, government and public safety service.

    An outstanding neighborhood organization and an outstanding educational achievement program also will be honored.

    “Recognition of persons who make south Kansas City a better community is long overdue,” said Stacey Johnson-Cosby, SKCA president. “We plan to make this an annual tradition.”

    The awards breakfast will be at Whitfield Center at Avila University. Individual tickets are $25 and discounts are available for tables of eight.

    Persons wishing to nominate individuals or organizations for any of the awards may email SKCA awards committee chair John Sharp at or mail nominations to him at 8401 East 103rd Terrace, Kansas City, Mo., 64134. Persons also may call 816-876-1687 for more information. Applications may also be found on the website:  The deadline for nominations is March 18.

  • 16 Feb 2016 12:19 PM | Anonymous

    During the 2014-2015 school year, the Hickman Mills C-1 School District (HMC-1) underwent a district-wide facilities assessment. This process uncovered that HMC-1 has nearly $67 million dollars in deferred maintenance needs. As a result of this assessment, the district began developing long range facilities plans and, last spring, began exploring options with the greater community. With the HMC-1 Board of Education’s support, the district has already begun addressing issues of HVAC, lighting, and plumbing per a $13.4 million dollar performance contract. In addition, the district hopes to further erase current deferred maintenance needs by way of a no tax increase bond issue on the April 5, 2016, general election ballot.

    Two years ago during the district’s community-wide strategic planning process, an assessment of all district facilities was called for. Through this process, it was noted that aside from Freda Markley Early Childhood Center, the district’s newest building was built 45 years ago. Furthermore, it was noted that most of the other buildings were built in the 1950s and 1960s with minimal mechanical replacements or updates being done since that time.

    In order to begin addressing this level of need in a meaningful way, the district needed to utilize multiple funding sources: the district’s capital funds, the Board’s approved performance contracting bonds, and a no tax increase bond being placed on the April 5th ballot.

    Dennis L. Carpenter, Ed.D., superintendent of schools explained, “The district has so many pressing facility needs. It’s for this reason we are addressing facility needs on multiple fronts. In addition to the Board’s approval of over $13 million in performance contracting work, we are also employing capital dollars in our general fund budget to begin addressing our needs. If the community chooses to support the no tax increase bond we are placing on the April ballot, we will be able to infuse $19 million into our facilities over the next five years. These dollars would go toward much needed facility improvements in each of our elementary schools, plus major improvements at Ruskin High School, Baptiste Educational Center, and the Hickman Mills Freshman Center.

    We do not have enough funding available to address the entire $66 million in deferred maintenance needs in our district. Therefore, in an attempt to update learning spaces for our students, protect the community’s investments (our schools), and foster additional community engagement, we are maximizing every funding source available to us. The good news is that we are able to accomplish this in a fiscally responsible manner at no additional cost to our tax payers.”

    In addition to moving toward facilities that students and the community can be proud of, the district is also excited about the fact that 47% of construction costs associated with the Board’s recently approved performance contracting work has been awarded to a minority business. This aligns with the Board’s goals/direction and drastically exceeds the nearly 10% in disadvantaged business participation on the Ervin Early Learning Center project.

    For additional information regarding this plan and facts about the April 5th no tax increase bond, the community is invited to attend an upcoming town hall meeting with Superintendent Carpenter on March 29, 2016. District patrons may also attend their homeowner’s association meetings where administration and the community’s committee supporting the bond will be presenting. This information, along with bid opportunities for the project, can be found at

  • 16 Feb 2016 10:17 AM | Anonymous

    Kingswood Senior Living Community, a leader in the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) concept and one of the region’s premier senior living destinations -- today announced plans to break ground on a $34.7 million redesign and expansion project to meet the evolving needs of current and prospective residents.

    Kingswood has been rooted in the community for more than three decades providing the highest quality continuum of care. Kingswood is located on 30 acres in south Kansas City and, with the redesign, will continue to lift the senior living experience to new levels – expanding residential choices, promoting increased wellness and social engagement and improving physical and mental health services.

    From more assisted living residences to a new rooftop dining venue, Kingswood’s redesign promises comprehensive change while maintaining its inviting, neighborhood-like setting.

