Area chambers, cities give updates at coalition meeting

bbashioum@demo-mo.comNovember 22, 2013 

The Cass County Coalition of Chambers is preparing for a few new changes in 2014.

Chamber members from Belton, Raymore, Peculiar and Harrisonville gathered at Whitey’s Occasion for the November Cass County Coalition of Chambers meeting hosted by the Pleasant Hill chamber on Nov. 14. Janelle Biernbaum, president of the CCCC, presided over the meeting.

Biernbaum announced to members that the countywide coalition will begin meeting only five times a year instead of monthly.

Each of the five participating chambers will have the opportunity to host a luncheon in their community at one time throughout the year.

“I think it will be a little more conducive to membership,” Biernbaum said, citing better attendance is expected if there were fewer meetings.

Biernbaum also announced that Belton Chamber President Kay Stanbarger will serve as president of the Cass County Coalition of Chambers beginning in the new year. Former Raymore Mayor Juan Alonzo will serve as the organization’s vice president.

The coalition will also begin hosting fundraisers.

The first event will be “Taste of Cass County” 6-10 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Memorial Station in Belton.

Chamber reports:

Tina Stidham with the Pleasant Hill Chamber announced that they have reached 170 chamber members. Pleasant Hill also recently celebrated a ribbon cutting at a new business, Amazing Cakes. Owner is Andrea Raysik.

The Pleasant Hill Chamber has several upcoming events, including: A business support meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26; a membership meeting 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28; and a Christmas party for chamber members 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11.

The Raymore Chamber update was given by Biernbaum. She announced several upcoming holiday chamber events, including: a craft fair at Eagle Glen Intermediate School 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23; the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3; the annual social will be at Foxwood Springs Thursday, Dec. 5; the December Coalition meeting 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12; and a morning coffee 7:30-9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13.

Stanbarger shared several events happening in Belton, including: First Friday coffee at the Belton Museum 7:30-9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6; Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2; Christmas on Main Street shopping event Saturday, Dec. 7; and the chamber’s annual awards luncheon 11 a.m. Dec. 10, at Carnegie Village.

LynnDa Roberts with the Harrisonville Chamber revealed a new event taking place prior to the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Saturday, Dec. 7, called “Christmas in the Cabin.”

The event will be held at the historic Sharp-Hopper cabin, 400 E. Mechanic St., Harrisonville, from 2-4 p.m.

Families are invited to help decorate the cabin for an 1870s Christmas. Participants will have the opportunity to make old-fashioned holiday ornaments and decorations for the cabin’s walls, stringing of garland for the fireplace mantels, sewing stockings to be hung by the chimneys, followed by the lighting of the mayor’s Christmas tree at Marler-Wirt-Allen Park at 4:30 p.m.

The Harrisonville Chamber’s next morning coffee will be 7:30-9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the NETT building

The Peculiar Chamber update was given by Gary Mallory, who shared that the city’s Harvest Moon Festival was a successful event.

City reports:

Pleasant Hill Mayor John VanGorkom gave the city update for Pleasant Hill. VanGorkom announced that the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting will be 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

Mayor Pete Kerkhoff shared an update about several new businesses in Raymore, including Sam’s Club that opened Oct. 30, and Golden Corral, which plans to open in January.

Belton’s new Economic Development Specialist Carolyn Yatsook shared that the city is working to update the city’s economic development policy. Yatsook also discussed a business visitation program that is being started.

Obie Carl gave the Harrisonville update. Carl shared that the city recently annexed 800 acres south of the town in hopes of attracting industry to the area, and that four buildings on or near the square have been sold.

Peculiar’s update was given by Mallory, who mentioned that the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. He also gave a brief update about the progress of the 211th Street interchange project scheduled for 2016.

County reports:

South Commissioner Luke Scavuzzo reported that the commissioners have submitted its 2014 budget proposal for approval.

Following updates from the chambers, city officials, and elected county representatives, the luncheon was followed with a brief presentation by Scott Carson with Fast Track.

Fast Track is an organization derived from the Kauffman Foundation that specializes in writing business curriculum for business schools in Missouri. Fast Track is looking to partner with DECA to improve high school business education opportunities and potentially enable students to earn college credit.

Coalition members were encouraged to participate in Small Business Saturday in Cass County communities on Nov. 30.

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