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Cooperation and collaboration. Those are two very important bywords for Business West. That is particularly true in the relationship with Kansas City Kansas Community College.
Business West is planning for a social media workshop later this year using the resources of the college. This will be an opportunity for business owners and managers to have a “hands-on” experience, as a design expert will explain how to improve their websites. Information about this workshop will be in this column in coming months.
Earlier this month, about 15 area businesses attended a workshop at the college and learned how to take advantage of advertising applications for cellular telephones.
Estimates are that our country needs at least 2 million new entrepreneurs each year if our economy is really going to improve. Presently, estimates are that we have only about one-fifth that amount. The college will open new quarters for its Technical Education Center this fall in the former Wal-Mart Center near 65th Street and State Avenue. This will be an excellent place to establish the “SEEN” program; it will be a “Sustainable Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Network.” This will include office space, training workshop and network events. Business West will support such an effort.
Business West, in cooperation with the college, hopes to convene a round table discussion with area businesses to determine what workforce needs are and will be.
The college trustees recently unanimously approved a petition supporting the Community Improvement District along the State Avenue Corridor. The district would have three core purposes—appearance, security and marketing. A “clean team” would pick up debris in the right-of-way; security personnel would cooperate with campus and Kansas City, Kan., police officers; and a committee would promote retail activities.
When Business West was first organized some 28 years ago, a group of area business leaders first met at the Conference Center at the college. That cooperative spirit has continued through the years.
Business West approved a resolution at its most recent board meeting to develop a fundraising program that would benefit the college’s endowment association.
Business West is able to carry out its important activities benefitting business because it has members who have invested in the organization. To learn how you can invest in Business West and receive benefits, telephone 913-766-4300 or 913-406-6266 (cell) or email email@example.com.
Marisa Gray is president of Business West and the business liaison director at the Community College.