    Plans include a major overhaul of the Clubhouse, the hub of the Kingswood community. The main lobby will be completely refurbished and feature a grand entrance with an elegant staircase and a new elevator. This will be done by lowering the entire front entrance a full story to create a more accessible and inviting reception area. First-floor amenities will include a new bistro dining venue, convenience store and library. The second floor will be updated with new interior décor, accessibility improvements in dining areas and new rooftop terrace dining to enable residents to take meals overlooking the property. The second floor also will feature a new art studio, a movie theatre complete with silver screen and plush seating, and a state-of-the-art performing arts center. The new performing arts center, with its Steinway grand piano, is expected to remain a recurring recital stop for students from UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance who have performed at Kingswood for years. More assisted-living and memory care suites to meet increasing demand One of four apartment buildings on the property will undergo a significant redesign to keep pace with new and future residents’ assisted-living and memory-care needs. Kingswood plans to convert 47 independent living apartments on three floors of the North building into 30 assisted living residences and 23 memory

    care suites. The conversion will feature new dining areas, activity rooms, a beauty salon and more common areas for residents to gather or greet outside guests. All will be designed to create a comfortable home-like feel. Construction completion of the North building redesign is expected in the fall of this year.

    “The intent of these changes is to stay ahead of the expectations curve of our current and future residents and the increased demand for memory care and assisted living services,” said Terri Moore, Kingswood Executive Director. “In addition to redesigning our community, we’re repositioning Kingswood as the modern alternative in senior living with a sharpened focus on delivering services that seniors will increasingly need.”

    Moore added that residents’ health and fitness will rise as a priority at Kingswood with the addition of new and expanded offerings at the community’s Wellness Center. New suites will be added for physical therapy and occupational therapy, cardiovascular and strength training, group fitness activities, wellness classes and spa treatments. The spa will be part of a new high-end salon. The entrance to the community’s zero-entry swimming pool will be adapted for increased accessibility. Kingswood’s redesign plan, which has been in the works since 2012, also includes an on-site clinic that would serve as a future one-stop shop for residents’ medications and visits with nurse practitioners and doctors. New villas planned for maintenance-free, independent living Kingswood recently acquired land adjacent to the campus on which it will build 11 new 1,500- to 1,800- square foot villas, increasing the villa total to 65. The villas offer independent living in a quaint neighborhood of maintenance-free, single-dwelling and duplex homes consisting of two-bedroom floor plans with attached oversized two-car garages and spacious basements, which could be finished by residents to significantly increase their living space. Villa residents select their choice of cabinets, countertops, flooring, interior paint colors, and other interior finishes, and they can add porches and decks to fit their lifestyles. Pre-sales for the new villas begin this month.

    Independent living is also offered in apartment homes with over 20 different floor plans. Large studio, one- and two-bedroom style apartments are available. A new marketing suite, resident selections gallery, and furnished model apartment with state of the art finishes is also a part of the project.

    “From studio apartments to villas, Kingswood offers residents the complete spectrum of residential choices,” said Jason Jorgenson, Senior Project Development Manager of LCS Development, which leads the development team for the Kingswood project. “Each comes with spacious floor plans, appealing neighborhood settings and easy access to the entire community and additional health services as needed.”

    Kingswood’s location in the Kansas City area offers residents easy access to area sites and attractions. Situated blocks from the I-435 corridor near the Kansas state line, residents can travel effortlessly to and from Kansas and Missouri from the Kingswood community. Suburbs like Leawood, Overland Park, and Lee’s Summit are just minutes away. Trips south for dining and shopping at Town Centre Plaza are a short drive or bus ride; the same applies for trips north to the Country Club Plaza or downtown Kansas City. Kingswood is also strategically located close to some of the area’s finest hospitals and medical centers. Kingswood’s transportation services are a convenient way to access the greater Kansas City area from its superb location.


    Groundbreaking scheduled for Feb. 17

    Kingswood will celebrate its redesign and expansion with a groundbreaking ceremony and reception at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 10000 Wornall Road in Kansas City, Mo. Expected to attend the celebration are local dignitaries, Kingswood Board Members and staff, representatives from its project team and representatives from its managing company, Life Care Services.

    The Kingswood redesign is a collaboration of industry experts led by LCS Development, a leader in senior living community development. The project team assembled by LCS Development includes Paric Construction, AG Architecture, AMAI Architecture, Spellman Brady and Company interior design and Cain Brothers. Cain Brothers has been a long term capital access consultant for Kingswood most recently leading the finance working group to assist Kingswood to close the financing for the redesign project on January 6, 2016.

    Many phases of the project will be completed in 2016, with the final project completion expected in April of 2017.

406 E. Bannister Road, Suite F
Kansas City, MO 64131-3028

Phone: (816) 761-7660
Fax: (816) 761-7340





VISION:  South Kansas City will be recognized as a premier location for businesses to prosper in the metropolitan area.

MISSION:  The Chamber is dedicated to promoting and environment for business prosperity and community pride in South Kansas City.

Copyright 2012 South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Site developed with Wild Apricot by
Internet Solutions Group, Ltd

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software